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Nicks Notes
Politics, Entertainment, Sports, and the rest of the world, seen through the eyes of a New York Twentysomething
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Monday Afternoon Amusement
2007-11-05 20:36:00
If Musharraf was as forceful with Al-Qaeda as he is with human rights lawyers, we wouldn't have to take our shoes off at the airport.Well, at least Minnesota's a lock for her.Bernie, you're doin a heckuva job.If a Republican can't win California, then by God nobody else can either.And you thought two New Yorkers on the ballot was frightening, hey, what about three?
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Thompson Supports Federalism
2007-11-04 18:40:00
Thompson's endorsement of federalism on Meet the Press today is the path the Republicans need to take if they want votes from people like me.They love to use the Bible to defend their anti-choice, anti-gay positions, but Thompson shows why Republicans should really be opposed to Roe vs. Wade, because it trumps federalism.Thompson supports states deciding on gay marriage and abortion, and so do I. I'm pro-choice and strongly pro-gay marriage, but I think this fight should be taken to the states.I endorse a country where all 50 states legalize abortion and gay marriage, but through state jurisdictions and not federal jurisdictions. What isn't implied or stated in the Constitution is left up to the states. That's why if we lived in the 1950's, I'd probably be a conservative Republican.Thompson has quickly jumped into the front as being my favorite Republican. I'm still going to probably vote Democratic next year, but I feel comfortable with someone like Thompson.
More About: Thompson , Same-Sex Marriage , Federalism
Bush Veteos Water Bill
2007-11-02 22:39:00
Bush vetoed a water resources bill today that was backed by over 75% of both Houses of Congress and nearly half of all Republicans.The President is likely to see the veto overidden, the first of his presidency, reminding him and us all that while he is still relevant, so is Congress.
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Lee Iaccoca Endroses Richarson
2007-11-01 21:03:00
Lee Iaccoca, former Chrysler CEO and Ford President, has announced he is endorsing Democrat Bill Richardson for President. Iaccoca is one of Richardson's biggest endorsers in his uphill battle for the Presidency.Iaccoca leans Democratic, but endorsed Bush in 2000 and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos in Michigan in 2006. He did endorse John Kerry in 2004.Iaccoca was considered the frontrunner for John Heinz III's Senate seat from Pennsylvania after he was killed in a plane crash in 1991. Democratic Governor Bob Casey wanted to appoint Iaccoca as a Democrat, but he turned down the job.Iaccoca says Richardson's positions of health care, education and Iraq. He also says he "just plain likes the guy"For the record, I have also endorsed Richardson.
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Bush: I Get What I Want Cause We're At War
2007-11-01 19:29:00
Apparently President Bush believes war means we should be a dictatorship.
More About: Congress , Iraq War , George W , War on Terrorism
State Department Turns Employees Into Sitting Ducks
2007-10-31 21:29:00
Apparently we can't draft into the military, but hell, we can draft civilian employees. Said one foreign service officer;"It's one thing if someone believes in what's going on over there and volunteers, but it's another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment, I'm sorry, but basically that's a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded?"Oh, like they really care. There is no limit to the number of Americans they'll send to die in the desert rather than admit they've made a colossal mistake.
More About: Iraq , Iraq War , Employees , Department , State Department
The Liberals Won't Take It Anymore
2007-10-31 15:10:00
The right wing of America enjoys winning their victories by attacking those on the left. You've heard their talking points; The lefties want America to be defeated because they hate it. They want soldiers to die because they hate them, and so on. It's the simplistic way the right wing wins, inspire fear and hatred in their base. Those who aren't educated enough about the world to understand it's not so simple after all. The left does not wish to see America "defeated," and they defenintely don't want to see Islamic fundamentalists win. We're the party who opposes religious fantaticism, Christian, Islam, any religion, we certaintly don't want to see a world governed by Islamic fundamentalism.Those on the right see the world in black and white. The was made apparent in President Bush's "you're either with us or with the terrorists" speech back in 2002. If you don't see eye to eye with the way our leadership is fighting Islamic fundamentalists, they you obviously want Al-Qaed...
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Bush Reminds Us Why We Elected Democrats
2007-10-30 16:23:00
I don't understand George W . Bush .I mean I do, but I don't.He comes out today to take shots at the unpopular Congress , but did he deliver a death blow, or did he resuscitate life into Congress.Bush says Congress is wasting it's time investigating his administration. American people overwhelmingly want investigations of his administration, even his own impeachment. The American people are angry at Congress for what they perceive is lack of accountability from the Democratic Congress. If Bush is upset over investigations, then I guess the Democratic Congress is holding him accountable after all.Bush complains Congress is wasting it's time passing a SCHIP bill he's only going to veto and the House will only fail to override, but, the American people like this bill and want the Democratic Congress to pass it despite what Bush says. If Bush is upset, that means Congress is doing what the people want...forcing him to accept the SCHIP reauthorization.Simply put, Congress is not unpopu...
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God Is Not On The Ballot
2007-10-30 00:15:00
I'm tired of watching politicians on both sides of the political aisle pander to churches to get elected. I'm tired of hearing candidates talk about their relationship with God, like it's the end all be all for a politician today.Senator Obama belongs to the political party that defends (or is supposed to anyway) the separation of church and state Thomas Jefferson, our first Democratic President, so greatly promoted. Democrats and Libertarians have been vilified for too long recently, being called Godless and wicked because they refuse to give in to Christian fundamentalists who wish to turn the United States, the very nation that championed the secular state, into the Jesus-obsessing equivalent of the Middle East.We live in a secular country with a secular government. I'm proud of that. I'm proud of the fact that I feel we must defend our country from Christian fundamentalists who want to use the Bible to further their hatred, ignorance and bigotry, Christian fundamentalists w...
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Monday Afternoon Amusement
2007-10-29 17:12:00
-And just think, one of them will be our president-The media calls her the Argentine "Hillary," but perhaps Hillary Clinton is the American "Cristina"-Barack Obama's campaign can't beat them, so they'll join them.-Those damn criminal-loving, victim-hating liberal hippies at the American Bar Association.-Tom Tancredo says he's satisfied with the amount of xenophobia he has injected into American society, so he's retiring from Congress.-Red Sox win the World Series, so you know what that means...break out the riot gear!
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Giuliani Previews His Fascist Presidency
2007-10-29 03:18:00
Reminding us that democracy and free speech is over should he become President, Rudy "Benito" Giuliani criticized Hillary Clinton 's criticism of the president's foriegn policy;"I think that it's important that we conduct this debate in a way that we don't interfere with the ability of the country to function in a proper way, between the now and (the election)," -I think Mr. Giuliani seems a little bit lost on what a campaign is."The president of the United States is president of the United States. He's going to be president of the United States from now until the time a new president takes over. Until then, he's the only one conducting foreign policy of this country, We can have our political debate in this country. ... But nobody should be creating the specter that we're sending emissaries out around the world before someone is actually sworn in as president of the United States. I think it would be good for the country if Mrs. Clinton, Senator Clinton would correct that sta...
More About: Iraq War , Rudy Giuliani , War on Terrorism , Foreign Policy
Mukasey Nomination In Jeopardy?
2007-10-29 01:24:00
Democrats seem to be lining up in opposition to the nomination of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General. Just a few weeks ago, Mukasey was thought to be breezing through the nomination process. Now? Not so much.Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) have all announced their opposition to Mukasey because the nominee refuses to acknowledge the waterboarding is torture (which it is.)I still think Mukasey will be confirmed, but the overwhelmingly confirmation the President wanted is not going to happen now.
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The Desperate State Department
2007-10-27 18:16:00
Contuining with theme that this administration is great at putting the cart before the horse, they have just realized their behemouth embassy in Iraq isn't really attracting many it's workers.Seeing that diplomats do not have any interest in serving in a country as disastrous as Iraq, the state department is FORCING some employees to go and work in the largest bullseye in the Middle East.Has this ever happened before? Yes;In 1969, an entire class of entry-level diplomats was sent to serve in Vietnam, and on a smaller scale, diplomats were forcibly assigned to work at embassies in West Africa in the 1970s and 1980sAgain, Iraq and Vietnam has yet ANOTHER thing in common.
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Rudy: Torture is silly
2007-10-27 18:11:00
"They talk about sleep deprivation. I mean, on that theory, I'm getting tortured running for president of the United States. That's plain silly. That's silly."Really Rudy ? Why don't you say that to those who were tortured using sleep deprivation.Something tells me you're not forced to stay awake tied to a chair for four, five days while running for President. Something tells me even you're allowed to take cat naps in fancy hotels while feasting on fine cuisine.Under President Giuliani, the United States, once admired and respected because of it's fight for human rights, will become one of it's worst abusers. Move over China and Saudi Arabia, Rudy's America is coming
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Happy Birthday Hillary
2007-10-26 18:15:00
The genius of this politician is that she uses her 60th birthday as a reason for a fundraiser.A little scary, but ingenious if you ask me.
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House Passes Another SCHIP Bill
2007-10-26 14:19:00
The vote was 265-142. Not a single Republican switched their vote from last time, but all but one Democrat did.Baron Hill (D-Indiana), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Kathy Castor (D-Florida), Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina), Bob Etheridge (D-North Carolina) all voted aye despite voting nay in the original bill, but all voted to override the President's veto last week.Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) who voted nay in the original bill, but voted to override the veto was not present.Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi) was the only person to switch his vote, having voted nay originally and against overriding the veto.Jim Marshall (D-Georgia) again voted nay, having originally voted nay and no to overriding the veto.Republicans are angry because the vote occured while many of them were out in California with the President, including Brian Bilbray, David Dreier, Elton Gallegly, Gary Miller, Duncan Hunter, and Darrell Issa. They accused the Speaker of using the disaster and the Republican absentees as a means...
More About: Congress , House , Bill , SCHIP
He Make Hillary Looks Great
2007-10-25 23:35:00
Rudy Giuliani was asked about waterboarding. Is it torture?It depends on who does it Depends on who does it? What does that mean? If it's torture, it's torture. There's no grey area with this. It either is or it isn't.Andrew Sullivan sums it up;If the Khmer Rouge does it, it's torture. If the United States does it, it's not. This man cannot be allowed to be president of the United States. He believes that the United States is above morals and the president of the United States is above the law. He is a tyrant to the depths of his being.Rudy Giuliani actually makes me like George W. Bush, and that's REALLY difficult.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , War on Terrorism , Great , Make , Hillary
You Job Is To Vote
2007-10-25 15:26:00
Republicans are agigtated because Democrats scheduled another vote on a second SCHIP bill today, when some Republicans from California are out following the President around in an attempt to look competent."Members should not have to choose between making an important vote in Washington or being in California helping our constituents to get the aid they need to rebuild their homes and their lives," Quite frankly, your job is to represent your people in Washington. You have staffs in your districts that handle constiuents. After important work is done in Washington, then you go home and visit victims and offer help. Is it necessary to be there right now? Are people going to be that upset if you say "Due to a busy session this week in Congress , I will be unable to return to my district until Saturday, but my constiuents are in my hearts?" They don't need you, they need food, water and money.Or are those photo ops for your reelection website so important it can't wait two days.Or may...
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California Wildfires Cont'd
2007-10-24 22:09:00
I've been hearing a lot about how much better the federal response to the wildfires has been compared to Hurricane Katrina. Yes, it would appear FEMA and the administration got it right for once, but perhaps we shouldn't be patting the President and his men on his back just yet.There are big differences between Louisiana and Calif ornia locally that must be looked at.First, if any state in the union is prepared for a natural disaster, it's California. The Golden State lives everyday with the risk of earthquakes, mudslides, flash floods, wildfires, tidal waves, volcano eruptions and on and on. California also has their wealth behind them. They can afford to implement a major disaster plan, and they have to be prepared because they are constantly at the mercy of mother nature.Second, the people of San Diego have certain luxuries, for lack of better word, in this disaster. For one thing, the city is still intact. New Orleans essentially ceased to exist. The entire city was underwater...
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California Wildfires Open Thread
2007-10-24 16:36:00
AP Photo/Damian DovarganesCalif ornia Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi told Chris Matthews yesterday the state's national guard needs to be redeployed from Iraq to assist in the wildfires.Harry Reid blamed the fires on global warming.Numerous e-mails have come to me stating the government's better response to the fires has a lot to do with the wealth of those being affectedAll are valid points that may be correct and will need to be discussed in the aftermath of this, but right now there are one million people running from their homes and a massive firestorm unseen since perhaps the Allied bombing of Tokyo during World War II. Thousands of people are going to end up homeless from this. The concern right now may need to be on whether or not the city of San Diego will still be standing when the fires burn out and what kind of ways can the rest of this country help those who will return to their homes to find them scorched.
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Rudy's Greatest Insult
2007-10-23 21:08:00
It isn't bad enough he decided to change his views on EVERYTHING he told us he believed in.It isn't even bad enough that he's using our worst day as a springboard to gain power.THIS takes the cake!Why don't you just spend the rest of the campaign spitting in the faces of every single New Yorker!He'll do anything to get elected.
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Clinton Would Give Back Power
2007-10-23 20:23:00
I'm glad to hear it, but I'll believe it when I see it.The Presidency has become to authoritarian under Bush.
More About: Power , Hillary Clinton , Back , Clinton , Give
Rudy's Gay Flip-Flop
2007-10-22 18:43:00
Rudy Giuliani, once a progessive when it came to gay rights, and who once said he would personally marry one of his gay friends if same-sex marriage was legalized, now has decided to support a constitutional ban on it. This, of course, is in his effort to win over the Religious Right.I wonder if his defense is the same defense he used to justify his changed position on gun control. Did 9/11 make him realize how scared heteorsexual marriage really is? If so, then why isn't he back with the mother of his two-children.Forget the flip-flop, I will not take orders about the sanctity of marriage from a man who divorces his wife via press conference.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Same-Sex Marriage , Flip , Flip Flop
LA-Gov: Jindal Wins
2007-10-21 07:25:00
His victory was expected.He won 54% outright, avoiding a primary runoff. The combined Democratic vote was about 33%, with Walter Boasso on top at 18%. Independent John George received 14%.Interesting facts; George won New Orleans, with Jindal coming in second and Boasso third.In other races;Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu won reelection by a wide margin, winning 56% and carrying most of the New Orleans area, even heavily Republican St. Tammany and Plaquemines Parishes. He won nearly 90% of the vote in New Orleans, and took Baton Rouge and Shreveport by wide margins, but narrowly won Lake Charles.Attorney General Charles Foti was defeated, a runoff will take place between Democrat Buddy Caldwell, who came in first in the jungle primary, and Republican Royal Alexander. Caldwell did very well, carrying not only New Orleans, but narrowly losing heavily Republican St. Tammany Parish and winning Plaquemines and St. Bernard, both very Republican. Alexander made it to the runoff thanks t...
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Giuliani: "I Don't Always Agree With Myself"
2007-10-21 05:43:00
I always knew Rudy was two-faced, but I couldn't imagine they constantly debated each other.The best defense for being called a flip-flopper;I'm really two people.Which one is running for President Rudy?
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Giuliani Decides Against Gay Rights
2007-10-20 22:54:00
The Flip-Flopping King of 9/11 has decided.Mr. thrice married, dumped my wife at a press conference says marriage is too sacred to defile it with committed homosexuals.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Rights , Gay Rights , Giuliani , Cide
Defending Stark
2007-10-20 16:35:00
I am extremely outraged that Speaker Pelosi has decided to apologize for Pete Stark 's remarks yesterday on the House floor.Did Newt Gingrich apologize when Indiana Republican Dan Burton called President Clinton a "scumbag?"Did John Boehner apologize when Georgia Republican Lynn Westmorland questioned Arkansas Demcorat Mike Ross' intelligence on the House floor last July?Who apologizes for Rush Limbaugh attacking soldiers for taking a stand and using the freedom they so bravely fought for? Who apologizes for Ann Coulter calling Jews "imperfect?"Why is it that the Democrats and liberals have to apologize for being harsh, but Republicans and conservatives get a free ride?Stark's comments may have been presented better, but I'm not sorry. I've heard dozens of people, even people who supported Bush in the past, say what he said. Our government needs to stop sugarcoating their beliefs and saying what they really feel. Lord knows the right wing has been doing that.
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Your Daily Dose Of Fear
2007-10-20 16:14:00
The Secretary of Homeland Security reminds us why we should be scared to death to leave the house and go anywhere.Still, I give him points for ACTUALLY wanting to be prepared for something for once.
More About: Daily , Iraq War , War on Terrorism , Fear
The Middle Class Squeeze
2007-10-20 06:22:00
I'm sorry, but in the United States, no parent should have to go hungry so their kids can eat.For Christs sakes, this is the United States of America!
More About: Middle , Class , Middle Class , Middle-Class , Squeeze
That Was Fast
2007-10-20 00:34:00
Senator Mel Martinez (R-Florida) has resigned as head of the RNC.He says he has accomplished all the goals he set out when he took over the position...10 months ago.What? Did he list his goals on a post-it note?
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