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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Friday, 17 November 2006 at 18h 28m 53s

Keith Olbermann on the mark, again

Olbermann: "Funny, how when Trent Lott defeated Lamar Alexander by one vote for the Senate minority leadership yesterday, it was characterized in the media as a remarkable comeback story, with the random kidding reference to that ironical word “minority.” But when Steny Hoyer and Jack Murtha both stood for the House majority leadership today, that was characterized in the media as Democratic infighting, with frequent implications that the Dems were already coming apart at the seams."

Thursday, 16 November 2006 at 17h 17m 13s

True sight of the people

“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.”

-—Thomas Jefferson, on the Alien & Sedition Act, June 4, 1798.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 at 20h 20m 56s

My take on the Time cover

Here is my spoof of the recent pitiful Time magazine cover that I discussed in one yesterday's posts.

Monday, 13 November 2006 at 17h 36m 8s

Leonardo puts his money to use

Click here to visit Leonardo di Caprio's website where he posts 2 online movies. One about Global Warming and one about the earth's water supplies.


Monday, 13 November 2006 at 18h 7m 21s

The tale of two covers and 12 years

  Which cover of Time occurred in 2006 ?
  Which cover in 1994 ?

The current meme of the 2006 election by the corporate media has been to equate the Democratic onslaught with the rise of true conservatism. This makes no sense, but then the corporate media is the manipulated vocal box of absentee owners and the financial classes who want to salvage as much of the discredited agenda as possible while denying the dismise of conservative governing policy. Not one Democratic office holder lost one seat in every election last Tuesday, both state and federal. The majority of governors (28 to 24) are now Democratic. Democrats either won or keep their seat. Republicans either held their seat or lost.

Or, as Maureen Dowd aptly said in a recent column:

"Republicans were oddly oblivious to the fact that they had turned into an unappetizing tableau of bloated, corrupt, dissembling, feckless white hacks who were leaving kids unprotected. DeLay and Bob Ney sneaking out of Congress with dollar bills flying out of their pockets. Hastert playing Cardinal Bernard Law, shielding Mark Foley. Rummy, cocky and obtuse as he presided over an imploding Iraq, while failing to give soldiers the armor, support and strategy they needed to come home safely. Cheney, vowing bullheadedly to move full speed ahead on Iraq no matter what the voters decided. W. frantically yelling about how Democrats would let the terrorists win, when his lame-brained policies had spawned more terrorists."

In other words, they started believing in their own spin. Every dirty trick they tried turned against them this election cycle. Voter turnout increased by 10% (from 45% to 55%) with the increase being predominantly younger voters. The turnout of younger voters increased by 25%. According to Thom Hartmann (and the exit poll data he cites) every federal election was within 1% of the exit poll data except in Montana and Virginia, where they were off by 4% or more -- which means the obvious. However, Thom believes (and I do too) that the increased voter turnout made it too difficult for the Republicans to steal the election this time, even though both Montana and Virginia were extremely close.

Exit polls are never wrong by more than 1% unless there is deliberate malfeasance and tampering. Ignorant persons and political jackals will try to think otherwise, but exit polls are never wrong by more than 1% unless there is deliberate malfeasance and tampering. For the last 30 years, in Germany, exit polls determine the election winners -- unless the victory is within 1%. After 2 weeks all of the paper ballots are counted, AND THE ELECTION RESULTS ARE NEVER MORE THAN 0.5% OFF. Exit polls are accurate because people are stating something they just did, rather than something they say they will do in the future. Exit polls only came into discredit since 1998 when they started to differ from the tally results of electronic voting machines.

Which again, means the obvious. Throw away the touch screen voting machines. Use ballots and electronic scanners so there is a paper trail. Then enforce exit polling and ballot sampling techniques ( examining a small sample ) to ensure the reliability of the scanners and central tabulators.

How come the media isn't educating the public correctly on this issue? Well, do you really think the corporate media has an interest in an informed, educated voting population?

According to the exit polls, the top five issues this election cycle were :

  1. Corruption
  2. Iraq
  3. Education
  4. Health Care
  5. Economy

Yea, I know, what are they talking about?

Ezra Klein demolishes the conservative victory hypothesis in a recent article in the American Prospect online edition. Click here.

I like this picture better ...

So here you have Time magazine -- which is but one small branch of the monolithic enterprise Time Warner Inc. -- equating the 2006 Democratic sweep as two large equal sized circles overlapping a little in the middle. Whereas in 1994, the Elephant takes up to 65% of the paper squashing a small donkey underneath its front foot, with the title "GOP Stampede" at the top.

Here are the two election victories in both years.

1994 : Republicans gained 52 House, 8 Senate, and 10 gubernatorial seats
2006 : Democrats gained 33 House, 6 Senate, and 6 gubernatorial seats

Obviously the 1994 take-over by the Rethuglicans was a brutal stampede -- a perfect example of what happens when the voters choices are Republican and Republican-lite : no one votes but Republican voters. Yet how come the editors of Time choose to represent a Democratic sweep as abstract geometrical concepts and nuanced vocabulary terms like "center" ? Why are they NOW suddenly so concerned about partisanship when they were partisan biased for the last decade? They could have done a story about the "new Democrats" with 6 to 11 of the freshmen Democrats that beat Republicans in Congress.

Ah, but what better way to hide the faces of the new Democrats than behind a color blue and the Republicans underneath the color red. It's two circles not a Donkey and an Elephant. The percentages of the circle colors is even wrong. The percentages of Republican(red) to Democrat(blue) to Independent(purple) is 33% to 38% to 29% -- the purple section should be much larger !

Something like this

Saturday, 11 November 2006 at 12h 47m 35s

Honoring our veterans of foreign wars

Wednesday, 8 November 2006 at 19h 19m 8s

Bush's angels

Wednesday, 8 November 2006 at 12h 35m 58s

The Attempted Scam of Measure L

Out here in liberal-land, the sleepy coastal town of Pacifica, California -- 10 miles south of San Francisco -- got into a fight with an multi-millionaire corporate financier from South Florida named R. Donahue Peebles. He bought a piece of property called the Quarry and got a ballot measure called "L" to be voted on by the people of Pacifica, California that would have rezoned the property for up to 355 houses.

Click here to read about the real issues of why Mr. Peebles bothered to spend a lot of money to get Measure L passed. A lot of people naively give Mr. Peebles a lot of respectable, non-duplicitous descriptions. Mr. Peebles threatened to sell out to Walmart if the measure didn't pass. Some persons now think taxes have to be raised, while believing the costs of new homes and construction would be offset by generous forecasts of assumed future revenue.

Click here for another view that is more realistic.

Click here for the Bay Guardian story.

A flattering article about Mr. Peebles in Inc magazine brings out the keen eye of the fine line manipulator at work on a project he re-sold in Florida (eerily similar to this current project) [SOURCE]

"The owners were asking for $25 million to $30 million, but no one was willing to pay because it wasn't going to make money unless it got rezoned -- the building couldn't be taller than 40 feet. The rezoning would take two years. I found a loophole that would allow us to go up to 200 feet in height and offered $10 million, contingent on the rezoning. ... After the Bath Club got rezoned, a brokerage firm offered me $42 million for the property."

And just follow the money people [SOURCE] :

The current total spending by the Peebles-funded "Yes on L" campaign through 10/21/06 is $1,310,384.78 according to the campaign's official election filing report (warning: large 3MB Adobe Acrobat PDF file).

That's $415,247.75 just over the last 21 days, or $19,773.70 per day.

Only $3,502.47-- less than 1% of the money spent this period-- went to Pacifica businesses, and almost all of it was rent for office space. If Measure L is supposed to be a financial boon to Pacifica businesses, it sure hasn't been so far.

The Peebles-funded campaign spent $103,455.39 on a firm in San Francisco for canvassers to go door-to-door here.

This land is a cold, wind driven open space along side a rising mountain that is boxed in by ocean and one four lane highway. There is no study or plan that 355 houses can be feasibly built, but nevertheless the number is 355. Now this big Florida land-developer Peebles buys the property a year ago, yet he offers no development plan? He insists he get Measure L passed so the number of houses can become 355, because it is quite possible that an official study would determine a number less than 300.

Keep in mind his own words :"After the Bath Club got rezoned, a brokerage firm offered me $42 million for the property."

I don't believe this financial minded buisness savvy investor buys anything without a plan. The plan was to use Measure L as a means to obtain a favorable re-zoning that could not have occurred by the normal means. Peebles is not interested in doing the development himself, or else he would have put one together. Instead he spends more than a million dollars trying to get Measure L passed so he can use the Measure to inflate the value of the land and resell it for a profit, maybe to another "brokerage firm."

David Blackman needs to re-join the do nothing minority that he represents. How much of his campaign funding helped him build those expensive pugnacious wooden green signs that he placed everywhere ? He also bought a quarter page ad in the Pacifica Tribute where he talked about the "quarry project" that he "was involved in" and swore this was only the first step, as if he was an insider.

The first step to what, David? Tell us what you really know.

Obviously Pacificans see right through you, that's why you got 5th place with only 14.2% of the 3,000 who bothered to vote yesterday.

Wednesday, 8 November 2006 at 17h 25m 0s

The news media according to Hugh Hewitt

And it is a wonderful day for new media, especially talk radio. For two years we have had to defend the Congressional gang that couldn't shoot straight. Now we get to play offense.


As Dean has pointed out, congratulations are in order to the Dems who ran a skillful campaign that kept the focus on the GOP's scandals and away from the left's agenda. The GOP couldn't recover from Foley's repulsive conduct, and the enemy was willing to kill randomly in the run-up to the vote in order to demoralize an American public.

From Hugh Hewitt, a good-ole boy television "personality" explaining why he is a media hack. Hewitt defends corruption and incompetence, and attacks progress and integrity. That is what he meant when he said "we get to play offense." Notice how smoothly he says the Democrats "kept the focus on the GOP's scandals and away from the left's agenda" and sort of blames the Iraqi conflict for being "willing to kill randomly ... in order to demoralize" the American public.

Are you kidding me? Dragging out that bogeyman called the "Left's agenda" in order to not talk about the issues, which is, Hubert, what the agenda of the Democratic party is all about : how to end the corruption you busily defend, how to stop the incompetence you make excuses for, how to truly put the nations finances in order instead of talking tough and doing nothing. Most of all, how to stop putting our troops in the middle of a civil war rather than lying about it all the time.

There are a lot of persons all over the world who want to kill us. That is not the reason you invade countries, destroy the infrastructure, rape the budget with cost-plus contracts without reconstructing anything, and then build dozens of permanent bases armed by men with guns.

You are demoralizing the American public Mr. Hewitt.

Read the entire article if you want, but Hewitt is full of shit. He's a dishonest con artist. That's why the corporate media allows him to speak on televsion on the time.

Friday, 3 November 2006 at 19h 5m 17s

This is unbelievable

[SOURCE -- The New York Times.]

November 3, 2006
Congress Tells Auditor in Iraq to Close Office

Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.

And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Mr. Bowen’s supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip.

The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.