TeleCom Immunity Resurfaces again

I've blogged previously about Sen. Chris Dodd's fight to keep TeleCom's from getting immunity to lawsuits for their participation and cooperation in the Bush Administration's illegal wire-taps. Well, that same issue is back again today, it would seem....

A new FISA Bill has just been made public [PDF] which appears to yet again contain immunity for TeleComs that helped the NSA break the law and spy on millions of ordinary Americans for the Bush Administration. Let me repeat that... TeleComs helped the NSA break the law in order to spy on American citizens. Just to be clear, the NSA was created on November 4, 1952 in order to be responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence.

The House is set to vote on the Bill today. I'm really growing tired of this "Terrorists are the new Communists" crap.

UPDATE (2008-06-20 11:24 MDT): Disgusting! It passed 293 to 129 (13 did not vote). The vote results can be found on this page: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll437.xml


The Real McCain

It's time to turn up the heat a little in regards to the general election. That said, I want to direct your attention to a website dedicated to cutting through the Bush-type Republican crud that McCain brings to the table....

The Real McCain

More conservative readers may initially just laugh at this and ignore it, but I ask you... Do you really know what McCain has in mind for the USA?

I recommend that you at least take a peak at the videos area of the website. There you'll find some eye-opening information about the presidential candidate. Make sure that you really want a third Bush term before you vote for McCain.


Obama Bicycle Ride

What do you do after you claim the Democratic nomination for President? Well, according to the Associated Press, Barack Obama took a nice quiet bike ride with his family, friends, and neighbors.

That's my kind of Presidential candidate!


It's Party (Convention) Time!

As of right now, McCain and Obama are "presumptive" nominees, meaning they haven't officially received their party's nomination. The official nominations occur at the Party conventions. I've included those dates and locations below, so mark your calendars! (I realize that the Constitution Party and Libertarian conventions have already occurred, but I think they should also be included as the USA is a "two-party system" in appearance only.)

- April 23-26, 2008: 2008 Constitution Party National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
- May 23-26, 2008: 2008 Libertarian National Convention, in Denver, Colorado.
- July 10-13, 2008: 2008 Green Party National Convention, to be held in Chicago, Illinois.
- August 25-28, 2008: 2008 Democratic National Convention, to be held in Denver, Colorado.
- September 1-4, 2008: 2008 Republican National Convention, to be held in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Once the official nominations have been made, I will open a new INDY Poll with all the official candidates listed.

INDY Poll Results: Who would you like to see win the 2008 Democratic nomination?

It would appear that INDY.CC visitors have nominated Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic party's presidential candidate. Here are the results of the long running INDY Poll (which closed this morning)....

- Hillary Clinton »» 40% (53 votes)
- Barack Obama »» 57% (75 votes)
- Mike Gravel »» 2% (3 votes)

Total votes: 131

Obama wins nomination

It came right down to the wire, but Barack Obama has finally grabbed a hold of enough votes to claim the Democratic party Presidential nomination. I am thrilled that we've reached this point. With all the petty he-said-she-said bickering and the many Republicans (encouraged by Rush Limbaugh) switching over to vote for Hillary Clinton, I was becoming worried about how tainted the race was becoming.

Now it's time to direct our attention toward the general election.