Friday, March 17, 2006

Tie Day: Same Guy, Same Ties, Different Color Commentator

This week: THE FISH! (no, not the green tie for St. Patrick's Day -- we are nothing if not subtle!)

I can't even think of matching Democrafty's breezy, informed charm when it comes to ties, so this week's Tie Day entry will be a change of pace!

I was thinking of writing just a tie-ku and letting the pictures (courtesy of Democrafty's imaging skill!) speak for themselves, but my charming fellow blogger reminded me that a limerick would be HIGHLY appropriate to St. Paddy's Day and even suggested, of all things, a clerihew!

This is definitely one of my favorites among the Senator's ties, and I called dibs on it as soon as Democrafty suggested Tie Day. The only explanation I can find for wearing a tie with fish on it is that it is meant as a gesture of homage and support for one of Massachusetts' traditional industries...! Anyway, I love it and it makes me smile whenever I see it.

Tie doggerel forthwith:

Why fish, Senator?
Could it be a tribute to
Your state's schrod quota?

Clerihew, or should that be Kerryhew?
John Kerry
Seldom sedentary
His ichthyocentric tie
Makes him the cynosure of every eye

A senator hailing from Boston
Wore a tie with fishies embossed on
Although it might seem
A whimsical theme
How dreary should he a madras don!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ANWR and Crafts.

Okay, Democrats. We have two urgent things we must discuss.

Thing the first: Call your Senators and tell them to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and take real action toward achieving energy independence. Do it now, and if you need a reason why, just remember that sustainability, increased efficiency, and a reduction in emissions ARE possible. Here are five good, workable ideas from Senator Kerry himself (and I'll put them all in red to match the tie he wore today:

More than 20 states have implemented market-based Renewable Energy Portfolio programs that require utilities to gradually increase the portion of electricity produced from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar energy. We should build on that success at the national level. Tell your Senators to enact a nationwide Renewable Portfolio Standard so that 20% of our energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that implementing this policy would save $26.6 billion and that commercial and industrial customers would be the biggest winners.

We have the ability to transform our transportation sector from one that fuels our addiction to one that drives us toward a sustainable future. The President should build on that demand and fuel new production opportunities by supporting a mandate that agriculture will provide 20% of the total energy consumed in the United States by 2020.

In addition to developing new sources of energy, we must make better use of available energy. New technological advances in appliances, energy grid systems, and buildings can boost productivity, create jobs, improve the reliability and safety of the energy infrastructure, and make dramatic inroads in reducing air pollution. Congress should enact energy efficiency measures to decrease energy use by 20% by 2020.

The government should provide an aggressive set of tax incentives and grants for consumers and for industries that are retooling plants to promote the manufacturing and purchase of hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of gas and electric power to sharply increase efficiency. Twenty percent of all passenger cars and trucks on the road should be high-efficiency, low emissions hybrids by 2020.

Today, America spends more than $500,000 per minute on foreign oil or $30 million per hour. We paid more than $42 billion for Persian Gulf imports alone in 2005. It is bad enough that these dollars will not help grow our domestic economy -- it is even worse when you consider their impact on our national security. Congress should act to eliminate America's oil imports from the Middle East by 2020.

Thing the second: Can someone tell me this: does THK knit, or was she speaking hypothetically when quoted in the New York Daily News today? I read somewhere that she makes really good scones, so I can't rule out the possibility that she's also a stitcher - or would be, if she weren't busy with politics.

I almost hope she's not, to be honest. For one thing, she already exists in my head at maximum levels of cool, so if I found out she did crafts, my mind would be officially blown. For another, I have a very nice, West Coast, crafts-and-snacks existence, and yet I might feel compelled to move cross-country to our nation's capital JUST in hopes of joining that Stitch 'n' Bitch.

Oh, crap. That reminds me. I lied, I need to bring up three things. Thing the third is Senator Kerry's involvement in the Democratic Small Business Health Care Bill. Sometimes I get so caught up in my comfortable crafts-and-snacks existence that I forget the only reason I, a small business owner, have health insurance is that I'm married.


So, redundant as it might seem for somebody posting to the We Love John Kerry blog to say, "Well done, Senator!" I still have to say: Well done, Senator! May you be rewarded with scones of all varieties and as many scarves as your neck desires.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ten (More!) Reasons to Love John Kerry

This weekend, Senator Kerry was in New Hampshire to raise some election-year dough for Nashua and Hillsborough County Democrats, and we were... well, not. But we were watching on C-SPAN, and I even did a little transcribing. I'm not including the whole speech here - you can check it out for yourself on the C-SPAN website - but just a few points from our Man With The Plan:

So I’ve had enough of the talk. I’ve had enough of the hand-wringing. It’s time to go out there and just put it squarely on the table for people. And for those people who say, “Gee, we don’t have a plan,” or “They don’t have a plan” or something, here’s a little ten point plan for you, pretty quick.

Here’s number one: Obey the law, and protect civil rights in this country.

Number two: Tell the truth, and tell it to Americans all the time.

Number three: Number three, fire the incompetents.

Number four: Chase the money lenders and changers from the temple of democracy and reclaim it for the grassroots of this nation.

Number five: Bring our troops home from a stable Iraq - which we can do – as fast as possible.

[Number six:] Find Osama Bin Laden and protect the ports and other facilities of the United States of America.

[Number seven:] Stop stabilizing big oil, and stop blaming the American people for being addicted to oil when it’s this administration that is addicted to oil. And we need to commit ourselves to alternative and renewable fuels.

[Number eight:] Make access to healthcare affordable for all Americans, not as a matter of privilege and ability to pay, but as a matter of right for being an American citizen.

[Number nine:] Reduce the deficit, which is, after all, a conservative thing to do, and rather the difference from this radical group that are doubling it, tripling it, adding to the deficit in trade and adding to our children’s debt while they make irresponsible choices about the future and we must define and respect work over wealth. That’s an important principle for this country.

[Number ten:] And finally, fight for American jobs, jobs here in America that are high value-added jobs that will open up the doors to the future.

These are the things we’re fighting for. And as Democrats, I’m proud to go out anywhere in this country, anytime - red state, blue state, purple state - and talk to the people in this nation and connect those dots so people in this nation understand it is time to say we’re fed up with the incompetence, we’re tired of the lies, we want to lead this nation to the greatness it deserves. We understand how to get there. We have a plan to get there. We’re going to get there. That’s our duty and our obligation, and we can’t WAIT for 2006 to make it happen!