11/17/04 01:27 pm - this is just too rich
11/5/04 11:31 am - i don't know how to lj cut, so skip if you're not interested
Friday, November 5th, 2004
17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...by Michael Moore
Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in the words of Monty Python, “always look on the bright side of life!” There IS some good news from Tuesday's election.
Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:
1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.
2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.
4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), think the war wasn't worth fighting (51%), and don’t approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)
5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.
6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!
7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.
8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.
9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't have to buy now.
10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.
11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!
12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.
13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3 chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the 2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53 chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47 chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber (Montana House) is still undecided.
14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.
15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from office.
16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!
17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore. Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact, that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November 2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of surprise in 2008.
Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a wonderful country -- it doesn't even need a president!'"
But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.
11/3/04 10:23 am - i am angry
i don't understand.
and a wise person (barrett) made some good points about anger, and working hard to turn this country around, etc. etc. i agree. but right now i need to be angry.
i am angry at bush for all of his horrible decisions. but i think i'm the most angry at those red states and the people in them. sure it's devisive. but bill clinton said in an interview a few weeks ago, that this country is engaged in a culture war. he is right.
i am angry at people who chose to vote based on moral values. what about the economy? what about health care? what about jobs? what about national security? what about restoring the world's image of america to what it once was? what about all of the things that make america a safer, richer, better country for ALL of it's citizens?
no, people chose to vote for bush because of moral values. moral values should have no place in politics or in the law. and how dare these people declare their moral values as the right moral values. i'm not going to say who's values are right, and who's values are wrong. but i won't allow anyone to tell me that my morals are tarnished. i work hard. i work with youth with mental health issues. i own a house. i pay my taxes. i contribute to society. i don't break the law. i respect the opinions of others. i am trying to become aware of my privilege and use it in the right ways instead of the wrong ones. i believe that only that woman has the right to make choices for herself. i believe marriage is a union of two people with mutual love, respect and caring for each other.
i am not morally bankrupt. i have a love for this country and I am a patriot. which is why i'm so pissed off. i feel that people are making the wrong choices. they are choosing to reinforce their own comfort instead of valuing social justice.
i don't know how to fix this. i don't know how to win a culture war. it's so incredibly wrong what happened in this country last night that i can't even see with the fiery haze of anger in my eyes.
perhaps we need to develop an attitude of "you can't tell me what to do and your moral values don't get to be ranked above mine." i will continue to be liberal. i will continue to support civil rights for glbtq people, people of color, women and children. i will continue to kiss my partner everyday and build a life and a family with her. i will not slip quietly into that good night.
so i have this to say to those people in those red states and the corrupt bush administration: you've done pissed me off now. and eventually i will figure out what to do with it. AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME.
this anger is profound. this anger is right. this anger is good. this anger will NOT immobalize me.
shame on this country today.
2/6/04 12:00 pm - ok kids
the democratic caucuses for maine are this sunday. go here for more info about times and places for your town: http://www.mainetoday.com/elections/200
i command you to get off your jaded, apathetic behinds and do something for this country.
if you are not registered you can register at the caucus so that's no excuse. ;)
1/22/04 04:07 pm - well golly gee
22% of my caseload is homeless or incarcerated.
12/8/03 10:09 am - ouch . . .
wallpaper removal + taping + two coats of kermit-the-frog green paint + shoveling the entire driveway after 13 inches of snow + raking the roof = a very very sore little j.
my entire body hurts. and i'm so exhausted.
but i feel accomplished.
now i'm going to have some coffee. and try not to fall asleep.
erin's family is having a b-day party for me tonight. i can't wait to see my presents!! i love presents.
6/20/03 03:16 pm - HIV testing
everyone in maine or who is willing to drive to portland:
today and tomorrow from noon to 6pm my agency is doing the rapid HIV test on congress street at the former club ozone (just down from levinsky's and the ll bean factory store). you get your result in 20-30 minutes (normally you have to wait 7-10 days). it's free and anonymous. so get yourself tested, fools!
3/20/03 10:05 am - one more time
Portland: gather at 5 pm in Monument Sq on the day that we hear that bombing has begun. If news comes later than 5pm, gather thre next day at 5pm. There are plans for this to be a noisy but peaceful action, so bring your drums and your voices. Those seeking a quiet place to stand in silence and commemorate those lost and to be lost in the war can gather and line Congress St further along toward MECA so as to stand in silent vigil away from the drums. Plans for direct resistance and noncooperation with the unjust actions of the US government are underway. More people are needed. For info call Peace Action Maine at 772-0680, email email@example.com or other organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
taken from: http://www.peaceactionme.org/incase.htm
other towns have other things planned so if you can't be in portland check out the link for info for your town.
friends? who of you are going tonight at 5pm?
3/18/03 02:58 pm - day after protest
Portland - Day Of - Day after
If it is before 5pm: go to Monument Square at 5pm and bring whatever you can to cause a ruckus against the war.
If it is after 5pm: go to Monument Square the next day at 5pm and show your resistance to their bloody war.
ALSO: There will be a large demonstration in Portland on the Saturday after war is announced starting at 12 noon in Monument Square. More info TBA.
Or: walk out of work, school, unemployment, create street art, don't buy anything and shut down the economy that feeds the war machine. When the War begins, America stops!!!!
Monument Square Portland Maine
Peace Action Maine