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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion
Mon Mar 07th 2011, 08:48 PM


A Parable for Our Time

A young man with a microphone was ranting about unions to anyone who would listen, and managed to gather around him a small crowd.

When an opportunity arose to reply to all the young man had to say, an elderly gentleman of about 60 stepped up and, addressing the crowd, said, "I joined a union 30 years ago at a job earning $2 an hour. I stayed at that union job for 30 years so I wouldn't have to retire making $2 an hour."

With that said, the man handed the microphone back to the young fellow, and walked away.

As did everyone else in the crowd.
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion
Mon Mar 07th 2011, 01:27 PM
A RESOULTION BOYCOTTING BUSINESS WITH THE STATE OF WISCONSIN UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT SB5JR1 IS RESCINDED


WHEREAS, The Wisconsin Assembly passed Senate Bill 5 (SB5JR1) in the early morning hours of February 15, 2011, without considering all of the proposed amendments to that bill and outright denying 25 members of that body from even voting; and,

WHEREAS, SB5JR1 denies public employees the right to directly bargain collectively with their employers; and,

WHEREAS, Denying public employees’ rights to collective bargaining hinders those affected employees’ freedoms of speech and assembly while petitioning their government for the redress of grievances in regards to hours, wages, and working conditions; and,

WHEREAS, Any attack on collective bargaining in Wisconsin is an attack on the rights of all citizens who engage in collective bargaining; and,

WHEREAS, It is in the interests of all citizens that the right of collective bargaining be preserved for the quality of life of not only those affected employees, but its demonstrated value to all citizens as they pursue life, liberty, and happiness; and,

WHEREAS, Wisconsin citizens unaffected by SB5JR1 benefit from collective bargaining just as much as the affected unionized employees, themselves, by rendering unto those citizens the following benefits, including, but not limited to:

· Well trained and equipped public safety employees (firefighters, police, prison employees, etc.).

· Professional trained educators

· An employee workforce free to speak with employers fairly in regards to hours, wages, and working conditions.


Therefore let it be RESOLVED, that unless and until the State of Wisconsin rescinds or significantly amends SB5JR1 reinstating collective bargaining rights, the (Your City, or Your County, or Your State) of __________ should, to the extent that it is practicable, and in the instances where there is no conflict with the law or prior contractual agreement

1. Refrain from entering into any new of amended contracts to purchase goods or services from any company headquartered in Wisconsin, and

2. Avoid sending state officials or employees to any conferences or events in the state of Wisconsin.
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion
Sun Mar 06th 2011, 12:37 AM


WE TOOK CARE OF YOU TODAY, REPUBLICANS.

Your 'Right-to-work' son, who put in a 70-hour work week but was still classified as a part-time worker and who might lose his low wage job because he missed a day of work, or simply because the Chinese will work for less than he will no matter what his employer can afford pay him... we made sure he at least had the opportunity to stand up to the man getting rich from his daily toils.

We also cared for your youngest kid still in school - the shy one who was afraid to tell his teacher he didn't have a pencil, again, or didn't have lunch money, again, and who scored great on today's pop-quiz thanks to one dedicated teacher amongst all of the countless of other dedicated teachers you want to crucify in the name of 'patriotism' and 'laissez-faire capitalism' - we took care of him and got him through the day, too.

Your elderly dad, who put off going to the doctor time and time again because he had no health insurance, and now has to deal with a raging infection that almost killed him?

We took care of him, today, also.

Your twenty-something pregnant daughter who douched with cleaning fluid trying to terminate her pregnancy because she was afraid to ask you for help and afraid of what you would say... she and all the other countless sons and daughters whom you'd like to dispose of like yesterday's trash: we took care of all of them.

The one demand we made after making one sacrifice after another, one concession following another - for the good of the nation or the sake of our community - the right to simply have a seat at the table when decisions about OUR lives and OUR livlihoods were being made - that was just too much to ask for, that was too 'greedy,' that was a step 'over the line'.

It was a step over a line which you drew, Republicans - a line you drew because, even though we were there for you, today, you weren't there for us.

Del Wasso,
Rockford Coffee Party

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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion
Tue Jan 18th 2011, 08:08 PM


We must not remain silent.

Conservatives will not speak out.

They will blame the lone, solitary, shooter...

They will blame liberal society...

They will blame anything and everything but modern-day conservatism, which preaches that liberals and democrats are the bona fide enemies of America and a threat to the nation's very existence.

And as long as that is the case, the bodies will continue to pile up.

Only the most naive of political observers could ever fail to see the obvious consequences of proclaiming that any group of Americans was a "threat" to their existence or the existence of the nation and not realize that different people would deal with that "threat" in different ways.

And that leaves it up to us to speak out.

We need not mince words - it is vital that we speak clearly and succinctly but most importantly, firmly.

Conservatism must change.

It must evolve.

To believe otherwise is to help pass around the nails for the next coffin in which the next liberal democrat will be buried in.

No one was out there speaking about the radical right-wing elements that threaten our civil society until Janet Napolitano issued a DHS report warning about extremists that might resort to violence - a report which conservatives across the country demanded to be immediately rescinded. Now that we have seen a series of right-wing assassinations take place, the original DHS report looks, in hindsight, to have been very timely and prescient.

We have seen Jim David Adkisson open fire upon the congregation of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with a sawed-off shotgun, killing two, simply because he opposed the all-inclusive nature of the church, and of the church's liberal teachings. Adkisson wrote in a letter which he assumed would be his last, "I thought I’d do something good for this country — kill Democrats ‘til (sic) the cops kill me.” His hatred for his fellow Americans could not be contained: “Liberals are a pest like termites, millions of them … the only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is kill them in the streets, kill them where they gather.”

Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman were arrested in October of 2008 - both charged with possession of firearms, threats against a presidential candidate running and conspiring to rob a gun store. Their plan? To undertake a killing spree across the United States with, then, Senator Obama, as their final target.

Two months later, a domestic dispute brought J.G. Cummings plans to murder the President with a dirty bomb to an end: his wife shot and killed him in a rather heated quarrel, so, even though Cummings had all the materials needed to set his bomb off, time was the one thing Mr. Cumming didn't have.

James von Brunn, a radical right-winger from Maryland sought to turn the nation's Holocaust Museum into a symbol for his particular brand of racism, when he went there with the intent to kill blacks and Jews, as an example to the rest of white America to emulate. Luckily for those visitors inside of the museum, the first man von Brunn decided to open fire upon was a black man who had the ability to return the favor, and so no one besides than the very heroic Stephen T. Johns died that day.

Shawna Forde, and two other members of the anti-immigrant Minutman group which she founded, the ''Minutemen American Defense,'' decided that one way to finance her burgeoning organization was to dress up as law enforcement agents, and to rob Mexican immigrants. When Shawna and her compatriots illegally entered the home of Raul Flores, and demanded money, the head of the family ordered the trio to leave, prompting the radical right-wingers to put a bullet into the head of little 9 year old Brisenia Flores, and into the head of her father. Unluckily for the conservative killers, Brisenia's mother was able to barricade herself in her bedroom, where she kept a handgun, and she was able to keep at bay her would be assassins until the real police arrived.

Richard Poplawski opened fire on police officers during a domestic disturbance call, in April of 2009, killing three of them. Why? The 23 year-old right-winger feared that the President was poised to take away his hand guns.

Just a few days after that shoot-out, two sheriff’s deputies in northern Florida were shot and killed by Joshua Cartwright who later was fatally shot by other deputies. The reason, according to Cartright's wife, was because Joshua "believed that the US Government was conspiring against him," and, according to her, he had been severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.

Passing the hate down from one generation to the next, the father and son team of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge blew up a homemade bomb in December of 2008 which killed state police bomb technician William Hakim, who was trying to dismantle it, and Woodburn Police Capt. Tom Tennant, who was helping, during bank robbery in Woodburn, Oregon. The completely unrepentent Turnidges' plan was to rob banks to finance an anti-government militia group, and killing two police officers was small beans compared to what they really wanted to do to the Democratic majority in Washington DC.

The list of victims from right-wing terror does not stop there.

It goes on, and on.

Doctor George Tiller.

Arkansas Democratic Chairman Bill Gwatney.

Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims of the Tucson shooting are but the latest victims of this madness.

Hours before the shooting spree in Arizona which took 6 lives including that of a Federal Judge and a 9 year old little girl, Christina Greene (born on 9-11-2001), Representative Peter King, a conservative Republican and the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made clear his intention to use taxpayers' money - our money - to investigate the radicalization of American Muslims, claiming in his zeal to persecute American Muslims, that "These are very legitimate hearings."

But since the day little Christina was brought into this world, on that fateful September morning, the number of victims who have been laid to rest due to domestic jihad pales when compared to those who have been killed by conservative terrorists during little Christina's short tenure on this earth.

For moderate republicans to hide these blood-thirsty radicals within their ranks behind the legitimate dissent of the anti-abortion lobby, or of that of any other conservative movement, be it anti-immigration, or advocates for 2d Amendment Rights, and to deny any responsibility for help in fostering these lunatic's bizarre views, doesn't help the moderate republican lobbies achieve their aims and goals...

It, instead, helps the radical conservative terrorists attain theirs.

We should be there, in Washington DC, on the first day that Rep. King convenes his American Muslim witch hunt.

We should be there to tell him with a thunderous voice that we know who the real domestic threats to America are.

I will be there.

Will you?

Del Wasso,
Rockford Coffee Party Coordinator,
Rockford, Illinois,
on the web @ http://www.rockfordcoffeeparty.org ,
and on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1058...

*A note on the graphic included with this post: The Sons of Liberty were the patriots who had finally had enough and threw the King's tea into Boston Harbor. The graphic is the flag of those American patriots. If you, too, are ready to toss out the tea, proudly adopt this flag as a piece of your American heritage once again.

I can not, on my own, organize a DC protest, but someone out there can. Timing a protest against right-wing terrorism when Rep. King begins his House hearings "investigating" home-grown Amerian Muslim radicalization would send a clear message: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! If you agree, and feel that peace-loving patriots need to (finally) step up and be heard, PLEASE kick and recommend this post.

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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in Editorials & Other Articles
Tue Jan 18th 2011, 10:54 AM


January 21st, 2010, was a very sad day in American history.

On that day, the Supreme Court, in a split 5-to-4 ruling, said that corporate entities have the same Constitutional free-speech rights as living, breathing citizens to participate in our electoral process.

Previously, dating back to 1907, Congress had forbade corporations, railroads and national banks from putting money into federal elections. After World War II, Congress extended the ban to include labor unions. More recently, the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002 added an extra limit on corporate and union-funded broadcast ads in the month before an election. Such ads were prohibited if they even mentioned a candidate running for office.

The Supreme Court's Citizens' United decision swept away all of those restrictions, in spite of the reality that corporations are not endowed by their (small 'c') creators with inalienable rights.

“The government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity,” said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, in complete disregard that corporations have no “identity,” for they are not people.

They do not breathe the air we breathe.

They do not eat the food we eat.

And they do not need health care, because they never get ill.

Yet, corporations now can legally and directly influence all of those things, politically.

They will not die on a battlefield, yet they now can legally advocate for and influence the wars we wage.

They do not need education, yet they now can legally influence how our schools are run.

And they can't be locked up when they do bad things.

Most disturbing, multinational corporations with foreign shareholders now have the same rights as American citizens to spend money to tilt U.S. elections, even though neither foreign citizens nor corporations can actually vote in our elections.

January 21st, 2010, was, indeed, a very sad day for America.

Del Wasso,
Rockford Coffee Party Coordinator,
Rockford, Illinois,
on the web @ http://www.rockfordcoffeeparty.org,
and on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1058...
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion
Sat Jan 15th 2011, 10:12 AM


Contrary to what you have heard from the mainstream media, the "tone" of political discourse had absolutely nothing to do with the Tucson Massacre.

Discussing the "tone" of the political landscape, today, is putting the horse ahead of the cart.

It was the psychology of modern conservative philosophy that put a bullet into the back of Gabby Gifford's head, my friends - not the "tone" of our political speech.

Conservatives are blaming anything and everything for the Tucson Massacre except for modern-day conservatism, which preaches that liberals and democrats are the enemies of America and a bona fide threat to the nation's very existence.

I'll repeat that last paragraph for added emphasis:

Conservatives are blaming anything and everything for the Tucson Massacre except for modern-day conservatism, which preaches that liberals and democrats are the enemies of America and a bona fide threat to the nation's very existence.

And it is that same fallacious conservative belief that liberals will destroy America that is setting the "tone" of our current political discourse - not the other way around.

And as long as that is the case, as long as modern American conservatism puts forth the precept that liberals and democrats are the enemies of America and a bona fide threat to the nation's very existence, the bodies will continue to pile up.

Only the most naive of political observers could ever fail to see the obvious consequences of proclaiming that any group of Americans was a "threat" to their existence or the existence of the nation and not realize that different people would deal with that "threat" in different ways.

Furthermore, discussing the ''tone'' of today's political discourse merely leads into the false moral equivalency argument about how "both sides do it."

Pretending that liberals are shooting conservatives (when they are emphatically not) directly plays into the false conservative mind-set that liberals are a threat to conservatives, which is precisely why conservatives are, in fact, killing liberals, in the first place!

(Anyone needing a list of victims of conservative terrorism can just ask me - I've got one handy.)

Therefore, we must reach the conclusion that even discussing the ''tone'' of current plitical discourse reinforces, in today's conservative psyche, that liberals are out to get them.

It is the conservative belief that liberals are a threat that HAS to be dispelled, and that will not happen by RE-INFORCING conservative fallacies.

When conservative leaders finally stand up and tell their more fanatical followers that liberals will not destroy America, that democrats are not out to "get" republicans, the murders of innocent liberal democrats will come to an end.

But not until then.

Del Wasso,
Rockford Coffee Party Coordinator,
Rockford, Illinois,
www.rockfordcoffeeparty.org
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jun 11th 2010, 11:14 AM
Drafted by the Rockford Coffee Party and other Coffee Party coordinators around the country, we have adopted a resolution condemning BP's role in the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico - and our plan is to have independant grassroot organizations take the Resolution to their elected officials on, or about, June 28th, 0r July 23d (we haven't decided THAT part, yet).

On whichever day we decide upon, members of the Rockford Coffee Party will meet in Warrenville, Illinois, immediately after presenting the document to our Congressman, and protest the corporate HdQrts of BP America.

Tentatively, we will be holding a rally in a park, either on Monday June 28th, or on Saturday, July 24th.

There are advantages and disavantages to both, and we have not yet decided on which date would maximize our efforts. I, personally, lean towards the later July date.

We invite EVERYONE to join us in planning this event who is mad as hell, and wants to let British Petroleum's CEO, CFO, and all the other three-letter S.O.B.'s know exactly what you think about them, and their corporate greed that has put money ahead of lives, and our planet.

Anyways, here's our Draft Resolution, which should be wrapped up sometime today.

A Resolution Holding British Petroleum Accountable
Draft – June 8, 2010
Open to comment from Coffee Party members from June 8-June 12


WHEREAS, On April 20, 2010, The Deepwater Horizon, owned and operated by Transocean Ltd., and leased to British Petroleum, PLC, exploded and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven employees and injuring seventeen others, causing an ensuing catastrophic oil discharge into the Gulf's waters; (1) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum’s oil spill has caused an ongoing catastrophe which endangers the Gulf coast fishing, shrimping, oystering and tourism industries, permanently eliminating jobs, negatively affecting coastal housing and commercial property values, thus endangering the region's already troubled banking sector and resulting in direct economic damages many times the size of the civil fines, and jeopardizes the entire Gulf coast ecosystem; (6) (13) (23) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) and

WHEREAS, The total amount of oil spilled into the Gulf's waters, as of June 7, was conservatively estimated to be between 12,000 barrels and 100,000 barrels, (500,000 - 4,200,000 US gallons) per day, with an attendant civil fine between $1,034,000,000 and $14,147,000,000, and is now believed to have surpassed the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill as the largest oil spill, ever; (11) (13) (19) (20) (24) and

WHEREAS, The federal government's Mineral Management Service rule changes made in April 2008 allowed British Petroleum to forego regular safety requirements because British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon was considered an exploratory well and not a regular production well; (3) (20) (51) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum has not been forthcoming with factual information regarding the volume of oil escaping the well point, the toxicity of the dispersant they are using, has demanded clean-up crews to sign non-disclosure confidentiality waivers, secluded rig explosion survivors from their families and the press for forty hours after the event, has prevented journalists from investigating the conditions surround this disaster, and has had to be forced by government to provide a live video feed to the oil leak; (2) (6) (7) (8) (15) (21) (22) (37) (38) (39) (40) (50) and

WHEREAS, The Deepwater Horizon's wellhead had been fitted with a blowout preventer (BOP), but it was not fitted with remote-control or acoustically-activated triggers for use in cases of emergencies requiring the platform to be evacuated; (27) (28) (41) and

WHEREAS, The efforts to stop the discharge of oil has caused multiple oil plumes in multiple locations, leaking crude oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico; (22) (42) (43) and

WHEREAS, Because of the climate of loose regulatory oversight that has existed for twenty years, BP has been able to circumvent the rules and regulations of the states and federal governments in order to maximize its profits while continuing to take environmental and safety risks; (20) and

WHEREAS, In the five years prior to the Deepwater Horizon's sinking, British Petroleum has been charged with 760 "egregious, willful" safety violations, resulting in 30 employee’s deaths and more than 200 serious injuries; (25) (44) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum has spent millions of dollars to lobby our Congress in regards to pending energy legislation; (10) (20) (29) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum has donated millions of dollars in campaign contributions to both Presidential and Congressional candidates; (29) and

WHEREAS, America has witnessed a steady stream of government regulators being rewarded with lucrative corporate jobs - to include the recent hiring of Anne Kolton, former head of public affairs at the Department of Energy as the head of British Petroleum's effort to defend their reputation - which has resulted in an unethical relationship between the industry and its regulators; (10) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum employees which are currently engaged in the oil spill cleanup have been denied appropriate safety equipment; (4) (5) (45) (46) and

WHEREAS, British Petroleum has released, to date, 715,000 gallons of the oil dispersant Corexit 9500 and refuses to abide by an EPA order to use a less toxic chemical oil dispersant, while simultaneously refusing EPA demands to disclose specific information regarding Corexit 9500's toxicity, citing proprietary disclosure; (5) (7) (8) (47) (48) (49) and

WHEREAS, Senator Robert Menendez (D), of New Jersey, has proposed legislation raising the current $75 million monetary cap oil companies must pay for the oil spills they cause; (16) and

WHEREAS, Senator Robert Menendez (D), of New Jersey, has proposed legislation to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require oil polluters to pay for the full cost of oil spills, (17) therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the _________ Coffee Party holds British Petroleum responsible for the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; and be it further
RESOLVED, that British Petroleum must provide just compensation and make whole the people whom they have harmed with this disaster; (16) (17) (18) and be it further

RESOLVED, that British Petroleum be held solely financially responsible for all of the costs of the oil spill's clean up; (9) and be it further
RESOLVED, that in the event of a bankruptcy filing by British Petroleum, all financial obligations associated with the clean-up costs and compensation to individuals and the communities harmed, including those obligations which may result from pending litigation, be exempt from bankruptcy protection or given primary consideration during the liquidation of BP assets; (17) (23) and be it further

RESOLVED, that legislation be passed by our government mandating multiple and redundant safety features be imposed on all off-shore oil rigs to prevent future catrastrophic oil spills; (14) and be it further

RESOLVED, that our government ban on ALL new offshore drilling until such time that new legislation is passed that mitigates the risk of any future oil spill disasters; (12) and be it further

RESOLVED, that the fines for oil companies and their oil rigs failing safety inspections be doubled; and be it further

RESOLVED, that all exploratory oil wells be regulated in the same manner as regular production oil wells; (14) and be it further

RESOLVED, that British Petroleum be mandated by appropriate government legislation to fully disclose to the American people EVERY aspect of their clean-up operation(15); and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Environmental Protection Agency be granted, through appropriate government legislation, the authority to actually protect the environment and the authority to dictate which chemicals oil companies can, or cannot, disperse into the waters in which they drill; (14) and be it further

RESOLVED, that we, the people of the ___________ Coffee Party, fully endorse Senator Menendez's proposed legislation financially obligating oil companies for the oil spills they cause, as well as lifting the current $75 million cap on damages which oil companies must pay for the oil spills they cause, and demand that the whole of Congress do so, as well, and immediately pass into law both the ''Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010'' and the ''Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2010''; (16) (17) (18) and be it further

RESOLVED, that Attorney General Holder bring to justice those responsible for British Petroleum's criminal negligence and hold them accountable for both this unparralled ecological disaster and for the deaths and injuries this catastrophe of epic proportions has caused; (1)

Signed,




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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 28th 2009, 11:56 AM
Once there was a young rabbit named Shmoe. He was both lively and entertaining and spent his days frolicking in the meadows under the warm summer sun.

As the days began to cool and the nights grew chilly, Shmoe noticed that he saw less and less of his friends. Then he remembered that he, too, would soon need to find a warm and cozy home where he could spend the long winter months.

He poked and burrowed all day only to find that the other animals had already chosen the best places.

"What am I do to?" Shmoe whimpered. "I will surely freeze to death if I don't find shelter soon."

Unknown to Shmoe, a pair of yellow-green eyes had been watching him. Now, having observed his predicament, a voice hissed and slithered across the meadow on the wind.

"Come here, Shmoe, I have plenty of room for you," spoke the snake, "it is so cold, and you are nearly frozen. If you come in, we can keep each other company, and you will be safe from the storm."

Still feeling chilled and warmed by the idea of having found a place to stay for the winter, Shmoe nestled into the snake's coiled body. Shmoe felt the snake's body tighten around him and thought, What a lovely hug between friends!

As the snake's grip grew stronger, Shmoe struggled and squeaked, "Snake, stop! You are squeezing the life out of me!"

The snake's tongue slid across Shmoe's head as he said, "I know, how else could I have you for dinner?"

The moral of the story?

Don't be a Shmoe.

American conservatives are putting far too much trust in the for-profit health care insurance industry which only continues to exist by denying health care coverage to the sick and to the infirm. To actually provide health care coverage to the sick and infirm would take away their profit motive.

And, obviously, their dinner.
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in Activist HQ
Wed Apr 15th 2009, 07:21 AM
Dear Michael Steele,

In an interview with the Washington Times' Cal Thomas, printed March 11th, you said that President Obama's quest for bipartisanship was not a political reality. You said at the time that bipartisanship was, "a fiction of politics."

Furthermore, on March 29th, you said during a CNN interview that you were "done" with bi-partisan politics - you actually told the President of the United States, "You do your thing. I'll do my thing."

And it would appear, Chairman Steele, that your "thing" happens to be a series of disorganized personal attacks against duly-elected democratic officials.

In a recent e-mail which you sent out to RNC supporters, you asked fellow republicans to to protest increased taxes on the April 15th Tax Day deadline by sending a virtual tea bag to prominent democrats, in total disregard that the taxes citizens are, today, digging into their pockets to pay were those that were instituted by President Obama's predecessor - George W. Bush.

To this end, you asked the recipients of your mass e-mail to send "virtual" tea bags to the democrats that defeated your RNC candidates on Election Day.

You also made your request to direct your constituient's anger towards the Bush Administration's tax rates at our elected democrats with your hand held out, like a street beggar, asking that these same republican supporters donate money to the Republican Party.

For your arrogance - for your contempt for bipartisanship - and simply for being a collossal heel - here is a GREEN Tea Bag of your very own:



May you find comfort in this organic blend of tea, as you contemplate why your political organization has disappeared from the American political landscape, UNDER YOUR SO-CALLED LEADERSHIP.

Sincerly,


mailto:Chairman@gop.com
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Aug 10th 2007, 09:54 AM
A woman at an "Ask Mitt Anything" forum quized the Republican candidate for President why not one of Mitt Romney's five sons were serving in Iraq. The candidate responded by saying, "one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected."

That simply isn't good enough, sir.

I served with Btry E, 2dBn, 14thMar, 4thMarDiv, USMCR, 1985-1991.

My Joliet, Illinois, reserve unit was activated in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

When my country called, I answered.

I'm not in Iraq, today, because I oppose the immoral war America's Republicans started.

My country did NOT call, George Bush did.

If your boys support the War in Iraq from the comfort of their cozy captain chairs aboard your touring bus, the "Mitt Mobile", it would seem to me that they either believe that the war in Iraq is worthy of personal sacrifices - just not their own, or that they really don't believe that the war in Iraq is worth their own personal sacrifice.

If none of your five sons can see themselves wearing the uniform, Mister Romney, they need not serve in the uniform - they could work for KBR serving food, or drive a refueler under contract with Halliburton, or work a desk for Blackwater, or a phone bank for the USO.

Why won't any of your five boys serve, Mr. Romney?

Did you ask them to?

Why aren't THEY in Iraq, fighting for the cause you want other Americans to die for?

PLEASE VISIT MY ANTI-WAR WEB PAGE: www.shockedandawful.com
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Mar 03rd 2007, 01:53 PM
I submitted the following LTTE to the three newspapers in my local area. By all means feel free to use a variation of this Letter To The Editor, to send off your own, to your local papers.

''All of the GOP's 2008 presidential hopefuls, with the exception of Senator John McCain, recently appeared at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, last week.

Not one of those candidates has yet spoke out against guest speaker Ann Coulter's pejorative and slanderous reference to Democratic candidate John Edwards, as a ''faggot.''

Coulter's horrible comments were receieved by those attending the Conservative Conference with laughter, and cheers.

If the GOP candidates expect to hear anything other than laughter on election day, then they must distance themselves from the politics of smear, and scandal, and denounce Ms. Coulter's commentary as un-true, and mean-spirited, and un-worthy of an event at which a future President would ever attend, and speak.''
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Posted by OneAngryDemocrat in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Sep 30th 2006, 03:39 PM

''What is in a Name?''



By Del Wasso

In recent weeks, the cheerleaders who would like us to
believe that the occupation of Iraq is part of the greater War on Terror have been inaccurately referring to our Islamic fundamentalist enemies as, 'Islamo-Fascists', a new word in our lexicon.

While it is all too true that we are fighting fanatical Islamic fundamentalists in this ''War on Terror'', fascism is not really the term that would best apply.

Benito Mussolini, the founder of Italy's Fascist Party, defined fascism as ''Corporatism, for it is the marriage of government and Corporations.''

We should consider Benito Mussolini as an expert on the subject.

Unless Al Qaeda has started taking money from Exxon, Nike and McDonald's, fascism would NOT, therefore, appear to apply to our current enemies.

Maybe we should stick to the OLD word that referred to religious nuts - THEOCRATS. Personally, I didn't have a problem referring to our foes as Islamic fundamentalists.

We can only assume that those who chose to re-cast our enemies into the shape of yester-year's enemies are either ignorant of what fascism is, or, are purposefully using the word as a distraction - ''We CAN'T be the fascists, if THEY are the fascists!''

You see, besides fanaticism, some of the hall-marks of fascism are torture, pre-emptive and perpetual war, and domestic spying.

And, of course, a cozy relationship between government and corporations.

And that would best describe OUR current government.
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Deploying the Guard on the Mexican Border is Wrong!!!



by Del Wasso

There is a reason why President Bush wants to deploy the National Guard on our southern border, rather than deploying the Regular Army, or simply increasing the personnel who serve with the Border Patrol...

There is a reason as to why Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo characterized any potential Guard deployment to our border with Mexico, when he said, "We train National Guard all over the country, and there is no reason why we shouldn't be conducting that training on our borders,'' despite the fact that this ''training'' would include un-planned live-fire exercises with Mexican Coyotes, and drug smugglers...

Soldiers in the Regular Army receive more benefits (Veterans Administration housing, and business loans, a beefed-up GI Bill college program, as well as family medical care, etc) than either Reserve component, or National Guard, troops.

Deploying the various states' Guard units would enable the Bush administration to place America's Citizen Soldiers into harm's way, for two week tours, without having to honor these dedicated warriors with all of those benefits that Congress has seen fit to bestow upon those who serve their nation, full time.

Soldiers serving in the Reserve, and National Guard, must be on Active Duty for 90+ days to be considered for those benefits which Active Duty soldiers receive as a matter of course.

The President's planned deployment would not give these Guardsmen the 90+ days they would need to qualify for these Active Duty benefits.

In other words, George Bush plans to endanger the lives of those men and women who have volunteered for the Guard, by placing them into the line of fire, without actually owning up to the dangerous service that they would be asked to perform.

The President's plan is, therefore, shameful, and a complete disgrace.

Visit my anti-war website, www.shockedandawful.com
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