Beyond Red and Blue

by Diane Lefer — Barack Obama says we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States, and after his election, I heard from friends and relatives—progressives all–who live in places like Alabama, Alaska, and Kentucky all saying we are here, too, along with millions of others working for change in the so-called [...]

When They Drove Old Dixie Down

They should have played “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” when Barak Obama was elected president of the United States. It’s a song about a defining moment in the Civil War that saw the old South and all that it stood for going down to defeat. They should have put the version by Joan [...]

Conservatives Wallow in Denial

Not surprisingly, red meat conservatives are wallowing in denial today, now that the shock of Tuesday night has worn off. Basically, the arguments run along one of two or three lines: Obama tricked people, Obama stole the election or that despite the size and scope of the win across counties and states, he must abandon [...]

Hitting the Reset Button on the 21st Century

Maybe we were just behind schedule. Could it be that we simply got a late start launching the REAL New American Century? There is an argument to be made that THIS, NOW, is the new and more formal start to the 21st Century, or perhaps it will be, come January 20th, 2009. Just a little [...]

Election Results !

Although the California Secretary of State has not declared any of the results final until every vote is counted, the following are based on the results that have already been counted and posted on the County of Los Angeles Registrar’s Website as of 4:30 pm pst, 11/05/08.

Tears, Joy, Relief, Release

I suppose like many others last night, at precisely 11 p.m. when the polls closed in California, Oregon and Washington, and Keith Olbermann called the election, I started to cry. Steady, solid, weeping that kept coming in waves.

What Now?

Take a break. It’s been a loooonnnggg campaign. Reading the emails and news articles, checking websites, sending corrections to the smear-watch sites, volunteering at the phone bank, and all those arguments around the office. Especially with those smarmy lowlifes in the accounting and legal departments, as if their fancy educations made them smarter than the [...]

I Tremble For My Country

The American author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams once wrote, “The eyes of the future are watching us and they are praying that we learn to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with clasped hands that we might act with restraint, leaving room for the life that is destined to come.”

One Final, Desperate Smear

With 72 hours left in the campaign, the McCain brain trust finally recognizes that its effort to link Barack Obama to “unrepentant domestic terrorist” Bill Ayers is having as much of an impact on voters as the “experience” argument. So it is trying trotting out a new smear.

Palin Gets Punked

The image of humorless Canada just got whacked apart like a piñata. A pair of Montreal radio comedians, one of whom pretended to be Nicholas Sarkozy, managed to get Palin to believe she was speaking with the French president for nearly five minutes yesterday. Among other things, she laughs and agrees to go helicopter hunting [...]

New CD From ‘Billionaires For Bush’

Claiming that their checks to the Obama campaign were refused and the lobbyists rebuffed, the organization called Billionaires For Bush are fighting back. They ripped out every page from the old playbook, Fear and Voting in America, even going so far back as to plot another hostage crisis in Iran.

Testaments: George W. Bush

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. George W. Bush They misunderestimated me. I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best. I’m going to try to see if [...]

Testaments: Bill Clinton

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Bill Clinton They beat me once; I’d not be too liberal again. I learned to feel folk’s pain, raise cash like [...]

What to Do Before and (if Necessary) After the Election is Stolen

When I hear the fear of first-time voters like 21-year-old Bertha Barrios, I hear the voice of a generation raised beneath the specter of questions about our last two elections. “This is my first presidential vote,” says Bertha, a Salvadoran American college student who was holding her 2-year-old son, Joshua, while we spoke. “But, sometimes, [...]

Joe The Plumber Eyes Record Deal

He may not have a plumbing license, but word is out that Samuel Wurzelbacher — aka Joe the Plumber of McCain stooge fame — can croon a country tune. Politico reports that Joe is part of a new business partnership negotiating public-eye opportunities, and maybe a record deal. On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher joined country music artist [...]

Testaments: Ronald Reagan

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Ronald Reagan A lightweight actor was my role: I voiced what many felt, and with a smile. When Congress told me [...]

Testaments: George H. W. Bush

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. George H. W. Bush Called Reagan on his voodoo economics, didn’t matter; people wanted to believe. So swallowed it and served [...]

Make Election Day a Family Affair

by Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas – In just few a days, California and the entire nation will participate in an extraordinary election.  This election will be historic not simply because it marks the first time a major party candidate is a person of color or that the Republican vice presidential nominee is female, but also because [...]

McCain Hopes for A Win, Obama Aims for a Mandate

Senator John McCain’s campaign should be experiencing a surge in this final week of the campaign, a narrowing of the gap between him and his opponent Senator Barack Obama. In almost every campaign since 1988, except for when Senator Bob Dole lost to President Bill Clinton in 1996, the eventual losers experienced a last minute [...]

This Presidential Season — Best Ever!

There’s never been a better time to seek enlightenment—the state that frees you from gut-shredding despair every time McCain/Palin snarls at Obama and Barack doesn’t rip right back and raise the stakes. True enlightenment, of course, also requires moving past the delight you feel when Obama gives as good as he gets. The ultimate goal [...]

Testaments: Jimmy Carter

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Jimmy Carter After Watergate, the people wanted moral strength. I was a Sunday School teacher, a governor, a brilliant smile. Morality [...]

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