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    Impeachment “Black Out” Day on September 1

    August 25th, 2006

    Last month, I attended an Impeachment Teach-in sponsored by my favorite local activist group, the CCPJ. To be honest, I was just there to lend technical support. I really thought that discussions of impeachment were a waste of time because there is no way Bush or Cheney or any of the rest of them could be impeached.

    I was wrong. I was seriously wrong.

    After listening to the presentation that evening, and watching a video, I am now convinced the impeachment is the only thing we can do, and that we have a moral obligation to do it. You can read my reasons here, but I want to tell you now what you can do to help.

    On September 1 (that’s a mere week from today) and for 24 hours, we want thousands of websites and blogs to replace their front pages with a single banner that reads Impeach. You can see a sample at Impeachnet.net.

    The inspiration for this idea came from the actions of The Freeway Blogger, the great outlaw artist who has posted over 2500 freeway signs protesting the war. Our hope is to bring this word back into the public lexicon, grab the attention of the media, and get everyone talking about the one tool guaranteed by the Founders to restore our Constitutional Democracy.

    If you run a website or blog, then on September 1 2006, replace your home page with the single word Impeach in bold Times New Roman white text on a black background. Feel free to help yourself to the code here (getting a single word to display in the center of a page in all browsers is a little trickier than you might think). Back up your existing home page first (often index.html) and display this new one for 24 hours, from noon September 1 to noon September 2. If you use the provided code, the “period” is a link which you can customize to allow visitors to enter the rest of your web page.

    If you don’t have your own webpage or blog but still think that this is a good idea, then please send this information to your favorite sites and convince them to participate (click here for a sample message). Additionally, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog. Just as important as replacing your home page for one day is letting your website visitors know why, so please publicize this both beforehand and afterward. Also, contact the site and let them know that you plan to participate and we will include a link to your site in the blogroll.

    This is more important, and more possible, then you may now realize. Go. Make history.

    Highway Robbery

    August 25th, 2006

    gallen.jpgThe Washington Post, as well as other news outlets, reported today that the Secret Service asked the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to shut down the HOV (that’s High Occupancy Vehicle, for those reading outside of VA) lanes on I-395 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday so that “President” Bush could drive to a presumably urgent fund-rasier in Mt. Vernon for Republican Senator George Allen.

    If you’ve ever driven on that stretch of road anytime between, say, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, you know that it is already a slowly-moving parking lot. The HOV lanes are the only relief as that is where the commuter buses travel, as well as the cars with three or more drivers. Shutting down those lanes would have been — what’s the word that Bush recently used to describe pulling out of Iraq? — oh yeah … a disaster!

    My favorite part of the story: the VDOT turned them down. They are now my heroes.

    Actually, I secretly wish they hadn’t. I personally would have loved to see all those red brake lights and tens of thousands of fuming motorists hearing that they’re stuck so Bush could attend a $200 a plate fundraiser for the putative Republican presidential candidate whom many describe as “Bush without the brains”. (Okay, I made that last part up; I’m sure the dinner was much more than $200 a plate…)

    Penal Violation

    August 4th, 2006

    I’m not a golfer, but this strikes me as a little extreme…