Site updates

While the blog may still be dark, the East Valley Democratic Club website is getting a much-needed overhaul. Hopefully this will mean more up-to-date information, but in the meantime things may look broken. I something looks odd please check back in a day or two, or drop us a note.

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Going dark

In case anyone is still reading this blog, we’re going dark for the forseeable future. The server logs show a distinct lack of traffic, and only one person has signed up to be able to comment.

I know, there’s sort of a catch-22 here, in that our main author hasn’t posted very often, but he doesn’t post because it seems no one’s reading, which means there’s little new material to draw readers… you get the picture :-/.

So, if we hear from enough people that there’s a desire for new material, maybe we’ll bring the blog back. In the meantime, check out the blogs in the blogroll for new content.

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The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear…Right?

Wrong.

A Homeland Security Department spokesman was held Wednesday on felony charges of sexually preying on a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl through explicit online conversations. He was quickly suspended without pay from one of the nation’s top crime-fighting agencies.

The arrest of Brian J. Doyle, 55, raised doubts about the ability of an agency responsible for safeguarding the country to ensure the security credentials of its own people.

Gee, ya think?

Of course, it can’t get much worse than this, right?

Wrong.
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The Weekly Google: The UEA port deal

Welcome to Bizarro World: as Iraq melts down in the wake of the Shi’a shrine bombing, Bush’s top priority appears to be making sure that some of Osama bin Laden’s best friends are given the keys to America’s ports:

From March, 2004:

The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency’s director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States on Thursday.

Had the CIA targeted bin Laden, half the royal family would have been wiped out as well, he said.

I don’t see how it’s a good idea to hand over ports to Bin Laden’s pals.

Again, this is not about an “Arab company,” this is a company owned and controlled by the hereditary oligarchy of the UAE, many of whom, apparently, were Bin Laden’s jolly old pals.

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The Week In Googling: The Governator

Well, the Daily Google was a wonderful idea, but given my (non-)copious free time, it was a bit…overly ambitious, shall we say. Therefore, this article series is now called the Weekly Google, and hopefully, it will be a bit more reliable in its release. Pardon our dust and all that. :-)

This week, we look into a topic that the East Valley Democrats will be addressing more regularly as November approaches: the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the heck of a job he’s been doing for California.
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This week in DC

Below the fold I’ve listed this week’s votes in the House and Senate, and how our local reps voted on each. If you think another rep should be included (i.e. is in the area serviced by the EVDC) drop me a note and let me know.

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Bush to propose cutting Guard and Reserves

Um, I thought we were at war:

President Bush will use his new budget to propose cutting the size of the Army Reserve to its lowest level in three decades and stripping up to $4 billion next year from two fighter aircraft programs.

Under the plan, the authorized troop strength of the Army Reserve would drop from 205,000 – the current number of slots it is allowed – to 188,000, the number of soldiers it had at the end of 2005. Because of recruiting and other problems, the Army Reserve has been unable to fill its ranks to its authorized level.

Army leaders have already said they are taking a similar approach to shrinking the National Guard, which the Army is proposing to cut from its authorized level of 350,000 soldiers to 333,000, the number now on National Guard rolls.

Now I’m not going to weigh in on the fighter craft issue, since it involves some money juggling that might get our Air Force more F-22s in the long run. Considering the problems in Iraq and the shortages of manpower displayed by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I have to ask…what are they thinking?!?
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Feinstein supports filibuster!

Thank you Senator Feinstein!

The last two days have been amazing.

Early Thursday afternoon, we broke the news that Senator John Kerry would lead a filibuster against Judge Sam Alito if he could get 41 Senators to sustain the filibuster. Three hours later, CNN confirmed our story.

But even as Karl Rove was doing his dirty work, progressive activists like you were calling your Senators urging them to support John Kerry’s filibuster.

And one by one, Democratic Senators began to turn around.

http://democrats.com/alito-48

At the start of the day, only Dick Durbin and Debbie Stabenow supported Kerry and Kennedy. Just before noon, Hillary Clinton’s office called to say she supported us. Then Harry Reid came on board, along with Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Ron Wyden, Chris Dodd, and (I think) Chuck Schumer.

Most importantly, we even picked up Dianne Feinstein, who just yesterday said she opposed a filibuster.

Bold type theirs, italics mine.

This is simply amazing news. Senator Feinstein has really come through after some initial, disappointing opposition to the Alito filibuster, and I believe she deserves our praise for her willingness to oppose this radical transformation of the Supreme Court. Bravo.

Update: Senator Feinstein makes the statement on her own site.

The Blue Phoenix
It’s time to rise

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Liberty and Justice for all

Greetings, and welcome to the East Valley Democratic Club’s blog. Here, we fight for our basic rights and liberties in the face of an increasingly authoritarian administration in Washington and the vapid Governator here at home.

Fighting words? You bet. We are your father’s Democrats — two-fisted, passionate, and ready to stand up for what we believe in. Formed around a core of activists united by the Dean candidacy, we have taken his call to the “Democratic wing of the Democratic party” (originally coined by Paul Wellstone) to heart. Setting triangulation and appeasement aside, we intend to let America know what we stand for and what we believe in, no apologies, no regrets. It’s time to stop giving plum government positions to corporate lobbyists and incompetent cronies. It’s time to end unilateral wars that distract us from America’s real enemies and put the focus back on the murderers who want us dead. It’s time to return our attention to a badly abused environment before it turns against us. It’s time to stop shoveling money at the obscenely rich and restore hope to the people who do the work in this country. It’s time to put an end to torture and illegal spying — violations of the fundamental principles America was founded on — and restore our republic’s good name. In short, it’s time to restore liberty and justice for all.

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