Progressive Calendar 12.13.08
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 11:55:58 -0800 (PST)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   12.13.08

1. Atheists Talk     12.14 9am
2. Stillwater vigil  12.14 1pm
3. Mr Positive/Ch2   12.14 10pm

4. RNC trials begin  12.15 time?
5. Peace walk        12.15 6pm RiverFalls WI
6. RNC protests/film 12.15 6:30pm
7. What Jesus buys/f 12.15 7pm
8. Oxfam Action      12.15 7pm

9. MnACLU         - Demand release of St Paul police force RNC footage
10. Michael Moore - Senate to middle class: drop dead
11. Susie Day     - The problem with heterosexuals

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From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Atheists Talk 12.14 9am

Minnesota Atheists' "Atheists Talk" radio show.
Sunday, December 14, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time

AHA: Winter Solstice, Bus Advertising, $1 Million Matching Grant

Maggie Ardiente of the American Humanist Association (AHA) joins us to
discuss the Winter Solstice, AHA's advertising campaign on buses in
Washington D.C., and the $1,000,000 Louis Appignani matching grant.

Don't forget to sign up for the Minnesota Atheists and Humanists of
Minnesota Winter Solstice Party at
http://atheists.meetup.com/493/calendar/9127611

We welcome questions during the program at (952) 946-6205 or
radio [at] MinnesotaAtheists.org.

"Atheists Talk" airs live on AM 950 KTNF in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
To stream live, go to http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen. Podcasts of past
shows are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org or through iTunes.
Program Notes are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org.


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From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 12.14 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to
<http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560


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From: Mike Hazard <mediamic [at] bitstream.net>
Subject: Mr Positive/Ch2 12.14 10pm

Mr. Positive, a documentary about a community legend named Carl Bentson,
will play in the MNTV series on Channel 2 on Sunday, December 14, 10 pm and
on Channel 17 on Saturday, December 20, 10 pm. Co-directed by Media Mike
Hazard and Emily Rumsey, the film won Honorable Mention at the Fargo Film
Festival and Audience Favorite at Big Water.

The doctor and writer Tim Rumsey says in the film, ³Carl is like a light in
the neighborhood. He loves to watch out for people. He is just good, and
wants to make the world cleaner and better. He is the neighborhood.²

This film will inspire you to live a good life.

You can see a short version here: http://www.vimeo.com/2439882
For more about the documentary: http://www.thecie.org/mrpositive/


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From: info [at] rnc8.org
Subject: RNC trials begin 12.15 time?

Monday, December 15: First RNC Trials and Press Conference

This day marks the start of RNC trials (as opposed to pre-trial
appearances). One defendant is facing felony charges, seven are facing
gross misdemeanor charges and five are charged with misdemeanors. To mark
the occasion, CRASS will be packing the courts and holding a press
conference. Read the press release here:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/RNCtrials

Thanks for your continued support!  Check out our new logo and more at
www.RNC8.org. --Friends of the RNC 8


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From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Peace walk 12.15 6pm RiverFalls WI

River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on
the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from
"Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact:
d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls,
Wisconsin 54022


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From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: RNC protests/film 12.15 6:30pm

FREE Third Monday Movies and Discussion: "Ground Noise and Static"

Monday, December 15, 6:30 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue
South, Minneapolis. "Unconventional" stories, by indymedia-style activists
and journalists, of the protests that occurred in connection with the
Democrat and Republican National Conventions in Denver and St. Paul.
Sponsored by: the WAMM Third Monday Movies Committee. FFI: Call WAMM,
612-827-5364.


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From: Joe Hill <maydaybookstore [at] gmail.com>
Subject: What would Jesus buy 12.15 7pm

Monday December 15th at 7:00PM
A free holiday screening of the hilarious movie "What Would Jesus Buy?"
Sponsered by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities
at Mayday Books: 301 Cedar Ave in Minneapolis under the Hub Bike Co-op on
the West Bank  612-333-4719


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From: Oxfam Action Corps - MN <minnesota [at] oxfamactioncorps.org>
Subject: Oxfam Action 12.15 7pm

On the 3rd Monday of each month, we gather to plan our nonpartisan
grassroots activities. We've successfully organized events, lobbied
policymakers, and have used sheer creativity to stand up for meaningful
change. Our next meeting is this coming Monday at 7pm. We meet at the
unique Common Roots Café (2558 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis).

Anyone can become an Oxfam Action Corps volunteer. Remember, our
entire team is volunteer organized and driven - the only qualification
is a passion to end suffering. New members join regularly. Stop by
this Monday even if you can only spare a few minutes. We'd love to
meet you. You can contact us at minnesota [at] oxfamactioncorps.org.


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From: ACLU of Minnesota <pubed [at] aclu-mn.org>
Subject: Demand release of police force footage

ACLU of MN
View online version of this email:
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=iLsS22zJjl5BSmM-AQuLwA..

It has been over four months since the residents of Minnesota witnessed
and participated in a historic event, the Republican National Convention
in Saint Paul. The massive arrests and show of police force painted an
unfortunate picture of our state. We want to ensure that this does not
happen again.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently came across a revealing "RNC
Homeland Security Document". This document outlines the planning leading
up to the Republican National Convention and how security forces would be
working together during the RNC. Many federal, state and local
organizations were mentioned in this document, a number of which the ACLU
did not know were involved. A number of these agencies are military based,
which may directly conflict with Federal law that prohibits the military
from engaging in domestic intelligence gathering.

During the course of RNC, August 31-September 4, the police recorded and
collected over 6,000 hours of video in downtown Saint Paul. The American
Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a data practice request on August
22 and November 13 and according to Minnesota statute, the public has the
right to access the state and local government records. However the tapes
have yet to be released.

ACLU of MN has offered to provide special storage devices in order to
obtain the copy of "raw video" and the vendor's viewing software. They
have responded saying that they might not release the tapes for another
2-3 years. We, at the ACLU of MN, believe that the immediate release of
these videos is crucial and constitutional.

We urge you to contact Mayor Chris Coleman to advocate for the release of
these 6,000 hours of videos immediately.

Contact Mayor Coleman today:
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=N6JE9VftdqZ6K14w-NSKAQ..

It is imperative to restore our rights and to establish our freedom.
Please act now!

Sincerely, ACLU of Minnesota
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=4YJlPaWlHVd6ELTTEsYB_g..


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Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead
Micheal Moore
Friday, December 12th, 2008

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers start
building only cars and mass transit that reduce our dependency on oil.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers build
cars that reduce global warming.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers
withdraw their many lawsuits against state governments in their attempts
to not comply with our environmental laws.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the management team
which drove these once-great manufacturers into the ground resign and be
replaced with a team who understands the transportation needs of the 21st
century.

Yes, they could have given the loan for any of these reasons because, in
the end, to lose our manufacturing infrastructure and throw 3 million
people out of work would be a catastrophe.

But instead, the Senate said, we'll give you the loan only if the factory
workers take a $20 an hour cut in wages, pension and health care. That's
right. After giving BILLIONS to Wall Street hucksters and criminal
investment bankers -- billions with no strings attached and, as we have
since learned, no oversight whatsoever -- the Senate decided it is more
important to break a union, more important to throw middle class wage
earners into the ranks of the working poor than to prevent the total
collapse of industrial America.

We have a little more than a month to go of this madness. As I sit here in
Michigan today, tens of thousands of hard working, honest, decent
Americans do not believe they can make it to January 20th. The malaise
here is astounding. Why must they suffer because of the mistakes of every
CEO from Roger Smith to Rick Wagoner? Make management and the boards of
directors and the shareholders pay for this.

Of course that is heresy to the 31 Republicans who decided to blame the
poor, miserable autoworkers for this mess. And our wonderful media
complied with their spin on the morning news shows: "UAW Refuses to Give
Concessions Killing Auto Bailout Bill." In fact the UAW has given
concession after concession, reduced their benefits, agreed to get rid of
the Jobs Bank and agreed to make it harder for their retirees to live from
week to week. Yes! That's what we need to do! It's the Jobs Bank and the
old people who have led the nation to economic ruin!

But even doing all that wasn't enough to satisfy the bastard Republicans.
These Senate vampires wanted blood. Blue collar blood. You see, they
weren't opposed to the bailout because they believed in the free market or
capitalism. No, they were opposed to the bailout because they're opposed
to workers making a decent wage. In their rage, they were driven to
destroy the backbone of this country, not because the UAW hadn't given
back enough, but because the UAW hadn't given up.

It appears that the sitting President has been looking for a way to end
his reign by one magnanimous act, just like a warlord on his feast day. He
will put his finger in the dyke, and the fragile mess of an auto industry
will eke through the next few months.

That will give the Senate enough time to demand that the bankers and
investment sharks who've already swiped nearly half of the $700 billion
gift a chance to make the offer of cutting their pay.

Fat chance.
Yours, Michael Moore MMFlint [at] aol.com MichaelMoore.com


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The Problem with Heterosexuals
Proposition 1984
By SUSIE DAY
CounterPunch
December 12 / 14, 2008

Look at your paycheck. Did your company take out again for Iraqi
quagmire-maintenance? Now, look around. Is the crime rate going up in your
neighborhood? Do you suspect your nifty new iPhone is tracking your every
move? Are you worried that the economic meltdown will leave you homeless,
starving, and naked in the streets? Perhaps you are already homeless,
starving, and naked in the streets with your new iPhone? Would you agree
there is a Problem?

You know what the Problem is, don't you? Heterosexuals. I have evidence.

Everywhere you go - there they are. Walking. Talking. Eating. Buying
things. Going to the "Men" or the "Ladies" room.

Not that there's anything wrong with that sort of thing. We all have our
repulsive little quirks, I suppose. Some of my best friends are straight:
"heavy in the loafer"; "friends of Britney," if you will. We admire these
people for their sports stadiums; their automated tollbooths; that
slaphappy sit-com humor that has allowed Heterosexuals to survive
centuries of hardship. But there are limits.

Marriage, for instance. Show me where in the Bible it says that two people
of opposing genders, by becoming legally wed, should be able to get Social
Security, Food Stamps, and Income Tax benefits.

Shocking? Yes! SIMPLY BY GETTING MARRIED, Heterosexuals derive some 1,400
entitlements - approximately 1,000 federal and 400 state - FEW OF WHICH
CAN BE OBTAINED OUTSIDE THE BONDS OF LEGAL MATRIMONY! Imagine
Heterosexuals being allowed to visit spouses in hospitals; claiming joint
privileges to adopt and raise children; gaining immigrant residency
status; obtaining bereavement or sick leave. Disgusting!

AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE IN THE MESS WE'RE IN TODAY!

These "special rights" invoked by connubially-wedded Heterosexuals have
upset the natural order of things. They are against God's Plan for Us.
Hark: you can almost hear God retching.

I admit they had me fooled for a while. At first, Heterosexuals appeared
to be just another harmless identity group. They stayed in their place. We
tolerated them. Heck, weren't we all "just people"?

Then I got up the nerve to enroll in the School of American Ballet. My
application was turned down: they wanted someone whose posture was a
little "straighter." The economy started to tank and several of my friends
were "laid" off their jobs. A nuclear family moved into our neighborhood -
and rents skyrocketed.

So I began to look around. I realized that what I had been watching was
part of a carefully orchestrated plan. "They teach god-knows-what filth in
our schools," I thought, "inherit each other's estates, get conjugal
visits in prison - and there's nothing we can do about it."

Or was there? I got some facts. Did you know that:

*Heterosexuals comprise at least 90% of the population?

*That this "population" is teeming with huge numbers of muggers,
pickpockets, corporate polluters, slumlords, child pornographers, and
fascist dictators?

*It therefore follows that at least 90% of all muggers, pickpockets,
corporate polluters, slumlords, child pornographers, and fascist dictators
are - HETEROSEXUALS!!!

WHY ARE THESE DEVIANTS ALLOWED TO MARRY EACH OTHER? DON'T THEY HAVE ENOUGH
RIGHTS?

I have begun an anthropomorphic study of Heterosexuals. Oh, they start off
innocently enough. As babies, Heterosexuals are often quite cute. Many of
them, however, cry all night and drool a lot - the first signs that
something is not right.

As Heterosexuals grow older, they watch TV for hours - depraved programs
such as "Family Guy" or "MASH" reruns, designed to implant the
psychosexual desire ONLY for others of the "opposite" sex. Then they go
outdoors to engage in shame-based playtime activities such as "house" or
"doctor." Soon, all they can think of is buying nudity-promoting hygiene
products and getting a place of their own, so they can procure other
Heterosexuals with whom to enjoy frequent and legal erotic relations. Thus
are they indoctrinated into HETEROSEXUALITY'S MATRIMONIAL DOMINATION OF
THE ENTIRE GLOBE!!!

Accident? No! Through patient research, I have uncovered a vast,
international conspiracy of Militant Heterosexuals who seek total
worldwide supremacy over Planet Earth! Their behavior is being constantly
monitored by their Militant Heterosexual president, Big Breeder. "Big
Breeder Is Watching" is one of the mottos of the Breederhood. Others
include: (1) Freedom is Marriage; (2) War Is Cute When It's Between the
Sexes; and (3) Ignorance Of And Alienation From My Wondrously Protean,
Polymorphous Libido Is A Small Price To Pay For World Domination.

Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. So get righteous: Go up to
each and every Heterosexual you see on the street. Ask them to think about
the chaos in the Middle East and the economic meltdown; about domestic
surveillance and starving in the streets. Tell them THEY have caused these
problems.

Then get them to give you their paychecks.

Susie Day can be reached at: sday [at] skadden.com
Susie Day, 2008


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