04 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Citizens United comes to the heartland

In their decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the Supreme Court of John Roberts twisted the knife in for the kill of representative democracy in this country. Literally giving paper entities, corporations, more rights than actual persons by allowing unlimited, unregulated and unsourced money into political races resulted in political carnage in federal and gubernatorial races across… Read the rest

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25 February 2011 ~ Comments Off

Internet access for the people of Libya

Dutch ISP provider XS4ALL has set up an internet dial-up service for Libya. Use your modem to dial +31205350535
username: xs4all
password: xs4all Spread please.… Read the rest

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22 January 2010 ~ 1 Comment

SCOTUS redesigns flag

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24 July 2009 ~ 3 Comments

The Oklahoman’s pity party

An open letter to the OKC Council & mayor:
Dear Oklahoma City Council members and Mayor Mick Cornett: “Pity the members of the Oklahoma City Council.” Thus began an editorial, stunning in its contempt for democracy, published today in The Oklahoman, which decreed that the location of the Crosstown is a done deal, and it’s a waste of
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04 June 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Poem I wrote 20 years ago about Tank Man

Most of the world was moved by Tank Man, the unknown rebel to the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on the student democracy movement in Tienanmen Square during the Spring of 1989. But I was moved intensely enough write a poem that those who have seen my small body of work say is probably the best I’ve written. Anyway, I… Read the rest

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27 November 2008 ~ 1 Comment

5 year blogiversary, or, my Thanksgiving story

I started blogging on Thanksgiving weekend in 2003. I was inspired by an Oklahoma blog I started reading shortly after moving to the state in January. That blog: JMBzine and its owner is now a friend and colleague of mine in several social service and political projects. Of course, I have blogged very sporatically, and using at least five different… Read the rest

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07 November 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Out of the gate running: Obama unveils change.gov

See update below. Barack Obama isn’t wasting any time promoting and setting up a process for implementing his plan for change. There is a new web site up, CHANGE.GOV, where his governing agenda and transition process will be accessible to the world. Very impressive. This clearly has been planned for a while, and you can bet that John McCain… Read the rest

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05 November 2008 ~ Comments Off

The Obama era begins

Barack Obama has won in a landslide and will soon be at the helm of this nation. Thank all powers, large and small, for that. A new era is beginning, which, based on my experience, I can only liken to the Kennedy presidency, when a generation of young people felt a dawning of a new world in which their work,… Read the rest

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03 November 2008 ~ Comments Off

Urgent: Take Action Now to Stop Racist Voter Suppression

Sign the online petition at http://www.iacenter.org/stopvotersuppression Online Petition Text:
To: President Bush, Senator McCain, Governor Palin, Attorney General Mukasey, Governors of Key States, Congressional and Republican Party leaders and members of the media In the days leading up to a historic election, there has been a massive, illegal attempt to suppress votes, particularly among the poor, communities of color, and
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