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  •  Meteor Blades, thank you for (17+ / 0-)

    doing this weekly series. There's always fun stuff to read.

    Your Montana Cowgirl choice was most excellent.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:11:54 AM PDT

    •  I would strongly urge all Kossacks.... (8+ / 0-)

      to do the following:

      Make a copy of the canned Op-Ed the GOP is telling its members to submit to their local papers.

      Then start watching your local papers and doing Google searches using text copied from the canned version.  Make note if and when a copy of it shows up in your area.

      When it does, write a letter to the editor, and note that apparently your local Congressperson is too darned lazy to write what he or she believes and instead is using text directly drawn from canned language supplied by the GOP in Washington.

      Then make note of a few of the "helpful instructions" the Congressman received in the GOP packet on how to act when back home during the August recess....especially the parts about making sure that every one of their public appearances be carefully controlled so that only those who agree with them will be part of the audience.   Ask how a Congressperson who is supposed to represent ALL of the constituents in his district can possibly know what their feelings are if he deliberately listens only to those who agree with him or her.

      This kind of "boilerplate" grassroots junk has been going on for years.  Any time you read a letter to the editor that sounds like it might be from a canned source, Google some of the text and see if the same language is magically appearing in other papers around the country.  It happens a lot more than you may realize.

      If it is, send a note to the local opinion page editor and tell them they are being duped with submissions which are NOT the actual words of the submitter.  Ask them to print a follow-up noting that the original "letter" is a copy of similar letters appear in other (identified) local papers, and appears to be part of a faux astroturf campaign and should be considered in that light.

      Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

      by dweb8231 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:27:37 AM PDT

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      •  The Amway folks recognize this technique as (1+ / 0-)
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        ichibon

        multi-tiered sales, as in ponzi scheme.  Your local newspaper should recognize that they are the newest recruits feeding that large GOPgob at the top.

        Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

        by judyms9 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:05:48 AM PDT

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        •  We need to - or should - use the Amway (0+ / 0-)

          model to build the new Democratic party from the ground up. Their "Plan" works if one works it. And, while it may be a "ponzi scheme" (and I wouldn't disagree), using their Plan to build a foundation - and ultimate power pyramid - for Democratic party 2.0 ain't a bad idea! In fact, that's exactly what we're using here in NY-21.
          And, thanks, MB, for bringing this series to the FP! Kicks ass!

      •  ...hahaha...my local paper would NEVER... (0+ / 0-)

        ...allow this to be a) printed or b) acknowledge. I assume you live in an area where your local paper isn't owned by the Tea Party..

        My local paper, which comes out two days a week, always has a predominant story written by the NRA about how a person with a gun shot and killed some bad guy.

        My local paper has Michael Reagan and George Will each week.

        My local paper gets its stories from the Rupert Murdoch papers.

        My local paper is still all about the IRS scandal, Benghazi and the "racist in chief" and how black people are thugs and dangerous and cause all the crime in the country...

        When it does, write a letter to the editor, and note that apparently your local Congressperson is too darned lazy to write what he or she believes and instead is using text directly drawn from canned language supplied by the GOP in Washington.

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

        by paradise50 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 11:17:47 AM PDT

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