Posted: 30 Sep 2008 11:40 AM CDT
Glide America has just launched to provide direct access to Washington, DC from ordinary citizens to have their voices heard in a direct line from voters to their elected officials.
Glide America's technology combines the ability to disseminate information regarding government initiatives and deliberations and provides citizens with the technology to organize and act, which includes advanced communication and collaboration tools to make a citizens voices heard by their elected officials.
From the official news release, accessible with a subscription to PRNewswire for Journalists.
Currently information is accessible on the internet from news sites, blogs and official government sites. Government contacts are available through official government directories. Software exists to prepare documents and communicate. Forums exist to vent frustrations and express opinions in social networking and other web 2.0 sites. Who has time to sift through all of that? Glide America provides a total solution. It brings all of those things together into an active community with the capacity for the ordinary citizen to make his appeal directly to the appropriate government officials with public transparency into the timeliness and quality of the official response.
Glide America features include:
Government Transparency & Accountability- tracks government officials' responsiveness to citizens through statistical analysis of response times to citizen emails and other online communications. Monthly reports will include statistical data on response rates from the officials.
Government Address Book- It is being called the "People's Rolodex, of federal government contacts which are integrated into the Glide America email account the site offers the citizens that join.
This Rolodex will contain extensive government contact information, including phone numbers and email access from your computer and/or mobile phone. The contact information includes access to Congress, Senators, Government Departments, etc...
Advanced Communication & Collaboration Tools- This includes integrated email, group organization and online meeting applications which allows the user to individually or collectively communicate with fellow citizens and Government Officials.
Additionally the Glide America site offers group discussions and the ability to add any documents, images, videos, audio files, bookmarks, contacts or calendar events to the group discussion and well as tracking tools to determine whether their messages are being read and how long it takes for officials to respond.
Others tools provided:
-- You can quickly and easily send large group emails as individual personalized emails bypassing spam filters that are programmed to flag emails that contain many recipients.
-- You can easily manage multiple email lists and group discussions.
-- You can opt in to receive automated email notifications for upcoming legislation.
-- Issue Management Group Discussions are automatically created for upcoming legislation for you to participate in.
Information Portal- This will offer the latest news on legislation, politics and business with links to informational sites including official government, candidate, election, news and other sites.
Dynamic Desktop/Apps/Hard Drive- Offers 10 free GBs of storage in the Glide America free account free and compatible word processor, presentation application, spread sheet and other features.
Once signed up to Glide America, it provides a desktop which automatically updates information on the presidential campaign and pending legislation with links to learn more, voice your opinion and join group discussions.
The service also provides the ability of File Synchronization where the user can sync their home computer and your work computer for secure access to any file from your mobile phone or desktop in a group discussion, online meeting or email exchange.
According to TransMedia's Chairman & CEO, Donald Leka, "Our institutions of government are precariously faltering in their ability to serve the best interests of the American people. The American people must reassert themselves in the governance of this great nation and Glide America is a vehicle to that end."
Leka continues on to say "Glide America is change initiated by the American people through their cell phones and desktops and we are thrilled to provide this innovative service to our fellow citizens."
After creating the Glide America account, which takes only a few minutes, the desktop includes tabs for Desktop, Glide HD and Portal.
The Desktop offers icons which lead to email, creation of your own Glide America website, account tools, profile tools, groups, access to the tools mentioned above, photo editing, calendars and more.
The Glide HD tab opens to offer access to your files you have saved in the Glide America account, including videos, documents, groups, bookmarks, the desktop and calendar and more.
The Portal provides one click access to other links and websites.
Glide America can be accessed at http://www.glideamerica.org/
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 11:58 AM CDT
The video below is the RNC's new ad, titled "Worse." (YouTube URL here)
The ad will run in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Indiana.
According to The Politico, the RNC is spending $5 Million on the ad buy.
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 06:13 PM CDT
Maryland Police visited the southern Maryland home of 43 year-old Renee Bowman to investigate abuse allegations and discovered the remains of two children in a freezer in the basement. Bowman admits they were her two adopted daughters.
The police were implementing a search warrant to investigate abuse of another young girl who had run away from Bowman and in the words of the sheriff's department, "showed signs of extreme abuse and neglect," when they discovered the remains of two other children in the freezer kept in the basement of the house as reported by CNN.
She is charged with first-degree child abuse in the beating of the runaway 7-year-old, who was found wandering in the neighborhood wearing only a blood- and feces-soaked T-shirt. The girl escaped from a locked bedroom by jumping out a second-story window, and Bowman admitted beating her with a "hard-heeled shoe," officials said.
According to the reports, the 7 year-old girl jumped out of a window on Friday night and went door-to-door searching for help. One resident gave her clothes and dialed 911.
The child had open sores and lesions on her buttocks and thighs, marks on her neck made by a cord,rope or other item and bruises on her hands and lips. She told authorities she jumped out of the window so she could "free herself from her mother's relentless beatings."
Bowman is being held without bond at this time.
According to Lt. Bobby Jones of Calvert County Sheriff's Office, it is believed the mother is responsible for the death of the two children found in the freezer, aged 9 and 11 years old.
Bowman had adopted three girls from the District of Columbia, the one that is seven now and the other two would be ages 9 and 11.
Autopsies must be complete for police to know if the remains are of the two adopted girls even after Bowman admitted they were.
Bowman also admitted to the police she transported the freezer with the bodies in it, from her home in Rockville to her newer home in Lusby when she moved in February. Authorities are trying to determine when the two older girls were last seen alive.
Bowman has not yet been charged in the death of the two older girls as of yet.
[Update] The Calvert Sheriff's Department press release about this case provided by the Washington Post.
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 06:19 PM CDT
Now we're talking.
The Politico reports Sarah Palin with start making the rounds on conservative radio shows, allowing the public to have more access to her.
Palin heads to McCain's cabin in Arizona today to prepare for her Thursday debate, and while she's there she'll do a round of conservative talk radio interviews.
The report also says Palin was much more aggressive in another Couric interview with one aide saying "Sarah Barracuda showed up today," and further encouraging CBS to show this interview from beginning to end.
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 03:51 PM CDT
A co-owner of the Old Town Ale House in Chicago's North Side, Bruce Elliott, painted a portrait of a nude Sarah Palin for his ale house, using his daughter as the model. The portrait was unveiled Thursday and has started drawing crowds and buzz.
The portrait is done as an oil painting, stands four-foot-tall and represents a nude Sarah Palin, with her trademark glasses, red stiletto heels and nothing else, leaning on a gun and standing on a polar bear skin.
An uncensored version of the painting with other nude portraits beside it can be found at Flickr, showing this type of art is not unusual for the Old Town Ale House.
Elliott says the idea came to him the week before when he noticed his daughter Grace doing an impression of Palin, saying "My daughter is a heck of a stand-in for Sarah Palin. She can even do the voice."
From there it was a simple matter of getting his daughter to pose nude for him, which she says wasn't a problem because "He changed my diapers,"
Elliott, who says he's pulling for Barack Obama in the election, worked on the portrait for seven to eight hours a day for a week. While the piece qualifies as a quick grab for attention, it's also very much the creation of someone immersed in the coverage of Palin, whom he refers to as "a real nasty piece of work" while also admitting feeling attracted to her.
The report from Windy Citizen says the Palin portrait is becoming the bars "star attraction" with people coming in, even from rival bars to see it and take photographs of it.
Elliott states he will not sell the portrait and neither will he paint another version of it, the he says this of Palin, "I don't see how she could be offended by this. I made her into a sex figure."
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 02:37 PM CDT
By now most know the bailout bill known as Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 failed to pass the House with a vote of 228 NAYS to 205 YEAHS.
Reactions are starting to come out with people blaming each other and many blaming Nancy Pelosi for her very divisive speech on the floor at the end of the debate, video will be shown below.
The White House spokesman, Fratto, said, "There's no question that the country is facing a difficult crisis that needs to be addressed." He went on to say Bush was disappointed and further stated "Obviously we are very disappointed in this outcome.There's no question that the country is facing a difficult crisis that needs to be addressed. The president will be meeting with his team this afternoon to determine the next steps and will also be in touch with congressional leaders."
Several Republican aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had torpedoed any spirit of bipartisanship that surrounded the bill with her scathing speech near the close of the debate that blamed Bush's policies for the economic turmoil.
Below is the speech from Pelosi which possibly guaranteed she would not receive the votes need to pass what has been called the "crap sandwich" which many said "sucks".
Pelosi never did know when to keep her mouth shut. She may have single handedly helped to stop a very bad bill from passing, even though that is contrary to what her intent was.
I wonder how much lower her ratings can go?
Malkin... must read.
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 01:54 PM CDT
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (109 page PDF file) failed to get passed through the House.
Roll call on the final vote will be found here as soon as they get it up.
Vote is 228 NAYS to 205 YEAS with 1 not voting.
More analysis at CNN Money.
More at Michelle Malkin.
Malkin provides roll call of who voted for the bill and who voted again.
I will continue to update.
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 12:51 PM CDT
Hat Tip Hot Air...watch the 2004 video which shows how our country got into this financial mess we are in.
It is an 8 minute, 37 second video and if you watch it, then no commentary is really needed from me.
If you haven't watched it, let me give you a few examples Hot Air provided:
Read the rest over at HA, it is a comprehensive analysis, so I am not going to attempt to improve on a good thing, just watch the video and read the rest there.
I am watching C-span now and it looks like the clowns are getting ready to blow up the circus.
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