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Mary Lyon is a veteran broadcaster ad five-time Golden Mike Award winner, who has anchored, reported, and written for the Associated Press Radio Network, NBC Radio "The Source," and many Los Angeles-area stations including KRTH-FM/AM, KLOS-FM, KFWB-AM, and KTLA-TV, and occasional media analyst for ABC Radio News. She began her career as a liberal activist with the Student Coalition for Humphrey/Muskie in 1968, and helped spearhead a regional campaign, "The Power 18," to win the right to vote for 18-year-olds. She remains an advocate for liberal causes, responsibility and accountability in media, environmental education and support of the arts for children, and green living. In addition to OpEdNews, Mary writes for Democrats.us, World News Trust, and WeDemocrats.org's "We! The People" webzine. Mary is also a parenting expert, having written and illustrated the book "The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood."
It Just Takes ONE
I was seriously thinking of writing this column about a crisis of conscience: somebody anybody tell me why I should bother being a Democrat anymore. The past several weeks have been almost literally hair-tearing. Our hesitancy about the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General was recently validated when he stonewalled efforts to investigate the deliberate destruction of CIA torture tapes...
Wednesday, December 5, 2007(2 comments)
The Giver of Pain and Delight
The original "Star Trek" series had an episode called "Spock's Brain" - that boasts an exquisitely descriptive line that's stuck in my brain for decades. The episode explored one of those male-versus-female societal structures in which the men, savage, near-Troglodyte types, spoke of the dominant opposite sex as "the givers of pain and delight." One of those hapless men, lo these many years later, is Rudy Giuliani.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007(1 comments)
The Spoiled Sports
See how they run - with their ball, straight back home. The separate decisions by Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott and ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert to bail out early from Capitol Hill has left me with visions of hot kitchens dancing in my head. Too hot, apparently, for either of these gents. Why am I not surprised?
Friday, November 23, 2007
Who's the Turkey Now?
I knew this would happen. On this week when most of America sits down to a bounteous turkey dinner, some chickens have started coming home to roost. And the taste is tender and juicy indeed.
Months ago, mid-gossip, I wrote on one of my favorite progressive political blog/chat sites that I thought we should all be keeping our eyes peeled for the "I Didn't Do It" books.
Friday, November 9, 2007(6 comments)
The Meaning of America
I think maybe it's time to start asking the following question: What have we come to? Who do we think we are as Americans, here and now, in early November, 2007? We've got a year before we collectively express ourselves via the ballot box. So who are we, anymore?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007(1 comments)
When "Brownie" Meets "Jeffie"
As a retired journalist, let me just say I've gotta hand it to these people. As my late mother would have said, "they have more nerve than the guy who ate the first oyster." "They" in this case are our friends at the "new-and-improved" FEMA.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Things We Saved in the Fire
Democratic backbone these days resembles the smoldering wreckage on so many Southern California hillsides. Except in one case.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007(6 comments)
Gore's Not the Only One Who Won
Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize is a great victory for him, and a great validation for the millions who always believed in him.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007(1 comments)
The lunatics are leaving the White House asylum. And as they go, they leave all blame, acceptance of responsibility, or true contrition to somebody else.
Mahmoud and Me
The controversial visit of Iran's president shines a glaring light on an overriding crisis of trust - and what we simply have to find a way to get beyond.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Whether dissent is put down through cold shoulder or hot electric jabs, the frustration remains the same. Many of us are STILL not being heard.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007(2 comments)
Something Wicked This Way Came
September 11th 2007 has only added insult to the injury of six years ago, as the reputation of yet another general becomes the latest casualty in the "War on Terror."
Tuesday, September 4, 2007(5 comments)
Everything But the Plastic Turkey
Bush's latest surprise visit to Iraq, like the handful of others before it, was hardly a reflection of the truth over there. But do you think most of America will catch on?
Yet Another Bridge Too Far
The bridge disaster in Minneapolis should finally make us face the bridge we really have to repair. There is another bridge that needs crossing. And it's that unmentionable bridge, that fearsome Bridge-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, The Bridge WAY Too Far, especially for America's loyal, patriotic CONservatives. They fear to tread that way even more than they shrink from accountability.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007(2 comments)
The Bridge Too Far
The Minneapolis bridge isn't the only bridge that's broken. The bridge we have to build, as Americans, is that which links tax revenue to serving the greater public good.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007(5 comments)
A Very Vitter Pill
The Perils of the Pecadillo, or how the DC Madam's latest goat endangered his Senate career, his reputation, his partisan pals, and his Significant Other Woman.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007(1 comments)
Leave 'Em Wanting Moore
It takes a rumpled but wide-awake media outsider to teach a lesson that the well-coifed, best-dressed media insiders chose to sleep through.
When is just about any Democrat acceptable? When they're up against just about any Republican.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I STILL Stand with Cindy
Cindy Sheehan's anguish should be our own. But her withdrawal from the anti-war frontlines should not be.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
"Texas Poled 'Em"
There's only one way to play the game with George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzales and friends. And that is to refuse to play in the first place.
Friday, May 11, 2007(3 comments)
ALL These People Scare Me
The climate of fear and loathing in this country has become like a door -- that now, at long last, is swinging both ways.
Saturday, April 28, 2007(10 comments)
Why we MUST Impeach - A Second Look
The courage of Dennis Kucinich should hit all of us, especially our Congress, directly in the conscience. IMPEACHMENT isn't just an option. It's an urgent necessity.
Monday, April 23, 2007(2 comments)
Am I Laughing or Crying? Barrump-bump!
The only cutting edges present at the 2007 White House Correspondents Association dinner were with the forks and spoons at each place setting. Sadly enough, the association itself remains a group of disgracefully dull blades.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007(1 comments)
Talking a Tragedy to Death
In the aftermath of a national nightmare, sometimes the only solace available can be found around the watercooler.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007(7 comments)
The Stain on McCain
John McCain's foolish, ill-advised, misguided loyalty to George W. Bush has put him on a "Straight-Talk Express" straight to Hell.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Perhaps with the week he's been having, Alberto Gonzales feels like the guy with the hood and the wires attached to his fingers. And no wonder.
Thursday, March 8, 2007(2 comments)
St. Patrick and the Snakes
My reaction to the "fibby libby" verdicts, AND to the reactions from others. The ultimate conclusion to this trial will only be satisfactory if the many questions left unanswered by Patrick Fitzgerald's efforts are finally addressed.