Obama Serves Soft Ball to Republicans, Boehner Whiffs It

By |August 31st, 2011|

The speech will fall on the same night Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his debut on the 2012 GOP debate stage. The Republican presidential field is set to take part in a debate, also scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate will go on [...]

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Gloria Steinem to Headline Obama Park Avenue Fundraiser

By |August 31st, 2011|

"... Without the women's vote -- because women comprise the majority of the electorate -- it's virtually impossible for a candidate to win the election." - Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University This is the alternate, political version of why buy the milk if the cow is free?, with [...]

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Obama and His Base, Mitt and Rick

By |August 30th, 2011|

Way down at the bottom of the latest CNN poll: Meanwhile, the survey indicates that number of Democrats and independents who lean towards the Democratic party who would like the party to nominate someone else besides President Barack Obama has topped out after months of steady growth. Seventy-two percent of Democrats want to see Obama [...]

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Queer Talk: Will HRC change with Solmonese’ departure?

By |August 29th, 2011|

Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. "The timing of Solmonese's resignation, as related to 2012, is at least curious "” why would HRC make such a change as the presidential campaign moves into high gear?" The Human Rights Campaign is probably the most widely recognized LGBT organization in the nation, not surprising [...]

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We’ve Got Power

By |August 29th, 2011|

Streaming live video by Ustream ...and we're back. I must say I did enjoy looking at fashion magazines with a flashlight last night, though since I'm a creature of the 21st century having power is preferred. (The flip side of my reading life, which right now is No Ordinary Time, reminding me about when Democrats [...]

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Hurricane IRENE… The Rain has Arrived

By |August 28th, 2011|

**UPDATED BELOW** SUNDAY, 10:25 a.m.: We still don't have power, but the 2-star general on the street behind us does. Mark was able to run extensions to get the frigerator turned on, because our generator didn't turn over. Also got my dead phone charged, which is why I can write this update. Huge tree uprooted [...]

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Progressive Notes: Trumka’s Plan, Roseanne, Black Caucus Grabs WH Attention, and Other Doings

By |August 27th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. The TV series, Roseanne, is seeing a surge in popularity again because the show talked alot about blue collar America. Here is a classic clip making the YouTube hits list. When a state house candidate shows up at her door to talk about tax breaks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrectdcH81U&feature=player_embedded [...]

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Queer Talk: “The Militant Homosexual”

By |August 27th, 2011|

On August 23, 1971, Newsweek ran a story with this headline: "The Militant Homosexual." Jim Burroway, at Box Turtle Bulletin, has a regular "Today in History" column. That's LGBT related history, and it's one of my daily "must reads." On Tuesday, he provided an overview of that Newsweek article, printed about two years after the [...]

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Herb Buttermilk Biscuits

By |August 27th, 2011|

Just this past week Taylor brought to my attention this story. Over the past few years I've seen a real push for locally grown produce, and Alice Waters who is featured in the article above, has been a pioneer for sustainable, locally grown produce for 40 years. Today we live in a world where fruits [...]

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Most Common Word Linked with Perry: ‘Problem’

By |August 26th, 2011|

We've got Paul Krugman's "Bernanke's Perry Problem." Why don't I expect much from Mr. Bernanke? In two words: Rick Perry. O.K., I don't mean that Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, is personally standing in the way of effective monetary policy. Not yet, anyway. Instead, I'm using Mr. Perry "“ who has famously threatened Mr. [...]

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