Join Us For The Charles Taylor Telethon

Have you ever phoned the office of your elected representatives? Most people don't, of course. Most figure it's a waste of time or are simply intimidated by the thought of telling someone like Charles Taylor what they really think.

The truth is that it's easy and fun to call your representative. This is good news because today, Monday, May 22, from 9am to 5pm is your first Charles Taylor telethon.

Jerry Meek made the top ten on MyDD

Matt Stoller listed NCDP Chair Jerry Meek among such notables as John Edwards, Bernie Sanders, and others today at MyDD, saying:

These are all people that I think are courageous and smart about wielding power, as well as interested in pushing the progressive populist agenda forward in their own way.

He listed Massachussetts gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick as his fave, but here are the runners up (my emphasis added):

A Senate Quid Pro Quo

Much debate has been focused this week on the state of immigration in the United States. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives spent much of the week hammering out the finer points of this pressing issue, going as far to introduce English as a national language to the mix.

I have an idea for Democrats. Vote for the English as a national language amendment in exchange for Republican support for Same Day Voting Registration across the entire United States. Democrats have some muscle to earn support for sweeping changes to our electoral process in this debate.

Wingnuts Against Torture Before they Were For it

Earlier this week I was researching Robin Hayes and ran across the transcript of a meeting of the House of Representatives, Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, Committee on International Relations. The transcript was actually for a hearing on U.S. policy toward victims of torture and it is from 1999.

A little more wingnut madness on the flip side...

This only proves what Republicans care about Veterans!!

We all know about the bad IG inspection @ Asheville VA in Febuary.I have been writing on vet's issues for almost two years now. Now we have it straight from the VA's IG. What I have said is true!Underfunding is crippling the VA. Waiting lists are harming veterans.And, many of the restrictions placed on access to healthcare are ILLEGAL!

When do we Veterans Get Fair Shake? This is WHAT ALL US SERVICE OFFICERS & VETERANS ADVOCATES are susposed to FIGHT to keep from happening! Or at least that is what I was taught! Somewhere, Somebody has dropped the ball!

The complete IG report is here...

Nothing to fear

Start your Sunday reading the blog entry of the wonderful woman, Jean Rohe, who spoke truth to power (that is, John McCain) at the New School graduation:

We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet. Fear is the greatest impediment to the achievement of peace. We have nothing to fear from people who are different from us, from people who live in other countries, even from the people who run our government - and this we should have learned from our educations here. We can speak truth to power, we can allow our humanity always to come before our nationality, we can refuse to let fear invade our lives and to goad us on to destroy the lives of others.

A 21st Century New Deal Idea

When becoming President in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the importance of re-building America's infrastructure so that economic growth would be made possible. The programs made sense, people needed work, and America needed new buildings, bridges, etc. This overhaul of America's infrastructure paved the way for the economic expansion America saw after World War II and allowed the United States to become the leader of the industiralized world.

In 1933, a major infrastrucure improvement was to deliver electric power to rural areas of our country. President Roosevelt made this goal a major part of his New Deal package of reforms and created the Rural Electric Authority. This agency was responsible for bringing electric power to farms and small cities across America, allowing these areas to grow economically as well.

Power rankings: NC Delegation Sucks

A little gem from Under the Dome at the News and Observer.

North Carolina's congressional delegation ranked 44th in the nation in the "Power Rankings" released this week. And though a few individual members of the state's delegation hold some authority in Congress, for the most part our representatives float near the bottom. Given the party in power, it helps to be Republican of course.

The rankings are based on a formula that takes into account a member's committee assignments, any leadership positions, proven influence and legislative authority, demonstrated by how effective he or she is at pushing through bills.

Scraping the bottom of the Puppetshow barrel

For those not familiar with the John Locke Foundation, it's North Carolina's own wingnut think tank. More than 95% of its funding comes from businessman Art Pope, a rich white guy with a big inferiority complex. Around these parts, we call Mr. Pope the Puppetmaster - and his sprawling reactionary empire is known as the Puppetshow. And last but not least, there's John Hood, the Stage Manager, who's responsible for grinding out the propaganda through a right wing rag called the Carolina Journal.


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