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New Advertiser: Ani Difranco

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 2:29 pm by HL

H.L. is happy to welcome a new advertiser, Its Ani Difranco, and her new album Reprieve.


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new album out nowThe album was tracked in her New Orleans studio in early 2005 during a break in her usually heavy touring schedule. Forced to leave the master recordings behind when she evacuated before Hurricane Katrina, she drove back into the city to retrieve them just three days after the levees broke.
Ani describes Reprieve as rooted in the Crescent City, and it so happens that there’s a single direct reference to that town in the album’s centerpiece, “Millennium Theater.” The line “New Orleans bides her time” in the middle of this scathing critique of the current Republican regime might sound like a response to Hurricane Katrina, but in fact the song was written well before the disaster that has devastated the city, about a crisis that took no one but the presidential administration by surprise.

H.L.s Advertisers Keep this site going so listen to the song, and check out the site. Thank You.


The “Put up Or Shut up Challenge”

Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 1:16 pm by HL

From: RG from Pixwit

True believers, win (or lose) $1,000,000!

take the challenge

The Pixwit’s “Put Up or Shut Up” Challenge

(For Real! You can bet your Bible on it! Please.)

Yes, such is the Pixwit’s faith that he is inspired to bet $1,000,000 (U.S.) that neither the Rapture nor the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will happen within the next three years . . .
Place your bets Here

H.L. Respongs
RG, Great work, don’t forget to send me 10% of whatever bets that come in through my site.
H.L.


Email: Benefit Reading for Seeds of Peace, in NYC

Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 12:54 pm by HL

Time for another letter from our readersFrom: Leora Skolkin-Smith
In response to the current crisis in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon, a group of authors have organized a benefit reading, with donations and book sale profits to go to Seeds of Peace, a non-profit which brings together teenagers from conflict zones, especially the Middle East, to teach skills aimed at advancing reconciliation.

The reading will be held September 18th at McNally Robinson Booksellers,
50 Prince Street, New York.

Fifteen authors will read in all, and the current list includes
Robb Forman Dew, Masha Hamilton, Binnie Kirshenbaum and Leora Skolkin-Smith.

Grace Paley is helping organize the event, and Skolkin-Smith, whose novel, Edges: O Israel, O Palestine, was Published by Paley’s Glad Day Books, will serve as committee chair and MC. Sue O’Doherty, writer, and clinical psychologist in NYC, is head of The organizing committee.

Contact: Leora Skolkin-Smith , skolkin@nyc.rr.com
or Masha Hamilton, MashaHamil@aol.com
Sue O’Doherty, dr.sue@mindspring.com

http://www.leoraskolkinsmith.com
http://readysteadybook.com

H.L.s Responds
Hope the reading goes well. Wish I could be there as I haven’t been back to my hometown in a while now, but I have the Bartcop Vegas Pokerfest on the 16th and 17th. Catch you some other time.
H.L.


Heres Another one From The Mail Bag.

Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 12:30 pm by HL

We love email, as long as it is not spam From:
Jessica Stites
Editorial Assistant
Ms. magazine

Dear H.L.,

We’re trying to get word out about Ms.’ new “I Had An Abortion” campaign and thought that The Hollywood Liberal might be interested.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contact: Erin Carmany, 703-522-4201
August 7, 2006 ecarmany@msmagazine.com

Ms. Magazine Launches Women’s Petition on Abortion, Birth Control Groundbreaking New Petition Will Put a Face on the Abortion Issue

Arlington, VA – Ms. magazine has launched a groundbreaking new petition to make visible the millions of women in the United States who have had abortions.

“We must put a human face on the abortion issue,” said Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. magazine. “Ms. calls on women who have had abortions to step forward publicly by signing our petition, which we will send to Congress, the White House, and state legislators. Politicians need to know that their decisions affect their neighbors, their colleagues, influential movers and shakers, and even their own daughters. For the sake of women in the United States and around the world, we cannot lose the right to safe and accessible abortion and access to birth control.”

The “Women’s Petition for Safe, Legal, and Accessible Abortion and Birth Control” is based on the petition that ran in the 1972 debut issue of Ms., in which 53 prominent American women, such as Ms. co-founder Gloria Steinem, publicly declared that they had undergone abortions before the procedure was legal. These women called for the repeal of anti-abortion laws in the United States to end the “untold suffering” and deaths of women who were forced to have unsafe, illegal, back-alley abortions.

Today, the new Ms. petition comes at a time when the South Dakota legislature has voted to ban abortion, and nearly a dozen states have moved similar abortion bans forward. If Roe v. Wade were overturned by the Supreme Court, 17 states would immediately outlaw abortion based on trigger laws or pre-Roe bans still on the books, and another dozen would soon follow. Already, each year, some 70,000 women in developing countries are dying because of botched, illegal abortions, caused in part by U.S. policies such as the Global Gag Rule.

The petition will be printed in the Fall issue of Ms., which hits newsstands October 10, and online at Ms. Magazine

For more information or to read the full petition, visit www.MsMagazine.com.

H.Ls. Responds.
Jessica,
There you go. Hope it helps.
H.L.


Questions and Answers in Russ Feingold’s Online Chat Session

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 12:03 pm by HL

Leah_From_Illinois: Do you support the Israeli military action against Hezbolla in Lebanon? How do you feel the current administration is handling the situation diplomatically? Is there anything you would do differently?

Russ_Feingold: I have suggested to the Administration that it immediately appoint a special envoy here as well – someone who has broad respect within the international community, like George Mitchell or Colin Powell or James Baker – whose sole job is to deal with this situation. Condoleeza Rice has so many tasks to deal with, from North Korea to Iran, to Iraq, to
Somalia, to the Middle East, there simply isn’t enough time for one person to give the situation in Lebanon adequate attention.

Finally, people have to understand that the instability in this region is in part a direct byproduct of our Iraq policy. The negative actors in the region know it.
debbie_from_WI: How do you envision your health care initiative working in, say, Wisconsin? Would this reform then encompass Medicare and Medicaid patients?

Joette_from_Wisconsin: More than any other time in history, we are starting to see serious effects from global warming. Much of this is coming from CO2 gases, 25% of which come from the United States (U.S. and Austrailia are largest countries in world not to agree to sign Kyoto treaty). What types of actions do you propose to get the United States on board with the rest of the world to reduce these harmful gases?

Russ_Feingold: The first thing is to make Al Gore’s movie and book required for every Member of Congress. Some of the pages only have 1 line and large pictures. This benefited me. Once you read it or see the movie, a person cannot help but be motivated to act on this critical matter.

Randy_from_Oregon: First, Senator Feingold, thanks for your hard work and this forum. How do we, as progressive Americans who love our country, fight the fact that the media, really scared neocons, and Republicans desperate to keep their jobs paint us as “anti-war extremists” or “pre-9/11 liberals”? I ask this as a proud American who supported going into Afghanistan but can’t stomach how we got into Iraq and what we have done there. Thanks!

Russ_Feingold: I couldn’t agree with you more and want you to know if you straightforwardly say what you just said and point out what a mistake the Iraq war was in the larger fight against those terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, you will prevail. The phony arguments for going into the Iraq war are now being matched by the phony arguments to stay in Iraq and the public realizes the Administration is trying to deceive them again.

debbie_from_WI: How do you envision your health care initiative working in, say, Wisconsin? Would this reform then encompass Medicare and Medicaid patients?

Russ_Feingold: It would be entirely up to the state and could very well include Medicare and Medicaid, as long as they move toward universal health care with benefits comparable to those offered to federal employees.
Its still going on but here is some of what is being discussed.

Dave_from_California: How do you defend yourself against attacks made by the Bush administration that getting out of Iraq or not supporting the Patriot Act is giving support to the terrorists?

Russ_Feingold: It is painfully obvious this Administration has bungled the fight against terrorism by becoming obsessed with Iraq and threatening the freedoms of law abiding Americans. Let’s get back to the task at hand.


Russ Feingold Live Webchat Today. Sign up Here.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2006 8:39 am by HL

Update: I signed up for the chat, and am able to go in and start asking questions now, Russ arrives a 1PM Eastern and starts answering. So go on over and sign up if you want to participate. You can also sign Russ’ petition for universal health care, which he will work for when he becomes President. Their is also a transcript of the first online chat Russ did on the site, Which I will post below.

Today (friday) is the day, its Senator Russ Feingold’s Live Webchat. You can listen in on your computer, and ask Russ questions. Get more info and sign up here.


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A Message from Russ: Time to Stand Up


Transcript from the first Online Listening Session

Russ_Feingold
Welcome and thank you for participating in my first ever national online listening session. I have held over 950 listening sessions in Wisconsin, and also held 4 listening sessions in other states over the last year. These town hall type meetings are one of the favorite parts of my job because they give me the ability to hear first hand about the issues people are concerned about. I’m excited that so many people are here today, so lets get started so I can answer as many questions as time allows. Please feel free to ask a question, say what’s on your mind, or just feel free to read what others are saying.

Alyce_from_Rhode_Island
Will Congress press forward with hearings regarding the NSA Illegal Wiretapping on Americans, apparently there is much more to this than what was told by the media to the American people.

Russ_Feingold
Alyce – I’m very concerned that what began as a series of potentially useful hearings in both the judiciary and intell committees, I’m a member of both, have been disappointing at best. In Intell, they have appeared to make every effort not to tell us anything useful and the administration has refused to allow any key witnesses from the justice department who oppose the wiretapping program to appear before the Judiciary committee. I’m not optimistic that without real pressure from the public, more hearings will be held. That’s why we as Dems must be aggressive in pushing for hearings and especially accountability on this illegal program

Read the rest of the transcript here