Monday, June 26, 2006

It's all about sleight of hand: Today's action items...

....So, I can't figure 'them' out. Well, I can, but its a fun little dichodomy to discuss. On the one hand, the easy to see hand, it seems like they can't get their priorities straight. We've got enviromental crisis, global warming, famine, disease, and war. And 'they' babble about gay rights, immigration, minimum wage. One the hand they don't want you to see, that is the point. Those sneaky buggers like to distract us with the Bigger issues, and then sneak by with a bunch of changes, hoping no one will notice. Well, I notice. So, here are your petitions and action items of the day:

  • Flag desecration: Any moron with a sewing machine can make a flag, an American flag. Yet, a bunch of conservative ninnies think desecrating it is the end of the freaking world. Boring. Its a piece of cloth, idiot. Sure, its symbolic, and desecrating it is symbolic of disagreement. And, guess what, we live in a place that allows disagreement. You can't pass laws that deny others from disagreeing with you. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in the type of dictatorship you claim to oppose. Its the great old doublestandard - I want rights for all, as long as all agree with me. Well, sorry, it doesn't work that way. Believe me, I sometimes wish it did. Anyways, sounds like some sneaky bitches are trying to, yet again, get a Flag desecration amendment past the senate. Trying to change the constitution again, and condradict what is already in there. Silly Maggots. So, here is some information that Hobbs didn't right, and then a link to assist you in calling your senator and making sure they vote this silly bitch down: - Although the Senate has blocked the flag amendment in past years, the vote is now closer than ever. If the vote were held today in the Senate, with all 100 senators present and voting, and all senators voting as currently committed, the flag amendment would be stopped by just one vote. If even one senator fails to cast a vote or changes his or her vote, the amendment passes, and Congress will have voted to amend the Bill of Rights for the first time ever. The proposed amendment violates the underlying principles for which the flag stands. Americans are an intensely patriotic people, justifiably proud of our free heritage and the liberties embodied in the Constitution. One of these basic principles is the tolerance of dissent, even when that dissent is obnoxious. This amendment stands for the exact opposite premise: that you can put people in jail merely for being offensive. - Flag burning laws are a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. China and Cuba are just a few of the dictatorial regimes that ban the “desecration” of national symbols. In Hong Kong, democratic reformers have been prosecuted under the Chinese flag laws. Those regimes know that the power to put people in jail for flag burning is the power to silence dissent. Click here to get information on calling your Senator and voicing your opinion.
  • The Voter's rights act: For more than 40 years, the Voting Rights Act has protected the right of every American citizen to cast not just a vote, but an informed vote. Equality in voting is fundamental to the American democratic system. In a move that surprised even Republican leaders, a small but vocal group in the House of Representatives managed to stage a revolt within the Republican Party and have the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization (H.R. 9) pulled from the House floor. We cannot let this small band of ultra-conservative House Republicans succeed in holding up reauthorization of this landmark civil rights legislation. Please sign the petition now to tell Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner to stand up to the right wing’s stalling tactics and let the VRA bill pass before the Fourth of July holiday recess!
  • (this is great) Sign the online Petition to save online Petitions!: Online petitions are a main channel for non-profits and their supporters to bring important issues to the attention of our country's leaders. But last month, Congressional offices began adopting new software that blocks the delivery of bulk constituent email, significantly compromising the ability of nonprofit organizations and their supporters to have their voices heard. Take action to say NO.
  • No Pet Left Behind: Here is a little act that came about after Hurrican Katrina. I don't know how many of you saw this, but a lot of people were literally forced to leave their pets behind. They were not allowed to bring their dogs, cats, birds, etc into shelters. These animals were left behind to drown, or live and fend for themselves for months. It was a pretty sad sight. Now, I'm a pet owner, and fairly active in animal rights. So, I like this act. Its basically to enact provisions that peoples pets should be protected and rescued and sheltered and what-not. Sign here to support it.
  • Save Screech's House: This is just amuzing. The guy who played Screech on Saved by the Bell, and is now a lowely stand up comedian, is in danger of losing his house. So, he's selling autographed T-Shirts to raise money. Check it out here, and buy one here.
  • The UN: A spending cap, supported by member nations including the United States, has created a deep rift within UN leadership: creating a split between China and G-77 nations, and the larger UN donors such as the U.S., member states of the European Union, Japan, the CANZ nations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The UN is the only body working multi-laterally to promote things like international justice, peace and burdensharing, human rights, women's rights, international standards on business and trade laws, to fight world poverty, and to establish free elections in Iraq and democracy in Afghanistan. if you oppose this, click here.

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