Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hanging Up Her Apron

It's time to put this away, however, this blog shall remain.
Here's the run down on how MoveOn, a group founded by some liberals from Berkeley who got rich in the tech industry (Berkeley Systems), tried to squelch the First Amendment.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of MoveOn.Org, Carrie Olson, tried to suppress free speech by threatening CafePress with litigation over t-shirts critical of their media smear in major newspapers against General Petraeus.

MoveOn.Org demanded the names of the shopkeepers, as well as the immediate removal of all t-shirts bearing the name, "MoveOn." COO Carrie Olson and her staff chose to pick on shopkeepers selling fifteen buck t-shirts while ignoring their own actions of having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars taking out ads against General Petraeus.

Olson wrote to DanPontes, legal counsel for Cafe Press: “We have been alerted to an entire page of items on your website that infringes on our registered trademark, and we request that you remove all items immediately, and ask the poster to refrain from shipping any items purchased on this webpage. We also request that you give us contact information for the company / person who posted the items. This content has certainly NOT been authorized by anyone at, nor anyone affiliated with MoveOn.”

In other words, it was fine for them to exercise their use of the first amendment, but not anyone else.

What MoveOn forgot is that the Bill of Rights is for everyone.

What would be revealed in the media later, and in an article by Robert Cox in the Washington Examiner, MoveOn.Org also pulled the same punches with Google demanding all ads that contained their name be removed. Their claim was the words "MoveOn.Org" were trademarked, and any use of them constituted trademark infringement.

However, this was not true. Dan Pontes, lawyer for Cafe Press, battled back pointing out that political satire has a long history in our cultural history. By being a public entity MoveOn.Org should expect to be subjected to the same scrutiny, criticism and ridicule as any other current or past president, like the cartoon at right.

"While we understand that negative commentary is unsavory, our shopkeepers’ parodies of the trademark are permissible here, especially when one considers the First Amendment implications raised by the social and political importance of your organization, the policies it advocates, and the countervailing messages conveyed by the parodies." -Daniel Pontes legal counsel for CafePress to Carrie Olson, MoveOn's chief operating officer.

There are links to more of the story on the sidebar.
You will always be able to buy a t-shirt.

On a personal note, MoveOn's misdeeds brought forth that the Democratic party is controlled by very wealthy elites from the Silicon Valley , who have little in common with the working class. Their grab for power is as intense as those of the far right. Their disconnect from the First Amendment was so repugnant, after years of not exactly voting a party ticket, I finally quit the Democratic Party.

Most Democrats think very little about the maneuverings of MoveOn. Instead, they will point out to you all the bad things Republicans have done. In other words, tit for tat. Well, that is how the political world works, however, it doesn't necessarily send anyone in a progressive direction. I have always thought that if you can't criticize your own side, then it's already too late. You should of gotten out of there a long time ago.

Their attack against General Petraeus was an attack against the military. It was a slur against every soldier, as well as the families and friends who support them. If Move On had done their homework, they would have found out that the General was one of the authors of the counter-insurgency (COIN) field manual, which was a collaborative effort by the military, pacifists, journalists, academics, and activists from around the world. It was written at Fort Leavenworth. Perhaps if they knew one iota about him, his work, and his vision, they would have thought hard and deep before going on the attack to belittle his character.

I believe in a strong, well supported military. I know soldiers to be selfless and courageous, and if those from MoveOn were ever threatened by violence, soldiers would fight for them --in fact, they'd die for them. I know from experience many of our soldiers have Baccalaureate, Master's degrees, Ph.D's, Ed.D's --disproving the stereotype the far left brings up time and again.

Soldiers should be treated with dignity, and never used as political pawns at election time. Unfortunately, most on the far left relegate the military to the scrap heap of humanity.

The time for this blog to become an archive has come. People from across the country found out about this due to the gracious efforts of Michelle Malkin, and we all raised money for the NMFA to send military kids to camp. Not only did people buy the shirts, with 100% of the profits going directly to the NMFA, others sent checks directly to their office. I know on our end alone, we raised over $400. Some good came out of this.

So Waitress Polly is hanging up her apron, and serving her last piece of pie. This blog will be a reminder of the sleazy business tactics and threats made by an organization that prides itself on being liberal.
Whether conservative or liberal each side must be their own toughest critic, as demagogues within either party get out of hand.
Please keep working on behalf of the soldiers,
Waitress Polly

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Design On CafePress

The number of anti-MoveOn.Org shirts keeps growing on CafePress. This is the updated design for the shirts MoveOn tried to ban, but were rebuffed by lawyers at CafePress who battled back in the name of Free Speech!

Given MoveOn has raised over $88 million on behalf of Barack Obama, this isn't the time to forget their disregard for the first amendment.

Buy your shirt, mug, stickers and bags at the PoliStewCafe.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Another Planet

The antidote to Code Pink available at the PoliStew Cafe Store.

As I was refilling the salt & pepper shakers, the TV was on. Pundits, Code pinkers, politicians and all the rest had something to say. None of them were even listening to the other... or could. It's combat by soundbite right now, and the problem is when it's thrust in the face of those they want to take on. It's not so much to elighten one's own perspective, but often it's more for a play at power, a chance to take out your frustrations.

We're not all going to agree, and it doesn't warrant calling people names. Especially now, when the Code Pinkers have taken to using old stereotypical words, first dredged out in the 1960's when the Vietnam Vets came home. "Liars, uneducated, idiot, killer, baby killers," these are all ways to demean someone. I could also say the same about those on the other side. Commie, pinko, wimp traitor. These aren't words meant to encourage dialogue either. But I want to stay on this issue of soldiers.

Sometimes it's the press that wants to taint you with ink-stained kindness. There's no better example than in the patriarchal attitude in an editorial in the Berkeley Daily Planet by Becky O'Malley.

What she meant to say was, "Support our troops." But she ended up taking a lengthy detour and patronizing them all. Especially, one local recruiter.

"Captain Lund, I strongly suspect, is intelligent enough to realize that invading Iraq had very little connection with the problem it purported to solve, the attack by al Qaeda on the World Trade Center. I’d bet that like most Americans he knows by now that Osama bin Laden is alive and well and living in Afghanistan, and that we’ll never be able to catch him as long as our troops are tied down by the pointless exercise in Iraq."
Suspects? Yeah, Becky. I'd bet he's intelligent enough to know a lot of things. But as long as we're on the topic, did you ask? Why assume anything? Then again, he might not share his personal views with you. He is, after all, a representative of the US Army, a soldier for this nation. His Commander in Chief is the President of The United States, and it's policy that a lot of these guys just don't shoot off their mouths to people they know who already have made judgments against them.

It's a bizarre recommendation for supporting the troops. As a writer, she's annoying because she tries to please everyone. As a journalist, she does something fatal: she drifts.

This editor tries to act
as a scale of balance. Code Pink balanced by an honest military recruiter. Ehren Watada is mentioned, though as she says, he's no pacifist (meaning, he'll shoot if he has to). She drags in the history of military leaders speaking the truth, and fifty black soldiers in WWII who refused to unload munitions at Port Chicago. She points out that in this country four ethnic groups are always trying to kill one another. And at the end, she tries to pull it all together by telling the reader how impressed a visitor from Spain was because many houses displayed their flag (what she didn't tell the visitor, was that a lot of these were probably conservatives).

As long as she brought up her feelings that the US is becoming an increasingly policed nation, she might as well suck it up and look at what MoveOn tried to do to suppress free speech by writing C&D letters claiming trademark infringement to both Google and CafePress. They won with Google. But not with CafePress. The legal team at CafePress took the right stand by allowing shop owners to continue to post anti-MoveOn merchandise using their name. They understood it was parody, and that what her beloved MoveOn really wanted wasn't freedom, but control. That they did it by threatening litigation and closing off with the names of their lawyers (right there in Berkeley) is not only slick, it's repugnant. And this is the junk you won't find in the Berkeley Planet.

MoveOn and CodePink don't stand for all Dems or those who believe in peace (they're hardly buddhist in their approach), just as the religious right doesn't stand for all Repubs or those who support the military.
I've come to realize that will tear us apart as a nation is if we keep giving those with mean sound bites (and lawyers) the power to control through oppression.

Support the troops. That's all she has to say. No explanations, no apologies.

Back to wiping down counters.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Now, let's say I was a certain organization. And let's say I had lots of little minions to do things like meta tag searching my name. And let's say that I had the time to send out lots of C&D letters claiming trademark infringement, had the audacity to bandy about some names up of attorneys I really hadn't consulted, and in general, could make your life a living hell if I happened to disagree with you. And let's say I didn't give a hoot about karma, or hadn't ever watched "My Name Is Earl" and learned a thing or two.

But who would do that?
Not me. But a lot of people do. In fact, it seems their cease and desist letter to Google to stop running Republican Senator Susan Collins' ads, which criticized MoveOn was (as we know) off base.

Knickers Untwisted
Google decides to run the Collins ads.
Apparently, with the blessing of "the organization that shall not be named."

"We don't want to support a policy that denies people freedom of expression," says Jennifer Lindenauer,'s communications director.

This, made me laugh. I had to fan myself with the C&D letter that MoveOn COO Carrie Olson wrote to Café Press.

Amount today: $305.00

Sunday, October 7, 2007

So Polly Made A T-Shirt

Waitress Polly gives supporters permission embed this "remix" onto your blog, or send a url to your friends.
Hit the blue button "share" on the lower right. You'll pull up two url's.
To send it to a group on an email: Copy and paste the top url marked, "LINK."
To embed it onto your blog: Copy and paste the lower url marked,"EMBED" to a new post on your blog.

Amount raised: $296.00. Thank you so much.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Impossible?

I got news that my items had shipped. It's a zigzaggy course across the country!

When I put this together I wondered who'd give a hoot and a holler about a little fund raiser put together by someone who had never touched Photoshop before (when Michelle wrote they were
homemade, she wasn't joking. She know if I didn't have the internet, I'd be selling jars of jam). But hey, here you are!
I'm humbled by your support.
And the kids we help send to camp will be joyous and grateful.

As of this Morning, total raised: $234.27

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

She's Terrific

Michelle Malkin ran this piece in the NY Post today.
She, Jon Healy, Ed Padgett are the gutsy ones.
As well as all of you who have purchased items. You have no idea how much this means.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Making Something Good

out of something really bad.
Yup, that's what this is. It's so much better to do, don't you think?

So, please promote this fundraiser! On the sidebar is an image and also some text that you may use to promote this fundraiser. Remember, that all of the money goes directly from Cafe Press to the National Military Family Association, Inc. None of it will ever come to this shopkeeper!

Someone asked WHY the NMFA? I looked up several veterans organizations on Charity Navigator, and NMFA kept coming up. It's a four star charity, which means it spends most of its money on its mission of helping military families through stressful times.

84% of its budget goes to program expenses, with only 5.4% to adminstration and 10.6% to fundraising. Plus, I noted the both the COO and Executive Director only haul in salaries in the low thirties. I was also wowed by their Operation Purple, which sends kids whose parents have been deployed to summer camp.

So I made the decision on a Saturday night. I found their EIN number, entered it into the payee info on the Cafe Press Shopkeeper's site, and opened the doors to the cafe. And then on Monday, I called the NMFA. I left a message --no name. There is no need. What's important is that they know people are behind them.

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