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Top Stories from AlterNet for January 27, 2006
http://www.alternet.org/
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ELECTION THEFT EMERGENCY
Terrence McNally, AlterNet
Mark Crispin Miller talks about how the right stole the 2004
presidential election — and how they’ll do it again unless
we stop them.
http://www.alternet.org/story/31217/

PART II: CHANGING THE COUNTRY, ONE BOOK AT A TIME
Don Hazen, AlterNet
The second of our two-part roundtable discussion tackles the
difficulties of getting progressive books reviewed during
Bush II.
http://www.alternet.org/story/31366/

BURSTING HOLLYWOOD’S ‘BUBBLE’
Monica Mehta, AlterNet
Steven Soderbergh’s new flick has been called ‘too indie.’
But what’s really radical is its distribution strategy.
http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/31379/

DOING DIRTY WORK ABROAD
Noah Leavitt, AlterNet
Europe is investigating the CIA’s clandestine torture
centers while the U.S. Congress looks the other way.
http://www.alternet.org/rights/31386/

RICHARD POMBO FACES GREEN AVALANCHE
Jan Frel, AlterNet
Environmental groups nationwide are pooling their funds for
a campaign to unseat one of the worst environmental
offenders in Congress.
http://www.alternet.org/story/31381/

LAST RIGHTS
Mubarak Dahir, AlterNet
It takes a last-ditch plea by a dying woman to get the
freeholders of Ocean County to do the right thing.
http://www.alternet.org/rights/31390/

REDEMPTION AND WEIRDNESS ON THE FARM
Matthew Wheeland, AlterNet
The new documentary ‘The Real Dirt on Farmer John’ offers a
deeply eccentric look at the past and future of the family
farm.
http://www.alternet.org/movies/31400/

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*** Freshly Mixed! ***

Laura Barcella on Kanye West’s Jesus scandal
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/themix/31374/

Joshua Holland: Will Kerry lead a filibuster?
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/themix/31372/

Maria Luisa Tucker: for once, evangelicals have nothin’ to say
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/themix/31397/

*** New in the Echo Chamber: ***

Evan Derkacz: Filibuster or bust
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/echochamber/31384/

DO IT NOW (and hit Obama HARD)!

The word is that Obama is against the filibuster:


Friends – Please take action & please send this far & wide!

Senator John Kerry has called for a filibuster of the Alito nomination, heeding your calls to do everything possible to defeat it. He has asked that activists now help convince his colleagues to join him.

Please contact key senators who can provide critical support to the filibuster effort! Click here for free, one-step faxing to 12 key senators -> EVAN BAYH, Obama, Dodd, Lieberman, Biden, Bill Nelson, Durbin, Snowe, Reid, Schumer, Clinton, Chafee, Feingold.

Free, One-Step Online Fax to 12 Key Senators!!
http://www.SaveTheCourt.org/AlitoFilibuster

Then forward this email to anyone you know who is worried that Alito would likely condone the abuse of power by the president, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and help curtail Congress’ ability to protect the civil rights, health, safety, and welfare of the American people.

We need to act now to prevent Senate Republican leaders from ramming this nomination through the Senate — time is of the essence.

The filibuster vote is scheduled for Monday. Send your free fax, sign Kerry’s petition (make calls?) anytime between now and then. Sooner is better.


Free, One-Step Online Fax to 12 Key Senators!!
http://www.SaveTheCourt.org/AlitoFilibuster

AND sign Senator John Kerry’s Open Letter to All Senators:
http://www.johnkerry.com/action/alito/

Toll-free numbers for Congressional Switchboard:
1-877-851-6437 or 1-888-355-3588
1-888-818-6641 or 1-800-426-8073

Direct Phone Numbers:
Bayh, Evan (Democrat – IN) Phone: (202) 224-5623
Obama, Barack (Democrat – IL) Phone: (202) 224-2854
Dodd, Christopher (Democrat – CT) Phone: (202) 224-2823
Lieberman, Joseph (Democrat – CT) Phone: (202) 224-4041
Biden, Joseph (Democrat – DE) Phone: 202-224-5042
Nelson, Bill (Democrat – FL) Phone: 202-224-5274
Durbin, Richard (Democrat – IL) Phone: (202) 224-2152
Snowe, Olympia (Republican – ME) Phone: (202) 224-1946
Reid, Harry (Democrat – NV) Phone: 202-224-3542
Schumer, Charles (Democrat – NY) Phone: 202-224-6542
Clinton, Hillary (Democrat – NY) Phone: (202) 224-4451
Chafee, Lincoln (Republican – RI) Phone: (202) 224-2921
Feingold, Russell (Democrat – WI) Phone: (202) 224-5323

Want to Earn Extra-Credit? Email or Call Red State Dems who are currently being targeted by ads created by the folks who brought us the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR) 202-224-4843
Webform: http://lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html

Sen. Mark Pryor (AR) 202-224-2353
Webform: http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (CT) 202-224-4041
Web Form: http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/

Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA) 202-224-5824
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Sen. Byron Dorgan (ND) 202-224-2551
Email: senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Sen. Kent Conrad (ND) 202-224-2043
Webform: http://conrad.senate.gov/webform.html

Sen. Tim Johnson (SD) 202-224-5842
Web Form: http://www.johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Sen. Robert Byrd (WV) 202-224-3954
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html

Sen. Ken Salazar (CO) 202-224-5852
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Sen. Susan Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
Web Form: http://collins.senate.gov/public/

Californians, call your errant senator!

Californians, please urge Sen. Feinstein to rethink her opposition to the filibuster.

Contact info: DC- 202-224-5323

Jim Molinari, State Director
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
415/393-0707
TTY/TDD: 415/249-4785

LOS ANGELES
Guillermo Gonzalez, Deputy State Director
11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310/914-7300

SAN DIEGO
James Peterson, Regional Director
750 “B” Street, Suite 1030
San Diego, CA 92101
619/231-9712

FRESNO
Shelly Abajian
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4-290
Fresno, CA 93721
559/485-7430

Google joins the People's Liberation Army

The Real Cost of Google’s Sellout to China
Google is perfectly willing to posture as a brave defender of the privacy of its users in the U.S. marketplace it already dominates while caving to the immense commercial opportunity awaiting it in China. This is a harsh reminder that the concentration of media in the past decade has made the few giant companies that now control them more vulnerable to demands from foreign — and domestic — governments with their own agenda.

By Thomas Lipscomb

(January 26, 2006) — Last week Google announced its intention to resist a Department of Justice court action underway. DOJ wanted Google to allow a surveillance test of millions of its users’ search queries as part of its effort to enforce online pornography legislation passed by Congress to protect children. Yahoo, AOL, and MSN had already agreed to cooperate. But now, in an extraordinary development, Google has announced its decision to join the largest internet censorship effort in the world, being run by Communist China.

Google will actively assist the Chinese government in barring access to thousands of Web sites and search terms, in fact anything on the World Wide Web the Chinese feel might destablize its authoritarian government. It will also eliminate the blogging and e-mail services it offers elsewhere in the world. According to the Associated Press: “Google officials characterized the censorship concessions in China as an excruciating decision for a company that adopted ‘don’t be evil’ as a motto.”

Read more.

Kennedy supports the filibuster!

From Sheila:

Dear all,

I have just received this from Senator Kennedy’s Boston office. Now we need one like this from 40 more. Keep on keeping on. Sxoxo

KENNEDY ON HIS DECISION TO SUPPORT A FILIBUSTER ON NOMINATION OF JUDGE ALITO

Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee. This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience. Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.

We owe it to future generations of Americans to oppose this nomination. If Judge Alito is confirmed, he will serve on the court long after President Bush leaves office, and the progress of half a century on the basic rights of all Americans is likely to be rolled back. Heís the wrong Justice for justice and the rule of law in America.

AOL won't let me email you

Friends,

Those of you who are on my list-serve, and who are AOL subscribers, may not have been hearing from me lately, as my messages to all such addressees bounce back to me. The corporation seems to have decided that my messages are spam.

I could try to fight this, or you could stop being AOL subscribers. I don’t know which one of those would be the bigger hassle, but I do know that, right now, I don’t have time to deal with it, what with the daily press of business and the rise of the police state here inthese United States.

In any case, the messages sent to the list all end up posted here.

MCM

Schumer DOESN'T GET IT!!!

Senator Charles Schumer is arguing against a filibuster.
A filibuster is the only chance we have to defeat Alito – and the wrong message to be sending George Bush and the Republicans
Call Schumer immediately and express your outrage!!!

Washington, DC
Phone: 202-224-6542
Fax: 202-228-3027
TDD: 202-224-0420
New York City
Phone:212-486-4430
Fax: 212.486.7693
website:schumer.senate.gov

Mary Landrieu DOESN'T GET IT!

CALL SENATOR LANDRIEU – ONE OF THE CRUCIAL 8! Here’s one of the CRUCIAL EIGHT.

I’m asking Texans, especially, but really anyone, to FOCUS ON MARY LANDRIEU to defeat Alito.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is speaking publicly against a filibuster of the Alito nomination for Supreme Court.

She says there is more important business the Senate needs to get on with. !!!!!

Ted Kennedy said yesterday during Alito Senate debate: “The stakes could not be higher. This is the vote of a generation.”

Rainbow Push writes re Alito: “50 years of civil, human and women’s rights advances are at stake – from Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “

If confirmed, Alito at age 55 could serve out his life expectancy on the court — 28 years — in other words, the next SEVEN CONSECUTIVE PRESIDENTIAL TERMS.

Vote is in the next few days.

Landrieu is one of eight Democratic Senators needed to stop Alito.

PLEASE CALL OR FAX HER OFFICES.

PLEASE — EVERYONE CONTACT HER. IF YOU KNOW LOUISIANA RESIDENTS, INCLUDING EVACUEES LIVING ELSEWHERE — SPREAD THIS TO THEM TOO. HELP THE NATION!!!

Senator Mary Landrieu (D)
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Fax: (202) 224-9735

You can just say YOU MUST FILIBUSTER. Or, if you want to try to be persuasive, ask to speak to Kevin Avery at (202) 224-5824. He is her DC staff person who is in charge of judiciary issues.