2010 Archives

Posted at Common Dreams on Dec. 5, 2010

Tax Cut Lies: The Day The News Died

The New York Times today jumped on board with a classic Frank Luntz "Big Lie." Democrats in the House and Senate put forth a bill that would reduce taxes on the first quarter-million, and then, when that failed, the first million dollars of income for every single American. Somebody earning $100,000 a year would get a tax cut on all of their income. Somebody earning $250,000 a year would get a tax cut on all of their income with the Democrats first proposal.
Posted at Common Dreams on Nov. 22, 2010

Michael Chertoff, Bend Over, Please…

During the time you're reading these words, somewhere in the world somebody is getting onto or off an airplane with a few ounces of cocaine, heroin, or diamonds packed into a condom and stuffed up their rear. The cocaine, heroin, or diamonds could just as easily be enough C4 plastic explosive to blow out the side of a plane, easily molded to fit into a condom. Easily removed in an airplane lavatory and detonated. Why isn't anybody discussing this?
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Nov. 10, 2010

Is a Food Bubble Coming?

Is the Many of you may remember back in 2008 - as our economy was heading into full meltdown - there was also a food crisis hitting the entire globe.
Posted at Buzzflash on Jul. 5, 2010

The "Backlash" of the New Right Wing

Will Bunch, the author of the brilliant Reagan biography "Tear Down This Myth," has done it again. His latest book, "Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama," is an extraordinarily readable, vividly real-to-life and broad-in-scope view of the Tea Party movement - this book could have been a movie. Bunch's writing style is so evocative that he brings every sense - sight, smell, sound etc. - to Tea Party movements and activities all across the United States, bringing to life in all its insane glory this bizarre, right-wing phenomenon sweeping our nation.
Posted at Buzzflash on Apr. 6, 2010

Avatar (DVD), 162 Minutes

If you want to be entertained, Avatar is brilliant.The two main hits on this movie are, one, that it's clichéd. Truth be told, it is a bit of a good old-fashioned action-adventure movie in which a bad corporation/country goes after your local poor natives who love the earth or, in this case, their own little sacred corner of their own planet.
Posted at Buzzflash on Apr. 5, 2010

The "Birth of a Nation"

I lived for almost two decades in Atlanta, raised three children mostly in schools in that southern city, and was always amazed by how differently both the people of the South (and the teachers in our kids’ schools) viewed the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction from the way I’d learned it growing up in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit, Michigan, the heart of the industrial North/Midwest.