In Honor of the the Dead Women to Come

I present to you the Alliance for Justice's press area, which is still 'under construction'.  Oh, and NARAL's home page has action items on sex ed, family planning, and 2008 candidates.  You'd think that these groups would have campaigns ready to go upon this expected announcement.  And yet, they don't.

Some people think that this ruling will be a rallying cry for the pro-choice groups to organize around.  I don't think so.  You're either a fighter or you're not.  The people that lead these groups aren't fighters.

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We should accept Supreme decision and fight for Mom's lives thru legislation

I decided to write this diary to see if I am alone in my feelings that the dems should never have had this fight in the first place and that they were manipulated seriously by the right.

As a woman who has had an abortion, I don't care if abortions have restrictions or limitations and I think that the procedure: partial birth abortion (or whatever else you want to call it) is not worth a political fight.  I would prefer that this decision be made by the doctor and not the Supreme's and I believe that we have to continue to change the laws to protect the life of the mother.

But I also think that the dems made a terrible, terrible political mistake allowing themselves to be dragged into this fight from the beginning.  There is very very little information available that can be used to defend partial birth abortions.  It is basically an ugly procedure and a last ditch effort to save a mother when both the mom and child are at risk of death.

It should only be used in extreme situations, and I believe that the presiding doctor should have that call,  but from a political standpoint the dems should never have taken up this fight.  The right has always excluded the life of the mother from all legislative initiaives to make this a polarizing and hot button issue.  And the dems have alwasy taken the bait.

This decision by the Supreme Court is not a tragedy.  It is not a crisis.  We need to ensure--through legislation-- that the life of the mother is protected in all states, and in all federal laws, but we need to stop having this argument about partial birth abortion.  It is a political loser.

As someone who has had an abortion I think this is a terrible political strategy and I hope that the dems put it to rest by coming out and saying that they accept the Supreme's decision but will fight like hell to modify the law to protect the mom's life.

I suspect most of you may disagree but this is how I feel.

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Clean Elections The Time Has Come!

For far too long, incumbents and prolific fundraisers have held an overwhelming advantage in any election. Grassroots candidates usually don't stand much of a chance, as they don't get to use the trappings of office to spread their messages for free, and they usually don't have the money to wage a viable campaign. Money is playing an increasingly important role in politics today.

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Stand Up for America!

The time has come to, as John Edwards said in his speech before the DNC Saturday February 2nd "to Stand up for America."

To me the way to Stand Up is to push our elected representatives to end the war in Iraq, and to impeach both Bush and Cheney ... to Stand Up and return America to its greatness in the eyes of the World.

"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth." Abraham Lincoln

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report

Tired of Bill Safire's annual "Office Pool" column in The New York Times? -- the 2007 version of which appeared today. Sick of his not-so-subtle slants to reflect his right-wing wish list? Well, here then, is the only Office Pool you need, the First Annual "Office Satire Pool" for 2007:

1. George Bush will:

(a) stay the course, (b) give in to his urge to surge, (c) cut and run, (d) cut his wrists.

I hope for (d), but fear it'll be (b).

2. Dick Cheney will push for the invasion of:

(a) Iran, (b) Syria, (c) Iraq, all over again, (d) The Democratic-controlled House and Senate.

My pick: All of the above.

3. Osama bin Laden will:

(a) be captured while dining with Pakistan President Musharraf, (b) take over as the lead anchor on Al Jazeera, (c) be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bush, for ensuring W's re-election.

The answer is (a), but you won't hear about it, since Bush needs both Musharraf and bin Laden.

4. Which politician's platform to battle the E. coli threat will be most ridiculed:

(a) Hillary Clinton's centrist-tacking "All meat should be safe, legal and rare," (b) John McCain's "Send in more bacteria," (c) John Kerry's "How do you ask a man to die for a last steak."

Obviously (c), which will be played to death by the Swift Meat Company veterans.

5. Which position will the extreme Right-Wing do a dramatic reversal on:

(a) abortion, (b) tax cuts for the wealthy, (c) global warming, (d) human cloning.

The correct answer is (d) human cloning, which has already occurred, based on the fact that Pat Buchanan appears simultaneously on every cable news station.


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