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Monday, February 28, 2005


What Does Senator Palpatine Have in Common with Charlie Jarvis and USA Next? All of Them are Dangerous Entities to be AvoidedPosted by Hello
Good day to all this Monday morning. Watched the Oscars last night and enjoyed the program, even though I'm not a big fan of awards shows. I was happy to see Jamie Fox win for "Ray". I wouldn't consider myself a big Jamie Fox fan either (although his show was funny), and I haven't seen "Ray" (though I will make a special effort to see it now), but I heard he really acted his "you-know-what-off" in the part. It was really something to watch his acceptance speech, very touching. Not many African-Americans have been recognized by the Academy for their talents on screen in terms of actually WINNING an Academy Award. Maybe 6 or 7 African-American actors have won an Oscar (including Jamie Fox) in the Academy's almost 100 years of existence, so kudos to Mr. Fox on his great accomplishment! With that said, the topic for today is the current nonsensical and vicious neoconservative assault on one of the most venerable and honorable American organizations today...the AARP (link to the AARP at www.aarp.org). The AARP (or, American Association of Retired Persons) has a long and rich history of representing the interests and aspirations of retired American citizens for decades; in the pursuit of creating opportunities for older and/or retired persons and better lives for their membership as well as enriching and nurturing their constituents in healthy ways (a constituency we all hope to join, I might add). The crux of its mission statement (link is here http://www.aarp.org/leadership/Articles/a2002-12-18-aarpmission.html) is as follows:

"...AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.
AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members".


Now, the jackasses at USA Next (a neocon fascist organization if there has ever been one...USA Next? My question is, next for what?) have gone completely off the deep end by fixing their sights on the AARP in their efforts to advance the President's dumbfounded attempt at "revamping" and tinkering with Social Security. You know Social Security, that Democratic brain-child that has stood the test of time for almost 75 years as one of the greatest social programs in American history. Yeah, that social program...the real contract with America...yeah, the neocon Republicans want to mess with it in all of their "enlightened" wisdom. The newspaper "USAToday" illuminates the terrain we presently find ourselves in the following article, found here at http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-02-27-soc-security-aarp_x.htm. Now the head of this bullsh*t organization's campaign against AARP is a man by the name of Mr. Charlie W. Jarvis; check out his official biography at his groups site, http://www.usanext.org/Bios_charles.cfm. "USAToday" states the following concerning Mr. Jarvis's organization:

"...In style and tactics, the USA Next campaign appears to be modeled on the effort by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to tarnish Democrat John Kerry in last year's presidential campaign".

and

"...Many of those involved in the USA Next campaign are alumni of the Swift Boat ad campaign. Strategist Chris LaCivita has been hired. The group is looking to enlist the same media firm that devised the Swift Boat ads, Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm. Creative Response Concepts, a public relations firm that worked for the Swift Boat Veterans, and Regnery Publishing, which produced an anti-Kerry book for the Swift Boat group, also are helping".

In fact, the "Los Angeles Times" (through writer Ronald Brownstein) also has issue with USA Next's tactics. In the following article titled "Attack on AARP, Like 'Religious War,' Built on Either/Or Fallacy" (link here http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-outlook28feb28,1,3670205.column?coll=la-utilities-politics&ctrack=1&cset=true) Mr. Brownstein exposes the bastards for what they REALLY are. Here is a sample from the article:

"...As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious.Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising".

So, the same jerks that despicably smeared John Kerry's honorable service in Vietnam are now training their perversities on an organizaton that helps the retired peoples of this country? You've got to be shi**ing me?!? Have they no shame? Is nothing sacred? What kind of people are these? Well, here's a little more background, provided by "USAToday":

Charlie Jarvis joined USA Next in 2001. He previously worked as a congressional aide and deputy undersecretary of Interior in the Reagan administration. He was campaign manager for 2000 GOP presidential hopeful Gary Bauer before leaving in a dispute with Bauer. He was executive vice president of Focus on the Family, a fundamentalist religious group that promotes traditional values.

Oh, now it's becoming more clear. Ok, Mr. Jarvis is actually a GOP shill in sheeps clothing pretending to be just a regular citizen, with no ulterior motives mind you; in truth, Mr. Jarvis is a mouthpiece for the GOP. Mr. Jarvis claims to be "objective" and "nonpartisan" but he is nothing of the kind. Folks, we've seen this before; Mr. Jarvis is "objective", "nonpartisan" and "fair and balanced" (*wink, wink*) along the same lines as a Fox News and a Jeff Gannon (or Jeff Guckert or whatever his name really is). Atrios (http://atrios.blogspot.com), one of the finest political observers out there, asks the question "Who Is a Part of USA Next" and comes to the following sad (yet fact-based) conclusions at http://atrios.blogspot.com/2005_02_20_atrios_archive.html (emphasis my own):

"...J. Curtis Herge, Corporate Counsel. Herge is an attorney with the McLean law firm Herge Sparks & Christopher. He incorporated the "New York Institute for Law and Justice" for Donald Trump to surreptitiously lobby against Indian gaming interests. He incorporated "The Committee For Justice For Holocaust Victims" to attack Florida Senator Bill Nelson "as weak on the rights of Holocaust survivors" on behalf of an Italian insurance company "then under attack by Nelson and others who charged it owed Holocaust victims'families as much as $ 1 billion in unpaid claims." Herge has a long record of creating benign sounding non-profits to level vicious attacks at Democrats. Herge was also a bit player in Iran Contra, representing one of Carl "Spitz" Channell's front groups, an Oliver North intermediary with the contras, and eventually serving as trustee for North's legal defense fund after the scandal broke. Get hired to attack a senator for being "weak on the rights of Holocaust survivors" by an insurance company that is desperately trying to... deny claims to Holocaust survivors...".

Folks, these people are (what we call in the Marine Corps) shitbirds!!! In fact, they are shitbirds extraordinaire!!! Avoid them, shun them at all costs because they are mean-spirited, evil and will drag us into an abyss with no foreseeable way out. They are, as Ed Harris's character said in the film "Nixon", "...the darkness reaching out for the darkness". They don't have any shame, no shame at all. Gee whiz, they are railing against and attacking the AARP and retired persons for goodness sake. Why? In the name of what? In short, these USA Next people are ruthless and have no real sense of dignity. The only silver lining in all of this nonsense are (1) the American people are pulling back the curtain and beginning to see what USA Next really is, and I am happy to report that they are not impressed plus (2) it looks like the Presidents ill-conceived notion to screw around with Social Security is falling on deaf ears and going nowhere fast! If you want to read more about this despicable organization and their cro-magnon style thuggery,visit "There Is No Crisis: Protecting the Integrity of Social Security" at http://www.thereisnocrisis.com/node/3076 for more intell on this subject matter. Take care everyone and good luck. Semper Fidelis






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Blogger VeniceBeatnik said...

Dems gotta stick together on this one. The shitbirds ain't gonna give up until they've reversed the New Deal.

And while we're preoccupied with the Michael Jackson trial, they're trying to sneak a bankruptcy "reform" bill that will sound the death knell for the middle class.

Call your Senators! There's still a chance it can be stopped.

atrios.blogspot.com is doing an excellent job exposing the shitbirds behind the Draconian measure.

(I was never in the military so maybe I shouldn't be using the word "shitbird" but it sure does fit! )

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