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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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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."
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 17, 2006 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 26, 2006 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?
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Rumsfeld's Dilemma
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.
SHARE 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."
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, September 29, 2006 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 7, 2006 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 19, 2006 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 15, 2006 True Believers
Are journalists who don't deal in speculative conspiracy theories cowards?
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 27, 2006 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?
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 8, 2006 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.
SHARE 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."
SHARE Thursday, October 19, 2006 The Realities of Media and News Programming
My friend ZoŰ asked a great question the other day. ZoŰ 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.
SHARE 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?
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, June 29, 2006 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 30, 2006 Democratic Shuffle
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.
SHARE Friday, August 4, 2006 Holocaust Deniers
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?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 21, 2006 New American Body Count
The timing of the current Middle East Conflict couldn't have been better-- right before the 2006 Midterm Elections.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 8, 2006 Fooled Again
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?
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 30, 2006 The Culture Of Influence
When President Bush abrogates the rights of the people, Congress sleeps. But when Bush investigates Congress, its a whole other story.
Enough! The time has come to clean house and get rid of every last one of them from the President of the United States to the Congressional Sergeant-At-Arms.
SHARE 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?"
SHARE Thursday, October 26, 2006 Elections Hysteria
"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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 31, 2006 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 10, 2006 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.
SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 29, 2006 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 21, 2006 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, July 17, 2006 The 16,000
How will the United States deal with the terrors soldiers will bring home from Iraq?
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 16, 2006 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?
SHARE 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.
SHARE Sunday, June 4, 2006 Cleaning House
H.B. 3099, which calls for clean elections for Congressional candidates, is languishing in committee and not being covered by the general media.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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?
SHARE Wednesday, June 7, 2006 RFK, Jr. and the Stolen Elections of 2004
Let's suppose for a moment Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has made the case for stolen elections in 2004. Can Democrats still get away with having a gutless agenda? I don't think so.