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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.
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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008(3 comments)
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.
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
Tuesday, November 18, 2008(5 comments)
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.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008(5 comments)
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.
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--
Saturday, October 18, 2008(1 comments)
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.
Friday, October 10, 2008(1 comments)
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?"
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.
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.
"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.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008(2 comments)
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008(18 comments)
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.
Monday, August 11, 2008(1 comments)
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.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008(5 comments)
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.
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!
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.