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Kate Anne, communikating on multi-levels -- personal and political, as well as for peace, justice and nonviolence

Monday, January 30, 2006

"The Alito Betrayal"

Hats off to Bob Fertik [of, Jackson Heights NY -- and WQIDC] for all his work in an uphill battle complicated by a complicit media. His blog at stood as a vital communication source. 19 Democrats betrayed us today -- because a vote for cloture was a vote for Alito even if they choose to vote no tomorrow. Nope. Doesn't matter. Please read Bob's excellent account and let's take some action.

Let's make good come out of this, with God's and YOUR help.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Senators on Alito

See (linked above) for info to use on making your calls to Senators -- use the OTHER Senators comments (AND see Thom Hartmann's column at, .

Bob prefaces his column with:
"Here’s a collection of excepts with the sentiments of United States Senators who have announced they will vote against confirming Judge Samuel Alito’s nomination to be a Justice on the United States Supreme Court."

Thanks to Bob Fertik of for the link.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hear Young Turks lead Filibuster of Alito

Listen to the Young Turks -- WITH Thom Hartmann and Mike Malloy later today helping them so Jill and Cenk can get some rest -- filibuster for a Filibuster of Alito. Click on the title link to find this high energy (despite lack of sleep) online show!

Prepare for making phone calls on Monday. Stay tuned to for updates and find more contact info at Vichy Democrats for local office number and faxes of prospective filibuster senators.

Also, does one doubt that the Republicans are putting the screws to Landrieu and Byrd? And come on, Harry Reid and Barak Obama -- quit being so negative. As Susan would tell you, Failure is impossible! As John would say, Imagine! REMEMBER: "You've got to Accentuate the Positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, Don't mess with Mr. In-between!!" Let's all work together to get more into the PRO-Filibuster Chorus!!

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Join - make calls for Filibuster

Click the link above or go to the site for information on sending faxes this weekend and make calls on Monday to urge Senators to join John Kerry and Ted Kennedy in a filibuster of far right Judge Alito. Stay updated and follow's Bob Fertik's suggestions. Ask the staff member straight out, "Will Senator So&So support Kerry's filibuster?" -- I added a phrase: "Will Senator So&So have the strength and courage to join John Kerry's filibuster of Judge Alito". Encourage friends to do likewise. Hats-off and big thanks to current filibuster supporters:

Barbara Boxer (D- CA)
Dianne Feinstein (D- CA)
Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT)
Richard J. Durbin (D- IL)
John F. Kerry (D- MA)
Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA)
Paul S. Sarbanes (D- MD)
Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI)
Harry Reid (D- NV)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY)
Charles Schumer (D- NY)
Ron Wyden (D- OR)
Russell D. Feingold (D- WI)

Please do what you can! REMIND ALL SENATORS: A "NO VOTE" IS NOT ENOUGH!!.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Friday, January 27, 2006

Sign Kerry's Filibuster Petition - Save Democracy

Let's continue to demand our senators vote NO on Alito's confirmation -- he opposes women's rights, is for an imperial presidency, is for corporations over ordinary folk, and lies to get jobs. But it is so much more.
As John Kerry said it at his site John Kerry, Alito would take our country [further] in the wrong direction. Go to John's site for more of his comment, or go to the petition link in the title above and sign. But go. Our future and the future of our democracy is at stake.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Saturday, January 21, 2006

George Bush as bad king: "legal basis" vs. lawful

Jeffrey Feldman, lately featured weekly on Thom Hartmann's radio show, has excellent commentary on George W. Bush's "legal basis" for wiretapping excuse. Jump to the title link above and then bookmark to return so you/we can get better on framing the issues and responding to neocon frames. (Actually, it is more a question of dismissing their frames -- but it ain't easy.) Bottom line, "legal basis" doesn't mean lawful. King George III needs to be deposed.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

President Al Gore: 'We the People" must save the Constitution

The President elected in 2000 speaks out against the Bush Crime Family's attack on the US Constitution. Hurrah! Let's take our country back. Read the article (linked above) and don't allow the Repugs to swiftboat President Gore for speaking up for the preservation of the Constitution -- something the unelected pResident swore to uphold and hasn't.'s January 16th posting has a good discussion going on about swiftboating, how it works, and what to do about it. We must stay on target, Bush and his administration have criminally disregarded the Constitution and we the people must reclaim it and our country. Republicans mudsling because they don't want us to discuss the message. The issue isn't Al Gore, it is about the pResident's persistent violation of the law. (Reminder, warrants for wire-tapping can be secured within 72 hours AFTER the wiretapping -- emergency situations are covered.) This corrupt administration has outdone Reagan's Irangate and Hoover's Teapot Dome. Illegal spying is Big Brother watching. It is high time everyone join in the chorus: Bush lied, Bush spied, Bush and his cronies must go.

God help us stay on the path to real peace and true justice, as per Brother Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK warned us: our country is threatened by racism, poverty and militarization. Bush is impoverishing more of us every day, is aiding and abetting the military/industrial complex, and is fanning the flame of racism. He is no friend of America and no patriot. God help us reclaim our country, the land of the free and the land of possibilities for ALL, not just CEOs and politicians.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy

Code Pink has a short Flash presentation linked in the title above on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and it concerns his words of peace, words cautioning the United States about our war policies. Today's policies are similar to those of King's time, when he spoke out so eloquently against the Vietnam War. It is thought it was that nonviolent activism that got him killed, not his work for racial equality. View this excellent slide show -- good food for thought on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Another good site for learning more about King and his work for peace, complete with some great quotations, and an excerpt from his last book, based on his Nobel Peace Prize speech is The World House. As the site says, "He identified racism, poverty/ materialism, and war as the three major threats to human survival." The work at hand is to build community, a world house where people take care of each other, not starve them or bomb them into nonexistence, because the choice really is between chaos and community. We can't be redressing poverty and racism when we are spending all of our resources in funding the military-industrial complex. Both the Code Pink presentation and the World House site quote King in reminding us, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Take time this weekend (or soon) to read King's World House essay. And remember King by speaking out for peace and justice -- economic and social justice, not just the letter of the law. And don't just talk about it, do something in King's memory to better the world. Please and thank you.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Friday, January 13, 2006

Schumer shines at Alito hearings

New Yorkers have to be impressed at Senator Chuck Schumer's questioning of Judge Alito at the confirmation hearings. (This assumes you are listening or watchng or getting your info from progressive news services -- the mainstream not-so-liberal media is awful -- I called CBS last night on their one-sided pro-Alito coverage.) On today's morning show, Air America Radio's Rachel Maddow featured his 53 second comment from yesterday which sums up why we should all oppose Alito's confirmation. (Rachel Maddow's show can be downloaded and/or heard all day -- probably through Monday given today is Friday -- after 11 AM at the link found at

This guy is right of Attila the Hun (Alito the Hun??) and if the Dems are going to oppose anybody it has got to be this anti-woman, anti-minority, anti-little guy, imperial president supporting corporate hack. I'm calling Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chuck Schumer to say exercise the fillibuster now. This guy makes Harriet Meiers look good. Otherwise, we are losing (what is left of) our democracy.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bulldog: "Hugo Chavez is a Commie Bastard!!!" -- and Philanthropist

The Bulldog Manifesto has a tongue in cheek rant on the right's take of Hugo Chavez. Worth a look - click on title above. (And Bulldog has some good links.)

Have a good day but let's all take time to phone our Congress critters today as part of Progressive Democrats of America's and After Downing Street's National Call-in Day on Accountability to urge them to cosponsor three of Rep. John Conyers' bills: H.Res.635 to create a select committee to investigate and to make recommendations on grounds for impeachment, H.Res.636 to censure Bush, and H.Res.637 to censure Cheney.

More about these bills:
Congress Members’ phone numbers:
(Western Queens residents can find our congressmembers info at the contact pols page.)

In the meantime, Bush could learn a few things about compassion and generosity from Hugo Chavez.

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Saturday, January 07, 2006

"War is a Racket"

If you haven't read Major General Smedley Butler's short book, War is a Racket, please do. It is linked above and you can also find it at the Veterans for Peace site. We have to stop the war profiteering. Put that on our to-do lists. Combat those armament lobbyists. Tell our Congress to legislate minimal profits on war products and services. Let's make this our new motto, "No one should be making a killing on killing."

(If you wonder why I'm on this subject today, see today's entry at my other blog.)

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year - PLEASE

A prayer and a plea -- Happy New Year, please.... But saying that, I know that the USA and I are both off to weird starts. For me, well actually for the USA, too, it is because I/we ended 2005 on a more subdued/strange note (albeit, the party at Shannon and Dixie's in Brooklyn WAS fun and not subdued -- more later on this). I didn't get my cards done, indeed I sent only about 4, although I had an "interesting" year with some fun stuff (Marillion, Las Vegas, and Oklahomastan! to name 3) and some good visits with my family and friends. But my to-do list continues to overflow and I must learn to focus and follow through -- on the stuff which I must choose to follow through on. I'm writing this, but, I'm behind in my on-line updating -- much to do on blogs, but especially on my political work (WQIDC and vote reform) and my peace work (NYFOR). But this I know: I am hard on myself and I cannot do it all. So breathe, release, relax, and give myself a break -- 'cause others may not. (My company actually had us working on Monday, though it was a national/state/city holiday -- and oh I could have used the day....) And give myself credit for all that I do accomplish -- quite a bit really.

And as for the United States -- well we had an unelected president spying on people and lying some more, committing impeachable offenses and so-far getting away with it, warring on the Iraqi people, the environment, and the middle class; we have an electorate who refuses to see that electronic voting is ruining our country (read the first chapter of Mark Crispin Miller's Fooled Again and if you still believe George W. Bush was really elected president in 2004 then I have a bridge to sell you -- I'm aghast and I'm still at the beginning of the book -- but then I know too much -- see the election links at; we have all sorts of environmental disasters, much of them fueled by the global warming that the unelected president refuses to acknowledge: hurricanes, floods, and firestorms; we have too many people refusing to get along: accentuating the negative and forgetting the positive. That said, I am reminded, I don't want to follow THAT suit. I want to push forward with the other folk: peacefully, with love and compassion and forgiveness, even as I cannot stand George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton and wonder who will win the nominations for president in 2008, even as I know we have to concentrate on 2006's congressional races first. (But there's Air America Radio's Mark Riley talking about John Kerry wanting to RUN again -- after he gave up without counting all the votes, which he promised to do? ARGH!!!! But Mark's on later then the new usual because Rachel Maddow is ill on the second day of her new expanded show -- which was not very good yesterday though her one hour 5 AM show has been one of Air America Radio's best -- maybe she really IS sick and not just sick at heart.) And then I tried to find Prayers of Peace and it seems to have vanished from the web. (The good news is that the Yahoo Little POP group - ourprayersofpeace - is alive and thriving and I will have to communicate for an update.)

Enough. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Relax. Trust in God. Forgive. Be peace. Be the change I/we wish to see in the world. Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. "And don't mess with Mr. In-between." Now I have to go to work and if my boss who left early yesterday after giving me a whole bunch of 2005 wrap-up filing to do isn't happy with what I got done, I will hit him -- no I won't :-) -- I will smile sweetly and tell him I am working on it. Rome wasn't built in a day. There is much to do: in my home, in my personal life [and with my ill sister -- another story for later, but please keep Mary in your prayers], at work, in politics, in the USA, in the world. So much to do. One step at a time. Just move on forward. Keep on keeping on. And don't give up.

I've got a lot of thinking to do. Some promises to follow up on (burn and send out those Christmas picture CDs) and some people to contact (at least those who sent me cards, but also some others whom I wanted to contact). Decisions, decisions. And so, I will/must remember to pause, relax, and pray: "God, what would you have me do today?" Then, I must listen and do what I can do. And that will be enough, I must trust.

Love and blessings to you in 2006 -- and always. And of course:

Peace hugs,
Kate Anne <-- hoping you will watch this blog :-)