Throughout my life, I have listened to others, and at times — at least during my younger years — I obeyed some of those voices and I was led down roads that perhaps I would have been better off if I had not gone. Growing older, I have learned to tell the difference more often between the voices that carry wisdom and those that carry other things, like emotions and passions and even agendas.
I am sure that most of us can remember a time in our lives that someone wanted us to do something. Perhaps a teenage friend who convinced us to sneak out of the house at night; a business associate convinces us to invest in a deal that turns out to be a lousy investment, perhaps even cost us our life savings. There are so many scenarios here but I am sure most of us, if not all, have had our “stupid moments” in our lives. Read more
My community’s local office for Organizing for America is in a strip mall on Fourth Plain BLVD. It’s not slick, but is functional, clean, and enthusiastically decorated with campaign posters. The doors are open seven days a week, from morning until night; and the place has a skeleton crew of staffers and full time volunteers that keep it going. It’s the friendliest place in my hometown, and somewhere I comfortably bring my children to learn about the democratic process.
Our office’s Debate Watch Party last week was well organized and packed with people. Like the Convention Watch Party before it, I was there writing and taking photos as part of my volunteer duties. I had a good feel for the mood in the room since my job was to pay attention. In a journalistic fashion, I had conversations with many folks, and watched for reactions to the debate. Read more
It’s Tuesday September 18th (on the West coast)! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1851, the first issue of The New York Times was published. You know, that liberal rag with that infamous liberal media bias. You know, the one founded by Whig politician, Henry Jarvis Raymond. That commie! You know, the same Henry Jarvis Raymond who later became the second chairman of the Republican National Committee. That pinko! You know, the guy whose paper was praised by Republican President Abraham Lincoln with comments like, “The Times, I believe, is always true to the Union.” Oh my God, what a liberal! Okay. Okay. That was quite some time ago, and the world has changed...or has it? Read more
Update, Sept. 18th: video of event has been posted. Chris leads off, I start 21:40 in, followed by Aron & then Vince & Heather. Here’s a micropublishing update you can RT to spread the word. Interested in your feedback on my presentation: david at ppolitics.org. Thanks Philanthropy NY for the opportunity.
You may already know that the PPF team are big-time boosters of ‘Up with Chris Hayes’ on MSNBC, an evidently sharp-of-mind, reality-based, diverse, and uniquely-publicly-accountable weekend news discussion show. Chris is a great friend to all of us at PPF, and I can scarcely wait to have more time to write about his well-received first book, Twilight of the Elites. Go Hayza. Read more
National Public Radio reported this morning Rep. Nancy Pelosi is wearing her lucky purple pumps today: the same ones she wore the day the Affordable Care Act was passed. In recognition of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on the constitutionality of health care reform, her choice of footwear could be the perfect symbol for continuing expansion of health care coverage for all Americans.
As soon as I woke, I hurried to my TV and switched on MSNBC, to find out what the Supreme Court’s verdict on health care reform would be….and I was delighted. Judge Roberts broke with the conservatives on the bench to cast the fifth vote which upheld this legislative achievement. His better angels prevailed…and tens of millions of people will benefit from the basic human right of health care access. Read more
When MSNBC fired Keith Olbermann and replaced him with Lawrence O'Donnell, I was a bit annoyed. But now that Olbermann had crashed and burned over at Current TV, and O'Donnell has turned into a pretty effective pundit, I have changed my mind. For an example of why I like O'Donnell so much, consider this depressingly accurate tirade about the Newsweek cover with the headline, “The First Gay President.” Read more
In an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, Obama confirms his support for gay marriage. Obama said this: Read more
Keith Olbermann has signed a new two year deal with C-Span to host a new show tentatively titled, “Loud Talking with Olbermann.”
C-Span producer Martin Wiseman said about the deal, “Listen, we all know Keith's reputation. Which is why we think he would be a perfect fit for C-Span. He will be provided with a camera on a tripod and space in an empty office to record his program. And if he doesn't show up for work one day, we will simply press play and record the empty room. There will be no disruption to our regular programming.” Mr. Wiseman than excused himself to attend the “Olbermann Pre-Emptive Legal Defense Fund” bake sale in the C-Span commissary. Read more
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The city of Rome really was burning on Saturday as a group of hooded protesters took to the streets with rocks, bottles, and fireworks in hand. Euronews has more.
“What started off as a peaceful protest against government cutbacks and economic inequality has turned into rioting in the streets of Rome. Earlier in the day on Saturday, demonstrators gathered in the shadow of the coliseum to show their support started by movements by the ‘Indignados’ in Spain and the Americans in Occupy Wall Street. Read more
I just got my copy of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow (signed by the author!) and I'm reading it with great interest, even though I'm totally swamped with other things. Damn you Rachel Maddow for writing such an engaging book!
I'm just starting it but wanted to share a couple of observations. Read more
The thoroughly loathesome Rush Limbaugh is reaping the whirlwind from his latest gaffe (defined, of course, as any instance where a political figure shares his actual opinion with the public), with advertisers fleeing in droves. This has led to a good deal of chortling among the liberal types in my social media universe, but Kevin Drum finds a cloud to go with that silver lining: Read more
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It’s been obvious for a long time now that Republicans are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. You’d be hard pressed to find a Republican lawmaker to say anything negative about old Rush. Rush has for a long time held a lot of clout over Republican politicians, with Republicans kowtowing to Mr. Limbaugh in fear that Rush will bash them on his popular radio show. Read more
12/8/11 Speaking this morning on MSNBC, former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu attacked Newt Gingrich for throwi Read more