Now on the YouTubes! The trailer for a movie I directed and edited years ago starring some chick from SNL! Coming soon(ish) to iTunes!
Election blogger, star of FREE FOR ALL!, and friend Brad Friedman of Brad Blog takes his announcer voice to the streets to document the phenomenon of anti-Americanism in the name of American known as “Teabaggers.”
Mike Connell was the GOP IT guru that I featured in FREE FOR ALL! as the “man in the middle” who helped re-route election results out of Ohio on election night, 2004. After the 2008 election, he died inexplicably in a plane crash. The BRAD BLOG has continued to investigate the crash, as the implications for our democracy are significant.
Guest Blogged by Rebecca M. Abrahams
On December 18, 2008, Bush IT expert Mike Connell, a highly skilled pilot, was killed in a sudden crash while flying his small aircraft from Washington DC to his Akron/Canton home airport. The cause of the crash is still unknown and under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
For more than ten months, Connell’s family has been coping with feelings of disbelief, anger and confusion and has many unanswered questions about the man they knew and loved.
For Connell’s widow Heather, holding her husband’s New Media consulting firm together is a daily struggle.
“The more I learn about the crash the more sick it makes me – the destruction of the plane. I found a pack of the I-pod ear buds in a tree. I’m obsessed with the Blackberry. I don’t have the Blackberry. I have his backpack. I have his paperwork, his schedule. None of his paperwork is burned up. One of his prayer books burned on the outside. I think there was a lot thrown from the plane.”
Although mainly un-reported, there’s a great deal of controversy surrounding Connell’s death – largely in part because he was the architect of many Republican websites including GeorgeWBush.com and GWB43.com, the site Karl Rove used for 95% of his email correspondence. Connell was also considered a key witness in the election fraud lawsuit King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell. The suit implicates Former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth J. Blackwell, Karl Rove and others of 2004 election night vote rigging.
Attorneys in the case believe that Connell, who had not been accused of any wrongdoing, had firsthand knowledge about the missing White House emails and Rove’s alleged wrongdoing with respect to the 2004 Presidential election.
His wife, and those attorneys, are not the only ones still focused on questions about what actually happened to Mike Connell nearly one year ago, and in the years prior… Read More
During historic legislation offering healthcare to an unprecedented number of Americans, this Rep. figured a prop baby that wasn’t his would make a logical visual aid to fight against healthcare reform, because he figures his constituents are as smart as infants.
I mean, if the baby is so versed in healthcare, shouldn’t you just let the baby explain why health insurance overhaul is a noble cause but unnecessary in our laissez-faire economy? Or is he afraid the baby might beat him in the next primary?
U.S. Rep. Todd Aiken (Missouri, R) defies irony on numerous levels with aplomb in this Think Progress video from yesterday’s Tea Party. After a breathy defense of the Pledge of Allegiance, which is under attack by no one, he leads the crowd in the Pledge, only to fuck it up.
It’s not like this is just a video where someone slips and falls, ha ha, look at them, they slipped in public. It’s astonishing because after the self-aggrandizing pandering of pseudo-patriotism against non-existent enemies to appeal morally superior by urging “UNDER GOD” remain in the Pledge of Allegiance—which it has been for 60 years and isn’t going anywhere—he blanks on the next word, “indivisible.”
It is laughably telling, because after all, he really is trying to be divisive in a desperate play for relevance through jingoistic bandwagon jumping, instead of leading any actual policy or successful legislation, however divisive or unifying.
And while I hate to belabor an elected official’s incompetence (cough!), why would liberals care if you say the Pledge of Allegiance? Seriously? This is generic right-wing fear-mongering, that those who disagree with certain positions are also radically anti-American, at least as far as patriotism goes, so don’t listen to anything they say, like that the seas are rising. Many on the Left know that patriotism is actually doing something about problems in America, not making problems about saying things about America.
With a third quarter growth of over three percent, the recession is definitively offer, if technically. With unemployment reaching 10 percent around the country, what is good for Wall Street is not necessarily flourishing hope across the country. Andy Kroll at Mother Jones produced this video of stories that don’t make the business news.
Please get to know our future congressional rep, from the West Side of Los Angeles, Marcy Winograd, running to unseat Jane Harman, who supported government unwarranted wiretaps, until her phone was tapped.