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On the Roadside, Changing Times

Even out of full context, this sign by the side of the road in rural inland Maine is historically striking to me.  In full context, the shift it represents is even more striking:

Are You Ready To Stop Hoping Yet?

On his new web site, Stop Hoping, Swanson has been holding an online poll to see just who liberals would like to see challenge Barack Obama from the Left in 2012. The top 5 results are… […]

In Roll Call Votes, Who Switched on the Patriot Act from Feb-May 2011?

In February of 2011, the House and Senate voted to reauthorize Patriot Act surveillance powers for three months without making any reforms. At the end of May 2011, the House and Senate voted to reauthorize Patriot Act surveillance powers for four years, again without making any reforms. The outcome of these votes didn’t change from […]

Government is Corrupt. What Would you Have People Do?

That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?

I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes […]

Was The Guard All That Obama Should Have Changed?

Obama says it was a change of the guard, but that’s not the change I was hoping for. I wanted a change in what was being guarded. […]

America Overrun by Muslims in 20 Years?

Last week the New York Times shared Diana Serafin’s justification for banning a mosque in Tennessee:

As a mother and a grandmother, I worry. I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme […]

Obama 2008 vs Obama 2009

Barack Obama has shifted from grand promises of change to speeches in which he tries to get us excited about the interests of insurance companies. […]

Senate Quietly and Unanimously Passes Legislation Preventing Changes to FISA Amendments Act or Patriot Act

Last June, the U.S. Senate was poised to pass the FISA Amendments Act (full text here) — a bill that made permanent the warrantless surveillance system enacted by 2007’s Protect America Act, adding on legal immunity for any past spying on Americans without a warrant. In the course of considering the FISA Amendments Act, a […]

Where Is Trend Leadership in Religion-Free USA?

Those same illegal immigrants that right wingers love to complain about seem to be slowing down the erosion of religion in California. I wonder if the Religious Right will adjust its rhetoric, and shift toward support of liberalized immigration. […]

Is Economic Collapse Encouraging Reform Or Blocking It?

A crisis may change things, through necessity after big social institutions we’ve relied upon have been destroyed, but aspiration to beautiful new modes of being isn’t what’s on people’s minds right now. Folks are hunkering down, and moving to protect what they can of what they’ve already got. […]

Inauguration Hair Extensions

This is easily the most brazen Barack Obama inauguration commercial tie-in I’ve seen:

Change Your Hair, Change The World. Just remember that Change comes from the bottom up.