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Doug Drenkow is a writer, editor, webmaster, and producer. A fourth-generation Democrat, Doug has produced the political talk shows "Barry Gordon From Left Field," on radio, and "NewsRap with Barry Gordon," on cable TV, featuring top progressive guests in the nation. Having met his wife through the Internet, Doug is a big believer in the power of new media!


Doug Drenkow's progressive political commentaries have appeared in print, on radio and TV, and online -- as in OpEdNews, DailyKos, BuzzFlash, UPI, BBC, The Guardian, etc.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010     

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Pres. Obama's Mentor & Role Model & Hope for America
(1 comments) I now sincerely believe that -- no matter how you or I may see him -- Pres. Obama sees himself as carrying on the mantle of his late "friend, colleague, and counsellor" Ted Kennedy, as the leader of, let's say, "pragmatic progressive" Democrats -- not really "centrist," like outgoing-Sen. Evan Bayh, but also not really "liberal," like Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Thursday, November 11, 2010     

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$#@&!
(25 comments) The swing voters indeed had a choice. They chose wrong. Dead wrong. The correct answer to the question of, Where do we go from here? wasn't to turn the country to the Right, but to the Left -- make Congress more progressive, not less. Invest more in infrastructure and green technology, not less. Make the wealth more equitably distributed, not less. Look out more for middle class and working class households, not less.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010     

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Vote for Job Creation Not GOP Extortion!
(1 comments) The GOP ruined the economy, threw millions out of work, stood in the way of any and all help, and now wants our votes? And trillions for the rich? That smells like EXTORTION to me. We cannot afford to reward that behavior; we just cannot afford them in power again, not at this critical time. Work for jobs. Don't give in to extortion!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010     

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Vote for Job Creation Not GOP Extortion!
(1 comments) The GOP ruined the economy, threw millions out of work, stood in the way of any and all help, and now wants our votes? And trillions for the rich? That smells like EXTORTION to me. We cannot afford to reward that behavior; we just cannot afford them in power again, not at this critical time. Work for jobs. Don't give in to extortion!

Saturday, May 29, 2010     

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See No Oil. Hear No Oil. Speak No Oil.
(1 comments) Even though Pres. Obama has promised that oil company reps would no longer be -- literally as well as figuratively -- in bed with government regulators, it seems now as if another arm of the federal government has too "cosy" a relationship with BP ...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010     

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Make history? Yes, we can. And did. Again.
(2 comments) From Teddy Roosevelt to Teddy Kennedy, some of the best and brightest American leaders have fought for the now--"45,000 Americans who die each year because they have no health insurance, and the nearly one million who go bankrupt each year because of medical expenses, even though most of those Americans had health insurance when they first got sick. But today, President Barack Obama has signed into law historic reforms.

Saturday, February 27, 2010     

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The President Calls the GOP Bluff.
(1 comments) In his dramatic, historic, seven-plus-hour summit yesterday with both Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- televised for all the world to see -- President Obama remained true to his reputation and convictions, and thus our cause: better, more affordable health care for more Americans.

Friday, February 26, 2010     

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The President Calls the GOP Bluff.
(7 comments) In his dramatic, historic, seven-plus-hour summit yesterday with both Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- televised for all the world to see -- President Obama remained true to his reputation and convictions, and thus our cause: better, more affordable health care for more Americans.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010     

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Closing the Deal in Health Reform, With or Without the GOP
(4 comments) Any ideas will be considered in the health care summit; but most Democrats are confident that after public debate, with input from recognized health care experts, any reasonable observers will conclude that the GOP proposals, as we've heard before, will not be better than the (probably-by-then-reconciled) House/Senate plan for making health care insurance more available, dependable, and affordable (and lowering the deficit).

Thursday, January 28, 2010     

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"Not This Year" -- L.A. Co. Dems' Great New Video!
I cannot encourage you enough to watch -- and share -- this great new video by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009     

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Use Reconciliation vs. "President Lieberman"
If Geo. W. Bush had not been handed the presidency by the Right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme court back in 2000, Al Gore would have become president; and Joe Lieberman, vice president. Reading how smug and happy Sen. Lieberman is as "point man" and spoiler, dictating terms of legislation, I cannot help but feel that Mr. Lieberman is playing out a fantasy of his envisioning himself as by now being "President Lieberman."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009     

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The Least Bad Option in Afghanistan
(8 comments) After eight years of mismanagement of the Afghan War under Pres. Bush, there are no good options left, only less bad ones. Pres. Obama has done his best to balance the military and political realities, both here and abroad, to arrive at his strategy. His earnest, sober reasoning — in stark contrast to the leadership of Bush — should be respected, even if one disagrees with his ultimate decision: the least bad option.

Friday, November 6, 2009     

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Election Lesson: It's right -- not Right -- to be Democrats.
If we really, truly believe in the fair and wise policies we talk so much about, then by God, let's act upon them! And in the very best way that we can -- not some second-rate, watered-down version. Who knows, we might actually be right -- to not be Right. Our policies -- on the economy and health care and green jobs and so on -- might actually work. And people might actually, rightly re-elect us.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009     

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The Insurance Companies' "License to Kill": ERISA
(3 comments) Health insurance companies administering employer-based health plans -- the very private insurance plans covering most Americans, even under the health reform bills being considered by Congress -- have a "license to kill": It is contained in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, ERISA -- little known to most Americans but very profitably exploited by health insurance companies, costing many people their lives.

Monday, October 19, 2009     

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My "Health Reform Video Challenge" Submission
Organizing for America is sponsoring a "Health Reform Video Challenge": "Create the best 30 second video you can that makes the case for passing health insurance reform in 2009." So I wrote a script, structured around these three themes: making health insurance "available, dependable, and affordable." And what could make more of an impression than presenting the names and faces of those who were victims of our current system?

Friday, October 9, 2009     

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Pres. Obama: An Inspired and Inspiring Nobel Peace Prize Choice
(4 comments) It is obvious that Pres. Obama represents a new face, ethnically and figuratively, of America -- the most powerful nation -- to the world: a vision of hope through working together with, not against, one another. And that indeed is the only road that leads to peace. Pres. Obama says he is "humbled" by the Prize; I am proud of the honor he has brought to America.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009     

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Report: Public Option as Best Cost Control
(2 comments) In order to assist other progressive activists in moving health care reform -- including a public option -- forward, I have prepared a report entitled Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise: The Public Option as the Best Insurance of Health Care Coverage and Cost Control. As indicated by its Executive Summary, this report includes comprehensive (searchable) content, commentary, and hyperlinked references.

Monday, September 14, 2009     

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When is a Public Option Not a Public Option?
(2 comments) As an alternative to the public option -- which unfortunately has been losing public support -- the Senate Finance Committee is reportedly coming together around a plan to expand Medicaid to cover Americans not covered by private insurance. However, there are several vital concerns to consider, to ensure coverage and cost-control; in short, Medicaid must become more like Medicare. We don't want "No Patient Left Behind."

Friday, September 11, 2009     

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Media in States with Centrist Senators - Research Report for Action
In the wake of President Barack Obama's stirring and historic speech this week to a joint session of Congress, I have prepared a research paper to aid those who want to help the health care reform effort by grassroots action; namely, contacting the media in the states of those "centrist" Democratic and Republican senators whose votes will most likely be decisive.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009     

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Personal Tragedies Show Need for Health Care Reform: Video of "Congressional Send-Off Rally" in L.A.
I shot, edited, and posted on YouTube video clips of the Sept. 3 "Congressional Send-Off Rally" held in L.A. by Organizing for America and Health Care for America NOW! See and hear how people have lost their lives due to insurance company failures and how political leaders are supporting health care reform, including a public option. And call the HCAN hotline to leave a message for your congressional representative!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009     

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Taking Health Care Reform to the "Belly of the Beast"
See and hear on YouTube how the Orange County (California) March for the Public Option, a passionate, yet orderly -- grassroots, not astroturf -- group of hundreds of men, women, and children, braved the heat and, in the words of a woman who nearly went broke when her husband got cancer, "took it to the belly of the beast."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009     

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Kennedy's Greatness: Not Who He Was But What He Did
(1 comments) Love him or loathe him, Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy was an undeniably great public figure. But his greatness did not spring from who he was -- the surviving one of four, larger-than-life brothers of a powerful American family -- but from what he did -- champion the rights of all Americans, including those not born to such wealth and privilege.

Monday, August 17, 2009     

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Video Clips of Schiff Town Hall: Democracy Will Not Be Silenced
(4 comments) 28 VIDEO CLIPS document how over a thousand well-organized, very vocal opponents of health care reform failed to drown out over a thousand well-organized, very vocal supporters in the town hall meeting courageously hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on August 11. He and a panel of experts presented much verifiable information and debunked many myths. Free speech was not silenced by mob rule!

Sunday, August 9, 2009     

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The Would-Be Town Hall Putsches
(2 comments) If we want to preserve and defend our democratic republic and all it stands for -- What could be more quintessentially American than a town hall meeting? -- then we cannot let bullies tell us what to do, or keep us from saying what needs to be said. Read how the Right has been so successful in uniting in opposition, and read some concrete steps you can take in support of vital health care reform.

Sunday, August 2, 2009     

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Fact Check in the Health Care Debate
(2 comments) I think the subtitle of this AP article, from Yahoo! News, tells it all: "Distortions rife in health care debate." To help set the record -- and a lot of our fellow citizens' minds -- right, check this out ...

Monday, July 27, 2009     

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The "Bottom Lines" on Health Care Reform
(2 comments) In yesterday's NYTimes online there was an excellent summary of what the various aspects of health care reform would mean to everyone: The "bottom line" on the proposed legislation. So if you haven't yet read this great article, please do. Intelligence and reason are on trial. And we cannot forget how many lives are truly on the line.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009     

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The Specter of Hope, as the GOP Implodes
The best comment I heard this morning was on MSNBC: David Shuster said that Arlen Specter didn't leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left Arlen Specter. Now we've GOT to make some real, positive change for the people at large.

Monday, March 16, 2009     

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Right-thinking among righteous anger
(2 comments) In the short term, stop the bleeding before it's too late (and enough already with these insane, obscene bonuses!). And in the long term, never again let so much money and power accumulate in so few hands, in any sector of our economy. We're ALL too important to fail.

Friday, March 13, 2009     

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Right-wing Hangover
The Right complaining about all the time, effort, and expense that will be required to clean up the mess left behind by eight years of their policies under the Bush administration is like a bunch of spoiled frat boys with hangovers complaining ...

Saturday, September 27, 2008     

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Straight Talk on the Financial Crisis
There's plenty of blame to go around for the current financial crisis -- both parties "drank the Kool Aid" of deregulation in the '90s -- but Obama and the Democrats in Congress are doing right by everyday Americans in rewriting the Bush Bail-Out bill, as McCain flips and flops day by day.

Thursday, September 11, 2008     

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Election 2008: Hope vs. Fear. Unity vs. Division. Success vs. Failure.
(2 comments) Today, seven years after a horrific shock to our collective system, we are embroiled in an election that the entire world recognizes is of truly historic proportions -- and not just because of the amount of pigment in one candidate's skin, or even the centuries of slavery and discrimination with which his race has been burdened. Simply put, the election of 2008 is no less than an epic contest between hope and fear.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008     

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The Case for a Woman as Vice President, and then President
(3 comments) Should the Democrats nominate a woman to be vice president in 2008 and, thus, potentially, hopefully president in 2016? Should gender be a factor at all? Shouldn't this very important decision, potentially affecting every person on earth, be "gender neutral"? Well, at the risk of offending all those who recoil at anything even remotely resembling "affirmative action," here are a few facts to consider.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008     

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Progressives Must Not Be Divided: We Cannot Afford a Pres. McCain
(11 comments) African Americans and American women have made great strides with the Obama and Clinton candidacies. But we must not allow ourselves to be divided: Only by uniting can we prevent the continuation of the Bush legacy, under a Pres. McCain; only by uniting can we achieve a great progressive agenda for our nation.

Friday, February 15, 2008     

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On Michigan, Florida, & Superdelegates: Democrats Be Democrats, or Else
(6 comments) My greatest concern all along with the issues of seating or not seating the Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida and with the now probably decisive role of "superdelegates" in the convention has not been about procedure in the primaries but about the outcome in the general election. Ultimately, Democrats need to play by the rules and be democratic; that is, not become what we are striving to overcome.

Thursday, November 9, 2006     

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The Last, Best Hope of the American People
(2 comments) As the Democrats retake Congress and statehouses and governorships across the country - and as President George W. Bush replaces NeoCon-in-Chief Donald H. Rumsfeld with the reportedly more pragmatic Robert M. Gates - it again becomes apparent, as it has throughout our history, that the power in the United States of America ultimately resides in the people.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006     

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Backed by Big Money, Congress May Gut Identity Theft Laws
With most of its members taking big money from big banks, the House Committee on Financial Services just voted in favor of legislation that would supercede strict state laws vs. identity theft. Article includes Action Form to oppose the bill US PIRG calls "the worst data security bill ever."

Tuesday, March 14, 2006     

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A Legacy of Damage to America: The President's Vile Precedents Etcetera
This president and his ilk are inflicting lasting damage upon America and the world -- a legacy that will haunt us and cripple us for generations yet to come. Let us not be as foolish or arrogant as those who misgovern us; let us never forget or dismiss their betrayals of the public trust.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006     

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One Less Bell to Answer
(1 comments) No sector of the economy is more vital to our Information Age than communications. The announcement this weekend that AT&T has agreed to buy BellSouth is not only newsworthy but also historic, in terms of its sheer size (one of the largest deals ever) and of its social impact. This article is a comprehensive review of the communications industry, from telecoms and cable companies to content providers and consumers.

Saturday, February 18, 2006     

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Priorities
“Put your money where your mouth is.” That’s how you tell the straight-shooters from the hypocrites. And see where someone’s priorities really lie. By that standard, I’m afraid our current leadership is misleading America.

Monday, February 6, 2006     

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"DON'T TREAD ON ME"!
One of the greatest hypocrisies is the claim by the Right to stand up for life, liberty, and property under assault by the Left. ... The Right has no right to our bodies, minds, or souls (let alone the fruits of our labors, which they apparently cannot help but try to horde for themselves).

Monday, January 30, 2006     

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The Top Ten Reasons to Reject Samuel Alito
Why risk the majority's wrath, their threat to violate the rules of the Senate and exercise the Nuclear Option? I'll give you ten good reasons for Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans to stand tall and reject this nomination, pandering to those far to the right of the mainstream.

Monday, January 16, 2006     

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Beyond the "Dream": The Wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking to the Challenges of Our Times
Numerous quotes from Dr. King on justice, brotherhood, and peace - "I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land." - with Urgent Action Page Vs. Alito.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006     

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If Bush & Alito Have Their Way, Our Votes May Not Count.
Call me old fashioned; but I thought that the president, sworn to uphold the Constitution, and a potential justice of the Supreme Court would hold democracy in reverence, not contempt.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006     

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More Bush Insanity: Fomenting Instability in Iraq
We're told that it would be patently irresponsible to withdraw our troops from Iraq without first making the country stable and then handing it over to Iraqi security forces. So does that mean we've got to redouble our efforts to restabilize Iraq, so we can get the hell outa there? Well, maybe not.

Friday, December 30, 2005     

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If George W. Bush Had Not Been An Un-American Un-President ...
... he would not have been put in office by a rigged election. ... he would have condemned any actions even vaguely resembling torture. ... he would not have defied the laws of the land or dreamed of employing the most powerful intelligence operations to spy on millions of innocent Americans. ...

Monday, December 19, 2005     

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Multi-Site Action Alert: Jam the Senate's Phones Monday Protesting Illegal Bush Wiretaps!
From Daily Kos throughout the 'net, the Action Alert is going out: Contact your senators and demand that Bush be held accountable for breaking the law and bragging about it. Article includes ref. to find your senators' phone numbers and easy-to-use Action Form! Fight this blatant abuse of power!

Saturday, December 10, 2005     

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Truth, Suffering, & Growth: "A Liar's Tale," by Andre Coleman (Book Review)
In his wonderfully inventive, thought-provoking first novel, Andre Coleman, who as a journalist has made a profession of unearthing the truth, creates a character, Scott Hampton, who tries to take the easy way out in life by lying, only to find the price of lies to be higher than that of the truth.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005     

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Killing the Messengers *
Getting an "F" in Homeland Security, the Bush administration retaliates against whistleblowing Chief of the U.S. Park Police and Agents of the FBI. [ * RE-POSTED WITH WORKING ACTION PAGE LINK, TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS, CONGRESS. REPS., OR NEWSPAPER IN SUPPORT OF CHIEF AND OUR SECURITY AND LIBERTY]

Tuesday, December 6, 2005     

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Killing the Messengers
Getting an "F" in Homeland Security, the Bush administration retaliates against whistleblowing Chief of the U.S. Park Police and Agents of the FBI.

Friday, December 2, 2005     

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The Wit & Wisdom of Tom DeLay (A Little Levity & Some Serious Business)
"So many minority youths had volunteered [to serve in Vietnam], that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself." Gems like these seemed too “good” to be true, until I found some sources. Without further delay, here’s a peek inside the mind of our favorite indicted co-conspirator.

Saturday, November 26, 2005     

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Probing the Psyche of the Information Age: Repella.net (A Digital Art Website Review)
Endlessly stimulating, the visual language of artist Don Repella is both cautionary and inspiring: As individuals in a mass society we can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume and complexity of the information to which we are exposed; but we can also find meaning if we open our eyes, ears, and minds.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005     

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George Plays Dumb as Dick Plays Dirty. Welcome Back, Karl!
As Cheney mounts an Orwellian defense of lies that led to war, Bush picks the wrong door in China and looks like Inspector Clouseau falling for "the old closet ploy." Which is the lesser of two political evils: To be seen as a liar or a fool? It seems to me Karl Rove is back in the saddle again.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005     

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What Could Be More Moderate Than To Be Progressive?
The conventional wisdom is the GOP has become too extreme; Democrats are cautioned not to go too far to the Left. But sometimes, God forbid, Liberals actually do lead our country in a better direction than Conservatives; that's why we're called Progressives. What could be more moderate than that?

Saturday, November 5, 2005     

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"I Will Swear to Uphold the Honor and Dignity of the Office to Which I Have Been Elected, So Help Me God."
In 2000, George W. Bush accepted the GOP presidential nomination. What follows are excerpts from that speech. I cannot resist the temptation to add some pointed comments; but ultimately, failed promises -- not to mention hypocrisy and outright dishonesty -- speak loud enough for themselves.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005     

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I Am Pro-Choice AND Pro-Life
It is no more murder to abort a human fetus in the first two trimesters than it is to withhold life-support from a terminally ill patient in a permanently vegetative state. Unpleasant as they may be, those are the facts of life.

Monday, October 31, 2005     

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The Nuclear Question: Are Women Chattel?
There is no more "middle ground": the moment of truth has arrived. Either we stand up for women's rights -- and all other human rights -- or every last one of us will indeed be reduced to chattel. (Article includes Action Form to contact your senators vs. the Alito nomination.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005     

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Iraq, LNG, Credibility: As Plame Was Losing Her Cover, Cheney Was Losing His Power
First in a Four-Part Series. Next -- The Conventional Wisdom: Trying in Vain to Salvage the Hostile Takeover of Iraq. Then -- The Inside Story: Trying in Vain to Salvage the Historic Saudi LNG Deals. Finally -- The Bottom Line: Trying in Vain to Salvage Dick Cheney's Credibility.

Thursday, October 13, 2005     

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Another Crony?! It's Enough to Make You Sick. Or Dead.
Meet Stewart Simonson...charged with safeguarding the nation against a devastating attack of smallpox from Osama Bin Laden or a cataclysmic pandemic of bird flu from Southeast Asia...a lawyer, not a doctor or anyone else with an iota of formal training in the field.

Thursday, October 6, 2005     

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The Truth, The (Less Than) Whole Truth, & (Almost) Nothing But The Truth About Harriet Miers
As if it weren't frustrating enough to have so little information to go on about Harriet Miers, some of the most crucial information that is being published about her one day is being contradicted the next! To set the record straight, here is some of what we do in fact know.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005     

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Meet "Justice Miers": Love-Child of Bush in Bed with Top Dem
Certain members of our leadership are apparently more part of the problem than part of the solution, more appeasers of the Right than champions of Left. But at least they kept our powder dry.

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