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Tue Nov 16, 2004 at 11:15 AM PST

My Declaration of Sentiments

by lilorphant

I value tolerance, preservation of human dignity, respect for fellow man, peace, integrity, conservation and preservation of natural resources, justice, and strong communities.

I value freedom of, to include, but not be limited to: religion, speech, due process, privacy, and security.  I value economic accessibility, and equality of opportunity.

I value freedom from, but not limited to: tyranny, oppression, exploitation, censure, cruel or unusual punishment, illegitimate rule, and illegal dispossession of property, person, and Constitutionally ordained rights.

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  According to the website- :

"The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system occurred in Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Governor Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events.

This is just one example of an area that Democrats need to take back, espouse and nurture, and it started with us.  


At what level are you willing to work towards positive change for the Democratic party?

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Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 10:28 AM PST

Here's what you CAN do.

by lilorphant

  1.  Go spend time with your family, they have been missing you.

  2. Comb the internet and your local area for reliable progressive/Democratically oriented organizations, grass roots or otherwise, that you can join, support, and co-opt.  Get other local Democrats to join with you.

  3.   Prepare to raise money during the next several years, and lots of it.

  4.  If you have a talent-maybe you could post it on your home page, so we can exploit it.  This would be voluntary, and you would obviously have the option of answering any emails on your own.

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Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 07:37 AM PST

I am so ready!

by lilorphant

Bring on the next four years!  

Wait, you say?   Well, in the event that Bush has won, then the Republicans will have all the rope they need to hang themselves up for good on.

This gives us the rare opportunity to rework, reorganize, recruit.  We have amassed the finest and brightest of this nation.  While the Republicans have galvanized their base, we have been scouring for new talent, and have not come up for want.  

The next four years will test the nation, will test us, and we need to remember we do NOT eat our own kind, so we are way ahead of the game.

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The 32 page transcript is here-  sorry about the swift vet liars source, but the only way to fight fire is with fire.

Tear this shit apart.  Take each claim by a swift vet liar and defend it as if it was your kid facing a life sentence.  for example:

The first part of Kerry's testimony he clearly  states how he is relaying information told to him by others.

"I would simply like to speak in very general terms. I apologize if my statement is general because I received notification yesterday you would hear me and I am afraid because of the injunction I was up most of the night and haven't had a great deal of chance to prepare."


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This explains the truth about Cheney's assertion that vaccine companies don't produce out of fear of litigation.  I think he is misled on that issue, the only company that faced a large number of possible litigations was the company that produced the MMR, thought by many to contribute to the rising cases of autism.  The Patriot Act prevented these lawsuits.

This part cracks me up:   Every flu shot that goes into an American arm this season will come from the French company's plant in the northeast Pennsylvania town of Swiftwater


Sun Oct 17, 2004 at 06:01 PM PDT

Help save us from Mike Lott

by lilorphant

Gene Taylor from the Fourth District, Mississippi is running up against Michael Lott (R).

Please Support Gene Taylor.

Gene Taylor, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., was born September 17, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  A graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with additional post-graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus.  Taylor is one of only a handful of Members of Congress with hands-on experience in the United States Coast Guard.  Serving in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1971-1984 as the skipper of a search and rescue boat, he received the Commandant's Letter of Commendation for fire fighting and a letter of Commendation for saving the life of a crewmember.  Taylor and his wife, the former Margaret Gordon of Bay St. Louis, have three children, Sarah, Emily, and Gary.

            Prior to taking Congressional office in 1989, he served as a member of the Bay St. Louis City Council and the Mississippi State Senate.  In the U.S. House of Representatives, Taylor serves on two major committees, the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  As a member of the Armed Services Committee, he is the Ranking Member of the Projections Forces Subcommittee.  He also sits on the Readiness Subcommittee.  On the Transportation and Infrastructure committee he serves on the subcommittees of Highways, Transit and Pipelines and the Water Resources and Environment. In addition, Taylor serves as co-chair of the following three Congressional Member Organizations: National Guard and Reserve Caucus, Coast Guard Caucus, and the House Boating Caucus.


Fri Oct 15, 2004 at 01:13 PM PDT

Straw poll

by lilorphant

AOL straw poll. Every month is cleared, last cleared October 1st.

Please vote in this.


Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:45 PM PDT

The Prize-The Supreme Court.

by lilorphant

 Tonight, Kerry will not call Bush a fascist, but Bush will call Kerry a liberal. However, what is the ultimate prize for Republican Conservatives?

The Supreme Court.  They tell us it is all about abortion, but that is a smokescreen.  They use abortion to get the votes they need.  Moderates would never vote Republican if they knew that the real reason they want the Supreme court is to roll back two hundred years and fifty years of jurispudance.

  Until the Fourteenth Ammendment, in 1868, due process only applied on federal property, or in federal courts. During the next hundred years, Provisions from the "Due process" clause of the Fourteenth Amendment would be used to apply the Bill of Rights to individuals in the states.

The true agenda for a conservative court? Overturn the Bill Of Rights in the States.

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Tue Oct 12, 2004 at 03:14 PM PDT

Why We Must Fight Fire With Fire

by lilorphant

   Many of us have far more tact than to engage in the kind of malicious lies and ill humor we have come to expect from the sitting president and his administration.  However, it is completely acceptable, and even admired among many circles, especially the ones that Bush draws his support.  

   The two-facedness, the sarcasm, the macho-bully swagger, and the cruelty, is a whole package has become familiar to us, and we should respond accordingly.  At every step along the way, we have been shocked by behavior and actions taken by the administration, each action being more damaging and stunning than the previous one.  Each day we come across more evidence, bordering upon criminal (and often exactly that, criminal), yet we have remained timid.  

    We have behaved much like an abused spouse, when the psychological defense mechanisms of denial, and rationale, and timidity take over in order to protect the mind when having been punched, pushed, or beaten.  We have made excuses time, and again to explain decisions and policies that seem to have no rational foundation.  We excuse the administration, and the President, and imagine that there are others pulling the strings, that perhaps maybe there is a deficit in communication, or mistaken information.  Some Americans have become numb to the abuse, conceding his strength as an asset, and becoming codependent and therefore co-conspiratorial in the aggressions and assaults.


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Sun Oct 10, 2004 at 12:44 PM PDT

More on Sinclair

by lilorphant

This article illustrates the type of company Sinclair Broadcasting is, and how it is determined to pipe in its right-leaning messages from its Baltimore base to local programming across the country.

Bus Journal

For a list of Sinclair holdings through Sinclair Ventures:  Sinclair Ventures

Any suggestions folks?  I mean seeing as we need an independent media company anyway...

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Thu Oct 07, 2004 at 12:50 PM PDT

Bush Economics=Nicaragua

by lilorphant

If Cheney wants to cite Nicaragua as the kind of success Iraq has to look forward to, then we need to look at the economic situation there. From the World Bank website:

World Bank

Managua, June 2, 2004 - In spite of drought, the onset of a coffee crisis, and the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, overall poverty in Nicaragua fell from 50.3 percent in 1993 to 45.8 percent in 2001. According to the World Bank's Nicaragua Poverty Assessment, however, extreme poverty in Nicaragua continues to be overwhelmingly rural, where more than 25 percent of the population struggle to survive on less than one dollar per day.

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