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Political and Other Reflections from Robert

Not so thin skinned

In the beginning of this week, I was rather disappointed with the Obama administration in supporting the firing of Shirley Sherrod. Their knee-jerk fear-base response to Fox and other reactionary pundits was Pathetic - with a capital "P" for two reasons. First, because they didn't bother checking their facts first. Secondly, because in an  Read More 
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The mounting cost

The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico keeps unfolding, like a slow motion nuclear explosion that will eventually leave behind an area that will not come to right in our lifetime.

I strongly advise friends to watch the video listed hear as this ordinary lady, Kindra Arneson, lays it on the line as it  Read More 
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Juggernaut of the mind

No matter how hard the world and the media mogul pull us in one direction or another, I cannot take my eyes away from the slow bleed of oil killing the Gulf of Mexico.

When I was younger and would visit my parents in Sarasota, i thought of the Gulf as the warmest, most  Read More 
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Turning point

If - as I have written so often - that disaster is always, but sadly, the best teacher, then it may be possible that the horrendous events unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico will be the wake-up call that environmentalists have been warning us about.

Besides the death to many species of plants and  Read More 
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Overwhelm: Lions and Tigers and Bears...

If we were in Oz, the chant, "Lions and Tigers and Bear, Oh my!" would seem the most apt of exclamations in the face of the continuous stream of ecological, economic, and geo-political calamities we see stacking up in news outlets, blogs, YouTube, on an on. I even feel that repeating them hear would  Read More 
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In Praise of Dennis Kucinich

Listening to Democracy Now today, I heard Congressman Dennis Kucinich explain why he would vote for President Obama's health bill. Bottom line is that he knows - as does Ralph Nader - and even some ordinary folks that this bill is just a token. It is a political line in the sand - a  Read More 
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From the words of OZ

I am trying to be optimistic. I am trying to believe that all of this effort on the part of President Obama to get a health care bill passed is going to be some kind of victory. I want to believe that it will open the door just enough to make other REAL reforms  Read More 
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Health Care Not the Issue

In listening to the jockeying going on in Congress it is clear that the game being played has little to do with health care. The fact that the not so in tune representative from Ohio could say that he didn't think that anyone is really having a problem with their health insurance lets us  Read More 
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The Death of Democracy

It is official. The veil has been lifted - the trend for this year. The Supreme Court has lifted a ban that has limited corporate campaign contributions. The result? Candidates for sale to the highest bidder.

Does anyone remember Li'l Abner - "What's good for General Bullmoose, is good for the USA!"

Today is  Read More 
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Feet to the Fire

How more apparent can it be that our political process is so wimpy, reactive, and utterly ineffective when we watch the hyper attention and posturing that comes with the Tuesday election in Massachusetts?

As you may or may not know, I never thought that the health care bill proposed by Democrats was really of  Read More 
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