Welcome to Amercia, v.2.0

Hi there!  Welcome to America! It's a different place today than it was just two days ago. Yesterday, President Bush  altered a fundamental truth about our country: that we are a nation of laws, not a nation of men. As of yesterday, the President's mood is the only thing standing between you and getting tortured in a secret prison with no ability to challenge your incarceration.  This change to our laws is called the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

"YAWN!  It's POLITICS!  How freakin' boring!  I hate politics!"

Your children will some day ask you what you did to stop this madman. I hope you're not embarrassed by your answer.

And as usual, Olberman sums it up better than anyone else:

UPDATE: "But Tim! What can I do right now?  I mean, here I am sitting at my computer in my underwear and I really don't want to get up.  So, what can I do without putting on pants?"

Glad you asked!  Here's something you can do right now:  Go HERE NOW and GIVE 'TILL IT HURTS.

UPDATE 2:  From a MoveOn email:

Do you ever wish you could quit your day job and work to take back Congress? Well, on Election Day, you can come close: Take the day off work on Tuesday, November 7th and be part of something big.

Skip your annoying commute. Skip those endless meetings. This election is the best chance we've had in years to change the direction of our country. And we have a plan to put dozens of races over the top by making hundreds of thousands of get-out-the-vote phone calls on Election Day—but we can't do it without your help.

Can you take the day off work on Tuesday, November 7th to help win this historic election?

Click here

Even if you never lift a finger on any other day during this election season. Even if you never sign another petition. Even if it's your only political act of the decade, please take Election Day off and call voters. We'll have Call for Change phone parties near you all day, so you'll have good company while you call. Or stay in your pajamas all day and call from home.

There are 25 Republicans whose seats will be decided by only a few hundred or thousand votes. Our cutting-edge Call for Change program has been kicking butt, yet our strategy all comes down to the final four days. To win, we need to make a record-setting 750,000 phone calls on November 7th alone.

Don't wake up the day after the election wishing you'd done a little bit more. We can decide if there's another right-wing Supreme Court justice. We can decide whether the occupation in Iraq goes on indefinitely. And we can decide if we'll finally get the healthcare, clean energy, and corruption-free democracy we all deserve.

Commute on Monday. Go to meetings on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, let's make history.
Take the day off work on Election Day—Tuesday, November 7th. Click here to sign up now:

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Thank you for all you do.

–Eli, Noah, Nita, Matt, Carrie and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
  Thursday, October 19th, 2006

P.S. If you're an employer, there's no legal concern with allowing employees to use personal leave or vacation time to volunteer as long as it's in accordance with normal company policy. If you're an employee, you can tell other employees how to volunteer—if you want to post a flier, be sure the bulletin board is open to all employees for any purpose.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Guiness Drinker
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 13:00:00

    Olderman is awesome. Especially liked his Letterman appearance when asked about him and O'Reilly. "We just like to tell him the facts and that he's bullshitting them."


  2. Mickipedia
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 13:14:00

    Please, Timmy, tell me what to do.


  3. Timmy!
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 13:40:00

    I recommend voting against whatever Republican you can. Some Republicans are nice, but unfortunately, as a majority force, they've rubber stamped nearly everything President Bush has wanted. So we have to get rid of the lot of them.
    "But Tim! The Democrats are just as bad!" Well, no, they
    aren't, not this current batch. And with a Republican President and a
    Democratic congress, the adversarial nature of the system will keep us
    from further movement (translation: no further sliding towards fascism). So VOTE straight-ticket Democrat.But don't stop at voting! – Donate money to the DNC. Even ten or twenty bucks is good. I know, times are tough, but imagine how bad they will get if the Republicans stay in charge!- Donate money to a Democratic candidate who catches your interest. If none do, then donate to the DNC. – If you have time (I hope and pray you do) join MoveOn and see how you can help flip Congress back to the Dems. – I'll have more ideas for you later. I gotta think.


  4. Mickipedia
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 15:01:00

    yeah cause i do all those things already…


  5. Timmy!
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 15:19:00

    Well, gosh, Micki, if you're doing that then I'm not sure what else. Micki, are you a religious woman? If you are, the I would advise you to
    pray. In addition to praying, and donating, there's phone banking
    (which you can do from your home through MoveOn), or hosting a
    fund-raiser for some third or forth tier Democratic Congressman who
    otherwise may not have much money coming in. I've donated about $200 to various candidates this election cycle, split unevenly between Ned Lamont, Angie Pacciano, and then $10 and $15 donations to quite a few others. And then another $50 to the DNC. I don't think $200 is realistic for most people—it's not wise for me either, given my current financial state. On the other hand, $200 is cheaper than therapy and considering the satisfaction and empowerment I get from donating just a little bit to a candidate, it's a wise investment. And if HP and I some day decide to get married, well, it's not even going to be possible with these Republican fascists in charge.


  6. Mickipedia
    Oct 18, 2006 @ 17:45:00

    Yeah, maybe I'm just jaded. Donations just seem so empty. And I live in CA so working the phones or something isn't really gonna do much. Or maybe I need to find faith.Friend A sneezes.
    Friend B: Bless you.
    Micki: There is no God.I am an empty shell. 😉


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