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You might want to fix that.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Sat Mar 9, 2013, 12:11 PM (1 replies)

How women can help prevent rape

Don't elect candidates who make excuses for rapists or think of it as "a gift from God," and elect those who will treat it as the unforgivable violent crime it is.

Now that I think of it, that's how ALL OF US can help prevent rape.

Never mind.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Sat Mar 9, 2013, 12:10 PM (1 replies)

If Meta is gone for good, can we just delete it?

It looks like it's still there but inactive; it's still showing up in "My Posts."

If it's really gone and inaccessible forever, I'd prefer to not see links to it in My Posts.

Thanks.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:48 PM (2 replies)

We could be looking at the worst case scenario.

The judge in Michigan has punted, and is waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on the Constitutionality of same sex marriage.

If a judge has to wait for the Supreme Court to decide if gay marriage is legal in his state, then we have a problem.

My fear has been that a 5-4 decision (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kagan) will uphold DOMA and that Scalia will be picked to write the decision.

In that decision, much the way Citizen's United strayed off the mark, Scalia can claim that not only is DOMA Constitutional, but it is overriding. He can argue that it sets a Federal standard for marriage which states cannot deviate from; that if the Federal Government bans same-sex marriage, then the individual states can't say otherwise.

After all, conservatives only love States' Rights when they're used to hold minorities down.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:01 PM (5 replies)

A letter, and my response.

Coming out of the aftermath of the events I recounted in the New Jersey group, I received this letter from my Grandmother, the county Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party:



And this is my reply:



Really feeling the love today.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Sat Mar 2, 2013, 07:10 PM (5 replies)

From a speech I will probably never get to give.

We are Democrats.

We do not simply jump on the latest bandwagon to pass by. We pick up a lonely banner simply because no one else will.

We do not turn away from a fight, even one that we know we will lose.

We are not silent, because we know that we speak for those who have no voice.

We do not rest, because we carry the burden of those too tired to keep fighting.

We do not do what is easy. We do not do what is politically expedient. We do not do what is popular.

We do what is right.

There is a reason we are Democrats. Never forget that.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:55 AM (1 replies)

Crosspost from NJ group: State Senator hijacks Committee Meeting, has member who opposes him ejected

I've been a Democratic Committeeman in Cumberland County, NJ, for over ten years. My first meeting was in 2002 when we voted to put Lautenberg back on the ballot when Torricelli dropped out.

Last week I got an E-mail from our vice-chair:

CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING
DATE: THURSDAY, FEB 28TH
TIME: 6pm
PLACE: COSMOPOLITAN RESTAURANT
DELSEA DRIVE, VINELAND NJ
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED


AGENDA

TO DISCUSS CAMPAIGN 2013


I showed up tonight and was startled to find that the meeting that had been called was being hijacked by Senator Jeff Van Drew. Van Drew is one of the worst examples of a Blue Dog in our state. He voted with Chris Christie to strip collective bargaining rights. He voted three times to block same-sex marriage. And he voted against raising the minimum wage. The man is a disgrace.

He then presented his choice to replace a retiring Assemblyman: an Iraq vet who lost use of one of his legs in 2008 and was on "Oprah." They then unrolled a banner with the candidates' names on it while playing "God Bless the USA." (I'm not kidding.)

I started working my way up to the front to talk to the Vice-Chair, who happens to be my grandmother. Mind you, this is a woman who not only has a gay grandson but a gay niece and a gay daughter on top of it! I asked what the hell was going on, was this a meeting or what? She said she had no idea what was happening.

Then Van Drew called the county chairs up to vote on the nomination, which hadn't even been made under our rules. Under the rules of the CC Democratic Party a candidate must be nominated by one person from Vineland, one from Millville, one from Bridgeton, and one from the townships. No motions were called for or made, yet we were instructed to vote for the nomination.

I raised a point of order, asking if discussion was to be allowed as required under our bylaws. Chairman Bob Balicki said yes. Once the motion had been forced by one person and one second (not even under our rules), I got on the stage to speak. I spoke on how important it is to remember what it means to be a Democrat, and how Jeff Van Drew opposes labor unions. I was beginning to bring up his record on gay rights when Balicki took the microphone back from me and a committeewoman from Cape May (who didn't even have a right to be at a Cumberland Democratic Meeting) forced me off the stage.

I was then swarmed by Cape May committee people who started yelling at me and threatening me for disrupting their "paid rally." Bullshit. It was a Cumberland Democratic Meeting that had been called, not a paid campaign rally. They then had me ejected from the premises.

I would say Van Drew should be ashamed, but he proved through his votes on unions, gay rights, and the minimum wage that he has no shame.

First District State Senator hijacks Committee Meeting, has member who opposes him ejected.

I've been a Democratic Committeeman in Cumberland County, NJ, for over ten years. My first meeting was in 2002 when we voted to put Lautenberg back on the ballot when Torricelli dropped out.

Last week I got an E-mail from our vice-chair:

CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING
DATE: THURSDAY, FEB 28TH
TIME: 6pm
PLACE: COSMOPOLITAN RESTAURANT
DELSEA DRIVE, VINELAND NJ
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED


AGENDA

TO DISCUSS CAMPAIGN 2013


I showed up tonight and was startled to find that the meeting that had been called was being hijacked by Senator Jeff Van Drew. Van Drew is one of the worst examples of a Blue Dog in our state. He voted with Chris Christie to strip collective bargaining rights. He voted three times to block same-sex marriage. And he voted against raising the minimum wage. The man is a disgrace.

He then presented his choice to replace a retiring Assemblyman: an Iraq vet who lost use of one of his legs in 2008 and was on "Oprah." They then unrolled a banner with the candidates' names on it while playing "God Bless the USA." (I'm not kidding.)

I started working my way up to the front to talk to the Vice-Chair, who happens to be my grandmother. Mind you, this is a woman who not only has a gay grandson but a gay niece and a gay daughter on top of it! I asked what the hell was going on, was this a meeting or what? She said she had no idea what was happening.

Then Van Drew called the county chairs up to vote on the nomination, which hadn't even been made under our rules. Under the rules of the CC Democratic Party a candidate must be nominated by one person from Vineland, one from Millville, one from Bridgeton, and one from the townships. No motions were called for or made, yet we were instructed to vote for the nomination.

I raised a point of order, asking if discussion was to be allowed as required under our bylaws. Chairman Bob Balicki said yes. Once the motion had been forced by one person and one second (not even under our rules), I got on the stage to speak. I spoke on how important it is to remember what it means to be a Democrat, and how Jeff Van Drew opposes labor unions. I was beginning to bring up his record on gay rights when Balicki took the microphone back from me and a committeewoman from Cape May (who didn't even have a right to be at a Cumberland Democratic Meeting) forced me off the stage.

I was then swarmed by Cape May committee people who started yelling at me and threatening me for disrupting their "paid rally." Bullshit. It was a Cumberland Democratic Meeting that had been called, not a paid campaign rally. They then had me ejected from the premises.

I would say Van Drew should be ashamed, but he proved through his votes on unions, gay rights, and the minimum wage that he has no shame.
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