The Second American Civil War: A Middle Class Divided
The Wisconsin governor's attempt to eliminate collective bargaining for unionized public workers is the first salvo in the second American civil war. Governor Walker's billionaire bosses, the Koch brothers have spent millions of dollars convincing nonunion workers that the bankruptcy of the country is because of greedy union workers. Pitting worker against worker, while the rich reap the spoils.
Sunday, October 19, 2008(13 comments)
Nader and McKinney: "Wasting" a Vote for Lincoln's "Radical" Ideal
It is a wasted vote to continually vote for two parties with track records for little more than self-preservation, corrupt-crony politics and for not making a "dent" . . . unless, of course, it's to total the entire country. These parties do not deserve the support of the American electorate time and time again. We need third viable third parties with a voice in the national debate
Friday, November 30, 2007(8 comments)
The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act: A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak
The House recently passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. A skeptical reading of the bill, along with its possible "parentage," leaves one suspecting that its purpose is not protecting Americans from homegrown terrorism. Rather, it is about protecting homegrown corporate interests and profits from constitutionally protected homegrown free thought, free speech, and legal dissent.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Cluster Bombs: The Realpolitik of U.S. Foreign Policy
Recently the Bush administration accused the Iranian government of supplying Iraqi insurgents with weapons. That a government supplies weapons to countries of strategic interest is realpolitik. That a government exports and expends munitions that continue to kill civilians long after "mission accomplished" has been declared, as is the case with cluster munitions, is the realpolitik of U.S. foreign policy.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007(7 comments)
Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris: The Unholy Trinity . . .Thank God.
. Atheist contrarian Christopher Hitchens' upcoming visit to Madison as the keynote speaker for the Freedom From Religion Foundation's fall conference has raised a few Christian hackles and a few insults. This essay, written in an irreverent Hitchens style (sort of), defends not only his position but also that of the "unholy trinity" and the POF (pissed-off faithless).
Sunday, November 2, 2008(6 comments)
Focus on the Family's Toxic Corn Pone Letter From 2012
Focus on the Family's "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America" describes what America is like under a"far left-wing liberal" administration. While it's easy to poke fun at the corn pone FOF dishes out during an election, it stops being funny when one realizes that for tens of millions of people this fare is their only sustenance, and this toxic repast is the most poisonous of all substances to the body politic.
Thursday, August 14, 2008(3 comments)
Can Obama Bridge America's Wall of Ignominy
Recently I took Barack Obama to task for not mentioning Israel's 400-mile-long apartheid wall during his visit there. I received an email response reminding me about the 700-mile-long wall being built along the US/Mexico border-a wall Obama voted for in 2006. We do not need more walls to separate us. We need bridges to join us in economic parity.
Sunday, March 30, 2008(2 comments)
Sacrificing Children on the Altar of Parents' Fanatical Faith
On Easter Sunday, 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, Wisconsin, died of diabetic ketoacidosis because her parents' believed she could be cured by prayer and did not seek medical treatment. Unfortunately, the death of a child at the praying hands of religious parents is not uncommon and is sanctioned by state and federal religious exemption laws. Under Wisconsin law, Kara's parents are not likely to be held accountable.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Philip Roth's "Our Gang:" A Satirical Purgative for the Last Seven Years
Nothing can change these last seven years in the land of "liberty and justice for all," but Philip Roth's 1971 satirical masterpiece, "Our Gang" is a dose of "yeah, well take that" catharsis that will ease the way into the last 385 days of a difficult eight years. It is a book that needs to be read or reread . . . if you want to laugh instead of cry.
Monday, September 24, 2007(1 comments)
A Pitiless Plan A: Denying Plan B Emergency Contraception to Victims of Rape
Considering the current fragile state of Roe v. Wade, strong state and federal compassionate care laws may be a rape victim's only hope of having her right to choose the rest of her life supercede the rapist's "right" to impregnate her. If the likes of Rep. Gundrum or Pro-Life Wisconsin or Focus on the Family prevail, the man who chooses to rape will win hands down.
Sunday, January 20, 2008(11 comments)
The Rapture Can't Happen Soon Enough to Suit Me
Imagine American life and politics after the Christian Right has been "disappeared" en masse by the Rapture. With our "moral compass" blissfully ensconced behind the pearly gates, those of us left behind will just have to navigate life the best we can . . . oh darn. But if it's going to happen, why the heck can't it happen soon . . . I mean real soon.
Monday, April 21, 2008(3 comments)
Pope Benedict Solves Mystery of Pedophile Priests . . . Sort of
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger [a.k.a. God's Rottweiler], the uncompromising doctrinal watchdog bears little resemblance to his public persona as the kindly, thoughtful Pope Benedict XVI. During his visit to the United States, Benedict blamed American secularism for pedophile priests. Five years earlier, Cardinal Ratzinger blamed it on a conspiracy against the church. Which is the real Pope?
Sunday, October 12, 2008(2 comments)
America Must Plumb Olmert's "Depths of Reality"
Recently, the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Israeli people the difficult truth. If they ever expect to live in peace in the Holy Land, Israel will have to return all occupied lands to the Palestinians. He said "it's time to lay everything on the table." This "depth of reality," as Olmert called it, is one that American politicians never lay on the table for the American electorate.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Mitt Romney:Tabernacle Choirboy or Blackwater Mercenary
Mitt Romney is equally at home schmoozing the countries major religious voting blocs and taking advise about torture techniques from his campaign's counterterrorism czar, Cofer Black, the vice-chairman at Blackwater Worldwide. Blackwater appears to have its own presidential candidate in Romney. Hard times ahead when the president of the United States has a private army and intelligence service at his
Sunday, March 16, 2008(10 comments)
The Children of Palestine and Israel are Cannon Fodder for the Rapture
Since the beginning of the second intifada in September 2000, over 1,000 Palestinian and Israeli children have been killed by bullets and bombs. According to Pastor John Hagee and his evangelical organization, Christians United For Israel, this is an acceptable- if not desirable since a majority of the children were Muslim-price to pay to bring about Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Monday, November 17, 2008(1 comments)
Obama Owes Diamond Real Change Not Perfection
Over two million more young people voted in this election than in 2004; 18-year-old Diamond, a first-time voter from Harlem, was one of them. She supported Obama because she thinks he is "going to cure everything [and] make everything perfect." While her enthusiasm is reassuring, her blind faith in Obama is unsettling.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008(1 comments)
Middle East Democracy: Blowback Through the Looking Glass
United States' foreign policy regarding Iran and Israel for the past 60 years has created a contrary "Through the Looking Glass" world in the Middle East where the blowback is not an imaginary children's tale but the stuff of nightmares and the roost for returning chickens.
Friday, August 8, 2008(1 comments)
President Obama Up Against the Middle East "Berlin Wall"
On July 24, Obama stood on the site of the former Berlin Wall and reminded the crowd that sixty years ago the Berlin Airlift saved two million Berliners. The day before his speech in Berlin, he stood at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He was standing less that two miles from the 400-mile-long apartheid wall that divides the West Bank from its freedom and from humanity's conscience. Obama never mentioned the apartheid wall.
Monday, May 14, 2007(6 comments)
The Trouble With The Entire World Is A Guy Named Ron
It is a sometimes humorous, sometimes pathetic story about Ron a right-wing fundamentalist Christian conservative Republican whose letters to the editor of a small weekly Wisconsin newspaper have been cobbled together to reveal both the workings of a certain type of mind and the trouble with the world writ small. However, the "idea" of Ron (Reason On Nebutal) is the trouble with the entire world.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Israel's Settlement on Capital Hill
Unbeknownst to most Americans, Israel's westernmost settlement is not in Palestine-Israel, but is located 6000 miles away on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. President-elect Obama's failure to speak out against the current humanitarian catastrophe of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip is telling of the price he is willing to pay to maintain his status as kibbutznik-in-good-standing in Israel's westernmost settlement.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
U.S. Military's Middle East Crusade for Christ
The recent acts of Quran desecration and proselytizing in Iraq by U.S. enlisted personnel are not just the acts of renegade evangelical Christians. An evangelical and fundamentalist message is implicit in the military culture and chain of command from Capital Hill, through the Pentagon, to the boots on the ground. Think Abu Ghraib!
Thursday, June 19, 2008(1 comments)
A MAD Foreign Policy: America's Irrational Defense of Israel
Does America's "non-negotiable" support for Israel make the us more secure, or is it a MAD policy akin to the insane Cold War strategy of "mutual assured destruction?" Such a strategy may, in the war on terror between "radical Islam" and "freedom-loving democracies," result in the mutual assured destruction of both the United States and Israel.
Monday, March 12, 2007(1 comments)
America's Perpetual Nuclear War
If the Bush administration follows through with its plans to attack Iran's underground nuclear facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, it will only be adding "bang-bang" to the already decades-old nuclear war America has been waging with its use of depleted uranium-"nuclear tipped"-munitions.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006(3 comments)
Because The Bible Tells Me So?
In the run-up to the Nov. 7 referendum vote banning gay marriage and establishing a death penalty in Wisconsin, religious groups on both sides of the issue quoted the Bible and other religious texts to support their argument. On the public square, "because the Bible tells me so" just doesn't cut it . . . or it shouldn't.
Monday, February 4, 2008(1 comments)
House Resolution 888: A Beast of Apocalyptic Stature
H. R. 888 purports to be about nothing more than a recognition of America's history of religious faith. In reality, it is an attempt to rewrite history and secure the Christian Right's claim to both our nation's past and its present. Should this resolution pass, a beast of apocalyptic stature may be unleashed-portending the "end times" of our secular democracy . . . hyperbole notwithstanding
Tuesday, January 23, 2007(2 comments)
Yet Another Generation Grows up in the Shadow of a Mushroom Cloud
Considering the Bush administration's first-strike nuclear policy coupled with its reckless disregard for the global consequences of its ideological juggernaut, American children are no less likely to grow up in the shadow of a mushroom cloud than were their parents and grandparents.
Thursday, May 22, 2008(1 comments)
A "Holey" Instrument of Peace in Iraq
On May 19 the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad apologized to an angry crowd in Radhwaniya because a soldier used a copy of the Quran for target practice. The soldier was sent home. But snipers have killed hundreds of innocent Iraqis without an apology or disciplinary action. Considering the U.S. military's recent concern for the "killing" of holy books, this essay proposes a"holey" workable peace plan for Iraq.
Waterboarding is Just Very Unpleasant . . . Right?
Because waterboarding sounds so benign, it is the thin edge of the wedge that will work its way into the political and moral discussion and slowly, but inexorably, desensitize the nation to the overt and covert use of all forms of torture. But we can't lose sight of the fact that a particular torture technique is only a part of a longer torturing experience, which is never benign and always leaves scars.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Suchitoto 13: El Salvador's "American-made" Terrorism Act in Corporate Play
In July 2007, thirteen citizens of El Salvador were arrested during a protest against the privatization of water resources. The defendants were charged with "terrorism" under Decree 108: The Special Law Against Act of Terrorism. Decree 108 was modeled on the USA PATRIOT Act. If convicted, the defendants could receive 60 years in prison. This is an object lesson for all Americans who value their right to dissent.
Monday, January 8, 2007(3 comments)
A Cure For Yellow Ribbon Patriotism
In light of Bush's new war strategy that includes a "surge" of 20,000-40,000 additional troops to Iraq and a recent Military Times Poll, which revealed that barely one-third of service members approve of the Bush Administration's handling of the war, "yellow ribbon patriots" need remove their magnetic bumper sticker ribbons and listen to the majority of military voices to find a meaningful way to "support our troops."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007(4 comments)
An Open Letter to the Christian Right
This letter is appeal from an atheist to the Christian right to "walk their talk" in protecting the sanctity of all post-partum human life, regardless of race, creed, national origin, or neocon ideology. I am proposing a "conscience clause" amendment to the Constitution that would allow taxpayers to redistribute the 27 percent of their federal income tax now going to the military to more life-enhancing government agencies.
Sunday, October 14, 2007(1 comments)
The Realpolitik of Article VI: Religious Test Required for Public Office
Article VI of the Constitution forbids religious tests for public office. The reality on the ground is that all politicians campaigning for office in the Sunday school miasma of contemporary American politics must learn God-speak and use it often and convincingly. This essay considers both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and their 2008 faith-based campaigning.
Sunday, January 27, 2008(1 comments)
Christians Should Fear a Christian Nation
People of faith, particularly mainstream Christians, have a vested interest in maintaining the secular nature of our government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers and have much to fear about living in a "Christian nation."
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
When George Bush Smiles People Die
For almost seven years, Bush has been the glad handing, front man for the Republican Party. The substance of his presidency has been little more than photo-ops. But as he smiles his Texas-sized grin for the camera and then jets off to another photo shoot, real people are left behind to pay the price of his smile. There is, however, a way we may yet wipe the smile off his face . . .
Attacking Iran: The Defining Moment of the Foolish Generation
A recent Zogby Poll revealed that 52 percent of those interviewed supported a military strike against Iran. How can we be so foolish after four years of war and hundreds of thousands of lives? History will not forgive such foolishness, neither will our children.
Friday, January 11, 2008(2 comments)
The Comeback Cry: Hillary Reconnects With Her "Feminine Side
In 1972, Edmund Muskie lost his presidential bid because of an emotional moment in the New Hampshire primary, while Hillary Clinton revitalized her campaign in New Hampshire because of just such a moment. The important question for the American electorate and, more critically, for the wellbeing of our democratic republic is, should a politician's future depend on a 10-second moment of emotion-cynically contrived or otherwise?