Thursday, December 28, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
The cases were among more than 500 abuse claims pending against the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
"It's a day of healing and reconciliation as we move forward with these 45 cases," Cardinal Roger Mahony told The Associated Press. "This is very special for these victims in their moment of healing."
The claims settled Friday involve 22 priests and include allegations from two periods when the archdiocese had limited or no insurance against sexual abuse claims - prior to the mid-1950s and after 1987."
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
"For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children, and the children yet unborn."
Rod Serling, from 1960-something
Friday, September 08, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Oh, wait, I've never been convicted of anything.
"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- By granting absolution to a convicted moonshiner, George W. Bush also earned the unique distinction of becoming the first president to pardon a cast member of the 1972 Academy Award-nominated movie "Deliverance."
Randall Leece Deal of Clayton, Georgia, had a small role in the film about four Atlanta businessmen who have unpleasant encounters with locals during a north Georgia canoe trip.
For the last 16 years, Deal, 66, has worked at the Rabun County Sheriff's Department, a far cry from his life in the early 1960s when he was convicted on two counts of violating liquor laws and one count of conspiring to violate liquor laws.
The crimes are commonly known as moonshining and Deal still disputes the conspiracy charge."
Friday, August 04, 2006
Americans are frightened by the growing chaos in the Mideast, and the last thing they needed to hear this week was Mr. Rumsfeld laying blame for sectarian violence on a few Al Qaeda schemers. What they want is some assurance that the administration has a firm grasp on reality and has sensible, achievable goals that could lead to an end to the American involvement in Iraq with as little long-term damage as possible. Instead, Mr. Rumsfeld offered the same old exhortation to stay the course, without the slightest hint of what the course is, other than the rather obvious point that the Iraqis have to learn to run their own country.
By contrast, the generals flanking him were pillars of candor and practicality. Gen. John Abizaid, the U.S. commander in the Middle East, said “Iraq could move toward civil war” if the sectarian violence — which he said “is probably as bad as I’ve seen it” — is not contained. The generals tried to be optimistic about the state of the Iraqi security forces, but it was hard. They had to acknowledge that a militia controls Basra, that powerful Iraqi government officials run armed bands that the Pentagon considers terrorist organizations financed by Iran, and that about a third of the Iraqi police force can’t be trusted to fight on the right side.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.
"We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.
Specter's announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action.
Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements during his presidency, reserving the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national security and constitutional grounds.
"That non-veto hamstrings Congress because Congress cannot respond to a signing statement," said ABA president Michael Greco. The practice, he added "is harming the separation of powers."
Bush has challenged about 750 statutes passed by Congress, according to numbers compiled by Specter's committee. The ABA estimated Bush has issued signing statements on more than 800 statutes, more than all other presidents combined.
Signing statements have been used by presidents, typically for such purposes as instructing agencies how to execute new laws.
But many of Bush's signing statements serve notice that he believes parts of bills he is signing are unconstitutional or might violate national security.
Still, the White House said signing statements are not intended to allow the administration to ignore the law.
"A great many of those signing statements may have little statements about questions about constitutionality," said White House spokesman Tony Snow. "It never says, 'We're not going to enact the law.'"
Specter's announcement intensifies his challenge of the administration's use of executive power on a number of policy matters. Of particular interest to him are two signing statements challenging the provisions of the USA Patriot Act renewal, which he wrote, and legislation banning the use of torture on detainees.
Bush is not without congressional allies on the matter. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a former judge, has said that signing statements are nothing more than expressions of presidential opinion that carry no legal weight because federal courts are unlikely to consider them when deciding cases that challenge the same laws.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
PLEASE go see the documentary film An Inconveniet Truth. It is great! Thank you Al Gore! We MUST save our planet.
Two: History is being made. George W. Bush is speaking at the NAACP annual convention. This is interesting! Stay tuned. Solid.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
A lot of people on planet Earth saw The Da Vinci Code when it opened last weekend. The film earned about $224 million dollars worldwide in approximately two days.
Apparently people are going to movie theatres to see this film. I know I did, and I highly recommend it. It is a great movie!
Thumbs up! Thank you Ron Howard and everybody who worked on it. Peace.
Monday, May 15, 2006
The Peace Sign Project is in full swing. Simply put, we want everybody to put a Peace sign on their car.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
ALBANY, May 1 — Ten states, including California and New York, plan to file suit this week to force the Bush administration to toughen mileage regulations for sport utility vehicles and other trucks.
The suit, which the states are to announce on Tuesday, contends that the administration did not do a rigorous enough analysis of the environmental benefits of fuel economy regulations, as required by law, before issuing new rules last month for S.U.V.'s, pickup trucks and minivans. The suit will also claim that the government did not consider the impact of gasoline consumption on climate change when devising the new rules.
While the states have initiated a number of suits over Washington's environmental policies, the new suit is the first to take aim at federal fuel economy regulations. With gasoline reaching $3 a gallon in many parts of the country, there has been a broad outcry for action but little consensus on what to do.
Senate Republicans have proposed a $100 rebate to help taxpayers pay gas bills, a proposal that has been met with criticism even from the right, while President Bush has asked for Congressional authority to revise mileage regulations for passenger cars. He already has the authority to do so for S.U.V.'s and other trucks.California will be lead plaintiff in the suit, which also includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as New York City and the District of Columbia.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Today is Rob's birthday.
Yesterday George W. Bush came to Indian Wells, California for a republican fundraiser.
How is any of this connected?
Everything is connected. I went to see George W. Bush yesterday, but he declined to see me. I was there with about 200 other people. (www.thedesertsun.com) People of all kinds. None of us liked Bush much. We don't believe he's made Mother Earth a better place. There were five people there who did. Hence the 33% approval rating. It's been quite a wild ride since 2000. Today is Rob's birthday, and Mother Earth keeps on revolving and evolving. I keep trying to speak with Mr. Bush. You should too. Peace. www.stillfree.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case. Before his indictment, I. Lewis Libby testified to the grand jury investigating the CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass on information and that it was Bush who authorized the disclosure, the court papers say. According to the documents, the authorization led to the July 8, 2003, conversation between Libby and New York Times reporter Judith Miller.
VERY INTERESTING! HMMMM...............
THIS MAY ONLY BE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
I hope Tom meets some really nice, new, diverse friends in prison who will teach him new tricks. I wonder if Tom will follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter after he serves his prison sentence? The world needs more people like Jimmy Carter! I wish Mr. Delay all the best.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
This movie is extremely relevant not only today, but for all time. The acting performances are wonderful. The story is great. The cinematography is amazing. It is neither too long nor too short. It is just right and very satisfying. We really care about these characters. This motion picture is truly a wakeup call.
This movie is relevant not only for our current struggle for truth in government, but for all the battles fought in the past. The performances are powerful, the story timely, the cinematography is stunning.
Please DO NOT miss V For Vendetta.
The message is one we all must embrace.
Monday, March 13, 2006
I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.
Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's a dirty word. But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal" and it's like you're turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake, and that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.
This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.
That's one of the things that drew me to making a film about Murrow. When you hear Murrow say, "We mustn't confuse dissent with disloyalty" and "We can't defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home," it's like he's commenting on today's headlines.
The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
Bottom line: it's not merely our right to question our government, it's our duty. Whatever the consequences. We can't demand freedom of speech then turn around and say, But please don't say bad things about us. You gotta be a grown up and take your hits.I am a liberal. Fire away.
I'm a liberal too, George. Thank you for all you do. Peace.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Will somebody PLEASE explain to me how anybody can ever vote for a republican ever again?!
I just don't get it!
Good night and good luck.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.
Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was ''alert and doing fine'' in a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday after he was shot by Cheney on a ranch in south Texas, said Katharine Armstrong, the property's owner.
He was in stable condition Sunday, said Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi.
Armstrong in an interview with The Associated Press said Whittington, 78, was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest during the incident which occurred late afternoon on Saturday."
This is just one reason why I am anti-gun!
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I am proud to live in a time when such a fine film is recognized and honored.
Have you seen it? A lot of people have. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen.
I wonder if this is some kind of direct message to the Bush Administration? Is Oscar simply acknowledging a very fine movie, or are they saying something else as well?
In a time when our government is taking away our freedoms and rights, Oscar may be saying; "Enough is enough."
I wonder if George W. Bush will ever see and understand this movie?
I always hope for the best.
In the meantime, we can all continue to live for equal rights.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
"I laugh every chance I get," says the instructor, retired Army colonel James "Scotty" Scott. "That's why I'm blessed to be at the Pentagon, where we definitely need a lot of laughter in our lives."
Scott, 57, is certified as a laughter training specialist by the Ohio-based World Laughter Tour, a group that promotes mirth as medicine. It touts scientific research that suggests chuckling can boost the body's immune system and decrease stress hormones."
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!
I don't know whether to cry or laugh!
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Good luck and goodfellas.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Monday, January 02, 2006
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Uncover the truth and tell as many people as you can about it.
Get involved and have an opinion.
Don't remain dumb, blind, and deaf.
Feel the love of Peace in your soul.
Make a positive difference every day.
Use less gas and maybe the price will dramatically lower.
Take a closer look at the Vatican's policies on equal rights and human rights.
Eat more vegetables.
Drink more water.
AND PLEASE VOTE DEMOCRAT!