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Recently a Democratic candidate for Arizona's new Congressional District 4, Mikel Weisser has been challenging the right and raising a ruckus since the 1980s. Born the son of a nightclub singer, Mikel Weisser watched anti-war hippies getting beaten on TV during the Vietnam War and decided to devote his life to protest against unreasoning authority, but not to getting beaten. Though he spent almost two years traveling the country as a hitchhiker and found himself homeless more than once since then, Weisser has gone on to receive a Masters degree in Literature and a Masters in Secondary Education as well, to publish hundreds of freelance magazine and newspaper articles + political commentary columns, along with 7 books of poetry and short fiction. A former homeless shelter administrator, food co-op manager, carnie, ditch digger, and traveling turquoise merchant/poet who has performed at the Green Mill, The World Stage, and the Beat Museum , a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and a survivor of his first wife's suicide, Weisser teaches middle school US History and Constitution, helped draft the July 4th 2012 99% Delegation's Declaration of Grievances as a representative for western AZ at the 2012 Continental Congress 2.0 at Independence Hall, a member of the Progressive Democrats of America, Code Pink, and the teachers union and an officer in the Mohave County Democratic Party; but also a member of the NORAZ poets and community arts organizer and muralist, plus host of Kingman, Arizona's annual book festival, KABAM ("Kingman Area Books Are Magic!"). AND, oh yes, an avid-beagle-phile/chicken farmer. He and his wife Beth married in 2007 at their home in So-Hi, Arizona, live with their daughter Victoria, plus numerous pets; and have turned their property into a themepark for "peace and love and stuff," which happens to includes "the world's largest white trash peacesign" as seen on Google Earth.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Current Comedy, 12/08/08: The Seven Types of Propaganda, Obama Style
Now that he is defining himself through his cabinet appointments and press releases; it could be fun for the strong stomached to parse the propaganda factor in Obama's present pitches. Or it could be distressingly predictable and depressing. Obama's propaganda does not protrude as pronouncedly as Bush's "Mission Accomplished" codpiece, but he's still got it hanging seven different ways.
SHARE Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Birthers Bashing Babies
Current Comedy, 8/16/10: So what IS a terror baby? Why only the most brilliant right-wing Obama deception yet, that's what. Supposedly all the rage in the right-wing psycho circles, this one is the über-theory that neatly ties together several strands of tea party delusion into one handy carrying case.
(33 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 27, 2008 Notes from the Non-Impeachment Hearings
A not complete, nor particularly nonpartisan, summarization, with quotes (and occasional personal asides)of the full 6 hours of the July 25 Jucidiciary Committee's hearing on the "Imperial Presidency," AKA Kucinich's Impeachment Hearings.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 5, 2010 Germany 1928: Welcome to the Occupation
Terry Goddard may be professionally trained to have left-side blindness, but he was clearly better than Brewer. Most animate objects and even some fence posts would probably be better than Brewer
SHARE Sunday, December 26, 2010 The Millionaires Club
The recent Republican landslide will be a test to see how many 21st Century Americans are actually ready to party that hearty when we're talking Tea Party style, as in like it's 1773.
SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2008 Cheney Prison Abuse Investigation Officially Dismantled
Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra has been removed from prosecuting the prison abuse scandal case that brought national attention to this South Texas town by charging Vice President with conspiracy to profit from prisoner abuse and neglect.
Though the case initially portended to possibly have national impact, it has evolved into an ongoing battle of wills between prosecutor Guerra and Judge Manuel Banales.
SHARE Monday, August 25, 2008 Sheehan Campaign to Target the Air Waves
Cindy Sheehan is hoping to enlist the aid of liberals around the country to inundate San Francisco media outlets with phone calls and letters of support. Here's what you can do to help.
SHARE Friday, March 25, 2011 Current Comedy: Are We Libya Yet?
As they've killed America, they've hoped we wouldn't notice. They juggled bread and circuses to dazzle us. They told us every year we were getting better and shinier; and, vain fools that we are, we believed them. We fell for it time after time.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Old "Wake up the Morning after Screaming, 'Oh My God, What Have We Done'
When Joe Biden warned Obama would be tested in less than six months by some world leader, no one realized the test would come, not from abroad, but from typically slimy Dems in his own party and secret provisions in the Big Deal Bailout. How Obama handles this mess will define the kind of president we purchased.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 22, 2010 "Is Glen Beck Gay Enough for Phoenix?"
The queer nation mentality however was widely displayed on parade. No wonder the right-wingers were worried. They want to do ridiculous things like love their children unconditionally, dress outlandishly, and love unlimitedly.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 11, 2008 Bush the Uniter
The Suskind book could be Bush's tipping point. Bush like his friends, Olmert and Musharraf has made shambles of his country, created a war state where none need exist, alienated his own citizenry, repressed his political opposition often at the point of a gun and been implicated in so many shady dealings the trio should open a sunglasses outlet.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 2, 2010 Terrorists Win?
By me, any huckster who aims to hide his sinister intentions in a cloak of religion is one of the lowest of sinners, a knowingly false prophet. In some religions you get stoned for it, or in Rush Limbaugh's case, really, really vicodin-ed out.
SHARE Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Current Comedy 12/08: On Not Drinking the Kool-Aid for General Jim Jones
The story of Juan Angel Guerra and his failed effort to indict Dick Cheney on prison industry corruption, has a personal connection. My wife and i met with Guerra on the day he filed the indictments. He couldn't talk in public. We met in secret. It felt like the scene in the second reel of a movie where the brainiac explains the secret plot to the hapless dupes while they are checking to see if that black SUV is following them
SHARE Thursday, April 14, 2011 Current Comedy--Godzilla Returns
Last year at Xmas, i thought i had written what would be my last column. It was good enough, a great place to stop. As i whip around the sins and the syntax searching for some laughs on a semi-recurring basis, after twenty years it seemed i had about written about all i could stand about the relentless Republican onslaught on America. I was plumb "Repuglied -out."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 18, 2008 Current Comedy, 10/15/08: In His Most Ferocious Performance Yet, McCain Eats Self
In his last chance to salvage, not only his campaign, but his whole political legacy, McCain didn't do, or even attempt to do the noble thing. Instead, he gave in to the dark side and all the pent-up anger inside him from having to watch himself slowly lose this election. So he swung for the fences with all the bile and grimace he could muster. Game Over, John McCain. You have beaten yourself.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2008 Current Comedy, 10/7/08: Gotcha Soundbite Journalism
In the interest of the public good, I will devote the rest of this week's column to some of the old "gotcha soundbite journalism" Republicans so loathe. You know, where they say something that clearly reveals their vile character or evil intentions, and then some awful commie exploitive journalist catches them on an open mic. Republicans call this "gotcha soundbite journalism."
I call it "truth hurts, don't it?"
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 31, 2010 Current Comedy, 7/31/10: Must Be a Republican
After twenty years of observation, i would have to say that Republicans fall into three groups: deceitfully greed-driven, vindictively self-righteous, and/or stupid.
Dear angered reader, pray tell which group do you fall in?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Current Comedy, 11/17/08: Little Georgie Jr. Loses His Very Own Iraq War
The US and Iraq signed a finalizing peace treaty with a, get this, a "timetable." Iraqi government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh framed the US departure like this:"This date is not liable to change according to the situation on ground. The date is definite and final."
Ladies and Gentlemen, that is definitely what we call 'getting told,' and who gets told in a war? The losers. If you win, you stay however long you want.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2011 Pre-Occupied... and Feeling A Wind Change
i think i feel the wind change. And whether it chooses to lay or gale, i for one have been blown from my doldrums and am again chasing some course. It was great to feel alive again, to believe in America and a future. I just hope it is not too late to have one.
SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2009 Current Comedy: “Democrats Rising!”
While not quite the James Carville and Mary Matalin of our time, my wife Beth is a centrist-progressive and I'm from the “Kucinich wasn't even left enough for me” crowd. When Beth opted to become a Democrat, then a candidate and challenge Ron Gould for the state senate seat in LD3, I shuddered for a second, then threw in with her and started attending events where donkey butt is considered a fashion accessory.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 16, 2008 "Middle Class Thugs for Bush" Part 2
The middle class thugs among us give into the same impulse that makes some want to support our country's efforts when it says it intends to destroy another country even though we know it's wrong because all those anti-war protestors are just pissing them off.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Current Comedy: "If at First You Don't Secede ""
What do you call someone who schemes 2 starve his fellow Americans, gleefully engineers their impoverishment & homelessness, lie 2 their families & friends 2 get them 2 ignore their crimes & then joyfully demeans millions of others 4 being offended @ their chicanery? Well, back in my construction worker days I would have leaned towards the 14 letter phrase that translates loosely into proper English as copulating rectum--
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 15, 2009 Current Comedy 1.14.09: Pelosi, Palin, and Even Bush Are Right
In an odd example of the way even broken clocks are right twice a day; this week's news cycle saw a trifecta of liars, buffoons and fools getting it right to the point that it honestly bears acknowledging. George Bush, Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin all issued public statements that were both smart and correct. Vegas odds-makers would have refused to even speculate as to the chances of such a convergence.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Current Comedy, 2/9/09: GOP Goes to War!
By squandering their first opportunity at seriously reversing some of the disasters they'd knowingly created over the last dozen years, Congressional Republicans, with their mudslinging and hand-wringing song and dance over the Stimulus Package this past weekend, showed themselves, and not the Democrats, to be the Asses.
SHARE Thursday, November 15, 2012 What Money Can't Buy
Arizona is shifting blue like the rest of the country. It's just that the cowpokes and rednecks haven't given up just yet. Mohave County is the reddest part of this reddest state. It's where i do battle--
SHARE Monday, April 19, 2010 Current Comedy, 4/14/10: With Washington in Their Gun-Sights
At this point in history, the Tea Party believe they are poised to rightfully reclaim America for all their supposedly grateful worshippers so long oppressed by the twin evils of government social services and freedom of, and/or from, religion.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2009 Current Comedy, 3/25/09: Math for the Man in the Middle
America's supposedly mounting Anti-Obama movement may be mostly made up as the message is being framed so the supposed "mainstream" media can continue to sell Obama upriver. After all, framing is everything when you are trying to make someone suspect.
SHARE Friday, October 29, 2010 Current Comedy, 10/05/10: Just Bully
Over and over again, the right-wing call for businesses to breathe free, free from the oppression of government's supposedly bullying regulations. Over and over the people looking out for our safety, our government, gets cast as a bully and we rally to condemn the bad old "gub'mint," then remove the cage we use to contain the wild beat we call the free market and every time we try this, it bites us in the ass.
SHARE Friday, February 27, 2009 Current Comedy 2/23/09: Not Only of Cowards
Many Americans are finally ready to acknowledge our economy, our country's sense of self, in fact our very existence has been a-swirl in a Chomsky-esque wash of necessary illusions and the truths that were always mounting behind the masks are now massing to destroy us. The threads are at last unraveling; and the emperor's new suit has arrived worn and wrinkled, shoddy and soiled.
And we ourselves are to blame.
(18 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Tax-Avoiders are Un-American
Forget what you think your greedy little pocketbook is telling you. Not paying taxes is so very not-cool. If you are not doing your daily best to make America work, the least you can do is pay on your tab. Paying taxes is doing your part to show you actually care about America more than the $2.50 you spent on that yellow ribbon you bought a couple of years ago which is now so sun faded it's unreadable.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 29, 2009 Current Comedy, 1/28/09: The Change Is Going To Do Me Good
At what point did the whole spectacle of that whole thing last Tuesday get to you in that break-down-sobbing "There's hope for this country after all" kind of mood, where you clutch to your loved ones and look around at the world with new eyes? Understand I am a professional cynic. The liberal in me had already tapped out a long laundry list of various Obama positions to be wary about.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Your Right to Remain Silent
For a good while now, the Repubs have fought some of the dirtiest campaigns this side of gonorrhea. Most every Dem lost election in recent times has had an October Surprise. This go-round who will be surprising whom? That depends on who is actually dealing the cards and I think we're going to find out soon.
SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2009 Current Comedy, 1/1/09: Turning Over a New Belief
New Year's is as good a holiday as Xmas to represent hope, and it lasts all year long. I know this wish list reads a little extreme, but if you're all out of "world peace," I'll settle for that cheesy sweater you keep re-gifting me.
SHARE Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Current Comedy, 12/16/08: This Year's Holiday Hits
Every year some lame pundit whips up some sorry ass Christmas song parodies as if that counted for clever commentary. It's one of the oldest tropes in the business, and who am I not to respect tradition? 'Tis the season to make folly, as they say.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 15, 2009 Current Comedy 5/11/09: Your Miss Teen California, Joe the Plumber
A closer look at before and after photos of Carrie Prejean on loan from her plastic surgeon reveal quite clearly that "Ms Prejean," as most Americans have come to know her, is actually just the latest attempt to cash in by the once ubiquitous Samuel Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 23, 2008 Proud to be an American
When she says that she has ALWAYS been proud of America is Cindy McCain oblivious to the point of being brain dead, or is she simply lying?
SHARE Friday, December 11, 2009 This Week In Capitalism
Capitalism means you screw people over as hard as you can for as much as you can. By those and numerous other standards, 2009 has been a very good year for capitalism.
SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Wingnuts Boasting By An Open Pyre
When it comes time for the Xmas piece, with so many jokes available in this present, one hardly knows which cans of worms to open up 1st.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2009 Have to Be Upside Down
Some people will say, ‘why do I pick on these poor people, just trying to practice their religion? Why make it about religion?' My answer is, of course, I never would want to tease about somebody's religion. Except, of course, when that religion wants me dead.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Impeachment Efforts Are Worth It
Are we there yet? Not even close. Is it still worth it? For many of us who have been running this marathon we thought we were entering the homestretch and found out we hadn't even made it to the starting gate yet. And yet, both on a personal level and as a citizen, I still say yes.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 6, 2009 Terrorists
If you can risk an spare 40,000 US soldiers and not have to return your Nobel, how many can you spend and still walk away with an Oscar?
Oscar for what? Impersonating George Bush, terrorist.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Current Comedy 2/2/09: To Keep Your Interest
Like our own personal groundhog, Americans look to Obama to guide them through the stormy weather through his actions in one symbolic moment as if he had the power to change where even one raindrop fell; though Obama has a heftier hand at the tiller than most North American fur bearing mammals.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 20, 2009 Current Comedy, 2/16/09: And Featuring John McCain as Count Olaf
Gauging from America's still unwavering support for Obama and fresh pile of mud the GOP just kicked on their own steadily curdling brand name, if they think this first power struggle was a "bad beginning," they're going to hate the way this story ends.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2009 Current Comedy, 5/18/09: Tortured Pros
Bit by bit, Obama has tossed away the various special interests groups who gave their hopes to him. At the time it seemed like the man had won himself a mountain of hard-earned political capital. Nowadays it seems like he's at a roulette wheel staking it all on the banks will come up in the black, but so far the only numbers we're seeing are "00."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Current Comedy 3/9/09: The New Circumcision
In 21st century pluralist America, one out of every four Americans now days no longer affiliate themselves with any Christian sect. According to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, the last twenty years has seen a ten percent decline in Americans claiming Christianity as their religion of choice, with the fastest growing religious preference being "none of the above."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2009 Current Comedy Notes, 4/15/09: Bamboozled
The same week we learn of the US government aiding a Nazi avoid incarceration for prison camp war crimes, we also learn of Obama's choice to boycott the UN Racism Conference in support of our partner in crime, Israel. It's a move that was far more audaciously Bush-like than one would've thought possible. It was Obama betraying us on race.
SHARE Friday, April 24, 2009 Current Comedy, 4/20/09: A New Hussein
I am getting the impression Mainstream Media, er, at least CNN, is consciously trying to Twitter-fy my brain, trying to get me and mine hooked on the latest marketed fad, fully well knowing, as I do because I saw it on their channel, that Twitter destroys all it touches.
SHARE Friday, October 3, 2008 Quick Take: Biden By Da Landslide
Biden gave what will undoubtedly be the liberals rallying cry quote: "Dick Cheney is the most dangerous vice president this country has ever had." That's a line that me and millions like me needed to hear to keep our faith.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2009 Lone Protester DOES NOT Disrupt Kingman GOP Meeting, Still Makes Point.
I have been protesting for now 30 years--occasionally, in some pretty hostile territory. It is scary to go to the stronghold of your opposition and tell them you think they're wrong. Tonight, however, I was treated clearly better than i have ever been in such a situation. I almost felt supported. Tonight in Kingman, at their own meeting, which they failed to attend, the AZ GOP leadership clearly was not.
SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 Current Comedy, 11/2/08: Dewey Defeats Truman
At latest count, somebody's poll probably has him at like 70 kajillion electoral votes to McCain 41. USA Today lists nation wide voter registration increases that show new voters avoiding Republicanism like anal rashes. And yet--
SHARE Thursday, October 2, 2008 Aussie Rudd Condemns American People While Senate Readies Tax Cuts
Every anti-Bush issue across the spectrum is embodied in this bailout. This is the outrageously diabolical Bush world paradigm cratering under its own weight of lies. I say let them collapse all the way back to zero like the credit houses did at the end of Fight Club. Know what the third rule of Fight Club? No, your profit margin is not more important than me feeding my family.
SHARE Friday, May 8, 2009 Current Comedy, 5/04/09: This is Only a Test
Sometimes in television-land, a soap opera or a situation comedy will get stuck in a recurring theme long after all the entertainment value has been beaten out of it. Thus it is in the current week of the comedy that passes for TV news.
At least that is the way it reads with this week's installment of the now continuing series "Gun-Toting Rednecks for Jesus."
SHARE Friday, September 11, 2009 Preaching to the Choir Part 3:The Right's Jeremiah
Based on policies his office pushed, engineers stalled and underfunded levy maintenance in New Orleans, then stalled and underfunded the initial rescue effort. These were not the facts Franks' audience wanted to be confronted with. The message they were wanting to have reinforced was god, country, guns and tax cuts and that was the raw meat Trent Franks was serving up. And Kingman ate it up.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 17, 2012 Current Comedy: Suffering Little Children
If Republicans had had their way these past few years then the GOP dream could have come true of going back to the good old days that were so union-free that those kids would never have been in danger in those classrooms. Heck, by age 7 they all would have been shackled to machinery in sweatshops instead.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Current Comedy 3/17/09: Earplugs
In the absence of a Republican outrage, mainstream media recently acting as if pundits, pummeled Obama for not quashing the omnibus spending bill due to the wealth of pet projects. But unlike his vengeful predecessor, Obama allowed both sides of the aisle to stud the bill with earmarks. Repubs, besides McCain, aren't whining this go-round because they too scored big time.
SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Current Comedy, 3/30/09: 'Member When Obama Meant Wright, not Right?
Once upon a time (OK, a little more than a year ago)an embattled candidate for president was being maligned for his altruistic, outspoken charismatic preacher who inspired millions the world over with his calls for humanism and justice. Welcome to one year later.
Candidate Obama is now the imperial president while Reverend Wright is nowhere to be found. Looks like Obama wasn't listening to those sermons.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 31, 2008 Code Pink Collects Signatures for Kucinich's Congressional Record
Code Pink, working with Dennis Kucinich and Democracy In Action, offers its mailing list and website visitors a chance to sign the petition that is to be in the Congressional Record as a sample for the citizenry calling for impeachment. Your Chance to be in History!
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 6, 2009 Current Comedy 3/2/09: Fools' Rushin'
Releasing nine legal opinions, the Justice Dept. made public thousands of Bush era emails and other documents that trace his administration's determined assault on the American people.
SHARE Sunday, April 11, 2010 Current Comedy, 4/9/10: "Greeting Us With Flowers"
There can be little doubt Karzai already knew a trick or two when it comes to dealing dirty; but if Bush-Gore and 2004 are how we export democracy, no wonder so many other nations complain that the "democracy" we bring them is damaged on arrival.
SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Current Comedy, 6/2/09: Marseilles 1212
Though Muslim religious extremists are blamed for inciting violence in the name of their vision of god, America steadfastly and incrementally has retrofitted our military to march onward as Christian soldiers. Because, after all, our Christian religious intolerance is so much more sanctimonious and thus justified than any other religion's zealotry.
SHARE Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Current Comedy, 1/6/09: Tainted
A phrase with all the lurid appeal of criminality, sex, open wounds and spoiled vegetables was bound to be so overused, unto death, that in a matter of days, no, hours, Stephen Colbert could make fun of said overuse with plenty of clips to spare of supposedly serious people intoning the word "taint" as if it were a physical badge, a Scarlet A soldered onto one's chest that they saw on Roland Burris and not in their own souls.