August 2010 archive

Redefining the Battleground at Ground Zero

Recent paintings and photographs

Since Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have obviously transformed 51 Park Place into a target for right-wing extremists, I believe that Cordoba House should be constructed at a different location, but in the meantime President Obama and the rest of the Democratic leadership should make it absolutely clear that right-wing hate-mongers have created the danger of another terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, like the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.


Or instead of attacking Beck and Palin, we can humbly remain with the usual paradigm, where right-wing pseudo-populists define the issue…

Sarah Palin: We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they?

Obama blathers uselessly in the middle…

“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.”

And progressives are chained to a deeply unpopular dead weight.

O’Donnell Hits a Social Security Foul Tip

Burning the Midnight Oil for Progressive Populism

Also in orange

When Lawrence O’Donnell started berating the woman who received the email from Alan Simpson with this BS (5:05)], I was forced to leave the room until Rachel came on:

It is solvent until 2037.

Workers your age who are contributing to social security every day, we concurrently tell you when your time comes to collect, the money will not be there according to all projections we have today.

“According to all the projections we have today”? First, that is false. Its according to one projection we have today ~ among a range of projections that are made. And second, if Lawrence O’Donnell is going to shift from host to pundit, he is responsible when he uses figures in a misleading way.

Over the fold, how this is wrong, let me Countdown the Ways.  

They Surround Us – Sum of Change Takes on the Crowd at Glenn Beck’s 828 Restoring Honor Rally in DC

cross-posted from Sum of Change

We have already posted several telling interviews from our filming at Glenn Beck’s 828 Restoring Honor Rally, but we haven’t yet posted our most emotional, interactive, and intense experiences.  Towards the end of our day downtown, we stopped to chat with some folks from the crowd- as we did throughout the day.  When we began our interview with Madonna from Indiana, we were in the exact center of a circular cement area that is the entrance way to the World War II Memorial.  Our conversation started with Madonna, the only person in her group of 5 or so who decided to stop and chat with us.  Quickly, however, not only did several of her friends decide to join our discussion, but several onlookers decided that they belonged in our conversation as well.  Before we knew it, we were encircled by 30 or so rally goers who decided to engage us (verbally) in an effort to try and convert us to Glen Beck’s White Christian Civil Rights Utopia.  Below is the majority of the half hour experience in 6 parts and at the very bottom is all 30 minutes of our discussions unedited.

Open Fred


Brothers, Agent Orange Filing Rules Changed, Today!!

Just going to give some updated news on Agent Orange without much commentary, but wanted to get out this information, especially related to the just released, today, rules for compensation for the Brothers of the Vietnam Conflict but also continuing, and growing Action as to contamination from Agent Orange and Defoliants sprayed near bases here in the United States as well as Overseas.

The Kristen Renee Foundation Continues Its Fight for Frederick, Md.

FREDERICK, Md., Aug. 31 PRNewswire — Angie Pieper, President of The Kristen Renee Foundation will be holding a second press conference to release remarkable information that has transpired over the last four weeks, including the foundation’s future plans in its fight against Fort Detrick on behalf of many residents in Frederick County who have been affected by what is believed to be a cancer cluster. {read more}

Time to get Back to 2008

Your doing it wrong, children.

I know you feel like a battered spouse, tricked into staying again, out of some misguided sense of loyalty. I know you feel like there is nowhere to run TO, had you the courage to leave. I know, it feels powerless and hopeless to try – and really? Despite all the disappointments, you look around and say, “Its not that bad, there are a LOT of people worse off than I am. I’m strong. Its not THAT bad yet. Nothings perfect…”

To which I say:


Sure, I know one of the things people burn out on is sustained rage – but every single thing we came together about in ’08 has gotten WORSE not BETTER.

I’m not talking about sustaining rage anymore. I’m talking about exponentially increasing our rage.








The only way to counter the INSANITY of the Tea Baggers slapping their balls on your face and calling it taking America back, is to remind people of HOW and WHY they got here, and who and what RUINED THEIR LIVES UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Docudharma Times Tuesday August 31

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Why failure of climate summit would herald global catastrophe: 3.5°

Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip


Obama speech on Iraq has risks

Filthy conditions found at egg producers


Libyan leader’s unique brand of diplomacy has Italy spellbound

The man who first saw Belsen

Middle East

Iraqis want American to stay

Fayyad: State organs within a year


Attack on China whistleblower shows risk of unveiling corruption, fraud

Occupation politics stymie Afghanistan  


How Nigeria’s plan to privatize its electricity company could light up Africa

Southern Sudan to purge child soldiers from army

Latin America

Chilean miners await rescue as drilling begins

Muse in the Morning

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An Opened Mind XIV

Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.

— Thomas Dewar

Narrow Passage


All war does

is spread

more war

Stopping the fighting

by means of war


just encourages

people to fight

someplace else


they have learned

how to kill


–Robyn Elaine Serven

–January 13, 2007

Late Night Karaoke

Last of the Chlorine Tablets

I chucked the last two tablets of chlorine into the pool today.  I have debated just draining it for the efficient destruction of my former suburban life but maybe the wife can enjoy one more Labor Day on the pool deck which does not have a fence around it, insurance liability risk aside.  Wednesday is the lawyer meeting and new info on the destruction of my formerly suburban life will be, maybe forthcoming.

DREAM Now Letters to Barack Obama: Lizbeth Mateo

Originally posted on Citizen Orange.

The “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama” is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Lizbeth Mateo and I am undocumented. On May 17th, on the 56th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, I, along with Mohammad Abdollahi, Yahaira Carrillo and two others, became the first undocumented students to risk deportation by staging a sit-in inside Senator McCain’s office in Tucson, Arizona, to demand the immediate passage of the DREAM Act. As a result of that sit-in we were arrested, turned over to ICE, and we now face deportation

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