Saturday, November 8, 2008
In two days we've had over 1,000 members join.
Not bad at all, I say.
However, as much as it is NOT, I know that people have already reported this group as a "hate group" to Facebook, so how much longer it stays up, I can't be sure.So here's the deal, there's 1000 of us. That's quite a few. :-pOne of our members has suggested a method in which we can make our voice heard. You can find it below. The entire thing will take you less than five minutes and cost you the price of an envelope and a stamp.I implore you, this weekend follow the instructions below, and en masse send it out to the IRS on Monday.
Is the LDS Church ever going to be stripped of it's tax exempt status? Highly doubtful.
But it never hurts to have them on their toes. Let the IRS know that we're looking at them and expecting THEM to be keeping a close eye on campaign finance reform in regards to the Mormon Church.
That said, also please remember to keep your posts and conversations on this board STRICTLY dedicated to the legal implications of JUST the legal entity of the Church of Latter Day Saints.
This IS NOT and was never intended to be a forum to bash Mormons. That's simply not productve and spiteful.
Thank you all and have a wonderful day.The instructions regarding the mailing are as follows:
"To report the LDS Church to the IRS, simply take 5 minutes to print these articles out and any others you can find:
Then print, sign and send the attached form (already completed) or download a blank and fill it out yourself at
List the taxpayer as:
Thomas S. Monson, et al
50 East North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
List his occupation as President and the business as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Check the boxes for False Exemption and Public/Political Corruption.
Then in the Comments section demand that the LDS Church be fined and their tax-exempt status revoked for repeated and blatant violations of the IRS's separate of church and state rules, and for conspiring to interfere with a state's political process.
Check Yes under "Are books/records available?" and write in "campaign finance records."You don't have to provide any of your own personal info.
Mail the form and the printed articles to:
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888
and then repeat as you drive "do not run over missionaries on bicycles... do not run over missionaries on bicycles... do not run over missionaries on bicycles... do not run over missionaries on bicycles... "
FOCUS Bernie Sanders: The Road to Economic Recovery
Senator Bernie Sanders, The Huffington Post: "When the Senate reconvenes on November 17th, I intend to fight for an economic recovery program that is significant enough in size and scope to respond to the major economic crisis this country now faces. If we can commit more than $1 trillion to rescue bankers and insurance companies from their reckless and irresponsible behavior, we certainly should be investing in millions of good-paying jobs that rebuild our nation and improve its economy. In my view, the size of this economic recovery plan should be, at a minimum, $300 billion."
From Kathryn Kolbert, People For the American Way:
The past 72 hours have brought an extraordinary range of emotions -- great joy at the election of Barack Obama and defeat of John McCain, and sadness and anger at the passage of anti-gay initiatives in Florida, Arizona, Arkansas and California. That sadness has turned to outrage at the speed with which some white gay activists began blaming African Americans -- sometimes in appallingly racist ways -- for the defeat of Proposition 8. This is inexcusable.
As a mother who has raised two children in a 30-year relationship with another woman, I fully understand the depth of hurt and anger at voters' rejection of our families' equality. But responding to that hurt by lashing out at African Americans is deeply wrong and offensive -- not to mention destructive to the goal of advancing equality.
Before we give Religious Right leaders more reasons to rejoice by deepening the divisions they have worked so hard to create between African Americans and the broader progressive community, let's be clear about who is responsible for gay couples in California losing the right to get married, and let's think strategically about a way forward that broadens and strengthens support for equality.
Others have taken on the challenge of looking at the basic numbers and concluded that it is simply false to suggest that Prop 8 would have been defeated if African Americans had been more supportive. The amendment seems to have passed by more than half a million votes, and the number of black voters, even with turnout boosted by the presidential race, couldn't have made up that difference. That's an important fact, but when African American supporters of equality are being called racist epithets at protests about Prop 8, the numbers almost seem beside the point.
Republicans and white churchgoers, among many other groups, voted for Prop. 8 at higher rates than African Americans. There are few African Americans in the inland counties that all voted overwhelmingly to strip marriage equality out of the California constitution. So why single out African Americans? Who's really to blame? The Religious Right.
FOCUS Winship: Obama Shows Us Where We're Headed
Michael Winship, Truthout: "In the years that have followed, we denied that proffered hand; we drove wedges, built walls, waged war that not only isolated us from other countries, but squandered the solidarity and strength that existed within ourselves. On Tuesday, as a nation we stood in line, waited our turn to cast our ballots, did what we do best. And when the results were announced, we watched a man and his family stand on an outdoor stage in Chicago. He asked for our support, regardless of party or race, and finally, for a moment at least, together we were all Americans once again. It's a good start."
Friday, November 7, 2008
and Colbert tearing up
This has been an incredibly difficult week for Californians who are disappointed in the passage of Proposition 8, which takes away the right to marry for same-sex couples in our state. We feel a profound sense of disappointment in this defeat, but know that in order to move forward we must continue to stand together as one community in order to secure full equality in California.In working to defeat Prop 8, a profound coalition banded together to fight for equality.
Faith leaders, labor, teachers, civil rights leaders and communities of color, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, public officials, local school boards and city councils, parents, corporate law firms and bar associations, businesses, and people from all walks of life joined together to stand up against discrimination. We must build on this coalition in order to achieve equal rights for all Californians.
We achieve nothing if we isolate the people who did not stand with us in this fight. We only further divide our state if we attempt to blame people of faith, African American voters, rural communities and others for this loss. We know people of all faiths, races and backgrounds stand with us in our fight to end discrimination, and will continue to do so. Now more than ever it is critical that we work together and respect our differences that make us a diverse and unique society. Only with that understanding will we achieve justice and equality for all.signed
Dr. Delores A. JacobsCEOCenter Advocacy Project
Lorri L. JeanCEOL.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Kate KendellExecutive DirectorNational Center for Lesbian Rights
Geoff KorsExecutive DirectorEquality California
WASHINGTON – The following is an op-ed from Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. This editorial is intended as free use and can be quoted or published.
You can’t take this away from me: Proposition 8 broke our hearts, but it did not end our fight.
Like many in our movement, I found myself in Southern California last weekend. There, I had the opportunity to speak with a man who said that Proposition 8 completely changed the way he saw his own neighborhood. Every “Yes on 8” sign was a slap. For this man, for me, for the 18,000 couples who married in California, to LGBT people and the people who love us, its passage was worse than a slap in the face. It was nothing short of heartbreaking.
But it is not the end. Fifty-two percent of the voters of California voted to deny us our equality on Tuesday, but they did not vote our families or the power of our love out of existence; they did not vote us away.
As free and equal human beings, we were born with the right to equal families. The courts did not give us this right—they simply recognized it. And although California has ceased to grant us marriage licenses, our rights are not subject to anyone’s approval. We will keep fighting for them. They are as real and as enduring as the love that moves us to form families in the first place. There are many roads to marriage equality, and no single roadblock will prevent us from ultimately getting there.
And yet there is no denying, as we pick ourselves up after losing this most recent, hard-fought battle, that we’ve been injured, many of us by neighbors who claim to respect us. We see them in the supermarkets, on the sidewalk, and think “how could you?”
By the same token, we know that we are moving in the right direction. In 2000, California voters passed Proposition 22 by a margin of 61.4% to 38.6%. On Tuesday, fully 48% of Californians rejected Proposition 8. It wasn’t enough, but it was a massive shift. Nationally, although two other anti-marriage ballot measures won, Connecticut defeated an effort to hold a constitutional convention ending marriage, New York’s state legislature gained the seats necessary to consider a marriage law, and FMA architect Marilyn Musgrave lost her seat in Congress. We also elected a president who supports protecting the entire community from discrimination and who opposes discriminatory amendments.
Yet on Proposition 8 we lost at the ballot box, and I think that says something about this middle place where we find ourselves at this moment. In 2003, twelve states still had sodomy laws on the books, and only one state had civil unions. Four years ago, marriage was used to rile up a right-wing base, and we were branded as a bigger threat than terrorism. In 2008, most people know that we are not a threat. Proposition 8 did not result from a popular groundswell of opposition to our rights, but was the work of a small core of people who fought to get it on the ballot. The anti-LGBT message didn’t rally people to the polls, but unfortunately when people got to the polls, too many of them had no problem with hurting us. Faced with an economy in turmoil and two wars, most Californians didn’t choose the culture war. But faced with the question—brought to them by a small cadre of anti-LGBT hardliners – of whether our families should be treated differently from theirs, too many said yes.
But even before we do the hard work of deconstructing this campaign and readying for the future, it’s clear to me that our continuing mandate is to show our neighbors who we are.
Justice Lewis Powell was the swing vote in Bowers, the case that upheld Georgia’s sodomy law and that was reversed by Lawrence v. Texas five years ago. When Bowers was pending, Powell told one of his clerks “I don’t believe I’ve ever met a homosexual.” Ironically, that clerk was gay, and had never come out to the Justice. A decade later, Powell admitted his vote to uphold Georgia’s sodomy law was a mistake.
Everything we’ve learned points to one simple fact: people who know us are more likely to support our equality.
In recent years, I’ve been delivering this positive message: tell your story. Share who you are. And in fact, as our families become more familiar, support for us increases. But make no mistake: I do not think we have to audition for equality. Rather, I believe that each and every one of us who has been hurt by this hateful ballot measure, and each and every one of us who is still fighting to be equal, has to confront the neighbors who hurt us. We have to say to the man with the Yes on 8 sign—you disrespected my humanity, and I am not giving you a pass. I am not giving you a pass for explaining that you tolerate me, while at the same time denying that my family has a right to exist. I do not give you permission to say you have me as a “gay friend” when you cast a vote against my family, and my rights.
Wherever you are, tell a neighbor what the California Supreme Court so wisely affirmed: that you are equal, you are human, and that being denied equality harms you materially. Although I, like our whole community, am shaken by Prop 8’s passage, I am not yet ready to believe that anyone who knows us as human beings and understands what is at stake would consciously vote to harm us.
This is not over. In California, our legal rights have been lost, but our human rights endure, and we will continue to fight for them.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
"Not everyone was as jubilant about the gains for marriage as (the) Family Research Council and our supporters. This morning, FOX News posted photo after photo of the anti-family rioting in Los Angeles..." -- Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, a powerful right-wing religious think tank that helped lead the campaign to pass Proposition 8.
That is how the religious extremists behind Prop 8 are characterizing the protests that have spread across California in the aftermath of Tuesday's passage of the ballot measure that eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry.
It was history in the making -- thousands of passionate Americans spontaneously speaking out against enshrining discrimination into the California state constitution.
We are witnessing the birth of a new Marriage Equality Movement -- the civil rights movement of the 21st Century. Organized from the bottom-up by thousands of ordinary people just like you in the last 48 hours, this people-powered phenomenon is exponentially growing by the minute, online and offline.
California had the chance to do what no other state has done and uphold equality for all. Instead, a slim majority decided to strip fundamental human rights from a minority. As Jonathan Stein writes at Mother Jones:
"The decision violates, violently, the image of my state that I have held with such pride my entire life. California is a wonderful place for a lot of reasons, but foremost among them is the way in which it welcomes people."
Movements are visceral and popular, often borne of outrage and anger. What we are witnessing on the streets and online is a community of people who have come together to say: "These are our lives. This is our time. This is unacceptable."
will you help? http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/repealprop8
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Dear Daniel,We had hoped never to have to write this email.
Sadly, fueled by misinformation, distortions and lies, millions of voters went to the polls yesterday and said YES to bigotry, YES to discrimination, YES to second-class status for same-sex couples.
And while the election was close, and millions of votes still remain uncounted, it has become apparent that we lost.
There is no question this defeat is hard.
Thousands of people have poured their talents, their time, their resources and their hearts into this struggle for freedom and this fight to have their relationships treated equally. Much has been sacrificed in this struggle.
While we knew the odds for success were not with us, we believed Californians could be the first in the nation to defeat the injustice of discriminatory measures like Proposition 8.
And while victory is not ours this day, we know that because of the work done here, freedom, fairness and equality will be ours someday. Just look at how far we have come in a few decades.
Up until 1974 same-sex intimacy was a crime in California. There wasn't a single law recognizing the relationships of same-sex couples until 1984 -- passed by the Berkeley School District. San Francisco did not pass domestic-partner protections until 1990; the state of California followed in 2005. And in 2000, Proposition 22 passed with a 23% majority.
Today, we fought to retain our right to marry and millions of Californians stood with us. Over the course of this campaign everyday Californians and their friends, neighbors and families built a civil rights campaign unequalled in California history.
You raised more money than anyone believed possible for an LGBT civil rights campaign.
You reached out to family and friends in record numbers -- helping hundreds of thousands of Californians understand what the LGBT civil rights struggle is really about.
You built the largest grassroots and volunteer network that has ever been built -- a coalition that will continue to fight until all people are equal.
And you made the case to the people of California and to the rest of the world that discrimination -- in any form -- is unfair and wrong.
We are humbled by the courage, dignity and commitment displayed by all who fought this historic battle.
Victory was not ours today. But the struggle for equality is not over.
Because of the struggle fought here in California -- fought so incredibly well by the people in this state who love freedom and justice -- our fight for full civil rights will continue.
Activist and writer Anne Lamott writes, "Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
We stand together, knowing... our dawn will come.
Dr. Delores A. Jacobs
Center Advocacy Project
Lorri L. Jean
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today is a very great day.
Like many folks I have met, and received emails from already, I am overcome with emotion, and awe. It is bittersweet in that a thin majority of Californian voters caved into fear and lies to vote in support of hate. I am deeply disgusted with a few neighbors and institutions that have lost their bearings, spending 73 million dollars at a time when kids need scholarships to go to college, and schools need help. When thousands of Californians have lost their homes and jobs... then there is the war. Some how my marriage, and those of many others I know, are more important than any of that.
Religious leaders and institutions have gone into the ditch along with the economy.
What would Jesus do? I am confident that he would say, simply, and with great love, “What is better a gay Christian or a non-gay Christian?
But my feelings of sadness and hurt are far outshone by Obama's victory last night.
The picture above is of my Grandfather. I am not sure when or why it was taken, but it was right after WW I, somewhere in Northern California, around Mt. Shasta, after he was discharged from the military. He was born in Washington, D.C, and learned while serving in the military that he could pass as white. No one knew his secret, that is until he passed away. Given the historical circumstances, it was understandable; deeply sad, but understandable. Given a choice of living with out education or chances and being judged by your skin color, or recreating yourself, well I can understand his decision to tell us that he was an "orphan". I am angry that I will never , ever know who my cousins are on that side of the family.
In this picture he is young, and I think rather handsome. You can see he was happy. I like to think it was because, for the first time he felt freedom; freedom to be who he was, and do what he wanted, with out any judgments or barriers. He was at an age when the world was his oyster. And with out knowing much, I do know that he managed to keep a job, at a time when many, many others were losing theirs. Though, I have no idea who's car it was, I like to believe this was his first car, and you see the joy that anyone has when you buy that first set of wheels. He lived a life in a rural, I can say redneck, far Northern California (they voted a very bright red last night), working in a lumber mill, with three children and a wife (my maternal grandmother).
This was at a time when if the facts had been known that he had married a white woman, he might have been lynched (interracial marriage was illegal at the time), and gawd only knows what would have happened to my mother, aunt and uncle and my grandmother if the facts had been know back then. He passed away a month or so before I was born. All I know of him is from a few pictures, and a few comments by my family. I have no doubt that he was conservative, and quiet, as these are two traits that never stuck to me, but have found a home in the hearts of many of my relatives.
I do have one thing in common with him, though. I lived for a long time with the same fear and self hatred about who I was. I hid it from myself and others for a long time. When I came out, I decided I would live openly, honestly and fight for all the rights and responsibilities that any other person has, because he couldn't. This includes the right to marry.
So it is that Obama's victory last night and the defeat of Prop 8 have caused me to be, what a Jewish colleague calls, verkempt. That is, emotional, bleary-eyed, heaving a few deep sighs. I can´t help but think about folks of mixed-race like me and my Grandfather, who lived in a time when such things as an African-American president, and an openly gay grandson were unimaginable, let alone impossible.
So it was that when we went to the acceptance speech party last night at the Radison Hotel, I was thinking about my Grandfather, the suffering, the fear, the shame of self and his past... and felt it evaporate in the waves of hugs, dancing, laughter, and smiles from people I didn't even know.
Today is indeed a good day. So today, I extend my congrats to all African-American Grandfathers everywhere, and to all their grandsons who continue to work for equity and what is fair and right.
O mundo agradece...
Querido,Parabens pela vitória de Obama! I konw that will sound a bit stupid - butyesterday I cried a little bit when I saw his first talk as president, few hours ago. I thought I'd never see during my life time a black person be the president of the States.beijos - Vitor
Congratulations for electing Obama the 44th President of the United States ! Perhaps you are enjoying this victory now. Cheers !
Congratulations for electing Obama for the prez... Hopefully Obama's America will be different...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
World Hopes for "Less Arrogant America"
William J. Kole and Matt Moore, The Associated Press: "The world was riveted by the election drama unfolding Tuesday in the United States, inspired by the hope embodied by Barack Obama or simply relieved that - whoever wins - an administration that spawned Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay was coming to an end."
People starving all over the world, children living in the streets, and the Christianistas forced a fight that cost $73M
Spending for and against a ballot initiative that would outlaw same-sex marriage in California has surpassed $73 million, almost twice the total that was spent in the 24 states where similar measures were put to voters since 2004, campaign finance records show.Opponents of Proposition 8 had a slight lead in contributions as of Monday, having raised $37.6 million. Supporters of the gay marriage ban had raised $35.8 million. A little less than $33 million was spent on campaigns to pass or defeat gay marriage bans in the 24 states where they appeared on ballots in 2004, 2005 and 2006, according to the National Organization on Money in State Politics.Experts have said the California measure has become the most expensive social issue campaign in U.S. history and is the costliest election this year outside the race for the White House. About 30 percent,or $22 million, of the donations reported by supporters and opponents of Proposition 8 have come from outside the state, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
P.M. Carpenter Exclusively on BuzzFlash.com for Tuesday, November 4. "But what could be more fitting than the dramatically disparate ways in which these two campaigns wound down. For Obama, all the talk was about lifting the middle class, restoring a sense of responsible order and bringing at least one insane war to a rational end. Simple, consistent, and thoughtful. For McCain, all the talk was still anyone's guess. Yesterday -- the closing day, mind you -- amid downright demented babble about T. Rooseveltian progressive taxation as socialism, came the always-exhilarating, rabble-rousing humdinger of clean coal. On closing day. Coal."
Monday, November 3, 2008
It took place in our Mormn/evangelical/repo/bigotted burbs...
Is the Election About to Be Stolen in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Elsewhere?
Cynthia Boaz, Ange-Marie Hancock, David McCuan, Mark Crispin Miller and Michael Nagler, Truthout: "The general news media are doing a serious disservice to the cause of vigilance about honest elections by having, so far, neglected the case involving one of the McCain campaign's consultants on digital technology. It would be a travesty of historic proportions if Sen. Barack Obama won the national popular vote for president by a large margin, but lost the Electoral College narrowly because of electronic voting manipulation in two or three states."
Alas for the passing of "The Nightingale of the Andes". There is absolutely nobody like her. She is at the pinnacle of kitsch. Those expensive Florida prints of flamingos framed in mirrored frames can't hold a candle to her.Knitted poodle bottle covers or even Kleenex dispensers are relegated to mere objects of pity in light of Yma Sumac's achievements. Sinatra elevates cheesy to sublime in his Rat Pack ring a ding ding period. Judy practically busts a gut to sell a song. But how on earth did the exquisitely absurd music of Yma Sumac come to be, let alone find an audience? Sprinkled around the world in far flung locations there are legions of Sumac fans. All of them have a wide streak of bad taste into which she snuggles sublimely. But she is so wonderfully bad that she is indeed good. I have no doubt that Bernstein and Sondheim knew/know her. Like "Rock Lobster" her music is perfect at just the right moment in any party. It can kill the party sending unwanted guests into the night in search of The Violent Femmes, or it can elevate the hilarity to the level of one of Holly Go lightly's cocktail parties. When you play Yma Sumac for someone it separates the sheep from the goats or possibly the Llamas. Those who don't get it should not be invited back. What can anyone say about her voice? Big noise from Lima. (You know Bette has all her records if not her costumes.) The only singer I know that is even remotely similar vocally is Sarah Vaughn but really to make a Sumac you would need 3 voices. Maybe Louis Armstrong at the low end, Sarah in the middle and some unknown versatile yet piercing squeeze toy at the top end (I nominate Mariah Carey). And I have said nothing about the contribution Sumac made to the field of ethnomusicology.Probably that is best. On some of her liner notes the songs are described as long lost Inca melodies. I would not have thought the Incas were so big on heavy orchestration but their empire was vast including numerous volcanoes in need of pacification. In summation, the world is a far more tasteful place with the passing of Miss Yma Sumac, but she made her mark and I personally am glad to have witnessed it.
Adios fair Nightingale!
and this from All Things Considered:
The Top 5 Reasons To Vote In California Or: Why It Still Means A Thing Even If It Ain't Got That Swing
1. Big margin = big mandate. The popular vote doesn't put anyone in the White House, but it affects what presidents can do when they get there. Want Obama to be able to actually do the stuff he's been talking about? Pass universal health care? End the war? Then we need a landslide.
2. The other things on the ballot matter! There are important issues on the California ballot this year, and progressives all need to weigh in. You better believe our opponents will turn out and vote on them. Also, there's Congress. Without more support in the House and Senate, Obama will have a hard time getting progressive laws passed.
3. If you don't vote, everyone can find out. Voting records are public. (Not who you voted for, just whether you voted.) Pretty soon, finding out whether you voted could be as easy as Googling you.
4. Help make history. You could cast one of the votes that elect the first African-American president. If we win, we'll tell our grandchildren about this election, and they'll tell their grandchildren. Do you really want to have to explain to your great-great-grandchildren that you were just too busy to vote in the most important election in your lifetime?
5. People died so you'd have the right to vote. Self-government—voting to choose our own leaders—is the original American dream. We are heir to a centuries-long struggle for freedom: the American Revolution, and the battles to extend the franchise to those without property, to women, to people of color, and to young people. This year, many will still be denied their right to vote. For those of us who have that right, it's precious. If we waste it, we dishonor those who fought for it and those who fight still. Live your values. Love your country. Vote.
Click here for information about where to vote, what to bring, and when polls close:
November 2, 2008
As the 2008 presidential campaign draws to an end, the final USA Today/Gallup pre-election poll shows Barack Obama with a 55% to 44% advantage over John McCain in the allocated estimate of the 2008 presidential vote.
"Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 11 percentage points in the last USA TODAY/Gallup national poll of likely voters before Election Day." Obama's favorable rating is 62% -- the highest that any presidential candidate has registered in Gallup's final pre-election polls going back to 1992. Get out and Vote!
Greg Palast How McCain Could Win
Greg Palast, Truthout: "It's November 5 and the nation is in shock. Media blame it on the 'Bradley effect': Americans supposedly turned into Klansmen inside the voting booth, and Barack Obama turned up with 6 million votes less than calculated from the exit polls. Florida came in for McCain and so did Indiana. Colorado, despite the Democrats' Rocky Mountain high after the Denver convention, stayed surprisingly Red. New Mexico, a state where Anglos are a minority, went McCain by 300 votes, as did Virginia."
this from No More Stolen Elections.org
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT, WHAT WE MUST DO
Tens of millions have already voted. How many have already been turned away?On the eve of Election Day, one thing is already very clear: Our system of elections still does not work.
* In this election we have again seen evidence of a well-organized, partisan voter suppression effort involving purging of voter rolls, voter intimidation, voter misinformation, and polling place, voting machine, ballot, and pollworker shortages.* In this election, as in 2006, 2004, and 2000, already in evidence are vote flipping, the inability to conduct paperless recounts, and machine malfunction.* And we are again seeing an explanation being prepared for how the losing candidate actually won; in this case, we are supposed to believe that ACORN committed voter registration fraud, that the polling gap between the candidates is closing, and that in the end, white voters simple won't bring themselves to vote for an African-American candidate.As for what we will witness tomorrow night:
* Expect the theft of a landslide victory in the presidential race. The announced results may still be convincing. But those results will not show the same level of mandate that the people voted for.* Be prepared for the possibility of a contested presidential election. McCain continues to insist, all evidence to the contrary, that he can win tomorrow.* Expect the theft of at least one, potentially many, U.S. Senate and House seats. Under any of these outcomes, democracy is denied. We must be ready. We must be organized.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TOMORROWAt No More Stolen Elections!, we will be looking for, and reporting back to you, specific voting rights violations:
* Vote suppression in the form of voter intimidation and polling place, ballot, poll worker, and machine shortages. * Voting machine problems involving vote flipping and denied recounts.* Exit poll manipulation and the possibility of a concerted effort to force the winning candidate to concede.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DOIn the next 24 hours, please take the following three steps:
1 - PLAN TO ASSEMBLE ON WEDNESDAY - Go to our website and look for a Voter Assembly in or near your community. If you don't see one, organize one. Go to: http://www.NoMoreStolenElections.org/va
2 - TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE POLLS - Tell the media to report the truth on Election Night: http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/urgentaction/polls
3 - REPORT VOTING RIGHTS VIOLATIONS - Report any voting rights violations you are aware of: http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/addreport Frederick Douglass said, "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both."
Sunday, November 2, 2008
From the Los Angeles Times
No on Proposition 8
Debunking the myths used to promote the ban on same-sex marriage.
November 2, 2008
Clever magicians practice the art of misdirection -- distracting the eyes of the audience to something attention-grabbing but irrelevant so that no one notices what the magician is really doing. Look over at that fuchsia scarf, up this sleeve, at anything besides the actual trick.The campaign promoting Proposition 8, which proposes to amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, has masterfully misdirected its audience, California voters. Look at the first-graders in San Francisco, attending their lesbian teacher's wedding! Look at Catholic Charities, halting its adoption services in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal! Look at the church that lost its tax exemption over gay marriage! Look at anything except what Proposition 8 is actually about: a group of people who are trying to impose on the state their belief that homosexuality is immoral and that gays and lesbians are not entitled to be treated equally under the law.That truth would never sell in tolerant, live-and-let-live California, and so it has been hidden behind a series of misleading half-truths. Once the sleight of hand is revealed, though, the campaign's illusions fall away.Take the story of Catholic Charities. The service arm of the Roman Catholic Church closed its adoption program in Massachusetts not because of the state's gay marriage law but because of a gay anti-discrimination law passed many years earlier. In fact, the charity had voluntarily placed older foster children in gay and lesbian households -- among those most willing to take hard-to-place children -- until the church hierarchy was alerted and demanded that adoptions conform to the church's religious teaching, which was in conflict with state law. The Proposition 8 campaign, funded in large part by Mormons who were urged to do so by their church, does not mention that the Mormon church's adoption arm in Massachusetts is still operating, even though it does not place children in gay and lesbian households.How can this be? It's a matter of public accountability, not infringement on religion. Catholic Charities acted as a state contractor, receiving state and federal money to find homes for special-needs children who were wards of the state, and it faced the loss of public funding if it did not comply with the anti-discrimination law. In contrast, LDS (for Latter-day Saints) Family Services runs a private adoption service without public funding. Its work, and its ability to follow its religious teachings, have not been altered.That San Francisco field trip? The children who attended the wedding had their parents' signed permission, as law requires. A year ago, with the same permission, they could have traveled to their teacher's domestic-partnership ceremony. Proposition 8 does not change the rules about what children are exposed to in school. The state Education Code does not allow schools to teach comprehensive sex education -- which includes instruction about marriage -- to children whose parents object.Another "Yes on 8" canard is that the continuation of same-sex marriage will force churches and other religious groups to perform such marriages or face losing their tax-exempt status. Proponents point to a case in New Jersey, where a Methodist-based nonprofit owned seaside land that included a boardwalk pavilion. It obtained an exemption from state property tax for the land on the grounds that it was open for public use and access. Events such as weddings -- of any religion -- could be held in the pavilion by reservation. But when a lesbian couple sought to book the pavilion for a commitment ceremony, the nonprofit balked, saying this went against its religious beliefs.The court ruled against the nonprofit, not because gay rights trump religious rights but because public land has to be open to everyone or it's not public. The ruling does not affect churches' religious tax exemptions or their freedom to marry whom they please on their private property, just as Catholic priests do not have to perform marriages for divorced people and Orthodox synagogues can refuse to provide space for the weddings of interfaith couples. And Proposition 8 has no bearing on the issue; note that the New Jersey case wasn't about a wedding ceremony.Much has been made about same-sex marriage changing the traditional definition of marriage. But marriage has evolved for thousands of years, from polygamous structures in which brides were so much chattel to today's idealized love matches. In seeking to add a sentence to California's Constitution that says, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized," Proposition 8 supporters seek to enforce adherence to their own religious or personal definition. The traditional makeup of families has changed too, in ways that many religious people find immoral. Single parents raise their children; couples divorce and blend families. Yet same-sex marriage is the only departure from tradition that has been targeted for constitutional eradication.Religions and their believers are free to define marriage as they please; they are free to consider homosexuality a sin. But they are not free to impose their definitions of morality on the state. Proposition 8 proponents know this, which is why they have misdirected the debate with highly colored illusions about homosexuals trying to take away the rights of religious Californians. Since May, when the state Supreme Court overturned a proposed ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, more than 16,000 devoted gay and lesbian couples have celebrated the creation of stable, loving households, of equal legal stature with other households. Their happiness in no way diminishes the rights or happiness of others.Californians must cast a clear eye on Proposition 8's real intentions. It seeks to change the state Constitution in a rare and terrible way, to impose a single moral belief on everyone and to deprive a targeted group of people of civil rights that are now guaranteed. This is something that no Californian, of any religious belief, should accept. Vote no to the bigotry of Proposition 8.
November 2, 2008
Barack Obama leads John McCain by eight percentage points among “traditional likely voters,” 51% to 43%, with 5% undecided. His lead stretches to nine points among “expanded likely voters” and a theoretical 11 points among all eligible voters.
A Campaign for the Ages, Tilting Toward Democrats
Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press: "Counting down to Election Day, Barack Obama appears within reach of becoming the nation's first black president as the epic campaign draws to a close against a backdrop of economic crisis and lingering war. John McCain, the battle-scarred warrior, holds out hope for a Truman-beats-Dewey-style upset. Whoever wins, the country's 44th president will immediately confront some of the most difficult economic challenges since the Great Depression."
That’s why we’ve created a video that strikes right at the heart.
This 30 second video speaks about what Prop 8 is really about: what kind of world we want each person and our children to live in—one that is free from discrimination and intolerance.
Everyone you know needs to see this video. Use our easy spread the word tool to blast your contact list. Over these past few months, I know I’ve asked a lot of you. You have sacrificed so much—your time and your money. And you have responded so incredibly, building the largest grassroots movement to defeat an anti-equality ballot measure in history.
If there is one last thing you do (before voting NO on 8 of course) it’s to take 30 seconds to watch this video and make sure everyone you know votes no.
Message to the Republican Party: The "Real America" is not a region, religion or a demographic of people – and it is not rallies composed of rowdy, bigoted hooligans.
The "Real America" is a gift given to us in the form of the Constitution and a system of government that guarantees rule by the consent of the governed – and that includes all citizens who are eligible to vote – and a nation that abides by the rule of law.
A BuzzFlash reader recently sent us this quotation from Robert F. Kennedy:
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Forty years after his assassination – during a decade when the guns of intolerance attempted to shoot down the "Real America" – Robert F. Kennedy could not have more aptly described and pinpointed the grotesque character of the Republican Party since the advent of Richard M. Nixon.
As we know, the smug, hateful, religious extremist, and morally reprehensible heart of the GOP has beat all the stronger over the last 8 years. It has reached a new level of a Frankenstein parody of the "Real America" – our Constitution and our system of checks and balances – during the McCain campaign.
The genius of the American Revolution was that it gave birth to a nation that allowed for a country that was Constitutionally bound to refresh its leadership on an ongoing basis, subject to the choice of its citizens – and put into place a balanced system of checks and balances to ensure that no branch of government became too powerful or "monarchical" in nature.
The "Real America" is written into our founding documents, not into a self-anointed mob of self-righteous and ethically-challenged members of one political party.
We detest the exclusionary, greedy arc of the Republican Party since Nixon, but we don’t deny the right of the haters and bullies to share this nation with those who understand our Constitutional roots. We are all part of one national community with the right to disagree about ideas.
We are, after all, a nation of inclusion, not exclusion. The "Real America" is a concept shared, an adopted identity (for we are all – except Native Americans – descendants of immigrants to this land) that champions liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity on a level playing field, and complete freedom without regard to ethnic, gender or social background.
In 2008, we have a choice between the faux "Real Americans" who promote intolerance with incendiary rhetoric and a wink and a nod – and the "Real America," a leader who bases his principles on the Constitution and the rule of law.
The choice should not be a hard one to make if you believe in the "Real America" of the promise of this great experiment in democracy.
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People can’t seem to quite grasp how the nation has got to where it now finds itself. Too many historic conjunctions. Some say that if Obama wins it will be in some ways a curse, because he would be presiding over a national mess. Others think it will be an opportunity to display heroic leadership.
There has been much talk about the role of race in this election. It is the most visible and at the same time the most invisible factor. One gets a sense that people don’t quite trust themselves and don’t know what they’ll do when alone with the ballot box. There seems something of a Jekyll and Hyde quality in relation to race; and no one knows which will vote on the day. It is as if the nation is hiding a guilty secret from itself, nursing unsuspected intentions. There are so many whisperings, perched between hope and anxiety. One gets the feeling of a people who went to bed in one room and woke up in another.
As the unthinkable moves slowly towards reality, will we have a chronicle of a victory foretold or another astonishing moment in which a nation stands aghast at what it never intended to do?
It is mainly because of Obama’s presence as a presidential candidate that this election has captured the imagination of the world. In a time when people no longer seem to dream great dreams, in which there are fewer great adventures of the spirit, in which we are on the whole encouraged to dumb down, to pursue populism, and to seek for the easy; in a time when celebrity is commonplace and cynicism a common fate, when to believe anything is to appear naive, to have a man who does not come from a powerful family and who above all is black, to have such a man running for the highest office in America is nothing short of an extraordinary act of the imagination.
In a sense it is one of the most audacious and inspiring stories of our age. Sometimes a single dream can compel people to hold their breath in wonder. God knows humankind needs such dreamers to remind us that we are not what we appear to be, but what we believe deep in our hearts we can be.
For me the conception alone was enough. But for Obama to go beyond conception on a long gruelling campaign, through the primaries against Hillary Clinton, and now to the final stages of a presidential dream against McCain is to have dragged the world from disbelief to the brink of conversion. We like people who set out on impossible journeys. They reawaken the sense of human greatness, which we appear to have forgotten in these dismal times.