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Call the GOP What They Are: "The Anti-American GOP"

joe broadhurst | Bush's infamous quote: "I"ve said that three times. You see, in my line of work you have to repeat yourself...to sort of...catapult the propaganda..."

If every single blogger simply called the GOP as it should be, could Rove's repetition dance work on his own anti-American party? more...  0 Comments

The Bolivarian Revolution: A Movement of Hope and Threat

Manuel Valenzuela | A long essay, split up into three parts, delving into the Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez, offering a fresh perspective on Latin American history and an analysis of the Revolution transforming Venezuela and the region. Print this one out and enjoy while sitting on your favorite couch or chair. This is a refreshing, well written essay worthy of some time. more...  0 Comments

NANCY PELOSI VS. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY

Jeffrey Blankfort | McKinney, from Atlanta, Georgia, is an African-American warrior for justice and peace and an enemy of government hypocrisy. The other, Nancy Pelosi, is the white, privileged congresswoman from San Francisco, a consummate politician who, because of her prodigious fundraising abilities, was promoted by the party to run for the seat of the late Sala Burton in 1986 and is now the House Minority leader in Congress, thanks to her loyal service to the party and to the party line. ... Meanwhile, McKinney made her film debut this week in “American Blackout,” an independent film that premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and which explores the historic and disempowerment of the Black vote through her eyes and political career. more...  0 Comments

The Anti-Sheehan: Who is Dan Clay? (The Indypendent)

KAT AARON | After his son was killed, Bud Clay wrote a letter to President Bush, which reads in part: “Dan was a Christian – he knew Jesus as Lord and Savior – so we know where he is. In his final letter (one left with me for the family – to be read in case of his death) he says ‘if you are reading this, it means my race is over.’ He’s home now – his and our real home. I am writing to you – to tell you how proud and thankful we (his parents and family) are of you and what you are trying to do to protect us all.” more...  0 Comments

‘World Can’t Wait’ Takes It Right to Bush (The Indypendent)

JED BRANDT | “We’ve taken a beating over the last few years. The left, needs to come to terms with just how far Bush will take this. It’s not just about one person stepping down, we’re building an overall resistance throughout society.” more...  2 Comments

Pedicabs Face Midtown Ban

Michael Bielawski | They can be found near landmarks such as Central Park in the day and Times Square at night. The Central Park rides are in direct competition with the traditional horse carriages and that’s when the trouble came. Instead of friendly competition, the horse carriage companies have insisted pedicabs are illegal because we do not carry the vending license required to sell things in the city. We argue we are a service, and do not require a vending license, which doesn’t apply to us even if we wanted it. more...  6 Comments

Populist #22

Franklin | On the Executive Branch; Relating to War Powers more...  0 Comments

Direct Action for Katrina Survivors

Eviction Defense | On Monday, February 13th, the New Orleans homeless population will skyrocket, and the survivors of Katrina will be victimized again. FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors and most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional housing solutions. The National Guard is even on call to evict these survivors at gun point. more...  0 Comments

Cindy Sheehan: I have decided not to run

Cindy Sheehan | "I, as an American, and as the mother of a hero, pledge to do what I can as a citizen to end the occupation of Iraq. I am not running against Feinstein, but I will continue to be a thorn in the side of the senator and anyone who is not stridently working for peace. That is my promise."
-- Cindy Sheehan, February 9, 2006 more...  2 Comments

Images of the Free Leonard Peltier Rally, Feb. 6

Suzaka | Pictures of the rally and speak out at Union Square to demand the release of Leonard Peltier on the 30th anniversary of his incarceration. more...  0 Comments

Islam bashing part of racist war for empire

Leslie Feinberg | According to the big-business media, “free speech” is the core issue. In reality, this is a battle between oppressor and oppressed nations. more...  23 Comments

DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - IT'S SPELLED C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N

Stephen Lendman | A broad definition of corruption is used to explain past and present US policy more...  0 Comments

Taser Distributors are jumping ship

TASER IMHO | More and more of Taser's distributors are dropping the controversial stun gun from their product line, in an effort to distance themselves from inclusion. more...  0 Comments

Remembering Al Lewis: 1923-2006

Anonymous | "I've been in the struggle over seventy years -- it doesn't bother me I may not win," Grandpa Al Lewis said in a cantankerous, wide-ranging 1997 interview with The Shadow. "The victory is in the struggle, for me. And I accepted that a long time ago."

On Friday, the 95- (or 82) year old Lewis passed away. Best known as "Grandpa Munster" for his role in a television sitcom, Lewis was a social justice fighter going back to labor and tenant struggles during the Great Depression. In recent years, he was a Green Party gubernatorial candidate and the host of a weekly radio show on WBAI-99.5 FM. Do you have any personal memories of "Grandpa"? Feel free to share them here.

Today, Democracy Now! reported that "Grandpa Al" was 82, not 95 as he always claimed. Does the difference matter with regard to Grandpa Al's legacy?

[Democracy Now || Wakeup Call more...  10 Comments

A Grassroots Political Strategy: 2006

Daily Gotham | (the Daily Gotham writes): "The baseline assumption I work from is that we face two separate but related challenges: electing more Democrats, and making elected Democrats more Progressive. I would argue that of these two goals, 2006 is the year to pursue the former first and foremost; making our own electeds better servants of the people, while eminently desirable, should in my opinion wait until we've recaptured majorities where it matters: The House, the United States Senate, the State Senate. It really is a zero-sum game in my view; the energy and money expended on primary challenges is not available for dealing with the real problem, which is the other party. I have yet to see a single Democrat who is as bad as the alternative from the other side, and that includes Joe Lieberman." [Read More] more...  4 Comments

Sunday Washington Post: Bush Spying on Thousands; Machines Spying on Just About Everyone

WaPo | According to the Washington Post:

"Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies in use." more...  2 Comments

Pictures of the World Can't Wait Rally at Times Square

Suzaka | World can't wait - Protest the State of the Union at Times Square more...  0 Comments

The Pestilent Presidency

Manuel Valenzuela | One of the best, if not the best analysis of George W. Bush, the man and they myth, that I have yet to read. Long but well worth it. Valenzuela has Bush pegged
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Propaganda 101 Issue 4 Release Party

Propaganda 101 | Propaganda 101 is a youth based, grassroots, multimedia group that works to inject progressive politics into pop culture. We use a variety of events and productions to provide space for activists, artists, writers, and musicians to express their ideas and network with each other. This event celebrates the release of our fourth full feture magazine, which revolves around the topic of labor. more...  1 Comments

Villager: "Critical Mass bicyclist aids police hurt in collision"

Source: The Villager article by Jeff Siegel | "For months cyclists participating in the Critical Mass rides have expressed concern about potential injuries resulting from police vehicles chasing bicyclists. Their concerns became reality last Friday when two motor-scooter police suffered injuries after colliding while policing the ride." more...  1 Comments

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