we should filibuster

Word has it that Senate Democrats will be meeting today (Wednesday) at noon to discuss how they will respond to Alito’s Supreme Court nomination. As many of them have not yet made up their minds as to how they will vote, it’s important that they hear from you, their constituents. If you agree with me that Alito is the wrong person for the court, and if you haven’t done so already, please contact your Senators and let them know how you feel. The cost of a long-distance call and a few minutes of your time is a small price to pay in defense of the American values that we all hold so dear. I know several prominant Democrats are saying that a filibuster is unlikely – maybe they think they don’t have the numbers on our side to pull it off, or that it would just be delaying the inevitable – but I say that’s bullshit. If there was ever a time to fight, it’s right now. This matter has to be brought before the American people and only a filibuster will accomplish that. I’m confident that if our fellow citizens knew the truth, they would agree that Alito, the candidate hand-picked by the extreme religious right (to replace Harriet Miers, who, despite all the right’s rhetoric, was not herself given an “up or down” vote), is the wrong choice for non-CEO Americans.

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  1. Theodore Glass
    Posted January 18, 2006 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    The Senate switchboard can be called toll-free:

    (877) 851-6437

  2. chris
    Posted January 18, 2006 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I have always felt that Meirs was the sorbet before we were given this shit sandwich to eat. She was a total pawn in every sense of the analogy. Even conservative Judge Posner of Chicago has given him nothing more than a sniff, however that may just be his own sour grapes he’s smelling.

  3. chris
    Posted January 18, 2006 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    MARK MARK MARK!!!!! I just watched my Jon Stewart tivo from lasst night and you are NOT going to fucking believe this but they did an entire segment on….ya ready? TAINT

    So I am right, but better then right, not only are they on a 2 week delay of your blog but now it seems as if they are lifting entire sections, or at the very least trawling your site for material. They even referred to the more arcane usage of the definition of taint to include that region between the ball sac and anus that I first saw referenced here.

    Dude, you don’t even have t move here and pay exorbitant rents to start collecting checks.

    The coincidence is just to great. In fact, I smell a taint of plagiarism. Of course, the only downside is you now know that your site is being viewed by snotty twenty somethings who hang out in Dave Egger’s novels…excuse me…fictions.

  4. mark
    Posted January 19, 2006 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I’d like to take credit, Chris, but I did not invent the taint. Most people have them. I’m sure Mr. Stewart just stumbled across his one day and it amused him. I do, however, very much appreciate the enthusiastic pro-Mark Maynard jihad you’ve been on as of late, and look forward to the next chapter.

  5. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted January 19, 2006 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    And let’s not forget that Howard Stern is following a trail blazed by Mark as he moves into the ball shaving arena.

  6. It's Skinner Again
    Posted January 19, 2006 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I’m grateful to Mark for inventing the anus. That was a great service to humanity.

  7. Theodore Glass
    Posted January 19, 2006 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    From People for the American Way:

    Following yesterday’s meeting of Senate Democrats, a consensus to fight Alito’s nomination is emerging, but a final strategy has not yet been decided.

    We can’t tell you what will happen today or tomorrow, but we can tell you that your activism has had a real impact in this critical time and will continue to. Thanks in part to the thousands of calls you poured into Senate offices yesterday, senators are becoming more vocal in their opposition to Alito. Just today, senators off the Judiciary Committee — including Max Baucus, Tom Harkin, Barbara Mikulski, and Ken Salazar — have announced their opposition to Alito.

    Today three members of the Committee — the Committee’s Democratic leader, Senator Leahy, and Senators Kennedy and Durbin — are announcing their positions in speeches around the country. Normally such statements would be made on the Senate floor, but in a move that has wrankled many Democrats, the Senate’s Republican leader, Bill Frist, has already moved to limit debate by denying them time to speak in the Senate chamber.

    If you haven’t called your senators yet to let them know you’re counting on them to stop Alito, please do so right now. If neither of your senators is a Democrat, call Democratic leader Harry Reid or the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Patrick Leahy.

    Call toll-free! 1-877-851-6437

    If you’ve already called your Democratic senators and their leaders, Senators Reid and Leahy, send them a fax!


    The overwhelming number of calls made yesterday shut down the Capitol switchboard! (We’d love it if you do that again!) If you can’t get through on 1-877-851-6437 today, visit capwiz.com/pfaw/home to find direct numbers for Senate offices. Let us know how your calls go by visiting SaveTheCourt.org/CallReport.

    Then forward this email to anyone you know who is worried that Alito would likely condone the abuse of power by the president, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and help curtail Congress’ ability to protect the civil rights, health, safety, and welfare of the American people.

  8. mark
    Posted January 20, 2006 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Speaking of taint…. I might have been more inclined to buy into the whole Intelligent Design thing if they’d used the taint, instead of the eye, to demonstrate the concept.

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