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Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM PDT

Hanged for a sheep

by cmanaster

How is BP like a pedophile priest?

How is the US government like the Catholic church?

What lessons might they both take from a lovely old saying?  Follow me below the fold to find out.

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Our little health care group is switching modes.  During the national health care debate, we got together every weekend to hold up health care signs on the corner, handing out pamphlets, getting yelled at a little and yelling back.

The health care debate isn't over, but the window of effectiveness for that kind of approach probably is - if it wasn't already.  So we're going to start writing letters to editors, to try to inform and persuade the public about this complex issue.  Specifically, we're promoting the concept of Single Payer health care in California.

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The judge in the electronic signature case has issued a tentative ruling, that digital signatures will not be permitted to help bring initiatives to the ballot.

"The digital image of a purportedly completed initiative petition stored on a USB flash drive does not constitute a petition or paper for purposes of determining what the elections office must process," Miram wrote in his tentative ruling.

 Here's the full article.

This is bad news for the Restore Equality 2010 campaign; without digital signatures, it's hard to see how we could collect enough signatures to get it onto the ballot.


They said it couldn't be done.  They said we were nuts.  They said the time wasn't right.  But it can be done - we're doing it; we're not nuts; and the time is now.  The perfect storm, the trifecta of technology, politics, and demographics is upon us here in California, and we're seizing the day.

In this diary I'll explain this magic moment and how the Restore Equality 2010 campaign is taking advantage of it - and how you can help.  It starts with cannabis (no, not the way you're thinking!), beneath the fold.

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Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 04:30 PM PST

Arrested for Single Payer Healthcare

by cmanaster

Today I got arrested, with my friends Mary and Jerry.  This was part of a national campaign, organized by Mobilize For Healthcare For All, to sit in on health insurance offices, get arrested and raise the profile of health care reform and, more specifically, Single Payer.

This is my first arrest; here's what happened.

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Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 02:58 PM PDT


by cmanaster

Dear President Obama,

The past few nights my girlfriend and I watched the PBS documentary about LBJ.  We were hoping to find some examples for you of how he had bullied, bribed, blackmailed, and browbeaten fellow Democrats into voting for elements of his Great Society legislation - because, as you know, he did those things, and because we feel you need to be following his example, particularly with respect to health care reform, which seems headed for disappointment - either a weak bill, a gift to corporate interests, or, more likely, no bill at all.  But I digress.

We saw parallels between LBJ's presidency and your own as we watched the documentary, but they were not the parallels we anticipated.  The strongest analogy between the presidency of LBJ and yours, thus far, I fear, is the one we must draw between Vietnam and Afghanistan.

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Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 02:33 PM PDT

"I'm sorry you're scared"

by cmanaster

Yesterday OFA held a healthcare rally here in San Diego, and Maggie & I attended with the handmade signs we take to every such rally (they've gotten a lot of use lately, between our regular Saturday rallies, Congresswoman Davis' four town halls, and a MoveOn vigil the night before).  Only one deeply offensive wingnut was present, and there were on the order of 150 of us.  Downtown, on Broadway, in front of Horton Plaza.  Mostly honks and waves of support from passers-by, with a few nasties in the crowd to keep it interesting.

As the rally was winding down, another "anti" showed up - this one not quite so wingnutty, but bearing handouts with the scary healthcare flowchart that alleges to explain HR3200.  At first I wrote her off as a kook and not worth my time, but she persisted, and I engaged - and maybe a little good came of it.  Follow me below the fold for more.

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This weekend I wrote the health care speech I want to hear our president deliver.  It's below the fold.

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Fri May 30, 2008 at 06:07 AM PDT

Full Copass/Davis Debate

by cmanaster

Mike Copass has now put video from his entire debate with Susan Davis online.

Please take a look and see why I want him to replace this 4-term incumbent as my representative in Congress.  Below the fold are their 2-minute closing statements; you can see the whole debate at Mike's website

Contribute to Mike (just 4 GOTV'ing days left!) on my ActBlue Page.

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Mon May 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM PDT

CA-53 Primary Debate

by cmanaster

Yesterday Mike Copass and incumbent Susan Davis participated in a debate hosted by Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.  They are candidates for the Congressional seat in the 53rd district of California, my district.  The hour-long event at the Joyce Beers Center was very well attended - standing room only - and it was a great debate.

I didn't take notes - and I should have - but below the fold are the points I can remember.

You can contribute to Mike Copass at my ActBlue page

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Sat May 17, 2008 at 06:27 PM PDT

Ten bucks on a long shot

by cmanaster


Have you spent that $600 check from Uncle Dubya yet?  Got a few dollars left over?  Maybe a few gallons of gas?  Can I talk you into sending $10 to Mike Copass?  He's running for Congress, challenging incumbent Democrat Susan Davis in the primary, in my district, CA-53 - and he would do a better job in this safe blue district.

There are just a couple of weeks left before the June 3rd primary, and I'd love to steer a little cash his way.  So he's getting $100 from me today, and if 100 more people will contribute - just $10 apiece - in the next week, I'll double my contribution.

Mike is committed to getting us out of Iraq, to universal single-payer health care, to sustainable energy policies, fair elections, and government accountability, among other issues.

I've put him on my new ActBlue page, about which, more below the fold.

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I want the House Judiciary Dems' phones ringing off the hook.  They'll be hearing from me, for sure.  Rough script:

Does the Congresscritter support HR333?

[yes] Great!  What can I do to help him/her bring it to fruition?
[no]  What can I do to change her/his mind?
[undecided] What factors would make a difference?

May I speak with the congresscriter her/himself?  What time would be
convenient?  Will s/he be holding a town hall on this very important

Thank you for your time; we'll talk again soon.

And, special for Keith Ellison:

Prove to me that you're not working with our enemies - get this bill
passed, and pronto!

Phone numbers below the fold.

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