Rebuilding the past (2005 Edition)…

The content for this post comes from a different journal, and takes the form of an archive. I’m cutting the display for the sake of your feed, but there’s a BUNCH of stuff here, below the cut.

I’ll be revising this post, representing all of my thoughts on 2005, and adding to it and to others, to put all the politics in one easy-to find and source place.

In theory, all links have been vetted, but the Internet is ephemeral. If you notice a broken link, let me know. Thanks!

And on with the show…

07/01/2005:

More political yuck, while I spent the day driving aimlessly around the greater Balt-Wash corridor…

http://www.moveonpac.org/pac/protectourrights//letter.html?id=5730-5792651-eZ6oDy1dxz9q6hDIf1XeuQ

For more information on the critical aspects of losing this particular judge, see: http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/07/01/resignation.supreme/index.html

This is what we blues feared last November.


07/02/2005: Oh, goody!

Gacked from MB:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000972841

“Reports Reveal Karl Rove Named in Matt Cooper Documents By Greg Mitchell. Published: July 02, 2005 1:00 PM ET”

Almost makes up for the O’Connor resignation. I haven’t felt this hopeful since I last watched Dave.

Now, if I can just finalize the cast list, I’ll be all set…


07/04/2005: And now, for a word from our forefathers…

http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html


7/7/2005: This is going to sound crass, so please forgive me in advance…

…and please understand that I think *any* life wasted is a crime….

But why is it that we’re suddenly so very shocked at the bombs that have gone off today? After all, there were decades when bombs went off in London, which got barely a notice on our own local news. But then, that was the IRA, and it was England’s problem. Nothing to do with us.

Now that we’re in the “War on Terrorism” the press is having a field day.

This isn’t meant to belittle the people who lost loved ones, or the people who simply lost their lives, or those who were maimed. My outrage against our current system has nothing to do with them.

Why don’t we just give up now and rebuild the coliseums here. We can go get our own lions and toss the bad people to them. Or maybe we should make them transparent shark tanks. Think Emperor Bush would enjoy that?
For pity’s sake – the more the press responds to these actions, and the more comments they generate by analyzing the activities to death, the more the evil individuals who perpetrated the events get what they want – an inordinate amount of attention for their cause.

That goes for everyone – fair and balanced or not.

I feel a major rant coming soon. Too busy to do it justice, so I’ll just hold on a little longer.

The members and networks of the press (all of them) have catered to rumor-mongering and spin doctoring from all fronts for decades if not centuries. I object. To all of it.

And for your information, Bush’s administration was not voted for by me, and last time I checked I was entitled by the First Amendment to my personal opinion of his behavior, actions, and abilities. I have stopped short of accusing him publicly of the things which I firmly believe he has done to this country in the name of the “War on Terror.”

This is the only country in recent memory to have avoided large-scale conflict from other sources, largely because our borders are protected by two huge oceans and two friendly countries. That isn’t to say we haven’t suffered internally (see Oklahoma City or Gettysburg).

Before you start up the mimeograph machine and issuing manifestos on how evil the United States is, why don’t you sit down and take a hard look at your own exaggerated and misdirected hatred and thank God that Al Qaeda didn’t draw a big skull and crossbones over your public transportation system.

It isn’t the United States that’s evil. The United States is made up of billions of individuals who are just trying to survive in an increasingly hostile local environment. And before you suggest that Al Qaeda hasn’t targeted us, think back a few years. And recall that recent data has proved Iraq had nothing to do with that attack.

It’s my personal opinion that we’re headed for another attack of our own, on a similar scale, and that they’re just waiting to time it right.

You’re free to prove otherwise.

Ok, so are you now saying here that Saint George W. is in the right of all this? Even in the face of all the things we’ve heard that he’s done to make his own personal war with Saddam come to fruition?

And you accuse me of losing my grip on reality?

Buddy, if that’s your idea of reality, I much prefer mine.

In the interest of being sure of my quotes, I just did a little research on the web. Found this fascinating site: http://www.religioustolerance.org/

That a set of stories may be blamed for so much of what has been done by humans over the centuries, based on the literal interpretations of the contents of that book (which was written based on hearsay), simply boggles my mind. It often amazes me that we have lasted this long upon the earth.

I don’t often agree with the literal Christian translations of the Ten Commandments, but at their heart, they are a common-sense method for guiding human behaviour.

I just wish to GOD that some of the Christians who beat that same book would sit down and read it from COVER TO COVER once in a while, and not simply point to it as the excuse for all the atrocities in the world.

Same goes for the Talmud, the Qur’an, and any other written text that gives people the rights to slaughter other people. Period.

Comments:

I put on my Tinfoil Hat this morning…..
Quoth the poster:
And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

The “Orbital Mind Control Lasers” alarm went off…
Not only was the whole Plame/Rove/Novaks thing shoveled out with the Friday news dump, London goes *foom* to ENSURE that those stories will not be spoken of again in the near future.

How conVEEEENNiant!

I guess the old saw is right, this administration will not fall unless Bush is caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy,

It’s been said that Republicans and the Right Wing Apologists love this country like a 3 year old: “But Mommy is good. Mommy could NEVER do wrong!” (not during the Vietnam war, not during our torture of civilians, treason, or war profiteering). The other half of us love this country like grown ups – we realize that it supported slavery, bigotry, intolerance and epic criminal hubris, but are working to make it constantly better through the service and vigilance that are every good citizen’s responsibility.

You are SO very quick to condemn your “friends” while never for a moment offering any real alternatives no matter how directly you are asked for them. You sound ever more fundamentalist yourself, and in that you seem to be just another blowhard who has no principles himself that might be examined (by himself or anyone else).

You seem to feel that the use of the magic words “liberal rant” instantly exempts you from having to think about what the writer is saying. And if you simply endeavor to crack wise and chastise them for having some perspective and a beating heart that loves this country, then they’ll give you the attention you apparently crave. Hell, it works for Rush (the aptly named addict), and for W. Simply don’t address problems, and blame others for your own piss-poor choices. And then claim victory. Again and again.

Or perhaps for you there ARE no alternatives. Maybe the namby-pamby days of peace and prosperity under a hated Bill Clinton were something to be borne, not loved. To quote Black Adder: “Baldrick, for you the Renaissance was something that happened only to other people, is that it?”

Until you decide to put your money where your mouth is and offer us a whole lot of reasons to respect your “Emperor”, then the reasons we list must be taken far more seriously than your faux Miss Manners apoligism. The bottom line seems to be that you simply can’t handle the truth and have such disdain for your “friends” that you must treat them condescendingly.

_______________________________________________________

As I wrote to regyt earlier:
So long as Britain and the US remain dead-set on killing, maiming and torturing a lot of people (including their own), then other “terrorists” will keep on keeping on. Every time the news heightens the level of unreasoning fear, then the fascist bastards on each side get to revel in their unchecked power. In short, the bad guys win every time.

And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

A good thing they weren’t having some sex though… cause THAT will get you impeached.


7/08/2005: Rant warning!!! And for the record, while I’m thinking about it…

You’ll rarely find a more patriotic individual that me. I excelled in civic studies throughout high school, spent time in the Model UN* and worked for Jimmy Carter before I could vote. But that doesn’t mean I have to swallow every last thing our current political administrators want me to swallow in the name of their interpretations of what’s right.

Unless or until it’s proven to me that changes to our existing laws are being enacted for the actual good of everyone, and not just for the conservative right wing thugs who have a grip on this country right now, I will NOT agree to allow those changes to occur. And they have a long way to go before I’ll be convinced otherwise.

I’m ranting about this right stuff now because we aren’t all that far away from the start of the next Presidential campaign. Our lame duck here would like nothing better than to use recent events to catapult his brother to the White House, ensuring another possible eight years of divisiveness, theocracy and conservatism. King George, Emperor George, Saint George W. – yeah, I do think that way.

I am still galled by the methods his father used to get us into the conflict with Iraq the first time (and no, I haven’t forgotten). I am deeply concerned his brother will attempt to win the presidency in two and a half short years, thus continuing this appalling, dynastic legacy. [Edit: I realized this afternoon that I failed to clarify that my issue is with the Iran/Contra scandal and Senior’s deep involvement with it. I’ve commented elsewhere to include links on the topic. Sorry for the confusion…]

I am trying to do what I can to help make people hear the truth.

If you don’t like what I have to say, there are other places you can go to read, but this here is MY turf, and I’ll say whatever I like, because I still have the right and privilege to do so (at least, until our right-wing, wrong-dealing administration finds a way to shut that down too, in the name of Patriotism). [Edit: and yes, I do mean the USA Patriot Act.]

I am defending our Constitutional rights, and the democracy for which so many people lost their lives almost 230 years ago.

And you are…?

*And did I mention…Iraq was the last country I represented for the Model United Nations, back in 1981, when we were still friends with them. I’ve also represented Ireland, Jamaica, and at least one other.


7/9/2005: Well, now it’s official.

I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. It cost $20 to join (not tax deductible – lobbying organizations can’t be tax exempt).

That’s the average cost of two of my DVDs.

It was time. Took 41 years to get there, but it was time.

Wheee


7/10/2005: I just got this in email from another list I’m on…

DID YOU KNOW? 

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. 
Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a carving of the 
world's law givers. Each figure is facing toward the middle figure, who is
seated and facing forward....it is Moses and he is holding the Ten
Commandments! 

DID YOU KNOW? 
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have
the Ten Commandments engraved on the lower portion of each door. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall above where the
Supreme Court judges sit. It is a display of the Ten Commandments. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings
and Monuments in Washington, DC. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
James Madison, the fourth president, known as "The Father of Our
Constitution" made the following statement: "We have staked the 
whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for
self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern
ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to 
the Ten Commandments of God." 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country 
said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation
was founded not by religionists [sic] but by Christians, not on religions 
but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ". 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, 
whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the
established orthodox churches in the colonies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their 
authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law .. an
oligarchy ... the rule of few over many. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said: "Americans 
should select and prefer Christians as their rulers." How, then, have we 
gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this 
country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? 
Thank you so much Jerry

*HOW COULD 50 STATES BE WRONG? 
Somewhere along the way, the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court 
have misinterpreted the U.S. Constitution. How could fifty States be 
wrong? 

THIS IS VERY INTERESTING! Be sure to read the last two paragraphs.
America's founders did not intend for there to be a separation of God
and state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states acknowledge God in
their state constitutions: 

Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, 
invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the
following Constitution ... 

Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and 
to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. 

Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, 
grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution... 

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas,
grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form 
of government... 

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California,
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. 

Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound
reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe. 

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging
with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy
.. 

Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by
nature, the rights of worshipping [sic] and serving their Creator 
according to the dictates of their consciences ... 

Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, 
grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty .. establish this
Constitution... 

Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon
protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this
Constitution... 

Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine
Guidance . establish this Constitution. 

Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful 
to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings .. 

Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois,
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious 
liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a
blessing on our endeavors. 

Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, 
grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form 
of government. 

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to
the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our
dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings .. establish
this Constitution 

Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty
God for our civil and religious privileges ... establish this
Constitution. 

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth of grateful 
to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties... 

Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, 
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties 
we enjoy. 

Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine .. acknowledging with 
grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler! of the Universe 
in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring His aid and direction. 

Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful 
to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty... 

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, 
acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great 
Legislator of the Universe ... in the course of His Providence, an 
opportunity .and [sic] devoutly imploring His direction ... 

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful 
to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom ... establish 
this Constitution 

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful 
to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to
perpetuate its blessings 

Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention 
assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work. 

Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound
reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His
goodness .. establish this Constitution .. 

Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to 
Almighty God for the blessings of liberty. establish this Constitution 

Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for
our freedom .. establish this Constitution .. 

Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, 
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution ... 

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a
natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the 
dictates of his own conscience. 

New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey,
grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He 
hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on 
our endeavors .. 

New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to
Almighty God for the blessings of Liberty 

New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York,
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its
blessings. 

North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North
Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, 
for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our
dependence upon Him for the continuance of those. 

North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, 
grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do
ordain... 

Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to
Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote 
our common .. 

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in 
order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty .. establish 
this .. 

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be
secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the
dictates of their consciences.. 

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, 
grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and
humbly invoking His guidance. . 

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode 
Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He
hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing 

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of he State of South
Carolina. grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish
this Constitution. 

South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota , 
grateful to Almighty God for our civil! and religious liberties .. establish 
this 

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and
indefensible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates 
of their conscience... 

Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas,
acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God. 

Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, 
we establish this Constitution .. 

Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to ... enable 
the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other
blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man . 

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI .. Religion, or the Duty which we 
owe our Creator .. can be directed only by Reason and that it is the 
mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity 
towards each other .. 

Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington,
grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do
ordain this Constitution ... 

West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we 
enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the 
people of West Virginia . reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon 
God .. 

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to
Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility ... 

Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, 
grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties .. establish
this Constitution ...
 
After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state 
constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, the ACLU and 
the out-of-control federal courts are wrong!

My response to the individual who posted this message to the list went like this:

And since when, precisely, did the word GOD become the sole possession of Christians?

Provide references, please. Inquiring minds want to know.

Regards,

me

This same list is responsible for promulgating some of the more heinous urban legends in the search for truth. When pointed out that Snopes.com had debunked nearly all (but perhaps one) of the urban legends in question, I was told that even if the messages were wrong, it was still good to circulate them, because they showed people cared about other people.

For pity’s sake, when did the circulation of lies become acceptable as a means for showing you care???

And I thought I was done ranting for the week.

Holy ****.

It truly saddens me that in all this time, so many people have so little understanding of the Religious Freedom part of this country’s founding. Why is it so easy to turn back and determine that the sole religion to which the founding fathers referred was Christian, and that all others may be excluded based on the religious upbringings of the founding fathers themselves?

We could argue the point for days that it’s because that’s what they were when the documents were written. I am no Atheist, but I still know the difference between a reference to God and a reference to Jesus Christ, and they are NOT the same thing. There are plenty of representatives of the Christian faith (in many denominations, not just Baptist), who would happily argue otherwise.

I could also argue that much of what has been said recently (as recently as yesterday) could be construed as fodder for neo-Fascists and neo-Nazis. It’s what keeps the KKK in business, and what makes it so very hard for folks to see a shared purpose to the organized government we call the United States of America.

What scares me most is that we aren’t all that far from the last Civil War, and the damage that could be done in the next could be considerably worse. And I don’t think it would take much to push some of these very public, governmentally sanctioned religious zealots over the edge.

I can hope for a little more moderation in the elections to come, but with our political swing so high to the right at the moment, it’s hard to imagine there will be a lot of change over the next two and a half years.

The best I can do right now, is be that voice in the wilderness. Maybe enough folks will hear me and be convinced. I can only hope…

I feel I should point out that believing that Jesus Christ is God is, more or less, the definition of Christianity. So try not to be too hard on those who want to argue that point. The problem is the way they do it.

And if you’ll indulge me for just a moment, here’s a little something from my faith tradition: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”

There’s another one I prefer: “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Sadly, there are too many people in this world who worship a vengeful God, rather than a loving one. And for whom “An eye for an eye” is the watch phrase and excuse for so many actions.

For me, the Bible is not a guiding document to be taken in literal form. I can understand that some people feel that it is, and my only objection is in being forced to agree with that opinion. I simply can’t. Not the Old Testament (which is all I am supposed to believe), or the New.

I am so Unitarian in approach and belief, that I should be a paying member of our local congregation. That I haven’t followed up yet to visit and see what they do and how they feel is more a tribute to the sheer amount of stuff we have going on here during the weekend.

A time is coming, though, when I will decide it’s time to go for a visit. They aren’t that far away, and it would be a good thing for my daughter, who has many more questions than I can answer.

So, I am not averse to the experience. I simply object to being forced to agree with it or “suffer the consequences.”


7/12/2005: On Day 1400…

I’ve changed my home page.

I thought some recognition was in order.

Now, if the current administration would just employ the same effort into finding Osama Bin Laden and putting him out of business, I wouldn’t mind so much.

And has anyone noticed anything about the Karl Rove revelation? The outing of Deep Throat is garnering more press activity right now that this.

What hypocrites these mortals be.

“I don’t know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information,” Bush said in Chicago, where he was on a fund-raising trip. “If somebody did leak classified information, I’d like to know
it, and we’ll take the appropriate action.”

Bush said he is “absolutely confident that the Justice Department will do a good job.”

And that action would be…?


7/12/2005: I spoke too soon…

Transcript: McClellan Takes Reporters’ Questions

and

White House denials on Rove fall silent
Democrats call for Bush to fire adviser linked to CIA leak

Associated Press Updated: 8:17 a.m. ET July 12, 2005

And here, because I embedded the info in a comment:

PERMITS OBTAINED FOR SEPTEMBER 24!
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMPEACHMENT SUPPORTERS TO SURROUND WHITE HOUSE

Dear EW,

Legal permits have now been obtained on both sides of the White House for the mass demonstration on September 24. This will allow tens of thousands of supporters of the impeachment of George W. Bush to join with the antiwar movement and create a sea of protestors [sic] to surround the White House.

September 24 will be a day to bring your family, your parents, grandparents and children, and as many neighbors and friends as possible together with thousands of others in the the ImpeachBush movement’s most powerful display yet. It will be an opportunity to exercise your First Amendment right to demand that Bush, Cheney and other high officials be held accountable for their criminal conduct.

As we reported last week, recent polls show a dramatic spike in support for impeachment. According to most recent Zogby Poll, 42% of voters – 25% of whom consider themselves Republicans – would support impeachment if Bush lied about Iraq. The tide is clearly turning, but we need to work with ever-greater vigor.

ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach is launching a massive advertising and publicity campaign to promote the September 24 Impeachment contingent at the White House demonstration. We will take out newspaper ads, radio spots, targeted media outreach, and print hundreds of thousands of leaflets, stickers, posters, lawn signs and other outreach materials.

The impeachment campaign will use the information from the Downing Street memos and other known sources that prove the Bush administration engaged in a pattern of lies and deceit to mislead Congress and the people.

We are asking everyone to make a donation to help in the advertising and publicity campaign. This is a huge grassroots effort. We depend on the people who believe in impeachment to fund this historic campaign.

To make a contribution, access the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check: http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=RZRUmgmYVf7OibrUvuqlxQ.

More than 500,000 people have voted to impeach at the web site www.VoteToImpeach.org. This has been a remarkable exercise in grassroots democracy. Let’s double that number in the months ahead. We can do it. Each day brings a larger section of the population to the same conclusion: the Bush administration lied. Each day more and more people become outraged at the spiraling death toll in Iraq. Each day, angry and outraged people demand that the elected officials of this country uphold the constitution and use the mechanism of impeachment to hold high officials accountable for their High Crimes and Misdemeanors. We can’t wait for the politicians – the people must act now to create a firestorm of support for impeachment. If you know someone or a few people who would also vote to impeach, encourage them to visit www.VoteToImpeach.org to cast their ballot.

— All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org

Time to take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, methinks…


7/12/2005: Move On…Right On!!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-no-comment-on-rove/

Follow the link to sign the petition.

I did!

http://www.moveonpac.org/pac/firerove//letter.html?id=5782-5792651-UIoDxjd64vPQzNBmHpBgug

[Note: Link to petition no longer works.]


7/13/2005: Another petition to sign…

Doing what I can to pass on the word…

“Urgent – from the ACLU about the Patriot Act”

American Civil Liberties Union
Congress to vote on the Patriot Act next week
*********************************

Dear Friend,

Last week, nearly 50,000 people signed our petition calling on Congress to
reform the Patriot Act.

We have just learned that, in a coordinated plan to quickly reauthorize the
Patriot Act, Congress will vote next week on a bill to make the expiring parts
of the act permanent, including those that give the government too much
unchecked access to our medical, library, financial and other personal records.

If we don’t show our strength now, Congress will pass the Patriot Act
reauthorization without the reforms we need to keep us safe and free.

Please sign our petition today, telling Congress it’s time to reform the Patriot
Act.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=1Y7bY3hLvagoN_FnS0elmw

The Bush Administration and some leaders in Congress are determined to make
these powers permanent, and are even pressing for further expansions to this
assault on our fundamental freedoms.

How do you feel about the government having easy access to your personal
records?  Information about the books you buy and borrow.  Access to your
private medical and tax records.  “Sneak and peek” warrants that allow searches
without telling you until well after the fact.  Are you okay with this?

These are law enforcement powers granted in the flawed provisions of the Patriot
Act, and Congress is preparing to vote to extend and broaden these dangerous
powers and undermine our  Constitution by making them permanent.

If you don’t think this is acceptable, join with thousands of others and let
Congress know today.  Sign the petition.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=hipnPbJg9q91YNhHtaoRsg

Remind our leaders that last week’s horrifying bombings in London should not
short-circuit a real debate over whether the Patriot Act’s powers actually and
materially enhance our security, and whether the civil liberties of ordinary
Americans are adequately protected, the test suggested by the bipartisan 9-11
Commission.

Please add your name to the petition, and we will deliver it to Congress as this
crucial debate over our freedoms unfolds.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=ehOyWVmgJ6H0Imlgl42KTQ

We already have nearly 50,000 signatures.  You can help us reach 100,000 by
Friday so that we can ensure that Congress protects our most fundamental
liberties.  After you’ve signed the petition, ask your friends to sign it, too.

Thank you for helping to keep America safe and free.

Sincerely,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU


8/7/2005: I am *SO* there…

http://impeachbush.org/

The excuse: There isn’t anyone else available to do the job.

The reason: The draw down started by Bush Senior has gutted our regular military to the point where our national guard has to step in and do the job.

The reality: These men and women are part-time soldiers with full-time families and these families are suffering hardships way beyond what should be happening.

And now? They’re talking about drawing down again.

WHY?

Because they can’t find enough folks who want to risk their lives in our name, and keeping the bases open is costing them too much money.

The result: DH ships off twice, for four months in a seven-month period, leaving his bosses hanging, leaving us with a reduced income (yes, that’s right, he’s not making his current salary while on duty), and he gets a whopping extra $250 per month in combat pay. He’ll have 240 hours of military leave between now and the end of the period. He’ll be gone for 640 hours total. Big effing deal.

I love my DH but I cannot and will not support this activity, and I will make my voice heard this time.

I didn’t go and march with the Million Moms. Last time I was out on the Mall in protest was during one of the Roe V Wade support rallies (has to be 10 years ago, now). It’s time. I’ll be there and so will my kids.

Where will you be September 24th? Wanna join me?


8/24/2005: Got questions about John Roberts? Ask them yourself!

http://www.democrats.gov/askroberts/

Kudos to the senators who thought to ask our opinion.

Now, if I could just remember what it was I wanted to know….


8/26/2005: Another petition….

From http://www.MoveOn.org/

Tell your friends: Save the Estate Tax

As soon as the Senate returns to Washington in September they will vote on eliminating the Estate Tax for the richest 2 percent of Americans(1). If they succeed, millionaires will save close to $1 trillion dollars in the first ten years–that tax burden will shift to us and future generations — and Republican leaders are just one or two votes away.

Eliminating the Estate Tax will personally benefit President Bush, Vice President Cheney and 11 other cabinet members up to $344 million – and we’ll have to pick up that tab!

Will you sign our petition before the Senate vote?

Thanks!

United for a Fair Economy Fact Sheet: Who Pays the Estate Tax
http://www.faireconomy.org/estatetax/ETWhoPays.html

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