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Rex_Goodheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:13 PM
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First order of business when Democrats retake Congress:
National voting system reform outlawing all methods which do not employ recountable, auditable paper ballots. Every other issue in our Republic depends upon the legitimacy of the citizen's vote.

Other priorities:

Federal law to protect whistleblowers from prosecution and harrassment where they divulge criminal political activities.

More?

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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:15 PM
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1. Win the elections first
that should be enough trouble for the once-great Democratic party
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:15 PM
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2. hanging traitors and war criminals in public gallows
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 04:16 PM by ima_sinnic
-- guillotines would be a nice touch, too.

As in the Olden Dayes we could have a faire with jugglers and other festivities.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:18 PM
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4. Like the jugglers, nice touch
will we have booths with brats and beer?
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:24 PM
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11. LOL! every form of festivity, every bacchanalian indulgence,
whatever you want, it will be the Celebration to End All Celebrations :D
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:42 PM
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21. Let there be burgers and brats for all!
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CrushTheDLC Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:26 PM
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12. And for a list of the first week's hangings....
www.newamericancentury.org

Everybody whose name is on a document there. No exceptions.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:17 PM
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3. Reinstatement of Fairness doctrine
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 04:21 PM by rocknation
Roll back multi-media ownership

Force GE to divest interest in NBC

Bring in Katherine Harris for questioning re: selection 2000 (rejecting insanity plea0

Reject signing statements

impeach Supreme court Five.

:headbang:
rocknation
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:19 PM
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6. Do-over of the 911 investigation.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:29 PM
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27. Ding ding ding!!!!
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:19 PM
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7. Fairness doctrine - bingo.
Even though it wouldn't apply to cable news, right wing hate radio would be crippled, and that's a damn fine start. :thumbsup:
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CrushTheDLC Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:28 PM
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14. You mean impeach Supreme Court three?
It's a little late to hit Rehnquist, and Sandy O'Connor already quit.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:29 PM
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26. There is no reason we cannot ADD justices to the USSC & dilute the
Freepr "justices" influence.

Look it up. We can have 12 if we want.
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Blue Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:41 PM
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20. Bring up Ken Blackwell for questioning in the 2004 Election.
Instate campaign Financing laws.

Reopen 9/11

Pull the troops from Iraq

Repeal Bush's tax laws.

Investigate the Intellegence and circumstances leading up to the Iraq war.

Send Bush & Co to the Hague
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:19 AM
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32. That's not a priority for me
I like turning on Air America radio and knowing that there will be a liberal host on the air.

We should focus on building up own own media, not trying to bring back an outdated law.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:18 PM
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5. National Audit Initiative:
A new American job & training program that pays for itself;The American Audit and Recovery Initiative!

It pays for itself with recovered stolen money, taxes, interest, fines, awarded damages etc. as it uncovers and brings to justice all the THEFT this Republican Administration and their cohorts have perpetrated in the US and Iraq.

Here's an off-the-cuff staffing list:

Accountants, from clerks to CPAS,

Data entry & document clerks to sort, file, scan, label, index, bates stamp, retrieve, redact, etc. etc. etc. zillions of docs.

Warehouse/moving storage staff for all that paper, disks, etc.

Security staff to assist in document retrieval.

Attorneys. Lots of them.

Paralegals, ditto.

PROGRAMMERS! Thousands! On deadlines! Hallelujah.

A/V techs to record testimony, investigation interviews, etc.

IS tech support (to untangle the internets tubes)

What have I forgotten?

This program would employ & train THOUSANDS of Americans for jobs that fit virtually every expertise, education and skill level. It will more than pay for itself, buoy employment & the general economy, give America justice, and recover money we can use to retire a portion of the Republican Debt.

What's not to love?

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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:20 PM
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8. equal time back on media!! take back the media..
break up the conglomerate ownership!

fly
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:22 PM
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9. Impeach Cheney then Bush then anyone who failed to uphold
the Constitution of The United States Of America...like they took an oath on the Bible to do. Including federal Judges, Congress and all!
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:23 PM
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10. Ban growing pharmaceuticals in plants used for food, such as corn,
Gentically-modified crops contaminate other crops.

In the case of GM crops used to produce pharmaceuticals, this is more dangerous.

If companies want to grow pharmaceuticals in plants, they should be restrticted to plants people don't eat. Not corn.
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:28 PM
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13. totally revamping laws/regulations of corporations -- no more
"personhood," no more offshore tax hideouts, no more tax breaks, no more subsidies/bailouts of businesses that flop
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:55 PM
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28. Also, replace the legal requirement for coprorations to put
...shareholder profits first, with a legal requirement for corporations to put workers and the environment first.

More on this in the movie, The Corporation.


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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:29 PM
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15. smash the cia, the dia, the nsa,
etc, etc.
no more black budgets, no more secrets.
and i am down with the hangings, etc. jugglers are good.
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:30 PM
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16. strict regulating of lobbyist activities
--no more "buying" of Congresspeople. I guess it's supposed to be in effect now, but ENFORCEMENT would be nice.
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Rex_Goodheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:38 PM
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18. I was actually thinking of things
that would have more than a snowball's chance in hell at passage.
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Kaleidescope Cassie Donating Member (180 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:39 PM
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19. Like getting out of Iraq?
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Kaleidescope Cassie Donating Member (180 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:34 PM
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17. Take care of the troops and the veterans.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:47 PM
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22. Forget hangings. Seppuku is the only way
I know that Seppuku was thought of as an honorable method of execution, but it also forces the person committing it to take an active part in his demise.

Hanging? No good.
Shooting? Unless the person being shot does it himself, still no good.
Lethal injection? There have been some seppuku-like lethal injections--several junkies asked for and received permission to insert their own needles because they knew exactly where the veins were--but in general, they strap you to a table and stick you with two needles, you fall asleep and you don't wake up. Not very engaging.

I think they should lead Bush into the White House Rose Garden, hand him a tanto and ask him to kneel and disembowel himself with it. He's caused enough pain to the world, he needs to feel some of his own.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:08 PM
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23. How to recall what we must rollback:
The MUD Puppy .. capital letters stand for what must now be corrected

T.... Taxcuts for the rich... over three hundred fifty billion

M.... Monopolies

U... Union busting

D... Deregulation

P... Priviatizing


mud puppies are slang for salamanders, by the way.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:11 PM
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24. John Conyers Appointment To The House Judiciary Committee
You know where it goes from there.
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Rex_Goodheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:55 PM
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30. I love that one.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:21 PM
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25. Re-regulate capitalism!
AND ESPECIALLY THE FUCKING ENERGY INDUSTRY. They're the biggest offenders. Health care next.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:57 PM
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29. Limit the number of broadcast radio stations a company can own
...to a hundred, for example.

(Clear Channel owns over 1200 radio stations.)
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:18 AM
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31. Rescind the Clinton impeachment articles
Formally repeal them in the House and expunge them from the record (now let us never speak of this again).
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