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Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 02:48 PM PDT

Doom and gloom

by OldDragon

Well, long ago when I was a transfer college student, I went to the head of the Art History department to ask for his permission to take an advanced Art History course.  I needed upper level electives in order to graduate and the head of the History department had already told me to forget about it.  The art history professor told me he knew I would fail, but he would allow it.  And the first test, I just passed.  But by the end of the course, I had regained my confidence and I aced the course.  I even got an apology from the professor!  (He was a terrific teacher and I ended up taking all of the classes he taught.)

So, maybe we're being a little early in deciding that all is lost.  Perhaps we could wait until after all of the votes are in to decide how we will act in defeat.

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Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 06:18 PM PDT

Robo calls in Virginia

by OldDragon

I just received the first robo call (that I've actually answered) this fall.  (I just recently discovered caller ID and I love it.)  This one was obviously prerecorded; she didn't pause when I called her an idiot.  She told me that my representative, Tom Perriello, voted for a massive cut in Medicare; the voice was that of an elderly woman.  I would tell you more, except that I hung up at that point.

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The polls close at 7 PM in Virginia.  If you haven't taken the time to vote, please keep in mind that the guys with the "R" after their names are going to be most interested in improprieties in your bedroom and little interested in improprieties in the boardroom and your workplace.  Regardless of what they've said on the campaign trail.  Look at their records.

Consider what their proposals are for funding.  Are they more interested in starving the government?  Starving the government means reduced funds for highways and bridges, for caring for children and the elderly, for essential services.  It's important to look at the whole picture.

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To begin with, the organization has nothing to do with the U.S. government; "U.S." is simply an impressive, useful name.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a powerful lobbying group funded by big businesses; it lobbies against financial reform, consumer protection, health care reform, and climate change reform, to name a few.  To see a partial list of memebers, look at the October 30th Huffington Post article "Who Funds the Chamber of Commerce? HuffPost Readers Respond."

The week of October 19th - 25th, in the Charlottesville area, the Chamber ran blatantly anti-union TV ads against the Democratic candidate for governor, Creigh Deeds.  They were inflammatory and untruthful.  Nice touch with our workers hurting.

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