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Afghan poet Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, after having been wrongly imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for three years, has been released. Now, he wants his poems back:


The Americans can't return the three years that Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost lost, locked in a cell in Guantánamo Bay. But they could at least give back his poetry.


"Please help," said Dost, who says he penned 25,000 lines of verse during his long imprisonment. "Those words are very precious to me. My interrogators promised I would get them back. Still I have nothing."



 

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SF Pelosi Crisis - And Netroots Solution

Despite some good news, Democrats are in a crisis.  Fewer than 1 in 5 of us think Rep Nancy Pelosi is an effective leader.  It's arguably our party's biggest problem.  Where I live in the Bay Area, she is an even bigger disappointment to her constituents, who roundly booed her weak Iraq and impeachment stances at her recent Town Meeting.  

Many recent diaries document Pelosi's ineptness and passivity - now capped by her complicity in illegal spying, and her attacks on Senator Feingold's efforts to hold the president accountable for breaking the law.  What can the Netroots do?

The good news is: plenty!, cheaply, and easily - if we discard our usual preconceptions about ballots, money, and "spoiler" candidates - and only if we finally acknowledge our own potential.

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You Know What? Just Call Diane Feinstein

I'm putting this in the diaries so I don't bump anyone's post with something this off-the cuff, but seeing this before bed was too much for me to take:Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a member of the Intelligence Committee, said it was premature to call for censure. "Until you know what the issue is," she said, "I don't know how you can make any kind of decision at all." Remember that Feinstein proposed a censure resolution against President Clinton after the Senate trial against him was over.

(202) 224-3841 Call her office now and ask her why she wanted to censure a Democratic President with a 60% approval rating for lying about sex but does not want to censure a Republican President with a 33% approval rating for spying on Americans without a court order. Use that exact language if you want. I don't care what time it is--leave a message (85% of the people reading right now are probably in California anyway). Call until you get through. Stop calling any other Senators until you have called her. If she wants to censure a Democratic President but not a Republican one, I don't want her phone lines working for even one minute tomorrow.

My friend is feeding people in New Orleans RIGHT NOW

(Cross-posted many places.)

I have that "katrina look" today. Let me tell you why.

A guy came up to the truck looking pretty worn out. I asked him if he was okay and he proceeded to tell me how he'd stepped on something hard this morning. It had a leash attached to it. 6 months ago, it was his dog.

I hadn't heard from my friend Bethany in a while, not since she graduated from my college and went off to be a VISTA volunteer for the Red Cross.  Then, the other day, I discovered her LiveJournal, and it seems she's volunteered to be in New Orleans, in the Ninth Ward, feeding people twelve hours a day.

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The Mindless American: A Tragedy In The Making

...But even more shameful is the fact that there are people who seem not to care that such things are taking place in our country; a rather ignorant crowd of jingoes more comfortable choosing to sit back pretending that everything will be just fine, a people with apparently little regard for the facts. As a behavioral scientist, I am grieved at what appears to be a near pandemic of disinterest in what is happening to our country.

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