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A Cavalcade of Crazy Explores Some Slip-ups

June 23, 2010

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“Mr. President, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.” These famous words of support were, of course, offered by Gen. Buck Turgidson, played by George C. Scott, in the classic black comedy, Dr. Strangelove, after a rogue U.S. Air Force general subverted America’s “fail-safe” […]

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Video: Watering the Tree of Iranian Liberty – NSFW

June 21, 2009

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Warning! the Following Video purports to depict the Ultimate Sacrifice of an Iranian Woman in the cause of that Nation’s struggle for self determination.

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After Iranian Elections, Protest and Backlash

June 15, 2009

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By Robert Fisk, The Independent: First the cop screamed abuse at Mir Hossein Mousavi’s supporter, a white-shirted youth with a straggling beard and unkempt hair. Then he smashed his baton into the young man’s face. Then he kicked him viciously in the testicles. It was the same all the way down to Vali Asr Square. […]

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Rochester, NY Hickey-Freeman Workers vote to stage Sit In if Bank Shutters Plant

May 17, 2009

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The 450 Workers of Rochester’s Hickey-Freeman voted Unanimously to stage a sit in at their work places if Wells-Fargo shuts down the plant or liquidate the company: “There are a lot of married couples that work here. If they lost their jobs, their families would be devastated,” said Debbie Glinski, who has worked at Hickey-Freeman […]

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Appeals Court Declines to Hear Siegelman Case

May 15, 2009

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Former AL Governor Don Siegelman appears to be headed back to Jail now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear his appeal: “[Siegelman] goes back for re-sentencing now. It will be difficult for him to stay out of jail because it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will hear this case,” […]

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Obama Drug Czar Calls for an End to the Drug War.

May 14, 2009

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The Wall Street Journal Covers the call by Gil Kerlikowske of the White House office on National Drug control Policy, to End the Drug War: “Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said. […]

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New York Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill

May 13, 2009

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Word comes via the New York Times, that the New York State Assembly has passed Same Sex Marriage Legislation: The final vote was 89 to 52…. According to the Article, the battle for Marriage Equality now heads to that state’s Senate.  Where both sides are gearing up for major fight, including Television ads to sway […]

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Obama, Notre Dame and Abortion

May 10, 2009

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Courtesy NYTimes: Discord is nothing new for Roman Catholicism. But the controversy surrounding the appearance of President Obama at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement on May 17 suggests that run-of-the mill discord among American Catholics is escalating into something closer to civil war. Just watch that airplane circling over the famous Golden Dome of […]

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May Day around the Globe

May 2, 2009

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May Day 2009 Protests in Instanbul, Turkey. More videos and commentary at Raw Story.

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Congressional GOPers Fought Pandemic Prep

April 27, 2009

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When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year’s emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans. Obey and other advocates for the spending argued, correctly, that a pandemic hitting in the […]

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Saving Flint MI by Shrinking It

April 24, 2009

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FLINT, Mich. — Dozens of proposals have been floated over the years to slow this city’s endless decline. Now another idea is gaining support: speed it up. Instead of waiting for houses to become abandoned and then pulling them down, local leaders are talking about demolishing entire blocks and even whole neighborhoods. The population would […]

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Ambushing Fox Producer Infiltrates Volatile GE Shareholders Meeting.

April 23, 2009

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Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter: The hostility between Fox News Channel and MSNBC reached a fever pitch Wednesday when a Fox producer infiltrated the GE shareholders meeting. Just before GE re-elected board members, company brass were hit with questions from shareholders critical of an alleged leftward political slant at MSNBC. But one of those questions came […]

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Coleman taking Senate case to higher court

April 21, 2009

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The Minnesota Senate race is officially headed for the state Supreme Court after Norm Coleman’s campaign announced Monday that it was filing a notice of appeal. The move will further prevent the seating of Al Franken (D), who at this point holds a lead of more than 300 votes in the race. Coleman’s lawyers believe […]

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New Fla Law Would Disenfranchise Elderly, Minorities, Others.

April 20, 2009

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Courtesy The NYTimes: Since 2000, Florida has been synonymous with badly run and undemocratic elections. This distinction has not come to it by chance. Many of the state’s election officials and legislators work hard to keep eligible voters from casting ballots. The Florida Legislature is at it again, threatening to pass new rules that would […]

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Kansas Governor Vetoes (another) Coal Plant Bill

April 14, 2009

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TOPEKA, Kansas, April 13, 2009 (ENS) – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius today again vetoed a bill that would permit construction of two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. The measure was the fourth bill the governor has rejected in the past two years for the two power plants near Holcomb in Finney County. “Last year, […]

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Unionized Quebec Wal-Mart workers get 1st contract

April 12, 2009

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It took nearly four years, but unionized workers at a Quebec Wal-Mart store now have their first collective agreement, a first in North America. A Quebec arbitrator sealed the two-year deal for employees at the St-Hyacinthe Wal-Mart east of Montreal earlier this week. Some 200 workers at the store received their union accreditation in January […]

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GM Pensions May Be ‘Garbage’ With $16 Billion at Risk

April 9, 2009

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April 8 (Bloomberg) — Den Black, a retired General Motors Corp. engineering executive, says he’s worried and angry. The government-supported automaker is going bankrupt, he says, and he’s sure some of his retirement pay will go down with it. “This is going to wreck us,” said Black, 62, speaking of GM retirees. “These pledges from […]

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Vermont Legislature Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

April 7, 2009

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure. The step makes Vermont the first state to allow same-sex marriage through legislative action instead of a court ruling. The law goes into effect Sept. […]

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