The next upcoming Prez forum

Democratic presidential candidates will meet working families

Aug. 7 at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum in Chicago.

Hosted By: Keith Olbermann

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Tuesday, August 7th, Keith’s Olbermann’s show on MSNBC ‘Countdown’ will be on at 6:00 pm (EST) with this live forum tofollow immediately afterwards from 7-8:30 pm (EST) on MSNBC. There’s more at the website of the AFL/CIO of course.

For us Northwesterners – MST: 5-6:30 pm for the forum, 6:30-8:00 pm (post-forum analysis). It repeats beginning at 10:00 pm thru 1:00 am.

“Working men and women will ask the candidates questions focusing on issues that affect the daily lives of working families—from jobs and wages to health care, retirement, education and Iraq. Some of the questions will be submitted and selected by visitors to the AFL-CIO’s Working Families Vote 2008 website”

Here’s the list of top 10 questions for the presidential candidates.

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Update on waitress, Michele Griffin

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I thought I’d check up on the waitress who ‘duked it out’ with Mitt Romney in that New Hampshire diner a few days ago. (Edit: See here for previous post.) Now, I’ve been on a number of web sites who have gotten their story from either the Washington Post or NH’s Union Leader. As a significant number of people appeared to believe Michele to be a single mom, poor – thus on gov’t assistance, “popping out brats with serious illnesses” (as one compassionate soul put it), I did a bit of research and honed my listening skills.

Her name is Michele Griffin. Continue reading

Sheila Jackson Lee & watching Amistad – again

Just finished watching the movie Amistad – again. It is a truly powerful film.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it – 12, 13 . . . . but each time certain scenes still fill me with repugnance. Each time certain scenes fill with me sentimentality. I’m forever appalled at the brutality of using people as anchors to assist in another’s drowning, and the starkness of a posted announcement advising the sale of ’10 Negro persons’ always sickens me.

One might think that after all this country has been through, all that we’ve lost, gained, and traded away, we would have a more aware constituency. I think the constituency has lapsed into what Pink Floyd termed “comfortable numbness.”

“What kind of place is this where laws almost exist? ” Cinque roars. Continue reading