Sunday, November 30, 2008
I’m sure this is hard to contemplate, but if we are going to have any real change it’s time to face up to our past. The example we have provided for years by covert operations, carried out all over the third world, and currently in our illegal wars, secret detentions, extraordinary rendition, and torture does not make us any kind of beacon of hope. It certainly does not make us safer.
I’m ashamed, as I enjoy the luxury of plenty in this country, knowing that many of resources have been taken from countries who had no way to protect their resources and, if they tried, the blood flowed as a warning to step away from what the corporation involved were after.
And that doesn’t even count the profiteering involved in providing arms and procuring lucrative government no-bid contracts.
And now former military brass, who lobby for corporations seeking these contracts, are marketing all this to the American people when they are hired as “talking heads” on our tv machines. If we are really about change, it’s time to face our own past and make some serious restitution and hold those responsible accountable.
This is a defining moment. We either live by the rule of law or we don’t. If we don’t hold the people accountable for these crimes against humanity, it’s just business as usual. This will lead to no future for anyone’s children here on planet Earth.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
As the Bush Administration comes to an end, people who care about democracy and the rule of law are asking if there will be prosecutions for war crimes. The Bush Administration has clearly violated numerous laws governing armed conflict and human rights.
Rachel talks to Jonathan Turley about whether the Democrats are going to let Bush off the hook for torturing prisoners.
more at Crooks and Liars:
Torture and the rule of law: Did Bush just call Democrats' bluff?
By David Neiwert Wednesday Nov 26, 2008 9:00am
Monday, November 24, 2008
With tough economic times getting tougher, we're hearing an endless droning of conservatives repeating their mantra of tax cuts for the rich.
The supposed logic of their appeal/demand for tax cuts for the wealthy is that rich people 'give' jobs to poor people and the richer the rich people get, the more jobs they 'create' and 'give' to poor people.
This fable of where jobs come from is about as real as the explanation that the stork brings babies.
The facts of economic life are that jobs are created by demands for goods & services and middle-class consumers create those demands.
Hiring workers isn't an act of charity, it's an essential ingredient in making profits. Without workers producing, there are no profits for investors to collect.
Rich people/investors/capitalists invest in the means of producing the good and services that consumers demand. But those means of production (factories and offices) don't produce anything. People must be hired to do the work that produces the goods and services. Those people are paid a wage to do the actual work that meets the demand for goods and services. If those workers are paid decent wages, they are the middle-class consumers who create the demand. If the investors are too greedy and the workers poorly paid, the demand and the profits dry up.
And so kiddies, that's the real story of where jobs come from.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I hate the phrase "a must read", so I'll say you really really should read the letter written to Newt Gingrich by his sister Candace.
I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protestors of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right, I feel compelled to use the words of your idol, Ronald Reagan, "There you go, again."
However, I realize that you may have been a little preoccupied lately with planning your resurrection as the savior of your party, so I thought I would fill you in on a few important developments you might have overlooked.
The truth is that you're living in a world that no longer exists. I, along with millions of Americans, clearly see the world the way it as -- and we embrace what it can be. You, on the other hand, seem incapable of looking for new ideas or moving beyond what worked in the past.
...(full letter at Huffington Post)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Your Weekly Address from the President-elect
President-elect Barack Obama announces he has directed his economic team to assemble an Economic Recovery Plan that will save or create 2.5 million more jobs by January of 2011. For more information, visit http://change.gov./
Obama sounds mighty progressive in todays address with an economic recovery plan that will put people to work rebuilding America's infrastructure.
How interesting that just yesterday, the talkingheads were trying to conjure up a battle between Obama and the Netroots. It seems that some anonymous staffer proclaimed that the Netroots have no clout because Joe Lieberman didn't get thrown out of the Democratic caucus in the Senate.
What's worth taking note of is that the Netroots are sufficiently influential that the MSM interviews bloggers and Congress pays attention to what's being said by the Netroots.
Jane Hamsher featured on MSNBC - Passage of Power
Ari Melber on MSNBC
Saturday, November 15, 2008
a truly inspirational day!!!! thank you all who suited up and showed up ...
i have hope our democracy will protect us from the tyranny of the majority.
yes we can!!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thom Hartmann’s plan for the auto industry is the best I’ve heard yet. Immediate move to production of flex fuel plug in hybrid vehicle.
The cost of the 10kwh battery used in other countries, produced here would go from $7000 to $2000. Most trips made by people in our country are 10 miles or fewer for a round trip. This change makes every gallon of gas last for 100 miles. When you change to 20% gas, 80% ethanol/methanol that gallon of gas lasts for 500 miles.
This addresses the auto industry bailout, climate change, resource depletion(worldwide peak oil, which has already happened or will in the next 10 minutes) and the destructive strategic value of oil. It seems the oil and auto lobbyists are the drivers of years of shameless, criminal policy because oil is subsidized. Currently there is a tax on resources to make flex fuels and no tax on imported oil. Aid to dependent corporations is what I heard Robert Reich calls it. My question is WHY? This is not the lead in to my conspiracy theory. This is an honest question. We can fight and die and destroy our home, planet earth, or we can work with the other humans on earth to save it. Send oil the way of whale oil, strip it of it's strategic value.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Some bits from the Sunday Talking-Heads Shows.
The election produced a progressive mandate. Conservatives can only scramble to shift the blame for the mess they made while in power and throw up roadblocks against repairing the economy they've nearly shattered.
Rank-'n'-file conservatives/Republicans are searching desparately for a way to explain away their support for crooked politicians and disastrous policies. Many of them are looking to "those intent on poisoning the soil before bipartisanship can take root": (Right-wing media feeds its post-election anger)
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Originally published Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM
Goldmark wins Wash. lands commissioner race
Democrat Peter Goldmark emerged as the winner in the state lands commissioner race Thursday, relying on the support of environmentalists and strong backing in King County to unseat two term incumbent Doug Sutherland.
By GENE JOHNSON
Associated Press Writer
Democrat Peter Goldmark emerged as the winner in the state lands commissioner race Thursday, relying on the support of environmentalists and strong backing in King County to unseat two-term incumbent Doug Sutherland.
After more than two days of vote counting, the Okanogan rancher and molecular biologist built an insurmountable lead, 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent.
"I am so grateful to the people of Washington for their support in restoring public trust to the management of our public lands," Goldmark said in a written statement from his 8,000-acre wheat and cattle ranch. "My goal is sustainable management of public resources, transparency in management and reliance on science and law in decision making."
Peter in Bellingham in september and last monday
The dust hasn't settled from the election celebrations and already the lowest of rightwing low-lifes are trying to hoodwink the American public with their same tired lies.
Karl Rove and other
The truth is that America is a center-left country, where progressive ideas are the norm, and most people who voted for Obama believe he is a liberal. The Pew Research Center found that: "Despite Obama's strong personal appeal, his supporters overwhelmingly say they favored him based on his issue positions (68%), not his leadership and personal qualities (30%). "
On November 3rd, conservatives told us Barack Obama was running as a socialist. On November 5th, they are telling us he ran as a conservative:
Here's a little news that probably won't dominate the post-election punditry. More than 60% of voters considered Sen. Barack Obama a "liberal." And he won.
Politico interviewed Sen. John McCain's long-time close aide Mark Salter, who revealed the result from the McCain campaign's own polling.
What must have the rightwings "thinkers" feeling especially desperate is that the next generation is lost to them; "Fully 61% of voters ages 18 to 29 identify or lean Democratic ..." (source: Pew Research)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
let's push Obama to do the right thing and get his back.....
more video here....
This morning, The Politico gives these numbers:
"349 Obama electoral votes -- 56(+5) Democratic Senate seats -- 251(+18) Democratic House seats"
America has voted for change. America has voted for the progressive policies put forward by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. (See Paul Krugman's thoughts on this)
The ultra-right circulated every fear-mongering, filthy lying smear they could dream up and America still voted overwhelmingly for progressive change.
Obama has been elected in what can only be called a landslide... Democratic majorities in the House and Senate have been increased... the number of States with Democratic Governors has gone up to thirty.
But even with this kind of mandate, progressive changes won't just happen. The Lobbyists for selfishness and greed are still there on K street. The rightwing media machine is still churning out its propaganda promoting fear and small mindedness. They'll still be trying with all their might to trick people into believing that Government of, for and by the People is some sort of 'evil collectivism'.
So after a little celebrating and a moment or two to gloat, we progressives have our work cut out for us. Those progressive policies won't be implemented unless we diligently push for them. We must stay involved, stay in contact with our representatives in Washington D.C. and Olympia, pushing for progressive legislation.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
morning on the streets of Ferndale in the pouring rain....
more to come...i'm heading for the streets and the party!!!!!!
we stayed on the street all day....then over to Frank n Steins to PARTY!!!!!! here's a few photos to prove it....
Monday, November 03, 2008
Obama Vikings coordinators....great job!!!! it brings Obama's hope message alive to see amazing young people doing great things.
Mark Flanders-candidate for 42nd legislative district representative
more video here (still uploading)