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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.
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.
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?
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.
(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 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, 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.
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 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 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."
(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.
(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.
(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 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.
SHARE 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.
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.
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.
(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.