Deep Cuts That Save Dollars Make No Sense

Cutting Social Welfare Programs

Nick Cano: We do not have enough such leaders right now. Instead, we have zombie leaders. They shuffle through the halls of the Capitol, mumbling their “Cut-Cut” mantra and legislating misery, and they are dead inside in all the ways that mark a person as human, humane or humble.

An Assault Upon Our Civility

Open Carry Texas

Walter Brasch: Perhaps the next action by Open Carry Texas will be to take their weapons into ERs and claim that guns in hospitals are necessary to protect the critically wounded from being further assaulted by nurses carrying sawed-off shotguns in their smocks.

The Irrepressible Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Lance Simmens: She simply said she was not satisfied with the speech that she had rehearsed and decided to do her own. She struck me as that way, always doing things on her own terms.

California Carnage

California Carnage

Tom Degan: A father’s anguished words following the latest, totally expected rampage of gun violence – this time in California – didn’t really have much effect on the people in a position to do something to stem the carnage.

The Revolution That Won’t Start Without Us

The Revolution That Won't Start Without Us

Rick Broderick: For uprisings, spontaneous or otherwise, to succeed there must be advanced planning, long-term organizing that spreads across the decades, and, yes, a trained cadre of committed revolutionaries willing and able to risk everything.

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day: A Screed

Danny Schechter: It's hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Danny Schechter: It’s hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Time for a Latino President?

Latino President

Rudy Acuña: Hardly had the nomination for HUD Secretary been made before the drums began beating for a Latino President with most forgetting that Julian Castro is only 39 years old and his resume is as thin as Barack Obama’s whose notoriety was based on a sole convention speech.

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

Sane Gun Laws

Walter Brasch: Politicians with spines of Jello went into the fetal position before the financially-lucrative NRA support, and refused to improve laws about background checks for gun sales.

Our Religion of the Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Tina Dupuy: If we were contemporaries of these mystical Founding Freedom Priests, we’d have more complicated feelings about them. Just like we have about our modern presidents.

Is the ‘New Populism’ Real?

New Populism

RJ Eskow: Profound social change — whether in the agrarian economy of the 1900s, the growth of labor rights, civil rights, women’s rights, or in other transformative historical moments — has always begun with a popular movement.

Big Box Warehouse Blight

Monster Warehouses

Carlton Davis: This erosion of employee rights is the new reality of employment in America. There are no prospects for long-term employment. There are few opportunities for advancement.

Politics and Humor: Reflections on Robert Gates’s Duty

Robert Gates

Walter Moss: “I think a sense of humor and a sense of the absurd reflects a balance and a perspective on the world that is very healthy. Of all the presidents that I worked for, there are only two who had no discernible sense of humor: Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. I rest my case.”

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