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Awakening Radical Geeks

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In January 2008 Anonymous, a loose collection of “hackers”, previously known only for cyber bullying and cracking copyrighted software, attacked the Church of Scientology’s web site. The Church had been trying to scrub the internet of pictures of Tom Cruise...More

 

L'affair Snowden - What We Have Learned

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Ok. Snowden is on the run. “It’s espionage!” “He’s a traitor!!”. Yeegads. All for telling us that our government is listening to us and wants to listen to the globe. “We have warrants!” shouts Obama, And then in a whisper...More

 

Scalia's Devastating Dissent

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Justice Scalia finally made us proud. In common with the vast majority of progressives I have considered our two Italian - American Justices to be running dogs of right wing conservatives / corporatists; borderline demi-fascists. Scalia was on the side...More

 

Picking Up The Flag

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Yes. I busted my ass for Obama the first time around. Opened my checkbook, campaigned, knocked on doors. Did everything I could to see that he carried Florida in the Presidential election. Not easy in a place where Fred Thompson...More

 

War and Conscription

"Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That’s because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into...More

 

Boston and the National Freak-Out

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Last week was a tough week. Moments after the marathon bombings, first responders and ordinary citizens rushed in to provide help to the injured, not knowing whether or not they were putting their own lives at risk. After those exemplary...More

 

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

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Margaret Thatcher visits with Augusto Pinochet while he was under house arrest in London. Margaret Thatcher is dead. While we in the United States tend to lionize our departed Presidents, a la St. Ronnie of Santa Barbara, British politics is...More

 

Bloodshed and Unemployment Insurance

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The New York Times front page on 7 March 1930, the day following the march for Unemployment Insurance. Does it boggle your mind to see working class people using their time to demonstrate for less government involvement, while living off...More

 

Are You a Prol?

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Labor Day Demonstration against child labor - 1909 So if "class warfare" actually breaks out (we’re not talking about beheading rich folks .... yet!) with what "class" do you identify? Are you "middle class, upper middle-class, lower class?" These are...More

 

Life Before Social Security

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This year I will be 71 years old, assuming I make it and I have close family now into their eighties. I was born in the first year of WW II and my older relatives born in the 1930s during...More

 

Learning from Crassus

Marcus Licinius Crassus was the richest man in Roman history. Indeed, he is considered one of the richest men who ever lived. He made his fortune as a supporter of the dictator Sulla by confiscating the properties of Sulla’s political...More

 

Minority Report and Rand Paul

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Remember the Tom Cruise movie "Minority Report" released in 2002? Sure it seemed liked science fiction at the time. Washington D. C. is virtually crime free in the year 2054 due to the effectiveness of the "Pre-Crime Unit". This unit...More

 

Taxes and Guns!! What a Day!!

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What a great day!! First of all we watched the spectacle of the GOP openly revolting against Speaker Boehner’s ludicrous "Plan B" stunt. As one Republican put it - "Voting for a tax increase on millionaires is the most difficult...More

 

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown

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I posted this after Aurora. Unfortunately it fits again. And so we have another "massacre", this time in Aurora, Colorado, maybe 20 miles from Columbine. Pretty soon we can just start characterizing these barbarities as "incidents". This one is life...More

 

It's Labor Day! Honoring Labor! Huh?

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March 6, 1930 - thousands demonstrate for unemployment insurance in Union Square and nationwide - led by the communists. Did you think government just gave it to you? Wake up and smell the coffee. It’s Labor Day! End of Summer,...More

 

The Serial Killer Groupie and the GOP

Once there was a serial killer. His name was William Hickman. He was rather famous back in the 1920s. The son of a paranoid schizophrenic mother and grandmother he would torture and kill cats as kid. Anyone who knew him...More

 

The Randian

And so we have our Republican Vice Presidential candidate, the Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan; the young gun star of the radical right. The new John Galt, feeling put upon by the "takers" in society. Ryan is now less comfortable...More

 

Picking on Ann Romney's Horse

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Ann Romney's horse - Rafalca What is it that bugs me about Ann Romney’s dressage horse? Is it the top hats and the white gloves? The hoidy-toidy atmosphere? The upper-crust ownership? All of the above? I can’t pick on the...More

 

Opening Ceremonies

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And so we begin another Olympic Games tonight with all of the pomp and ceremony - marching athletes, flag waving, lighting the caldron, speeches, huzzahs. Hyper-nationalism on display for all to see. It is probably not what Pierre de Fredy,...More

 

"White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty!"

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Ave Maria University campus Yup. "White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty" was the title of an article by Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, a Catholic liberal arts college located just south of Immokalee, Florida. The article appeared...More