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|A Response to Brooklyn Bad Boy
I think it is timely that Brooklyn Bad Boy presented an opposing view to the diary I posted yesterday. In fact, a discussion about the anger that is creating a huge rift in the Democratic Party is ...
|Why Many Populists Are Abandoning The Democratic Party
On March 30, 2011, an international human rights observer witnessed and reported an unusually cruel and violent confrontation between a NY police officer and an Occupy Wall Street protester. While ...
|Why The TPP is a Game Changer
In February 2008, with only two candidates left in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama distributed a flier to Ohio voters denouncing Hillary Clinton’s support of NAFTA.
|America For Sale
In 2001, four months before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, I moved from a small town in the Midwest to San Clemente, California. The main artery leading from the sleepy coastal ...
It’s indicative of the fragile propaganda that’s underpinning Democratic strategy when DNC leaders call for party unity at a time when they are coronating one of the most polarizing political ...
|The Washington Post is Wrong About Rahm Emanuel and Liberals
Neo-liberals have accrued a long track record of failed policies, not just in America, but globally, and yet, they have successfully avoided accountability for their misdeeds by transferring the ...
|Obama Fatigue. Why 2/3 of U.S. Voters Want the Next President to Move in a Different Direction
A newly released ABC poll reaffirms what many Progressives have known for sometime -- the Democratic Party is in trouble. With two-and-one-half years left in Obama’s presidency, the American people,
|A Response to the Third Way Article Posted at Politico
To the leadership of the Third Way: Your policies have failed. Despite your constant efforts to mask the truth, most Americans are intelligent enough to know the realities of their own lives. If ...
|How to Lose the 2014 Mid-term Elections in One Easy Step
A video posted today at Upworthy.com documents an unusual tactic employed by a group of environmental activists who are trying to gain the attention of John Kerry at the State Department. Concerned ...
|Lessons Learned From a Stray Cat - A Celebration
Several years ago, a pitiful stray cat searching for food came to our back door. He had been beaten so badly he trembled uncontrollably, walking slowly and deliberately the same way a person in the ...
|The End of Neo-liberalism
In the fall of 2000, during an interview with Teresa Welch, a senior editor for the Austin Ledger, George W. Bush incurred the wrath of mainstream Republicans by making an off-the-cuff remark that ...
|Why Progressives Will Be Unfairly Blamed if There is a Midterm Election Loss
If you want to identify the most unpopular political entity in modern American history, then you need look no further than the current Republican Party. As of today’s date, according to a new ...
|A Notable Shift in the Dialogue By Progressive Bloggers
For liberals the last two weeks have been pivotal. The notable shift -- by many prominent progressive bloggers -- from playing defense to taking the offense is a harbinger of things to come, and ...
Don’t vote. Forget about handing out pamphlets, or making house calls. Don’t contribute. Do not attend political rallies or attend Party conventions. Ignore political polls. Log off your ...
|Canadian Company to Make the Fight Over the Keystone XL Pipeline Even More Offensive
There’s a simple way for Canadians to take the spotlight off the Keystone XL pipeline. Find a way to make the fight even more offensive. In fact, they’ve learned the easiest way for a Canadian ...
|The City of London – and Why it Matters
If you’re unfamiliar with UK geography, then you might not know the difference between “greater London” – where the Queen resides -- and “The City of London” – where the London Stock ...
|14 Year-old Activist Destroys CBC Hosts
The next time you feel that one person acting alone can’t make a difference; watch 14 year-old Rachel Parent destroy CBC corporate shills, Kevin O’Leary and Amanda Long. The debate was about ...
|Want a Preview of the New Secret Trade Agreement?
Four days ago, War on Error posted an excellent diary on The Daily Kos that discussed the new secret trade agreement that is being negotiated by the White House. He linked to an email that was ...
|"…the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
The first time I saw John V., he was dressed in a shirt that was dirty, and ragged, and much too small for his six-foot frame. He was walking on the right shoulder of a long stretch of road that led ...
|Government Workers Ordered to Spy on Fellow Employees
The recent revelation that Obama is using OFA members to quash opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline gave credence to accusations that the president has already endorsed big energy's interests ...
|A monitored human being is not a free human being
A monitored human being is not a free human being. And every state that systematically contravenes human rights, even in the alleged service of security, is acting criminally. Jakob Augstein -- ...
|The Democratic Party’s Identity Crisis
When presidential candidate Barack Obama promised change in 2008, no Progressive could have imagined that the change he meant would require a revamping of the Democratic Party to look more ...
|Why Data Mining Matters
Many of the Obama supporters on this site have been making the case that there is nothing new about the discovery of the NSA’s collection of massive amounts of personal information. And they say ...
|The Heart of Freedom and Democracy, in Robert Kennedy’s Words
In response to the news that the NSA has collected vast amounts of electronic information on all Americans, many people on this site have downplayed the report’s significance. As usual, Digby, a ...
|Another Republican Nominee? Really?
“I think one of the enduring legacies of the Obama administration is that he has normalized assassination as a central component of U.S. national – it’s called national security policy –- he��
|A List of Uncommitted Democratic Senators (On CPI)
MoveOn.org has published a whip count of declared positions by Democratic Senators re: CPI. You can visit their page here: http://pol.moveon.org/fiscal-showdown-whip/index.html According to their ...
|Could This Be A Practical Solution For Coping With Climate Change?
Instead of blasting rock and forcing oil sludge to the earth’s surface; instead of usurping land rights from American citizens to allow a Canadian company to lay thousands of miles of ...
|United Effort to Save Polar Bears
Between the years, 2001 and 2010, hunters hoping to sell trophy skins to collecters, killed an estimated 6,000 polar bears in Russia. That might not seem like a large number, but it represents a ...
|An Unfortunate Truth About the Keystone XL Pipeline
Either global warming is real, or the volumes of scientific evidence supporting climate change have been created as a cruel hoax. Since I’m not one who puts much stock in conspiracy theories, ...
|“They’re out of feed, they’re out of pasture, they’re out of water"
David Horsey posted an excellent commentary in yesterday's online issue of the L.A. Times. Under the heading: Republicans have a medieval mindset about climate change , Horsey says: In California, ...
|The Strength of Democratic Values
When James added his signature to the enlistment form, his Army recruiter leaned across the desk and shook his hand. He told him the decision he had made represented an honorable commitment to his ...
|Michael Bloomberg Rids NY City of Life-threatening Bras
Today, in New York City, six police officers thwarted the attempts of CODEPINK terrorists to…uh…shame Bank of America officials who had been accused by environmentalists of having helped finance ...
|Unfit To Govern
In 2010, Lloyd Blankfein earned $53,965,418. Just two years earlier, as CEO of Goldman Sachs, he had petitioned the U.S. Government to give his company $12.9 billion dollars in bailout money, ...
“…water is on the table for every single one of us. When it’s gone, game over.” Erin Brockovich The 7 p.m. Mexicana Airlines flight from DFW to Ixtapa was running late, so I spent the down ...
|You can feed hungry children, if you pay $1,000
From the time that I was five until I reached eighteen, my parents owned a mom and pop grocery store in a small town in Southern Oklahoma. It was an aging, box-like structure that featured a large ...
|It is time for ALL Democrats to rally around President Obama
As many of you know, I have been a fierce critic of President Obama’s policies, believing that many of his decisions have been wrong for our country and wrong for the Democratic Party. But after ...
|"Exceeding July 1936 at the peak of the Dust Bowl heat -- is BIG."
More people here where I live in the Texas oil patch of West Texas who have been unwilling to admit climate change science are beginning to question the position they have held in the past. They are ...
|4.4 Earthquake North of Yorba Linda
I've experienced quite a few earthquakes since moving to California, and even though they aren't as startling as the first few I went through, those that are close enough - or strong enough - like ...
|"What happens to one of us, affects us all."
“What happens to one of us, affects us all.” From the movie Desert Flower, the story of Waris Dirie I became a Democrat on July 12, 1960. I have been a party faithful for over fifty years. ...
|Author Says Occupy Wall Street Has Reached A Turning Point
Have the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street protesters reached a turning point? Author Michael Chorost, says yes. In an article published two days ago in Psychology Today, Chorost says the moral ...
|Another Reason to Love Congresswoman Giffords
In a letter sent yesterday to the members of the Super Committee, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords urged the twelve leaders to add Congressional salary cuts to any proposal they make to reduce the ...
|The Number of Medically Uninsured in our Country Equals the Population of 25 States
I don't think many of us were surprised when we read this: Washington, DC --- With just over a week before the Super Committee's deadline, today U.S. Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC), ...
|Discovery Refuses to air BBC Program About Climate Change
As if this wasn't bad enough: The world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will ...
|Shooting At Berkeley Business School
ABC News, The Huffington Post, and Talking Points Memo are reporting a shooting that occurred this afternoon at the Haas School of Business on the Berkeley campus. An unconfirmed report says police ...
|FOIA lawsuit reveals the extent of the FBI’s efforts to obtain bio-data on American citizens
A November 10th article published by Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Scott Paltrowitz, Volunteer Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Right, reveals how ...
|Did You Really Believe the Super Committee Would Allow The Bush Tax Cuts To Expire?
So, what's the latest proposal from the Democrats on the Super Committee? WASHINGTON -- Under their latest proposal to the deficit reduction super committee, Democrats would agree to ...
|Scott Walker Up To Dirty Tricks in Recall Effort
The Twin Cities StarTribune is reporting that a Scott Walker donor has filed the first paper work in the governor's recall election, thus giving Walker an early advantage in raising unlimited ...
|David Frum: Can it be that our enemies were right?
Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Wall Street Journal editorial page between 2000 and 2011, and someone in the same period who read only the collected columns of Paul Krugman. ...
|147 Companies That Run The World
Three complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have applied scientific principles to untangle and identify a small number of companies who control the world ...
|Keystroke Virus Hits Drone Computers
If you have seen the Terminator movies then you are familiar with the term SkyNet. Here is a simple description of SkyNet from Wikipedia: Skynet is the main antagonist in the ...
|Super Committee Members Have Received $83,000 From Big Pacs
The Sunlight Foundation is reporting that 10 of the 12 members of the super committee, assigned the task of making cuts to our debt ceiling, received $83,000 in contributions from big Pac ...
|Warrior for the Working Class?
During a speech in Texas today , President Obama said: …I don’t mind being called a warrior for the working class. You guys need someone working for you. And then he ...
|This Is Not America
Two weeks ago today, my oldest daughter gave birth to her first child. It was a moment of great triumph for her and for our family because she had to overcome incredible odds to be able to carry ...
|Why Does the President Do This?
For those of us who feel Obama has too often embraced the Republicans while bypassing the Democratic base, we keep hoping the day will soon come when the President will purge his administration of ...
|Some Encouraging News In the Fight Against Aids
Reuters is reporting that researchers at John Hopkins University have found a way to disarm the Aids virus. Researchers from the United States and Europe working in laboratories on ...
|Human Rights Group Urges Canada to Open Torture Probe Against Cheney
Dick Cheney is scheduled to visit Vancouver, Canada next week as part of his book signing tour. The New York based group, Human Rights Watch, is urging Canada to be prepared to file charges against ...
|Heart-warming Cat Story
I'm a sucker for feel-good animal stories. There is something so pure and innocent about animals that I sometimes wish we could clear out the politicians in Washington D.C. and replace them with ...
|The Political Reality of the President's Jobs Bill
Now that the boycott seems to be ending, The Daily Kos is starting to look like a "Praise Obama Telethon" again. There's much ado about the president's new jobs proposal, with many of the diarists ...
|Good News from Minnesota's AG, Lori Swanson
There is some good news coming out of Minnesota today. Attorney General Lori Swanson has made it known that she will resist the quick settlement that is being pushed by the majority of the country’
|Letters From a Birmingham Jail
Throughout Obama's term in office there has been an ongoing argument between the "idealists" and the "pragmatists" inside the Democratic Party. Many progressives have criticized the Blue Dog ...
|California Progressives Call For Primary Against Obama
Well, this ought to add feul to the fire: There have long been rumblings that the liberal base is ticked off at President Obama, but the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic ...
|The Petulant Conservative in Obama
I know the title of this diary will push a few buttons, but I took it from a comment that was made by a progressive on another blog site because it belies the euphoria and the cheerleading that has ...
|Bernie Sanders Condidering Run For President?
This isn't a diary because I don't have enough information to fill in the details. Sasha031 is reporting on Democratic Underground that Bernie Sanders is considering running for President.
|13 yr old son of a friend just committed suicide
This will be very short. Two young friends of ours broke up recently when they started experiencing financial problems because she had lost her job. Today, their 13 year old son just committed ...
|Someone Is Listening to our Complaints
This will be a short diary, but I think this article from the Huffington Post is worth mentioning: WASHINGTON -- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel warned ...
|A Slice of the Democratic Soul
Rachel Maddow’s segment tonight on the trial balloon that Obama is floating to make cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid was both depressing and very informative. For those of you who ...
|The L.A. Times? Really?
After listening to Sarah Palin’s latest gaffe re: Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, it seems inconceivable to me that any reasoning organism on this planet would believe she is qualified to ...
|Stan Ross, RIP
Eight blocks south of Hollywood Boulevard, at the corner of Santa Monica and Vine, sits a nondescript shopping center that is easily missed if you’re searching for Hollywood landmarks. It was here,
|How Much is an Animal Worth?
In 1994, I underwent corrective surgery because my stomach had broken through my diaphragm and had moved to a place behind my heart. To make a long story short, the surgeons botched the surgery and ...
|My Personal Experience With Murder
Six years after we were married, a mentally unstable man murdered my wife. Because of my job, I was two hundred miles away from home when the telephone call came through informing me that Kay had ...
I am heartbroken over the death of Christina Taylor Green, for her family, and for the friends and loved ones who are grieving tonight: my heart bleeds for Gabrielle Gifford and for the people who ...
|We Aren't Falling, We Are Being Pushed Off The Cliff
Re: RASalvatore's Diary "You're Falling For It Again." The list is full of "So-and-so NAILS it!" or "So-and-so DESTROYS Obama!" and on and on. You're falling for it again. It's a ...
|Digby Nails It
Today's Hullabaloo features an article by Digby (The Liberal Dilemma) that contains one of the best laid out arguments for not supporting the President's compromise with Republicans. ...
|Animal Lovers We Need Help
From Eric Dolan, Raw Story Missouri Republicans are flocking to a call to fight socialism at all costs, even if it means killing a few puppies. Republican State Senator Bill Stouffer ...
|Next Up, Social Security
Many of us have believed for a long time that the President and the Republicans would give the top 1% what they wanted on the tax cut extensions, then in the name of deficit reduction call for ...
|Someone Who Gets It
When Dave Talley, a Tempe homeless man, found a backpack this month at the light-rail station near Rural Road and University Drive, his first thought was to look through the bag for the owner's ...
|Democrats Fighting Democrats?
I’m not certain I understand the logic – or lack of logic – behind the constant attacks directed against people who disagree with Obama’s policies, or against the people who ...
|Too Toxic To Survive
"...the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when it is not shouting. Even if it's just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can ...
|Lessons Learned From a Stray Cat
Several years ago, a pitiful stray cat came to our back door searching for food. He had been beaten badly so he trembled uncontrollably, much like a person with Parkinson’s disease and he was ...
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