D Castagno"100-hour plan." #1 ELECTION REFORMWed Nov 22, 2006 18:17
Election reform part of the new Congress' "100-hour plan."!
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Subject: Sick of faulty voting machines?
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 14:02:01 -0800
From: D Castagno firstname.lastname@example.org
In the first 100 hours of the new Congress, the new Democratic House majority will be tackling many of the issues they were sent to Washington to fix, including ethics and corruption, the minimum wage, prescription drugs, implementation of the 9/11 Commission suggestions and stem cell research.
Let's make sure ELECTION REFORM is at the top of their agenda as well! Click here to sign the petition:
When it comes to fair elections, we are not there yet. Despite encouraging results on Election Day, the fact remains that tens of thousands of eligible voters were disenfranchised this year -- possibly making the difference in a few key races, but undoubtedly presenting us with an immediate problem to solve. Together, we need to send the message to Congress that before we can move our democracy forward, we need to make sure we have a democracy in the first place.
Help make election reform part of the new Congress' "100-hour plan."!
GHOST OF JFK HAS MESSAGE FOR THE MEDIA....!!!
US Ambassador: USA supports free and independent, objective and responsible media
I'm not into selling," Mr. White said today in the cramped basement of his mother's home, where he keeps much of his collection. "This all belongs in a museum, and that's where I want it."
Mr. White, a 47-year-old industrial cleaning supplies salesman, has been collecting for more than 30 years. By now, he estimates he owns more than 100,000 Kennedy items, including the black alligator-skin Hermes briefcase the President used throughout his political career, a padded rocking chair from the White House that bears an indentation from his back brace, and the wallet and St. Christopher money clip he was carrying when he was shot in Dallas.
The prized items include thousands of handwritten pages of notes, memorandums and doodles; Kennedy's first Washington address book, which lists telephone numbers for family members as well as the Jackson Fish Market; an engraved wristwatch he wore to his 1961 inauguration, and a cigar humidor Kennedy kept on his Oval Office desk. It still contains a dozen cigars.
A humidor offered by Sotheby's -- without cigars -- brought $574,500.
The White collection pales in comparison with that of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, a branch of the National Archives, which has 32 million documents, 300,000 photographs and 17,000 artifacts, Frank Rigg, the curator, said.
But Mr. White says his is "the finest Kennedy collection privately owned in the world," as his business card reads. He even has documentation for his items, like the bill of sale for two "#1000 Jumbo Rockers" that Kennedy bought in 1954 for $12.50 each from the P&P Chair Company of Asheboro, N.C. On a typewritten note from an aide asking the President-elect if he intended to take one of the rockers to the White House, Kennedy answered in pen, "Whither I goest, it goes."
Sotheby's sold a similar Kennedy rocking chair for $442,500.
An aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the President's brother, said Mr. Kennedy was unaware of Mr. White's collection. John Kennedy Jr. did not respond to a request to be interviewed. Mr. Rigg said he could not comment on the White collection unless he saw it.
Mr. White said he had received the majority of his Kennedy items, including the most personal ones, from one source. He would not identify the source but said it was "a White House insider" from the Kennedy Administration. He declined to say more because of his plan to create a museum and dedicate it to his source, who died last year.
He befriended the source soon after the President was assassinated in 1963, he said, and over the years received items that the source had been given by Mrs. Kennedy or items that Kennedy family members did not want or claim after the President's death. He said his source left him even more things in a will.
The collection has grown so vast that Mr. White decided the time had come to share it with the outside world, something that until now had been almost impossible because of the limited space in his mother's house and in his own, just blocks away, in this middle-class suburb southwest of Baltimore.
He has begun discussions with city officials in Annapolis, the Maryland capital, about lending the city his collection if the city can find a site and help finance a museum project. Mr. White said he only wanted to be curator and tour guide of the museum and to collect a small salary.
So far, signs are positive. Carl O. Snowden, chairman of the Annapolis Economic Matters Committee, said he expects the City Council to approve up to $10,000 next month for a feasibility study.
"It's a golden opportunity for the city," Mr. Snowden said. "I'm very excited about the possibility of this coming to Annapolis. Tourism is very, very important to the bloodlines of the city."
Happy Thanksgiving. Dennis Grover, American, Wed Nov 22 13:37
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