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
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 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. "
What’s with my women friends getting so riled up lately?
I pride myself on keeping up with the political news, especially that Darrell
Issa, since he may be my new Congressional rep. But knee deep in my son’s college applications, I’ve been a little distracted lately, I’ll admit.
I wasn’t surprised that Issa didn’t allow any women to testify on the panel when they discussed religion and contraception. After all, the women usually take care of that contraception thing, right? Why should he have to bother listening to what women have to say on the matter? And then he called that college student a slut. Wow! And this guy’s gonna be my new representative? He surely has big you know whats!
I am so excited that a manly man is going to be representing me. Like how he wouldn’t let anyone testify who had a different opinion from his. I remember while sitting on the throne, reading Kaili Joy Gray’s recent article: "Issa won't be hearing from any of the nearly two dozen religious groups who have no problem with the Obama administration's new health care policy to require insurance coverage of birth control." The list of the uninvited included "representatives from the Catholic Health Association, which is run by a woman and actually runs the Catholic hospitals, nor Catholic Charities, both of which said Friday they supported the President’s plan." Of course a real man wouldn’t need to let these women testify.
All this macho stuff was getting me really excited when I worked with the free weights at the gym. After a couple circuits, and my 10th bench press rep, I thought about how that Issa has real power. Why should he have to apologize when his half-brother Limbaugh joined him in the name-calling? Calling that college student a prostitute and telling her that if taxpayers are going to pay for her birth control we, manly men, wanted something in return! Like porn films, showing what she really spends time doing in law school.
Darrel and Rush, those two guys have so much freakin’ power they don’t answer to no one. They got power and it’s legit. Screw anyone who complains! Whining people! And Issa’s reelection is a sure thing, it’s gotta be. He’s got the majority of North San Diego County blinded by his power, and then he goes to Washington and does whatever the hell he wants. Gets the feds to pay for upgrades to roads that run by buildings he owns; wonder if there’s any kickbacks from those mega corporations he fronts. That man’s gotta love his job.
So I got to thinking, I might actually have a bromance crush on Darrell. Cool, clean, intelligible, who wouldn’t envy this guy? But calling women sluts and prostitutes? Is this why my women friends are threatening to protest Issa in Shadowridge next week? Issa’s found a way to really take our country back! All the way back to pre-women’s lib!
So actually I don’t know why I’m filling out these college financial aid forms. But, I feel like I need to get back to it, just in case Issa doesn’t win. After all, if he wins again, I hear he and his cronies are gonna kill all the financial aid so that only their families and friends can go to college. Tough guy!
Oh, damn, I just got a call from a friend telling me that Issa isn’t the one who used the “S” and the “P” word against that college student. It was the manlier man, the mouth-piece of the GOP, Rush. Oh well, so I didn’t get the facts exactly right. Isn’t this why they call it “Political Theater?” Rush is just entertainment, right? Stop whining and get back to work!
Wow. Saw this Rush and Darrell appreciation sign at a recent rally:
Over One Million People have already transferred their hard-earned money from the Big Corporate Banks to local Community Banks and Credit Unions. This is the first action The OCCUPY WALL STREET Movement has gotten behind, and the citizens of the US have responded. If anyone is still confused about what the movement stands for, I guess they'll just have to wait for the next action.
On Saturday the 15th, Encinitas residents and visitors will find the opportunity to dive deep into the culture of our community and will have the potential to really connect with much deeper thoughts and feelings than one typically finds while hanging out at the beach.
The day starts with a very special tribute to Maggie Houlihan at Cottonwood Creek Park at 11am. This event will celebrate her life and accomplishments. There will be an open mic for sharing thoughts and memories of Maggie.
As the tribute to Maggie nears its end, a protest will be starting just one block away, at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Coast Highway 101. The Occupy Wall Street movement has crossed the continent and landed in Encinitas in the form of a group called Occupy North County, that is kicking off what is planned to be the first of many protests in the area. They are looking to bring the Occupy message to North County, and to give the opportunity to everyone who wants to participate but has had a hard time getting down to San Diego. Join in and voice your concerns! October 15th has been declared an International Day of Action.
There's probably other things going on, but I've selected a special benefit concert in Encinitas as the event to round out the evening. It's sponsored by the non-profit Class-ACT, and is supporting their Microloans For Mothers program. The program started just one year ago with small loans to five women in Cambodia, and is now providing loans to 35 women, who have started businesses to support themselves and their families. It's an exciting program, with real results. It's also unique, as it ties together art exchanges between kids in the US and Cambodia, as well as support for schools the children go to (both here and abroad). It should be a fun night with music from local band ROCKET SCIENCE and local microbrews. The event starts at 7PM. More info here.
BTW. Full Disclosure. I will be either attending or involved with all of these events. I hope to see you on Saturday!