POSTED: 21 December 2004 - 11:30pm

Not One Damn Dime: Inauguration Day, 20 January 2005

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Email from: Martha R Harkey
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:29 PM
Subject: seasons greetings and a request

Hello, Friends and Family,
I don’t usually forward emails, but this one seemed especially important and could send a critical message if ALL OF US do it. 

There must be a way to end the aggressiveness of the Bush administration and send a message that we are determined to affect change in American politics.  If you agree, please send to those on your email list.  If you don’t agree, I’m very sorry for the intrusion during this very busy time of year.  Regardless, I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season and send a prayer of peace for those less fortunate.

Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.

During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Nor toll/cab/bus or train ride money exchanges. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down.

The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics. Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this email with as many people as possible.



Stop shopping at the national franchises

14 November 2004 - 6:30pm

Your source for the destruction of small local business as well

MALL WART eats us and spits us out
by Juan Wilson 14 November 2004

As we lick our wounds and try to muddle through, there are things we can do to set America, and more importantly Kauai, back on the right track.

The election is over and now the Christmas shopping frenzy is beginning to grip America again. Do everyone a favor and restrain yourself. For many it is impossible to go cold-turkey, but, to the degree you can, avoid the "Big Box" stores (WalMart, K-mart, Sears, Home Depot) as a place you would consider getting something for someone you love.

In fact, see if you can stay away from national brands for everything from a sandwich to a T-shirt. Why... because the corporations that brand, market and distribute the "plastic crap" we all buy are the real problem. They are why the suburbanization of Kauai is destroying our lifestyle. The traffic, the rat-race, the crap on TV we call relaxation. It is all part of why we are isolated, alienated and willing to blame somebody else for the wreckage that is the end of the American Empire. Well get used to it. We are going to have to fix this mess ourselves. All the Federal and State governments seem to understand are guns, gasoline and greenola (money). Don't look to them for help.

What is bad for WalMart is good for Kauai.

If you have not tried it, do your Christmas shopping from artists and craftspeople who live on the island. This idea of "living local" does not end with Christmas shopping. Take it to the fast food outlet. Don't eat Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, MacDonald's, Burger King and Subway. I know, I know - they are "cheap" and you know what you are going to get. Yeah - fat and sugar.

Seek out and test locally owned (non franchise) restaurants around the island and use them for your fat and sugar needs. (For example: a great alternative to Burger King is Ono Charburger in Anahola on the main highway). One of the best things about living on Kauai is that it is not like the rest of America. That distinction is quickly evaporating.

There are some things that will be hard to do without... If you cannot find a substitute go with guy that gives you what you must have. Some people will not be able to live without Border's or Starbucks. At one time I would have said Border's was a necessity. Increasingly I am finding Border's does not have the book, movie or CD I have to have at any cost. I am using the library more. If you live on the Westside and you need a substitute for Border's try Talk Story Bookstore Cafe in Hanapepe.

With the BushCorp in power for four more years, the least we can do is deny them as much as we can the gold for their coffers. Starve the bastards out. Outsource the national franchises and federal government to a local third world nation - The Kingdom of Kauai.