Friday, May 26, 2006

Joe Liberman supports "Right to Lifense Plate"

A few months ago I wrote about the disturbing anti-choice license plates being issued in Connecticut. Under the guise of a pro-adoption theme, revenues raised by these license plates go to organizations that use misleading tactics of methods of questionable eithics to pursuade woment to proceed with unwanted pregnancies. You can read my original post on the subject here.

Picture of Anti-Choice license plate


Since I wrote that original post, our Democratic Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal intervened with the DMV and forced them to suspend issuance of these plates. Nice job Richard!

Today I learned that our Neo-Con friend Joe Lieberman has come out in support of Choose-Life Inc. and their multi-state license plate effort. Jane over at FiredogLake did a great job catching this one. Joe's really batting 0% when it comes to women's rights lately. This is the same Senator that spoke out in opposition of state legislation that would require all hospitals to offer access to emergency contraception (RU-486) to rape victims. The man who claims to be a strong supporter of women's rights in his stump speeches and TV commercials stated that "in Connecticut another hospital is always just a short cab ride away." CT-Bob has an excellent diary on this topic, complete with maps showing just what an assenine comment it was.

The National Organization for Women and Connecticut Choice Voice are two great organizations supporting Ned Lamont in his bid to unseat our Joe Lieberman. Please send e-mails (contributions are good too) and thank these organizations for their support. Urge them to raise hell and call Joe out for this latest in a series of failures on women's issues.

Thanks to Maura for pointing this one out to me.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lamont Kicks into Overdrive

Still in high-gear from yesterday's NOW endorsement (see yesterday's post), the Ned Lamont for Senate campaign kicked it into overdrive today with the launch of a TV campaign produced by the world's greatest political ad man, Bill Hillsman. The results are awesome. Hillsman is the same guy that created my favorite political ad ever, the Jesse Ventura Action Figures.

Video: Right Now (60 sec): Windows Media -- Quicktime



Video: Underdog (30 sec): Windows Media -- Quicktime



Please forward these ads to your friends. The success of the campaign depends on our ability to spread messages like these virally to friends, family and networks both online and offline.

Be sure to visit some of the grassroots blogs supporting the Lamont campaign too. For some strange reason there don't seem to be any independent sites or blogs supporting that other guy running against Ned. What's his name again?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NOW, with Big Balls

It's ironic that the organization with the biggest balls in this country is a group of women. Today, the National Organization for Women became the first group to endorse Ned Lamont for Senate. Many important Democrats and political organizations have expressed support for Ned, but NOW is the first group with the cajones to stand up to Old Joe Lieberman.

I was at the announcement today in Hartford with video camera in tow. Thanks to CTBob for lending me his camera and editing the footage. Also on display at the press conference were CTBob's brilliant maps (scroll down to May 4, there don't seem to be permalinks) directing women in need of emergency contraception to a local hospital that might actually provide this service. When Joe Lieberman stated, in support of Catholic hospitals that didn't want to provide emergency contraception, that "another hospital is always just a short cab-ride away" he drove the final nail in the coffin for support from any women's groups.

So hats-off to NOW for the awesome courage to stand up to Joe Lieberman and the Democratic Party Brats. Kudos to Jane Hamsher over at FireDogLake for her pivotal role in securing this endorsement.

Here's the video. YouTube kind of sucks, so if the video gets stuck, press pause, wait for it to cache a bunch and the press play again.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Gee Wiz, I'm a Candidate for Who's Who?

I find it quite surprising that someone would choose this moment to honor me "based on a candidate's current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings." You see, although I've been busy pitching ideas to venture capitalists and blogging prolifically, I haven't had an actual paying job since November 2005. Perhaps if this were "Who's Who Among the Unemployed", or "Who's Who on their Spouse's Shit List" than I might be a better fit.

Anyway, these things make me laugh. I hope you enjoy it too. The shocking part is that thousands of people will actually respond and pay money for a book just because their name is listed. Now, that gives me an entrepeneurial idea. Send me $10 and your bio and I'll post it at withoutApurpose in a new section titled "Who's Who Among People Willing to Give Me $10."

Dear Candidate:

You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2006-2007 "Honors Edition" of the registry. We are pleased to inform you that on May 4th, your candidacy was approved. Your confirmation for inclusion will be effective within five business days, pending our receipt of the enclosed application.

The Office of the Managing Director appoints individuals based on a candidate's current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings. The director thinks you may make an interesting biographical subject, as individual achievement is what Madison Who's Who is all about. Upon final confirmation you will be listed among thousands of accomplished individuals in the Madison Who's Who Registry. There is no cost to be included.

We do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website at:

http://formdesk.com/MadisonWhosWho/Registration

Or you can manually enter this address into your web browser:

http://formdesk.com/MadisonWhosWho/Registration

To ensure your biographical data is received in time, please complete the online form above as soon as possible. Our editorial deadline is quickly approaching. I urge you to act today. If you delay, I cannot guarantee the committee will have ample time to review your submission.

Sincerely,

Matthew Johnson
Managing Director


Madison Who's Who is not associated or affiliated with Marquis Who's Who or any other Who's Who.

Madison Who's Who, Inc.. 4-35 27th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11102 USA

I hope there not holding the presses waiting for my entry.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Relay for Life

Last year I participated in Relay for Life, which is an amazing national annual event to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Along with some friends and family we organized a team of about 30 people, which joined hundred of others for our local Relay here in Fairfield. I have set a personal goal to raise at least $1,000 this year from my blog readers, and hopefully more. If each of you contributes $25-50, we cean rach $1,000 in no time. Please visit my personal Relay for Life page to make your donation. There is also information below if you would like to participate with us in this year's event. Please read on for more information.


Our team from 2005

This year, cancer will strike more than 1.3 million Americans and take more than half a million lives. My family has been touched by cancer too many time, making this is a very personal cause for me. Two years ago we lost my mother to Lung cancer. My wife Pamela's two sisters are both breast cancer survivors. Based on her family and genetic history, Pamela herself faces an 80% lifetime risk of breast cancer. As friends and family, we can do something to save lives and help those already fighting this disease. That’s why I’m taking action against cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life® in Fairfield, CT.
<>Relay is an overnight event that unites our community in a common effort to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. The Society works every day to prevent cancer and save lives by supporting groundbreaking research, affecting public policies that protect us from cancer, and educating people on how to prevent or detect cancer early. The Society helps people in our community who have cancer through its many programs and services. Together, we can help the American Cancer Society accelerate the progress toward a cancer-free future.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this year’s event. Please click on the link below for more information, including details on the inspirational Survivors’ Lap and the moving Luminaria Ceremony. If you can’t join us, will you please visit my personal Relay for Life page and make a donation to support our efforts? Either way, you will make a real difference in the lives of people facing cancer – and in the lives of the people who love them. Thank you!

Please follow this link to visit my personal Relay for Life page and make your donation.

If you would like to participate with us in Fairfield, CT, you are invited to join our team, Life Beats Cancer. Please follow this link and select Join our Team.

For state fundraising notices and the American Cancer Society’s privacy policy, please paste this link into your browser: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/SU/su_0.asp

Please forward a link to this page to others that might be interested in participating or willing to make a contribution. Thank you for your support.