Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


June 1, 2006  

"In light of questions that have been raised about the practice, Senator Reid will not accept these kinds of credentials in the future in order to avoid even the faintest appearance of impropriety," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said.

"The economy is fantastic here, unemployment is 3.8 percent, corn prices are up. Things are looking good," said Iowa Republican Party Chairman Ray Hoffmann to the Washington Times.

"With hard work, we will take our country back," Sen. Hillary Clinton told the more than 400 delegates to the Democratic state convention who made her their official designee for the party's Senate nomination.


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Gore’s clones – the Goretians are coming!

Drudge is reporting that former Vice President Al Gore is creating even crazier protesters. Goretians will be protesting outside of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and demand that scientists resign for sticking to the fact that there is no proof that global warming is creating more severe hurricanes:

Hundreds of concerned citizens and leaders from across the nation will join Hurricane Katrina survivors Wednesday to call for the resignation of the heads of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the NOAA Headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. During an 11 a.m. demonstration, advocates will demand that NOAA stop covering up the growing scientific link between severe hurricanes and global warming while insisting on real solutions to the problem of global warming.

Elections remain "Wild West"

The Federal Election Commission continued to leave wide open the role that 527 organizations can have in the election process. Federal District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the Commission two choices as a result of the Bush 04 Campaign lawsuit over the question of unregulated 527 organizations: either issue uniform rules or issue a fuller explanation of why it was dealing with 527-related cases one by one even as the 2006 elections near.

Chairman Michael E. Toner, a Republican, dissented from the four to two vote, stating, "The failure to issue rules has fostered uncertainty about what is legally permissible and has undermined the McCain-Feingold law."

The Commission has failed to judicate many of the largest complaints against political organizations that file under the non-profit status of political organizations in the Internal Revenue Code of 527 and choose not to be regulated by the limits of the Federal Election Commission.

[NOTE: Iowa Presidential Watch is a uncoordinated federal 527 organization regulated by the FEC.]

GOP embezzler guilty

The Associated Press reports on a key Ohio GOP fundraiser who plead guilty of illegally funneling $45,000 to the Bush 04 campaign:

A coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he illegally funneled about $45,000 to President Bush's reelection campaign.

Tom Noe, who also raised money for Ohio Republicans, also is charged with embezzlement in an ill-fated $50 million coin investment that he managed for the state workers' compensation fund.

Michael Moore sued for $85 million

NewsMax reports on a veteran featured in Michael Moore's film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," who is suing Moore:

A double-amputee veteran of the Iraq war is suing filmmaker Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming Moore used an old interview with the G.I. to make him appear anti-war in his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie. Damon lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.

In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded veterans, the New York Post reports.

"They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."

Why today's youth differ

The Wall Street Journal’s "The Best of the Web" explores why the youth of today are not rioting in the street to stop the Iraq War (a must read). The column quotes Shelby Steele’s book, "White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era." Excerpt:

One purpose of youthful rebellion is to put one's self at odds with adult authority not so much to defeat it as to be defeated by it. . . . But if the young win their rebellion against the old, their rite of passage to maturity is cut short and they are falsely inflated rather than humbled. Uninitiated, they devalue history rather than find direction in it, and feel entitled to break sharply and even recklessly from the past.

The sixties generation of youth is very likely the first generation in American history to have actually won its adolescent rebellion against its elders. One of the reasons for this, if not the primary reason, is that this generation came of age during the age of white guilt, which meant that its rebellion ran into an increasingly uncertain adult authority. . . . It doesn't matter, for example, that there was honor in America's acknowledgment of moral wrong in the area of race. An acknowledgment of wrong was an acknowledgment of wrong, and it brought a loss of moral authority--and thus, adult authority--despite the good it achieved.


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