Hillary Secures the Nomination….Senator Obama….Not so much….

April 29, 2008

You know, speaking solely for myself……I’m sick of Senator SnakeOil. Throw this JFK, MLK self-hating fool under the bus. Couple of reasons:

He’d have you believe that the Clinton’s are racists. They white ain’t they!

He has no clue foreign policy-wise.

He consistently uses Republican frames to push an agenda that has no place in the Democratic Party.

He’s a liar…..documented many, many times.

He’s totally ignorant of American Political history…wannna debate about his take on Reagan bring it on. I was there and Barry just get’s it wrong.

He has zero, that’s zero, chance of beating McSame in the GE. Electoral college analysis shows this to be the case today and really Rezko and Auchi are unlikely to help him win votes.

But…but….the GE is a long way away you assert. Well, yes it is but that just gives Senator ‘Foot-in-Mouth’ longer to do stupid shit like this:

David Axelrod on Hardball, a great place to followup the total clusterfuck that was Obama’s appearance on FAUX NOISE:

He’ll (Obama) invest in our infrastructure, which badly needs it. We know that. That’s one of the reasons this diversion from the federal highway trust fund that Senator McCain and
Clinton have proposed makes no sense.

What’s he talking about? Senator Clinton wants to seize the money Big Oil already owes us for past taxes they’ve not paid and levy a windfall profits tax to enable the Federal Government to remove the Federal
Gas Tax from gas and give the taxpayers and the economy a big, justifiable, progressive boost.

Obama doesn’t want to.

Why? Well because he didn’t think of it and it won’t help him get elected. In fact, it just…..

Elected Hillary Clinton.

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The ILWU is striking a blow for Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone….You can and should help!

April 28, 2008

Thursday May 1, the ILWU is shutting down all west coast ports in protest of the continued occupation of Iraq.

Now that ought to get some attention!  It will have an even bigger impact if you take a personal day off work and join them.

This is a California labor protest against an unjustified war. The ILWU and Immigrants rights groups need a huge turnout so that the media will have to stop ignoring the fact that most Americans want to end this war.

May 1, the ILWU, INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION is stopping work to protest the continued occupation of Iraq.

Thursday May 1st

See http://maydayilwu.googlepages.comfor more information

March with Longshore workers in San Francisco

10:30 AM assemble at ILWU Hall in the Embarcadero area near Mason and Beach

NOON rally at Justin Herman Plaza

Bring good shoes, extra water, a hat and probably some lunch!

March for Immigrant rights in San Francisco

2 PM assemble in Dolores park and march to Civic Center

5 PM rally at Civic Center


March for Immigrant Rights in Oakland (and carry an Anti-War sign)

3 PM assemble at Fruitvale Bart, march to Oakland City Hall

6 pm rally and community celebration at Frank Ogawa Plaza

Can’t join us on May 1?  Please write letters to the editor and support groups that are working to support veterans and get us out of this horrible occupation.

"Anyone seeking to preserve America’s fragile democracy must first understand the scope and magnitude of the powers aligned against it." -Jim Hightower

Janet Flint

510-377-4545


Here is some polling data….You all know how I luvs me some polls…

April 28, 2008

….and why the hell not? It’s the best way we currently have of finding out what the people think. You don’t seriously think blowhard bloviators like Keith Olbermann, he of the recent death threat, or Lou Dobbs, enemy of all that is brown except UPS, know do ya?

Good, ya had me worried there for a minute.

Here’s the latest from the California Field Poll:

AS INSECURITIES WITH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM GROW, CALIFORNIANS
ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE’S FAILURE TO ENACT HEALTH REFORM
LEGISLATION.

Read it and get informed.

Thanks to our good pal Frank Russo at California Progress Report for this.


Pssssssst! While you were busy with Barry and Sister Beezlebub…..Well, things other than that ARE HAPPENING!

April 26, 2008

Yeah, it’s fiction…..or IS IT?

This is the sort of effective narrative, story telling if you will, we must use. Must push down the throat of every Republican, every Do-Nothing Democrat, every member of the House and Senate until they absolutely
choke on it. Every one of us should be able to reel of many minutes of such stories and use them whenever we get the chance to communicate with our fellow citizens.

Our goal: Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone.

Not just the rich, friends of McSame and California yacht owners.

ps: It’s also a sign we are not alone. Hollywood carries a big stick in this fight and from D.W. Griffith thru Capra to the present day it’s been a staunch ally. Let ’em know how you feel:

Here………….

And here is a more progressive group that looks pretty good. Check it out.


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April 26, 2008

Nancy Pelosi’s Day Job

April 26, 2008

Nancy Pelosi’s Day Job
Cindy Sheehan

PELOSI: I don’t even think about it much. You know, I have a day job. We’re here trying to –
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Larry King Live

April 24, 2008


I arrived home from Oakland where I had just been doing my day/night job and I turned on my TV in time to see the end of the Larry King interview with my Congressional opponent, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca). I sat on my couch, switched on the TV, and there she was. I watched for a few seconds while she blamed George Bush for taking the billions of dollars that she gives him every six months (like clockwork) to continue the explicitly illegal and infinitely immoral occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Then, out of the clear blue, Larry asked her about my candidacy. This was the first time, to my knowledge that she has been publicly confronted about me. I have never seen her without her mask on and last night was no exception. She talked about my candidacy reflecting the dissatisfaction of the American public with the war and when he asked her if she was surprised that I had chosen her to run against, she condescendingly said the above.

First of all, I hope she makes the most out of her “day job” for the next eight months or so, because the people of San Francisco are going to remove her and hire me in November. The current issue of San Francisco Magazine asks this compelling question on the cover: Has Speaker Pelosi been a failure? The article then pretty much allows the Speaker, in interview style, to come to her own conclusion that she has not been a failure, but if that were true, our troops would be out of Iraq, BushCo would be out of the White House and our country would not be in a devastating recession as we speak.

Nancy Pelosi counts as two of her major “accomplishments” things that most people consider weak at best and pandering at most. In her 100 hours agenda, she did get an increase in the Federal minimum wage to $7.25 by next summer. The New York Times called it a “major victory” for low-income workers. By next summer, with the weekly increase of $84.00, low-income workers may be able to fill their gas tanks and buy a bag of groceries. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated in a report called “2003 Poverty Guidelines” that a living wage for a family of four was $8.85 an hour. The “generous” increase in the minimum wage level doesn’t even bring workers up to 2003 poverty levels when the cost of living is becoming prohibitive for nearly everyone except the wealthy who profit from federal tax cuts to compensate for having to pay their employees a higher, but still near-slave wage.

In a current ad campaign, Nancy sits on a love-seat with Newt Gingrich yammering about working together to create a better ecology, however her Congress passed another, too-little/too-late bill to benefit corporations while harming our environment and future. By 2017 all autos sold in the US must have a minimum of 35 mile per gallon standard. This is her one piece of environmental legislation that is a success for automakers, but again, we the people suffer. Wars for oil are literally sucking the life out of our communities while the pollution is choking the air we breathe. I bet everyone who owns a car right now wishes they could get 35 miles per gallon, at least, and many do! The technology is there and if we must drive and it seems like most of us must, it’s time to give some kind of credit, maybe in the form of down payment assistance, or lower interest rates on loans for “gas guzzler” exchanges. BushCo did the same for people who wanted to buy SUVs…let’s have a reverse exchange and conserve our resources for once!

Ms. Pelosi’s most abject failure of her “day job” besides having an open Gucci purse (fund the war contrary to American opinion or common sense), policy is her disappointing and traitorous act of taking impeachment “off the table.”

On May 1st, 2006, long before she picked up the Speaker’s gavel, she made the pronouncement that would negatively impact history and give BushCo carte blanche to commit their high crimes and misdemeanors and crimes against humanity. Moreover, it was in 2002, as reported by the Washington Post (December 8, 2007) that in performance of her “day job” duties, Ms. Pelosi was briefed on torture and did not object to the inhumane and ineffectual path that our nation was stepping off on. She has not called for the restoration of habeas corpus, Kyoto or FISA and has not called for the repeal of the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, Protect America Act or the authorization for BushCo to unilaterally attack any country that they unilaterally perceive as a threat to, not Americans, but American interests abroad.

There are probably many “day jobs” that Nancy Pelosi qualifies for, but representing the people of San Francisco is not one of them. She opposes universal, single-payer health care and has promoted and voted for “free” trade agreements that are the major contributing factors to environmental degradation, job loss, or job insufficiency, and to the food riots happening all over the globe today: coming next to a community near you.

81% of Americans think this nation is on the wrong track and the 19% who don’t, belong to the country clubs and board rooms with people that have the last names of Pelosi, Bush and Cheney—and the rest see this as a “hallelujah” moment for the second coming of Jesus—Nancy Pelosi’s day job is to co-pilot the USA to destruction with George Bush as the pilot.

All I can say is, don’t spend your “economic stimulus” all in one place and while the “bread” of the Romanesque empire is hitting your mailbox you can entertain yourself with the circus of American Idol.

It’s time we hire new pilots for our ship of state: obviously the old ones have lost OUR course. I hope Nancy keeps underestimating and dismissing the people’s campaign to eject her out of the co-pilot seat. Maybe her mask will finally drop when our dose of reality kicks in!

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Our facebook pal and noted progressive author Jeffrey Feldman is coming to ‘Brain Food’!

April 24, 2008

The author of:

Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (And Win Elections)

I’m a proud owner of that one has another book out:

Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy

And he’s coming to Oakland in May for a ‘Brain Food’ meetup. But first he and I want to invite you to his facebook Onliine Book Launch Party. It’s on May 1 at 9:00 am thru 5 pm so there’s plenty of time to ‘sneak’ online and party down with us. If you already belong to facebook you can RSVP here. If you don’t you can register here, it is free, and you can then join the Oakland Drinking Liberally Chapter here. We’d love to have you join us there as we will be firing up our ‘Fire the Tortorer Yoo’ campaign using a facebook application and it would be great to be able to get people from all over the country involved in our campaign to persuade the boneheads at Boalt Hall who see no problem in have Yoo ‘teach’ law that there is a problem inherent in having an advocate of breaking the Geneva convention on their faculty.

Flash Update: We should have the time and date finalized this week and I will be posting that and more. If you are in the area stay tuned Jeffrey does a great presentation and his ideas about framing and communicating the progressive message are first rate!