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Masks are patriotic!

Here is my reasoning: masks and face shields protect others by greatly reducing the amount of virus that might unknowingly be 'shared' by you.  Their face coverings protect you by greatly reducing the amount of virus unknowingly shared by them.  Think of it as 'mobile isolation'.

Add to that washing hands, giving each other safety space, and staying home if you are not well or know you've been exposed, and we can break the chain of infection.  Slowing the spread of the virus buys time to research treatments and prevention methods, not to mention reduces the demand on currently overextended medical facilities and personnel.

Some day we will have faster, better testing and know when to isolate.  Until then, mobile isolation is our best bet and, frankly, puts us each in charge of the risk to ourselves and others.

If you'd like to take part in our 'Masks are Patriotic' campaign, you can use any flag stickers you can find locally or you can get 10 stickers for $1 or 20 for $2 from us, Coffee Party USA:

https://coffeepartyusa.nationbuilder.com/drive-donate


Coffee Party USA announces the 2018-2019 Golden Coffee Cup Television Winners!

Succession won Best Drama Series about Politics and Government. Saturday Night Live defeated last year's winner Veep for Best Comedy Series about Politics and Government. Chernobyl earned the award for Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government, unseating Black Mirror. The inaugural title of Best Talk Show went to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The Man in the High Castle displaced Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government. Finally, Coffee Party USA inaugurates Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep as Best Television President for 2018-2019 Season, replacing Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman on Designated Survivor, whose term expired. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all of our members and volunteers who voted for the best shows and performances about politics and government during the 2018-2019 television season.

With the 2018-2019 television season out of the way, the members and volunteers of Coffee Party USA will move on to the 2019-2020 television season. Watch for the posting of the shortlists for the show categories along with an invitation to stream them while staying safe at home. If you want to become one of the voters for this or future Golden Coffee Cups, such as for the best political movies of 2020, become a member. Voting will happen on a members-only Facebook group.

Coffee Party USA ia a 501c(4) nonprofit social welfare organization dedicated to empowering and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. To support its efforts, which include educating the public on our website and our Facebook page, registering people to vote with our partners TurboVote and National Voter Registration Day, and reminding them to vote through our Voter Buddy program, please consider donating. A donation of $10.00 for ten years of Coffee Party USA is recommended. Ten dollars will also buy our partner stamp with Stamp Stampede to stamp money out of politics. For those who wish to give at a higher level of support and be more involved in the organization, please consider becoming a member, which will allow you to vote for future Golden Coffee Cup nominees and winners. To do the valuable work of the Coffee Party, volunteer. Not only will Coffee Party USA thank you for it, so will our democracy!

Vince Lamb

Coffee Party USA Secretary

Cross-posted to Vince's personal blog, Crazy Eddie's Motie News.


Honoring the Notorious RBG

  • USA Today
  • National Review
  • NY Times
  • Fox News
  • National Catholic Register
  • Their friendship blossomed and strengthened even as they consistently and strongly disagreed on important legal matters. Justice Scalia was well known for his scathing dissents, but his affection and appreciation for Ginsburg was never in question. As he once said, “I attack ideas. I don't attack people. Some very good people have some very bad ideas.”
    When Scalia passed, Ginsburg made her affection for her colleague crystal clear. “How blessed I was," she wrote, "to have a working colleague and dear friend of such captivating brilliance, high spirits and quick wit.”

    If we are to carry on and honor her legacy, we must follow Notorious RBG's example.

    1. Never give up.
    2. Focus our attention on rational arguments.
    3. Be courageous.
    4. Cultivate unlikely friendships.
    5. Find joy in life.
    Please share your inspiration about Notorious RBG on social media and tag us. We’d love to share more stories about friendship, courage and tenacity.
    Featured image: Official portraits of the late US Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia in the Public Domain.

    Coffee Party USA announces the nominees for the 2018-2019 Golden Coffee Cups for television

    Golden Coffee Cup Awards - Nominees - 2018-2019 nominees. Photo illustration of Golden Coffee Cup award on TV screen.

    After the preliminary round of voting, Veep leads nominees with three nominations, followed by House of Cards, Madame Secretary, and The Handmaid's Tale with two each. All of the other 32 nominees have one nomination each.

     

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    Join me in donating to Coffee Party USA on National Nonprofit Day 2020

    For what we do, I'm being a good environmentalist and recycling what I wrote for Coffee Party USA invites you to watch these political movies while staying safe at home.

    Coffee Party USA ia a 501c(4) nonprofit social welfare organization dedicated to empowering and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. To support its efforts, which include educating the public on our website and on our Facebook page, registering people to vote with our partners TurboVote and National Voter Registration Day, and reminding them to vote through our Voter Buddy program, please consider donating. A donation of $10.00 for ten years of Coffee Party USA is recommended. Ten dollars will also buy our partner stamp with Stamp Stampede to stamp money out of politics. For those who wish to give at a higher level of support and be more involved in the organization, please consider becoming a member. To do the valuable work of the Coffee Party, volunteer. Not only will Coffee Party USA thank you for it, so will the country!

    Thank you in advance for your matching donation.

    Once again, Happy National Nonprofit Day and Coffee Party on!

    Vince Lamb

    Coffee Party USA Secretary and Director of Partnerships

    Cross-posted to Vince's personal blog, Crazy Eddie's Motie News.


    A Message From the Coffee Party President

    I hope this note finds you, your family, and friends safe and well.

    Today I greet you as the new president of Coffee Party USA. I just wanted to say hello, introduce myself, and encourage your participation in our plan to get ready for the election in November.

    About Me: I have served on the board since January 1, 2012. During that time I have been Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and now President. Some would question my sanity!

    I’m 68, married, have a cat and a dog, adult kids, grand kids and a mortgage. I’m a retired business owner and my husband is a retired university professor. I’m a long-time activist for social justice, first inspired by Dr. King and the civil rights movement, the Vietnam Conflict, solution-oriented environmentalism and women’s rights. It’s been a long road. These days my public health education has me in the fray with regard to informed pandemic management and the American health care dilemma.

    Email me at [email protected] if you’d like to chat more.

    About Coffee Party USA:  Election Day is just four months away. In order to make progress toward our core goals of Campaign Finance Reform, Tax Code Reform and Wall Street Reform, we are focusing on all things relevant to voting: voter registration; voter access; voter suppression; voter ID; voter rights; voter safety during the pandemic; and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. We and our partner organizations have high hopes for our pro-voting efforts. Stay tuned for details!

    It is my pleasure to meet you all, and Coffee Party ON!

    Jeanene Louden

    President of the Board of Directors

    Coffee Party USA


    Coffee Party USA invites you to stream the political TV series on the Golden Coffee Cups shortlists while staying safe at home

    Last month, Coffee Party USA invited you to watch these political movies while staying safe at home, which led to the 2019 Coffee Party Entertainment Awards for movies, AKA the Golden Coffee Cups for Movies. It is now time for the next phase of these awards.

    The members will also be voting on the nominees and winners of the Golden Coffee Cups for television programs and their performers that demonstrate the best in politics and government on the small screen. Watch for an announcement of the shortlist of possible nominees from the 2018-2019 television season and an invitation to watch them next week, much like Coffee Party USA invites you to watch these political movies while staying safe at home, followed by the nominees of the 2019-2020 season in the summer.

    Follow over the jump to read the shortlists for television shows in five categories along with a two-part activity involving them.

    I present the shortlists for the Golden Coffee Cups for Television, beginning with the shortlist for Best Drama Series about Politics and Government.*

    American Horror Story

    Better Call Saul

    Billions

    Blindspot

    Bodyguard

    Bosch

    Castle Rock

    Game of Thrones

    Gotham

    Homecoming

    House of Cards

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Killing Eve

    Madam Secretary

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Outlander

    Ozark

    SEAL Team

    Succession

    S.W.A.T.

    The Blacklist

    The Expanse

    The Good Fight

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Man in the High Castle

    The Red Line

    The Sinner

    Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

    Last year's winner, Mindhunter, is not eligible this year, as it didn't air an episode between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, the eligibility period for these awards. That means there will be a new winner this year.  Which series do you think deserves the honor?

    Next, the shortlist for Best Comedy Series about Politics and Government.

    American Dad

    Archer

    Beto Breaks the Internet

    Black-ish

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Drunk History

    Family Guy

    I Love You, America

    My Cartoon President

    One Day at a Time

    Orange Is the New Black

    PEN15

    Ramy

    Schitt's Creek

    Saturday Night Live

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    The Orville

    Veep

    Who Is America?

    Veep is the returning winner. Do you think it's still the best political comedy on U.S. television?

    Now, the shortlist for Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government.

    A Very English Scandal

    Black Mirror

    Brexit

    Catch-22

    Chernobyl

    Deadwood: The Movie

    Escape at Dannemora

    King Lear

    Sharp Objects

    The Twilight Zone

    True Detective

    When They See Us

    Black Mirror is the returning winner. Do you think its episodes are still the best short movies about politics and government for television?

    Here's a new category, Best Talk Show.

    Conan

    Desus & Mero

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

    Real Time with Bill Maher

    The Daily Show

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

    Because this is a new category, there is no obvious favorite. Which is yours?

    Finally, the shortlist for Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government.

    American Dad

    American Horror Story

    Archer

    Black Mirror

    Castle Rock

    Counterpart

    Game of Thrones

    Gotham

    Homecoming

    Manifest

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Mr. Mercedes

    Outlander

    Star Trek: Discovery

    Star Wars Resistance

    Supergirl

    The 100

    The Expanse

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Last Ship

    The Man in the High Castle

    The Orville

    The Twilight Zone

    The Purge

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won this category last year. Do you think it's the best speculative fiction series about politics and government?

    The first part of the activity is to stream as many of these shows between now and June 30, 2020 to see which have the best portrayals of politics and government on television. The second is to become a member of Coffee Party USA by June 30, 2020, which you can do for as little as $30.00 per year. That's because the members will also vote on the nominees and winners this year. That means you!

    That's your two-part activity. Now, have fun watching television while supporting the work of Coffee Party USA, whose core values include continuous learning on behalf of an informed citizenry, joining Coffee Party USA, and voting on the nominees!

    Vince Lamb

    Coffee Party USA Secretary

    Cross-posted to Vince's personal blog, Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

    *Shortlist was compiled from nominees at the 2019 Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards, and Saturn Awards plus nominees from last year's awards with episodes airing during the eligibility period.


    Coffee Party USA announces the 2019 Golden Coffee Cup Movie Winners!

    Movies are not the only type of entertainment Coffee Party USA recognizes. The members will also be voting on the nominees and winners of the Golden Coffee Cups for television programs and their performers that demonstrate the best in politics and government on the small screen. Watch for an announcement of the shortlist of possible nominees from the 2018-2019 television season and an invitation to watch them next week, much like Coffee Party USA invites you to watch these political movies while staying safe at home, followed by the nominees of the 2019-2020 season in the summer.

    Coffee Party USA ia a 501c(4) nonprofit social welfare organization dedicated to empowering and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. To support its efforts, which include educating the public on our website and on our Facebook page, registering people to vote with our partners TurboVote and National Voter Registration Day, and reminding them to vote through our Voter Buddy program, please consider donating. A donation of $10.00 for ten years of Coffee Party USA is recommended. Ten dollars will also buy our partner stamp with Stamp Stampede to stamp money out of politics. For those who wish to give at a higher level of support and be more involved in the organization, please consider becoming a member, which will allow you to vote for future Golden Coffee Cup nominees and winners. To do the valuable work of the Coffee Party, volunteer. Not only will Coffee Party USA thank you for it, so will the country!

    Follow over the jump for the nominees in each category. Best Drama or Comedy about Politics or Government of 2019 (Best Scripted Political Movie)

    "1917"

    "Bombshell"

    "Harriet" WINNER!

    "Jojo Rabbit"

    "The Two Popes"

    Best Documentary about Politics or Government of 2019 (Best Political Documentary)

    "American Factory"

    "Apollo 11" WINNER!

    "Knock Down the House"

    "Slay the Dragon"

    "The Great Hack"

    Best Actor in a Political Film during 2019

    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in "Bombshell"

    Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil in "Bombshell"

    Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in "Harriet" WINNER!

    Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict in "The Two Popes"

    Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes"

    Best Portrayal of a Government Official in a Film during 2019

    Morgan Freeman as President Trumbull in "Angel Has Fallen"

    Annette Bening as Senator Dianne Feinstein in "The Report" WINNER!

    John Rothman as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in "The Report"

    Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes"

    Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict in "The Two Popes"

    Best Portrayal of an Activist or Concerned Citizen in a Film during 2019

    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in "Bombshell"

    Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson in "Bombshell"

    Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil in "Bombshell"

    Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in "Harriet" WINNER!

    Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian in "Just Mercy"

    Best Appearance of a Government Official in a Documentary during 2019

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in "American Factory"

    U.S. President John F. Kennedy in "Apollo 11" WINNER!

    U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in "Knock Down the House"

    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in "Hail Satan?"

    Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks Jr. in "St. Louis Superman"

    Philippine President Corazon Aquino in "The Kingmaker"

    Vince Lamb

    Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

    Cross-posted to Vince's personal blog, Crazy Eddie's Motie News.


    Coffee Party USA announces the 2019 Golden Coffee Cups movie nominees

    Eight feature films from 2019 earned nominations. In descending order by number of nominations, they are "Bombshell" with six, "The Two Popes" with five, "Harriet" with three, "The Report" with two, and "1917," "Angel Has Fallen," "Jojo Rabbit," and "Just Mercy" with one each. "Bombshell," "The Two Popes," and "Harriet" garnered nominations both for Best Drama or Comedy about Politics or Government of 2019 (Best Scripted Political Movie) and in two or more acting categories, while "1917" and "Jojo Rabbit" earned a nomination for Best Scripted Political Movie and "Angel Has Fallen" and "The Report" collected their nominations in the acting categories.

    In addition to Best Actor in a Political Film and Best Portrayal of a Government Official in a Film, Coffee Party USA is instituting a new acting award this year, Best Portrayal of an Activist or Concerned Citizen in a Film. As an activist organization, Coffee Party USA is using this award to recognize outstanding fictional examples of activists in cinema.

    Eight political documentaries from 2019 also earned nominations. Three nominees, "American Factory," "Apollo 11," and "Knock Down the House," received two nominations each, both for Best Political Documentary and for Best Appearance of a Government Official in a Documentary, while the rest garnered only one nomination each, "Slay the Dragon" and "The Great Hack" for Best Political Documentary and "Hail Satan?," "St. Louis Superman," and "The Kingmaker" for Best Appearance of a Government Official in a Documentary.

    The members of Coffee Party USA will vote on the winners this week. To join them in voting on the winners, become a member of Coffee Party USA by May 23, 2020, which you can do for as little as $30.00 per year. Winners are scheduled to be announced next Sunday, May 24, 2020.

    Coffee Party USA ia a 501c(4) nonprofit social welfare organization dedicated to empowering and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. To support its efforts, which include educating the public on our website and on our Facebook page, registering people to vote with our partners TurboVote and National Voter Registration Day, and reminding them to vote through our Voter Buddy program, please consider donating. A donation of $10.00 for ten years of Coffee Party USA is recommended. For those who wish to give at a higher level of support and be more involved in the organization, please consider becoming a member, which will allow you to vote for future Golden Coffee Cup nominees and winners. To do the valuable work of the Coffee Party, volunteer. Not only will Coffee Party USA thank you for it, so will the country!

    Follow over the jump for the nominees in each category.

    Best Drama or Comedy about Politics or Government of 2019 (Best Scripted Political Movie)

    "1917"

    "Bombshell"

    "Harriet"

    "Jojo Rabbit"

    "The Two Popes"

    Best Documentary about Politics or Government of 2019 (Best Political Documentary)

    "American Factory"

    "Apollo 11"

    "Knock Down the House"

    "Slay the Dragon"

    "The Great Hack"

    Best Actor in a Political Film during 2019

    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in "Bombshell"

    Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil in "Bombshell"

    Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in "Harriet"

    Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict in "The Two Popes"

    Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes"

    Best Portrayal of a Government Official in a Film during 2019

    Morgan Freeman as President Trumbull in "Angel Has Fallen"

    Annette Bening as Senator Dianne Feinstein in "The Report"

    John Rothman as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in "The Report"

    Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes"

    Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict in "The Two Popes"

    Best Portrayal of an Activist or Concerned Citizen in a Film during 2019

    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in "Bombshell"

    Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson in "Bombshell"

    Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil in "Bombshell"

    Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in "Harriet"

    Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian in "Just Mercy"

    Best Appearance of a Government Official in a Documentary during 2019

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in "American Factory"

    U.S. President John F. Kennedy in "Apollo 11"

    U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in "Knock Down the House"

    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in "Hail Satan?"

    Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks Jr. in "St. Louis Superman"

    Philippine President Corazon Aquino in "The Kingmaker"

    Vince Lamb

    Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

    Cross-posted to Vince's personal blog, Crazy Eddie's Motie News.


    Hello Neighbors! #WeavingCommunity during a pandemic

    Hello Neighbors,

    Given that we will be in close quarters for the near future, I’m requesting that we become a community -- in this little hallway of six apartments. I’m hoping we can get to know one another, provide support and wellness checks as needed.

    My name is Debilyn. (A few personal details were inserted here.) I do have a few friends in the area, the closest of whom is 15 minutes. So… given the environment right now, it’s time to make new friends that are closer to me. I hope that’s you.

    What I offer:

    1. I love to cook. And have a talent for making up new recipes. Most of them taste very yummy. A few do not, so you are fairly warned. :) If you are looking for some creative cooking ideas, ask me! And if you need someone to cook for you, ask me! As a person on a special diet, I understand any special needs you may have.
    2. I’m trained as a life coach. If you need a few minutes to chat to restore some sanity, I’ll be with you. Evenings and weekends are best for this, but I can make exceptions during weekdays as requested.
    3. Puzzles and games. I have a small collection of puzzles and games that I’m happy to loan out.
    4. Dog walking / pet sitting. I have been a pet mom for a really, really long time. If you are out and need someone to check in with your furry kids, I’m happy to do so. My cats are in need of a lot more attention right now, but also a useful reminder of the love we all deserve.

    I am in a high-risk group for COVID-19. I’ve had asthma my entire life and normal flu/respiratory viruses usually turn into bronchitis for me. This virus is recoverable, but I’d prefer not to get it in the first place.

    What I need:

    -A community of support that is nearby.

    -Wellness checks, especially if I get sick.

    -Grocery shopping, if/when we get locked down.

    You may text or email or knock on my door if you’d like to participate in this hallway community. Ideally, we’ll find a way for everyone to communicate and check in with each other. I have ideas how we could do this.

    Thank you for being my neighbor! And I look forward to getting to know you.

    Debilyn

    Debilyn Molineaux is Co-founder and Executive Director of Bridge Alliance, a Coffee Party partner organization.



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