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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

February 13, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

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Around my community of Southwest Washington all eyes are on the Oregon Legislature this week as committees decide the fate of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). For those in other parts of the country, the CRC is the replacement project for the I5 Bridge that connects Washington and Oregon in Vancouver and Portland. It’s a heavily researched, debated, and berated piece of infrastructure legislation that has come to represent the divisions in our national discourse. The CRC is nothing less than a symbol of political breakdown over common sense use of government.    Read more

In Some Events the US Should Not Go for the Gold

February 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

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As the Olympics begin in a country that is a leader in silencing dissent and imprisoning citizens, it would be a good time for the United States to close Guantanamo and reform policing tactics.

In the world spotlight stands Russia, a champion in spying on its own people, while the US confronts its own NSA excesses and could change course on domestic surveillance.

Putin’s nation is a winner’s circle for oligarchs, but America competes with its growing inequality -- though it would do better to not be a victor in wealth stratification and economic injustice.

Americans may win our share of Olympic medals but in authoritarianism and corporatocracy let’s allow Russia to come in first — there’s no need for America to go for the gold.

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2013: Slow Down, Showdown, Snowden and Snowed In

December 26, 2013 by Living Liberally

A year that began with a bold Inauguration following a clear re-election and talk of mandate was mired in revelations of government spying, a stalled Washington agenda and a faulty website.

A year that started with the GOP vowing to reform and rebrand after defeat saw them kill gun control & immigration laws, shut down the government and lose popularity.

A year unfolding in the wake of Sandy & Newtown brought further disasters and more massacres, Syria distractions, serial distortions & silly diversions where stalemates were success & progress a pipe dream.

Congress moved as slow as Healthcare.gov, instead of fiscal cliffs, we crashed into fiscal walls, the NSA revelations made Big Government a reality and legislators acted like obstructionism was a good thing.

Overall, it was a year of slowdowns and showdowns, of Snowden, and feeling snowed in by a blizzard of hypocrisy and self-interest.

That said, we also avoided an unnecessary war, expanded affordable healthcare and saw the spread of marriage equality. So there's something to toast in the year gone by.    Read more

What are your thoughs about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

November 4, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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This poll opens on December 31, 2014.

A Halloween of Hollow Weenies

October 31, 2013 by Living Liberally

The shutdown ended, but the showdown continues as the mad hatters of The Tea Party extreme play dress up as grown-ups interested in governing while aiming to gut Social Security and Food Stamps.

As the Obamacare website works through its issues, the empty suits of the right-wing can't get over their own, costumed as a concerned, compassionate Congress while really seeking to undo all healthcare reforms.

And as world leaders react to more NSA revelations, the spooks and kooks of our intelligence complex deny their actions, disavow their intentions and disguise criminal behavior as patriotism.

We'd love to believe all these frightening truths are simply Halloween costumes gone awry. But the truth is much, much scarier.

It's not Halloween. It's Hollow Weenies. And they are playing tricks & stealing treats that should really terrify all Americans.

It takes no special trick to join us for a treat as we outfit ourselves in liberal living & libations at your local progressive social club.

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Government, Heal Thyself

October 24, 2013 by Living Liberally

The website launched by our tech-savvy Prez to help Americans access affordable healthcare has had so many glitches and crashes that it now requires its own emergency care.

The right-wing that sought to undo Obamacare, rein in spending, revive the GOP, reform the US, cost us tens of billions, left health reform in tact and has now put the Tea Party on life support.

The NSA's illegal eavesdropping activities have so angered European leaders that it might derail our international relationships. Our reputation may need surgery -- stat!

We need to look after Americans' health, but after the weeks we've seen, we need to look after America's health as well.

Let's get these government exchanges working to help heal the American people. At the same time: Government, heal thyself.

Because if we can't get our government working, the right-wing will have won after all.

Share your experiences, stories and opinions as you share the night and share a pint at your local progressive social club.

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Let Them Eat Cake

October 16, 2013 by chairmanoohmowmow

Lately a memory has been haunting me a little bit. It was a television image that I noticed during the frantic, wall to wall TV coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. While firefighters were scrambling through the dust and smoke of New York City, the anchor tossed to a reporter on the Beltway in Washington D.C.. The freeway was packed with federal employees. Some had provisions strapped to the top of their Range Rovers while other were furiously peddling their mountain bikes, as back packs full of canned goods swayed from their perspiration stained torsos, towards Maryland. All were abandoning the city. Lesson: These folks will cut and run.

None of them were even remotely interested in talking with reporters. Think about that for a second. The Washington elite, the people we entrust to fight for our interests, no matter how we define those interests; leaving their posts and fleeing the capitol...and refusing an opportunity to talk with the press!    Read more

Political Game Playing

October 3, 2013 by gawilliams14

Now that the government shutdown is a reality, I want to take this opportunity to register my disgust at how this played out. I try and take a reasonable approach to the issue of who is responsible for government problems, and have a rather evenhanded focus, but in this, I am rather upset at the Republicans in the House of Representatives.    Read more

I Guess That's Why They Call Them Blue States

August 20, 2013 by chairmanoohmowmow

I spent a little time in California over the summer. It had been awhile. I remember going there as a kid and being so impressed. It seems that the days when everyone in the nation looked up to California, that magical land filled with perfect weather, sandy beaches, gorgeous women, and glamorous movie stars, have gone the way of the VCR and the cassette deck.

The first condition that I noticed was that the check stations, that used to manned by friendly, professional, state officials, who welcomed you to California and asked if you were bringing fruits or vegetables to or from that state, now look like the ruined shacks from Fallout 3. I was waiting to be attacked by "Mole-Rats".

Oh, and the rest areas are all closed so don't bother trying. You have no choice but to pee at truck stop as you're paying $6.02 a gallon for gas.    Read more

Awakening Radical Geeks

July 22, 2013 by toritto1942

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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 acting crazy. The sudden shift to political activism, known as “hackerism”, changed the way political issues could play out on line.

Four months later, Wikileaks got it’s first scoup; the theology and “bibles” of the Church of Scientology, which it published on line. The litigious church wanted the information taken down. Fat chance. Wikileaks never took down the postings.

Anonymous has since attacked internet service companies and government websites filling the space vacated by Wiki after it was thrown off of Amazon and Pay Pal concerned over the legality of publishing government secrets.

The rise of both organizations, Wiki and Anonymous, has sparked a geek awakening. These geeks, known previously for their attitude rather than their political awareness, are challenging the traditional notions of governance.    Read more

Should Affirmative Action be ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court?

June 23, 2013 by Andrew17

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L'affair Snowden - What We Have Learned

June 20, 2013 by toritto1942

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 “from that secret FISA Court” that nobody knows anything about because it’s a secret. National security you know.

Google moved today for a declaratory judgement in Federal Court (the REAL court!) to be allowed to disclose the warrants it received from the NSA through the FISA Court (not to be taken as an admission that there are any warrants of course - they are secret), arguing that it’s business has been irreparably damaged.

Now suppose the security state can’t catch Snowden? Suppose he gets asylum? How would you feel if Obama put him on the drone list over a Tuesday afternoon coffee at the White House?

Nah. Of course he wouldn’t. Would he? He can. Maybe after getting a secret warrant from FISA Court so it’s all nice and legal.    Read more

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