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|Jade 15: Texas and the whole GOP Going Mad
My father died in a VA hospital in Waco, Tx. I grew up there. He was a US Army veteran of WWII. He served in the Signal Corps along the Ledo Road in Burma. After the war he studied electrical ...
|Climate Change of Heart: a response to DWG's diary
I was struck by this diary by DWG the other day: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/01/1373926/-Climate-apathy-and-ignorance It moved me. I felt I should honor this by trying to drill into ...
|Serious Help Needed for a Humanitarian Effort
Over the past 3 years or so, I have explored with Alan Pogue, the Austin, Tx photographer specializing in social justice, a problem that I would rate "Stump the Experts." You will see why. Maybe ...
|Immigration and Welded Fingers: Insights
Very Hot. Oy! Very Very Hot! To hold a steel plate in one hand and hold it as long as it took to cut it in half with the acetylene torch you held in the other hand, was a real test of ability to ...
|A Non-Voting View
I had spent a huge amount effort as a progressive activist trying to exhort people to vote, to persuade people to vote for candidates and causes. I had gone door to door. I had phone banked. I had ...
|How can progressives proceed? Is it Over? Have the Billionaires Won?
This will get worse. I have spent decades around local political organizing and professional consulting. I have taken time to reflect and have some deeply thought out considerations about the ...
|My Comments to FCC
Our comments on this issue will be part of the public record as long as records are kept. They form a body of knowledge that the many staff people working for the FCC and other interested parties ...
|Help Rosa, match needed for donation
A fellow from England has offered to match donations up to $15,000.00 He responded to a woman named Rosa Morena who really needs help, or at least our attention. Her story should be spread around ...
|Daily Kos accused of Hack Attack on Ammoland blog
I recently wrote a diary that was really a draft or a trial balloon to develop some thinking on the subject of what seems to be going on with the gun control debate, if you can get a sense of it ...
|Keeping track of the RKBA crowd
It looks like the talking points that go out through the gundamentalist community across the US, get spread by groups like Ammoland.com that maintain blogs, correspondents and lobbying efforts. ...
|Are any bills being contemplated that address the education/mental illness/ gun linkages?
In Washington State there is a legislator from the suburban and farming area around Vancouver, Wa (just across the Columbia River from Portland, Or) who has announced the intention to file a bill to ...
|Needed: Some Sanity about Insanity, the link between mental illness and guns
The focus on what to do about military style automatic weapons and on making them harder to get hold of is a proper focus and it is great that Diane Feinstein is introducing a bill. I hope it ...
|What We Won - A Chance, If...
I was just debating with myself about whether to respond to a jerk who insisted on chiming in on a FaceBook thread started with a picture of a group of Democrats waving to their friends, through ...
|Obama win spells relief...but that doesn't really make what we need to face go away
We can feel glad if billions of dollars in special interest money and a 40 year effort to bend the media in the US to the will of the multinational greed machine and all the efforts by the GOP to ...
|Seriously asking for help here. Re: Daily Kos, alternative media, etc.
If you can't approach the task of building public awareness through books or blogs, and TV and radio are mostly out of reach as well, what do you have? Going door to door? I have done that, too. ...
|Romney should be pressed on offshoring and what that really means
Romney stated clearly that he wanted to have more NAFTA style trade agreements and to have more manufacturing south of the US border. People like him and his Bain colleagues stand to make fortunes ...
|Welcome to Romneytopia...Please help test a social media outreach effort
This community surely includes many who are engaged in the effort to figure out how to use the internet to raise awareness of issues that don't fit standard media formats. I ask for your thoughts ...
|Curing Oneself of Naivete, Winning the Future
How do we win? TV commercials are being produced, carefully worked around key themes and key words, speeches are given, and many people spend long hours calling down lists of names to win the GOTV ...
|Questions re: Homosexuality
My own ignorance was revealed to me recently as I found myself getting into email arguments about gay marriage with an old friend who has become a born again evangelical Christian. Someone I ...
|From the Pacific Northwest to the Desert Southwest, Conserving The Future
Flying back and forth between Albuquerque, NM and Camano Island, WA I have been thinking about how the Pacific Northwest and the Desert Southwest are alike.
|911 Tape Records Zimmerman Killing Martin
There are a lot of things coming out, piece by piece. This is at least a little unusual. I don't recall a 911 tape which recorded a kill shot being released before a trial. But that is what this ...
|Where is the Progressive Leading Edge?
There is a lot to protest, to complain about, to worry over, to bemoan. But there are also reasons to be inspired, to have hope, that there is a progressive leading edge in America, in the world, ...
|Why You Should Care About What is Going on in Tucson
Look. America cannot make the best of the 21st century and reach whatever potential might be there to reach by 2100 unless as a country, we learn to face reality. We have issues. The business of ...
|On Moving to the Northwest
We pulled into the flow of traffic on I-5 at Stanwood, heading south to Marysville, Everett and Seattle. Eight lanes of headlights and tail lights. Top a rise and they extend as far as the eye can ...
|Nov 22: Fifty years of brain trauma, Occupy America, Recovering Reality
I miss the unafraid, generosity of spirit, the optimism and enthusiasm of the JFK era. JFK wasn't just a leader, but was arguably one of the the smartest, most alive, most articulate, humorous ...
|The View from World Headquarters, on the upper floors of a Very Big Bank, looking down at the ants
What is Wall Street? What is the relationship between Wall Street and Washington? On one level there would seem to be a titanic struggle for power between these power centers, but since there are ...
|Beyond Protest: Changing Wall Street for Real
What is really going on is that people are asking the big questions that those in a position to do so have failed to ask. The smartest people in the world have shown themselves capable of making ...
|Why Perry & Romney are real threats
Rick Perry or Mitt Romney should be taken seriously. The GOP just might win the next election. You think either is unelectable? Or for that matter, what about local candidates for Congress or the ...
|How Can We Go Forward?
There is a seductive, almost erotic negativity that is floating around. The Zeitgeist would seem to be in a pretty funk. How can we understand what is going on and - more importantly - how to ...
|A Pissed Off 4th of July
This is crossposted at Democracy for New Mexico http://www.democracyfornewmexico.com/democracy_for_new_mexico/2011/07/stuart-heady-guest-blog-pissed-off-american-on-the-4th-of-july.html#...
|JFK, the 60s, and the smaller, meaner politics now
I think of this blog as a way to trot out ideas for writing. The informality of it, with the prospect for some sort of responses is very attractive. I used to wish that my typewriter could talk ...
|Inside the IRS, Things We The People Should Know
Over a decade ago, I worked as a seasonal temp at a service center. Then, we moved and I worked for a department called ACS, or Automated Collection System, which means the 1-800 call-in call ...
| Long View Perspective 2012
I can remember all the trouble that we have had since the days of JFK. Particularly pertinent to our situation are the years of Nixon, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. That is a big chunck of the ...
|Mental Illness & Politics
The right wing talking point that is emerging from the Giffords shooting seems to be that there is no linkage between a mentally disturbed person's actions and right wing politics. Really, this is ...
|The Future is Progressive: Long Term Strategy
Long Term, progressive thinking could have the opposite effect on the whole Body Politick of the atmosphere pushed by Karl Rove and others. In the context of a long term, 40 year campaign by ...
| Election Lessons from a 30 year Perspective
I forget how many election campaigns I actually was a part of and how many election cycles I have been through, as an observer with election experience. I have been a journalist, a speechwriter, ...
|GOTV Meditation: Profound Contradictions
In the middle of an Albuquerque subdivision, a sixty something, grizzle bearded gentleman in a small brick house frowned to see the VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE doorhanger I had handed him until I said "Just ...
|Tea Party Voter Suppression in NM
Growing up in Texas during the 1960s and becoming politically active there, gave me an acquaintance with the absolutely frightening experiences that made voting rights legislation, and various ...
|Is Progressive International Economic Policy Possible?
Can anyone name anyone who is seriously engaged in creating an alternative to the neoconservative worldview that encompasses university graduate departments, think tanks and government policy ...
|Leftist Guillotines on the National Mall
The journalist Chris Hedges has done some fine work, but reading his analysis on the site "Truthdig" that he and fellow journalist Robert Scheer operate, reminded me of an adage I haven't heard in a ...
|9/11 & Surprising Linkages: The Truth America Must Face
Are we ahistorical, riding above history unaffected by it and unconnected to it? Do events like 9/11 happen completely apart from history, do they precipitate out of nothing; or are they more like ...
|We're All Being Played
The question is whether we know that we are being played. Or, if we are vulnerable to the manipulation because we don't believe anybody would do such a thing and can't see the purposes in it. I ...
|Short Term vs Long Term and Progressives vs Regressives
Sometimes, looking at all the anti-Obama, anti-Democrat spume and bile coming out of the computer screen like a firehose from this blog, I wonder if somewhere there isn't a program funded by some ...
|History Hidden in Plain Sight - In Today's News
I was struck anew by the role of Edward Bernays, the father of modern public relations, in reviewing the history of the United Fruit Company overthrow in June, 1954 (through the Eisenhower ...
|Where's Toto When We Need Him? Immigration Reform
L. Frank Baum was a traveling salesman who made up stories to tell his children, out of which grew "The Wizard of Oz." It clearly is an allegory about American life. One way to look at it is that ...
|Swift Boats & Sarah Palin in New Mexico's Gov Race
The New Mexico Governor's race should be a hot blip on the Daily Kos radar screen. First: Be aware. Pay attention. Spread the word. This governor's race will test whether free-floating angst ...
|Arizona & America & Playing Dumb & Consumerism & ...
Maybe something, perhaps too much proximity to microwave ovens, preservatives in potato chips that combine in some weird way with cheap beer, or too much television zaps brain cells. Or maybe it is ...
|Az Immigration & Banking Crisis: Connect the Dots
Perhaps this is a bit long, but I took care to really deal with an important issue, which I see no one else really attempting to. I would invite you to engage in deep reflection with me. Here's ...
|If Progressives Don't Support Progressives - Who Will?
I posted a diary last night about a really great progressive Democrat who really deserves not only national recognition for the great work he's been doing, but a lot of support in his election bid ...
|NM Progressive Needs Everyone's Support
Winter weather is cold and politics can be colder. Decisions will be made without the input of progressives, unless we rise to the challenge. At the grass roots level, policies adopted by state ...
|Political Literacy, Pt 2: Corporate Money, Consultants and Progressive Politics
Please See Part 1: Layers of Experience Our level of experience shapes our understanding ...
|Political Literacy, Pt 1: Layers of Experience
This begins series of diaries I am wrestling with. When I say wrestling, I mean a serious deep reflection, calling out everything I know from every corner of memory and impression in an attempt to ...
|Who Speaks for Progressives?
Huffington Post has really gone into People Magazine mode. But, looking around including the Daily Kos, I see that movement building has been forgotten in a flood tide of popularity contests, ...
|Health Care, Global WARming, etc: what is being revealed
Self Deception is a political issue that underlies all other political issues, from year to year and decade to decade. I would consider it the one that marks every one of us and defines all the ...
|Obama On a Tightrope
There is an irony to the idea of a much awaited speech by Obama on TV. The fact is that television has a much bigger impact on us than we generally are able to be aware of, and probably plays a ...
|Day After Thanksgiving Observance
Native American Heritage Day Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Most people aren’t aware of this, but last June, President Obama signed into law a joint resolution of the House and Senate, ...
|Questioning Entrenched Thinking re: consumerism
On NPR the economic temperature-taking every day seems stuck in an unshakeable assumption: Consumer spending is the only real necessary ingredient of economic health for the US and for the world. ...
|Health Care Urgency: Austin, Tx 20 yrs ago today
Many people are apparently tempted to think that the issue of health care reform has arisen recently, and that it can be considered separately from other issues that surround it. 20 years ago. ...
|Darwin Movie Banned in US?
According to a story in the Telegraph of the U.K., a movie entitled "Creation" about the person Charles Darwin is not being picked up by distributors for theaters in the US, possibly because of ...
|Pass Out Copies of Profiles in Courage
Political tactic: Copies of Profiles in Courage Sometimes it seems like progressives are so great at the discipline of analytical thinking that dissecting the problems and solutions needed for ...
|Church Rock Contemplations Uranium Mine Disaster
On the morning of July 16, 1979, Church Rock (just east of Gallup, NM and north of I-40) was a small sun baked community of mainly Navajo (Dine') people, herding sheep or growing a little corn ...
|Texas Education Chair: Significant?
Texas Governor Rick Perry chose to appoint a woman who had been a member of the state education board to the chair position who is reportedly a creationist. Here is a link to a summary of the ...
|Why Remember Wounded Knee?
Imagine being out in a blizzard in subzero cold, without modern insulated or padded clothes. A group of riders on horseback completes a ride to Wounded Knee across the Dakota plains every year to ...
|Where is Traction on Health Care Reform?
Well, we just elected as President of the United States, a candidate who said he wanted health care reform and wanted to reduce the vast influence lobbyists for the health care industry have in ...
|Phone Calling in Albuquerque; Some Reflections
My wife and I are in the process of moving to Albuquerque, NM and I have begun my phone calling for the Obama campaign, having made just 56 calls at this point. Only about 5,000 more to go! It ...
|Can Obama Bring Change to Indian Country?
Having lived in the neighborhood of Canyon de Chelly, at the center of the Navajo Nation four four years, I may have some useful observations about how Indian Country voter turnout should be linked ...
|Do You Realize the History Being Made Right Here?
Kos has made history - big history. Personally, I have been waiting for a moment like this since the Web began to be online, back in the early '90s. I had been working in local grassroots ...
|Sing Along: "Hang It Up Hillary"
Move On or somebody ought to buy some TV ad time to broadcast this to the Rules and Bylaw Committee and the remaining Superdelegates. This is great! A singer/songwriter duo from Seattle, Wa were ...
|Hillary's Loss Shows Paradigm Shift
When this race began, it was Hillary Clinton's to lose. Hillary lost the race fair and square. From the comments here, it would appear that not a lot of people here have been around politics ...
|2008: Funeral for the MSM?
Pestering media organizations and figures about journalistic integrity when something particularly egregious has happened has a short term benefit, so keep the emails and letters and calls flowing ...
|ACTION: Flood Az Lege with Msgs
Please take a minute to go to the form at the link below and help flood the Az lege with messages, to help stop them from taking a lot of people down the tubes back into the nineteenth century. ...
|Indians & Progressives, Part I
I am not an Indian, but I live in the center of the Navajo reservation, on the campus of the tribal college the tribe established in 1968. (Tsaile is anglicized from a word referring to the place ...
|Iraq and Columbus Day
NPR this morning did a cute riff on Columbus' Italian heritage by lilting about the beauty of music and the Italian language. On the web, they listed some earlier explorations of America and ...
|From Vietnam to Iraq: An Oddysey
by Stuart Heady Be The Media. A great and smart bit of advice about grassroots action. But what does it really take? The oddysey of photographer Alan Pogue is a case in point that should be more ...
|Trudell DVD: Dangerously Eloquent
Anybody that cares a fig for politics, and the realities of the context of American history driving domestic and foreign affairs should make it a point to see a recently released film and make sure ...
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