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"Not One Damn
Dime Day" on January
20th, 2005, Bush's Inauguration Day-Grass
Summary of the eRumor An email alleged to be
passed around the Internet and calling for a "Not One Damn Dime
Day" on January 20, 2005, the day of the inauguration of George
W. Bush for his second term in office.
It encourages citizens to pledge to not spend any money that day in
protest of the war in Iraq.
It's not clear where this got
started, but it's a grass-roots effort circulated on the Internet in
Some versions say it was originated from a message from popular
fiction author Stephen King.
Others attribute it to television journalist Bill Moyers, but he has
issued a statement saying he's got nothing to do with it.
The momentum has spawned a website at www.notonedamndime.com
but the owners of the site, Laura Carmen Arena and Jesse Gordon of
Cambridge, Massachusetts, say they got the idea via email like
everybody else and they don't know where it originated.
It's one of those little sparks on the Internet that someone hopes
will become a brush fire, but they usually don't.
Last updated 1/15/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
From Stephen King to David Means to Christine Schutt
to Amanda Stern to you....
Here's a message that my editor sent me. It's making
the rounds, from
Stephen King. Please act. I think if anyone can get something going,
Stephen King can. -- David Means
Subject: Not One Damn Dime Day
Hey, you guys: As you may--or may not--know, January
20th is more than
Inauguration Day. It's also Not One Damn Dime Day, which may be the
thing to a national strike those of us appalled by the continuing
in Iraq and this administration's complete lack of an exit strategy
(any kind of strategy, really) can muster. The plan is simple: On
20th, don't spend one damn dime. Don't buy a loaf of bread, a gallon of
beer, a pack of Pampers, or the daily newspaper. Stick to your
stick it to the war machine, just a little bit. It's simple, and it
probably won't do much good, but we can say this: the one thing of which
bozos driving this bus seem to have some dim grasp is COMMERCE. So
no Big Mac, no can of Coke at the Kwik-Pik, no lottery ticket, no copy
the new John Grisham. On January 20th, not one damn dime.
Please--pass the message on.
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