Democrats Want to “Wait” on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Wednesday, Jan 14 2009 

  Upon initial viewing of the CNN clip, I thought, “wonderful”–until I remembered that it was CNN and was probably not feeding me accurate information, but rather soundbytes.  Sadly, I was right.  Mr. Gibbs, an Obama spokesman, expanded on his statement,

Gibbs on Wednesday expanded on his answer, saying, ”There are many challenges facing our nation now and the president-elect is focused first and foremost on jump-starting this economy. So not everything will get done in the beginning. But he’s committed to following through with his commitment.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/01/14/2009-01-14_obama_committed_to_ending_of_dont_ask_do.html

  What exactly gives Mr. Gibbs the right to tell us that the economy is more important than equal rights?  First of all, any economic improvements will take years to take effect, whereas a simple law change enacted by Congress would quickly make us equal citizens under the law.  Mr. Gibbs also points out that we shouldn’t expect Obama to do this–legislation is Congress’ purview.  Funny, I thought we had a DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS.  Sorry, Mr. Gibbs, your excuses don’t fly.  Either the Democratic Party puts its money where its mouth is, or it doesn’t–but they have no one else to blame.

   People across the country are committed to fighting for Equal Rights.  Join the Impact hosted a National DOMA protest at locations all across the country.  Even in Massachusettes, the only state where marriage is legal, gays and lesbians continue to be second class citizens as a result of DOMA.  In Massachusettes, Chris Mason states that gays and lesbians have ONE FOURTH the rights provided in a heterosexual marriage just because of federal laws such as DOMA.  People don’t like being treated as second class citizens, and we’re not going to continue to wait just so we can be used as a WEDGE ISSUE.  If we can rid our country of the bonds of slavery and racism (in the 60s: I’m not referring to our multi-national President Elect), we can rid it of homophobia and sexism as well.

PUMASphere Prowl Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

As requested by Murphy:

COPY AND PASTE THIS LETTER AND SEND IT TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

Dear Friends,

I’m asking you to help me out today with something that won’t take more than five minutes of your time, is totally free, and is a way to stick up for the Under Dog. Yay! A couple of blogs that I support have been nominated for a prestigious blogging award and they deserve a fair chance to win. These are Democratic, liberal blogs that are really quite popular with their readers. The trouble is, nasty readers and bloggers from some of the biggest blogs on the internet have decided to sabotage the voting and crush my pals with tricks, cheating, and intimidation. It really stinks.

I would be SO grateful if you would just visit the Awards site and cast a vote for my friends at the smaller blogs. It would be so great to show these cheaters and nasty bloggers that, in the end, cheaters never win.

Thanks a lot!

Vote here for The Confluence: http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-liberal-blog/

Vote here for Uppity Woman: http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-new-blog/

Vote here for Nice Deb: http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-small-blog/

p.s. All of these links are totally legit. This is a completely non-spammy award site. Promise.

Appoint Harriet Christian to the New York Senate Tuesday, Jan 6 2009 

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(Visit: http://www.harrietchristian.net)

Governor Paterson: Appoint Harriet Christian, a well known Hillary Democrat, made FAMOUS for her role at the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting at the DNC.   She relates to working class New Yorkers because she IS ONE and could easily raise the money for re-election.

Interview with the candidate, Harriet Christian (in part only: visit http://www.harrietchristian.net for the full interview):

X-POST – from The Confluence
Rumors have begun to swirl again that Paterson is about to appoint Caroline Kennedy to Hillary’s Senate seat. The reason often cited is that Caroline, with her big, aristocratic name, will be able to raise her own funds and won’t suck up money needed for other races. Does anyone besides me see the problem with that argument? Ok. for the slow Obots out there, here it is: If we only appoint or nominate people with their own money, then only the rich will be able to serve in Congress. I think one of the points of our Constitution was to prevent rule by the moneyed, aristocratic class. Even the requirements for Senate and President are remarkably spare. We aren’t ignoring the economic reality of the money hunt but we would like to point out that Obama raised $600,000,000 and threatened to withhold it from many states and downticket races if the delegates wouldn’t flip for him at the convention. Then he hogged it anyway.

So, money isn’t everything. Dedication to public service should be at the top of the list of qualifications for any office. We haven’t seen much in the way of that from Caroline Kennedy. But Harriet Christian has worked tirelessly for the public for years. She’s a waitress in Manhattan. She was also one of our most reliable and dedicated Hillary Clinton fans. We’d like Governor Paterson to meet with Harriet and give us commoner for the seat.

Our own Madamab had an interview with Harriet recently to talk about the Senate appointment. Here is that interview:

Interview With Senate Hopeful Harriet Christian
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 – 3:00 pm (Transcribed from recording)

MB: What made you decide to vie for Senator Clinton’s seat? Was it 9/11?

HC: I’m sure 9/11 has a part to play in anything anyone does today; however, primarily it was done because I thought the fact that an individual could enter a race and be given preferential treatment just because of their name made me feel that, even though I don’t have name recognition, I stood on equal standing with her. We have both never held a political office. What made her more qualified than myself?

MB: You are “as qualified as the most unqualified,” correct?

HC: Absolutely.
MB: How did you come to be involved in politics?
HC: I’ve always been a Democrat. I’ve always been active, I would say, in the peripheral sense. I’ve always been very interested in the different candidates that have run. I don’t think I’ve ever taken as active a role as I did this time. And I think that all began with the Rules and ByLaws Committee. That just opened my eyes to what was so wrong with our Democratic Party.
MB: Yours, and many others. Do you have children, and if so, how influential are they in your voting decisions?
HC: I have one daughter. I think I’m not the normal mother in the sense of, we make up our own minds. Am I taking a stance on things today just because of my daughter? Absolutely not. I’m at a point in my life where I feel it’s time to not only worry about the future, but to worry about the present.

**cut for length to my favorite part of the entire interview:**

MB: My final question, Future Senator Christian, is: what do you think you can offer the citizens of New York as their Senator?
HC: I’m born and raised in New York. I use common sense. I believe I have more in common than – I can only single out one other nominee right now, or one other appointee that’s being considered, who I think is totally unaware of the average individual’s problems. I know I was criticized because, when I had the incident on the YouTube, and they said, Oh, you know, she’s so pro-Hillary, she only spent $250 or $300 on donations. Meanwhile, they totally excluded that I put my personal time and money into traveling to different states to help try to get her the nomination; that I went to numerous concerts and fundraisers that were given for her. Then I find out that somebody that has $100 million plus, donated a thousand dollars. Now, if I could reach deep into my pockets, where I’m sure I could have found something else to do with that money, but I felt so passionately about what was the upcoming nomination for our next president of the United States – it just flabbergasts me. Speaking to other people on a similar level as myself, maybe much more prosperous, it appears their sentiments are the same as mine. So I am definitely closer, I would think, to the people of New York, than Caroline Kennedy could ever presume to be. So why shouldn’t I give it a shot, when I am THE ordinary Democratic citizen of New York State?

Trust Fund for San Francisco Hate Crime Victim Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

In case anyone missed this on Hillary’s Village:

http://blog.hillarysvillage.net/?p=474

“Richmond Jane Doe” is injured and deeply traumatized. The attackers are still at large. The SFPD is investigating the case as a possible Hate Crime, among other charges, because her attackers made anti-lesbian remarks during the assault. All rapes are hate crimes, but Jane was a double target because she is female and gay. Jane needs a tremendous amount of help to recover and cope with what lies ahead. To that end, a trust fund has been set-up on her behalf.

Hillary’s Village is asking everyone to join them and contribute to the Richmond Jane Doe Fundraising Drive.

Please be generous and make a check out in whatever amount you can to:

“Community Violence Solutions”

Attention: Joann Douglass

2101 Van Ness St.

San Pableo, Ca. 94806

On the “memo” portion of the check write “Richmond Jane Doe/HV.

Vote in the Weblog Awards for PUMA related BLOGS Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Finalists are listed here:

http://2008.weblogawards.org/site-news/2008-weblog-awards-finalists/

Voting begins in 1 day.

Best New Blog: Uppity Woman

Best Political Coverage: No Quarter

Best Conservative Blog: American Thinker

Best Liberal Blog: The Confluence

Voting locations to be announced tomorrow at:

http://2008.weblogawards.org/

One of PUMAs goals is increasing our base, and a solid showing (or a win) in Weblog awards could really set us off the charts, so make sure to vote!

Edited to include direct voting links: