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I knew Greta Van Susteren was obnoxious but I didn't expect these details about her

U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy was best man at Greta Van Susteren's parents' wedding.

Her father, Urban Van Susteren, an elected judge, served as a campaign strategist for McCarthy.

Van Susteren married tort lawyer John P. Coale in 1988. Coale, a self-described "ambulance chaser," became known as "Bhopal Coale" for his solicitation of clients among victims of the Bhopal disaster. He has served as an adviser for Sarah Palin.

Van Susteren and her husband are members of the Church of Scientology.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Van_Susteren


Thank you to the We the People community: from The We The People Team

A half million petitions. Over 40 million signatures. Hundreds of responses.

We the People has proved to be an innovative experiment in a new kind of civic engagement. It is a way for anybody, from anywhere, to send a message directly to the White House -- and, if their petition collects enough signatures, to receive a direct response.

Over the past five years, we've seen petitions on issues ranging from the refugee crisis to gun violence to worker's rights and more. We've watched as your petitions have led to profound engagement between citizens and senior White House staff and served as an outlet for citizens to discuss the issues that resonate most deeply with you.

They've also inspired real change:

In August of 2014, in response to a petition on the subject, President Obama signed a bill allowing consumers to use their mobile devices on the network of their choice.

A petition on puppy mills contributed to the passage of a new ruling to expand protections of animals under the Animal Welfare Act.

After you petitioned us to enact Leelah's Law, which proposed the banning of conversion therapy on minors, the Administration came out in full support of the ban.

See more of the Administration's most memorable petitions and responses here.

Simply put, your signatures helped make our government better. Each time a petition received 100,000 signatures, our team would get to work, collaborating with staff all across the executive branch of government to hunt down answers and draft responses. This wasn't always easy. Most of your petitions weren't to say “Congratulations!” The thorniest ones called on us to take a second look at policies and prompted discussions at the highest echelons of the executive branch. But every response was valuable because it helped to make our government more responsive to the people it serves.

These responses also helped us stay in touch. Often, following an initial response, our team would post ongoing updates on the issue petition signers had raised. We would also invite petition creators to in-person meetings or digital hangouts with Administration officials. Petitions enabled a two-way conversation -- and an opportunity for us to listen.

That's what We the People was meant to be: a way for citizens to have their voices heard and participate in the process of governing. This makes petitions one of the most powerful tools for ensuring that an Administration is not only open about the decisions it makes, but accountable as well.

We're proud of what We the People has become and the communities that you've built. And we're excited to see how they grow and develop. There are many exciting ways to build on this work -- whether it's citizens working with their state and local representatives to build similar tools or adapting other platforms to make government more responsive to you.

As always, thanks for making your voices heard.

-- The We the People Team

P.S. On Tuesday, January 10, President Obama will deliver his Farewell Address in Chicago. He'll talk about how citizens like you have changed the country for the better, and offer his thoughts on the work ahead. You can watch live at wh.gov/farewell.



Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates - Marching On Tallahassee

Dear Supporter,

As the Women’s March on Washington is happening on January 21st, here in Florida we will be simultaneously marching on Tallahassee. We will stand together in solidarity with women and families across the state for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. We will do this together because we – recognize that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of Florida and our country.

Click here to join the Women’s March on Tallahassee Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The Women’s March on Tallahassee is a grassroots effort culminating in a rally with speakers including civic leaders, advocates, and others at the Florida Capitol. These marches in Tallahassee, in Washington and around the country are a critical first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have equity at all levels of our society.

These marches will send a bold message to the new administration and Congress in Washington, to Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature, and to the world – that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Join us in solidarity for the Women’s March on Tallahassee Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The Women’s March on Tallahassee is a 100% inclusive event and all genders, races, ages, religions, sexual orientations – everyone! – is invited to participate. We envision a future where each of us will be treated with dignity, respect and compassion. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, please join us as we show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.

For justice and equality,

Lillian Tamayo
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates

(Also posted in the Florida Group.)

Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates - Marching On Tallahassee

Dear Supporter,

As the Women’s March on Washington is happening on January 21st, here in Florida we will be simultaneously marching on Tallahassee. We will stand together in solidarity with women and families across the state for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. We will do this together because we – recognize that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of Florida and our country.

Click here to join the Women’s March on Tallahassee Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The Women’s March on Tallahassee is a grassroots effort culminating in a rally with speakers including civic leaders, advocates, and others at the Florida Capitol. These marches in Tallahassee, in Washington and around the country are a critical first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have equity at all levels of our society.

These marches will send a bold message to the new administration and Congress in Washington, to Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature, and to the world – that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Join us in solidarity for the Women’s March on Tallahassee Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The Women’s March on Tallahassee is a 100% inclusive event and all genders, races, ages, religions, sexual orientations – everyone! – is invited to participate. We envision a future where each of us will be treated with dignity, respect and compassion. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, please join us as we show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.

For justice and equality,

Lillian Tamayo
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates

Just called my Representative - and it was not as easy as it should be

Both the Representatives from this area, Al Lawson (D-Florida 5) and Neil Dunn (R-Florida 2) are newly elected. Lawson is my representative.

When I went to the House site yesterday, Lawson was not listed - they still had Corrine Brown (who lost in the primaries last August) as the Rep. for District 5. Today I looked online and Al Lawson is listed but his phone number is NOT on his contact page.

So I called the main House switchboard number. The voice menu asked for my zip code, I put it in and it gave me the option of (1) Neil Dunn or (0) hold for the operator. I had to wait for an operator, wait for her to look up Rep. Lawson and then be connected to his office.

I told his aide about this and how petty this seems. It seems to be designed to make it harder for people to contact their Democratic representatives!

If you try to contact your Democratic Representative and run into the same kind of problem, let them know.

Watched the start of the Rep Representatives & Pence news conference

Who was the woman who came on? And WTF does the Washington Monument being closed for maintenance have to do with Obamacare or even with incompetence at the federal level?

She was whining about the monument being closed for two years to repair the elevator - as if there were not engineering challenges with fixing or replacing an elevator in an old historic building.

The first guy who talked - I didn't see his name either - absolutely lied about Obamacare. So did Scalise from (I think) Louisiana. After the woman Paul Ryan and Mike Pence came on and I turned the sound off. Just couldn't take it anymore.

2016: The Movie

It's the horror movie of the year.
Literally.



1965 - Eve of Destruction - just as relevant today as it was then

And even more relevant nowas when this video was made in 2008:

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old fake news about U.S.

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old ‘fake news’ about U.S.

By WILLIAM J. KOLE
AP, December 25, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Fake news, quadricentennial edition: America’s early settlers were all pious. The native people were savages. Freedom and liberty were available to all from Day One.

As the U.S. gears up to mark the 400th anniversary of its roots as a nation, leading scholars from around the globe are teaming up to dispel myths and challenge long-held assumptions about how the country was settled.

Their group, New England Beginnings, is using phone apps and searchable online archives to help set the record straight about the early 1600s — and fill in some important knowledge gaps.

<SNIP>

A key focus, Bremer said, is presenting a much more complete and accurate picture of how the early settlers interacted with Native Americans.

Underscoring the gulf between how natives and white Americans see history, on every Thanksgiving since 1970, members of New England tribes have gathered in downtown Plymouth for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance that recalls the disease, racism and oppression the settlers brought.

More: http://www.boston.com/news/history/2016/12/25/scholars-team-up-to-dispel-400-year-old-fake-news-about-u-s

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

A link to this document was posted to Facebook by Robert Reich. It could be useful to organizers who want to fight back.
Here is an excerpt with the chapters listed:
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen

<SNIP>

One Page Summary
Here’s the quick and dirty summary of this document. While this page summarizes top-level takeaways, the full document describes how to actually carry out these activities.

Ch. 1: How grassroots advocacy worked to stop Obama. We examine lessons from the Tea Party’s rise and recommend two key strategic components:

1. A local strategy targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs).

2. A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.



Ch. 2: How your MoC thinks, and how to use that to save democracy. Reelection, reelection, reelection. MoCs want their constituents to think well of them and they want good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable. You will use these interests to make them listen and act.

Ch. 3: Identify or organize your local group. Is there an existing local group or network you can join? Or do you need to start your own? We suggest steps to help mobilize your fellow constituents locally and start organizing for action.

Ch. 4: Four local advocacy tactics that actually work. Most of you have 3 MoCs--two Senators and one Representative. Whether you like it or not, they are your voice in Washington. Your job is to make sure they are, in fact, speaking for you. We’ve identified four key opportunity areas to pressure MoCs that just a handful of local constituents can use to great effect. For each of these always record encounters on video, prepare questions ahead of time, coordinate with your group, and report back to local media:

1. Townhalls: MoCs regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and report out when they don’t.

2. Non-townhall events. MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home. Don’t let them get photo-ops without questions about racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

3. District office sit-ins/meetings. Every MoC has one or several district offices. Go there. Demand a meeting with the MoC. Report to the world if they refuse to listen.

4. Coordinated calls. Calls are a light lift but can have impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs at an opportune moment and on a specific issue.

More: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DzOz3Y6D8g_MNXHNMJYAz1b41_cn535aU5UsN7Lj8X8/preview#heading=h.1t4uu5uonb6f
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