Archive for September, 2010

Big filibuster win

September 30, 2010

Sent: September 30, 2010 08:53 AM
Subject: Big filibuster win

 

Daniel,

Last month, 21,000 Kossacks signed a petition asking all Democrats to support changing Senate rules with 51 votes. Along with our allies, we took that petition to Capitol Hill, and to Democratic campaigns. What we found is a big win: not a single Democrat who will be in the Senate next year is outright opposed to changing Senate rules. Even Ben Nelson isn’t a clear “no” anymore (seriously).

Two months ago, filibuster reform was declared dead because it lacked the votes. We have momentum now because you spoke up. On our end, it took hard work in the form of dozens of meetings with advocacy organizations and Capitol Hill staff to educate them on the issue. Reform of any sort, even filibuster reform, doesn’t happen without leaders putting their boots on the ground.

Our own David Waldman (Kagro X) is one of these leaders. He started this campaign 18 months ago, and it never would have gotten anywhere without him. For years, he has been the nation’s preeminent public voice on Senate procedure. Now, he is at the center of the emerging coalition of labor, civil rights, environmental, and netroots organizations that are working together on Capitol Hill to reform the filibuster.

As much as anyone, David helped make the campaign to reform the filibuster a reality. With three months left in this fight, he needs your help to keep up his excellent work. Progressive Congress has found a donor who pledged $5,000 to support David’s work over the next three months, but only if members of the Daily Kos community can match that with another $5,000.

To meet that goal, Daily Kos needs your contribution of $10 to keep up the momentum and support David’s work to reform the filibuster. You can contribute directly to Daily Kos on the Orange to Blue page, where every candidate supports reforming the filibuster.

Even if Democrats keep Congress, there won’t be any victory in November unless we fix the filibuster in January. We can’t do that unless there are leaders like David Waldman on the ground, in DC, working on the issue. Your $10 contribution to Daily Kos will make sure David is able to keep going.

Keep fighting,
Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos

 
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Why Older Men Shouldn’t own Dogs(R)

September 28, 2010

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September 26, 2010

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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter  
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.
 


I just couldn’t help but sending this along. Too funny.     
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says  
      No crap, really? Ya think?  
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 Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers   
       Now that’s taking things a bit far!  
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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over   
       What a guy!    
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death  
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!  
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant   
See if that works any better than a fair trial!  
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 War Dims Hope for Peace   
I can see where it might have that effect!  
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  If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile  
   Ya think?!  
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures   
      Who would have thought!  
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Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide    
They may be on to something!  
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges   
      You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?  
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 Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge   
     He probably IS the battery charge!  
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group   
Weren’t they fat enough?!  
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft   
That’s what he gets for eating those beans!  
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks   
       Do they taste like chicken? 
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 Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half   
       Chainsaw Massacre all over again!  
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors   
       Boy, are they tall!  
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And the winner is….   
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead    
     Did I read that right?  
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Now that you’ve smiled at least once, it’s your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!


 

 


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Devastating: Cuts to Social Security

September 23, 2010

Sent: September 23, 2010 12:33
Subject: Devastating

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Urge Democratic Women House Members to Sign Letter: Alan Simpson Must Go

September 25, 2010
Sent: September 24, 2010 06:24 PM
Subject: Urge Democratic Women House Members to Sign Letter: Alan Simpson Must Go

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Just a weeee bit!

September 24, 2010

Proofreading is a dying art

September 23, 2010
 

@ToddAkin, From the office of Congressman Todd Akin

September 24, 2010

One other thing, why can’t we reply to the emails that you send?

Sent: September 24, 2010 04:34 PM
Subject: From the office of Congressman Todd Akin

 

 

 

Dear Daniel:

 

Thank you for contacting me recently regarding Chairman Grijalva’s initiatives to protect our nation’s wilderness.  I appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me, and I am pleased to have this chance to address your concerns.

 

As you may know, the state of America‘s wilderness has been the subject of much debate in the Congress. A number of pieces of reform legislation targeted at saving the nation’s wilderness have been introduced in recent years and bipartisan compromises have been reached that will help restore and protect our natural resources in all parts of the country.

 

H. Res. 1020, a resolution recently introduced in the House that honors the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, commends the National Park Service for their dedication to preserving the Southern regions of the Rocky Mountains for future generations to come.  I believe this Act was in keeping with Chairman Grijalva’s emphasis on preserving the integrity of our wilderness lands and I fully supported this bipartisan resolution  Our nation’s forests are one of America’s greatest treasures, and I believe preserving them for future generations should be a top priority.

 

It is a privilege to represent you and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me regarding any matter where I might be of assistance. Please visit my website, where you can find more information on current issues, share further thoughts with me via email and subscribe to my e-newsletter for updates on issues you care about. You can also check out my channel on YouTube for clips of recent floor speeches.

                                           

                                                                     Sincerely,

A 

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                                                                                                                                                                     W. Todd Akin

                                                                             Member of Congress

 

WTA:  pf

Sincerely,

Todd Akin
Member of Congress

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PCCC member Tina H. from Pacifica, CA on how potential Social Security cuts would affect her family:

“After my husband and I worked hard for 60 years, we had to let go of our home. His health cost, which I paid for privately ate up most of my retirement… Without the help of a $700 a month Social Security check to pay my rent, I would not be able to pay it otherwise.”

Help keep Tina in her home. Click here to tell  Rep. Akin to oppose cuts to Social Security.

Daniel,

“Devastating.” “Horrific.” “Homeless.”

Those are all words PCCC members used to describe the prospect of cuts to Social Security — which are being considered by Alan Simpson’s “deficit commission” and may be voted on soon by Congress.

The good news is: Thanks to your help, an amazing 80 members of Congress have signed Progressive Caucus Chairman Rep. Grijalva’s letter to President Obama saying they’ll vote against any proposal that cuts Social Security.

The bad news is: Representative Todd Akin hasn’t signed yet.

Can you call Rep. Akin and ask him to sign the Grijalva letter opposing cuts to Social Security? Click here for the phone number and a script.

In the last week, the number of House signers skyrocketed from 6 to 80 — and over 27,000 PCCC members became “citizen signers” of the Grijalva letter.

Our friends at MoveOn, CREDO, and Social Security Works have been hammering offices with calls. — and our sister organization, the P Street Project (the progressive alternative to K Street lobbyists), has been reaching out to congressional staff.

But Rep. Akin needs to hear from you.

We only have a short time that Congress is in session before they recess for the elections, but they may vote on the commissions proposal immediately after the election so it’s important to get them on the record now. Can you call right now while Rep. Akin is still in his DC office? It just takes a minute, click here for the number and script.

Don’t forget to let us know how it went, so we can follow up with their staff!

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

Julia Rosen, Stephanie Taylor, Adam Green, Forrest Brown, and the rest of the PCCC team


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Home Remedies ‘;^)

September 23, 2010
THESE REALLY WORK!

I checked this out on the internet and it’s for real!

AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES:

1.    AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.

2.    AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.

3.    FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.

4.    A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

5.    IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES, THEN YOU’LL BE TOO AFRAID TO COUGH.

6.    YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE – WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN’T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40.  IF IT SHOULDN’T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.

7.          IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.

DAILY THOUGHT:

SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES – NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS.

President Barack Obama: You Should Hear These Stories

September 22, 2010
Sent: September 22, 2010 09:36 AM
Subject: You Should Hear These Stories

The White House, Washington
 

 

Good morning,

Six months ago, Gail O’Brien didn’t know whether or not she would be able to treat her cancer.  Betsy Burton wasn’t sure if she could afford to keep paying the skyrocketing premiums for her employees’ health insurance. Paul Horne was struggling to make ends meet after his prescription drug coverage hit the “donut hole.”
 
The thing about these stories is that they could happen to anybody.  Millions of Americans — maybe even you or someone you know — have been struggling for years with our broken health care system.  These stories are what inspired me to fight for the Affordable Care Act and made me so proud to sign this landmark legislation into law six months ago.
 
Every day, I hear from Americans like Gail, Betsy and Paul, and a few of these folks have stepped forward to bravely share their stories with the entire country. Take a minute to hear what they have to say:

50 States/50 Stories. Listen Now

The Affordable Care Act is already making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.  And starting tomorrow, the Patient’s Bill of Rights goes into effect, ending some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry and putting you, not your insurance company, in control of your health care.
 
Here’s what the Patient’s Bill of Rights means for you:

  •  No more discrimination against kids with pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies can no longer bar families from purchasing coverage because of a child’s pre-existing condition.
  • No more lifetime coverage limits. Insurance companies can no longer put a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage you can receive. 
  • Young adults can now stay on their parent’s plan.  Young adults can stay on their parent’s health insurance plan up to age 26 if their job doesn’t provide health care benefits — a huge relief for many parents and recent college graduates.
  • Free preventive care. If you join or purchase a new plan, the insurance company will be required to provide preventive care like mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and baby care without charging you any out of pocket costs.
  • Freedom to choose your own doctor. If you purchase or join a new plan, you have the right to choose your own doctor in your insurer network.
  • No more restrictions on emergency room care. Insurance companies will not be allowed to charge you more for out of network emergency services if you purchase or join a new a plan.

This is a long-overdue victory for American consumers and patients.  For years, millions of Americans have been at the mercy of their insurance companies as they jacked up rates, denied coverage or dropped patients all together.  
 
Now, some opponents of this reform have pledged to “repeal and replace” all of the progress we’ve made over the past six months.  But I refuse to go back to the days when insurance companies could deny a child health care due to a pre-existing condition or impose a lifetime limit on care for a cancer patient.  Those days are over.

The Affordable Care Act provides basic rules of the road that make our health care system work for consumers.  It cuts costs and will help us begin to get our fiscal house in order.  And most importantly, it provides Americans with the peace of mind that their insurance will be there for them when they need it.

To learn more about the Patient’s Bill of Rights and the Affordable Care Act, visit:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama
 
P.S. Last week, I surprised Gail O’Brien by calling her at home.  You can see what happened here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform

 

 
 

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