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|How the Hell Is It Illegal to Read or Talk About TPP?
I'm hoping someone here on this site can help me answer this question. Under whose specific legal authority is it illegal to read the text of the TPP or to even talk about it? I'm a fairly good ...
|The Only Chart You Need To Pick a President
I was born in 1979. It's a year that many economists have now found to be a turning point. From the end of the Great Depression until the year I was born, American productivity and prosperity ...
|Laughing At a Jealous God
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter. Rien n'est plus affreux que le rire pour la jealousie. --Francoise Sagan, French Playwright She could have just as easily said that to the ...
|We Can't Breathe: On Torture, Terror and Why All Lives Matter
Ferguson and Feinstein, Garner and Abu Ghraib, torture and terror, ebola and elections. These are not unrelated stories. These are deeply connected realities that paint a disturbing portrait of who ...
|In The Fall of The New Deal: A Photo Journey Through the FDR Memorial
We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the ...
|How the Hell the GOP Held the House
Yesterday I had a long drive back to my home in PA after spending about a month in Massachusetts where my organization was doing work on behalf of the Warren campaign. It was a five-state (all blue!),
|Books That Changed My Life: A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
Does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that's too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion ...
This entry is actually a re-post of a Facebook note I wrote nearly four years ago. Events in my personal life have made both the dream I describe and what I took from it highly relevant to me ...
|"A Gathering is to Come": Occupying the Hurt and the Joy of Change
On a rainy Wednesday night not too long ago, I had the good fortune to go door to door and talk to people about Occupy. Many people had heard nothing about it. Others told me they were glad ...
|Why Do GOP Presidential Candidates Hate Young Adults? (w/poll)
I'm watching the Republican Presidential debate tonight, and I swear I just heard cheering over letting a hypothetical 30 year-old without health insurance die from his injuries in a horrible ...
|Freeloader Laws and The Right to Golf (w/poll!)
I'm tired of letting Republicans win the messaging game. For that reason, this diary will not mention the GOP-name for a particular kind of labor law that lets a person receive full union benefits ...
|Finally, A Tax Hike the GOP Likes (Guess Who It's On...)
I'll give you a hint: it's not the rich. Okay, one more hint: it's not on big business, either. Last hint: it's actually one of our most regressive taxes, as it's not levied on income OVER $106,...
|Colbert Nails It: Obama and the Billy Goats Gruff
Our politics has descended so far into the realm of unintentional satire and parody that only a comedian can accurately describe what just happened in the debt deal debacle. Stephen Colbert ...
|AP Reports Reid Plan for Almost $3 Trillion in Cuts, NO REVENUE!
Please tell me that this is a bad dream. The AP is reporting that there are not TWO plans for massive ...
|Out of Many, We Are One! PA Rallies for a Responsible Budget
The rain held off until the ride home. Mostly sunny skies had slowly darkened until the clouds overhead let loose with heavy downpours of rain. We pulled off the road into a Pennsylvania Turnpike ...
|The Snow Crashing of America
The evidence is mounting day by day that the real GOP plan for America is the privatization of everything. Governor Kasich of Ohio not only wants to take away the collective bargaining rights of ...
|Movin' Ain't Easy: Barriers to Economic Progress (w/poll)
Even under the best of circumstances, movin' ain't easy. I should know. I've moved twice in under a year. The first time, last June, I had to figure out how to pack all my belongings into a ...
|I'm Off to the Front Lines (Wish Me Luck!)
A little over a week ago, I described my experience of seeing the devastation of the class war ...
|GOPers in Favor of Budget Busting Kickbacks Are NOT "Deficit Hawks"
Sorry, one more really short diary today before I have to run. I was almost livid last night as I watched The Last Word on MSNBC and saw both Lawrence and his guest accept the GOP framing of the ...
|When Crazy Trumps Rational, It's Rational to be Crazy
I have a rather busy life right now, so I'm going to have to make this pretty short. The single biggest problem we have right now in our national politics is that we have one party, the GOP, that ...
|A View From the Front Lines of the Class War
A beat-up van pulls to a stop just up the road. A creaky screen door opens from the apartment at the end of the building. A young African-American girl runs out toward the van, barely hanging onto ...
|Don't Worry Middle-Class, Fifty Thousand McJobs On The Way!
I feel like a huge load has been lifted off of my shoulders. Just when I was about to write another diary documenting the latest plutocratic assaults on the middle-class, such ...
|America is Giving Up: Why Geithner and GE CEO MUST GO!
"They're all the same." That's the message I keep hearing from scores of disillusioned voters. Working class and middle class voters. Swing voters. Voters who would put "jobs" and "the economy" ...
|Why Do We Put Up With It? Theology Matters
Why do we put up with it? That's the question I posed in a previous diary , in which I tried to place America'...
|Saluting Eugene Debs: Champion of Human Dignity
Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that ...
|Why Do We Put Up With It?
Germans wouldn't put up with it. Egyptians ...
|This Is What Class War Looks Like: A National Campaign, State by State
The wealthiest 5% of Americans control 72% of America's financial wealth. The bottom 80% control only 7% of the nation's financial wealth. The richest 400 Americans have more combined wealth than ...
|Defend the Dream Rallies in Ohio and Across the Nation
Tonight I went to a Defend the Dream rally sponsored by MoveOn that took place in Steubenville, Ohio. For those of you who don't know, Steubenville is a small city in eastern Ohio. Like Weirton, ...
|Losing the Class War: What's the Matter With West Virginia?
You're walking down the street, minding your own business when all of a sudden a well-dressed man in an expensive three-piece suit jumps out of an alley, whips a contract out of his pocket and yells "
|The Must See Chart (This Is What Class War Looks Like)
This will be a very short diary. I just wanted to get this chart out there. I originally received it as a post by the Facebook group "The Christian Left." This chart puts the class war in simple, ...
|Wisconsin Video Tribute: Power in a Union!
Well, this if new ground for me. I'm taking advantage of the new DK4 ability to post more than one diary in a single day! I spent a few hours last night and this morning pouring over images on the ...
|The Iron Heel: A Jack London Novel You Didn't Read in School!
In my younger days, I was convinced that Jack London just wrote books about dogs. Like many others, I read Call of the Wild and White Fang in some mostly forgotten English class long ago. These ...
|It's Middle-Class DEFENSE: Re-Framing the "Class Warfare" Paradigm
Words matter. Every time progressives try to do something to help the 98% of Americans who are under assault by the top 2% (and really the top .1%) we are accused of waging “class warfare.” ...
|The Sin of Usury: Time for Christian Protesters Outside of Banks!
Why don't we see more Christian protesters outside of banks? It's fairly common to see them outside of abortion clinics. You'll see them outside city halls where insidious civil unions are making ...
|Breaking: WI Police Refuse to Kick Out Protesters, Join Them Instead!
I was going to write a diary tonight calling for Wisconsin law enforcement officers to refuse to participate in dismantling the movement that is protecting their own unions. It appears I may not ...
|You Can't Be Friends With Coal
You can't be friends with coal. You can't be a friend of coal. You can't be coal's enemy or out to destroy coal or declare a war on coal. Coal is just a black rock. To be more specific, it's a “
|Don't Bow Down. Stand Up Together!
How is it that 2% of a population in a democratic nation can wage a successful class war against the other 98%? This should be something of a paradox. Why don't those 98% come together at election ...
|My Hometown Paper: "Should We Ban the Koran?"
So, should we ban the Koran? That was seriously the title of a major column in my hometown paper this past Sunday. It was written by the paper's executive editor, Mike Myer. Not some new kid off ...
|Born on the Wrong Continent: Why Germans Think We're Insane
I decided to tell him about my thesis: that even people who are at the top or are in the top 20 percent by income are better off in a European social democracy than in a country like the ...
|We're Not in a Recession. We're in Omelas.
With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. We are not in a recession. This point ...
|I Am The Underemployed. Who's Fighting For Me?
I'm 31 years old. I graduated from college magna cum laude. I have a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from the University of California. I have nearly ten years of leadership and education ...
|Stand Up and FIGHT For the House Tax Bill
All of us need to do everything we can to pressure our Senators and our President to support the tax cut bill that is about to pass the House. This bill would extend middle class tax cuts while ...
|GOP Playing Chicken: This Time Run Them The F*&k Over
The GOP is playing chicken with the Democrats again. And it seems that the Obama administration is getting ready to blink. Again. A temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts is not a compromise. ...
|Quit Being a Coward: Demand "Sacrifice" From Those Who CAN
Worst. Speech. Ever. Today, President Obama delivered an address to the nation. ...
|Wake Up America: "The Economy" Is Just Fine
Wake up, America. The "economy" is doing just fine. It's you and I who are struggling. We are told it's because "the economy" is struggling or because tough times simply "demand" measures of "...
|I Just Don't Care About New TSA Procedures (w/poll)
Like everyone else, I have a finite amount of time and energy. We have record levels of poverty and inequality in this country. We can't get a lame duck Congress to repeal DADT even when it's ...
|Can You Trust a President Who Doesn't Fear Gays and Muslims?
We have record levels of poverty and inequality in America. Our armed fores are still engaged in two wars. Nearly fifty million people (myself included) are without health insurance. So what is ...
|No Way, Third Way: We Lost Because of Who Stayed Home
No way, Third Way. Democrats need to stand up for and aggressively pursue Democratic values. We did not lose this election because of the people who voted against us. We lost this ...
|WV-Sen, WV-01: Blue (Dog) Monday
It is the best of time and it is the worst of times to be a progressive in northern West Virginia. The good news is that in an increasingly conservative state and in the midst of a potential ...
|WV-01: McKinley (R) For Stimulus Before He Was Against It (And Still Is!)
David McKinley has a credibility problem. He was for the stimulus before he was against it, and still praises the benefits of the stimulus to this day. Can we trust someone who so openly ...
|Sunday Night Sermons: Taking the Bus Home
The last of the middle school students filed out of the building and for the first time since the doors to the after school program had opened at 3:00 p.m., the main hall was quiet. The sounds of ...
|Sunday Night Sermons: Don't You Know Who I Am?
This is the fourth installment of a series that seeks to reclaim the core values from religion in general and Christianity in particular from right-wing ideologues who distort it to their own ends. ...
|The Immorality of Inequality (Income Inequality Kos)
Welcome to Income Inequality Kos. Join us Thursdays, at 9:00 p.m. eastern. We discuss income inequality, concentration of wealth, and related issues. Previous diaries in the series can be ...
|WV-Sen: Repub. Raese: "Tea Party a Little Left of Me"
That headline is no joke. That's something that West Virginia Senate candidate from Florida John Raese actually told CNN. That's right. CNN. It wasn't a slip to some pesky internet blogger ...
|Sunday Night Sermons: Write Down the Vision
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. --Psalm 95 There are times when it's hard to care. When it's had to try. When it's hard to write. For me, this is one of those ...
|Tea Party From Outer Space! (w/poll!)
I was inspired earlier today by QuestionAuthority, whose comment on this diary pointed out some interesting similarities between the ...
|Sunday Night Sermons: Still Ignoring Lazarus at the Doorstep
Last week, I began this series because I am tired of the co-option of Christianity by the conservatives in American politics. While it's usually the right-wing evangelicals that think God is angry ...
|WV-Sen: Stop John Raese. Support Joe Manchin
By now, many of you are learning why West Virginia Republican Senate candidate John Raese is a bad guy. But what you may not know is how urgently we are going to need your help to stop him ...
|WV-01: McKinley's Credibility Problem and Republicans Holding the Middle-Hostage (AGAIN!)
Last week I lamented the fact that there will not be a truly progressive candidate on the ...
|Sunday Night Sermons: Why God Gets Angry
I realize that I am a day late (though hopefully not a dollar short) on the title, but this is going to be the beginning of a series I intend to post on Sunday nights from now on. The point of this ...
|WV-01: Blue Dog Blues: What to Do? (w/poll)
With a month and a half to go before the mid-term elections, I've found myself in a bit of a electoral quandary. I was eager to give of my time and energy to support progressive values by opposing ...
|Breaking: CNN Butchers Iraq Invasion Timeline, Complies With Bush Memes
Just a few minutes ago on CNN, there was a brief Iraq history timeline that was presented as a background piece on the end of the combat mission this week. I was appalled that CNN, supposedly "the ...
|At the Memorial of the Prophet Your Ancestors Killed
Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny to Restore Honor to America has come and gone. As I watch footage and read reports about these "historic" events attended by many who would consider themselves "religious"
|I Just Don't Get It When People Don't Get It
I just don't get it. Maybe I'm over-educated. Maybe I think too much. Maybe I expect too much of other people. But I just don't get just how many people in this highly advanced, technical ...
|WV-02: A Truly Progressive House Candidate No One Knows About (w/poll)
West Virginia has been on the DailyKos radar quite a bit lately, mostly due to the death of Senator Robert Byrd and the process that has been set up to find his replacement in a special election ...
|Why Do We WANT Jobs? Part 2: Complicit With Evil
A few weeks ago, I had to pack up everything I could fit into my car and drive 2500 miles across the country because graduate school was ending and a new, much more uncertain phase of life was ...
|Why Do We Want Jobs? Part One: Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?
We have way too much stuff already. So why do we feel the need to keep making more? I had to move this week, and I'm also about to hit the “job market” again after five years in ...
|Why Joseph Stack is Right--and How to Prove Him Wrong
The media is proving that Joseph Stack is right. No one cares about what you have to say until there is a body count. Then everyone cares. But does it always have to be this way? This is a ...
|Right Questions, Left Answers
I've been having a thought that goes something like this: I feel like the "religious right" has the right questions but the wrong answers, and that the "secular left" has the right answers but the ...
|Trains of Thought, Part 4: The View From the Ground (w/pictures!)
Today I'm continuing my series that looks back on five years of taking trips across the country by long-distance trains. I want to thank those who "rescued"
|Trains of Thought, Part 3: "I See You"
Today I'm continuing my series on the things I've learned, thought and experienced in my now five years of taking the train across the country for the holidays. In ...
|Trains of Thought, Part Two: Separate And Unequal
I have twice now been a Teaching Assistant for a course called Religious Approaches to Death. I'm always fascinated by the ways in which students react to the views of the afterlife that are quite ...
|Brian Kelly is What's Wrong With America (w/poll)
Though to be fair to Brian Kelly, America is what's wrong with Brian Kelly. And to be completely fair, I should have written this two years ago and put Rich Rodriguez in the title. But regardless ...
|Trains of Thought, Part One: Train Time
In a couple of days I'll be making a cross country trip from Pittsburgh to Santa Barbara by train. This is the fifth holiday season that I've made this trip back and forth across the country. ...
|Change the Rules and Kick Lieberman to the Curb (w/poll)
Nothing in the Constitution requires 60 votes to end debate and force a vote on a bill. It is required by the rules of the Senate--rules that the Senate gets to make itself, rules that can be made ...
|When Those Who Teach Can't Do
I know, I know. I messed up the old saying. But I did it on purpose. It's one thing to say that those who can't do, teach. And while it's derogatory and untrue and everything else, I've been ...
|Done Talking? We Never START Talking About Abortion
Most people don't discuss abortion. They have a position they want other people to support and they then "frame" the issue in the way they think will win the most support to their position. In ...
|Kapitalist Kids: The Kids Build a Treehouse (Chapters 3 and 4)
I went to see Michael Moore's new film a couple weekends ago, and it's inspired me to write a kind of kids' book about capitalism. I suppose it's really for adults, but I think that putting ...
|Urgent: Raise Minimum Wage to $240/hr Or No One Will Have Any Incentive Whatsoever To Do Anything
I'm going to have to break ranks with the progressive movement now that Obama has imposed "Draconian" pay cuts on Wall Street CEOs. I've been listening to some of the reactions from Wall Street ...
|Kapitalist Kids Book One: The Kids Build a Treehouse
I went to see Michael Moore's new film over the weekend, and it's inspired me to write a kind of kids' book about capitalism. I suppose it's really for adults, but I think that putting capitalism ...
|Jesus: Socialist Secret Muslim and Founder of Communist Sect!
My friends, I have uncovered a terrible truth that is more unsettling than all the conspiracies in all of Dan Brown's novels put together! As a devoted watcher of Fox News, I have become ...
|About Those DSCC Calls--Most Likely NOT From DSCC
I've commented on a couple of diaries detailing calls "from the DSCC" asking for donations and the reactions of various callers. The most important point I want to make, which seems to be confirmed ...
|Progressive Groups Using Anti-Union Telemarketer Telefund
How much money did you donate to the Democratic party and other progressive groups last year? What about this year? Did you donate over the phone or on-line? If you donated over the phone, did ...
|Progressive Groups Should Drop Telefund: More Shocking Reasons Why
Today I'm continuing my look at the company known as Telefund, a for-profit telemarketing company that portrays itself as one of the good guys because it only raises money for progressive groups. ...
|Say No to Telefund! Progressive Fund-Raisers Deserve Progressive Treatment (now w/poll!)
Note: I have edited and re-posted this diary at a time when more people will be able to read it. This summer I had the unfortunate experience of working for Telefund, a company that ...
|Progressive Fundraisers Deserve Progressive Treatment!
This summer I had the unfortunate experience of working for Telefund, a company that claims to be an ally to progressive causes. I thought it was a win-win situation--I get to make a little money ...
|Not Easy Being Green as a Coal Miner's Son (w/poll)
I've probably talked to some of you already this summer over the phone, asking if you would be kind enough to donate (again) to one of your favorite progressive causes. That's because I took a part-...
|Nuclear Fallout: How Do You Respond to a Nuclear Attack?
What do you do when a nuclear bomb goes off? No, I'm not talking about ducking and covering. Of course, remembering to duck and cover will protect you from any nuclear explosion and is very ...
|Nothing Works How It's Supposed To: On the Futility of Trying
Once upon a time when you moved into an apartment in California, your landlord could require you to pay both your first and last month's rent. Given how high rent is generally in California, this ...
|On Starting Your Own Blog
I really like blogging on Daily Kos and enjoy reading the other blogs on this site, but the fact of the matter is that politics is only one of my many interests. I was hoping that someone on this ...
|Penguins Win the Cup!
What a great Stanley Cup Finals series. I have nothing else to say really, except that this must mean I'm dead and in heaven already. Steelers win the Super Bowl, Obama wins the presidency, ...
|Why the NHL Playoffs are Better than the NBA's (w/poll)
No politics here, just a diversion into the world of sport. I've decided to write this up as a blog because I cannot fathom how anyone would be more interested in the NBA Playoffs than the NHL ...
|Lust for the Apocalypse (w/poll)
WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SPOILERS! Why are there so many apocalyptic stories these days? Of course stories about coming cataclysms or the end of the world have always been ...
|A Case for Shutting Down the Large Hadron Collider: Talk Me Down?
Introduction No, I don't think that it is very likely that the Large Hadron Collider will destroy the world. But given the potential near infinite cost, the uncertainty in being ...
|Light in the Darkness--The Meaning of Christmas
Behold, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. --John 1:4 Forget the birth stories with their shepherds, wise men and angels. Forget about theological arguments ...
|Some Liberals Not Acting Liberal When It Comes To Warren
What does it mean to identify oneself as “liberal”? Does it merely suggest a certain collection of policy positions or dos it suggest something more? I've been pondering this question ...
|The Secret Ballot--Time For a Change?
I've been thinking a lot about the integrity, reliability, accuracy and verifiability of election systems a great deal lately, in no small part due to the numerous voter problems which have been ...
|Funniest Thing Palin Said That Few Noticed (w/poll)
Yes, as someone who takes education seriously I was amused at Governor Palin's assertion that she didn't have to answer the questions that people (like the moderator of the debate) might want her to ...
|No Palin Interview?! Media Bias, Obviously!
Did anyone see Wolf Blitzer mention on CNN that some viewers had written in via e-mail that CNN was biased for "granting" an interview to Joe Biden but not to Sarah Palin? I seriously think two of ...
|Breaking: Cindy McCain's First Diplomatic Triumph!
Continuing the Republican narrative that the Obamas are only good (and perhaps TOO good) at "making speeches," this week Cindy McCain passed up the opportunity at making a speech at next week's ...
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