Juvenile In/Justice and Proposition 6

It’s called the “Safe Neighborhoods Act.” Who could object to that? But Proposition 6 will require that more kids be tried as adults. It will classify more kids as gang-related felons, even if they are not gang members. For many, it will take away the possibility of early parole based on education, training, and good [...]

John McCain: The 30 Minute Man

You know how you feel when you’re overtired at the end of a long day: A bit crabby, out-of-sorts, overwhelmed by a desperate need for sleep, snarling uncontrollably at people who make a perfectly ordinary, civil comment to you.

“I’m Not George Bush!”

Said NBC’s Rachel Maddow, “frankly, John McCain looks more like he does not want Obama to be President more than he wants to be President.” That’s a problem progressives know too well. It’s the same way we didn’t vote FOR Kerry, rather AGAINST Bush in 2004. The reason we see so many “undecided voters” this [...]

It’s Going To Take a Lot More than Joe the Plumber

How much do I not like John McCain now, because of this final debate in Campaign 2008? Let me count the ways – which, at this point, number far greater than the components of a well-equipped plumber’s tool collection.

President and Vice President Elect

President and Vice President Elect, that’s what we’ll be calling these gentlemen in less than 20 days — That is, of course, if we all do our part. It is arguably more crucial to “Get Out The Vote” this campaign season than at any other time in recent American history. Although the Obama-Biden ticket is [...]

What Is a Maverick?

The American Heritage Dictionary: Maverick – An unbranded or orphaned range calf or colt, traditionally considered the property of the first person who branded it. Answer.com: maverick – One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter. Chuck: “Why does that double talkin’ guy, call hisself a [...]

Senate Dems Race to 60 Seats

While the Presidential contest gets the most press, the race for control of both houses of the US Congress and state governorships is equally critical to whoever becomes the new President. Sixty in the Senate is such an important number because that is the number of votes required to halt/prevent crippling fillibusters which allow a [...]

Open Warfare At Camp McCain: The Schmidt’s vs. The Davis’s

Open warfare has broken out between John McCain’s campaign management with one faction backing Steve Schmidt, the Karl Rove protégé who came on board in July, and the other standing behind Rick Davis, McCain’s long-time campaign manager.

Ballot Recommendations – Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles

Here are the ballot recommendations from the Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles for 2008 Click here for the March 8, 2011 ballot recommendations Click here for November 2010 Recommendations YES — PROP 1A — “Safe, Reliable High Speed Passenger Train Bond” BOND State bond issue to build high-speed train linking Southern California, Sacramento , San [...]

Hello, Pot? This Is Kettle Calling!

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Abuse of power. Violations of ethical standards. Using an official position to pursue personal interests. Cover ups. Failing to co-operate with an investigation. Oh, yes: Lying.

Poor, Poor Sarah Palin

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by Denis Campbell – I feel like a Cheshire cat who swallowed a big-haired ‘g’ dropping canary whole ‘dontchaknow,’ gives me energy and sustenance without leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

100 Days Left – HALLELUJIA!

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by Denis Campbell – 2,822 page days have turned in the Administration of George W. Bush. Today there are only 100 left until 20 January 2009 when either Barack Obama or John McCain will become the 44th President of the United States. We mostly focus on the first hundred days of an Administration or new [...]

Good Grief! I Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than Sarah Palin!

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Mother Jones has unearthed official Alaska government records documenting Sarah Palin’s foreign policy experience over the 19 months she’s been governor. Including the time she spent with 10 foreign exchange high school students, attending a reception at the Italian embassy in Washington and a 15-minute taping of a video message shown at a trade fair [...]

Sarah Palin: Gabby Hayes or Lady MacBeth?

by Tom Hall – Do you remember Gabby Hayes? He was a fine actor who built a film career playing sidekicks to younger, better looking leads. As sidekick, he provided comic relief, and dramatic motivation for the hero. Sidekicks are a useful, when entirely fictional, device in movies and TV shows. But not so much [...]

Judge Donna Quigley Groman Supports Loo, Jones, Crabb, Grossman, and Mack for LA Superior Court

I strongly support the following sitting judicial officers in the following judicial races: #82 Referee Cynthia Loo #84 Commissioner Lori-Ann Jones #154 Commissioner Rocky Crabb #72 Deputy DA Hilleri Grossman Merritt #94 Deputy Public Defender C. Edward Mack (shown here Lori Ann Jones and Cynthia Loo)

A Death Foretold

Guantánamo Bay, September 11, 2026. Defeated Republican presidential candidate Bjorn Looser was sentenced to death today after a secret trial, on charges that were not specified. According to the current interpretation of a law passed 20 years ago, in 2006, the government did not have to specify charges, did not have to show evidence, and [...]

Sarah “Six-Pack” — This Presidential Campaign’s Culture War

When Sarah Palin signaled to the “Bubba” vote that she was part of the “Joe six-pack” crowd – meaning she was just an average American seeking to represent the nation on the highest ticket in the land – during her debate with Joe Biden last week, it became obvious that this presidential campaign would no [...]

Lipsticked Pit Bulls: Orange Jumpsuit Better Idea

When the circus act of Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain whipped up crowds into a seething frenzy, where was the US Secret Service? That is the group designated to protect all four candidates (and the President and Vice President) from threats. When the McPalin gals incited hatred and anger with their indignation — mock or [...]

Obama Proves the Pundits Wrong

After Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses by a surprisingly large margin, the punditocracy was troubled. Pundits had virtually conceded the nomination to Hillary Clinton, and now went into high gear explaining the Illinois Senator’s deficiencies.

The Debates: Obama-Biden 3, McCain-Palin 0

You know a campaign realizes it’s in serious trouble and falling behind rapidly when its candidate fares so poorly in a debate that senior aides blame the moderator.

Just Smile and Wave Boys, Smile and Wave…

“Kill him” and “terrorist” were hollered by audiences this past weekend in stump speeches by Sarah Palin and John McCain. Just as when McCain was asked “how do we beat the bitch…” he smiled and waved like the mischievous penguins in the kids film Madagascar. Sorry, but threatening someone under United States Secret Service protection [...]

McCain the War Hero Has No Clothes

For decades, John McCain actively cultivated the image of a “warrior” and “war hero,” the genuine article, toting that carefully crafted impression around like a Louis Vittuon carry-all. The problem is that the supposedly genuine Vittuon is actually a cheap knock-off, a piece of counterfeit luggage that has no more in common with the genuine [...]

Does Sarah Palin Understand the Meaning of the Word Federalist?

According to everything I’ve learned, the term “federalist” referred to those who believed in a strong central government. Jefferson was a federalist and Adams was an anti-federalist. Adams believed that power should be centrally located in the hands of an elite few — alternatively, Jefferson believed that centralized power lead to corruption.

The GOP Must’ve Learned Lowering Expectations from a Master

No, it’s not Karl Rove. I’m speaking of Murray Warmath. And who is Murray Warmath when he’s home? He happens to have been the world’s greatest expert on lowering expectations.

Religious Freedom and the IRS

Recently, a coalition of right-wing pastors decided to make a frontal assault on the long-standing policy that charitable institutions, including churches, are prohibited from endorsing candidates if they want to keep their tax-free status. These pastors defied that law by explicitly endorsing John McCain from the pulpit.

The Piratization of the United States

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Privateers from the 16th to the 19th centuries, were private warships authorized by a country with ‘letters of marque’ to piratize foreign ships. It actually was state-supported piracy. “Argh,” was the pirates cry. Today’s U.S. Ship of State has been Roved, piratized, propagandized, neoconned, and corpratized. Their cry: “Money is power and power is money.” [...]

Is George W. Bush the Worst President in U.S. History?

In the twilight of his eight-year term, George W. Bush is the loneliest guy in town these days. Remember him? With the economy in the tank, the Iraq War dragging on with casualties at 2004 levels (which we were all horrified about back then), Bush’s popularity is in the cellar and holding. Republican presidential candidate [...]

Fundamentalists and McCain: They Deserve Each Other

Until August 29, one of the things that defined John McCain was his claim to being a straight-shooter. In his book, Faith of My Fathers, he put this claim into religious context: “Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on [...]

A President Needs Good Judgment Rather than Experience

Ivan Eland – In her “I’m just a hockey mom” speech at the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin—who has rapidly rocketed from an unknown, recently-minted governor of Alaska to Republican Vice Presidential candidate—questioned, with a straight face, whether Barack Obama has had enough experience and accomplishments to be president.

Is Sarah Palin Racist? “Well, She Ended Our Conversation When She Learned I Was Black”

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Long before Gregory Charles Royal became a judge on America’s Hot Musician, a talent competition airing in 200 US television markets, he was a hot, young jazz trombonist. Today, he is someone confirming from first-hand experience that Palin has always been racist as alleged by numerous sources in my original article on her, “Alaskans Speak: [...]

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