as stated before, i'm running again - [updated] [again]

my name is jonathan farnick and am tired of our so-called democratic representative as she continues to vote with the republicans in congress or against the best interests of this country on important issue after important issue

i'm in the process of collecting signatures to be on the democratic primary ballot in february against rep melissa bean for congress in the 8th congressional district of illinois

if you have any comments or questions, please call me at 312-656-9907 (no messages, voice mail is not and will not be set up) or email me at tofubo_at_comcast_._net

as stated in my origional post of this blog, i will not solicit or accept any money from anyone. period.

i want your vote, not your money, if you want to contribute, donate to the march of dimes, the american cancer society, to a local woman and children's shelter or a food bank, or any charity of your choice in your name only, they need the money, i'd just blow it on meadea advertising and consultants

thank you

(i will be keeping this post on top and won't be posting for the near future, but this is too much):

can anyone reconcile this with this and not come up with what a farce this whole warron terrah is

[update on the fisa bill]: just talking about this, means americans will die


so, in other words, public debate about the evisceration of our 4th amendment protections is verboten, that we should all just be good americans, and blindly submit for our protection

thank you, no

[updated again on the whats, whys, and wherefores]:


That government officials like McConnell feel so comfortable openly admitting that the government broke the law, obtaining amendments to legalize that behavior after the fact, and then demanding immunity for the lawbreakers, demonstrates how severely the rule of law has been eroded over the last six years. It is not hyperbole to say that government lawbreaking has become formally legitimized.


The real open issue is not whether the Democratic Congress will un-do the damage they have done. The issue, as McConnell makes clear, is whether the Congress will submit to still further administration demands by granting retroactive immunity to all lawbreakers (governmental and private lawbreakers alike). That is plainly what the administration is after, and it is hard to have much hope that they will be denied what they seek.

the legislation was signed into law on august 6th, 2007, six months later would be february 5th, 2008 (also known as illinois primary voting day), will we know before that what ms beans views are on whether to undo the damage she, and others, have done or will she add insult to injury by retroactively providing immunity to all parties involved in the law-breaking that has been done ??

a poll on how the various branches have done on the never ending war on a transitive adverb:




from http://www.shalomctr.org/node/675 (with fixed and added links)

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if you can read these, or at least be familiar with them, and still give this administration the benefit of the doubt on any matter, you don't deserve to be in congress, my opinion
Rejoice in Gonzo's new Grim Reaper powers
by Pam Spaulding · 8/15/2007 12:16:00 PM ET

You can thank the reauthorized Patriot Act for this bit of news:

Gonzales set to get new power to oversee death penalty.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could see his influence over death penalty decisions increase under new regulations expected to be approved soon by the Justice Department, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Implementing a "little-noticed provision in last year's reauthorization of the Patriot Act," the Justice Department rules give Gonzales authority that had previously been held by federal judges to decide whether states are providing adequate council for defendants in death penalty cases, according to the Times.

"The move to shorten the appeals process and effectively speed up executions comes at a time of growing national concern about the fairness of the death penalty, underscored by the use of DNA testing to establish the innocence of more than a dozen death row inmates in recent years," reports Richard B. Schmitt in the Times Tuesday.

the above from http://www.americablog.com

just an aside, the house passed the reauthorization by a two vote margin, rep. bean, voted in the affirmative


that was now, this is then, and the person who isn't in charge of government fiscal forecasting

that was then

this is now

someone nobody listed to in 2003



Blocking Western Petroleum Companies From Seizing Control of Their Oil

BAGHDAD, July 20 (UPI) -- Iraq's unions say the draft oil law is a threat and threaten "mutiny" if Parliament approves the bill.

"This law cancels the great achievements of the Iraq people," Subhi al-Badri, head of the Iraqi Federation of Union Councils, told the al-Sharqiyah TV station. He referred specifically to laws that nationalized Iraq's oil sector.

Iraq holds 115 billion barrels of proven reserves, the third largest in the world, and likely much more when the country is fully explored.

It could produce more than the 2 million barrels per day, and many are pushing the oil law as a means of solidifying investment in the sector. The law, as drafted, allows for foreign access to the oil, a line that must not be crossed, the oil unions say.

They have threatened to strike in the past -- and made good on the threat as recently as last month -- and claim workers of all sectors support them.

That was verified by Badri's interview, as reported by the Middle East Economic Survey.

"If the Iraqi Parliament approves this law, we will resort to mutiny," he said. "This law is a bomb that may kill everyone. Iraqi oil does not belong to any certain side. It belongs to all future generations."

The law is stuck in negotiations with various parties demanding either a strong regional/local control over the oil sector vs. a strong federal government control.

on a completly unrelated note, the occupation in iraq will continue until certain "political" benchmarks are met




if'n you ever get a chance to ride on one of these


do so, it's a nice ride