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Michael McCue June 12, 2013 at 05:50 pm
Glad to hear it, Miki! Have you called Brad Sherman? Get going before the big vote! Thanks!
Jon Mann June 12, 2013 at 06:56 pm
The supreme irony is is that the revolving door between the military and weapons lobbies, etc. isRead More draining the economy of trillions of dollars in revenues that could end poverty in the entire world, so a few millionaires can become billionaires.
Cameron Burgess August 9, 2013 at 07:28 am
Please substantiate the source from which this pie chart was derived. It's being shared everywhereRead More at the moment, yet there is no substantiation and this significantly weakens the point you're trying to make. I'm aligned with the idea that this is a problem, and I like to ensure that my circles can trust that I've verified my sources before sharing information like this.
Linda Coburn September 26, 2012 at 07:53 pm
If you're one of those people who isn't voting because it's a "waste of a vote" then it'sRead More time to check out one of the alternative candidates, like Jill Stein. And if you're voting for the lesser of evils, it's time to check out one of the alternative candidates.
Michael McCue September 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Thanks, Linda! The only wasted vote is the one that goes unused. Many voters don't even realizeRead More that we have more than two choices. To put it mildly, Republicans are not thrilled with their nominee, Mitt Romney, and Progressives are not pleased with Obama placing Monsanto execs in charge of the FDA (dangerous GMO's in our food supply...Vote "Yes" on Prop 37!), drone warfare that kills innocent civilians, the NDAA vote which further erodes a citizen's rights, no action on climate change, etc...so...the idea is to not vote out of fear, for that has proven to being us everything that we feared in the first place. Instead of voting for the "lesser of two evils"...(a weak strategy...)...vote for a candidate with solutions for the multiple crises facing us today...one who is completely "evil free"...like Dr. Jill Stein!
Katheryn October 1, 2012 at 10:04 am
We need Jill in the Oval Office, the country is being destroyed by greed. Where is Governor BrownRead More and Attorney Harris in all this? Please click on the You Tube Link below and then watch the You Tube Video in the story. If you are as angry as many of us are then please add this video to your Facebook, we need to get the word out to the world. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds
Lisa Cahan Davis September 20, 2012 at 07:24 pm
Fresh ideas. Ignited activism. Experienced committee/board members. The Patch.com has helped allRead More candidates and stakeholders provide an open platform to express their needs and concerns. My hope is that the interest will continue to build past the September 20th elections and that more people will become involved on SCNC committees. Good luck to all! Get involved at www.studiocitync.org
Matt P September 21, 2012 at 02:19 am
Michael, your odd comments about my "benefiting from years of special favors" leads me toRead More believe you think I am somehow connected with Piken Real Estate. I am not. I spell my name with an "y," and the only real estate I own is my home. Engaged Citizen, maybe. Informed, hardly. Matt Pyken - with a "y"
Oxia September 21, 2012 at 01:04 pm
The comments about Matt Pyken are 100% false and out of left field. He ran to oust the incumbentsRead More (not because he had a cozy relationship with them!). He has never run for or been involved in local politics so your inference that he somehow had any power or benefitted in any way is bizarre. And the line about conflict of interest is also strange. As a tv writer, I don't see any connection or any conflict. I can only assume that The Engaged Citizen is confusing Matt Pyken for the Piken Real Estate Family -- which he has absolutely no connection with! Wish you read his candidate statement about his background and checked your facts before publishing this. And by the way, I agreed with almost every other thing you said about the other candidates.
Karen Riley March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls1YVhcLD2c Watch as she spits after singing our national anthem.Read More Yeah, this is what we want for president. Saying the F word as many times possible, calling people the B word hardly qualifies one for President.
Michael McCue March 23, 2012 at 04:35 am
Speaking of vulgarity, Karen, after reading your post...that is...the one above your national anthemRead More post, I think the pot is calling the kettle black. Please respect the etiquette rules for posting on AOL/Patch...the "f" word, the "s" word, etc...are not acceptable here, nor are they welcome. This is a family site and you've crossed the line. Try to tamp down your hatred and take a chill pill. No one's forcing you to attend our event, nor is anyone forcing you to support Roseanne. If you don't like her...that's fine. But...don't smear her based on your hate. I can't tell you how many people are excited about hearing her speak to our Valley voters, especially when she rips into the Wall Street criminals, which she is famous for doing ever since she helped to launch the Occupy Movement at Zucotti Park last September in New York. We are going to rally for Green candidates and have a great time with Roseanne, regardless of your negative feelings. I'm sorry that you are not engaged as a respectful citizen. After all, Democracy does depend on good manners all around.
Sheila Isis March 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Should be an exciting night. Roseanne Barr describes herself as a reincarnated Hitler and "asRead More the physical manifestation of the goddess Isis and the reincarnation of Cleopatra."
Michael McCue March 16, 2012 at 07:28 pm
Thank you, Lightnapper! Flattery will get you everywhere! Please join our regular readers'Read More comments anytime.
Alter Mudd March 20, 2012 at 12:41 am
Why did you conveniently leave out the part when you ran for CD2 against Krekorian, taking part inRead More the very system you now decry? Sounds like sour grapes to me...
Irene DeBlasio March 20, 2012 at 02:10 am
The past tense of sink is sank (not sunk).
Michael McCue March 10, 2012 at 06:02 pm
...and yes, there are more Libertarians than Greens...but we're catching up!
James Ogle March 13, 2012 at 09:26 am
We're organizing! http://www.usparliament.org
William J. Durkin March 28, 2012 at 09:10 am
Michael, I just wanted to thank you for inviting me to the "Rally in the Valley". IRead More enjoyed the different speakers, that took the platform that night I will probably vote for any Greens that appear on my ballot, Still, Obama will more than likely get my vote for president. I don't want the Republicans to look any more powerful than they are not, if you get my drift Having the extensive theatre background that I do, I couldn't but have the great urge to offer my experience as a director to the speakers. They were all good to different degrees, but could profit from some polishing. I hope you enjoyed the CD. Dan Collins of Colony Inc. was my co-producer. I like and admire him a great deal. When Victoria asked about you I simply said, "He's Dan." The two of you could be brothers. He also played the part of the night-manager in 'Big John McMasters, and I was Lieutenant Curly White. Just to be a name dropper, Constance Gardner was performed by Jayme Mays. She is the adorable germaphobe, "Emma Pillsbury", on "Glee" Thanks again for the gracious invitation. William J. Durkin WllmJDurkin@netscape.net
Michael McCue February 29, 2012 at 12:23 am
You actually DO have choices in this race, Esther. As 1912 presidential candidate, Eugene Debs,Read More famously said, "It's better to vote for something that you want and NOT get it, than to vote for something that you DON'T WANT and GET IT!" Any vote is NEVER a waste...especially when you vote for a Green Party candidate. That's because voting for Green candidates sends a BIG message to the Two-Party Tyranny that you, as a voter, have wised up to the game and simply refuse to play along with their madeness anymore. Making independent parties stronger with your vote is NEVER wasting it...you are supporting wider choices and different voices that we need to hear from, rather than the same do-nothings whose records we already know to be a dismal failure.
Jennifer March 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm
Yeah, I can't back my super hawkish congressperson anymore, sad to say. He co-sponsonsered SOPARead More (both Berman and Sherman did). You can't have women's rights and animal rights in a vacuum (and it's just as difficult to exercise those rights in war-time), I need to be in synch with my congressperson on more issues than just those. And Reed...Reed said at the recent debate that he wants to invade Iran and skip sanctions. No thanks. I'm voting Green, never have before but Powelson looks good.
AG March 12, 2012 at 01:29 pm
Although I don't agree with your political stance on many issues things here, I agree this was aRead More great article to get people involved in THEIR Govt. Too many people are clueless until too late to do much about encumbants. Vote the rascals out.
Elliot S! Maggin February 2, 2012 at 02:48 pm
... Since then, to my surprise, that little bank has been more successful than anyone thought itRead More could be. It got self-sustaining really fast and has never been otherwise. It never staged an IPO, the stock I hold is still a private issue and not saleable at anything but its original face value, and my kids are both dealing with college and graduate school through other means. When we moved to California we used the conventional commercial banks for a long while but they continued to disappear or chnge their names. Finally about two years ago we all opened accounts in a local credit union where the tellers say hi and smile - much as they did in that tiny northern town - and the owners of the institution are its depositors. They have a cooperative network with credit unions all over the country andf you can make withdrawals and deposits for free at other credit unions and thousands of retail stores from here to Houlton Maine. I recommend it highly. Maybe someday the little bank in the woods will need a few bucks and will be forced to ask the outside world to determine a real market value for its stock and I'll be able to kick in something for the grandchildren's college. Maybe not.
Michael McCue February 2, 2012 at 03:29 pm
What Elliot is talking about here is a perfect example of the Key Value of "Community-BasedRead More Economics," one of the 10 Key Values of the Green Party. When our economy is not based on Centralized Banking Power (Too-Big-To-Fail Banks), it is strengthened and made more flexible and secure. "Decentralization of Power" is very important for a healthier democracy, and is also one of the 10 Key Values of the Green Party.
Karen Davis February 14, 2012 at 03:20 pm
Thank you for the welcomed history reminder! Great piece. Let's not forget however that in 1912 itRead More wasn't just women who could not vote, but Blacks as well. It wasn't until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that Blacks were entitled to vote throughout the US. So in 1912, more than 50% of the population was disenfranchised. Maybe we have it wrong by thinking all citizens should be participating. Maybe it goes back to what our Founding Fathers actually believed: that only a select number of white, land-owning male family members should be participating in democracy in order for it to work properly? Maybe democracy is too complicated for most of us.
Rob Schraff February 9, 2012 at 04:39 pm
President Obama has announced he is going to play by the rules while, at the same time, advocatingRead More that the rules should be changed to make them more, not less, democratic, fair and transparent. Sounds pretty darn American to me.
Marcus February 9, 2012 at 04:41 pm
No matter what, this election is going to be won by the efforts and financial strength of a fewRead More wealthy men. Not by ardent left or right leaning grass roots volunteers or candidates. The rise of the Super PAC is just another example how money talks.
jayres February 9, 2012 at 05:25 pm
Rob, I think you are missing the point all together, because I agree everything you say is true, butRead More he claims to represent a transformational administration that doesn't merely play by the the rules of "is it legal", but rather "is it right". My point is that Obama has compromised on so many of his own principals to the point that he is not transformational, by rather he is typical. And I never claimed anything he has done is un-American...in regards to this specific issue of course.
Roger C. Memos January 22, 2012 at 03:03 am
thank you Miki, yes!! I would really love it if those who knew Marsha would rally and help me findRead More funding or help with fundraiser for this project. People will be AMAZED when they see our film about this woman who did SO MUCH for the valley thanks for your support - roger http://www.hollywoodandart.com/zeldacandance.html
Michael McCue January 22, 2012 at 05:05 am
The beautiful thing about democracy, Irene, is that there is ALWAYS A REMEDY for any givenRead More problem...even a corrupt, corporate-owned Supreme Court. That's why we "Occupied the Courts" on Friday.
Kim Kaufman January 30, 2012 at 02:16 pm
Michael, in the future, you can make use of KPFK (90.7 FM) for their Community Calendar, an on airRead More listing of events of interest to KPFK's listeners, which yours is. They are located in N. Hollywood (but broadcast from Santa Barbara to San Diego). You can find out how to do it at www.kpfk.org. ,
rargran January 20, 2012 at 03:14 pm
Well written. Well said. Now what? Let's take our sides and call each other by the labels theRead More media has provided for us. That's the political process these days. You go to your party. I'll go to mine. Soon we'll have each other agreeing up and done the aisles without a single idea to share that the other side won't object to. The political process is this country has stalled. I don't know how to fix it, but we need to do better than calling each other names. Each of us has an opinion and viewpoint worthy of discussion. That said I'm going back to playing WOW.
Irene DeBlasio January 20, 2012 at 05:12 pm
Some people can only express their ideas by first using vulgar language and calling anyone whoRead More doesn't agree with them nasty names. Good breeding and education will shine through. It's impossible to find solutions when close-minded individuals pre-judge issues and resort to name-calling because they 'know' what's best for everybody else.
Nimby pimp January 20, 2012 at 06:16 pm
Historical fact is such a darned inconvenience.
Michael McCue January 15, 2012 at 06:08 pm
How kind! Thanks, Laura!
Michael McCue January 15, 2012 at 06:12 pm
Don't castigate yourself, R.J.! You're getting engaged by reading this article and by commenting!Read More We'll be discussing simple steps that everyone can take to become more engaged in the democratic process for this election year in future postings of "Engaged Citizen", so stay tuned, keep reading and keep commenting. We hope to provide an inspiration for you...and be sure to see Monday's post about the MLK holiday! I think you'll like it very much!
Michael McCue January 15, 2012 at 06:59 pm
Thank you, Cathy for your supportive comments! I hope all the links worked for you because I had aRead More little bit of technical trouble uploading them for my first blog entry, so please let me know if there are any that aren't working for you and I will be glad to assist. Just so that you know...in this new "Becoming an Engaged Citizen" blog, even though I would like nothing better than to see our readers banding together behind the 10 Key Values that I support as a Green Party leader, I will not necessarily be attempting to "sway" anyone specifically...but rather merely sharing information and unique points of view regarding issues that concern us all...but views and opinions with an independent perspective that come from a place not tightly bound to the ideology or standard talking points of the Republican and Democratic Party. It is enough for me (and I am grateful and very glad) that you have an open mind and are willing to hear an independent perspective such as mine. Thank you, Cathy! Please keep reading. I will try to post entries on Mondays and Fridays. And remember, I am generally at the Studio City Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings registering voters if you would like to meet with me in person, or perhaps, even change your voter registration! (See? I got my pitch in there anyway!)
John January 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm
Great to see you so involved in the valley!
Michael McCue January 22, 2012 at 06:23 am
Thanks, John! Keep reading and feel free to comment anytime!