Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cell Phone Do Not CALL list, Haiti update, *Why Martha Lost*

From: Michael Schwartz
Subject: Do Not Call list for Cell Phones

This is a connection associated with and supported by the Federal Trade
Commission. I just made the call.
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to
telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.


To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your
time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the
cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a
different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 2 seconds.


In part because of restrictions imposed by the U.S. military, aid is still
not getting through quickly enough to people in Haiti who desperately need
it. In particular, fresh water is not getting through to people who need it.

Established aid groups who have a long history of working in Haiti have
suddenly found themselves unable to deliver urgently needed medical, water,
and food supplies because the U.S. military will not grant them access to
ports and airports. Doctors Without Borders reports that a "plane carrying
12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies and two
dialysis machines, was turned away three times from Port-au- Prince airport
since Sunday night." [1] Groups ready to deliver aid to Jacmel - the
fourth-largest city in Haiti - were told they would receive no clearance to
land there from the U.S. military, even though they already had both aid
supplies and the means for distributing them. This aid is only just now
beginning to be delivered - thanks to assistance from the Dominican
Republic, not the U.S.

In Port-au-Prince, huge stockpiles of aid sit in warehouses while people
wait for supplies that mean the difference between life and death.

Finally, the US has started to airdrop water and food. Would you join us in
urging that these airdrops, including water purification tablets, be
immediately expanded, and that established aid organizations be allowed to
deliver urgent assistance?

AP reports that "The U.S. military has airdropped water and food into Haiti
after earlier ruling out such a delivery method as too risky. Military
officials are considering whether the method was successful enough to be
used throughout Haiti."

The risk cited earlier by Defense Secretary Gates was that airdrops might
trigger riots if there was no structure on the ground to distribute the

But the primary driver of potential violence is shortage: if there is plenty
to go around, there is no reason to fight. That's why these airdrops must be
immediately expanded.

Please join us in demanding that the Obama Administration immediately expand
the airdrops of water and food into Haiti, and that established aid
organizations be allowed to deliver urgent assistance.

Thank you for all you do to help bring about a just foreign policy,

Chelsea Mozen, Sarah Burns, Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

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From: dorinda moreno

Solar-powered Bibles sent to Haiti from the U.S.

As international aid agencies rush food, water and medicine to Haiti's
earthquake victims, a United States group is sending Bibles.
But these aren't just any Bibles; they're solar-powered audible Bibles that
can broadcast the holy scriptures in Haitian Creole to 300 people at a time.
The Faith Comes By Hearing organisation says its Bible, called the
Proclaimer, delivers "digital quality" and is designed for "poor and
illiterate people". It says 600 of the devices are already on their way to

The Albuquerque-based organisation says it is responding to the Haitian
crisis by "providing faith, hope and love through God's word in audio". The
audio Bible can bring the "hope and comfort that comes from knowing God has
not forgotten them through this tragedy," a statement on its website says.
"The Proclaimer is self-powered and can play the Bible in the jungle, desert
or ... even on the moon!"

Tens of thousands of Port-au-Prince residents are living outdoors because
their homes have collapsed or they fear aftershocks following Wednesday's

Luxury liners are still docking at private beaches near Haiti's devastated
earthquake zone for holidaymakers to enjoy the water & canapes


*Why Martha Lost*

*While US Democrats are shocked at the surprising vulnerablity of Ted
Kennedy's Senate seat--the Liberal Lion of the Senate--US observer Daniel
Patrick Welch, who lives in and writes from Kennedy's home state, is
underwhelmed. Democrats have foolishly ceded the populist impulse to the
right, and are now reaping what they have sown.**

*by Daniel Patrick Welch

I'm sick of waiting for the post-election analysis where bobbling heads pick
over the bones of what they already knew to make themselves seem like sages.
Or maybe I'm just lazy. In any event, call this a pre-mortem, or The
Audacity of Losing A Sure Bet....something like that.

Yes, the polls are still open. But the potential or as some might dare say
(me!) impending loss of Ted Kennedy's seat to a faux populist republican
nude model is so egregious, so telling, and so...well, inevitable--that it
justifies jumping the gun just a bit.

What went wrong? What didn't go wrong? The Democratic Pary is so convinced
of its rightful place at what it likes to peg as the center-left of the US
electorate that it is completely tone deaf, out of touch, and
self-congratulatory in its assumptions that its once core constituencies
will follow it into the dustbin of history.

The most obvious and forgivable mistake was to assume--with complete
historical justification--that the race was a foregone conclusion and that
the real media show was in the Dem primary. However reasonable, this
assumption played neatly into the hands of a clever and well-tuned
opposition, who were able to portray Democratic candidate Martha Coakley as
thinking she deserved the seat, like it was some unwritten codicil in
Teddy's will.

Friends of Martha will protest, but no matter. The real problems started to
mount when this effect began to snowball. Undeserved leadership is something
of a sore spot for jilted voters who have realized with a vengeance that
their love for the dems is unrequited. A party that seems unable either to
oppose when in the opposition nor lead when in power is one that shouldn't
be allowed to play with matches, as long as there are any adults around to
stop them.

This leads to the second huge mistake. The local party machine, knowing they
were in serious trouble, appealed to the national machine to bring in the
cavalry. Big mistake. Obama's coattails are flapping somewhere around his
shoulderblades, and the reputation of congressional dems is even worse. It's
possible that dem strategists simply can't believe that there could have
been such a massive shift in so little time, and that Barry the Rock Star
with the melifluous voice can still be counted on to turn em out.

People. Are. Pissed. There really isn't much more to it than that. And the
more you try to schmooze them into believing things are better when they're
not, the more they will turn on you. Judas said it best (or at least Anthony
Lloyd Weber): "You have set them all on fire/ They think they've found the
new messiah/ And they'll hurt you when they think you've lied."

Don't get me wrong: Scott Brown is a republican, and maybe the continuous
reiteration of that fact will hit home with Massachusetts voters at the last
minute, helping democrats to tap the almost overwhelming advantage they
enjoy in the state. But the national party has quickly allowed itself to be
something other than what voters wanted in 2008; if you can't live up to
expectations, you can't take loyalty for granted.

Obama's handlers in particular seem unaware of the anger seething at the
grassroots. People are hurting, they are scared, they are angry, and Obama's
cool customer routine has worn thin fast. It doesn't take a year to figure
out that the same neoliberal crap won't work, and it doesn't help that he
has kept on some of the same flunkies, signed on to the same domestic as
well as foreign policies, and just plain been too cautious even in a
symbolic way. It wouldn't surprise me if the last straw for some voters was
Obama's recent appointment of George W. Bush to help head up the Haiti
relief effort.

But back to Massachusetts and Martha Coakley. As a lifelong resident, I am
well aware that the Massachusetts "solution" to health care is not the
wildly popular program the elites like to make it seem. Obama, in fact,
nailed it dead on when campaigning here in the primary in 2008: "Somehow I
find it hard to believe that poor people don't have health insurance simply
because no one has yet forced them to buy it." And yet it is exactly this
wildly unpopular concept that has been woven into the industry-approved
health insurance bailout now bubbling on congress's front burner. My wife
and I pay $10,000 a year for insurance just for the two of us--and that is
not at all uncommon. They may not run in power circles, but many people I
know pay the fines instead of buying the insurance--they have no choice.

Working people, poor people, are very, very angry--and they simply don't see
saving this lousy legislation as a reason to go to the polls on a snowy day
in January. As for the grassroots progressives, whose vaunted people power
supposedly catapulted Obama into office? Though they lapped up his best
seller, Audacity of Hope, they are not lining up for pre-orders on the
sequel, The Audacity of Bombing the Crap Out of Everyone for their Own Damn
Good. Democrats have stupidly squandered an incredible opportunity. The
populist anger is still very real, but they have ceded it to the right in
one of the worst performances in modern political history. If they want to
save their party, they had better take a much more radical turn--and fast.
History doesn't wait.

Writer, singer, linguist and activist Daniel Patrick Welch lives and writes
in Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife, Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde. Together
they run The Greenhouse School (
Translations of articles are available in over two dozen languages. Links to
the website are appreciated at
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