Freep this poll! (Soldiers & Body Armor)

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing


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You go to war with the body armor you have or don't have - as the case may be. Usually, it is a definite LACK of body armor that is the problem.

It is a sad state of affairs when families and support groups need to be the ones buying and supplying body armor to the troops in need instead of the Pentagon. Thousands of soldiers dead and ten's of thousands wounded - many of which die to a lack of sufficient armor.

If you are a frequent reader, you know I founded BooksForSoldiers.com four years ago. Most of what we ship are books, DVDs, CDs, snacks, video games and magazines. Frequently we get requests for other items like tube socks, boots and even once got a request for IV pump batteries. It really strikes our heart when we get a request for body armor.

More after the flip...

Democrats Rising in the East

The Eastern Caravan is complete; Jerry just returned the van to the rental place. Young Dems President Zack Hawkins put about 17 hours of driving into that van, so we got our money's worth out of it.

Here is a synopsis of what we encountered and achieved:

  • 8/10, Lumberton: We sent groups out to most of the major neighborhoods of Lumberton to do a listening canvas. All over the city people talked about healthcare concerns, usually with other concern (education, housing, jobs) woven into their story. We got some of these responses on video. As we drove out the bank clock blinked 107... 4:05pm... 108.
  • 8/10, Clinton: Despite lightening, hard rain, and what Ben Akroyd described as "tornado sky," we sent groups out to canvas middle income neighborhoods. Because of the intermittent storms, people invited us into their homes so they could register to vote. The rain brought the heat down.
  • 8/11, Greenville: We assembled care packages with Give 2 The Troops. The Program Director repeatedly stressed the point "you can support the troops without supporting the war." We assembled over 50 boxes containing books, toiletries, dvds, and girl scout cookies. Read the article in the Reflector here.
  • 8/11, Kinston: Ben and Tara Ilsley met a man who was forced to have some surgery. The surgery cost $74,000. To pay it off, he faithfully sends a check for $20 every week. He said he was 66 years old, and if he lives to be 110 he'll have finally paid off his "debt" (his word, not ours). He went on, "I never have considered myself poor, but I've always thought the government ought to do more for people in a worse shape than I am."

Edwards outlines plan to improve care for injured Iraq, Afghanistan veterans.

"I believe in a sacred contract between our country and America's veterans and military families. We must stand by those who stand by us. When our service men and women sacrifice so much to defend our freedom and secure peace around the world, we have a moral obligation to take care of them and their families." - John Edwards

In my mind, this is what the Bush administration should be remembered for, starting a war, continuing it based on the slogan "Support the Troops", then continually trying to cut funding to aid troops injured in the war. So, today, John Edwards takes on the Bush Administration and their criminal negligence on his Fighting for One America Bus Tour . I would like to hear what the Vets at BlueNC think of this proposal.

Eastern Caravan Checking In

The Eastern Caravan is making the rounds. If you live in the east and we haven't already knocked on your door look for us tomorrow or Sunday. We've registered voters, collected email addresses, left flyers, and captured feedback from voters on video.

We started off the day in Raleigh (104 degrees), made our way to Lumberton (108 degrees), travelled to Clinton where a torrential downpour cooled us off to a crisp 98 degrees Fahrenheit. We then drove to Greenville for dinner and lodging. Ed Ridpath saw us off in Raleigh, and in Greenville Pitt County Chair Johnny Rouse greeted us. Zack Hawkins' driving was even more appreciated after we let Thomas Doyle take a turn at the wheel.

Kissell Campaign Welcomes Ambassador Joe Wilson to Charlotte

There is exciting news coming out of Charlotte for the Kissell campaign. Young Professionals for Kissell with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Congressman John Spratt (D-SC) will be hosting Ambassador Joe Wilson at a fundraising event in Charlotte on September 22, 2007. Ambassador Wilson is a symbol to many of us of the courage it takes to tell the truth and stand for what is right regardless of the cost.

Eastern Caravan Hits the Road Tomorrow

The North Carolina Democratic Party is hitting the road on Friday, August 10th through Sunday, August 12th in eastern North Carolina.

Along the route, volunteers from across the state will work with local activists, registering voters, canvassing, performing community service projects, meeting with candidates and elected officials, and listening to the ideas and concerns of eastern North Carolinians.

Schedule below the fold....

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