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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:24 AM
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One day later, I am very grateful ... (a long love poem to DU)
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 12:36 AM by Fly by night
For many of us, this has been an interesting two months -- perhaps the most enlightening of our lives. Like many reading this note, I awoke to a world I was mostly unaware of on November 3 and by November 4, I was acting to get some questions answered. My first act was to write Mitofsky and Edison (and copy my letter to all MSM)to ask four simple questions about the exit polls that have never been answered by Mitofsky -- but which were answered swiftly, accurately and with weighty, finger-pointing conclusions -- by DU within the past week. I then went into my local county election commission office and learned which machines (ES$S) counted my vote and that, no, I could not recount the local paper ballots (even for quality control purposes) without a court order. The third thing I did was to get on the 'net. And in relatively short order, I found DU (in mid-November).

I am very thankful for all of those steps. The first step taught me just what I am up against on a national scale -- a truly coordinated election theft ring with collaborators that stretch inside and outside our government, inside and outside our MSM. The second step began to identify just what I can -- and would need to -- do to solve election integrity problems right here at home. And the third step -- listening in at first and learning from other DUers, and then contributing myself, showed me just how many friends and allies I have in this fight for our democracy, who are available literally at my fingertips.

The last two months have been a whirlwind for many of us. Some have stayed close to this web-site, and have spent their energies rallying the troops, refining our messages and strategies, and putting new information (much of which they themselves collected or at least analyzed first and best) out for the rest of us to use, share and spread around. Others of us have reached out locally to begin our own community's "save democracy cells" and to take action -- whether that action was raising consciousness, recruiting like-minded and equally resolute people to the effort, or confronting our own local governmental and media challenges and working to overcome them. And then all of us --working from where we were best positioned -- brought together a telephone-jangling whirlstorm of constituent energy that helped lift our elected leaders (the democracy 32 and their supporters) to new heights of oratory, purpose and perspective with which to fight the real "asses of evil" on the peoples' battleground -- the floor of the U.S. Congress.

While yesterday came and went with mixed emotions -- leaving behind new knowledge and perspective and a chance to recalibrate our emotions, our sights and our goals -- we are all still here. And we seem to have been joined by many more in the past day, both sympatico newbies and suddenly more nervous freep-wads alike, to witness, participate in -- to challenge and be challenged -- in this, our global assembly.

Two months ago, I was just one frustrated local Democratic election volunteer, stunned by the results of a campaign whose outcome looked better when I went to bed at midnight on election night, only to awaken to a less veiled and more frightening world on November 3. Today, in great part because of the energy, the intelligence, the networking, the instant support and the sense of strength that DU has given me, I am a bad-ass warrior for democracy. And I am not alone.

This fight that we have joined is bigger than many of us imagined when we naively fell into the rabbit hole two months ago. But what we have demonstrated to ourselves, to each other, to our neighbors and communities, to our elected officials (the good, the evil, and the "not weighed in yet"), to our enemies and, ultimately, to the world is that we are up for this fight. And in this fight, we are so in the right.

Two months ago, I was one lone voice. Tonight, I can look back on five direct actions in Nashville, and satellite actions in five other Tennessee cities, that we have accomplished just in the past three weeks. (Here are two recent links:

http://www.tnimc.org/feature/display/3890/index.php
http://www.tnimc.org/feature/display/4027/index.php

I can enumerate multiple newspaper, television and radio coverage on election fraud issues that we have caused. On radio alone, we have had nine 30 minute public affairs programs on election fraud on nine separate stations, reaching a 200 mile radius, in the past three weeks, with more to come. We have called and faxed and emailed our elected officials, and then we have repeated that process over and over again until we got good at it. And we haven't stopped.

On Sunday, instead of watching some meaningless football game in my Tennessee farm holler, I'll join with 50-100 other pro-democracy folks (out of almost 1,000 like-mined folks on our new email list) to watch five hours of Congressional hearings on election fraud together that our efforts helped accomplish. We will spend the time writing "Bush Cheated" and "In Fraud We Trust" on our paper money and planning the next two direct actions (while sharing each other's gumbos and blackberry cobblers). We will reach out through the 'net and the phone wire to thank the "democracy 32" personally and directly and to lay plans for making it the "democracy 420" sooner rather than later. To make election reform the sort of single-issue rallying cry that puts flag burning (and queer bashing) amendments back in the Repug numb-skull closet where they belong.

DU has provided us the rallying place for free, fair and verifiable elections -- and our voices have made it loud and clear that, from this point forward, we will settle for nothing less. DU has (WE have) provided the tools and the tonality, the reasoned rhetoric and the gathering rage, to arm us for this re-imported campaign for the democratic hearts and minds of this country. And DU has given us the freedom to play "show and tell" with our own efforts and attract support from far and wide, whether it was simple praise for our actions or last-minute help in putting together slide shows at 2:00 am in the morning -- with five DUers "reporting for duty" within 15 minutes after I cried "help" with a plaintive post from across the country with exactly what I needed (links to slides, references, analyses, answers) to get the next Nashville job done right and in time.

As I said to someone at our last successful rallies (in front of our Senators' offices on Wednesday, matched by similar rallies in five other cities organized in less than 24 hours), the internet is our nu-cu-lur weapon, our weapon of "evil massa" destruction, and we're damn good at using it. We are at another starting point -- another getting on place -- from which to engage in the eternal struggle that eternal vigilance demands. And we aren't coming into this battle empty handed, empty-headed or leaderless. But we are coming smart, fast and mad -- and we are gaining steam and growing our numbers daily. Tonight I know we will prevail. We will take our country back.

So for all of that, I am grateful. For all of the new Tennessee friends and neighbors that I have discovered standing next to me in our local trenches of the Second American Revolution, I am grateful. For the brainpower, and the heart, and the breadth of our collective breath, I am grateful. And to DU, I am very grateful. It's good to know all of you and to be on your side. It is good to have relearned what being a good American looks, feels and sounds like in the past two months. If I were President Rove-Bush, I would be starring blankly at my shady house of cards tonight and I would be trembling.

Can George Bush win a fair fight?
Paper Trails, Not Vapor Trails.
Vote Free or Diebold.
We're not a red state or a blue state -- We're an Orange State.

For that focus and that feeling, I am truly grateful. And the party's just begun. It's all good.

Hey you, over there in the other pro-democracy internet foxhole?
What are you grateful for? (Peace, out.)

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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:26 AM
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1. Amen! I love DU.
You are my people, we are family!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:30 AM
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2. kick (cause I love you all)
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:34 AM
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3. Yipeee
:hi:
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Tuesday_Morning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:46 AM
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4. Beautiful love poem
Thanks for the lift!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:29 PM
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21. kick
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:49 AM
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5. This is my lifeline.
In regards to my frustration over everything. DU is always here.
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tmooses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:26 AM
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6. This is the best post I've read today-now I can go to bed not so down!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:29 AM
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7. Twern't nuthin' (but thanks for the kind words)
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:01 AM
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8. Thanks for all you do,FBN. Is your activity info on MusicCityDemocrats.or
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:51 AM
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10. The Sunday Gathering isn't listed there yet, but it should be
I presume you mean musicrowdemocracts. They have promoted some of our earleir rallies and I would be happy to extend an open invitation to them for this Sunday to watch the hearings and pot-luck with us.

I'll PM you with the details. Please pass on the invitation to any one you know. Likewise, anyone else who might be reading these words who wants to join us should PM me for details. Thanks.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:34 AM
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11. the PMed invitation is in your inbox.
If anyone else wants to join us on Sunday, just PM me and I'll send you the directions. It will be nice to be inside for a change. Who says freedom fighting has to be wet and cold, and freedom fighters have to work on empty stomachs, all the time?
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:09 AM
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15. I got it - thanks - I hope to be there.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:05 AM
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9. Just one little bitty nit to pick--
=-- Paper BALLOTS, not vapor BALLOTS!
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:41 AM
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12. A NEW FORUM: What to do to restore democracy thru audited elections
Wonderful post Fly by Night. You don't sound like some "fly by night." Sounds as if you're in it for the long haul. Just wondering if it might be possible to start a new forum where people could tell things they've done, or list suggestions for things to do, to bring about hand-counted, audited elections (even if machines are used to give a quick count) for the whole country thru local action. Little things seem insignificant but as the ball starts rolling it really gains momentum and in the end minds and history are changed. What to call it? What you can do to bring about audited elections.

I really feel if audited elections had been mandated for the whole country, we would not have an administration like this one. And if we can achieve audited elections, we won't have one like it in the future. Plus Dems will be in fact the majority party, as they would be already if the votes were counted fairly.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:55 AM
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13. We do need to catalog all groups working on election reform now
Since the internet has exploded with web-sites on the election fraud issue, I am having a hard time answering a question from a politically connected Nashvillean who wants to push a "verified voting" petition through Congress. There are now so many of us who are concerned about this issue that it would be nice for someone (read "some organization with deep pockets") to step forward and allow us to congregate in one place -- either in the physical universe or the digital one -- to attempt to share our priorities and work together on a limited set of legislative and or public education strategies.

If any readers are aware of such meetings planned in the near future or of such places on the 'net where some voting fraud clearinghouse activities are underway to allow us to get on the same page (or at least in the same neighborhood), please post it here or direct readers to the appropriate place. Thanks.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 07:56 PM
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24. See this thread and read about Arnheim's VOTE group. THey are doing
just what you suggest. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss//duboard.p...
Scroll down to Arnheim's entries.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:54 AM
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14. Me too.
Sums it up... Y'all are good ppl. (The best).
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:22 AM
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16. Coming from the Land of Enchantment, that's high praise.
Now to light a fire under Governor Richardson, who -- before his foot-dragging on proving democracy works in the land of turquoise, sand and trees -- was my hands-down bet to be our first Hispanic president. No longer -- he needs to re-earn my trust and admiration. And the best way for him to do that is to stop digging the hole he's in, and start facilitating a full investigation of obvious election fraud in the land of the Ghost Ranch and "phantum votes".
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davidgmills Donating Member (651 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:51 PM
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26. Did Richardson let us down or what?
My daughter and son-inlaw live in Albuquerque. Did their votes get counted? Did mine in Memphis?
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frictionlessO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:35 AM
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17. That was an amazing uplifting read! Blessing and nomination to you
thanks for the tears!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:04 PM
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18. No time for tears. Time to smile and celebrate our new awakening
Everyting happens for a purpose. And if the purpose for the Repugs' theft of the 2004 election was to reawaken us Hobbits out here and get us working together to take our country back, I trust that it will be worth it. Keep fighting, but smile when you do. It scares our opponents and drives them to distraction.

Freeper fries, anyone? (Kinda like rooster fries, but with smaller balls.)
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:07 PM
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19. Beautiful post... thank you
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:11 PM
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20. Great post, thanks!!
Sometimes I get pissed off (and on) around here, but I will never badmouth DU. It's the greatest -- and the only.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:36 PM
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22. One last time through the great DU marching scroll ...
because I will remain forever grateful for making ya'lls' acquaintance.

Now to get the pumpkins out of the oven and put the berry cobblers in. Looking forward to watching four hours of the electoral college challenge tomorrow (my first time to see any footage from the hearings) with many other Orange State patriots, to cheer as our "democracy 32" and their honored fellow travelers do battle with the Texas Weasel-Man and his prune-hearted cohorts. That's going to be fun, a fitting end of the last two months and a fitting start of the next (whatever it takes) to take our country back.

Thanks, folks, for a place to share my thoughts and to give thanks for what we have, including the memories of what we once were as a country and where we soon need to be again.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 07:52 PM
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23. Somehow I missed this even thought I have turned into a DU addict and
check every day for new posts! What a beaufiful post. Thank you! We need inspiration and this was inspiring.
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davidgmills Donating Member (651 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:47 PM
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25. I'm in Memphis, Fly by Night
If you've seen my posts, you know what I think.
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bush_is_wacko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:59 PM
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27. Great post! We are all connected to such a great awakening!
Keep up the fight DUer's! We are going to change the world!

:yourock:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 12:42 AM
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28. Thanks, guys. One more log in the wood stove and ....
one more kick before bed.
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