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Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 08:06 PM PDT

Refuting "Lincoln's Ten Points"

by Timroff

Lately, there's been a yarn being told that opposes the #Occupy movement by using "Abraham Lincoln's Ten Points" which support a capitalist ideal and refutes the notion that having an unbalanced system is a bad idea:

* You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
* You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
* You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
* You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
* You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.
* You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
* You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
* You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
* You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
* You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Let's talk about this on the flip, shall we?

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So I've been planning for weeks to participate in this wonderful Feeding America blogathon, when a weird thing happened: The Occupy Movement started, and I found myself in full facilitator mode, helping plan civil disobedience mass actions while helping organize and cook for what has turned into a 24-7 food distribution system for the homeless and hungry on Cleveland, Ohio's Public Square. You see, we've gotten so many food donations that we decided to share it with some of Cleveland's nearly 3,000 homeless people, which, I believe, is one of a few things that we here in Cleveland are doing differently.

Then, I get home later than planned, to find an amazing letter about "World Food Day" (today) and how the Occupy movement is helping to spread awareness about food inequality, food deserts, and corporate greed on a massive scale on the part of Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cargill, Monsanto and Con Agra.

So here's what I want all y'all nightbirds to do:

Reach into your wallet and follow this link below to donate to Feeding America, because they desperately need your help.

Second, keep your wallet out and join the Founders Club of Community Greenhouse Partners, the non-profit sustainable urban farm that I work for that's trying to build a greenhouse in Cleveland's urban core.

Third, read the letter under the fold, follow the links, and find an Occupy group and go help them serve food to the occupiers and the poor in your city. They desperately need your help too.

Feeding America locates food surplus and intercepts it on its way to the trash and distributes it to food banks all over the country. They do not buy most of their food, which is why they can provide meals so efficiently. They collect from vendors, grocery stores, and restaurants all over the country. Plenty of food is out there -- the problem is one of logistics, transportation, and distribution.

Because Feeding America redistributes surplus, they can provide healthy meals cheaply. Ninety five cents on every dollar that you donate here goes to food distribution. Donating to Feeding America is one of the most efficient ways that you can help aid hungry people.

Even $1 will help. Click on the icon above.

If you have the means, please donate to Feeding America by clicking on the box to the right. In addition to supplying food banks all over the country, they help hungry kids through their Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Food, and School Pantry programs. And this month, Ameriprise Financial will match your donation -- which means that every dollar you donate provides 16 meals to hungry people.

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 11:19 PM PST

# askthespeaker

by Timroff

Seems Boehner wants us to ask him questions on twitter from now until Sunday evening that he'll answer via Youtube on March 1st. We should use "#askthespeaker" in our questions.

Let's flood his inbox, shall we?

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First, go read this diary from earlier today

Then grab your wallet and join me on the flipside.

UPDATE: I'll donate an additional dollar for every recommend this gets. It's the best I can do.

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So in this series we've learned about different ways that local areas are trying to fight the hunger crisis. So let's get the important stuff out of the way:

If you have the means, please donate to Feeding America by clicking on the box to the right. They help hungry kids through their Backpack Program, the Kid's Cafe, and Magic Summer Lunchbox programs.

Remember that Ameriprise Financial will match your donation two for one through September 30 -- which means that every dollar you donate results in 21 meals to hungry people.

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Did your email list get swamped the last few days with pleas from government officials begging you for money?

Are you as sick of being treated like a political ATM as I am?

I spent the last three days unsubscribing from email lists begging me for money. Notice how the only time we hear from our elected officials is when they want our money? I'd really like to get an email from my Senator that tells me what he's actually done without a plea for funding.

I've been unemployed for 15 months, and until the useless idiots in Washington can either fund a stimulus bill that actually creates jobs in America or else actually passes an unemployment extension in the Senate, then in two weeks I'm out of options.

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Welcome to the Memorial Day weekend blog-a-thon for Feeding America!  This weekend's series is the latest in an on-going community fund-raising project for our nation’s food banks that began in 2008. Since then, thanks to all of you, Daily Kos has provided a quarter-of-a-million meals to hungry Americans.

But let's say you're unemployed, or buried in debt, or just unable to open your wallet to help fix the problem. What to do? Join me over the jump for some strategies that you can employ in fighting hunger in your area.

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Tue May 25, 2010 at 07:17 AM PDT

We are all to blame

by Timroff

This diary started as a series of comments in Crashing Vor's diary from earlier today, but I realized that I needed to sum it all up in one magnum opus. So here goes:

Don't try to pass the buck. We are ALL to blame for the disaster in the Gulf.

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Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:05 PM PST

Taking a Break

by Timroff

Sorry, friends, but what I'm seeing here the last few days has made me come to the conclusion that I just need to take a break.

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Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 01:07 PM PST

Updated: Thank You For The Quilt!

by Timroff

The amazing Community Quilt from my friends here at Daily Kos has arrived.

This diary is to thank all of you who participated -- THANK YOU!!!!!! OMG! WTF! BBQ!* -- but also to ask your help in raising support for some progressive causes and candidates. Join me on the flip side for more pics, and a question that maybe you can help answer.

UPDATE: According to Sara R, who made the quilt,

"One of the reasons I've been talking to Timroff about the quilts signed at the conventions is that I offered to do one to help feed people (I've got some really nice food-themed fabrics).  But it does not make sense to make another one if there is no way to do the drawing.
If someone is a lawyer who could figure this out, I am sure we could raise the money to pay the necessary fees.  It would be a good thing to get done -- because the quilts provide such a neat focus on issues.  They draw attention -- and that can only help."

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Actual transcripts from statements made by members of the Republican leadership in both the house and the senate during the last two weeks are found over the fold...


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Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 11:04 PM PST

Republican ad on the Front Page?

by Timroff

Why is there an ad for Tom Ganley for Senate on the Front Page of


Can you see the Ganley ad?

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