Archive for June, 2011

More venal bullshit, From the office of Congressman Todd Akin

June 23, 2011

Sent: June 23, 2011 01:39 PM
Subject: From the office of Congressman Todd Akin



Dear Daniel:

Thank you for contacting me regarding abortion funding in the District of Columbia.  It was good to hear from you and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

In 1976 Congress passed the Dornan Amendment, which prohibited the District of Columbia from using its appropriated money to fund abortions. When Congress passed the District of Columbia budget for the remainder of FY ’11, the Dornan Amendment was renewed. The Constitution gives Congress the explicit task of managing the funds and affairs of the District of Columbia. As a member of the Constitutional Caucus, I feel that it is very important to uphold the provisions in our Constitution, including the oversight of the District of Columbia.

I will continue to work to protect innocent human life at all stages of development – and oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion. Abortion is not health care and I will not rest until our laws once again prohibit tax dollars from going to pay for abortions in any way whatsoever.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact my office. Please know that I will continue to work for my fellow Missourians in the legislative matters I am able to address.

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.


Todd Akin
Member of Congress

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Job Opportunities for Veterans

June 14, 2011

Sent: June 14, 2011 09:29 AM
Subject: Job Opportunities for Veterans

Dear Daniel,

 With the unemployment rate around 8 percent for veterans and 12 percent for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, we wanted to pass along this great opportunity for employment for you or any other veteran you know who needs work.  Recently, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the US Postal Service that helps ensure thousands of new job opportunities for veterans. It’s just another example of the importance of unions for our community.  In many instances the USPS is obligated to hire veterans before civilians, provided they are on the appropriate hiring lists. We want to make sure that you have a chance to get on every list you’re interested in.

 The Postal Workers Union has put together a short tutorial to help you locate and apply for positions as they become available. Since the APWU has published its tutorial, the USPS has in fact started recruitment, so it’s very important that you look at the tutorial right away and follow the union’s advice. Each position will be listed individually and must be specifically applied for.  Each position will have a unique and often brief posting period.  Regardless of your veteran status, this is the only time the Postal Service is permitting candidates to apply, so conducting daily job searches will be key to securing employment.

 Following the steps laid out in the link below will help you avoid missing any employment opportunities. If you don’t find a position in your area it is equally important not to get discouraged and to continue conducting frequent searches – the union anticipates hiring will be sporadic at times but expects opportunities to continually occur.


 More information will be made available at the Postal Workers’ website – – and you can contact them with any questions, there. We would also encourage unemployed veterans to visit – the federal government’s official jobs site to seek additional employment opportunities.

 I hope this information is useful.  We’ll send any more notices like these as we get them, so encourage any other veterans you know to sign up at to get the latest.

Ashwin Madia
Iraq War Veteran
Interim Chairman,


I can send this to only a few SPECIAL friends… Patriotism!

June 14, 2011
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I can send this to only a few special friends because Patriotism doesn’t seem to be a shared value anymore!

Every once in a while you see a simple act of patriotism that just fills your heart with so much pride that you get lumps in your throat.



What can I say…



Full disclosure: The first step to improving the safety of fracking is to make the oil companies fully disclose the hundreds of toxic chemicals they are using.

June 13, 2011

Sent: June 13, 2011 02:29 PM
Subject: Full disclosure

Have you heard of the Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Subcommittee?

It’s a public entity established for the sole purpose of providing advice to the Secretary of Energy on how to improve the safety and environmental performance of fracking.

The Natural Gas Subcommittee could be an important ally in our fight to protect America’s drinking water from the disastrous effects of fracking — if we can get them on our side!

 The first step to improving the safety of fracking is to make the oil companies fully disclose the hundreds of toxic chemicals they are using.

Send a comment to the Natural Gas Subcommittee, urging them to support full disclosure.

Nearly 100,000 DFA members like you have joined our campaign to pass the FRAC Act in Congress, a bill that would finally hold the oil companies accountable for their reckless behavior by forcing them to disclose what they are doing.

Getting the Secretary of Energy on board for chemical disclosure would provide tremendous momentum for the FRAC Act.

Tell the Dept. of Energy: safety begins with disclosure!

Working together, we can protect our communities from the disastrous effects of corporate greed.

Let’s win.

– Gregg

Gregg Ross, Political Campaign Manager
Democracy for America


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Let’s Keep This Going Thru July 4th

June 8, 2011


For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.
Support all of the troops defending our Country.


And God Bless our Military

who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.


We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,
of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.


A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he’d stand out in any crowd.


I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
how many mothers’ tears?


How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?


I heard the sound of Taps one night,
when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’

When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.


I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington .


Enjoy Your Freedom
God Bless Our Troops.

When you receive this,

please stop for a moment
and say a prayer for our servicemen.

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.









Reminder About Conference Call With Senators –

June 8, 2011

Sent: June 08, 2011 08:50 AM
Subject: Reminder About Conference Call With Senators

Dear Fellow Veteran,

I wanted to remind you about this very important conference call on Thursday at 5pm EST, for veterans only, with key Senators.  Right now, Congress is debating Republican proposals regarding Medicare and Social Security.  These programs keep many veterans from living in poverty.  We’re not just talking about retirees, either.  Every veteran who is disabled can use their Social Security disability benefits, if they are unable to work. 

This is serious stuff, and you need to know the facts.  That’s why the conference call below is so important for you to be on.  The Senators on the call will explain to us what the status of the debate is, and what we can do to ensure the existence of these important programs for ourselves and future generations of veterans.

Please RSVP for this call by emailing  You will get call-in information only by RSVPing.

The full invite is below.  Thanks for your support.

Ashwin Madia
Iraq War Veteran
Interim Chairman,

This is good!

June 1, 2011

In the year 2010, the Lord came unto Noah,

Who was now living in Wadsworth and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over
-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”

“Build another  Ark and save 2 of every living thing
Along with a few good humans.”

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
“You have 6 months to build the
  Ark before I will
Start the unending rain for 40 days an! d 40 nights.”


Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
Weeping in his yard – but no
“Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!
Where is the
“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”


“I needed a Building Permit.”


“I’ve been arguing with the Boat Inspector
About the need for a sprinkler system.”


“My neighbours claim that I’ve violated the
Neighbourhood By-Laws by building the
  Ark in my
Back garden and exceeding the height limitations. We had to
Go to the Local Planning Committee for a decision.”


“Then the Local Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power
Lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the
Passage for the
  Ark‘s move to the sea. I told them
That the sea would be coming to us, but they would
Hear nothing of it.”


“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban
On cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.”

“I tried to convince the environmentalists that I
Needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”


“When I started gathering the animals the RSPCA took me to court. They insisted that I was
Confining wild animals against their will. They
Argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and
It was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in
A confined space.”


“Then the Environmental Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the
  Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study On your proposed flood.”


“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the
Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m
Supposed to hire for my building crew.”


“Immigration are checking the
Visa status of most of the people who want to work.”


“The trades unions! say I can’t use my sons. They
Insist I have to hire only Union workers with
Ark-building experience.”


“To make matters worse, the Inland Revenue seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally
With endangered species.”


“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10
Years for me to finish this


“Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine,
And a rainbow stretched across the sky.”


Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
“You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”


“No,” said the Lord.
The Government beat me to it.”