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Congressman Rangel Seeks To Reinstate The Military Draft If War Against Islamic State Is Approved By Congress

This week, the U.S. Congress ought to be voting on whether to authorize Barack Obama’s new war against the Islamic State. However, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in a rush to leave Washington D.C., so that they can gather money for their re-election campaigns, so no such vote will take place. What [...]

The Created Creator And The Illusion Of Our Battles

I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.

My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]

Progressive Activists To Deliver Letter Of Resistance At White House

Given that it’s a congressional election year, most journalists are sticking to the old political formula of Democrats versus Republicans. In three weeks, however, a message from another political direction will be delivered to the White House.

On September 23, activists from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will deliver a letter to the [...]

A Downed Jetliner, A World War?

I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”

Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the [...]

Name That Representative

Yesterday, as many members of Congress urged the Obama White House to bring the American military back into Iraq to get the USA involved in the Iraqi civil war, one member of the U.S. House of Representatives urged restraint, saying, “Today, we are less than 4 percent of the world’s population, and we have a [...]

Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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What If We Had An Honest National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial?

Imagine what would happen if Congress passed a law requiring that war memorials show visitors the complete, unfiltered experience of our country’s wars. [...]

Roosevelt the Ass

This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]

Code PINK activates for Anti-War DC protests with Encampment Outside Congress

In recent years, the organization Code PINK shifted from protest actions to educational meetings and discussions as people stopped showing up for demonstrations. But last night Code PINK started an encampment outside Congress that will be ongoing, at least until Congress votes one way or the other on authorization of war against Syria. As the [...]

Robert Menendez Wants To Arm Syrian Groups Accused Of Using Chemical Weapons

There’s a huge amount of doubt about claims of chemical weapons use in Syria right now. When there’s doubt about whether people can be trusted, the default position should be to NOT send them weapons and money. Apparently, Robert Menendez doesn’t seen things that way. [...]

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Stop War

I had no idea until I read this piece that the original purpose of Mother’s Day was to protest war. Here is the founding Mother’s Day Declaration by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

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