LA Progressive: July 19 to July 25, 2009

Spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam

Spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam

Republicans Display Their Racial Hatred at Sotomayor Hearings. One thing that I did learn from the hearings, however, was the extent to which the Republican Party will demonstrate the extent of their hatred for civil rights, diversity, foreign cultures and foreign law, Latino folks in particular and people of color in general. –David A. Love

Los Angeles Council Creates More Hardships with Denials. Widespread inaction, bad press, and hasty moves surrounding the Golden State’s number one cash crop have council members flustered and community members, on both sides of the issue, outraged. –Cheryl Aichele

Are We Always Going to Be Preoccupied with Racism? Yet, the long view shows that since this racial system had a beginning, and important changes have taken place, one can venture that it will also have an end. The election of Barack Obama is an encouraging sign. –William McKee Evans

Michelle Malkin: Obamacare Is a Means To Amnestizing Border Jumpers. Ultimately, the progressive’s “grand plan” involves an ambitous legislative agenda which seeks to remove barriers to quality health care and fix the broken immigration system through separate pieces of legislation because they are in fact two very different goals. –Andrea Christina Nill

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Knife Play. Now we have a Republican governor in California who sees the state’s current budget catastrophe as nothing but a big joke. Why else would Arnold Schwarzenegger post a tasteless Twitter video where he wields a two-foot-long folding knife boasting about his budget-cutting prowess? –Joseph Palermo

Michael Steele’s Impossible Mission. I can’t summon up any empathy for Michael Steele. Trying to rescue the Republican party while is sinks in a morass of scandal and historical irrelevancy is a task I wouldn’t wish on anyone. –Carl Bloice

Single-Payer Healthcare Gets a Vote. A single-payer system would cover everyone at all times with no exceptions and create a net gain of 2.6 million jobs, $317 billion in business revenue, and $100 billion in wages. –David Swanson

Senate Hearing on Employment Verification System Leaves Many Questions Unanswered. While employment verification is viewed as an immigration enforcement tool, it is a program that affects every person working in the U.S.—including U.S. citizens. –Michele Waslin

Rep. Steve King’s Fudged Math Sets Off Alarm: ‘5,600,000 Illegal Aliens’ Covered By ‘Obamacare’. None of the figures that King cites — including the 5.6 million number that he uses to strike fear in xenophobic hearts — are included in the CBO’s infamous health care bill projections. –Andrea Christina Nill

The Wall Street Rally: Watch Your Wallets. Keep your eye on the real economy, where unemployment and underemployment keep rising. It’s not as much fun as cheering and investing right now, but it’s far safer. – Robert Reich

The Way It Wasn’t: Cronkite and Vietnam. Cronkite made a bold decision to step out of his familiar role as impartial anchor and to express views that he said were “speculative, personal, subjective.” Yet he was speaking for more than himself. –Chester Pach

Obama at Six Months. And, while a president’s standing after his first six months in office doesn’t forecast whether he’ll have a successful four-year term, but it does signal how much political juice he’ll have for his second six months in office. –Carl Matthes

After Nurses Investigation, Scrutiny Turns to Other California Health Boards. Schwarzenegger shares a measure of blame too: his imposed work furloughs will slow investigations, and his administration should have been on the problem earlier. –Alexandra Edwards

LAPD’s Consent Decree May Be Partly Over, But Racial Profiling Is Alive and Well in America. LAPD may be off parole as it relates to the federal consent decree, but they’re not off probation. Racial profiling is a primary indicator as to whether LAPD has really changed. –Anthony Asadullah Samad

The Republican Empathy for Corruption. Senator Jeff Sessions was once nominated to be a judge. He expressed his own brand of empathy tempered by toughness when he said that although he liked the Ku Klux Klan, he turned against any Klansman who smoked marijuana. –Tom Hall

Living While Black in Cambridge. None of us African-American residents of Cambridge are surprised or shocked by the humiliation and harassment Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, of Harvard University encountered at the hands of Cambridge police. –Rev. Irene Monroe

The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure: From the Vietnam to the Afghan Quagmire. In a recent interview, Richard Holbrooke, White House Special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan and a key architect of President Obama’s “surge” strategy, declared the War on Drugs in Afghanistan to be a failure. –Jeremy Kuzmarov

Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground at Forty. While the Iraq War has failed for a number of reasons, including the absence of a military draft and sustained media coverage, to provoke Vietnam era-style protests, the youth of the twenty-first century are technologically savvy and intent upon creating a world community to formulate solutions for environmental concerns of which the protesters of the 1960s were only dimly aware. –Ron Briley

The Republicans Win Big in California! When Arnold Schwarzenegger calls an agreement “a really great, great accomplishment” you know average Californians are in for a fleecing. –Joseph Palermo

Ten Totally Weird Days on the Far Right. Senate Republicans confirmed they have an odd, almost sexual, obsession with “wise Latina women” that borders on a fetish. --Charley James

California Democratic Party Engages Grassroots Under John Burton. With the state legislature on the brink of caving to Republicans on the budget (even though only 36% of voters want a “cuts-only” solution), California politics has been unbelievably depressing. But a trip down to Burlingame this weekend gave me hope for the state’s future. –Paul Hogarth

Obamacare Warring with Itself Over Future Costs. Now is the time for the President to begin twisting arms and knocking heads. To control long-term costs, he’ll also have to take away some of the goodies that have been promised to the health-industrial complex, and maybe even cross Big Labor. –Robert Reich

Will Congress Ban States from Providing Healthcare? If Kucinich’s amendment fails, the fault will not be the media’s or political calculations or party discipline. The fault will be the extreme degree to which the health insurance companies own our federal government. –David Swanson

President Obama’s Politics of Dignity. President Obama knows that solutions won’t arise out of politics as usual. His personification of dignitarian politics resonates not only with Americans but around the world. –Robert Fuller

Thousands of Unite Here Disney Workers and Clergy March on Disneyland. As Disney knows, It’s a Small World. And if the company undermines the health coverage for 2300 UNITE HERE Local 11 workers, they may find their parks resembling a modern day FrontierLand. --Randy Shaw

Walter Cronkite. There’s only one tribute to the memory of Walter Conkrite that means anything and that would be if TV “journalists” somehow learned from his example and did their goddamn jobs! –Joseph Palermo

Health Care Reform School. For those who think lab fees, co-pays, out-of-network visits and such, along with unpayable pharmacy fees are just the way of business, think again. We’re being scammed up the ying-yang. –Danny McBride

Sotomayor IS a Wise Latina, and Our Court Needs Her. Exposure to a wide range of life experiences and education are the keys to progress. Judge Sotomayor has had both the benefits of that exposure and the formal as well as practical education necessary to make her a wise Latina justice of the Supreme Court. –Joanne Turner

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