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Tuesday 21 February 2006

Get Involved, Memphis!

on 21 Feb : 11:27  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Use your lunch time tomorrow to be involved. Contact Kelly if you like or just show up. The more the merrier.

CONTACT: Mrs. Kelly Jacobs
662-429-4412 or -email-

*** 2 Press Events Wednesday, 11:30AM and 1PM ***

Residents of the Mid South Accuse President Bush of Breaking the Law by Wiretapping Americans without Warrants

MoveOn Members in the MidSouth Urge Rep. Ford Jr. and
Rep. Wicker to Hold President Bush Accountable

Constitution vigils at the Flag Poles in front of the Federal Building and in front of the DeSoto County Courthouse.

Memphis – On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of the Mid South will hold 2 “Constitution Vigils” to call for a thorough and independent investigation of the president’s illegal wiretapping program.

Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the National Security Agency, was joined by at least six other Republicans in questioning the president’s legal authority to use wiretaps. Wilson has called for a full-scale Congressional investigation.

“No American is above the law, not even our president,” said Mrs. Kelly Jacobs, MoveOn Political Action member/organizer in the Mid South. “This is an attempt to grab absolute power, which can then be used by all Presidents who follow his administration if it’s legality is not investigated.”

“Republicans and Democrats agree, President Bush broke the law, and we the people, expect them to investigate. Congressman Ford and Congressman Wicker should defend the Constitution and hold the president accountable.”

People will gather at constitution vigils, reading the Bill of Rights and holding signs that say “Bush Broke the Law” and “Stop Illegal Wiretapping”

Constitution Vigil details:
Who: MoveOn members in the Mid South Area
Where: 2 Places and Times: Memphis 1PM the Federal Bldg: 167 North Main.: Hernando, 11:30AM in Front of the DeSoto County Courthouse Hwy 51South.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 2 locations, 2 different times, 2 Congressmen: Ford Jr. and Wicker.

Excellent visuals. Crowd with candles, signs, binoculars, reading the Bill of Rights.

Harold Ford Jr Brings Some Bright Light To Dazzle Memphis

on 21 Feb : 00:34  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Harold Ford Jr. held a rally at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn today. He brought in Barak Obama to lend credence to his burgeoning run for Bill Frist's soon-to-be vacated seat in the US Senate.

Here's the thing, I have to call it the way i see it. "To thine own self be true..." and all that. I've shaken hands with Congressman Ford a couple of times and he's always been the nicest of guys, and know who everyone is, and is on point constantly. He's intelligent and well-mannered and all kinds of wonderful things. I'm just not a fan anymore.

Here's a little bit about why from his info:
Ford's voting record is fairly moderate, in the sense that he has supported bills and policies that fall at various points on the conservative/liberal spectrum. For instance, Ford supported a ban on benefits for same-sex couples, as well as a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, has told Democrats they should be more supportive of George W. Bush on the war in Iraq, has criticized Senate Democrats who attempted to filibuster Samuel Alito, has voted for the Bankruptcy Bill, and supported limits on a woman's right to choose.

Here are his "ratings" with different conservative groups. Though not through the roof, they are indicative of where he is going.

I had a conversation with a friend tonight and his comment was "He's doing what he needs to do in order to get elected." My response follows:
What do you want? To win or to be right? If you can't win by being right, what's the point? You wind up corrupting a bunch of decent dems (who believe in what's right) in order to get into office and then you're beholding to the people who bought the shit they were shoveling to get into office. Why not just vote Republican?

This is because I feel that by choice or by request, Ford is "moving to the middle" and that means playing up his "faith" and talking about supporting businesses. Not inherently evil activities in and of themselves but both are slippery slopes in my opinion and NOT what this part of Tennessee is in need of at this time. Faith is not going to make crime go down no matter what people think.

And when I hear the guy that backslapped and laughed with Bush last month on live television after sitting through the State of the Union Address with Joe Frickin' Lieberman talk about his faith being so important to him, it kind of makes me nervous. Or is that nauseous?

Anyway, I digress.

The point was that Ford brought in Obama as star power. They tried to draw all kinds of comparisons to each other, which in my opinion, didn't seem too exciting a proposition to Barak Obama.

In fact, the whole event seemed a little forced to me. It seemed to me that everyone was only playing along. I felt that the crowd was just sort of there to see someone who they had seen on TV and seemed to like very much. To be quite honest, that is one of the reasons I was there. Michelle and I are getting involved and when we got the invitation, I didn't really want to go so much but thought it would be cool to see Obama and all the muckamucks who would likely turn out and it could be good for shaking hands and talking to people who we want to get to know, like Steven Cohen.

So, it was well attended. I'd say maybe one thousand people, maybe more. I can't find stats on it yet. But they came out and the place went semi-crazy for a couple of minutes. I wouldn't say off the hook by a long shot.

But they looked dazzling. Don't you think?

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Just two peas in a pod...Or are they?

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Some local dignitaries were on hand to talk about how much Jr was into his faith and how much he supports "business". Included in the crowd is County Mayor AC Wharton who I tend to think a lot of but I'm not seeing the action from him to make me think he has fire.

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There is something intangible about Ford and Obama that makes them different. Both perfectly nice guys and wonderful people I'm sure but as Michelle and I discussed there is something almost sage-like about Obama. This could just be perception but I think we're right on it.

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I think that Ford sensed that this wasn't turning into the battle cry for his campaign that he had hoped it would be.

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And so you can see him in the background trying to raise the Applause-O-Meter here.

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Ford seemed to be thinking at this point, "Just two things: Don't think about my family and don't think about me being a DLC'er."

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In the end, Ford and Obama are miles apart...

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Monday 20 February 2006

Today at the Ford Jr./Obama Rally

on 20 Feb : 14:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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I don't know if this is common knowledge but a source Very close to the Steve Cohen camp told me today that they are very close to announcing his candidacy for Jr's old seat in Congress.

They have our number and know we are set to go to work for him.

Wednesday 15 February 2006

Christ, I Love Howard Dean

on 15 Feb : 09:46  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
This is yet another shamelessly beaming post about my adoration for the force that is Howard Dean.

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Those of you unfamiliar will not remember the heady days of the primaries when I would post extremely large posts about our Dean campaign experiences.
Here is the one where went to see him at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Iowa.
(Scroll down to the November 19th entries.)

It totally rocked!

Now, we come to today when amid all the hoopla over the Paul Hackett story, we have that one voice in the Democratic Party saying that what they did to Hackett was wrong and it hurts the Party.

Is this brilliant or what?

Dean blames party's skullduggery for withdrawal of popular Ohio Senate candidate

MIAMI Democratic party chair Howard Dean says he's not happy that Iraqi war veteran Paul Hackett is dropping out of the race for U-S Senate in Ohio.

Dean told a student audience in Miami that "some skulduggery in Washington" improperly led to Hackett's decision to end his bid. And he said Democrats will have a tough time winning if similar things happen to others.

Hackett was vying with Ohio congressman Sherrod Brown for the Democratic nomination. He said that Hackett was a "great candidate," and that a primary in Ohio wouldn't have hurt the party. Hackett says he's ending his eleven-month political career.

I mean, this is exactly what I'm thinking and what I'm thinking that someone in the party with some clout is going to have to say to these bastards to get them to get a clue.

If he sticks to his guns and doesn't take their guff, I'll stick with him and work to transform the Democratic Party into something that is respectable and not just the other .0004% less crappy choice.

And if I REALLY got my drothers, we'd see a Dean 2008 sticker on my van soon enough.

Go Howard Dean!!
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