Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bemidji Area Climate Change Coalition rides again, on fully inflated tires! Rowley!

The Bemidji Area Climate Change Coalition will meet again on Thursday, July 27 at 6:00 pm in Diamond Point Park, in Bemidji. For more information call Robert Shimek at 218-760-0284.

One of the items on the agenda is planning for an "Air Fair", an event to encourage people to fully inflate the tires in their cars, which will save lots of carbon emissions by increasing gas mileage, and a side effect is that it makes people safer on the roads as well. Even if you can't make it to the meeting but you can help publicize the event, or reasonably commit time or resources to make it bigger and more fun, Robert Shimek will want to hear from you.

I will miss the BACCC meeting again, as I am down in the Twin Cities for Drinking Liberally on Thursday.

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Coleen Rowley (DFL endorsed candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district) is mentioned in an article by Mark Zdechlik (on Minnesota Public Radio) as providing a clear message on Iraq policy. If the war is your pressing concern, Coleen Rowley is your candidate, even if you live outside the district in areas without candidates as dynamic on this issue. Visit the website of Minnesota's clearest message to Congress on the Iraq war issue and find the contribute button.

Rep. John Kline's campaign is scared, and they are veering off-course from their chartered course of offering enthusiastic praise for Bush's failed policies (and recipes for fantastic fried chicken?) because Coleen is clear, sincere and brave in her message about Iraq, when Iraq is supposed to be off the table for discussion and Iraq criticism is supposed to be muted by the DCCC, despite the polls that show the majority Americans oppose the war. They've mistepped in attacking a real hero, whose whistleblowing about the pre-9/11 counterterrorism efforts that failed to stop the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center has instigated and informed the many layers of reforms that have shored up homeland security against foreign terrorists. You can argue whether or not Time always picks deserving persons to be awarded Time Person(s) of the Year but its clear they did in 2002.

Rowley supporters could retaliate in-kind to the Kline campaign's attempt at swiftboating and try to uncover minor criticisms of Rep. John Kline's own service in defense of the U.S. (in the U.S. Marines vs. in the FBI), but I think the real measure of his failings come after his apparently satisfactory service in the military... it is his dismal record of voting for the Bush/neocon agenda and against the interests of real people in his own district. His service to corporate lobbies today is a bigger problem than anything we might uncover about his service to the nation in uniform.

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