LA Progressive: September 20 to September 26

Pentagon Taking Over U.S. Foreign Policy. Some idea of Pentagon dominance over diplomatic approaches may be gleaned from the Pentagon’s $664 billion annual budget compared with State’s $52 billion. “WaasomadoCshington employs more military band members than it does foreign service officers.” –Sherwood Ross

America Needs a True Revolution of Values. What can Sen. Jim DeMint, Bill O’Reilly, or Rep. Michele Bachmann teach me on the subject of values, or anything of any importance for that matter? –David A. Love

Kanye, Serena and Dumb Sh*t. Yes, Serena is a rebel. She rebels in her dress, her intensity, and her ability to overcome unwarranted criticism. Yelling at the linesman “John McEnroe” style doesn’t become her. Hell, it didn’t become him. It was dumb sh*t when he did it, too. –Anthony Asadullah Samad

Racism and Reaction Must Be Confronted. Rightwing populism is dangerous but the greatest potential peril lies not in the presence of some loony or deluded, irrational people parading through the streets. It arises from the certainty that there will always be someone lurking about in a trench coat to fan the flames for their own cynical purposes. –Carl Bloice

Must Love End? Love, while it sometimes leads to folly, is nonetheless the best catalyst there is for defining ourselves and identifying our task. As Charles Baudelaire said, “Nature, whether in cookery or in love, rarely gives us a taste for what is bad for us.” –Robert Fuller

Passion and Intention as a Basis for Effecting Progressive Social Change. I might add a third possibility: doing what one is called to do. That is to say: going beyond the narcissism inherent in indulging one’s passions, to accepting one’s destiny. –Robert Letcher

The Conversation America Won’t Have on Race. No matter what kind of shape-shifters or mask-wearers we are as African Americans leaders, even our post-racial leaders are finding out that the nagging issue of race is an unavoidable one. –Rev. Irene Monroe

What Do Fox News and the Black Media Have in Common? But it must be said that if the president can do mainstream and Spanish language television media to push his health care plan, the Black media should be included. Black people have just as much to lose or gain as anyone else depending on the plan that passes. –Jasmyne Cannick

Unrequited Love: Is There Ever an Upside? When life won’t oblige us, we too can draw inspiration from those who refuse our call and crush our hopes. No suitor wants to admit it, but those who don’t return our love often give us something as valuable as those who do. –Robert Fuller

New Report: Good Immigration Policy Creates a Stronger American Middle Class. In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and in anticipation of a new round of legislative debates on comprehensive immigration reform, DMI’s report makes a rational, concise argument for why comprehensive immigration reform is needed to improve the conditions for middle class Americans. –Michele Waslin

Senate “Minority Rule” Is the Disease, Not the Cure, for Health Care Reform. So it’s not just the senators’ credibility on the line if they fail to provide to all Americans a similar level of health care benefits that they themselves enjoy as senators. It’s the very democratic legitimacy of the body in which they serve. –Steven Hill

Why the Dow is Hitting 10,000 Even When Consumers Can’t Buy And Business Cries “Socialism”. The Dow is up despite the biggest consumer retreat from the market since the Great Depression because of the very thing so many executives are complaining about, which is government’s expansion. –Robert Reich

Rethink Afghanistan. Some say we cannot afford to leave Afghanistan. In fact, my opponent argues we must eradicate corruption there because – ‘… the United States has invested too many troops and too much treasure to fail.’ I say – We cannot afford to stay in Afghanistan because we will bankrupt our country.” –Marcy Winograd

Sen. John Barrasso Compares Undocumented Emergency Care Patients To Shoplifters. Despite the fact that immigrants are healthier than US citizens, use less medical care, use less expensive care, and do not impose a disproportionate financial burden on the US health care system; Barrasso stubbornly holds that those undocumented immigrants who can afford health insurance shouldn’t even be allowed to purchase it because it would somehow “certify” their presence in the country. –Andrea Christina Nill

Democrats and War. There is an admirable strain of pacifism among many Democrats, especially among Democratic activists. Every rational, compassionate individual dislikes war and seeks to avoid it whenever and wherever possible. Yet there are circumstances in which war can be justified from a moral standpoint as well as that of national interest. –Herb Engstrom

More-troopsTo Succeed, Obama Needs to Channel His Inner LBJ. Obama should let any Democratic foot-draggers know that if they do not get with the program, he will un-elect them and put in Democrats more in tune with his priorities. The threat would be credible, as he is one of the great campaigners of modern political history. –Steven Hill

Grassley Still Not Satisified With Baucus Bill’s ‘Illegal Alien’ Provisions. Grassley’s first point of criticism is a transparent attempt to derail the health care debate by pivoting to a contentious discussion on the use of REAL ID-compliant licenses and identifications cards. –Andrea Christina Nill

When Has “Compromise” with Olympia Snowe Ever Been Good?. Despite a brutal August recess where right-wing Teabaggers disrupted Town Hall meetings, the American people generally trust Obama on health care and want to see meaningful reform. –Paul Hogarth

The Weakness of National Military Strength. The most obvious weakness of national military preparedness is that it often fails to protect nations from the war and destruction it is supposed to prevent. –Lawrence S. Wittner

New Study: Public Option Popular In Blue Dog Districts, Across Nation. Isn’t it w-a-y past time for the president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to call out Democrat opponents for what they are: Lying shills who are in the pocket of insurance companies, and who have no regard for the problems of their constituents. –Charley James

On the Importance of Doing the Math. To me, that makes education crucial to this country’s future. What will be required to avoid losing? If people detect either that they are no longer being challenged by their work, or if they find themselves reading beer bottle labels under tables, then I would suspect that the country is on its way to History’s Great Dustbin. –Robert Letcher

What Can Individuals Do to Oppose Warfare State? Since voting doesn’t bring the desired change in national policies, people wonder what they can do individually. The answer is quite a lot. –Sherwood Ross

America’s Failed Model for the World. The US used to lecture us in Europe about just about everything, but what does America have to teach now? Maybe America should learn something from Europe. –Steven Hill

Time Magazine Gives Glenn Beck a Rave Review. It is a terrible disservice to Time readers to have such a glowing and legitimizing article on a person who is becoming richer each day by playing on the fear and anger of his fellow citizens in a period of economic crisis and practicing the same despicable tactics as Joseph McCarthy. –Joseph Palermo

Media Mud Pies: CNN’s Embarrassing Response To FOX. As a result of this abrogation of journalism, Americans have a depleted treasury, a rotting infrastructure, criminal healthcare, fiscal sociopathy, substandard education, a dumbed-down public, an ever-widening socio-political chasm, and idiots elected to and remaining in office for lack of effective vetting and investigation by a legitimate Fourth Estate. –Linda Milazzo

GN1What A Surprise! “Values Voters” Pick Racist Huckabee. Huckabee, the silver-tongued, jovial Baptist preacher now best known for losing weight, charmed the crowd gathered in Washington over Rosh Hashanah weekend – Shanatova, en shallah to all – by dog whistling coded racist messages that wowed folks in the ballroom. –Charley James

Full Disclosure of Congressional Stock Portfolios. There is a movement underway to require members of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court to provide full disclosure of their stock portfolios. –Sharon Kyle

Congo: Time to Send in the Clowns?. Congolese president Joseph Kabila paved the way for a troupe of Spanish Clowns, while thugs and militia rule the Kivus and truth-seeking journalist are threatened. –Georgianne Nienaber

Woman, Man, Neither? The Predicament of a World-Class Runner. In August, Caster Semenya of South Africa became a world champion, posting the year’s fastest time in a women’s 800-meter race. Critics and rivals said that she could not be a woman. Elizabeth Reis, a historian of intersexuality, explains what’s involved in this issue.. -Elizabeth Reis Media

Published by the LA Progressive on September 27, 2009
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