I’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street movement since it started in New York on September 17th.  In the early days, coverage outside of Occupy Wall Street’s own website was virtually non-existent, dismissed by the media.  The major networks were no where to be found, and even local coverage was sparse.  It wasn’t until a video of a police supervisor pepper spraying peaceful protestors went viral did the media finally wake up. Read the rest of this entry

How Should U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Problems Be Fixed? | PBS NewsHour | Sept. 6, 2011 | PBS.

Robert Scheer: Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice – Robert Scheer’s Columns – Truthdig.

One of the biggest lies that the media allows right wing conservatives to continually get away with is that government cannot create jobs.  Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and every GOP presidential candidate repeats the lie as a mantra, to the point that many Americans (read Tea Partiers) now believe it.  Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth and no knowledgeable person actually believes it, even many who repeat it.  The falsehood is so obvious that even as Republicans repeat it, they relentlessly work to reduce government jobs in a coordinated effort to keep the unemployment rate as high, and the economy as weak, as possible Read the rest of this entry

The Toll of Endless War

This week, Navy Seal Petty Officer Jon Tumlinson, killed in the tragic attack on August 6 that killed 30 of our brave servicemen, was laid to rest at a funeral in Rockford Iowa.  His chocolate labrador retriever, Hawkeye, lay next to his casket the entire service.  Read the rest of this entry

Are We The People Ready for Hurricane Irene?

At this hour, rain bands are coming ashore at Nags Head, North Carolina.  The main body of the storm is expected ashore between 2 and 6 am eastern time.  This massive storm is then forecast to run north up the East Coast of the US, crossing Washington, DC, Delaware, New York and Philadelphia, then up into New England and back into the Atlantic over the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  I’ve kept the television on all day with one eye on the the stock market and the other on hurricane coverage.  The weather coverage, at least on NBC, has been very good (compared to past storms) without most of the silly hyperbole and running around trying to find some wind to stand in for a breathless on-scene report.

My big concern, though, is, are we prepared for a storm that could disrupt the lives of some 65 million Americans?  Can we respond as a society to this kind of threat? Read the rest of this entry

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