Pentagon Sends Warning on Cyber Attack

By |May 31st, 2011|

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force. [...] In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking [...]

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Assad’s Evil Regime, No One is Safe

By |May 31st, 2011|

Hamza al-Khateeb was 13 years-old. The details are horrifyingly shocking. From Al Jazeera and be prepared if you're going to read on: Arrested during a protest in Saida, 10km east of Daraa, on April 29, Hamza's body was returned to his family on Tuesday 24th May, horribly mutilated. The child had spent nearly a month [...]

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Obama has to ‘Choke out Clean Coal Occasionally’

By |May 31st, 2011|

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was on "Morning Joe" to publicize "The Last Mountain." "Even you know, Obama, who I think knows better about this issue, has to kind of choke out the term "˜clean coal' occasionally. And I think you know that because he's got a broader agenda. He's got health care and he's got [...]

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2012 Dish: Biden Courts GeoCities Co-Founder & Gay Activist

By |May 31st, 2011|

V.P. Biden did some heavy courting of the gay and lesbian community via the South Hampton this past weekend, staying at David Bohnett's "sprawling" estate, who is a player in the gay, bisexual and transgender-rights activist world. From Page Six: On Sunday, Biden was spotted on the beach while a huge security presence was visible [...]

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Weird in Washington: ‘Weinergate’

By |May 31st, 2011|

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has retained an attorney to advise him "what civil or criminal actions should be taken" after a lewd picture was sent from his Twitter account. [...] "There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it [...]

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Bin Laden Worth It, Afghanistan Is Not

By |May 30th, 2011|

"I saw it as a vote to manifest my growing impatience," California Rep. Howard Berman, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told POLITICO. "I just don't know how long, if it's not working with Pakistan, how we're ever going to be successful in Afghanistan." "I made a conscious shift. This was the [...]

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Palin in Leather Ignites New Age of Political Paparazzi

By |May 30th, 2011|

"Is this bus tour a trial run for a planned race, or is it an attempt to remain visible and relevant?" asked Charlie Cook, publisher of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington. "You can count all the people who really know what Sarah Palin is thinking and planning on one hand." - Bloomberg video [...]

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Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

By |May 29th, 2011|

This weekend we salute Seal Team 6 and all the other warriors, including those who sit behind a desk to help our troops. Here's to the war hero dogs, who make a huge difference. The men and women at home, including the National Guard in Joplin, Missouri, as well as soldiers stationed around the globe. [...]

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Site Upgrade Status

By |May 28th, 2011|

If you see this post you are on the upgraded site... Welcome!  We're still going to be working out some kinks and setting up new features so thanks for patience and watch for more things soon! UPDATE: Sunday, May 29: 11 am EDT Work is going well! Today's tasks: Get the mobile site back to [...]

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Progressive Notes: Humphrey at 100, and Latest Happenings

By |May 28th, 2011|

Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Humphrey speaks at 1948 Dem convention on civil rights: This past January the media swooned for Reagan’s 100th birthday. Well this week we progressives are the ones recalling the 100th birthday of one of the greatest liberals of the 20th century: Hubert Humphrey. Humphrey was known as the “happy warrior” because of his famous 1948 speech at the Democratic National Convention. He was 37 and mayor of Minneapolis at the time. The party was split over civil rights for blacks. He told the party: “To those who say this civil rights program is an infringement on states’ rights,” he thundered from the convention podium, “I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states’ rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.” The motion carried. The Southerners walked out and ran Strom Thurmond for president. When Harry S. Truman won nonetheless, Democrats were on their way to becoming the party of civil rights. Hubert Humphrey catalyzed that change. The New Deal liberal lost a brutally close 1968 election against Nixon for POTUS. Many say if given a few more weeks Humphrey would have won. Imagine how different this nation would have been had Humphrey not lost. With his loss he returned to the Senate. He pushed for New Deal policies to get people to work. But some Democrats like Carter moved away from New Dealism. From FDR. Truman. LbJ. And so, faced with opposition from top DC Dems on jobs programs he tried another tact: In 1976 he joined Representative Augustus Hawkins, a Democrat from the Watts section of Los Angeles, to introduce a bill requiring the government, especially the Federal Reserve, to keep unemployment below 3 percent ““ and if that failed, to provide emergency government jobs to the unemployed. … 70 percent of Americans believed the government should offer jobs to everyone who wanted one. However, Jimmy Carter ““ a new kind of Democrat answering to a new upper-middle-class, suburban constituency, embarrassed by industrial unions and enamored with the alleged magic of the market ““ did not. “Government cannot eliminate poverty or provide a bountiful economy or reduce inflation or save our cities or cure illiteracy or provide energy,” President Carter said in his 1978 State of the Union address, a generation before Bill Clinton said almost the same thing, cementing the Democrats’ ambivalent retreat from New Deal-based government activism. And here we are today. Reaganism has brainwashed a generation. Reagan is Obama’s hero. From 1968 came Nixon, Watergate, Carterism, Reagan, and of course today’s moderate Republican Democrat Obama. We owe alot to Humphrey. He did so much. Champion of the middle class Elizabeth Warren faced nothing but pure disrespect when she answered questions to GOP congressmembers. Right wing Congressman McHenry (R-NC) called Warren a liar. These men treated her like dirt, and Warren’s face said it all: Hey- women are tired of being treated like garbage by the guys in our political system! In Texas the spirit of Ann Richards is alive and well among many. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston (D) had quite the event on the House floor this week. She: …delivered a riveting speech condemning a flyer handed out on behalf of the Texas Civil Justice League that used a graphic picture of a child nursing at a woman’s breast to question whether pending legislation would create “a nanny state.” In a session in which the House “has spent 30 to 40 percent of its time kicking the reproductive organs of women down the road,” Thompson took issue with lobbyists using a picture of a breast in calling attention to legislation. “I am really disgusted,” she said. “I am really ashamed. Some of you may find these funny. I find these hateful. They foster violence and disrespect towards women. I am appalled that the Texas Civil Justice League would go so low to get at a piece of legislation.”… Thompson pounded the podium as she finished her speech with an admonition: “Men, if you don’t stand up for us today, don’t you walk in this chamber tomorrow.” She received a standing ovation. House Speaker Joe Straus, who by coincidence had scheduled a reception for the women lawmakers Thursday evening, said he “did a lot of listening” as women trickled into the event. “ He agreed the flyer was in “beyond poor taste.” “I do think all of us need to be mindful of how we treat each other,” he said, adding that it had been an extremely stressful session. “People are away from their families for 140 days and we have worked hard with a lot of challenging tasks.” Lee Parsley, president of the Texas Civil Justice League, apologized for the flyer, which he said was disseminated without his approval. “I am very sorry the offensive piece exists at all and that you had to see it,” Parsley said in a letter distributed to lawmakers. We have video of her awesome speech : The result? The formation of the Women’s Caucus in the Texas House. Top Democratic and Republican representatives will now join forces to try and put a lid on the defamation of women . PPP partnered with Progressive Change Campaign Committee to do polling in key battleground states where Democratic senators face tough races. They polled in Missouri, Ohio, Montana and Minnesota. The results were the same in every state: touch Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security and the voters will punish you. Senator McCaskill in Missouri has been running around with a plan to slash the budget worse than Ryan. Wake up McCaskill and others: In Missouri, a poll conducted by PPP, a Democratic-aligned polling firm, showed that cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be especially unpopular. The poll in Missouri of 1,050 likely voters found that 19 percent would support reducing Medicare expenditures while 77 percent opposed Medicare trims. The survey question was phrased this way: In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicare, which is the government health insurance program for the elderly? A similar question on Medicaid found that 32 percent would support cuts to reduce the national debt while 63 percent would oppose them. For Social Security, 17 percent would support cuts; 76 percent oppose them. Florida’s Governor Scott is boosting Dem fortunes in the state. Austerity never wins votes with the electorate. Last week red Jacksonville elected its first Dem mayor in 20 years, and to boot he is their first African American and the guy is also a former aid to President Clinton. Minorities poured out to vote, enraged by the cold hearted governance of Scott. A new poll Scott at a 28pct approval rating. Yikes. Why? : […]

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