The GOP – The Party To Kill For…

collinslieberman.jpgIt appears Susan Collins doesn’t want to risk having a career ending blooper, like George “Macacca” Allen. One of her supporters posted this yesterday on the Maine Web Report:

Markos Moulitsas’s hate-site The Daily Kos, the foul-mouthed fem-blog FiredogLake, and other ‘netroots’ extremists like MoveOn.org, have become the dominant fundraisers for Tom Allen’s senate campaign. This may be good news for Allen financially, but allowing these fringe fanatics to take over his campaign is creating a political atmosphere that will undoubtedly be rejected by Maine voters come next November.

Tom Allen’s involvement with these groups, particularly his participation in the website The Daily Kos, came onto the radar screen of Maine voters recently, as national media exposed a pattern of hateful, vulgar, and anti-semitic postings on the site. Now Allen’s extremist friends have landed on the ground in Maine, and are engaging in the same childish bullying campaign tactics that made Connecticut voters reject their attempts to unseat Senator Joe Lieberman in 2006.

Yes, civil discourse and clean campaign tactics are clearly the hallmark of the Collins’ team, aren’t they?  The comments have been very interesting on MWR, especially this one:

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So is it an “extremist” (more…)

It’s Friday And We Have Added A Couple New Features

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Today we are releasing two new features for Firedoglake. The first feature is the author pages. If you look under the title of every post, you will see who wrote that article. It is now a hyperlink, which takes you to the author’s page. This page will provide you with a short biography of the author (for author’s who choose to fill this information out), a link to their homepage and a listing of all articles authored by that person.

The second new feature involves social bookmarking. Social bookmarking is one of the hottest things on the internet today. It allows users to share links they find interesting with rest of the world. One of the most popular social bookmarking sites is Digg. In a nutshell, social bookmarking gives you, the reader the chance to tell the rest of the world “hey check out this cool site/link I found”.

The social bookmarking enhancement offers quick access to 24 of the most popular social bookmarking sites (including Digg). The use of this plugin is very simple. When you go to the single view of a post (the page with the comments), there is now a series of icons under the (more…)

Error 503: What it Means for Lieberman

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A little information from the World Wide Web consortium:

10.5.4 503 Service Unavailable The server is currently unable to handle the request due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. The implication is that this is a temporary condition which will be alleviated after some delay. If known, the length of the delay MAY be indicated in a Retry-After header. If no Retry-After is given, the client SHOULD handle the response as it would for a 500 response.

That is also referred to as a 503 error in web/tech-guru talk. What this error tells you is that there are so many people trying to view the site at that time that it can not keep up. The server then sends out this error as a way of troubleshooting.

So why this sudden class in web servers? Well, as most of you may have guessed, this is a follow up to my earlier post about Lieberman and his "hacked site" claim. During Lieberman’s concession speech he mentioned his site, joe2006.com, and said to visit it once it becomes "unhacked". Well I decided to jump on and see what was happening with his site. Guess what happened. (more…)

Note to Joe: You Get What You Paid For!

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Interesting how things develop overnight. I am of course talking about the “Joe2006 hack” story going around. I have had CNN on all day and they cover it about every 15 minutes or so. What is amazing is that a company like CNN hasn’t decided to dig into joe2006.com to see exactly what may be happening.

Markos has a post up, and his digging into this and explanation of it hits the nail right on the head:

Two posts down it’s clear that Lieberman’s website isn’t suffering from a Denial of Service attack.

But now I have the definitive answer as to why Lieberman’s site went down.

They are paying $15/month for hosting at a place called MyHostCamp, with a bandwidth limit of 10GB. MyHostCamp is currently down, along with all their clients.

Here’s the deal — you get what you pay for. My hosting bill is now over $7K per month. A smaller site doesn’t need that much bandwidth, but if you’re paying $15 because your $12 million campaign is too freakin’ cheap to pay for quality hosting, then don’t go blaming your opponent when your shitty service goes out.

For their part, the Lamont campaign has offered its technical expertise to get Lieberman’s site back up (which could be done in an hour by a competent sysadmin), and has added a link to the googlecached version of Lieberman’s site at the top of their blog.

For you FDL readers that have been around for a few months, you should be able to relate to what Markos is talking about. Since the move from Blogger, we are now on our third host and here is a little in depth look into that.

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New Comment Features – Open Thread

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If you haven’t noticed yet, we got some upgrades on the comments. Here is a brief run-down of what is new.

Edit Comment

Commenter’s can now edit their own comments for up to 5 minutes after they post it. This will allow them to go back and make typo corrections, fix broken tags, etc. When you click the edit comment link, the comment code appears in the edit box and you make the changes as normal. If you wish to discard your changes you may by pressing the cancel button.

Quote This Comment

This will automatically insert a quotation of that comment into the editor, along with a link back to the original comment.

Marking of New Comments

This is not a 100% exact method due to server caching. The system will track the most recent 10 posts you have viewed and label comments as "new" since the last time you checked.

Editor Buttons.

The new buttons above the editor will make it easier to format your comment. You can highlight your text then click the appropriate button to apply that formatting. If you do not have any text selected then the button will place the opening tag for (more…)

Fiscal Irresponsibility Claims Another Victim – Everyone

Bush Loves His Money

Last week the Appropriation Committees of the House and Senate reached a deal on the supplemental appropriations bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new bill is expected to make it to the floor this week for debate and is expected to pass. Originally there was a provision in this bill to ban any of the money being spent on permanent bases in Iraq, a provision which was silently removed by the Republicans.

Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday.

The $94.5 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $65.8 billion to continue waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to be approved by Congress next week and sent to President George W. Bush for signing into law.

As originally passed by the House of Representatives, the Pentagon would have been prohibited from spending any of the funds for entering into a military basing rights agreement with Iraq.

While this is already a horrible move by Republicans, things get worse. Today we learn that Bush is planning on keeping a force of about 50,000 troops in Iraq for years to come:

America plans to retain a garrison of 50,000 troops, one tenth of its entire army, in Iraq for years to come, according to US media reports.

The revelation came as George W Bush summoned his top political, military and intelligence aides to a summit on Iraq’s future today at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

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Military planners have begun to assess the costs of keeping a 50,000-man force in Iraq for a protracted period of time. At present the total number of serving American troops is about 500,000.

The plan has not yet received presidential approval. But it would fit with the administration’s belief that while troops numbers will fall, American forces will have to remain in Iraq beyond Mr Bush’s departure from the White House in early 2009.

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Some Thoughts On Earth Day

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(The idea for the photo was taken from last night’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher).

Cross posted at IntoxiNation

Today is Earth Day and what a better way for Bush to celebrate it then by trying to exploit it. He did so in his weekly radio address:

Saturday is Earth Day, and many of you are asking how we can meet our growing energy needs while protecting our environment. The key is technology. So I have proposed the Advanced Energy Initiative to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars. I will visit the California Fuel Cell Partnership to take a closer look at hydrogen fuel cells, one of the exciting new technologies supported by my initiative. These fuel cells have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our cars by giving us vehicles that will emit no pollution and will be more efficient than gas-powered cars.

My Advanced Energy Initiative will also help improve hybrid vehicles — cars and trucks that run partly on electricity and help drivers save gas. We’re funding research into a new generation of plug-in hybrid vehicles that could be recharged in electrical outlets and could allow many drivers to make their daily commute using no gasoline.

By developing these and other new sources of clean renewable energy like ethanol, we will continue growing our economy, reduce energy prices and protect our environment, and make America less dependent on foreign oil.

This is politicking at its worst. The Republicans have always had a great way of playing with words to make something sound like that it isn’t. "No Child Left Behind" as a way to keep the majority of students from obtaining higher education. "Clear Skies Initiative" meaning the best way to clear the skies is by killing all the birds that fly in them using pollution.. These are just a couple of examples and  "Advanced Energy Initiative" is no different.

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Well It Has been A Bumpy Ride

We finally seem to have most of the bugs worked out. If anyone notices anything that has slipped past our eyes then please use this as an open thread to report the problems. If it is a layout problem then include what browser you are using and version along with what operating system your computer is and the address of the actual page. Looks like switching back to Haloscan for the commenting was the ticket on fixing most of the problems.

 Thanks everyone for being so patient during this past week.

Three Years Of Hell

 Three years ago tomorrow night was when our news channels filled with images of bombs exploding in Baghdad. 9:34pm est. time will mark the anniversary of the actual start of the invasion.

So where have we gone since then? Well we did make it to Baghdad with little effort. We did find Saddam Hussein. That’s about it for the good points..

Now here we sit 3 years later and where are we. We have lost 2,318 soldiers, over 30,000 Iraqi citizens; spent over half a trillion dollars (increasing by $200 million a day) and we sit here, isolated from the rest of the world. What does our President have to say about the war now?

"More fighting and sacrifice will be required," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "For some, the temptation to retreat and abandon our commitments is strong. Yet there is no peace, there’s no honor and there’s no security in retreat. So America will not abandon Iraq to the terrorists who want to attack us again."

Basically the Bush plan for Iraq is the same it has been since the invasion. Think of it as football. We see upsets time and time again. A team takes to the field with an over optimistic attitude because their opponents rated a large underdog. Of course that over optimistic team comes home with their heads held down low because they were just upset. I am not saying our outcome in Iraq will be the same because we can change the rules. We can redefine what we call a win. True in war, the only winner is war.

In January of 2003, Saddam Huessein vowed to give the Americans a war like no other they have fought before. Many people laughed at that comment. Well there are 2, 318 families not laughing now. In fact Saddam has given us exactly what he vowed. The insurgency is that war which Saddam vowed. Last fall Donald Rumsfeld took to the Sunday morning talk shows to try and build support for the war. One question he was asked on Meet the Press was about the insurgency. Rumsfeld said he does not believe a "robust" insurgency was something they planned for. Of course it wasn’t. What they planned for were people greeting their liberators and throwing flowers and candy at them. It is not a lack of planning, but rather a lack of perspective.

Prior to the invasion, our President did not even know the difference between Sunni, Shiite and Kurds.  He thought Iraq was nothing more than "Iraqis". It is that sort of monochrome view that has helped contribute to this disastrous nightmare.

One of the benefits I have on IntoxiNation, is having a great partner in blogging who shares my same views. The only difference we have is the fact that I am in the United States and he is in the United Kingdom.

In the U.K. public support for the war has always been very low. Tony Blair is now facing some big political challenges and one way he is trying to gain public support is by fixing Iraq. This week the U.K. announced that they were withdrawing 800 troops from Iraq. The next day the U.S. announces they are sending over 700 more troops. Kind of hard to say we are making progress when we have to offset our allies’ withdrawal like that.

This move by Blair was also done the same week a new Downing Street Memo was published in the Guardian.

Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos. John Sawers, Mr Blair’s envoy in Baghdad in the aftermath of the invasion, sent a series of confidential memos to Downing Street in May and June 2003 cataloguing US failures. With unusual frankness, he described the US postwar administration, led by the retired general Jay Garner, as "an unbelievable mess" and said "Garner and his top team of 60-year-old retired generals" were "well-meaning but out of their depth".

Of course we already knew this. There was a five year project headed up in the State Department, which started under Clinton, whose mission was to deal with a strategy when it comes to dealing with a post war Iraq. This project employed some of the brightest minds in our nation when it comes to Iraq and cost the taxpayers’ millions. What did George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld do with this plan? They threw it out. Instead they went into Iraq with no plan because they were that over optimistic team I talked about earlier. In war the greatest enemy is optimism.

In the past three years we have created a breeding ground for terrorists. We have also destabilized the most dangerous region in the world. We ignored the offers of help last year from other Middle Eastern countries and now Iraq is on the verge of civil war – a war which will most likely span across its borders and further destabilize the region as a whole.

Three years later and we got the President out giving his same talking points. The year may be different but the rhetoric is the same. Today you can turn on the television and see General Casey talk about the war. He is scheduled on three Sunday Morning talk shows while Dick Cheney is slotted on Face the Nation. While the citizens of this country mourn what we have lost, we got the cheerleaders out trying to muster support for a highly unpopular war. If they want to gain support then they should be locked in a room in Washington trying to figure out a plan to get us out of this nightmare.

Cross posted at IntoxiNation

(on another note: Great job on Washington Journal Reddhedd.)