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Where's the outrage? An anthem for the working class

Every campaign for social justice has always been accompanied by its own anthems.It's time we consider taking on Wall Street. Which side are you on?...
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Viral Demagoguery Informs CNN "News" Story About Gitmo Vaccines

It seems CNN and Anderson Cooper's AC360 are in the tank and falling further behind in the ratings wars. It further seems that this has presented reason for the "Cable News Network" to emulate Fox News in a desire to manufacture...
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Who's Zoomin' Who On This Myth of the 60 Vote Threshold?

From where comes all this obsession about the supposed 60 votes needed to pass health care reform that includes the public option? What am I missing here?We are told by nearly everyone in the Dem Leadership that they prefer the...
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Inviting Our "Bastard Brothers" to a Political Showdown

As reported yesterday on TPM, Democracy Corps released a report that outlines a case to be made that the GOP base is "being motivated by a fundamentally different worldview than folks in the middle or on the Dem side."This report...
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Just Another DLC Failure on Health Care Reform

Like many in this country, I truly thought that in choosing Obama as our President, we had at last elected a credible leader capable of pursuing legitimate change in the way business is taken care of in Washington. The dire...
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Bushwhacked by the Insurance Industry Lobbyists? Oh, The Horror!

What a buzz kill!Actually, we can't quite say we couldn't see THIS coming.At the very start of this latest effort to reform our health care system, the Obama Team made it very clear that the number one priority was to make certain...
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From the GOP Bully Pulpit: No Health Care for Illegal Aliens

"Illegal aliens" are a pretty easy target in these times of economic insecurity that affects all Americans.And the Democratic Leadership - never ones to stand up to demagoguery when a simple "bi-partisan" weak-at-the-knees surrender will do - recently caved to...
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"The Dream Lives On"

Kennedy knew that we grow stronger as a nation, not by reinforcing and buttressing the powers and authority of the strongest among us, but rather by improving the lot and circumstance of the least advantaged in this society. The Dream Lives On!
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Imagine if a Healthy Ted Kennedy Were President

(NOTE: This blog entry was inspired by a discussion on another blog castigating Ted Kennedy for failing to "get out of the way." Thanks, maggie!)Imagine if Ted Kennedy were President today in place of Barack Obama. How might these health care discussions...


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Favorite Quotes

"Is this a private fight, or can anyone join?" - Old Irish Saying

"We Can Be Together" - Jefferson Airplane

"Misery's the river of the world - everybody row!" - Tom Waits

"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan Swift

“If a man is not an oligarch, something is not right with him. Everyone had the same starting conditions, everyone could have done it.” - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian Tycoon, now in prison.


"I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half." - Jay Gould, 19th Century Industrialist

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck


I slept with the lions
and Marilyn Monroe
had breakfast in the eye
of a hurricane

fought Rocky Marciano,
played Minnesota Fats
burned hundred-dollar bills,
I've eaten Mulligan stew

got drunk with Louis Armstrong
what's that old song?
I taught Mickey Mantle
everything that he knows
-Tom Waits "Jitterbug Boy"

Somewhere in Wisconsin, at the junction of Principles and Opinion

Progressive Liberal Socialist -
Studs Terkel; Clarence Darrow; Bob LaFollette; Frank Zeidler; Eugene Debs; Joe Hill; Saul Alinsky; FDR New Deal; Henry Wallace; James Groppi; Catonsville 9; Harold Washington; Tip O'Neill; Ann Richards; Molly Ivins; Mahatma Ghandi; Mother Jones; Chalmers Johnson; Ed Garvey; Michael Moore

Favorite Books:
"The Jungle" - Upton Sinclair
"The Grapes of Wrath" - John Steinbeck
"Reveille for Radicals" - Saul Alinsky
"Clarence Darrow for the Defense" - Irving Stone
"Ironweed" - William Kennedy
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" - Carson McCullers
"The Glass Menagerie" - Tennessee Williams
"The Last Lion" trilogy (unfinished) - William Manchester
"Moby Dick" - Herman Melville
"Great Expectations" - Charles Dickens
"A River Runs Through It" - Norman MacLean
"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany" - Willliam L. Shirer
"Trout Fishing in America" / "Revenge of the Lawn" - Richard Brautigan
"TRUCK" / "COOP" - Michael Perry
"A Confederacy of Dunces" - John Kennedy O'Toole
"Wisconsin Death Trip" - Michael Lesy
"Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" - Alfred Lansing


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