What do monkeys & babies intuitively know that we don’t? That empathy can save the world. (duh!)
Many people don’t understand our country’s problem of concentration of income and wealth because they don’t see it, but a picture is worth 1,000 words.
More than a dozen female US veterans are suing the Pentagon in a bid to change the way the military handles rape and sexual assault allegations.
A contribution of Greg G.:
Mittens, a crackhead working in an insane asylum, drives to work in his station wagon with his dog and kids in a luggage rack fastened to the roof. He works as an orderly at the CPAC Institute for the Very, Very Delusional. He smokes up in the parking lot and heads in for the night shift he had bid for hoping to avoid supervisors and be able to work on his hand sewn special religious night garments while pretending to write in the log book in the staff office. He thought Rand, Sarah and Beck (back warders with no hope of ever being discharged) were all sleeping as they were to have taken their anti-psychotic meds with Big Nurse on the previous shift, but they all apparently hid the pills under their tongues and spit them out once they left the medication room. Now at 3a.m. they were in the day room watching a DVD of “Freaks” and getting rambunctious. They had come to identify with Hans, The Feathered Hen, and a microcephalic and wanted to explore some issues they had been fomenting that had to do with Mittens lack of concern for their way of seeing things. Mittens tried to get them back to bed, but they overpowered him and soon he was renamed the Dog-Faced Boy and was no longer on staff but just one more freak in their carny show.
They did it. 18 days. I have no words, just joy and hope.
April 16, 2010
Monday marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing — a terrorist attack by a racist, antigovernment fanatic that left 168 men, women and children dead. An MSNBC special hosted by Rachel Maddow about the tragedy features extensive interviews with my colleague Mark Potok. I hope you’ll watch it, because I’m afraid that history may be repeating itself.
|“The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist”
Monday, April 19
9 p.m. ET on MSNBC
We recently released a report showing an astonishing 244 percent increase in antigovernment extremist groups — the kind of groups that spawned the likes of Timothy McVeigh 15 years ago. Already, we’re seeing eruptions of right-wing violence. Just last month, for example, nine members of the Hutaree Militia — one of the groups we’re tracking — were indicted for plotting to kill hundreds of police officers.
Shortly before the Oklahoma City bombing, we sent a letter to the U.S. attorney general warning that the growing antigovernment militia movement posed an imminent threat to the public. With your help, we’re again alerting the law enforcement community to the danger posed by the rebirth of this same movement.
J. Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center
Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.
There are no words for how angry I am.
That is what he said. That is what Abraham Lincoln said.
“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility.” [Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862]
He was born in Kentucky, raised in Indiana, and lived in Illinois. And this is what he said. This is what Abe Lincoln said.
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we will save our country.” [Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862]
When standing erect he was six feet four inches tall, and this is what he said.
He said: “It is the eternal struggle between two principles, right and wrong, throughout the world. It is the same spirit that says ‘you toil and work and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation, and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.” [Lincoln-Douglas debates, 15 October 1858]
Lincoln was a quiet man. Abe Lincoln was a quiet and a melancholy man. But when he spoke of democracy, this is what he said.
He said: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”
Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of these United States, is everlasting in the memory of his countrymen. For on the battleground at Gettysburg, this is what he said:
He said: “That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Boston, December 1897.
..If I had the power
to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings
and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.
I would have all the
nobility crop their titles and give their lands back to the people.
have the Pope throw away his tiara, take off his sacred vestments, and admit
that he is not acting for God — is not infallible — but is just an ordinary
I would have all the cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and
clergymen admit that they know nothing about theology, nothing about hell
or heaven, nothing about the destiny of the human race, nothing about devils
or ghosts, gods or angels.
I would have them tell all their “flocks” to think
for themselves, to be manly men and womanly women, and to do all in their
power to increase the sum of human happiness.
I would have all the
professors in colleges, all the teachers in schools of every kind, including
those in Sunday schools, agree that they would teach only what they know,
that they would not palm off guesses as demonstrated truths.
I would like to see all
the politicians changed to statesmen, — to men who long to make their country
great and free, — to men who care more for public good than private gain
– men who long to be of use.
I would like to see all
the editors of papers and magazines agree to print the truth and nothing but
the truth, to avoid all slander and misrepresentation, and to let the private
affairs of the people alone.
I would like to see drunkenness
and prohibition both abolished.
I would like to see corporal
punishment done away with in every home, in every school, in every asylum,
reformatory, and prison.
Cruelty hardens and degrades, kindness reforms and
I would like to see the
millionaires unite and form a trust for the public good.
I would like to see a
fair division of profits between capital and labor, so that the toiler could
save enough to mingle a little June with the December of his life.
I would like to see an
international court established in which to settle disputes between nations,
so that armies could be disbanded and the great navies allowed to rust and
rot in perfect peace.
I would like to see the
whole world free — free from injustice — free from superstition.
This will do for next
Christmas. The following Christmas, I may want more.
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WASHINGTON — Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, said Saturday that Senator John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, were “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” in a way that reminded him of former Gov. George Wallace and “another destructive period” in the nation’s history.
IF you think way back to the start of this marathon campaign, back when it seemed preposterous that any black man could be a serious presidential contender, then you remember the biggest fear about Barack Obama: a crazy person might take a shot at him.
Some voters told reporters that they didn’t want Obama to run, let alone win, should his very presence unleash the demons who have stalked America from Lincoln to King. After consultation with Congress, Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, gave Obama a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate in our history — in May 2007, some eight months before the first Democratic primaries.
“I’ve got the best protection in the world, so stop worrying,” Obama reassured his supporters. Eventually the country got conditioned to his appearing in large arenas without incident (though I confess that the first loud burst of fireworks at the end of his convention stadium speech gave me a start). In America, nothing does succeed like success. The fear receded.
Until now. At McCain-Palin rallies, the raucous and insistent cries of “Treason!” and “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” as well as the uninhibited slinging of racial epithets, are actually something new in a campaign that has seen almost every conceivable twist. They are alarms. Doing nothing is not an option.
Countdown’s Keith Olbermann points out in a Special Comment that while John McCain might want to use Sarah Palin to hit Barack Obama below the belt and accuse him of terrorist associations, he overlooked the unfortunate fact that “pallin’ around with terrorists” is one area where Palin has more experience.
“To preserve their [the people's] independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude” – Thomas Jefferson
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I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.
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Yours Faithfully in the Name of God,
Minister of Treasury Paulson
We are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression.
Congress and the President are currently debating a bailout of our financial institutions with a price tag of $700 billion in taxpayer dollars. We cannot underestimate our responsibility in taking such an enormous step.
Been looking for a direct way to help Obama win? You should know about Vote
http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>It’s a simple, grassroots plan to take advantage of a new wrinkle in Ohio’s
election law. For one “Golden Week,” Sept 29 to Oct 6, any Ohio citizen can
walk into an early voting center, register, AND vote on the spot. During
that time, hundreds of Vote Today Ohio volunteers will blanket the state to
drive new voters from campuses and urban hot spots to Early Vote centers.
Simple, targeted, smart. (See below for a more complete explanation.)
If fully funded, we think we can bank 10,000 early votes for Obama in Ohio –
votes that can’t be lost to long lines, broken machines and Republican
tampering on election day. No, we won’t win the election by ourselves. But
Ohio is the #1 battleground state in 2008, and we can’t afford to let one
single Obama vote slip through our hands.
*If you want Obama to win as much as I do, you can do four things:*
*1. Lend us your car or home*. Our volunteers need wheels to drive voters to
the polls, and beds to sleep in all over Ohio. Can you spare either for the
week? If so, contact
*2. Volunteer.* Get yourself to Ohio, preferably in a large car, by Sept 28.
We’ll give you housing, training and a meaningful job for the week. Fill out
the Online Sign-Up
(for now) on Tate’s blog.
*3. Donate*. Help us pay for vans, gas and posters. Our overhead is fully
funded, so donations go directly to producing votes. We’re looking for
generous individuals or teams of friends to *sponsor one van* — $750 for
the week. That’s a tangible, meaningful donation. If we run our program
right, each van should deliver about 250 voters. Make an online donation
send a check, see the end of this email.
*4. Spread the word.* Send this email to friends who want to put their butts
on the line for Obama, especially in Ohio! Or, pass it along to donors
looking to make a big difference.
This is a truly grassroots effort. Every volunteer, every vehicle and every
dollar counts. Read up on the campaign below, and then please be in touch if
you have ideas about how to support us.
*VOTE TODAY OHIO*
How to Bank 10,000 Progressive Votes Early and Win in Ohio
Two years ago, Ohio changed its voting laws in a way that creates an
extraordinary opportunity for progressives to win Ohio, and thus the
Vote Today Ohio will use this change to lock down 10,000 progressive votes
before election day — critical insurance against the kinds of GOP dirty
tricks and election day problems that affected our past two presidential
For a 7-day “Golden Week,” from Sept 30 – Oct 6, Ohio residents can walk
into an early voting center, register to vote, and vote on the spot. This
has never been possible before. Why does it matter? Because it takes what is
normally a two-step process (register, wait a month, THEN vote) and turns it
into a one-step process (register AND vote at the same time). For
progressive organizers, that creates a much more efficient way to bring new
voters into the process AND lock down their votes, before they can be
manipulated, stolen or lost.
During this new Golden Week, Vote Today Ohio aims to turn out 10,000
progressive voters from two kinds of locations — college campuses, and
urban gathering spots. The model is simple: teams of five organizers will
drive students / young people from campuses / urban centers to early
votingcenters. Organizers will use music and a party atmosphere to
draw in new
voters — instead of knock and drag, it’s rock and drag.
The Vote Today Ohio model is intentionally experimental. Ohio law has never
allowed progressives to run this kind of program before. So a large part of
the goal is to discover if Ohio’s rule change can be positively exploited
for electoral gain, and whether we can.
Vote Today Ohio is led by a team of experienced political and youth
Political consultant, 30 years experience directing electoral, issue and
civic engagement campaigns, National Field Director US Action (’04
Advisor to Congressman John Hall (current)
Former Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, best-selling
author, networking genius
Progressive organizer with a dozen years experience, four national electoral
campaigns, Director of 2004′s Slam Bush campaign
Executive Director of 8-8-08 For Burma, well known student organizer and
*THE PLAN IN MORE DETAIL*
• 20 Teams = 10,000 votes: Vote Today Ohio will recruit 12 teams of campus
organizers and 8 teams of urban organizers (for a total of 80 organizers).
Most teams will have 5 members — two drivers, two street team organizers,
one team leader. Each team will be responsible for delivering 500 votes for
the week (~72 / day). Total = 10,000 votes.
• Preparation: In the days leading up to early voting week, teams will
plaster their campuses / urban centers with materials about early voting
week. Team leaders will generate publicity in school newspapers, radio
stations, and via online campus channels, Facebook<
• Logistics: During early voting week, teams will set up vote ferry
stations, where students can get a ride to a polling station in a Vote Today
Ohio van. Two drivers will run continuous ferries to and from polling
• Training and GOTV: Each team will be instruct voters on Ohio new voting
rights, rules and regulations. Organizers and van drivers will be given
talking points and coached on how to recruit voters as Early Vote Volunteers
who can then turn out their social networks. Volunteers will also be
re-recruited for continuing persuasion and GOTV activities from Oct 6 – Nov
• Non-van GOTV: Any voter who wants to register but can’t vote early will
have the opportunity to register and sign up for an absentee ballot.
Organizers will get mobile phone numbers from these voters to send follow-up
text messages (which proved in 2006 to be the single most cost effective
GOTV reminder tool, raising turnout by 4% versus a control group).
• Ohio State University (2 teams)
• Ohio University (2 Teams)
• University of Toledo (1 Team)
• University of Cincinnati (1 Team)
• Kent State (1 Team)
• University of Dayton (1 Team)
• Cuyahoga Community College (1 Team)
• Cleveland State (1 Team)
• Miami University of Ohio (1 Team)
• Bowling Green State (1 Team)
*Target Urban Areas:*
• Columbus (2 Teams)
• Cleveland (2 Teams)
• Cincinnati (2 Teams)
• Dayton (1 Team)
• Toledo (1 Team)
To support this project, please visit our Act Blue page:
John McCain may be trying to sell himself as a “maverick” and a “straight talker” who will tell the truth no matter the consequences, but independent, non-partisan watchdog groups aren’t buying it. But, since he wrapped up his party’s nomination, John McCain has offered more of the same false attacks and smears. To date, independent, nonpartisan fact checkers have published more than 50 fact checks debunking John McCain’s lies and distortions.
Dear Concerned Voter,
The state of John McCain’s health is an issue of grave concern for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion. Given the fact that he has been treated for an invasive melanoma and other maladies, it is important that he release his full health records.
For a very brief three hours in May, McCain released 1,173 pages of his medical records to a carefully selected group of reporters. They were not allowed to make any copies or phone calls. Why such secrecy?
We have enlisted a group of doctors from around the country to lead the effort to make sure the public is able to see and make judgments for themselves. Secrecy is not of service to our democracy, transparency is. Please have other doctors sign the open letter.
Cancer is a serious issue. That’s why 30 medical doctors have already signed our open letter telling McCain to issue a full, public disclosure of all his medical records. Send this video far and wide to request that McCain release his full health records. Ask every medical doctor you know to sign onto the letter, and don’t forget to sign the letter yourself! McCain’s records must be made public and soon.
While McCain doesn’t really care about our health care, we all should care about the health of McCain.
and everyone at Brave New Films
When I said that I was voting for Obama, they asked if I would be more or less likely to vote for Obama if I knew that he voted to let convicted child sex offenders out early, voted to allow convicted child sex offenders to live near schools, is for sex education in Kindergarten, voted for some offensive and incredibly graphic abortion procedure, and so on and so on for 5 minutes.
Join me in signing the “Tell The Media to Call Sarah Palin a Serial Liar” petition at:
You can help make this petition a success by sharing this petition with your friends and family. Petitions will succeed only by word of mouth, and every signature makes a difference! Simply send your friends this link:
Thank you again for making a difference!
Be aware that the media and Sarah spewer of hate Palin are going to try to falsely claim that liberal bloggers are attacking her children and that Palin is being attacked because of her gender. It’s a smear. Here are the issues and facts we are exposing about her. That’s much different.
Sunday, on Face the Nation, General Wesley Clark spoke honestly and bluntly about what it takes to be Commander in Chief. In doing so, while he said Senator John McCain’s service made him a hero to millions, including Clark himself, that experience does not trump the poor judgment that Senator McCain has shown on some of the most important issues in recent years.
What General Clark said was right, but the right-wing has been in an uproar. And even CNN accused Clark of “swift-boating” McCain. We need to fight back.
Let’s show General Clark that we have his back, and will not stand for any attempts to shut down this important debate.
It’s hardly news that Time Magazine’s principal function is uncritically to amplify false claims from government officials, but this article by Massimo Calabresi — entitled “Behind the Compromise on Spying” — is such a masterpiece in spouting simplistic government propaganda and rank falsehoods that it is revealing on numerous levels.
The Gold Standard Tim Russert’s legacy—in politics and in life
A Video Tribute To Tim Russert, Dead Today At 58 a la Wonkette
Luke Russert, son of the late moderator of “Meet the Press” Tim Russert, touches the empty chair that was left behind by his father on the set of the show after a taping of “Meet the Press” in memory of Russert in Washington June 15, 2008.
The graphic “Outraged liberals: Stop picking on Obama’s baby mama” was flashed during an interview with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin about whether Barack Obama’s wife has been the target of unfair criticism.
From Free Press:
The Pentagon is infiltrating the media with pro-war propaganda.
The scheme reaches all the way to the Bush White House, where top officials recruited dozens of “military analysts” to spread favorable views of the war via every major news channel — without revealing they were working from Pentagon scripts and often lobbying for major military contractors looking to cash in on the war.
This is a violation of every conceivable standard of journalism — and possibly of federal law.
Take action at: https://secure.freepress.net/site/SPageNavigator/Punditsol
Endocrine disruptors are perfectly okay! The plastics industry says so and they must have our best interests at heart! Right?
Learn about BPA, what it is and why you should care that it leaches from the plastic in baby bottles, the lining of all of the alumimum cans we drink from, and more… It’s in 93% of us. Studies funded by corporations found no problems with the chemical. Independent studies showed that BPA causes testicular, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, miscarriage, hyperactivity in lab animals. Hmm. And where do our [corporatist] government regulators stand? On the side of the industry of course.
and by reading the expose referenced in it…
WARNING: The chemical bisphenol A has been known to pose severe health risks to laboratory animals. AND THE CHEMICAL IS IN YOU.