President’s Field Team Targets Blue Dogs’ Districts Over Health Care Battle

The following concluding paragraph of Dawn Teo’s article at Huffington Post is a keeper

“On-the-ground organizing may also have more far-reaching effects than just strengthening the President’s position on health care. Every person OFA reaches on the phone today is a potential supporter in 2010 and 2012. Every door knocked or volunteer recruited today is a potential recruit in 2010 or 2012. Old-fashioned machine politics may be over, but in a time when the election cycle never sleeps, yearlong organizing in the election off-season is looking like the political mechanics of the future.”

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The Republicans are giving us the Health Care Reform victory. The media are ignoring the organizing on the ground. Between Organizing for America (OFA) grass roots activism and the ineptitude of the Republicans as they lie to try to win a debate they cannot win, even with truth, we are looking at a slow and steady movement to passage of a bill with a public option.


New Poll: Less Than Half Of Republicans Believe Obama Was Born In U.S.

How subtle are even the best-intentioned media efforts. Here we show a beleaguered Obama, weighed down presumably by the falsity of his opposition, by the palpable hatred that is displayed when one is literally deemed to be Ralph Ellison’s invisible man.

Well, this is half drama that Obama rightfully says NO to. And half indication of a struggle which neither he nor we can avoid.

The struggle has three objects.

1. Not to get submerged in this.

2. Not to allow forces of hate and obfuscation to gain cultural and political power.

3. To accomplish 1 & 2 by achieving the Obama Agenda for health care reform, a green economy and fiscal responsibility. And winning in 2010.

Not easy. But doable. You got a glimmer of doability at last night’s Pete Seeger 90th birthday telecast from MSG.

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Dobbs’ Ratings Take A Hit Over “Birther” Controversy

Lou Dobbs continues to exert power after having proved a facile apostle, not of conservatism but of know-nothing pre-fascism. Our nation is never entirely exempt from the possibility that know-nothings will achieve political sway.

When FOX turns itself into a laughing-stock because of its excesses, this is less dangerous than a channel like CNN countenancing a Lou Dobbs.

The fault lies clearly and inexorably with CNN.

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Conservative Democrats Most Vulnerable If Health Reform Fails

Wonder if the Blue Dogs will listen?

What strikes me about them is that they are living in the past. But evidently they are not learning.

There are two scenarios.

The one noted in this article.

And the possibility that districts that tend to be conservative will flip red.

If health care fails because of Blue Dogs, a GOP resurgence might not materialize at all. Instead, things could move leftward and leave the GOP on its current downward trajectory and Blue Dogs officeless.

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Gates Says What A Lot of Us Are Thinking: You Prove It!

This is the first apposite comment I have encountered since the President’s first “stupidity” remark.

Let me connect it to my own perspective which is that the entire fabric of our metrosprawl society has its basis in the elemental fear and hypocrisy that the President’s remark nudged open.

I commend to all the readers of my blog at https://stephencrose.wordpress.com the link below to John Ridley’s HuffPo piece whose title is also the title of this post.
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Comment at CommuteOrlando Blog on a Ten Year Old Review By Ken Orski


The Auto and its Enemies

Anti Auto is right on. I have been substantiating this with reference to Christopher Alexander and Pattern Language. Densities in metrosprawl serve the dying automobile economy. We need to create settlements of substantial density (10,000 – 100,000) on the corpse of metrosprawl. This is an interesting and salient piece though it ignores those of us who have been positive critics. So does the rest of the world.

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Why Most Transportation Should Be Public and How That Could Help Private Enterprise

Written in 2008. Still relevant. Updated.

We need to clear up confusion between public and private when it comes to transportation and creating new human settlements.

We presently allow OUR public rights of way to be filled with private automobiles. This leads to a pollution-congestion problem which is not merely inhuman but also deadly to the planet. This pattern is being emulated globally. Public rights of way should belong to the public.

Similarly we talk green and assume it can happen by retrofitting innumerable private and separated dwellings, owned by individuals, What is needed is a scale of housing no individual could afford, but which would makes real green economically viable. The whole kahuna: power, recycling, modular capacities.

The solution to the transportation problem:

Advertiser-supported, shared public transportation. Free to user and gradually replacing private cars for commuting and inter-city transit.

Create a new generation of vehicles of all sizes. Create tons of jobs for the persons who build, operate and maintain such vehicles.

Give them preference in terms of access to rights of way. On city boulevards, make them double-wide or double decker, or both. Power them green, hybrid. Batteries could be easily renewed by maintaining stations at regular intervals. Roads could enable their movement via technologies yet to be created,

WE own the roads after all.

Privately-owned and operated vehicles are at odds with a rational transportation solution. We need to reconsider the way we use our rights of way.

A similar understanding could be applied to the creation of viable, sustainable, green communities.

Lack of “consumer confidence” in the future is understandable. We haven’t drilled down to the changes we need.

The era of the private automobile and the resulting design of our settlements as strip city highway culture splayed over the land, is unsustainable. It should be happily over anon.

We need an era of good news:

To create a prosperous economy, we need to go beyond even Al Gore and his hybrid car proposals to the creation of a world where human settlements are built on a scale that can support green economically. And where the private automobile has an increasingly minor role.

Automobile glutted freeways are a form of hell we should not wish to perpetuate.

So what do we do?

1. Start building a new generation of vehicles and highways that will provide free transportation on major roads supported by advertising.

Ride courtesy of … name your advertiser. Starbucks, your local insurance company, a restaurant. If we plough ad revenues into transportation we are creating a win-win for consumers. Reducing our costs of getting around and stimulating free enterprise and competition within a rational framework.

New vehicles could be green and comfortable. Have a contest among advertisers to produce the very best.

2. Give major tax breaks to companies that build green human settlements with early education, preventive health, entertainment and access to retail products within walking distance. Car free, pedestrian communities, replacing metrosprawl.

Here’s Christopher Alexander’s notion of a self-contained town.

Preserve country towns where they exist; and encourage the growth of new self contained towns, with populations between 500 and 10,000, entirely surrounded by open countryside and at least 10 miles from neighbouring towns. Make it the regions collective concern to give each town the wherewithal it needs to build a base of local industry, so that these towns are not dormitories for people who work in other places, but real towns- able to sustain the whole of life. SOURCE

The Essential Site for Understanding Alexander

3. The technologies needed to help the rest of the world escape the trap of highway-culture will develop naturally. The entire world is going to literal hell because we have not thought beyond individual, private vehicles.

More on Pattern Language:

See the brief at https://stephencrose.wordpress.com/pattern-language/ and then read in sequence:

Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four,, Part FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart ElevenPart TwelvePart ThirteenPart Fourteen