As I was growing up, watching the foibles of our politicians,
And so it was with the Fast and Furious operation, as detailed in this exhaustive piece in Fortune Magazine entitled "The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal". Those who ran the operation attempted to do everything "by the book", so that their convictions might stick, but were tripped up by many things, including gun laws in Arizona that allow any individual to buy as many automatic weapons as they desire and resell them to whoever they want to, Arizona judges that didn't seem to think this was a worthwhile operation, and an ATF employee who took it upon himself to start gunrunning without his superior's consent (and then acting as a whistleblower for the thing he was guilty of).
To make things worse, the corrupt congressman Darrell Issa has been pursuing something that does not exist just to make political points, and causing a frenzy amongst gun-owners who really have nothing to fear.
It's all disgusting.
Where the heck are all those wise legislators I had dreamed about?
And more to the point....
Actually, this is targeted at more than just women. It's anyone who cares about living in supportive communities where decisions are made while considering how they affect everyone both in the short and long term (AKA Democracy).
I encourage you to vote for independent Dick Eiden too. Here’s why:
1. A Democrat cannot win the General election in our district, but an independent really has a chance!
Think about it: the 49th Congressional District, which stretches north and south, from San Juan Capistrano to Torrey Pines, splits around 60% Conservative and 40% Liberal. The incumbent, Darrell Issa, is well-known, and popular amongst his base. The default vote will likely be 60% for Mr. Issa.
Believe it or not, the Democratic Party has already written-off this race as unwinnable. There will be no money from the Dem Party if the Democrat wins the Primary. And, there is an important point of weakness for Darrell Issa – There is a strong anti-incumbent fervor this election cycle and the independent vote is the hot ticket right now! Formerly Untouchable candidates are losing in primaries because voters of all political persuasions have shown they want change.
In this year’s Primary, Democrats need not fear they will be splitting the vote by choosing independent candidates. Many voters in this district want change and therefore will NOT vote for a Democrat – No way! No how! But they can and will vote for a highly qualified independent for Congress.
2. A Democrat vs. Issa campaign from now until the General election will be old news!
Those who typically vote the Dem ticket don’t want to witness yet another Democratic “talking points” vs. Republican “lip-flapping,” boring political theatre. We Dems have woken up! It’s time to seize the moment and vote independent.
Contrast the status quo with an underdog, locally known, wild-card independent candidate running against the “invincible” Mr. Issa. Independent candidate, Dick Eiden will not be constrained by any party rules of engagement. He’s free to voice his opinion – and call Darrell Issa to task for all of his foibles. The Dick Eiden for Congress campaign is something for the history books!
3. Dick Eiden is the best candidate and will better represent the people of the 49th District
There is no comparison between Dick Eiden and the Democratic candidate regarding which is better qualified to head to Washington DC. As an attorney, Mr. Eiden has taken on tough legal cases, which pit him against strong adversaries. With this experience, he is ready to take on the entrenched power structure in DC. He’s experienced internationally and domestically, and he is willing and able to lead when the going gets tough. As an outsider, he has the ability to take on the corruption of power in Washington DC.
Learn more about Dick Eiden by visiting his website: http://eiden4congress.com
I had some great fun playing with other students from the Encinitas School of Music on April 28th at the Encinitas Street Fair. I played keyboards on three songs: Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage," the slow version of Tears for Fears' "Mad World," and an acoustic version of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven."
Here's "Just Like Heaven":
Here's "Mad World":
It's Springtime in America. Time to take the country back from Corporate Control.
Will you get involved?
Bill Moyers talks with community organizer George Goehl about how — and even if — average people can fight back against self-rewarding actions of banks and corporations. “If we want to shift our politics,” Goehl tells Moyers, “we have to make politicians who side with the big banks and the larger corporations pay a price for not siding with everyday people.”
Goehl is a co-organizer of The 99% Spring, a national effort to train 100,000 Americans to teach the country about income inequality in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets. Goehl is also executive director of National People’s Action, a network of grassroots organizations using direct action to battle economic and racial injustice.
I personally am getting involved by supporting an independent candidate for congress named DICK EIDEN, who absolutely can win in this year of change, against the richest man in congress Darrell Issa, who is exactly the type of politician George Goehl talks about in this video, who should suffer the consequences of their actions in bringing ruin to our country by supporting the mega-corporations.
It is time for all of us who care about our country to take action.
Take a look at my first post at dailykos.com "War of the Worlds 2012"
I completed recording of Comfortably Numb in January 2012. It was recorded at the Encinitas School of Music in their recording studio, which is available to students and others to use. School Director Steve Rollins was the engineer and did the mixing.
Dave Peiser - Lead Vocals, Keyboard
Louis Peiser - Lead / Rhythm Guitar
Sarah Schwab, Trisha Kay - Backing Vocals
Tim Greene - Bass
Zen Perry - Drums
Steve Rollins - Mixing and Production
Video Editing by Dave Peiser
All video sourced from:
Used under a creative commons license
CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
I just read an op-ed by Thomas Friedman entitled "Capitalism, Version 2012" that I found somewhat interesting, but what really hit me was a comment to the op-ed, that made a great case for Liberalism being the solution to the problems the United States currently faces. Here is the complete text of this comment. What do you think?
"Yes, the best way to structure our society is an effective balance between the market and government. But that requires supporting the political movement that supports such a balance - liberalism - rather than pretending that we also need to strike a balance between conservatives and liberals in the US.
The view that government is the solution to all of our problems is socialism and is flawed as it ignores the value of the free market in generating wealth and innovation. The view that the market solves all problems is today's conservatism and is equally flawed, as it ignores the impacts of unfettered markets and the role that government investment and rules play in making the market work.
The middle ground is liberalism. Liberals understand that the free market is the best generator of wealth history has known. But we also realize there are areas where the market doesn't work, that rules must be established and enforced for markets to thrive, that some of the wealth generated by the market must be used to build physical and educational infrastructure and to benefit society as a whole, and that workers and public health must be protected from the excesses of unfettered market. All of those things are the government actions that liberals have successfully fought for over the past 100 years, and have allowed both our economy and society to thrive. "