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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Saturday, May 14, 2011

    McHenry County, IL Focus

    Missed this last newsletter: an open letter from the McHenry Democrats:

    To the President of the United States, the SEAL [Sea Air (and)Land] team that carried out the raid and death of Osama Bin Ladin, and to the members of the United States Armed Forces, who sacrifice night and day to keep this the land of the free, on behalf of myself, my family, my friends and the nation I've always been so proud to call mine, I offer you my undying thanks.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Democratic Party of McHenry County, I would also like to thank all of those who called me, facebooked and e-mailed me to inquire after my health. It's still bad, but it's improving. Slowly, but sometimes improvement comes that way.

    This blog will be-hopefully- a regulare contribuion to the country party, containing my opinions, views, and commenary. All of those, by the way, are subjective. That means they're opinion, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I have opinions to spare.

    To the GOP, the Grand Old Party. Yeah,sure. If President Obama came out in favor of motherhood and three meals a day for the entire world the GOP would find fault somewhere.

    The Birthers and Birther bill backers, Really? Really? Is that the best you got? C'mon folks, look around you. There are some very serious problems to be faced in this country and we need serious people to face them.

    Now that Osama is dead, I'm waiting for that twit Trump to demand to see the death certificate so he can claim the glory of forcing the president to show it to us. Donald? Go away, dude. You are completely irrelevant. You are transparently catering to the lesser members of the Tea Party and no one-except you-takes you seriously.

    The economy. Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know about where you live, but in the general area in which I lvie, WL, McHenry, Crystal Lake, there are increasing numbers of signs that say Help Wanted. Are we roaring out of the recession? Hell no, The Cheney/Bush circus took eight years of concentrated effort to drive the strongest economy in the world into a recession deeper than the Marianas Trench, so it cannot realistically be expected to jump up like a boxer not smart enough to wait for the eight count.

    The TP'ers who went to DC with the promise of delivering immediate jobs and tax cuts and smaller government...uh, where exactly did you go? You and John Boehner have made life even more miserable for the aged, the sick, the lame, the infirm. How proud you must be to know that your efforts are directed toward making the world a harder place for those who can least negotiate it. How proud, truly proud you must be to have abandoned them.

    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world. And it now becomes the new home of Kieth Olbermann.

    In the Illinois area Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    Union Contacts in McHenry County: Get involved locally to support unions

    10th COPE District
    Machinists #1487
    3563 Sonoma Cir
    Lake In The Hills, IL. 60156-6730

    IBEW Local #117:
    IBEW Local #117 is located at 765 Munshaw Lane in Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014. Our phone number is 847-854-7200 and our resign only fax number is 847-854-7281.

    Plumbers Local Union 93, U.A.
    Lake and McHenry County, Illinois
    31855 North U.S. Highway 12
    Volo, Illinois 60073
    Phone: (815) 759-5900
    Fax: (815) 759-5978

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County
    Democracy is not a spectator sport: You can make a difference!

    There's more to politics than just voting for president every four years. Our democratic system of government depends on citizen participation at every level, but especially at the local level. While the glamor of national politics often overshadows the seemingly mundane world of local government, it's right here in your own neighborhood that you can make the biggest difference.

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County is a small group of dedicated volunteers focused on our primary mission of electing Democratic candidates to local offices, from the municipal level up to the state legislature. We support this mission by recruiting and training candidates, by raising money to promote our candidates and our message, and by supporting a progressive social, environmental, and economic agenda here in McHenry County. Recent elections have proven that our message is resonating strongly even here in this traditionally Republican county. But there is much more to do, and it will take the efforts of all of us, working together, to make our community reach its potential.

    We invite you to become involved with the local Democratic Party by registering for membership here, and by attending our monthly meetings. Your voice will be heard and your opinions valued.

    McHenry County Pride
    A Group of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Questioning Adults in McHenry County, Illinois

    We meet every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm in Woodstock, Illinois for open discussion on adult LGBT topics and mutual support. Afterwards we go to dinner

    We meet at the Congregational Unitarian Church at 221 Dean Street, Woodstock IL (corner of Dean & South St).

    Jordan Green Homes, McHenry County
    Jordan Green Homes is a green home builder in northern IL offering energy efficient bulding, construction and remodeling services.

    Thinking of building a new Green home? Then you’re probably thinking about energy consumption, environmental comfort, and quality.

    To obtain more information or for a detailed estimate please send us an email or or give us a call.
    (815) 382-8859

    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE McHENRY AREA: These are some of the best businesses in town. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Marengo Tool and Die
    Accessory manufacturer for specialized support system used in commercial and industrial construction. Strong supporter of the arts. Co-founder of county-wide educational recycling program in schools.
    Phone: (815)568-7411
    Fax: (815)568-8730
    P.O. Box 100
    Marengo, IL 60152-0100

    Conscious Cup Coffee Roastery & Cafe
    An artisan roaster of specialty coffees and teas purchased exclusively under socially and environmentally responsible certifications.
    Phone: (815)356-0115
    Fax: (815)356-0472
    5005 NW Highway
    Ste. 100
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Ginger Blossom/Austral Imports
    Ethnic and tribal rugs, textiles, furniture, art, and artifacts from five continents.
    Phone: (815)678-4015
    Fax: (815)678-4015
    3016 Rt. 173
    Richmond, IL 60071

    Illinois Renewable Energy Association
    Renewable energy and efficiency information and education, including classes, weekly renewable energy column, presentations to civic groups and churches,and consulting. Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair.
    Phone: (815)732-7332
    Fax: (815)732-3347
    1230 E. Honey Creek Rd.
    Oregon, IL 61061



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