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Dear Dkos People,

I am about to give one of my favorite online pep talks.  I eventually end up giving it where ever I post.  I can't help it, I am bossy and I think action is important, as important as discussion.  

So follow me through the looking glass.......

Really, it's not big deal.  I just get frustrated time after time reading diaries, some excellent, some mediocre and they often seem like "posterbation"...even the good ones.  Why?  Because there is often a very logical and obvious action item or suggestion which could be added to the diary with just an added minute's worth of effort.

I have been inspired, educated, touched pissed off and just bored reading dkos some days.  But I would click on a link and sign up for e-mail, look for a local chapter of some organization or send off a nastygram (polite of course) to Congressman Yokel McDumbass who just called Murtha a coward.  

Are you pissed off at Walmart and their lousy labor practices?  Here is the perfect organization to support to stick it to Walmart... SEIU

For instance we might have 6 diaries about some news article or set of articles on a topic.  To me the logical addition to any of those diaries whould be the email address for LTTE.

5 Diaries about the way republicans twisted Murtha's plan and NOT a single link to the RNC or the speaker of the house...or the media....

I was, unlike others this morning, kind of upset with Kerry's appearance on the morning show.  I thought he failed to correct the record on Murtha's proposal and instead used the time to promote himself.  Flame the hell out of me, I don't care.  But here is the link to his contact form.  

Disguested with the vigilante border patrol?  Did you write a diary about it?  Did you include a link to the [Southern Povery Law Center]?

Did you write a diary about some great appearance of Howard Dean on sunday morning TV?  How about a link to the DNC page so that people can join to get the email or send him a thank you...OR DONATE.  DNC

Here are some important links contact congress

Contacting the Senate

DFA link

DNC

Wellstone Action

take back america

NAACP

How about 25 threads about Alito and not a single link to {People For the American Way (they fight for separation of church and state http://www.pfaw.org/...]. PFAW is also a good link to add to any rant about the evil Christians who want to run the world.  

I know, I know, you are thinking that if people wanted to join or email or call they would look the information up themselves.  But it is ALWAYS a good idea to make things easier for them.  Remember how the Dean campaign raised so much money on the internet?  It was because there was a big bat on every page of the website and in all the email.  It worked.  

If you have anymore links you would like to add to the diary please do.  I am planning to keep this diary as reference.

Originally posted to TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:13 PM PST.

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  •  "posterbation" (4.00)
    ROFLMAO!

    Best word ever for what you described.

    Anyway, I'll see if I can contribute more than this lame comment, but I had to tell you that you made me laugh, and I needed it :-)


    I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been/ Each week we lose a hundred fine young men. -- Johnny Cash

    by Page van der Linden on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:10:40 PM PST

    •  It's one of my favorite internet expressions (4.00)
      I coined it at DU many years ago.  

      Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

      by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:15:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Important in many ways (4.00)
        Describes the syndrome of many an on-line extrovert; and also, I fear, the cause of many suppressed introverted ideas.

        Adding a link not only makes it easier for people who want to act as well as debate, it also adds a wealth of research/verification sources for reporters in the MSM. The reality is that they usually don't have time to do in-depth research. And as we all know, fact checking is deplorable. (It's the other function sites like this serve, now.)

        We know the MSM is watching. Making it easier for them to perform their jobs will benefit all people in a democracy.

        With that, I'd like to add the State Department's website on misinformation Please pay special attention to the page on  Fallujah, noting the misinformation put out by the State Dept.

        •  Great links, thanks (4.00)
          and great point about the MSM.  Sad we don't get paid to do their research for them.

          Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

          by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:05:52 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I was one of them (none)
            Quit because they weren't willing to pay me to do my own research. Wanted the story, but not at a price that paid for the time. That's part of how I know this, I used web-logs and chat rooms to find sources all the time.

            But it wasn't just the pay, it was the slime. Couldn't stand the sliem, being viewed as low as a lawyer, politician, used-car salesman, and lower then a pool shark was tough on my extroverted ego.

          •  forgot a useful link (none)
            Here's the Poynter Institute website, full of useful information for aspiring journalists (and those who probably should aspire).

            I would imagine this would also be a good site for anyone who get's caught up in their own thinking as they try to sort out their thoughts for writing a post, diary, or thier own blog.

            Certainly is a place where journalistic standards are discussed regularly. I tend to agree with their ethical standards.

            •  Thanks (4.00)
              Journalism has always been a mix of good and bad ethcial behavior and it has always been a money making business.  The problem lately is that there is no regulation or competition.  Investigation seems to be dead so as to meet the needs of the stockholder, not the public or the nation.

              Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

              by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:33:34 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

    •  posterbation (4.00)
      also LMAO. so much nicer than what I've been calling it.

      hey, Page. great to see you again and belated but sincere congratulations.

      •  OMG! (none)
        Avila, great to see you again too!  I've been wondering where you went!

        Thanks for the congratulations :-)

        I've missed your diaries, by the way.


        I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been/ Each week we lose a hundred fine young men. -- Johnny Cash

        by Page van der Linden on Sun Nov 20, 2005 at 03:55:46 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Posterbation (none)
      is really the perfect description for it. In regard to blogging I  was just thinking the other day of that Andy Warhol quote, "When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships."

      How would we get "posterbation" added to the Kossary?

      When you stop being paranoid, that's when they get you.

      by astraea on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:39:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can't edit the diary for some reason (4.00)
    Arg.... I goofed on one of the links.  

    Anyway, what do you think?

    Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

    by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:13:58 PM PST

      •  I still. can not edit (4.00)
        it is very frustrating but I get a blank page.

        Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

        by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:32:09 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Congressional district PA-15 (none)
          Are you in congressional district PA-15 by any chance? Since we're talking about action. PA-15 (the Lehigh Valley, where I am) has Charlie Dent, Republican,  in Congress. So far no Dem challenger who seems viable (there's one guy but he seems a loner). This is pissing me off. I've sent email to a couple local democratic groups asking about candidates, but no one has responded.

          When you stop being paranoid, that's when they get you.

          by astraea on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:12:39 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  No I am in dist 10 where republican congressmen (4.00)
            stangle their 29 year old girl friends.  We would probably not have anyone running either except now that Sherwood made a hypocrit out of himself with his family values rhetoric, it seems possible to beat him.

            You have an active DFA group there.  Have you tried contacting them?  If no one else is running, how about you?

            Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

            by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:36:13 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  No DFA around here, unless I've missed them. (none)
              I'm going to call the local democratic committee. Sometimes email is easy to ignore.

              In my crazier moments I've thought of running, but that idea is basically insane. I'd be little more than a token candidate. (I have no political experience. I know next to nothing about economics or business or law. I moved to PA only in 2001. I'd fail at debates because I'm shy and nonconfrontational (except through the safe medium of a relatively anonymous Kos username). Though after watching Jean Schmidt in action, I feel I could do a fantastic job even in my own strange, nervous, second-guessing way.)

              No. I want a real candidate to go up against Dent.

              When you stop being paranoid, that's when they get you.

              by astraea on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:54:50 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  go to dfalink (4.00)
                the link is in the diary.  Type in your zipcode and it should bring up the closest DFA group to you.  

                Where do you live in Pa?  Just a general answer, I don't want your address or anything.. <grin>

                •  duh, never mind, (none)
                  you already said you are in dist 15
                •  I live near Allentown. (none)
                  I tried the link, which said the closest group was in Harrisburg (c. 2 hours away). I'll email/call them and see if they know what's going on in PA-15. And as I said, I haven't gotten in touch with the Lehigh Co. Dem. Committee. Perhaps that's just email-tag so far.

                  I know there's the Kutztown Area Democratic Club, though they are not in PA-15. But the KADC is quite active and they are selling some great t-shirts (which say "I'm sorry our president is an idiot, I didn't vote for him" in Pennsylvania Dutch--"Es dutt mir leed as unser Bressident en dummkopp iss. Ich hab fer ihn nett gestimmt." A great example of Think Globally, Act Locally.)

                  When you stop being paranoid, that's when they get you.

                  by astraea on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 08:37:40 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

    •  me likey (4.00)
      what happened to the diary subcategory of Action Items? (circa mid-late 2004)  I really miss that.  I don't have time every day to sift thru a lot of diaries so it was really helpful to go straight to the subsection with action items and links . . . . . . . . sign a few petitions and write a couple of LTEs in the few minutes I had.  

      this is an excellent diary, by the way.  I'm always trying to optimize my time these days. I love your ideas.

  •  Recommended. Two direct DNC links (4.00)
    thanks for posting the diary.
  •  Southern Poverty Law Center link here (4.00)
    {Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.splcenter.org/...]

    Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

    by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:22:45 PM PST

  •  Recommended plus (4.00)
    bookmarked! Excellent source.

    Thanks, Theresa!

    Mucho mojo to you.

    A vote for any Republican is a vote endorsing a jihad against our country.

    by Maine Atticus on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:24:09 PM PST

  •  Great points - recommended (4.00)
    There are many times I click on a link and do something if it is easy.

    Links to anything are a good idea as well.

    If someone has an issue and makes a reference to an article or website - give the link. Angrily typing, "Just GOOGLE it idiot" makes me hit the little red "x" and move on instead of wasting time. The diary should be about what the author found out during their research in the first place. And where the research was from.

    If, after I am forced to Google something, I find the source is "Bob's Discount Propaganda and Tinfoil Emporium.com" That will be the last diary of theirs I take very seriously.

    I'll be much more receptive to a diary and willing to trust the author as a reliable source - if it is  easy for me to check their sources.

    •  exactly (4.00)
      Or when you write a really great barn burner about some racist event (just for example) and the diary has 800 replies, but no link to the NAACP.
      That's just a missed opportunity.  

      Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

      by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 04:40:02 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Exactly!! (4.00)
    I SO agree!! And anyone who feels the same way could visit my recent diary with LOTS and LOTS of links to some of these groups...and LOTS of others:)

    Thanks Teresa...this is an excellent diary! I am definitely in agreement that we spend WAY too much time bitching and not enough time acting...

  •  Over at FDL (4.00)
    Over at Fire Dog Lake there is a commenter who rags everyone every day to write letters.  And of course, he helpfully provides links and links and links.

    So I agree with what you are saying.  It is not enough to post and comment.  That will not take back our country.

    Thanks to the community at Kos I started sending money to campaigns.  The first this political junkie ever did that.  Thanks to "Me" at Fire Dog Lake, I have been sending off more E-mails.  About two or three a week.  I sent one about Woodward to Froomkin at the Washington Post - I even got a personal response back.  Today I sent one to the News Hour ragging Brooks about something he said Friday - very politely.  

    The wingnuts have been great at this.  And we progressives just have been sitting back, discussing and fussing.... trying to figure out things.  Always thinking through.  While they in their rightous arrogance - don't bother thinking about stuff... they know they are right and they keep saying it over and over and over.

    Since I think we are smarter than they are, and can write much better than they can, and are more polite besides... we are failing to use a tool that can help us take our country back.

    Great idea about including the links.  

  •  Agreed! (4.00)
    The thing is that a lot of people here think that everyone is as up on the particular topic they are writing about and forget that that little added "action item" or rather "outlet" for a reaction to a story could make the difference.

    Thanks for writing this diary TheresaInPA.

  •  the bigger DKos gets (4.00)
    and the larger the audience gets, the more important it is that there is some methodology to the madnesss.

    I find that having to spend longer than about 30 seconds googling takes the edge off of what might be a great diary or post.

    So many diaries and posts, so little time!

    How many more approval points did the Anti-Murtha attack cost the Thugs? -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 05:10:39 PM PST

  •  Absolutely agreed, Teresa (4.00)
    Brava! Thanks for articulating these truly essential ideas. Frankly, I'd like to see this post in a permanent front-page position.  
  •  I too was underwhelmed by Kerry (none)
    He really needs to learn how to have a discussion mentioning dozens of times what he has proposed previously. He is in danger of spraining a shoulder from patting himself on the back. It undermines the content of what he is saying. Obviously lacking in his education was the notion that I is implied whenever you advocate. That is a pretty basic freshman 101 writing lesson.

    SOCIAL SECURITY: Invented by Democrats yesterday, Protected by Democrats today

    by mollyd on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 05:43:40 PM PST

    •  The thing that bothered me (none)
      was his missed chance to correct the record on that vote last night.  He could have made it clear that Murtha did not call for immediate withdrawal and why the democrats voted as they did.  

      Of course I thought the democras should have just refused to vote on that scam of a proposal. But that is another story.

      Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

      by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 05:52:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  action specific blog (4.00)
    along similar lines, i created a blog specifically for action items.  it just seems they get lost among all the discussion diaries and its important that both aspects are addressed.  anyhoo, here's the blog:

    http://actionalert.blogspot.com/

    when i created it, it was my intent to have lots of people posting action items so that it could become a useful tool for the blogosphere.  i can add anybody with a blogger.com account as a member so they can post.

    if you'd like to participate, even if you don't have a blogger account, give me a shout.  i'm cedwyn on aim and my email is cedwyn at nwetekno dot org.

  •  As always Teresa (4.00)
    Excellent.

    Pissed off about the state of the nation?

    Join your local democratic committee.

    They don't have a web site for your town? Look for the county democratic committee.

    Can't seem to find them either? Look for the state committee. They are bound to have a link where you can find the various county committees in the state.

    The DNC has a neat map that provides contact info and links for each state.

    Why your local committee? How does helping in my little town affect Washington at all?

    My little town resides in a very republican district. My little town didn't even have a democratic committee until I decided to follow the now DNC Chairman's advice and take action locally. My little town now has a committee and just won two town council seats for the first time in a decade.

    Great! But how does that defeat nasty republicans and take back Washington?

    My little town helped provide a victory for a new County Court Judge by defeating a truly nasty and incompetent Republican DA that has her job and almost had the Judgeship because she is a crony of the local party boss who happens to be the state majority leader, Joe Bruno. Joe Bruno took a licking when she got beat. Joe Bruno is only 5 state senate seats away from no longer being majority leader. Democrats in control of the state senate as well as the assembly mean more favorable redistricting a few years down the line and that means fewer Republican congressmen from New York.

    Not only that but winning in my little town gives hope to Democrats. Energizes democrats. Winning in my little town and several other little towns just like it means Democrats are carrying momentum, energy, campaign experience, a desire to win, and a lot of positive publicity into the 2006 election which, coupled with a quality candidate that is raising lots of money, means we can do our part in sending a Democrat to Washington in 2006 instead of a particularly vile and thuglike Republican.

    Get active locally. No one of us can change Washington but all of us working together wherever we are can change the world.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

    •  Beautiful Andrew (4.00)
      You are exactly right and this is exactly the message DFA has been trying to get across.  Small elections, small towns and grassroots positions are crucial.  There is not a position that is not important and not a seat or position that should go uncontested.  

      Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

      by TeresaInPa on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 05:59:46 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  How about an example of time spent poorly at DKos (4.00)
    Hehehe... the timing of this thread is hysterical considering this just happened a few minutes ago. Anyway, this is an example of how NOT to improve time and energy spent at DKos...

    A guy named BonScott just got mad at me because I don't agree with him that drugs should be legalized. He decided to show his displeasure with my opinion with the rating tool...

    "1) Flingin' words at thread til something sticks, eh? [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 18:00:15 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    2) Violence one of mankind's fundamental urges, too [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 15:34:08 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    3) No policy that creates more addicts a good policy [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:38:04 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    4) Edison and Ford were assholes, too [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:21:37 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    5) More running from real life, Brad? [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:43:45 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    6) I have a real problem with smoking example [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:29:39 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    7) On that point, you are in the vast minority. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:19:49 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    8) You are dead wrong. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:10:46 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    9) I have. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 12:56:47 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    10) Wrong. People have never had complete freedom. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 12:36:40 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    11) Legalizing drugs is not a solution. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 12:07:34 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    12) Historical answer seemed to be 12 step programs [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 11:32:03 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:07 PDT

    13) That's BS, and alcoholism proves it. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 16:34:57 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    14) There is no right to self-destructive behavior [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:26:11 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    15) Then where's my billion dollars? [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:15:48 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    16) Hunger strike is the only exception. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:08:05 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    17) Strawman. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 14:00:49 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    18) In your humble opinion... [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:56:32 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    19) In your humble opinion. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:53:35 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    20) Not on this planet... more strawmen [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:50:33 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    21) Ever been in the presence of a heroin addict? [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 13:01:13 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    22) Wrong or bullshit argument... no difference. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 12:19:18 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    23) Libertarians suggest screwed-up Dutch solution [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 11:40:50 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    24) I'm a single male w/ no kids... oooops. [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 11:35:53 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    25) Free heroin for everyone. Line up kiddies... [], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 09:18:29 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT

    26) Legalizing drugs primary motivation for many Libs [1.25], by Bad Santa, Rated: 1
    Posted on 11/19/2005 09:10:32 PDT
    Rated on 11/19/2005 18:20:06 PDT"

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Yep. 26 "1" ratings. I think that's a fine example of time not well spent at DKos. ;-)

    •  Wow, that was nasty (none)
      I've had people do that to me, over the drug legalization argument too.  Brush it off and I am sure people will give you some fours to make up for it.  
    •  Read the thread (none)
      and make your decision. In a topic that involves the production of opiates to satisfy prodcution demands for morphine and related drugs, Bad Santa starts his part of the discourse off with:
      Free heroin for everyone. Line up kiddies... (none / 1)

      That's the alternative you are offering. That's even dumber.

      and went downhill from there.

      Differing opinions is fine, healthy discourse is fine; but flawed analysis, logic and bad analogies is bad enough,  misrepresenting others statements is deliberately and repeatedly is trolling. His part of the discourse was unproductive, and was rated accordingly.

      •  BonScott broke DKos rules. I did not. (none)
        The moderators got the link to the thread in the e-mail I reported BonScott. They read what I wrote. They read what BonScott wrote. The mods saw what I wrote was considered reaasonable and well within DKos rules. What BonScott wrote and rated on the thread was considered so far out of bounds that the moderators banned BonScott from rating posts on the first complaint.

        Do you know how badly someone has to fuck up to have their abilty to rate posts locked on the first complaint?

        Nice try at re-writing history. Too bad for BonScott it's so easy to look at my normally functioning rating page, and look at BonScott's locked rating page, and see that the moderators did not in any way, shape, or form agree with BonScott's fictional version of events.

  •  Five Minute Activist (4.00)
    link

    Care2 is another source for quick action items.

  •  DNC Automatic LTE (4.00)
    Their LTE tool, definitely needs to use more often. It is on the DNC web site, but it is hidden in the Action tab, and then you have to go to Write a Letter to the Editor in the blue. It asks for your zip code and contact info and then when you write your letter it automatically sends it to a bunch of local, regional, and national newspapers. It's an awesome tool that needs more press and usage here at DKos.

    We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

    by Jawis on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:33:21 PM PST

  •  Really a Fabulous Suggestion (4.00)
      You can do something besides rant and rave, and give infinite facts about infinite wrongs

       but taking a little bit of action feels good.

    Thanksgiving Holiday good time to let your local reps know how you feel. It seems to work for the mass neo-christian campaign to stop anything they think is immoral. Why not for us?

    I have called mine but the bastard still keeps voting the wrong way.

    Thanks for being bossy.

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 06:41:47 PM PST

  •  few more (4.00)
    GovTrack: track federal legislation

    Congress.org's Megavote: track a rep's/senator's votes

  •  An easy way to do this (4.00)
    Remember how we can make links to the dKosopedia from our diaries like this: "dk{{diaries}}"?

    So if your diary is discussing a particular issue and you don't want to look up the references yourself, just link into the dKosopedia entry for that topic. Then in the dKosopedia articles we can maintain permanent lists of good contacts and action links for that topic. Rather than every diarist having to re-invent the wheel by researching the same links for each diary, we can all maintain a communal list of links that we can easily reference without looking anything up.

  •  Be visible (none)

    We need to be visible with our views:

    1. Coherent and on message letters to editors in towns across America.

    2. Participation in local government.

    3. Willingness to standup to Republican hypocrisy when we see it.

    Echo-chambers like Dkos serve their purpose: discussion, group effect and refinement of tactics but the real world isn't going to change by only posting here.
    •  Recommended diary (none)
      Although, I don't agree with the Minutemen snipe, I think their effort was a great thing to focus attention to this problem of illegals jumping our borders.
      •  Minutemen (none)
        My opinion is this:

        Civilians focusing attention on illegal immigrants: GOOD

        Civilians focusing weapons on illegal immigrants: BAD

        We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

        by Jawis on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 07:44:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Having just returned from a free screening (4.00)
    of Robert Greenwald's Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, I encourage all to find a screening near you.

    Evil, bloodsucking, money fondling motherfuckers.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 07:37:02 PM PST

  •  Another thought on action (none)
    when following a story on the internets, like last nights Capitol House Brawl, the AP at first had posted the story as a vote on Murta's amendment.
    Armando quickly caught the boo boo.

    I checked the links, contacted the editors of several sights immediately  and made a note of the error, it was the HUNTER ammendment. The fopaw was corrected quickly.

    Getting ahead of the misinformation is a big part of the game, and it must be done INStantLY.

    So  thanks to Armando for posting on the front page. And hopefully our e-mails made a difference.

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 07:54:20 PM PST

  •  Damn (none)
    and here I thought you had a better way of getting your diary noticed in the current morass.

    LOL

  •  I recently wrote a diary (none)
    About the revolutionary aspects of Chinese food. It was really more of an essay than news, but I included a recipe for General Tso's chicken in there.

    Would you say that counts as an action item?

  •  Thanks for writing this (none)
    As I suspect you already know, actionability (if that's a word - hey I was a Physics major, whattyaexpect... <g>) is a key litmus test for me on just about everything that comes my way, whether it be via Grassroots for America, Lower Merion Grassroots or here on DKos.

    Of course there are those times when I lose what little willpower I possess and succumb to posterbation - oh well, nobody's perfect.
     

    Democracy is a contact sport...

    by jsmagid on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 08:33:00 PM PST

  •  Not action items, but good research links (none)
    This one is, I think, a Jimmy Carter progeny:

    Project Vote-Smart with all kinds of information about elected officials.  Includes resumé, committee assignments, voting record, interest group ratings, contact info (including staff), committee assignments & caucuses.

    One weakness: you can't search by geography.  You can search by zip code, but IMHO, that's of limited use.  But if you want to see maps of congressional districts, try the national atlas.  If anyone knows of a site with clickable maps, I'd like to know about it.

    For information on financial donations, Project Vote-Smart will link you directly to the appropriate page on Open Secrets.  If you want to search from their site, you can do so directly.  Also has information going back several years.  As with Project Vote-Smart, you can't search on geography.  You'll need the candidate's name.

  •  Sistine Chapel / Hands of god syndrome (none)
    so many in politics wanna be MLK on the mall in 1963 - stand in front of a million and give the speech that moves millions

    everyone wants to be the stratergery guy or gal, the one who makes the powerpoints, and then the minions move the mountains

    in public or private, our organizations are bloated with management twits who want to play god, who want to put their fingers together and set the clockworks in motion

    HOW do we make organizations WORK to deliver more senior care, more health care, more road care, more electric grid care, more kid care ...

    more caring politicians ??

    have a meeting, create powerpoint slides, give stratergery, dream of being MLK telling us about his dream...

    ANYTHING but figure out how to do the f**king job better.

    It is a lot of work to create the 7 or 70 page inditement of the latest thug lie, just as it is a lot of work to carry onions on your head outside the hotel

    but, the first is only a step in fixing the problem, and second is a lot of wasted steps if ya need onion soup.

    as a Dr. Phil from another century put it --

    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

    And thus the native hue of resolution

    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

    And enterprises of great pith and moment

    With this regard their currents turn awry,

    And lose the name of action.

    rmm.

    Grassroots Organizing Should Be for The Community, By The Community - NOT for "Leaders" http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

    by rmdSeaBos on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 08:50:18 PM PST

  •  I didn't think I could be any more active than (none)
    I was before coming to this blog but have my eyes been opened?  Yes! They Have!  I am so much more involved today and I love all of it.  Read.  Activate.  Talk.  Move.  It does work and we will take back the house in 2006 and in 2008.

    I am not your beast of burden: I will not be forced to carry your baggage.....Humanistic Property Manifesto (-5.13, -4.77)

    by panicbean on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 09:14:33 PM PST

  •  Like this? (none)

    -7.13 -6.51 Hang in there with us World. We are all Wombat.

    by emmasnacker on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 10:06:21 PM PST

  •  BOTH (none)
    Both discussion and action. You need a solid idea in your head before you can take effective action, so both are equally valid and necessary.
  •  Excellent reminder, (none)
    suggestion, idea - whatever ya wanna call it.  Just terrific!  Thanks.

    We definitely need both discussion and "doing."

    Support The Troops, Demand The Truth

    by MamaBear on Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 10:35:27 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the Reminder (none)
    Teresa
    Thanks for the reminder that we all need to take action.  Its easy to get lost in all the intricate details of the many ways that the Republicans are damaging our country.  Not only must we take action, but we must figure out how to do it in an effective way.  dailyKos is a great spot to go to get the latest info.  But we all must use this information to take action.  If you find that all you do is read dailyKos and post, without taking any action, then your really still stitting on the sidelines.  Were' not going to win in 2006 by sitting on the sidelines, and dailyKos readers arent the ones we need to convince.  So make sure you balance your information gathering and posting at dailyKos with taking real action of some sort.

    One of the more effective ways to take action now is to contribute well ahead of the 2006 elections, to House of Representative battleground seats that need to be won in 2006.  A large donation isn't required, what is important is that many of us contribute.  A good place to start is the Wa 8th CD race, where Darcy Burner (D) is running against Dave Reichert (R).  Put a few bucks toward Darcy's campaign here (see right hand column)

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