Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The government is taking over your church. That is the ultimate goal of the moral-values-war-on-terror-ban-any-behavior-that-would-embarrass-you-in-church mentality of this Republican administration. If you don't believe me, just look at this Orwellian military recruitment church service that occurred last month in Lexington, Kentucky.

Via the daily Kos.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Please, please read this article in Newsweek. Most importantly, though, read the political proposals suggested in the article. Don't these sound like commonsense proposals? Don't they sound like Democratic family values?

If you want a real ownership society, vote Democratic. There is a long but important article by William Greider over at The Nation that explains (among otherthings) why Phil Angelides is a heroic reformer. From The New Colossus

Saturday, February 12, 2005
As expected, Howard Dean was elected chair of the Democratic Party today at the winter meeting in Washington, D.C. - approximately two years to the day after giving his "what I want to know" speech. Amazing stuff. ActBlue has made it incredibly easy to donate - you can do it from right here, even:
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Monday, February 07, 2005
Democracy Is No Polite Tea Party:

Also, an early morning, pre-rail forum shout-out to my buddy Greg Gandrud, R-extremist from Carpinteria, who announced his suppport for "privatizing roads" this morning in the paper. Here's why this is a stupid idea: it's not like companies can compete for owning a road beyond their initial bid, so if you did this, you're basically granting a monopoloy to one company to gouge people for driving on the thing. Adding a profit margin to the cost structure isn't going to save anyone any money - although it would probably serve to make a few Republican donor types filthy rich. If the state wants people to pay tolls for driving that's fine, but that money needs to go into public transit and/or building housing near jobs, not into the pockets of the beneficiaries of yet another privatization scam.

Just for the record... There's a letter in today's News-Press that claims that "liberal Democrats on the county's South Coast" don't acknowledge the loss of middle-class folks from the city of Santa Barbara. Just for the record, I'm a South Coast liberal Democrat who recently has been spending just about every waking moment working on this problem, and I am most certainly not alone. Defending the existence of the middle class is a high priority for many local elected Democrats, as well. Mr. Esparanza, if you happen to come across this - I urge you to get involved here locally during the upcoming political season. I think you'll be pleasantly suprised.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005
"So what?" My letter to Dan Walters about this:

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