Blue-shifting the Gem State, one blog entry at a time.

Mommy, they're bein' mean to me again!

"Nobody loves me, ever'body hates me, I'm gonna go eat worms..."

(Thu Jul 8, 8:52 AM ET) US President George W. Bush walks away from a briefing with the media, refusing to answer questions after he was asked about Enron and the reported indictment of former CEO Kenneth Lay, who was a close adviser and fund-raiser for Bush and his father, earning him the presidential nickname of 'Kenny Boy.'(AFP/Paul J. Richards)

If he's pissed-off now, wait until November 2nd (dependent upon whether the Rethugs manage to postpone elections, that is.)

U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack

(WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda, Newsweek reported on Sunday.)

Teresa Heinz-Kerry in Idaho 7/17

Teresa Heinz-Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, will be in Idaho next Saturday at a fund-raiser in Ketchum. Click here for KBCI-2 article.

NTodd parses Dubya

From Dohiyi Mir:

Gay marriages are such a threat to our nation it is more important that we tinker with the Constitution to prevent them than it is to pass homeland security funding legislation.

An invitation

Invite all to vist my Blog at Coyote's Tale
I'm in Pocatello and always interested in hearing from like minded individuals. Coyote's Tale, while not strictly political, usually features links to articles and ideas gleaned from around the web and occasional ramblings of my own, mostly with a progressive slant. Some things are there for fun (Brew of the Day), some deal with educational matters, and of course some deal with my family and grand-daughter.

Check it out and let me hear from you.

House Party for Lin Whitworth tonight

Nancy Lee Hendricks, east Idaho regional coordinator for the Idaho Progressive Caucus, is holding a house party tonight -- Saturday, July 10th -- at 6PM in Pocatello for Lin Whitworth, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

For more info, contact number and directions, click here.

Dean/Nader debate replay on

If you weren't able to watch yesterday's NPR-sponsored debate between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader, you can download a RealPlayer recording of it at

I haven't been able to watch it yet, but from the comments I read yesterday at DailyKos, Dean did a great job. Check it out for yourself.

43rd State Blues, a Beacon of Light for the rest of the United States.

I just read an article that the National Guard has conveniently lost Bush’s records of his three months of non active duty, otherwise known as AWOL. They state that not only were his records destroyed, but others as well. Just amazing! Notice how none of this was brought up when he released all of his National Guard records.

Which brings me to the point of hey, this is just the way Idaho government works. If we do not like something let’s just do our backdoor politics and get what we want. Manipulate, deceive and intimidate seems to be the way of legislation in Idaho. This is the norm for a Republican-run government.  read more »

Bechtel BWXT right-wingers at INEEL abuse use of e-mail, attack Kerry

Yesterday's Idaho State Journal has a story about Bechtel
employees at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental
using email to send hateful and inaccurate information about
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. 43rd State Blues
has obtained a copy of the email, and we'll show it to you below. First, here's
a link to the newspaper article at

Hatch Act infraction at INEEL investigated

By Holden Parrish

Assistant City Editor

ARCO - A possible Hatch Act infraction at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory has been investigated and dismissed. However, action was taken to address the matter in hopes of avoiding repeat occurrences, a site spokesman said Wednesday.

The complaint centered around a series of forwarded e-mail messages that appear to have originated at the federally funded facility. The messages contain a series of testimonials attributed to U.S. military veterans who served in Vietnam alongside or during the same time as Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

The comments were generally not favorable to Kerry. Also, another INEEL staffer who received the e-mail forwarded it to other site employees with the appended remark, "Let's get this out to as many people as we can. This commie, pinko, traitor."

For information on the Hatch Act, click here. Or do a search of the Hatch Act
on Google News -- you'll be surprised how often it has to be enforced.

This type of complaint is supposed to go before the Merit Systems Protection Board, though I doubt this one did. Bechtel BWXT oversees the INEEL because the United States Government pays them, with money from our taxes, to do so. To say they've "dismissed" any notion that their employees' action may be in violation of the Hatch Act sounds like an excuse to sweep the problem under the rug and make it go away.

But maybe we're making too much of this. After all, it was probably just a couple of Bechtel BWXT employees exchanging email, right?

Actually, it was 19 employees, from what we can tell, plus other non-employees
who were sent this through the INEEL's government mail servers to the "Friends
" The email, which appears to have originally
be sent by Bechtel BWXT employee Burl Summers, was then forwarded by two other
employees, Leslie Chapman and Donna Andrews, who sent it on to others. I've
X'ed out phone numbers and parts of their email addresses.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 9:23 AM
Subject: Kerry  read more »

Eastasia plans attacks on Eurasia - Ridge announces terror threat (conveniently knocking Kerry/Edwards off the front page?),2933,125072,00.html

"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same—everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same—people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world." ~ Orwell

but on the lighter side...  read more »

Kenny Boy just got Layed

Finally after waiting two plus years, it looks like justice for all those folks who lost billions of dollars. From what I have read this morning, Kenny will face an indictment that contains 11 criminal counts, including securities fraud, wire fraud and making false and misleading statements.

This will be another embarrassment to Bush and his cronies. When President Bush was questioned on Kenny Boy’s indictments he would not answer any and walked away. This is the true face of the Bush administration.

Kenny was the biggest contributor to Bush throughout his campaigns. Kenny was on the Cheney Energy Commission that the Supreme Court protected. Kenny also bankrupted a lot of folks, misusing their retirement funds and investments. California will not be far behind in going after this lowlife, after he threw the state into financial chaos with his fake energy crisis.

For the satisfaction of all those taken to the cleaners by Kenny, his new name could be Bubba if the courts don’t mess this one up. Don’t be surprised if, as Bush is on his way out, he grants ol' Kenny-Boy a presidential pardon. Not out of friendship, but to cover his own butt.

Dean wobbled, but he won't fall down

"If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can ever imagine."

— Obi-Wan Kenobi

Memories of a Dean Administration

He fell from the highest of political heights. But now Howard Dean is up—and moving—again.

By Meryl Gordon

Just as the elevator doors were closing, a loud gasp came from the crowd inside. They’d just realized that the compact, graying man in the dark suit and button-down white shirt, awaiting an up elevator, was indeed Howard Dean.

“I love it when that happens,” says Dean, mimicking the astonished looks. “I feel like I’m constantly in an Alfred Hitchcock movie these days—I pop up in places that normal people do, and they don’t expect it. It’s a cameo, this guy on national TV for six months walking by, and they can’t quite place me.”  read more »

The Cheney-Edwards Debate

I have my take on the vice-presidential debates:

Moderator: Welcome, Vice President Cheney, Senator Edwards.

Edwards: Thank you.

Cheney: F*&k you!

Moderator: First question, your take on the economy.

Edwards: A two tier system, richer and poorer. We need to find a way to bring back the middle class. Jobs and health care for all.

Cheney: F*&k the middle class.

Moderator: Your opinion of your opponent?

Edwards: Has served his nation well but his time has elapsed. The vice-president operates America like a corporation, squeezing out the middle class and sending the poor to do the dirty work on behalf of his Neocon beliefs.

Cheney: Go F*&k yourself, you snake oil salesman. I have another four years to screw Americans out of a lot of money, and F*&k Patrick Leahy again...

You're getting the picture...

We will hear the GOP attack machine try to derail Senator Edwards. They are in paranoia of his draw to the middle and lower class. He has been there and knows how the average American survives. Lower and middle class rebellion is the fear of this administration, at both national and local levels.

This is a good time, with Fahrenheit 911 and the nomination of Senator Edwards, to show that we are not afraid to ask questions and challenge both local and national leaders. We should build on this momentum -- remember, opportunity only knocks once.

Free Ride

The Republican party will change the words from Foghat’s song for their convention theme. A solemn reminder of how easy BushCo has had it when you read this excellent article from Rep. Henry Waxman in the Washington Post (free registration required).

During the Clinton administration, Congress spent millions of tax dollars probing alleged White House wrongdoing. There was no accusation too minor to explore, no demand on the administration too intrusive to make.

Republicans investigated whether the Clinton administration sold burial plots in Arlington National Cemetery for campaign contributions. They examined whether the White House doctored videotapes of coffees attended by President Clinton. They spent two years investigating who hired Craig Livingstone, the former director of the White House security office. And they looked at whether President Clinton designated coal-rich land in Utah as a national monument because political donors with Indonesian coal interests might benefit from reductions in U.S. coal production.

...  read more »

Speech I gave at a recent Mobilize America's Youth Rally in Spokane

Hey, it’s great to see you all out here today!

My name is Ian Stenseng, I’m 23 years old, and I’m running for the Idaho State Senate, District 5 in Post Falls.

I was at the state Democratic convention in Pocatello last weekend – I was a Howard Dean delegate – and I met a young woman named Dani Diaz there.

Dani was also a delegate, eighteen years old, very bright, and already very involved in politics and progressive action. And Dani said something that I thought had an element of truth to it.

She was talking about us as young people, and she said, “We always complain that people in positions of power don’t listen to us, but the problem is that half of the time, we’re not SAYING anything.” And I think that’s true, and I think that’s what today is all about, changing that.  read more »

Donkey Power!

Grass Roots Support...=)

Kerry - Edwards in 2004 and 2008

Thank God for pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, rosemary with stuffed garlic. I was able to be up early this morning to watch live the good news with the Edwards’ announcement.

So, speaking of pork, the comparison to Cheney has begun. The analysts were discussing how much more important the duties of the V.P. have become and does Edwards have the experience. What they should be discussing is because of our current President, he has screwed up so much, that the current V.P. has to practically run the country.

Kerry - Edwards are a team, a blend of tradition with a nice middle class touch. Not a father - son relationship where the son is a blank up, and dad is always cleaning up his mistakes and making them worse or for profit. Of all the choices for Kerry, I feel that he has made the right choice (sorry Dean fans) and a new energy has been added that can carry us to the top in November. So what should I have for dinner tonight?

Kerry-Edwards '04

I can live with that.

There were a lot of good choices for Veep, and heaven knows there were a few I would have been unhappy with (Gephardt, Vilsack).

I suppose my biggest surprise is that Kerry chose someone who is now expected to run for prez in 2012. Yeah, Kerry still has to win this year, I know, but with all the factions within the Democratic Party hankering for their shot at the White House, I thought he might stick with a VP who was older and didn't have obvious sights on the Oval Office.

I think, for Kerry, it came down to winning, and he probably has the best chance of doing so with Edwards. They look good together, Edwards is a hell of a campaigner, and if there is such a thing as a "Southern strategy," this covers it.

This is a team-up that can win in November, and in the end, that's what really counts. Now it's time for all us Democrats to get our asses out there, every day up to November 2nd, and win this election!

If only the GOoPers really had Common Sense...

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

Dang if that Thomas Paine didn't have a way with words. I hope you Democrats throughout the state had a great 4th.

Now get ready to dig in for the fight — only 119 days left until November 2nd.

Light up the sky

Click here to see a low-rez QuickTime video clip (or here for a higher-resolution version) of the finale of the "greatest show in Idaho."

I have to admit, it was impressive. Although I would have happily gotten by without the simulcast's audio clips of Ronald Reagan and the blatant jingoism of the announcer. Still and all, the fireworks were nice.

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