Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle

Remember Scott Beauchamp, The New Republic and the Right (including The National Review) insistence that Beauchamp’s stories written from the point of view of someone actually serving on the front lines in Iraq were bunk. Scott’s stories were never proven untrue or accurate to every detail. To me and many others the story simply died because of lack of proof, the military shut down Scott, The New Republic printed something like a partial retraction and a Sgt. John E. Hatley wrote a right-leaning blogger swearing that the episodes Beauchamp described could not have possibly happened. After reading this story in the NYT, U.S. Soldiers Executed Iraqis, Statements Say, blogger Moon of Alabama noticed Hatley’s name was mentioned,

The accounts of and confessions to the killings, by Sgt. First Class Joseph P. Mayo, the platoon sergeant, and Sgt. Michael P. Leahy Jr., Company D’s senior medic and an acting squad leader, were made in January in signed statements to Army investigators in Schweinfurt, Germany.

In their statements, Sergeants Mayo and Leahy each described killing at least one of the Iraqi detainees on instructions from First Sgt. John E. Hatley, who the soldiers said killed two of the detainees with pistol shots to the back of their heads. Sergeant Hatley’s civilian lawyer in Germany, David Court, did not respond to phone calls and e-mail messages Tuesday.

Moon of Alabama writes, First Sgt. Hatley and the Beauchamp TNR Affair

A few month after Hatley ordered and took part in the murdering of prisoners he denied some relative harmless though brutal behavior Beauchamp described, “this by no means reflects the truth of what is happening here.” Indeed, what was really happening was much worse.

Beauchamp/Hatley’s Brigade was renamed, which M.A. accounts for and it does appear to he the same Hatley that wrote the original denial of illegal behavior. Now the question is, has The New Republic been so intimidated by the Right will they be afraid to revisit Scott’s story.

Rove Versus Lieberman: Rove Tried To Kill Lieberman As VP Pick

Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.

Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.

That would be such a great ticket. Think of the ink they could save on bumper stickers running as the Armageddon Twins.

McCain campaign notes part 2

Rep. Schakowsky On McCain’s Women’s Rights Record: ‘He’s Not With Us’

Schakowsky told ThinkProgress that McCain would “absolutely” continue the “anti-women” policies of President Bush:

He’s always been against reproductive rights for women. He’s not for equal pay, he did not support Lilly Ledbetter and the work that we’re trying to do to get equal pay. He never supported the Family and Medical Leave Act in Congress. So there’s no evidence. … He’s not with us.

McCain actually skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in April, which would have made it easier for “women and other workers to pursue pay discrimination claims.” He said that if he had been there, he would have voted against it because he believes women simply need more “education and training.”

McCain knows that women just need more “education and training” because a guy that hooked up with a millionaire heiress, can’t keep track of all his houses and thinks $250 grand a year is the average for the middle-class is so in touch with reality.

Obama makes history as Democratic nominee

On a historic night for America, Barack Obama secured the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and emerged for the first time on stage in Denver with running mate Sen. Joe Biden.

Obama on Wednesday officially became the first African American to lead a major party ticket.

Despite some  differences on I’ve had with the Senator on one piece of legislation in particular, for right now I’m just trying to kind of catch my breath. A truly amazing moment in our history.

Black and White raindrops II another one here.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent. – Martin Luther King, Jr.