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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.
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."
Sunday, August 10, 2008(3 comments)
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.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007(1 comments)
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.
Sunday, June 3, 2007(3 comments)
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007(8 comments)
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
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?"
Saturday, January 13, 2007(4 comments)
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.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007(2 comments)
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.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The Gift In George's Stocking
President Bush submitted a gift list to the Santa Claus' in Congress, hoping his request for $100 billion more in emergency funding for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would find its way into his stocking this year.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Less Than Zero
President Bush is thinking about increasing our troop levels in Iraq despite the American publics's demand for withdrawal from that conflict. What part of "no" can't this moron understand?
Saturday, December 16, 2006
The United States of Egoism
The holiday season is here. It's the time to hear the melodic beeps of computer cash registers in our heads while making up lists of people we're giving useless shit to so we can show how much we love them.
The Dirty Little Secret of Terrorist States
It's difficult for American progressives and conservatives to agree on many things. But one thing they do agree on is the need to eliminate state-sponsored terrorism around the globe, and work to create viable democracies in war torn regions.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Knowing When To Quit
It appears the Baker Commission is about to release it's report on what the US should do about the increasing deterioration of Iraq. By all accounts, its recommendations won't be followed.
Monday, November 27, 2006
What You Can Do For Your Country
In 1961, America was divided, its citizens torn by fears of war. To address this fear, newly elected President John F. Kennedy made a plea to the American people: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Forty years later, after America suffered an attack by foreign terrorists for the second time, President Bush told the American people that everything was under control and go shopping.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Meet the New Bosses (same as the Old Bosses)
I hate to say I told you so. The new Democratic Congressional majority has been busy lately, jockeying for position on our messes in Iraq and Afghanistan. And true to form, the democrats are looking at solutions that will require more troops, more defense money and more funding to war profiteers.
Friday, November 17, 2006
A Government of Laws and Not of Men
A glimmer of hope shined for me Wednesday with the announcement of a German court indicting former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on war crimes.
Friday, November 17, 2006
The Mexicans Are Coming! The Mexicans Are Coming!
The people of Arizona spoke loudly against illegal immigration on November 7. And it's pretty clear the electorate doesn't want illegal immigrants reaping the benefits of tax dollars. And if voters have to give their money to someone, they'd rather give it to a bureaucracy before giving it to illegal immigrants. This is hardly representative of the Republican ideal of "small government."
Friday, November 10, 2006(2 comments)
Being Careful For What We Wish For
The elections are over, democrats across the country are jubilant about the shift in party power in Congress, and President Bush is making noises that sound slightly like conciliation. But did the overwhelming victory for democrats this year really signal a change in direction for our country?
I doubt it.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006(2 comments)
The Loathsome Death Sentence of Saddam Hussein
We all knew it was going to happen. The conservatives would pull some last minute tactic before the midterm elections today. But no one predicted the November 5th death sentence of former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein by a kangaroo tribunal of Shiite and Sunni-lite judges.
Monday, October 30, 2006(2 comments)
Only a week to go until the 2006 midterm election, and by all accounts it looks like Democrats will get a shot at leading Congress again. But will we really see much difference in legislative policy? I don't think so.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
"We need more civics lessons and less hysteria", wrote Amy Dalzell, an activist from the great, rebellious State of Kansas. Truer words have been committed to paper, but none as succinct as Dalzell's. Yet, when it comes to the upcoming 2006 midterms or almost any American election for that matter, hysteria is still favored over civics.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The Realities of Media and News Programming
My friend ZoŽ asked a great question the other day. ZoŽ wanted to know why the media covers stories on school shootings ad nauseum, when America is killing innocent children living in Iraq and other countries on a daily basis. This is a very complex question, but the crass, simple answer is: Because stories about school shootings in America sell Hummers, and babies in Iraq don't.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Fasten Your Seatbelts
With the fallout from the Mark Foley scandal, it appears Republicans will only have two options for winning majorities in Congress this year. The first is a blatant theft at the ballot boxes, so obvious no one would doubt the fraud involved. The second is to stop appealing to Evangelical Christians, who are turning away from the GOP in droves, and start appealing to members of NAMBLA.
The Folly of Arizona's Proposition 300
Life in Arizona can be quite anachronistic. While citizens here have all the conveniences of modern technology and skyscrapers that pierce the light blue sky, the state sometimes resembles the Old West politically and culturally. Take Proposition 300, a 2006 ballot initiative forcing undocumented migrants to pay out-of-state tuition costs to attend college.
Sunday, September 17, 2006(4 comments)
The Government We Deserve
If we want government reform, we cannot wait for our leader to to change things- reform can only come from the ground up.
Thursday, August 31, 2006(1 comments)
Fighting the Terrorists Over Here
The president says we need to fight the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here. But the terrorists are already here, and they aren't who the president thinks they are.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006(1 comments)
Donald Rumsfeld can't sleep because he's worried terrorists are manipulating the Western media. But does he sleep soundly when the Western media is silent about supporting American interests abroad? You bet.
Saturday, August 26, 2006(1 comments)
The War Crimes of George W. Bush
A former Nuremberg prosecutor has said George W. Bush should be tried alongside Saddam Hussein for war crimes. Will he or any of us live to see that day?
Monday, August 21, 2006(2 comments)
The Psyche Of Our Country
President Bush is losing two Iraq wars: the ground war over there, and the public relations war here at home.
Saturday, August 19, 2006(1 comments)
The World In Which We Live
President Bush believes his opponents don't "understand the world in which we live." However, its perfectly clear that Bush doesn't live in the same world as the rest of us.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006(1 comments)
Bloodied and Bowed
A new report suggests the Bush Administration helped plan the Israeli attack on Hezbollah. But was the conflict created solely to distract from the US debacle in Iraq?
Friday, August 4, 2006
The Israeli Defense Force wants the world to believe the Qana massacre was staged by Hezbollah. But is this just another attempt by an occupier nation to deny their own culpability in the deaths of innocent civilians?
Saturday, July 29, 2006(7 comments)
A Sow's Ear
Now that President Bush has decided to put more troops in Baghdad, the Republican Party's chances for a November victory are about nil.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Troubling Their Own Houses
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has become the embodiment of the 21st Century Schizoid Man. He wants to sue the President with one bill, and cozy up to him with another.
Friday, July 21, 2006(1 comments)
New American Body Count
The timing of the current Middle East Conflict couldn't have been better-- right before the 2006 Midterm Elections.
Monday, July 17, 2006
How will the United States deal with the terrors soldiers will bring home from Iraq?
Saturday, July 15, 2006(6 comments)
Are journalists who don't deal in speculative conspiracy theories cowards?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The Elections Fraud Ball
Republicans may shout "elections fraud" if they lose close races in the 2006 midterms. But does that mean we'll see genuine elections reform from both sides of the political aisle? Don't count on it.
Saturday, July 8, 2006(2 comments)
The Republicans have been fooling us about various threats to the country for over sixty years. We'll we allow them to get away with this scheme again in 2006?
Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Too Close to Call
The Mexican Presidential election is on hold while the conservative electoral offices count a vote that will assuredly be handed to conservatives. Is Mexico's 2006 election an omen of our own midterms, or can we overcome electoral stasis?
Tough Talking Democrats Leading In Polls
While centrist democrats try to evade the tough issues in the mid-term elections, tough talking progressive candidates are addressing central issues- and benefitting handsomely for it.
The War Bush Said He Wanted
The Iraq War is quickly becoming the issue of the 2006 midterm elections. But are any of the incumbent candidates questioning Bush's stated justifications for that war?
Friday, June 9, 2006
The Death of al-Zarqawi
Considering the looming Senate hearings on the Haditha massacre, and the President's low ratings on the handling of the Iraq War, the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi seems awfully convenient.