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Five minutes is all it takes, really.  Less, if you're not that chatty. In five minutes, you can speak up for the rule of the law. In five minutes, you can put your own footprint in history, as one of the mass of millions who advocated for the censure of a President who broke the law.  Years from now, no matter what the outcome, you can look back and say you stood up when Congress stood down, you pushed your party forward no matter how much it wanted to cower back in the shadows.  Are you ready?

Today, I ask each of you to take a few minutes and contact your Senator and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor to Senator Russ Feingold's censure resolution.  You can find your Democratic Senator's full contact info, including fax and local numbers, here.  If you don't have any Democratic Senators, please call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid-- he's your leader too, and ask him to help hold the President accountable for his crimes.

CONTACT INFO LINK

Talking points:

  • The President admitted to conducting a domestic spying program outside the scope of FISA, despite knowing that FISA is the exclusive means of such surveillance inside the United States.  President Bush broke the law, and this is the only way this Republican Congess can hold him accountable.

  • President admitted he did not brief the full intelligence committees. This is against the law.

  • We don't have to wait for an investigation before censure.  President Bush admitted to his crimes publicly. An investigation is needed, but that should not preclude censure at this time.

  • Andrew Jackson was censured in 1834 for refusing to hand over papers to Congress and assuming power not granted by the Constitution.  With his stonewalling of the investigation and by ignoring FISA, this is exactly what President Bush has done, and he should also be censured accordingly.

CONTACT INFO LINK

Five minutes is all it takes. Now get on the phone and let's show this administration that some people still gave a damn about the Constitution.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:26 AM PST.

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  •  Done! (3+ / 0-)
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    vancookie, joynow, LithiumCola

    Had to leave a message with Jeff Bingaman's office (the staffer that took my call didn't know his position).

    I'll update when they call back...

    -9.50, -9.13 Shine a light on the cesspool of corruption, and it would surely wither up and die in the face of the absolute truth. -Mark Faulk

    by klevenstein on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:26:26 AM PST

    •  oh don't hold your breath for a call back (2+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat, klevenstein

      I'd keep checking in until you get an answer. I'd be very surprised if they called you back.

      "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

      by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:27:38 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for the tip; I'll do it. (1+ / 0-)
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        joynow

        I think the bewilderment just shows how badly this action is needed to raise awareness of our support for censure.

        This issue needs some loud noise to get DC's attention!

        -9.50, -9.13 Shine a light on the cesspool of corruption, and it would surely wither up and die in the face of the absolute truth. -Mark Faulk

        by klevenstein on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:01:45 AM PST

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      •  Marylanders: Sarbanes stopped Claude Allen (6+ / 0-)

        All the dKos Marylanders should also remember to thank Senators Sarbanes and Mikulski for blocking the appointment of the Serial Shoplifter, Claude Allen to a lifetime Appeals Court Judgeship!

        Imagine what would have happened if this shoplifting radical religious Bush-lover was on the federal bench when he did his shoplifting- would Bush have covered it up?

        Hey Claude- how did you like the handcuffs?  Now if we could just get Bush arrested for clearly breaking the law we could start the long journey back to being a Constitutional Republic and a nation of laws.

        Why would Claude Allen have to follow the laws- can't Pat Roberts and the other traitor senators change the law so his conduct will not be illegal?  I can just hear Claude now, "but they changed the law to protect Bush, why not me?"

        •  He Tried to Put That Slime-ball on the Courts? (0+ / 0-)

          OMFG!  They know no shame in the WH.  Forget about the lack of effort at vetting candidates for top posisitions as a domestic advisor - but to try to put a guy like this on the court?  ANY court?

          And Bush had the nerve to say he was bothered that no one told them this guy got busted.  They knew - trust me... they knew he was busted.

          That scene from Casablanca springs to mind... I'm shocked - shocked to learn that...!

          Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

          by Alegre on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:42:52 AM PST

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      •  This is a marathon (5+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Hollywood Liberal, joynow, bwren, lizah, pi1304

        I was not able to get through on the phone.  George Allen's answering machine said, "due to an unusually high call volume" and did not take a message.

        I got through to John Warner's office, was asked to hold, but was cut off.  When I redialed, there was no answer.

        The blogosphere is swamping their swithcboards.  But this is Day 1.  It will pass, it will pass.  When today's call volume dies away, so will the urgency.

        Yor mission, if you choose to accept it, is to keep calling until you get through.  And then, tomorrow you must find two more citizens of your state to call.  And the day after, two more.

        Today's call volume will be impressive.  But more influential will be next Monday's call volume.

        Make the call today.  And make a call to two friends tomorrow.  And the day after tomorrow.  And next week.

        •  While I'm in Madison... (0+ / 0-)

          Feingold IS my senator.

          Not only influence your home senators, but send Russ some love.  He is the only one fighting this bullshyt, and while he may be all alone out there, he deserves to hear from the roots that we are for him and for his efforts to bring sanity to Congress and the Senate.  Eventually, the stones he brings to the fight is going to show up as mojo--gold payback--later among the rest of Americans.

          An untypical Negro...since 1954.

          by blksista on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:33:35 AM PST

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    •  Neither did my staffers (3+ / 0-)
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      joynow, lizah, klevenstein

      I suppose they're my staffers; I elect their boss and in theory pay a miniscule portion of their salary.  

      Obama and Durbin's phone-jockey's sounded as nervous as I was when I mentioned Feingold, though, and none of them knew the official line yet, either.

      "Send lawyers, guns, and money."

      by scottman on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:36:25 AM PST

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  •  call call call (5+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, joynow, TXsharon, lizah, smokeymonkey

    Thank you georgia10. I was just about to write a diary about it. And thanks for the fax and phone numbers. Calling and faxing is WAY better than email, people. I plan on making my calls this morning. I also think I'll call the DNC, DSCC and DCCC to tell them I think this is a great idea and that they should get behind it.

    "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

    by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:26:37 AM PST

    •  Honestly, (0+ / 0-)

      do you think it will do me any good to call Hutchinson or Cornyn?  There must be something else I can do.

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:24:56 AM PST

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      •  YES! (7+ / 0-)

        I do.

        1. So they know they don't live in a 100% red state. They will not be able to say that their constituents are 100% behind them with a clear conscience, even if they pretend to anyway.
        1. So YOU know you've exercised your democracy.
        1. If enough of people like you call, you might just piss them off or disrupt their neo-con agendas, or even worry them a little.

        Then, call or write the DNC, DCCC and DSCC and encourage them to get behind Russ. That's what I think.

        "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

        by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:32:28 AM PST

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        •  LOL, Hollywood (6+ / 0-)

          Cornyn and Hutchinson don't even know what a conscience is!  

          I called them.  Made me sick to my stomach and I told the aide that I was a constituent but it sure didn't seem like it!  

          Friday I am going to Camp Casey in front of Hutchinson's Dallas office to protest.

          The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

          by TXsharon on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:36:45 AM PST

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        •  purple state (0+ / 0-)

          Good points here.

          After calling Bill Nelson and Harry Reid, I dropped a line to Mel Martinez, too. His nose is so far up Bush ass that even anatomical puns aren't funny, but I wanted to do a little something to burst his bubble.

          Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do. - James Harvey Robinson

          by pi1304 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:28:30 AM PST

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        •  Tamifah (0+ / 0-)
          will call Lieberman and also Ned Lamont tomorrow morning. He was too tired to do anything this morning and slept all day (12 hour overnight shifts).

          Would that democracy fit neatly into our work schedules!

          "Dear Mr. Bush: Please obtain Tamifah's permission before invading any other countries. Love, Tamifah."

          by Tamifah on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:17:28 PM PST

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      •  I'm wondering the same thing. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm in Kansas, with Senators Brownback and Pat Roberts.  Pigs could be flying 747s before they'd consider supporting the censure, and I just can't convince myself calling them is worthwhile.  I want to do something, though.

        -4.88, -8.21 "We must move forward not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom."

        by CommiePinkoScum on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:34:43 AM PST

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        •  Here is what I said to Cornyn and Hutchinson aide (4+ / 0-)

          I am a constituent (gave name and zip code) but it sure doesn't feel like it.  Even though I know this call is a waste of my breath and cell phone minutes.  I am asking that my senator sign Russ Feingold's Censure Resolution.  Somewhere there must be representatives of American citizens who have a conscience and are willing to stop this out of control president.

          The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

          by TXsharon on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:41:52 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  OK, I did it. (4+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Hollywood Liberal, joynow, TXsharon, lizah

            I told them I wanted to get my opinion on the censure considered since I was a constituent and all.  I felt the need to remind them of that, for some reason.  Senator Roberts' staffer said he'd "pass it on" and hung up quickly before I finished saying "thank you".

            Brownback's staffer sounded a little confused but said she'd "make a note of it".  I didn't bother asking what the official position was.  

            -4.88, -8.21 "We must move forward not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom."

            by CommiePinkoScum on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:11:52 AM PST

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        •  The flying pigs in Virginia (8+ / 0-)

          I live in Virginia -- with the dumbest Senator of all, George Allen.  (Seriously folks, he is really really not bright!)  I too look for flying pigs over the Pentagon on the day he either gets a brain or a spinal column.  But I call anyway.  And help others find his office when I'm on the Hill, just to get on his staffers' nerves.  And send him letters and emails and faxes.

          The idea is to be the burr in his saddle, the wooden sliver at the tip of his finger, the gnat buzzing about his perfectly coifed head, the piece of spinach in his gleaming smile....

          and the more folks I get to do the same thing is just icing on the cake (I'm into the whole metaphor thing this morning).

          He can run, but he'll never be able to say he didn't know -- not as long as the Progressive Democrats of Virginia have anything to say about it!!

        •  Your nick proves they need to hear from you. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          joynow

          Will it change their minds?  No.
          Will you talk to a staffer working for you and let them know that people like you exist?  Absolutely.  I agree with HollywoodDem above on this.  Let them hear from you, let them know what the voice of a "CommiePinkoScum" sounds like, and what you think about what they're doing.  Do your opinions deserve such hate as that?  I think probably not.

          You'll feel better afterwards, some young staffer might start thinking about things a little bit differently, but call anyway, for no other reason than your voice counts.

          And then start in on your friends, family, co-workers, checkout clerks.  Haven't you heard enough from them?

          "Look in his eyes--it's all lies. The stars and stripes, have been swiped, washed out and wiped..." Mosh, Eminem

          by lizah on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:49:29 AM PST

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          •  I felt better... (0+ / 0-)

            but mainly because I realized neither senator had given much thought about the issue and I might be one of the few who actually will call about it.  Feingold is supposed to be addressing the Senate right now, I wonder what my senators are doing.  

            -4.88, -8.21 "We must move forward not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom."

            by CommiePinkoScum on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:51:31 PM PST

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      •  My sentiments exactly... (1+ / 0-)
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        TXsharon

        Cornyn is just plain nuts and Kay Baby has proven time and again that her loyalties lie first with The Party and then the pResident and then to only those people who voted for her... and somewhere around 8th or 9th would be her loyalty to the Constitution that she swore to uphold.

        But... go ahead and call, I'm curious as to what the official GOP talking point is on this; I'm sure KBH will be first on the list to get of from Rove's mouth.

      •  I know it seems an excercise in futility, (3+ / 0-)
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        joynow, TXsharon, Coffee Geek

        plus in my State I've only one brick wall, (OR, Gordon Smith) to bang my head against, nonetheless I never neglect to contact him at the same time I do Ron Wyden. I'm determined that his staff at least, are reminded of the fact that I and people who feel as I do, exist.
        BTW "TX ess", IMO it's your forthrightness and grit that makes you one of the most admirible diarists and commenters around here.

    •  Whatever (0+ / 0-)

      I called the sorry motherfuckers.  Now I will probably get another stupid letter from Breck Girl.

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:33:53 AM PST

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    •  I did! (5+ / 0-)

      I called Feinstein, Boxer and Reid.  It took all of 5 minutes.  And hell, any diversion to aid procastination at the office is always welcome...

  •  I'll try (7+ / 0-)

    But I'm going to be at Ned Lamonts Formal announcement in Hartford at 4 pm today because My Jr. Seator would rather Kiss Bush than censure him.

    PS.I will call Dodds Office.

    http://dumpjoe.com/

    by ctkeith on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:28:34 AM PST

    •  GOP Joe will not censure his master, Bush (0+ / 0-)

      You can definitely save that call to Lieberman, make sure to let the Lamont folks know that thousands of us across the country are rooting for him to Dump Traitor Joe in the CT primary.

      Russ Feingold is the man, too bad that GOP Joe gets more airtime, but of course he is a "Fox Favorite" who can be counted on to back the criminal Bush.

  •  Contacting my senators about anything is a waste (1+ / 0-)
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    rlteiken

    My senators are Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby. My congressman is Spencer Bachus, the guy who thinks Bill Maher is a traitor.

    Really, what value is there in sending a letter to Jeff Sessions telling him he needs to censure Bush?

    •  Do it anyways!!! (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dwedge, norm, SallyCat, joynow, georgia10

      Even just to annoy, it's important to do it. Plus, with enough calls, it could have an impact. Ya never know.

      "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

      by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:32:22 AM PST

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      •  I'm all for being a nuisance (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Kimberly Stone

        But Sessions might turn me in to the FBI or -- even worse -- Fox Security.

        Ya never know?

        Oh, I know. The day Jeff Sessions says he'll even consider voting to censure Bush is the day I can die a hapy man because I will have seen for myself that God does indeed work miracles.

        •  oh just do it (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          SallyCat, joynow

          Come on. Exercise your democracy, will you? If they really report you to the FBI for that, then hell, that will be quite the news story.

          "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

          by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:51:17 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  OK fine. I did it. (7+ / 0-)

            I said that it was important that the president not be allowed to be above the law -- whether the law involved lying about sex or illegal wiretaps. Hard for a former prosecutor like Sessions to argue against that -- although I'm sure he will.

            Now I'm off to start my legal defense fund.

          •  Here's a news story for you! (0+ / 0-)

            Hollywood liberal,

            I'm trying to draw attention to my ordeal in the hope of attacting the attention of a human right's attorney and investigative journalist.  So far, two investigative journalists have contacted me, and I'm waiting to hear back from them.  

            You can read a true account of my ordeal of illegal detainment by the FBI by going to:

            http://www.indybay.org/...

            I'm not crazy.  I graduated from the University of Washington, where I conducted undergraduate research which was eventually published in the Journal of Infection and Immunity, http://iai.asm.org/...  Author: Deborah Lloyd, Title:Chlamydia Pneumoniae induces..., Date: August 2000, vol: 68.

            Also, I was a nursing student at Kennesaw State University before the FBI ran me out of town.

            Deborah, deb98126@yahoo.com

            "Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way." Nelson Mandela

            by deb98126 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:23:33 AM PST

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          •  Here's the URL for the story (0+ / 0-)

            Hollywood Liberal,

            Here's the correct URL for my story:

            http://www.indybay.org/...

            "Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way." Nelson Mandela

            by deb98126 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:29:23 AM PST

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    •  And if you send a fax they will come into (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Hollywood Liberal, sockpuppet

      the office with a thousand faxes all over the floor, saying the same thing:

      Censure Bush!!

      The Democratic party - the party of sanity, reason and kindness.

      by adigal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:10:46 AM PST

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    •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      quaoar

      As an Alabama constituent, for at least a few more months, I'd agree with your assessment that contacting them is a waste. But I see below that you did it anyway...

      I send a scathing letter to Shelby and Sessions back when John Roberts was in his hearings for the Supreme Court. I got back a form letter that neither addressed my concerns nor elucidated his own reasons for supporting Roberts.

      It's amazing that religious zealotry can get these guys in office. The poor population of Alabama should be clamoring for democratic alternatives, and yet... they're not. But a flood of calls and emails from Alabama Democrats, and letters to your local paper, is a start!

    •  same here (0+ / 0-)

      Chambliss and Isakson are a waste of time. I only bother with them when I am particularly outraged or think it might actually do some good.

      Maybe I will mention to Chambliss how hypocritical it would be to have voted in favor of impeachment of Clinton while in the House but not for censure of Bush now.

  •  I would, but (0+ / 0-)

    My senator is Feingold.  Still, I'll call Kohl and tell him to back Feingold up.

    If liberals hated America, they'd vote Republican.

    by Rumblelizard on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:31:41 AM PST

    •  I'm gonna call him anyway (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Hollywood Liberal, On The Bus

      ...and I'm from Illinois.  

      But I figure he'll like to hear something other than a death threat today, so I'll tell him to keep fighting the good fight.  

      "Send lawyers, guns, and money."

      by scottman on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:38:05 AM PST

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    •  Feingold came down to Greenville, Alabama, once (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      MD patriot, FindingMyVoice

      And I hear he sort of liked the folks there. Maybe we can persuade him to move down here and be our senator. We could use a real senator.

      We'll trade you Sessions, Shelby, a wingnut to be named later and an autographed photo of Bear Bryant leaning against the goalposts.

      •  LOL: 'a wingnut to be named later' (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for providing a morning LOL moment, we need to keep the humor going so that we can survive to fight the Bushite scum.

        Maryland is OK for senators right now, but of course we have the Bush-loving wingnut Steele trying to slink into office with his Diebold machines.

        Sarbanes and Mikulski have the honor of being the Senators who blocked the nomination of Claude Allen, the Serial Shoplifter who was then appointed to be Bush's Domestic Policy advisor.  I guess he noticed how Bush could break the law with impunity and decided that the laws didn't apply to him either!

  •  Just Called Senator Nelson (FL) (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    His staff said they were fully aware of the "Feingold situation" but were really cool on the phone when I urged them to stick with Russ and "make a big deal" of the illegal wiretaping story. Keep calling!

  •  It doesn't take 5 minutes (5+ / 0-)

    I was able to contact Senator Obama's office, ask about his support for the bill (I got a 'no position yet'), and urge in the strongest possible terms that he support the resolution in a little more than 3.

    I know that this is vitriol. No solution, spleen-venting. But I feel better having screamed. Don't you?

    by Anderson Republican on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:37:58 AM PST

  •  Ever seen a chimp walk backwards? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FindingMyVoice

    Looks like they're going to try to walk this back a bit and see if people will eat a shit sandwich without so much shit in it (w/ apologies to Monty Python).  

    -- Bush to Launch Turd-Polishing Initiative.
    .

  •  NYers -- call Clinton and Schumer! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, stephdray

    Just phoned the Clinton and Schumer Washington offices.  The intern (by the sound of him) who took the call for Clinton said "I'll be sure to tell the Senator that you called to support the wiretapping."  I corrected him (he really DID know what I was saying -- just got nervous and misspoke), and repeated the phrase "Censure the President" about 5 times before letting him off the phone.

    •  NY Kossacks:Meet Sen. Russ Feingold this Saturday (0+ / 0-)

      And here's your chance to meet the man who's leading the charge:

      Attention New York Kossacks!

      This Saturday evening, March 18th, Senator Russ Feingold will be among the honorees at a very special event in Brooklyn.  LOUD & CLEAR is the annual gala of Kolot Chayeinu, a progressive Jewish congregation in Park Slope.  For progressive Brooklynites and other New Yorkers, this is your best chance to meet Senator Feingold, hear him speak, and thank him for fighting our good fights.

      Sorry for diary pimping, but I think itâ€TMs justified in this case â€" for more information on this great event, see my diary:
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Made my calls to NY Senators (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    Schumer: No position as yet

    Clinton: No position as yet

    Told both their staff members that I urged them to support the censure of the President.

    "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

    by Steven D on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:41:47 AM PST

  •  links within the congress site aren't working (0+ / 0-)

    at least not on my computer, but I did manage to call with the phone numbers stated on the page.

    THANKS Georgia10.

  •  I called (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sparhawk, Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    both Cantwell and Murray and left messages encouraging them to join with Russ Feingold to censure President Bush for ignoring FISA and engaging in surveillance of American Citizens outside the law.  

    Thanks for the call to action! Keep up the good work :-)

    •  Cantwell's office at 9:45 pst (0+ / 0-)

      No position.  No plans on issuing a statement.  Maria, this may be a good opportunity to bring some WA progressives back to a place where they would feel good about voting for you.

      Murray's DC office defaulting to voice mail.

      As soon as the government approves it, its no longer immoral.

      by lapin on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:43:05 AM PST

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  •  Richard Burr's phone answering person (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kimberly Stone, eddieb061345

    will tell the Senator what I think.

    I doubt that. Because to tell the Senator what I think would require about five hours of non-stop ranting and every expletive known to man and woman-kind.

    •  She was nice enough (0+ / 0-)

      Although I wonder if they have anyway of distinguishing between a person simply asking for Burr to support the censure resolution and a person who goes on and on.  I think they all end up as tick marks in the same excel spreadsheet.

      But I do prefer calling Burr because his office sends written letters to respond to every email petition I send in.  And for some reason they always send two!  Two of the exact same letter.  Every time! They do it to my partner too.  On any given day we might get 4 letters, all the same.

      At least when you call they wont send a letter (but maybe it isn't as effective).

      K

  •  Emails sent to my two (0+ / 0-)

    Hoping they'll sign on..

    Oh, and interesting info on Jackson - I thought I was pretty up on political history, but that one I didn't know.  Thanks Georgia10!

    •  Emails are a waste of time. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Paper Cup

      Emails don't work because they can't tell for sure that you're a constituent. And they don't read them. Call or fax or snail mail.

      "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

      by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:54:03 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  good general advice, I agree... (0+ / 0-)

        but from where I am, the international call is rather steep to do on a regular basis.  And my two senators are quite used to my email address by now and I usually get good response from their offices.  Work faxes are all that's available to me, and, well, for ethical reasons I can't use work machines for political stuff.  Snail mail takes weeks.  Anyway - I agree entirely on your advice, just hoping what I can do will still help.  

      •  I wouldn't say that... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        HRs Kevin

        I just sign my email w/ my mailing address which imo makes it plenty clear if I am their constituent or not. ;)

        "To BushCo, the truth is but a lie undiscovered."

        by Siberian on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:44:38 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  true (0+ / 0-)

          but we've had hill staffers write diaries here, and I've read and heard elsewhere that email is the least effective way of communicating, that many offices don't respond to email or don't read it for extended periods of time. Some do and some respond to emails, as the person above indicated, but calling and faxing are more effective, and more dramatic for the office, too.

          "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

          by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:49:59 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Jackson's Censure... (0+ / 0-)

      I told the girl who answered the phone for "my" senator, Lamar Alexander, that even if they were worried about Bush's place in history, Lamar should still support Senator Feingold's Censure Resolution...after all, Ol' Andrew Jackson was censured and he's still on the $20.00 bill! And, in the meantime, Lamar could sleep at night knowing that, for the first time in a long time, he'd done what's right. Specifically, putting the Constitution over the party. She was pretty surprised, but nice enough, too.

  •  Just want to try the new comment system (0+ / 0-)

    Neat.

    ... "otherwise I have to declare him a moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard." -- Lawrence Wilkerson on Dick Cheney

    by firstofnewleaders on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:50:10 AM PST

  •  Reached Durbin and Obama's offices (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    I successfully reached both Durbin and Obama's offices. I strongly urged that both senators get on board to support Feingold's courageous resolution. Both aides I spoke to repeated the "official line" that right now they "don't know" what the senators will do. Oh, well. Both Durbin and Obama are good men. I trust they will do the right thing here. If they don't I'm going to be real pissed ... One thing's for sure: Feingold for President, in my book.

  •  Kennedy's office (3+ / 0-)

    says "no public comment as of yet."  I told the staffer I hoped the Senator will show the courage he has come to be known for.

    Now for Kerry.

  •  I called Tom Harkin's office (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    I had to wait on hold a long time. The staffer was aware of the Censure resolution. Harkin has not taken a position.

  •  Called Dodd and Lieberman. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tmo, Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    The staff of both senators said they haven't taken a stand as of yet, but would pass along my wishes. I just bet they will!

  •  0 for 4 (3+ / 0-)

    just called Clinton, Scumer, Lautenberg, and Menendez (live in NY; grew up in NJ).  None have yet reached a position and were noncommital as to when they would.  Schumer's office seemed a bit clueless I had to wait for the girl to stop giggling and spit out the words "Sen. Schumer's office"), but the rest were professional and noted my strong support for Feingold's proposal.

    Are you a Republican? A conservative? A dumbass? -- The Majority Report

    by Passing Shot on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:03:51 AM PST

  •  I did it! (0+ / 0-)

    But I did it by email. Bill Nelson is my Senator.

  •  Call Specter too!! He 'supposedly' gives a damn (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    about the Constitution and is so "moderate."  

    Ha!!  

    His number:

    202-224-4254

    It has been busy, but I am still trying.

    The Democratic party - the party of sanity, reason and kindness.

    by adigal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:07:17 AM PST

  •  Who to call in Ohio??? (0+ / 0-)

    let's show this administration that some people still gave a damn about the Constitution."
     Not in Ohio, if you remember, they stole this state fair (?) and square.  All of my representatives have Bushit all over their faces.

  •  done (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    I called Reid and Specter; Santorum is a lost cause.

    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.- George Orwell

    by LisaZ on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:12:50 AM PST

  •  Clinton & Schumer no position yet. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Called Clinton and Schumer.
    Neither has yet taken a position on Censure.

  •  I made my calls (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    This is my third try to post a comment. I hope it works.

    Disabled Viet Vet ret. My snark is worse than my bite

    by eddieb061345 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:17:16 AM PST

  •  called my Georgia Senators (6+ / 0-)

    Saxby's people said it was "unlikely" he'd support it and Isakson's people said they'd "pass the message along."  

    There isn't a pig's chance at a Southern BBQ those two fools will support censure but I called them anyways!  Their office staff were nice at least!

    ;)
    kyle

  •  Just called Clinton and Schumer (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, Paper Cup

    Got through to Clinton's office on the Hill in D.C. Can't get through to Chuck on the Hill, so will now try his local office.

    Now here's a poll to freep about the effort to censure Bush. So far we're doing very well!

  •  Answering the phones must be a crap job (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Those answering for my Senators (Stabenow and Levin) did not sound pleased to be at work this morning.  But they were pleasant enough.  Thanks for the heads up.

    "While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free." - Eugene Debs

    by matthewc on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:23:03 AM PST

  •  Not Calling is Letting the Terrorists Win (13+ / 0-)

    Everyone remembers the fervent speeches given by President Bush, following the WTC attacks. That the terrorists were out to destroy our way of life.

    Well, the American way of life is one of civil liberties and freedom. The President violated those civil liberties by breaking the law, either willfully or by accident. In his zealous pursuit to prevent further terrorist attacks, he did exactly what they wanted them to do.

    But the battle and war is not yet lost. And that's why, red state or blue, you need to call, email, write, fax, carrier pigeon, and smoke signal your Senators, and maybe your Representative, too. We still have time to save the American ideals of liberty, justice, and due process.

    So, while it may seem like you're simply throwing a bucket of water against a concrete wall (like it does as I compose letters to AL-R's Sessions and Shelby), remember that somewhere, eventually, it WILL make a difference.

  •  Done and Done (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Thank you, georgia10 for using your bully pulpit to get people to do something for the country.  You're one good egg.

  •  Can't call from work but (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    I did email both my senators, Kerry and Kennedy asking them to stand up for what is right. The fact that they voted for the Patriot Act was disturbing. I hope they do the right thing and support censure, but I'm not confident.

    All Truth is non-partisan

    by MA Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:25:59 AM PST

  •  Nothing to see here, move along... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal
    Just trying the new comment thingy.

    I do intend on calling Salazar later and will post the results.

    "Words are, of course, the most potent drug used by mankind." Rudyard Kipling.

    by Kimberly Stone on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:28:30 AM PST

  •  NSA Scandal Resource Center (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    For the latest news, legal documents, statutes and other key materials for Bush's domestic spying program, see:
    "The NSA Scandal Resource Center."

  •  Can't do it in DC... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Don Quixote, scottman

    Alas, we have no Senators here.

    But hey, everyone else do it, and then maybe... take an additional five minutes for democracy for us Washingtonians:

    http://www.DCOlympicTeam.com

  •  MSNBC has a poll up. You know what to do.... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Vote here. So far we're up by about 3 to 1. Yeah, yeah, not scientific, but still...

    •  Already increasing... (0+ / 0-)

      73% to 27% at last count.  

      "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei

      by Dittoz on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:39:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Called Mikulski and Sarbanes (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Mikulski's aide didnt aske for any personal information, Sarbanes wanted my mailing address.  I urged both of them to support Sen. Feingold.

    I love that Feingold guy.  Im gonna have to get me a Wisconsin hat of some kind, just not a Packers hat.

  •  All of what you have as talking points are true, (0+ / 0-)

    let's not forget that this is just what is provable at this moment. There are greater charges that need to be brought to the light of day, if we are to get true justice for those who died at the hands of this Cabal.

    I don't hate my counry, just what they did to it.

    by ABA on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:39:50 AM PST

  •  I'm from NY, but called Sen Reid also. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    His staffer said that he has not yet taken a position on Feingold's censure resolution. The staffer went on to say that Sen. Reid supports a thorough investigation of the program, &c.

  •  Lugar's office (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    Called Sen. Lugar's office and got the excuse that "every other President did it, so it is legal."  I told the guy that I suspected that my message would find its way into the trash instead of the Senator's desk.  He hung up on me.

  •  Arizona (0+ / 0-)

    Holy crap what happened to DailyKos!!  Everything is funky!

    Given McCain's straw poll stunt, I doubt even my immense skill with words will be able to pull his lips off the [p]resident's ass.  As for Kyl, lost fucking cause.

  •  Text of the censure resolution? (0+ / 0-)

    I'd like to read the text of the censure resolution.  I can't seem to find it on Feingold's site, nor elsewhere online.  Can somebody point me to it, or give me a hint?  (I'm sure the text is pretty straightforward, but I'd like to read the actual resolution first.  I want to know what I'm supposed to be advocating...)

    •  Try a transcript of yesterday's interview (0+ / 0-)

      George Stephanopoulos read it on the air... I think there is a transcript of the interview over at rawstory.com... basically, it says that congress resolves that Bush is censured for wiretapping outside the law.

      •  PDF of censure resolution (0+ / 0-)

        Relating to the censure of George W. Bush (warning, PDF)

        The link to this PDF is buried in the middle of Sen. Feingold's press release on this issue.  One of the links was broken and is now fixed; perhaps they just now posted the resolution PDF, since I didn't see the link before.  Probably a bit of activity on the website today.

        I will try to type it up and post the text, since the PDF is just a series of images (including markup of the text, btw).

    •  via Think Progress (0+ / 0-)

      "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

      by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:31:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Here's the whole thing... (0+ / 0-)

      Feingold has posted a copy of the resolution on his website. You can find it here.  You'll need adobe acrobat to view, as it is a PDF.

    •  Here is the full text of the resolution (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Geotpf, joynow, combat rock

      This is perhaps not the final version of the resolution that will be considered, and should be considered preliminary.  I typed it from the PDF, sorry for any typos.

      Transcript of resolution Relating to the censure of George W. Bush (warning, PDF)

      RESOLUTION

      Relating to the censure of George W. Bush.

      Whereas Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and in so doing provided the executive branch with clear authority to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States;

      Whereas the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 has been amended multiple times since 1978, to expand the surveillance authority of the executive branch and address new technological developments;

      Whereas the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 states that it and the criminal wiretap law are the "exclusive means by which electronic surveillance" may be conducted by the United States Government and makes it a crime to wiretap individuals without complying with this statutory authority;

      Whereas the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 permits the Government to initiate wiretapping immediately in emergencies as long as the Government obtains approval from the court established under section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803) within 72 hours of initiating the wiretap;

      Whereas the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 authorizes wiretaps without the court orders otherwise required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 for the first 15 days following a declaration of war by Congress;

      Whereas the Authorization for Use of Military Force that became law on September 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note), did not grant the President the power to authorize wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978;

      Whereas the President's inherent constitutional authority does not give him the power to violate the explicit statutory prohibition on warrantless wiretaps in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978;

      Whereas George W. Bush, President of the United States, has authorized and continues to authorize wiretaps by the National Security Agency of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978;

      Whereas President George W. Bush has failed to inform the full congressional intelligence committees about this program, as required by the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.);

      Whereas President George W. Bush repeatedly misled the public prior to the public disclosure of the National Security Agency surveillance program by indicating this Administration was relying on court orders to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States, by stating--
      (1)  on April 20, 2004, that "When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so.";
      (2)  on July 14, 2004, that "the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order"; and
      (3)  on June 9, 2005, that "Law enforcement officers need a federal judge's permission to wiretap a foreign terrorist's phone, a federal judge's permission to search his property.  Officers must meet strict standards to use any of these tools.";

      Whereas President George W. Bush has, since the public disclosure of the National Security Agency surveillance program, falsely implied that the program was necessary because the executive branch did not have authority to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States, by making statements about the supposed need for the program, including--
      (1)  on January 25, 2006, stating at the National Security Agency that "When terrorist operatives are here in America communicating with someone overseas, we must understand what's going on if we're going to do our job to protect the people.  The safety and security of the American people depend on our ability to find out who the terrorists are talking to, and what they're planning.  In the weeks following September the 11th, I authorized a terrorist surveillance program to detect and intercept al Qaeda communications involving someone here in the United States."; and
      (2)  on January 31, 2006, asserting during the State of the Union "The terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks.  It remains essential to the security of America.  If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it, because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.";

      Whereas President George W. Bush inaccurately stated in his January 31, 2006, State of the Union address that "Previous Presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have, and federal courts have approved the use of that authority.", even though the President has failed to identify a single instance since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 became law in which another President has authorized wiretaps inside the United States without complying with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and no Federal court has evaluated whether the President has the inherent authority to authorize wiretaps inside the United States without complying with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978:  Now, therefore, be it

      Resolved, That the United States Senate does hereby censure George W. Bush, President of the United States, and does condemn his unlawful authorization of wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, his failure to inform the full congressional intelligence committees required by law, and his efforts to mislead the American people about the authorities relied upon by his Administration to conduct wiretaps and about the legality of the program.

      •  PDF now has selectable text (grrr...) (0+ / 0-)

        Wouldn't you know it, just after I posted the transcript of the PDF, Feingold's office updated the PDF so that the text is selectable, instead of being an image.  They still don't have a text transcript posted, but to get one, now you just need to open the PDF and select all of the text.  Too bad they didn't do this YESTERDAY, so that the text of the resolution could have been more widely circulated.

        At least the text is more accessable now, but it is still frustrating that the staff doesn't get this stuff out on the Internets sooner, and in a format that can be blogged/emailed/discussed.

        •  Effort duely noted... (0+ / 0-)

          Typing up the transcript must have been some hard work, so I gave it a recommend.

          To announce that there must be no criticism of the President ... is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

          by combat rock on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:35:12 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Kennedy & Kerry (4+ / 0-)

    Got through right away to the Boston offices of both Kerry and Kennedy. Kerry is "all for it--absolutely." Kennedy has no official position yet but should "definitely" have one "within the next few days." I was sort of expecting the reverse--Kennedy fully on board, Kerry equivocating.

  •  technical difficulties (0+ / 0-)

    the senate's website tells me it's experiencing technical difficulties

    is this creating that much of shitstorm?

  •  from Pa (0+ / 0-)

    I could not get through to Feingold but I did fax him.I called Harry Reid and for good measure called Arlen Spector who is my Senator. Why bother calling Santorum.

  •  I'm stuck here in PA (0+ / 0-)
    with Specter and Santorum. Called Specter, though I doubt it will have much effect. I haven't called Santorum, as it would probably be a waste of minutes.

    humani nil a me alienum puto (I consider nothing human foreign to me) --Terence

    by astraea on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:57:24 AM PST

    •  Waste of minutes? (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Tennessee and called both Frist and Alexander. Don't look at it as a waste of minutes, but, rather, as a chance to show them that even they have constituients who expect them to put the rule of law over their loyalty to party.  Alexander's staffer was actually nice. The guy answering Frist's phone sounded angry that anyone would even call voicing such support. That, alone, made it worth every minute. Enjoy your rights to petition the government with your grievance while you still have it (the right, I mean. More grievance sure to come....).

  •  Called both CO Senators (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, cartographer

    Niether had a position, Salazar staffer sounded positive, Allard staffer did not seem very interested

    If you live in fear the worst has already happened to you

    by Something the Dog Said on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:57:49 AM PST

  •  Senator Kohl's Office Phones Burning Up . . . (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    norm, Hollywood Liberal

    As a Wisconsin resident, I am proud to call Russ Feingold MY senator, but I also called Herb Kohl's office (he's up for reelection this year), and the staffer was so busy with the phones she could not get a complete sentence out to me.  Call, call, call!  Even if you have Bushevik senators.  Make them deal with it.

    •  Called Kohl (0+ / 0-)

      and left a message. I know they won't get until later, but I'm glad they're getting a lot of calls! I'm in Wisconsin and Feingold is my senator, too. Called him and told the staffer to let him know we support him and say Thank you!  

  •  Fiengold on CNN vs. Soledad O'Brien (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow, My Philosophy, Cantinflas

    Click Here to see Russ on CNN this morning

    Pass this video around, Soledad tried to defend the Bush Crime Family and fell short, she cant argue against the truth: Bush Broke the Law!

  •  Message left for Reid (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    norm, joynow

    Spoke to a staffer in Reid's offer and asked for the senator to please co-sponsor and support Feingold on this. I live in Virginia, so until Miller or Webb spanks Allen this fall, I have to convey things to the minority leader. Might amuse myself to leaving the same request in my state GOP senators... probably find a horse's head in my bed tomorrow, too.

    - Aaron

    •  Typos (0+ / 0-)

      Wow... I wonder how many typos I can make in a single two sentence comment. Jeez.

      Spoke to a staffer in Reid's OFFICE and asked for the senator to please co-sponsor and support Feingold on this. I live in Virginia, so until Miller or Webb spanks Allen this fall, I have to convey things to the minority leader. Might amuse myself BY leaving the same request WITH my state GOP senators... probably find a horse's head in my bed tomorrow, too.

      - Aaron

      Next time I wake completely up before I post.

    •  Called Reid (0+ / 0-)

      and left him a message telling him that all the Democrats should get behind Russ and support him on this issue.

  •  Done (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    and it didn't even take 5 minutes.

    Thank God I get to call Durbin and Obama for stuff like this. I can't imagine what some of the rest of us have to put up with.

    •  green with jealousy (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      vcmvo2
      I've got Specter and Santorum. But I do have the pleasure of (hopefully) voting that bastard Santorum out of office in November. Watching that man get kicked out (please please please) might make up for the stupid letters I get from him in response to calls. (Though it won't make up for the damage he's done to the country.)

      humani nil a me alienum puto (I consider nothing human foreign to me) --Terence

      by astraea on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:04:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  OT - can't recommend this diary (0+ / 0-)

    But I would if I could.  I hated the new comment system a couple of hours ago but it's beginning to grow on me.  I hope they get the kinks worked out soon.

    A pessimist sees a glass half empty. I see a paper cup with holes punched in it.

    by Paper Cup on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:01:02 AM PST

  •  5 mins. - how long it took to reply to me.... (0+ / 1-)
    Recommended by:
    Hidden by:
    vcmvo2

    This site owner could've replied to my request for help twice now -- I asked for a break on advertising as a co-blogger who doesn't earn anything. Whaddaya know? blown off twice without an answer.

    Why the fuck should I bother to help Daily Kos then?

    Just goes to show ya; when you get big, you can ignore all the little people....

    How very Republican.

  •  Call local if you can (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    FDL recommends calling your Senator's local offices...Supposedly the calls get taken more seriously (not as spam) since big organizations usually call the DC offices.

    Called Reed and Chafee in RI. Both noncommittal.

  •  I AM DEMOCRACY! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    polydactyl, FindingMyVoice

    I AM DEMOCRACY!

    I came from a proud family who were willing to sacrifice their very lives. In my early years they carefully nurtured me. My future prospects were healthy and bright, and I grew up with honor.

    Now you see me before your eyes, ragged, dirty, abused and invisible to many Americans. Your present leaders have trampled on me, ignored and misused me, as apathetic Americans stand by watching. Your majority in Congress does not protect me.

    Underneath the grime and misuse, I still have hope that you wonâ€TMt let me die!

    I AM DEMOCRACY AND I AM HOMELESS!

  •  Georiga10... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    norm, joynow, sockpuppet, On The Bus

    gives new meaning to the term patriot. For one so young (I feel old saying that given that I'm only 3 yrs older then her) she is wise beyond her years. Perhaps our youth lets us better foresee the potential for this country to become an even greater beacon of freedom. But we are also doubly vigilant of the potential for it to become the very antithesis of what it was at it's founding.

    Keep up the good work Georgia

    Regards,

    X

  •  called both my senators (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow, sockpuppet

    count us (hubby and me) as 4 calls...2 to hillary and 2 to schumer....neither persons who answered their phones seemed interested in talking about feingold or the move to censure Bush.

    will try to get at least 10 more people to call their offices today.

    "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

    by KnotIookin on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:08:04 AM PST

  •  Done, but... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Passing Shot, joynow

    I called Clinton and Schumer's offices this morning.

    This is the problem I haveh wit both of them, and I imagine it is something other people deal with:

    Feingold stated yesterday that he was going to introduce this censure resolution. Every news media outlet has picked up on it and there have already been responses from Republican leader's on the resoltion.

    When calling, I first introduced myself by name, said I was a constituent and gave my address. I said I was calling to urge the Senator to support and co-sponsor the resolution. In both cases I was met with SILENCE. I then asked if the Senator had a position on the resolution and IN BOTH CASES I was told, "the Senator has not issued a press release on this issue at this time."

    I DO NOT GET IT. I watched the interview yesterday. I watched Frist's response. The Feingold interview can be replayed allover the Internet. It is being covered EVERYWHERE. If the average American can view and/or read this news of aresolution and have a gut level reaction as to whether they support it or not, what takes these politicians so long to have a similar visceral reaction as to whhether it is right or wrong?

    I am SO COMPLETELY TIRED OF DEMOCRATS. It is frustrating to watch them sit on their hands, but my bigger frustration comes from making my efforts to be heard and feeling like my effort to formulate my words and make the call is more effort than they are going to put into the whole issue. I know I'm a forum member who does a great share of complaining about Democrats (and of course Republicans), but the sense I get from the Senatorial staffs is that they couldn't care less what I think.  

    •  Patience, dear... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Hollywood Liberal, joynow

      The senators are hearing from us today and will decide whether to support it, in part, based on our calls. They like to feel which way the wind is blowing, first.

      Second, staffers may not have gotten the "message" as to what the Senator's position is. The senator may very well have a "gut feeling", and may very well support it, but until he is officially on record as such, the staffers aren't going to give anything away.

      •  Leaders or Followers (0+ / 0-)

        It just seems that we are dealing with legal issues and BOTH Senators are lawyers. I really feel that our Senators are letting us down and are consistently "testing the wind."  I'd really like to see them take a stand and hold a press conference to tell constituents why we should get behind their position.  It really is an ass-backwards approach.

    •  just tried clinton and got the same deal (4+ / 0-)

      I agree BrooklynRider...it's nice to see that between Clinton and Feingold, two presumably likely candidates for nominee, that at least one of them has been pretty consistenly decent (this, opposing the war, opposing the Patriot Act--a good start at least) while the other one seems to be trying to be Biden-lite (except without the military experience and with a sizable minority of the country actively despising her). Maybe Clinton and her people are very good at playing the political game, and maybe she even has a better chance of winning in the general election (I guess we've all heard both sides of that argument), but Feingold just got my primary vote.

      •  i got the same cold shoulder from hillary (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Hollywood Liberal, joynow

        and thats why its vital to keep calling her office....the more of her constituents who call on this issue the more likely it will be that she is forced to take a stand and issue a press reelase whether she wants to or not.

        "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

        by KnotIookin on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:25:22 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I want to see him censured in shackles (0+ / 0-)

    and his parade in a cage through the streets of D.C. to be televised.

    •  censure (0+ / 0-)

      Is censure enough ? I think not. Bush and Cheney are criminals in the eyes of most of the world. America needs to protect itself from itself(Bush administration)& demonstrate what we do with criminals like this. It would seem, nothing short of impeachment would speak clearly enough to the rest of the world that we as a people do not condone the actions of a few misplaced administrators. We need to regain the repect of the people of this planet if we are to continue as a global partner.

  •  Called Bill Nelson's office (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    In Orlando with 8 family members (all voters) approval. Made sure to convey that to the nice girl who answered the phone.
    Fran

    "a smart man knows what he doesn't know" Sister Mary Loraine Hialeah 1951

    by flafran on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:09:42 AM PST

  •  Done, done, done and done (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow, polydactyl

    Called my Senators, Reid and Lugar...the last one was just for the hell of it.  

    Reid's aide gave me the, "The Senator will carefully study whether the Intelligence Committee, blah, blah..."  I pointed out that the Intelligence Committee had already said they won't investigate and that reviewing an illegal program was not oversight.  Hemmed and hawed...said, "I only have this statement to read."  Bury his office with calls...

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:10:24 AM PST

  •  DONE (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Called Biden's and Carper's DC offices.  Got right through and gave them my thoughts.  I asked both offices whether the Senator had voiced an opinion yet on the Feingold resolution.  Both said they had not, commenting that this was very recent.  I got a feeling from Biden's staffer that he (the staffer) was kind of excited (in a good way) about the whole matter.  Maybe it's just me though.  Do we know when Feingold is actually going to present the resolution?

    One-party rule has made the Republicans much more sloppy in their corruption.--Ohio State Senator Marc Dann

    by olddembroad on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:15:10 AM PST

  •  I emailed my MD senators but I also faxed (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    And I told my father in Florida to contact Nelson.

    My dad was saying yesterday that he's so damn frustrated with the Bushies. So now he can do something.

  •  Supervision of cabinet level secretaries (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vcmvo2, Yamara

    I also asked that they introduce a bill to provide supervision to cabinet level secretaries while they were shopping. Bill Nelsons people were amused but the Martinez people were not.

  •  U.S. Capitol toll free: 888-355-3588 (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow, KnotIookin

    Just ask for your Senator by name, we might as well use this toll-free number that we are all paying for.

    Feingold's office has been busy all day, but I got through right away to my MD senators.

  •  Done (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    I just called Obama and Durbin and told them to co-sponsor the Censure Resolution.

    Thanks for the Action Item!

    Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939 [-4.38, -3.18]

    by peteri2 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:29:09 AM PST

  •  I called Wyden (0+ / 0-)

    The schmo answering phones at his office couldn't get me off the phone fast enough.  I assume Wyden will not co-sponsor.  He is a weasel.

  •  e-mailed Boxer & Feinstein before breakfast (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    Thanks, Georgia! Go get 'em!

  •  Sign the resolution (0+ / 0-)

    Go to:http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/page/petition/censure0306

    Sorry if this was already posted - having trouble reading the comments this morning...

  •  frist is my senator (0+ / 0-)

    so i just saved myself five minutes

    •  As noted above... (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      norm, Hollywood Liberal, joynow, BarbinMD

      You should call anyway.  It'll have a bigger impact, and really, the Republicans need to hear the message most of all. I know it is Frist, but what can it hurt? I'm calling both of my Repug senators...

      •  you have obviously never called Frist's office (0+ / 0-)

        they are rude and obnoxious, i can do without the stress. they think only the criminally insane would call and request that an opposing view be heard.

        •  Such patriotism! (0+ / 0-)
          With everything that our foremothers and forefathers have gone through to bring us the democracy we enjoy today, I think the fact that the "stress" of the "rude and obnoxious" behavior of Sen. Frist's staff is enough of a reason for you not to call is abominable, actually.

          It's a three minute phone call.  If that's the worst you have to put up with to make your voice heard, do it gladly and count yourself lucky.

  •  Called (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    norm, Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Calleb both my California Senators.  Asked them to co-sponsor.  Both said that they have NOT taken a position on it yet.

  •  Done! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    am having fun with the new format

    Thanks to all!

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:42:28 AM PST

  •  not that anyone here needs persuading (0+ / 0-)

    but for further inspiration on the topic, i highly recommend the piece just posted by anonymousliberal at his site, anonymousliberal.com.  As always, smart, entirely unhysterical, and on-the-money, his piece today should be required reading for the party.

  •  I live in Baltimore. Faxed Mikulski, Sarbanes, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, joynow

    Reid, Kerry, Clinton and. . . Frist!

    Tempted to hit Lieberman, too but I've got to get back to work! Thanks georgia10!

  •  I live in Baltimore. Faxed Mikulski, Sarbanes, (0+ / 0-)

    Reid, Kerry, Clinton and. . . Frist!

    Tempted to hit Lieberman, too but I've got to get back to work! Thanks georgia10!

  •  I live in Baltimore. Faxed Mikulski, Sarbanes, (0+ / 0-)

    Reid, Kerry, Clinton and. . . Frist!

    Tempted to hit Lieberman, too but I've got to get back to work! Thanks georgia10!

  •  I live in Baltimore. Faxed Mikulski, Sarbanes, (0+ / 0-)

    Reid, Kerry, Clinton and. . . Frist!

    Tempted to hit Lieberman, too but I've got to get back to work! Thanks georgia10!

  •  AR delegation (0+ / 0-)

    Called Sens. Lincoln and Pryor.  Neither had a position on the resolution yet....

  •  I Called Mikulski & Sarbanes (Ds - MD) (0+ / 0-)

    I'm looking for support from them.  They're both good Dems.

    BTW - the phones were ringing off the hook.  Sarbanes' line was even busy when the capital operator tried to connect me.

    Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:38:20 AM PST

  •  Called Bill Nelson FL (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the prod!

  •  Durbin and Obama - Done! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow, Bill White

    Durbin: busy line on first attempt. Staffer said as the resolution is just coming out, no position yet. Said I would like to see him support it. Asked for my zip code. Mission Accomplished.

    Obama: put on hold. Staffer said the same thing as Durbin's office 'no position yet as it's just coming out today'. Said I would like to see him support it. Asked for my zip code. Mission Accomplished.

    Thanks, Georgia10!

    •  Durbin and Obama again! (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ilona

      I called both the local Chgo offices and the D.C. offices.   As with everyone else who called in IL (ckada, peteri2, ilona) I was told that they had no position yet.  I strongly urged them to support Sen. Feingold, that NOW was the time to take this courageous and necessary stand.

      I also had called Rahm's office last week about H.R. 635 and was told the same thing (no position yet).

      Thanks Georgia for calling this phone meeting to order.  

  •  5 Minutes a Day for Democracy (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jibsail, Wary

    Sounds familiar... very familiar.  


    Perhaps because it's been a front page feature at Democracy Cell Project since its inception.

    Check it out here...

    FIVE MINUTES A DAY FOR DEMOCRACY
    ... All it takes for us to have a healthy democracy is 5 minutes a day. Just like brushing your teeth, only easier.


  •  Called Feinstein (0+ / 0-)

    Haven't been able to get through to Boxer's office yet, but got through to Dianne Feinstein's SF office on the first try.

  •  Boxer and Feinstein (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joynow

    I called both of my Senators.  Both said they "haven't released a position yet", or something to that effect.  I told both staffers that it's time for an accountability moment for this administration and (of course) encouraged the support of the censure proposal.

    So strike the match and baby clench your fist, here comes a party that we don't want to miss. - The (International) Noise Conspiracy

    by punkboy on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:52:34 AM PST

    •  Feinstein's staffer told me she is waiting for (0+ / 0-)

      evidence to come out in the Intelligence hearings to decide whether or not the law has been violated. I said that the President has clearly violated FISA, and that's all she should need to stand with Sen. Feingold on this resolution.

      I called Boxer's office, too, and the staffer said she hasn't come out publicly with a decision about supporting the resolution or not.

      Maybe the hokey pokey IS what it's all about.

      by Rachel in Vista on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:05:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Great move to get the calls rolling. I spoke with (0+ / 0-)

    both the offices of my Senators and they said they were very busy with calls re:Feingold Censure resolution. Is there anything more we can do?


    "And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night." Matthew Arnold

    by Cantinflas on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:55:41 AM PST

  •  I wish Sen. Reid were the Senate Majority Leader! (0+ / 0-)

    Wishful thinking, Georgia10.

    Just got off the phone with Sen. Kohl's people, who never take down details and seem totally disinterested.  Sen. Reid's staffer however assured me that he was taking a tally.

  •  Is someone keeping a list? (2+ / 0-)

    It would be nice to see who's on board, who's preparing their statement, and who's hopeless.

  •  no Democratic senator (0+ / 0-)

    but I'm calling Specter all the same.

  •  Done and Done (0+ / 0-)

    Both Senators Obama and Durbin just received another of what I'm sure are many calls in support of the measure

    I guess everyone's got their own blog now.

    by zonk on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:35:36 AM PST

  •  Called Kohl and Reid (0+ / 0-)

    Called Feingold (my senator) and thanked him.

  •  Kerry supports (0+ / 0-)

    I just called my Senators (Kerry and Kennedy -- I'm lucky!).

    Kennedy's office didn't make a point of telling me his position -- and I didn't think to ask.

    But Kerry's aide made a point of telling me that Sen. Kerry supported the resolution and would vote for it, should it come to the floor. I laughed and said, "What are the odds of that?" He said, "Slim to none now. But there is an election in November." I promised to do everything I could to improve those odds.

    Kerry. Hrm. Might have to reconsider my previous evaluations of that guy.

    --- Republican? Republican?! Sir, you have insulted me for the last time. I demand, demand, I say, satisfaction on the field of honor! [-8.25, -7.38]

    by Adistius on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:43:08 AM PST

  •  faxed my 2 Senators plus Reid and Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Faxes are OK, right, or should I also call?

  •  I called Nelson. I bet he won't sign it but I (0+ / 0-)

    celled him.

  •  Senator Kohl (0+ / 0-)

    I called Sen. Kohl's Madison office, got through on one ring.  The woman was very friendly but said that he "hasn't prepared a statement yet."

    I think I'll wait to call my other Senator until the fever's slowed down a bit.  It'll keep the thanks going longer!

  •  Senator Harkin is welcoming calls. (0+ / 0-)

    I just got off the phone with a staffer in the D.C. office and they said that Harkin has not taken a position yet but are actually waiting on feedback from us (the public) on how we feel about it.

    So if anyone wants to give an opinion to Harkin's office (especially from Iowa) please do.  
    (202) 224-3254 Phone
    (202) 224-9369 Fax

  •  unsatisfactory call to Reid's office (0+ / 0-)

    Called Reid's office in DC from my home in Mexico and voice mail from hell prompted me to leave comment on system that was either full, busy or non-responsive.  Waste of money.  Called Reid's office in Vegas and young guy gave me some bullshit about Reid "studying the issue" and "waiting to see if Senate Intelligence Committee was going to investigate whether or not Bush broke the law."  The line of shit he was feeding me was so preposterous I couldn't help but break out laughing.  So I told the boy that Reid and other Dems better stand up and fight back or wife and I are out of the party.  I found the whole useless exercise to be an insult to my intelligence.

  •  Hatch and Bennett (0+ / 0-)

    And called Frist as well, for good measure. At least they got one call from Utah in support of censure. :-)

  •  Done in Vt. (0+ / 0-)

    I called both Leahy and Jeffords offices. So far, neither had taken any official position on the censure, but I added my voice in support.
    Maybe folks, just maybe we can get the Dems to do the right thing here. I can't see how they have anything to lose and if they won't even go along with this, then they are hopeless, and have become part of the problem instead of the solution. Lets see at least 40 votes for this.

  •  If I thought it would do any good (0+ / 0-)

    To call Frist and Alexander, I would. I'd be wasting my time.

    The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.

    by JenD on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:14:19 PM PST

  •  Russ is about to bring his resolution.... (0+ / 0-)

    to the Senate Floor

    http://www.c-span.org/...

  •  Done! (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the reminder--watching it right now!

    I also expressed my displeasure to old Senator McConnell for all those 'special rules' they were trying to put on Senator Fiengold--I said 'we the people' have a right to hear everything and hear a ture debate on the floor!

  •  It took me 15 minutes to call Boxer and Feinstein (0+ / 0-)
    Neither have a position yet. It took more like 15 minutes, because I got many busy signals and a couple of times, when I got through, the system put me into a full mailbox. Finally I got through to staffers in the Washington offices of both.

    I said "I'm calling because I'm concerned about Bush's illegal spying. I would like the Senator to support the censure bill. Does the Senator support the bill?"

    In both cases, the staffers said that the senator has not yet made a statement. They thanked me and that was that.

    --simon

  •  Done (0+ / 0-)

    Called Boxer and Feinstein's offices. Thanks for prompting me, and thanks for the handy link for the phone numbers.

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

    by Liberaljentaps on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 02:17:14 PM PST

  •  Take 1 minute and fight Diebold (0+ / 0-)

    Jeb Bush and his thugs are still trying to conceal their Diebold crimes. Please vote in this Tallahassee newspaper poll in support of Ion Sancho, who proved Diebold machines can be hacked. http://www.tallahassee.com/...

  •  If this isn't a motivator... (0+ / 0-)

    Some of my friends in DFA concluded a recent precinct meeting with a slide that reads (and I'm paraphrasing, but I think I'm getting the gist):

    What are you going to tell your kids, and your grandkids, when they ask you, "What did you do when our rights were being taken away, when our freedoms were being taken away?"

    That was all I needed to read to keep doing what I'm doing...including this action.

  •  Done (0+ / 0-)

    I sent to my two Democratic Senators.  Lots of luck anyway.  

  •  Harry Reid's voice (0+ / 0-)

    mail is full.  When you select "1" to speak to a staffer, you are sent to the full voice mail.

    I'm from TN so don't think it would do any good to contact my own.

    -5.59-6.25 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: IRAQ IS BROKEN

    by martik on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:41:59 PM PST

  •  Well, here's my letter: (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Sen. Feinstein:

    I don't expect you, as a self-styled "moderate" Democrat, to support Sen Russell Feingold's motion for censure of the President.

    However, I really wish you would. I have strong feelings about this and believe that the Senate is implicitly ceding far too much of its oversight power to an irresponsible and partisan President who manifestly lacks the competence to manage a war and the confidence of the American people. There are several very clear points on which I feel you should be obligated to support a censure motion:

    (1) The President admitted to conducting a domestic spying program outside the scope of FISA, despite knowing that FISA is the exclusive means of such surveillance inside the United States.  President Bush broke the law, and this is the only way this Republican Congess can hold him accountable.

    (2) The President admitted he did not brief the full intelligence committees. This is against the law.

    (3) We don't have to wait for an investigation before censure.  President Bush admitted to his crimes publicly. An investigation is needed, but that should not preclude censure at this time.

    (4) Andrew Jackson was censured in 1834 for refusing to hand over papers to Congress and assuming power not granted by the Constitution.  With his stonewalling of the investigation and by ignoring FISA, this is exactly what President Bush has done, and he should also be censured accordingly.

    (5) Finally, and equally important, the Republicans attempted to censure Bill Clinton on an issue that, while legally problematic and rather obnoxious to the general public, had the virtues of (a) not getting anyone killed; (b) did not involve an attempt to spy on American citizens; and © did not involve an attempt to circumvent the oversight requirements of the legislative branch. A BJ from Monica is, I would submit, a trivial matter by comparison to what Bush continues to do to this very hour.

    I frankly think every single Democrat should suck it up and get with the program here. It is time to draw a line in the sand. It has nothing to do with whether you're a "liberal" Democrat or a "moderate" Democrat. It has to do with endorsing the rule of law!

    It is simply unacceptable to hold Republicans in the Oval Office to a different standard of behavior than Democrats.

    And what exactly would you suffer by supporting Feingold? Bush is at mid-30's approval ratings! He's as lame as a lame duck can get! What, is Rove going to work harder to find you a stronger election challenger? As if he wouldn't anyway!

    Supproting Feingold won't make a difference to you, but it would make a difference to me and to many other voters in your state. We desperately need to make clear that Democrats stand for something other than "going along to get along."  

  •  I used email tonight, I will call in the morning (0+ / 0-)

    I live in NJ so I would bet my Senators will support Senator Feingold's resolution. I will follow up with calls tomorrow morning.

    Also, I have been sending out emails to media outlets tonight telling them I am a viewer who supports Senator Feingold's resolution and demanded that they stop reciting RNC Talking Points in defense of the program. I also asked them to press McLellan on his latest lie in this morning's press conference.

  •  Just called Reid's office... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the staffer I talked to didn't seem very enthusiastic to be talking to me.

    But, oh well...at least I called.

    Russ Feingold for President!

    by Basil on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 08:21:45 AM PST

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