My Wonderful “Socialist” Life

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I’ve paid slightly higher taxes for and benefitted from life- and sight-saving treatment in my 12-years abroad. They each tackle the issue very differently AND… everyone is covered.

Texas Now in Play? Is That a Typo?!?

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That means eight new Red states, including Texas(!) are solidly in play. Texas, the home of George W. Bush and, until now, as Red a Red State as they come, at 42% Democrat and 40% Republican is too close to call. When the Republican Party loses Texas that is their tipping point.

Paula Is Home

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Then we next push Congress and President Obama to fix this broken healthcare system so people stop risking bankruptcy to get the care they need for their families.

President Obama: Help Bring Paula Home

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The healthcare debate rages across Capitol Hill with lobbyists fighting against a ‘single payer’ option as if it were the moral equivalent of the anti-Christ. Before you blindly accept any bill, please examine the very real (and ironic) face this debate has taken on for this journalist. Paula Persichini-Petitti is a woman to whom I [...]

The Curious Incident of a US Extradition in the Night Time

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Gary McKinnon of Crouch End, North London, was branded a ‘cyber-terrorist’ by the US government. In 2002, he was arrested for hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers. The US Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security Departments have been fighting a seven-year-long extradition battle to the USA under the 2003 UK Extradition Act. They want him brought [...]

Ultra Racist British Party Captures Seats in Parliament

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The ultra racist British National Party (only native born white Brits can become party members) had an Adolph Hitler in the 1930s moment and captured two European Parliamentary seats (a body they wish to see destroyed but whatever means needed) for the first time ever in UK-wide elections. Geert Wilders far right Dutch Nationalist Party [...]

Wait, Wait, and The Party of the Psychotic No

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The Republican Party needs an intervention. When a comedy news quiz show makes them apoplectic with rage, I worry that their stressors to try and remain relevant – big movie trailer voice here – “in a world where only 20% of the people identify with them …” are overloaded to the breaking point. As a [...]

Connecting the Offshore Dots

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Rachel Maddow’s example on MSNBC was a simple enough explanation of how $21 billion dollars in annual tax revenue disappears from US coffers through legal loopholes that create tax shell corporations. Mr. Bill Hypothetical, based in Texas, earns $50,000 annually and pays a 25% tax rate. KBR’s profits, also based in Texas (a military contractor [...]

Full Marks Mama Michelle and BarryO

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Obamania checked and locked for the next city’s visit, the USA rock and roll diplomacy makeover tour left today for NATO and Strasbourg with full global marks for President Barack and Mrs. Obama. Of course there was a lukewarm US press response (probably something they ate, they are not used to foreign travel and British [...]

G-20 Tea with Her Royal Highness; Royal Bank of Scotland Trashed

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When Buddhists praying in the midst of financial district protests becomes news, we’re all in trouble. While the mainstream media focused on giftgate and other gaffes (FLOTUS — aka Michelle Obama as the First Lady of the United States — broke with protocol and shook Her Majesty’s hand without waiting for her to extend it [...]

Foreclosure Fantasy Folderol

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The conservative Republican ideology for this first decade of the new millennium (during which they led the world into two holy wars, bankrupted a nation, and linked radical fundamentalist Christianity to governing) is boiled down to 11 words — “screw you, I got mine, grow up and stop your whining!” — is now spinning dangerously [...]

Xe – The Great Pointed Archer

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Buried in the news about the Stimulus, private military security firm Blackwater Worldwide announced it was re-branding and changing its name to XE (Zee). Xe President Gary Jackson in a memo to employees said, “the new name reflects the change in company focus away from the business of providing private security.” Spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell added [...]

Obvious Solution to Global Banking Crisis

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It’s been done before, an FDIC/Comptroller of the Currency (or similar insurance or governmental institution elsewhere) bank take-over. I witnessed my first in Miami in 1991 when a former employer in the mid 1980s, Southeast Banking Corporation of Miami, then Florida’s oldest bank, had a deep liquidity crisis. It was a swift, brutal, and painless [...]

Bush Torture Team Get Out of Jail Free Card

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Nixon, at least, had Gerald Ford issue his pardon. While the world wondered if Bush would pre-emptively pardon his torture gang on the last day, most forgot… he already did. Well, at least he tried to make sure he would not have to rely on another President’s largesse. This could also explain why Barack Obama [...]

Train’s Leaving the Station, Ignore “Big Fat Idiot”

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It was a message not directly spoken but heard by all… President Obama met privately with House and Senate Republicans, all without aides, in the Roosevelt Room. Simply said, there’s room on this train for everyone, I want your opinion and help if you offer solutions vs. attack. Make no mistake, it’s leaving the station [...]

Shrewdness, Thy Name Is Barack

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One does not become POTUS after three years in the Senate without making shrewd moves. These two are genius: separating John McCain’s political legacy from the ‘Wasilla Hillbilly’ and letting others carry the torture debate so he can honestly say he has no choice but to pursue prosecution of highest Bush officials for war crimes. [...]

The Inauguration of Barack Obama: The Greatest Show on Earth

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The 16-page list of Inaugural events is published. The detailed entry map for reserved seating and standing area patrons extends close to a half mile from the Capitol steps out to 4th Street. This means those without tickets need to gather on the Mall between the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and Washington Monument obelisk [...]

Momma, Let Your Kids Grow Up to Be…Accountants!

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Times are not tough everywhere. Indeed, The Big Four accounting firms: Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers reported annual combined 2008 global earnings in excess of $102 (US) billion and a blended growth rate of almost 16%. $102,775,000,000. Shall we let that sink in whilst you catch your breath? The 581,423 people [...]

The Year’s Best Political Videos

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I am certain a few of your favorites were left out. These were the best moments of the campaign. There are no adverts because nothing could trump the candidate in their own words and that was the big difference in this campaign. All of us had unprecedented access to every word, speech and moment thanks [...]

Caroline, Andrew, Caroline, Andrew…Bill!?!?!?

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New York Governor David Paterson is involved in a high stakes daisy petal pull game of ‘she loves me, he loves me not’ in Albany where he contemplates who will replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. He is also wrestling with an enormous budget shortfall, residual fallout from replacing Governor ‘High-Priced Call Girl’ — a.k.a. [...]

Please Don’t Hurt Me: The Democratic Rallying Cry

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I wouldn’t wish the current Democratic Congressional leadership group on any incoming President, especially not one with a mandate for change like Barack Obama. In the Jib-Jab year end film, 2008 is expelled from the room badly beaten up by crisis after crisis. Hope and change may be coming but without real Democratic Congressional leadership [...]

Harold and Eartha Have Left ‘The Room’

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Britons call him “THE” playwright. Americans recognise her more as television’s Catwoman than the sexy singer who turned heads long into her 70s. Nobel laureate ‘Sir’ Harold Pinter and music legend Eartha Kitt passed away within hours of each other Christmas Day. We are all the poorer.

The Delusional Legacy Tour Continues

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by Denis Campbell – Since he truly cares not a whit, let’s plan a real tone deaf legacy tour for George Bush and the team. The only thing missing from the current trip is bomber tour jackets made by Bangladeshi school children earning $1 a week in wages. Is it possible for one man to [...]

Masters of the Universe No More

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By Denis Campbell – New York City suburb, Greenwich, Connecticut, has 55 houses for sale asking $9 million dollars or more. Staff at East Hampton Airport on Long Island, a scene of private Gulfstream jet gridlock, says traffic is down 35%. Bettridge Jewelers on Wall Street sees traffic mostly selling off jewels to make mortgage [...]

Ignore At Your Peril

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by Denis Campbell – 11:00, Saturday morning. I’d finished frying an egg, was headed to the office to finish a poker article I was on deadline for. As I walked across the room, my 6-year-old asked me a question. A second later I was standing with arm stiffened hard against the wall, holding my entire [...]

New Camelot Coming: Patience, Progressives

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We’ve celebrated for two-and-a-half weeks and what better way to remember Jack Kennedy on this solemn day than to watch President-elect Obama’s deliberate, studious, and principled leadership in action. The hard work began precisely at 11 p.m. on 04 November, healing our land and cleaning up our reputation in the world, after the Administration of [...]

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