Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Ye Olde Coffee Table

You can observe a lot by watching. – Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame American Baseball Player

26 Comments:

Blogger Ron said...

I am soooo excited! I have no idea how much we had to do with this, I only pray some. After the last city election with no challengers this year we have a full boat. The last I heard there were 18 or 19 people that had filed to run! This is awesome!!!!!! All the seats will now be challenged. Will there be anybody to truly get excited about. I don't know but the fact that people think it is important is a giant leap! Good work my friends, I salute you.

5:32 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, Ron!!

Maybe poor people will end up being represented by a few people who are not rich!! IF they have any sense they will vote for the person who understands the problems of the "have nots."

Lonna

9:42 AM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The text was something in the Donkey's email, the Donkey shorten and reivided it :

"Abramoff was brought into the conservative elites'
power structure because DeLay, Ney and the others let him in. A lobbyist has no power unless an
elected official gives him some. The conservatives have allowed themselves to be bought off and
broke the voter's trust in our system of democracy.
"We the People" will not become slaves to "Them,the Influence Peddlers". The tentacles of Abramoff's influence peddling monster reach in so many directions
it's staggering."

6:15 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The liberal media again.

"Jan. 10, 2006, 10:57PM
Channel 13 pulls TV ad linking DeLay, lobbyist


By SAMANTHA LEVINE
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - A day before a television ad linking Rep. Tom DeLay to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was set to hit the airwaves in the Houston area, lawyers for his campaign told local stations Tuesday that the ad contained falsehoods and hinted that it could lead to court action."

This is intimidation by a man who needs to hide the truth from the voters he's supposed to serve. Delay should save money on his lawyers and focus staying out of jail.

Delay does not have enough money to stop the truth form coming out.

6:32 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

About the most truthful thing said:

"If I had to do it over again there are things that I would do differently,"' Alito said.

The Donkey thinks Alito would have covered his tracks better.

6:36 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The conservative fundamentalist American Family Association has issued an action alert to its email network calling on members to contact their Senators demanding an up or down vote on Sam Alito.

In the alert, AFA Chairmam Don Wildmon claims mainstream groups like the AFL-CIO, EarthJustice, and
American Association of University Women favor legalizing child pornography.

Why is Wildmom a liar? Why is it ok for the fundamentalist conservative like American Family Association to spend millions to blindly support Alito but it's not ok for other Americans to spend just as much to question his impartiality; and/or what happened to Harriet Miers' up-or-down-vote?

7:28 PM, January 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope the city elections will bring reps for all of the people. We need to see what their positions
are and what they think is important. One of the mayoral candidates looks questionable. Brown has said Roswell needs to give taxs breaks to more big corporations. The dangers of this corporate welfare should be known to all. Also, there appears to be a tendancy in this part of the state to think that government is "bad" when it tries to support things like universal health care but government spending on athletics is "good" and prevents crime and enhances the community, etc. Brown is the CEO of a company that specializes in obtaining athletic scholarships (usually involving tax money and the government) for students. At least according to today's local paper. Same paper indicates local state rep Gardner is warning of too much spending in Santa Fe for the upcoming session. Of course, he also states that among his top priorities is funding of athletics.
But of course we can't have any funding for the evils of socialized medicine, even if it means bringing in extra federal dollars for state Medicaid. Where do these two views tie together? Gardner is the owner of a sports medicine clinic! More money for athletics so there will be more injuries and the need for therapy, but of course, no government interference. Do people here ever really think about their reps and analyse their agendas? Of course one of our other local reps, Foley, who constantly bashes Richardson and Santa Fe, is also a big supporter of government funding for more athletics in schools and an ardent opponent of "socialized medicine". He also happens to be the owner of his own insurance business. Ron, and other local readers of this blog, how about some feedback and additional info. O.K.?

11:41 AM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

For immediate release
Contact: Gilbert Gallegos

Jan. 12, 2006 505-476-2217

Governor Bill Richardson Pledges $11 Million for Voting Machines, Urges Standard System for all Counties

SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today announced that he will work with the Legislature to provide $11 million over two years to purchase new voting machines for all New Mexico counties. The Governor will propose a uniform system of machines with a paper trail that allow voters to verify how they voted.

"I am proposing a bold step forward by standardizing the election systems in all of New Mexico's 33 counties a standardized system relying on paper ballots that many vendors already provide, and that 11 of our counties are already exclusively relying on," Governor Bill Richardson said.

Currently, there is no statewide voting system standard. There are at least six different voting systems used throughout the state. Under Governor Richardson's plan, all counties would use a paper ballot "marksense" system.

Attorney General Madrid added, "I applaud the Governor's initiative in seeking to standardize voting in New Mexico with one uniform paper ballot verifiable system. I am hopeful this
will provide needed voter confidence in our elections."

The Governor's plan could save taxpayers as much as $27 million because the Secretary of State estimates it would cost as much as $38 million to bring our current mix of voting machine systems into compliance with the law.

The Donkey has worked long to make our votes count. Now the rest of this Republic can catch up. A fair election, what a concept.

10:45 PM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The Donkey read this today:
"TIME Magazine reports:
The always-alert Creative Response Concepts, a conservative public relations firm, sent this
bulletin: "Former Alito clerk Gary Rubman witnessed Mrs. Alito leaving her husband's confirmation in tears
and is available for interviews, along with other former Alito clerks who know her personally and are
very upset about this development."

** THOUGHTS **

Most people don't have the luxury of keeping their attention glued to C-SPAN throughout the day to watch
the Alito Hearings for themselves, so we must rely on the news media we buy (directly through subscriptions
to papers, magazines, satellite radio, websites or cable news ...or indirectly through enduring ads on
'free' tv, radio and websites).

When they remove context, they fail in their mission
to provide accurate news. Such was the case with Mrs. Alito's "sudden tears" during yesterday's testimony.

Let's review, shall we?

- She actually began crying during Sen. Lindsey Graham's questioning (this, by and large, was not
mentioned by the media). Sen. Graham is a Republican. He also just happens to be the Senator who helped
coach Sam Alito before the hearings"

11:17 PM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

This morning Ron was not moved by the tragedy of over 300 people dead. He openly mocked the religious stoning ritual, in which all the pilgrims must pass a series of three "pillars" called al-Jamarat, which represent the devil and which the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.

He called the muslims islamo-fascists and hoped for more death on a group of people that have done nothing to harm him.

He then openly called for the invasion of Mexico, to over throw thier government. He ignored the direct involvement of the USA government to keep these same type government in place since 1912. He also did not mention the unjust War which took half of Mexico's country.

11:39 PM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The GOP mails the Donkey:

"Dear Donkey,

On January 31, President Bush will deliver his State of the Union Address, laying out his bold agenda for the coming year. That evening, thousands of Americans all across the country will come together for State of the Union House Parties. Will you join us by hosting a State of the Union House Party in your home?

We all remember the thousands of Parties for the President held across America during the last Presidential campaign. If you didn't participate in those House Parties and don't really know what a house party is, let me explain. A House Party is a great way to carry the President's message into your community, while having fun with friends old and new. Just go to GOP.com, sign up, set up your party, and send the invitations - all in five minutes or less. Not sure who to invite? You can use our Web site to invite 5, 10 or 20 Republican volunteers near you. We'll give you all the tools you need to make your party a success.


Hosting a House Party on the 31st is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and bring neighbors together as we kick off another year of making history. Get started now.

You've stood strong with President Bush as he has expanded freedom around the world and made America more prosperous. As always, thank you for your support. I hope I can count on you to continue to stand with President Bush by hosting a State of the Union House Party on January 31.

Sincerely,

Ken Mehlman
Chairman, Republican National Committee"

The Donkey will invite the lame game and local republicans by way of winged monkeys.

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12:09 AM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups?... the American people have a right to
know."
-- U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, 11/16/95

The Donkey could not make this up. The Donkey and the Bug man agree on something.

12:22 AM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

Why is the GOP annoying the Donkey? The Donkey recieved this alert this morning.

"January 13, 2006

HAPI ACTION ALERT!!!!!!

CALL TO ARMS FOR SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SAMUEL ALITO!

The political establishment is, once again, tearing down a qualified minority appointee due to purely political reasons.

The Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute needs community leaders, like you, to show your support for Judge Alito, the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, who is the son of an Italian immigrant, and a Catholic American. Please email or fax to your representative today!

The Democrats are threatening to filibuster this nomination.

Judge Alito’s defeat will not only be an injustice to Alito and his family, but also an injustice to you, a member of a minority community, and America as a whole.

The Democrats want to filibuster this nomination. Please act now to contact your US Senator! Visit our website at http://www.haprogressinstitute.org/alito.html to find out how you can contact your Senator.

If you would like to be a part of the Hispanic Alliance for Progess Institute, feel free to signup on our web site by clicking here. "

The republicans are the political establishment. They are not tearing down Alito. The Donkey is surprized to know he is a community leader and does not know anyone in the HIPI.

The Donkey did not know Alito was Catholic until now. Why would the Republicans want to make religion the issue? Do they assume all Hispanics are Catholic? Do they think Catholics rush out to defend other Catholics at the hint of a rumor?

The Donkey wants the Democrats to fillibuster, it seems that is not going to happen. Why are is HIPI doing this? Do they think people do not read or watch TV, or listen to radio?

12:15 PM, January 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they are trashing Murtha. The guy who SERVED in Vietnam, and then in the reserves or whatever for 37 years. This man who goes and visits the troops at Walter Reed pretty much every week.

Those who did not go AT ALL are questioning HIS medals, just as they did Kerry's. These people are beyond belief and certainly without shame.

Lonna

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\SpecialReports\archive\200601\SPE20060113a.html

3:08 PM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

Lets see you trash this...it is coming from a Dem:

"We ask black people ... It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," Nagin said Monday. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans." - Mayor Ray Nagin

4:29 PM, January 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regard to the statement made by the obviously Republican conservative caller on Ron's show this morning, it should have been noted that the GOP is talking about drilling in a wildlife refuge, not just anywhere in Alaska. By definition, a wildlife refuge is a place set aside to protect animals. Our national parks have been set aside so that future generations can enjoy the unspoiled natural beauties of our nation. What don't Republicans understand about this concept? Is it because it doesn't involve lining the pockets of already grossly wealthy energy industries and corporations. Discussing the research being done on alternative fuels is all well and good, but let's not forget to promote protecting the environment God created for us to live in.

8:14 PM, January 16, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

Hey Lame Game;

Thanks for your contribution, but if the Donkey had wanted to hear from somebody with your IQ, the Donkey would be at a local supermarket talking to the vegetables. Is that a conclusion or simply the place where you got tired of thinking? You've got a big hole in your head, now shut it. When you are at a loss for words, your loss is our gain. As Robert Wilensky said: "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."

Is there any one on this blog that believes you? The donkey knows how you feel about Ray Nagin. What is the law about annoying people?

9:31 PM, January 16, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

nothing that anyone has to "believe"...your party said it...add in what Clinton said about plantations yesterday too...

keep up the racism

7:05 AM, January 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Nagin.

All the stories have been about how they are going to rebuild New Orleans better than ever. Meaning, the poor blacks won't be there. Talk about racism. You should have seen the cameras the whites did not know were on them when they were talking about that very thing.

I think Nagin is speaking in response to the fact that it will be the poor blacks (and blacks WERE the majority in New Orleans) who won't be coming back.

Lonna

9:02 AM, January 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican lies: I don't remember where I got this:

In Desperation, Gonzales Smears Gore
Here’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the Larry King Live show last night:

I would say that with respect to comments by the former vice president it’s my understanding that during the Clinton administration there was activity regarding the physical searches without warrants, Aldrich Ames as an example.

I can also say that it’s my understanding that the deputy attorney general testified before Congress that the president does have the inherent authority under the Constitution to engage in physical searches without a warrant and so those would certainly seem to be inconsistent with what the former vice president was saying today.

The issue with the Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping program is that it violates a federal criminal law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Despite what Gonzales is implying, the Clinton administration never violated FISA and never claimed they could violate FISA. Here’s why:

1. Prior to 1995, FISA did not cover physical searches. (With Clinton’s signature, the law was expanded to cover physical searches in 1995.) The search of Aldrich Ames home occurred in 1993. It did not violate FISA.

2. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified in 1994 that the President could conduct warrantless physical searches, before FISA required physical searches to be conducted pursuant to a warrant. Gorelick was arguing that the President could conduct warrantless physical searches in the absence of Congressional action. At no time did she suggest that, after Congress required the President to obtain a warrant, the executive branch could ignore the law, nor is there any evidence the Clinton administration failed to comply with FISA.

The fact that the Attorney General of the United States is resorting to such obvious deception shows that they have no real answers. The administration is getting desperate and grasping at straws.

Lonna

9:14 AM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger The Game said...

you guys can't admit to any wrong doing by the dems, can you? it is so funny...this is clearly a 100% racist comment by him, along with Clinton's "plantation" comment...I would think all you liberals would be against racism...I guess only when its from the Right

11:59 AM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Game, I'll say it, they blew it..both of them. I have no plan to vote for Hillary anyway. She pretty much ruined all my good will a while back. She's another coward like most of the other Democrats. Ray Nagin was wrong but I think got caught up in the moment..he has always been a bit of a "maverick".

8:09 PM, January 17, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

Hey lame game;
Why do you think any one has to admit any thing to you? Clearly, you have lost your fingertip grip on reality and have descended into an abyss of irreversible lunacy. Wouldn't clues have more room to fit in your head if you got rid of some of the gobbledygook in there? Anyway, who was talking to you or even taking you under consideration?

8:37 AM, January 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. Newt said the same thing awhile back.

I really don't see what was so horrible about what Hillary said. She said the blacks in New Orleans had been treated like they still lived on the plantation. Meaning they were not important to this administration. That certainly has been proven to be true. Although, with Bush, it is not so much their skin color as the fact that so many of them are poor. Bush despises poor people.

I don't think WORDS should have to be watched so closely. It is deeds that matter. People on both sides make mountains out of molehills over unfortunate comments. I WANT the people in government to speak without WEIGHING everything they say just because SOMEONE might blow it all out of proportion. So all they end up saying are platitudes.

Lonna

8:40 AM, January 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on the local politics. State Senator Adair is calling for tax cuts and giving money back to taxpayers and no new programs because the increase in revenue is temporary. So if the revenues go below what is needed for funded programs in the future will he call for taxs increases? Or will he just say there is too much government and we need to be "business friendly"? How labor friendly and community friendly has his and Foley, Gardner, et al business friendly policies been? He does have priorities for some New spending though. Road improvement (because it is good for "business" of course)and that most pressing priority for all of Roswell that the local reps just love - more funding for school athletics! What gives with this place? Can't have money for increased medical needs, can't have it for minimum wage increase but these free market, rough and tumble individualists, self responsibility,up by the boot straps and bad "big" government types and local reps are always there for school athtletics. Could
it be that they can't make a go of their own "private" enterprises without Direct government aid? Taxpayer paid in full admission to sports contests and money for sports will certainly help sports medicine and school sports scholarship businesses and of course if we don't have universal state health care more of the expense will have to go through the insurance business. There is something else they are united on -keeping the "values" of legalized cock fighting in New Mexico. Its this type of stuff which is so predominate here that makes Roswell get greeted with

rolled eyes in other parts of New Mexico even among non-Democrats and non-liberals. Anyone here want to do more research on this? Anyone here care?

1:32 PM, January 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barrack Obama agreed with Senator Clinton.

Clinton, who is seeking re-election this year, said during a Martin Luther King Day event in Harlem this week that the House "has been run like a plantation," in that "nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

Lonna

10:11 AM, January 19, 2006  

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