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Monday, July 28, 2014

National Geographic

Another domino!  It takes a village.

Today we are excited to announce that the National Geographic Society is now using recycled paper in their publications thanks to you and our very own Better Paper Project! Read the news release here.

Let's build on this momentum and take action now to move more publishers to recycled paper.

The thousands of petitions sent and actions taken by Green Americans made the difference. National Geographic is the 8th largest magazine in the US and has over 4 million subscribers. With their switch to recycled paper, we may have reached a tipping point in the magazine industry.

Now we need your help to move more publishers to recycled paper and save our forests.
 Check out the list of other magazines also using recycled paper on our Better Paper Project website. Are your favorite magazines on this list? If not, tell them to use recycled paper now.

National Geographic’s use of recycled paper in their magazines demonstrates that publications with world-class photography can use recycled paper without any compromise on quality. That means there are no excuses for any publishers to use virgin-fiber paper any longer.

The National Geographic Society has committed to using as much recycled paper in their magazines as possible. Their initial switch to paper with five percent post-consumer recycled content will:
  • Lower their wood use by an equivalent of 26,000 trees.
  • Use less energy – the savings equivalent to approximately 145 homes.
  • Reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 238 fewer cars each year.
  • Lower their annual water consumption by about 19 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • Reduce their solid waste generation by about 33 fewer garbage trucks.
We continue to work with National Geographic to help them increase their recycled paper use while also spreading the news to the thousands of other magazines not yet using recycled paper. We would like your help.

Less than three percent of the over 15,000 US magazine titles regularly use recycled paper. Let’s take advantage of the momentum created by National Geographic switching to recycled paper and ask other publishers: What percentage of recycled paper is in your magazine?

Please ask them NOW!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

liberal reminders #2

Another excerpt from Alan Colmes latest book, "Thank the Liberals (for Saving America, and why you Should)"

A Little Help To Fight The Right

Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, vacations, weekends, a minimum wage, and protected bank deposits barely scratch the surface of reasons to thank a liberal today,

The Affordable Care Act will get rid of coverage denial due to preexisting conditions and lifetime limits on how much coverage you'll have.

Obamacare does not include "death panels," health-care rationing, or coverage for illegal immigrants and abortions, contrary to what you may have heard.

Many of the ideas for health-care reform now opposed by the Right, such as expanded government coverage and mandates, were originally proposed by Republicans.

Raising Americans out of poverty has been a calling card of the Left.

Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration put Americans back to work after the Great Depression.  Almost every community in the United States has structures built because of these programs.

Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty cut the poverty rate in half.  His Jobs Corp provided education and vocational training; Head Start provided medical, dental, mental health, and nutrition services to school children; food stamps have fed tens of millions of hungry Americans.

The Environmental Protection Agency was started by Richard Nixon, whose domestic policies were often liberal.  They make sure the air we breathe and the water we drink are healthy.  They clean up national disasters such as the BP oil spoil and address national tragedies such as 9/11.

Equal pay for women, civil rights for African Americans, and marital rights for gays are hallmarks of the Left.  The Lilly Ledbetter Act, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, and the growing number of states permitting marriage equality are thanks to progressives.

Virtually every advancement has occurred because of liberal initiatives and in spite of conservative opposition.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

935 Lies

On a recent Bill Moyers Journal, Charles Lewis latest book, 935 Lies, catalogues the intentional deceptions by LBJ (and his Administration) and GWBush (and his Administration) that led America to very costly wars in Vietnam and Iraq.   Both wars, built on lies.

In one sense, both political parties lied us into a war, but I still don't believe that that means there is no difference between the two parties. Both may be up to their eyeballs in political contributions, but that still doesn't make them the same.  

Ask yourself what our country might look like if Democrats ruled Congress, the Executive, and the Courts.  And ask yourself what it would look like if all three entities were ruled by the GOP.  

But, why the fuck has Obama invoked the Espionage Act 8 times during his presidency, more times than every previous President, combined?

Reefer Madness

Here's a musical I could stomach, and musicals are not my thing.

Show Description

Get ready for a smoking good time! It's an outrageous tongue-in-cheek musical comedy inspired by the classic 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film. Madness arises when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral.

September 25-October 5, 2014
Zilkha Hall - Hobby Center
Theater Under the Stars - Underground

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GOP revolt?

I think we all know that today's GOP is already revolting, i.e. disgusting, but it could be that the Kansas Republicans are revolting in another sense, that is, "an attempt to put an end to the authority of a person or body by rebelling."

This would be a long overdue and welcome development.  The GOP has largely succeeded in shutting down many functions of government and starving it of money. They've been acting like spoiled brats that can't get their way, so NO ONE can move forward.

But now, Kansas' Republican Governor Sam Brownback has provoked the moderates in the GOP (yes! are there still some!) to revolt. Finally!!

Hopefully this will start a trend.  The American people deserve better than one party that just stamps its foot and constantly yells, "NO!"

Moderate Republicans Endorse Democrat In Kansas Governor Race

A group of one hundred and four prominent members of the Kansas GOP pledged their support for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Governor Sam Brownback. The news is sending shock waves through traditionally conservative Kansas, a state President Obama lost by almost 22 percentage points in 2012.


Brownback gained the admiration of conservative pundits throughout the country after slashing the state’s income taxes by 25 percent but came under fire in recent months as shortfalls in revenue began to squeeze essential public services and resulted in huge deficits.
Republicans for Kansas Values, group of current and former GOP legislators which includes two former lieutenant governors, the current state insurance commissioner, and many former members of the state legislature, has risen to oppose Brownback and took the drastic step of endorsing his Democratic rival in the upcoming election.
A press release on Tuesday stated:
“Brownback’s reckless tax ‘experiment’ resulted in (1) deficit spending, (2) increased debt, and (3) reduced credit rating.”
Brownback earned the ire of Kansas GOP moderates in 2012 when he conducted a primary purge of his party, endorsing tea party backed challengers funded by groups like Americans for Prosperity. Eight moderate Republican Senators were turned out in that purge. Seven of them have endorsed Davis.
The endorsements come as polls show the race in a toss up or slightly favoring the Democrat. While Davis was once seen as a long shot to unseat the incumbent, a recent SurveyUSA poll shows him leading Brownback by 6 percentage points.
Kansas has elected Democrats as governor in the recent past. Kathleen Sebelius, who later went on to be Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, served as the state’s Governor from 2003 to 2009.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

liberal reminders

I'm also reading Alan Colmes' latest book, Thank the Liberals (for Saving America, and why you should). Reading it is like a cool breeze on a hot day.  I know that some libs are not exactly "enamored" of this "liberal" Colmes, but I suppose he had to tone it down a little while he was on Fox's Hannity and Colmes, in the lion's den.  Or perhaps while he was in the skunk's lair?  In the book, he lets it all hang out.

Alan calls himself a liberal first, and a Democrat second.  I feel the same way.  Just because someone is a Democrat doesn't make them a good person.  Probably better than the Republican, but still...

Alan gives little blurbs - talking points, if you will - at the end of each chapter.  I think I will transcribe them here.  After all, repetition is key.

A Little Help To Fight The Right

All Americans are liberals; American conservative is an oxymoron. (perhaps you should read the book)

America was founded on liberal ideas, as outlined in the liberal Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.

A religion-free, representative government, checks and balances, a civilian-run military, and no concentration of power in nobility are liberal ideas that separated the United States from the motherland.

The Constitution isn't based on the Bible, but rather on English Common Law, which we expanded upon because it didn't go far enough for the liberal founders of America.

Conservatives' views often don't comport with their personal actions.

Those who rail against homosexuality and abortion tend to have different views when they face these issues in their personal lives.

Anti-immigration proponents aren't strict in checking papers of all those who perform services in their lives.

Actual life experience changes the way you look at life; both age and life's dramas can shift views.

American and Liberal are practically synonyms.

excerpted from Thank the Liberals, by Alan Colmes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Fighting Chance

I've been reading Elizabeth Warren's latest book, "A Fighting Chance," but I had to return it to the library before I could finish it.  Yeah, cheap, cheap. I think I'll buy it to support her.

She paints a clear picture of what is going on today, and while it is clear, it ain't pretty.  If her book is any guide, I would say she would make a fine President.  I'm sorry, but Hillary has too much baggage.  I have no doubt that the rightwingnuts would attack Elizabeth mercilessly, like they have attacked Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, but you can't let that certainty stop you.  They will trash anyone, regardless, with lies, half-truths, innuendos and ignorance while their minions lap it up.

Elizabeth recently published a list of "Commandments."  Or, maybe somebody published it on her behalf.  Whichever, she has not disavowed the list.  See if you agree with her.

"We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it." 

"We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth." 

"We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality." 

"We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage." 

"We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them." 

"We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt." 

"We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions." 

"We believe—I can't believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work." 

"We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America." 

"We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform." 

"And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!" 

And the main tenet of conservatives' philosophy, according to Warren? "I got mine. The rest of you are on your own." 


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