(NOTE: This is a repost/update of a diary I put up late at night. Hopefully it will get more attention in the light of a beautiful day.)
This simple Tweet showing up on my feed signaled the end of a long fight:
@fatcyclist Susan died 7:25pm. Her battle with cancer is over. Mine just got more intense. FIGHT LIKE SUSAN.
8:03 PM Aug 5th from Twitterrific
He calls himself "fatcyclist". Read his blog www.fatcyclist.com, where he writes much more about riding than about his late wife Susan. Like his recent post with a video of "Joy", an aptly named local trail.
Elden has a huge soul. Following Susan's fight with cancer over the last few years on his blog makes that very clear. His last post, Don't Say She Lost, makes it clear that his fight will continue.
Read some of her story and a plea for cancer research funding over the hump, with the Team Fatcyclist raffle for sweet new Orbea road bike. Let's jump the shark of cancer together, shall we?
(NOTE: This is a update of a diary I put up late last night.)
That was the tweet I just sent Elden, whose wife died tonight after a long battle with cancer.
His reply? Don't Say She Lost
He calls himself "fatcyclist", although the fat came off long ago. See http://www.fatcyclist.com/ where he writes much more about riding than Susan. Like his recent post with video of "Joy", an aptly named local trail.
Elden has a huge soul. Following Susan's fight with cancer over the last couple of years on his blog makes that very clear.
A few excerpts and a plea for cancer research funding over the hump- raffle for beautiful new road bike. Let's jump the shark of cancer together, shall we?
Another way to make our views known: OpenCongress.org's page on America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.
You can sign up and vote, and you should, because right now the score is 24 Yes votes versus 159 No votes.
And you can add a comment. I provide some food for thought over the jump.
Let's make the force of our masses known!
Just got an email from J Street, one of the progressive answers to AIPAC's neocon agenda. A most excellent email.
I'll reproduce it over the fold. Then I have to run, as I have to get some things done before rush hour.
Just received an email from Ron, stating his support of a public option in "...states that want one..."
More over the fold.
This is a key Dem, feeling pressure. Let's keep it up.
On the Senate floor. He said we are not calling for a new government program. We are not calling for a public option for health care.
Well, I called him, or at least his office.
You can too, at (202) 224-2235.
Press 2 for a human--one that sounds very tired of this conversation.
What I said over the hump.
EP-SLC, UT-President Obama today declared that a public health care emergency trumps political considerations when it comes to the implementation of the "public option."
"The 180 million Americans who currently have employer-based health insurance can keep their insurance! However, I am also very concerned about the 120 million Americans who do not have employer-based insurance, and especially the 50 million who have no insurance!"
"I am concerned about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been laid off in the last year, who have lost their health insurance."
Israel's newspaper Haaretz recently reported that Prime Minister "Bibi" Netanyahu told a group of Russian-language reporters that Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights, that Israel would remain there to secure a strategic advantage in case of any future military conflict with Syria.
If course, it goes without saying that a peace settlement with Syria will never occur without evacuating Golan.
With Bibi's trip to meet with Obama only ten days away such statements are rather interesting.
More over they jump.
That is the plagiarized headline from the NBC Los Angeles Affiliate.
One excerpt: "I think it's not time for that, but I think it's time for debate," Schwarzenegger said. "All those ideas of creating extra revenues, I'm always for an open debate on it. We ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana..."
Moving the Overton Window! More on the second toke.
God knows that the state I'm moving out of in a week could use such revenue source.
UPDATE: More story links over the hump.
Just got this not too long ago and don't see it on the diary list, so I thought I should throw it up there. Probably a few more similar bills coming, too.
One of my states congressman, Earl Blumenauer, announced a 100% tax on bonuses at companies receiving bailout money.
Full release over the fold.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This one sentence lies at the root of what America is, of what makes America great, of the core values our ideals are built on. These are ideals we all should grasp dear to our hearts, to fight for and provide space for. Otherwise, all you end up with Rush Limbaugh's and Bill O'Reilly's.
And you get the current state of American political debate when it comes to Israel. Because even here, where 80%+ of those responding to diary polls think Israel has too much influence on American politics, there is a vociferous minority that trots themselves out to crap on and hijack any diary that attempts to bring up anything that they deem to by unflattering to Israel. That they deem to be "anti-semetic".
And one of them even has a list of diaries and comments deemed "anti-semetic".
One responded to me in comments the other day: "You must be confusing me with someone who talks to anti-Semites. Nice show you put on in hiddens yesterday."
Huh? My response over the fold...
This controversy over the abrupt withdrawal of Chas Freeman from the NIC after an concerted campaign from right-wing neocon Israeli lobbyists has become the latest evidence of the influence of this lobbies' influence on our politicians. On both sides. Dem and Repub. Schumer and Kirk.
So I challenge you, whether a supporter of Freeman or, especially, if you are one who does not believe that Freeman should have been appointed: Who preceded Freeman in leading the Middle East Policy Council?
The answer is over the fold...