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by Linda Milazzo

This past Friday, I attended an event featuring presidential candidate John Edwards. It wasn't a fundraiser. It was a homey speech/Q&A thrown by the Palisades Democratic Club at an upscale hotel in Santa Monica. It was equally lavish as the feted fundraiser I attended recently for Barack Obama, but cost substantially less, just $20 per person to cover the price of the room, filled to capacity with Progressives deciding on 2008.

Monday, 05 March 2007 03:59

Will Durst: Passenger Bill Of Rights

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Due to a spate of recent negative publicity, the airline industry has embarked on a public relations blitz aimed at reversing the public's perception that flight service has sunk to the level of a winged Greyhound with holes in the floorboards. Good luck. I can't believe it took this long for people to finally flip out because over the last couple of years, we frequent flyers have become so accustomed to being treated like fleshy baggage, some of us have spontaneously sprouted handles.

by Martha Rosenberg

Illinois, like many states, is in debt.

In fact, Governor Rod Blagojevich has even looked at selling the Illinois lottery to pay for basic education, transportation, health care, and for pensions for public employees.

by Dave Lindorff

In the State of Washington, it is the people versus Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party leadership.

At issue is bill S8016, submitted in the state Senate by freshman state Senator Eric Oemig that would call on the U.S. Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President George Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Constitution and the people of the United States and of the State of Washington.

Monday, 05 March 2007 02:53

Larry Beinhart: Capitalism 104 - Part I

by Larry Beinhart

In Capitalism 101, we learned that capitalism was good. It beats communism, any day, hands down, out and out.

It also beats socialism, which is soft core communism and leads to degeneracy. Really, it does. We all know that profit motivates people to work hard. And fear of becoming destitute is the most efficient of whips. Whereas in a planned economy, which provides security, workers lose their motivation, and their fear and just sit around and jerk off.

With Bush as president over the last seven years
All that we have left is blood, sweat & profiteers.



by Marjorie Cohn

On March 6, the court-martial will begin in Germany for Army Specialist Augustín Aguayo, who faces up to 7 years in prison for refusing to deploy to Iraq for a second tour of duty. His petition for habeas corpus was denied by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 16. Judges Sentelle and Randolph were the same jurists who recently upheld the provision of the Military Commissions Act that strips habeas corpus rights from Guantánamo detainees.


Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

It's got all the hallmarks of a heavyweight fight: two big, bruising contenders, itching for battle and determined to win at all costs. Both are getting up there in age, but both are very experienced in the ways of such fights and do have similar styles: for the most part they both fight on the inside, going for body blows and the long haul. The big difference between the two is their goals. One simply wants to win this particular fight. The other wants not only to win the fight but also to completely change the rules of the fight game they are in. The big difference between this fight and the usual kind of heavyweight championship is that, unlike the latter, its outcome will have a major influence in the course of world history for the indefinite future.


Please use the comment section below to tell us what "support our troops" means to you.

As Professor Ira Chernus points out in an incisive commentary on TomDispatch.com
, for him the phrase "support our troops" represents a holy, inviolable mantra in the American narrative.

It is a phrase so hot wired into Americans, and feared to hold an omnipotent power by those on Capitol Hill, that it cannot be understood through the lens of common sense and reason: Why send more American GIs to die in a war without mission or purpose, whose only apparent definition of "victory" appears to be that the U.S. will not be perceived as losing? But no one in power can even define what not losing would be at this point.

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