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Ever feel like Alice through the looking-glass? Or that you took the blue pill? We are, indeed, living in interesting times, Truthseekers. The global protests over totalitarian regimes in the Mideast continue, arousing a few lethargic Americans to open their heavy-lidded, Fox "News" brainwashed, fast-food-drugged, video-game-anesthetized eyes to the fact that The American Experiment is headed down the memory tube forever. Madison ain't Cairo, but at least a few of us refuse to go gently into that good night.

And you know it's getting serious when US mayors are getting arrested for protesting US policies (domestic this time, not foreign).

Some now recognize that President Obama is not going to save our Republic from the ravages of the Bush Crime Family.  If anything, he is continuing those stunningly destructive policies, escalating our (illegal) wars in the Mideast, refusing to fight for a universal health-care system, ignoring his promises to protect worker's rights and strengthen the middle class, and just selling out to Wall Street, the Banksters, and Big Corporations in general. 

The final blow is in the latest budget compromise, in which Obama accepted all of the Neocon's demands and gave away the long-promised representation of our nation's capitol city in Congress.

Proving there is still some fight left in our ravaged political system, Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington, D.C., was arrested Monday for protesting the disastrous budget and Obama's selling out D.C. to John Bohener.

Slate's David Weigel explains why Washington's civic leaders were so angry...
"They thought they'd been sold out. They were not wrong. In the short-term budget negotiations, President Obama faced an impasse over some of the policy riders that Republicans had battled hard to get--a ban on funding for NPR, a ban on funding for Planned Parenthood, a measure to hamstring the EPA. The riders were traded away for deeper cuts and a few shining baubles--the D.C. riders. The city's needle exchange program would be defunded. A ban on reimbursing poor women for abortions, lifted in 2009, would be resurrected. And the school voucher program, which had expired under the Democratic Congress, would be funded again. According to the Washington Post, the president offered the abortion and voucher riders to John Boehner -- they were two of his top priorities -- and said, 'I will give you D.C. abortion.'"

Let us hope that other elected officials follow suit and begin to speak out against this administration's complete reversal of its political platform before we find ourselves dealing with our own Libyan or Egyptian-style system.

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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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