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Cindy Takes Over the Internet


Re-Measuring the Cindy Web Phenomenon
By David Swanson, www.meetwithcindy.org

(An update to http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1369 )

Measured by Alexa.com, www.meetwithcindy.org continues to climb. It is now ranked 12,422 and is reaching 195 of every million internet users. The site has only 1.0 page views per user, because it's only a one-page site.

We updated the site some days ago but the update still hasn't reached all ISPs. When it does, it inlcudes a link to a Cindy Sheehan section on www.afterdowningstreet.org. As a result, that site is now at about the level that meetwithcindy.org had reached a couple of days ago. Afterdowningstreet.org is now ranked 16,228 with a reach of 90 people per million internet users, and 2.9 page views per user.

Cindy Sheehan is STILL the most searched for term on www.technorati.com/ and stories about her have been the number one news item in Google News.

In addition, I owe apologies to several progressive sites. Trust me, they’ve let me know that I was wrong to call MoveOn.org "the largest liberal website." Many liberal media sites, such as CommonDreams, BuzzFlash, TruthOut, etc., have more traffic than does MoveOn. I am not going to attempt to list all such sites, because I would probably leave one or more out accidentally.

Many of these sites are experiencing high traffic and are extensively covering Cindy Sheehan as well as other topics.

When we launched www.afterdowningstreet.org in late May and it became hugely popular in June, I told reporters that I hoped the corporate media would start doing its job, and that we would LOSE traffic because people would be able to learn about the Downing Street Memos other places.

We haven't yet managed to make those documents the story they deserve to be. But Cindy Sheehan has already demonstrated that I was calculating incorrectly. She's made her story a major news story in the corporate media and its websites, while INCREASING traffic on activist sites promoting the story.

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DEATH TO LIBERALS !

Didn't you forget Iraqis?

Another Mr. X!

I wish you no ill in your ignorant bliss Mr. X.

However, I'd like to know why you would like to wish ill on apparently all people who don't agree with you?

Is that a general blanket threat you are making on the internet which is a form of communication. Gee, that sounds like a terroristic threat which is a violation of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code here in my state. But you could probably negotiate a plea down to harrassment by communication which would probably get you down from a felony to a high grade misdemeanor.

I guess you didn't realize that your rants amounted to a crime. You are in good company. Apparently Bush, Cheyney, Rice, Rummy, Rice ad nauseum didn't realize they were committing war crimes either.

great reply to Xman!

but i'm pretty sure they knew they were committing war crimes. Wolfie is on record saying the actions were fine but international law at fault.
W certainly heard these concerns from Blair, who actually may face a Pinochet moment.

It's a good day to die. . .
It's a better day to live.

peace.

What you have to say is a stupid ignorant comment. Wake up. Our government is about debate.

What you have to say is a stupid ignorant comment. Wake up. Our government is about debate.

I think I have figured out what I want to do next in my life. I was thinking of building a huge amusement park similar to Disney World in Florida. But I want to make this park much more than the one in Florida. Now is the question as to where to build this humongous park. Hmmmm I have had many thoughts on where to build it. Hey I know of 1600 acres near Crawford Texas that I could build it. The only thing is there is someone that owns the 1600 acres right now. I need to see if this person is willing to sell it. no wait a minute. I could use eminent domain and the kelo case to secure the 1600 acres to build my park (Hooooray for me). I think that will work. I hope George W. Bush does not get to angry at me for taking his ranch to use for an amusement park. I think I also have a name for the park. I will name it “FREEDOM PARK

My goodness..tell me what exactly is your definition of a liberal?

How sad you really need to step back and give some thought to where all this liberal/conservative hate comes from. Please don't come back at me with labels and political crap that you hear on Fox.

I really am trying to understand.....

My goodness..tell me what exactly is your definition of a liberal?

How sad you really need to step back and give some thought to where all this liberal/conservative hate comes from. Please don't come back at me with labels and political crap that you hear on Fox.

I really am trying to understand.....

This about sums it up...

Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination
September 14, 1960

"What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal....

... I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

I believe also in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all mankind. I do not believe in a superstate. I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I abhor the waste and incompetence of large-scale federal bureaucracies in this administration as well as in others. I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well. But I believe in a government which acts, which exercises its full powers and full responsibilities. Government is an art and a precious obligation; and when it has a job to do, I believe it should do it. And this requires not only great ends but that we propose concrete means of achieving them.

Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them. Only liberalism, in short, can repair our national power, restore our national purpose, and liberate our national energies. And the only basic issue in the 1960 campaign is whether our government will fall in a conservative rut and die there, or whether we will move ahead in the liberal spirit of daring, of breaking new ground, of doing in our generation what Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson did in their time of influence and responsibility.

Our liberalism has its roots in our diverse origins. Most of us are descended from that segment of the American population which was once called an immigrant minority. Today, along with our children and grandchildren, we do not feel minor. We feel proud of our origins and we are not second to any group in our sense of national purpose. For many years New York represented the new frontier to all those who came from the ends of the earth to find new opportunity and new freedom, generations of men and women who fled from the despotism of the czars, the horrors of the Nazis, the tyranny of hunger, who came here to the new frontier in the State of New York. These men and women, a living cross section of American history, indeed, a cross section of the entire world's history of pain and hope, made of this city not only a new world of opportunity, but a new world of the spirit as well.... " JFK - (Excerpt from the September 14, 1960 NY Liberal Party Nomination Acceptence Speech)

full speech at - liberalparty.org, also available at PBS, and 152,998 other places on the web...

This about sums it up...

Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination
September 14, 1960

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."...

...I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

I believe also in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all mankind....

Full text at LiberalParty.org, and 359,999 other palces on the web...

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