Hey you libertarian deregulation devotees and believers in the benevolence of Business…

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.

Find out more by watching Bill Moyers Journal which aired today.

and by reading the expose referenced in it…

Chemical Fallout

WARNING: The chemical bisphenol A has been known to pose severe health risks to laboratory animals. AND THE CHEMICAL IS IN YOU.

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Published in: on May 23, 2008 at 10:04 pm  Comments (17)  

Sen. Robert Byrd, one-time KKK member, backs Barack Obama

Byrd, as an outspoken foe of the Iraq war from the start, was attracted by Obama’s similar credential, as he mentions in his endorsement statement. But Byrd, having passed on active involvement in his state’s primary, could have remained neutral; the fact that he chose not to is more evidence that, in the view of most Democratic bigwigs, Clinton’s nomination hopes range from slim and none.

Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama tells Tenn.’s GOP: ‘Lay off my wife’

“The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.”

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Official Urged Fewer Diagnoses of PTSD


A psychologist who helps lead the post-traumatic stress disorder program at a medical facility for veterans in Texas told staff members to refrain from diagnosing PTSD because so many veterans were seeking government disability payments for the condition.

“Given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans, I’d like to suggest that you refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out,” Norma Perez wrote in a March 20 e-mail to mental-health specialists and social workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple, Tex. Instead, she recommended that they “consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder.”

Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

All the President’s Nazis (real and imagined): An Open Letter to Bush

Dear Mr. Bush,

Your speech on the Knesset floor today was not only a disgrace; it was nothing short of treachery. Worse still, your exploitation of the Holocaust in a country carved out of the wounds of that very crime, in order to strike a low blow at American citizens whose politics differs from your own is unforgivable and unpardonable.

Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama criticizes McCain, Bush on appeasement talk

“I’m a strong believer in civility and I’m a strong believer in a bipartisan foreign policy, but that cause is not served with dishonest, divisive attacks of the sort that we’ve seen out of George Bush and John McCain over the last couple days, ” Obama told about 2,000 voters at a town hall-style meeting in a livestock barn.

Obama said McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up its nuclear program and support for terrorism.”

Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Comments (1)  

Any full-blooded Americans around here?

I didn’t think so.

Read it and weep

By the way, didn’t we eradicate the full-blooded ‘Americans’ we met when we got here…?

…oh, and F@ck You, Kathleen Parker.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Mr. President, the war isn’t about you — or golf

Olbermann: Bush’s claim he gave up game to honor dead GIs is ludicrous

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dems fire back at Bush’s ‘appeasement’ accusation

Democrats on Thursday condemned President Bush’s accusing them of appeasing terrorists, with one [Biden] going so far as to call his remarks “bullsh**t.”

The president, at Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem, suggested some Democrats were acting in the same way some Western leaders did when they appeased Hitler in the run-up to World War II.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Clinton wins W.Va., but Obama still leads

Clinton’s lopsided W.Va. win may mean little 

Highly favorable demographics helped Hillary Rodham Clinton rack up one of her largest victory margins of the 2008 Democratic primary season in West Virginia. The exit polls recorded several demographic extremes among groups with a strong history of solidly backing Clinton

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

John Edwards finally makes his choice: Barack Obama

His support was long sought by Obama — who wants to prove he can unite the Democratic Party — and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who vows to fight until the Montana and South Dakota contests are over.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

For all the hope and excitement Obama’s candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed — and unreported — this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They’ve been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they’ve endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can’t fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.

Published in: on May 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm  Comments (1)  

SNL gets Hillary right… finally

Hillary Clinton, played by Amy Poehler, gave three reasons why she would be the strongest Dem candidate to take on John McCain.

1.) I am a sore loser.
2.) My supporters are racist.
3.) I have no ethical standards.

“So there you have it: Sore loser, racist supporters, no ethical standards — qualities Sen. Obama simply cannot match. That’s not an attack on my opponent. It’s just the truth. When you consider that, the choice is obvious.”

Via Keith Olbermann, video here.

Published in: on May 12, 2008 at 8:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Washington University is giving Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate?

Backlash Spectacular by Katha Pollitt

Washington University is giving Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate. Let me run that by you again. Washington University, the distinguished 155-year-old seat of higher learning in St. Louis, is giving an honorary degree to Phyllis Schlafly–archfoe of the Equal Rights Amendment, the United Nations, Darwinism and other newfangled notions, and the promoter of innumerable crackpot far-right conspiracy theories who called the Bomb “a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God.” Her eighty-two years haven’t mellowed her one bit: last year she blamed the Virginia Tech massacre on the English department; called intellectual men “liberal slobs”; advocated banning women from traditionally male occupations like construction, firefighting and the military; and defended men’s property rights over their wives’ vaginas (“by getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape”). The campus is in an uproar, and no wonder. After four years of hard work, female seniors get to watch their school honor someone who thinks they should park their diplomas in the kitchen sink. Washington U might as well bring in mad misogynist Chris Matthews as commencement speaker. Oh. You mean…? No! Yes.

Published in: on May 12, 2008 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Return to Sender – Iraq Veteran Gets the Call Again

Colby Buzzell


When I voluntarily enlisted in the Army, I remember asking my recruiter about the fine print on the contract about being called back up to active duty once my enlistment was completed.
He assured me not to worry, that every contract said that and it would only happen if “World War III” broke out.

Published in: on May 11, 2008 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Party Like It’s 2008

By FRANK RICH

ANOTHER weekly do-or-die primary battle, another round of wildly predicted “game changers” that collapsed in the locker room.

Hillary Clinton’s attempt to impersonate a Nascar-lovin’, gun-totin’, economist-bashin’ populist went bust: Asked which candidate most “shares your values,” voters in both North Carolina and Indiana exit polls opted instead for the elite and condescending arugula-eater. Bill Clinton’s small-town barnstorming tour, hailed as a revival of old-time Bubba bonhomie, proved to be yet another sabotage of his wife, whipping up false expectations for her disastrous showing in North Carolina. Barack Obama’s final, undercaffeinated debate performance, not to mention the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s attempted character assassination, failed to slow his inexorable path to the Democratic nomination.

Published in: on May 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Again. And Again. And Again… (Sean Bell)


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Thank you to all Mothers

I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
~Eliza Cook

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~Pearl S. Buck

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac

The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~Emily Dickinson


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving

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Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~Honoré de Balzac

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. ~Isadora Duncan

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
~Ann Taylor

The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face. ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. ~Washington Irving

I cannot forget my mother. [S]he is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely. ~Renita Weems


A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” ~Keith L. Brooks

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends – but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’mine.
~Rudyard Kipling

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. ~James Joyce

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~Mark Twain

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her. ~Francis Thompson

One lamp – thy mother’s love – amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity –
Holy – as it was lit and lent thee here.
~Nathaniel Parker Willis


Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate.
And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
~Phyllis McGinley


Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
~Edgar Allan Poe

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

Published in: on May 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Assault and Batteries


High-tech horror:
Widespread cell-phone violence against women in Iraq and the Congo.

by Harkavy

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)  

Sami al-Haj Released from Guantánamo After More than Six Years

The Al Jazeera cameraman was never charged.

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Night the Old Politics Died

The old politics died on May 6, 2008, as the predictable and inevitable happened and the voters said no to business as usual.

The voters said no to the most phony and fraudulent proposal in memory for a gas tax cut that would never happen, that would profit the oil companies that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) falsely said she was fighting with it, that would do nothing for the people she falsely claimed she was helping with it.

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Hillary Plays the Crazy Card

In this protracted and often dispiriting prelude to the general election, few remarks have been as poorly chosen as Senator Hillary Clinton’s threat to “totally obliterate” Iran. What she obliterated with just those two words were her own boasts of superior diplomatic experience—and she managed at the same time to tar America’s international image with all the subtlety of the man she hopes to replace.

Joe Conason

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Indiana nuns lacking ID denied at poll by fellow sister

About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow bride of Christ because they didn’t have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.

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Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm  Comments (1)  

McGovern, former Clinton backer, urges her to drop out

Former Sen. George McGovern, who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton, is urging her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race.

McGovern said Wednesday he has decided to endorse Barack Obama.

After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern says it’s virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination.

McGovern says he is calling former President Clinton to tell him of the decision and adds that he remains close friends with the Clintons.

There’s something wrong with us.

Overkill and Short Shrift

BOB HERBERT

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is no doubt (and regrettably) a big issue in the presidential campaign. But what we’ve seen over the past week is major media overkill — Jeremiah Wright all day and all night. It’s like watching the clips of a car wreck again and again.

Moving up the food chain: PFCs present in nursing mothers’ breast milk

Perfluorinated compounds, a suspected carcinogen, were found present in the breast milk of 45 nursing mothers in Massachusetts.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Clintons and the ‘War on Obama’

Even before the first votes were cast, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had prepared guilt-by-association attack themes that would raise doubts about Barack Obama’s patriotism. After a halting beginning, this “War on Obama” has finally begun to click.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Ben Stein is Bonkers

Stein: …Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

Published in: on May 3, 2008 at 3:16 am  Comments (1)  

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Blasts Clinton, Backs Obama

The pig, which was led above the crowd from lines held on the ground, displayed the words “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam wielding two bloody cleavers. The other side read “Fear builds walls.”

The underside of the pig simply read “Obama” with a checked ballot box alongside.

Former PINK FLOYD rocker ROGER WATERS is praying U.S. presidential hopeful HILLARY CLINTON doesn’t get into The White House – because he’s certain she’ll start a war with Iran.

Published in: on May 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Campaign Nonsense Du Jour


By Eugene Robinson

There’s something maddening about this presidential campaign.

Published in: on May 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carter Speaks Out On Wright, Obama, McCain

Watch

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 1:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Bowling 1, Health Care 0

Elizabeth Edwards

The vigorous press that was deemed an essential part of democracy at our country’s inception is now consigned to smaller venues, to the Internet and, in the mainstream media, to occasional articles.

Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 12:09 am  Leave a Comment  

How McCain Lost in Pennsylvania

27 percent of Republican primary voters didn’t just tell pollsters they would defect from their party’s standard-bearer; they went to the polls, gas prices be damned, to vote against Mr. McCain.

Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  

The Race That Wouldn’t Die

Fighting hard for the nomination is understandable, but fighting in such a way as to give the presidency to McCain is unforgivable.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm  Comments (1)  

The Low Road to Victory

It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

Published in: on April 23, 2008 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  

Obama is better-equipped to lead country through change it craves


Still undecided?

By Chris Satullo

Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

If you’re a Pennsylvania Democrat and today dawned with you still struggling, it could mean one of several things:

You could be one of those terminally indecisive people, for whom even ordering at Applebee’s becomes an hour-long agony.

More likely, it means you’re an earnest citizen who feels how momentous this choice is – but not a person who can resolve it through identity politics, the tug of “first woman” or “first black.”

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

On Eve of Primary, Clinton Ad Invokes bin Laden


The Pennsylvania primary drew to a contentious finish as a Clinton television commercial questioned Barack Obama’s ability to lead in a crisis.

Published in: on April 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm  Comments (1)  

Behind Military Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded “the gulag of our times” by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting for its closure.

Published in: on April 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Poll Shows Erosion Of Trust in Clinton

Washington Post: Majority Of Voters Now View N.Y. Senator As Dishonest

Published in: on April 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Clinton Portrays Herself as a Pro-Gun Churchgoer

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton managed to co-opt Mr. Obama’s message of hope and optimism

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm  Comments (1)  

Empire or Humanity?

What the classroom didn’t teach me about the American empire

By Howard Zinn

Published in: on April 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Veterans Department Creates Roadblocks to Voter Registration for Injured Vets

VA Secretary says registering voters in VA facilities is a “partisan” distraction.

WTF?

Published in: on April 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm  Comments (2)  

The Sad, True McCain Record on Veterans

McCain Refuses to Support Sen. Jim Webb’s and Chuck Hagel’s new GI Bill.

The bill, officially called the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007”, would establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001.

Sen. Jim Webb has called on McCain to sign on as a co-sponsor to his GI bill

The bill has 51 co-sponsors – including 9 Republicans – but needs 60 co-sponsors to make it filibuster proof.

McCain Voted Against $19 Billion for Military Hospitals, Choosing Tax Cuts for Wealthiest Earners over Veterans.

In February 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided for at least $19 billion for military health facilities, paid for by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthiest earners.
*Senate Amendment 2735, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Legislation to Provide $2.8 Billion For Medical Care for Veterans.

McCain voted against a 2006 Democratic amendment that would have provided $2.8 billion to increase veterans’ medical care.
*Senate Amendment 149, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Establishing $1 Billion Trust Fund to Provide Improvements to Military and Veterans’ Health Facilities

McCain voted against an Amendment to establish a $1 billion trust fund to provide improvements to health facilities that treat veterans and military personnel paid for by allowing dividends and capital gains tax breaks, for those with incomes greater than $1 million to lapse on December 31, 2006.
*Senate Amendment 2735

McCain Chooses Corporations Over Veterans, Voting Against Adding $1.5 billion to Veterans’ Medical Services in 2007 Budget by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes.

McCain voted against an Amendment offered by Democrats to increase medical services funding to veterans by $1.5 billion in 2007, to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
*Senate Amendment 3007

McCain Voted Against Mandatory Funding of $6.9 Billion in 2007 Budget and $104 Billion Over Five Years for Veterans’ Health Care.

McCain voted against a Democratic amendment to provide a mandatory stream of funding of $6.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 and $104 billion over five years for veterans’ health care; paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top tax rate for incomes over $1 million and closing various corporate tax loopholes.
Senate Amendment 3141

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

The legislation would have provided minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
*Senate Amendment 2909

April 2006: McCain one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430 million for Medical Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

Despite his vote against, it passed overwhelmingly, 84-13 (3 not voting). All 13 voting against were Republicans.
*Senate Amendment 3642

October 2003: McCain voted against an amendment offered by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322 million for safety equipment for troops in Iraq.
*Senate Amendment 1817

April 2003: McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.
*Senate Amendment 452

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650 million.
*Senate Amendment 1218

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm  Comments (4)  

Senator Clinton Misled Press About Penn.

He’s Still Very Much a Part of the Campaign. It was a Cynical Ploy to Placate the Unions by Changing His Title, But Not Firing Him.Mr. Penn “is still going to be very much involved,” a senior campaign official said.

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm  Comments (1)  

The Democratic Party’s Fascinating Squalor

“In short, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, is systematically delegitimizing the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. I have never seen anything like it — and it is genuinely fascinating in all its paradoxical squalor.”

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hillary Low-balled Bill’s Pay in Forms

In her disclosure forms for the U.S. Senate and her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton downplayed Bill Clinton’s income from two key financial backers, billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and consumer-data executive Vinod Gupta, when compared with the Clintons’ recently released tax filings.

By Robert Parry

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Last Wish of Martin Luther King

Dr. King showed most profoundly that in an interdependent world, lasting power grows against the grain of violence, not with it. Both the cold war and South African apartheid ended to the strains of “We Shall Overcome,” defying all preparations for Armageddon. The civil rights movement remains a model for new democracy, sadly neglected in its own birthplace. In Iraq today, we are stuck on the Vietnam model instead. There is no more salient or neglected field of study than the relationship between power and violence.

We recoil from nonviolence at our peril. Dr. King rightly saw it at the heart of democracy. Our nation is a great cathedral of votes — votes not only for Congress and for president, but also votes on Supreme Court decisions and on countless juries. Votes govern the boards of great corporations and tiny charities alike. Visibly and invisibly, everything runs on votes. And every vote is nothing but a piece of nonviolence.

Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm  Comments (1)  

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):


1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4

5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5

6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10 John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be.

Sources: (more…)

Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Randi Rhodes Suspended for . . . What!?!

Since Rhodes was not doing the routine on air, why did Air America decide it had to censor her in a very public fashion? When the notoriously off-color Stern was fined by the FCC, it was, the agency explained, for using unacceptable language on air, according to the Smoking Gun.

Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Carter hints at support for Obama

Former President Carter wouldn’t quite say it, but he left little doubt this week about who he’d like to see in the White House next year.

“My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama,” he said at a news conference, according to the Nigerian newspaper This Day. “As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess.”

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 2:27 am  Comments (1)