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(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 21, 2012 Remember the Victims, Reject the Violence
After the Newtown killings, a 6th grader at an elementary school near Salt Lake City brought a gun to school, saying he wanted to protect himself and his friends. Instead, he used it to threaten classmates. This can't go on. This spilling of innocent blood, this bleeding of democracy's soul. We're losing faith in ourselves, acting as subjects, not citizens, no longer believing it is in our power to do the right thing.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 18, 2012 The Continuing Power of Karl Rove
You could see Rove at the Republican National Convention, backslapping and glad-handing plutocrats and politicos. He told a private breakfast meeting during the convention that the super PAC he helped create, American Crossroads, plans to spend $200 million dollars on the presidential race and another $100 million dollars on this year's Senate and House campaigns.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 1, 2012 Ralph Reed: From Purgatory to Power
When Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, was discovered to have raked in millions from the super lobbyist--and eventually convicted felon--Jack Abramoff, Reed wound up in political purgatory. But outraged by the election of Barack Obama, and responding to what he describes as God's call, Reed returned to start the Faith and Freedom Coalition with the aim of toppling Barack Obama from the White House.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 25, 2012 Neglecting the Poor: Invisible Americans Get the Silent Treatment
It's not surprising that there's a crisis in America's civil courts because people slammed by the financial meltdown -- overwhelmed by foreclosure, debt collection and bankruptcy cases -- can't afford legal representation and have to represent themselves, creating gridlock in our justice system -- and one more hammer blow for the poor.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2012 Living Under the Gun
At least 12 are dead in Aurora, Colorado, gunned down by a mad man at a showing of the new Batman movie filled with make-believe violence. One of the guns the shooter used was an AK-47 type, assault weapon that was banned in 1994. The National Rifle Association saw to it that the ban expired in 2004. The NRA is the best friend a killer's instinct ever had.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, February 17, 2012 Moyers: Why Religion Should Not Dictate Our Politics
The battle over contraception no longer seems apocalyptic. No heavenly hosts pitted against the forces of Satan. It's a political brawl, not a crusade of believers or infidels. The president skillfully negotiated the line between respect for the religious sphere and protection of the spiritual dignity and freedom of individuals.
(16 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 19, 2011 In Defense of NPR
For all its flaws, consider an America without public media. Consider a society where the distortions and dissembling would go unchallenged, where fact-based reporting is eliminated, and where the field is abandoned to the likes of James O'Keefe, whose "journalism" relies on lying and deceit.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 In Defense of NPR
Consider a society where the distortions and dissembling would go unchallenged, where fact-based reporting is eliminated, and where the field is abandoned to the likes of James O'Keefe, whose "journalism" relies on lying and deceit. Come on, people: Speak up!
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 15, 2010 Chevron's "Crude" Attempt to Suppress Free Speech
Federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ordered documentary producer and director Joe Berlinger to turn over to Chevron more than 600 hours of raw footage used to create a film titled Crude: The Real Price of Oil. Chevron is trying to avoid responsibility and hopes to find in the unused footage evidence helpful to the company in fending off potential damages of $27.3 billion.
SHARE Sunday, April 23, 2006 A Time for Heresy
Baptists in colonial America flocked to Washington's army to fight in the Revolutionary War because they wanted to be free from sanctioned religion. When the war was won they refused to support a new Constitution unless it contained a Bill of Rights that guaranteed freedom of religion and freedom from religion.