For The Trees
Who is our economy FOR, anyway?
About the Authors:
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Articles not at STF:
The ATLA Speech on building a progressive infrastructure
Lowering the Bar
The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law
Who's Behind the Attack on Liberal Professors
On the Right and their communications infrastructure:
Why Republicans Win
Win or Lose
The "Conventional Wisdom" Machine
Some History of the Conservative Movement
HOW TO FIGHT BACK
An Amplifier Of Our Own
Don't Blame the Democrats
How They Do It 1 2 3 4
You're Gonna Get Drafted
Scalia and Self-Government
Who is Our Economy For?
Voting Machine Story Link Collection
What's Wrong with this Picture? (Voting Machines)
Like Meat in the Supermarket
Thin Line 1 2 3
Fixing Social Security
Seeing the Forest I, II, III
"Incredibly Positive News"
The Breadth of It
The Republican Crony Club
Ralph Nader is a Scab
John's Best Of:
Kerry Smear Page
9/11 Commission Report Damages Bush -- if you read it
Florida Goon Squad Intimidated the Supreme Court
The Use and Abuse of George Orwell
Zizka's Archives (John's previous identity)
Information Clearing House
What REALLY Happened
Links to Other Weblogs:
From John Kerry
I suggest reading this message from John Kerry. Then go to the website to join and co-sponsor the bill to provide health care to every child. And note the line that I bring out with bold type.
I want to thank you personally for what you did in the election -- you rewrote the book on grassroots politics, taking control of campaigns away from big donors. No campaign will ever be the same.Go join.
Regardless of the outcome once the votes are counted. Wow. Think about what he's saying.
Ashcroft Supreme Being
Lifting the Fog:
"Outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft will change his name to Thurgood Marshall as part of the administration's effort to unify the country when making future Supreme Court appointments."
Vote Count Story
UC Berkeley Study Questions Florida E-Vote Count.
Don't Forget Poland!
Lie Girls... NOT work safe!
(Be sure to visit "Photo Ops")
From Iraq, Baghdad Burning: American Heroes - and follow the link at the bottom over to Mykeru.com.
Update - Thanks to master-blogger skippy, more Iraq bloggers to check out: Raed in the Middle and tell me a secret.
Cute idea, sold like this: No deductions, everyone pays the same rate. Really simple – you write down your income, you calculate 15% (or whatever), you send it in. Easy as pie.
Suppose you own a corner grocery store. Suppose you buy $80,000 worth of stuff to sell, and sell it for $130,000. Do you pay taxes on $130,000? Or do you "deduct" the $80,000 you paid for the goods you sold, and only pay taxes on the remaining $50,000? If you are allowed to deduct the $80,000 we are right back where we started, with "deductions," and we are back to arguing about what things we can or can not deduct. Tricky.
And another thing. I'm sure you have heard that a small percentage of taxpayers pay most of the taxes. (Never mind that they also get most of the income…) They pay a higher tax rate – at least on the amounts over $250,000 or so. (The pay NO taxes on most of their income, by the way, because it comes from dividends an capital gains… and NO Social Security taxes after about $87,000…) SO, if they pay most of the taxes now, but after this "reform" you pay the same tax rate as them, what does that say about what is going to happen to YOUR taxes?
Does the Democratic Party Exist?
A lot of us took some serious flak for not supporting Gore in 2000, and in retrospect we probably deserved it. But I think that the traitors and mercenaries on the other side of the party are actually much more dangerous. I've often wondered whether the pros in the Democratic Party actually lose anything when the Democrats lose, and the first story is evidence that they don't. (Note the words "during campaign").
The second story leads us to ask, for the thousandth time, why Gore chose Lieberman as his running mate. Is Lieberman even capable of loyalty? His unwillingness to confront the Republicans certainly contributed to the 2000 defeat.
Throw in the fact that the Democrats are dependent on a lot of single-issue voters who are lukewarm at best on most of the Democratic positions, and you have a very weak party.
The accomodationist "New Dem" strategy is usually portrayed as a "realist" non-ideological approach intended to win elections, but I believe that the Democratic apparatchiks are realists mostly in the way they feather their own nests and push their own ideological agendas. A couple of years ago I wrote this piece arguing that the New Democrats have actually weakened the party, and I think that events have confirmed my view.
Kerry adviser worked both sides of the street:
RNC paid $93,000 to McCurry’s firm during campaign
Records show that since the end of April, Grassroots Enterprise has received $93,000 in payments from the RNC for Internet hosting, but Heather Layman, an RNC spokesman, said the Republican Party hired McCurry's firm to help deliver content to potential voters, not for Web-hosting services.
"For at least the second time in three days, Joe Lieberman is graciously saying that if the president offers him a cabinet position, he'll take it."
"The most powerful Democratic elected leader in the country opposes abortion. He may be the best hope for the moderation Lieberman says he champions. Was Lieberman consciously snubbing him? Or is he just characterologically incapable of defending the Democratic Party? Either way, unless his goal is to become persona non grata his comments are just pitiful."
(Yes, I'm back, though still on light duty. I've made some progress in my personal affairs in the last two days, and in a couple of weeks I hope to be back to normal.)
In Our Name
"I decided to swim … but I changed my mind after seeing U.S. helicopters firing on and killing people who tried to cross the river."
... but believable. Go read this one for yourself. The Stakeholder :: Rally 'Round the Family Update
Go check THE DAOU REPORT.
I'll post more later. Currently parked in an alley behind a Starbucks, drinking a Peet's, snarfing the Starbucks wireless... Went into a Starbucks yesterday to buy a (soy) latte and work but they were playing CHRISTMAS MUSIC on the speakers!!! YUCK! So I fled, tried parking by a Borders... then a library, couldn't connect... can't seem to work from home some days... nomadically wandering the broadband desert, seeking 802.11.g. Even b is OK.
Just stopping by
(All: I'm dealing with a bunch of personal business and thinking things over, but I haven't disappeared entirely. Here are my most recent thoughts, excerpted and revised from an email to Dave.)
The question I'm dealing with now is, to what extent will normal politics even be possible from here on? I expect a very aggressive Norquist-Rove push at the very edge of legality, or past it. Purging the CIA was a start. At some point your options dwindle down to being a lonely dissident witness, perhaps at great personal cost, and exile. (Given present public opinion, I do not see the possibility of much serious resistance).
So while I am participating so far in the dialogue about electoral strategy, etc., there's that second, more pessimistic possibility too. I think that it would be wrong to give up on normal politics too soon, but you have to keep your eyes open.
Recent news gives some unpleasant hints. Apparently we have now chosen a scorched-earth policy -- punishing all of the Iraqis, as if there are no civilians in Fallujah. Blocking the Red Cross, not letting drinking water in, etc. To the trolls, warbloggers, and WW IV advocates, "civilian casualties" is the punchline of a hilarious joke. (Oddly, they're the same people who are so confident of democratization, and so insulting to anyone who thinks the democratization is a fake.). It may end up happening that Bush's military actions will go beyond what can be tolerated at all. I maintain contact with Canadian and European friends and family and we're very close to that line already.
A recent government confiscation of an Indymedia server is another warning. The "accidental" appearance of a tank near a peace demonstration in Los Angeles (I think) might be another.
I hopefully played along with Kerry-Edwards even though they didn't peep a dovish peep during the whole election. But there's no need for that kind of loyalty any more.
Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias have been proclaiming that the Democrats have to gain "credibility on defense", which I assume means making loud warlike noises. That may be true electorally, but it rejects the very possibility of anti-war stance and is harmful in the world of reality. The claim of Democratic lack of credibility is really a hawkish smear. America's military policy hasn't been defensive since 1812, and the Democrats have been pretty hawkish most of the time since 1984 or earlier.
Rove, Norquist, and Bush plan to remake the United States and the world, and military activism overseas is a big part of their plan. If the Democrats fail to resist or are unable to do so effectively, I fear that we will all be faced with some grim choices in the relatively near future.
In Our Name
Republicans Using Christians, Encouraging Cultism
There's a great post on how things work inside of the cults, and how The Party is using them.
Yes, I used the word "cults." Question: Is the Republican Party encouraging cult-like characteristics among their followers -- especially the Christians who support The Party? From Cult Formation by Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., 1981:
"Certain psychological themes which recur in these various historical contexts also arise in the study of cults. Cults can be identified by three characteristics:Some questions to discuss:
Do the Republicans encourage an authoritarian heirarchy?
Are they accepting and encouraging encouraging deception among members as a tool toward achieving their goals?
Are they demanding purity, with loyalty tests?
Are they encouraging isolation from outside sources of information?
Do they operate with secrecy?
Do they encourage the feeling among their followers that the world is against them?
What about the feeling that there is a near-supernatural "enemy" as an explanation for failures of the cult leadership?
There is a good checklist of characteristics of cults here. More good stuff here.
To be clear, I am asking these questions about the current, far-right-wing controlled Party, the one that is purging itself of moderates like PA Senator Arlen Spector because he does not exhibit sufficient ideological purity and loyalty.
In Our Name
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