From the daily archives: Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Free Burma!

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, we have an election coming up on November 6, 2007.

And the Deadline for Voter Registration for the General Election is October 9, 2007.

We’ll be voting for Judges and Mayors (including Coleman v Todd in Columbus) and a bunch of issues.

I know it’s an off-year- but it doesn’t make the election any less important.

You can check out the Franklin Count BOE Site for more information and a complete set of forms- including the absentee application.

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Congrats to Lee Terry (R-NE) and Ron Paul (R-TX). They were the only two to vote no on H.CON.RES.200 “concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the severely deteriorating human rights situation in Burma.”

Nice work fellas! Ron Paul is also running for President. Interestingly enough, his slogan is “Hope for America”. It appears Congressman Paul offers no such hope for Burma. Congressman Terry, for his part, has offered up some very important legislation and does not appear to be all bad. I mean, […]

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Update: Got two more good resources. This from the NYT and a radio program with some Akron area monks which includes a great overview at the beginning.

The situation in Burma (Myanmar) is one we should all be watching and stay informed about. If you are behind on it, this might help to catch you up. Information is scarce and I’m going to take a stab at documenting some of the sources and a good roundup a bit later tonight. I know George Ed had a post up about the effect of bloggers on getting […]

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The latest news from CNN :

Bush quietly exercised the veto at 10 a.m. before leaving the White House for a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to discuss the federal budget and taxes.

Bush said he opposed the bill because it is a step toward “universal coverage, which he opposes on philosophical grounds”. Which is the argument wing nuts alway use when then want to deny basic healthcare coverage to people who can’t afford it.

Does anyone really believe that rich, or even middle class people are going to lose their private health insurance just because the government pays for […]

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Well, not directly anyway. Speaking about the uprisings in Burma in a White House press briefing:

Q And the protests, themselves, seem to have been stilled. What do you make of that?

MS. PERINO: Well, unfortunately, intimidation and force can chill peaceful demonstrations. And reports about very innocent people being thrown into detention, where they could be held for years without any representation or charges, is distressing; and we understand that some of the monasteries have been sealed. Now, obviously, this has, again, a chilling effect on protestors, but we would ask that everyone show restraint and […]

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Wes Clark is sponsoring a campaign to dump Rush from Armed Forces Radio. Seems fitting, since he thinks a large number of our soldiers are “phony”. You can get involved here.

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