Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Activist Next Door has MOVED

The new website is

www.theactivistnextdoor.com


(I can't point this site to the new one or I lose my archives.) See you there!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Health Care Protests Across the State on Friday, August 14th

Tea Party Patriots are planning rallys on Friday, August 14th across the state 11am-12pm

You can bet Obama's Oraganizers will be out too.

Go to this link and GET ACTIVE!!

http://teapartymn.com/current-events/81409-health-care-freedom-rally/

Parliment of Whores

A friend just sent this on. His district votes for him, again and again. He calls them racist, they vote for him again and again.

Prediction

Somewhere soon, police are going to arrest somebody at a town hall or protest for disorderly conduct.

President Obama will change his mind about police "acting stupidly", but he still won't apologize for playing the race card in the case of his friend Professor Gates.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Can I Have Your Phone Number, Senator?

Does anybody else think it's really weird that Senator Al Franken apparently has no Minnesota office phone number listed anywhere online?

I've called his D.C. offices before, but I'm interested in doing some community organizing right here at home. Where is his office here?

I'm a google queen, help me out here.

Here's his Campaign Website with a P.O. Box and no phone listed:
http://www.alfranken.com/page/s/contact

Update: Senator Franken's Phone number is on his Senate website, I had looked there and missed it. (In my defense, it is sort of easy to miss as it's listed under the DC address).

320 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5641
MN Phone: 651-221-1016
E-mail: info@franken.senate.gov

Senator Klobuchar and each of our eight Representatives have very clear Minnesota office addresses and phone numbers listed on their websites.

Now can somebody help me find Senator Franken's MN office locations?

Good for the Goose

I was just on "Organizing for America", Barack Obama's website. As I've said before, I'm learning from the President (how to organize).

Here's the message from B.O. yesterday:

This is the moment our movement was built for.

For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you.

Home is where we're strongest. We didn't win last year's election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what matters most. And if you're willing to step up once again, that's exactly where we're going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed, affordable health insurance that every American deserves.

There are those who profit from the status quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we've got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight.

That's why Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you're counting on them to act.

But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support. So here's what I need from you:

Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?

In politics, there's a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it'll be easy. Well, let's be honest here: Passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.

But every day we don't act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.

So yes, fixing this crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we don't know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when we all have to choose between doing what's easy, and doing what's right.

This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement was built for. So, are you ready?

Please commit now to taking at least one action in your community this month to build support for health insurance reform:http://my.barackobama.com/CommitAugust

Let's seize this moment and win this historic victory for our economy, our health and our families.

Thank you,
President Barack Obama

CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS COMING FROM A REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE??? I never saw an email like this in eight years of President Bush and we're only 6 months in with this guy.

The man contradicts himself in his own email, saying that some are making this a "political game" then saying "In politics, there's a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it'll be easy"

This is ALL about politics, this is ALL about votes and the left-wing Democrats pushing to tip the country to the point where less than half the people have a federal income tax liability. You want to talk about mob rule? They want to push the country to the point where we can no longer afford to have the strongest military in the world. They want to tax and spend America into mediocrity. They are one-world-order communists. Yeah- I said it- communists.

You see folks, it's okay for the organizer-in-chief, the most powerful man in the free world, to ask people to get involved and show up to August recess meetings. But, it's not okay if you want to get involved show up to August recess meetings. Their people are good. You are bad. You will be narked on, you will the target of personal attacks, you are a brainwashed right-wing nut job.

Fish and Tips

Great post today by "Lassie" over at Freedom Dogs on Obama's new domestic spy program.

Elitism and Disdain from the Left

Republicans can't win- we're either hillbillies with missing teeth who shop at Wal Mart, or we're "the Brooks Brothers Brigade" as White House press secretary Robert Gibbs us.

Barbara Boxer's arrogance, as she stands there in her designer duds, is jaw-dropping.

The elitist attitude whereby the Obamas are hailed as "Vanity Fair's Best Dressed", but the common-folk aren't allowed to match a top and skirt....breathtaking.

By the way- I was at a protest yesterday- I sported a black knit skirt from Target with a white tee-shirt from Ann Taylor Loft. What I wore is inconsequential, what I videotaped is not.

More soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

All in the Family

Here's my sister on Fox and Friends a couple weeks ago, promoting her website, Gipper's List







And here's my brother Tom with DFL Don Shelby!

http://wcco.com/links/?plid=1113201#1113201

It's a strange new segment where Don poses as a shoe shiner on Nicollet Mall to engage people, although he does very little engaging in my opinion.

This link is the extended cut of what appeared on the news last night, as my brother said, "the longer, even more boring version"

Pretty cool to have such a politcally active bunch. You can bet we've had some pretty good dinner-table conversations.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Crushing Dissent

The DNC sent out an email yesterday that said this:

The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country.


However, much like we saw at the McCain-Palin rallies last year where crowds were baited with cries of 'socialist,' 'communist,' and where the birthers movement was born – these mobs of extremists are not interested in having a thoughtful discussion about the issues – but like some Republican leaders have said – they are interested in ‘breaking’ the President and destroying his Presidency.

These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests who are desperately trying to stop the agenda for change the President was elected to bring to Washington. Despite the headline grabbing nature of these angry mobs and their disruptions of events, they are not reflective of where the American people are on the issues – or the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful discussions taking place around kitchen tables, water coolers and in homes.

The right wing extremists’ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the President's citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are. This type of anger and discord did not serve Republicans well in 2008 – and it is bound to backfire again.


This email should send a shiver up your spine. The power that the DNC has-- their party has the Presidency, the Senate and the House-- and yet they feel the need to use these awful scare tactics and lies.

This is designed to scare people like you and me into not getting involved with the townhalls. Stay home, stay out-of-it. Anyone who speaks out against their rush towards European-style socialism is an extremist. The rest of the people are having "thoughtful" conversations....but you are nuts. They will call us every name in the book to get us to stay home. Good luck with that.

These people don't get it. Most of the people showing up at these events (tea parties, town halls) aren't even affiliated with a political party. They're just ticked off. Really ticked off. They are some of the 60% of Americans who happen to have a federal income tax liability. They know that once that balance is tipped passed 50%, America is done. They are mad that the country is spending itself into oblivion. . They see friends and family losing jobs and don't see where new jobs will come from. They see the obvious answers; like drilling and nuclear for our energy needs, like encouraging competition to bring down costs in the health care industry, and they wonder why our elected officials are so clueless.

As far as conservatives like me-- well I'm just learning from the liberals, I'm just learning from our President. HotAir points out this from Obama's campaign last fall:

In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.


A girlfriend of mine and I have been talking about renting a bus to get people to townhall meetings, another Republican I know has offered up his mini-van that seats seven. Yeah, those K-street lobbyists are funding this. Yeah, right. I wish I had some money for all of this stuff I do. I'm a Republican, I like to work to make money.

I'm a proud activist and "community organizer" and these threats only fuel the desire to organize taxpayers and citizens to speak up.

Oh, by the way, another thing I'm learning....how to find town hall meetings that aren't posted publicly for our two liberal Senators.

They want to crush any dissent. They will use any means necessary including the propoganda in the DNC email above. It's astounding, it's frightening.

Breaking News: Obama and Michelle Obama Make Vanity Fair's "Best Dressed" List

Please note his eggplant scarf with burgundy tie...please note her hideous dark olive leather gloves with chartreuse dress. The enormous effort that goes into the Obama's "thrown together" looks is the antithesis of style. Read on:

Watching "The Today Show"-- the top 2 (of only 5 people discussed), on VF's "Best Dressed" list are Michelle and Barack Obama. They sent out ballots to 2,000 "fashion insiders" and suprise!!! The Obamas received the most amount of votes, not only this year, but EVER!

I had NO IDEA they were so well-dressed. Now, I will look at them in a whole new way and adjust my fall wardrobe choices acordingly.

On Michelle, Meredith Viera gushes, "Not since Jackie O. have two women made such an impact on fashion" (about Michelle and Carla Bruni)

The VF Editor adds, "She has brought back the dress" Really? I didn't know the dress was gone.

Jackie O. brought Paris-designers to the White House, she had a total sense of style and defined style. She wasn't dressed, she dressed. Nancy Reagan was the same way. They both also knew how to flatter their figures....Michelle just wears what some stylist puts together for her, carefully blending mall-brands with ultra-high-end-designers so that there is never a critique.

She seems to have no sense of what her style is. I'd much rather see her in some structured YSL power suits than flowy dresses- it's just not "her" and it's obvious. She looks best in (one of my favorite looks) a structured sheath...she should stick with that. She needs very little fluff and extra accessories with her stature. The circle skirts and high waist do not work with her hips (take it from a fellow pear-shaped girl.)




They keep trying to dress her like January Jones, from "Mad Men," they try so hard to make her retro.



Regarding Barack, the VF Editor says, "He has such natural ease and elegance...you just watch the way he rolls up his sleeves...you can see that he cares how he looks, but not too much."

Yeah, I'd say he doesn't care too much....




......and that's fine. I don't care how well-dressed the President is, but let's not pretend that he is worthy of the Vanity Fair honor. And Michelle- to be fair- has had some fashion hits, but just as many misses. Without the help they receive from the fashion industry, they wouldn't be able to dress their way out of a paper sack. And a paper sack would have looked far better than this:



Monday, August 3, 2009

Ellison Taking Heat in the 5th

Wow- check out Keith Ellison's townhall meeting on Saturday.

This is in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, the land-o-liberals.

Picked up this post from Lassie over at Freedom Dogs.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cold War, Cold Beer



Had a wonderful dinner with some good friends on Friday night. We were all venting about "The Messiah." I said something like, "Obama. The Beer Summit. I mean, Yalta, YALTA!!"

My friend Matt chimes in, "Reikevick!"

I counter "A beer in the Rose Garden. I don't get it, I don't get it! The Cold War. Reagan ENDED The Cold War! "

Matt then says profoundly, "One ends the Cold War, the other drinks Cold Beer"

It was the press who dubbed this the "Beer Summit", but it was squarely Obama's idea.
This guy is the community-organizer-in Chief all right, the minutia he gets into..."You should change your light bulbs", "I want Michigan to weatherize its houses", "The police in Cambridge acted Stupidly".

Obama makes Jimmy Carter, (a notorious micro-manager and small-idea guy,) look like Jack Welch.