Two Alaskan Women, Two Alaskan Stories

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Palin and other conservatives want us to ignore the fact that shrinking the government and deregulation doesn’t help the small business person and the average worker; it turns the country over to massive corporations like Exxon Mobil. That’s what Riki Ott is telling us.

The Other Book from Wasilla

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Lifelong learning advocate and longtime resident of Wasilla, Alaska, Charles D. Hayes wants the world to know that not all Wasilla residents are Sarah Palin fans.

Reviewing Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Book

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Sadly, the book only increases her appeal to that very base of the shrinking GOP while leaving moderate Republicans, independents and anyone else who actually thinks about things out in the Alaskan cold.

Sarah Palin Scheduled to be on Oprah

According to a post on Huff Po, Sarah Palin will be interviewed on the Oprah Show about her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life”.  The  show is to be released on Nov. 17th. After stumbling upon this announcement, I debated as to whether this was newsworthy enough to be mentioned in the LA Progressive. […]

Like Letterman, Obama Needs to Refuse to Pay Hush Money

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But if Obama doesn’t weigh in forcefully and say “no” to the hush money for Big Pharma, big insurance, and the AMA, America’s middle class will get walloped. And if the walloping starts before 2012, Sarah Palin or some other right wing-nut populist will wallop Obama.

What A Surprise! “Values Voters” Pick Racist Huckabee

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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.

Cry, The Beloved Country

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Meanwhile, to my knowledge, only one elected Republican official has called for this to stop. I guess crazy is a pre-existing condition, as Paul Krugman notes in his blog.

How Bad Is America’s Healthcare Crisis?

The questions for this survey were drawn from a presentation by Dr. Matt Hendrickson, founder of the Southern California Chapter of Physicians for National Healthcare Program, which we reported on in “A Long and Winding Road to Universal Healthcare.” Our recent “Healthcare Myths and Realities” is another good source of myth-busting facts. Correct answers are […]

LA Progressive: August 9 to August 15, 2009

Red-Baiting and Racism: Socialism as the New Black Bogeyman. This noise is about race. It is about “othering” a President who is seen as a symbol of white dispossession: dispossession of white hegemony, white entitlement, white expectation, and white power, unquestioned and unchallenged from the darker skinned other. -Tim Wise McClintock’s Neocon “Morality” Tortures the […]

Sarah Palin’s Death Panels

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The “town meetings” that are now spewing such anger reflect deepseated fears that are welling up across America during this economic crisis. Healthcare reform may ease some of these fears. But the demagogues that are manipulating those fears for political gain don’t give a hoot.

Boycotting Fox News Advertisers

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Complaining to Fox News, or even CNN about Lou Dobbs, for instance, does not always seem productive. Boycotting sponsors/advertisers seems a stronger way to protest.

Adam Schiff’s Town Hall Fracas

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Last night tempers flared during a boisterous town hall meeting on health-care reform attended by 3,000 people. The event was organized by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank). The townhall meeting was originally to be held in a inside the Alhambra Civic Library. But, due to the huge turnout, the meeting was instead held outdoors […]

Health-Care Reform Key Issue in 2008 Campaign: What Happened?

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The current state of the health care “debate” illustrates, even with the election of Barack Obama and large Democratic majorities in Congress, we might have already lost the vocabulary for collective moral discourse.

More Orly Taitz!

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No wonder even Ann Coulter — Ann Coulter! — has distanced herself from Taitz saying, in effect: “I don’t want to encourage that woman, she’s a nutjob!”

“Freedom Isn’t Free” — Neither Is Health Care

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President Obama must find a way to re-frame the debate in moral terms. Hopefully, he’ll make a series of public appearances this fall culminating in a stadium-size rally where thousands of people can tell their personal health care atrocity stories

UPDATE 5: “I Love Alaska So Much I Quit”

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Sadly for the country, compadres of this group run amok in the nation, blocking health care reform, trying to stop card check, fighting financial industry regulation and taking stimulus money for their state in one hand while slamming it with the other. The GOP once was the Grand Old Party; now, sadly, the initials stand for Goofy Old Poops.

Michael Steele’s Impossible Mission

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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.

Ten Totally Weird Days on the Far Right

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Senate Republicans confirmed they have an odd, almost sexual, obsession with “wise Latina women” that borders on a fetish.

Celebrity Sweepstakes: Sarah Versus Brüno

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Each is a polarizing figure in this head-to-head Celeb smackdown. And, while one of them bewilders with shocking statements, the other shocks with bewildering statements.

UPDATE 4: Goofy Sarah Blames Reporters So She Invites Them To A Fishkill

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Did any of the media really expect Palin would suddenly turn all serious and thoughtful and coherent, giving answers that both made sense and were introspective?

Is Sarah Palin a Quitter?

While fishing in Alaska, Sarah Palin answers accusations that she is a quitter. Palin says running for president is not off the table.

Shannyn Moore to Sarah Palin: Sue Me! Please!

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Threatened by litigation from Palin camp, AK bloggers close ranks, scoff at intimidation effort by cutting-and-running Governor…

UPDATE 3: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Money Problems

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This morning’s New York Times which reports today that Governor Sarah Palin resigned because of the rising cost of her mounting personal legal bills

UPDATE 2: Goofy Sarah Stomps Her Feet And Holds Her Breath

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In addition to learning few lessons about national politics last fall, neither, apparently did she learn a real world, life lesson: Never pick a fight with anyone who buys newsprint by the ton

Freedom Isn’t Free – We Still Aren’t Free of Sarah Palin

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Happy Independence Day, on the eve of which we’ve been reminded that we are FAR from declaring our national independence from the Sarah Palin addiction. After watching her rambling, disjointed “W-T-F Moment” as she announced she’s not only not running for reelection as Alaska’s governor but she’s bailing out now, I guess what I’m doing […]

More on Palin: Embezzlement Indictments Said Coming

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FURTHER UPDATE: Okay, I’ve now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure. Both structures, it is said, feature […]

Populist Hate and the GOP

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Some progressives and liberals may cheer at a rudderless and shrinking GOP but as a nation we should be concerned. Recent events illustrate why: The killing of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion extremist. The recent shooting of the Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist. President Obama receiving more death threats than any US president […]

LA Progressive: May 31 to June 6, 2009

“You Are Now the Owner of a Brand New Car (Company)!”—John Delloro Should Catholic Justices Recuse Themselves on Certain Cases? —Joyce Appleby Plea Bargains in the Criminal McJustice System—David A. Love The United States of Euphemism—William J. Astore Interpreting the Failure of Prop 1A—Sheila Kuehl Gay Pride Speaks to Equality —Carl Matthes LAUSD Canceling Summer […]

How I Witnessed Sarah Palin’s Fuming Anti-Abortion Fanatics

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The following is an excerpt of an article I published after attending a Sarah Palin rally in Southern California where I witnessed reinvigorated anti-abortion fanatics spurred on by Palin’s inflammatory rhetoric. At that time, as evidenced by the text of my earlier article (below), it was clear to me that a similar threat of domestic […]

A Growing Sense of Anger at Obama – and Others

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I’m so angry I feel like concealing a loaded hand gun and walking into a national park. No, I’m not going postal. Once President Obama signs the new credit card law, it will be legal for anyone to march around Yellowstone packing heat just for the fun of it. Although it’s usually angry, bitter, little […]