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Saturday, August 30th, 2008
5:55 pm
Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech
For those who didn't get to see it, here is a link to Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech Video. I was really emotional, especially at the beginning when he was talking about his family.
Friday, August 29th, 2008
6:07 pm
Thoughts on Obama's acceptance speech?
Comment here with your thoughts about Obama's acceptance speech, and what it might mean as far as influencing swing voters. (Or even "converting" some Republicans?)

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, June 20th, 2008
6:40 pm
The Enron loophole has a large part to do with this oil price nightmare.
I dug up the transcript for that Enron loophole report I mentioned before:


Scroll about half way down, the text: "Soon after Enron‘s birth..." begins the report about this.
THIS is what we should be haranguing Congress about, and have them force Enron into paying back every person that has bought gas in this country in the past year.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
6:46 pm
Send Your Gasoline Bill to Congress!
From ConsumerWatchdog.org:

Send Your Gasoline Bill To Congress!

I'm sending my maddening gasoline bill to Washington and inviting you to do the same.
Elected representatives don't pull into the corner gas station and pay from their own pockets. They need to know what it's doing to you.

I had my own harsh moment this week at the gas station, pumping $4.60 gasoline: My 50 mpg Prius now costs more to run than my old 15 mpg sedan did in 2002, when gasoline sold around here for as little as $1.13 a gallon. My salary sure hasn't kept up.

Click on the Send Your Free Message button below to tell the president, your Senator and your Representative in Congress what gasoline is costing you and what it's doing to your budget.
Just fill in the short form (cost of your last fill-up, where you bought it and what gasoline is costing you each month) and send it. Then forward this message to your friends.

Gasoline prices are hitting record highs every day ($4.075 nationally today, and $4.607 in California, per AAA)
Oil company profits are out of sight, as you can tell from looking at our "Oil Profits Monster" database.
Yet Congress hasn't even acted to regulate out-of-control oil trading markets.
Or to put oversight on refineries that restrict their gasoline and diesel production to keep the retail price high.

Thanks so much for helping us get the message to Congress: If they don’t feel their own pain at the pump, we have to tell them about ours.


Judy Dugan
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
9:47 pm
So who do you think he'll choose for VP?
I'm hoping for Bill Richardson or Kathleen Sebelius--although I think Richardson would be better utilized as Secretary of State and Kathleen Sebelius would satisfy the militant feminists out there (well maybe, sometimes they're a tad irrational.)

I'm just so frickin' glad Obama won--especially after watching Clinton spiral into what the hell ever it is she descended into, ending with having to be brow beaten by her colleagues in DC to finally give it up after Obama met the magic number....what the hell?

His speech is South Dakota was nothing less than awesome.
9:10 pm
Barack Obama is the man now
The Democratic primaries are finally over, and Barack Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Post here for any Obama campaign related goodness you'd like to share with the rest of the community. Let's take back the White House!

Change. I guess my community name was a little ahead of its time. ;-)
Friday, October 19th, 2007
7:38 pm
The candidate I am supporting for the Democratic nomination
Many of the members of this community joined in support of John Kerry's presidential campaign. We are real people who want change in this country. I think that Mike Gravel is the person who can bring us the change we need.

There's a great video on YouTube where Mike Gravel has it out with Chris Matthews. It's amazing. He's got teeth for an old guy!

Check out Mike Gravel's campaign website. Grab yourself a banner for your website.

I've written an article entitled Move over, Hillary - I'm a Gravel Girl now! It sums up Gravel's position on a lot of issues, and why I support him.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
1:19 am
New Jersey
I'm wirting a paper for my English class about New Jersey and th environment. New Jersey has always had a bad reputation for being dirty, but why? Being from New Jersey I can sccount for it being a beautiful state filled with a long stretch of great beaches. Part of the reason that New Jersey has all of the pollution up North is from the factories in the Midwest that have no care about what they put into the air. The smokestacks are unprotected and the smoke drifts across the nation and polltues New Jersey's air. The main cause of this probelm: George Bush. He supports these factories in the Midwest and won't tell them to stop because of their votes. Do you guys have any ideas or comments about this? Thanks.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
4:21 pm
Presidential campaigns already begun for 2008
It's only the start of 2007, but some presidential wannabes have already announced their candidacy. Do you have any early favorites? Would you like to share some of their campaign websites? Please post to let us know what you're thinking. The community's been mostly dead since the end of the 2004 election, but it's not all dead!
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
2:21 pm
Tell KFC it's time to change the oil
You may have heard about the suit the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed against KFC that aims to eliminate the use of partially hydrogenated oils. Please send a letter to KFC President Gregg Dedrick urging them to change their oil.

KFC uses partially hydrogenated oil in their fryers, which makes their food dangerously high in trans fat. Trans fat promotes heart disease, killing roughly 50,000 Americans each year. The Institute of Medicine says that the safest level of trans fats from partially hydrogenated oil is zero grams, yet a typical meal at KFC (3-piece Extra Crispy combo meal, with a drumstick, two thighs, potato wedges, and a biscuit) contains a staggering 15 grams.

Help show KFC that you are aware of the nutritional risks and benefits of your food, and that you are willing to put your money where your mouth is.

You can take action on this alert via the web at:

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email program.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
President Gregg Dedrick

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am writing to you today to ask you to stop using partially hydrogenated oil in your restaurants.

Foods fried in this type of oil are high in trans fat, which has been shown to promote heart disease. Most nutrition experts say that no one should eat more than 2 grams of trans fat per day, yet a typical meal at your restaurant contains around 15 grams of this dangerous fat.

I am concerned about my health, and I take steps to eat well. By switching to a healthier frying oil, and by making information about the nutrition content of your foods readily available, you would show your customers that KFC cares about their health and is willing to make changes to provide healthier choices.

Many packaged-food companies and a few restaurants, including Wendy's and Ruby Tuesday's, have recently switched from partially hydrogenated oils to trans fat-free oils in their fryers and non-fried foods. I urge you to join these restaurants in serving guests delicious food that will leave them with happy memories, rather than dangerously clogged arteries.


[Your name]
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
9:38 am
From RedJellyfish.com
In President Bush's State of the Union address, he boldly declared that America "is addicted to oil" and that the country needs to invest in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Forget about the fact that environmentalists have understood this for the last 30 years. And forget the fact that, for the last 5 years, the administration has ignored desperate calls for renewable energy investment while giving tax cuts to an oil industry that is raking in record profits. All you need to know is that, 2 days after his State of the Union declaration, the president is laying off renewable energy researchers. From the New York times:

"The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports."

We'll see if the television media bothers to report the inconsistency.
Friday, January 27th, 2006
8:35 am
Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy and I told our colleagues that we supported a filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court. And we weren't alone. But the bottom line is that it takes more than two or three people to filibuster successfully. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." If you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, use your own email list and organize. We can't just preach to our own choir. We need to prove to everyone - from our friends and neighbors to our fellow Senators - that the American people know Judge Alito will take our country in the wrong direction, and they expect something to be done about it.

So I'm asking you to join Senator Kennedy, me, and concerned citizens across America who are signing this petition to support a filibuster. If there was ever a time to forward an email on to friends and family, this is it. One way or another, we're going to find out in the next few days if Judge Alito is going to become Justice Alito. You know where I stand. The time to make your voice heard is now. So please sign this filibuster petition and get as many friends as you can to do the same.

Sign the filibuster petition:


If Judge Alito gets on the Supreme Court, it will be an incredible mistake for America. And remember, this is one mistake that we can never take back.

I voted against Justice Roberts, but I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he has consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power no matter how much government abuses that power. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.

There isn't a shred of doubt in my opposition to Judge Alito's nomination. I spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about what kind of person deserves to sit on the highest court in the land, so I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Judge Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backward. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, I understand. But that doesn't mean we have to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

Sign the filibuster petition:


President Bush had the opportunity to nominate someone who would unite the country in a time of extreme division. He chose not to do this, and that is his right. But we have every right -- in fact, we have a responsibility -- to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court. This nomination was a sellout to the demands of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The president gave no thought to what the American people really wanted - or needed. So now that the president and Judge Alito have proven they won't stand up for the majority of Americans, we have to stand up. We have to speak out. That's the true meaning of "advice and consent."


John Kerry

|Paid for by Friends of John Kerry, Inc.|

Friends of John Kerry, Inc., 511 C St. NE, Washington DC, 20002, U.S.A.
Friday, November 4th, 2005
6:41 pm
With billions in profits - ExxonMobil doesn't need a tax break!
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, America is facing many challenges. One of the challenges facing the Bush administration and Congress is how to pay for the much needed but costly rebuilding efforts underway along America's Gulf Coast.

Last week, ExxonMobil announced a record breaking $9.9 billion in profits. As if that weren't enough, Congress recently gave the oil and gas industry, including ExxonMobil $10.7 billion in tax breaks. It simply does not make sense for taxpayers to subsidize an incredibly profitable multi-billion dollar industry while Congress slashes programs for the most needy.

That's why 21 environmental and consumer groups have come together to demand that ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond decline the tax breaks and subsidies from the federal government. Click the link below to join us in demanding that ExxonMobil does the right thing by declining these unfair tax breaks.

Many members of Congress have already stepped up and offered to cancel road building and other projects earmarked for their districts in order to fund hurricane relief projects. ExxonMobil is the last company that needs support from the federal government! The company made a $25 billion profit in 2004, and will probably make even more in 2005.

Please urge ExxonMobil to be a responsible corporate citizen and decline the billions of dollars it does not need in tax breaks and subsidies.

If you'd like to view the letter 21 environmental and consumer groups sent to ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, click this link:

Once you've taken action, click the link below to send a message to ten friends urging them to take action as well.

We really need your help to spread the word if we hope to put enough pressure on ExxonMobil to make the company change its policies for the better. With your help, we can make a difference.

Thank you again for all your help! We'll be in touch soon with more news about the ExxposeExxon.com campaign.


Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager

P.S. Want to do more to help us spread the word about the ExxposeExxon campaign? Click the link below to purchase and ExxposeExxon bumper sticker or T-shirt today!
Friday, October 28th, 2005
5:33 pm
Ask Sandra Day O'Connor to stay on the Supreme Court
Ask Sandra Day O'Connor to stay on the Supreme Court

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005
10:52 am
Tax cuts???
Dear Friend,

Tell the President, the Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, that you demand that the leaders of the Republican Party act immediately to take the idea of tax cuts for the wealthy off the table.


President Bush, Majority Leader Frist and Speaker Hastert,

It is totally unbelievable to me that, at this time of pain and suffering for so many people in our nation, Republican leaders have yet to forego their plans to lavish more tax cuts on the wealthy and well-connected.

Such tax cuts at this time would be a total betrayal of American values – and a slap in the face of people in the Gulf Coast who have lost and suffered through so much and have so far to go on the road to recovery.

I demand that the leaders of the Republican Party act immediately to take the idea of tax cuts for the wealthy off the table. And I won’t stop working until you do.

Our message to those who would even contemplate bestowing more tax cuts on the wealthy at this time is clear and unambiguous: Don’t you dare!


Your name here
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
3:56 pm
Tell Bush "Don't blame Hurricane victims, help them!"
Dear MoveOn member,

It has been a week since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, leveled New Orleans and left hundreds of thousands of Americans homeless. We saw the best of America during that time--millions of people stepped forward to offer help. Meanwhile, the Bush administration failed at their most important job: keeping America safe. The federal effort was too little, too late and it is now becoming obvious that hundreds or even thousands of people died as a result.

Then, starting Friday, in a Karl Rove-led campaign, the White House started to blame state and local officials and even the victims who were stranded without transportation when the Hurricane arrived. Sign our petition demanding that the Bush administration stop blaming victims, including state and local officials, and focus on helping them.


We'll begin to deliver the earliest signatures to the White House tomorrow, Thursday, when a delegation of MoveOn members from New Orleans, who are now homeless and will come to Washington and join other MoveOn members outside the White House at a petition delivery and protest. The petition is one important way to demonstrate that the public wants more action to help hurricane victims and is getting angry about this blame-shifting game the Bush administration is playing.

It is important that the Bush administration not get away with shifting their responsibility to local officials. Here is what actually happened.

Hurricane Katrina TimelineCollapse )
1:00 pm

The stunning human tragedy of Katrina makes the impeachment of President Bush more urgent. His priority is not poor people, but militarism to exploit the poor at home and abroad.

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The impeachment campaign will be achieving its largest ever street visibility by organizing a huge contingent on September 24th, at what will be the largest peace demonstration in Washington D.C. since the war of aggression against Iraq began in March 2003. The demonstration will call loud and clear for impeachment, withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and full reparations to the victims of U.S. violence.

We are organizing buses from many cities on September 24th. Ticket prices are being kept low so that everyone who wants to come can attend. Printing banners, signs, posters add to the expenses. We are also preparing to publish another round of full page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers so that the message of impeachment resonates not only on September 24, but in the critical weeks and months ahead.

We need money now to help promote and transport people who want peace to Washington on September 24, for the next round of newspaper ads, and for the acceleration and continuation of the impeachment drive into the Congressional elections next year. Please take a moment to make a much needed donation:


Ramsey Clark

**Resource center: http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=r9VXMu_T7_xj1xicNneqkQ..
Friday, July 1st, 2005
5:21 pm
Now that O'Connor has announced her retirement
Just moments ago, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement.

Justice O’Connor was a Republican who had a mainstream record. She needs to be replaced by a new Justice who also has a mainstream record – someone like Judge Prado. Americans deserve another mainsteam independent nominee whom we can all trust.

You must take action now to help ensure that the Supreme Court is not radicalized.

You can do two things right now:

(1) If you have not done so already -- go to our site a send a an electronic message to President Bush and your senators. Tell them you want an experienced moderate to like Ed Prado replace Justice O’Connor. We will hand deliver these messages to your senators when the Senate reconvenes next week.

(2) Call you senators today! Tell them you want a mainstream nominee to replace Justice O’Connor:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Arlen Specter 202-224-4254

Please be polite.
Here are some talking points about Justice O’Connor and Judge Ed Prado:

* Justice O’Connor has been the swing-vote on the Supreme Court. She has been the critical moderate voice in deciding close cases.
* Like O’Connor, Judge Prado is a moderate. He is fair-minded and independent.
* Justice O’Connor was an historic nominee – the first woman on the Supreme Court.
* Judge Prado would also be an historic nominee – the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.

(To learn more about Judge Prado, click here.) [http://draftprado.org/about]

Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice we can trust. Please call your Senators today and ask them to support a moderate like Judge Prado!

Thank you for your support at this critical moment,

Arkadi, Marc, & Tim and the entire DraftPrado & StartChange team
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
12:29 pm
Impeachment is in the air
I'm copying and pasting this from my email for information on the gathering, but I'm not advocating the solicitation of donations found within.

Rep. John Conyers to Hold June 16 Hearing on the Downing Street Memo

Join the tens of thousands on September 24
Who Will Call for Impeachment
Gather at the White House at 12 noon

Everyone in the ImpeachBush.org movement should feel very heartened that the grassroots effort of the past two years has laid the foundation for what will be the next big move.

The movement to impeach George W. Bush is about to reach its highest level yet. The catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq is now exposed. The people of the country, and more and more members of Congress, are turning against the war and demanding that President Bush be held accountable. We will insist that accountability means impeachment.

We are writing to announce two very important and exciting events:

1) Congressman John Conyers is holding a hearing tomorrow (June 16) into the Downing Street Memo which reveals that the Bush administration was lying to the people of the U.S. as they forged forward on their planned path of war against, and conquest of, Iraq.

2) September 24 National March in Washington, D.C. - Members of the impeachment movement from all over the country will be marching together as a massive contingent in the huge September 24 antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C., with coordinated actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


We are able to do all of this work only because of the generous donations of people who believe in impeachment. The expenses will be great in the coming period. With your donation, will be able to print hundreds of thousands of flyers and posters, make banners, send out large-scale mailings, and begin renting buses to make sure that the message of impeachment is seen throughout Washington, D.C. that day and rings through the hallways of the White House where we will assemble at 12 noon. Your help is needed now. Please make a contribution now. For access to the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check, by clicking here:

ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org members have worked tirelessly over the past two-and-half-years to raise the political consciousness in the U.S. and the halls of Congress demanding that Bush and other high officials of his administration be impeached for their criminal conduct. This work is now reaching a new level - discussion of Impeachment is being picked up by many across the progressive spectrum and it is increasingly being mentioned in commentary and news analysis as a proper course of action. In recent weeks the Green Party, Veterans for Peace, Ralph Nader and many others have issued statements calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. This list is sure to grow in the coming months.


Tomorrow, June 16, Congressman John Conyers will hold a hearing into the Downing Street Memo, the leaked British briefing notes that document the Bush Administration's intention to attack Iraq and its efforts to create public rationale for their pre-planned illegal war.

The Downing Street Memo is the "smoking gun" for those still searching for one indicting President Bush and his administration for high crimes and misdemeanors of the most serious and deadly kind. Its authenticity has not been disputed by either the British or U.S. governments since it was made public by the Times of London on May 1, 2005. While largely ignored for nearly a month by most of the corporate media here, it has now made its way into some news outlets. Rep. John Conyers and 88 other members of Congress have demanded an explanation from the White House.

The memo is a document containing minutes transcribed during a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of his cabinet and other top military and security officials, on July 23, 2002. The head of British foreign intelligence (MI 6), Richard Dearlove, identified in the memo as "C," had just returned from a meeting with the U.S. National Security Council in Washington.

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

The key phrase here is, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." It makes clear beyond question that the Bush administration had set the course for war on Iraq at least eight months before the U.S./British invasion.

In recent days, additional leaked British memos have confirmed the underlying information in the Downing Street Memo and further revealed that the Bush administration was making its plans to launch a war against Iraq and to find a basis to justify the illegal attack as early as March 2002. For instance a memo dated March 22, 2002, revealed that officials in the Blair government recognized that additional efforts would need to be made to justify the war since there was a lack of proof of connections between the Iraqi government and Al Qaida, and that the Iraqi government was not arming itself with weapons of mass destruction as the Bush Administration had claimed.

Now, more than 26 months after the invasion, 100,000 Iraqis have been killed (according to the British medical journal The Lancet) and Iraq is in chaos. Over 1,700 U.S. troops have been killed and tens of thousands have been maimed, suffering from serious wounds, injuries and illnesses, including enormous psychological trauma.

All this killing, dying and suffering is the result of a war justified by a deliberate campaign of unmitigated lies and deception knowingly carried out by Bush and his top associates - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz, et. al. All who remain in office should be removed and face trial for their war crimes. It is worth noting that the most serious category of war crimes is the Crime Against Peace; that is, planning and carrying out a war of aggression against another state which poses no threat to the aggressor state.

Please make a contribution now. For access to the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check, click here:

Read the full text of the Downing Street Memo:

Help spread the word about impeachment everyday. Visit the ImpeachBush Resource Center:

--All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org
Thursday, May 19th, 2005
4:46 pm
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