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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
11:42 pm
Contract with who ?!?
So my memory got jogged today by NPR on the topic of the Contract with America. Remember that? It's what Newt Gingrich assembled to make great media bites to get Republican control back in the House. And it worked. It didn't help that Clinton was floundering during that period.

Of course, when I go back and revisit it, it sure hasn't been fulfilled. Of course, we aren't going to bring that up in the mainstream media, are we ? Not when the Republicans are doing such a bang up job with the country, right ? My comments are in italics...

Let's just take a look, shall we...Collapse )

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
10:25 am
move on rally info
Rally to Stop the Judicial Takeover

Any day now, radical Republicans are hoping to seize absolute power to appoint Supreme Court justices who favor right-wing, corporate interests over the rest of us. To do it, Vice President Cheney and Senate Republican leader Bill Frist are threatening to use what they call the "nuclear option"—a parliamentary maneuver to overturn the 200-year-old tradition that all judges have broad support in Congress.

MoveOn PAC and our partners in the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary are organizing a massive national wave of protest to stop them, culminating with emergency rallies across the country on Wednesday, April 27, at 5 PM (or earlier in a few cities).

This is an "all hands on deck" moment, and we need everyone to turn out and be counted. Please come to the rally nearest you, or, if there's no rally within 50 miles, click here post your own rally location!


27 Apr
05:00 Judicial Justice - 0 miles away
Us Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
644 registered participant(s) (9999 maximum)
95 Seventh St (Between Market and Mission on 7th)
San Francisco
Description This event is in front of the federal Court House in San Francisco. It is the U.S. court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and totally appropriate for the rally. (I just want to clarify that it is between Market and Mission on 7th)
Monday, April 11th, 2005
8:38 am
Oxfam's Global Action Week
Oxfam's Global Action Week

Global Week of Action
Welcome to Oxfam America's Global Week of Action! Just by stopping by, you've shown that you're passionate about social justice and want to make a difference in the lives of poor people around the world.

Join thousands of others just like you. Make a big noise, April 10-16. Click here to learn more about Oxfam's campaigns.

You won't be alone. During the Global Week of Action, communities around the world, from Uganda to the United States to Uruguay, will call on their elected officials to make trade fair and promote policies that improve lives

will xpost
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
9:43 pm
A thought to ponder...
A post in a friend's journal containing the words "activist judges" prompted my normal response:

An activist judge is apparently one that doesn't make judgements based on the political agenda and rather considers law, test cases, statute, and facts.

Both sides, depending on who is in power, use this flawed and highly charged terminology...though the Repubs have taken it to whole new heights.

Judges have to exist outside the political whim of the presiding administration. Period. It kills me that these lawmakers act like the judges should do their bidding. Someone needs to remind them of how "checks and balances" works. :)

What does this term mean to you ? And more so, why has it come into such use lately ? And even more, why do the more people not take offense at it ?
Monday, March 14th, 2005
1:10 am
Conservative's "Ten Word Philosophy" Explained
The overall Republican strategy is less about how to improve the country and more about how to finance itself and win elections. In a nutshell, they pander to two groups (their bases) - big business/the filthy rich and the religious right. They allow businesses to walk all over your average Joe (and in turn businesses donate a LOT of money). Then they tell the religious right that they are against gays, against abortion, etc, but... they don't really deliver on this as much. They just sort of string the religious right along and throw them a few bones here and there.

Strong Defense, Free Markets, Lower taxes, Smaller Government, and Family ValuesCollapse )

Question 2: Why do Republicans hate liberals so much??

Liberals argue using FACTS. This is inconvenient to the Republicans, who want us to ignore the facts. The facts aren't very complimentary to the Republicans. For instance, it's a fact that global warming is happening and it's going to be a huge crisis and we are not doing enough to stop it. However, it's also a fact that if we were going to really make a good effort to prevent global warming, the oil companies and auto manufacturers would have to clean up their acts. They do not want to make changes towards cleaning up the environment, so they pay the Republicans a lot of money. In return, the Republicans deny that global warming exists and lets all the companies keep polluting. You can see an example of this in the Luntz memo.
Thursday, March 10th, 2005
2:09 am
New Community

The purpose of this community is to give liberals one relatively easy change to make in their lives every day. I will add something every day if no one else does, but it is open to everyone.

xposted to a lot of places
Sunday, March 6th, 2005
3:18 am
Write a Letter to the Editor
The Bush budget cuts billions away from programs we need, while still increasing the deficit. Use the Dems site to write a letter to the editor of your local papers with just 1 click.

I wrote a letter for Wisconsin but had to shorten it because letters under 250 words are more likely to be published. You can take my letter and replace the Wisconsin numbers with the numbers from your state. I'm putting the long and the short versions here so you can pick and choose from them.

The long version of my letterCollapse )

250 words version of my letterCollapse )
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
1:56 pm
Monday, February 21st, 2005
7:42 am
Maya Keyes' Blog
Here's a link to Maya Keyes' blog. I heard her on the radio and she seems pretty sweet. I've been a bit upset all week that her parents kicked her out of the house.
Friday, February 18th, 2005
8:09 am

Please cross post... thanks.

Wal-Mart plans on building a site at the Mayan ruins of Teotihuacan. Do what you can. Thanks

(You can read a report done by the House of Representatives about Wal*Mart called "Every Day Low Wages" - ask me if you want a copy. It details exactly what is wrong with Wal*Mart)
Thursday, February 17th, 2005
12:06 am
Paul Martin's speech in support of same-sex marriage legislation
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Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
8:41 am
Activism stuff
I originally posted these in a_better_world, my community and it was suggested that I cross-post them here.

So here they are :)

These are some actions I've come across in the past week.

Feel free to point me in the direction of any other activism sites you find/like, because right now these are pretty limited.

Anyway, here's what I managed to dig up this week:

Act for Change
Stop Government Propaganda Act
"Secretly paying journalists to promote particular points of view is unacceptable and unethical. The Stop Government Propaganda Act is a bill that would prevent U.S. tax dollars from being used to fund covert propaganda."
(What you can do)

Amnesty International
"Since 1990, 11 child offenders have been executed. Currently there are at least 30 others awaiting execution. Among them are Ali, Sattar, Vihad and Mohammad T, all children under the age of 18.
(What you can do)
"Despite 21 years of conflicts, more than 2 million dead, 6 million forced to flee their homes, thousands of women and children abducted and/or raped and hundreds of villages destroyed and relatives still missing, not one perpetrator of war crimes or crimes against humanity is known to have been brought to justice in Sudan."
(What you can do)

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
USA Today
"In its February 3 edition, USA Today not only failed to challenge a George W. Bush distortion about Social Security-- it actually changed Bush's remarks to make them more accurate."
(What you can do)

"A document leaked to the ETC group reveals that Canada is going to the UN to promote "terminator" technology: genetically engineered (GE) seeds designed to grow crops which can't reproduce. These "suicide seeds," designed solely to protect the patents and profits of multinational corporations, are currently forbidden from being planted outside the lab. The secret instructions to Canada's delegation: block concensus on any other option than testing these seeds in the wild."
(What you can do)
North Korea
"North Korea announced on February 10th that it would no longer engage in dialogue on its nuclear program. It also reported it had manufactured bombs to protect itself against a US attack."
(What you can do)
Valentine's Day
"When you buy a gift for a loved one you don't expect that it might come with a dose of harmful chemicals. But if you are buying certain perfumes this Valentine's day that's exactly what you'll get."
(What you can do)

Current Mood: bleary-eyed
Friday, February 11th, 2005
6:20 pm
Richard Clarke Memo Re: Al Qaeda Threat
This is majorly unacceptable! First our government did not take appropriate action, and then the lied about it. It's not a partisan question - it's a question of right and wrong that resulted in many deaths.

Newly released memo warned of al Qaeda threat
Document described during 9/11 hearings
Friday, February 11, 2005 Posted: 11:56 AM EST (1656 GMT)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A newly released memo warned the White House at the start of the Bush administration that al Qaeda represented a threat throughout the Islamic world, a warning that critics said went unheeded by President Bush until the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The memo dated January 25, 2001 -- five days after Bush took office -- was an essential feature of last year's hearings into intelligence failures before the attacks on New York and Washington. A copy of the document was posted on the National Security Archive Web site Thursday.

The memo, from former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, had been described during the hearings but its full contents had not been disclosed.Read more...Collapse )
Monday, February 7th, 2005
12:44 am
As I walk through the valley of pollution and war, I will find no exit, for thou art in office
Here is an interesting point of view. I wish more people around agreed with it.

Click here
Friday, February 4th, 2005
1:59 am
Who Was the Iraqi Woman at State of the Union?
Read it here

Bush said: "Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country -- and we are honored that she is with us tonight."

Let's see... how did her father get killed by Saddam??

Her father planned to overthrow in a coup d'etat in June 1993. However, the Americans did not want the coup to succeed (possibly because her father would not go along with their policies). America tipped off Saddam about the impending coup and gave the names of her father and his top aides. All of them were subsequently killed in Saddam's torture chambers.
12:45 am
Uniformity in the Media and a Lack of Questioning
Think Again: Indylink

Building Media Democracy One Brick at a Time

by Eric Alterman with Paul McLeary
February 3, 2005

It should surprise no one that coverage of last night's State of the Union message exhibited a certain uniformity and unwillingness to challenge the president's many misstatements. We may have hundreds of channels, countless newspapers, websites, radio stations, etc., etc., but the sad fact is that big media limits democracy by limiting debate in the places where most people hear it. Following Bush's inaugural address, for instance, Media Matters for America documented that on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, "Republican and conservative guests and commentators outnumbered Democrats and progressives" by 42 to 10. "Moreover, the rare Democrat or progressive guest usually appeared opposite conservatives, whereas most Republican and conservative guests and commentators appeared solo or alongside fellow conservatives." The ratio on CNN was 10 to 1.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
8:54 am
Canada's same sex marriage act introduced this morning

Canada's Marriage Act

BILL C-38 An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes.
Read the new Act...Collapse )

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
12:53 am
My Rant
I've been trying to listen to other people's points of view. Conservative, Liberal, Religious, Secular, you name it. I've gotten really sick of quite a few things - ignorance, name-calling, cheap shots, and hate to name a few. I've been hoping to find some good debate, which I do some of the time, but the rest of the time it's hard to debate someone who has already dismissed you as a human being because you get your news from the mainstream media (which has a conservative slant, not liberal, so enough already with the "liberal media" crap everyone).

I think we all need to start looking at the strategies going on in politics. All of us - both on the right and left sides of the aisle. Because the strategies used to convince us of one thing or another use our own psychology to convince us of one thing or another.
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
8:33 pm
And one more to stir things up...
Due to the overcrowding of US prisons with minor drug offenders, should we consider changing US drug laws ? What's reasonable ? How can we counterbalance public health, public safety, and the health of society in regards to drugs ?
8:31 pm
Conversation Swizzle Sticks
Per Ms. Orangecloud's suggestion (and who can say no to her?), here's a new topic for discussion. I'm putting this out here to stir things up a bit (hence the subject line). I'm not taking a stance here...just putting it forward for now.

Should a proven, convicted serial killer/rapist/whatever receive the death penalty ? If so, under what conditions ? If not, why not ?

Addendum: Is the current prison system a deterrent to crime ? How could/should it improve ? Is it too "soft" on hardened criminals ?
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