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Jul. 31st, 2004


More Bush Follies

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- Some Democrats who signed up to hear Vice President Dick Cheney speak Saturday were refused tickets unless they signed a pledge to endorse President Bush.


Jul. 12th, 2004



(no subject)

In less than 48 hours, Congress will vote on an amendment to the
U.S. Constitution that would permanently deny marriage equality to
same-sex couples. This is unprecedented -- never before has our
Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. We've got to
fight back.

Please sign on to our emergency petition to Congress to stop this
divisive amendment at: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/

Then please ask your friends and family to sign, by forwarding them
this email. We'll deliver our comments tomorrow, before the vote, so
we need as many people as possible to sign on today.

President Bush campaigned on a promise to unite us, not divide us.
Yet today, as people are questioning Bush's handling of everything
from the war in Iraq to the economy, Bush and his friends are trying
to distract voters from the real issues by turning to the politics
of division and hate.

If America stands for anything, it stands for equal rights and
opportunities for everyone. Throughout our history, we've struggled
to guarantee that equality: ending slavery; securing voting rights
for women; and passing the Civil Rights Act just 40 years ago.

Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We
can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination
based on who they are or who they love. When two people make a deep
personal commitment, taking responsibility for each other and doing
all the work of marriage, they should be able to share in the legal
benefits of marriage as well.

These benefits include access to health care and medical decision-
making for one's partner and children, parenting and immigration
rights, inheritance, taxation, and Social Security benefits. This
isn't a partisan issue, notwithstanding Bush's pandering to his
right-wing base.

Yet President Bush is bent on moving America backward, by enshrining
discrimination in the United States Constitution. Don't let him
divide us like this.

Go to: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/ Please help make sure
your friends have signed on too, before we deliver this petition
tomorrow. Thank you.
The MoveOn.org Team

--We've got to let them know that America is not falling for this cynical attempt to divide us. To make it easy, we've included their direct phone numbers below.

Please call your Senators now, at:

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Direct: (202) 224-5922

Senator John Cornyn
Direct: (202) 224-2934

Unite! Join:

And please post this in your own LJ.

Jun. 4th, 2004


(no subject)

Alberta, Canada

Our labour minister wants mandatory drug testing in all jobs implemented within the next five years.

Good thing we're not a hugely conservative province which applauds his good sense! Oh - wait no, we are.

Jun. 2nd, 2004

jennifer govt


This is all sorts of nuts.

"Staking out the high moral ground, a bill would punish those wearing low-riding jeans"

The Times-Picayune Reports:

"I'm sick of seeing it," said Shepherd, a first-term legislator, who added he's gotten similar complaints from ministers in his district. "The community's outraged. And if parents can't do their job, if parents can't regulate what their children wear, then there should be a law."


He admitted, however, that the bill does not target minors specifically and therefore does not directly mirror other laws that restrict teenagers' curfew and the kinds of movies they may see.

Say what you like about the jeans, if these people get their way, it sets a bad precedent.


May. 6th, 2004



Yep, propaganda works. Just checking.

X-posted to personal journal
Credit to dancinglights for calling my attention to this.

This particular article has been flying around the blogs lately. Kudos to dancinglights for calling attention to the article linked at the bottom: The Verdict Is In: TV News Is Bad For Your Brain.

A new study has revealed that people who rely on television to get their news are more likely to be misinformed on the facts about Iraq, WMDs and Iraq's ties to 9/11 than those who get their news from other sources or even who don't follow the news at all.

<ha ha only curious>
I wonder about the misperception level of those who use Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" for news.
</ha ha only curious>

If you want to read the study and draw your own conclusions here you go: Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War


May. 1st, 2004



Virginia Just Got Stupider

Virginia just passed a law, not only banning homosexual marriage (no surprise there), not only banning recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages and civil unions (again, no surprise), but banning any "partership contract or other arrangements that purport to provide the benefits of marriage".

This is apparently not clearly defined, and highly left up to a judge to interpret, but according to the legislative discussion (which is a tool judges often use to interpret ambiguous laws), it is intended to include things like power of attorney, shared health insurance coverage, joint ownership of property, and wills leaving property to a same-sex partner.

Yes, Virginia now will restrict who you can leave property to. They haven't done this since they forbid slaveowners from leaving property to slaves.

The bill, HB751, can be found here: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB751ER), as well as the meatier Legislative Justification.

To help fight this, contact EqualityVirginia.

Oct. 27th, 2003


x-posted, sorry if somepne already posted this!


I was hoping someone would make a petition like this.... and they did *nods* so sign.
(It's about Phelp's anti-Matt Shephard monument)

Mar. 8th, 2003

jennifer govt



If I heard correctly, SUNY boycotted Crossgates.

However well intentioned it may have been, I was there that day to see quite a bit of the damage that it caused. Not to Crossgates, but to a lot of the independent stores in Crossgates.

Here is an entry from someone who works at one of those stores.

I can tell people that in the short interim that I've gone there, thus far, I've seen at least two decent stores get closed down and booted out for stupid stuff.

I'm told the place has no bookstores because of similar activities. In essence they ran out the independent bookstore in favor of the big chains, which in the end, are apparently not there now anyhow.

I've seen them try to boot out or otherwise give trouble to the independent stores in that mall. The independent stores need to be completely moved within 2 days. There is a fine for closing a store early or otherwise while the mall is open, regardless of adverse weather conditions. The big stores can eat this fine, so you'll find days that only the independently run stores are open in weather that endangers people to be out in.

Why won't these stores move? Good question. Simple answer, they can't afford to. It's expensive to move, and not a few of these stores can take that cost. (Some can barely afford to pay their employees; these people aren't necessarily raking in dough here.)

What with the boycott, it looks like in some cases, they're not going to get to.

I realize that people want to stick it to Crossgates, but boycotting the whole mall ain't gonna do it. The mall won't get less money from the independent stores if they don't make enough to pay rent, the people will have to pay out of pocket, or deal with losing their business. Some of these are family owned businesses.

Middle ground: If you are going to boycott the mall, boycott the big stores, boycott Hoyts Cinema, boycott Macy's, but support the independent stores (support them well enough and maybe some of them will be able to get out of their like they'd prefer). It's not as dramatic, I know. If you want people to know exactly what you are doing, wear a t-shirt. If they give you trouble for the t-shirt, maybe they'll end up on the Daily Show again.

Or, you can do what some other people did, which was wear peace T-shirts and refuse to leave. (Just in case they decide to try enforcing that stupid rule again.) Peaceful protests, while bringing along multiple video cameras, are always an option. Call them frequently, keeping updated on their policies, and making sure that the media is aware of their activities, is wonderfully effective, especially after Jay Leno, and John Stewart mocked them on TV.

It's not as hopeless as it seems. You can effect them, even through boycotting, but it needs to be better thought out than "I'm never going there again."


Mar. 5th, 2003




Man arrested for 'peace' T-shirt


Jan. 31st, 2003

jennifer govt


Does anyone have more information about this?

I received this on a list I own. I have to back it up and get more information on it, but I was wondering what other peoples input on this was?

Actual letter I recievedCollapse )

More info as I get it.


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