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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 06:28 PM


Pelosi's district speaks...
http://www.rawstory.com/printstory.php?story=4267
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Over 1,000 protesters spell out 'IMPEACH!' on beach in Pelosi's district
01/07/2007 @ 4:12 pm
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On Saturday, over one thousand protesters lie down on the sands of San Francisco's Ocean Beach - House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi's district - in order to spell out the message "IMPEACH!"


"America is a great country," Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author who organized the event, stated in a press release. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith.

"He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution.," Newsham continued. "He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."

San Francisco's ABC affiliate KGO TV covered the protest, and a video can be seen at its web site.

"Do you think the country has the stomach for another impeachment?" asked ABC7's Noel Cisneros.

"I think we don't have the stomach for another two years of Bush," protester Dan Brook responded.

While the station's legal analayst noted that "you can't impeach a president for incompetence," he does think "the strongest legal case against Mr. Bush would likely be for the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretaps of millions of American telephone calls."

"Section 1809 of the FISA Act provides that any public official who engages in a wiretap, without authorization, is guilty of a felony - I think it's beyond a reasonable dispute that President Bush violated that statute," said former prosecutor Dean Johnson.

A 2006 Zogby poll taken one year ago, commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, found that 52 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"

In that same poll - which had a margin of error of 2.9 percent - 43 percent disagreed, and 6 percent responded that "they didn't know or declined to answer."

The event had originally been scheduled on December 10th's "Human Rights and Impeachment Day," as reported earlier by RAW STORY, but "dangerous surf conditions" led to its "forced postponement" until Saturday.

More photos, such as the aerial shot featured above taken by John Montgomery, can be seen here, while other photographers' work can be seen here, and here.



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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 09:27 AM
They need a spellchecher.

It was supposed to say "I'M A PEACH"

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 04:26 PM
I respect anyones right to protest but if I was to protest in Frisco with an oposing perspective, I'd be spit on and forced to deal with very angry attitudes. This I know from experience. They like to jump up and down and go look at me,look at me...but get quite upset if you come around and do something that differs from thier opinion or belief.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 05:11 PM
.........especially if you are visiting as a member of the Yale Choir and getting the hell beat out of you after singing the National Anthem at a San Fran party.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 05:38 PM
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.........especially if you are visiting as a member of the Yale Choir and getting the hell beat out of you after singing the National Anthem at a San Fran party.


Yes, Im sure thats *exactly* the reason. Ive seen nothing but riots at ball games caused by those dirty hippies after everyone sings the National Anthem (heavy sarcasm)

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 05:44 PM
Pelosi is too busy to impeach Bush, she's got big companies in her district to exempt from the minimum wage hike. Good to see the democratic controlled House is hard at work. 2nd verse same as the 1st.....worthless congressmen and women.
 

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Pelosi is too busy to impeach Bush, she's got big companies in her district to exempt from the minimum wage hike. Good to see the democratic controlled House is hard at work. 2nd verse same as the 1st.....worthless congressmen and women.


Which companies would those be? Do you have a cite?

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 09:01 PM
Hey Squatch

happy new year bro

was wondering why ya didn't have no sarcasm for my post
and if you really want to know, hardly any REAL hippies live in Frisco anymore
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Hey Squatch

happy new year bro

was wondering why ya didn't have no sarcasm for my post
and if you really want to know, hardly any REAL hippies live in Frisco anymore
laterz


Happy new year to you too! I would love to have have been there 'back in the day' to see it all. Free love baby!

 

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Pelosi is too busy to impeach Bush, she's got big companies in her district to exempt from the minimum wage hike. Good to see the democratic controlled House is hard at work. 2nd verse same as the 1st.....worthless congressmen and women.
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Which companies would those be? Do you have a cite?




Unreal. Pelosi doesn't take long,


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http://washington.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2007/01/08/daily55. html


Shadegg finds House wage hike a bit fishy
The Business Journal of Phoenix - 5:29 PM MST Thursdayby Mike SunnucksThe Business Journal
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Phoenix Republican Congressman John Shadegg is criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for exempting American Samoa and its tuna canneries from the House of Representatives' recently passed minimum wage increase.

Del Monte Foods Co. (NYSELM) subsidiary Starkist Tuna employs three-fourths of the work force in American Samoa. Del Monte is based in San Francisco, Pelosi's home district.


The minimum wage is $3.62 per hour in American Samoa, and would remain so under the bill, Shadegg said. The House bill, which would raise the U.S. minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour, did include the Northern Marana Islands.

Shadegg said the Samoan/Starkist exemption is fishy.

"Simply put: It is unethical to provide a special benefit to a company in any member of Congress' hometown," he said. "For Democrats to act in such a manner so early on in their tenure is hypocritical at best, and criminal at worst," said Shadegg.

Pelosi's office told The Washington Times that Starkist and Del Monte had not lobbied her on the issue.





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By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | January 12, 2007

WASHINGTON -- For 12 long years in the minority, House Democrats used the lazy hours of legislative debate to score political points on the ruling party, using procedural objections to make Republicans squirm before the C-SPAN audience.

But when Republicans tried to turn the tables yesterday, they had a well-schooled adversary sitting in for the speaker of the House: Representative Barney Frank , the Newton Democrat who had done his own time on the House floor performing for the cameras. In typical Frank fashion, the Republican objection was dispatched quickly -- and with a bite.

Republicans were trying to seize on the disclosure that American Samoa was exempted from a minimum wage bill that passed the House a day earlier -- which some suspected would benefit Starkist, a company located in the San Francisco district of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The House had moved on to stem-cell research by yesterday, but Representative Patrick McHenry , a North Carolina Republican, rose to ask about the minimum wage bill.

Frank, a well-known master of parliamentary tactics, banged the gavel: McHenry's query wasn't a "parliamentary inquiry," he said. Yet McHenry persisted. How could he find out whether the bill was indeed what he thought it was, he asked Frank.

One option would be to ask the sponsors during normal debate time, Frank responded.

"The other way I could say that the gentlemen could find out would be by reading the bill," Frank added. "Read the bill and it will tell you."

McHenry then got some help from Representative Joe Barton , a Texas Republican. "My point of order is, the distinguished speaker, when he was in the minority, numerous times made points of order that were . . ."

The gavel came out again.

"That is not . . . comments. . . . The gentleman will suspend!" Frank bellowed, the gavel again striking the desk. "Comments on the past behavior of the speaker might be interesting, but they are not points of order."

"The gentleman from Texas will suspend!" Frank said, his voice rising to carry over Barton's. "And the gentleman from Texas, Mr. [Michael] Burgess, is recognized to yield time to someone who might actually want to debate the bill."

Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.


 

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Will the minimum wage in Puerto Rico change? What about the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Is there a minimum wage in Guantanamo?

 

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Will the minimum wage in Puerto Rico change? What about the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Is there a minimum wage in Guantanamo?


Yep, every territory except American Somoa, where Starkist has a plant.

BTW, Starkist's hq's are in Pelosi's district. Meer coincidence, of course.

......same old, same old....

 

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Yep, every territory except American Somoa, where Starkist has a plant.

BTW, Starkist's hq's are in Pelosi's district. Meer coincidence, of course.

......same old, same old....


Nancy has a lot to answer for. I'd like to see her and the Dept of Labor's reasoning. It seems American Samoa has enjoyed a lower (the Dept of Labor calls it a "special minimum wage") minimum wage for quite some time. I wonder if the per capita income has anything to do with it?

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The per capita income of American Samoa is only $4,357, by far the lowest in the U.S., putting it in an economic tier similar to Botswana. 61% of residents live below the U.S. Poverty Line. American Samoa faces significant environmental and public health challenges:

Almost 40% of residents do not have adequate indoor plumbing (piped water, a toilet or both)
17% have tested positive for leptospirosis, a serious waterborne disease associated with improperly managed pig waste.
Heavy metals and other toxics in the inner portion of Pago Pago Harbor make fish unsafe to eat.

http://www.epa.gov/region9/islands/samoa.html

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:40 AM
Once again, Derek doesnt quite tell us the whole story when trying to make a point.

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Minimum-Wage Hike May Reach to Samoa

Saturday, January 13, 2007; Page A02

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), dogged by Republican charges of a double standard, said yesterday that American Samoa may join the Northern Mariana Islands as U.S. territories that would have to comply with a higher federal minimum wage.

Under the minimum-wage increase approved by the House this week, employers on the Northern Marianas would for the first time have to pay their workers the minimum wage, which would rise from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. For years, Republicans -- with the help of convicted lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff -- have fended off efforts to bring the islands under federal labor laws. The bill would leave American Samoa as the only territory not covered by the $7.25 rate, and because Samoa is represented by a Democrat, Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Republicans cried foul.

Faleomavaega's campaign coffers have been well stocked by the tuna industry that dominates his island economy, but Republicans picked up on another issue: StarKist owns one of the largest canneries on the island, and Del Monte Foods, StarKist's parent company, is based in San Francisco, which Pelosi represents.

"I have asked the Education and Labor Committee, as they go forward with the legislation, to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage," Pelosi announced yesterday.

Pelosi aides said the committee would be asked to work toward having all territories use the same wage standard.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/12/AR200701120 1966.html


And now this important tidbit from the Department of Labor:

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The 1977 FLSA amendments provided for annual increases in the minimum wage for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands until they reached the minimum wage paid in the fifty states. This action eliminated use of the industry committee procedure for all U.S. territories except American Samoa.


Boxer didnt get into the Senate until 1993 so someone tell me how she is responsible for this.

[Edited on 1/13/2007 by SquatchTexas]

 

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Once again, Derek doesnt quite tell us the whole story when trying to make a point.


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Minimum-Wage Hike May Reach to Samoa

Saturday, January 13, 2007; Page A02

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), dogged by Republican charges of a double standard, said yesterday that American Samoa may join the Northern Mariana Islands as U.S. territories that would have to comply with a higher federal minimum wage.

Under the minimum-wage increase approved by the House this week, employers on the Northern Marianas would for the first time have to pay their workers the minimum wage, which would rise from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. For years, Republicans -- with the help of convicted lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff -- have fended off efforts to bring the islands under federal labor laws. The bill would leave American Samoa as the only territory not covered by the $7.25 rate, and because Samoa is represented by a Democrat, Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Republicans cried foul.

Faleomavaega's campaign coffers have been well stocked by the tuna industry that dominates his island economy, but Republicans picked up on another issue: StarKist owns one of the largest canneries on the island, and Del Monte Foods, StarKist's parent company, is based in San Francisco, which Pelosi represents.

"I have asked the Education and Labor Committee, as they go forward with the legislation, to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage," Pelosi announced yesterday.

Pelosi aides said the committee would be asked to work toward having all territories use the same wage standard.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/0 1/12/AR2007011201966.html
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Hilarious. Nance gets called on it, and all of a sudden she moves to correct it. 'Why, Del MOnte and Starkist's HQ's are in my district? When did that happen?'

I'm off, time to hit the road.

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Once again, Derek doesnt quite tell us the whole story when trying to make a point.


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Minimum-Wage Hike May Reach to Samoa

Saturday, January 13, 2007; Page A02

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), dogged by Republican charges of a double standard, said yesterday that American Samoa may join the Northern Mariana Islands as U.S. territories that would have to comply with a higher federal minimum wage.

Under the minimum-wage increase approved by the House this week, employers on the Northern Marianas would for the first time have to pay their workers the minimum wage, which would rise from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. For years, Republicans -- with the help of convicted lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff -- have fended off efforts to bring the islands under federal labor laws. The bill would leave American Samoa as the only territory not covered by the $7.25 rate, and because Samoa is represented by a Democrat, Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Republicans cried foul.

Faleomavaega's campaign coffers have been well stocked by the tuna industry that dominates his island economy, but Republicans picked up on another issue: StarKist owns one of the largest canneries on the island, and Del Monte Foods, StarKist's parent company, is based in San Francisco, which Pelosi represents.

"I have asked the Education and Labor Committee, as they go forward with the legislation, to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage," Pelosi announced yesterday.

Pelosi aides said the committee would be asked to work toward having all territories use the same wage standard.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/0 1/12/AR2007011201966.html
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Hilarious. Nance gets called on it, and all of a sudden she moves to correct it. 'Why, Del MOnte and Starkist's HQ's are in my district? When did that happen?'
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Hilarious that when found out, Derek has no real answer. He just couldn't resist the swipe with the broad brush, no matter how false it was.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 08:15 AM
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Hilarious that when found out, Derek has no real answer. He just couldn't resist the swipe with the broad brush, no matter how false it was.


Its all he has.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 08:57 AM
While I applaud the efforts in the House regarding the Minimun Wage, the raising of the Minimum Wage is the tip of the iceberg pertaining to workers rights and benefits.

During the last 6 years the rights enumerated in the NLRA have been trampled by the current administration. Mr. Bush has appointed a Republican majority to the NLRB and it shows. Quietly, the majority on the Board have eroded our rights, and the majority is bolstered by the over 250 Federal court Judges that Bush has appointed. When the Board rules and the ruling is challenged, depending on the judicial venue, it may be heard before a Bush appointed Justice, guess how that judge will interpret the act.

As I said, the Min wage issue is the tip of the iceberg....

 

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