Saturday, September 18, 2010

Via Courage Campaign

Courage Campaign

The Courage Campaign needs your vote -- and so does California.

We need Courage Campaign members to vote to help us determine our initiative endorsements. Hundreds of thousands of Californians rely on this guide to help make their choices. That's why we need you to vote now so that we can publish this guide before early voting begins in October.
Early voting for the November 2 election starts in just three weeks. This extremely important election will shape the future of the 38 million of us who live in California -- and will impact the nation as a whole. The choices on the ballot will determine whether you or Texas oil companies, Goldman Sachs and the US Chamber of Commerce will decide your destiny.

Once again, the Courage Campaign will provide the "Progressive Voter Guide" so you can decide for yourself how to vote on the nine ballot initiatives. The guide will include Courage Campaign's endorsements, as well as those from other statewide progressive groups.

Will you take just a few minutes to vote on Courage Campaign endorsements for the November 2 election? Click here to speak out on dirty energy, corporate tax loopholes, and ending the 2/3rds rule in the state Legislature. Help California make progressive choices at the ballot box. DEADLINE: Tuesday at 5 p.m.:

Courage Campaign members already voted to endorse Prop 19, the initiative to tax and regulate cannabis, in spring 2010. Now we need your vote on the rest of the propositions:
·         Prop 20: Redistricting for Congressional seats
·         Prop 21: State parks funding
·         Prop 22: Local government funding
·         Prop 23: Dirty energy proposition
·         Prop 24: Close corporate tax loopholes
·         Prop 25: Majority vote budget
·         Prop 26: Polluter protection
·         Prop 27: Eliminate redistricting commission
Progressives need to show up to vote in this extremely important election. The big corporations and right-wingers are counting on progressives to stay home so they can undermine our anti-pollution and clean energy laws. They want to stop progressives from providing badly needed fixes to our government and making the richest corporations pay their fair share.

Your opinions matter. Together, progressives across California beat PG&E's initiative in June by 250,000 votes, despite the $46 million they spent to pass it. Many of those were your votes, powered by our Progressive Voter Guide -- arming voters with the information they need to cast an informed vote.

The Progressive Voter Guide gives democracy a boost by giving voters the information they need. Your vote in our survey helps us inform California voters and build progressive power. Please take a few minutes to add your voice to the Courage Campaign's endorsements for the November 2 election. DEADLINE: Tuesday at 5 p.m.:

Thanks for taking the time to help win a progressive victory in California. We'll send you our full Progressive Voter Guide before absentee ballots arrive in mailboxes in early October.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign 

Courage Campaign California is a part of the Courage Campaign's multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. Supported by thousands of small donations from our diverse community, Courage Campaign California holds politicians accountable to progressive values, works for fundamental reform to our state's broken government, and trains and organizes activists to change their communities.
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Friday, September 17, 2010


scary self pic
Morning Fog - TA Pyramid

Got up early today to catch the train to The City. Arrived by 9AM, Walked around China town for awhile while I waited for things to open at the Brazilian Consulate on Montgomery street to open.  My visa appointment was for 11, but I thought I might take up the invitation of a friend who works there to look him up. I entered and asked the guard if E was there (he is a fellow member of the Parceria Brasil Califórnia and kind of a importante, so I will not  divulge my source here). He said he hadn't come in yet, but about 10 minutes passed and his secretary came out, we talked, and she took my card.  About 5 more came, and he came out, sat with me for a few minutes and we talked in the waiting room, then he told me to go sit in the row in front of the 3a Janela  so I did.  He went in side, and I noticed that he was talking to the young lady.  Who called me up next, and I showed her my stuff... and she said I was getting a multiple entry visa for 10 yrs! Woo hoo!  I was out... bam! by 1015... so I called Dusty and old friend I haven't seen in maybe 13 or 14 years, and let him know I was done early, so went over to his office on Columbus by the TA Pyramid, checked my email while he worked a bit, then we went to lunch.  It was a great little  (por kilo) over by the Consulate.  After bidding  adios (Dusty is originally from Panamá, a great palce that names its children Dusty and has famous singer wit the last name of Blades) I headed back to the AMTRAK bus connector place by the Ferry Building and ran thru the lobby of the Hyatt (looking a bit dreary and dated I must say), used the loo and then headed out the back door and was instantly met with loud music, a festive atmosphere and a giant crowd of people (not a crowd of giant people, which of course is completely possible in the City by the Bay). I ran into a "walk for the heart" health walk and there were hundreds and hundreds of festive office workers walking  for charity... it was like a silly Hollywood film... hundreds of folks, with me swimming up stream to the bus I could see ready to leave at any minute... I made it, was lucky to have the nice bus driver. There is one who is a notorious asshole aka the soup Nazi, but my luck held, and I got the funny one...who bid me welcome even tho my ticket said the later bus @ 2pm... made it across the Bay Bridge with a magnificent view of the new Bay Bridge nearing completion,  made it to the Emoryville station and yay! My ticket was most welcome on an earlier ride. Got to SMF in time to meet with the Doc students at the Sac State Union... Damn I'm good!


Via Huffington: Les Leopold: Poverty Rises as Wall Street Billionaires Whine


Les Leopold: You'd think the Wall Street moguls would be thankful. Not just thankful -- down on their knees kissing the ground taxpayers walk on and hollering hallelujah at the top of their lungs! These guys profited from puffing up the housing bubble, then got bailed out when the going got tough. Without taxpayer largess, these hedge fund honchos would be flat broke. Instead, they're back to hauling in obscene profits. Yet standing before us are these troubled souls, haunted by visions of persecution. Why?  

Click here to read more.

Via sacbee: Poverty in California continues to rise

Gather them together and California's poor would outnumber the population of Colorado – and their ranks are growing fast. - Read More

"For the first time in memory, [an] entire decade has produced essentially no...
by: Jessica Pieklo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rex Babin: The state of the gubernatorial race

Facebook Quote of the Day (via the Coffee Party Movement):

Join the Coffee Party Movement ‎"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." -- John F. Kennedy

Via SacBee:

For my friend Ammaly: Evening Light

Thank you Bush/Cheney and the Party of No!

Poverty rate at highest level in half-century, data show

By Carol Morello

One in seven Americans is living in poverty, the highest number in the half-century that the government has kept such statistics, the Census Bureau announced Thursday.

Last year was the third consecutive year that the poverty rate climbed, in part because of the recession, rising from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, last year.

Asians were the only ethnic group whose poverty rate did not change substantially; every other race and Hispanics experienced increases in poverty rates.

In addition, 51 million Americans were uninsured, as the number of people with health insurance dropped from 255 million to less than 254 million -- the first decrease since the government started keeping track in 1987. The number would have been worse because 6.5 million fewer people got insurance through their jobs, but it was offset by a leap in government-backed health insurance. More than 30 percent of Americans now get coverage from the government.

"Given all the unemployment we saw, it's the government safety net that's keeping people above the poverty line," Douglas Besharov, a University of Maryland public policy professor and former scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told the Associated Press.

The grim statistics reflect the depth of the recession that began almost three years ago and could have an impact on midterm elections less than two months away.

"These numbers should be a wake-up call," said Peter Edelman, a Georgetown University professor and co-director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. "These are deeply disturbing numbers."
At organizations where the unemployed come to get help finding a job or seek food, the numbers were no surprise.

"In the decade I've been doing this work, this is a low point," said Jason Perkins-Cohen, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force in Baltimore. "We're getting a real feeling of desperation. For sheer numbers, it's a new, unhappy world."

At the nonprofit Action Though Service in Prince William County late Thursday morning, the shelves of the agency's pantry were starting to empty, as the line for help snaked out the door with a few dozen people seeking assistance.

Prince William resident Carol Williams said she has come to the shelter once a month since January, when she was laid off from her job at United Medical Center due to budget woes.
"I worked since I was 15, and, now, for the first time I don't have a job and I can't feed my family," said Williams, 55. "I have a degree; doesn't matter. The jobs aren't there."

Williams said she has been applying for dozens of jobs a week and had about 20 interviews since January. "I think people are scared to hire someone who is not working," she said, adding there also is just a lot more competition because of the high unemployment rate.

A single mother, Williams has five mouths to feed -- children and grandchildren-- ranging in age from 17 months to 28. Williams said she was able to raise three sons on her own, but she now turns to the food pantry at ACTS and her father and friends for help.

"We had no bread, no nothing last Friday because the pantry was closed," she said. "Luckily a friend helped me or we would have had no food for the weekend."

Advocates said they're seeing a lot more people like Williams.

"We have definitely seen many more individuals who are very well-educated, with high degrees, where it's the first time to ever be in a situation to ever have to ask for help for food or shelter," said Vickie Koth, executive director of Good Shepherd Alliance in Loudoun County.

Koth recalls one family of four in particular, where both parents were highly educated -- the mother was a lawyer, and the father was a mortgage broker. "They were in the business of buying and selling homes, and they had three foreclosures within the same span of time and were homeless for the first time.

"We're full all the time and we turn people away every day, and that's always been true. But the types of people that call have changed," Koth said. "Time after time I've heard individuals say, 'I've given to shelters, I've volunteered at food pantries. I've never thought I'd be here myself.' "
Staff writers Jennifer Buske and Caitlin Gibson contributed to this report.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Programa de TV 2 - 17/08 - Noite

Programa de TV 1 - 17/08 - Tarde

Quote of the Day from Sac Bee:

The impact of sending our jobs overseas and destroying our private-sector unions has been "immeasurable." The same "core values" alright: tax cuts for the wealthy and cuts in services that most people who don't have a $119 million to blow on a campaign might need. Us low-lifes are still waiting to be "trickeled" on, Nancy.

Read more:

Via Truthout: Tom Tomorrow | This Modern World

Tom Tomorrow's award-winning political cartoon features the aliens of Glox News asking: "Which set of invisible omniscient beings whose existence can never be proven does our supreme leader truly believe in?"

Read the Comic

Human Rights Video: UNITED

Monday, September 13, 2010

Skateboarder Stops Extremist From Burning The Qur'an

An email from a retired colleague and dearly beloved mentor:

The Tea Party rally yesterday and much of the discourse of late reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by John Stuart Mill:

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. "

-John Stuart Mill
Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March 1866)

Put in contemporary terms, I suppose,  while it is not the case that the Republicans are generally stupid, stupid people are generally Republican.  As we shall see in November.  (The question at hand, of course, is how many "Independents"  will prove Mill's axiom as well.)

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