Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Social Meeting. Wednesday. 10 PM.

Come watch the Daily Show at 10 PM! Upper Sayles TV. Also you can watch the Presidential Debate on the same TV at 8PM. Come at 8, eat a snack, come back at 10 for TV and dessert.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Meeting. Wednesday. 8pm. Sayles 251.

Come to Sayles 251 at 8 O'Clock. Wednesday September 19 to learn about:
-Officers, three new officers will be nominated and elections will begin
-Anti-war rally in the cities. We will be joining other progressive movements at the state capitol
-Different presidential campaigns will ask you to join them.
-Tabling to sell t-shirts
-Ideas from the members of the club for what we should be doing
-Obama campaign taking a trip to Iowa
-Internship opportunities
-Super Exciting Plans for the rest of the fall.

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Carleton Democrat Meeting
Sayles 251
Wednesday September 19th
Much to learn
Officer Nominations!

-Pablo Kenney

P.S. If you want to be nominated for an officer position or wish to nominate someone else but can't make it email me at kenneyp@carleton.edu with your name and a short paragraph about why you want to be an officer (Communications Director, Group Liaison, and Secretary/Historian)
Carleton College Democrats
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What's New With Renewable Energy?

Thanks to an emphasis on cleaner air and the need for a cleaner environment by policy makers and consumers, entrepreneurs have been working hard to develop innovative means of renewable energy. The most recent innovation is that of ocean turbines designed to capture the powerful energy of ocean tides. Oregon Iron Works represents the “cutting edge” of American renewable energy technologies, as reported in this week’s Washington Post. Tidal energy now joins the list of lesser-known renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and solar thermal. In addition, researchers are also developing ways to turn algae into diesel fuel. Political support is only strengthening the pursuit of renewable energy. Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington is convinced that tidal energy can succeed and notes “there is nearly 900 times as much energy in a cubic meter of moving water as in a cubic meter of air.”
The tidal turbine works by pumping water through a turbine as it rises and falls with passing waves. The electricity generated feeds into undersea cables. As the Buoy rises with the ocean wave, the piston moves downward. This forces the upper hose pump to contract and push water through the turbine. As the Buoy moves downward, the reverse occurs moving the piston upward and forcing water into the turbine.
Last month, the House passed a bill requiring by 2020, 15% of private utilities’ energy supply must be renewable. Americans can expect to see the first Buoys go up by 2010.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Finance Internship

The Ciresi campaign is looking for responsible, hard-working, intelligent people (Carls) to intern with their finance team.

According to the campaign, "We are seeking hard-working individuals who pay particular attention to detail. Tasks would include donor research, staffing events, and a myriad of other activities. While this is an unpaid internship, it looks great on a resume. Please send resume, cover letter, and availability to Sarah Helgen at sarah@ciresiforsenate.com. "

Don't Forget. First Meeting Wednesday Night!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Support U of M workers

The University of Minnesota AFSCME clerical and health care workers are going on strike for a living wage and the Carleton Democrats are fully behind their efforts. A full explanation can be found here.

What can we do?

From the AFSCME 5 website. http://www.afscmemn.org/

  • HONOR OUR PICKET LINE beginning September 5.
  • PICKET WITH US at a location listed below:

West Bank: Humphrey Institute turnaround (19th Ave S & 3rd St S)
East Bank: Washington Ave & Union St
Dinkytown: Donhowe Building (University Ave & 15th Ave S)
St.Paul Campus: Student Center (2017 Buford off Raymond Ave)

    Morrill Hall, Wednesday, September 5, 12:00 Noon
  • EMAIL U of M PRESIDENT BRUININKS at UPres@umn.edu and demand that the U fairly settle AFSCME's contract
  • DONATE TO THE U WORKERS SUPPORT FUND with checks payable to U Workers Support Fund at 1313 5th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • ATTEND OUR FUNDRAISER on September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Communication Workers of America, 3521 East Lake St, Minneapolis
  • CALL OUR STRIKE HOTLINE at 612-234-8772
Check back here from more information. If you have go to the U remember not to break the picket lines. We will publish our email to President Bruininks

Monday, September 3, 2007

Obama on C-SPAN

Barack Obama was on C-SPAN tonight as he gave a rally speech in Manchester, New Hampshire. He spoke for a long while to a smiling crowd about his aspirations to be President and what he hopes to do for America. The following are exerpts from his speech:

"Not talking to leaders we don't like, that doesn't make us look strong; it makes us look arrogant."

"It's time for us to close Guantanamo."

"We are not a country that looks away while innocence is slaughtered in Darfur."

"We are a nation that lifted ourselves from The Depression."

"We are a beacon. That's who we are and who we can be again."

This next line is my favorite:
"I will not be a perfect president, but I will always be honest to you."

"When you walk away, the same old politics wins every time. I can't do this alone."

"Trust in your own sensibility. Make this campaign the vehicle for your hopes."

Keep checking back, readers, for more updates on Campaign 2008.

Summer Reading for Democrats

These past few months I read three great books: The Truth (with jokes) by Al Franken, The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Wellstone, and Homegrown Democrat by Garrison Keillor. I received Al Franken’s book for Christmas, but just started reading it in June. I read his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, and enjoyed it more than Truth. Lies is funnier. It’s probably good, though, that Truth is not completely hilarious, since Al Franken is trying to lose his comic image slightly as he runs for Senate.

Summers at the Carleton Post Office are slow, which is perfect for spending a couple of hours at the library every day during a shift. That’s exactly where I read Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Wellstone. I really enjoyed reading this book. In it, Wellstone talks about his experiences with grassroots politics and working in Washington, D.C. His words are sincere and inspiring. I recommend this book to all Carleton students who are not from Minnesota and are not familiar with late Senator Paul Wellstone and Professor of Political Science at Carleton College.

I also received Homegrown Democrat as a Christmas present last year, but just started reading it this summer, as well. I love this book. Garrison Keillor is a fantastic Minnesota author. Everyone who is from Minnesota should at least read one Keillor book. In this book, Keillor talks about his experiences growing up in Anoka, Minnesota and his years at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He talks about all of the experiences in his life that have made him a homegrown democrat. Let me share with you some great lines from the book:

“Republicans were those fraternity boys on University Avenue engaged in the manly pursuit of drunkenness and lighting farts, sponsoring the annual Pajama Parade and the Tunic Twirl, singing their raccoon songs, a bunch of glad-handers and blowhards who devoted more attention to their hair than to what lay beneath it” (83).

“Republicans have perfectly nice manners, normal hair, pleasant smiles, good deodorants, but when it comes right down to it, you don’t want them monitoring your oxygen flow: they will set it to the minimum required to sustain basic brain function, and then hand you a prayer card” (17).

Summer is not quite over yet! There is still time before classes start to read one of these great, fun books. Happy reading!