Archive for April, 2007

Tom Allen: Survey Says!

What’s most important to Mainers? Tom Allen’s survey is in.
Results indicate that Mainers would like to continue living on this planet:

With their civil liberties intact:

And their loved ones at home with them:

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Francis “Bing” West, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under Reagan, met with sixty members of the Maine State College Republicans in Augusta assuring them that U.S. forces were not only making progress in Iraq, but “very few soldiers these days even see insurgents as part of their duties and even fewer […]

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U.S. AID Director Randall Tobias resigned yesterday after admitting that he has used the services of a Washington prostitute. Making an otherwise hum-drum news item more interesting is the fact that Tobias oversaw a controversial policy advocated by the religious right that any US-based group receiving anti-AIDS funding take an anti-prostitution “loyalty oath.” […]

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Buckle Up

It seems unusual that in Maine you can ride a motorcycle with no helmet and nothing even remotely like a seat belt to keep you on the vehicle, but driving a car without a seat belt is about to become a primary offense. This means that a cop can pull you over for not […]

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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was April 23, 2007. Maine Lawmakers Need a 12-Step Program for Idiot Taxes. Marijuana Activist Arrested for Aggravated Cultivation. Super Earth Has a Weight Problem. New Hampshire: Live Free or Get Married. The National Republican Congressional Committee Wants […]

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Impeaches and Cream

National Impeachment Day is tomorrow - April 28, 2007 - rain or shine.
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Voting on strict party lines, New Hampshire senators yesterday cleared the way for civil unions for same-sex couples. When Gov. John Lynch - who recently declared his support for the legislation - signs the bill, New Hampshire will become the fourth state to adopt civil unions.
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60 bee researchers gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss Colony Collapse Disorder –Beekeepers in 28 states, Canada and Britain have reported large losses of bees — about a quarter of the estimated 2.4 million commercial colonies across the United States since the fall.
Preliminary findings suggest it could be the result of a fungus, a single-celled […]

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Remember Chernobyl? The nuclear power plant in Ukraine that experienced an explosion and meltdown that resulted the worst nuclear accident on record? 112 villages within the 30 mile zone were evacuated?
I heard a report on NPR the other day mentioning that negative nuclear events at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island […]

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1,001 American adults polled online April 20-23, for a Harris Interactive survey revealed an approval rating of 28% of President Bush’s job performance, down from 32% in February - a new all time low. In fact, all of the political figures and institutions included in the survey have negative performance ratings.
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Martin Durkin, former communist turned filmmaker, has produced another in a series of controversial documentaries, this one called The Great Global Warming Swindle. The film, as you might suppose, disputes the science behind global warming.
But a group of 38 British climate scientists including the former heads of Britain’s academy of sciences and […]

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Iraq: Everyone Out!

In a vote of 218-208, the United States House of Representatives has passed legislation that would implement a timeline for the phased withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, beginning in October.
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Casting himself as the “best qualified and most experienced candidate in the presidential field” John McCain began bid number 2 for the White House in New Hampshire. But is he?
McCain has a trophy wife — Cindy Hensley McCain — but, as the Steven Wright joke goes, “she wasn’t first place.” Twenty years […]

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President Bush has declared a disaster in Maine for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford and York counties following last week’s nor’easter. The formal declaration makes available federal assistance.
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Deca Ban Heats Up

People are warming up to the idea of a ban on the brominated flame retardant Deca — the stuff that gradually leeches out of the products we buy and into us.
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Every morning begins the same way for Dick Cheney:

It’s not easy to empire-build when you’re constantly distracted by myocardial infarctions and aneurysms. There’s the extra Hummer to hold your defibrillator (and back up defibrillator) and medical team. Daily near-death experiences. A heart that fires off blood clots like a Roman […]

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The Bush administration communication preference is “misinformation.” Lies.
Just this week?
There are the more-than-heroic stories of Tillman and Lynch disseminated by the military to try and “sell” the war.
There’s Dick Cheney asserting that the troop surge WAS one of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. (The Iraq Study Group said escalation […]

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) thinks that extraordinary rendition (torture) is such a good idea - so necessary - that if a few completely innocent people get killed in the process, it’s worth it. If you don’t agree with him? Then he hopes your family suffers at the hands of terrorists… (Fun video) US […]

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Iraq on the Clock

Senator Snowe has introduced legislation that would create yet another timeline in Iraq - ending President Bush’s military surge if the Iraqi government fails to meet key political benchmarks within 120 days after enactment. If it passes soon? It would kick in just in time for the Republican pull-out scheduled for August/September.
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GMO and Organic Seed Smackdown

What do you do when your organic crop is threatened by genetically modified seeds? Rep. James Schatz, D-Blue Hill, said his bill would assign liability to the manufacturer of genetically engineered plants, rather than the farmer, when someone sues over plants coming into their property. A person could sue for damages including the cost […]

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First the bad news. It’s 20.5 light years away and its gravity is five times that of the Earth, which means it will take forever to get there and once we do, you will definitely want to change into your fat pants. (Fortunately its diameter is 1.5 times that of Earth, so the gravity […]

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This morning the phone rang. Caller I.D. flashed, “unavailable.” I was feeling lucky, so I picked up. It was the National Republican Congressional Committee. The woman on the other end of the phone told me that Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma wanted me to come to Washington D.C. to take part in […]

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Bolstered by a show of support from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is poo-poohing calls for his resignation and promising to stay on the job. In a nod to critics, he’s promised to continue doing the same half-assed job that he’s been doing all along. The President promised to do the same.
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Remember the surge? The “I’m the President and this is necessary and I’m going to do it” surge? The “now we’re getting serious and this is going to be just the ticket to restore law and order” surge? Yeah. It’s not working. Mostly because our 30,000 troops surged into Iraq only […]

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I’ve never heard the phrase “aggravated cultivation” applied to marijuana. Bittersweet? Gooseneck loosestrife? Dandelions? Half the stuff in my yard? Sure! But I was under the impression that marijuana wasn’t that easy to grow.
Regardless, marijuana legalization activist Donald Christen faces up to five years in prison for having more than the […]

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