Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tonight’s Pixel Chewings: Dump The Washington Post, Stay Focused On Our Agenda; Help Holder And Hold Conyers Feet To The Fire.

Tonight’s Pixel Chewings: Dump The Washington Post, Stay Focused On Our Agenda; Help Holder And Hold Conyers Feet To The Fire.





A.N.SW.E.R.org….Dump The Post…Friday January 16

Demonstrate | Fri, Jan 16 | 4:00 pm 

Washington Post 
1150 15th Street NW 
(between L and M Sts.) 
Washington, D.C. 

Metro to Farragut North 
or McPherson Square


The Washington Post refuses to cover the demonstrations of thousands of people protesting the massacre in Gaza. Many thousands of local residents, especially from the Arab-American and Muslim community, have demonstrated on Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and last weekend on Jan. 10 in a mass march in Washington, D.C. Not one article in the Washington Post about these demonstrations! 

The Washington Post is an expression of anti-Arab racism and bigotry. 

Everyone should bring at least one issue of the Washington Post—multiple copies if you can—to literally dump them on the Post’s doorstep as we denounce their biased pro-Israeli coverage of the massacre in Gaza and their complete whiteout of protest activities in the United States, including last Saturday’s march of tens of thousands of people.


How could the Post ignore the National March on Washington? 

The Post has barely covered the hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to say no to the war in Gaza. They completely ignored the largest demonstration that took place on Saturday, January 10 that involved tens of thousands of people who had traveled by bus from the Midwest, East Coast and South, and who had come out in huge numbers from the DC Metropolitan Area. The Washington Post claims to pride itself on its extensive “local” coverage, yet the massive mobilization that has take place largely in the Arab and Muslim community locally is apparently invisible to them. 

This Friday, January 16 will be the 21st day of the Israeli war in Gaza. By that time, well over 1,000 Palestinian people will have been killed, and many thousands more wounded. This massacre must end now! Be at the Washington Post office (1150 15th Street NW, between L and M Sts.) at 4:00 pm to make your voice heard. 

This demonstration is initiated by the ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, National Council of Arab Americans and others. 

Help spread the word: Click here for the flyer, which you can print and copy. 

House Refuses (Overwhelmingly) To Encourage Gaza Peace



Dear Ed.,

President-elect Obama's attorney general nominee Eric Holder is set to appear in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday with some Republican senators (so far, led by Sen. Arlen Specter) threatening a vigorous challenge.

The anticipated opposition to Holder's confirmation is political, not principled. Obama has called Holder a man of "unimpeachable integrity" and Holder's own words and record indicate to us that he will provide stellar leadership at the Department of Justice, which is in great need of leadership after eight years of politicization, cronyism and subversion of the law under President Bush.

Please sign People For's petition to Senators urging Holder's confirmation now!

We want to get as many signatures as we can before the hearing on Thursday to deliver to the Judiciary Committee.

You may have seen some of the news coverage already. Holder's critics are citing his role in some of President Clinton's last-minute pardons. But even Holder's Republican supporters -- of which he has many, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, Solicitor General Ted Olsen and James Comey, the former Bush administration deputy attorney general who tried to fight DOJ approval of the NSA's warrentless domestic spying program -- acknowledged that even if Holder made some mistakes in the past, he learned from them and will be a good attorney general.

The real opposition to Holder comes from those who want to use his confirmation process as a proxy fight for future judicial confirmation battles, including for the Supreme Court. And in the last few weeks, leading right-wing voices like Karl Rove, Vice President Cheney and many on FOX News have been making the case that broad surveillance powers and loose restrictions on detainee treatment and interrogation techniques (that's a euphemism for torture) are the only way to protect America from terrorists. Holder is with us in resisting those objectionable arguments, and we're confident he will fight for our values and our rights as Americans if confirmed as attorney general.

Please sign the petition now and ask as many friends as you can to sign before Thursday's hearing!

Americans can ill afford senators playing politics with the Department of Justice. Sen. Specter and other senators need to hear from all of us right away.

Thank you for standing up to those who would do so and for urging the confirmation of a good nominee.

-- Your Allies at People For the American Way

P.S. Here's a quote from Eric Holder in a speech from last June proving he's clearly someone who shares our values:


"I never thought I would see the day when a Justice Department would claim that only the most extreme infliction of pain and physical abuse constitutes torture and that acts that are merely cruel, inhuman and degrading are consistent with United States law and policy, that the Supreme Court would have to order the president of the United States to treat detainees in accordance with the Geneva Convention, never thought that I would see that a president would act in direct defiance of federal law by authorizing warrantless NSA surveillance of American citizens. This disrespect for the rule of law is not only wrong, it is destructive in our struggle against terrorism."


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U.S. must act now in Gaza



Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
Start Impeachment Hearings prior to January 20th to Stop The Pardons for those that authorized Torture


Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers


Gaza: Israel under fire for alleged white phosphorus use

On Tuesday, the Israeli army denied using white phosphorus munitions. A Norwegian doctor claims Israel is using Gaza as a 'test laboratory for new weapons,' including Dense Inert Metal Explosives, or DIME.


Hamas remains defiant despite pounding


Read this very carefully!

American Enterprise Institute - Washington,DC,USA
Certainly, the majority of his supporters have argued that President George W. Bush abused the office's powers and expect Obama to take a more modest view ...


LIFE IN THE 1500'S… This Chuckle Provided By Ethan Allen!

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the1500s:  

 Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. 

 Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water.. 

 Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It wa! s the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs. 

 There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. 

 The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. 

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

 In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.  Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.. 

 Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon.  They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.. 

 Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. 

  Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

 Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake. 

 England is old and small and the local folks started running out of  places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they  would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ...dead ringer.. 

 Minding your P's and Q's meant mind how much you drink in pints and quarts...


 And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

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