The Emperor’s New Doctor

When Clinton accepted the Democrats’ nomination in 1992, he promised the party faithful that getting health care for all U.S. citizens would be his number one priority. He gave the impression that he’d come up with a plan and if that got knocked down by the evil doctors and Republicans he’d come up with another plan, and if that got knocked down he’d come up with yet another plan until it was a done deal. He wouldn’t rest until the United States had a health care system in place that […]

Today’s Video: Clinton on Health Care Reform

This clip, taken from Clinton’s State of the Union address in 1993, only serves to illustrate today’s blog by Christine Hall. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5y-XXJPUjU&start=36

Today’s Video: Pakistani Politician Murdered In London

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z83hhzKQ9LI&NR=1 This report on the killing of Pakistani politician Imran Farooq comes to us from the BBC by way of MoxNews. The original air date on this story was September 17, 2010.

Today’s Video: Colonel Campbell’s War – Afghanistan

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYUjcC9FxEc Here in the states, we don’t get to see much footage of what’s actually going on in Afghanistan. This video gives a good picture of what’s happening, as well as showing someone who’s got a good handle on working to co-operate with the local populations. Embedding has been disabled on this video, so after starting the video, click on “Watch on YouTube” to view.

The FDA & Genetically Engineered Salmon

This is an old story, but it needs mention every couple of weeks. The FDA is failing the U.S. consumer badly. Not only does it continue to approve genetically engineered foods for public consumption, without fully understanding the risks these foods might wreck on public health and the environment, it protects the producers of these foods by failing to require genetically engineered products be labeled as such. According to The Good Human, if you eat processed foods, genetically engineered products are probably entering your body every day: […]

Obama goes to School

I live in North Carolina, and although we voted for Obama in 2008, it would be a mistake to consider this Obama Country. He still has a lot of support in the cities, but in working class neighborhoods and rural areas he’s seen with the same disdain as Jimmy Carter. Probably worse, since Carter had the good graces to be a southerner. This morning Obama spoke to school kids across the country via television from Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia. The address was about what you’d […]

The Rich & Taxes: A Post-Modern Myth

To hear the conservatives tell it, our economy will nosedive if the rich are required to pay an iota in taxes more than they do now. Indeed, we are led to understand the rich already pay more than their fair share, that their taxes need to be lowered so the middle class and the poor can shoulder more of the burden. It’s understandable why folks under 30 might believe this argument. If the tax rate on the rich, defined by the Obama administration as those earning more than $250,000, is […]

The Government We Deserve

Lincoln didn’t tell us the whole truth when he said, “…you cannot fool all of the people all the time.” What he didn’t say, perhaps because it didn’t occur to him, was that you can fool a majority of the people all of the time, especially in the age of television and now, the Internet. Unfortunately, a majority is all that matters in a democracy. Democratically speaking, four sane people and six psychotic sickos means rule by the insane. Governments in the United States have been operating on this principle […]

The Politics of Corruption

Obama can’t succeed. No matter how clear his vision, he can’t overcome the corruption that’s been woven into the fabric of politics in America. We’ve legitimized corruption. We’ve legalized it and given it constitutional protection. In the United States, identifying the true sources of governmental corruption is a treasonous act, for corruption is now built-in to the bricks and mortar of our system of government. To identify corruption here is to identify our governments, both local and federal. To call for corruption’s end is a call to bring down these […]

A Call to Prayer in Lower Manhattan

If I’d died when the World Trade Center fell nine years ago, right about now I’d be rising from my grave in anger. I’d descend on followers of the Tea Party and the other Islamaphobes who’re making an issue of the “Mosque” that isn’t a mosque, but is planned to be a cultural center open to all faiths. I would raise my voice, if I still had one after lying nine years dead, and I would shout at the top of my lungs, making sure that all who heard me […]