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Not One Damn Dime Day-Grass Roots Effort!

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Not One Damn Dime Day-Grass Roots Effort!

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“Not One Damn Dime Day” on January 20th, 2005, Bush’s Inauguration Day-Grass Roots Effort!

Summary of 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.

The Truth:

It’s not clear where this got started, but it’s a grass-roots effort circulated on the Internet in January, 2005.
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 closest
thing to a national strike those of us appalled by the continuing carnage
in Iraq and this administration’s complete lack of an exit strategy
(any kind of strategy, really) can muster. The plan is simple: On January
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 stocks…and
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 the
bozos driving this bus seem to have some dim grasp is COMMERCE. So remember:
no Big Mac, no can of Coke at the Kwik-Pik, no lottery ticket, no copy of
the new John Grisham. On January 20th, not one damn dime.

Please–pass the message on.

Stephen King