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  •  You're Welcome! (5+ / 0-)
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    In cubicle land? Only a heartbeat away or rather a telephone away from the action. On your break, perhaps you can dial in to Schiff's office (626-304-2727 or 202-225-4176) or send a fax (626-304-0572  202-225-5828)and say, "Enough is Enough. Cut the funding now and bring our troops home.



    •  Sadly... (3+ / 0-)

      Why are we, some of us  grassroots Democrats, occupying the office of a fellow  Democrat, Congressman Adam Schiff, when 10 miles down the road  we could storm the GOP palace of sleazy deal-maker David  Dreier?  

      The answer is simple.  The Democrats, not the  Republicans, now control the House.  And the House controls the purse or war  budget.  Any day now the House  Appropriations Committee, on which Schiff sits, will be the first to  examine Bush's 150-billion dollar Iraq War Supplemental.

      This isn't what you've done in the past:  When the GOP controlled the House, you targeted Dems.  Now that Dems control the House, you're still targeting Dems.

      At least tell the truth:  You have no interest in attacking the GOP.

      •  She is doing the right thing. (6+ / 0-)

        If you put political victory of any Party over the lives of Americans, you are making a poor choice.

        Peace Now -- Defund the War

        by TomP on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 03:19:03 PM PST

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      •  Why Would She Squander Valuable Time (5+ / 0-)

        and resources targeting the Republicans?  You figure they're going to listen to her?

        Go Marcy!

      •  that's nuts .. (7+ / 0-)

        it really is, and it's insulting.

        Convincing Democrats to change course is going to be a lot easier than doing so to Republicans, and you know it.

        And if this sets up for challengers in the primaries for those House seats in 2008, so much the better. It's time to sweep out some of the right Reagan Democrats in the primaries, where we can.

        Can we survive furious George's 'Quest For Stupidity'TM?

        by shpilk on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 03:57:52 PM PST

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      •  When the GOP Controlled Congress (4+ / 0-)

        When the GOP controlled Congress, I ran a Democratic Club headquarters in Santa Monica to elect John Kerry President.  When the GOP controlled Congress, I organized Swing State Sisters and went to Florida to register Democrats and talk up voter fraud so that Bush and his cronies might never again steal an election.  We know the Republicans are, for the most part (give it or take one or two), mad bombers who just as soon throw billions at Halliburton than get down to the business of diplomacy.  What we need is an opposition party that will refuse to collaborate with these criminals.  When Democrats fail to represent us, they leave us with no option but to demand responsible governance.  Institutionalist, I am not.  Machines are called machines because they have no integrity, no principles, just cogs.  Would thou choose to be a cog?  

        •  Conveniently... (0+ / 0-)

          You don't mention your activities since 2004.

          Before Adam Schiff represented that district, it was held by Jim Rogan -- who famously bedeviled Bill Clinton during the impeachment.

          Schiff turned a solid red district blue.  His district isn't at all like the one you temporarily moved into so that you could challenge Jane Harman.  Didn't you claim that a rented apartment was your "primary residence"?  You didn't bother to sell your home... you just claimed to represent the people of the district.  And dropped the apartment soon after the election:  So much for your "primary residence" within the district.

          Here you go again.  Dropping yourself in another district and aiming to make trouble for another Democrat.

          Just a couple of weeks ago, you buttonholed Henry Waxman (!), the closest thing we have to a saint in the House -- who's vested with an awesome oversight responsibility -- just to harangue him about this same issue.  Wasting his time and energy is just sad.

          These efforts are ineffectual.  Worse, they're distractions.

          •  What would you suggest as an alternative? (0+ / 0-)

            In detail, please.

          •  Never ceases to amaze me (0+ / 0-)

            after opposing repub efforts to disenfranchise Americans, that members of our own party would object  to someone practicing real democracy.

            This is what it looks like.

            The past twelve years has been an aberration.

            If Mr. Waxman calls, btw, I will come, in a heartbeat-but he's a civil servant, an honest American, and a true leader-not a saint. He, probably more than most, understands his job description.

            Oh, and as a 10 year CA-36er, I was thrilled when Marcy moved into my district.

          •  Just sayin', folks... (0+ / 0-)

            The district is not, was not, and has never been the location of her "primary residence," as defined by statute.

            Winograd is at risk until the statute of limitations expires:  There is not residency requirement to run for the House, but misrepresenting one's "primary residence" is a felony.

            Just ask Ann Coulter.  ;)

            •  Believe what you want to believe (0+ / 0-)

              since it provides you with the "ammunition" -- bogus though it is -- that helps you condemn someone you evidently don't like or agree with.  But her apartment in Marina Del Rey was indeed her primary residence for the relevant time, and the fact that we didn't sell the house is totally irrelevant.  For what it's worth, Harman (who herself was a carpetbagger earlier in her political career) did label Winograd a "carpetbagger", but I don't think people much cared, and of course, as you acknowledge, one need not live in the district in which one runs for the House.  

              I'm not going to sit here and parse the law with you, and I regret you felt the need to lodge or invite such a threat, but fortunately, we have nothing to worry about and you can continue to ponder your own ethical deficiencies.

              "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

              by Budlawman on Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 09:17:16 AM PST

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          •  Sorry you've got a burr in your saddle (0+ / 0-)

            But Ms. Winograd, my spouse, did mention her highly successful if not triumphant battle against Harman in the June primary (first "comment": "mojo for peace").  We are quite proud of the achievement, and don't know why it's a problem for you that Harman had to start representing and paying attention to her constituents, who were (and probably still are) to Harman's left as a whole. Even people who opposed Winograd's candidacy have expressed appreciation for her sincere, lawful, legitimate effort, which is a lot more than some armchair bloggers have done.  

            Is it your view that Dems should stay home in their districts and never venture outside of them, unless it's to praise another Dem in that "foreign" district? That's not democracy, it's not efficacy, and it's just plain silly.  Waxman has been somewhat equivocal even to this day about Iraq war funding, though he is not a lost cause, and of course Winograd's "harangue" of Henry is consistent with your "keep your criticism within your district" edict.  Or, should we not criticize Dems at all?

            "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

            by Budlawman on Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 09:01:17 AM PST

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          •  I live in CA-36... (0+ / 0-)

            ...and I was thrilled beyond measure that Marcy moved into my district to challenge Jane Harman (the self-described "Best Republican in the Democratic Party.").

            If (IF!), indeed, Jane Harman has changed her ideological stripes in the last year, that's due only to Marcy's courageous decision to challenge Harman's pro-war, pro-NSA-spying agenda.

            Thank you, Marcy, for coming to CA-36 and giving us voters a real choice for a change.

            Patrick Meighan
            Venice, CA

      •  Marcy has done plenty of Rethug-thumping (0+ / 0-)

        She ran a Dem HQ out of Santa Monica in '04, registered thousands of voters in that 'hood and in other "swing" states (e.g., NV, FL, AZ), and fought like hell for Kerry and the Dem candidates in '04, for which she was named "Democrat of the Year" in our AD.  She has also demonstrated against this heinous war and supported local candidates against Rethug incumbents.

        "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

        by Budlawman on Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 09:27:46 AM PST

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    •  Monday's NG for me. (1+ / 0-)
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      But I hope to see you in Pasadena on Tuesday.

      What did the President know and when did he stop knowing it?

      by Pyewacket on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 08:35:33 PM PST

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