Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Markets Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

Is it Alan Greenspans Birthday? Well, he's Jewish too, he'll enjoy that holiday too.

But wasn't he the chief FED RESERVE Head Honcho who oversaw all this for the last 25 yrs??!!

Hey, maybe it's a good thing, like a cooling off period. Like when FDR declared a holiday for the banks, in 1933. Sure, it is-- stark contrast between his hopeful "Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself" speech. Compare that to Junior's continued fearmongering, like he did with 9/11(after the fact of course), and Iraq-- the biggest scam perpetrated on us since the Y2K scare-- and way worse.

Okay, let me see if I got this right-- nice Jewish boys from Tel Aviv, Chicago, & NY were the architects of all these creative investor games, along with their WASP brethren, purveyors of the so-called "Free Market" theories.

No government regulation. [Instead, stubborn insistence on] de-regulation. Free, unbridled greedy capitalists, runnin out on a leash! And when it snapped, the nice , naive, gullible people of these United States of sheer panic must, as in socialist democracies, bail them out??

Now remember the names of the chief economists (going back to when this was rammed through in the 1970's, when everything began to change for America.)

And by the way all these wolves & Jackals came out of the Nixon-Ford Republican era: Hank Paulson, Milton Freidman, Henry Kissinger, Irving Kristol(Bill Kristol's Dad), and Leo Strauss (the Godfather of the present neoconservative movement, that is shrinking our public social services for the least of us, in favor of more tax cuts for the richest 10% of Americans and their corporations.) And, of course, the
privitization of everything from water treatment plants, to corp wars.

Okay, here are more names; (and it's NOT anti-Semitic to point out these contrasts & comparisons.)

Leo Strauss taught at the University of Chicago. Some of his proteges are the present "SuperChickenHawks" of perpetual war, for perpetual peace: Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dan Quayle, Richard Cheney, Jeb Bush, G.Bush, H.W. Bush, Bush's dog, Barbara, Robert Kagan, Bill Kristol, Douglas Feith, Scooter Libby.

These are the chickenhawks who have sent over 4500 young American girls and boys off to be maimed or even killed, for a lie. And they are all inter-connected into a network you cannot believe; and yes, it is a Zionist based ideology...... They are all-- except maybe Bush's ugly ass dog-- Israel firster's. They designed all of this garbage around Israel & it's further genocide, aparteid programs against not only Palestinians, but any Arab, Muslim, semite cousins.

And the Market's gonna close for Rosh Hashanah.....

Why not for Ramadan? Or National Boss day? Or, man, can you see what I'm getting at?

Turn on tv and Michael Eisner or Mayor Bloomberg is yapping away, or on Larry King at least once a week; that big mouth... fullchompers lady of high finance is always on, yellin' again, about what? Their favorite subject-- Money! And how we had better hurry up and pass this...scary... corporate welfare bill!! Man, are we being shafted again-- by the Bush-Greenspan-Paulson Neoconservative Crime Syndicate.

Letter Sent to Columbus Dispatch

Thanks to Barbara Baty.

Pisses me off! So, here's the Letter I sent to Columbus Dispatch

Introduction From Barbara:

An old friend of mine is quite liberal and very anti-McCain. This is a letter he wrote to the Dayton Daily News and the Columbus Dispatch. Please know that I got my friend's permission to share his letter with others.


I was very dismayed to find a Neo-conservative propaganda DVD [called], "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West," included as an advertisement in the Columbus Dispatch. The interviewees on the video are either themselves Zionists or apologists for right-wing Israeli policies.

These Swift Boat tactics from Clarion Fund seem designed to help the faltering McCain campaign and begin the latest pre-election salvos from the Nixon/Karl Rovian Dirty Tricks Department to inflame fear among the American public. Sadly, many if not most citizens of this country buy into such vapid fear mongering (see flag burning, gay baiting, abortion, gun control, and other NON political issues that the Reich-wing fans [into flame] around election time to inflame their base and frighten

The Clarion Fund identifies itself as a 501(c)(3) organization and as such is NOT permitted to engage in political activity, endorse or oppose political candidates, or donate money or time to political campaigns. It financed the delivery this month of 28 million DVDs in swing states to place at the doorstep of newspaper subscribers the controversial video "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West." The video, which has been widely criticized as hostile to Muslims, has been inserted in 70 national and major-city newspapers.

The Clarion Fund -- founded by Israeli-Canadian film producer Raphael Shore -- is, at best, a two-year old shadowy organization, and very pro-McCain. According to Clarion Fund's incorporation papers, it is based as the same address as Aish Hatorah, an Israeli organization. The three founders of The Clarion Fund are or were full-time employees of Aish Hatorah, as is Shore-- a full-time employee. The Clarion Fund has collaborated with pro-Israel media watch organization HonestReporting in the production of its films. HonestReporting originally was a project of the Aish Hatorah organization.

Thus, the timing, market ("swing states") and purpose of this information is highly suspect. This group engages in the politics of fear and wants to scare Americans into voting for the party/candidate of permanent war. As evidence of inappropriate political bias on the part of The Clarion Fund, AP cited Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa. reporting "that a Clarion Fund Web site ran a pro-McCain article before it attracted notice and was taken down."

It's ironic that a film trying to conflate Radical Islam and Nazism is in itself a propaganda tool only Goebbels could be proud of.

I fully expect the Dispatch to realize the error of its ways.

Steve Cyester
Hilliard [Ohio]

Relevant Facts Re Education of Candidates

Thanks to Chris Finer for this valuable data, which really puts everything in its proper perspective:

Look at the educational background of our candidates:

Occidental College - Two years
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware - Double major: B.A. in history and B.A. in political science
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 of 899

Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester - undeclared major
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - undeclared major
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism with specialization in sports reporting


PBS Poll

Thanks to Barb Siler.

PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified. Apparently, the Republicans knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

I know -- it's only a poll. But it will be reported on PBS, picked up by mainstream media and can influence undecided voters in swing states.

Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds. (not EVEN!)

1) Click on link and vote yourself. Here's the link:


2) Then send this to every single voter you know, regardless of party affiliation, and urge her to vote and pass it on.

The last thing we need is PBS having to say our viewers think Sarah Palin is qualified unless we ALL vote.


For Your Information

Thanks to Maureen Dwyer.

For Your Information: If you are willing, send this message on to anyone in your address book with an open mind and a desire to do what's best for our country. Worthy of your time and attention regardless of your Party Affiliation.

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation,' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they
do something about it.
2. You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in
office, knowing that the process will take several years.
3. You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job
4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current


Sunday, September 28, 2008

US Troops Used In Homeland Crowd Control

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

Economic Collapse & the NWO

-- US Troops Used In Homeland Crowd Control From 10-1-08 --Alex Jones

If you thought the last few weeks were strange, the weather, politricks, etc. We better prepare ourselves, and I'm not sure how.

An October surprise like we've never seen before. The unprecedented turning over of power {to the executive branch} through the Patriot Act was a pre-cursor:

Alternative media activist Alex Jones discussed the pending economic collapse and its relation to the New World Order. Several years ago, he warned that banks were planning to artificially implode the subprime mortgages, and now we've seen that come to pass.

A thousand trillion in fake assets were leveraged out by select international private banks, who used the "false paper" to buy up things such as media companies, defense contractors, shipping companies, and mines then the real assets were "fenced" into key infrastructure, leaving the big brokerage firms and banks as hollow fronts ready to fall, Jones explained. The public is then told "you will be in a depression, unless you sign on for the bailout," he continued.

The proposed $700 billion federal bailout plan will actually end up costing $5 trillion, he declared. This plan, if enacted, will lead to 20-40% inflation in the next 2-4 years, and the military/police will be employed for crowd control in the face of civil unrest, Jones cautioned. He also spoke about "false flag" events such as a faked UFO landing-- a New World Order plan to instill mass panic and control. Such an event could be enabled by the Pentagon's giant hologram projection systems, he noted.


U.S. Troops In Homeland "Crowd Control" Patrols From October 1st

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

U.S. troops returning from duty in Iraq will be carrying out homeland patrols in America from October 1st in complete violation of Posse Comitatus for the purposes of helping with “civil unrest and crowd control” - which could include dealing with unruly Americans after a complete economic collapse.

This shocking admission was calmly reported on September 8th by the Army Times website, which reports that from the beginning of next month the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.”

The article notes that the deployment “marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.”

The purpose of the unit’s patrols includes helping “with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.”

The unit will be on homeland patrol for at least 20 months before returning to Iraq or Afghanistan in early 2010, according to the report.

Training for homeland operations has already begun at Fort Stewart and at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Ominously, the report states that, “The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.”

The unit would also be deployed to deal with hostile crowds of Americans in the aftermath of a massive economic depression, potential food riots and race riots, if one defines the term “crowd control” to match its reasonably applicable scenarios.

The open admission that U.S. troops will be involved in law enforcement operations as well as potentially using non-lethal weapons against American citizens is a complete violation of the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act, which substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement unless under precise and extreme circumstances.

Section 1385 of the Posse Comitatus Act states, “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Under the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Bush on October 17, 2006, the law was changed to state, “The President may employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of the United States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or deprives people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.”

However, these changes were repealed in their entirety by HR 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, reverting back to the original state of the Insurrection Act of 1807.

The original text of the Insurrection Act severely limits the power of the President to deploy troops within the United States.

For troops to be deployed, a condition has to exist that, “(1) So hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or (2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws. In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.”

Is the Bush administration and Northcom waiting for such a scenario to unfold, an event that completely overwhelms state authorities, before unleashing the might of the U.S. Army against the American people?

The deployment of National Guard troops to aid law enforcement or for disaster relief purposes is legal under the authority of the governor of a state, but using active duty U.S. Army in law enforcement operations inside America absent the conditions described in the Insurrection Act is completely illegal.

With the promise of an “October surprise” on behalf of Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda being bandied about by the media and the potential for civil unrest should a complete collapse of the U.S. economy unfold, the presence of U.S. troops inside America, returning fresh from kicking down doors, arresting “insurgents” and taking them to internment camps in Iraq, should put Americans on alert and provoke urgent questions about the legality of U.S. Army units engaging in law enforcement operations against American citizens.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

My take on the recent historic events & the shape of things to come

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

So glad ya didn't ask: My take on the recent historic events & the shape of things to come.

McCain's recent shock job on recoiling from the debate tonight: A cover for house republicans in the bail out discussions; a distraction,but also extra drama as he slowly decides whether or not he'll make it tonight [September 26, Friday].

Please add your thoughts when you can.

On the recent provoking of Russia over the Ukraine, Georgia: When we outspent Russia in the 80's under Ronnie Raygunz, we were still making things, prior to our making the same mistakes [as] the British and Dutch Empires-- relinquishing our manufacturing base, and turning to the easy money on Wall Street, [including] the scams [and] schemes. If they're intending a new arms race, we won't be able to afford re-building antiquated nuclear weaponry.

Is this all part of the drive towards a "One World Order"? Crashing our economic base in favor of a "One World" currency & more level playing field, i.e., reduction of middle Americans income,... across the board, while propagating the influx of cheap labor from around the world. [This includes] outsourcing of everything from private manufacturing, to former public services(IRS,etc).

Is there a catastrophic "October surprise" awaiting us-- right before our election? [Its function would be] to either threaten or over-rule the election process. I would not be surprised if there is some "man-made" interference by using the "Shock Doctrine" approach. Once again. while we're in shock and depression, we could let the rest of our rights [and] privacy go. Ya know, during the last freak storm with power out for a week, [we] would accept almost anyone's "New Deal." {This,] just to get your power & life back 'in order'.

We had better try & prepare for the worst with these wolves; their capable of doing anything to stay intrenched in power--so as to keep enriching their wealthiest backers(base)-- cut more taxes, cut more social programs, keep us in more wars, constantly. [These activities are] further profiting the already filthy rich.
My! What wonderful compassionate Conservative Christians!

The Bible, Koran, and Torah/Talmud, as well as Shamans & mystics throughout the world over the last two thousand years, have warned us to "Beware the Darkness," and that "Satan is the Prince of the Air." And the silver-tongued "devil" [fear] works in mysterious covert ways.

What is black now seems white. Left-right. Good is bad. Which way is up, now? What is the mystic path? Is our God Gold, too? It's money that matters to these charlatans, and they will continue to roll us, if we keep empowering & enabling them--with our indifference [and] complacency.

If we stand up to the powerful people from the right wing, it will be ugly. But it must be done. What are our alternatives? More aparteid, genocide, hegemony, Imperialism,and millions more maimed, slaughtered by the most lethal military killing machine in the history of the world. Well, what do we expect it to be? After spending more than the next 18 richest nations combined.

It is now a "monster off its leash"! May Heaven [Love] help us, to be strong, and push straight ahead with the future the universe is waiting for us to grasp. Our path has not been that of the New Testament "Christmind."

May Peace Be upon You & yours,

Mick Gallagher


Friday, September 26, 2008

Feminist Lip-schtick?


"Sarah Palin represents a new feminism. . ."
conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, quoted in the Los Angeles Times

It has been a long time since we've heard the word "feminist" spoken in public so many times a day. Like me, I'm sure you find it a bit ironic. According to The Washington Post, Republicans think "Palin's burst onto the national scene could be a chance to redefine the nature of feminism in politics," and prominent media suggest her as "a feminist dream" or even the new "face of feminism."

That's where we come in. NOW is working hard to make sure that, despite some media pundits' apparent confusion, every woman in the country understands what is really at stake on November 4. For us, the spotlight on feminism in the 2008 elections should be about real change -- change that will help secure and advance true equality for women -- not just lip service or lipstick. We're putting all possible resources into educating voters and turning out the feminist vote on Election Day.

With less than forty days left before Nov. 4, time is short. Voter registration in most states will close in just a few days. And we need your help to mobilize and get the word out. Our activists are going the extra mile, but our resources are stretched thin as we work against the clock.

I won't go through the laundry list, but you know that from equal pay to abortion and birth control, we have a lot to lose in November. We need you to help us alter the course this country has been on for the past eight years as we work for the change WOMEN need on election day and beyond.

NOW will be working hard to get out the vote and highlight critical women's issues, including dangerous state ballot measures. And the NOW Political Action Committee has endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket, as well as solid women's rights candidates in critical congressional races across the country.

Please consider what you can do to help in our final push. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kim A. Gandy
NOW President

"We Deserve It" Dividend

Thanks to Christine Finer.

(Note: The math is wildly inaccurate, see the Snopes article)

Economic plan that works for me

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It" Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bon-a-fide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It" Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30 %.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in her pocket. A husband and wife together have $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved. Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads Put away money for college - it'll be there Safe in a bank. Create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car - create jobs Invest in the market - capital drives growth Pay for your parent's medical insurance-- health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean-- or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And, of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth, let's really do it! Instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( 'vote buy' ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U.S. Citizen 18+!

As for AIG, liquidate it!
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale: We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.'

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion "We Deserve It" Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC.

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5

Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a
laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85


Alaskan Women Reject Palin

Thanks to David Cummings.

What fun!

Alaskan Women Reject Palin + lots of photos

[The] Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn
in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaskan women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.

Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally "a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing, and threatening messages.

I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically,in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing well. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing "socialist baby-killing maggot" haters.

It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk. When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep! I could hardly find a place to park. I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned! The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn't happen here.

Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you've been doing the math Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.



McCain Campaign Accused Of Mailing Incorrect Absentee Ballots


Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

The mainstream media are never going to cover this; so we have to depend on our ground campaign to get the word out to our voters.

The story is all over Progressive Talk Radio today about the McCain campaign's sending absentee ballot applications to registered democrats or people that have donated to Obama's campaign. These ballots are deliberately misleading and have postage paid return addresses that are for an election clerk that is outside of your city or town. What this will end up doing is either having your vote not counted, or if you return one of these, they will cite you for election fraud, saying that you already voted absentee. These ballots are being sent out in only "purple" states; and this is a big deal. This is called "voter caging," and is a huge problem.

The McCain campaign is stealing this election as we write. Please get this information out to as many people as you can ,and tell anyone you know who has received one of these ballots that she needs to contact her city election clerk or the supervisor of elections immediately. Also call the local media and let them know what is going on.

. To Democratic Voters--AllYourTV.com

The Swiftboating of Barack Obama

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

Originally published in March 2008.
The Swiftboating of Barack Obama
by David Michael Green

If there’s anything I’ve learned about American politics over the past decade, it’s this: First, regressives will do anything – and I mean anything – to obtain power (the real purpose of which is to loot the public fisc of all items not securely nailed to the floor). And, second, just about everything they try works when employed against an American public possessed of stunning political immaturity.

It comes as little surprise, therefore, that two things happened over the last couple of weeks. One, that Barack Obama was swiftboated by means of a bogus inference in order to make him look like an angry black radical. And two, that a lot of dumb voters went for it.

It was pretty inevitable, really. I mean, the guy was getting rather, um, uppity, if you know what I mean. Winning elections and all. Mobilizing millions of voters. And so on. Plus he’s talking like he might actually, really, seriously, shut off the government teat of Iraq war no-bid contracts, NAFTA/WTO-based cheap labor, and massive tax transfers for the hyper-wealthy.

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If You Couldn't Host an Event, Can You Send An Email and Watch a Video Today?

Thank you to all participants who are holding events in the U.S. and around the world to commemorate the Saffron Revolution. If you were not able to hold an event, there is another way that you can help -- from your computer.

1) Please Sign this Petition to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and tell your friends, family, and co-workers to sign it as well. The petition asks Ban Ki-moon to make freeing Burma's 2,130 political prisoners a top priority. Yesterday the regime released 9,000 prisoners; however, only 7 were political prisoners. The UN must not fall for the regime's tricks.

2) After you are done emailing the petition, you can watch a powerful new on-line video our office has produced -- a short 13-minute video of U Gawsita, one of the monks who helped lead the Saffron Revolution. He tells the story of why they started protests and he speaks of when the crackdown began. We have put it up on Youtube in 2 parts here. If you can, please show it to others, post it on facebook, post on your blog, and/or host a screening.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of when government troops began their brutal crackdown against Buddhist monks who had been leading public protests and marches through the streets of cities across Burma. Many of us remember the hope of seeing the escalation of these protests and were compelled to support this mass uprising through our own actions. Many people all over the world held demonstrations, marches, wrote letters,
etc. in support of the monks.

The crackdown was horrific, leaving hundreds dead and thousands imprisoned or missing.
Thank you for all of your help over the last year -- we have achieved many victories -- and please continue to stand with us. We believe that the best way to honor the monks is to continue the struggle that they were marching for.
- Aung Din, Jeremy, Jennifer, Jacqui, Thelma, and Mike

"There are moments of tragedy, horror, anger and sheer disbelief. Surpassing all is the conviction that a movement which has risen so spontaneously from the people's irresistible desire for the full enjoyment of human rights must surely prevail."
- Aung San Suu Kyi

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:

Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.

Or, make a donation today.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

UMWA takes on NRA's Lies about Obama and Guns


As a member and officer of the UMWA, and a NRA member, I felt that you should share this information with your contact list. I probably own more guns than most republican elected officials who portray themselves as hunters. (they might own a gun)
Pennsylvania and other states are seeing reductions in the number of hunting license sales. The truth is, the unemployed, underemployed and those on fixed incomes, just can't afford the cost to hunt. What is important here is, if McCain is elected, the average working family won't be able to afford to hunt; and license sales will continue to fall.

Wages from 2001 to present are stagnant; and many are working for less McCain voted and supports to out-source [to other countries]family-sustaining jobs the economy is in shambles. McCain proposes to fund healthcare by taxing employer-provided health
benefits as earned income. Who does this affect? It affects, and harms, working families-- those who are fortunate enough still to have them!

----- Original Message -----
From: United Mine Workers of America

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 11:01 AM
Subject: UMWA takes on NRA's lies about Obama and guns

President Roberts and members of L.U. 1702 from the Blacksville #2 mine in District 31 held a press conference Sept. 22 in Charleston, W. Va., to expose an attempt by the National Rifle Association to coerce UMWA members into supporting the NRA's lies about Barack Obama's position on the 2nd Amendment and guns.
The NRA cameras crew came onto Consol company property with the permission of the company in an attempt to film UMWA members. When members didn't say just what the camera crew wanted, they were coached into saying things they didn't really believe.
L.U. 1702 members Jim Toothman and Ken Foyles spoke at the press conference:
Toothman says a mine manager asked him to go outside to speak with the NRA, without warning him he'd be interviewed by a woman on camera.
"She tried to lead me into how to word the answers," Toothman said. "I ended the conversation about that point."
Foyles never went on camera after watching the crew coach a co-worker's answers about her "concerns" about Obama.
"It was my impression they wanted me to bash Barack Obama," Foyles said.
At a subsequent Local Union 1702 meeting, the members voted to request that President Roberts call a Memorial Day at the mine in protest of the company's decision to allow the NRA crew access to company property and of mine management encouraging members to speak to them.

President Roberts granted the request.
Click on this link to see the story:

The truth about Sen. Obama's position on the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership is clear: He supports the right to keep and bear arms. He will not take anyone's guns away - period. If anyone from the NRA or anyone else tries to tell you any differently, they're lying.

In solidarity,
Your UMWA Activist Alert Team

And the Truth Shall Set You Free

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

"And the Truth Shall Set You Free": Iranian President to UN/Larry King
Iran leader says 'American empire' near collapse

By SLOBODAN LEKIC – 2 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's president accused "a few bullying powers" of trying to thwart his country's peaceful nuclear program and declared in a speech Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly that "the American empire" is nearing collapse.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sharply attacked the United States and NATO, accusing them of acting as aggressors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of starting those wars "in order to win votes in elections."

"American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road, and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own borders," Ahmadinejad said.

In a highly rhetorical speech, the Iranian leader again criticized archenemy Israel and showed no sign of reaching out to Western powers at the U.N., where the United States and its European allies are seeking a new round of sanctions if no agreement is reached on limiting Iran's nuclear capabilities.

Some worry that Israel or the U.S. might resort to military strikes if they believe all diplomatic options have been exhausted.

While the U.S. and its allies allege Iran wants to develop its uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons, Tehran insists it is designed to produce electricity for civilian use — a position Ahmadinejad reiterated Tuesday.

"A few bullying powers have sought to put hurdles in the way of the peaceful nuclear activities of the Iranian nation by exerting political and economic pressures against Iran and also through threatening and pressuring the IAEA," the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Iran already is under three sets of sanctions by the U.N. Security Council for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment. Washington and its Western allies are pushing for quick passage of a fourth set of sanctions to underline the international community's resolve, but are likely to face opposition from Russia.

As in past years, the United States only had a low-level note-taker sitting in a rear seat reserved for the U.S. delegation, said Richard Grenell, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad also lashed out at Israel, saying "the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters."

The Iranian president is feared and reviled in Israel because of his repeated calls to wipe the Jewish state off the map, and his aggressive pursuit of nuclear technology has only fueled Israel's fears.

He said that six years after Saddam Hussein's regime was ousted in Iraq, "the occupiers are still there."

"Millions have been killed or displaced, and the occupiers, without a sense of shame, are still seeking to solidify their position in the ... region and to dominate oil resources," Ahmadinejad said.

In Afghanistan, terrorism is spreading quickly and the presence of NATO forces has contributed to a huge increase in the production of narcotics, Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad's speech came just hours after President Bush made his eighth and final speech to the U.N. General Assembly, urging the international community to stand firm against the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.

"A few nations, regimes like Syria and Iran, continue to sponsor terror," Bush said. "Yet their numbers are growing fewer, and they're growing more isolated from the world. As the 21st century unfolds, some may be tempted to assume that the threat has receded. This would be comforting. It would be wrong. The terrorists believe time is on their side, so they've made waiting out civilized nations part of their strategy. We must not allow them to succeed."

At one point during Bush's 22-minute speech, Ahmadinejad turned to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and gave a thumb's down.

During interviews ahead of his speech Tuesday, Ahmadinejad blamed U.S. military interventions around the world in part for the collapse of global financial markets. He said the campaign against his country's nuclear program was solely due to the Bush administration "and a couple of their European friends."

"The U.S. government has made a series of mistakes in the past few decades," Ahmadinejad said an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "The imposition on the U.S. economy of the years of heavy military engagement and involvement around the world ... the war in Iraq, for example. These are heavy costs imposed on the U.S. economy.

"The world economy can no longer tolerate the budgetary deficit and the financial pressures occurring from markets here in the United States, and by the U.S. government," he added.

In a separate interview with National Public Radio, Ahmadinejad claimed vast international support for his position and said the campaign consisted "of only three or four countries, led by the United States and with a couple of their European friends."

Associated Press Writer Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Notes on Politics


For in the "circle of balance" in life, the Republicans have had the most disastrous and most hideous and murderous administration, led by the incompetent Bush, who "bought" the office, or whose daddy gave it to him on a silver platter. I used to have, growing up, a tremendous respect for the office, but no longer, if it can be purchased by unqualified and disastrous fools who create a monstrous caricature of America the beautiful.

This is a man who, for the right amount of bucks, would gladly start World War III. He has proved that he cares nothing for the environment or for human life (responsible for over a million deaths with his oilbased war). Women's rights over their own bodies mean nothing to this dull and dumb administration. And animal rights, which I know are sacred to you, mean less than nothing, as this administration has acted in ways that have seriously threatened the very existence of many species. Ecology means nothing, and ecological laws have been reversed-- all for a fistful of dollars in the shorterm. This myopic administration still continues in the McCain ticket, with its false and superficial "feminism" in the antifeminist Palin. Since politics is people, and Love is all about people and other creatures, we do have some rather passionate views on the subject.

Wall Street


"The Bush economy is in crisis, and giving Bush a blank check is not the solution. Congress must act by putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street."

Sign the petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Turn on the TV and you’ll be told that we’re on the brink of imminent crisis—and the only solution is for Congress to turn over vast power to the Bush administration and trust they’ll use it wisely. Sound familiar?

This time, it’s not to authorize war in Iraq. Bush wants taxpayers to give his administration a $700 billion check with no strings attached, which they’ll then hand over to the same Wall Street firms that got us into this mess.1

It’s clear something needs to be done to deal with the disastrous Bush economy, but Bush’s blank check proposal is not the answer. Yesterday, Barack Obama laid out key principles for dealing with this situation. Obama’s main point: Main Street must be put ahead of Wall Street, and no blank check for the Bush administration.

Members of Congress are trying to figure out what to do, and they need to hear from the public. Can you sign this message to your members of Congress today, supporting Obama’s principles?

“The Bush economy is in crisis, and giving Bush a blank check is not the solution. Congress must act by putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street.”

Click here to sign:

We’ll deliver every signature to Congress this week—so please forward this message to some friends and ask them to speak out with you. Everyone who signs will be given the phone numbers for their Senators and Representative. Calling them will increase our impact.

President Bush wants Congress to give his Treasury Secretary (Henry Paulson, a former Wall Street executive) $700 billion with no congressional or court oversight. That amounts to $2,000 for every single American.2

Would it help families struggling to keep their homes? NO. Do taxpayers get any share of the firms we’re bailing out, so we can benefit from any eventual profit? NO. Would the firms we’re bailing out be required to stop paying their executives multimillion-dollar salaries? NO.3This is a pure giveaway of epic proportions.

Even some Republicans are admitting this is crazy. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) asked, “Just how long can the poor beleaguered taxpayer be expected to bear all the losses and bear all the risk?”4 Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) said, “I’m getting a lot of calls from my district, with people saying, why are you bailing out the big guys and not us?”5

Here are the principles Obama laid out over the weekend:

* No blank check. We must insist on independent accountability and oversight.
* Main Street, not just Wall Street. We need an emergency economic plan to help working families—a plan that would help folks cope with rising gas and food prices, create infrastructure jobs, etc.
* Help homeowners stay in their homes. We cannot have a plan for Wall Street banks that does not help homeowners stay in their homes and help distressed communities.
* Taxpayers should be protected. This should not be a handout to Wall Street.
* Rescue requires mutual responsibility. Institutions that benefit from taxpayer help must help protect American homeowners and the American economy. We cannot underwrite continued irresponsibility.
* Build a regulatory structure for the 21st Century. We should commit ourselves to new rules of the road for the 21st Century economy.
* A global response. The United States must lead, but we must also insist that other nations, who have a huge stake in the outcome, join us in helping to secure the financial markets.6

There are many in Congress who want to do the right thing, but they need to know the public has their back. Can you sign our petition to Congress today?

Thanks for all you do.

–-Adam G., Noah, Andrea, Wes and the rest of the team


1. “Administration Is Seeking $700 Billion for Wall Street,” New York Times, September 20, 2008

2. Ibid.

3. “What Wall Street Should Be Required to Do, to Get A Blank Check From Taxpayers,” Blog post by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, September 21, 2008

4. “Lawmakers Left On the Sidelines As Fed, Treasury Take Swift Action,” Washington Post, September 18, 2008

5. “Democrats eye bailout—and more,” Politico, September 19, 2008

6. “Senator Obama’s Statement of Principles for the Treasury Proposal,” September 21, 2008

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Oil Prices Spike Again

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

Oil Prices Spike Again
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 21:26:01 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Friends of the Heart,

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives acted to curb excessive speculation, but in the absence of any indication that the Senate will act, prices have spiked. The largest one-day price increase in NYMEX history occurred today. Although we recognize the impact of the financial crisis on Wall Street, the weak dollar and the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, this unprecedented 16% one date jump also reflects the impact of excessive energy speculation. Reversing recent price decreases, oil peaked at nearly $130 a barrel, closing at $120.92 a barrel reflecting the impact of excessive energy speculation.

The market's extreme volatility suggests that speculators who withdrew tens of billions of dollars from the energy markets when Congress threatened to tighten oversight over excessive and harmful speculation breathed a sigh of relief last week when action in the Senate seemed unlikely, and returned to the energy markets in full force today.

We need a bipartisan approach to a national energy policy. Congress must pass a comprehensive energy plan (Send your Senators a message: http://www.stopoilspeculationnow.com/) or all Americans will pay the price as oil prices return to or exceed this summer's record levels.


Coalition to Stop Oil Speculation Now


Monday, September 22, 2008

Palin: wrong woman, wrong message

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

Gloria Steinem was a committed supporter of Hillary Clinton. Steinem is an author, feminist organizer and co-founder of the Women's Media Center. Steinem's article is worth the few minutes it takes to read.

Palin: wrong woman, wrong message
Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.
By Gloria Steinem
September 4, 2008

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.

But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.

Read more

President Palin

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

-----Forwarded Message-----

President Palin

It's not only possible; it's highly probable.

Two short videos show that there are good odds that Sarah Palin will become the President of the United States some time in the next four years.

Here's how it will happen:

1. Karl Rove has already "fixed" voter records to such an extent that the Republicans will win the White House in 2008 no matter what lunatics they run as candidates.

2. John McCain is a very sick and old man; and it is unlikely that he will last the four year term.

These are not idle theories. They're backed up with all-too solid evidence:


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Register to Vote in Ohio!

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

In Ohio, you know how few votes it can take to tip an election. You probably also know more than one Buckeye who isn't registered to vote.

The registration deadline on October 6th is fast approaching.

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to check out our new, one-stop voter registration website:


Our new Ohio registration site makes it easier than ever to get registered. Instead of tracking down the right forms, all you need to do is answer a few basic questions and you'll have everything you need to become registered. You can also:

-- Confirm your registration status
-- Apply to vote absentee

If you need to confirm that you're registered or you'd like to learn more, take a minute to visit the site right now:


This race is too close and too important to stay home on Election Day.

If you take the time to register and vote -- and make sure everyone you know is registered as well -- we'll be able to turn the tide of the past eight years.

It's people just like you who will transform this nation.

Thanks for everything you are doing in Ohio,


Donate: https://donate.barackobama.com/wecan

A New American Movement is Born

Dear Friend,

Can "we the people" really save our economy? Can we really force our government to face the inconvenient truth of the $53 trillion hole we're in? That's the sum of all the US government's current financial obligations including unfunded promises for Social Security and Medicare - a $455,000 bill for every household in this country.

The answer is "YES" - there IS something each of us can do. Click here to add your signature to a letter we're publishing in the New York Times (more on the letter below).

This new movement for fiscal responsibility is just a few weeks old. And yet, thanks to folks like you, we've already made significant strides: Over 100,000 of you have already signed on to help us fight for fiscal responsibility in Washington and at home. Our effort already has been covered extensively by the media, ranging from the New York Times, ABC News and CNN to literally thousands of blog mentions (source: Technorati) "I.O.U.S.A.," our feature documentary about the impending fiscal crisis, has made an incredible splash. Not only did the film get three and a half stars from Roger Ebert, and rave reviews from the New York Times and other critics, but it set an opening-day record for a documentary, thanks to a bonus post-screening town hall, and is about to break into the ranks of the top 100 highest-grossing documentaries of all time (source: BoxOffice Mojo). That's right - a documentary about fiscal responsibility is about the break into the top 100! And the film is still in theaters in selected cities; check here for listings.

We've taken the first step together, and we've begun to build the movement that cynics claimed was impossible. We're sounding the alarm and America is waking up. Now, it's time to take it to the next level. Here's how you can help:

This Sunday, we'll be publishing a letter across two full pages in the New York Times calling upon the presidential nominees to move beyond the "denial" stage, recognize that America has a $53 trillion problem, and start taking steps to solve it. This letter will be signed by a bipartisan group of some of the country's most prominent leaders in finance and fiscal policy-making, and by representatives of young people's organizations around the country. You can add YOUR name by visiting www.PGPF.org today. Please help us make this letter one our next President can't ignore.

Are you on Facebook? If so, please visit the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and I.O.U.S.A. pages and become a fan today. And finally, spread the word! Forward this e-mail to your 10,000 closest friends.

We've started a movement for fiscal responsibility - a movement few thought possible. And with your help, we will wake up America and set the nation on a course toward a more secure future and a brighter tomorrow.

All the best,
Dave Walker
President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

PS, For more about "I.O.U.S.A," click here to see the trailer, bonus clips, and my polite disagreement with Warren Buffett!

Palin Shock

Thanks to Cherigene Slaughter.

August 29, 2008
WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

“This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (www.defendersactionfund.org) provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.


EARTHWORKS Launches No Dirty Energy Campaign

On August 19th EARTHWORKS' Oil and Gas Accountability Project launched the new No Dirty Energy campaign. Modeled on the success of the No Dirty Gold campaign, No Dirty Energy tries to do two things: make energy-users aware of how their energy choices harm (or help) local communities and the environment, so that we can change our energy use habits, and urge energy-users to use their buying power to change the ways of dirtyenergy producers.

On Tuesday, August 19th the No Dirty Energy staff and affected community members from the Colorado area demonstrated at a Phillips 66 station in Denver. Phillips 66 stations in Colorado are known to use oil produced from one of the dirtiest of all energy sources: the Canadian tar sands. The use of dirty tar sands would exacerbate climate change problems and take us even further from the goal of clean, renewable energy. No Dirty Energy is dedicated to reversing tar sands oil spread through the United States.
Give us a hand! Use your consumer power by signing the No Dirty Energy pledge to help clean up the dirty energy industry.

EARTHWORKS fights to protect Ghana National Forest
EARTHWORKS and its partners in Ghana and Europe have criticized plans by
Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corporation
to develop an open-pit gold
mine in a Forest Reserve in Ghana. We released expert reviews of the mine
project that document serious deficiencies in the Environmental Impact
Statement and likely impacts on biodiversity. To read more on the Akyem
mine project, see the summary fact sheet and the press release. Take action.

Read more and support EARTHWORKS

Help us reach our membership drive goal of raising $500K.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Women Against Sarah Palin

Thanks to Mick Gallagher.

This is a very long email message. BUT important to read. Read it in segments when you have a few minutes, or print it to read later. As Democrat women, we need to be aware of this discussion.

Women Against Sarah Palin

The Original Page with Call to Action

Women Against Sara Palin (.org)

On Wednesday, September 3, we sent out an email to 40 friends and colleagues, asking them to respond to Sarah Palin's candidacy as Vice President of the United States. They forwarded the letter to their friends across America. To date, we have received more than 120,000 responses from women of all ages and backgrounds.

"Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving."
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"And I am especially proud to say in the week we celebrate the anniversary of women's suffrage [that she is] a devoted, a devoted wife and mother of five."
--John McCain introducing Sarah Palin

"If this doesn't resonate with every woman in America, I'll eat my hat." --Alaska delegate Bill Noll on Sarah Palin

"Dear Bill, get ready to eat your hat." --the editors.

Thursday, September 11, 2008
One Week Later
Dear readers,

It's been one week since we sent out a letter to a few friends and family members asking them to respond to Sarah Palin's candidacy for Vice President. We had never done anything like this before. What motivatedus? It's pretty simple: we were tired of feeling angry and helpless. We were thrilled to receive the first 100 letters in reply. Their eloquence and passion were inspiring, their rage and frustration palpable. Our disbelief began to mount as those 100 letters turned into 1,000 letters, which then turned into 10,000 letters. Now, we have reached nearly 100,000 letters.

What does all this mean? While this country is capable of shocking acts of slander, deception, and shameless cruelty-- see the political ads running across your television screens, the ignoble headlines leafing out across the newspapers-- we are also capable of generosity, of intelligence, and of kindness toward those who are unlike ourselves but for whom we would like to stand up anyway. To that end, many men have been writing in, expressing worry about the women and girls in their lives, and we thank them. Their words and yours, which have been flooding our inbox, are eloquent, thoughtful, and earnest. And furious. And right!

Your letters often begin by saying that the possibility of a McCain/Palin presidency does not so much make you worry for yourself as for the lives and opportunities of your daughters and granddaughters, your sons and grandsons. It is this selflessness that is so moving to read again and again. As Betty W., 82, from MS, said, "Thank you for your efforts to consolidate our voices into a single chorus."

We want to thank all of you who have contributed your voices. We are working hard to post your letters, and we hope that you'll be patient. This website is for all of you. We hope you'll take solace in the words of your neighbors near and far, and that you'll become inspired to take further action so as to ensure that McCain/Palin are not elected. If a letter sent to 40 people can turn into 100,000 responses in one week, what can you do within your own community?


Lyra & Quinn
Posted by womenagainstsarahpalin at 9:25 PM

This is just one small sampling!

Women Say NO - Part 18

"As a woman and a registered Republican, I am very concerned about the choice of Mrs. Palin as a vice-presidential candidate. I do not believe that she stands for most American women, as she is against a woman's right to choose in medical decisions concerning her own body; she has demonstrated an intolerance for differing beliefs: she does not believe in birth control or sex education. I was planning on voting for McCain, but the Republican ticket has lost my vote because of this choice."
--Carol C., Tiverton, RI

"As a 78-year-old white woman, raised in a fundamentalist Protestant church and who worked full-time while raising a disabled child, I have some understanding of where Sarah Palin comes from. But in no way does she speak for me; not politically, ethically, or morally. In fact, she and her running mate, John McCain, represent the antithesis of most everything I learned from my grandmother, Josie Warren Hopkins
(1875-1945). My grandmother was a housewife living in a small village in central Maine in the early days of the 20th century. She was a suffragette who worked very hard to make possible a woman's right to vote. But I can see her rolling wildly in her grave if American women use their precious vote to elect a McCain-Palin ticket. Given McCain's age, health issues, and family history, Palin could end up in the Oval
Office. And then where would we be? Public education would become even more a disaster than it is now--creationism being added to the curriculum, sex education being removed, global warming dismissed as a fantasy, excellent books being banned from the library! Equality in this country is banned when she speaks out on same-sex relationships. And I shudder to even consider what she might do with her lack of understanding of foreign policy. No, for the sake of my grandma Josie's grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and the great-great-great grands coming along, and for the sake of your own descendants, please join me in saying a loud and clear "NO" to Sarah Palin and to John McCain."
--Florence D.

"I am an artist who works alone; but [I] am a resident of rural Mississippi delta land who is dedicated to community service for the enrichment of lives through the arts. I am 82 years old, and have been a member of this community for 53 of them. My mother, a North Carolinian, and my grandmother, a Virginian, were both college graduates who devoted their lives to their families and to bettering their fellow citizens. We are environmentally aware and a part of our natural surroundings. But we are 'on the internet,' and standing for enlightenment, and dead set against the likes of Sarah Palin. Thank you for your efforts to consolidate our single voices into a chorus."
--Betty W., MS

"I want to love a mother, governor and VP candidate, but Palin horrifiesme; she seems to epitomize the American inability to be introspective; [she seems] to polarize and see everything in terms of black and white, good or evil, right or wrong. This intolerance and inability to get out of a narrow perspective and see the divine spark in all is at the core of the danger America is creating for itself, and feeds the dissension in America. She has a sharp, but not a deep, mind-- fast with the comebacks, but more interested in bullying an argument than in understanding the truth. I am horrified that McCain would risk her shallow thinking as a leader of America, and I am horrified that so many people are [positively] responding. I think that this country is worth more."
--Heather R., Rolla, ND

"Dear Ms. Palin,
Even in this very red state of Alabama, we know the difference between a show horse, a hobby horse, and a work horse. You do not represent working class women, farm wives, or single mothers--ALL of whom turned to Hillary Clinton with great hopes. You charged women for their own rape kits when you were mayor in Wasilla. You use housekeepers and nannies to care for your kids. You don't want sex education in schools, but you let your daughter get pregnant! You do not now, nor will you ever, speak for us!"
--Gita H., Montgomery, AL

"I'm a proud member of SEIU 668, a civil servant prevented by law from taking a position on candidates. However, we are able to express our positions on issues and talk about how people stand on those issues. I previously spent 15 years from 1976 to 1991 working as a community organizer, all of those years for minimum wages, all but one of them with no pension plan. Those years were spent fighting for the rights of women, lesbians and gay men, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with AIDS, senior citizens, union members, children, families living in poverty-- on issues like utility rates, toxic waste dumps, workplace hazards, health care costs, fair wages and housing, Social security and Medicare and medicaid, funding for AIDS research, addiction, the list goes on.

"I can hardly begin to express the depth of my anger at hearing Ms. Palin denigrate the many community organizers I worked with and proudly call my friends. Community Organizers make the world a better place, doing God's work day in and day out, night after night. To hear that convention audience laugh in response to her snide remarks really pissed me off. I didn't realize just how steamed I was until a dear friend (another longtime community activist) sent me an e-mail with this message: Jesus was a Community Organizer. Pontius Pilate was a Governor."
--Dixie W., Bethlehem, PA

"I worked hard to get where I am. I was the first woman in my county to run for district judge back in 1990. I have two daughters and three granddaughters. I don't want Palin taking women back to the dark ages. She certainly does not represent me! And she's not doing well by her own children."
--Susan B., Galveston, TX

"Ms. Palin is no 'model' woman! Instead of helping to shatter glass ceilings, she seems to aspire to being one of the Good Old Boys holding others down. Sheer lip service from the Pitbull in Lipstick! Yet another Karl Rove mouthpiece!"
--Deborah G., old enough to see the hypocrisy, Latham, NY

"The inclusion of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket is an absolute insult to intelligent womanhood. The fact that McCain would choose her is an indication of his lack of intelligence or possible senility. Why isn't the media screaming about her lack of qualifications and her reactionary views on all of the important issues of this campaign? How can ANYONE take her seriously? There ought to be an uprising against her and the Republicans who are promoting her!"
--Wendy C., 56, Gig Harbor, WA

"Sarah Palin represents the slap of the dinosaur's tail-- a deadly, horned swipe of a breed going extinct; quite likely, in her throes of excited thrashing, to kill off many individuals, many careers, many dearly held gains, won since 1963, for which many of us fought with our brains, our convictions, our blood, our time, our eloquence, and our money. Many women have earned the right to work, to be paid adequately, to choose our education, our politics, our lifestyle, our time to bear
children, or make the choice not to bring children into the world. We have fought for the right to read widely, think thoroughly, discern carefully, live wisely, live well. Of course, not all women enjoy all these privileges and obligations, but many more women function as whole persons, as individuals, as thoughtful citizens today than several decades ago.

"Are we ready to stand idly by while an old, ill man, watches Sarah's shapely behind, while fingering his wedding ring? Are we ready to give up our time to choose, our right to decide, and let this mockery of a modern woman, this poorly educated bigot, trample our civil rights? Are we ready to die if our life is endangered by an unhealthy pregnancy? Are we willing to let Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and the other megalomaniacs at the helm of the Republican party, decide the course of our lives, our daughters' and granddaughters' lives?

"Sarah Palin might be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, but be warned: She digs it! She is a danger to our bodies, our population, our educational system, our environment, our already-shredded international regard, our national debt, our dignity as American women. Even the power she gained as the mayor of a town of a mere 5000 immediately corrupted her; her wide swipes through the administration she inherited were so disruptive to that small government entity that an immediate remedy was set in place--an administrator had to be hired to do the job of running
the town while she was mayor. And still, the surplus she inherited turned into a deficit! IMAGINE the damage she could orchestrate on a national level.

"I say: Stop Sarah! McCain is old, [and] not well. Sarah Palin is the epitome of an old-style woman: a ruthless pawn of powerful men, spewing platitudes that fit a by-gone world where human beings thought nature was to be harnessed, surmounted, as the means to progress. We know better now. Nature is telling us we are too many, too careless, too heedless of the natural consequences of our wasteful ways. We can use wind, solar power, conservation, diplomacy, intelligence, education, thoughtfulness, science, creativity, and wisdom. Palin is against all these. She is a patsy for Rove and his greedy schemes. I am against her and all that she stands for. I stand for being a thinking woman with brains and choices and rights and respect for the Earth.

"Women, Think! Speak out! Talk with each other! Share the facts about Palin's term as mayor of a tiny city; extrapolate her incompetence at that level to the national and international levels. Get out the vote! This is the most important election in many years! Keep Palin out of the White House. Yes, she's a woman, but she's unqualified and pig-headed.

"I know this is not succinct. I feel compelled to send it anyway. Edit [it] if you must. Thank you for your efforts to rally outcry." --Sansea S., New Haven, Vermont

"Sarah Palin represents everything I fear and dislike about my own country-- the anti-intellectualism, the arrogance, the divorce between style and substance. We have to rise up and show we're better people than this."
--C. H., Fortuna, CA

"First of all, thank you for doing this. Many of us have been pulling our hair out with fury, rage, depression, and disbelief that Sarah Palin received the Vice-Presidential nomination. Unfortunately, we find ourselves at a moment in history where words and actions no longer have an equal relationship. The language of sincerity, thoughtfulness, and true intellect has been co-opted into a bad or suspect thing. Coupled with the sheer apathy and cynicism of American voters and their delusion that voting for someone 'just like them' is actually a good thing leaves us at a potentially disastrous tipping point.

"What is remarkable to me about Sarah Palin is that she seems to have no awareness that feminists of previous generations are what have made it possible for her to present her unwed, pregnant daughter without any public shame. As few as thirty years ago, Bristol would have been shipped off to have her baby in private; and the child would have been put up for adoption. Because of Roe v. Wade feminists, unmarried women can now have children free from the shame of previous generations. Every generation of feminists has a burden or hurdle to overcome. Seventeen years ago Susan Faludi coined the term 'backlash,' but at this moment, we are experiencing something infinitely worse: It's more like 'whiplash.' The powerful discrepancy between the image of a woman and what that woman represents is going to result in a dangerous election for all women." --Jana H., St. Louis, MO

"The strongest impression that Sarah Palin has made on me so far is that she will say and/or do ANYTHING to get what she wants. And she has a long history of doing just that. Most of what she brags about in her speeches is an outright lie! The governor's private chef, the governor's private jet, and the bridge to nowhere, for just a few quick, easy examples. The rest of her claims to fame are at best distortions of the truth. The Alaskan legislature took to wearing buttons that said,
'Where's Sarah?' because she spent so little time in Juneau. Once again, the GOP is deceiving the American people in a most callous and calculating way: Just because they put a skirt on this time doesn't change a damned thing!"
--Peggy T., Lawrence, KS

"Sarah Palin is by no means a maverick. Her political views and religious ideation appear to be taken directly from the mainstream teachings of the Christian Right. I would not vote for a man with those opinions and I consider it insulting that anyone would think we (women) would view a woman differently. While her outdoor hobbies, so-called prowess at hunting and sports, and contentious nature as a city and state
official might make her an appealing character for some frontier fiction movie or mini-series, those characteristics by themselves do not constitute qualifications for being second-in-command of this country. After beating the experience drum for so long, John McCain has revealed himself for the hypocrite and cynical opportunist that he is through his choice of someone so abysmally unqualified."
--Ellen W., Oklahoma City, OK

"My shocked reaction to McCain['s] putting Palin on the ticket was almost visceral. She is patently unqualified to be President of the United States. When you add to that the fact that she reinforces in every way the typical Republican style of leading by force, leading without caring about understanding and compassion, leading in a way that creates contention instead of teamwork, it's nothing less than terrifying. Her stands on choice, the environment, religion, and more are clearly
uninformed and archaic. But her self-absorbed sarcasm and her ability to repeat the Big Lie in order to get her way should be the fundamental reason women-- and everyone, for that matter-- rejects her getting anywhere near the White House. The nature of true leadership is to provide hope for a better day--and that word and concept 'hope' is something that she has actually made fun of in her speeches. I, for one, wouldn't vote for anyone who makes fun of hope. Women, in particular, should project hope, Love, and caring for others; and Ms. Palin does none of this, choosing instead to be mean-spirited and accusatory in every single speech and action. I can only hope that, with time, people will recognize this, and realize that we need someone quite different from her to take us down the road to respect and REAL morality."
--Caralee W., Kanab, UT

"John McCain's choice for Vice President takes women in this country several steps backwards. Just the fact that there is so much dialogue about her outward appearance and none about her inward qualities of compassion or empathy for women-- not just in the United States but the plight of women worldwide-- is of great concern to me. The rights and power of women may be severely compromised should we vote the Republican ticket."
--Jane L., Rawlins, WY

"My name is Lenni G and I am [a]69-year-old white female living in North Carolina. As anyone will tell you, it's really not wise to fool with 69-year-old females, no matter where they live. I am outraged that John McCain-- or, more likely, the Republican Party-- has decided to foist Sarah Palin on me and the rest of this country as a living, breathing example of what we women are, how we think and what we approve of in a vice presidential candidate. As Sharon Osbourne would say, 'has the whole world gone barking mad?' Check it out, people: McCain (Republican Party) did not choose a woman with real political and experience credentials. My guess is that if they had, that woman would have refused the nomination-- as I would have-- even though I have executive experience as President of my condo association and had budget responsibility for it. Surely this is the final joke of the Bush-Chaney/Republican Party gig in Washington. And, please note, there are a bunch of us women, and men, who are not laughing. We want our country back; and we want it back right now."
--Lenni G., NC

"As a woman in Arizona, I say NO to Sarah Palin because of her professed views on the environment and global warming. Her narrow-minded denial of the best science the world has to offer would lead to devastating delay in addressing the problems. ]This would be] a tragedy for the US. and the world as a whole."
--Lucy M., 61, AZ

"My name is Venera B., and I am seventy-six years old. I live in western Washington State, near Russia, China and the whole South Pacific, much like Mrs. Palin. I am not qualified to run this country. I know from my many years on earth that women have great strength; and I know we are not stupid! All we need to do is speak up! We cannot allow this insane choice for a candidate in Sarah Palin. But she is not the problem. Our problem is the white old men that insist on running this country with their need to control, their archaic laws and ideas. Their lives are based on fear and ridiculous needs to dominate our pocketbooks [and] our bodies; and [they decide] to shoot before thinking and talking. They also have a great need to distort the truth-- in other words, LIE!

"This young woman from Alaska is being fooled with; she is their decoy; but she might be elected. And then, she could be a heartbeat away from being in charge of our lives. God help us. I would not be tolerant of such a closed mind and shallow ideas-- of women's not having choices, of putting censorship in my path, including anyone who disagrees with her religious views [and I could not accept anyone who] is quick to use a gun for SPORT (from a plane-- which is illegal). How can I trust that she would understand other nations, cultures and needs - if she has not ventured much beyond her guarded ways? Mr. McCain needs to be mentally evaluated; and I don't say this with insult. Anyone who went through that many years of trauma might have a damaged fuse and I don't want his hand on the button if he has had a bad day. We are getting the same food as Mr. Bush fed us, only a different plate. No on Mrs. Palin and No on Mr. McCain.
Ciao e Pace,--
Venera B., Washington State


Monday, September 15, 2008

A Movie Worth Seeing


The movie "Stop Loss" (2007) outlines, in dramatic and personal ways, the cost of this obscene war in Iraq. This is not the economic cost, which is astronomical; it will take our children decades to pay it off, since the war has cost approximately three trillion (million million) dollars.

All this money was used to feed the greed of oil-executives and the politicians in their pockets. But the war went tragically wrong, and was a stupid idea in the first place. Nearly one million people have been killed in the Middle East-- all due to this war and its aftermath; and an astonishing number have been women and children. The movie, however, speaks to a higher cost of the war-- much higher. For its cost in terms of emotion are immense. And when a person has served his time in the army, and then, is expected to return to duty, the horrors are even deeper, and worse.

Lives, and entire families, are destroyed by this careless policy. And the lives of so many who survive the war are so irreversibly ruined that one might say that the "lucky" ones were those four thousand American girls and boys who so tragically and horrifyingly perished there. The movie also gives us a glimpse into the nightmare of some who survived, but might have wished that they had died.

This movie will move your heart; if you are a sensitive type, it will bring you to tears-- several times. The movie is a touching protest to a war that has killed thousands of American girls and boys and hundreds of thousands of Islamic people-- all to be laid at the door of careless American imperialism and greed for oil.

When are we finally going to drop the most expensive habit in the world-- that of relentless, incessant greed? It is far more dangerous, expensive, and harmful than any drug-habit. We would never consider electing anyone with a serious drug-habit to the White House. So, let us refuse also to elect anyone who has this more terrible habit-- that of unquenchable greed and obscene violence.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OpEd News

OpEdNews ; Why should we Depend on Obama's campaign team to Beat the right wing machine?


Dear Rob,

In a separate email, I am going to send several "miniarticles" about recent politics. Fyi, I am a progressive, and feel intensely the cruciality of the coming election. These miniarticles were originally lte's, and are only about 250 words, plus or minus. If you are interested in receiving this kind of feedback, please let me know.

Joy and Peace,

Richard Francis

Friday, September 12, 2008

Relief is On the Way


Whoever wins the race for the presidency, the whole world will thank its gods that the worst president in U.S., or world, history, has just stepped down. This man, George W. Bush, tried actually to turn the U.S. into a fascist country. For, by definition, a country whose politics and programs are run by rich corporations is a fascist country. And Bush also worked hard to destroy the middle class-- the backbone of our democracy.

The guy knew nothing of humility; at every opportunity, he strutted, smirked, and pea-cocked before the cameras with a look of complete ignorance ("I haven't a clue") combined with a contradictory look of arrogance. Due to his shenanigans, our foreign policy was also the very worst imaginable, causing billions to hate the U.S.A., and creating many more opportunities for our enemies, including Al-Qaeda.

He failed absolutely to ever capture bin Laden; the Bush family and the bin Laden family had financial and economic ties on many levels; did Bush ever really want to catch the murderous thug?

His staff was not much better than George himself, containing such stellar but criminal stars as Dick Chaney, Condy Rice, and others equally shady. For the sake of corporate welfare, they all cooperated to try to reverse the laws that protect our ecology and, for years, denied the very existence of global warming. Bush and Co. did everything wrong; when they had an opportunity to do good, they always vetoed it or otherwise ruined it. They did more damage, during the last eight years, than all the terrorists combined. They continuously blocked sound ideas in
Congress that would have helped the middle class, and gave great tax-breaks to the very rich, and to corporations. Every time that he had the opportunity, bush stood up for and defended the corporations, corporate welfare, and corporate profit; yet never did he defend the common "blue collar" worker or common householder.

Bush's "ideal government" was one in which not only fascist economic principles dominated, but in which the government could spy on even its own innocent citizens; it did away with several legal rights, and defended the horrors of torture. This government evolved into an alien thing that was not only "unAmerican," but "antiAmerican."

It was, in short, a nightmarish disaster. Neither Americans nor the rest of the world can afford four more years of this horror.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Weather Strikes Back


It is ironic how recent hurricanes have proved far more tempestuous than those of the past. It is a great irony that the burning of fossil fuels (global warming) has created this very heightening of intensity. And now, those very hurricanes often are inflicted upon the very same areas where petroleum products are produced. Is this the outworking of fast-reacting karma?


Love Ministries and Donations


Love Ministries, as its name indicates, has one guiding motive and incentive, and that is Love or compassion. We exist for no other reason than to teach and to make known the Way of Love.

That is why we insist that the Ministries are not a "business." We never want to, refuse to, reduce the work to a mere "business." It is not commercial, and Love is not a commercial "commodity." We hate to collect money, and do not like even or ever mentioning it.

But a reasonable perspective tells us that money is a part of this illusion-world. It is necessary to get things done, and especially, to help the poorest people in the world.

So, please do not mistake the fact that we almost never ask for money to be disinterest, apathy, or complacency. We are interested, compellingly so, in anything that can help our sisters and brothers. Our work with the most poverty-stricken people, in the most desolated countries, demands that we send them donations from time to time to do their fine work with orphans. Love Ministries does not usually ask for funds, and we do not like to do this. But, from time to time, we will be reminding our friends, students, clients, and neighbors of needs that include donations, which we vow to use to educate and to aid the poor. No one at Love Ministries has any kind of remuneration; we pay no salaries, and all our work is purely voluntary; both our time and our work are given freely, out of Love for people and other creatures.

We remain open, dear friends, to any ideas or suggestions that you might have about fund-raising, as we have virtually no experience in this area. Please never confuse us with so-called "ministries" which are nothing but money-making businesses, with salaried workers, building-rental, and paid telephone-solicitors. We are a small ministry, and have none of this overhead. And we plan to keep things supersmall and supersimple, while at the same time, reaching out the hand of Love and cooperation with our sisters and brothers all over the world.

So far, the Love Ministries Federation is sending donations to (in alphabetical order):

Love Ministries of India
Love Ministries of Kenya
Love Ministries of Pakistan
Love Ministries of Rwanda
Love Ministries of Tanzania
Love Ministries of Uganda.

Thanks to all of you for your continuing interest in, and support of, our ministries to the poorest people in the world.

Love and Gratitude,

a franciscan taoist and the staff of Love Ministries USA