Download the New Michael Moore film... FOR FREE

http://slackeruprising.com/

Slacker Uprising is Michael Moore's new film.  Right now, Moore is letting his fans download it for free.  

From Moore's website:

""Slacker Uprising" takes place in the wake of "Fahrenheit 9/11," during the run-up to the 2004 election, as I traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. My goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before. (That part was a success. Young adults voted in greater numbers than in any election since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. And the youth vote was the only age group that John Kerry won.)
What I encountered during the tour and the filming was both inspiring and frightening, so I thought, hey, this might make for a funny and enlightening movie! Each night, thousands would show up to volunteer in the Slacker Army against Bush. This drove local Republicans nuts. In one state they tried to have me arrested. At two colleges, rich donors offered to donate more money to the college if they would ban me from campus. Nearly a half-dozen universities kept the Slacker Uprising tour off their campuses. But there was no stopping this movement. By the time we got to Florida, 16,000 people a night were showing up.
It was clear that young people were the ones who were going to save the day -- just as they are in this year's election."

I highly recommend this and think it is very relevant to this years election

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To Clinton Supporters

To All Clinton Supporters:

It's been a well fought battle between two candidates.  It really was a historic campaign and both candidates and their supporters deserve kudos.

Everyone is exhausted from the nearly 18 months of campaigning for the nomination.  Unfortunately, all Democrats have a big battle ahead... stopping the Right Wing agenda of John McCain.  I look forward to fighting with you toward this goal.

BTW, I really am hoping for either Clinton or Edwards or Clark on the ticket.  I think any of the three would be a great compliment to Obama.

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The Great Need of the Hour

The Scripture tells us that when Joshua and the Israelites arrived at the gates of Jericho, they could not enter. The walls of the city were too steep for any one person to climb; too strong to be taken down with brute force. And so they sat for days, unable to pass on through.

But God had a plan for his people. He told them to stand together and march together around the city, and on the seventh day he told them that when they heard the sound of the ram's horn, they should speak with one voice. And at the chosen hour, when the horn sounded and a chorus of voices cried out together, the mighty walls of Jericho came tumbling down.

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New NH Polls

New polls out of NH.  Short polling periods and are by ARG and Rasmussen, so they can be taken with a grain of salt... although I have heard ARG, being a NH company, is much better there than in other states... such as Iowa.

American Res. Group    01/04 - 01/05    600 LV   
Obama 38
Clinton    26   
Edwards 20

Rasmussen    01/04 - 01/04    510 LV   
Obama 37
Clinton    27
Edwards    19   

Full results on RCP or individual sites!
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/ 2008/president/new_hampshire-primary.htm l

I'm always skeptical of polling, but it does appear Obama received a nice bounce.  Tonight's debate becomes more critical both for Edwards and Clinton to slow Obama's momentum and for Obama not to make any major gaffes and lost the momentum.

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Free Rice!!!

This is pretty cool.  Its a vocabulary building game called Free Rice.  As you play the game, small advertisements are seen below and those companies pay to the Non-Profit running Free Rice.  The non-profit uses this money to by 10 grains of rice for every word you get right and donates them to third world countries.  Its a cool game and a great way to help out others.

http://freerice.com/index.php

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Bush and the destruction of our Military

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/1 0/02/blackwater/
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/1 0/02/blackwater_bush/index_np.html?sourc e=rss

For whatever reason, Blackwater is something NOT getting a lot of play on MyDD and other blogs.  The articles speak for themselves, but this is disgusting and frankly explains a lot in why Iraq is so  messed up.  For all of Bill Clinton's faults, he NEVER would have fucked up this bad even on his worse day.

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Conservatives sticking to principles; looking to shoot selves in foot

In what is a respectable move of sticking to principles, conservative power brokers are meeting to talk about the possibility of backing a third party conservative bid for the White House.   With Guiliani leading in many polls, conservatives don't want to find themselves with a pro-choice candidate and instead wanting to find someone as oppressive and hate filled as themselves.  

Although no plans have been officially made, a meeting of 40 powerful right wing theocons was held this weekend to discuss the issue.  Apparently, most of them take all the credit for Bush's re-election (instead of giving credit to Diebold and the hackers who helped manipulate their machines) and are PISSED at what they see as a betrayal.

They are smart enough to realize that their candidate won't win, but see it as a way to shock the GOP establishment.  They feel like they are taken for granted and feel entitled to have a big voice within the GOP.

In analyzing this, of course, this would be the greatest thing EVER.  A fracturing of the GOP would assure us not only the White House but a MANDATE SIZE landslide victory.  Given the RW hatred of all things Hillary, I doubt they would do this if she is the nominee, preferring to go with the ABH approach; of course the reverse is that would be EXACTLY the thing to shake the GOPers leadership and show the importance of the Theocons to the GOP.  However, Edwards, Obama, Richardson and several others may be handed a strong mandate on a silver platter.  It will be interesting to watch if these people are ACTUALLY this stupid, but it would be outstanding if they did.  

Alan Keyes in 2008?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071001/ap_p o/conservatives_third_party;_ylt=AlqRbyz VWeVCNsvrofUguxqMwfIE

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Conservatives sticking to principles; looking to shoot selves in foot

In what is a respectable move of sticking to principles, conservative power brokers are meeting to talk about the possibility of backing a third party conservative bid for the White House.   With Guiliani leading in many polls, conservatives don't want to find themselves with a pro-choice candidate and instead wanting to find someone as oppressive and hate filled as themselves.  

Although no plans have been officially made, a meeting of 40 powerful right wing theocons was held this weekend to discuss the issue.  Apparently, most of them take all the credit for Bush's re-election (instead of giving credit to Diebold and the hackers who helped manipulate their machines) and are PISSED at what they see as a betrayal.

They are smart enough to realize that their candidate won't win, but see it as a way to shock the GOP establishment.  They feel like they are taken for granted and feel entitled to have a big voice within the GOP.

In analyzing this, of course, this would be the greatest thing EVER.  A fracturing of the GOP would assure us not only the White House but a MANDATE SIZE landslide victory.  Given the RW hatred of all things Hillary, I doubt they would do this if she is the nominee, preferring to go with the ABH approach; of course the reverse is that would be EXACTLY the thing to shake the GOPers leadership and show the importance of the Theocons to the GOP.  However, Edwards, Obama, Richardson and several others may be handed a strong mandate on a silver platter.  It will be interesting to watch if these people are ACTUALLY this stupid, but it would be outstanding if they did.  

Alan Keyes in 2008?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071001/ap_p o/conservatives_third_party;_ylt=AlqRbyz VWeVCNsvrofUguxqMwfIE

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What to do with Barry Bond's 756 Ball?

As most of you know, Bonds 756 home run ball, breaking Hank Aaron's record was auctioned off recently.  Mark Ecko, fashion designer, bought the ball and did a truly wonderful thing... he is not keeping it but instead letting the public choose its fate.  

Ecko set up a website http://www.vote756.com/ to allow people to vote on the balls fate.  The three options are:

Send it to the Hall of Fame
Brand it with an Asterisk and send it to the hall as a form of protest
Blast it into space

Please go an vote today!

Full Article:
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap -bonds-756ball&prov=ap&type=lgns

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Was the stolen 2000 election the best thing to happen for the party?

I was reading Jonathan Singer's front page post on the current state of the GOP being worse than Watergate.   Certainly, Republicans are in a heap of trouble right now as the Bush brand they so anxiously wrapped themselves in during the 2002 and 2004 elections has come back to fully bite them in the ass.  Things have gotten so bad in a short time that we went from the Republicans saying that the Democratic Party would be the permanent minority party following 2004 to losing both chambers and their President having one of the lowest approval ratings in history.  

Of course this is more because of their abuse of power and overall terrible management of the country rather than anything we as a party did (with the exception of the Dean 50 state, every district Congressional Election policy).  But either way, we reap the rewards and are poised to control the legislature and the White House for the first time since Clinton's first two years; and the goal of the mythical 60 votes is actually realistic in the next 4 years; something many of us doubted we'd ever see.

So that leads us to the question of the day... The Democratic Party is in its best shape in decades.  We are on the precipice of being able to pass some major achievements in legislation.  Would we be in this position had the 2000 election not been stolen?  Was it, in terms of the long term, the best thing to happen to us as a party.

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