Tag Archives: barack.obama


Militarized Conservatism and End(s) of Higher Education | Truthout.

Chris Hedges: This Is What Resistance Looks Like – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

David Cameron’s Gift of War and Racism, to Them and Us | Truthout.

The Martin Luther King Legacy and the Global Economic Crisis: Can One Influence the Other? | Common Dreams.

Natural disasters? | World news | The Guardian.

Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Where Do Americans Get Their Calories? (Infographic).

How The “U-Word” Exposes the Anti-Choice Movement | RHRealityCheck.org.

(UPDATED) All Those Alternatives to Planned Parenthood? In Texas, At Least, They Don’t Exist | RHRealityCheck.org.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Buying Silence: Big Soda Takes a Page from Big Tobacco.



Chris Hedges: The Collapse of Globalization – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.: The Surprising New Class Politics – Truthdig.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fatness | Grist.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Cultivating City Blocks With Karrots.

President Obama’s face used on most recent anti-choice billboard campaign. aw. ful.

“Safe” Radiation is a Lethal Three Mile Island Lie | Common Dreams.

Capitol Offensive — In These Times.

In Celebrities We Trust: An Excerpt From ‘Back to Our Future’ — In These Times.

We trade in the responsibilities of democratic citizenship for the pleasure of a superfan’s enthusiasm by simply backing whatever is being pushed by the political Michael Jordan we like.



Between Despair and Hope: MLK, Obama and War | CommonDreams.org. Medea Benjamin

‘Easier to Build Monuments than to Make a Better World’: Detroit, MLK Day, and the US Social Forum | CommonDreams.org.

Israel and Egypt continue to Squeeze the Lifeblood out of the People of Gaza | CommonDreams.org.  Ann Wright

We’ve ignored King on war – Spokesman.com – Jan. 17, 2010.

The Death of MLK Jr.: RFK Said It Best | Mother Jones.

The Santa Clausification of Martin Luther King, Jr. | TPMCafe.

Dr. King, Forgotten Radical | The American Prospect.

Naomi Klein on how corporate branding has taken over America | Books | The Guardian.

Haiti: Give Money, Not Stuff | Mother Jones.

Haiti: A Photographer’s Plea – The Picture Show Blog : NPR.

Labor’s Last Stand? — In These Times.

Kay Steiger: It’s Not So Easy. [her header pic for this blog is awesome.]

Remember last week when Hillary Clinton stood in front of the world and defended access to reproductive health care as a “basic right”?

“If we believe that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, then we cannot accept the ongoing marginalization of half the world’s population,” Secretary Clinton said one week ago today. “We cannot accept it morally, politically, socially, or economically.”


50 Simple Ways to Get Off | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine.

Chris Hedges: Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

E.J. Dionne: Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize – Truthdig.

Senate Speech Heralds New Social Movement | CommonDreams.org.

t r u t h o u t | Bringing the World Out of Denial.

t r u t h o u t | Palin the Pundit.

Can Obama Sign A Climate Treaty Without Congress? | Mother Jones.

America’s Secret ICE Castles. The Nation

The Gaza I Know. The Nation

Unbelievable Holiday Tales – Mindy Kaling Writes Her Own Script for a Perfect Family – NYTimes.com. This is me.  Liz sent this Sunday.

Lady Gaga Barbie Dolls | The Frisky.


Chris Hedges: Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.  I want to be Chris Hedges when I grow up.

‘Just War’ Is Just Words | CommonDreams.org.  Ralph Nader

The Land Mines Obama Won’t Touch | CommonDreams.org.  Bill Moyers

Now WE Must Earn Obama’s Nobel | CommonDreams.org.  Harvey Wasserman

[so far the top.10.reads has a lot of heavy hitting men…]

and speaking of heavy hitters:  Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House – Truthdig.

Now bring on the women:

t r u t h o u t | Naomi Klein | Memo to Danes: Even You Cannot Control This Summit.

Chloe Angyal: New Media Embraces Old Media’s Male-Centricity.

Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants | Copyblogger.

Does the US Owe a Climate Debt? | Mother Jones.

Female Depression – ELLE Investigates Why Women are Unhappy in Life.

t r u t h o u t | Argentina: Solar Villages Light Up the Andes.


15 December 2009

Dear President Obama,

I expect our correspondence to be once a month considering our hectic schedules, with extra leniency around the holiday season.

Today I was lobbying a staff member of one of the County Supervisors to grant extra money towards one of their Health Services contracts.  This measure would not only save jobs, but would continue the perinatal therapy services that the clinic provides to the low-income community.  I generally like to get straight to the point when it comes to lobbying, in part because I don’t like to dance around the heart of the issue and frankly, I’m not big on hearing myself speak.  While laying out “the ask” the staff member interrupted me and proceeded to first introduce himself, with a full 1000 bio, complete with professional references, and then scolded me for not using the title “Supervisor” when speaking of one of the elected officials.  “Now, I know that you are new at this, and I’m not sure where you are from, but don’t you think that they have earned that title and deserve at least that much respect?”  Because I was feeling nice, I merely said, “On one point you are correct, I’m not from here.  I just moved from Texas, I’m a foreigner to these Californian ways.”  And I left it at that and let him fill up the rest of our meeting with his boastin’-n-name-droppin’.

I believe all people deserve respect, but what he had asked that I show for the Supervisors was not that kind of respect–but rather an acknowledgment of their political position, an acknowledgment of the air they breathe being more important than mine and certainly more important than the workers I represent and the clients they serve.  Do I think they have earned that title?  Well, Mr. Supervisor Staff Member, define earned?  If you mean bought and paid for, then of course.  Politicians buy their way into the position, they earn it by making tough decisions, by saving jobs and providing care for the people who elected them and when they can acknowledge the real needs of their community and can meet them.  Then they can deserve at least that much respect.  They earn their position when they are no longer just a politician, but a leader.

Mr. President, I read about a protester’s sign in Copenhagen that read “Politicians Talk.  Leaders Act.”  I thought it was very appropriate and hope that “act” for you means pushing and signing a binding resolution at the summit that will trickle down into our domestic policy.  You, sir, are a politician, and as any card-carrying Republican will remind us, you did pay quite a lot to have your title.  But have you earned it?  While there is much to say about hope and faith that one day your inspiring words will turn into action, at the end of the day–and presidential term–what will we have to hold onto?

More to come soon.  I’ve read many essay’s on hope lately that I’ll include with this letter.  I’ve highlighted the areas I think you’ll find especially pertinent to our current national dilemmas.

Si Se Puede,



Truthdig – Reports – Who Are You and What Have You Done With the Community Organizer We Elected President?.

Comparing the Health Plans – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com.

Advice on Afghanistan | CommonDreams.org. By: Ralph Nader

The New (Green) Arms Race | CommonDreams.org.

Truthdig – Reports – Hungering for a True Thanksgiving. By: Amy Goodman

Truthdig – Reports – Lipstick on a Rogue.

An Inconvenient Solution. The Nation Bill McKibben

Regreening Africa. The Nation

t r u t h o u t | “So Let Us Begin Again”.

t r u t h o u t | Protests Don’t Stop UC Regents’ 32 Percent Fee Hike. So…qualifying for in-state tuition really won’t help out that much.