Ted Stevens CONVICTED on All Seven Counts!!!

Ah, the sweet sound of justice. And what sound might that be? Me screaming with delight in response to news that the nation’s longest sitting Senator was today convicted for seven counts of corruption. WOOO-HOOOOO!!

This has been coming for a long time. Stevens and his Senate partner-in-corruption Don Young have been ruling the Alaskan roost for too long and with too much disdain for the people and country they claim to represent. The Politico reports the following details about the case:

The indictment charges Stevens with failing to report on his financial disclosure forms $250,000 in ‘things of value” including remodeling work on his home, a Viking grill and a sweetheart deal on a Land Rover.

The indictment further alleges that ‘during the same time he was concealing his continued receipt of these things of value from VECO and [VECO executive Bill J.] Allen,” that Stevens ‘received solicitations for official actions from Allen and other VECO employees, and that Sen. Stevens used his position and office on behalf of VECO during that same time period.”

In exchange, according to the indictment, the oil services company asked Stevens for help with company projects in Pakistan and Russia, as well as a National Science Foundation grant to a VECO subsidiary.

The piece goes on to say that prosecutors may be close to an actual bribery charge. Needless to say, this doesn’t bode well for the Republican’s chances this election season. Can’t think of worse timing, really. And I can’t think of a better present for anyone that would like to see some accountability from our “elected” officials.

Badass Obama is Badass…but he still needs our help.

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Allrighty. I’m officially putting out the call to all of my peeps to help get out the vote. As the polls continue to tighten, these last two weeks before the election are critical to fight Republican smears and Democratic/Undecided complacency.

Helping to ensure a long-overdue regime change is easy. Sure you can donate, but time is running out. We need people hitting the phones to make sure that all registered Obama supporters actually vote, and vote early if at all possible. I spent three hours phonebanking yesterday and it was fun, inspiring and contagious. I met a bunch of great folks and I’ll be going back as much as possible between now and November 4.

If the very sight of John McCain or Sarah Palin make you cringe, or if you care about where we are headed as a country, than you owe it to yourself and any progeny you may have (or choose to have in the future) to get off your ass and doing something. Remember, this time around we are fighting racism, voter fraud and suppression, ennui and so much more that threaten the remaining shards of democracy in America. But we are also fighting the good fight. So get out there, people! Visit www.barackobama.com today and contribute your time, money and hope. We need it, and now.

As some final motivation, watch this clip of John McCain lying through his teeth about his campaign’s desperate, last ditch attempt to use fear-mongering robocalls to scare Americans his way. Truly disgusting.

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Phone for Change

Right now I am sitting in a San Francisco alley, calling Indiana voters and encouraging them to vote Obama and vote early. So far I’ve talked to two Barack supporters! It feels great to be encouraging democracy and I’ll definitely be doing more of it in the final run-up to the election.

A More Perfect Union

I’m not going to deny that I’m none too proud of my country’s history of violence and oppression and inequity.  In fact, this very sentiment fuels my cynicism about the state of politics in America.  However, I just watched the big “racial” speech Senator Obama delivered this morning in Philadelphia and, I must say,  Barack Obama makes me damn proud.  I was huffing and puffing on a treadmill, Iron Maiden blaring, reading the closed caption version of his speech scroll across a tiny screen 50 feet away, and yet I still felt tears well up inside of me.  His words were a refreshing breeze in an era of childish national dialogue — honest and poignant, hopeful yet challenging.  I’ve never heard such frank nuance about the plight of the disenfranchised shared by a politician in his position.  Shades of MLK, indeed, however muted those shades might be due to the sound-bite slugfest that is the campaign trail.  After this speech — one for the ages, it would seem — I’m further convinced that Barack Obama is a step in the right direction for our country.  Not the final step, but a critical one.  For if we don’t raise the caliber of our discussion about America’s woes, we will continue, as Obama boldly asserted today, to be a nation distracted and divided and without hope.

I finally donated to Senator Obama’s campaign today.  I’m not asking you to do the same, but I am asking you to watch this video.  Asking something of my readers might actually be a first on this here blog.  Personally, I’m taking it even one step further.  Obama spoke today of his pastor and his grandmother, two beloved influences in his life that have also espoused divisiveness and ignorance.  I’ve got my own skeletons to reconcile, those parts of me shaped by people of a previous generation that require a second look, one of compassion and transcendence. But that’s my pledge. All you need to do is watch the video.

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Republican Congressman Renzi Indicted for Embezzlement

Well howdy-doo! Just when I thought things had ground to a halt, a second addition to the Wall of Shame has surfaced this week! And this time it’s a legit politician, not just a creepy lobbyist. Rick Renzi, McCain supporter and lame-duck legistlator, has been accused of manipulating real estate to extract money to the tune of $400k, if not more. From a statement by U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa of Phoenix:

“Congressman Renzi misused his public office by forcing a land sale that would financially benefit himself and a business associate, and in so doing, he betrayed the trust of the citizens of Arizona.”

Word is the Justice Department is cracking down on corruption. Maybe there is hope yet for the U.S. A’s and the Government of the U.S.A.