10 Sep 2011

5 Minute Membership – College Students and Grads

I was up late doing some thinking after the GOP debate on why membership at FDL is so important to me, and what benefits it offers to others who join. I just graduated in 2009, and I like to think that is not all that long ago. I was 23 years old, on the job hunt, sending out 20 resumes a day, interviewing at temp-to-hire firms, willing to take anything and trying to show off my credentials.

I realized that I had a lot of experience on campaigns, and my grades were great, but I did not “get that involved.” What I am getting at here is that FDL is a great member benefits program to become a part of as a young college student or recent graduate.

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10 Sep 2011

Saving the Soul of America

This play by Wally Myers will debut on September 16th in Charlottesville, Va., as part of a conference marking 50 years of the Military Industrial Complex.  It can be performed by any group that finds it valuable. Host: Ladies and gentlemen, citizens and guests, welcome.  Recent polls show that two

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10 Sep 2011

Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Rev. Billy asks: “What happened to peace?” On that impossible day when the skyline of New York City collapsed on its southern tip – I watched from a rooftop across the East River – we entered an unexpectedly peaceful eye of the storm. We

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10 Sep 2011

Cowardly NC Senate Leadership Tries to Hide Marriage Amendment Debate Slated for Monday

Here’s some jaw-dropping cowardice at work in the North Carolina Senate. At the 11th hour — of course in the dead media zone of Friday afternoon — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and staff are not only trying to hide the fact that they will bring a marriage amendment bill up for debate on Monday, but they are trying to do it in a stealth fashion that is completely disgusting. Berger and his fellow elected Bigots to Kill NC Business don’t want the public to know about or participate in the debate.

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10 Sep 2011

A Hot Nite In Cairo…

From Ahram Online… Three dead and 1,049 injured in Israeli embassy protests in Cairo: Egyptian health ministry During the protests at the Israeli embassy in last night’s protests on 10 September, leaving 1,049 injured and 3 dead Numbers of those killed and injured during the protests at the Israeli embassy

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10 Sep 2011

CNN: Right Wing Extremists are the Fastest Growing Terrorist Threat to the US

I’m disgusted as much as you are with the so-called “remembrances” of you know what. The media has done what they do best: turn an incredible tragedy into a circus devoid of all meaning; it’s been strip mined in order to sandwich advertising of reality TV, junk food, and iPad

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10 Sep 2011

Packing Native Americans

This is the last part in a series of posts examining how to create super-packed districts of one race. The other posts in this series pack Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and whites.

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10 Sep 2011

Proud to be Black, proud to hate…

A furor has arisen in my (temporary) neighborhood of Brooklyn, which has given rise to a personal discombobulation. The furor is simple–a local congressperson, otherwise displaying good politics, seems oblivious to the ramifications of the stomp down hate speech floridly prevalent throughout the African American community broadly, and the Jamaican

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10 Sep 2011

Jody Williams on Being an Activist

Jody Williams discusses the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) for which she worked and jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. She also talks about what it means to be an activist. Well you heard the woman. 😉 October 2011.

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10 Sep 2011

What we can learn from the other/original 9/11

The US has something to learn from the other 9/11. Chile was the longest standing democracy in South America, a most genteel culture where everything could be settled with a handshake and a discussion, an environment where respect marked their political interactions, and “sir” and “madam” preceded greetings. But in

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