You've heard, perhaps, of the "fiscal cliff" we'll supposedly jump in early January? The one where all those defense cuts kick in and all the Bush Mobb tax cuts expire and we supposedly go into recession again and...and...sorry, I nodded off there. Anyway, I'm sick of politicians inventing these "crises" so they can take something away from us, so the Campaign for America's Future helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any Social Security cuts in any "grand bargain" over the deficit and/or debt. If you like, you can amend the text so that you also demand they don't cut Medicare/Medicaid benefits, either. And that's all. The words "fiscal cliff" will not pass these lips again. I'm annoyed enough I spent a paragraph on it.
Meanwhile, Roots Action helps you ban all weaponized drones from the planet. Why? Because they kill innocent people. Should I go on? We use them in nations we haven't even gone through the trouble of declaring war upon. We act like they're efficient and clean, when they're neither. We act like they're some great advance of civilization because they don't put our soldiers' lives at risk. War is supposed to put soldiers' lives at risk! If you're going to fight wars, even stupid wars, you'd better come to grips with the inevitability of loss. Put the drones away and let the people do all the fighting. That'll make some people, at least, start fewer stupid wars -- it's a lot easier to shame evil people than it is to shame the machines doing their will.
Finally, you may recall Terry Williams as the man who got the death penalty for murder, except that the fellows he murdered weren't total strangers or anything, but the men who'd been sexually abusing him for years. So we petitioned the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, and most of them recommended that he be spared death -- but Pennsylvania requires that the Board unanimously recommend such clemency for the Governor to consider it. I'd think it would be the other way around, since, you know, putting someone to death is kinda hard to undo if you have misgivings later on. But what do I know? I'm not some hack sating his appetite for cruelty; I'm just a citizen, being as reasonable as I can be. If that's you, too, the ACLU helps you tell the Board, again, to spare Terry Williams's life.