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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
1:54 pm
For readers of Thomas Frank, his Wall Street Journal column, "The Tilting Yard," is now syndicated on LiveJournal: thomas_frank.

Thomas Frank's newest book is The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. His prior book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, was a New York Times bestseller.

Cross-posted to syn_promo.

Current Mood: good
Monday, August 11th, 2008
2:14 pm
2:13 pm
Hi, this video is directed to an American public and the rest of civilized Western world. I am a Russian citizen, I live in United States for a long time, for over 10 years. I happened to be in Russia now and I caught all this "action" that's taking place in South Ossetia, a region in Georgia. I never posted on youtube, but I couldn't hold myself from doing it now. I had to do this.
My message to American public is meant as a wake up call. American and other Western media especially CNN is feeding you complete horse shit! Russia did not invade and did not attack Georgia. It was a response to a horrible war crime committed by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, this irresponsible man who just can't stand Russia, hates us, and will kiss America's and Europe's ass just to get a chance to join NATO and European Union. America has always supported Georgian "democracy" and I suspect actually that it was America who instigated Georgia to commit this crime.... on the first day of Olympics! How ironic is that? But please don't take this allegation too close heartedly, my point is not about whether or not U.S. government had any role in this, my point is to give you truth about what really happened Thursday night

So again, Russia did not invade or attack Georgia, as your media outlets are saying.

A brief geography and history lesson. South Ossetia is a very small region about 40 miles by 40 miles in the northern Georgia. It's population is around 70000 people. It borders with Russia. Today, many of the residents of South Ossetia are Russian citizens holding Russian passports, it's our people. South Ossetia had claimed independence from Georgia in 1992. Obviously it was never recognized by any international organizations. In 2006, they held an election where 99% of the voters supported independence from Georgia, and the turn out rate was 95%, it was monitored by a team of 34 international observers from the West. It still was not recognized by the world. As an analogy I would like to bring Kosovo situation, Serbian region in the south that was illegally snatched from Serbia and made into an independent country. Please look it up on Wikipedia and see how similar this situation is. How ironic is that America never supported Southern Ossetia same way it supported Kosovo. Obviously, it was made to show Russia how unfriendly the rest of the world is towards us.

Thursday night, Georgian military started an attack against South Ossetia. It was yesterday. They shelled the main city of Tshinkvali. They killed over a 1000 people. The excuse was to "restore the constitutional order in the region". BULLSHIT! This attack was an attempt to commit "ethnic cleansing", it was an act of genocide. They shelled civilian houses, schools, hospitals, without any warning. They also captured several villages near Tshinkvali. Reports say that they attempt to kill anyone of the Ossetian nationality. It was a pure act of Genocide. Wake up!

Russia couldn't watch this atrocity happening to its own citizens. We had no choice but to bring in our military into the region and protect our people. Whatever happens next the world needs to know, that the cause of this conflict is Georgia and its president. Before you accept what your media tells you, before you get fired up by McCains irresponsible allegations and comments, try remember all the lies that American media had always fed you, try to read news from other media outlets, not russian, but other parts of the world, other than U.S. or U.K.'s media.

America needs to wake up and stop doing what it's doing. Stop seeing an enemy in Russia. Stop using countries like Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Estonia who are basically acting like prostitutes of U.S. government in their public acts of hatred towards Russia.

And finally need to say, Mr. SSHAshvili that's how we like to call him. S.SH.A stands for U.S.A in Russian. Mr. SSHAshvili will pay for what happened yesterday.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
4:54 pm
In case you missed it, Thomas Frank has a new book out, released on Tuesday: The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.

Current Mood: good
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
11:18 am
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
1:49 pm
Seriously? In Kansas?
The Republican Presidential candidate with only a 6-point lead over the most likely Democratic one?


Could I live to see a blue Kansas?

(Cross-posted from my personal LJ.)
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
9:52 am
Governor's Ads
Governor Seibelius has some interesting ads these days. Ads worthy of a vice president?
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
2:28 pm
One man, one vote
(Cross-posted from my personal LJ at busychild424's request.)

I know it's silly, but one of the biggest annoyances I faced when my wife Amy and I first started talking about moving to the Kansas side of the line was the sad realization that, once again, my vote in the Presidential election would mean nothing. My grievances about the Electoral College probably don't need to be revisited here, but let's just say that there's a reason no Presidential candidates ever bother to visit Kansas - those six electoral college votes are basically tattooed red from head to foot, and nothing either side can do will change that. Nor will any vote I might cast, no matter how much I might wish otherwise. I still plan to vote next November, of course - there's some hope for my Congressional district, and I think Sebelius is leaving office soon (that might be 2009, though) - but who winds up in 1600 Pennsylvania next January really will have nothing to do with me.

Or will it?

After Tuesday's insanely unlikely victory for Clinton in New Hampshire, suddenly no one knows who's going to be the Democratic nominee. Until last week, Clinton seemed a lock - after last week, Obama looked the sure thing. (For an amusing graphical representation of this, take a look at the Iowa Electronic Markets for the Dem nomination. Heehee!) Now, no one's got a clue, though it seems likely that my guy, Edwards, is out of it. But who knows?

Regardless, I didn't think this mattered to me. Kansas is a caucus state, and last I knew, the caucuses were held in July or something. By then, this will be sorted out - because in three weeks, the event called variously Super Duper Tuesday or Tsunami Tuesday thanks to the ludicrously large numbers of states holding primaries or caucuses that day will almost certainly result in a victory for one of the candidates. So I thought I was out of the loop.

But! It turns out that the Kansas Democratic Party is caucusing - on Super Duper Tuesday! And what's more, I can register as a Democrat when I walk in the door!

So guess who's gonna go have his say in the 2008 Presidential election after all!

(Psst: The Kansas GOP is doing theirs on Feb. 9, if that's of any interest to you. And for my friends on the other side of the state line, Missouri's primary is also on Super Duper Tuesday - but the voter registration deadline was yesterday, so if you're not already registered, you're out of luck. I encourage you to go if you are, though - it might well matter this year!)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
1:15 pm
Thursday, August 30 -- Public Forum on school integration
WSU panel to take on recent court ruling on school integration

In June, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two joint cases that the use of race in student-assignment policies by the school districts in question violated the rights of the white petitioners whose children were denied admission to schools of their choice. The 5-4 decision left Americans wondering where we go from here. A panel discussion hosted by WSU and its Office of Multicultural Affairs will look at what comes next from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in Miller Concert Hall, Duerksen Fine Arts Center, WSU campus. It is free and open to the general public.

Sunday, August 26th, 2007
7:28 pm
Voter Coalition Meeting
The Voter Coalition will meet on Tuesday, 8/28, at 7:00 PM at St Paul's Lutheran (925 N Waco).

Agenda: Consideration what action or series of actions the coalition might take in response to the County Commission's decision to set aside $100,000 in contingency funding for election enhancements for the 2008 election season.

Unfortunately, it looks as if the Election Commissioner is not interested in using this money to help educate voters and make the polls more accessible.
Friday, August 24th, 2007
5:39 pm
And more email -- Warner Moore Democratic Luncheon
Our next monthly luncheon will be next Friday, August 31! If you are interested in getting to know other Democrats and learning more about our candidates and relevant political issues, join us for our Warner Moore Democratic Luncheons. These gatherings provide Democrats with an opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded people. If you haven't been involved with the local party, the luncheons are a great way to start!

This month, Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission Executive Director Steve Cisneros will be our speaker. Mr. Cisneros will be speaking about the commission and its important work in the Governor's office. A lunch buffet is available for $11, price includes drink, tax, and tip. You will need to pay at the door. Cash is preferred. There is parking available in the lot to the immediate west of the building as well as to the north. It is recommended that you arrive early, as the room fills fast!

Details for the luncheon are as follows:

Friday, August 31
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Larkspur Restaurant & Grill
904 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita
(NE corner of Douglas & Mosley)

RSVP to Jason A. Dilts -- jdilts@sedgwickcountydemocrats.com


About the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission
The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) is proud to be part of the Governor's office. The Commission is a seven member body appointed by political leaders in Kansas . The Commission serves as a liaison for the Kansas Hispanic and Latino Community and the Office of the Governor. The Commission addresses public policy concerns primarily in the areas related to education, health, and business. The Commission works closely with the Kansas African American Affairs Commission (KAAAC) as well as other state agencies in order to improve the lives of all Kansans.

For more information, visit http://www.khlaac.org/

Jason A. Dilts
Executive Director
Sedgwick County Democratic Party
(316) 262-7534
5:35 pm
From the email -- Raise the Wage Campaign
Dear Raise the Wagers,

Just a reminder that our next general meeting of Raise the Wage, Wichita is

Wednesday, August 29 @ 6:30pm
Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation
3219 West Central

Also - our PUBLIC LAUNCH OF RTW WICHITA will be next Saturday, September 1 at the Labor Day rally hosted by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, which will include a press conference and our newly underway petition efforts. I strongly encourage you to attend, and please invite your friends! Having lots of supporters there will give our message a greater chance of being heard.

Finally - check out our NEW WEBSITE if you haven't already: http://www.raisethewagekansas.org/wichita/
(I am still adding content to it). A BIG thanks to Jake Lowen of the Labor Federation for his amazing work on the site!

THANK YOU to everyone who has been helping out getting organization endorsements of our campaign. The growing list is viewable here: http://www.raisethewagekansas.org/wichita/endorsements/ . If you can think of others, please feel free to forward them this page, or let me know and I can mail/email a copy of our statement.

I hope to see you next week, as we get ready for our launch, and begin planning other activities, like tabling & petitioning.


Heidi Zeller
Raise the Wage campaign
Kansas Action Network
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
10:20 pm
Raise the Kansas Minimum Wage Info
Did you know. . .

the Kansas minimum wage is $2.65?

Join Kansas Action Network in a campaign to Raise the Wage!

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation of Central Kansas, AFL-CIO
3219 West Central
Wichita, KS 67203


- After ten years without giving workers a raise, Congress has just passed legislation that increases the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour (in three steps over two years).

- Numerous polls over the past few years have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage (Pew Research Center, Gallup, National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University's Kennedy School, etc)

- NOT ALL KANSANS ARE COVERED BY THE FEDERAL LAW: at least 19,000 workers, according to the Kansas Department of Labor

- In February 2007, the Kansas legislature rejected a bill to raise the state minimum wage above $2.65. In fact, Kansas hasn't raised its state minimum wage rate in 19 years.

- An estimated 300,000 Kansans are living in poverty (about 11.7 % of the state population).

- State- and city-wide campaigns to raise wages have become increasingly common - and successful.

- Raising wages not only benefits workers directly - it also makes smart economic sense for businesses, small and large, AND it benefits local economies. There is ample evidence for this.

Since the Kansas legislature has resisted raising the minimum wage, it's up to cities to do the right thing. That's why Kansas Action Network is bringing together members of the faith, labor and grassroots organizing communities in a campaign to raise the wage floor on a city-by-city basis in Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City, Kansas.

Please join us on July 12 to learn about this important issue and discuss ways we can RAISE THE WAGE in Kansas to something that helps workers, business, and the overall Kansas economy. Light snacks will be served.

For more information contact Heidi Zeller, campaign organizer
raisethewagekansas@gmail.com or 785.760.2764

Kansas Action Network, Inc. is a broad based coalition for workers' rights, social justice and economic fairness seeking a common ground in the pursuit of a just society.
Monday, June 11th, 2007
9:09 pm
Of Fences and Failure

     Most immigration bills that come through Congress amount to the equivalent of trying to end depression by punishing suffering. And while there's a lot to discuss in the current and perhaps moribund, one it is, like all the other ones, just a way to foment a discussion that is utterly moot. At best it provides only temporary relief for the undocumented already here. At worst it fines the poor and discriminates against the uneducated, making the experience for the undocumented something of a microcosm of what they experience in their home countries anyway.

     That is, of course, the problem to begin with. It's the economic inequalities in Latin America that drive illegal immigration, not the border policies of the U.S. government. Recent attempts to "crack down" on illegal immigration with fences and National Guard units and xenophobic "Minutemen" have only pushed border crossers further into the desert, killing hundreds every year as they die of thirst, exposure, and automobile accidents while fleeing border patrol agents. This speaks of both the immigrants' desperation and of their genuineness: they are not coming here out of malice or greed or to get back at us for stealing Texas by taking all the jobs none of us would do anyway. They're coming here because they have two options: live poor in the United States or starve at home. That they risk death means the bargain is worth it, and nothing short of a border fence made entirely of the bones of dead immigrants and adorned with their heads on pikes is going to deter them, if that. We should simply start thinking even halfway empathetically: if we were in the same position, most of us would do exactly the same thing.

     The U.S., of course, has helped fuel Mexico's woes through NAFTA and through protective farm subsidies at home—policies we from the plains states are loathe to give up. Our lack of interference with Mexican oligarchy and the oil it rides on doesn't help either, but then, our own oligarchs have done much in the past 25 years through the tax code and deregulation and corporate welfare programs and the dismantling of the unions to make the U.S. steadily less income-equitable. The irony is that as Mexicans and other Latin Americans are fleeing here in search of opportunity, our own economy is more and more closely resembling the ones they've fled.

     Fences and walls have historically failed: from China's Great one to Hadrian's lesser one, from the one in Berlin to the new one in Israel/Palestine, fences and walls are symbols that the policies haven't worked and that the policy makers have stopped trying. This fence will be no different, and this proposed policy is proof of that.         

Sunday, June 10th, 2007
1:57 pm
2008 Election
Bill Clinton just sent me a letter (well, sent a bulk mailing.) It was a very folksy note that described how Hillary is a hard worker and a good person. She seemed so much more likable after I read it.

Of course the race is young and another person who I haven't yet identified might be my favorite when I step into the polling place, but right now, I can't choose between Clinton and Obama. She's smart, has staying power, excellent international relations, sharp elbows and slowly wins respect. Downside: can be divisive. Obama is hopeful, smart, makes good sense, and, as of yet, has no skeletons in the closet. Downside: untried in the national arena.
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
7:36 pm
Monday, June 4th, 2007
1:31 pm
Bush to tarnish Wichita
Kansas taxpayers will foot the bill for his photo-op and fundraiser for Sen. Roberts on this 15th of June.


He'll be visiting a project financed by Barry Downing. Downing is a huge political donor to the Republican party. Don't expect the Eagle to report these facts since the Eagle is solidly pro-Bush and pro-Roberts.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
6:30 pm
Wichita Democrats
Out of my email . . .

From: Jason A. Dilts [jdilts@sedgwickcountydemocrats.com]

Subject: Precinct Building Workshop

The response to our Precinct Building Workshop has been incredible! Democrats are clearly ready to hit the pavement to spread our message this summer by knocking on the doors of Democrats in their precincts and neighborhoods to help grow and build our party.. We already have a good number of activists attending, but we need more to sign up. It may seem too early to start working for next year's election, but it's not! We can continue to gain ground in Kansas by working NOW toward victory next November. Elections are won one voter and one door at a time.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Jury Room of the Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main.You will need to enter through the north security doors. Parking is available in the garage to the immediate north People who are currently precinct committee members need to attend this event. Anyone who isn't a committee person, but is interested in grassroots organizing should also come. During the workshop, we'll give you a list of voters in your area and train you on how best to reach out to them. Door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor canvassing is easy and fun, and there's no better time to start taking part in this important effort!

If you have not yet contact me about attending, please e-mail me ASAP. We'll need to know several days prior to the meeting if you plan to join us so we can run your voter list. If you can not attend the meeting, but are interested in walking your precinct this summer, e-mail Jimmy Ryan at jryan@ksdp.org . He will get you the materials you need and set up a time to meet with you.
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
6:52 pm
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
7:35 pm
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