Quick Somebody Write Another Love Song

With the population increasing to unprecedented levels, and the clear evidence that human activity actively and detrimentally affects the biosphere of the planet — a biosphere that human life depends on — what are we arguing about? About forcing women to carry pregnancies to term, since once the zygote is formed, its rights trump any of her rights to make any choice about the next eighteen years. Continue reading

It Could Get Crowded Out There: New Protests Planned ‘In Solidarity With’ OWS

In just a few short weeks, Occupy Wall Street has done more than merely spawn hundreds of other Occupy protests across the country and around the world. It’s given birth to an entire movement which has rejuvenated the whole of the American left, almost literally overnight. Labor unions, progressive advocacy … Continue reading

What Occupy Wall Street Says About America

Our media have become one colossal, endless experiment in Branding. On the other hand, the underground newspapers of today are the social networking that’s put together the OWS movement, that’s organized around the world, and form the only thin, tenuous counterbalance to our imperial media. Continue reading

A Patch of Pumpkin Heads

by Rosemary and Walter Brasch In a few days, millions of children will put on costumes, go door to door, and shout “trick or treat.” By Nov. 1, it’ll be over. But, it won’t be over for Americans who will face presidential candidates for the next year. The candidates will … Continue reading

Pelosi: The Supercommittee’s Work Should Be ‘Public Domain’

Even as lawmakers wrangle over the details of the work of the so-called supercommittee, the top House Democrat is calling for more openness in the decision-making of the bipartisan deficit-reduction panel. Created by last summer’s federal debt deal, the members of the supercommittee have just until Thanksgiving to find $1.2 … Continue reading

The Monkey Cage

The Party has no clear consensus and, thus, “priorities” are all over the map. They are held together either by hatred — Guns, God, Gays, etc. — or else sheer contrariness — oppose all Democratic ideas, no matter how sound — but the fundamental positions within the GOP are SO contradictory that no one exists who could fill the wish list for the crazy salad they’d collectively like to toss. Continue reading

How Much Will $31.50 Buy?: Administration Officials, Lawmakers To Experience Food Stamps

What if you had just $31.50 to spend for a week’s worth of groceries? That’s the average allotment to those who receive federal assistance through Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as Food Stamps. Top Obama administration officials, including senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, several members … Continue reading

Star Power: Warren Picks Up Franken Endorsement In Mass. Senate Race

Elizabeth Warren picked up a key endorsement, and potentially a significant new fundraising source, in her campaign to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Warren, who is quickly solidifying her position as the frontrunner for the 2012 Democratic Massachusetts Senate nomination, won public support Tuesday from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), … Continue reading

Iraq: Just Another War Without an End

We know the names of every one of the 4,479 Americans who were killed and the 32,200 who were wounded, both civilian and military, between March 20, 2003 and Oct. 21, 2011, the day President Barack Obama, fulfilling a campaign promise, declared the last American soldier would leave Iraq before … Continue reading