Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Edwards isn't going quietly. (yay!)

I still don't see any sign of an Edwards endorsement, but he's going to make his presence known in other ways this year. This coming Monday, John and Elizabeth Edwards will be launching a campaign to highlight the economic costs of war.

According to The Nation's Campaign 08 blog:

The multi-million-dollar Iraq/Recession Campaign, which launches Monday, seeks to remind voters, in the words of organizers, that, "As economic concerns weigh heavily on the minds of Americans, opposition to President Bush's reckless war in Iraq continues to grow. The massive cost of the war in Iraq – hurtling toward one trillion dollars – has increased demand for a strategy to bring U.S. troops home. The Iraq/Recession Campaign will highlight the majority of Americans who want to see leadership on investing in critical priorities at home and establishing real security throughout the world."

A related note: National Priorities Project/Cost of War

P.S. Endoresment? Dodd did.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday Random 10 Plus!

Wonder - Natalie Merchant
Remind Me - Royksopp
I'm the Man Who Loves You - Wilco
Alarm Call - Bjork
Fall at your Feet - Crowded House
The Card Cheat - The Clash
Always and Everywhere - Marc Almond
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
California - Joni Mitchell
Rock Me in the Cradle of Love - Deborah Allen

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A tax loophole so big you can sail a yacht through it

You may have heard that the state legislature in CA has been grappling with a huge economic downturn. The budget's in the hole, big time, so several weeks ago the Governator declared a fiscal emergency, which required the legislature to act to address the enormous deficit. They've acted, by gum, and have slashed programs across the board.

But some programs are untouchable to the Republicans in the California State Assembly. For example, a sales tax exemption loophole for people who buy yachts, motorhomes and jets.

Yes, really.

But I'm lovin' D-Day's video for the California Yachting Association. Great post at Hullabaloo about the "sloophole" too. Well done. We truly are in the New Guilded Age.

Perfect. I lurves the internets.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Will Edwards endorse?

TPM Election Central is reporting that Edwards has been talking to both Clinton and Obama about an endorsement.

I wish he'd either stayed in past Super Tuesday to continue to amass delegates who could influence the party platform. If not that, he could have endorsed someone BEFORE Super Tuesday which would have decreased my agony in chosing who should get my vote.

It is all about me, afterall.

The article says he has serious reservations that keep him from enthusiastically and immediately endorsing either one.

Tell me about it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Help for tornado victims

Blogger Monkeyfister lives in the midst of the tornado impacted area in the south, and is asking for some help from the lefty blogs in spreading the word about the damage to his community, along with some direction about how you can help. Here's his request....

Whilst we're waiting for George's Promised Prayers to roll in, down here in the Tornado-Stricken Mid-South, I might recommend some DIRECT HUMAN INTERACTION.

This Is My Best First Start To Help My Region.

As Scout Prime is to NOLA, I am, suddenly, to the Mid-South area (I LIVE here, and was Live-Blogging these horrible storms all night), and have started to get the help-ball rolling down here. Some of you know where I work. I started a Food Drive there today for the Mid-South United Way Food Bank.

As the area affected is so broad and detached, and everyone in the Country was distracted by politics last night, as yet, there is no central assistance hub set-up. So, at the link, above, you'll find the two agencies with the broadest radius to help the area right now. Both take DIRECT donations.

A small-blog swarm on that post (or this comment) would be greatly appreciated by more people than just me. I can't describe how wide-spread the damage is down here. It's enormous. The Media, per usual, is only just now waking up to the situation, after their Super-Duper-Let's-All-Wet-Our-Pants-Together- Tuesday Political Hangover. Like NOLA, these are REALLY poor folks down here, and have nothing, and nowhere to go.

A short post about this at YOUR Blog, linking either to my post, above, or directly to the two Orgs mentioned in the post above, would sure be a big help, and would be greatly appreciated by many people who are relying on help. They are all that we have right now.

I just donated a deer's worth of ground venison, along with the 100 pounds of rice and quart-sized ziplock bags that they said that they needed at the United Way Mid-South Food Bank, when I phoned them this morning. Their pantry is BARE, and I'll be loading them up with all the potatoes, rice, veggies, bags, and other staples that I can fit in my truck tomorrow.

This is serious Red State country, and a flood of help from the DFH Left would REALLY make a big difference in a number of good ways.

I thank you all in advance.

Click Here for more about what's going on down here. It's all that I am writing about right now. Help is needed.

Your humble peer,


American Red Cross
Mid-South Chapter
1400 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

United Way of the Mid-South phone in a donation at (901) 433-4300.

They take DIRECT donations, so you can skip all the National-level waste and delay, AND they serve nearly every community in the effected radius.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Tuesday Eve

Happy Super Tuesday Eve, my friends. Make time to go vote tomorrow. I'm counting on YOU to get us out of this mess!

Today Barack Obama sent out his last pre-Super Tuesday email to supporters, and it included this reminder:

If you declined to select a political party when you registered to vote, you can still vote for Barack Obama if you request a Democratic ballot from the poll worker. Make sure you mark "Democratic" in the appropriate space or the vote might not be counted.

Huh? Not counted?

According to D Day, Obama is referring to the design of the ballot, at least in LA County. It requires the voter to fill in a bubble indicating they're a "Decline to State" voter who's requested a Democratic ballot because they'd like to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

Turns out that in Los Angeles County, if a DTS voter requests their Democratic ballot and casts their vote, but does NOT mark "Democratic" in the appropriate space, the vote will indeed not be counted. The ballot will go through the scan-tron machine, not register as a counted vote, AND will not spit back out for the voter to fix.

It's always somthing, isn't it?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blogroll Amnesty Day

Just a quick shout out and thanks to Alicia at Hooterville for listing little ol' terryfaceplace in her Blogroll Amnesty Day post. Thanks, sweetie!

I'm going to have to appoint her as my official Fairy Blogmother or something now.

It's a long story behind Blogroll Amnesty Day, but the basic idea is to link to blogs that are smaller than yours. I suspect she hit the bottom of the blogging food chain with mine because I don't know if anyone else's could possibly be smaller unless it has "My Diary" printed on the front and an itty bitty lock keeping it safe from prying eyes.

Ya'll should read Alicia's blog if you don't already. She's great...very creative and funny, and always nice to her commenters! She has a book coming out within the next couple months too called The Price of Right about the economic myths that drive right wing economic policy. Watch for it, and I'll be sure to mention it when it's released.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Yes, We Can! - Si, Se Puede!

will i. am of the Black Eyed Peas created this all star cast video inspired by Barack Obama's Yes We Can Speech, and it is excellent. I had to wipe tears off my face after I watched it.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

Yes, you can vote for President!

I just want to share this video released by the Courage Campaign to inform independent, DTS voters in California that they can ask for a Democratic ballot if they want to vote for a Dem presidential candidate. I think it gets the message out in a clever way. Check it out!

Friday afternoon with Hillary in San Diego

I went to Cox Arena at San Diego State University yesterday afternoon, and heard Hillary Clinton speak to a large and enthusiastic crowd. The arena holds 12,000 and they had it partitioned in half, and that half was full. I really regret forgetting my camera because I would LOVE to have a shot of that line to get into the arena. Now I know what a queue of 6,000 people looks like!

I was amused to walk into the arena and hear a recording of Bon Jovi singing "who says you can't go back..." since that's what Clinton would love to do.

She was introduced (at length since she was about an hour late) by a long line of California politicos who've endorsed her campaign including LA Mayor Antonio Villarigosa, Senator Christine Kehoe, Assembly Member Mary Sala, Senator Denise Ducheny, and Speaker Fabian Nunez. Marti Emerald, former Channel 10 troubleshooting reporter and current candidate in the 7th City Council district also joined in on the Hillary love fest, as did SDSU President Steven Weber.

Finally Clinton arrived and gave what I assume is a version of her stump speech, though she definitely knew her crowd and addressed issues such as the rising cost of attending college, and stopping the Bush "War on Science", in part by increasing funding for science and research. She got big cheers when she talked about increasing funding for Pell Grants, stopping predatory lending for student loans, taking the student loan program back to a direct loan system, and greatly expanding student loan forgiveness for students who seek careers in public service.

Promising to end No Child Left Behind also got a huge ovation, as did her claim that she will start drawing down troops in Iraq within 60 days of her inauguration.

She also spoke of encouraging technological and scientific innovation and creating good paying, green collar jobs to strengthen the middle class.

It was a good, strong, well-received speech. The only thing that made me cringe a little bit was when she talked about immigration, which of course is a big issue here in SoCal. It wasn't so much that she was wrong in what she said, but I think the crazed tone of the anti-immigration debate has made it really difficult to talk about it in rational terms. She thankfully did mention the ridiculousness of some of the debate, such as the idea that we could actually round up everyone who's here without proper documentation and just ship them home. She also acknowledged that much of the problem with regard to immigrants from Mexico is that they're fleeing due to economic desperation, and the US is in a position to have some influence on the strength of the Mexican economy. Of course, she never mentioned NAFTA or the border fence, but overall, it was obvious she was doing a balancing act, and seemed to be struggling to strike the right tone. I wish the Democrats could find a strong, rational voice on immigration, but for now they all seem to be trying to address the issue AND not rile up the whackos. She, and others, need to find the right frame for the issue and use it, because I've not seen that happen yet.

So all in all, I'm glad I went to see her. Since Edwards bowed out and left me candidate-free, I've been leaning toward voting for Obama next Tuesday, but I really would not object to a Clinton presidency. Even with the problems I have with her stand on the war in Iraq and a few other issues, a Hillary Clinton presidency would be light years better than where we're at right now. Any of the Democratic candidates would provide a huge positive change by improving our standing in the world, and shoring up our struggling economy.

By the way, the eight anti-Clinton demonstrators outside the venue used the world bitch quite freely on their signs. That alone almost makes me want to vote for her. Even if she's not my candidate, I just completely detest the tone of the anti-Hillary contingent. I'm glad I saw her in person because I can now confirm she absolutely does not have horns or a pointy tail. You'd never know that by just listening to the bile of the Hillary haters.