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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
5:53 pm

I just signed a petition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stop protecting corporate Democrats who are willing to filibuster a public health insurance option.

Can you please add your name?

Click here to sign: http://action.firedoglake.com/harryreid
Monday, October 16th, 2006
7:51 am
A Girl in Iraq Like Me

I took the picture above in '03.

I learned October 11, thanks to juuice_newton in space_ghetto, that apparently, the American girl was right.

Thursday, August 25th, 2005
9:05 am

Can anyone provide to me the exact quotation and source for Bush in late 2001 urging everyone to go shopping to fight terrorism?

Monday, February 21st, 2005
5:45 am
What can the rest of us do when reality gets to be too much for Hunter S. Thompson?
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
10:41 am
Obviously the idea of Impeaching Bush is impractical.

As long as our government is controlled by one party, we are pretty much at the mercy of that party.

Civil disobedience is an idea whose time may have come.

Demonstrations. Picketing. Leafleting.

Grass roots efforts to elect liberals.

Yes. Liberals. People who care about someone other than themselves.

At every level of government, starting at the VERY bottom.

That is the way to do it, kids.

We need a HUGE turnout in the local elections; waiting for the national elections is no fucking good, we need GRASS ROOTS EFFORTS.

So run for something! Go to meetings! Join a party! (hopefully the democrats, actually ANY party but the republicans).

8:29 am
Join impeachment_now and let's turn that mother OUT.
Monday, November 1st, 2004
10:14 am
Bush held a rally at Great American Ball Park sunday night.

The local republicans said 47,000 people attended.

The stadium holds 43,000.

The upper deck was empty.

Fishiness abounds.
Friday, October 29th, 2004
6:24 am
Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
8:18 am
Why do people back Bush?

Why in the face of overwhelming evidence of his incompetence in the areas of Foreign policy, economics, education and elocution do 46% of likely voters think he is the man for the job?

That's simple.


Americans are trained from birth to believe the shit that is thrown at them on television.

PCs are better than Macs. Kraft macaroni & cheese is better than home made. Pepsi is better than Coke. Skinny women are sexier than women with curves. We have fallen for all manner of shit over the years.

And the repugnicans are GOOD at this shit. They have sold Bush as a tough Texan when we ALL knoww he is a prissy little cheerleader from New England with the IQ of a block of cement.

How do we fight this?

Word of Mouth boys and girls.

The same way we tell our friends that movies with billion dollar ad budgets STILL suck. Word of Fucking Mouth.

Give Dubbya a Bad Review.

Tell your friends How and Why he sucks. It's the economy. It's the lies. It's the Saudis.

Whatever your particular Bush pet peeve is, HAMMER it for the next six days.

We can't stand another four years of this particular Sky Captain.
Saturday, October 16th, 2004
4:13 pm
Sent to me by my mother
My mother received the following from a friend of hers, who got it from a Kucinich listserve:

Hey everyone!
This morning I went to the post office here in Sacramento, CA to mail my absentee ballot. I was informed that the 37 cent stamp I had placed on the envelope was not enough postage to mail my vote, another 23 cents was needed. Nowhere on the ballot envelope or in the instructions was it indicated that extra postage was required. I've spoken to many people who already have sent their ballots off with only 37 cents postage who are now worried that their vote may not be counted .
Since I was starting work, I called the one person who I knew would check into this problem, my Mom. She called to the Sacramento County Registrar's office and was told "the Post Office will deliver the ballots with the lower postage." However, when she called to the Post Office, she was told that full postage ($.60) was required to deliver our votes to be tabulated.
We don't want another Florida election. Please let all of your friends and family know that 60 cent postage is required to mail their absentee ballots, so there will be no vote left behind.
Thursday, August 26th, 2004
6:26 am
Big republican introuble:
This dude is a big shot in the republican party in Ohio:


Thursday, August 19th, 2004
5:37 pm
MoveON inspired me...
Just sent this letter to my local paper:

The military record of John Kerry is an open book. He served a two year term in the Navy, the majority of it "in Country". He is decorated by the Navy with some of the highest and most solemn Medals the military awards.
The refusal of George W. Bush to repudiate the statements and commercials attributed to the soi dissant "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" speaks to his disrespect for the military and military service. It also serves as a shield to questions about Bush's own military service, or lack thereof.
Bush must reveal the remaining records of his own service, and make a statement denouncing the false and misleading ads run by the members of this splinter republican group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Until these actions are taken, Bush's position as commander-in-chief is a mockery to the military and a danger to the country.

Kinda proud of it....
Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
7:06 am
Playing Politics with terror
A local soldier was taken hostage four months ago. There are yellow ribbons all OVER the place. On Monday, his family released a statement. It was read in front of a giant Bush/Chaney sign. MOST of the local news organizations framed their shots tight on the parents, but the local FAUX news station did not. The sign is clearly visible in their coverage.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
10:20 pm
Barak Obama is amazing.

That was a wonderful speech. He is a very talented man. He will go FAR.

here is his blog: http://www.obamablog.com/index.php
5:55 pm
Good and Evil

Definitions of "good":

Being positive or desirable in nature; Superior to the average; Of high quality; Worthy of respect; honorable; reliable; valuable; genuine; Of moral excellence; upright; benevolent; and kind.

Definitions of "evil":

Morally bad or wrong; wicked; Causing ruin, harm, injury, destruction, or pain; harmful; Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous; Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous; Characterized by anger or spite; malicious.

Source: dictionary.com

In the words of Michael Jackson, "Who's bad?"

I propose that George W. Bush and his ilk meet the criteria of one of these.

9:41 am
“We’re right, they’re wrong.”—James Carville.

Well, it seems as if my last posting caused some persons’ knickers to twist. Perhaps you will allow me to expand upon my views, and perhaps this posting will twist even more knickers.

Convention dictates that I must declare everyone to be good and moral when I know this not to be true. I reject that dictation. Not everyone is good and moral.

Convention dictates that I must doubt my own judgement any time it disagrees with convention. I reject that dictation. Not every judgement of mine is wrong when it disagrees with convention.

Disagree with me if you like, but please don’t suggest that my views are illegitimate or inappropriate. I think what I think, and nothing I’ve seen in response to my post of this morning changes my view. If anything, everything I’ve seen only reinforces my views.

As I say on my user info page, "While I know from experience that conservatives can lead moral, happy lives, and that they can be good, considerate persons in their interpersonal relations, I also believe their political and economic perceptions, views, and positions to be misguided, wrong, harmful, and perilous in the extreme. If allowed to dominate I believe they would destroy this country, even this planet, whatever their good intentions might be."

If you want to try to change my mind, go ahead, but leave the charges of “demonizing” at the door. Republicans are wrong for the most part. Democrats are right for the most part. I prefer to leave “good” and “evil” out of it, also for the most part, for the sake of not alienating or confusing others, though I do consider some Republicans both wrong and evil. Most Republicans I consider simply misguided and ignorant, like my two Republican uncles and one cousin. They are not evil, they are just extremely misguided. Bush, on the other hand, is evil. My family members are ignorant and misguided for having supported him.

Also, the Democrats are not the Left. The Democrats are the mainstream.

The Right is the Past, the Left is the Future (but not the present), the Democratic Party is the Present Middle.

5:34 am
Left Versus Right
A part of me wishes to understand how anyone could be a member of the Right. I look at and listen to the speeches of yesterday at the Democratic National Convention and I wonder how anyone could disagree with them. I know some do, but they mystify me. I can only assume there is something wrong with them. I know their preferred candidates and policies are little but dangerous for our country and world, so supporting them is wrong. However, I have come to conclude over the course of my life that no one feels wrong--everyone feels right, even those who are wrong. It's very interesting.

It seems to me as if the chief difference between those on the left and those on the right is that those on the left not only see more of the consequences of their actions but care about them. Those on the right, it seems to me, do not see the consequences of their actions for the most part, and when they do, they still do not care about them very much. "My actions will increase terrorism, poverty, and pollution? That's okay, as long as I get my way." Thus can be summed the Right.
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
7:39 pm
Four More Years of Shooting Oneself in the Foot?

Bush supporters: "Four more years!"

Senator John F. Kerry: "Four more years of what? Four more years of jobs being lost, four more years of the deficit growing bigger and bigger? Four more years of losing our allies around the world? We know we can restore our alliances around the world and make America strong again."

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040726/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_convention_rdp&cid=694&ncid=716

Monday, July 19th, 2004
2:34 pm
ALERT! Attention Pennsylvania!
Mr. Liberal from DailyKos reports that we have a great shot at picking up a Congressional seat in the North Suburbs of Philladelphia.

I just read this at PoliticsPA.com and in a breaking news e-mail from RollCall.com. Congressman Jim Greenwood, a moderate Republican in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional district, just announced he will not seek reelection this year, instead removing his name from the ballot. The Democrat, Virginia "Ginny" Schrader, is an attorney who has just $7,000 in the bank as of June 30th. Greenwood's district voted for Gore in 2000 by a decent amount, and the GOP is now scrambling for a replacement.

Schraeder's website is http://www.ginnyschrader.com. I would suggest that we get involved ASAP. This seat is a Democratic-leaning one, and is too good to miss. Schrader is a liberal-to-moderate, pro-choice Democrat. In addition, she supports civil unions and is against Bush's positions on Iraq and the Patriot Act. She is an attorney who ran for State Rep. in 2002 and lost by a respectable margin.

This is completely out of left field, folks, and it gives us another opportunity for a pickup. Ginny Schrader is the luckiest candidate in the nation today, but can her luck hold?

If you live in Philly, get your asses over there! Even if you don't live in Philly, get your cash over there! This is a pickup opportunity we can't afford to miss, and every seat we get helps the Democrats take the House of Representatives.
Monday, July 12th, 2004
11:44 am
Removing the Capability that Could Have Been Passed

“We removed a declared enemy of America who had the capability of producing weapons of mass murder and could have passed that capability to terrorists bent on acquiring them. In the world after September 11th, that was a risk we could not afford to take.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040712/ap_on_el_pr/bush

Well, let’s see. “A declared enemy of America”? What does that mean? I know we attacked and defeated Saddam Hussein in 1991, but I don’t remember him doing anything in response other than defending himself. Was he preparing to attack America in 2003? No. Was he capable of attacking America? No. So I don’t understand that statement to mean anything other than, perhaps, Saddam didn’t like the country that had attacked him after supporting him for years.

What does Bush mean by “the capability”? Is that the next level down from “weapons-related programs”? Must be. It doesn’t even sound as if Saddam had “programs” anymore.

“Could have passed that capability”. Is this man serious? We went to war and lost 800 U. S. soldiers’ lives because Saddam “could have passed that capability”? Bush has a lot of explaining to do, but the good news is that he seems to understand that. He’ll never be anything more than a snake-oil salesman, but at least he’s bright enough to know a pickle when he’s in one. Sadly for him, of course, the dynamic is that the more he explains, the worse his explanations look.

“In the World after September 11th, that was a risk we could not afford to take.” Of all his statements associating al Qaeda with Iraq, this one seems to me to be the biggest canard yet. He implies the war on Iraq had something to do with the hijackings and murders inside the United States, when of course it had nothing to do with them.

I guess it depends on what your definition of “the World” is.

Bush should stop, take a breath, and say, for the sake of his own career, “We have recently learned, thanks to the efforts of the September 11 Commission, that the intelligence on which we based our invasion of Iraq was flawed. The mission was noble, to defend our country, and no one can thank the families of our fallen and wounded soldiers more than I can. But this new information tells us that our new, most urgent mission is to restore Iraqi sovereignty and move on in our efforts to find and subdue the real enemies of and dangers to America. I promise to redouble our efforts in the fight to bring al Qaeda to justice wherever it may be found. For my part in the mistake, however, I ask your understanding and forgiveness. Everyone makes mistakes, even presidents, and not even presidents are perfect. I will consider that even more often in the struggle ahead, as I work with our allies and friends around the Globe and listen to their views, some of which will certainly differ from mine. The goal is cooperation, not confrontation—the World has enough of that as it is.” That is what he should say. Will he say that? No.

Note to right-wingers: feel free to comment on my posts. I have decided, however, that I may not respond to your comments from now on, not because I feel any insecurity in my positions or fear of your awesome intellects or knowledge, but because what should be intelligent discussions are all too often fruitless for all concerned. Let’s just agree to disagree as patriotic Americans who differ on the “how” but not the “why”, okay?

We all love America and want her to succeed, no matter which candidate(s) we support or oppose

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