All posts tagged: politics

Lincoln, the movie

Lincoln is a 2012 historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The screenplay was written by Tony Kushner and was based on the book, A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It took six years to write and film, two years longer than the Civil War itself. The Thanksgiving weekend shows, such as Meet the Press, Up with Chris Hayes and MSNBC Weekends with Alex Witt all featured interviews and discussions about this movie. Apparently, everyone in punditocracy immediately flocked to see this movie. And everyone agrees that Daniel Day-Lewis has nailed Lincoln for all time, even Doris Kearns Goodwin. In the interview with Alex Witt, Goodwin said she felt as if Lincoln were “back again.” When I saw the movie, I never felt as if I were watching an actor, but actually Lincoln, so I understood what she was expressing. During the interview, she explained that the movie stays true to history and is as rooted in history …

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even …

Bob Filner

Dec 3 – Save the Date for Mayoral Inauguration Events Citywide

On Monday, December 3, at 10:00 a.m., the City of San Diego will have a Democratic Mayor and City Council majority for the first time in its history as the incoming Council is sworn in and Bob Filner takes office as the new Mayor. In keeping with Mayor-Elect Filner’s campaign promise to focus on San Diego’s neighborhoods and diverse communities, his team will be organizing supporter-appreciation events throughout the city after the ceremony. Please mark your calendar and look for more details soon!

Support for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Ruling

The San Diego City Council Rules Committee resolved 3-0 to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United campaign finance case. Marti Emerald introduced the resolution which states that the right of free speech “applies to people, not corporations.” At the council meeting to support the proposition were several Club members including Ruth Rollins, Nancy Witt, Mike Johnson, Vera Moldt, Carol Heasley and Susan Peinado. Dianne Lane, Ruth and Vera spoke to the council in support of the resolution. Councilwoman Emerald’s proposal is backed by the League of Women Voters, the San Diego chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, California Common Cause, Democratic legislators and San Diego Mayor-elect Bob Filner. Read more details of the meeting here.

Virtual Victory Speech

Of my seven election nights, this is the third that lasted many days.  In the 2000 primary, I made the runoff by 300-odd votes, and waited a week to find out for sure.  In the 2012 primary, I made the runoff by 719 votes out of 151,000 cast; that took a number of weeks to play out.  And in this election, we closed up election night with a lead of 685 votes, with thousands more to count.  So unlike my friends like Toni Atkins or Brian Maienschien (who believe me would sweat if they ever got less than 60% of the vote), I don’t get to give a victory speech to my assembled supporters on election night.   So now I am giving my victory speech virtually.  So grab your campaign sign and an appropriate celebratory beverage, and read this while standing up.  Please applaud and laugh at the appropriate times. Thank you!  Thank you so much for being here [or there].

Bilbray concedes, Peters wins!

Rather than wait for the final count Bilbray concedes. Scott Peters wins! Read more here. December 04 16:04 Peters beats Bilbray by 6,992 votes all counted November 30 16:30 Peters leads Bilbray by 6,885 votes, 7.5k remain November 29 16:21 Peters leads Bilbray by 6,897 votes, 12k remain November 28 16:25 Peters leads Bilbray by 6,934 votes, 20k remain November 27 16:49 Peters leads Bilbray by 6,689 votes, 32k remain November 21 16:40 Peters leads Bilbray by 6,278 votes, 57k remain November 20 16:40 Peters leads Bilbray by 5,700 votes, 70k remain November 19 16:47 Peters leads Bilbray by 5,337 votes, 80k remain November 16 16:46 Peters leads Bilbray by 5,132 votes, 90k remain November 15 16:30 Peters leads Bilbray by 3,877 votes, 120k remain November 14 16:25 Peters leads Bilbray by 2,948 votes, 160k remain November 13 16:39 Peters leads Bilbray by 2,660 votes, 210k remain November 12 16:35 Peters leads Bilbray by 1,899 votes, 260k remain November 9 16:30 Peters leads Bilbray by 1,334 votes, 325k remain November 8 15:39 Peters leads Bilbray …