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From a friend who grew up through law school in South Africa. She just happened to be back in South Africa when Madiba died, a long term civil rights activist lawyer in her own right .. Mandela was very special to her.

Thousands of South African citizens have flocked to parliament, to monuments, to the homes of Madiba, both in Soweto and Houghton, - people are grieving - singing - dancing- candles, flags, flowers, pictures everywhere - holding services, memorials - all over this country, foreign dignitaries are arriving, his photos are outside every store in every mall. Parliamentarians are singing tributes in true African style in the House of Parliament, walking in processions to flame of remembrance, stadiums are being prepared, there are no cars left to hire, hotel rooms are jammed with journalists, people are wiping tears - this nation is moving and standing still - all at the same time for Madiba. And the hum is Hanba Kahle Tata Madiba...
South Africa will always remember these days - We are now preparing in South Africa for over 70 sitting heads of States, members of US Congress, Parliaments, and numerous former heads of states. The service for Madiba will be tomorrow, Tuesday at FNB stadium with many overflow stadiums providing space for the hundreds of thousands of people who are converging on the City. Madiba’s body will be held in State from Wednesday through Friday and it will travel the roads of Pretoria from the hospital to the Government Building each morning. After that time Madiba’s body be flown to Umtata airport in the Eastern Cape and then he will be buried in his birth and home village of Qunu.
and more on arrangements:
They expect 2,000 people to pass the casket of #Madiba, each hour as #NelsonMandela lays in State - for 3 days - from 9 am to 5 pm = 48,000 people. Many more will line the streets each day as his body is brought back to the Government Buildings. FNB stadium hold 100,000 people and there will be 4 overflow stadiums in JHB for the official memorial service tomorrow. The family has requested that when Madiba's body is laid in the ground in his birth village of Qunu, that there be no filming.
UPDATE 2:20 PM PT: from Placing GAY FLAG on Mandel Memorial
When I was a child I was told by my Government that Nelson Mandela was bad man, a terrorist who wanted all white people dead. They did not allow us to see pictures of Mandela, and all images of him were banned. He was serving life in prison. When Mandela was finally released after serving 27 years, many believed South Africa would be a bloodbath, and most South Africans who at that time did not know Mandela the human, could not have imagined that he would ensure peace, unity and equality for a all, through a process of negotiation and reconciliation.
And so he became our Tata Madiba, our unifying hero and so when he died at the end of last week, we were devastated.

People by the thousands began to descend on Nelson Mandela Square, mere blocks from my hotel in Sandton as well as on the home he died at in Houghton.

Together with the designer of the Gay Flag of South Africa, Eugene Brockman and his partner Henry Bantjes, we decided to join the throngs of people and take some flags down to these memorial venues, where we could place them amongst the thousand of bouquets of flowers, plants, pictures, momentos, placards, cards and notes.

We wanted to thank #Madiba for what he had done for #LGBT people. We wanted to thank him for our freedom and equality and so we did. Nelson Mandela set the tone for #LGBTI equality when he said: Never, never and never again shall any one be oppressed in this beautiful land of #SouthAfrica;" and so South Africa boasts full equality to include sexual orientation and gender identity, in its all inclusive #Constitution.

Placing Gay  Flag at Mandela Memorial
… and there is a quote from and link to her obituary with biography below CHEETO.
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A NorCal freshman Representative, Jared Huffman, San Rafael, just tweeted out that his very first bill passed the House and moves on to the Senate, H.R. 1411

RT @RepHuffman: I’m thrilled that the House has agreed to protect this jewel of the North Coast for future generations.'

More from the notice of its passage: House of Representatives Passes Congressman Huffman’s First Bill

 “This is a spectacular stretch of coastline, and it deserves the highest level of protection we can provide. By bringing this land into the National Monument system, we will provide an accessible way for visitors to see all that the Mendocino coast has to offer.”

“The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a national treasure and the House of Representatives is right to protect it,” said Thompson. “We need to keep working and make sure the Senate passes legislation that preserves this wonderful stretch of coastline for our children and grandchildren.”

It is very rare for a freshman member in the minority party in the House to have their first bill as a Congressman passed by the House—only five other freshmen House Democrats have passed a bill in the 113th Congress, and Huffman is one of the first freshman of either party to have a land conservation bill approved in the 113th Congress. Today’s vote follows a House Natural Resources Committee vote on Congressman Huffman’s bill on June 12, 2013.

The bill would add 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and includes other natural jewels such as the Garcia Estuary and two miles of the Garcia River, a critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. The land includes habitat for endangered species, and the designation keeps the current recreational, ranching, and research uses of the land.

Huffman was joined by original cosponsor Congressman Mike Thompson, who previously represented this area of California’s northern coastline in Congress. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Here is Pt. Arena light as of Nov 2012...and a Map showing the Stornetta lands, along coast between Highway 1 and the light. We wondered the status of those lands when we went by last year. In fact took pic standing outsided fenced off coastal lands.

Pt. Arena light

 GOOGLE Map Pt Arena

Congratulations to Rep. Huffman on his very first bill passing the house! Thanks for protecting more of California.. for all Californians.  More about Jared below squiggle.

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Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM PDT

He Was the Bravest Person in the Room

by LOrion

Background: On June 04, 2013, Mayor Virginia Gurolla of Porterville, issued a proclamation recognizing the month of June as GayPride Month in Porterville.

Now, for those unaware: "'Porterville has a long history of anti-LGBT issues – from being the only city in the state to pass a resolution in support of Proposition 8 to openly ill treatment & harassment of LGBT community members and even public statements by city leaders condemning LGBT persons. We anticipated some opposition, but this seemed to be a moment of triumph. The proclamation was signed, it was a done deal, and finally, there seemed to be an opportunity for inclusiveness and healing in this very torn and divided town."

Then, A July 16th  the City Council members voted to rescind the proclamation. When the vote passed, in act of civil disobedience, Jennifer McGuire, a housewife and local equality activist was arrested with 2 other activists, who voiced their disdain at the actions of the City Council.  Here is original story CHAOS ERUPTS AS GAYS ARRESTED WHEN PORTERVILLE VOTES TO RESCIND PRIDE PROCLAMATION

CHAOS erupts as Homophobes rescind Gay Pride Proclamation

However according to her, in today's chapter of the 'Porterville Saga', she was not the bravest person in the room, by far.  

THE BRAVEST PERSON IN THE ROOM
By Jennifer McGuire, July 19, 2013.
I don’t know his name. I don’t know his background. I don’t know his story. I do know he was the bravest person in the room.

The room is the City Council chambers of Porterville, on July 16, 2013, and it’s standing room only.  There’s a feeling of tension that is palpable.

He is 17. He is very cute. He is wearing a rainbow bracelet shaped like a bow tie. I want to hug him. He is gay. I know he is gay because he stood up during oral communications and came out. He came out for the first time in public. He came out to the community in which he lives. He came out, unintentionally, to his family. He stood in front of a room full of people, half of which were expounding hatred and lies; in front of the council, of which 3 members were openly ridiculing his personhood; in front of news cameras and journalists and law enforcement and, thankfully, the part of the audience who were his friends and supporters of LGBTQ persons, and he came out. He shared his fear and frustration and heartbreak of being a gay teen in Porterville. He shared his story of harassment, of being bullied, of being afraid to walk down the street and of a system that wouldn’t (not “couldn’t”) protect him in the places he should feel safest – in school, in church, at home, in his community.

ONE BRAVE TEEN COMES OUT IN THE FACE OF PORTERVILLE’S HOMOPHOBIA

But on this night ...He shared his determination to leave, to never return to the place that was supposed to be home.

PORTERVILLE: Calm at beginning
She goes on to note: "Realistically I know that in today’s two second headline world that Porterville is already an “old” news story, but it was, and is, a story. Thousands of people all over the country have now heard of Porterville and were outraged by the actions of the city council. And maybe one LGBTQ person in a “Porterville” somewhere else will know that as hard as it is and as painful as it is, there is love and support and acceptance, and many, many people are working and standing and screaming for them and with them, and maybe that will help them change their “Porterville.”BUT for the HERO of Porterville she adds: 

''And maybe, just maybe, one kid in one “Porterville” understands that she/he is not alone, that there are people paying attention and willing to even get arrested for their right to exist, for their dignity, for their rights, and maybe, just maybe, they will not give up. And maybe, we can start seeing real change so being from a “Porterville” is not a bad thing. And for that, I am proud.

The heroes of this story are not those of us who got arrested, but the young man who came out, and I hope he knows I am proud to stand with him, and I am proud to stand up for him. The heroes are the local LGBTQ community members who have been waging this fight day in and day out for years.  For him, and for them, I could not remain seated, I could not remain silent."

Excerpted with permission from blogger Melanie N.

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Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM PDT

OBAMA ... was mistaken for a waiter.

by LOrion

After President Obama's address about Trayvon Martin today, Susan Davis reposted this piece on The Washington Wire..

 It is from Nov. 7, 2008,The original is by Katherine Rosman on WSJ.

Before He Was President, Mistaken for a Waiter: a 2003 Obama Meeting

Katherine Rosman reports on her encounter with President-elect Barack Obama.

On a warm weekday evening in 2003, a group that can fairly be described as representative of the media elite gathered at one if its favored venues: the garden behind the Manhattan apartment of journalists Tina Brown and Harold Evans.

The occasion was the publication of “The Clinton Wars,” by Sidney Blumenthal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton. Editors from the New Yorker and the New York Times were in attendance along with media figures like Steven Brill and Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner. The guests mingled and sipped wine. Even Clinton showed up, instantly becoming the epicenter of attention.

I had not been invited but attended the event as the “plus one” of political columnist Eric Alterman, who wrote about the party in The Guardian on Thursday. At the time, I was a freelance journalist not yet employed by The Wall Street Journal. Eager for an opportunity to find a good story or meet an editor who might give me work, I accepted Alterman’s invitation to join him at an event littered with literati.

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BREAKING NEWS:  for all LGBT and allies:
NEW GAY SECRETARY of the Air Force under Obama.

 'After the Friday, June 21, retirement of Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, ERIC FANNING became the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, making him the highest-ranking out LGBT person in the Department of Defense'

HERE is a 25th ANNIVERSARY commemoration of the life of the man who got him there.

 From his dear friend Michael Bedwell,   "ON THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH, I celebrate the life of Leonard Matlovich, TSgt., USAF; my hero, my friend, without whom open service might have taken even longer.
I can almost hear him now: “Michael! Can you believe it? An out gay man is now the Acting Secretary of the Air Force,” and see his smile as bright as the dawn of this new day. If only more knew upon whose shoulders they stand."

In MEMORIUM ..Leonard Matlovich

Please watch this great historical record.. for all our sakes. I do hope Eric Fanning gets a chance to see it too.

Below the squiggle .. I have posted some pictures and  transcriptions of quotes from the video. They need to be remembered too. Read first, then watch, or vice versa. Either way I think they enhance the experience, and can help with sharing and remembering.

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Directly from HuffPo:

The Senate rejected a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand gun background checks on Wednesday, casting a 54 to 46 vote that drew sharp responses from supporters who had seen the measure as a small, significant and viable step forward on gun control.
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," President Barack Obama said, addressing the inaction. Standing behind the president was former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who moments before had also lambasted senators for their opposition in an email.
Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Find their information and let them know how you feel.
FULL ROLL CALL is here. Just names not handles.
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session VOTE ON  715
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) -- @SenAlexander
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) -- @KellyAyotte
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) -- @SenJohnBarrasso
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) -- @MaxBaucus
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) -- @SenatorBegich
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) -- @RoyBlunt
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) -- @JohnBoozeman
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) -- @SenatorBurr
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) -- @SaxbyChambliss
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) -- @SenDanCoats
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- @TomCoburn
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) -- @SenThadCochran
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) -- @SenBobCorker
Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) -- @JohnCornyn
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) -- @MikeCrapo
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) -- @SenTedCruz
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) -- @SenatorEnzi
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) -- @SenatorFischer
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) -- @JeffFlake
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- @GrahamBlog
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) -- @ChuckGrassley
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) -- @SenOrrinHatch
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) -- @SenatorHeitkamp
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) -- @SenDeanHeller
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) -- @SenJohnHoeven
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) -- @jiminhofe
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) -- @SenatorIsakson
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) -- @Mike_Johanns
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) -- @SenRonJohnson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) -- @SenMikeLee
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- @McConnellPress
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) -- @JerryMoran
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) -- @lisamurkowski
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- @SenRandPaul
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) -- @robportman
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) -- @SenMarkPryor
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) -- @SenatorRisch
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) -- @SenPatRoberts
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- @marcorubio
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) -- @SenatorTimScott
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) -- @SenatorSessions
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) -- @SenShelbyPress
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) -- @SenJohnThune
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) -- @DavidVitter
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) -- @SenatorWicker
Please use 'as needed.'
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With permission from navajo.. I am sharing this great 'Oscar'Memory' .. as it seems so tied to practically our entire embarassing US history,... from landing at Plymouth Rock to the Jay Leno show and Elizabeth Warren's election, the Keystone XL pipeline, IdleNoMore and now right up to the latest Republican modifications to the Violence Against Women's Act!

Navajo writes in today's NEW DAY blog.  
The Academy Awards are this evening. Do you watch it? Do you care? If you don't, do you go to movies? About ten years ago I wouldn't have missed it. I needed to watch it and the pre-shows for the evening gowns since I was in the fashion business. I've not watched it the last several years. I find it's easier to catch the highlights on the innertubes the next day to save time. For fun, what is your favorite Oscar moment. Mine, of course, is when Sacheen Littlefeather accepted the Best Actor award for Marlon Brando in the Godfather in 1973.

"Hello.e is Sasheen Littlefeather. I’m Apache and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. I’m representing Marlin Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry -- excuse me -- and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening, and that we will in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando."

Marlon Brando became involved with the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the early 1970s. In 1973, he decided to make a statement about the Wounded Knee incident and contacted AIM about providing a person to accept the Oscar for him. Dennis Banks and Russell Means picked Sacheen Littlefeather.[citation needed]

She represented Brando and his boycott of the Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather (1972), as a way to protest the ongoing siege at Wounded Knee and Hollywood's and television's misrepresentation of American Indians. Brando had handwritten a speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds. Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press.

She also reported later in a documentary,  Reel Injun that John Wayne was backstage and had to be held back from storming the stage and dragging her off..

Marlon Brando had asked Littlefeather, then a budding actress, to attend the Academy Awards and refuse the Oscar for him to protest the way the film industry perpetuated harmful stereotypes of Native Americans, and to show his solidarity with American Indian activists who were at that moment engaged in an armed battle with the FBI at Wounded Knee.
After her Oscar appearence Littlefeather says she was immediately blacklisted in Hollywood. She received death threats and was lied about in the media, with some reports claiming, for example, that her Native dress for the Oscars event was rented. (It was her Northern Traditional pow wow dance outfit.)

“I found out from friends in the industry that they had been visited by FBI agents right after the Academy Awards who had threatened to put them out of business if they hired me. In those days [the FBI] planted a lot of seeds in the media,” she says, referring to the FBI’s efforts to infiltrate many of the social movements of the day in divide and conquer tactics to discredit and destroy civil rights groups like the Black Panthers and the American Indian Movement.

Is all this just ancient history?

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Are you participating? Are your schools? Ours are, even our elementary schools. The more the merrier, let bullies know there are people who will stand up to them.

WIKI: Anti-Bullying Day (a.k.a. Pink Shirt Day) is a day celebrated during the last Wednesday of the month February in Canada, (NOW WORLDWIDE) which originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school (Central Kings Rural High School). On this day, participants wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying.

The original event was organized by David Shepherd, and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male student named Charles McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

WED is PINK SHIRT Day

This applies to more than schools, as any of you who work with a bully can attest.

Please share this...get it going in your community! Here it is on facebook.

FB: Pink Shirt Day

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This is why they are fighting so hard to not have to pay you what you yourself put into Social Security! This is why there might just be a 'shortfall' ... How else were they going to pay for the Wars they never funded with any taxes.

I hope this is understandable, it is taken from a local Letter-to-Editor. The writer explains how these facts and numbers are taken from a report the Republicans themselves ordered! ...and the "Republicans won't like this report."

So in the following, quotes are from the Republican Joint Economic Committee report titled "Social Security Surpluses: Fiscal Fact or Accounting Fiction?"

To begin, you need to remember that the deduction for SocSec payroll tax (FICA) is split 50/50 between you, the worker, and your employer. (But, in actuality, the employer's share is ultimately passed on to you workers easily in the form of lower wages.)
 Workers pay FICA taxes for one purpose, their retirement, to be returned to them as Social Security.

BUT "When individuals pay in Social Security payroll taxes, the money goes into the General Fund of the Treasury along with all other taxes."

This gives the GOP, e.g. party-backed by-the-rich, access to our middle class retirement funds.

"When Social Security has a cash-flow surplus (when more is coming in that being paid out) Social Security taxes are 'available' to pay for other programs."

The Republican report says: "Treasury should have $6.5 trillion in surplus FICA taxes but has only $2.6 trillion." This deficit exists because Republicans borrowed trillions in FICA taxes to offset tax cuts for the rich, and fund Bush's unnecessary wars.

Your Social Security Fund is owed this money back by its borrowers, the Republicans.  We middle class are left holding an IOU, eg U.S. debt, the mega-rich got your money and spent it.

It is the writer's feeling, and I agree, Republicans loath Social Security, forgetting it is your money not theirs.  They ignore their own misuse of $4 trillions in FICA taxes while calling Social Security an "unfunded claim." They oppose raising any taxes to repay our Social Security because "having the authority to pay benefits is not the same as having the money to pay benefits."

Only one thing stopped the Romney-Republicans from completely bankrupting your Social Security: The re-election of President Obama.

Now lets get to work and get rid of more of these Republicans so we can get our own money back in Social Security! Please share this, especially, with seniors and others nearing retirment.

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I am sharing a great blog by Melanie Nathan... with tissue alert to those so inclined...
SUBTITLE good too: Same Sex Couples in King County  (Seattle) Set Marriage License record

CONGRATs to them all!
MARRIAGE EQUALITY COMES TO LIFE IN WASHINGTON STATE

Not quite time yet.

Seattle saw marriage equality come to life. At 12.01 am the King County Administrative building erupted into cheer as the doors opened for over 500 couples who had lined the cold streets for hours, waiting to be amongst the first to celebrate the historic moment.
The historic ability of same-sex couples to acquire a marriage license in Washington has resulted in King County breaking its one-day record for license issuance in the first three and a half hours after the King County Recorder’s Office began issuing licenses at midnight Dec. 6. King County Executive Dow Constantine was still signing commemorative documents for all license purchasers at 4 a.m.
Long wait..but so worth it!

AND a HOST of supporters were there to welcome the newly licensed couples and lso support their wait in line.

Supporters, whether gay or straight showed up to cheer the couples as they emerged from the building in the early morning hours, waving licenses, including some who had waited decades to receive.   Church choirs serenaded the patient couples waiting in line, offering hot coffee as well as chorus.  Members of the public walked the line gifting loving couples with bottles of champagne, roses, chocolates and hand warmers.

 A large crowd gathered outside the building ,as a media frenzy and hundreds of supporters showed up to congratulate  and cheer the couples with flashing cameras and screams as couple by couple left the building, after receiving their licenses on this historic day.

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On her THE WAR ROOM show last night, Gov. Jennifer Granholm got us All Fired Up and Ready to Go..with her ending 'Obama coaching' comment. It is not recorded as a segment that I can find, but came after her salute to VOLUNTEERS. She canvassed with volunteers in Virginia last weekend. She herself traveling door to door, as she is an old hand at this. Of course, she had a cameraman etc too, but still.

Here is a short segment as Volunteer Salute.Granholm to campaign volunteers: ‘You are an inspiration!’  

After that she gave a brief ending comment prompting President Obama to become fiery and Fired Up himself. She used the Stock Market and Employment UP 5 Years and Foreclosures Down...and ended with the 'We Are On the Right Track...No Going Back!'

But more economic news today includes the fact that everyone on Social Security will get a 1.3% COLA increase come January. (Thank you, two more meals per month. ..well if they don't raise Medicare costs.)

....and Reuters noted that the Stock Market was UP and that AMAZON is hiring 50,000 for the holidays.

All of which prompted me to make some online posters.

Here is flckr link to this one: HOPE is Greater than Fear

HOPE is Great than Fear

....and, since The Boss is going to perform at OBAMA rallies in Both PARMA, OHIO and AMES, IOWA on Thursday, October 18, and Big Dog Bill Clinton will be at Parma rally,
I made one for those events too, using a great 'BORN in USA' pic someone else made.

12:00 UPDATE: Re Venues which weren't out yesterday:

Springsteen will be joined by President Bill Clinton for a get-out-the-vote fall in at Cuyahoga Community College, West College, in Parma, Ohio to drum up support for the Obama/Biden ticket. He will then head out to Ames, Iowa, near the Iowa State University campus, to push the ticket later in the day Thursday.
Flickr link: The BOSS is Coming! To Parma and Ames

The Boss is coming

Please share and GET ALL FIRED UP!  Cuz We Are On the Right Track. NO GOING BACK!

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Have you noticed how Republicans and 'fiscal' Conservatives have an annoying habit of not believing reality? They believe Women Enjoy Rape, that all Muslims are Terrorists, that there were WMD in Iraq, and that letting Very Rich men hoard Tax Cuts in Overseas accounts magically creates Jobs and Growth here in the US.

"They believe these things often out of self-delusion and wanting conservative (read white, mine)  leaders to be right in the face of “liberal” facts, but also because they surround themselves by white (mine again) conservative media – tv, radio, print, and online – that repeats these untruths to them in a 24-7 drumbeat of mendacity."  Here’s More Proof The Stimulus Saved The U.S. Economy

recovery-act

Thanks to Oliver Willis ... we have this graphic distillation of the work of Mike Norman from his The US Economy Pres-Stimulus/Post Stimulus

The stimulus — the American Recovery Act — was the biggest piece of legislation passed by President Obama and the Democratic Congress in his first year in office. They inherited an economy near complete collapse thanks to a policy of deregulation across multiple presidencies and a lack of oversight and imagination by the Bush administration.
The Act was not perfect, and I believe — along with other more economically knowledgeable people — had it been composed of more direct investment and not balanced with tax cuts and cuts to government employment, would be even more successful  But make no mistake: It worked. It wasn’t some tax cut voodoo but old fashioned Keynesian economics that has added millions of jobs while eventually lowering the employment rate. The Obama stimulus beat the Bush recession.
Now by definition a 'Stimulus' to the economy is an increase in Total US Business Investment.. that is investment in companies that produce jobs. Not in ones that send jobs overseas....and not as 'conservatives complained that these were just government jobs (including some insane hysteria about the census for the first time ever).' But real private sector jobs.  THUS:

Total Business Investment

....and what does that mean for the unemployment rate? and jobs?

Unemployment Rate

Total Private Payrolls

And what do MiddleClass people use their wages on, besides, housing and food and utlities? SEE BELOW THE SQUIGGLE:

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