Gifts from The Democratic Daily

I got my package yesterday from Pamela. I am pumped up now! I got some books and a calender to boot. WOOHOO!!!!!! I was putting the new puter desk together when it came in and the first thing I thought was company showed up and so much for the progress I was making. To my shock, I got not only the package from The Dem Daily, but my big whopping VA check at the same time, with a $3 a month cost of living increase! I am blessed! Drinks for everyone! My books consist of this: “Chasing Ghost by Paul Rieckhoff”, and “Americans At Risk by Irwin Redlener.” The calender is “The Out of Office Countdown” 2007 calender. Thank you … Continue reading

Making the World Safer for Terrorism

One-fourth of all Americans declared that George W. Bush is the Biggest Villain of 2006. Osama bin Laden was far behind, with only 8 percent of the vote. Deep in a cave or high on a mountain, in Pakistan or Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or, maybe, sunning on the French Riviera, is a furious Osama bin Laden. “Infidels!” he screamed to his aide. “Yes,” said the Aide reassuringly, “that is truly what the Great Satan is.” “How dare them!” stammered the financier and leader of al-Qaeda. “What is it this time?” asked the Aide. “Did they capture one of our thousand great and glorious deputy leaders? Did they reduce the violence outside of Baghdad?” “Worse! They made Bush Number 1!” He … Continue reading

Saddam’s Black Tie Gala

Cross posted from Article of Faith: Did you know that the term “gala” originates from the gallows? Back in medieval England, crowds would dress up in their best clothes to attend the hanging, often followed by lavish parties where the decedent would be eulogized by the partiers. Invitations were often sent out: “We hang at eight, party at nine.” The events became known as “galas”, replete with black ties for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies. And if it was a really good execution, the condemned would make a lengthy farewell speech, telling observers not to mourn their passing, but martyr them, and look forward to an afterlife of riches and God’s graces. So it’s no surprise that … Continue reading

The Breck Girl’s Back

And we’re gonna get married, hey lay, hey la, the Breck Girl’s back: As Pamela has already noted here and here, “Former vice presidential nominee John Edwards said Thursday that he is a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, promising “a grass roots, ground-up campaign where we ask people to take action.” Several readers have already commented derisively about another Edwards run, and that’s to be expected since we’re largely a pro-John Kerry group. But let me explain why we should take another Edwards run seriously. Though I’m still of the opinion that Edwards brought nothing to John Kerry’s campaign, failing in the end to even win his home state, Edwards is no empty suit at least in comparison … Continue reading

“Out of Sight”

Cross posted from Article of Faith: Sad news to start this xmas morn: James Brown, “Godfather of Soul”, dead at 73: ATLANTA (AP) — James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured ”Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.” “His hit singles include such classics as ”Out of Sight,” ”(Get Up I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” ”I Got You (I Feel Good)” and ”Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.” “Sex Machine” may be the single, funkiest, foot-stomping song/performance ever recorded. And of course, the guy was a pioneer and … Continue reading

The Human Security Report: of Peace on Earth

Hollow as the phrase “Peace on Earth” sounds to many of us, there is hope. The world is less violent. The first report released a year ago by the Human Security Institute surprised many. The follow up this year, December 21st, supports the trend uncovered last year. Happy New Year. Continue reading

Defining Key Issues: Mill Moyers and America 101

Bill Moyers gave this speech to the Council of Great City Schools on October 27 of this year. It’s about the fundamental founding principles of America and how those values are at risk, largely due to growing economic inequality among Americans. I highly recommend the whole article posted at Here a couple of exerpts (emphasis mine). First, on the gap between rich and poor: Aristotle thought injustice resulted from pleonexia, literally, “having more.” A class of people having more than their share of the common wealth was the characteristic feature of an unjust society. Plato thought that the common good required a ratio of only 5 to 1 between the richest and poorest members of a society. Even J.P. … Continue reading