Thursday, August 31, 2006

But It's Socialized Medicine!!!

Which is wasteful and dangerous and bad right?

Harumph....

Republicans might want to check their polls on health-care. The so-called pro-government conservatives they like to stir up with abortion and gay marriage can be sold on universal healthcare fairly easily.

Oh, The Irony...

For years now, what has been the overriding argument in favor of progressives supporting Harold Ford Jr?

Surely by now, you know the words to this song. I confess, I've sung it more than a few times myself. We need the Senate back, we need subpoena power, etc. To swipe a phrase from the verbally diarrheic Don Rumsfeld, he's not the candidate we want, he's the candidate we've got.

His supporters have complained for years that progressives walk away when their candidate doesn't win. They complain that progressives go third party when their candidate doesn't win. They "take their marbles and go home" to put it in the parlance I've heard from several Ford devotees.

There's something sickeningly hypocritical about that position, though. The 9th District Congressional Primary didn't go Harold Ford's way so he's... Taking his marbles and going home. Instead of doing as he asks us to do and endorsing the Democratic candidate, he's holding out on his endorsement, ostensibly to help his unqualified younger brother in his third party bid.

This is what he had to say when he met Steve Cohen face to face:

"I can support you, but I won't endorse you."

The great Jackson Baker broke that story a little over a week ago, and Leftwing Cracker wrote a great post about it shortly thereafter.

I wanted to give it a few days. I was hoping that having his hypocrisy and craven duplicity in print might jar Harold into doing the right thing. But I've been patient long enough, and nice for far too long. It's not really in my nature, and gives me the most vicious headaches.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Welfare

I was reading my civ pro and heard two people arguing about welfare. I was trying to get my stuff read so that I could actually see Margo, so I didn’t take part in the debate. I did listen to their arguments, however. Basically, they both repeated talking points, one from the right and one from the left. Right-leaner argued that welfare is just rewarding people for being lazy and they should be left to sink or swim on their own. Left-winger felt that everyone in the world was oppressed and that right-winger wanted to take money from poor people to give to rich people.

I haven’t put any serious thought into it, but there is definitely middle ground. Welfare of some sort is necessary unless you are of the opinion that we should let poor people and their children starve. It is also true though that our current system is deeply flawed and creates a culture of dependency. This isn’t a racial issue, as some like to say, though. I have a good number of family members who are or have been on welfare, food stamps, or some other form of government assistance. Some of these family members almost never work even though they could and live off of the government just like their own parents did. It may be a right-wing talking point, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL


MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
THIS WEEKEND Y'ALL
FRIDAY. SATURDAY. SUNDAY

FESTIVAL WEEKEND EVENTS
September 1st: Millennium Maddness &
Memphis Music & Heritage Festival's
DRILL A RAMA 2006 DRUMLINE COMPETITION
(over 20 teams from across the U.S. !)
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Competition begins @ 6:00PM
Doors open @ 3:30, Pre Show @ 4:00
Tickets Available @ The Center
$7.00 Advance; $10.00 Day of Show.
Tickets available at Center for Southern Folklore
Millennium Maddness Drill Team
and the Center for Southern Folklore
welcome the following teams
who will participate in the
DRILL A RAMA.

Bay Area Steppers Richmond CA
New Generation Chicago,Illinois
Invincible Regulating Striders Drill Team Dayton,Ohio
Isiserettes Drill Team-Drum Squad Des Moines, Iowa
Sophisticated Sound & Steppers Hythorn,Ca
Johnny High Steppers Los Angeles,CA
Crump Elementary Majorettes Memphis,TN
Shining Stars Memphis, TN
Golden High Steppers Memphis,TN
Wolf Pack Drum Squad Memphis, TN
Mighty Marchers Majorettes Memphis, TN
UNL Drill Performing Arts Minneapolis,Mn
Mighty High Dreamers Oakland, CA
Goodlett Elementary Majorettes Memphis,TN
American Way Middle School Memphis,TN
M-Town Image Dancers Memphis, TN
Dynamic Diamonds Memphis,TN
Yo!Memphis Memphis, TN
M-Town Divas Memphis, Tn
***Friday Night,September 1st, Folklore Store.
Daddy Mack Blues Band will be playing in the Center's Folklore Store7:30 to 10:00. Put on your dancing shows and come on down!
Strut Your Stuff Festival Parade & Competition
Saturday Morning @ 10:30
Main & Peabody Place
FREE!
MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Main Street between Gayoso and Peabody Place
September 2-3rd 11:00 to 11:00 Daily
FREE!***
Saturday, September 2nd
Verizon Wireless Stage (Peabody Place @ Main Street)
2:00 p.m. Billy Gibson & David Bowen Blues
3:00 p.m. Mellow Tones Gospel
4:00 p.m. Brown Sugar Blues Band
5:00 p.m. Sons of Thunder, Rock
6:00 p.m. FreeWorld w/ Herman Green Jazz
7:00 p.m. River City Tanlines Rock
8:00 p.m. Golden Keys Gospel
9:00 p.m. Kattawar Brothers Boogie Woogie
10:00 p.m.Nathaniel Kent & Exodus Reggae

Trolley Stop Stage
1:30 p. m. Johnny Lowebow, One Man Band
2:30 p.m. Jimmy Crosthwait Puppeteer
3:30 p.m. Greg Hisky & His Dixie Whiskey Flyers Country
4:15 p.m. New Generation Drill Team
4:30 p.m. Memphis Area Square & Western Dancers
5:30 p.m. Choctaw Social Dancers
6:15 p.m. Salsa Memphis Dancing
6:30 p.m. Ekpe Abioto, African Drumming
7:15 p.m. Invincible Regulating Striders Drill Team
7:45 p.m. Rap Show -
Kavious
Willie Firecracker
Iron Mic Coalition
9:15 p.m. Domingo Montez & Los Cantadores
10:15 p.m. Sir Charles & The Memphis Soul Express

Folklore Store
1:15p.m. Nancy Apple, Folk
2:15 p.m. Brad Webb & Johnny Holiday Blues
3:15 p.m. Barbara Blue Blues
4:15 p.m. Big George Brock, Blues
5:15 p.m. Roy Harper/Gene Bush Country
6:15 p.m. Renardo Ward and The Promise Jazz
7:15 p.m. Jackie Johnson Soul/Gospel
8:15 p.m. Randal Morton & Grassfire Bluegrass
9:15 p.m. Charlie Wood Blues and Jazz
10:15 p.m. John Kilzer Rock

Folklore Hall
1:45 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Moments of Joy, Gospel
3:45 p.m. Eddie Bond Country Music Show
4:45 p.m. Gary Topper Quartet Jazz
5:45 p.m. Gospel Jubilees
6:45 p.m. JM Van Eaton and Billy Swan Rockabilly
7:45 p.m. Kate Campbell Folk
9::00 p.m. Joyce Cobb Blues and Jazz
10:00 p.m. Daddy Mack Blues Band

***
Sunday, September 3rd
Verizon Wireless Stage (Peabody Place & Main)
1:00 p.m. The Agitators, Blues Rock
2:00 p.m. Dan Montgomery, Rock
3:00 p.m. Don McMinn Trio Blues
4:00 p.m. Charles Johnson and Kwest Jazz
5:00 p.m. Sensational 6 Gospel
6:00 p.m. Sonny Burgess & The Pacers Rockabilly
7:00 p.m. Will Graves & Soul Featuring MeNefer Neo Soul, Pop
8:00 p.m. Darrell Petties & SIP, Gospel
9:00 p.m. The Bo-Keys Soul
10:00 p.m. Jason D. Williams Rockabilly/Boogie

Trolley Stop Stage
12:30 p.m. Greater Memphis United Chinese Association Presents Chinese Dances
1:30 p.m. Goin Home Bluegrass
2:30 p.m. Jimmy Crosthwait Puppeteer
3:15 p.m. Mighty High Dreamers Drill Team
3:30 p.m. Smoochie Smith & Hooch MorganRockabilly, Country
4:30 p.m. Desert Rose Dancers
5:15 p.m. Sophisticated Sound & Steppers
5:30 p.m. Choctaw Dancers
6:30 p.m. Millennium Maddness Drill Team
7:30 p.m. Chad White and Delta GroveRevolution Soul
8:30 p.m. Elmo & The Shades R&B
9:45 p.m. Felix Hernandez and Symbiosis Latin Jazz

Folklore Store
1:15 p.m. TBA
2:15 p.m. Roy Harper Gene Bush Country
3:15 p.m. Lalonie Hayes, Soul, Gospel
4:15 p.m. Valerie June Folk
5:15 p.m. Sandy Carroll Blues
6:15 p.m. David Evans & Robert Thomas Blues
7:15 p.m. Peter Hyrka & the Gyspy HombresJazz
8:15 p.m. William Lee Ellis Blues
9:15 p.m. Eden Brent, Blues
10:15 p.m. Blind Mississippi Morris & Brad Webb Blues

Folklore Hall
1:45 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Michaelyn Oby Trio, Jazz
3:45 p.m. Jumpin Chi Chis Jazz
4:45 p.m. Anointed Cowans Singers Gospel
5:45 p.m. Jim Dickinson with Killers from Space Rock
6:45 p.m. Big Dan Taylor and the SouthernJubilees Gospel
7:45 p.m. Orange Mound Jazz Messengers
8:45 p.m. Susan Marshall Pop
9:45 p.m. Billy Lee Riley Rockabilly, Blues

Talker’s Corner
Baseball. Joe Scott
Riverlife . Lil Bukewicz, Annie McDaniel
Netmaking . Jim Young
Quilting.Hattie Childress
Choctaw Crafts.Minnie Bell, Jessie & Claudia Thompson
Trains and Music .Roy Harper
Music and words .Kate Campbell
Hair Art . Barbara Love
Nail Art. Akira Moore

Folk art. Great food. Awesome music!
The festival is a free family friendly event.
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Monday, August 28, 2006

Hope Is STILL Not a Plan...

Just a little less than a year ago, I attended a lecture given by Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking.  She travels the country speaking out against the death penalty, and she spoke at a Catholic church in East Memphis.

This was just a few short weeks after water topped the levees in her adopted hometown and laid it waste.  

“The miracle of Hurricane Katrina” she said, choking up slightly, “is that it ripped the veil off of George W. Bush’s attitudes about the poor.”  It was hard to argue with that.  In fact, if any argument was to be made at all, it was that George W. Bush’s attitude was tucked under the flimsiest of veils, a tiny cloth that always seemed in danger of slipping off to reveal the true hideousness beneath.  It was only a few days after the First Mother said rather cheerily in a “let them eat cake” moment that many of the people affected by the tragedy were poor anyway, so it “worked out well” for them.  New Orleans was everything that George W. Bush was ill at ease with.  It was sexy, spicy, and dangerous, but in that good way--- She’s the girl that you know you can’t take home to mother, but you’ll have a great time with her until the bed breaks.

And most of all, it was black.  It was full of working class people, jazz musicians, practitioners of strange religions, women who bare their breasts for cheap trinkets tossed at them--- Definitely not the kind of people you find in Kennebunkport unless they’ve been hired to clean someone’s pool.

The official line was that the president had no idea it was coming.  You’ll recall this excuse worked rather well for him on 9/11, at least until the commission established years later that he had ignored numerous warnings.  It wasn’t until April of this year, after mud and feces stunk up the streets of a major city for eight months that the video establishing that he did in fact know was leaked.

The phrase “Heckuva job, Brownie” has become something of a catchphrase in the last year, even making it into an episode of “The Sopranos” when Paulie Walnuts colossally screwed up something as simple as setting up a merry-go-round for a street fair.  It’s fairly indicative of what Sister Helen talked about--- While 30,000 languished inside the Superdome (A building designed only to house people long enough to watch the Saints lose) with only 36 hours of food, the ultimate do-nothing federal government was patting itself on the back for a job well done.

Not that “Brownie” was the only one that screwed up.  He was the most glaring and obvious (Gee, who could have ever thought there could be negative fallout from hiring a horse show judge to manage national emergencies?), but there was a catastrophic failure throughout the federal government.

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Democrats Who Support Anti-Gay Amendment 1 (Bill Morrison!)

Someone sent me this link to the list of candidates who endorse the anti-gay "Amendment 1" which will write discrimination against gays and lesbians into the TN Constitution, and I was shocked to find one of the candidates Stonewall Democrats endorsed and wanted to support, Bill Morrison, Candidate for U.S. House Dist. 7
I'm sad that one of the candidates I wanted to support has signed on to this unjust and unneccessary amendment, and I withdraw my endorsement and support for him.
Amendment 1 Candidate Pledge
The list is mostly Republicans, but there are a few Memphis Demcrats in there, including Bill Morrison, Julian Bolton and Ulysses Jones Jr.

VOTE ON ON AMENDMENT 1!
Vote No On 1 TN

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Welcome to the Blogosphere

We have a new member of the liberal blogsophere in Big Shelby, from the Space Ninja at REMIXX WORLD. Also contributing is former 9th District congressional candidate Joe Ford, Jr.; I look forward to his thoughts on local politics!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Counterpoint: The Larsha Incident

Early, Freedonian posted a passionate defense of what he calls The Larsha Incident. Check it out to see what he's talking about, as I won't repeat it here. I wanted to simply post a comment, but apparently comments are down, so I'm posting my response here instead.

I disagree. The Larsha Incident stinks to me of the corruption of power. Power corrupts even the best. This resolution wasn't a spur of the moment thing. It's a backlash against Cohen's win. It's a backlash against the way he won - by allowing his opponents to split the black vote. Which is itself a loaded accusation, since it assumes that no black people voted for Cohen. They did. There were Cohen signs in my neighborhood, in the yards of black families.

We're not cutting Democratic Party elder Joe Leiberman any slack for circumventing the will of Democratic party voters. Why should Larsha be any different? Because of his long and noble history in the fight for civil rights? As my mother would say, he should have thought about that before he pulled this stunt.

He should have considered his reputation before he decided to throw it away. So if he didn't, why should we?

polar donkey: The "C", Banks, and the African American Community

Frank has a terrific post about how the lack of financial institutions hurts the ability of people in low-income areas to build wealth and resources; he even has a map showing the areas where there are and AREN'T banks.

Redlining is evil, and Frank has had a series of posts about this, please click on the title and read this one to start!

AL Democratic Party Oust Gay Candidate

Patricia Todd, who was to be the first openly gay legislator in Alabama was disqualified by a committee thursday over some obscure rule that no one has been following... but was it because she was a lesbian, or because she was WHITE?
Hmm.. does this sound familiar:

‘If I was black I don't think they would have contested’
Todd said she believes the challenge has nothing to do with the fact she is gay, but is about the fact that she is white and won in a majority black district.
"Of course if I was black I don't think they would have contested the election," Todd said. She blamed the contest on Joe Reed, longtime chairman of the black Democratic caucus, who wrote a letter before the election urging black leaders to support Hendricks because of her race and stressing the need for keeping the seat in black hands.
Segall also alluded to Reed's influence in his closing statement to the committee.
"This is about race. Folks are upset that a white woman won in a black district. There are some times you just have to say 'this isn't right,'" Segal said.

Dems use ignored rule to oust gay candidate
Alabama party committee disqualifies winner, loser in primary runoff
The Associated Press

Updated: 5:58 p.m. MT Aug 24, 2006
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Democratic Party committee Thursday night disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff because both women violated a party rule that party officials said no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.
The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd, who was attempting to become the state's first openly gay legislator, and Gaynell Hendricks.
Committee chairwoman Amy Burks said earlier Thursday the party's executive committee would make the final decision and select a nominee for the seat from Birmingham's House District 54 at a meeting in Montgomery Saturday.
Committee members said they would issue a formal order Friday morning.
Must disqualify goveror, lieutenant governor candidates?
Attorney Bobby Segall told the committee earlier Thursday that if the party disqualified Todd for not filing a financial disclosure form with the party chairman it would also have to disqualify the party's nominee for governor, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, and for lieutenant governor, former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr.
"Lucy Baxley is out of here. Just let the Republicans take over the state Senate and the House. Jim Folsom is out of here," Segall said in an emotional presentation to the committee. Committee members announced their decision about two hours after the hearing ended.
Committee members and party officials said the committee's decision would not affect any other Democratic Party nominees — like Baxley — because the results of other races have already been certified.
Todd defeated Hendricks by 59 votes in the July 18 runoff election in District 54, a diverse district that includes some of Birmingham's richest and poorest neighborhoods. There is no Republican opposition in the race and the Democratic candidate will likely be the district's next House member, replacing retiring Rep. George Perdue, D-Birmingham.
A challenge filed by Hendricks' mother-in-law, Mattie Childress, claimed that Todd filed her campaign financial disclosure form with the Alabama secretary of state's office late to hide a $25,000 contribution from a national gay rights group.
‘Unfair, undemocratic, un-American and unwise’
Dennis Dison, a spokesman for that group, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, issued a statement Thursday night decrying the committee's decision.
"Patricia got the most votes in two separate elections — the primary and the runoff — but party bosses didn't like the outcome, so now they want to simply handpick a candidate. What happened today in Montgomery was unfair, undemocratic, un-American and unwise," Dison said.
Another Todd attorney, Ed Still, told the committee that Todd filed her form on July 17, the day before the July 18 runoff. While the filing was in violation of a requirement that the forms be filed five days before the election, Still said the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that candidates can't be disqualified if they file before the election.

But the attorney for Childress, Raymond Johnson, said Todd should instead be disqualified for violating a 1974 Democratic Party rule that requires Democratic candidates to file financial disclosure statements with the party chairman five days before the election. Democratic Party executive director Jim Spearman testified that as far as he knew, no Democratic candidate had filed a disclosure statement with the chairman since 1988, when the state law requiring financial disclosure was passed.
Spearman said no candidate this year, including Todd or Hendricks, had filed the disclosure form with the chairman.
But Johnson said Todd should be disqualified for violating the rule because the challenge was filed against her and not against Hendricks.
"No direction has been given to candidates telling them not to file that report," Johnson said.
Hendricks said after the hearing that she believes the outcome of the election would have been different if voters had known the source of some of Todd's campaign funds.
"If her disclosure form had been filed on time the public would have had that information to make a decision on," Hendricks said.
‘If I was black I don't think they would have contested’
Todd said she believes the challenge has nothing to do with the fact she is gay, but is about the fact that she is white and won in a majority black district.
"Of course if I was black I don't think they would have contested the election," Todd said. She blamed the contest on Joe Reed, longtime chairman of the black Democratic caucus, who wrote a letter before the election urging black leaders to support Hendricks because of her race and stressing the need for keeping the seat in black hands.
Segall also alluded to Reed's influence in his closing statement to the committee.
"This is about race. Folks are upset that a white woman won in a black district. There are some times you just have to say 'this isn't right,'" Segal said.

Contacted after the hearing, Reed said he was not responsible for filing the election challenge, but he said he believes Todd should be disqualified for violating the party rule.
"The rule requires everybody to file it. The rule doesn't exclude anyone from filing it," Reed said.
He said Todd should be punished for not following the rule, because the challenge was filed against her and not against other candidates.
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UPDATE:
The Alabama Democratic Party dropped the challenge to Patricia Todd and recognize her as the victor in the primary. The challengers wanted the largely black district to be represented by an African-American. Evidently, DNC Chair Howard Dean made a few calls to voice his concern. Since there is no Republican opposition in the general election to speak of, Patricia Todd is likely to become the first open gay person elected to a statewide office in Alabama.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

What the *uck! (Media Rant!)

What the *uck is going on with the media in this country?! I'm sick, sick sick of hearing all the details about that nut John Mark Karr. Every cable "news" channel is covering every detail of his plane trip here and there, what he ate and drunk, blah blah blah.. and a federal judge ruled that THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A CRIMINAL! Bush has violated the law and the Constitution he swore with an oath to protect.. but not a word on any of these "news" channels!!

Where is the political discussion about the illegal war, the criminal in the white house, IMPEACHMENT! We impeached a President for getting a blow job with a bimbo and had 24 hour news coverage of every detail of that, but nothing on this criminal administration and its crimes!

I think i'm going to pluck my eyeballs out with a spoon if I see one more image of that crazy wacko or see JonBenet Ramsey dancing on my TV again...

Why do ALL of the cable talk shows have CONSERVATIVE hosts??? Not ONE liberal progressive, or even a MODERATE, on ANY cable news/talk show! O'Reilly, Fox, the "beltway boys", Scarborough, Tucker, now CNN has added another right-winger, Glenn Beck! Where are the progressives and liberals??? All we have are blogs on the internet??

What is wrong with this country??? Am I going crazy???

OK... I'm collecting what is left of my sanity to ask, what is wrong with "Progressive Talk 680"?? Who is programing that radio station?? First they put a CONSERVATIVE local talk show host who preached religious nonsense against evolution and gay rights, then they took him off (finally) and do not replace him with a REAL progressive talker (hello???), and now we get long gaps of SILENCE between repeats of the "history of Memphis" and "history of food" and that crazy RANDY THE REPUBLICAN caller. Is there ANYONE in charge of the programming over there? Surely there are plenty of INFORMED PROGRESSIVE talkers, inlcuding many on this and similar blogs, who could fill some of that wasted air space with some meaningful and entertaining POLITICAL COMMENTARY. (Maybe we should start calling their "blue hotline" and leaving daily messages and hope they will air them insead of RANDY or the history of twinkies...)

Ok I am going to go try to relax and watch TV without seeing or hearing anything about Jonbenet or John Karr...

Oh no, Harold Ford Jr. is on MSNBC AGAIN! He talks about his grandma and how mean his Republican opponents were to him, but his grandma taught him to just say "bless you" to your enemies, and he is going to grow corn in Tennessee and lower gas prices...and the conservative hosts and guests say how good Jr is and how he is their favorite Democrat. (If you campaign as a "pro-life", "pro-family" democrat who will fight to ban gay marriage you can win in Tennessee!)
Chris Matthews likes Jr.! Imus Loves him too! And Ann Coutler.. oh I'm geting sick.

(Sorry I had to let all that out... think I'm going to cry now..)

Wake me when this nightmare is over...

Jim M.

The Larsha Incident

As I'm certain most people are aware by now, a member of the Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee, William Larsha, plans to sponsor a resolution that the executive committee back Jake Ford in the upcoming election for Tennessee's 9th District Congressional seat. West Tennessee Liberal and Leftwing Cracker have both written magnificent pieces about it that all should read, and Desi Franklin has written terrific responses in all corners of the blogosphere that should be read as well.

I don't personally know Mr. Larsha. If I've ever met him, I'm unaware of it. All that I have to base an opinion around are the statements of others, and he seems to be almost universally respected. He's an older man who lived through black Americans' struggle for equality, so his perspective is going to be a bit different than mine. He came of age in an era before Dr. King; My parents married a few months after Dr. King died, but I wasn't to become anything other than a vague idea for another four years.

It's hard to blame someone who has survived what Larsha has survived and seen what he has seen for not wanting to surrender what he undoubtedly sees as a sign of black progress.

Does that mean he's right? Not a chance.

My anger when I first heard about the resolution has been replaced by sadness on many levels.

I'm sad that white politicians have been so traditionally unresponsive to the needs of black constituents that some believe only a black candidate is willing to fight for them. I'm sad that as a result of all that, someone with no record to run on is seen as a viable alternative to someone that has a long record of fighting for the oppressed.

I'm also sad for Mr. Larsha, as I think his position is an attempt to roll the clock back to good old days that have long since passed.

A black representative no longer means that blacks have representation. It's been ten long years since the 9th District has been represented by someone that I've seen really take any kind of a stand on behalf of black Americans.

Larsha's resolution is flawed because it is based on the premise that only a black representative will represent the interests of black constituents. If he was thirty years old, I could easily write this off as blatant racism. Larsha remembers the days when that was true.

I sympathize with the man based on that.

But here's the real reason he can't be kicked off of the executive committee for this.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Maverick

If Joe Ford Jr. isn't careful, he could end up with a repuation as a renegade.

Then again, I've always liked renegades, so I'm quite cool with that.

For those unaware of what I'm talking about, Joe Jr. posted this comment on another blog:

I am a Democrat. Unless or until there is reason to do otherwise, I will be supporting the Democrat nominee which is Sen. Cohen.

I still wish the best for Jake and feel that he will garner significant votes no matter who may or may not be supporting him. I wish him the best! However, party unity is very important to me and as a Democrat, I have a duty to support fellow Democrats.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Snakes on a Race

Mover over Tinker – It’s “Joke time”!

And just when you though things were going to chill out, here we go again. Indeed, temperatures in Memphis are not cooling down and -evidently- hot races in Memphis aren’t either.

The election of Steve Cohen as the Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District and the debut of Joke Ford as his opposing independent candidate, have once again ignited the racial debate across the blogosphere. TMB blog has become the main stage of this debate, in which people have forgone all political correctness and decorum in expressing their beliefs and launching corresponding attacks. Blacks are calling whites racists; whites are calling blacks racists; blacks are calling each other racists; yo’mamma is calling yo’ass racist… so on and so forth. There are some motherf@ing SNAKES on this motherf@cking RACE!!

Although the early beginnings of this debate where somewhat engaging, lately, it has acquired that common and predictable tone of W’s press conferences (It’s the terrorists! 9/11!). It’s old, it’s stale, IT’S BORING!!

Granted, racial pandering and demagoguery bring out the high passions and low ethics that make politics somewhat bearable, at least in the entertainment sense. But come on now, can we get a little creative here? Let me elaborate a bit further.


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Deja vu...

William Larsha, a fellow member of the executive committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party, apparently has been writing articles, passing out flyers, and will bring forth a resolution to endorse Jake Ford, a non-Democrat, over Steve Cohen, a Democrat. Such a resolution is out of order, and should not even be allowed to be brought to the floor because it violates the bylaws. It is also the case that members of the executive committee cannot endorse or work for opponents of a Democratic nominee. If this is the situation, then I am sorry but Mr. Larsha is no longer fit to serve on the board of a body whose sole purpose is to elect Democrats.

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Jake

I was looking around at the activity on other blogs over the weekend, and one thing jumped out at me.

Thaddeus Matthews, who had correctly been referring to "Joke Ford" has now started referring to him by his semi-proper name, Jake, and seems to be pushing the absurd idea that "only a black" can represent the 9th District (Which means that Thaddeus was ostensibly against him before he was for him).

So... How well has the 9th District been represented over the last ten years by a black man that votes like a white Republican? The black community supported a Ford over Steve Cohen last time this seat was open--- How well has that worked out?

Did you end up with a strong advocate for African-American issues, or did you end up with a congressman that constantly runs interference for the Bush White House on Iraq?

Did you end up with an advocate for the poor and working class, or did you end up with an advocate for the banking industry that voted for the bankruptcy bill?

The idea that you would be better off represented by a high school dropout who failed to "get over" as a wrestler than by a State Senator with well over two decades of progressive politics in his rear view mirror is absolutely counterproductive.

Unlike Jake Ford, I care enough about the needs of the black community that I don't want to see them shoot themselves in the foot by sending someone to Congress that they simply cannot trust to represent their interests.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

My thoughts on Health Care

You want to know why I support universal health care. It's sitting, well crawling, on the bed next to me right now trying desperetly to grab the cat's tail. My son, Jon Jr. or Jack as we prefer to call him. Click on the title for more.

Name Ford's Party Contest!

You know what to do.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Issue # 2: The Minimum Wage

Let’s see if I can get out a post before class starts.

Today’s shortcut citation page: http://www.raisemontana.org/.

The minimum wage has not been raised in ten years. Adjusted for inflation, it is about the lowest it has ever been. A full-time worker making minimum wage earns $10,712 a year. The poverty line for a family of three is $15,536, about 1/3 higher. As the wages for the bottom have decreased relative to inflation, the wages at the top have risen. The average CEO now makes 475 times what the average employee makes. This is not the case in other countries. In Japan it is 11 times greater; in France, 15 times greater; in Canada, it is 20 times greater; in South Africa, 21 times greater; and in Great Britain, 22 times greater. (Wall Street Journal, “Are CEO’s Worth Their Weight in Gold?” January 21-22, 2006)

People who earn these wages are normally on public assistance of some form. For the conservatives who oppose raising the minimum wage, why don’t we get these people off of the government and on their own? Let them work full-time and take care of their own selves and their family. Isn’t that what you want? Class is starting, so I don’t have time to do the research, but I would expect I could find evidence that this won’t raise costs particularly much, if at all. Low income people spend almost all of what they make. Compared to the high-income people who we gave tax cuts too, they are the most likely to stimulate the economy with their purchases. Their higher wages could also decrease the burden on the government from entitlement programs.

I’m going to go one better than raising the minimum wage. Let’s end the debate. Inflation averages 3 or 4% a year. We’ll never regularly pass increases in the minimum wage. Let’s tag it to the CPI automatically as social security is. Or better yet, let’s tie it to legislative pay raises. Every time they raise their pay, they’ll actually be helping rather than screwing the poor for once. Back to class!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Stealing...

You know, I was reading my friend WTL's magnificent post on universal health care this morning. And when I got down to the comments, in which some tool identifying himself as "Sgtlarry" made the following statements:

Why do you think it is morally ok to steal from me (in the form of taxes) to pay for someone else's health care?

The last time I checked, a few assholes thinking something was good for the country was all it took, Larry.

For example: A few assholes ignored every argument against it and started a war in Iraq. I have to foot my share of the bill for that--- $307.5 billion so far, and thanks to some piss poor planning, there's no end in sight. There are 290 million Americans, so by my count, the federal government owes everyone that disagreed with the war somewhere around $1100. I was going to ask for my check from the government, but since I'm guessing you believe in it, you should pick up my share.

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Try This For a Moral Value: Sick People Should Be Cared For...

I can’t sleep. It’s now 4:30 in the morning. Seems like the perfect time for a rant, eh?

Strangely enough, I don’t talk politics all the time. That’s how I manage to actually have conservative friends, including the best man at my wedding, who is to the right of Genghis Kahn. I normally, don’t see any reason to bore or tick off non-political people. If they bring it up first though, all bets are off. During a recent discussion with one of these conservative friends, he challenged me to put my own positions up on my blog so he could tell me where I was horribly wrong. I’m not sure I’m anywhere near at the top of my intellect at the moment, but I thought I’d take him on the challenge over the next few days. Today’s issue: health care.

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.--Wendell Berry

Black Leaders Support Equality For Gays and Lesbians

While there is a lot of homophbia and anti-gay bigotry in the black community (and even more in the white community!), civil rights leaders are unanimous in their support of EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS for gays and lesbians:

Julian Bond, Civil Rights Leader
"I see this as a civil rights issue.
That means I support gay civil marriage."
(News Release, NBJC, 2/2/04)

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA, Civil Rights Hero)
"It is time to say forthrightly that the government's exclusion of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters from civil marriage officially degrades them and their families. It denies them the basic human right to marry the person they love. It denies them numerous legal protections for their families. This discrimination is wrong...I've heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred, and intolerance I have known in racism and in bigotry." (Boston Globe, 11/25/03)

Rev. Joseh Lowery, Civil Rights Leader
"When you talk about the law discriminating, the law granting a privilege here, and a denying it there, that's a civil rights issue. And I can't take it away from anybody." (ABC News, 3/13/04)

Carol Moseley Braun
"I believe this is a civil rights issue...It seems to me that if people want to marry a person of a different race that's no diffferent than somebody wanting to marry someone of the same sex." (Democratic Debates, Des Moines 11/24/03)

Rev. Peter Gomes, Havard University Chaplain
"To extend the civil right of marrriage to homosexuals will neither solve nor complicate the problems already inherent in marriage, but what it will do is permit a whole class of persons, our fellow citizens under the law heretofore irrationally deprived of a civil right, both to benefit from and participate in a valuable, yet vulnerable institution which in our changing society needs all the help it can get." (Boston Globe, 2/4/04)

Coretta Scott King, Civil Rights Leader
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the civil rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother-and sisterhod for lesbian and gay people." (Reuters, 3/3/98)

National Black Justice Coalition

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Joementum Hits the Trifecta

I was looking through the Eyewitness News website this morning, despite the fact that much of their copy reads like something written in a fourth grade grammar class (You can get away with that in a news story that's gone fifteen seconds after it's read--- Not so much with text that stays on a website).

Jay Ambrose of the Scripps Howard News Service wrote what amounts to a sad love song lamenting the loss of "Joementum" last week. It had a good beat, and you could dance to it, but it lacked the depth found in your average Pussycat Dolls song. He described Lieberman as a "good man" who lost "not because of scandal or something badly amiss, but because of integrity, because he put principle above party and his re-election interests."

Lieberman did indeed lose because he put something above party, but certainly not above his re-election interests. In fact, he was playing the same "50% + 1 vote" game that has led the Democratic Party to devastating losses over the last few election cycles. He ignores the Democratic base, seldom throwing them so much as a bone, to pander to a group of swing voters whose existence is as heavily disputed as a recent Iraqi nuclear program (Any similarity to a Tennessee Congressman with a political career alive or dead is purely coincidental.)

He doesn't come out and say that any effort to defeat Lieberman was anti-Semitism--- But why else would he call Cynthia McKinney anti-Semitic in the same piece, and refer to Mel Gibson's Julian Bolton-esque rantings when he was pulled over for drunken driving?

The reason for Ned Lamont's victory over Joementum is really quite simple; The people that Joe Lieberman had ignored during his right wing panderfest are precisely the same people that got to decide his fate last week--- Democratic voters.

The people of Connecticut spoke. In a firm voice, they said "Get the hell out of here, you assclown. If we wanted a Republican, we would have voted Republican."

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

A Black guy, a White Guy, and a Jewish Guy Walk Into a Bar...

I don't read Thaddeus Matthews often enough. This weekend, I decided I wanted to do something about that, so I sat down today and started going through the archives.

One of the first posts to catch my eye, for obvious reasons was a question: Should Nikki Tinker continue as a write-in candidate?

Obviously, my answer is a resounding "No". Her platform had less substance than the bowel movement of a tourist in Mexico that wasn't listening when you said "Don't drink the water".

But what disturbs me about it so much isn't that it's a question at all. There have been campaigns run with less substance than hers before (Although I'm hard pressed to name them). What disturbs me is scrolling down into the comments on Thaddeus's blog and still seeing people respond with the tired old meme that a Jewish man cannot represent black voters.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Meet The New Ford, Same As the Old Ford...

The other night, we held a retirement party for Joe Lieberman. Genuine progressives all around the country celebrated the victory of genuine progressive principles over the right wing, accomodationist wing of the party. Joe Lieberman was the symbol of all of that. Whether it was the war, or any range of social issues, he earned the coveted Zell Miller Award for Excellence in "What the Hell Party Am I In?"

Here's the problem. He's not the worst offender. In fact, one of the worst is stinking up our own back yard.

The Drum Major Institute's most recent study of our Congressmen and whether or not they voted in the interests of middle class Americans was quite telling. Harold Ford got 38%. In case you need that score in perspective, let's put it this way: Joe Lieberman, the very symbol of treasonous Democrats, outscored him by 25%. When it came to voting for progressive values, Harold Ford finished in a dead heat with Mike DeWine, one of the most conservative people on Capitol Hill.

He doesn't represent black people any better. Harold Ford is consistently ranked dead last on the Congressional Black Caucus Report Card. His average score from them has been even lower than the Drum Major score--- He votes with the CBC a staggering 32.5% of the time. There are whites that vote the CBC position more often than he does.

When it comes to being progressive, Harold Ford could improve and still suck.

And then, of course, there's his high school dropout brother, Jake.

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It's the end of the world as we know it

And I feel like shit.

Kuhn Wins Chairmanship

Last night Matt Kuhn won the chairmanship over Jay Bailey. The rest of the officers and steering committee were reelected as well. This committee has had its problems, but I for one am getting sick and tired of the whole "the new people are Republicans who don't do anything" narrative. I'll speak for myself for a moment. For the last 2 months, I've been working 5-6 days a week for several Democratic candidates. I've also voted in every single Democratic primary since I turned 18. I've given money to the party on a monthly basis, plus at every fundraiser we've had since I got elected. That's more than the party has gotten from Jay Bailey in the past year in donations. Many other committee members worked equally tirelessly in this past election. Others did not. The work ethic is both impressive and depressing across the factions.

As for how good a job Matt has done, I'll say openly he really needs to be a stronger leader and excercise more control. However, this committee has not been a disgrace as the pissed off commenters claim. For example, the elections were disappointing, but no worse than in years past. We gained control of the county commission for the first time ever and got closer to gaining control of the other offices than we have in years past. As far as fundraising, we're about to hit the $100,000 mark. Not a record, but not a slacking effort either. As far as why we haven't gotten state and federal help for the August elections, these were local elections. The state and federal party have little interest in them. They're paying attention to November.

I have to respond to the comment that Matt's support was weak that is coming from my fellow committeeman Gill. First, he won 33-14. That wasn't very close. How many votes did you get in your races? 3? You love to complain about "non-bona-fide Democrats." Why don't you try working with your fellow Democrats for a change? If you don't like the way the committee is handling things, that's great. The next convention is coming up in March. Change it. Until then, let's all focus on November.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Drinking Liberally of Memphis



Thanks to everyone who make this year of Drinking Liberally so fantastic, at least the parts that we can remember.
See you tonight!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

Adios Joe, you festering turd of a Senator.

I hope you carry your fond memories of your appearances on Hannity & Colmes with you as you begin this next stage in your life... You know, your retirement.

And may your crock of shit of a dying gasp be a warning to all who tread your path, including Harold Ford Jr.

Anything to add, Pam?

Pam: Well, Joe may not go down so bad after all... Doesn't Congress have a great pension plan? You know, the kind you can only get in Congress in nowadays...

Rick: Thanks to Ol' Joe, that is. I'm sure the Dubya Administration will take care of you. Is Halliburton hiring? By the way, I should thank you for one thing. I'm getting slowly toasted surrounded by beautiful women at your retirement party.

Anything more, Pam?

Pam: Oh, but dear... Halliburton is hiring! They have plenty of positions open in Iraq... I've hear that they also have a great retirement plan -and benefits-- but chances are you would not survive the suicide bombing attacks to reap the rewards. Sad, but true.

Rick: And the good news is that Joe will truly get to enjoy the fruits of his labors!

Go to hell, Joe. Or Jersey. There's not much of a difference, and I'm content with you going to whichever is closer. Pam?

Pam: Farewell Joe. And to rest of the Lieberman act-alike, take notes. You may be next...

Rick: Joe, Joe, Joe... I should tell you that you have indeed brought me joy. Watching you lose tonight has made me as happy as a Frenchman working in a white flag factory.

Pam: Or in my case, W eating a pretzel...

Hasta la vista, motherf*cker!!

Rick: You said it, baby.

HA HA HA!!!

Joe Lieberman is a gutless punk.


Despite the fact that the Democrats of Connecticut REJECTED him tonight, his concern for his own well-being outweighs that of the Party that he has claimed to represent for 18 years.

This neocon corporate whore announced to a crowd of Lieberkinds tonight that "this is just the first half" and "Team Connecticut" would roll to victory in November.

Cohen is my first priority, Ned Lamont is now my second.

Joe Lieberman CAN NOT and MUST NOT be rewarded for selling Connecticut, The Democratic Party and the USA down the river to George W. Bush.

As soon as I can get a Lamont button for the blogroll, I will get one and I hope that you can contribute to Ned, if possible. If you have friends in Connecticut, call them and ask them to join Ned on his quest to represent the Nutmeggers in the Senate.

Lieberman must be stopped for the good of the party and the country.

The Most Dangerous Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

Well, you can read it for youself, I won't post it here..

The Most Dangerous Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

Ann Coulter, "Harold Ford Jr. is one of my favorite Democrats.."
CNBC's Kudlow & Co

QUEER NOTES

Mayor's Race

I got up this morning and noticed an interesting post over at the Freedonian concerning a possible candidate for city mayor. I’ve become enamored recently of this polling webpage I found so I thought I’d put this out there to see who ya’ll thought would make a good mayor. The current mayor is on there, as well as a wide assortment of city council members, county commissioners, and 9th District candidates. I’d be glad to add anyone else, but these just seemed like the likely suspects. I considered adding state legislators and school board members, but really couldn’t think of any that I thought might possibly run. So let your thoughts be heard.

Draft Deidre!

This city is starving for leadership. Well, that and barbecue. But mostly leadership.

Unfortunately, we have Mayor Herenton instead. Even if you set aside the rampant corruption and cronyism that have rendered his administration Bush-esque, you're still left with a mayor whose idea of economic expansion consists of annexing everything that stands still too long.

The budget deficit, depending on who you ask, is anywhere between $25 million and $30 million. The complete absence of common sense in the use of PILOT programs is keeping poor Memphians poor while they live in parts of the city that the mayor has completely given up on. This city is so opposed to a living wage under Herenton's stewardship that not even the police that keep our streets safe can get a simple cost of living adjustment.

Put the Herenton administration in charge of the Sahara, and it will run out of sand in less than a week. But they'll have already filed the paperwork to annex the Mojave.

This is no way to run a city. The people of this city deserve economic expansion, and they deserve to raise their children on safe streets.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Hi. This is my dog Silky.




I find her to be a very calming influence, as some of you may know.

We've had a rough day; hopefully, this picture will help us all relax.

Isn't she cute?

How Green is my Party?


Kos points out that not just the Pennsylvania Green Party, but the NATIONAL Green Party, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican National Committee, who provided not only money, but FOOT SOLDIERS for these people of virtue.

Here's a choice cut, which Kos took from philly.com:

Six staffers on Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign - including an intern who tailed Democratic candidate Bob Casey Jr. in a duck costume - collected voter signatures to help place the Green Party on the fall ballot.

OOPS.

Thoughts of Ford's Race

Several of my fellow bloggers have recently decided to lay off of Harold Ford Jr. through the November election. I’ve already done so, but I just thought I’d weigh in on this debate.

I do not agree with Ford on a host of political issues. I also do not think he is the candidate we could have run with the most state-wide appeal. I deeply wished we had been given a real choice in the primary. I voted for John Jay Hooker simply as a protest.

I will, however, be voting for Ford in November.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

A truce, of sorts..

I have just spent an enjoyable evening with several of my blogger brethren, and we have spent much time talking about the fall races.

It has led me to a conclusion: I have to respect the wishes of the Democratic electorate with regard to the United States Senate race.

Against my advice, they have selected Harold Ford Jr. (not, mind you, that they were given real choices) to be our nominee. I am not about to pull a Joe Lieberman and go off the reservation.

So, while I am not going to endorse him, neither will I oppose him at this time; I am declaring a moratorium on Junior attacks. If I expect people to vote for Steve Cohen for Congress and Mike Kernell for re-election to the state House, I have to accept that they are going to vote for Phil Bredesen and Harold Ford Jr as well.

This comes in light of some serious soul-searching about whether to just say, WTF, I'm going for Chris Lugo, the Green party candidate, or lay low on the subject.

I recently read that the Pennsylvania Green party sought and received almost 100% funding from the PA Republican Party, in order to derail Bob Casey's candidacy to defeat Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. As you can imagine, though it's no fault of Chris Lugo's, that soured me on the Greens.

I will decide later what to do about the Senate, but I will not make it public. This is a time for Democratic unity, and I've been at this too long to throw a monkey-wrench into the works now.

If I have to take Junior in order to get Steve Cohen, then that is what I have to accept, whether I necessarily like it or not.

Mazel tov, Harold, go in peace. Just remember, if you win and you screw up, I'll be on your ass like a rabid badger every day of your Senate career. - LeftWingCracker

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Reading the CA's Abdullah

I've been reading Ms. Abdullah's Friday column over and over again, and many distortions jump right of the page. But there's one piece of false reporting that's particularly upsetting because it's now been repeated.

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Should Progressives Support Harold Ford Jr. ??

Harold Ford Jr. is now the official Demcratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate in November, but I willl not support him and neither should any "progressive" democrat. I've heard the excuses for supporting him: the Democrats need to take back the Senate, if they do take back Congress the Democrats will impeach Bush, we shouldn't vote for a third party candidate and help the Republicans win, etc..

Bullshit! Do people really think that conservative/centrist Democrats like Harold Ford Jr. will IMPEACH Bush/Cheney?? These "democrats" SUPPORTED the illegal invasion of Iraq! They SUPPORTED every dime of military spending to support the illegal invasion and occupation! They have supported almost every major piece of the Republican Agenda! (OK, EXCEPT stem cell research..)

Just look at the past few months:
Harold ford Jr. voted with 34 Democrats for the Republican ant-gay Federal Marriage Amendment
Harold Ford Jr. voted with 30 or so Democrats for the Republican "flag burning" amendment
Harold Ford Jr. voted with the same 39 Demcrats for the Republican bill to "protect" the theocratic "Under God" Pledge of Allegiance from Federal Courts.
Just last week, Harold Ford Jr. voted with the same 34 Democrats to support the REPUBLICAN legislation to raise the minimum wage ONLY BY CUTTING THE ESTATE TAXES FOR THE RICH! The wet dream of the Republican Party!

Why should we reward Democrats who vote like Republicans? Why should we reward anti-gay politics? Why should we verify their arguments that the only way for them to win is to support conservative positions on these issues? If we vote for him aren't we rewarding this kind of spineless DLC politics?

Nope, I'm not falling for this! I'm supporting the Green Party candidate Chris Lugo for Senate becuase he has a PROGRESSIVE PLATFORM, I'm not going to vote for a centrist/conservative Democrat again!

I'm updating my Stop Harold Ford Web Page and will continue my campaign against Harold Ford Jr. and the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.

ADDENDUM:
Well, now I'm really politically confused! Even the Communist Party is supporting the centrist Democrats! So should we support Democrats who vote like Republicans to put Democrats who vote like Republicans in control of Congress instead of the Republicans. The Communists seem to think so...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Election Thoughts & My Politicial Identity Crisis

Thanks to everyone who took the extra step of writing my name in for U.S. Senate Aug. 3. Assuming most of the write In votes were for me in this race, I think I got about 200 votes in Shelby County, not sure about the rest of the state. Have to wait until the final election results are published. (200 votes ain't bad for a write-in campaign with no money spent on advertising...last time I ran against Jr. in 2004 I got about 160 votes..) (Can someone help me get the final results??)

As much as I would love to see the Democrats take back the Senate (it ain't gonna happen), I am supporting the REAL 'democratic' candidate for Senate in November, Green Party candidate Chris Lugo Look at his platform and ask why doesn't Harold Ford Jr. support these democratic principles?

Congrats to Steve Cohen and Steve Mulroy for their victories! There are still some progressive democrats in this state, and they can win elections!

Question, if Cohen wins the Senate in November, what happens to his TN Senate seat?

Who will be filling his shoes in Nashville?

Let's get Cohen elected to the Senate and Stop Amendment 1 in November!

I'm having a political identity crisis!
I'm going to be doing some serious thinking about whether to keep trying to work in the Democratic Party, or join the Socialist Party and support a party that shares my goals--Democratic Socialism.

Steve Squared

If you want good government, vote for Steve.  Any Steve, it doesn’t matter.

Last night was a great night.  Steve Cohen and Steve Mulroy ran great campaigns (And a shout-out to the non-Steve, Bill Morrison before I forget.)  They were both outspent.  They were both attacked viciously.  They both responded with positive, grass-roots, issue-based campaigns, and it worked.  

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

What the hell, you waited until TODAY??????

All right, the Cracker is here to take care of you as always.

My Judicial recommendations are here.

My Charter Commission recommendations are here.

My County General Election recommendations are here.

Last but not least, My Democratic Primary recommendations are here.

So what are you waiting for, Festivus? Go vote already!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Gift for the Department of Justice

The Commercial Appeal is reporting that the Department of Justice is going to have observers at polling stations throughout the area.

I think we should welcome them to town in the proper way. You know, with a gift.

I'm thinking we should print out some of those screen captures we did of Tinker's supporters bombarding us with "WE'RE going to Washington" messages that came from the federal courts buildings, package them into a nice folder with the time stamps of the messages they posted, and handing them over.

In fact, my only question is... What color wrapping paper goes with a felony?

Special Election Issue

Election Day is upon us!  I know most of us have to work, but if it is at all possible, grab a candidate you like and work for them.  Otherwise the terrorists win, and all that jazz.  Even if you have to work, you can still give an hour or two or three.  There’s not a candidate out there who wouldn’t love the help.  

I’ve made five endorsements in this election (although, obviously I am rooting for a lot more candidates than that.)  So I wanted to take this final chance and plug them.

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Today in the CA

The lovely Miss Pam and I both have letters to the editor in today’s Commercial Appeal about the attacks on Steve Cohen that masqueraded as a cover story on July 31. Some edits were made (Including correcting a grammatical goof of mine; I have to take my hat off to them for that), most notably some of my criticisms of the paper itself. I do think those criticisms are well deserved, and I find it telling that among the excised portions is the sentence where I mentioned their writer, Ms. Abdullah, by name. Is there something there they're trying to make people forget about?

Still, I have to take my hat off to them for promptly allowing us to respond.Anyway, click here to see them as they ran in the paper, then click here to see what we actually wrote.

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Blogger's Bash

9th District Poll

Serrabbee has organized the next Blogger's Bash. Apparently, she's such a party animal that it covers two days, Thursday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 13. Both are at the Young Avenue Deli at 7 PM. If, like me, you want to go to Drinking Liberally on Thursday too, just cross the street to Dish and come right back. Several candidates should be taking a victory drink through Dish, and several bloggers will be mocking them at Young Ave. Take your pick.