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... but I'm not quite awake yet, so I'm dicking around on the internetz.

I love Bill Clinton, I think he was a fantastic president, and he had my passionate, adoring support during both of his terms. I still think this is funny.

On a not-quite-so-funny note, our beloved current president is using his same cheap scare tactics to bully the House and Senate into passing the fucking version of the FISA bill that gives retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies that helped the federal government eavesdrop on American citizens without a warrant. This has nothing to do with protecting this country from terrorists, but it does have everything to do with civil rights. Passing this bill says that we're all just fine with the government illegally spying on Americans with the aid of the private sector.

This is also about a corrupt government finding another way to hide its illegal activities from the people.

When I woke up this morning, my husband was on Patrick Leahy's web site. He was in the process of writing to our representatives. There are ways to let your money speak, too. If you aren't comfortable with AT&T and Verizon tapping your phones without a warrant, you should consider switching your service to a company like Working Assets.

Ted and I were talking about how futile the action of writing to your reps seems to be sometimes. It does seem like a raindrop in a barrel, but if we don't speak, the House and Senate cannot know what's important to the American people.

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ikickshins
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
"Clinton also noted that, if elected, the timing would be perfect for his family, as his wife has recently expressed a desire to move back to the D.C. area."

That almost made me spit lemonade all over my laptop.
kebechet
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I love the man, but omfg, that's fucking funny.
squeeful
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
"Warm double-clasp! Warm double-clasp!" Just about had me in stitches. The man has the most amazing memory for people. A friend of mine got to meet Bill through her father's work and he was attentive and engaging. Two years later she was at another event and he walked up to her and asked her how she'd been, how was her sister, etc. He remembered exactly who she was, thousands of people later.
charleeg
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
OMG that would be a dream come true! God, I miss Bill. Thanks for the giggle - and I wouldn't put any of those thoughts past him.
shantih
Feb. 16th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahah. Exactly what you said. Loved him, find the article immensely funny, can imagine him having those thoughts.
charaxinae
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
we've done nothing but talk and think about these issues in my house for the past couple of weeks. my husband talks about it from the second we get up to the moment we go to sleep and i'm happy to say that our senators voted the way that we hoped they would (the way we asked them to!) -- but i know that's not even necessarily enough. i'd like to know that whomever we have running on the Democratic ticket this fall is going to follow through on what they say they will if they win. i am SO NERVOUS about November. why oh why does my birthday always have to be right around election day?! :P
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