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Per my promise, I'm here to report back on what House Democrats are doing to hold Republicans and the President accountable.  We returned from our April recess this week and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle wasted little time in getting down to business - namely, the business of serving wealthy corporate interests at the expense of the American people. So much of what we've done has already been covered on DailyKos, but thought it would be helpful to see everything in one place:

House Democrats, led by Rep. John Conyers filed a lawsuit against President Bush and the Administration for their unconstitutional actions on the Republican Budget Bill.

The Republican "Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act" was exposed for the toothless sham that it is.  A classic page right out of the GOP playbook, it doesn't matter what your bill does (or fails to do), as long as it has a great title. Rep. Louise Slaughter led a spirited attack on this incomplete and inadequate legislation on the House floor.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel uncovered a Republican love poem.

House Democrats offered real solutions to America's high gas prices and dependence on foreign oil and put intense pressure on the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress to stand up to Republican big oil and gas company cronies. You may have heard of my disgust of the President's "energy" speech, but you can also watch more video highlights here.

Rep. Ed Markey offered a Net Neutrality amendment to prohibit broadband corporations from blocking, impairing, or degrading a consumer's ability to access lawful Internet content, applications, or services. Without Net Neutrality, corporate special interests will be able to charge extra fees and turn the internet into a multi-tiered network of bandwidth haves and have-nots. Though it was defeated in committee, Net Neutrality will get a second chance when the COPE Act comes to the floor next week, and you can still sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the Markey Amendment. The Netroots have made a tremendous difference in this debate -- please keep up the good work.  

And today, five House Democrats were arrested at the Sudanese embassy in DC protesting the atrocities in the Darfur region: Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. John Olver (D-MA), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

In San Francisco it's hard to walk more than a couple of blocks without reading Margaret Mead's words, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  Cliché or not, there is a reason her words resonate: they are true. This week in Congress, House Democrats have shown we are committed to changing business as usual in Washington.  This week, the Netroots showed tremendous power and citizen advocacy on Net Neutrality.  And this weekend, more citizens of this country will show we are citizens of the world as well.

The atrocities in Darfur continue - villages are engulfed in flames, women are brutally raped and children are kidnapped.  Today, hundreds of thousands will spend another day living in sweltering heat and suffer from dehydration and malnutrition.  And around the world, the clock will continue to tick.  With each minute that passes in Darfur, the victims of this genocide lose a bit of hope for security and peace in their country.  Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit an art exhibit featuring a series of illustrations that were drawn by children in Darfur.  Image after image depicted the horrors of death, rape, destruction.  Just imagine - these are nine-year-olds who were handed crayons, pencils, a sheet of paper.  Without any direction, they drew women being carried away on horses, bombs falling from the sky, men storming villages with rifles.  These children lost their homes and their families.  We cannot allow them to lose hope.

On Sunday I will join thousands at a rally in Washington, D.C., and tens of thousands will gather at rallies across the country to declare "Not on Our Watch."  How many hundreds of thousands will be killed in Darfur before the destruction is stopped?  I urge everyone who can to attend a rally.  This genocide will only be stopped by a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens speaking out.
 

(For more information please watch this video and visit www.SaveDarfur.org)

Originally posted to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:23 PM PDT.

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  •  Great and Thanks ! (21+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the hard work and your service. Please tell whoever you have doing your diarys that I think they do a great job. Oops, and if you do your own, I just figured you're would be to busy, I love all the links and stuff.

    -8.63 -7.28 Vote+$.01 I will vote Dem., but in protest and support.

    by OneCrankyDom on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:24:06 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Pelosi- (35+ / 1-)

    What do you plan to do about your colleagues, and possibly yourself (I'm not sure), all driving gas-guzzling SUVs and Minivans, leaving them running, driving the 1-2 blocks to their offices, etc.?

    How about some personal responsibility?

    Why are the only two people in Congress driving hybrids Republicans?

    •  excellent point! (10+ / 0-)

      Congresspeople should DEFINITELY be acting like role models.

    •  do you have a list of what everyone drives? (12+ / 0-)

      I remember Dick Durbin saying a year ago (or so) that he drives a hybrid Escape.  

      Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.- George Orwell

      by LisaZ on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:47:14 PM PDT

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    •  She's tried! (76+ / 0-)

      From Time:

      As House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi can appoint people to high-level commissions and direct millions of federal dollars to her district. But the lawmaker from San Francisco can't pick her own car. For security reasons, congressional leaders are required to ride in vans or sport-utility vehicles driven by Capitol Hill police. Pelosi, worried about environmental impact, is no longer content to ride in a gas-guzzling black Chevy Suburban. " I want a hybrid," she told TIME last week.

    •  Hastert? (27+ / 0-)

      Yesterday?  Can't get much worse than that...

      And when the press tried to play gotcha with Dems at the same event, they got this...

      "The most dramatic moment arose when a reporter asked Schumer and Emanuel on how they personally had traveled to the press conference, apparently hoping to catch them in an admission that they'd used a gas guzzling limousine. Schumer was happy to say he came in a Toyota Prius, an economical hybrid car, and that his family vehicle was a Ford Taurus. When the reporter pressed Emanuel, the congressman said he came in a Ford Taurus. Then, saying 'I'm not playing this game,' Emanuel defiantly opened his wallet and pulled out cards from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Washington's Metro system, proving he uses public transportation."

      Yes- it would be better if all of us who believe in protecting the environment practiced what we preach in every regard.  Reality is that it isn't always practical.  There is a big difference between what Hastert did and what the Dems are doing.  At least they would get behind improved environmental legislation almost unanimously...

      "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels

      by gerbbils on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:12:03 PM PDT

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      •  You mean (4+ / 0-)
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        Emanuel isn't an evil DLC dem?

        that was snark.

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        by FleetAdmiralJ on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:15:15 PM PDT

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        •  That impresses me.... (3+ / 0-)
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          Taking the Metro makes good sense from a traffic and parking point of view.  Also, it is pretty safe.  It is better if our elected representatives aren't afraid to walk amongst us.  Capitol Hill shouldn't be the Green Zone.  However given the nasty tone of the depate, I understand if you wish to use the appropriate protection of the Capitol Police.

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:03:47 PM PDT

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    •  When did minivans go on the shit list? (8+ / 0-)

      The classic sneer about big SUVs is, they're for guys who need to prove their manliness. Minivans don't work for that. Depending on the load factor they can be pretty responsible.

      There is a knock against Detroit for keeping them off the CAFE standards -- but someone driving a family around in a Dodge Caravan is not a big environmental offender.

        •  Minivans are good carpool value. (1+ / 0-)
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          Maybe the Capitol police pick up groups.

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:04:26 PM PDT

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        •  You can't drive a family around in a hybrid (1+ / 0-)
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          unless it's a small family.

          Sure, there are new hybrid SUVs, but not everyone has the finances to buy a brand new SUV at the drop of a hat. Especially people with large families.

          congratulations on your foreskin -- osteriser

          by bartman on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:15:25 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, but we're talking about members of congress (1+ / 0-)
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            not average citizens.

          •  Oh yes you can (3+ / 0-)
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            my family used to drive around quite successfully in a Fiat 500, the size of which you would probably be incapable to relate to your idea of a car. A little uncomfortable maybe, but a lot better than what your children will have to endure after a century of SUV emissions.

            Don't try to heal the world: you may be its disease.

            by gongo on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 07:19:53 PM PDT

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            •  You are SOOOO wrong... (3+ / 0-)
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              I am certain of course you had 3 car seats in that fiat 500... </snark>

              The days of stuffing the 2 year old on the package shelf of VW Bug (my favorite pre-school hangout) are over.  You can BARELY get three across in a mid-sized sedan or wagon (and not always).  That means mini-van or 7 seat SUV if you have more than two kids - and really even if you have two after you factor in the stroller and assorted other stuff.

              The killer is that the seats not only barely fit - but they basically use up all of your back seat space - space that I used to share with a sack or two of groceries when I was a kid.

              This isn't a defense of SUVs - I personally won't drive one. But the reality is that you can't live the way we did in 1972.  Cars today pollute far less than they did in 1972 - a Fiat 500 pollutes more just sitting than a modern (yes even SUV) car does running.

              What is unfortunate is that there aren't more family friendly wagons out there - 7 passengers without the 4x4 crap and heavy suspension garbage that comes on an SUV...  

              "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

              by mlangner on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 09:30:35 PM PDT

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            •  You could probably BUY (2+ / 0-)
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              a Fiat 500 with the cost of the ticket you'd get if you tried driving a family of five around in one nowdays.

              BTW, why would you assume I am unfamiliar with small cars? I own a Chevy Metro. We joke about the fact that it runs on squirrel power, and seats 2, counting the squirrels.

              I remember riding to a soccer game staring at the sky through the hatchback of a Pinto when I was a kid. I know about riding in cars overstuffed with kids. And I know that it's illegal nowdays. (And for good reason.)

              congratulations on your foreskin -- osteriser

              by bartman on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 10:26:09 PM PDT

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          •  Hybrids (3+ / 0-)
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            You can't drive a family around in a hybrid

            My wife drives an SUV -- a Highlander Hybrid -- it gets over 30 miles a gallon and has has three rows of seats (the back ones pop up if you need them).  We got it because of its gas mileage and the need to take a bunch of kids to practice a couple times of weeks.

            The Hybrid SUV cost more and we doubt that we will get the money back by saving the gas -- but we also felt that we wouldn't lose money, either.

            Between one car that gulps gas but costs less, and one that sips it but costs more, we felt the deciding factor was "leading by example".

            As for whether everyone can afford the added cost of a hybrid, I have this question for you: where do you want your money to go? To Exxon or to the car company that builds hybrids?  Either way you will pay.  To buy a cheaper, gas guzzling vehicle is false economy.

            I decided I will never give another dime to Exxon as long as I live.  In the meantime, I spend less dollars at BP.

            •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

              You sure corrected me about the SUV hybrids. Too bad I didn't mention them in my original comment.

              Oh wait. I did!

              Many families in America can't afford to buy new cars at all. Until there are reasonably priced used SUV hybrids on the market, I'm not going to hold it against any large family for not driving a hybrid. Because it really isn't an option for many.

              Personally, I think that a minivan would be a better choice than a hybrid SUV for a large family at this point.

              The Highlander Hybrid has an invoice price of $29,561 while the Mazda5 Minivan's invoice is $16,326

              That's a difference of over $13,000 dollars.

              Considering that the minivan's MPG is 22/27 compared to 33/28 for the SUV, we'll assume that all the driving is city driving. (For the benefit of the SUV.) Because highway driving is virtually identical between the two vehicles.

              So, you'd need to save over 4000 gallons of gas to make the SUV a better deal in the long run.

              For each city mile driven, the SUV uses 1/33 of a gallon, and the minivan uses 1/22 of a gallon. For a difference of 1/66 of a gallon savings per mile.

              That means we'd need to drive over 250,000 city miles in order for the SUV to be the better deal.

              Minivan wins.

              Certainly, the SUV is more environmentally responsible for city driving with five or more passengers. But as I said, most large families don't have $13,000 laying around to spend on environmental responsibility. Plus, they'd be better off getting the minivan, and installing solar panels on their house at that price.

              I'm not going to hold it against a large family for not blowing $13,000 dollars purely to be more environmentally responsible. Especially when IMO there are better ways to spend that $13,000 to benefit the environment.

              Really, the most responsible behavior would be to save up for a hybrid minivan, which should be hitting the market in the next year or two.

              congratulations on your foreskin -- osteriser

              by bartman on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:29:44 PM PDT

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        •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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          Our family has a Prius, which my husband uses for his horrible 50 mile daily commute (he carpools with his boss who has the Honda hybrid), and we have a Chevy Venture, which I drive with the 3 kids when I have to.
          Couple of observations:

          1. My Venture gets comparable milage to my mother-in-law's Toyota Highlander hybrid (~27-30 mpg); I fill up about once/month.  I wish its emissions were as low as her hybrid's.
          1. All 5 of us fit quite well in the Prius, although I think it would be too small for a long road trip (no room for luggage and a cooler, or camping gear.  Also, it would be too small for 5 adults to be very comfortable for long.
        •  But, compared to walking - (1+ / 0-)
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          your hybrid not so good.  And how do you know that that mini van owner isn't doing 100 other somethings to protect the environment that some hybrid owner isn't?  

          When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' - Theodore Roosevelt

          by dkmich on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:40:01 AM PDT

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      •  When did minivans get on the ____ list? (0+ / 0-)

        Minivans were always on the list; they just don't handle nearly as well as passenger cars.

        Personally, I far prefer a passenger car such as the Honda Accord, Acura TSX, or BMW 3 series -- all consistently on Car and Driver magazine's top ten lists -- to a hybrid.  Hybrids just don't have the acceleration that non-passenger cars do; for example, a Prius goes from 0 to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds while the Accord goes from 0 to 60 mph in at most 8.5 seconds.  That's really useful when merging onto highway lanes.  Also, I doubt hybrids have the same level of important safety features such as side curtain airbags, vehicle stability control, and brake assist that the cars I mentioned do.

        Also, I think we Americans need to learn to live closer together, so there can be more public transportation.  I take the DC subway everyday to work and back, and enjoy the ride very much.  I only use my car on weekends and some weeknights.

        Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

        by jim bow on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 08:12:43 PM PDT

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        •  apples to apples (1+ / 0-)
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          In the Honda line, this is the best Accord, just as the Civic hybrid is the best Civic. But the Accord pushes the envelope to include 0-to-60 in 6.7 seconds in a comfy five-passenger sedan while, according to the EPA, achieving 30 mpg city, 37 highway.

          ...

          It also has the best performance of any Accord four-door, outrunning the V-6 automatic by 0.3 second to 60 mph and 1 mph in the quarter, to 93 mph in the end zone.

          •  I should note (1+ / 0-)
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            That is the Accord Hybrid.  The idea of having hybrid/ non-hybrid models is old.  Remember, only the first two, the Insight and the Prius, were distinct models-- since then hybrids have been continuations of the regular models, with equal if not better passenger safety and comfort features.  

            •  True - but with that has come some not so (0+ / 0-)

              stellar mileage improvements.  The problem is that big heavy cars don't reap much benefit from the electric motor (as its too small to actually drive the car as much as a Prius which is very light by comparison)

              The Lexus hybrid SUV barely gets better mileage than its gas sibling 1-2 mpg... it DOES however go faster and have more torque (power off the line) - an ironic twist if I may say so...

              "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

              by mlangner on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 09:43:50 PM PDT

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              •  That's because Lexus knows... (0+ / 0-)

                ...its customers won't buy "green" if they think it's underpowered or otherwise somehow lesser than a non-hybrid model.

                •  Perhaps - but its more an issue of physics (0+ / 0-)

                  than choice.  Both Toyota and Honda have a strong committment to green vehicles - and Lexus/Toyota is selling every one they make - Toyota is WAY out ahead of the market in the development of the technologies needed to make hybrids work - particularly the computing technology and chips (another failing of the U.S. manufacturers - e.g., Ford now licenses Toyota's technology for the Esacpe hybrid)  

                  The electric motor which is used for slow speed and take off is by its nature a much higher torque motor which creates the take off power - that's why a Prius has nice performance numbers despite having a tiny engine.  The problem is that the Lexus is so much heavier that it needs the assistance of the gasoline motor more often and earlier than a Prius - and that gas motor needs to be larger to move the heavy vehicle.

                  Ideally you would size up the electric motor to balance the heavier weight of the car - except that physics gets in the way - the batteries to support a larger electric motor would be too large to fit in a Lexus and weigh far to much - so its a bit of a losing battle given the current technology.  As energy storage technology improves we should see better numbers out of heavier vehicles using hybrid technology.

                  "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

                  by mlangner on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:45:30 PM PDT

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            •  Compare Accord V-6 to Accord V-6 Hybrid (0+ / 0-)

              From Edmunds.com:

              Invoice Price:
              2006 Accord V-6 w/ navigation system:  $26,385
              2006 Accord V-6 Hybrid w/ navigation system:  $29,681

              EPA MPG Estimates (city/highway):
              2006 Accord V-6 w/ navigation system:  (20 mpg/29 mpg)
              2006 Accord V-6 Hybrid w/ navigation system:  (25 mpg/34 mpg)

              Also, the non-hybrid model has a moonroof, and the hybrid model does not.

              As someone who fills a gas tank at most once every two weeks (I take public transportation to work each day, and only drive a car on weekends and occasionally some weekdays), I'll take the cheaper Accord with the moonroof any day.  The hybrid, which isn't that more fuel efficient than the non-hybrid, just isn't worth the price.

              Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

              by jim bow on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:38:40 PM PDT

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        •  Geezus Jim (0+ / 0-)

          Of course minivans don't handle as well - they're minivans... and I don't think you want to haul 2x4s with your TSX either... the point is you should use the right tool for the job rather than complain that you can hammer nails well with a screwdriver.

          BMW 3 Series... I have one - you can't put three kids in it... thats why I have an Odyssey as well - which given the need for 3 car seats is about the best option you can have - short of ponying up big for a Merc E60 Wagon...

          If you want to drive a nice sporty handling car - then don't bring the kids

          "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

          by mlangner on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 09:35:14 PM PDT

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          •  As one of three children growing up (0+ / 0-)

            Our family never purchased a minivan or an SUV.  Heck, my dad drove a Pinto until I was ten (1989) while my mom drove a K-Car until 1986.  (I was barely seven at the time.)  When the K-Car broke down in 1986, my parents got a Volvo station wagon.  When the Pinto broke down in 1989, my parents got a second-hand Subaru station wagon.  We did fine with these cars.

            My dad never liked and still dislikes big cars; he preferred the athleticism of small cars.  My mom always wanted a minivan, and I'm glad we never got one.

            And by the way, Accords are good family cars, too.  My parents purchased one in 1993 -- two years after my brother left for college (Duke).

            Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

            by jim bow on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:50:34 PM PDT

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            •  Sure - Same with my family (0+ / 0-)

              We had VW Bugs and Fastbacks, a couple of Rabbits, a Vanagon Camper, Dodge/Mitsubishi Colt, and one of the original Subaru wagons.  The problem is that unlike those days - and even the eighties when you grew up - you didn't need to have safety seats for everyone under the age of 6.  None of our cars or yours for that matter, with the exception of the Vanagon would have been able to handle 3 child seats and most of them wouldn't be able to take a modern rear facing baby seat safely either (baby and safety seats are much larger today than 10 years ago as well).

              In fact even many small cars today can't handle a rear facing baby seat because there isn't enough room between the back of the front seat and the rear seatback if you have any hope of actually sitting in the front seat - and even if it does fit it likely puts your front seat passenger too close to the dash airbags to be considered safe.  

              That is the primary difference between our families being able to use small wagons and other small cars when we were growing up and the realities of having three kids today.

              I'm like your dad I prefer small lighter cars - that's why I drive a 3 Series - but the reality is that now that I have to haul 2 kids in my car pretty much every weekend - there isn't enough room for the kids, the seats, stroller and other kid stuff with any hope of fitting groceries or anything else in the car (and the BMW is by no means a small vehicle compared to those of 20 years ago).  So the 3 Series is on its way out to be replaced by a small wagon - but that is our second car.

              Of course we could just have smaller families - but given that conservatives are having more kids maybe that isn't the best answer...

              "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

              by mlangner on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 05:56:54 PM PDT

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              •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

                My brother is 6.5 years older than I am, and my sister is 2 years younger than I am, so we never needed three safety seats in the car at a time; in addition, it was very rare that all three of us children would be going to the same place together.  During those occaisions when the three of us children were going to the same place together, we would go a very short distance, or if we were going on a long car trip, we would go with our paternal grandparents in two cars.

                All grown up, I now wish I had more siblings -- and not less.  Maybe that's because the three of us -- my sister, my brother, and I -- got along so exceptionally well, and never fought.  What keeps me from wanting more than three children when I get married is the minivan factor.  I don't want to have to drive a minivan. ...

                Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

                by jim bow on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 12:02:13 PM PDT

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                •  I am the same way... but (0+ / 0-)

                  when you are a Dad you kinda give up on worrying about what you drive as the family car because anything that makes dealing with your kids easier/better is appreciated (kids are a huge undertaking - wonderful but at the same time challenging - so you stop worrying about slaloming down nice roads - gonna make them sick anyway and instead appreciate the auto liftgate or the fact you can put the big kids in the third row away from the baby which keeps them from waking him up during a nap.)

                  That being said I would take a performance family truckster over a non-performance any day of the week.

                  My wife's minivan is actually quite fast (6 cylinder 245 HP) - it also gets lousy gas mileage - in SUV territory  (14 mpg around town).  It handles well for a minivan (and for and average car for that matter) but it weighs a ton and the brakes are not that good.  

                  Hopefully the car manufacturers will keep building more crossovers that are closer to wagons than softroad SUVs e.g., Mercedes R-Class or the Caddy SRX...  The Volvo XC90 without the offroad suspension would be great.  BMW is supposed to have a 6/7 seat crossover in development called the V-class which I would definitely look into to replace the minivan - my 3-Series has been the best built, best to drive and best to own car I have ever had - and BMW redefined the performance SUV category when it rolled out the X5 - hopefully they can do the same to the crossover market as well.

                  "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

                  by mlangner on Mon May 01, 2006 at 03:29:41 PM PDT

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      •  Problem is that Mini-vans are not so (0+ / 0-)

        mini any more.  My Odyssey is 5000 lbs and gets nowhere near the advertised mileage we are lucky to 18mpg on the highway/ 14 around town - (even in ECO mode when it shuts down 3 of its six cylinders).

        Had I known then what I did now I would have never bought it...

        "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" Justice Louis Brandeis

        by mlangner on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 09:40:34 PM PDT

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    •  LOL Representative Hassert (2+ / 0-)
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      As I saw on Keith Olberman tonight, Drove up to HIS Demonstration in a 'hydrogen fueled" vehicle, when he left a few blocks down the road, he stopped and SWITCHED to his fuel guzzling SUV!!!

      At least the Democrats are REAL--they are like most of us caught off guard by this warmongering rhectoric of Bush towards Iran which is the REASON the gas prices are so high this time around--Remember that?--Or has the latest round of political contriteness about this now 'environmental president' kind of punched all that aside?

      Good for the Democrats in remaining REAL and close to the people UNLIKE the Republicancans with the 'bait and switch' of cruising into a gas station in what THEIR president is rallying for, then driving off to SWITCH into what we all know as REALITY--the Bush and Republican's are so good at this 'bait and switch' !

      •  That Hydrogen car was a GM... (0+ / 0-)

        The pilot program in DC was put together GM Research and Powertrain which has spent the better part of the last decade developing hydrogen vehicles. Maybe a round of applause is in order for getting them this far with all of the hurdles that have been overcome.

        •  Why is hydrogen so good? (0+ / 0-)

          It's not like we have hydrogen mines or wells all over the planet.

          Hydrogen is an energy storage and distribution technology. It's not an energy source.

          When you hear about "hydrogen powered cars," think of it as "rechargable battery powered cars." It's the exact same thing. We still need a source of power to "charge the battery" or "generate the hydrogen."

          congratulations on your foreskin -- osteriser

          by bartman on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 10:22:55 PM PDT

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        •  conservation of energy (2+ / 0-)
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          Hydrogen is not a source of energy unless you build a fusion plant, and we don't have one.  Ok, that was sarcastic.

          The "hydrogen economy" is not true.  Any engineer can tell you.

          You cannot mine hydrogen.  You must spend energy to make hydrogen fuel cells.

          Perhaps you can gather solar energy or wind energy to make hydrogen fuel cells, but the energy source is still not the hydrogen fuel cell.

          Why on earth GM wasted all this time and money on this 'hydrogen economy' is beyond me.

          In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

          by yet another liberal on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 11:50:04 PM PDT

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          •  If we had a non-fossil fuel... (2+ / 0-)
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            yet another liberal, 3goldens

            ...powered electrical grid, then hydrogen powered cars would make sense. You could use solar, wind, hydroelectric, etc to generate electricity, but electricity is inefficienct to transport, and even more inefficient to store. By converting it to hydrogen gas, we could use existing natural gas infrastructure to store and transfer the energy much more efficiently than batteries and power lines.

            But, until we've reached the point where we don't use fossil fuels to power our electrical grid (or we discover a solar-powered technique for generating hydrogen from water) hydrogen powered vehicles just don't make sense.

            congratulations on your foreskin -- osteriser

            by bartman on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 12:02:04 AM PDT

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    •  i believe you're lying (0+ / 1-)
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      n/t

    •  In the Hastert (sp) diary, (1+ / 0-)
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      I believe someone pointed out that members of the house and senate leadership have to drive in armored vehicles, for which hybrids are not an option.

    •  Actually ... (0+ / 0-)

      There are Democrats with hybrids -- and were early adopters.

      See this, from 2001:

      Japan's gasoline-electric hybrid cars have now been available in the U.S. for nearly a year, and they are proving quite popular. According to Toyota, the waiting list for its Prius averages five to six months. ....
      Even members of Congress are fans of the hybrid car. Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) owns a Prius, and he believes the car's best feature is the environmental aspect. When at a stop, the Prius doesn't burn energy. Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD) describes the Prius as a “green car with green technology.” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-MD) believes that such luxury cars as Cadillac and Lincoln will eventually embrace the hybrid technology. All three representatives chose the four-door Prius for its roomier interior and back seat;....

      Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D) have also snapped up the Prius, and there might be more Congressional buyers on the way. Baird says that since he has started driving his new car at least a dozen colleagues have asked about it.

      Believe that Boxer has three Prius now (both in DC and back in CA).  Bartlett just got his 2006 Prius.  (Bartlett is an unusual character and is, along with Udall, a founding member of the Peak Oil Caucus on the Hill.  Bartlett holds about 40 patents and built about 50 solar homes (including his mountain vacation home) before running for Congress.  He voted against the 2005 Energy Bill because it gave too much to traditional energy and not enough for renewables/alternatives.  Yet, least we forget, he votes strictly R for leadership votes ...)  But, to return to this, there have been both R and D members with hybrids since they were introduced and far from just R members with hybrids (and other fuel efficient vehicles) today.

      By the way, the worst of the SUV arrogance remains, I would think, Dennis Hastert, who thought his photo op would be about Hydrogen cars but instead was about not being willing to have his fat ass in a sensible car even for going around the block.

      9/11/05, Day 1469, A count worth keeping? Or, Osama Bin Forgotten?

      by besieged by bush on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:11:23 PM PDT

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    •  Keep it up (1+ / 0-)
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      Keep doing what you can to stop the erosion of our nations prestige, power, and freedom.  I know that your options are limited while you are in the minority in the House, but I have high hopes for your ability to make a real difference and enforce accountability starting in January 2007.

      PS Don't worry about the chatter here critiquing Rep. Pelosi for things beyond her control.  You must be as frustrated as we are, if not more so, to be so close to the centre of power yet intentionally frozen out.

      PPS I hope that when we have Mrs. Pelosi as Speaker she will be able to reverse the erosion of democracy in the people's, and extend the courtesies and privileges that the Republican majority is currently denying to you.  In the long run it will strengthen our Democracy, our Country, and our Party.

      ...in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent
      -G.W. Bush
      -7.00 -7.74

      by Luam on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:23:56 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks Congresswoman Pelosi (27+ / 0-)

    Great job this week.  I fear you guys will be working over time this summer, but we appreciate that you are holding back this awful tide of Republican destruction.

    Sorry to add to your list but NYCEve diaried today about a new healthcare bill that will reduce patients ability to negotiate with HMOs.  I can't find the link at the moment, but we already have Medicare Part Disaster to deal with out here in the trenches.  Do you think you all could put a stop to the GOP doing any more dammage related to healthcare until you win back the House?

    Thanks in advance.

    •  'Repug put your happy smile on bad healthcare law (10+ / 0-)

      Republicans slap happy face on vicious health insurance bill

      Each of us have worked within our states to obtain coverage and protections, fairness in coverage in healthcare.

      State laws have required insurers to cover Maturnity care as the same as normal illnesses, mandated coverage for Mammograms and prevented driveby Mastectomies.
      Most importantly, many states mandate that insurers cover newborns who are born ill or with defects.

      YES, can you imagine that in some states they have the right to refuse to cover YOUR newborn just because they become ill in the first few days of life! Anyone remember that WARM & FUZZY Walmart commercial with the young child who needed a liver transplant? Yep, THE reason that Walmart covered that child is because the child was born in a state that mandated sick baby coverage. (yep the clause is called "Sick Baby")

      In AZ there are comprehensive Appeal rights legislation inacted and coverage for ER visits using the prudent layperson concept.

      •  Also, What about the Senate bill 1955.... (2+ / 0-)
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        This bill will let insurance companies by-pass >1000 local insurance regulations, requiring inssurance cover cancer screening, birth control pills, and other procedures which prevent higher health bills later.  I want less expensive insurance for small business-owners, but not second tier insurance offerings.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:09:08 PM PDT

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        •  That's a Senate Bill (0+ / 0-)

          Hit your senators first on that one, and maybe the house will never even have to see it.

          www.senate.gov

          Click on Senators on the top right and it brings you a screen where you can find your senators by state or name, and under each senator's name there is a link to email them.

          One of my favorite sites....

          Live Free or Die-words to live by

          by ForFreedom on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:23:35 AM PDT

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  •  keep the fighting hat on.... (8+ / 0-)

    thanks for the update

  •  Thank you. (14+ / 0-)

    My eternal gratitude for finally, finally standing up and speaking out about Darfur.  This is what the Democratic Party has always meant to me - protecting and aiding those that can't help themselves.

    Great summary Ms. Pelosi, and I look forward to further updates.

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2380+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

    by Miss Blue on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:25:55 PM PDT

  •  Are House Democrats... (15+ / 0-)

    Going to stand for this blatant ANWAR/$100 vote bribe?

  •  So Darfur is the most consulted issue? (1+ / 0-)
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    How amny more days are left in session?  Are you willing to hold a special session to deal with it?

  •  Thank you, Leader Pelosi. (11+ / 0-)

    DC Event Details
    Save Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide
    When Sun, Apr 30th, 2006. 1:30pm-4:00pm
    Where National Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets
    Washington, DC 20036
    Directions Metro Station -- Federal Center SW [Orange and Blue Lines] In front of the US Capitol

    Nationwide Darfur events

    It's the incompetence, stupid.

    by Caldonia on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:27:41 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting, Rep. Pelosi (29+ / 0-)

    It's inspiring to read a list of actions Democrats in the House are taking.  After so many years in the wilderness, maybe we are all finding our voices in time to rescue our country from sinking into corruption and despotism.

    I will be far more cheered when I read that House Democrats are united around some simple agenda items to help the people:

    1. Single-payer universal health coverage (with an independent adminstrator, please
    1. Public financing of elections, and verifiable ballots.
    1. A firm plan to get us out of Iraq.
    1. A commitment to formally investigate the misfeasances and malfeasances of the Bush/Cheney administration, and follow with appropriate corrective actions.
    1. A plan to repeal the Bush tax cuts, and replace them with a new progressive tax structure.
    1. A Federal commitment to energy independence.

    Thanks for coming back to us.  Please consider dropping by Yearly Kos in Las Vegas this June, with Harry Reid, to see who we are and what we're about.

    -4.50, -5.85 In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --Orwell

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:27:50 PM PDT

  •  US v Gravel, and NSA spying.... (15+ / 0-)

    You, and the rest of the handful of Democratic Members who were briefed on (parts of) the NSA spying operation can in fact inform your colleagues, and the public of what you know of these matters without fear of arrest. Please review US v Gravel, a case stemming from the release of the Pentagon Papers by the Alaska Senator.

    The Court held the Constitutional privelege explicit in Article 1 Section 5,

    and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

    to be absolute. The only possible sanction you'd face would be for violating the Rules of the chamber, from your colleagues: Censure or Removal from Committees, by a majority, or Expulsion by 2/3.

    The 4th Amendment: It's not just for dope dealers anymore
    Masel for Senate
    1214 E. Mifflin
    Madison, WI 53703

    by ben masel on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:28:59 PM PDT

  •  If We Can't... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...stop the killings in Sudan, we have no business imagining ourselves as the dominant world power.

    Actually, we have no business playing out that position in the first place.  Let me rephrase that:

    "If we can't stop the killings in Sudan, we have no business imagining that we can bring this world together as a cooperating United Nations."

  •  Thank You (10+ / 0-)

     Thank you for all of your efforts in the House on behalf of Americans.

     PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE hold the line on net neutrality. That is THE issue. Please stand up for the entrepreneur, the political activist, the common person. Please don't let Congress Wal-Martize the internet.

     A friend of mine has built a moderately successful internet business from scratch. If the telcos take over the internet his costs of doing business will become prohibitive. Without entrepreneurship, America dies.

     Thank you for your efforts. Have a nice weekend, Rep. Pelosi.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:30:45 PM PDT

  •  So when are the gloves going to come off? (8+ / 0-)

    We're still waiting.

    •  what is your definition (1+ / 0-)
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      PaintyKat

      of the "glove coming off"

      the minority in the house basically has no power except to introduce bills.

      Webpage; Current members: 85,098 (as of 12pm 4/18). Projected Date of 100,000th member registration: August 29, 2006

      by FleetAdmiralJ on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:49:25 PM PDT

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      •  Ethics Complaints still NEED to be filed (6+ / 0-)
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        Creosote, MJB, Dallasdoc, gmb, Annalize5, Overseas

        My comment from your last post---

        Did you file an ETHICS COMPLAINT?

        I received 220 recommendations for this comment!
        And this comment was posted ALL over the internet. I was shocked when I heard from people that they had read my comment on blogs all over the place.

        I know this has been a busy week, you are working really hard and just back from "vacation" BUT....

        Having met Chris Bell, I admire him a lot. He was the last congressman to file an ethics complaint. He lost his seat due to the Delay redistricting.

        So you have a bunch of Congressman who are lawyering up and spending their campaign money to feed their legal teams and do you let them go down using the law OR do you file ethic complaints on each and everyone who is dirty..... file on ALL of them at one time.... and push that anchor over the side of the boat to sink the whole party?

        Yes I know Dems are the minority party, I know they do not chair any of the committees and and and .... But there are things that can be done....

        Please consider this....
        If you build it.... they will come....
        WE are hungry for backbone, we get "all a twitter" when we see a peak of a backbone...
        If you stand strong againt their corruption the grassroots will have your back... At least I will be there!

      •  Tell that to the honorable Mr. Conyers... (2+ / 0-)
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        I think that he would beg to differ with you.  

        Fringe is the new black. - Me

        by chillindame on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:36:12 PM PDT

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      •  not just introducing bills (1+ / 0-)
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        but also political theatre, something which i am pleased to see dems getting smarter about. additionally, losing loudly along party-line votes is anothetr thing that a minority can and should do, although pelosi would need a whip that was worth a damn to do that.

        crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

        by wu ming on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:32:26 PM PDT

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    •  Right after the wake up call (1+ / 0-)
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      It worked as far as getting Gavin Newsome in line, so let's do this again.
      http://www.draftmatt.com/

      "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" -Roddy Piper

      by McGirk SF on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:59:38 PM PDT

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    •  If you're still waiting, (0+ / 0-)

      Then you weren't paying attention.  

      •  I am paying attention, are you? (0+ / 0-)

        Let's see the Democratic leadership grow a spine and speak out loudly against Bush's corrupt Iraqi war.

        Anyone can complain about gas prices, but let's forcefully make that connection in the real world and repeat it until the GOP is held accountable by the voters.

        Let's see a 2006 campaign that makes the GOP pay the price and lose its majority in Congress.

        When I see that happen, then I'll know the gloves are off.

  •  This is a great diary (14+ / 0-)

    Very responsive to our specific concerns.  Thank you, Ms. Minority Leader.  

  •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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    I am looking forward to hearing you speak tomorrow morning at the CA Democratic Convention.  I hope that you are supporting all of the measures you talk about in your diary.

    "He was a pit bull last year, and now after the special elections, he is an old French poodle." Bob Mulholland on Aaahnold

    by juls on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:32:26 PM PDT

  •  Oh I forgot to let you know one other thing (19+ / 0-)

    Congresswoman.  $100 is not nearly enough of a payment for ANWR - I am not sure what price one puts on priceless places - but drilling in ANWR isn't the answer.

    Please introduce tax breaks for home and commercial improvements including solar and wind power to supplement power as well as improvements related to conservation.  The only way to get out of this energy crisis is to tackle more than just cars and gas.  Oh and having our royalties back would be a good way to pay for these tax breaks.

    Thanks again.

  •  thank you Leader Pelosi (12+ / 0-)

    This is more like "taking the gloves off", but you guys and gals have quite a way to go.  Keep pushing.

  •  Thank you, Leader Pelosi... (5+ / 0-)
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    ...I really appreciate your writing, but I do have some electoral worries for our party.

    We need a majority, however narrow, in order to get any kind of say in what gets done. I know you guys are working hard to do that, but I'm worried that our gains in November will be severely limited because of the lack of a high-profile, catchy platform a la Gingrich '94.

    We need a comprehensive but memorable platform to roll out around August or September.

    Otherwise, a lot of people who would be voting Dem will just stay home feeling hopeless about both parties.

    This will not be a strong Democratic year if we don't get people fired up to vote Democratic. Turnout has been extremely low so far this year, from the primaries in Texas and Illinois to the special election in CA-50 to the mayoral race in New Orleans, and everywhere else.

    Please, Leader Pelosi, you know better than anyone how desperately we need one house of Congress. We can do it in the House, 15 seats is not that much, but we can't keep being portrayed in the media as laying back and doing nothing. I know perfectly well that House Democrats are very active, but most Americans are getting a picture that is basically: "Republicans struggling, Democrats MIA".

    If we're going to win Congress, at least the House, this November 7, we MUST get people fired up. There is a national anti-incumbent malaise in most of the country. Democrats need to turn this malaise into national outrage against the Republicans.

    •  We need to characterize the Rethugs as: (2+ / 0-)
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      The party of corruption.  The party of Katrina neglect.  The party of unprovoked war.  The party of stolen elections.  The party of permanent tax cuts for the mega-wealthy.  The party of dishonesty and secrecy in government.  The party of gay-bashing.  The party of disinformation.  The party of illegal wire-taps of American citizens.  The party of massive deficits.  The party of hatred and division.  The party of, for and by corporations.

      Dems/progressives are the party of hope.  The party of unity.  The party of open government.  The party of social conscience.  The party of conservation.  The party of peace.  The party of prosperity for all citizens, not just the mega-wealthy.  The party of environmental responsibility.  The party of a functioning FEMA.  The party of intelligence in leadership.  The party of a balanced budget.  The party of diplomacy intead of war.

      Let's set the agenda in November!

      •  The epithet (0+ / 0-)

        in the sub line cost you a scoobysnack. Time and place for that...
        Great content. But please edit your subject line to remove.....oh, shit. That's right. No can do.
        That bites sometimes.

        And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

        by kestrel9000 on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:09:17 PM PDT

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  •  There are small groups of Democrats doing (7+ / 0-)
    very courageous things. In my opinion this is in spite of the party not because of it. So what is the party doing?

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:36:31 PM PDT

  •  It's a pleasure Mrs. Pelosi! (0+ / 0-)

    I am very happy to hear something is being done to hold Bush accountable for something.
      I have heard a lot of talk but have yet to see any accountability or holding thereof.
      Bush has lied from the getgo. Been held accountable for nothing at all. Come through with nothing at all. Except for furthering the cause of the wealthy and fundamentalistr while trampling on the lower classes and passing all necessary laws in order to do this.
      Accountability though! I have not seen any and I haven't seen anyone attempt to do anything beyond voice some more empty words. we need some concrete action.
      In the end it does not matter because he will out lie all and out legal all of you and he could care less what you are us think.
       By the time you are able to do anything leally and iIdoubt there is. He would have already gotten his way. Following Rove's 3D politics (decietful, deceptive, divisive, politics) He has created societal and world disorder on you watch and you let him do it.
      Sorry to be honest with you. That said, it gets a lot worse. if you want to know some time, contact me and i will give you the bad news. If not, continue to waste ours and your time.

    James M Joiner www.anaveragepatriot.com or http://anaverageamericanpatriot.blogspot.com

    by jmsjoin on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:38:47 PM PDT

    •  I disagree. Rep. Pelosi is leader of the (12+ / 0-)

      minority party in congress.  When you're in the minority and the majority is steamrolling you on a daily basis, passing laws behind your back, tacking together bills with favors for special interest, refusing to consider bills that would bring this out-of-control presidency to task, you are at their mercy.  Nothing has happened to the robber barons running the country because THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF CONGRESS!  As long as they're in charge, our representatives are at their mercy.  Unless we get control in November, this will continue until nothing is left of this country except the uber-wealthy and the rest of, working for minimum wage for them.  Don't blame Nancy Pelosi, she's working day and night, alongside Rep. John Conyers and other Dems who are fighting a Goliath of corruption and scandal and unconstitutional leadership, with no power in their hands.

      •  There's more that can be done (4+ / 0-)
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        She could lead a charge to file ethics complaints against House Republicans.  Chris Bell filed one against DeLay a few years back and got the most powerful man in Congress officially admonished three times.  There haven't been any filings with the committee by Dems since, and that's a shonda.

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        by JR on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:20:27 PM PDT

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  •  Well done. (3+ / 0-)
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    You've promised to take the gloves off, and this is a good start.

    Know that many independents and Decline-to-States support you as well, just keep it up!

  •  No subsidies for oil! (15+ / 0-)

    Representative Pelosi -

    Please keep harping on the subsidies for oil companies.

    When I think of these companies--the most profitable in the history of the world--getting any form of subsidy or tax break, it makes me sick to my stomach.

    If this is couched right, middle America will listen.

    Your president lied to me.

    by Oaklander on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:39:33 PM PDT

    •  No Tax Rebates for Gas Either (8+ / 0-)

      Please call Frist's stupid idea of distributing $100 tax rebates to ostensibly offset high gas prices what it really is, a budget busting attempt to purchase votes that doesn't do a damn thing to bring down prices or reduce our addiction to oil.  It's one of the dumbest ideas I've heard come out of D.C. in a long time, and you should shame that idiot Frist for coming up with it and for pandering.    

      •  but it's a progressive tax policy (0+ / 0-)

        A flat $100 tax credit to households is progressive tax policy, at least on its face.  And it indirectly rewards people who've chosen to buy high MPG cars or those who have sacrificed to live close to work.  The idiots who bought H2s to commute to white-collar jobs 30 miles away aren't going to get much out of this.

        The cynical response to this is that gasoline prices and taxes have traditionally fallen on the rural and lower-middle class anyway.  I used to own a pickup, and a lot of my pickup-owning brothers and sisters do so for work and can't afford another car to just leave around for long distance trips.  And real estate prices near urban centers (otherwise known as jobs) have priced many of us 60 miles away from employment.

        ...dark citadels burning too...

        by Jay Carlson on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 07:39:35 PM PDT

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  •  Ninja Pelosi (7+ / 0-)

    Keep up the great work! I saw you on C-Span this week with a room full of kids and you did a wonderful job explaining the House and your job as leader. You had a good week - you kicked more ass than Lara Croft.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx

    by joejoejoe on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:39:54 PM PDT

  •  HR 4479 looks promising (5+ / 0-)
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    Rolling back Big Oil tax subsidies looks like a start. Thanks for your efforts.


    Did Halliburton get the contract for Bush's Cone of Silence?
    -2.38, -4.82

    by carneasadaburrito on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:40:23 PM PDT

  •  What legislation will you be pressing on Monday? (1+ / 0-)
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    You have the power to do somthing.  Who are you asking us to petition against?  Sorry if I seem dense, but a request from the House Minority Leader to petition the goverment seems, well... silly.

  •  High gas prices my ass (6+ / 0-)

    The American public demonstrated how they feel about today's high gas prices by electing "The Great Communicator".  "Bonzo's" first act in office was to dismantle the solar panels on the White House.  Anything you say about alieviating gas prices now is just pandering.  If anything, gas prices should have been higher 30 years ago.  After all, the price of gas STILL isn't the same as it was (adjusted for inflation) as in 1981.  And gas prices here are the same as gas prices in Spain when I was stationed there in 1994.  To hear rightous indignation from Dems over energy now is ludicrous - where was the alarm 10 years ago, when gas was a buck a gallon?  You cant tell me that people didnt know this was coming.

    "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

    by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:41:57 PM PDT

    •  how very rude! (2+ / 0-)
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      PaintyKat, eaglecries

      are you so blindly green that you cannot deal with the immediate gouging of the oil companies?

      destroying the economy will NOT address alternative fuels - it will slow down the development of such fuels - AND, as long as the republicans are in control, the future of alternatives is nil...nada...non-existent.

      attacking rep. pelosi does NOT solve this problem.

      AND your tone makes you perilously close to trollrating!

      electing a democratic house and senate will be a good start for fixing this mess, though.

      now, you owe rep. pelosi an apology - until you can control the two year old version of a tantrum.

      •  Go ahead (0+ / 0-)

        troll rate me...eh...

        "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

        by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:53:52 PM PDT

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        •  i am exercising more restraint that you chose to (1+ / 0-)
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          show - but that does not mean that my opinion of your post is any less disdainful.

          perhaps you should think about manners - blasting someone who is working FOR you instead of against your best interests is counterproductive and short-sighted.

          perhaps you should re-examine your ideology and think about political reality.

      •  and (0+ / 0-)

        I dont own ANYBODY an apology...most of all an elected official in this day and age.  In fact, I think YOU owe ME an apology for suggesting that I own someone an apology.

        "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

        by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:57:41 PM PDT

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          •  Hey look (1+ / 0-)
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            You are angry.  I am probably angrier than you.  We both want Russ.  I'm frustrated because I dont think that ANY business should be conducted in the Capitol right now and I dont think the Dems are doing enough to obstruct business right now (Wyden's filibuster excepted).  Lets not fight.

            "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

            by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:04:34 PM PDT

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            •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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              there is nothing that can be done about it in the house.

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              by FleetAdmiralJ on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:08:17 PM PDT

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            •  ok - agreed - but the problem lies in the reality (1+ / 0-)
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              we CANNOT fight those upon whom we are dependent to fix these problems - and rep. pelosi is one of the good guys.

              did you see my post on an earlier thread about how we have to prioritize our battles.

              FIRST, we get control of the house and senate into democratic hands.  we HAVE to do that to get the supoena power to rasp out the corruption.

              SECOND, we inform EVERY democrat that has voted special interest, republican lite, etc. that we are actively working to replace them in the next election unless they acknowledge WHO hired them and WHO they work for!

              THIRD, we kick out the bums like lieberman who has betrayed the democratic platform at every term - and we do that through the process.  it is the ONLY way we have, short of anarchy, revolution, etc.

              and, trust me on this one, if we go THAT route, the only ones who lose are us - the rich and powerful have THAT battle sewn up.

              so, like it or not, we have to work with the government we have in place - but to change it, we have to work with those who stand up for our interests (and that of the middle class) and friggin' hold them accountable when they DON'T work with us!

              peace?

              i DO understand your anger - but save it for those who TRULY deserve it - send a donation to ned lamont!!!  :^)

              •  I live in VA (0+ / 0-)

                Is a donation to Webb okay instead?

                "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

                by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:13:01 PM PDT

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                •  absolutely! now THAT is positive action! (2+ / 0-)
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                  the problem with anger is that it blinds us - real power is focusing on the real issue and defining it - and then solving the problem - one step at a time.

                  the real issue here is whether or not we have the TIME to solve the neocon issue before they blow us and the world to smitherins!

                  the only hope we have, and we HAVE to focus - is to regain one house of congress.  then we have subpoena power.  then we have a fighting chance - but this is going to be a long uphill battle due to a combination of apathy and foolish idealism (think nader) that has put the dangerous rogues into place in washington.

                  like any infection, first we must remove the source, then we treat the symptoms (lieberman and all)... otherwise, it will kill us all!

                  good luck to jim webb - GO DEMS!!!

                  •  :-) (eom) (1+ / 0-)
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                    "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

                    by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:30:03 PM PDT

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                  •  Anger is probably (1+ / 0-)
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                    the emotion and force that has done more to change history for the good than any other - don't underestimate it.

                    'Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it'. - GBS

                    by stevej on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:47:04 PM PDT

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                    •  i agree and i don't underestimate it - but to (1+ / 0-)
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                      be effective, it must be directed!

                      anger moves the world - righteous anger, indignant anger, global anger, the collective anger of a populace...

                      but blind anger flails and hurts those who are trying to help...

                      my discussion here with by friend is about learning how to direct that anger that we share - and he has to positive end...

                      also, i hope he STAYS angry - but i hope that ALL of us learn to channel that anger into the most effective path to invoke change...  

                      we must never lose sight of the endgoal - and that is to regain our government before it no longer exists!

                      to do that, we must start with congress... all else follows.

    •  We knew right well it was coming -- in the '70s (3+ / 0-)
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      this is no brand-new issue.

      But tell it to those who feel entitled.

      As I posted yesterday, here's the text from a Seattle readerboard on 4-24:

      "Of course your need to consume is an exception due to your incredibly challenging circumstances."

  •  That's got the umph (2+ / 0-)
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    we've wanted. Thanks, Congresswoman.

  •  Actions, not Promises (1+ / 0-)
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    What do you intend to do about this?

    Real families are dying over King George III's idiotic immigration policies.  Real people, good Americans, are leaving for strange places.  Instead of going as our ambassadors of goodwill, they are being lied to, and then sent under duress.  Shall we further destroy our nation's reputation to pander to the xenophobes?  Or shall we stand for what is good and fair and just?

    this message is intended to inform. any annoyance, abuse, threat, or harassment is solely in the perception of the reader, not the intention of the poster.

    by horsewithnoname on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:42:30 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, thank you, thank you Rep. Pelosi! (1+ / 0-)
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    You are our hero!  Your speech vilifying the Bu$hCo presidency, being in bed with big oil, is the clear message that must be repeated whenever cameras are rolling.  It is the rallying cry we need to protest the gas gouging all over the country.  Republicans won't do anything to help with the cost of gas because they work hand in glove with big oil.  Both Bush and Cheney are big oil men.  No wonder the cost has skyrocketed while oil companies post their biggest profits in history.  I will join you in protesting Darfur, but my heart is here in America, where the immigrants, the lower classes and the struggling middle Americans are losing their jobs, unable to pay for their gasoline to commute and have no health insurance or savings.  I can join in all the marches that are scheduled daily in this country, but people like you are truly making a difference bringing our plight to the House floor.  Thank you for all your hard work and thank you for contacting us here at DKos.

  •  Thank you, soon to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (7+ / 0-)

    One has to wonder just what the Republican leadership in the house and senate are thinking these days (ARE they thinking?!?) as their poll numbers drop and they risk losing their majority in both houses, yet they continue to plow ahead with their transparently corrupt, dishonest, radical and disasterous agenda that an OVERWHELMING majority of Americans now thoroughly reject. They're not just criminally incompetent and corrupt. They're just plain stupid, as this will only backfire on them. (At least we have that to be thankful for.)

    Thank you to you and your Democratic colleagues (and to the handful of decent Republicans still in congress who have not given up on principle and bipartisanship) for fighting the good fight. Keep up the great work, and remember that we're all here backing you up (even if we don't always agree on everything you do, but that's just democracy at work).

    And how do you like my sig line? I've had it for months now--and I'm not even from SF!

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:48:28 PM PDT

  •  Quite frankly (5+ / 0-)
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    this diary looks like a Friday Laundry List Press Release ginned up to get some cheap blog-cred....

    "You know what Capitalism is?...Getting fucked" - Tony Montana

    by calipygian on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:48:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm sorry, Ma'am... (6+ / 0-)
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    ut on "your" watch, the President has squandered hundreds of billions of dollars of our money, caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents and stolen our sense of pride in our federal government.  Darfur has been going on for months and months, where in the hell have you been?  Not impressed, no indeed, not impressed at all.

    Fringe is the new black. - Me

    by chillindame on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:49:55 PM PDT

    •  so in essense (4+ / 0-)
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      to you...it doesn't matter what she does from this point on.

      and, as i mentioned above...its not like the minority party in the house actually has the power to stop anything.  minority rights are non-existant in the House.

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      by FleetAdmiralJ on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:52:58 PM PDT

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      •  No, but I'm angry, angry as hell... (3+ / 0-)
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        I hate waste, I mean absolutely hate it, lives and money have been wasted in spades, natural resources squandered nonstop and I don't sense any anger or even indignation in Mrs. Pelosi's language.  She needs to understand that just because the Republicans are screwing up badly right now doesn't guarantee her Party a cakewalk in the future. To me, her piece was just more polite politicking and I've had it up to my ears with that.

        Fringe is the new black. - Me

        by chillindame on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:14:31 PM PDT

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      •  So according to your logic (2+ / 0-)
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        whoever ends up with less members after an election ought to pack up their toys, go home and come back in time to contest the next election?

        'Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it'. - GBS

        by stevej on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:52:43 PM PDT

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  •  Nice! Now tell GW congress declares wars (11+ / 0-)

    Thank you for all your hard work in Washington and for your attention to the genocide in Darfur.

    I know your plate runneth over but I would like to see the democrats take the lead on reminding GW that Congress declares war, not the President, and that any unilateral preemptive act of War against Iran or any other country would be grounds for impeachment.  The whole Bush doctrine of pre-emption is in fact unconstitutional on its face if Congress isn't doing the declaring.

    As an extra bonus you can claim credit for the $5/barrel reduction in the price of oil that would come about if we stopped rattling our sabers at Iran.

  •  Thanks, Leader Pelosi. (6+ / 0-)

    You took a lot of heat here a few weeks ago and you deserve the credit as well.  I'm delighted to see the Democrats standing up more.

    If I can sound just one cautionary note, nobody here can tell if the real progress we are seeing is because our leaders understand how hungry the voters are for leaders with backbone or if we are seeing a lot of movement now because the President has a 30-something approval rating and it's easier to kick somebody when he's down.  I hope it's the former.  

    I'm grateful for all the good work being done today, but the people who really stand out in my mind are the ones who stood up when it wasn't popular, when the president had a high approval rating.  It's easy to oppose the Iraq war in 2006, but the members who opposed it in 2003 will be the first ones to have my support.

    Will somebody PLEASE give George a BJ so we can impeach him? -5.25, -4.51

    by Tod on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 04:54:00 PM PDT

  •  It's time for us all to be Fightin' Dems. (1+ / 0-)
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    Not just the 50+ Iraq/Afghanistan Vets that are running for Congress this fall.  At last check the Republicans have around 4 Vets running!  Really want to support the troops?  Vote for the Fighting Dems in 2006 and Al Gore and the Fighting Dems in 2008.

    Thanks for the update.  We'll be watching and supporting the effort.

  •  How about heading on down to the (9+ / 0-)

    Sudanese Embassy and showing some solidarity with your 5 fellow Democrats?

  •  Just heard William Kristol predict a Dem takeover (1+ / 0-)
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    gmb

    in 2006, on the Colbert report (Kristol was frightening), and predicted you'd be the next Speaker.  

    Thanks for posting here.

    Great work on Darfur, pointing out that the budget bills were inconsistent, etc, BUT

    Now can we sue the president, or work on that impeachment resolution re: spying and lying?

    Can we work on fuel economy standards for SUVs (no one uses them as trucks, so why give them fuel economy breaks)?

    Medicare prescription reform?

    Millionaire tax breaks (tax irresponsibility) reform?

    Many in San Francisco want our reresentative to speak truth to power.

  •  Welcome back, (4+ / 0-)
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    thanks for the update, keep it up.

    Oh ya, the big oil/white house stuff was fantastic.  I bet it felt good just to say it.

  •  Thank you for the update (n/t) (2+ / 0-)
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    "What noble cause did they die for, Mr. President?"

    by BlueInARedState on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:10:22 PM PDT

  •  Thank You Nancy! (4+ / 0-)
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    I want you to know how much I appreciated your words on the energy policy this week. You're on fire and it's wonderful to see. More! More! More! The mood of the country is shifting; it feels like the general public is finally beginning to wake up to the fact that the very fabric of our Democracy is in danger. You are uniquely positioned to fight the fight, to make a difference that will resonate through history. I encourage you, applaud your courage, and will support you in whatever ways I can.

  •  FIGHT BACK. (4+ / 0-)
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    FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT.

    Every Day. Every Single Day.

    Fight for Democracy. Reclaim our government. Make the United States House of Representatives the battlefield.

  •  Give em hell (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope it goes very well for you and you get some support in both Houses.  Be prepared however for the usual round of attacks...
    Helping the terrorists, hating Amurrica, destroying free enterprise, evil elitist liberal, blah blah.  
    Some questions I would ask is, how does the Admin's pandering to Exxon (used to be Standard Oil and was under that name  investigated for restraint of trade - monopolism)  helping free enterprise?  How do all the tax breaks, tax reliefs, sweetheart deals, secret meetings with Cheney, cheap use of federal land, so called "clean air" acts etc etc etc square with true laissez faire free trade?  How does a 0.4 billion dollar retirement package further free trade and competition?  There are too many things bouncing in my head right now.

     

  •  I'm glad you will march on Sunday. (1+ / 0-)
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    You also need to march on Saturday in NYC against the war on Iraq.

  •  Thanks, Rep. Pelosi (2+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia, softail

    The Dems had a good week.  We need to keep that fire burning!

    "I know I'm mad. I've always been mad." Pink Floyd

    by fezzik on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:46:03 PM PDT

  •  Demand hearings to interview WMD whistle blowers (5+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, gmb, cheeselord, Overseas, Quicklund

    We have had so many whistle blowers come out, one by one. The latest, the Europe CIA cheif who says Bush knew all along we'd invade, and embraced the bad evidence and discarded the good evidence to warp his presentation to Congress and the public. He is just the latest of the long list of whistle blowers.

    Get on your soap box and demand hearings!! You don't need to yell for Impeachment. What you need to yell for is proper investigation. You've got enough first-hand whistle blowers to make a mini parade. You've got at least a dozen critical documents.

    If you want to apease the 'angry' activists who want Bush Impeached, you need to demand the proper investigations, and not take 'No' for an answer. The public already knows enough to know Bush is guilty. This injustice has to be stopped. You can demand the proper oversight, without invoking the word 'Impeach'.

    I wish you elite Dems knew how close you were to making this whole charade of an Administration so close to complete collapse. All you have to do is simply publicly ask questions that they don't have the answers to. Questions like:

    "Why we're we accelerating bombing of Iraq in late 2002, before the Administration went to Congress for the AUMF? Do you agree that we were accelerating bombing? Are the UK documents supplied to the House of Commons by the RAF accurate?"

    "Is there anything, specifically, that you believe is incorrect about the Downing Street Memos (around July 23,2003 meeting)"

    "A document says that when you [Bush] met with Blair on 1/31/2003, you proposed falsly painting a US plane in UN colors, and baiting Saddam to shoot at it. What was the purpose of that proposal? Is that document accurate?"

    All you have to do is ask the right questions, publicly and persistently, that Bush does not have the answer to.

    Why did they stonewall any requests of info related to the Downing Street Memos? How do they explain the Downing Street Memo? Legitamate, but the content doesn't matter? Or illigitamate, because the content would have been damning, if true?

    Demand answers. The public will take care of the rest.

    Bush lied to start a war. Now he wants absolute power as the "War President." We're in deep shit.

    by bejammin075 on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 05:48:59 PM PDT

  •  Representative Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

    I love you!

    Thanks you for coming back and back and for caring about us enough that you, or your staffer, I don't give a damn, CARES enough to come here and talk to us!

    Let me give you a big old cyber hug:

    (((((((((((((((Nancy Pelosi))))))))))))))

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  •  Iran Sanctions Passed This Week in the House (2+ / 0-)
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    Rep. Pelosi, I was disappointed to see that you did not mention the fact that the House approved a bill for Iran sanctions this week.  It was passed overwhelmingly 397-21.  I watched some of the debate and I am very concerned over this action, as it reminds me too much of the lead up to the Iraq war.  

    Several House Democrats, including Rep. Dennis Kucinich opposed, and gave compelling reasons why they did so.  The debate was quite lengthy and took up a good percentage of the time in the House this week so I'm surprised you didn't mention it.  I don't know what else to say other than please, do not do anything that brings us any closer to a war with Iran.

    In our discussions here with our leaders, we need to talk about both the positives and the negatives, keeping in mind that we have a common cause.

    On the positive side, I do want to acknowledge that I see a change in attitude in our Congressional Democrats and I strongly support all of you in these efforts, and respectfully ask for more - more strength in the opposition party.

  •  'What do you expect when you have two oil men (6+ / 0-)
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    in the Whitehouse"

    Nailed them - right through the heart. One of the best sound bites ever.

    "The dumbing of education is deliberate. What all of this is is corporate rule, and molding people deliberately to be too ignorant to see." by laurak DailyKos

    by Carbide Bit on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:03:22 PM PDT

  •  Much Better (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you Representative Pelosi. You've had a great week and I think you really deserve credit for it. It's not everything anyone could want in one go but then what is?

    Your last couple posts were pretty rocky but I for one give you credit for sticking to it. Please continue to post and if you can, offer constructive suggestions for what netroots and grassroots activists can do to support you.

    I also think your support for Net Neutrality is vitally important and timely and I second the idea of dropping in at Yearly Kos.

  •  What about the NSA scandal? (2+ / 0-)
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    That happened on your watch. What did you know about that and when?

    I am unhappy with the lack of action by House Democrats on this issue. I won't budge on it. I'm not going to let you off the hook just because the Republicans are worse. You're still accountable for your actions (or inaction) and "everybody is doing it" is a lame excuse.

    Some have speculated that your failure to act was due to fear of retaliation by the Bush Administration. I would suggest that, if you are afraid of the consequences of upholding your oath of office, if the burden of responsibility is too great... perhaps you should be relieved of that burden.

    The illegal spying of Americans is a clear violation of my Constitutional Rights. It is your job to protect those rights. Do your job, or give the job to someone who will.

    "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Ben Domenech

    by Brownian Motion on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:31:23 PM PDT

    •  what would you have her do .. (0+ / 0-)

      just curious at to what you would have done differently.

      "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, freshly-demoted, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

      by shpilk on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:39:14 PM PDT

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      •  Leadership. (2+ / 0-)
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        With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

        This is leadership. This is a leader. I don't necessarily claim to be better than Ms. Pelosi. I have never been in a position of such great responsibility as she currently occupies and I honestly don't know what I would have done had I been in her shoes. I'd like to think that I would have done the right thing and spoke out against this despicible criminality irrespective of the consequences. But I don't know.

        What I do know is that with leadership comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes acountability. I'm not saying Ms. Pelosi is a crook or that she should be thrown in jail (as Bush and his cronies certainly should) nor am I saying she should be ashamed. Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Nothing wrong with that. But if she isn't prepared to do what is necessary, I think we need to find someone who is.

        Or perhaps I expect too much from those who seek our support in their quest to achieve and hold positions of great power and responsibility.

        "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Ben Domenech

        by Brownian Motion on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:59:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Once again.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Why bother posting comments here? Mrs. Pelosi doesn't respond to them, which is NOT what this FORUM is all about (in my opinion.)

    It's funny; yesterday, I sat and watched her speak to a bunch of her staffer's and Reuters'(I think) employees' children for almost an hour. She was both interactive and responsive. Also, she was as brilliant as she was dignified.

    Too bad none of those kids can vote!

    Anyway, I'm gonna lay down this code:

    Purple monkey jellyfish

    If Mrs. Pelosi does in fact read these comments, I ask that she please title a reply with the code. Otherwise, I would suggest that you use direct mail next time!

    I still love you, Mrs. Pelosi; but this really bugs me!

    :::

    "Let's put a shoe in there!" ~ Haywood Nelson

    by nowheredesign on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:35:57 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Pelosi (1+ / 0-)
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    here's a diary about a lawsuit filed in your district against one of the worst landlord's in SF's history.

    Blogatha! The political, the personal. Not necessarily in that order.

    by ksh01 on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:44:08 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for trying, Rep Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

    Most of us know that there isn't a lot you can really do right now - what with the Republican majority. It must be like beating your head against a wall sometimes.  I hope you and the other Dems are making up a good list of everything that will need to be cleaned up after the Dems take back the House in the fall elections. God, what a horrible mess the Repubs have made of things.  Impeachment would be a great way to start!

  •  Speaker Pelosi, I *loved* what you said on TV (4+ / 0-)
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    the other day about this administration being wedded to the oil and gas industry. It was very, very true and very  emotionally satisfying.

  •  Please continue to keep us (0+ / 0-)

    informed, thanks for the diary. A question Nancy: How can you stand to work around all those Republicans who don't care to please us and only care to please Prez.?

  •  Thank you Congresswoman! (2+ / 0-)
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    Strength and honor.

    Proud member of the Angry Left.

    by JLFinch on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 07:31:35 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Pelosi (3+ / 0-)
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    I love John Conyers, but I have to say that Net Neutrality is the most important bill.  Boy, you must hear that a lot.

    I imagine you would expect to hear that a bill about the Internets would be important to a web-based community, but it is more than that-the Internet is where I get my news, and I submit it is for more and more Americans every day because they can't take any more lies or marketing ads from the so-called mainstream press.  

    It is also the sickening greed or lust for control that drives companies like AT&T to think that they "own" the Internet.  Who the fuck is AT&T to think they have a right to any of it.  Go fuck yourself AT&T (and I own their crappy stock). They should be seriously sanctioned for such outrageous conduct. I ain't kidding either.  

    Actually, I can't even make it through my comment without remembering that truly the most important issue facing America is an honest election in November.  I think you know that.  

    No matter what all the polls, pundits and people say it is not illegal immigration, Iran or Iraq.  It is the election in November, and one of the ways that the people can win in November is to support Net Neutrality because without full, unfettered access to the Internet the 60-70% of this country that detests Bushco has nothing to hope for.

    And, oh yeah, tell Hillary that you (and the rest of the liberal Democrats) won't support her if she decides to run.  

  •  Thanks and a humble request....... (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Overseas

    This diary on the recommended list really needs to be investigated more thoroughly. I know you are busy but if you have a chance could you ask one of your staffers to check this out.
    $500k cash at nuclear plant, update

  •  I know the immigration thing is sooo last month (0+ / 0-)

    but the fact that most of the people who are here are decent and hard working doesn't mean that there aren't people who are cruising through the gaping holes of the current system.  Not every illegal immigrant here is harmless.  The DOJ needs to be able to build cases that aren't undermined by current case law.  National security should not be circumvented by a mere affidavit.  Please, we can't kick this issue around for another 5 years.  I hope this reaches an open ear.

  •  Dear Congresswoman Pelosi's staffer: (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish to express the opinion of most of us here at Kos, and sane people across the nation.

    Could you, would you, pretty-please express our desire that the minority leader do everything in her power to avoid our self absorbed tinhorn "Commander in Chief" initiating some antidepressant induced, "Chosen One" fantasy Armageddon by bombing Iran and then planning on invading Iran with nonexistent armies remeniscent of Adolph Hitler immediately pre-bunker?

    We realize that minority party status these days amounts to a hill of beans on The Hill, but every little bit helps. In six short months, the Democrats may have a bit more pull and your boss get a pretty important upgrade in status, along with John Conyers.

    In the interim, help the honorable congresswoman keep his mind on other things. Send him a bill outlawing "mountain bikes" so he can actually veto something. Keep the man-child busy. Invent Jesusland, or let him think that he can bring back prohibition except for Presidents.

    Anything but WWIII.

    Thanks so much, Perhaps we will meet at Old Ebbitt's Grille and have a chat..

    Sincerely, and with great respect,

    "SecondComing"

    mali principi malus fini -8.88 -5.08

    by SecondComing on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 08:35:50 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, especially for HR 550 (Verified Voting (2+ / 0-)
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    Please keep up the pressure on the Republicans and especially the President.

    And thank you for finally co-sponsoring Rush Holt's bill HR550 - Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005 (Verified Voting). We now have 183 co-sponsors, including 29 of the 55 California representatives (which, unfortunately does not include my Rep. Ellen Tauscher among them).

    Please use your influence as Minority Leader to get the rest of the House Democrats to sign on to this bill (especially Rep. Tauscher) so that it's ready to roll like a freight train as soon as the corrupt chair of the House Administration Committee (Bob Ney) is replaced.  He's been bottling this bill up for far too long.

    I recommend that everyone call their Reps on this and keep the pressure on.

    "I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on America." - George W. Bush, Mis-Leader

    by DavidW in SF on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 08:37:26 PM PDT

  •  Great stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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    This update idea is a great one Mrs. Pelosi.

    I dunno if it's possible to do on a regular basis, but it sure helps to keep us believing in the people we need to get excited for this November. Sure does...

    Thanks again. Ever since the rubber stamp waving diary, Pelosi I think has been a little TOO nice to us, but I do appreciate the effort. It's nice to feel appreciated.

    Driving up the hubub and digging up the facts online takes work... hours of work.

  •  Thank you Nancy Pelosi (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you very much for this wlll written diary that confirms the Democrats are addressing the most important issue that is taking America down, theRepublicans.

    And thank you so much for these paragraphs that I read in the San Francisco Chronicle today;

    Asked on Thursday why gasoline prices are so high, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco stated the obvious: "There just hasn't been enough forward thinking to reduce our dependence on gasoline, and that is why the demand is high and therefore the price is high.''

    That was Pelosi's answer when she talked to a group of children in her office on Take Your Daughter or Son to Work Day.

    Moments earlier, speaking with reporters before a bank of television cameras, she had a more politically charged explanation:

    "The cost of corruption is so clear in the cost at the pump," Pelosi said, blaming her Republican counterparts and the "oil people" in the White House for cozying up to "big oil and the wealthy few."

    It made my morning. I was jumping up and down, yelling “Go Get Em”

    I know you will lead us back to a majority. Best wishes and please keep up the great work. America really needs you.

    One other thing. Last year whe I heard "Oblivious, in denial, dangerous" follow by Kyra Phillips tongue lashing, I became a big fan.

    One of the very few places where I find the Democrats lacking is that ability to fire up the swing voters by calling out the opposition party and we have been seeing “Shock and Awe’ from many Democrats lately.

    I think “Oblivious, in denial, dangerous” is the perfect description of the entire Republican Party. Not just Bush, all of them!

  •  Thank you but (2+ / 0-)
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    I didn't see anything about ensuring that our votes will be counted and tallied as we intended.

    All of this good work you are all doing will be for nothing if the Republicans steal enough votes.

    Everyone assumes that this will be like 1994 for the Republicans but everyone also forgets how mature the vote theft machine has become.

    We know they are ruthless in their pursuit of their agenda. Why do you think they've been so bold this close to the elections and in Bush's last term. They must know something we don't - I think they're confident that they'll "win" in 2006 & 2008 and the coup will be complete.

    You don't have to talk about theft or coup obviously. But I don't see what's so wrong with talking about vote integrity. Isn't it our most basic right? Why give it so little attention?

    -4.25, -6.87: Someday, after the forest fire of the Right has died we'll say "Whew, I'm happy that's over."

    by CanYouBeAngryAndStillDream on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 09:51:36 PM PDT

  •  Walk the Walk (1+ / 0-)
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    And would you please tell your people that this is not very conducive to building trust! Thank you!

  •  Thanks Rep. Pelosi, Didn't Gore Win, Count Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    Greetings Repl Pelosi, Thank you so much for all you do.

    Can we ask Bush to Step Down before Hurricane Season. Wouldn't that mean that you would get to be Presidnet under certain circumstances (Cheney leaving also and Hastert?). Please, that would be great.

    Other scenarios should allow Gore to assume office (didn't belatedly we find that he won, and Sandra Day O'Conner is remorseful--so if he won, he should take office.)

    Also, some circumstances would allow John Kerry to assume office given a win. We need to count the Ohio ballots to find that information. Can we count those ballots before Hurricane season. Please.

    All options that require Bush to Step Down are good. You three leaders would be good leaders to restore Democracy, try to mitigate the worst of global warming and help us survive Hurricanes. Please.

    We Need Al Gore, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi before Hurricane Season.

    Drumbeat--Bush Step Down

    by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots
    Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 03:18:26 PM CST

    I don't want another Hurricane season with Thelma Bush and the Louise GOP who are taking us all down with them with Global Warming.

    I would love to see Gore and Kerry or Kerry and Gore as President and Vice President now, add Pelosi to the mix...flip a coin. Because Gore and Kerry and Pelosi would save many more lives than the Greater Extinction Level Job Performance that Bush and the GOP have in mind.

    And see Mark Crispin Miller's new book, Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them), about the Fundamentalists takeover of the GOP whose stated goal is Armageddon. They may be doing a bad job on Global Warming on purpose. If we let them, if we follow them, it would be MAD - Mutually Assured Destruction.

    I know Bush is scary, but Global Warming is much scarier. Can we help ourselves and our families survive by helping Gore and Kerry and Pelosi? In many ways? Any best way?

    .....

    From Altercation by Eric Alterman http://msnbc.msn.com/...

    The Dog Whisperer — The New York Times Book Review offered a capsule review of a new book by TV dog trainer Cesar Millan (host of the show Dog Whisperer):

    Millan likes to talk about the importance of being a pack leader and projecting what he calls "calm-assertive" energy around your dog. The thing to avoid, he writes, is being "angry-aggressive," a trait he identifies in Bill O'Reilly of Fox News. This type of person "would not make a good pack leader," Millan writes, "because the other dogs would perceive him as unstable." (Our presidents are often unable to control their dogs, Millan said in a recent lecture. He added, "We are the only species that follows unstable pack leaders.")

    Who does "Calm-assertive" sound like to you? Why, of course, Al Gore and John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.

    Who does "Angry-aggressive" sound like to you? Mad (Mutually Assured Distruction) with Global Warming Bush and GOP.

    many green, yellow, blue and now purple dogs are a majority.

    by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 10:13:15 PM PDT

  •  Please keep fighting (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the update, Rep. Pelosi. It's great news that Rep. Conyer's continues to lead the fight to protect the Constitution from the criminal Bush regime.

    Please begin to raise the issue of Bush's illegal spying and the complicity of big telco in violating our 4th Amendment rights.

    See EFF's April 28 press release Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case

    Raising the visibility of the Darfur crisis is commendable.

    Please keep fighting.

  •  KEEP UP THEGOOD WORK! (0+ / 0-)

    You are doing one hell of a good job, in speaking out and fighting back, and if you were in my district you would certainly have my vote. Some way or another, the Republicans will pay for their "culture of corruption."

    •   Some way or another, Republicans will pay... (0+ / 0-)

       it's a Republican culture of corruption for which you hope those Republicans will pay for one way or another ?

       For a Blue Generalist, you're being too specific for my likes in describing it as the Republican culture of corruption; but I bet N Pelosi appreciates your blind-spot.

       If we have to depend on Nancy Pelosi, here is how the Republicans shall "pay for ' their culture of corruption ' " : then run out of steam; slow down from the drag of gravity; tucker out, and finally have to slump over from the exhaustion of such an uninterrupted and unimpeded run of corruption.

       Then they'll lose a few key races here and there and their formal majority shall become only a de facto nominal one, patched together through the cooperation of Democrats so very much like them.  

       But the real and very dangerous fundamental dysfunctions of our political system shall not have been addressed or amended in one single tiny iota.

       And as long as you and people like you are so lost as to write, "KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!" the nation is going to continue on its way to political and economic disaster.

       Nancy's counting on being able at that point to step in and offer a hand.  The most cynical and cruelly treacherous self-serving behavior I can imagine--after what the Republicans are doing.

       She has absolutely unbounded nerve--or her legislative assistant who writes her blog diaries here has either infinite nerve or infinite stupidity to have chosen as a title,

       "Not on our watch"

       It's like hurriedly assembling an awards ceremony aboard the Titanic for Captain Ismay for outstanding seamanship in the last minutes before the ship goes down.

       Yeah, ON YOUR "WATCH" Bush et al did incalculable harm to the pitiful remains of a so-called free and democratic nation.

      "All life is problem-solving." (book title) --Karl Popper

      by proximity1 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:05:21 AM PDT

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      •  without votes (0+ / 0-)

        I agree with the premise of your comment.  Of course the democrats have stood idly by while the culture of corruption continues unabated. You forget one very important point that I should have mentioned , the democrats do not have enough votes to carry out their agenda and the House cleaning that is desperately needed.  If democrats had enough votes, Bush would not be in office. MY comment is based on Pelosi's fight to be heard, while the Republicans block any amendments or bills that would bring the law back to the House.  The only method we have now for justice is that the  corruption investigation continues and indictments are handed out. Come November, the people will demonstrate the power of the vote and throw the Republican bums out. Then we can see a restoration of balance of power in the Congress as we begin to investigate the Republicans. I would like them to start with Iraq and how the Administration manipulated intelligence to start the war. Being a veteran , I want to see justice for the dead soldiers. I know we can never undo the damage or bring them back, but they need to be honored for their sacrifice inspite for this god damn war.

        •   I'm pleased that we share some common ground on (0+ / 0-)

          the "more-than-just-the-Republicans" matter.  That is certainly not intended to minimize or excuse their culpability.

           But I disagree where you argue that Dems simply couldn't do or be expected to do much as the minority party.

          Bush served an entire term and did tremendous harm in that time as we know and agree. Then there was an election; the Dems missed it.  They failed to do then what they had to do: communicate effectively to the American people what has been going on.

           And, this is not only an election-time matter.  Whether minority or not, their repsponsibility is to constantly press the case against this president before the American public.  The Republican majority controls the Congress, not the entire gamut of the nation's press.  The fact is that throughout most of the Bush tenure--until his policies were such open disasters that it was impossible to ignore or hide them--the Democrats behaved as though they were hiding under the dining room table, shaking in deathly fear of this man.

          To congratulate their supposed fighting spirit now, after Bush has wrecked havoc on the nation with NO EFFECTIVE opposition and in many instances the active cooperation of many Democrats, only now that is "safe" to do so, is, to me, neither wise nor fair nor cognizant of the fact that they did nothing less than sacrifice the vulnerable American public to the ravages of Bush's administration--and all to preserve their precious hides.

           Really, I don't wish to be unkind, but here I think your position fails utterly to hold your own party to account--precisely the thing which we so desperately need to encourage Republicans to do with regard to their party.

          And that holding to account is THE most fundamental political responsibility of the public.  Without it, there is no democracy and no meaning or purpose to the going through the motions of one.

          "All life is problem-solving." (book title) --Karl Popper

          by proximity1 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 01:41:56 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the action on the internet AND... (3+ / 0-)
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    We want homeland security and that means being self-sufficient as a country. We need to clothe, fuel, feed, and finance ourselves.  We want to produce our own goods, and there isn't any work that we won't do if it pays a living wage.  We want education and science to be our economic engine instead of war, and we want a Manhattan project to develop alternative fuels right here in the United States so we can stay out of the middle east and save our environment.  We are tired of how unregulated trade is destroying our middle class, and we want our manufacturing base back.  Our technology and intellectual property has been sold or stolen, and the country is broke. We want publicly funded elections so we can get the money out of politics, and we want the Democratic wing of the Democratic party to lead.  This is what national security is all about.  

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' - Theodore Roosevelt

    by dkmich on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 02:35:11 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Nancy (0+ / 0-)

    This was a good dairy.  I am so very glad to hear about the protests of the Darfur genocide.  We didn't stop Rwanda genocide when it would have taken just a few hundred soldiers to do so.  In the name of God, we must stop what is happening in the Sudan.  Otherwise all our  stated ideals, as americans, are a sham.

  •  ps....regarding Chris Carney (1+ / 0-)
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    I live in his district.  I know him, he can win here. We have all the right ingredients to win another democratic seat in congress.

    Can we get him some support so his staff can have a well deserved raise?

  •  Hope troops start deserting or failing to follow (0+ / 0-)

    orders.

    •  I Don't, but I Certainly Understand (0+ / 0-)

      It would NOT be a good idea for our military to lose accountability to civilian control. I've lived in countries where that has been the case, and, believe me, YOU DON'T WANT TO GO THERE.

      When (not if, anymore) the Democrats take over at least one of the houses, and start sending Republicans to jail (PLEASE, Mrs. Pelosi, we can't have a "whitewash" in the name of civility. As you know, the Dems could get just as bad as the Republicans, given a similar environment, so we need to establish some real, demonstrable consequences that serve as object lessons to all politicians), we want the military to obey them.

      However, I can completely understand the sentiment, especially where it concerns nukes.

      I was at dinner with friends of mine last night. One of them is a banker who was right across the street during September 11th, so he has a real, personal investment in the current situation. I don't agree with him, but he certainly has the right to feel the way he does.

      In any case, he said "We should have just nuked the shit out of Iraq, went in there with radiation suits, and taken their oil."

      A remarkably ignorant and bellicose comment from a well-educated and erudite chap.

      You had better believe that there are people in the military who feel similarly. Especially ones who may have lost people far more recently. Some of them may have immediate control of tactical nuclear weapons.

      Do you really want them to feel as if they can just disobey orders with which they do not agree (such as "Under NO circumstances, is ANYONE to deploy nuclear weapons.")

      "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

      by Heronymous Cowherd on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 05:06:36 AM PDT

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  •  I applaud (1+ / 0-)
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    your efforts.  And, I, like many Democrats (victims of the "minority" status we have worn as a badge for too many years) will walk the streets in protest, will relentlessly call, email, send letters, gather and sign petitions, walk precincts, man phone banks, "educate" the uninformed, and fight tooth and nail to make taking the Congress back a reality.

    But, please, be aware that our expectations are great.  We expect, and this country deserves, real change.  We have to trust that you understand this.  We have been aroused by the horrors of this unrestrained administration.  

    We want this war to end, and we want it now.  It has been a deceit from the beginning and we're not buying into continuing it.  We're not looking to contrive further lies to bolster the original deception.  

    We expect thorough investigations of this administration, with public accountability--if this leads to impeachment and criminal consequences, then it must go forward.  It's necessary to restore this nation's character and adherence to a code of justice that has been defiled and preyed upon.  To ignore this affront without correction would be to condone it, allow it to emerge again, setting a precedent for acceptance of similar future actions.

    We want an end to corruption and the influence of corporate lobbying--not just a softening of the edges (public campaign financing would be a good start).  We expect seismic revamping of our long neglected healthcare system (yes, universal, single-payer).  And an energy program that immediately redirects our nation toward innovation, conservation, and numerous smaller industries providing multiple sources of renewable energy, with new jobs not susceptible to outsourcing.  An end to CAFTA, NAFTA, and our participation in the WTO--all of which work toward eroding rather than raising labor and environmental standards and protections.  Global economy and marketing agreements should seek to better participating countries, not exploit their people and their resources for the benefit of the few.  The Wal-Mart business model does not embody the practices we wish to emulate as national policy, yet this is the current path we've taken.  It needs to change.

    Yes, we expect a real commitment of the Democratic Party to the working class--a rebuilding of a strong, vibrant middle class--that group that IS the Democratic Party.  

    And, yes, we need our civil liberties back.  Enough of the terror and abuses of the PATRIOT Act!  We are not a country of secrecy, wiretapping, torture, secret tribunals.  

    We've tasted corruption, incompetence, deceit, and disenfranchisment. Basically, we want our country, our freedoms, our pride, and our government back.  You promise a new direction, and we'll settle for nothing less.

  •  We're with you (0+ / 0-)

    on Darfur.  All our Democratic representatives should be standing in protest at the embassy as the 5 did yesterday.  It's a situation that cannot continue to be ignored.  I'm glad you'll be participating in the rallies to give a voice to the outrage we should all have over the atrocities we've allowed to continue for far too long in Darfur.  What will it take?  What's needed to evoke action?  Is it Congress?  Is it the President?  It seems the UN has determined genocide is being committed.  Are public demonstrations aimed at pressuring the US to act, or the UN to act?  The Bush Administration will jump at unilaterally and pre-emptively attacking Iraq (and Iran is soon to follow), yet remains unresponsive to mass genocide.  Why am I not surprised?  

  •  Ms Pelosi (1+ / 0-)
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    We all are grateful to you for the fine work you do in our favor....BUT
        Where do you stand on the US going to war with Iran ?????????????   It seems that the crickets are chirping awfully loudly. Isn't it already past time to speak out  ??? Your silence does not flatter you.
    I am simply scared shitless of the consequnces as well as mortified that MY COUNTRY can take such ethically challenged actions. Are we now a nation of war criminals ??????? I need to hear your response.

  •  and on may 1st (0+ / 0-)

    we will show that we know who is on our side and who is not...hope to see you there...then I may know whose side you are on.

    it is our cares which organize the human mind....

    by wildwisefree on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:15:53 AM PDT

  •  Ammend, don't oppose (0+ / 0-)

    The Democrats should propose ammendments to strengthen the lobbying-reform bill. And then, when the ammendments fail, they should vote for the weak form. If you vote against the "reform" program, you allow the GOP to claim that this was as strong as tehy could possible pass; the Democrats opposed even this.
    I'd love to have incumbent House members on record against various reforms. Then that could be used in the campaigns this November.

  •  Rally for Darfur as Rep. Pelosi said (0+ / 0-)

    There will be a rally for Darfur in San Francisco on Sunday, April 30th that I hope all Kos community members can attend.  Find more information at www.ourpledge.org

    Rally for Darfur: www.ourpledge.org

    by Elberger23 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:09:48 AM PDT

  •  That video of Emanuel is funny (0+ / 0-)

    almost ranks up there with John Dingell's "War on Christman/O'Reilly" poem.

    It really sucks when you're broke and when ya have money its spent on gas just so ya can drive to work.

    by LeftistIndependent on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Rep. Pelosi... (0+ / 0-)
    it's something rare and priveledged to be able to interact with our Representatives in such a manner.  I call the capitol often, but this post shows that you're becoming one of us.   Delegated to a Staffer or not, this post could have been written by Kos or Georgia10.  It does exactly what many of us are trying to do, use the vast and amazing resources of the net to focus on specific issues, inspire with them, and engage each other.

    Kudos.

    Vyan

  •  Rep. Pelosi (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for your service.

    We DO NOT need a repeat of the mess of 1994 Rwanda/Burundi. Thanks for trying to get this out there more and more.

    However ON OUR WATCH:
    We do need this administration IMPEACHED. They are CRIMINALS.
    We do need PAPER BALLOTS verifying voting records for Nov 06 and Nov 08.
    We do need the WAR in Iraq to stop and get those people water and elevtricity and transportaion. We blew it all up we need to fix it.
    We do NOT need to go to WAr with Iran. DIPLOMACY. Hello?
    We do need HEALTH CARE for the people.
    We do need the Right Winger Christian fundies to stop mussing with SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
    We do need ABORTION to be legal.
    We do need better EDUCATION, including evolution, sex ed and history in the country's schools.
    We do need CRIMINALS like Abramoff and all the other Republicans who took money to be tossed OUT of office.
    We do need to get the Dems RALLIED to take back our country.

    Thank you for your time.  

    A voter from Seattle, WA.

  •  2007 will be a Rubicon year (0+ / 0-)

    in more ways than one.  

    Centrist Democrats have lost two presidential elections in a row, in situations where -- whatever one says about Republican vote-rigging shenanigans -- there should have been clear and unambiguous victories.  They have not, up until now, been able to hold onto even one house in Congress.

    Many articles both in the right wing press and even right here in Kos places the blame for this state of affairs on "Democrats and progressives" as if these are the same people.

    Wrong.  Progressives have not lost any elections; they were never ours to lose.  No, right wing ("centrist") Democrats have been the only game in town at the national level (but for a very few prominent counter-examples) for many years.  And Progressives, when they appear, tend to win their elections or at least not blame others when they lose.

    Still, I am sure many progressives are glad to hold their peace yet again, and go along, because the Democratic Party the way it is now is really the only hope the country has in terms of a semi-coherent national political "opposition" party.  As long as the Democrats do what needs doing, win their elections, and pay more than lip service to the concerns and issues of the progressive segment of the base.

    There is one trait the "centrist" Democrats share with their erstwhile Republican "opponents" and that is in the tendancy to blame-everyone-but-me.

    Well, in November 2006 the centrists won't have Ralph Nader to kick around anymore, will they?  If they are defeated, who or what will they blame next?  Will they resort to the traditional whipping boy of blaming the stubborn "left" for their troubles?

    I think the trouble here is that Ms. Pelosi believes it is possible to have a true "opposition" party given the state of the country.  Well, this is something that Ms. Pelosi and I disagree on.  I believe that what is necessary right now is a Resistance Party, and that old-style political opposition is at best wrongheaded and wistfully nostalgic, and at worst, actively collaborationist.

    Pelosi and the Democratic "Center" may disagree with me, but she and they have this one last chance to prove me wrong.  And I say "last" because if they fail, it won't just be progressives who will have had enough.  The traditional political opposition model itself will have failed, and we all will pay the price.

    But they have to do more than just seize at least one house of Congress in an overwhelming and tide-changing victory in 2006.  They have to hold the Democratic caucus together, and to then do what needs doing.  They need to help select a candidate for 2008 who will fight the Republican criminals and not mollycoddle them with mealy-mouthed DLC Democrat triangulator quasi right wing accommodationist spin.  The centrists need to remember, despite their blame-the-left spin, which is always their aristocratic privilege to exude, progressives have shut up and gone along many years.  We will be silent no longer, and if they lose AGAIN, their entire leadership principle must be questioned.  

    November 2006, and what happens afterwards, is the Rubicon.  It will be crossed, one way or another.  For all our sakes, I hope we have victory in a united traditional Democrat-Progressive bloc.  Because blame as some people might, what matters now is not only a victory on paper, but what is done with it.

    Whatever other progressives might say, I am willing to give the "centerists" this last chance to get it right, to succeed without excuses and blame for any failure.  But it is the very last, indeed.

    Help keep America a one party state - vote Republican!

    by AndyS In Colorado on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:40:04 AM PDT

  •  Re: Not On Our Watch (0+ / 0-)

    Keep up the good work. Crank up the heat. The Democrats were slow to awaken, but it is not too late to stop the runaway train. The train wreck isn't far off, though. We don't have a lot of time.

  •  THANK YOU (0+ / 0-)

    Per my promise, I'm here to report back on what House Democrats are doing to hold Republicans and the President accountable.

    And there's some good stuff in there too: Conyers's lawsuit, net neutrality from Markey, Louise Slaughter's takedown of the Republican lobbying "reform" scam.

    Thanks.  We want more.  :-)

    Only one quibble:  Why is it we always see the same few House members when it comes to holding the Republicans to account?  We all know Slaughter and Conyers are demanding accountability.  I'm glad you have their back -- because I've been worrying that the Democratic leadership wasn't defending those members with the most integrity and moral authority.  But why can't we have a lot more members of Congress out there taking the lead, pushing to bring the Republican crime syndicate to account, and stopping them from giving the government away to their cronies?

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