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Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 03:00 PM PDT

Lucy: the tea-party killer

by Msanger

I just saw Lucy, the science fiction action film starring  Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson.  The studio blurb says:
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
The basic 'trick' of the film is Lucy "ingests" a drug that causes her to use more and more of her brain, and the more she uses the more "powers" she gets.  Now, these powers include the ability to beat the Johansson out of the bad guys, freeze time, and see what's going on inside people's bodies and minds.

But what is more relevant to our quest to elect more and better Democrats is that as she uses more of her brain, she becomes - not really more compassionate - but more aware of us all being one.  What she says in the movie does not exactly echo "It takes a village" or "One voice can change a room..." but she gets close.

So for a conservative Ayn Randists - she is the ultimate enemy.  A "superwoman" whose essence is not individualism, but collectivism/universalism --- I really don't know the name for it.

And what will really cause the tea-party folks to HATE this film is the hero is not only a woman, but a party-going woman who is smarter than any of the guys, and her "accomplice" is an older black guy (who sometimes plays POTUS in movies) and her other "accomplish" is French.  As a matter of fact, the only white guys in the movie are (te-party folks, close your eyes) scientists.
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Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM PDT

The Senate should sue the House

by Msanger

The Oath of Office for the House of Representatives says:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The first part of the constitution says
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America
So by swearing to uphold the Constitution, they have sworn to "provide for the general welfare".  Which they have clearly not done.

So if the House can sue the President for violating the law, can't the Senate sue the House for violating their oath of office?

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As the events of the last few weeks progressed, I was continually surprised and delighted with the unity of purpose and resolve displayed by the Dems in Washington. Their focus and resolve not only saved the Union (am I remember the wrong civil war here?) but handed the teapublicans a major loss.  

So this morning I was wondering

What could we do, as as Dems out here "beyond the Beltway?
I mean, we know we can do this or help out with this.

But I'm wondering if there was some community action we might that that goes beyond "holding the line" and actually moves our cause forward?

What do you think?

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Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 07:14 AM PDT

How WE take back the house next year

by Msanger

There is a great diary on ACA where the writer shares his/her experience finding out about what "ObamaCare" will really do for his/her family and their friends and neighbours

In includes a link to https://www.healthcare.gov/... which a pretty easy site to navigate. From what I saw on the site after Oct. 1 everybody will be able to find what plans they are eligible for, what it will cost/save them, and the benefits available.

I sent a link to the site to my girlfriend, who is self-employed and will be sharing it with my family, and friends, and everybody I know.  Once people realize what ObamaCare will actually mean, they are going to either 1) love it, or 2) realize it isn't the second coming of the evil one.

And they are going to be pissed at the Republicans for blocking it and thankful that the Dems got it passed.

And will vote in the 2014 elections to make sure the Repubs don't repeal it for the 666th time.

The point of all this is that once people (real people who have lips which are for kissing and to sing with) realize what the ACA means to them and their families, they are going to go Dem.  One way we can make sure everybody finds out about this is to share this link with them.

https://www.healthcare.gov/...

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM PST

A good story from Iowa GOTV

by Msanger

While I was watching MSNBC today and writing a semi-bogus diary, my sister was working for GOTV in Iowa.  This is why what you all do makes a difference.

A nice story from today.  We are located in one not huge room with the phone canvassers sitting at one table and the walking canvassers being trained at another table.  then Sxx, Azzz, and me are at another table with laptops reviewing lists and calling the next group of canvassers (and peeking at the latest 538 updates).  Anyway, at about 4:30 this afternoon one of the phone bankers was talking to a 76 year old women who had requested a ballot but had not received it.  That meant that to vote tomorrow and be sure her ballot counted, she needed to get to the auditor's office, which was closing at 6.  

The phone bank person, a feisty ex San Francisco lady, turned to me and said, "can we get this lady to the Auditor's office.  She says that she will crawl there if she has to."  So, I talked to her and arranged to pick her up in 15 minutes because she wanted to be dressed properly.  

I picked her up and we got to the auditor's office where the wait was about 35 minutes.  She talked to the clerk who voided her first ballot and then she got to vote.  As I was driving her back home, she kept thanking me and the person who knocked on her door yesterday who alerted her to the potential problem.  I walked her to the door and got her safely inside.  As I walked back to my car, she said, "I will be praying for the President and for all the people out there working to ensure people can vote because that is our right.

Thanks to all of you who have done so much.
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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:57 AM PST

Chuck Todd just blew my mind!

by Msanger

I was watching his show this morning, and as they went into a break he said, "here's something I like to listen to..."  And this is what it was:

I would like to apologize for mistaking "One Term More" for the original "One Day More."  Several commenters pointed out that he actually played the original.  Since I've never heard the original, and love the prayer that is "One Term More"

I guess I heard what I wanted to hear.

Which might make me an honorary republican, if you get my drift.

This is worth sharing, in case you know anybody who needs to get fired up.
Lyrics on the other side of the squiggle.
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Several folks have pointed out that this Tuesday the President should ask Romney when is he going to release twelve years of taxes, just like Mitt's father did.  When faced with this question, how will Mitt respond.  And please add your own ideas in the comments.

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There is a diary on the list that asks for a money bomb today. Please go to it and even if you can't donate yourself, rec it up.

Today is the deadline for August fundraising.  Money donated now helps more than money donated next month, and helps a lot more than money donated in October.

We can write and read all the diaries we want about how bad Romney-Rand-Ryan is, and how evil the republicans are, and how important this election is.  But if we don't give our candidates the money they need, we are basically just --- you fill in the blank.
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Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 03:49 AM PDT

Two Things to Lift Your Spirits (video)

by Msanger

After four years of relentless attacks on President Obama from the right (and occasionally from the left) I've noticed that I'm not as enthusiastic today as I was four years ago. I am still committed to re-electing Obama, but it is interesting that I didn't write "I'm still TOTALLY committed..."  I know I'm not totally committed because I haven't started making phone calls yet. I have raised $1,392 from 12 friends using my Grassroots Fundraising Page, but until I start making those calls, I know I'm not totally committed.

I didn't realize how down I was, until I followed a link from my cousin in Florida, which lead me to this offering.  I have shown sent this to my sisters, my friends, and my co-workers. And if this doesn't life your spirits -- well maybe you don't like Les Mis.

The other piece of good news is Romney's popularity has hit an all time low.

But more to the point, if you have any other uplifting songs, videos, or thoughts, please post them in the comments.

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Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:42 AM PDT

"One Term More" the musical

by Msanger

I know that diaries are supposed to be a couple of paragraphs long, but this is really worth watching and passing on.  Unfortunately I don't know how to embed the link so you'll have to click to watch. Well, I didn't know how to embed until another user told me.  Here is the link if you want to send it to friends.
http://www.onetermmore.com/...


It is a parody of a song from "Les Mis" which I must confess I have never seen - though almost everybody in my family has probably seen twice.

The lyrics are beneath the fold.

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I've been reading alot of comments about how people are maxed out financially and how while they want to donate more money to the Obama Campaign they just can't do it.  I'd like to suggest something that not only will help with fundraising, but will help when it comes time to GOTV.

One way to counter the Super-Pacs

A couple of days ago I set up a "grass-roots fundraising page" on the Obama web site. Here is a link that will let you set up your own site. http://www.barackobama.com/....  It is really easy to you, you can set one up in three minutes or so, and then start to email your friends, family, annoying Republican Uncles (yes, I have one too) and ask them to donate.

I was hesitant to do this, so I sent out about twenty emails to my sisters, some good friends, and two ex-girlfriends. So far my sister, my mom, one ex-girlfriend and one of my very good friends just donated.  Now let me tell you a bit about my friend, because it is a miracle.  He is wealthy, self-employed, very smart and very very cynical when it comes to politics.  He has never donated to anybody, but does vote Dem reliably.

When I sent him the invitation email I got a reply that basically said "Is this spam, or have you gone totally overboard?"  I wrote back that I had gone totally overboard, that I knew all politicains were crooks, but I sure as well would rather have Obama than Romney running things.

About an hour later I got an email from the web site saying he'd donated $46 bucks.  And he is a good democrat who has never donated before.

While I have raised $250 so far from six people, I would say $100 of that is money that would never have been donated it it wasn't for my site.  And that is just me doing it.  So if 1000 Kossaks set up sites like this...
So anyway, http://www.barackobama.com/.... makes it really easy to set up a site, and then send out emails or put it on Facebook.

Give it a try.  It is like a really easy way to do something for the campaign and you don't even have to call up strangers.

How this helps GOTV

Over the next couple of months I'll be emailing everybody I know, and asking them to ask their friends to donate via my site.  Currently I'm asking for $46 bucks, but I'm going to change it to $5.  The site I (and the one you) have set up lets us keep track of who has donated.  When election day gets close (or early voting periods arrive) I can email the people who have donated and remind them to vote. Since they have already donated, they are in our column, and then it is just a matter of making sure they get out to vote.

Again, this link lets you set up your own site, it is not a link to mine.
http://www.barackobama.com/....

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I've been reading alot of comments about how people are maxed out financially and how while they want to donate more money to the Obama Campaign they just can't do it.  I'd like to suggest something that not only will help with fundraising, but will help when it comes time to GOTV.

A couple of days ago I set up a "grass-roots fundraising page" on the Obama web site. Here is a link that will let you set up your own site. http://www.barackobama.com/...  It is really easy to you, you can set one up in three minutes or so, and then start to email your friends, family, annoying Republican Uncles (yes, I have one too) and ask them to donate.

I was hesitant to do this, so I sent out about twenty emails to my sisters, some good friends, and two ex-girlfriends. So far my sister, my mom, one ex-girlfriend and one of my very good friends just donated.  Now let me tell you a bit about my friend, because it is a miracle.  He is wealthy, self-employed, very smart and very very cynical when it comes to politics.  He has never donated to anybody, but does vote Dem reliably.

When I sent him the invitation email I got a reply that basically said "Is this spam, or have you gone totally overboard?"  I wrote back that I had gone totally overboard, that I knew all politicains were crooks, but I sure as well would rather have Obama than Romney running things.

About an hour later I got an email from the web site saying he'd donated $46 bucks.  And he is a good democrat who has never donated before.

So anyway, http://www.barackobama.com/... makes it really easy to set up a site, and then send out emails or put it on Facebook.

Give it a try.  It is like a really easy way to do something for the campaign and you don't even have to call up strangers.

How this helps GOTV

Over the next couple of months I'll be emailing everybody I know, and asking them to ask their friends to donate via my site.  Currently I'm asking for $46 bucks, but I'm going to change it to $5.  The site I (and the one you) have set up lets us keep track of who has donated.  When election day gets close (or early voting periods arrive) I can email the people who have donated and remind them to vote. Since they have already donated, they are in our column, and then it is just a matter of making sure they get out to vote.

Again, this link lets you set up your own site, it is not a link to mine.
http://www.barackobama.com/...

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