Happy 4th of July

How's your fourth going? Consider this an open thread...

Update [2008-7-4 19:1:7 by Josh Orton]: As you bbq and watch fireworks with friends and family, be sure to keep the radar up for the latest zombie lie - that Obama changed his Iraq position. He didn't. Josh Marshall walks through the lost distinction between strategy and tactics in more detail over at TPM. But here's the short version: Obama's strategy is to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home, but he'll listen to commanders' advice about how. That's it. McCain's campaign has been (successfully) pitching reporters on the idea that Obama's strategy on Iraq has somehow shifted fundamentally.

It hasn't. Obama wants to end the war; McCain has no plan to.

Rinse, repeat.

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Exposed by the "Rockets Red Glare"

I am sick to death of the forwarded ignorance of so many Americans!

       "I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish - enough is enough. No where did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, French, or any other language because of immigration. It was written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word the way it was written. The news broadcasts even gave the translation -- not even close. Sorry if this offends anyone but this is MY COUNTRY -

       IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP ---- please pass this along~

   I am not against immigration -- just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past -- and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

        Think about this: If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone-----YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !!!!

       Will we still be the Country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in America because it is the Country of Choice??????

       Think about it!


       It is Time for America to Speak up If you agree -- pass

       this along; if you don't agree -- delete it."

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FISA Call to ACTION: 4th of July Parades

With the Congress in recess, members typically return to their States and Districts for the Holidays. Many hit the Parade and Picnic circuits. We should be there.

Options include lining the route with signs, trying to march as contingents, cornering the Members for personal pleas, and, my favorite, cutting old tapes into 5 foot segments and using it as confetti, or 'tickertape.'

Please look on your Senators' and Reps websites and campaign pages, search local papers, etc. and list their holiday appearances as comments.

Also spread this call to action to other sites, especially local once you've identified times and places.

If you can't find your DC representatives' parade schedules, work your local one anyway.

Bring a printout of the FISA legislation, in case your Senator admits they haven't read it yet.


Facebook event page

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Happy 4th!


I started finding out about the 'blogosphere' about a year and a half or so, but I never really thought I would end up creating an account/diary and writing on one of these sites!  Chalk it up to changing times.

I was going to head out to the National Mall to watch the fireworks, but due to inclement weather, they're not letting anyone in, or even letting anyone move in towards the city!  Guess that means I have time on my hands until the weather warning passes.

I would just like to say it has been so interesting as a site visitor to read all of the diary posts that have been made over the months about a wide array of political issues.  I'm not sure if I would be considered a progressive's progressive (It probably depends on what the definition is and who is making it), but I'm all in favor of healthy vigorous debates about where our nation is heading.  

A particular concern of mine has been, for a while now, the eroding sense of community and shrinking of public spaces (literally and figuratively) that I think are vital to maintaining a healthy democracy.  I suppose the creation of the blogosphere is on some level a reaction to those pressing problems, as it creates a space (or soapbox) for people that the group collectively known as the mainstream media passes over.  

Having said that, I think it would be great if people could just step back a little bit from the huge volume of diaries and posts about the primaries (not that they're not interesting) and perhaps try to bring attention to other issues, like creating a space for open political dialog in their local communities.  

What I've been coming across lately, and what has actually compelled me to create this post, is the state of non-stop flame wars that seem to be going on between diarists, which seem make this virtual space less welcoming to everyone as well as completely overshadow local issues that are probably more relevant to people.  

Well, thats enough, just want to wish everyone a Happy 4th!

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