Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

50-State Campaign Strategy

Last week's 50-State Campaign Strategy Kickoff at Sue W's house was a great success! The national Democratic Party website has pictures of house parties from around the country (we are 24/33). You can also read some of Sue's encouraging words about the event here and here.

I'm thrilled at the new life that Howard Dean and the the thousands of grassroots activits who believe in him are breathing into the Democratic Party.

One last encouraging anecdote -- Barbara Radnofsky, who was in town a couple of weeks ago, said that the Democratic leadership in the US Senate has taken notice of her campaign. 9 Democratic Senators, including Harry Reid, threw her a fundraiser in Washington DC. For the established Democratic leadership to take interest in a Senate Race in Texas so early in the election cycle shows that they mean business about the 50-state strategy!

website

The DCCC got on the ball and posted a map with every congressional district and the people who are running for office.

Including the Texas-19, which a little less than a year from now will elect Robert Ricketts.
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Monday, November 21, 2005

a stunning admission

Maybe Dick Cheney was telling the truth here. That would certainly be frightening. His words:

Those who advocate a sudden withdraw from Iraq should answer a couple simple questions. Would the United States and other free nations be better off or worse off with Zarqawi, Bin Laden and Zawahiri in control Iraq?


The Vice-President is actually using the utter incompetance of this administration as the reason American forces cannot withdraw from Iraq. Assuming what he says is true, the situation is so horrendously bad in Iraq, that any Iraq forces we left in power would be immediately overwhelmed (or welcomed?) by Osama, Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda, et al.

This is their defense of the Iraqi War. "We can't pull-out because we've botched things up so badly."

Can we honestly expect this same group to turn things around? No. I wasn't on board until recently, but I honestly think America needs to begin withdrawing from Iraq. I don't think it is possible to fix this broken pot. Sorry Pottery Barn, but you will be better off if we leave the store. You already knew it, and now I do too.
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**CONFIRMED** Pottery Barn (Iraqi Leaders) want us to leave the store (Iraq).

Thursday, November 17, 2005

today

Today is Howard Dean's 57th birthday.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Nov. 15 kickoff party

Our great and gracious host Sue W. received mention on the DNC blog. I just want to remind everyone that out of the 3 questions posed to Gov. Dean, Sue and Lubbock, TX got to ask the very first!

Sue's house was, as always, amazingly beautiful. I'm excited that our 50-state strategy kicked-off in such dramatic fashion. It was great to meet all the candidates we have running for local office and to feel that we really are making a difference.

I'm still working on the LSAT and law school applications, but some time early next year, I'd like to launch phase 2.0 of Lubbock DFA. I always hoped this could be a place that all democrats in the greater Lubbock area could come together to meet fellow Dems, plan events, work together, and vent the frustrations that must come with being so progressive in such a regressive place. In addition to the blog, I'd like use to have a lively forum, and an intelligent front page/portal to all groups that are natural allies and partners of DFA.

Consider this a place to post your thoughts and feelings about the party and conference call.
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Monday, November 14, 2005

Hey!

We had a very, very small mention on the Washington Post's website. Behold:
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You can still view the page here if you are interested.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Result!

Democrats win big in 05

Both of our candidates for governor won last night, and won decisively. President Bush had staked his credibility on Kilgore pulling out a win. The President has no credibility, so he really didn’t lose much when Kaine (D) whomped Kilgore (R ). Corzine (D) similarly clobbered Forrester (R ).

It looks like California (my home state) defeated every single proposition, including all 4 that Ah-nold had tied his future to. Los Angeles County (my home county) is what finally “flipped” 75, the union dues one. Ah-nold is toast and will not be reelected.

Bloomberg won in NYC, but that is no surprise. NYC is a city where Democrats are Democrats and Republicans are Democrats.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Reform Ohio Amendments were all defeated. And it looks like Prop 2 passed here in Texas. I can’t be quite clear from the wording, but it looks as though all marriages in Texas are now semi-illegal. That’s OK for me though, if I had to do it all again, I’d still marry my wife.

Maine actually defeated their right-wing backed no-gays getting married amendment. What kind of water are they drinking up there? Can we get some?

We didn’t win them all, but I think that Democrats clearly have the Big Mo’ heading into 2006.
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Thursday, November 03, 2005

I need to make stickers out of these

I was messing around with photoshop the other day, feeling good about what Harry Reid had done in the Senate. I came up with this:

It mimicks the style of a very famous piece of pop-art which you can learn about here. Does anyone know how to make stickers out of images?
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ideology is (and should be) in play

If the Miers fiasco didn't reveal to everyone that ideology of judges actually matters, well, then I don't know what will.

It matters, and Alito's ideology is nowhere near what America actually wants.

-He believes that women and children should be subject to unwarranted bodily searches, because (in practice) they are much like property.
-He believes that women should not have the final say over what goes on in their own wombs.
-He believes that the family and medical leave act is unlawful, and he voted to overturn it.
-He believes that job discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or disability should be allowed.
-He believes that people infected with the AIDS virus should be subject to unreasonable job discrimination.
-The list goes on like this, each belief more twisted and strange than the last.

There is a reason Republicans are mad we are calling him "Scalito." It is because Americans know the original Scalia, and we know he is bat-shit insane.

There is a reason Luntz has a job. Republicans need names like "Healthy Forrest Initiative" to hide their true intentions. If it was actually called, truthfully, "hey, let's cut down some trees for lumber initiative", no one would support it.

The conservative philosophy is actually the minority one. Only through lies and obfuscation have they gained power. Yet, after 2004, those crazy conservatives became convinced they were in a majority (perhaps Bush shouldn't have said "mandate" so many times). They want their coming out party. They want Alito to get a bullhorn and tell the whole country exactly how he will "fix" the Supreme Court. They expect him to be embraced by at least 51% of America, and they want to rub our liberal noses in it.

I say let them speak. Let America know exactly who killed of Miers. Let America know why they are so excited about Alito. Let America know who actually runs the Republican Party.

There was a Gallup poll recently. One part really stood out:

If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.

This Alito nomination is not something to wring our hands over. It is a tremendous opportunity for progressives and liberals to show just how far to the extreme right the Republican Party has run.

There is little we can do to sway the minds of Senators. Our task is to simply tell the truth, and tell it to anyone who will listen. If America is made aware of Alito's beliefs, he can be stopped. We are a purple country, not a crimson one.
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