Wednesday, August 31, 2005

www.dfalink.com/lubbock

www.dfalink.com/lubbock

That's our new organizational home as we transition away from meetup.com. If you have not done so already, please take a minute to create an account there and join our group!

www.dfalink.com/lubbock

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Another way in which Pres. Bush has weakened us

In 1992, responding to the worst natural disaster in American History (Hurricane Andrew) Pres. H.W. Bush activated 30,000 troops and 6,000 national guardsmen.

In 2005, Louisianna is only able to activate 3,500 troops for a Hurricane likely to thoroughly beat Andrew in damages and deaths. I don't believe for a second that we have 30,000 troops to send to the area.

Where's the President? In California of all places.

Let me be very clear. I am not blaming Bush for Hurrican Katrina. I am angry because his stupid, stupid, stupid war in Iraq has made us unable to properly respond to this terrible disaster.
-Synthesis

Monday, August 29, 2005

Ed Lavandera is so lazy

He's either lazy or deliberately mischaracterizing Cindy Sheehan. From his CNN piece today:

Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, wants to question Bush about the U.S. invasion and to urge an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces.

That's not actually what Sheehan wants. She has a question, not a statement.

The question being, "For what noble cause, Mr. President, did [her] son Casey die?"
-Synthesis

Quick word about Hurricane Katrina

If you are the praying type, now is the time.

If you have a few spare bucks, the Red Cross would probably do very will with them.
-Synthesis

The 3 laws of roboti... err Iraq

I cannot make this stuff up. This is, word for word, the english translation of Iraq's fledgling constituion (the one passed without Sunni-bloc approval).

1): The Republic of Iraq is an independent, sovereign nation, and the system of rule in it is a democratic, federal, representative (parliamentary) republic.

Article (2): 1st Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation:
(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.
(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy.
(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution.

Much like the Holy Bible, the Koran is directly contradictory to the "principles of democracy." I'm not saying they aren't both great texts which much to teach us; I'm saying the they are not natural fountains of democratic ideals. The treatment of women as second class citizens is un-democratic.

Given these new developments, I think it only fitting we change Iraq's name to "Iragmire."
-Synthesis

Thursday, August 25, 2005

DemocracyFest 2006

Looks like the next DemocracyFest will be in either California or Florida. I don't know if this is in addition to one in Austin or in place of one in Austin. Maybe the event has gotten too big for Austin, who knows.

Anyway, check out details and voting between the two proposed locations if you're interested!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Radnofsky gaining in polls

Looks like soon-to-be-senator Radnofsky has made a dent in Hutchison's approval rating. This is really impressive given how early it is in the campaign season. It's even more impressive when you break it down demographically (left as an exercise to the link-following reader).

The fundraiser for her last Friday was terrific! As usual, she lit up the room with her speaking and answered all questions simply and directly. And, as usual, she blogged about it.

What a great candidate!

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Bottom Drops Out! Bush BELOW 40% approval

Come-a come-a down doobie-do down down.

George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 38% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove, and 36% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60%disapprove. (American Research Group - August 22, 2005)

When reached for comment, Mr. Muntz had only the following: HA-HA!
-Synthesis

Friday, August 19, 2005

Bush to America: "I'm better and more important than you"

Ripped from TheDailyPick.

Heartfelt congratulations to President Bush, who on Friday August 19th breaks Ronald Reagan's all-time record for most vacation days. The old record was 335 days, though Reagan took his sweet time of eight years to accomplish this feat. President Bush did it in nearly half the time. And with another two weeks of vaction on tap, he's obviously not content with simply breaking the record, he's going to smoke that record right out of the hole.Great going, President Bush! We knew you could do it!

Apparently, its not hard work.
-Synthesis

Thursday, August 18, 2005

This is ridiculous

As a college student, I have become very conscious of residency establishment clauses, rules and whatnots. It seems that these laws are purposefully designed to NOT work in students' best interest. The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition can be in excess of 10 thousand dollars a year. It is one of the great failings of our public institutions and no one seems to care how limiting that difference can be. It is the major reason why students (especially lower and middle-class) seldom leave their state for higher education.

If I had my way, higher public education would be affordable for every student, in every state, whichever state that may be.

If I get accepted to a Law School outside the state of Texas, I face the very real possibility of deferred enrollment (waiting the necessary amount of time, living and working, in order to establish residency). It is either that or praying to God that I get enough financial aid to make the problem moot.

This story is flat-out ridiculous. It is a clear example of how residency laws have FAILED. This man is a Texan, he deserves a Texas education. If he is good enough to drive here and vote here, he is good enough to learn here.
-Synthesis

The feedback call

I just finished a delightful 30-minute phone conversation with my contact at the national DFA. I passed on all of our group's feedback from the meeting on the 4th as well as the feedback from the blog comments.

One good suggestion that came from passing on Johnnie's "DFA Red State Caravan" idea was for us to call up Jim Hightower or Molly Ivins and get them up to Lubbock for a speaking gig sponsored by our local group. I say we give this idea some serious thought.

I am still trying to get a meeting set up with Neugebauer's staff about the Downing Street Memo. I know we anticipated having our meeting today, and I apologize for the delay in setting this up. I am pushing now for a meeting at the end of next week.

September's meetup agenda looks absolutely wonderful for our group.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Thank you Gayle

I won't be able to go, as I'll be celebrating my 3rd Anniversary and the event was full anyway.

If anyone is attending the Cindy Sheehan vigil organized by Gayle Dixon, tell her thank you and that DFA stands with her and Sheehan's question.

What noble cause did Casey Sheehan, along with thousands of others, die for?
-Synthesis

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The way it is

So all the prepared, blocked-out, time bracketing for sharpening my logical acumen has actually given me more focus on getting things done, both related and unrelated to my studies.

Heck, I may have been way-off about possible hermitage. If anything, I'll need DFA and all my wonderful friends even more, if only to unwind.

I tend to write about non-local politics because Lubbock news is deader than W's brain. Seriously, the AJ can be just awful. I've heard that Randy Negeubauer's office has been difficult to reach. They may be on the same 5-week super-vacation that our president is currently (not) enjoying. Thank you Cindy Sheehan. Your actions are the most powerful and effective protest seen in my political lifetime.

I installed a site-meter at the bottom of the page, just to get an idea of who's reading and when they read. We recently passed 100 unique visits. Yaay! I'll let you know when we hit a thousand.
-Synthesis

Monday, August 15, 2005

Conservatives are so lazy

Bob Lang must have been conserving energy when he failed to google John Roberts' kids.


Geez, reactionary NY Times bashing aside, even I know that Roberts has 1 son and 1 daughter.
-Synthesis

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Studying for December

I'll be taking the LSAT in early December, so I will be spending a lot of my spare time studying until then. I'll have to cut back on everything else--work not included.

I took a practice test yesterday to see where I stand right now. I scored a 162, which is good, but still 8 points off my 170 goal. With a score like that, I would stand a very good chance of getting in wherever I wanted to go. It will be really tough though, so I'll need to work very hard.

Wish me luck, and I hope you'll forgive me for being a bit hermitic.
-Ian

The feedback post

This is the space for all Lubbock DFA members to give me feedback to pass on to the national organization. Broadly speaking, feedback is in three categories:

1) How well is the organization run at the national level? (If you have feedback about how we are doing things locally, that's cool too.)

2) What issues would you like the national DFA to push? What's most important to you?

3) What candidates (at any level -- local, state, or national) do you think the national DFA should support?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Lubbock, TX - most conservative city

A friend living in San Francisco sent me an article about the most liberal and most conservative cities in the U.S. Lubbock, TX and Provo, UT are the top two conservative cities.

We got our work cut out for us, don't we?

Friday, August 05, 2005

Novak suspended from CNN

Conservative "journalist" Bob Novak cursed on the air and bolted the set of whatever show he has now. Maybe he's feeling some pressure from the Rovegate situation.

GLOAT GLOAT GLOAT

I've said it before, Bob Novak should be in prison. It brings me a lot of joy to see him so rattled. Too bad today is a Friday, Jon Stewart would be beside himself with glee.

You can see the freak out here.
-Synthesis

Thursday, August 04, 2005

looking forward

I’m in really high spirits going into the last months of summer. Paul Hackett gave the Republicans a run for their money in a congressional district that the CW would have written off.

I think this last Tuesday proved how effective the DFA and now DNC 50-state strategy can be. We must never surrender any district. Not even our own. There is nothing at all special about Randy Neugebauer. He is a rubber stamp. He votes with Tom Delay more than 97% of the time. The only reason he has won office, is because he has the big “R” next to his name on the ballot, and because we Democrats have not yet fielded a campaign worthy of this district. We can and must do better.

In other news, I received a large mailing from Hillary. That fact that she is asking me (all the way here in Lubbock, TX) for money and input, tells me that she is most definitely running for the presidency. Her Senate re-election is going to be a cake-walk. I never signed up for her mailing list, which means she must have bought my name from someone. I haven’t really decided who I want to be president, but I would bet money that a Clinton/Wes Clark ticket will emerge from the primaries. I’d also bet on them to win the White House.
-Synthesis