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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.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 4, 2010
Kingman Peace Vigils Gaining Drive-by Support Kingman, AZ peace activist profiled.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 4, 2010
Current Comedy: Less & Moore, More or Less If there are conservatives who don't understand why liberals are so antagonistic to your leaders, here's your sign.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Your Bush is Showing Around hour five of watching the debate the necessity of this bill passing became incredibly clear.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2009
Movie Review: “Capitalism” Isn't Funny The problem with Moore's new movie is figuring out a way to say the message is great but the movie sucks
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 3, 2009
Current Comedy, 9/29/09: Easy Answers Both the left and the right have something to be embarrassed about at recent rallies.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In Praise of Joe Wilson: Current Comedy The name "Joe Wilson" is too cool to let just anyone wear it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2009
Current Comedy 8/25/09: “Rev. Right's” Hell House: The 33 Minute Hate More than healthcare, Trent Franks came to Kingman with a mission to sell us something. A missile. He knew he was preaching to the choir on healthcare. But he was here to sell us something: fire and brimstone.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2009
Current Comedy: 8/18/09: This is What Democracy Looks Like? A Report from the Mosh Pit Known as The 8/17/09 Phoenix Healthcare Rally. I was there, took my 15 year old daughter to see it. Best civics lesson I've ever taught her.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."

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