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Submitted by Brooke Olaussen on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 2:15pm.
1. Along with some journalists, attorneys and other organizations, the ACLU is suing the government.
Check out this video of a conversation with ACLU's Jameel Jaffer, The Nation's Chris Hedges and Human Rights Watch's Dinah PoKempner
2. John McCain’s top economic advisor Phil Gramm weighs in: "We’ve never been more dominant. We never had more natural advantages than we have today. We’ve sort of become a nation of whiners."
4. Josh Bolotsky calls it "Obamadodd"
5. Democratic Campaign for the Congressional Committee releases its blueprint for ad marketing.
6. The Horror, the Horror, Iraq was for Oil, a Bill Moyers essay
8. Iran shows a missle test on TV. Washington reacts by preparing to deploy part of its antiballistic missile shield.
10. Veteran Affairs bans voter registration drives, making it difficult for veterans to vote
11. Psychedelics are again being considered a good medical alternative. The new scientific theory: take whatever makes you feel good.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 12:04pm.
The one thing every liberal must read today:
Submitted by Brooke Olaussen on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 5:46pm.
Today The Century Foundation hosted the first of three summer brown bag luncheons. Their lovely upper-east side building brimmed with bright, young, progressive, public-policy minded teens and twenty-somethings all eager to listen to a four-person panel discuss our country’s current economic conditions. Forecasts were grim across the board. Economic mobility is an elusive ideal, activist Amaad Rivera explained. Tamara Draut, Director of the Economic Opportuity Program at Demos painted an analogy: While our parent’s generation rode through the job market on an escalator, those entering the job market today will find themselves riding on a moving walkway. Journalist Daniel Brook zeroed in on the ever widening wealth gap. Our economy is unsustainable.
Hard words to swallow for young idealists such as myself. But of course, give the bad news first and save the glass of hope for last. Veteran journalist Jeff Madrick provided the rallying call: what we need is not idealism but pragmatism. "Vote, keep voting and don’t give up. Remember your vote counts," he concluded.
The Century Foundation is a great resource for young people, and their events are well managed and stress-free. I recommend going to the next luncheon. It will be on the impact of the youth vote. Bring your lunch, get a free drink and cookie and get some pragmatic advice. For webcasts and more information, check out their website .
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 5:25pm.
The one thing that every liberal must read today:
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 5:06pm.
Submitted by Travis Craw on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 11:49am.
1)The Pro-Viagra Ticket. McCain can’t quite remember why he wants Viagra so bad.
2)As Obama casts his vote to silence the debate on FISA. Is centrism a slippery-slope?
3)SUV sales are down, but carbon ain’t out.
4)It’s cute, it’s cuddly, It is the shiny happy polling results of an Edwards-Obama ticket.
5)Give me Beer, or Give me death! $46 Billion proves brewing and civilization are one and the same.
6)Screw the nuclear program, who let Iran get a hold of power point?
7) Jesse Jackson had a couple things to say about Barack’s nethers
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 11:16am.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 10:20am.
Laughing Liberally To Keep From Crying
Thousands upon thousands of homes are being foreclosed on, gas is over four dollars a gallon, the economy looks rosy only to the colorblind-and yesterday I learned that Leona Helmsley had left a trust worth between 5 and 8 billion dollars "to dogs." According to the New York Times, this sum represents nearly ten times the assets of all animal-related non-profit groups in 2005 (and I imagine some of those groups might even squander some of their dollars on non-canines).
The article noted that at first Ms. Helmsley had two goals for her trust:
Trust Ms. Helmsley to have her priorities straight.
Needless to say, giving five to eight billion dollars to our furry canine companions (who, let's face it, really only need some weird meat-flavored pellets and would probably be frightened by a Jacuzzi and bite a butler) is not going to cause a lot of public support in an economy where dog food is beginning to seem like an appealingly cost-effective dinner option. Apparently her trustees have been "frett[ing] about the public outcry," which shows that they're at least somewhat more perceptive than your average Great Dane.
I am pleased to announce that after pondering the question for nearly seven minutes, I have come up with a solution to how the dogs, armed with trust money, could solve the housing crisis: ARFF - Abodes ReGifted by Furry Friends. With 8 billion dollars, the trust could help dogs buy around 25,000 homes outright, or help dog-knows how many families in meeting mortgage payments. The trust could buy the house (or assign the mortgage) to the dog, and give the dog to the people who used to live there. Legal provisions would have to be made so that when the home-owning dog (who would, of course, be required to pay any relevant taxes and mortgage payments out of trust money) died, the home would go to the people, and not, say, the yellow lab next door. That would just be absurd.
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