Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Having Fun


A graphics neophyte having fun with Microsoft Word. What could go wrong?


BURN BABY BURN

The title of this post refers to

a. My blood boiling
b. What I'm going to do with any Seattle Times newspaper I run across

Why?

Because our very own Maleficent just bailed out Washington State's failing newspaper industry.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a tax break for the state's troubled newspaper industry. The new law gives newspaper printers and publishers a 40 percent cut in the state's main business tax. The discounted rate mirrors breaks given in years past to the Boeing Co. and the timber industry. Newspapers across the country have resorted to layoffs and other cost-cutting moves to deal with a wounded business model and a recession-fueled drop in advertising. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its final edition earlier this year and was converted to an Internet-only publication with a much-reduced staff.

By the way, that is the article in its entirety. No news here, just move right along.

THIS IS SO WRONG FOR SO MANY REASONS!! Here are three. Feel free to add your own.

Reason #1: The media in our state just received a huuuuuuuge break from the sitting governor. Who do you think they will support/endorse/cover for the rest of the time? Do not try to tell me that they won't find themselves somehow drawn to even more Democrats as time goes on. (Note: this newspaper was almost completely in the tank as it was, but I think this just destroyed any last vestige of objectivity.) I think somebody owes somebody else now, don't you?

Reason #2: Notice how the article states, "cost-cutting moves to deal with a wounded business model?" HELLO! The government is NEVER supposed to save a "wounded business model." It is wounded because technology has overtaken the old way of doing things. I thought lefties were supposed to be the tech savvy, forward thinking people. Good thing today's politicians were not around when typewriters were going out of business due to computers becoming readily available and cheap or we would all still be banging away on an Underwood Five and I certainly would not be blogging.

Reason #3: The government does not have the right, constitutionally or otherwise, to choose which industries survive simply because those currently in power need said "wounded" industry to survive themselves.

Get with the times already Chris. I thought you were "progressive."

ACTION ITEM:

1. Call The Seattle Times and cancel your subscription NOW. Tell them why. My good friend Sally told them that, "...we don't read government subsidized newspapers in our house." DO IT TODAY. Here is their number: (206) 464-2111.

2. Tell everyone you know. Email them. Call them. Share this information and the phone number.

3. Find out who advertises with the Times and call and/or email those companies and tell them you have just cancelled your subscription to the newspaper. Tell these businesses why you cancelled, and tell them about the blogs and papers from which you DO get your news.

4. Send The Seattle Times offices as well as Gregoire the Mafiosa, pink slips. What the hey, call Gregoire's office too: 360-902-4111.

5. Print this out and put it on your car, or make up your own.


(Hat tip: Sally)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Albuquerque Tea Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Via Michelle Malkin, Albuquerque patriots are going to give Obama the welcome he deserves on May 14th - they're gonna be waving their tea bags all over the place. Smell it yet 'Bam?

Progressive Grassroots = Big, Giant Slabs of Turf

What gems we find when we clean out our inboxes. Check out this email from July 13, 2006 from the Center for Progressive Leadership Action Network, and then tell me that the support for Obama was "grassroots." Puhleeze.
Next Tuesday, July 18th, activists and organizers are coming together for an exciting event that will help build the progressive movement all across the country!The Center for Progressive Leadership Action Network is hosting a National Media Impact Training designed to give progressives the skills they need to generate earned media coverage for their campaigns and issues.

Keep reading.
The event will take place in over 100 house parties across the country and will use an innovative combination of video training, a live conference call with a media expert, and small group interactive workshops.

Keep reading.
Not only will the evening be a chance to learn about generating earned media coverage, but it will also be an exciting opportunity to connect with local activists from other communities and get linked to opportunities for direct action.

Keep reading.
Progressive organizations like America Votes, MoveOn.org, League of Young Voters, Latinos for America, People for the American Way and others are getting involved in order to help make this a truly movement-wide event.

Aaaghhh. There we go. How grassroots of them.
At the training, you will learn the best methods for getting local media attention, including pitching stories to reporters, organizing event logistics, and developing relationships with the press. It will also be a great chance to meet activists from other campaigns and get linked to direct action opportunities.

Remember, this was back in 2006.
Sign up to attend a Media Impact Training in your area or host your own house partyAfter the training, every participant will be invited to join an online community where you can participate in discussion boards, access more in-depth training resources, connect with other participants, and get linked to progressive campaigns and organizations.

Like maybe the Hope 'n Change Express?
This event is the first in a three-part series of National Network Trainings that the Center for Progressive Leadership Action Network is running this summer and fall. The series focuses on developing the skills of progressive activists, connecting individuals from different communities, and providing opportunities for direct action. You can also help build momentum for the event by spreading the word about it to your local community, progressive organizations that you know, and individuals who you think might want to get involved.

And finally, the crux:
Media coverage is one of the best tools we have for holding the administration and Congress accountable for their failures —

Hmph, that doesn't sound so bad, right? Wait for it....
and for spreading progressive values. We hope you can join us on July 18th!

Ah hah! And that is how one creates a progressive grassroots movement.