Friday, June 30, 2006
My only regret about reading the New York Times is that I didn’t start reading it 20 years ago. It is undoubtedly the best newspaper in the country. We have been receiving the Times for over a year now and have had numerous problems with our delivery. The paper’s excellence makes me willing to live with unsatisfactory delivery issues. I'm not surprised that the Neo-conservative fanatics hate them. I'm sure silencing the Times would aide them greatly.
Dear New York Times staff-- stay the course.
YOU DO A FANTASTIC JOB!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
More corruption. This time is making its way into our doctor's offices. The pharmaceutical companies are lobbying our legislators and now even our doctors Perhaps doctors should be required to include disclosure statements in the paperwork you have to sign when you go to see a doctor. They should be required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest regarding their treatment of a disease with a particular drug, device or procedure. We need to know whether a doctor owns stock in a company. This my cloud their judgement. Revealing this may help to enlighten the patient as to why the doctors are such strong advocates of a particular product.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Bill Frist, the majority leader of the Senate should be an embarrassment to the state of Tennessee. His political pandering to the right wing religious fanatics is not only laughable but is a disgrace to our nation. Boss Hog from the Dukes of Hazard had more scruples that Frist. Unfortunately Frist is not a fictional character. What a tragic day it would be for our nation if this man became the Republican Party’s presidential candidate for 2008. On second thought, everyone would see what the Republican Party has come to stand for; religious fanaticism in the White House! They would lose for sure. Maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all. Frist for President, now isn’t that a scary thought!
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Whole Foods is saying no to selling lobsters and other animal products that are brought to the market with no regard for how they live and how they are treated. Suffering and cruelty is not OK!
1. People in the environmental movement and the new age movement celebrate the values of the Native Americans because they lived in harmony with nature.
2. Americans for Tax Reform's (ATR) mission is the lower taxes for the American people... mostly billionaires who often make their money by abusing the environment.
3. Jack Abramoff, gets the Native American tribes to give $100,000 donations to ATR.
4. ATR funnels money to the Bush regime.
Who wins? The Native Americans gain access to the White House, Bush gets campaign contributions from ATR. Billionaires pay less taxes and have more money to spend in places like Indian casinos. Bush's policies continue to rape and destroy our planet.
Who gets screwed? Mother Earth, the people who buy "All Things Native American and New Age"
The Native Americans sold out just like the Christians have! It's all things green $$$$. That's what this White House is about and all those who support him.
Friday, June 23, 2006
The news story reports about a compay that is dumping raw human waste into the rivers and the ocean. The compnay is Aqueduct and Sewer Authority and they are going to pay $9 million in fines.
I'm wondering what will happen when the neo-anti-environment fanatics get their way and do away with all environmental regulations?
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
We went to see Al Gore’s new movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” yesterday. It's not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be more like a Michael Moore movie, but it wasn’t. I almost hate to recommend seeing it because Al Gore does a disturbingly excellent job of explaining the ins and outs of Global Warming so well that anyone can understand what the issues are and why we should be concerned. (Anyone who sees this will not be able to make the excuse that they don't understand it any longer.)
My friend, GK, who also went to see the movie sent me an article this morning about the Baptists electing a new leaders who are a little less to the right than their previous leadership. The editorial by E.J. Dionne Jr. in the Washington Post, highlights a slow incremental movement by evangelicals away from the fringe right. For example, Rich Cizik, the new vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals who is a self-described “Ronald Reagan movement conservative”, urged evangelicals to make environmental stewardship a central element of their political mission.
I think in light of seeing Al Gore’s movie would be a positive move that they are starting to think greenJames Dobson, and other prominent Christian leaders on the right however, are attacking Rich Cizik for his position on the environment. After seeing Al Gore’s movie, I think one has to really question how moral James Dobson is and whether he is merely trying to line his pockets with the money he continues to accumulate with his ultra-conservative mantra. After all this new “FEED THE RICH AND STARVE THE POOR neoconservative dogma is good for “bizz-ness.
Kudos to Baptist Bloggers who are making inroads into the “Good-old-boy” hierarchy of the Baptist church and causing them to modify their extreme positions. Dionne writes, “Over the past several years, an active network of Baptist bloggers has opened up discussion in the convention and given reformers and moderates avenues around what Parham called "the Baptist establishment papers.”
Let’s hope more Baptists go to see this movie.
(That is, unless they get raptured out of here before things heat up.)
Friday, June 16, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Panderer # 1
Just yesterday Joe Lieberman started talking about his concern about global warming. Why now? He's worried that the Democrats are about to throw him overboard so he's pandering to them on the climate to prove he's one of them. Let's look at his long-term record and see where he has voted time and time again. Lieberman has always sided with corporate power and voted to diminish rules tjat would allow citizens or gorups stand up and defend themselves against powerful business interest.
Panderer # 2
George Bush declared the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, making it the largest marine reserve on the planet. Pandering! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for the marine reserve, but I'm sure we are going to find out there is lots more to the story and there's a motive has little to do with the environment.
Forgive, sounds good. Forget, I'm not sure I could. They say time heals everything, But I'm still waiting...
I'm through, with doubt, there's nothing left for me to figure out, I've paid a price, and I'll keep paying...
I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell and I don't have time to go round and round and round. It's too late to make it right I probably wouldn't if I could cause I'm mad as hell and can't bring myself to do what it isYou think I should...
I know you said why can't you just get over it, it turned my whole world around and I kind of like it. I made by bed, and I sleep like a baby, with no regrets and I don't mind saying, it's a sad, sad story that a mother will teach her daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger. And how in the world can the words that I said send somebody so over the edge that they'd write me a letter saying that I better shut up and sing wr my life will be over...
I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell And I don't have time To go round and round and round...
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
That my friend is a Christian Whacko!
And who do the Christian Whacko's worship? "No, it’s not Jesus. It’s George Bush. ” In the movie, clapping erupts and children are encouraged to “say hello to the President.” because “President Bush has added credibility to being a Christian.”
(Correction: President Bush has made it OK to be a Whacko Christian and not feel ashamed of your self for being morally backwards and having the intelligence of a squid.)
Fortunately, there are some people of faith who are true believers in rationale thought and are beginning to question the idiocy of our President and the ruling elite that are more concerned with CEO pay packages, oil and fooling whacko Christians than they are about the people they are supposed to govern.
Who would have thought that the 21st century would start off as
Monday, June 12, 2006
A social entrepreneur "…has a very special trait -- someone who, in the core of her/his personality, absolutely must change an important pattern across his/her whole society." It is only the entrepreneur who literally cannot stop until he or she has changed the whole society.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
You look in front of you and the path makes sense. There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn't you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. This path does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus.
Think of the people around the world, and particularly in Africa, who have no clean water. Women in Africa — and the job falls to women — must spend six, eight hours a day just in trying to bring clean water to their children. Eight billion hours a year of human effort are spent just in bringing water. And when I heard that statistic, sitting like you are in an audience, I thought, "Well, he must have said eight million." Then I thought, "Maybe it's 80 million." It's eight billion hours a year of wasted effort because the water is often contaminated when it gets there. This isn't rocket science. You can fix this.
During my senior fall, I helped organize a conference about education reform, where one of the topics was the shortage of qualified teachers in urban and rural communities. It was at that conference that I thought of an idea: why doesn't our country have a national teacher corps that recruits us to teach in low-income communities the same way we're being recruited to work on Wall Street? From that moment, I was possessed by this idea. I thought it would make a huge difference in kids' lives ... and that ultimately it could change the very consciousness of our country, by influencing the thinking and career paths of a generation of leaders. So I did the obvious thing. I wrote a very long and very passionate letter to the president of the United States suggesting he start this corps. That didn't get very far — I received a job rejection letter in response. So in my undergraduate senior thesis, I declared that I would try to create such a corps myself, as a nonprofit organization. When my thesis adviser looked at my budget, which showed that to recruit 500 new teachers into this corps during the first year would cost $2.5 million, he asked me if I knew how hard it was to raise $2,500, let alone $2.5 million.
Aided by my inexperience, I was unfazed by his question. When school district officials and potential funders laughed at the notion that the Me Generation would jump at the chance to teach in urban and rural communities, their concerns, too, went unheard. That year, 2,500 graduating seniors competed to enter Teach For America in response to a grass-roots recruitment campaign — fliers under doors, since there was no e-mail back then.
And one year after I graduated, with $2.5 million in hand from the corporate and foundation community, I was looking out on an auditorium full of 489 recent college graduates who had joined Teach for America's first corps. My very greatest asset in reaching this point was that I simply did not understand what was impossible.
There's a lot of volatility out there, especially when you look 10 and 20 years down the road. Will China or India eclipse the United States as the dominant economic power in the world? Will global warming lead to more ecological turmoil? Will the cost of caring for aging populations around the world bankrupt national treasuries? These are only questions. We don't have the answers yet. The future hasn't been written yet. That's up to you.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Everyone knows ( or should know) that when there is an absence of opportunity poverty prevails and where poverty prevails gangs flourish. And now students are afraid of attending a graduation ceremony because they are afraid of being gunned down. Hello, is anyone out there? Please tell me again what about the Republican Party's platform you like? Gay marriage is more important than the rise of gangs due to poverty and metal detectors in schools because without them kids will be killing kids, teachers and everyone else. Oh, I forgot, the answer is vouchers, NCLB and standardized tests. Forget my last post. Maybe the religious right needs someone to tell them how to think....
I'm not bothered by the idea of the story behind Da Vinci Code. What bothers me is the reaction of the church. Do they think that Christians and Catholics are such morons or that our faith is so weak that if we hear some theory that is out there that everyone will suddenly fall away from their faith? Are the roots of believers so shallow that anything that comes along that offers a counter view will shake the foundations of their belief? Oh ye of little faith. Have a little faith in people’s intelligence.
The controversy here is not the Da Vinci Code, it is the leaders who want to stop people from seeing it! I hope that makes people see how afraid the church leaders are of critical thought. They prefer that we are ignorant and offer them nothing but blind obedience to their dogma. They must think that believers are morons.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Sure there's another side to this argument, but I don't believe it. Tell it to your children and their children why you chose to believe that Global Warming wasn't a problem and why
YOU CHOSE NOT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
“As the organic movement has long maintained, cheap industrial food is cheap only because the real costs of producing it are not reflected in the price at the checkout. Rather, those costs are charged to the environment, in the form of soil depletion and pollution (industrial agriculture is now our biggest polluter); to the public purse, in the form of subsidies to conventional commodity farmers; to the public health, in the form of an epidemic of diabetes and obesity that is expected to cost the economy more than $100 billion per year; and to the welfare of the farm- and food-factory workers, not to mention the well-being of the animals we eat. As Wendell Berry once wrote, the motto of our conventional food system — at the center of which stands Wal-Mart, the biggest purveyor of cheap food in America — should be: Cheap at any price!”
So they will turn the factory farming model that is currently employed and just modify it for organics:
“We have already seen what happens when the logic of the factory is applied to organic food production. The industrialization of organic agriculture, which Wal-Mart's involvement will only deepen, has already given us "organic feedlots" — two words that I never thought would find their way into the same clause. To supply the escalating demand for cheap organic milk, agribusiness companies are setting up 5,000-head dairies, often in the desert. These milking cows never touch a blade of grass, instead spending their days standing around a dry-lot "loafing area" munching organic grain — grain that takes a toll on both the animals' health (these ruminants evolved to eat grass, after all) and the nutritional value of their milk. But this is the sort of milk (deficient in beta-carotene and the "good fats" — like omega 3's and C.L.A. — that come from grazing cows on grass) we're going to see a lot more of in the supermarket as long as Wal-Mart determines to keep organic milk cheap.”
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Australia is stepping up attempts to block Japan's bid to resume commercial whaling with Environment Minister Ian Campbell conducting a whistlestop tour of the Pacific.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Lisa is the conscience of the Democratic Party in Seminole County. She is always the first to volunteer her time, energy and efforts to help raise the level of public awareness about many important issues: environmental, war, equal rights, abortion, civil liberties, health care etc. You name it, she has been there helping to organize and rally the troops. It is with great sadness that I read this e-mail from her today...
This is good advice for anyone....
CHRIS MATTHEWS' ADVICE TO THE CLASS OF 2006
I used to dread speaking in public. Really. Then I did a lot of public speaking.
I'm no longer afraid.
I once had a hard time writing. I got a job writing for a daily newspaper, and faced hundreds of deadlines.
Now I'm not afraid of writing.
So here's Rule #1 for the graduates of 2006:
Get yourself in the game! Go to where it's played and find a way to get in.
Rule #2: If you want something, dammit, ask for it! Not everybody is going to go for you, but those who do will change your life. They will open doors for you. So if nine people say "no" to you, then ask ten. It's like dating.
The good news is there's a lot of magic in that occasional yes. Because when you ask someone for help, you are really asking him or her to place a bet on you. "If you want to make a friend," said Benjamin Franklin, "let someone do you a favor."
There's a false assumption out there that talent will surely be recognized. Just get good at something and the world will beat a path to your door.
Don't believe it. The world is not checking in with us to see what skills we've picked up, what idea we've concocted, what dreams we carry in our hearts. When a job opens up, whether it's in a chorus line or the assembly line, it goes to the person standing there.
So get in the game and ask!
Saturday, June 03, 2006
By DANIEL GALVINPublished: June 3, 2006
Source: NY Times Editorial
RECENTLY, an internal disagreement in the Democratic Party made headlines. That probably sounds familiar, since disagreements over party strategy are nothing new in the Democratic Party. (I AGREE and it we are see this at the local levevl as well)
But the recent conflict between Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the Democratic campaign committee in the House, and Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is more than just another family squabble — it shows just how difficult changing the course of party history can be.
Mr. Emanuel and others have questioned Mr. Dean's program to build the party organization in red states as well as blue ones. They want the committee to spend its money on key Congressional races this fall because they believe that the party has a chance to win control of the House in 2006 if it pours its resources into the most competitive races.
Mr. Dean has a different approach. He believes that for the Democrats to regain the majority and make it stick, they will have to build a strong organizational foundation everywhere, even in those places where Democrats don't have an immediate chance. (I AGREE) Democrats may not win many red-state races this year, but Mr. Dean believes that they will be better off in the long run if they start shoring up the party in Republican strongholds now.
What is missing from the current debate is a clearer appreciation for how the Democrats got to where they are today, and how the current leaders might learn from the record of the past.
Since the New Deal, Democrats have given party building short shrift. Democratic presidents tended to use the formal party apparatus as an instrument for raising money but looked to other vehicles for building political support. (Yup, the activitst worked in organizations that influenced the party) They relied on organized labor to get out the vote; on urban machines and congressmen in the South to control local party operations; and on the strength of incumbents to win their own re-elections.
While this was a winning formula, it could not last forever. By failing to create durable organizational capacities in their party, Democrats were often forced to cobble together new political networks with each campaign season. (This is exactly what is happening in Seminole County and why we have so much bickering) Republican presidents and party chairmen, on the other hand, were driven by their perpetual Congressional minority status to strengthen their organization as a means of expanding their party. (This is exactly why the the Republicans are kicking our butts right now in elections )While Republicans won many presidential elections, they were the perennial losers in Congressional and state-level elections and did not gain parity with the Democrats among self-identified partisan voters until 2004.
To establish a new majority, Republicans aggressively built up their organizational presence in weak Republican areas, especially in the South. As early as the 1950's, they ran schools to train activists and campaign managers. By the 1970's, they were developing new methods of recruiting candidates and enrolling party workers and volunteers; they created teams of "field men" to travel from campaign to campaign to lend their expertise where needed; (We have nothing like that ) they built new small-donor fund-raising networks and became adept at sending money where it needed to go; and they invested in technology and voter database management. What's more, these practices were disseminated down to the local level.
For example, Republican presidents focused on party building in the historically Democratic states of South Carolina and Virginia in the 1970's. They gave local leaders the resources they needed to develop a campaign-support system that would entice attractive candidates to run for office as Republicans. (We have nothing like that ) Political neophytes, like business and religious leaders, were promised support — if only they would take a chance on running.
New candidates and activists were sent to work for the national committee, the White House, the Congressional campaign committees and affiliated political action groups. Many of the most prominent Republican leaders of the recent past — Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie — got their start participating in party-building programs.
Using detailed voter lists, phone banks and grass-roots workers, Republicans began to collect wins — at the mayoral, state legislative and, eventually, the gubernatorial and Congressional levels. Each victory softened the electorate's view of the Republican Party; more Republican officeholders encouraged more Republican voters; more Republican voters encouraged more and better Republican candidates to run for office.
And because every Republican president since Eisenhower contributed enthusiastically to these party-building efforts, the party was able to benefit from White House largess, presidential fund-raising prowess and the power of presidential persuasion.
Republicans did not emerge from the minority by trying to win a bare majority in the House or Senate. They put their organization to work for them and discovered that party building bred more party building.
This seems to be precisely what Howard Dean is trying to do. By developing an organizational structure now, Mr. Dean hopes that the Democrats will have something sturdy to rely on if, and when, they win back the White House.
It's uncertain whether Mr. Dean will succeed. After all, Mr. Emanuel makes a persuasive argument for his approach. Why should the Democrats trade a chance to win the House now for an uncertain future?
The answer? Because a victory now will most likely be short-term. As the Republicans have shown, creating a durable electoral majority requires a firm organizational foundation, something the Democrats don't have. But if Mr. Dean can hold fast to his plan, they just might be on the way to getting one.
Daniel Galvin, a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale, will be an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University this fall.
I think this editorial explains perfectly why all of this bickering and backstabbing behavior is not going to get use anywhere. Our current leadership, shares the same vision as Howard Dean. They are trying to build the SCDEC into a strong organization. I'm sorry that some people can't see it, but we are lucky to have them working for the Democrats in Seminole County. It would be good if we could all put our differences behind and start pulling for the same goal as defined above in this editorial. If we continue as we have done so in the past and are doing so in the present, we will continue to see all of the things we cherish, slowly fade into a distant pass that will hurt everyone. The choice is yours.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Lest we forget the headlines: Bush Backers Spurn Heinz Ketchup and we have seen more of this; political partisans who are tailoring their shopping habits to their party affiliations.
I'm sure that the Sen. John Kerry, and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry have taken note of this.
Perhaps the Democrats should shun Wal-mart!
Republican candidates are the big winners in 2004 election. They received about 85% of the company's contributions, including those of its political action committee, employees and children of founder Sam Walton.
Wal-Mart's rise is significant because of the impact it might have on congressional debates about health care, labor and other hot-button regulatory issues, says Larry Noble, the center's executive director. "They're clearly making a move," he says.