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Thursday, July 8th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Steny Changed His Mind!

The sad news of the day is that Congress voted against the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment. (For those who don't follow our website, this was a medical marijuana bill which we've been campaigning for recently, which would have kept the federal government from arresting medical marijuana patients whose use of the drug is legal under state laws.) The failure of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment is certainly a big disappointment, and an indicator of how much more work there is to be done before our efforts at drug law reform will be successful. (You can easily check to see how your own representative voted - and please follow up and say Thank You or express your dissapointment, whichever is appropriate. Thanks!)

However, there is a bright spot of news in this story: our own region's representative, Mr. Steny Hoyer, who voted against a similar bill a year ago, has changed his mind! He voted "yes" this time around! Yay! Thank you Mr. Hoyer! Whether our little protest at your office last month had anything to do with it or not, I'm happy you've seen the wisdom of our point of view on this. Although it's a small victory in the face of a large defeat, Steny Hoyer is now a symbol for us that people can change their minds about this issue. Person by person, we *are* making progress!

Speaking of changing even a few people's minds, I'd like to urge everyone to go see "Fahrenheit 9/11." Being the radical liberal that I am, I've been looking forward to this movie for months, and now that we're back from Origins, we made a point of seeing it. Not surprisingly, I thought it was excellent, and I think everyone in America should see this movie before voting in the fall. Unfortunately, the people who most need to see this film are the ones who will refuse to, hiding behind lame excuses like "I don't like Michael Moore." Well, obviously, it's slanted, but the film-maker's bias doesn't invalidate the film's points, and if you refuse to see this movie, you are declaring that you are unwilling to listen to both sides of an argument and to then make a fair, informed decision. When has a sitting president ever been called to be accountable for his actions by a feature-length documentary like this? For that reason if no other, I think everyone who plans to vote this November should see this movie first.

We also saw Harry Potter 3 (after first finally seeing part 2) which I thought was really quite good, easily the best of the three, and we saw "Shrek 2," which was a worthy sequel, but not as good as the original. Also, I finally got hip to an obscure German film from 1999 called "Run Lola Run," which was excellent!

Besides getting caught up on movies, we've generally been relaxing and taking it easy this week. We celebrated the Fourth of July by eating delicious grilled meats, watching small explosions, falling off the couch, and of course, playing games with our friends. We made a special point of honoring the day by playing a few rounds of our patriotic new release, Early American Chrononauts, which is officially available now!

Enjoy Life! Have a great week!

the story so far

Thought Residue
The Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment failed to pass, but maybe we can stop the Federal Marriage Amendment. Please call both of your Senators ASAP and ask them to vote NO when this comes up for a vote, sometime next week. Here is the number: 1-877-762-8762. When you call, ask for one of your Senators by name. When their office answers, state your name and address and urge them to oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment. Then call your other Senator immediately and do the same. Thanks!

"Bush defenders try to explain away Bush's inaction as not wanting to upset the children. Michael Moore explains away Bush's inaction by suggesting he hadn't been told to leave. But Michael Moore failed to follow that line of reasoning through to its logical conclusion; where were the people whose job it is to get the President to a place of safety in event of attack, the people who would have, SHOULD have, pulled Bush out of there, children and public appearances be damned! The Secret Service did nothing. The dog did not bark." -- whatreallyhappened.com: "The Secret Service at Booker Elementary: The Dog That Did Not Bark"
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