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Working as an urban educator for over 25 years--I 'moonlight' as a writer. I write part-time for The Huffington Post and enjoy the task of curmudgeon,(at least where career politicians are concerned). I consider myself a political independent who is absolutely convinced that the '2-party' system has got to go. As my hero, I.F. Stone once said; "all governments lie." I merely wish to point out the lies, especially the incredibly stupid ones.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2011 Rep. Conyers: Obama Demanded Social Security Cuts--Not GOP
Rep. John Conyers, founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, held a press conference 07/27/11 where he 'outed' Obama as the source of the demanded Social Security cuts--not Boehner, not the GOP. This press conference was not covered.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 7, 2012 H.R. 347 The 'Trespass Bill' of 2011 Criminalizes Protest
H.R. 347 aka The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 effectively criminalizes protest with federal felony penalties. It has now passed both Houses of Congress with no publicity at all. It will now go to Obama. This is time sensitive. Lobby Obama to VETO this Trespass Bill which 'trespasses' on our rights.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2010 The civil rights battle of our time--expanded medicare for all.
Melanie Shouse died from criminal medical neglect at the hand of her insurance company Wellpoint. As a nationally known activist--don't make her death in vain. Melanie fought for others in the middle of her own chemo rounds, and now we must win the battle for her. Make medical care for all a reality. This is the civil rights battle of our time.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 4, 2011 Bradley Manning, Torture in the US vs. Torture in Egypt
Bradley Manning has been confined to solitary, forced to suffer sensory deprivation. While our leaders preach democracy at Egypt--they deny it to us here. While our president denounces torture in Egypt--he allows it to continue here. Bradley Manning personifies that struggle. So, 02/03/11, activists held a Support Manning Call in Day to the White House.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 A 'Net Neutrality Primer'
Net neutrality simply means no corporate or government censorship of online content. The net is 'neutral,' to any type of content. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce wants to throw out FCC regs meant to protect a free and open internet. Rep. Fred Upton is the Chair of the committee and a handmaiden of Koch Industries.
SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2011 Free Speech & Civil Rights in the PR Age of Obama
This piece explains the danger of Patriot. The 'lending material support' portion of Patriot nullifies both the 1st and the 5th amendments. Ironically, the President of 'change,' President Obama is its biggest cheerleader.
SHARE Thursday, April 14, 2011 GOP's Boehner, Cantor, Ryan--Sheriffs of Nottingham 2.0
The GOP has plans to destroy Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by a combinatio of privatization and outright thievery. Note that the same GOP leaders who pushed the Wall Street Bailout are the same ones who are working feverishly to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 1, 2010 Political Prosecutions in St. Louis
Political prosecutions are rampant in the country for constitutionally protected activities such as witnessing and reporting police abuse. Political prosecution is happening right here in St. Louis County, even with an alleged progressive governor, senator (McCaskill), and County Prosecutor. Tea Party activists are involved with astroturf origins.
SHARE Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Drone Wars, DOJ Death Squads and the White Paper
Secret laws and secret courts have replaced the Bill of Rights, with the president now claiming the right to serve as judge, jury and executioner to alleged terrorists or those who would grant material support. The white paper leaked and proves that US citizens are included in this miscarriage of justice.
SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 Dick Armey...Armed Assailant?
While Occupy activists face the potential of indefinite detention for constitutionally protected dissent; Dick Armey gets away with possible assault.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 12, 2010 Senator McCaskill--Stop Fence Sitting on the Public Option
This article discusses the president's recent visit to St. Louis. He headlined a fundraiser for Senator Claire McCaskill and stumped for his health plan. Meanwhile, protesters were outside, not only tea party groups but fellow progressives pushing Claire to vote for the public option and state so openly.
SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2010 The Great Coal Debate aka How Lobbyists Pollute Politics
Bruce Nilles of Sierra Club and Fred Palmer of Peabody Coal square off at Washington University in St. Louis at the Great Coal Debate. Moderated by Brian Walsh of Time Magazine; energy policy and the lobbyists who 'subvert democracy' are grilled by student groups.