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  • Actually, the reverse trend probably started with Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., whose progeny did spectacularly well until they crossed the Dulles Brothers and J. Edgar Hoover.

    A lot of good that did Wall Street. Do a search on “Battling Wall Street” by Donald Gibson.

  • frang commented on the diary post Putin, the Crisis in His Words by jbade.

    2014-03-20 00:25:30View | Delete

    I agree with Demian completely. Putin has shown the world a cool head and a fine mind. I not only hope that Putin can stave off the barbarians but I also fervently hope that the rest of the world (not the governments, but the people) come to understand how aggressive the U.S. government can be [...]

  • frang commented on the diary post VIDEO: Protesting Illegal in Australia? by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-03-20 00:15:11View | Delete

    This is a frightening development that has received too little notice.

  • frang commented on the diary post Utah Carbon Bomb: Democracy Now! by wendydavis.

    2014-03-20 00:13:17View | Delete

    I’m so glad I never voted for Obama. I lose my patience now with those who fail to see that Obama is the more effective evil and think of them as no different as those who supported Bush for so long.

  • Anyone with integrity and decency who finds his employer engaging in activities that are in great conflict with his “morals and ideologies” would be under enormous stress.

    My heart breaks for Manning. No matter what arguments are used to try to get as lenient a sentence as possible from a vindictive system, Manning’s actions will continue to stand in complete contrast to the cowardly abuses of power.

  • frang commented on the diary post Today’s Car Dealerships Echo the Mortgage Massacre by TuffsNotEnuff.

    2013-07-22 18:47:37View | Delete

    Have to agree with cmaukonen on this one.

    And OFG: your comment made me laugh, especially the last paragraph.

  • frang commented on the diary post Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press by Norman Solomon.

    2013-07-22 18:40:50View | Delete

    What has been so disheartening for me is how seemingly intelligent, sane people I know have adopted a “whatever it takes to keep me safe” attitude toward government actions against whistleblowers and investigative journalists. Their childlike acceptance of the official myth seems to have short-circuited any critical thinking skills they may have once possessed and [...]

  • Not every environmental group has applauded Obama’s speech. In 2011, the NYT in 2011 reported on fracking: thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/02/27/207596/natural-gas-fracking-dangers-environment-health/ “With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet [...]

  • frang commented on the blog post Pelosi Believes Democrats Are Already Coalescing Around Clinton

    2013-06-28 13:27:21View | Delete

    eatlocalgrown.com/article/11524-the-monsanto-71-senators-who-betrayed-constituents-in-favor-of-biotech-dollars.html

    Has a list of the 71 senators who voted against an amendment that would have allowed individual states to pass laws calling for the labeling of GMO products/ingredients. The above link gives the dollar amounts of campaign contributions from Big Ag to some of the senators, most notably Debbie Stabenow who received $739,926. And much of what Stabenow is quoted as saying is just plain wrong according to a new study:

    http://www.alternet.org/food/why-monsanto-wrong-about-gm-crop-promises

  • frang commented on the blog post Pelosi Believes Democrats Are Already Coalescing Around Clinton

    2013-06-28 13:23:06View | Delete

    Has a list of the 71 senators who voted against an amendment that would have allowed individual states to pass laws calling for the labeling of GMO products/ingredients. The above link gives the dollar amounts of campaign contributions from Big Ag to some of the senators, most notably Debbie Stabenow who received $739,926. And much of what Stabenow is quoted as saying is just plain wrong according to a new study:

  • How can breaking and entering and burglary equate with informing the public of an illegal and immoral governmental program? How can illegal entry into a political opponent’s temporary residence equate with public exposure of a program that can very well invite blow back? Are you saying that citizens do not have a right to know what is being done in their name, that taking steps to inform the public can honestly be construed as a crime?

  • frang commented on the diary post Quinn Norton talks about the Swartz investigation by elisemattu.

    2013-03-04 19:33:53View | Delete

    Thank you for the link. Democracy Now had a program today that featured Darcy Burner, who delivered an “After Aaron” address to the Freedom to Connect conference, and Derek Khanna, a “GOP rising star” (according to DN) who “wrote a policy brief for the Republican Study Committee entitled ‘Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to [...]

  • frang commented on the diary post Obama’s Right-Hand-Man Offers Social Insurance Program Cuts, Again. by TomThumb.

    2013-03-04 19:18:23View | Delete

    I’ve just received my “substitute cat food” letter from Dick Durbin. It isn’t just The Droner and his advisors. It’s all the Democrats who do as O and their major campaign contributors tell them to do. The email response I received from Durbin mentions “substitution bias” in determining cost of living increases:

    The CPI tends to [...]

  • I think most of us would view Chris’s method as being very much applicable to building movements. As you disagree, what method do you believe is useful for movement building?

  • frang commented on the blog post The Off-Screen Violence of an NYPD Shooting in Times Square

    2012-08-12 18:35:39View | Delete

    A former high school classmate of mine suffered from mental illness. He took to hanging around a Catholic church on Chicago’s southwest side, which apparently irritated the priest there. According to the newspaper account I read, the priest knew my classmate was mentally ill so I presume he informed the police when he called them. When two cops showed up, my classmate panicked and broke an aerial off a car. The cops claimed that he was waving the aerial around and because of this, because they claimed it was a deadly weapon, they shot and killed him. Both my classmate and the cops were white. The cops never faced any repercussions, not even a reprimand. This all happened many years ago.

    I was appalled when I read about what happened but what upset me even more was the reaction of those I told. All of the nice, white, liberal or liberal-leaning, college-educated people I worked with thought this killing was entirely justified. This tolerance and, in some cases, praise for police violence goes back a long way.

  • frang commented on the blog post Health Care Reminder: The True Power of the Bully Pulpit

    2012-06-19 20:19:25View | Delete

    Rather than representing incremental progress, the mandate to purchase corporate health insurance serves to enshrine the practice of having a third party get between those who need care and those who provide care while dictating the terms of that care. In other words, corporate insurance companies provide no value for the money and often only act as obstructionists to providing care.

    Insurance premiums continue to rise in Massachusetts. According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, Romneycare has had no effect on bankruptcies due to medical bills. Obamacare, based as it is on Romneycare, will probably perform the same way and it will leave 23 million people uninsured.

    I have no doubt that this law will be used to argue for the privatization of Medicare rather than be used as a stepping stone to achieving Medicare for All. I believe that much of the support for the mandate in 2008 was based upon having a “government option” which was interpreted by many as a program similar to Medicare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

    So, yeah, the bully pulpit works but I can’t get excited when it’s used for programs that I believe will be used against us and for mandating that everyone buy corporate products. But then, I’m not a tribalist.

  • Gee, thanks for letting me comment (not).

  • frang commented on the blog post No Separating Obama From the JOBS Act

    2012-04-14 11:35:44View | Delete

    Thanks for this. I’m going to send it to every Obama-loving supporter I know who is still talking to me.

  • Now that it appears Romney will get the nomination, I wonder if Obama figures he better cash in before he loses in November. The most recent polling only puts Obama 3-4 points ahead of Romney and this is while the Republicans are battling one another instead of concentrating their attacks on Obama.

    While I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Obama in 2008, I never expected this level of betrayal from him. Will his 2012 campaign slogan be “Every campaign promise left behind”?

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