Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dealing with Venezuela

From the Drug War Rant - http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/2005/08/23.html#a1115

Dealing with Venezuela

So after Chavez kicked out the DEA from Venezuela (accusing them of spying and running drugs), the U.S. government retaliated ( http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/2005/08/12.html#a1102 ) by revoking Visas and threatening their "rating" with the U.S.

Now so-called religious leader Pat Robertson has weighed in ( http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-08-22-robertson-_x.htm  )  to give the "Christian" solution:

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said.

"We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," he continued. "It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."
He must have an unusual Bible.


Friday, August 19, 2005

Re: Frances Newton

Dear Rick,

I read your Dec. 2, 2004 column, Mock gone, not mockery. - http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/casey/2929494   Please consider running another column on Frances Newton.  She is set to be executed in less than a month and having read the circumstances of the case I seriously believe she might be innoncent and that the murderers may be walking around free.  Even if someone supports the death penalty, they still should not be for executing people who are innocent. 

 
Tami Halphen
A Blue Activist in a Red State  -http://blueactivist.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Rolling Stones Threatened with Boycott

PRESIDENT Bush takes it on the chin in the new Rolling Stones tune "Sweet Neo Con." In the most political song from their upcoming "A Bigger Bang" album, Mick Jagger sings: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/ You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think your are full of [bleep]!" Jagger tells Newsweek he's not sweating possible repercussions. "I think [Keith Richards] is a bit worried because he lives in the U.S.," crows the English rocker. "But I don't."

Since I watch the opposition at Free Republic ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1459653/posts ) to stay aware of what the Repugs are saying I have become aware of a threatened boycott of the Rolling Stones album, concerts and sponsers.  You can read about it at the above link. 

Sponsers:

Contacts: Christine Bunch, Ameriquest Mortgage Company, 949-955-1439, cbunch@ameriquest.com;

Mark Beal, Alan Taylor Communications, 212-714-1280, mark@alantaylor.com

Rolling Stone's record company contacts:

Patti Conte
Virgin Records
212-786-8350
patti.conte@virgin-records.com

Tracy Zamot
Virgin Records
212-786-8370
tracy.zamot@virgin-records.com

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/8716688

Rolling Stones team with NFL and ABC


(Aug. 8, 2005) -- The worlds of music and football will collide this year as the legendary Rolling Stones will partner with the NFL and ABC for a season-long campaign.

The Rolling Stones will help kick off the 2005 season from their "A Bigger Bang" world tour with footage from their Aug. 31 concert in Detroit as part of "NFL Opening Kickoff 2005" -- a one-hour pregame special on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 8.

ABC also will feature music and video footage of The Rolling Stones throughout the 2005 season in its Monday Night Football promotional campaigns and in-game highlight and tease packages. The campaign will feature new music from their highly anticipated CD, A Bigger Bang, to be released on Virgin Records on Sept. 6, along with hits from their catalog.

The release of A Bigger Bang follows the Aug. 21 tour kickoff at Fenway Park in Boston as they once again bring fans electrifying performances and state-of-the-art stage production. For additional ticket information, go to tickemaster.com.

The Rolling Stones' performance in "NFL Opening Kickoff 2005" is part of a football and music celebration of the NFL's "Road to Forty" season that will look back at the history of the Super Bowl, honor the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and down the road to Super Bowl XL, slated for Feb. 5, 2006 in Detroit on ABC. Other acts will be announced shortly.

"NFL Opening Kickoff 2005" will air from 8-9 p.m. (ET) on ABC and lead into the season opener between the Patriots and Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium -- a rematch of the memorable 2001 AFC divisional playoff "blizzard" game (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).

So far no one has posted a contact for the NFL but there are comments posted that threaten a backlash.

The NFL can be reached at:

National Football League
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Please circulate this widely so we can make this album the Rolling Stones biggest album ever and can keep the Freepers from Dixie Chicking the Rolling Stones.


--
Tami Halphen
A Blue Activist in a Red State  -http://blueactivist.blogspot.com