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Submitted by Mazhira Black on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 1:48pm.
Talking Liberally Progressive Parley
Calvin Williams is a Fellowship Coordinator with Young People For, a People For the American Way Foundation initiative. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and spends his downtime performing spoken word, playing guitar, blogging, and occasionally brushing up on his b-boyin’ skills.
Mazhira Black: What does Young People For do and why is it important?
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Submitted by Claire Finch on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 12:24pm.
1.) Daily Kos’s update on the FISA debate: Votes are going down today. Stay tuned for more of what Professor of Constitional Law Jonathan Turley terms the "evisceration of the 4th Amendment"
2.) John McCain once again proves how funny jokes about killing Iranians can be. Good thing Cindy was there to poke him in the back this time, so he could alert us all to his awe-inspiring sense of humor.
3.) If only this were also a joke: John McCain shows some confusion about the concept of social security.
4.)Forget TextTwist—Slate has a fun, interactive and even educational game that lets you narrow down the vice presidential candidates!
5.) Speaking of entertaining election-themed distractions, it’s fun to watch Open Left’s maps get increasingly democratic as they predict the benefits of an Obama/Edwards partnership.
6.) If you don’t like to think that your mom might have a more active sex life than you do, this article isn’t for you. For everyone else, check out Alternet’s article on middle-aged women finding random sex on Craigslist.
Submitted by Emma Needleman on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 11:53am.
In an election year, it's difficult to concentrate on anything but the future. And that makes sense: right now our focus should be on what Obama and McCain have to offer us. But we're also coming to the end of the eight-year stretch of the worst presidential administration in history and the damage that George W. Bush and cohorts have inflicted on this country is, unfortunately, all-too-relevant to our daily lives.
Which is why it's so interesting to read John Anderson's 2007 expose of the Bush administration Follow the Money: How George W. Bush and the Texas Republicans Hog-Tied America now, in GWB's twilight years. Anderson, born and raised in Texas, presents his painstakingly researched arguments with the narrative rigor of a historian and what emerges is a startling picture of the interconnected world of the Texas republicans. "Early on," Anderson writes in his acknowledgments, "I began by amassing voluminous files, both printed and electronic, labeled 'Delay' and 'Abramoff.' At a certain point in time, I realized just how overlapping their stories were. What I had before me, I realized, was a vast web of intrigue."
Web of intrigue, indeed. Anyone who, in the face of the new election, has begun to feel the sting of Bush's legacy fade would do well to read this book and remember how orchestrated, how purposeful and how incestuous the policies of this administration were.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 5:17pm.
Drinking Liberally Shot of Truth
Every Fourth of July, we liberals are tasked by the need to prove that you can be both liberal and patriotic. We argue that our dissent, our protest, our standing up for what is right when the government is wrong, makes us patriotic. They argue that if we don't subscribe to the ruling party's platform 100%, we're not patriotic.
So what's a liberal to do? March in the parade? Watch fireworks? Stay home?
On July 4th, a dozen Idaho Falls liberal drinkers and some of their families entered a float in the local July 4th "Spirit of Freedom" parade. Of course a Drinking Liberally would call a float in such a parade "Free Spirits of Freedom." But they add, "It's about thinking, not drinking."
Standing in front of a portable bar, the crew tossed about 40 pounds of root beer flavored candy to the crowd and mounted a "Stop War" sign to the front of their patriotic vessel.
In this way, the Idaho Falls DL expressed their liberal views loud and proud and managed to join in and celebrate with the rest of their community, some liberal, some conservative but all American.
Sounds like a great to celebrate July 4th. One that's liberal, patriotic, and most importantly: awesome!
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 2:29pm.
The one article every liberal must read today:
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 2:24pm.
Today, our friends over at Firedoglake ran a full page ad in the Washington Post, paid for by their Blue America PAC and ColorOfChange.org PAC through grassroots donations, protesting the new FISA bill.
The fight to preserve the individual liberties that the FISA act would compromise has led groups like Blue America and Color of Change to start working with former Ron Paul supports and other pretty strangebedfellows, which is what they are calling themselves through the Accountability Now PAC.
On August 8th Strangebedfellows is organizing a MONEYBOMB, a day when many many people participate in an act of synchronized donating, to a cause, in this case the Accountability Now PAC, in an effort to make news and show the people in people in power that the American people are holding them accountable for their votes on the FISA bill.
August 8th also happens to be the day when Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the Presidency after breaking the law by using illegal surveillance methods.
On a similar note, Blue America just launched a click to call tool so that you can easily ask your Senator to support the Dodd-Feingold Amendment that would remove Retroactive Telecom Immunity from the the bill.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 1:30pm.
That's why J Street, a partner of the progressive movement, is asking Members of Congress and candidates to come out strongly against a pre-emptive attack on Iran and in support tougher, more involved diplomacy from the US.
You can sign their open letter here.
Submitted by Emma Needleman on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 11:27am.
1. Naomi Woolf on how Gitmo and Abu Ghraib became institutionalized sex crime rings.
2. Check out Open Left's piece about why Obama shouldn't be afraid of being called a flip-flopper. No, wait! Actually, don't!
4. It seems that some Iraq vets have been drinking a little too...liberally? Sorry, we know that's kind of offensive but we just can't stop punning off of our own name...liberally!
5. Former President Bush is the best high school civics teacher ever! Except he's not functionally literate and is always trying to waterboard you during detention.
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