• speakingupnow commented on the blog post Whatever’s Left of the Left

    2012-08-12 14:09:02View | Delete

    I became a member of FDL and used to have this website as one of my homepages. In addition, I used to comment regularly here. However, since T-Bogg and Pam Spaulding, who are obviously “obamabots”, are front paged at this website, I rarely visit anymore. The time to look for other solutions and act on it if we really wanted to see a better country for everyone was obvious to anyone remotely paying attention by 2009. There should have been on-going front page stories about other candidates for the presidency. Unfortunately, there were a few discussions, then this “progressive” site failed us.

    As for the “Left”, we who truly believe in the common good for our society, let the corporate media define the “left”. Often that definition was more about embracing the corporate agenda than the common good. As a result, those who truly believe in helping their fellow man have now been defined as “radical”. So, it doesn’t surprise me anymore that someone can be defined as on the “left” politically, yet completely embrace the corporate agenda.

    Knut, your mother sounds like a gem…we need more like her. Hope you can continue to pass along some of her wisdom to others… we can all learn from it.

  • Well, I guess that speaks volumes about our media if there is no longer room for a new comic strip. Haven’t comics provided laughs, information, and a way to “lighten” an issue when needed for centuries?

    Is there one main source on the internet for political comics or just comic strips in general?

  • The first military engagements of the American Revolution began in rural “Lexington/Concord”. I think it’s more about belief systems than location.

  • Is that snark?

    I almost hated to reference the Huffington Post as it is such a compromised website. But, I wanted to give credit to the original source of information (which I only visited briefly due to a link).

  • According to the Huffington Post:

    Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law means progressive lawmakers won’t be pushing for a single-payer option anymore, though the concept will live on in their minds. The idea of a single-payer option, such as a Medicare-for-all approach to health care, will continue to be “a fundamental political point that we all support,” said Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “But the reality of what just happened today probably puts the emphasis on making the law work as opposed to trying to get a new plan.”

    So, don’t expect the Democratic party or the supposed “progressives” of the party to champion a single payer system.

  • It seems a “moral/spiritual” struggle needs to be at the heart of a real revolution if we are to get better outcomes for the majority of people.

    Glenn Greenwald recently gave a speech in which he talked about the loss of freedoms and level of fear which most Americans are now living under and many are completely unaware of it. See Kevin’s post:

    http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/07/01/glenn-greenwald-on-challenging-the-surveillance-state/

    So, the question is, how can we wake people up?

  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King

    Is the Congressional Black Caucus judging Eric Holder by the color of his skin or the content of his character?

  • This is evil as described by Glenn Greenwald:

    The article describes in detail how “Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical” — an actual presidential-led death panel (as always in American media parlance, “Terrorist” means: individuals alleged by the U.S. Government — with no evidence, transparencey or due process — to be Terrorists). Specifically, Obama himself “insisted on approving every new name on an expanding ‘kill list,’ poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre ‘baseball cards’ of an unconventional war.” In total secrecy — with no transparency or oversight of any kind — he then selects who will live and who will die.

    Obama the Warrior

    How will Romney be the “greater” evil? Will he have those meetings on live TV?

  • Maybe the question for the millions of businesses which belong to the Chamber of Commerce is, “do you represent MY business interests?” If the answer is they primarily fight for the “too big to fail” businesses through lobbying and campaign ads, then they DON’T represent the majority. Small business owners should keep that in mind, especially when they are being forced out of business by a Walmart, etc.

    If we actually still lived in a “Republic” where the government was controlled by the people, then the Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t have loopholes to work with in the first place. Instead, having or acquiring wealth is all that matters to our “representatives”. Is that a reflection of the people in this country or simply a reflection of how far we have evolved away from being a “Republic”?

    It seems to me that ALEC has already “jumped the shark” as an organization. It became too well known. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn of internal conflicts and power plays. What organization is taking the place of ALEC “behind the scenes”?

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post Occupy Movement May Day Actions – (Live Blog)

    2012-05-01 15:00:04View | Delete

    Kenny Loggins – “This is It” – (part of the song)

    For once in your life, here’s your miracle
    Stand up and fight
    This is it, Make no mistake where you are
    This is it, You’re going no further
    This is it, Until it’s over and done
    No one can tell you what you know
    Who makes the choice of how it goes
    It’s not up to me this time
    You know, There comes a day in every life
    This is it, Make no mistake where you are
    This is it, You’re going no further
    This is it, Until it’s over and done
    This is it, One way or another
    This is it, No one can tell what the future holds
    This is it, Your back’s to the corner
    This is it, You make the choice of how it goes
    This is it, The waiting is over
    This is it, No one can tell what the future holds

    Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – “This is It”

    Thousands of Norwegians in Youngstorget Square singing Pete Seeger’s “My Rainbow Race”

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post The Smoke and Mirrors of the Legalization Debate

    2012-04-27 17:44:51View | Delete

    Most adults (and certainly those of a certain age) have been around many pot smokers and alcohol drinkers in their lives. You are much more likely to run into an “angry and mean” alcohol drinker than pot smoker.

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post The Smoke and Mirrors of the Legalization Debate

    2012-04-27 17:14:20View | Delete

    Not according to Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman who stated:

    Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, now make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate. The Corrections Corporation of America and GEO, two prison privatizers, along with a third smaller operator, G4S (formerly Wackenhut), sell inmate labor at subminimum wages to Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM. These companies can, in most states, lease factories in prisons or prisoners to work on the outside. All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day.

    Locking Down an American Workforce
    Prison Labor as the Past — and Future — of American “Free-Market” Capitalism

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post Now Is the Time to Increase Social Security

    2012-04-27 15:15:53View | Delete

    I think “founding father” needs a dose of reality about “individualism”.

    The Self-Made Myth: Debunking Conservatives’ Favorite — And Most Dangerous — Fiction

  • For just a moment I’m going to look at this from another perspective. The U.S. has repeatedly shown for all to see how easily we are willing to exploit other countries. Do the citizens of the other countries in this “free trade agreement” realize the potential outcomes at their end?

  • This is so disgusting and beyond the realm of comprehension as to how citizens will benefit that I have been rendered speechless for a few moments.

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post Federal Government’s Favorable Rating Collapses

    2012-04-27 12:18:17View | Delete

    Former President George W. Bush may have been “inept” at the job, but, President Obama is KNOWINGLY expanding wars, “drill, baby, drill” policies, reducing citizens rights, signing free trade agreements (remember the effects of NAFTA), etc. That makes him far worse and dangerous as a president in my book.

  • speakingupnow commented on the diary post Brooks Does the Big Lie on Stimulus (with no shame) by Dean Baker.

    2012-04-27 11:34:38View | Delete

    Since one third of the stimulus package involved tax cuts and credits, if the stimulus “failed”, can we now definitively say that tax cuts also fail to stimulate the economy? After all, hasn’t that been the message we repeatedly hear from both the GOP and many in the Democratic party (including the President), that tax [...]

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post Federal Government’s Favorable Rating Collapses

    2012-04-27 11:10:38View | Delete

    Exactly!

  • speakingupnow commented on the blog post Federal Government’s Favorable Rating Collapses

    2012-04-27 11:07:14View | Delete

    With all the fear and paranoia endlessly racheting upward in this country by our politicians (and many citizens) along with a complete disregard for making the “rule of law” applicable to the wealthy and powerful, the worst may yet to be… I’m hoping the citizens will change this course to the positive. We will see. One thing is obvious (as indicated by the federal government’s favorable ratings, or lack thereof), keeping the same people, parties and ideologies of the past 10 years in place will not change anything.

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