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GAME ON! The Battle for 2012 Starts Now

GAME ON! The Battle for 2012 Starts Now

I have two questions to ask the man addressing a joint session of Congress Thursday night: Who are you? and What have you done with the President of the United States?

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Yet Another Musing On 9/11…

Ten years ago, and non-stop ever since, I have been told that ‘we’ are totally innocent victims of a single and singularly terrible atrocity. That no one could have foreseen it or kept it from happening. That nothing like it had ever happened before in the whole history of mankind. That because of it, there were certain carefully delineated groups of people I had to hate utterly and oppose uncritically – and yet other groups of people I had to love and obey without question.

Ten Years After: Has 9/11 Changed Us?

Ten Years After: Has 9/11 Changed Us?

Let’s face it, everything changed on 9/11. In every way imaginable, the terrorist attacks that occurred that day represented for the United States the most important demarcation point in its history, rivaling even the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entire Civil War. Not even its own successful revolution could […]

Reflections and Perspectives of September 11th

Reflections and Perspectives of September 11th

Personally, the most memorable moment of September 11th was being jarred out of my sleep by the constant ringing of my old, cellular, flip phone and hearing my cousin screaming at me hysterically telling me to turn on my television to CNN, because the country was being attacked.

The Real Lesson Of September 11

The Real Lesson Of September 11

I believe the true legacy of 9/11 can be summed up with these words: ‘We have every right, and indeed an obligation, to fight evil; but in fighting evil, we must not let ourselves become evil.’

Explaining 9/11

Explaining 9/11

After ten years, what’s the easiest way to review, clearly and briefly, the events around Sept. 11, 2011? Perhaps the best way is to imagine you had to explain Sept. 11, 2001 to a child.

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‘Pass This Jobs Bill.’ Obama Delivers Pitch-Perfect Speech on American Jobs Act

(Video and Best Quotes.) If you were looking for the President to devise an intelligent plan to create immediate jobs and deliver it with coherent, powerful rhetoric and a dogged defense of liberal ideals, Obama hit a home run. The oration of his Sept. 8 Joint Session on jobs creation was on point. The urgent message to Congress was clear and repetitive and it wasn’t so much a request as an expertly articulated demand:

Warfare Between The Classes

Warfare Between The Classes

We hear it all the time from Republicans, that the poor are waging class warfare against the rich and that any taxes levied against the rich are no more than a redistribution of wealth. I reject this Republican claim and contend that the wealthy are the ones waging class warfare and they are doing it with the complete backing of the GOP.

8 Very Good Reasons To Vote For President Obama in 2012

8 Very Good Reasons To Vote For President Obama in 2012

After watching the GOP Debate on MSNBC last night I realized that there were 8 very good reasons to vote for President Obama’s re-election in 2012. Those reasons are below

Rick Perry and the Power of Stupid

Rick Perry and the Power of Stupid

Up until three weeks ago, the race for pole position amongst the Republicans candidates was firmly in the hands of Mitt Romney. Then Governor Perry of Texas threw his Stetson in the ring, and suddenly Mitt Romney is trailing Perry by two to one in the latest polling. How can that be? The guy looks, acts and talks like George W. Bush 2.0, minus the smarts.

80 Reasons Why It’s Time To Take These Republican/Tea Party ‘Sons Of Bitches’ Down

80 Reasons Why It’s Time To Take These Republican/Tea Party ‘Sons Of Bitches’ Down

At a Labor Day event yesterday, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa gave a fiery speech about the tea party, telling the American people that ‘It’s time to take these sons of bitches out.’ And each and every one of us should listen. For the last thirty years, the American people have been under assault from the right-wing and their corporate overlords.

Obama and the Arab Spring

Obama and the Arab Spring

Earlier this year, we were jubilant when Tunisia ejected Zine El-Abidel Ben Ali, and even more so when the people of Egypt soon after booted Hosni Mubarak from power. As defenders of freedom and the will of the people, we were elated to see these two countries rise up and overthrow their tyrannical dictators.

I didn't even know it existed until I was Rain Man in 1988 and didn't hear the word again for at least a decade. We've come a long way since then.

Autism And The Inhumanity Of The Right Wing

Sarah Palin uses her special needs child as a prop piece but we already know that the Right Wing wants to cut services for them. Where does that leave conservative parents?

The Wealthy Don’t Create Jobs; Good Jobs Create The Wealthy

The Wealthy Don’t Create Jobs; Good Jobs Create The Wealthy

What came first, the wealthy or the building blocks of wealth? This is no idle ‘chicken or the egg’ question. Major political players base real policies with serious impact on their own answer to the question. What if most of them are getting it wrong? What if getting it wrong could wreck the system and ransack wealth?

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How Obama Emerged from Aug. 31 Hullabaloo Looking Not So Shabby – No, Really!

Yeah, I was pretty pissed at the President yesterday, too. I mean, COME ON!! Really??!! ANOTHER thing your detractors can say you ‘caved’ on? And then two separate ideas made their way into my head.

From the Center for American Progress

Do Republicans Want to ‘Dumb Down’ Public School Students? The Answer May Surprise You

Yes, Republicans nationwide are engaging in concerted efforts to suppress votes, overpower women’s rights and tar and feather Obama. But did you also know that Republicans may be purposely undermining the public education system to keep wealth and power concentrated in the top 1 percent in future generations?

Governor Rick "Goodhair" Perry's Bullshit Round-Up

Governor Rick ‘Goodhair’ Perry Unwittingly Tells the Truth

In touting his new book, Fed Up!, Rick Perry made a number of appearances and gave interviews. One of these was Godly Leadership: Our Fight to Save America with television evangelist James Robison on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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Does the Christian Coalition Really Endorse Slavery?

American Way is moving their offices and are archiving all the random material they have collected over the years, one of the things they have found was a Christian Coalition leadership manual from 1990. This little gem either endorses slavery explicitly, or at least argues that work relationships should be modeled after those Bible verses that clearly endorse slavery.

This computer generated image released by the SITE Intelligence Group on May 28, 2008, shows Washington, DC, in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. A video entitled, “Nuclear Jihad: the Ultimate Terror” released on May 25 has inspired jihadists on al-Ekhlaas and al-Hesbah, two password-protected al-Qaeda-affiliated forums, to discuss the possibility, permissibility, and risks for a nuclear strike in the United States or Great Britain, according to a SITE statement. SITE has translated several chatter sessions taking place on al-Ekhlaas and al-Hesbah sites discussing the topic of a nuclear bomb in the US and the west. One of the sessions posted the computer-generated picture depicting what would be the aftermath of the destruction of the capital building located in Washington, DC.      AFP PHOTO/SITE Intelligence Group          = GETTY OUT = (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The 10 Step Republican Plan (To Destroying Our Country) Part I

If there is one thing that no one can take away from the right-wing, it is that they are organized and led from the shadows by a group of very intelligent people. The GOP is good at politics, even if their policies are not good for the country.

"They want a cup of water? Bah! Let them drink Starbuck's!"

Conservative Smackdown of the Day: 8-26-2011

Today’s Smackdown is brought to by the voice of the little people being ignored.