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LA Progressive -- May 4 to May 10, 2009

Source: Alternet

Source: Alternet

Who Mourns the Confederate Slave? Forget “truth”: As John Brown and Claus von Stauffenberg found, you can be right during the day, and hanged by nightfall. Yes, you can. --Jonathan David Farley

The Consent of the Governed. We can restore majority rule in California, but only if we keep it within the context of the consent of the governed. --Mark Bowen

A Philly Tragedy Reminds Us of America’s Gun Lust. No good can come from the barrel of the gun, and this nation’s long tradition of gun worship has been a story of violence, fear and intimidation.  --David A. Love

One Block, Three Pharmacies, How Come? The only way we’re going to put down that chicken wing is if they pry it out of our cold, dead hands. --Jasmyne Cannick

Sorry Folks: Happy Days Are Not Here Again. One reason we’re in this financial mess is because too few business and financial reporters at Authoritative And Respected Publications -- even the usually deliberate BBC World -- drank gallons of Wall Street’s Kool-Aid all through the Bush years. --Charley James

Obama and Pragmatism: Thinking Through Values. He can connect the dots for us, allowing us to understand why inequality is widening without deriding the rich or castigating the fortunate. --Robert Reich

California’s Budget: How Abel Raised Cain. Not surprisingly, I believe the lesson is that requiring a 2/3 vote to get a budget creates a mess.  --Sheila Kuehl

The President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us. What many people don’t know is this money is already on the street as states and local communities line up to be the first to stimulate their state and local economies. --Anthony Asadullah Samad

Is Fox’s Glenn Beck Today’s Version of Father Charles Coughlin? With Beck and Fox News, you get all of Coughlin's paranoia, but none of his concern for social justice. And that's bad news for all of us. --Jonathan Zimmerman

Connecting the Offshore Dots. Washington is controlled by powerful self interests. Like the force inside of Luke Sky Walker and Darth Vader, the dark side has always won. --Denis Campbell

Another Reason to Skip Wal-Mart. Decent people should not support the discriminators with gay and allied dollars. Until this evil wrong is redressed, boycott Wal-Mart. --Natalie Davis

Women of the Plains, Downtown. Shelli Boone demonstrated great versatility and appeal in portraying seven women of color of various ages who played groundbreaking roles in settling the American West.--Dick Price

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