Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We're hearing a lot about the trumped-up charges against ACORN these days—but very little about the massive voter suppression campaign being orchestrated by the Republicans. The GOP is trying to purge thousands of Democratic voters off the rolls in states like Ohio, Florida, and Colorado.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are falsely accusing a community organizing group—ACORN—of voting fraud to distract the media from their own party's wrongdoing. Worst of all: It's working.
The truth is, McCain is vilifying ACORN to justify voter suppression—making it harder for Obama supporters to vote.The GOP's voter suppression campaign could steal this election. But we can stop them with a rapid-response fund to support legal actions, run newspaper ads to get the media talking about GOP voter suppression, and prosecute anyone who tries to steal this election.
to help go to: http://www.moveon.org/
Don't we have bigger concerns out there than what 2 consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home? The movement behind this proposition is spending too much time trying to draw attention to what goes on behind closed doors in the bedroom, when the biggest challenge facing us as a country is what's going on behind closed doors in the BOARDROOM!
Nice priorities, huh? Awfully Orwellian; everyone is created equal, but some are more equal than others. Take for example, chickens.
Did you know that until it was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 1967, there were still 16 states that banned interracial marriage? It was generally banned on "moral grounds" or because it was viewed as being against God's plan...sound familiar? In fact, my friend's white mother had to cross state lines to marry her Japanese boyfriend because it was against the law in South Dakota. Just because someone objects to something on moral grounds does not make that thing universally morally objectionable.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
On Bill Moyers Journal: "As the election nears and accusations of voter fraud run rampant from party to party, Bill Moyers Journal takes a close look at the charges and what you can do to protect your vote. Bill Moyers sits down with Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media ecology in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University, who has been following voter fraud allegations in his blog, News from the Underground."
Michelle Obama once called it "the ultimate fear bomb."
I'm writing, of course, about the paranoid, psychopathic behavior we've witnessed over the last two weeks from the Republican Party and its presidential candidates. Be it the fire-eyed rants from the cowardly shrieking eel named Sarah Palin, or the ignorant and naïve witch-hunters in line at various McCain rallies, or the sanctioned Republican Party conspiracy to turn Senator Obama into an Islamic terrorist, we've only begun to scratch the surface of what the far-right is capable of -- in broad daylight no less.
read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/the-republican-war-agains_b_134927.html
Would revoke marriage rights for same-sex couples and enshrine discrimination in the state constitution, the first time in history that a constitutional amendment would rescind human rights.
OPPOSING: Equality California, ACLU, Cal Labor
Fed, CA Democratic Party, Anti-Defamation League,
California NAACP, CNA, SEIU CA
"Free For All: A Must-See Movie Before Election Day": "Stolen elections are no longer an Internet based conspiracy theory. There's cold, hard proof of dirty dealings on the first Tuesday of Novembers all over the country." And It's the GOP Whose Behind the Mugging of Democracy.
-- A BuzzFlash Review
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
On Friday my son took a field trip with his first grade class to throw flower petals at his teacher as she exited City Hall in San Francisco, a newlywed. The class took a city bus down, surprised her and her bride, then had pizza. My son described the adventure as mostly boring, waiting around on the steps of City Hall with handfuls of flower petals. But he was very happy for his teacher, who he has quickly grown to love. When asked about the event, he gave a six-year-old's answer about people loving and caring for each other. He then moved on to Legos and more important things.
What my son (and I) didn't understand is that what he took part in was, according to Bill O'Reilly, "A new outrage in San Francisco," and that "opponents of gay marriage are up in arms, but the school administrators say it's no big deal." Ah, a teaching moment. Yes, kids, monsters are real. You'll know them because they'll be the ones taking up "arms" against an elementary school.
A story on the event, which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday, has attracted more than 1,400 comments, many of them censored by the Chron—I assume because they contain threats and curse words—as well as homophobic diatribes more suitable for publication, like O'Reilly's. I’d like to thank Mayor Newsom (who performed the wedding) for standing up for the issue of gay marriage, even as I beg his pardon for complicating matters by allowing my kid to play a small, meaningful part in a legal and beautiful celebration.
I also want to be clear to the monsters and bigots out there that you're not scary. Hateful, yes, but you don’t scare us. —Eddie Scher
courtesy of Mother Jones
From The New York Times, October 14, 2008. See
Amusing, but Not Funny By Bob Herbert Sara Rimer of The Times wrote an article last week that gave us a startling glimpse of just how mindless and self-destructive the U.S. is becoming.
Consider the lead paragraph:
"The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, a new study asserts, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.
"The idea that the U.S. won't even properly develop the skills of young people who could perform at the highest intellectual levels is breathtaking - breathtakingly stupid, that is.
The authors of the study, published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, concluded that American culture does not value talent in math very highly. I suppose we're busy with other things,like text-messaging while jay-walking. The math thing is seen as something for Asians and nerds.
Meanwhile, the country is going down the tubes. Felix Rohatyn, who helped lead New York City out of the dark days of the 1970s fiscal crisis, had an article in a recent issue of The New York Review of Books (with co-author Everett Ehrlich) lamenting the sad state of the U.S. infrastructure. Most Americans are oblivious on this issue.We're like a family that won't even think about fixing a sagging,leaky roof until it collapses on our heads.New Orleans was nearly wiped from the map in the Hurricane Katrina nightmare, and 13 people were killed when a bridge in Minneapolis broke apart during rush hour, hurling helpless motorists 60 feet into the Mississippi River. Neither of those disasters was enough of a warning for us to think seriously about infrastructure maintenance,repair and construction.Could these types of disasters happen again? They're going to happen again. Mr. Rohatyn reminds us that nearly 30 percent of the nation's bridges are "structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
"We haven't even got sense enough to keep an eye on the water we drink. Citing a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers,Mr. Rohatyn and Mr. Ehrlich write: "Current funding for safe drinking water, amounts to 'less than 10 percent of the total national requirement.'
"A country that refuses to properly educate its young people or to maintain its physical plant is one that has clearly lost its way. Add in the myriad problems associated with unnecessary warfare and a clueless central government that wastes taxpayer dollars by the trillions, and you've got a society in danger of becoming completely unhinged.
This is about more than the election of a president in a few weeks.
The American people have to decide what kind of country they want.Do they want one in which the top 1 percent hauled in more than 21percent of all personal income in 2005? Do they want a country in which, as my former colleague at The Times, David Cay Johnston, has noted: the tax system "now levies the poor, the middle class and even the upper middle class to subsidize the rich"?
Do they want a country in which their democratic freedoms are eroded by a deliberate exploitation of their fear of terrorism, and their earning power is diminished by a crippling dependence on foreign oil?
These are exactly the kinds of issues that could be thoroughly explored, argued about, even obsessed over in a presidential campaign. Americans could drag their eyeballs away from their flat-screen TVs and give serious thoughts to important matters if they wanted to. Instead, we get silliness.
The news media, especially the talking heads on television, are addicted to the horse race, focusing around the clock on wildly proliferating polling data that tell us basically nothing. No one knows who is going to win this election. So why not spend a little quality time on where the next generation of jobs might be coming from, and why it's critically important to ease the burden of health insurance coverage being shouldered by strapped families and businesses alike?
An article in Monday's Times spotlighted some of the serious problems that have emerged in the No Child Left Behind law. Among the law's unintended consequences, as Sam Dillon reported, has been its tendency to "punish" states that "have high academic standards and rigorous tests, which have contributed to an increasing pileup of failed schools."
Say what?Surely this is a good issue for discussion and analysis in the presidential campaign. Let the candidates have at it in their final debate. Let the pundits weigh in. And why not interview a few teachers, principals and thoughtful citizens?
Don't hold your breath. Neil Postman warned us years ago about amusing ourselves to death.The end is near.
Courtesy of the JERRY-P-BECKER-BIG-L List
Seven in 10 Say Obama Understands Americans' Problems
October 14, 2008
In an election campaign dominated by economic concerns, Americans are much more likely to believe Barack Obama (73%) understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives than they are to believe this about John McCain (48%).
Gallup Daily: Race Steady With Obama Leading by 9
October 14, 2008
With exactly three weeks remaining before Election Day, Barack Obama leads John McCain in the presidential preferences
Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.
Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is “false and misleading.”
Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.
Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”
Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent’s objection to the school curriculum will happen here.
Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don’t agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won’t affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.
Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…
Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.
Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.
Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.
Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.
Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.
Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won’t have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.
Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The federal government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed!
courtesy of: terrymc in Barra Mansa, RJ, Brasil
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa composed the following urgent message to the Courage Campaign community across California:
I entered politics because the America of my dreams includes everyone, not just a few.
Too many people have suffered injustice, discrimination, and inequality. It's time to bring every American out of the shadows and into the light. Our laws should not be used to single one group out to be treated differently. Instead, our laws should guarantee the same fundamental rights to every Californian.
Same-sex marriage is the law of the land in California. In my legal capacity as Mayor of Los Angeles, I have proudly officiated many same-sex weddings since the Supreme Court ruling in June confirmed the constitutionality of these unions.
These are loving, committed couples who want to get married for universal reasons: they love, care for, protect and take responsibility for each other. I vow to vote No on Proposition 8 because I believe our civil society demands that we uphold -- not eliminate -- these fundamental rights. I believe all Californians deserve to be treated equally. And I believe that government exists to protect individual rights, not to undermine them.
Unfortunately, polls now show that the anti-marriage equality "Yes on 8" campaign is leading, just as vote-by-mail ballots arrive in voters' mailboxes across California. The "No on 8" campaign needs our help today to get the marriage equality message out on TV immediately.
That's why I'm taking a stand against Prop 8 today by contributing $25,000 to the "No on 8" campaign. And I would like you to join me by digging deep and contributing whatever you can afford -- whether it's $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 -- to the "No on 8" campaign on Courage's ActBlue page right now:
Opponents of marriage equality have blanketed California with misleading ads and have raised an unprecedented sum of money, outspending the "No on 8" campaign by over $10 million. In fact, the "Yes on 8" campaign received so many individual contributions, both large and small, that the sheer volume crashed the Secretary of State's reporting system last Tuesday.
I know that many defenders of marriage equality just like you have contributed a lot of money so far to the "No on 8" campaign -- but we need to redouble our efforts now to match the flood of money raised by supporters of Prop 8.
Californians from across the political and cultural spectrum have united to fight Prop 8 and defend fundamental rights.
How much will you give to protect the fundamental rights of all Californians? I'm taking a stand against Prop 8 by donating $25,000 today. Can you contribute $25, $250, $2,500 or whatever amount you can afford at Courage's ActBlue page right now?:
Our state constitution protects our rights. It should not be used to deny civil rights to anyone.
Please join me in supporting the No on 8 campaign. And tell your friends by forwarding this Courage Campaign message. Together, we can take a stand for the right of every Californian to marry the person they love.
Thank you for vowing to vote No on --and contribute to the defeat of -- Prop 8.
Mayor of Los Angeles
P.S. With ballots arriving in mailboxes already, there's not much time to get the "No on 8" message out before November 4. Please take a stand for marriage equality today by contributing what you can right now:
courtesy of: Last Chane Democracy Cafe
Barack Obama leads John McCain by 10 percentage points, 51% to 41%, among all registered voters, according to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 10-12. That lead narrows to seven points among traditional “likely voters”.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We have to make our minds up here. Either we ARE going to allow, in the conduct of official government business, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (or anything else, for that matter) or we are not. Which do we choose?
Courtesy of Beliefnet
John Lewis: McCain Sows Hatred
The Associated Press: "Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and veteran of the civil rights movement, says the negative tone of the Republican presidential campaign reminds him of the hateful atmosphere that segregationist Gov. George Wallace fostered in Alabama in the 1960s. Republican candidate John McCain on Saturday called Lewis' remarks 'shocking and beyond the pale.'"
October 12, 2008
Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking, 50% to 43%, among registered voters. Obama’s lead has narrowed slightly after being in double-digits several days last week. Two Gallup likely voter estimates show the race slightly closer.
FOCUS RFK Jr. : The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Huffington Post: "In 2004, America's malleable mainstream media allowed itself to be manipulated by artful Republican operatives into devoting weeks of broadcast attention and drums of ink to unfairly desecrating John Kerry's genuine Vietnam heroics while obligingly muzzling serious discussion of George W. Bush's shameful wartime record of evasion and cowardice. Last week found the American media once again boarding Republican swift boats against this season's Democratic candidate armed with unfair and hypocritical attacks artfully designed by GOP strategists to distract attention from the cataclysmic outcomes of Republican governance."