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ADVOCATE FOR CENSURE OF THE PRESIDENT FOR CONDONING RACISM:

 

Call/Visit/Resistbot: Your one house rep.

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP] and I am deeply concerned about the president’s apparent tolerance for white supremacist views in his cabinet and racist aggression in our communities. I am calling to request that [name] join with fellow House representatives in co-sponsoring H.R. 496, which censures the president for his handling of the Charlottesville violence. Can I count on [name] to sign it?

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ADVOCATE TO KEEP DACA YOUTH IN THE US, THEIR HOME:

 

Call/Visit/Resistbot: Your 3 MoCs immediately.

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP] calling to ask [name] to support the bipartisan Dream Act that gives permanent legal status to DACA recipients. Is [name] committed to supporting S.1615 (Senate)/H.R. 3440 (House)? Will s/he co-sponsor it?

 

***Bonus: If you’re in AL, AR, ID, KS, LA, NE, SC, TX, or WV, call your attorney general ideas for a script below: 

  •  AL: If DACA ends, AL stands to lose $182 million in GDP. We can’t afford to turn our backs on Dreamers.  Steve Marshall - drop the lawsuit!  Dreamers strengthen cities like Birmingham. Alabama needs Steve Marshall to defend DACA.
  • AR:  If DACA ends, AR stands to lose over $200 million. We can’t afford to turn our backs on Dreamers. AG Rutledge drop the lawsuit!  Leaders U of A Chancellor Joe Steinmetz and Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan want you to drop the lawsuit and defend DACA.
  • ID:  If DACA ends, ID stands to lose over $159 million in GDP.  We can’t afford the loss. Lawrence Wasden follow TN’s lead, and defend DACA
  • KS:  If DACA ends, KS stands to lose over $335 million in GDP. We can’t afford the loss. KS AG Office follow TN’s lead, defend DACA!  Leaders like KUChancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and KState President Richard B. Myers need you to drop the suit.
  • LA:  If DACA ends, LA stands to lose over $91 million in GDP.  We can’t afford the loss. AG Jeff Landry follow TN’s lead.  Defend DACA!
  • NE:  If DACA ends, NE stands to lose over $150 million in GDP. We can’t afford the loss. AG DougPeterson, please stand w/ the ~3000 Dreamers who make NE strong. Drop the lawsuit like TN, and defend DACA.  University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter already defend DACA. Mayors, faith leaders, the NE Coalition, and Rep Don Bacon want to defend DACA. Listen to Nebraskans.
  • SC:  If DACA ends, SC stands to lose over $252 million in GDP. We can’t afford the loss. Stand w/ the ~6000 SC Dreamers who make SC strong, AG Alan Wilson follow TN’s lead,
  • TX:  Hurricane Harvey has the world’s eyes on Texas so why is Ken Paxton focused on ripping #DACA away from 124,000 Texans? Drop the lawsuit!  If DACA ends, TX stands to lose over $6 BILLION in GDP. Now more than ever, we can’t afford that loss. Ken Paxton, drop the lawsuit!  
  • WV:  If DACA ends, WV stands to lose over $347 million in GDP. We can’t afford that loss. Follow TN’s lead, drop the lawsuit.

 

 

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COUNTER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONS' EFFORTS TO DECREASE ACA ENROLLMENT:

 

The president has cut the ACA's advertising budget by 90%, but Americans need care.  His goal is to sink the ACA by not reminding people to sign up.  We can help top 2017 enrollment of 11.4M through the power of social media.

 

Twitter: Visit this link and retweet.

Facebook: Visit this link and share the pinned post.

 

Enrollment begins 11/1 and ends 12/15.  www.healthcare.gov 

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OPPOSE DEVOS' DISMANTLING PROTECTIONS FOR CAMPUS RAPE VICTIMS:

 

Call: Department of Education, 800-872-5327.

 

Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP], and I’m concerned about Betsy DeVos’ efforts to dismantle Title IX 9nine) which would weaken protections for survivors of sexual assault. I am calling to request keeping these protections in place. Thank you.

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The healthcare debate isn't over!  This week is an important one as another set of horrific plans has been presented.  

 

OPPOSE THE GRAHAM-CASSIDY PLAN TO REPEAL THE ACA:

 

Call/Visit/Resistbot: Your 2 senators.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express my opposition to the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the ACA. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks.

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*ACTION NEEDED TODAY - SIMPLE EMAIL - SCRIPT BELOW*

 

The urgency with Graham-Cassidy is real. They only need 51 votes to repeal it right now- after September 30th they'll need 60 votes, so we can't let this slip by!

 

If you have a spare minute, please submit public testimony for Monday's Graham-Cassidy hearing by emailing the following template with your own personal additions by 1pm EST on Monday 9/25.

 

     Email: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov 

 

     Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions,      disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

 

     Sincerely, [name] 
     [town, state]

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Time to get this thread active again.  Assignment for the next day or two:

 

ADVOCATE FOR COMMON SENSE GUN PROTECTIONS:

 

Write: Or email your 3 MoCs (red or blue).

Script: Dear [name], The tragic events in Las Vegas make me feel [emotion]. I believe we can do better as a country to protect all people. Data shows that better laws prevent unnecessary deaths. Do you have the will and the courage to write them?

 

Name, party, address

 

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ADVOCATE FOR ICE OVERSIGHT & HUMANE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES:

 

 

Write/Call/Email: Your 1 House rep.

Script: Dear [name], I would like you to support accountability and transparency in the ICE detention system. In taxpayer-funded immigration detention centers around the US, in-deth reports show that ICE imprisons asylum-seekers and treats people inhumanely (providing inadequate food, insufficient medical care, and subjecting people to solitary confinement). Reps. Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal’s Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, addresses these wrongs. I would like you to co-sponsor this legislation. Thank you. Name, address

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LET YOUR REP KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE PENDING TAX REFORM BILL:

 

The top 1% win (shocker). Working class and middle class families will feel it - the bottom 80% of people will get a tax increase. AND they've snuck in a plan to take away our health care in this bill.

 

CALL/Resistbot/Tweet/EMail YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. The link below allows you to easily call, tweet or message your rep if they're on the fence.  Takes only a minute and volume of contact from constituents matters - especially with those on the fence (right now Collins, Murkowski, Flake, McCain, Corker & Lankford) but everyone needs to hear from us.

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This one applies to everyone, not just people who despise Donald Trump.

 

Pai sucks. Call your reps. Not only would this cause long-lasting damage to the internet itself, it would most likely hurt Huskerboard itself.

 

Please call and tell your rep/Senators to protect net neutrality. It's a good thing and its head is on the chopping block.

 

 

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On 11/21/2017 at 2:18 PM, dudeguyy said:

Is this what we want our internet to become? Because make no mistake, if telecom companies can profit off us, they will.

 

 

So basically the internet is becoming the modern day cable?  Right now, the internet is like ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox/PBS, where I pay $X.xx per month and I can get it all.  Ending net neutrality will then convert internet to cable packages, where depending on which tier I get, I can get more internet or less internet.  So if I want HBO, I pay extra, if I don't want it, I don't pay for it.  So if I don't care about music, I can let that go slower and not pay for it, if I want video, I order it, much like I do HBO.    In a nutshell, is that what is going to happen?

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16 minutes ago, sho said:

So basically the internet is becoming the modern day cable?  Right now, the internet is like ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox/PBS, where I pay $X.xx per month and I can get it all.  Ending net neutrality will then convert internet to cable packages, where depending on which tier I get, I can get more internet or less internet.  So if I want HBO, I pay extra, if I don't want it, I don't pay for it.  So if I don't care about music, I can let that go slower and not pay for it, if I want video, I order it, much like I do HBO.    In a nutshell, is that what is going to happen?

Sort of, but ISP's (the cable companies) already charge for different tiers. What it will allow is the ISP to charge you to use different websites or online services. And it will also allow the ISP's to charge the content producers more, such as slowing down the connection to Netflix (or Google Search, YouTube, reddit, your email provider, etc.) unless they pay a bribe/surcharge to the ISP. Then Netflix (or whoever) will end up charging you more (or start having to charge period) for their service. It will give the ISP's a double monopoly - monopoly on access to you the user and monopoly on distribution to the providers.

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CONTACT THE FCC AND SHARE YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE POTENTIAL REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY:

 

Call:  888-225-5322

Hit Option: 1, then option 4, then option 2 then option 0.

 

You are filing a compliant on filing 17-108.

 

Example script: "I'm registering a complaint as I feel repealing net neutrality will hurt small businesses and the american people, especially those in rural communities. Corporations should not be allowed to decide who wins and who loses my business.  Repealing net neutrality will hurt America."

 

You can also file online by:

www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

Enter 17-108 in the first field and complete the form.

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CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES TO LET THEM KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE POTENTIAL TAX REFORM PLAN:

 

(It hurts Native people, the sick, and women.)

 

Call/Email/Resistbot: Your 2 senators (look up here:  https://www.contactingcongress.org)

 

Script: Hi. I’m calling to oppose the Republican tax plan. Although I agree with the need for a simpler code, this plan would harm Alaska's Native communities by permitting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It would increase medical costs for the most vulnerable Americans. It would also override a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy. None of these issues are tax-related. I ask that Sen. [name] do two things: 1. vote against this plan, and 2. Insist on regular order to create a tax plan that works for all Americans. Thanks.

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LET YOUR REPS KNOW THEY NEED TO FUND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (CHIP);

 

Advocate for our youngest, most vulnerable citizens’ health.

 

Call/email/Resistbot: Your 2 senators.

 

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to ask [name] to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. It’s had 19 years of bipartisian support. A delay in authorizing its funding puts the health of 9 million kids at risk starting this month. We must help our youngest, most vulnerable citizens’ health.What is Sen. [name] doing to reauthorize CHIP funding?

 

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IF TRUMP FIRES MUELLER:

 

Lots of rumors swirling that something is afoot.  As you start to slow yourself down for the holiday remain engaged and aware.  If you're traveling (or if you're not) the link below will allow you to identify locations for rallies/marches by state that are scheduled to take place in the event Mueller is fired.  

 

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

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STAND W/AMERICANS OF HAITIAN, SALVADORAN & AFRICAN DESCENT:

 

Call/Email/Resistbot: Your two senators and one House representative (https://contactingcongress.org).

 

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP] calling to ask [name] to make a public statement opposing the presidents' comments regarding Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. He has embarrassed the US, and this public comment has only lessoned the respect we have from other nations.  Some of [name’s] constituents are from or descended from these places and would appreciate knowing s/he welcomes them.

 

(addition for your House Rep) Also, I'd like to urge (name) to support Cedric Richmond & Jerrold Nadler's censure resolution this week.  The citizens of the US and the people of the world need to know that we find this language and attitude inexcusable.

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STAND WITH MEDICARE RECIPIENTS AND OPPOSE THE $25 BILLION CUT TO THEIR CARE:

 

Visit AARPs petition page:  https://action.aarp.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app217a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6830&NONCE_TOKEN=5F624A29991D4BB3A0CDFDC20317F3AD

 

*Note: If you don’t want additional emails from AARP, unsubscribe immediately.

 

OR simply use their script (below) to write your senators and House rep directly.

 

Script:  

As your constituent and an AARP supporter, I urge you to help prevent $25 billion in harmful Medicare cuts.
 
Millions of older Americans count on Medicare for their health care. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, the large deficits created by the new tax bill would result in a $25 billion cut to Medicare, absent additional Congressional action, leaving many Americans without access to the doctors they know and trust, and forcing hospitals to make hard cuts that could leave their communities without access to needed care. It's outrageous for Washington to force $25 billion in Medicare cuts because they've run up a huge deficit. Congress must take action to stop these unfair Medicare cuts.
 
I hope that you'll pledge to stop these Medicare cuts.

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21 hours ago, GSG said:

Disconnecting their fax machines to avoid their constituents!

 

 

I will say I got IMMEDIATE replies from 2 out of my 3 reps after sending in the AARP request.  

 

And the last time I ResistBott'd it sent one or two directly to email.

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STAND WITH WOMEN AND LGBTQ AMERICANS WHO WANT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO PROVIDE THE HEALTHCARE THEY NEED:

 

Write/Call/ResistBot: Your two senators and one House rep—local office.

 

Write/Call:

Acting Secretary, Eric Hargan

US Department of Health & Human Services

Hubert H Humphrey Building

200 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC  20201

877-696-6775

 

Script: I oppose the plan that permits discrimination against women and LGBTQ Americans. The new office designated by the president threatens lives and violates the rights of Americans. Please use your position to further equality, a uniquely American value, instead of permitting discrimination under the guise of religion. A doctor’s job is to put patients, not ideology first.

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OPPOSE TRUMPS UNFIT LIFETIME FEDERAL JUDGESHIP APPOINTMENTS:

 

Call/email/Resistbot:  Your two senators

 

Script:  I am writing to oppose the president's nominees for lifetime federal judgeships.  Not only are they mostly-male and mostly white, I oppose pushing through ideologically-biased nominees without proper hearings. I join the 70+ civil rights groups who oppose Eric Dreiband. I also oppose Thomas Farr who Rev. Barber calls "moral poison" and, according to Sen. Cory Booker, “has spent much of his legal career undermining civil rights and voting protections for people of color.”

 

Trumps nominees have had more "not qualified" ratings than any other president's nominees ... yet they have still been put forward.  Americans deserve better. We deserve judges that will uphold the full freedoms of our Constitution, not a narrow-minded and racist agenda.  We deserve judges who are not tied to the KKK, or partisan interests.

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HAVE YOU RESISTBOT'D YET?

 

It's an easy way to reach out to your governor, senator, congressmen and house members on issues that are important to you.  All it takes is a cell phone and your text messaging service.  It's super easy.  To try it:

 

Text:  RESIST to 50409

 

It will then walk you through a process to identify your officials and walk you through the free, easy service.  Basic messaging rates apply.  

 

If you have feelings about any issues that are front and center right now it's a handy way to get your thoughts in front of the people who represent you.

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A little encouragement on a Thursday.

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14 hours ago, knapplc said:

 

 

 

A little encouragement on a Thursday.

 

That honestly is very encouraging.  He knows the secrets.  If he is still encouraged by knowing that eventually the real truth will come out....that's comforting.

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VERIFY YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE IN THE 2018 PRIMARIES AND MIDTERMS:

 

Take 5 steps to verify your right to vote (this takes 60 seconds).

  1. Check that you haven’t been removed from your state’s voter rolls (check here). Extra important if you’re in NV!

  2. Ensure that you meet your state’s voter ID requirements (check here). If you need help with getting ID or transport, go here or here.

  3. Put your state’s primary dates in your calendar (check here).

  4. Make sure your polling place hasn’t been moved (check here).

Important: Share these steps on social media so your friends can vote too.

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STAND WITH NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS & OPPOSE EXPENSIVE, INEFFECTIVE SENTENCING:  

 

Call/Resistbot/Email: Your two senators (look up).

 

Script: Hi. I’m calling in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2018 (S. 1917) which is just out of committee. This bipartisan effort addresses the problem of expensive, ineffective mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders.  It also empowers judges in sentencing and funds programs that aid re-entry and reduce re-offending. Will [name] co-sponsor and vote for S. 1917?

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STAND WITH THE DREAMERS:

 

CALL/RESISTBOT/EMAIL: Your 3 members of Congress

 

SCRIPT:  I value showing respect for all people, no matter where they were born.  People who immigrate tot he US make our country stronger & build our economy.  As our neighbors and fellow human beings, they are entitled to basic respect and compassion.

 

I want legislation that gives Dreamers permanent status without building a wall or breaking up families.

 

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STAND WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

 

CALL/RESISTBOT/EMAIL: Your 2 senators

 

SCRIPT:  Hi, I'm from (zip code), calling to ask (senator name) to support passage of a clean Fix NICS bill (HR 4477) to protect domestic violence survivors and strengthen the nation's background check system.  However, I object to combining it with a second bill that allows concealed carry across state lines (HR 38).  Protecting people from gun violence as well as protecting people from domestic violence should both be a priority.  Thank you.

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STAND FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

TAKE NOTE:  Is your local TV Station owned by SInclair?  (map:  https://www.vox.com/2018/4/6/17202824/sinclair-tribune-map  and list:  http://www.businessinsider.com/sinclair-broadcast-group-stations-by-state-list-2018-4 )

 

WRITE:  Your local station manager (you can usually find name and address online)

SCRIPT:  A single media copany controlling 72% of local TV stations is a threat to our constitutional right to a free press.  As a regular viewer of (channel and call sign), I'm asking you to stay committed to quality, fact based journalism for our local community and reject corporate political agendas.  Thank you, (name & town)

 

ACTION: subscribe to your local paper and/or give paid subscriptions to friends & family.  The biggest threat to Sinclair's monopoly are consumers who read and support print media.

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2 hours ago, NM11046 said:

STAND FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

TAKE NOTE:  Is your local TV Station owned by SInclair?  (map:  https://www.vox.com/2018/4/6/17202824/sinclair-tribune-map  and list:  http://www.businessinsider.com/sinclair-broadcast-group-stations-by-state-list-2018-4 )

 

WRITE:  Your local station manager (you can usually find name and address online)

SCRIPT:  A single media copany controlling 72% of local TV stations is a threat to our constitutional right to a free press.  As a regular viewer of (channel and call sign), I'm asking you to stay committed to quality, fact based journalism for our local community and reject corporate political agendas.  Thank you, (name & town)

 

ACTION: subscribe to your local paper and/or give paid subscriptions to friends & family.  The biggest threat to Sinclair's monopoly are consumers who read and support print media.

I'm not a fan of Sinclair and their intent, but I can appreciate the irony of a "scripted" message used to bring down a "scripted" message.  

 

Thank you for the links to local news stations, that is helpful.  My concern isn't the "message" necessarily, but the ability to create the "norms" for the conversation.

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17 minutes ago, NM11046 said:

You bet @funhusker  - can you explain more about what you mean in that last sentence?  

No problem.  Media has opinions: FoxNews = conservative, and MSNBC = liberal, I don't have a problem with that; I don't think these companies really hide it.  But when a company starts buying up "local" accounts to create a new "middle ground", or basis of facts, that is a problem.  I'm sure many on the "right" would have a problem if Soros started buying up local TV stations.  

 

My thought: Local TV should be that: local.  How are current policies affecting our area?  It might be a tall order, but one I hope for.  I know I'm daydreaming, but I would actually watch local news if they led off with current policy decisions, and then set up a panel to discuss what it means.  But really I don't care to hear a segment from someone in Omaha about the situation in Syria followed by the cutest cats in the metro area....I will browse headlines of local news, but I never watch it because it seems to be really pointless.  

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I'm very proud of the people that have refused to air Sinclair's nonsense propaganda even at the expense of their jobs. One of them in my neck of the woods (Central Nebraska!) even made CNN after he stepped down due to "obvious bias."

 

He explained the situation extremely succinctly - what Sinclair did was wrong because they co-opted the credibility of local anchors within their community to push a top-down directive (that not so subtly reinforces Trump's anti-media narrative and whining about fake news) under the guise of impartiality. Sinclair also runs these so called must-run segments with Boris Epshteyn, a Trump campaign lackey, that are essentially straight Trump propaganda.

 

I know two affiliates in the Kearney area - ABC & Fox - are Sinclair affiliates. Despite the most likely honorable work of the actual newspeople at those stations, I'm proudly a CBS local news man myself, and will not be watching either of those stations for news until Sinclair stops the shenanigans.

 

On this topic, we can call and complain to the stations, we can stop watching them & we can vote for people that will break up media monopolies like this. That's all we can really do.

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4 minutes ago, Clifford Franklin said:

I'm very proud of the people that have refused to air Sinclair's nonsense propaganda even at the expense of their jobs. One of them in my neck of the woods (Central Nebraska!) even made CNN after he stepped down due to "obvious bias."

 

He explained the situation extremely succinctly - what Sinclair did was wrong because they co-opted the credibility of local anchors within their community to push a top-down directive (that not so subtly reinforces Trump's anti-media narrative and whining about fake news) under the guise of impartiality. Sinclair also runs these so called must-run segments with Boris Epshteyn, a Trump campaign lackey, that are essentially straight Trump propaganda.

 

I know two affiliates in the Kearney area - ABC & Fox - are Sinclair affiliates. Despite the most likely honorable work of the actual newspeople at those stations, I'm proudly a CBS local news man myself, and will not be watching either of those stations for news until Sinclair stops the shenanigans.

 

On this topic, we can call and complain to the stations, we can stop watching them & we can vote for people that will break up media monopolies like this. That's all we can really do.

I'm really starting to wonder if we're related :), literally.....I have a cousin out your way that echoes a lot of your posts!

 

Anyway, that's my issue with Sinclair: the local message has been co-opted by national interests.  I would rather watch or listen to a Nebraska based Maddow/Hannity (I try to listen to 1110AM in Omaha, but they are obviously catering to the national Rush audience before and after his show) that discusses the current news put forward by Washington than have some people in NYC tell me how the current news effects me.

 

I would rather hear the opinions of local bankers, farmers, builders, retailers, etc....Like I said: it's a pipe dream.

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TODAY WOULD BE A GOOD DAY TO (AGAIN) CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE AND ASK WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE.

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STAND WITH THE KIDS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT AND ICE IS LOSING:

 

Take 5 mins on this holiday weekend to Email or Call officials (all contact info is below, as well as a script you can copy & paste or copy and tweak).  Also, regardless of how you think your congresspeople feel about this issue, email, call ore Resistbot them to make sure they know your feelings.

 

Script: Dear [name],

 

During a Senate oversight hearing, Steven Wagner who holds a top position in the Department of Health & Human Services stated that the whereabouts of 1475 immigrant children are currently unknown.  Our nation has a moral responsibility to protect children and treat them with basic decency, regardless of immigration status. 

  • We must stop the inhumane practice of separating children from parents as an immigration deterrent. 
  • We must hold detention facilities accountable for child abuse.
  • We must vet caretakers thoroughly to prevent exposing kids to work and sex traffickers.   
  • We must track kids post-release to ensure their well-being—especially those currently missing.

As a taxpayer funding this egregious neglect of duty, I urge you to take full and immediate responsibility for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children and infants.

 

Sincerely, [name, state]

 

 

 

Contact the following officials using the script above.

 

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly

Address: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500

Phone: 202-456-1414

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Address: US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Phone: 202-353-1555 

 

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Address: Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528

Email: DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov

Phone: 202-282-8495

 

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan

Address: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20536

 

HHS Secretary Alex Azar

Address: Office of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201

Email: Secretary@HHS.gov

Phone: 202-690-7000

 

Acting Assistant ACF Secretary Steven Wagner

Address: Administration for Children and Families, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: 1-877-696-6775

 

ORR Director Scott Lloyd

Address: Office of Refugee Resettlement, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C ST SW, Washington DC 20201

Phone: 202.401.9246

 

Your two senators and one House representative

Even if you think they A. already agree or B. don’t care. They work for you.

 

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Here is a pretty eye opening OPED from a progressive.  If we think that harassment of Trump officials at a cafe is rough, it may get much rougher.   For those of us old enough to remember

the later 1960s and 1970s we can remember the riots, cities burning, and bombings.  This is what this article is stating as our future.  With progressives like Maxine Waters stroking the fires, it won't be long before some wacko kills someone just like that shooter tried to do at the Republican practice for the congressional baseball game a year ago.  Both sides seem to be hell bent on confrontation. Trump could defuse this by ratcheting down his rhetoric and becoming more moderate in policy and listen to the voices of others.  But I fear that is not in his nature to do so - he apologizes to no one or admits he is wrong. While there remains a outside chance of impeachment, I think there is less of a chance as time goes by.  Besides, removing Trump may not remove the polarization. The other side feels disenfranchised and there are also players and feel they don't have a voice the Repub control of congress and the WH.  The congress has been an 'enabler' to Trump and has applied no brakes to his actions.  On the progressive side there are those who will stroke the fires of descent & all too willing to create crisis while using Rules for Radicals techniques.   Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we are at a critical point in our history and regardless of political persuasion.  It is important for cooler heads and Statesman/women to rise to the top and lead.  Unfortunately I don't see many.  

 

 

https://splinternews.com/this-is-just-the-beginning-1827099100

 

Note:  I removed some F bombs in these quotes - they are in the original article.

 

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Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning.


 

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This is all going to get more extreme. And it should. We are living in extreme times. The harm that is being done to all of us by the people in the American government is extreme. To imagine that Mexican immigrants should happily cook for and serve meals to people who enable a man who is determined to demonize and persecute them as subhuman criminals is far more outrageous than the idea that those enablers should not be served in restaurants. I do not believe that Trump administration officials should be able to live their lives in peace and affluence while they inflict serious harms on large portions of the American population. Not being able to go to restaurants and attend parties and be celebrated is just the minimum baseline here. These people, who are pushing America merrily down the road to fascism and white nationalism, are delusional if they do not think that the backlash is going to get much worse. Wait until the recession comes. Wait until Trump starts a war. Wait until the racism this administration is stoking begins to explode into violence more frequently. Read history book. Read a recent history book. The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. This is what happens when citizens decide en masse that their political system is corrupt, racist, and unresponsive. The people out of power have only just begun to flex their dissatisfaction. The day will come, sooner that you all think, when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant. When you aggressively mess with people’s lives, you should not be surprised when they decide to mess with yours.

Stop working for this man. Stop enabling him. Stop assisting him. Start fighting him. The people who are responsible for what is happening are not going to get out of this with their happy wealthy respectable lives unscathed. This is a country that locks poor people in cages for decades for trying to make $20. This is a country that is “tough on crime.” Remember? And the ones who make the laws are not going to like what happens when America starts to regard them as the criminals.

 

 

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It seems like people are allowing their understanding of Maxine Waters' call to action to be clouded by the right-wing media establishment's portrayal of it and not by listening to her actual words. 

 

Here is what Waters actually said:
 

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"Mr. President, we are not afraid of you … and while you think you have gotten away with everything that you’ve done, we are going to show you that you haven’t gotten away with anything. We want the children back. We want them connected to their parents. We want it done now. We are going to insist on it. If you think we’re rallying out here, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

 

"Already, you have members of your Cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house who sang, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep.’ And guess what, we’re going to win this battle ... so let’s stay the course. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere ... Mr. President, we will see you everyday, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this."

 

 

Waters is being held up as an example of "both sides" inciting violence:  "With progressives like Maxine Waters stroking the fires, it won't be long before some wacko kills someone just like that shooter tried to do at the Republican practice for the congressional baseball game a year ago.  Both sides seem to be hell bent on confrontation."

 

It is very, very important not to succumb to messaging, but to read in plain English the words people actually use. 

 

There is a belief, largely based on Waters' statement, that there is a higher chance of violence in America today.  This hysteria is fueled by constant messaging from the right wing, and by inept messaging from the left. 

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Knapp,  I would be concerned by this language if a Conservative Maxine Waters existed and was telling people  "if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere".   By her statement she is encouraging people to make the lives of anyone associated wt this administration hell.    The rhetoric on both sides needs to be scaled back.  Trump failed big time when he didn't immediately condemn the alt-right protestors in Virginia (did he ever condemn them??).  He continues it wt his tweeter storms against anyone opposed to him - whether it be someone in Hollywood to a Senator in his own party.   So, In my opinion the issue starts with him. He sets the tone and he's decided on a tone of confrontation.  It, unsurprisingly, brings a response of confrontation.  His words

may eventually cause one of his cult members to do acts of violence - actually one could say his words have already done so wt the alt-right protest and the death of a counter protestor.

 

Regarding Waters, I understand her disgust and desire for equity however we know there are enough wackos are there to take it to the next and worse level.  No different than some anti-abortion speaker  rousing up the passions of some zealot who then goes into an abortion clinic and shoots a doctor.    I won't be surprised if some admin official is shot as a result.  And no, I do not listen to Fox and avoid talk radio.  My comments are based on my observation and the reading I've done.

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Stop with the "both sides" BS.  It's complete garbage.  Peacefully protesting, "pushing back," is a hallmark of American freedom.  It is not the same thing, and should not be equated with the same thing, as "good people on both sides." 

 

How have we become so polarized as a country that we think these kinds of things are remotely similar?

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3 minutes ago, knapplc said:

Stop with the "both sides" BS.  It's complete garbage.  Peacefully protesting, "pushing back," is a hallmark of American freedom.  It is not the same thing, and should not be equated with the same thing, as "good people on both sides." 

 

How have we become so polarized as a country that we think these kinds of things are remotely similar?

Knapp, I don't think peaceful protesting is the same as the alt-right protesting or that of an anti abortion guy killing a doctor.   My post is about tone and not saying the issues are the same. 

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and state maybe I'm not doing a good job of communicating it. 

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Just now, TGHusker said:

Knapp, I don't think peaceful protesting is the same as the alt-right protesting or that of an anti abortion guy killing a doctor.   My post is about tone and not saying the issues are the same. 

 

There's nothing at all equal in tone between Waters and Trump.  Waters is advocating peaceful protests.  Trump is actively threatening people (and businesses).

 

Equating the two, using the "both sides" phrase, is an inherently wrong framing of the situation. 

 

 

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