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Larry Sakin is a former non-profit medical organization executive and music producer. His writing can be found on Mytown.ca, Blogcritics, OpEd News, The People's Voice, Craig's List and The Progressive magazine. He also advocates for literacy and directs The Progressive Principles Project, and is a National Coordinator for the DFA offshoot group WeDemocrats.
Thursday, August 21, 2008 Spinning Gitmo
Army National Guard Brigadier General Greg Zanetti is deputy commander of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a recent interview with American Legion magazine's Jeff Stoffer, Zanetti spun the purpose of the prison camp like a top, referring to it as "the most misunderstood mission in the military."
(3 comments) Sunday, August 10, 2008 The Cold Truth about Global Warming
Presidential campaigns are good events for candidates wanting to test new rhetoric on stale issues. It seems that for every crisis that is well past its peak, new candidates find news ways to try to turn back the clock on damage already done.
Global warming is one such issue.
(1 comments) Wednesday, August 29, 2007 The Song Remains the Same
Gonzales was certainly not the brightest Attorney General we've had, but I have to wonder if his departure really means much. It's true that the chairs in this administration are moving around again- Presidential aide Karl Rove, and Press Secretary Tony Snow also announced their intent to move on from so-called public service- but essentially, the policies remain the same.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 How Progressives Can Take Back the Nation
Well, it's official. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has switched political party affiliation from Republican to Independent. The announcement has the mainstream media agog - is this a sign that the billionaire media owner will run for president?
Saturday, June 9, 2007 One Nation, Under Served
In one of his many explanations for the Iraq War, President Bush said that "we need to fight them (terrorists) there so we won't have to fight them over here." Little did Bush realize at the time he made that statement that his domestic policies are setting the stage for homegrown terrorists in his own back yard.
(3 comments) Sunday, June 3, 2007 Why the Media Hates John Edwards
In every presidential campaign, there seems to be one particular candidate the media sours on. This time around, the media is aiming their big guns at former Senator John Edwards.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Arizona Clean Elections- On the Griddle Again
Not happy that they can contribute whatever amount of money to a candidate they wish, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wants the 9th Circuit to abolish the voter approved elections measure so they can have more free speech rights than ordinary citizens.
Monday, February 19, 2007 The Underhanded Purpose of Unfunded Mandates
One of the more meaningful policies that is obfuscated by conservative smoke and mirrors is unfunded mandates. Several American communities are feeling the pinch of numerous unfunded mandates, mostly created by Congress and implemented through federal agencies, which are blatantly illegal.
Thursday, February 8, 2007 Allah is Coming (and boy is he pissed)*
The new security plan for Iraq is up and running. So far, its measures against the tribal killings and suicide bombs destroying Baghdad inch by inch have had no affect.
(8 comments) Wednesday, January 31, 2007 We Are All Molly
A hole developed in my heart this afternoon. It formed while reading about the death of syndicated columnist Molly Ivins from cancer. Ivins was 62.Her last column, from January 11, said: "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war."
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
I got a little misty-eyed yesterday reading about poor old Barbaro. Barbaro was the spectacular horse that won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, only to suffer a tragic breakdown at last year's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Barbaro's untimely demise makes me think of another struggling animal, a bird that fought hard to win many races only to stumble in the end. This birds name is George W. Bush.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Freedom Fries
Key Senate Republicans are close to demanding that President Bush end American military action in Iraq. It seems to be true. This morning, the White House asked GOP skeptics to the White House, where they tried to allay the concerns of Republican lawmakers.
Does this mean these Republican senators are "with the terrorists?"
(4 comments) Saturday, January 13, 2007 With the Terrorists
About five years ago, President Bush gave Americans a choice: we could either be with him or with the terrorists. It was an awful coercion of democratic principle but hey- we all knew back then that Bush could hardly spell democracy much less define it.
The same options are still on the table today and I have to say, sorry Mr. Bush, but I gotta go with the terrorists.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 The Symbolic Opposition of the New Congress
Internet progressives have been abuzz today, sending out urgent notices about attending rallies to protest President Bush's new war policy. Some groups have gone so far as to say his move to increase American troop levels is another constitutional crime to add among the list of illusory articles of impeachment.
(2 comments) Tuesday, January 9, 2007 A Declaration of Complete Independence
There's no denying it. The Democrat and Republican Parties have control over America's political landscape, and there is a growing contingent of unhappy voters wanting change.
Friday, January 5, 2007 Our Son of a Bitch
During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reportedly said of Nicaraguan strongman Anastosio Somoza that... "He may be a son of a bitch but he's our son of a bitch."
Over the history of the United States, many presidents could have made a similar statement about ruthless dictators of varying degrees, one of which being former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Friday, December 29, 2006 Don't Cry For Gerry Ford, America
The death of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, has the mainstream media in a scramble. Every news show and newspaper in the US and the UK has described Ford as an amiable dunce whose lack of physical coordination and generally unsensational term in office helped this nation "heal" from the gaping political wound known as "Watergate."
Heal the nation my ass.