The Long Way Home: Starts November 3

the long way home

Reflections on the Tracers Journey. Produced by the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance and Rogue Machine. Opening Saturday, November 3\. Performed at the USVAA Theater, Culber City.

Friday Feedback: Backtrack on Afghanistan

Friday Feedback: Let us backtrack a bit. The original purpose of the Afghanastan invasion was to “catch Bin Laden”–obviously an absurdity to think that this very wealthy Saudi would sit in a cave for 8 years or more. Then came the excuse of doing away with Al-Quaeda—all 100 of them !

Friday Feedback: Progressives, Stop Kvetching

Friday Feedback: Stop kvetching because in 13 or 14 months progressives haven’t gotten all they wanted. What you did get was numerous, immmediate reversals of Bush environmental policy, a pledge to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan in a discernable period of time, the biggest infusion of public works money since the federal highway system was built, and a complete makeover of our nation’s image into something more wholeseome and organic on the world stage.

Friday Feedback: Apple in the “Android Seat”

Friday Feedback: Apple isn’t interested in the quality of the app. They’re just trying to discourage cross-platform development. Companies develop for the iPhone first, then consider Android, and that’s how Apple wants to keep it.

Friday Feedback: Fighting Over Scraps

Friday Feedback: I saw a great sign downtown today in the Immigration Reform March, “Jose didn’t take your job — Goldman-Sachs did.” It is time that those who are having a hard time began to show the courage to blame the ones who have really trampled on them: Goldman-Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Bank of America, Chase, Exxon, BP, and the filthy rich who didn’t get that way by doing the work

Friday Feedback: Whither Sustainability?

Friday Feedback: “How do we take seriously his advice to deemphasize material consumption?” ANSWER: By personally taking seriously his advice -getting kicks from living life, not collecting or wasting goods. In some cases new technology is already massively helping: instead of humongous material resources to move people or goods, we can much more readily move information.

Friday Feedback: Planned Parenthood Not Evil Genocidal Racists

The distortions about Planned Parenthood are meant to paint them as evil genocidal racists. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dedicated people at Planned Parenthood provide our schools with curriculum and materials to teach youth how to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission, they provide low cost and free women’s health exams including cancer screening, and they provide access to birth control and counseling.

Friday Feedback: Gun Violence

Friday Feedback: n Australia, after their first experience of US business-as-usual (a massacre in Tasmania in ‘96), the Prime Minister called for gun control and an appalled population turned in their guns.

Friday Feedback: Martin Luther King Stood Up for What Is Right

I don’t care if you believe that whites are better than blacks, or if your religion teaches that the Bible says gays are immoral, you don’t have the right to oppress other citizens. You don’t have the right to deny the benefits of civil marriage to the children of gay citizens. Not in this country. That’s what makes Martin Luther King’s work so powerful – he stood up for what was ethically right, and his demands were in alignment with the Constitution of our great nation: Equal rights for all!

Friday Feedback: They Take Our Money and P__s on Our Boots

Friday Feedback: Two nights ago some right wing acquaintances accosted me at a meeting and were chortling because they were pulling for Smith and thought he would win. I fought back saying that we need national healthcare, (medicare for all), the EFCA, and other really progressive policies to be enacted and implemented and that the rich should be taxed to pay for the changes.

Friday Feedback: Idiot Responds

Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Robert Illes responding to comments on his article, Obama, Never Mind FDR, How about JKP?, by Ianam. Here’s Robert’s comment: Idiot responds: The point of the article was that Polk, the only President in history [...]

Friday Feedback: Healthcare History Lesson

Any crumb that could have been thrown: Medicare buy-in for 55-64, state’s right to establish single payer or reimportation of prescription drugs was swept off the table. (Notice I intentionally left the weak feckless public option off that list).

Friday Feedback: Call for Jobs Programs

I can’t say I was “disappointed” in the jobs summit, because I didn’t expect it to be more than window dressing, but every day I wake up with the hope that President Obama will read one of the articles by people like Paul Krugman or Bob Herbert in the NY Times and a light will finally click on in that sharp brain of his.

Friday Feedback: A Kind, Generous, Eccentric Man

would say I’m sorry and give you my condolences, but that seems almost insulting considering the decision you’ve made.

Friday Feedback: Let the Chips Fall Where They May in 2012

Obama’s central concern is to be re-elected in 2012, and he appears convinced that to do so he must play ball with the forces for maintaining the status quo in domestic and foreign policies. Thus his key appointments are from the old guard of the Bush and Clinton administrations. He, he thinks, will carry out his “change we can believe in” during his second term.

Friday Feedback: Eschew Totalitarian Thinking

To whatever extent we citizens abdicate our responsibility to learn and employ the tools of good self goveernment, others will usurp those powers and enslave us.

Friday Feedback: Talking Openly about True Intimacy

Talking openly about true intimacy, love, emotional needs and support, physical and sexual desire is a way for us to start to mitigate single-motherhood.

Friday Feedback: Divestment Is the Answer

Single Payer is by far the best path, actually the only path. The pitch and claim for the Public Option is “Keeping the insurance companies honest.” Really? If I break the law I get prosecuted, fined, and jailed, that simple – do the crime – pay the time or the fine. That should keep them honest. Congress passes laws, and if they violate those or cheat they are out of the game.

Friday Feedback: Supreme Court to Block Fair Election Efforts?

Not only do I expect Chief Justice Roberts to break his promise to the American people and legislate from the bench by overturning McCain-Feingold, but I expect him to work with the other conservatives on the court to overturn any laws that Congress passes in this area.

Friday Feedback: How Is This Peace?

We HOPE Obama will promote world peace, yet the reality is he has yet to close Guantanamo, he has expanded executive privileges that allow for the torture and illegal detainment of political prisoners, and he’s expanding war in Afghanistan.

Friday Feedback: A Grandmother and Her Gay Grandson

I constantly wanted to keep him with me to shield him from the craziness and brutality of a community that looks at gays like they have no right to live.

Friday Feedback: These Folks Are Armed

These signs are good for a laugh, but I agree with Sharon that there is also cause to be very frightened – especially since many of these folks are armed.

Friday Feedback: Ten More States?

160 years and the chickens are coming home to roost, and instead of letting loud white supremacists shout down attempts at reasoning in the Obama era, it’s time to end the apartheid by having Congress invite the Mexican people to dissolve their ever-corrupt fatcat and cartel-controlled govt. and failed country and join the U.S. as 10+ new states sans racism.

“Just Old Men Talking” at the Playhouse Theatre

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“Just Old Men Talking,” Written by Grady L. Mackey III, Directed by Sharon L. Graine/. September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13. Playhouse Theatre Players, 600 Moulton Avenue, Los Angeles. Reservations at 323.227.5410

Friday Feedback: A Better, Stronger, More Unified Nation

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Just as importantly I hope the right wingnuts come to understand America will be a better, stronger, more unified nation when it works for all it’s citizens – not just some of them.

Friday Feedback: The Gates Teaching Moment

Most Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by David Landau, commenting on Robert Fuller’s “Rankism: The Elephant in Professor Gates’s House.” Here’s David’s comment: Robert Fuller’s piece is certainly the best analysis I’ve seen of “Gates-Gate.” Rather than produce a whodunit, or [...]

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