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[28 Apr 2005|03:56pm]

I am a 20 year old bisexual female from the state of Indiana in the United States. I receive newletters from the Human Rights Campaign and was recently informed of a bill introduced to the U.S. Congress that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy currently enforced among homosexuals in the United States Military. Basically, any known homosexual will be prevented from joining the military or discharged from the military simply because they are gay. This new bill, called the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, would do away with "don't ask, don't tell" and institute complete tolerance of homosexuals in the military.

I wrote to my state representative, voicing my opinion on the bill, and asking him to support it. My request was denied. Apparently, my congressman believes that "homosexual activity is prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the armed services. For that reason, [he] oppose[s] any efforts that would allow known homosexuals to enter into or continue service in the military."

Now, I'm not a naive person, and I did not expect miracles. But I do believe that this world is gradually changing. As homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people are being more open about their sexuality, we are starting to be accepted for who and what we are. Change will not happen in a day... it may not even happen in a decade.

However, we need to let our voices be heard now, so that we can start changing the future one person at a time. For this reason, I'm asking you, whoever you are, wherever you're from, and whatever your sexuality is, to write to the United States Congress in support of this bill. It may not be passed and made into law, but at least we will let the U.S. government know that gay, bi, and transgender people everywhere are willing to stand up for their rights.

If you've gotten this far, thank you for reading, and please show your support for all homosexuals in the military by writing a letter today.

Megan LeRoy

(Cross-posted to many, many communities)
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[14 Nov 2004|04:45pm]
hello. i just began a new community, bushfreezones, and would like to invite all person who wish to declare themselves or their properties to be "bush free zones", to join me.

i would also like to point out a detail that i think many anti-nader folks might be overlooking: right now there is a strong movement in this country to have every vote in the 2004 election counted, and validated. the person who is spearheading this movement is none other than the tireless advocate for citizen action, Ralph Nader. people on this group should realize that Ralph Nader has worked for developing the Freedom of Information Act, the very tool that has allowed blackboxvoting.org to try to gain legal access to the documentation that can possibly prove that Bush and his cronies once again stole the election.
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-== vote for Eminem's 'Mosh' - make MTV play it =-- [28 Oct 2004|01:57pm]

Want to put an ad out on the air in a prime spot to move and motivate the many new, young voters to cast their ballots for change, but don't have any money? Easy - just vote for Eminem's scathing new video "Mosh" on MTV's "total request live" show. It's as good as a campaign ad, but coming from someone that they're more likely to listen to, rather than their nearest primped and polished politician. Not only does this powerful video have the potential to really motivate people to the polls through rain sleet and snow, but it also may have a decent chance at swaying the undecided, uninterested, and swing voters to the other side. By pure strength in numbers, we could force the controversey-shy MTV to play this video for every day from now to election day. Forward the link to friends.

Vote for it at: http://www.mtv.com/onair/trl/vote/

Watch it at: http://www.gnn.tv/content/eminem_mosh.html (includes a small file, and a very high quality 45 mb file for those with fast connections)
or right click this link to save the full-quality file to your computer: http://movies06.archive.org/3/movies/Mosh2/GNN_Mosh_bb2.mov

Streaming video available at:
Realplayer - http://boss.streamos.com/real/interscope/eminem/encore/video/mosh-rev/00_mosh-rev.ram
Windows Media - http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/interscope/eminem/encore/video/mosh-rev/00_mosh-rev.asx

pass the w0rd

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Bad Rob! [25 Oct 2004|02:13pm]

[ mood | amused ]

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Want to do something? Here's something to do! [20 Oct 2004|12:06am]

Hi there!

I just wrote this to post in my own journal tonight, but I thought the people in this community might like it. It's about what you can do in the next thirteen days from the comfort of your own butt to help elect John Kerry. I'm not looking to debate or discuss the election, really. I just thought I'd put it out there for anyone who is interested. Plus I'm following my own advice, as you'll see at the end. Anyway, enjoy and pass on, or ignore and don't pass on. But have a fine day and don't forget to bring a friend to the polls on Nov. 2nd!

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(unabashedly x-posted)
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[15 Oct 2004|07:19pm]
I have important news that I wanted to share with you immediately. New polling shows that -- thanks to John Kerry's solid victory over George W. Bush in the final debate -- the Democratic ticket is now competing in states that many pundits had given to Bush.

On Wednesday, I told you that Party strategists said they need our online supporters to contribute at least $4 million and that I told them you could make it $5 million. In light of this new polling data, it is even more urgent for us to hit this goal. We are now poised to compete in more places than anyone thought possible.

We are about to cross that $5 million goal. Your contribution could be the one to put us over the top.


We've got to make sure that John Kerry and the Democratic Party's message of hope, opportunity and leadership isn't drowned out by the increasingly desperate attacks of Bush and the Republicans, who can see power slipping out of their grasp.

If we can make the Republicans play defense for the next 18 days, if we can force them to focus on states they thought they had already won, then victory will be ours on November 2.

The midnight deadline is almost here. Let's get it done.


Thank you,
Mary Beth Cahill
Campaign Manager
Kerry-Edwards 2004

Please copy and paste this and post it in your own journal! And remember, anything will help Kerry win, and cause Bush to lose.
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FREE TRADE DEBATE [17 Aug 2004|03:57pm]

Since Kerry has raised the issue of free trade, I'm starting a series of entries discussing the theory of free trade (I'm defending it). I'll be putting up a post every two or three days covering one aspect of the issue. It's my hope that within two weeks, I'll have covered what I'd like to.

Here is my first post, which defends sweatshops. Please comment intelligently.
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Some people have been complaining that my posts are too long and that I cross post to too many communities, so from now on I'll just include the link to a central location so that these posts are short and also help direct everyone to discuss things on one thread. If anyone is really against that, let me know.

Here are my thoughts on how market regulations can hurt the poor. Thoughts?
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Bush Voters Change Their Minds [12 Aug 2004|06:09pm]

A friend of mine posted this link on his journal. It's the winners of the Move On PAC "switch" campaign. There's some really good ones there - got me a little teary with righteous indignation on a few of 'em.

cross-posted to peacevets

I remembered that somebody here was talking about the notion of a "switch" campaign.
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PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE BOUT [04 Aug 2004|09:10pm]

Went over to the inimitable Brad Delong blog (Berkeley professor in tha house) and read something rather interesting.

Republican pollster guru, Luntz Spliz, predicts a Kerry win. This coming from the man who was the amazing strategist that helped mastermind Gingrich's Republican takeover of the 1994 Congress elections (much like Karl Rove's ingenious 2002 Congress takeover):
The Gadflyer: Luntz Spliz by Thomas Schaller
So I'm at the event sponsored by Democratic Gain tonight (Sunday) at Avalon -- the nightclub located directly across the street from centerfield at Fenway -- when I spot GOP focus-group guru Frank Luntz . . . soon enough Frank is standing all by himself, right behind me . . .

Anyway, Luntz seems a bit tipsy, but there he is, a few feet away. I cannot resist.

"What do you think?" I ask him, in a tone that indicates that I'm not talking about last night's Sox-Yankees brawl.

"Kerry will win," he says. I feel myself jump back slightly.

"Wow," I say. "How can you be so sure?"

"Bush's numbers on the war are bad, and it's spreading."

I follow-up: "So, it's that simple -- 'It's the war, stupid'?"

"Well, not that simple . . . but basically, yes."

"Ok, then, so what's the save-all scenario for Bush? Is there some way he manages to pull it out?"

"Only by making Kerry look bad, inconsistent."

"The flip-flopper thing," I say, seeking clarification.

"Yes," Luntz said. "But even that may not do it."

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I offer two clarifiers. First, I did not mention to Luntz that we were on the record, no less for a progressive webzine. And, two, Luntz seemed to be . . . .well, he seemed a bit tipsy. But, hey, en vino veritas, kiddies. What happens in Boston does not stay in Boston.

And in my own defense, all I asked was -- "What do you think?" . . . The point is that Luntz knew what I meant, and meant what he said.
This is somewhat of a cute dinner table story, but I'll stick with Ray Fair's statistical model that has successfully predicted five of the last six Presidential elections. That's coming from one of those Blue Ivy Yale academics too.

Russell Roberts has a more simple approach on predicting who wins Presidential elections: ask yourself, who would you rather have a beer with? This, as Roberts points out, is much different than asking who you would rather have dinner with. His model, albeit somewhat humorous, has successfully predicted the last thirteen Presidential elections. The only disagreement I have is with the Eisenhower vs. Stevenson election, where I might consider eating pork rinds soaked in beer and mayo if I could have a casual time with that man.
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Could it be that two of my favorite conservative pundits are changing colors? Andrew Sullivan, the former Editor-in-Chief of the New Republic, draws forth what most of us already knew: neo-conservativism isn't really very conservative at all.
And yet if you decouple the notion of being a conservative from being a Republican, no one can doubt that the Bush administration has been pursuing some highly unconservative policies.

Start with the war. Almost overnight after 9/11, president Bush went from being a semi-isolationist, realist foreign policy president to a transformational one. He junked decades of American foreign policy in the Middle East, abandoning attempts to manage Arab autocracies for the sake of a steady oil supply, and forged a new policy of radical democratization of the Middle East. He invaded two countries - one in the grip of a theocratic dictatorship, the other brutalized by a Stalinist kleptocracy - and is in the process of trying to convert them into modern democracies. The fact that anti-American lefties despise the attempt to democratize foreign countries should not diguise the fact that Bush is, in this respect, indisputably a foreign policy liberal.

At home, Bush has been just as radical. He has essentially junked two decades of conservative attempts to restrain government and pushed federal spending to record levels. He has poured money into agricultural subsidies; he famously put tariffs on foreign steel; he has expanded the biggest entitlement healthcare program; and dramatically increased the role of the central government in the matter of education. Apart from modest attempts to privatize some government functions, he has failed to reform a single government program to make it cheaper or more efficient. He has turned federal surpluses into huge deficits, and has dismissed the idea that this will have any damaging consequences. He has little interest in the bedrock conservative belief in leaving as much decision-making to the states as possible, endorsing a federal constitutional amendment that would prevent individual states from enacting gay marriage, and using federal powers to prevent other states from allowing medical cannabis. Whatever else these policies might be called, they have very little to do with traditional conservative themes of federalism, small government, the free market, the separation of church and state, and a strong, independent judiciary.

Domestically, moreover, Bush has done a huge amount to destroy the coherence of a conservative philosophy of American government; and he has been almost criminally reckless in his hubris in the conduct of the war. He and America will never live down the intelligence debacle of the missing Iraqi WMDs; and he and America will be hard put to regain the moral highground in world affairs after Abu Ghraib. The argument Kerry must make is that he can continue the substance of the war, but without Bush's polarizing recklessness. And at home, he must reassure Americans that he is the centrist candidate - controlled neither by the foaming Michael Moore left nor the vitreolic religious right. Put all that together, and I may not find myself the only conservative moving slowly and reluctantly toward the notion that Kerry may be the right man - and the conservative choice - for a difficult and perilous time.
Next is Daniel Drezner, possibly one of my favorite conservative economists. Drezner formerly advised the Bush Cheney foreign policy team and now currently teaches at University of Chicago (where else do you think those conservative economists come from?). He has been entertaining the thought of supporting Kerry for quite some time now. If you follow his blog, you'd know what I'm speaking of. This has gotten many conservative economists who have already switched over to push Drezner to assign a positive probability number of him voting for Kerry (don't you love academic talk?). His recent response says that his is p = 0.54 for Kerry! If anyone cared to know, I'm pretty much a solid p = 1.00 for the Democratic nominee.

It would be great if someone mimicked Apple's Switch campaign for conservative intellectuals. Perhaps make a web site for such a parody.
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Ron Reagan, the son of the late President Ronald Reagan, wrote a piece in Esquire entitled "The Case Against George W. Bush." It is an abridged version of his longer book, entitled "The Case Against George W. Bush and My Memory Lapse about Dad's Presidency," later to be released this year. Let's walk through Ron's alphanumerics shall we?Read More...Collapse )
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ONE WHO FLEW OVER COOCOO'S NEST [28 Jul 2004|04:02am]


Fuckin' shit up for everybody like original sin.

Ralph Nader and his aide Kevin Zeese recently called Salon's David Talbot to complain about the critical stories Salon has published about the Nader campaign. The following are excerpts from the transcript:

Nader: All right. And are you telling them about the Republicans helping the Democrats? Do you know that the top... tell him, Kevin.

Zeese: The most recent numbers are 25 percent of Bush's supporters are also supporting Kerry.

Talbot: And why are they doing that?

Zeese: Because they're corporate paymasters! They're buying access...

Talbot: They're buying access to Kerry -- a man you have met with and honored, and said he's significantly better than Al Gore. But the reason they're giving money to you is not to buy access -- it's to keep Bush, a man you say [has been a disaster for the country], in the White House.

Nader: This is ridiculous. You're treating Republicans like they're all criminals. Did you ever hear of Republicans who might work with us on issues over the years, who might believe in civil liberties even though they might prefer a Republican ticket?

Talbot: Look, you and I know that those kinds of Republicans are few and far between. And I challenge you to show me that the bulk of this money you're getting from conservatives is meant to advance the cause of American consumers. I just don't believe that. And if that's not the case, why is your own running mate, Peter Camejo, saying that you should give back this money?

Nader: Ask him now. Look, why are you so concerned about a tiny fraction of our support in our humble attempt to go past $1 million? Most of our money is under $100 [per contribution].

Talbot: They're not just giving money. These conservative groups are working behind the scenes to get you on state ballots. You're basically saying it's all right to work with the devil, Ralph, because you've lost your perspective.

Nader: OK, now I've flushed you out. Now you've come out. I'm an expert in flushing out bias, prejudice and prejudgment. And you've demonstrated all three. Until you go after the Democrats for obstructing us with dirty tricks and using both Republican and Democratic money -- they used a Republican law firm, by the way, among their three law firms -- until you're even-handed, I will declare you hopelessly prejudiced.

Talbot: Well, we're obviously not going to sort this all out here. But I would like to sit down with you and have a formal interview.

Nader: You have already interviewed me. You have already prejudged me. You have already indicated your predisposition. And you have lied.

Talbot: How have I lied?

Nader: On the anti-gay thing: That's a declared lie. You want to explain it to him, Kevin?

Zeese: The obvious thing is that Ralph stands for strong issues on gay rights.

Talbot: But you are working with groups that are opposed to gay rights.

Zeese: We're not working with them at all.

Talbot: What agenda do you share with the Reform Party?

Zeese: Oh my God. Have you looked at their platform? They're against the war, they're for repealing the Patriot Act...

Talbot: Are you with them on abortion rights and immigration?

Nader: Not on immigration...

Zeese: We're running on Ralph's agenda, not the Reform Party's. We made that clear to the Reform Party. We do not kowtow to everything they wanted. We said, endorse us if you want to -- that's your choice. But we have an 85 percent area of agreement.

Nader: We're not going to play the fascist game of the two-party monopoly barricading itself from any competition, with all kinds of statutory obstruction that cost third parties immense time and money if they can surmount them. This is a dictatorship, which you don't seem to understand...

Talbot: I...

Nader: I've got another phone call, I've got to go. Bye-bye.
This man has lost all sense of responsibility and proportionality, not to mention reality.
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Money makes elections go 'round [28 Jul 2004|02:41am]

Kerry needs money. Check out these numbers on Political Money Line:
Presidential June Filings
Bush-Cheney '04 Inc: ($64.3 million cash on hand, raises $13.2 million, spends $12 million)
John Kerry for President, Inc: ($37.3 million cash on hand, raises $37.7 million, spends $28.2 million)

National Party June Filings
Republican National Committee: ($77.8 million cash on hand, raises $19.9 million, spends $8.9 million)
Democratic National Committee: ($60 million cash on hand, raises $19 million, spends $14 million)
I personally just donated $150 to Kerry. Let's stand together and put our money where our hopes are.

cross-posted on my personal journal
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THIS CHRISTMAS . . . [26 Jul 2004|01:18am]

Hey all - I sent an email out to some friends and just realized that some of you may also be interested in this idea I have to help oust Bush.

My proposition is that we tell all our friends and family that instead of of giving us Christmas presents this years, we ask them to take the money that they would have spent on us and donate it to Kerry. Tell them instead of a traditional gift, they can go to the Kerry website and donate money, then print the page out after they've donated and sign at the bottom with a Christmas message.

The logic is that there is no better gift any of us can receive this year that would be beat having a new President. Let's all sacrafice the traditional materialism that we revel in this Christmas and ask our friends and family to just take the money they would have spent on us and give it to Kerry. More money for Kerry = much better chance of getting Bush OUT!!

If you need help constructing an appropriate email, or would like to post this proposition on your journal, you can look at my email behind this cut.

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FYI [14 Jul 2004|05:11pm]

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Say it ain't so! [05 Jul 2004|07:42pm]

[ mood | shocked ]

I was looking at the Comedy Central website and the Web-Only Headlines when I noticed that the guest tomorrow is none other than Ralph Nader!

I don't think I can bear to watch it

It's weird, the man went from one of my icons to someone I see as pathetic in just about two years or so. I actually feel bad for him.

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The Boondocks [04 Jul 2004|02:44pm]

Aaron McGruder recently did some stuff on Nader, it was high-larious

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I like his point, the problem IS the people voting for Bush, but I do think that it would be a lot easier to get rid of the hornets' nest that is Bush if Nader wasn't in the way, like an annoying gnat in your ear.
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Die-hards vow to fight for Ralph Nader's presidential candidacy [03 Jun 2004|12:54pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

I'm so sick of Nader and his cronies taking away votes from Kerry.  It's not that I like Kerry in particular, but I subscribe to the "anyone but Bush" policy.  Yeah, Kerry may very well be "Bush Light", but he's still anyone but Bush and Nader's going to ensure that we end up getting 4 more years of the worst president that we've had in a while.

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check this out.......... [23 Apr 2004|10:42am]


p.s. i think i fixed it
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