September 14, 2010 archive

A Time to Speak:

This is a lesson for school children and teens brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance program. It frankly, in these days, needs to be learned by more adults it seems then children, though those same adults, parents, granparents and other relatives, friends, neighbors, strangers and talking heads of many media outlets are showing just wasn’t learned, nor wanted to be, when they were young!

A Speech by Charles Morgan

Threatening Academia

(Crossposted from The Free Speech Zone)

The generation gap is clear.

I was told that what I wish to research will get me into a “sticky” situation when it comes to authorship issues.

Let me explain…

Now We’re Talkin’!


different outlooks & priorities

everyone knows about ben & jerry’s & how they ran their business in a socially conscious manner.


they aren’t the only ones.


90 Second Summaries

A while back, a couple of us here at Sum of Change got involved in meetings with a great group of folks about working together to provide insider reporting of Capitol Hill with an outsider perspective. In time, we became Main Street Insider. Today, Main Street Insider released a new show, 90 Second Summaries.

The purpose of 90 Second Summaries is simple, provide citizens on Main Street with a quick synopsis of what a bill is all about. The first three episodes come out today, tomorrow and Thursday, with new ones every following Monday. Each video comes with a one-page summary (which you can view online or download as a pdf) containing everything you will need to learn even more about any piece of legislation.

Without further ado, presenting Season 1, Episode 1: H.R. 4790, Shareholder Protection Act

The following is cross-posted from Main Street Insider:

“Wall Street’s Mercenaries Ride Donkeys”

David Swanson’s review of’s Editor in Chief and veteran journalist Robert Scheer‘s new book “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street”:

Here’s the short answer that Scheer provides: Reagan announced the robbery but couldn’t pull it off. Clinton robbed us blind. Bush Jr. and Obama drove the get-away car, with Obama disguised as a security guard.

[snip] [snip] [snip]

Candidate Barack Obama campaigned for the restoration of Glass-Steagall, and then put in place all the same people who’d destroyed it. He’d been made an insider. The day after a special election in Massachusetts to replace Senator Ted Kennedy, President Obama briefly pulled out his old rhetoric. Wall Street immediately shifted its “donations” from Democrats to Republicans, and that settled that. Obama pushed corporatized “health insurance reform,” which distracted from his absolute subservience to Wall Street on matters financial. He drew on the “expertise” of those who’d created and collapsed these mega-corporations in building on President George W. Bush’s accountability-free bailouts at public expense. It was the same pattern Obama followed in every department: Where he didn’t leave Bush’s people in charge he brought back Clinton’s. Anything to be an insider.


The dispiriting lesson of both the Clinton and the Obama White Houses is that the Democrats proved to be as eager to please Wall Street as their Republican rivals. The influence of big corporate money far overwhelms that of labor, environmental, consumer, or grassroots organizations, making a mockery of the American ideal of self-government when it comes to reining in the antics of the largest conglomerates of wealth.

read it all here…

Open Pinball


Reasons Washington is Broken, Part 17

Since I moved to Washington, DC, I have obtained piece by piece of a massive jigsaw puzzle.  No one bothered to explain the rules, or what the picture is supposed to look like when you’re finished with it, but that’s just not how things work here.  Because I don’t believe that truth ought to be granted on a need-to-know basis, I have written about what I’ve uncovered.  Perhaps enough of us will chip away at the Sphinx long enough to find the answers to the riddles it holds close to the vest.  What follows is another one recently explained.

West Side Story– NOT just a teen movie:

Hi, everybody:

This is a post that has been percolating in my mind for sometime now, and, having experienced scorn on other boards for talking about West Side Story, both explicit and implicit, because many people still consider West Side Story only for adolescents, yet have attended screenings of the movie and productions of the play where audiences of almost  all ages are present, I have come more and more to believe otherwise. It could be that many people feel that way, because most people, when they pick favorite films, they find something in it that speaks to them right directly, or that they directly identify with for some reason or other, and West Side Story is something that teens supposedly identify with. Having first seen the film when I was still in high school, I can understand why such assumptions are made by so many people, but, when I reached my adulthood, I began to believe more and more that West Side Story is a classic for people of virtually all ages and all walks of life.  

Docudharma Times Tuesday September 14

Tuesday’s Headlines:

U.S. pledges millions to end child labor in cocoa harvests

Shark survivors team up to save species


After Volatile Primary Season, G.O.P. Faces New Test

Jobless are straining Social Security’s disability benefits program


Traditionalists outraged at Versailles’ modern makeover

EU agency demands more coherent asylum procedures

Middle East

New building permits cast shadow over Middle East peace talks

Briton ‘among thousands held without trial in Iraq’


Indian children still underweight – after 20 years of interventions

Japan PM Naoto Kan survives leadership challenge


A suburban idyll fades away in Johannesburg

Latin America

Cuba to cut more than 1m state jobs

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An Opened Mind XXIV

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

– Pablo Picasso

Black and Gold

Tarnishing the Gold


he was a handsome man

handsome of soul

if not countenance

He should have been

what he wanted to be

a breeder of peace and love

He told me I should

do unto others

as I would want them

to do unto me

He never told me

it was a bargain

or payment

or investment

to expect benefit


or return

— nothing —


for the knowledge

that I did the right thing

Those who want more

have tarnished his name

and denied his dream

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–January 20, 2006

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