We! the People http://www.mytown.ca/we
#40 Wednesday, 24 October 2007 Founder: Ron McBride
Editor: Norla Antinoro Publisher: E. Pickersgill, mytown.ca
Things We Saved in the Fire
by Mary Lyon
Fires are literally raping and pillaging Southern California’s coastal mountains from outer Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. The firestorms whipped by the extreme (and extremely capricious) “devil winds” – the Santanas [aka Santa Annas] – look on camera to be about as angry as many of us feel, across the country.
World War III and the Moment of Truth for Democrats
by Brent Budowsky
As the president speaks of World War III and potential war with Iran with fevered rhetoric in a near-hysterical atmosphere, the world stands at a moment of great danger. For Democrats as a leadership party and the Congress as a co-equal branch of government, it is a moment of truth, and recent history does not augur well.
New Directions; An Uncertain Path
by Ron McBride, Founder of WeDemocrats.org
Sometimes circumstances grow till they are beyond the control of mortal man. Recently, actually it began several months ago, I faced such circumstances.
by Norla Antinoro
Where do we go from here? G.W. Bush is still president and will remain so until January 2009. He has recently stated his intention to block all meaningful legislation until he walks out the door by use of the veto. The margin of Republican vs Democrat in the Congress is such that we cannot overturn that veto.
Wishful Thinking Won’t Keep Your Feet Dry
by Les Aaron
Will wishful thinking supplant good science? We are being lulled into believing that if global warming has any short term impact, it will be to produce a rise of perhaps a foot or so of ocean level. If that were the case, Al Gore’s presentiments were well overblown according to the typical critics.
Two Headed Monster In the Room
by Kathleen Bushman
You know, I finally realized why so many people become so irritated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her apologists. We feel an insult to our intelligence. Nancy's statements lately strike me as no less insouciant than Marie Antoinette's. Unfortunately, by insulting our intelligence you only add to our antipathy towards the Empress Pelosi.
by Don Swift
Concern for national security is natural, but it need not lead to a national security state, which often sets up the apparatus for a police state. Unfortunately, the United States is becoming a national security state in which the alleged requirements of national security justify serious threats to civil liberties and the legalization of secret spying practices not explained in legislation or elsewhere.
How We'll Defeat Iran
by Frank Calandra
We hear the relentless pounding of war drums getting louder. Aggressive PR teams work full time promoting war against charter A of E member Iran using old Iraq scare plays. Bushney is resolutely marching us into battle.
Does Larry Sabato Really Want A Constitutional Convention?
by Joel Hirschhorn
Why would a prominent law professor supposedly in favor of having the nation’s second constitutional convention organize a symposium where the keynote speaker is dead set against a convention? And why pack the three subsequent panels with people against a convention? I kept asking myself these questions as I attended the recent symposium that Larry Sabato had the audacity to title “National Constitution Convention.”
Go East, Young Man?
by Les Aaron
In a free wheeling take on Horace Greeley’s advice to young people, the new mantra seems to be “Go East, young man.” Several recent articles have recently touted the advantages of going east over going west. Increasingly today, displaced people or those seeking new careers are making the decision to forsake the west for potential livelihoods in China.
Siegelman as Political Prisoner: A Tale of a Political Prosecution
by Don Swift
Conservative legal analyst Bruce Fine has noted that “We have a Justice Department that has substantially been turned into a political arm of the White House.” Many of the facts surrounding the federal conviction of former Alabama Governor illustrate this. This case, at the very least, involves a politically inspired and malicious prosecution. The case is a shocking illustration that justice is again off the tracks in Alabama.
Fire-Touched: The womb of Southern California is hot, dry and barren
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The Santa Ana winds have their own majesty. I remember the first time I encountered them, on a cool, damp September evening some 44 years ago on California’s south coast. What they now call “the fog monster” – night and morning low cloud – had moved in before dusk, turning the evening chill and damp.