All the links that aren't.

Edwards announces 1,000 rural supporters who have agreed to caucus for him in Iowa. (yes, this is a big deal)

From John Cole at Balloon Juice -

Won’t be written by Petraeus (via the fire-breathing pinko commie America hater Kos):

Despite Bush’s repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government.

And though Petraeus and Crocker will present their recommendations on Capitol Hill, legislation passed by Congress leaves it to the president to decide how to interpret the report’s data. The senior administration official said the process had created “uncomfortable positions” for the White House because of debates over what constitutes “satisfactory progress.”
From my standpoint, a report from Petraeus written by the WH isn’t a report written by Petraeus at all, and should be ignored. What is the point of even debating the results of this report? Why get mired down in arguing the specifics of the report when you know it is going to be full of shit from word one?

Patrick McHenry: Vexed by Lies and Videotape

Patrick McHenry has positioned himself as the House Minority Hypocrite with his performance earlier this month when he called House Democrats, "cheats". Not only did he have to eat his words, he may find himself having to explain how what happened that evening is cheating, especially in light of the numerous votes held open by the Republicans during their Reign of Error.

First, I should address McHenry's rabid frothiness at the idea that the Democrats cheated as they closed the vote on time with a close win in their pockets. Second, I just have to address the gushy goodness of the CharO's Lisa Zagaroli in the mulitple pieces she posted on McHenry in today's Observer. She obviously is enamored by the little munchkin and it leaves her reporting of events lacking a certain honesty that we expect from our corporate reporters here in NC.

Freep this poll! (Soldiers & Body Armor)

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing


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You go to war with the body armor you have or don't have - as the case may be. Usually, it is a definite LACK of body armor that is the problem.

It is a sad state of affairs when families and support groups need to be the ones buying and supplying body armor to the troops in need instead of the Pentagon. Thousands of soldiers dead and ten's of thousands wounded - many of which die to a lack of sufficient armor.

If you are a frequent reader, you know I founded BooksForSoldiers.com four years ago. Most of what we ship are books, DVDs, CDs, snacks, video games and magazines. Frequently we get requests for other items like tube socks, boots and even once got a request for IV pump batteries. It really strikes our heart when we get a request for body armor.

More after the flip...

Democrats Rising in the East

The Eastern Caravan is complete; Jerry just returned the van to the rental place. Young Dems President Zack Hawkins put about 17 hours of driving into that van, so we got our money's worth out of it.

Here is a synopsis of what we encountered and achieved:

  • 8/10, Lumberton: We sent groups out to most of the major neighborhoods of Lumberton to do a listening canvas. All over the city people talked about healthcare concerns, usually with other concern (education, housing, jobs) woven into their story. We got some of these responses on video. As we drove out the bank clock blinked 107... 4:05pm... 108.
  • 8/10, Clinton: Despite lightening, hard rain, and what Ben Akroyd described as "tornado sky," we sent groups out to canvas middle income neighborhoods. Because of the intermittent storms, people invited us into their homes so they could register to vote. The rain brought the heat down.
  • 8/11, Greenville: We assembled care packages with Give 2 The Troops. The Program Director repeatedly stressed the point "you can support the troops without supporting the war." We assembled over 50 boxes containing books, toiletries, dvds, and girl scout cookies. Read the article in the Reflector here.
  • 8/11, Kinston: Ben and Tara Ilsley met a man who was forced to have some surgery. The surgery cost $74,000. To pay it off, he faithfully sends a check for $20 every week. He said he was 66 years old, and if he lives to be 110 he'll have finally paid off his "debt" (his word, not ours). He went on, "I never have considered myself poor, but I've always thought the government ought to do more for people in a worse shape than I am."

Edwards outlines plan to improve care for injured Iraq, Afghanistan veterans.

"I believe in a sacred contract between our country and America's veterans and military families. We must stand by those who stand by us. When our service men and women sacrifice so much to defend our freedom and secure peace around the world, we have a moral obligation to take care of them and their families." - John Edwards

In my mind, this is what the Bush administration should be remembered for, starting a war, continuing it based on the slogan "Support the Troops", then continually trying to cut funding to aid troops injured in the war. So, today, John Edwards takes on the Bush Administration and their criminal negligence on his Fighting for One America Bus Tour . I would like to hear what the Vets at BlueNC think of this proposal.

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