The 2012 Election Anniversary

Posted on November 3, 2013 by

Sure we hoped for more from Barack Obama’s re-election, especially after all the talk about republicans learning their lesson. Our main goal, of course, was to keep Romney out of the white house.  We felt relief – even euphoria – but soon recognized that the second term would echo the first. To console ourselves, we [...]

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Comparing Obama to Carter

Posted on October 27, 2013 by

The Obamacare rollout fiasco, NSA spying on our allies’ leaders, and the nearly-bungled Syria showdown have many democrats shaking our heads. We know this president has an unyielding and strident opposition, but these are mostly unforced errors. Is there something about this white house and administration which doesn’t have the chops to perform at the [...]

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Trust Reid

Posted on October 13, 2013 by

Brace for a compromise to the shutdown / debt ceiling “crisis” which could give away more than progressive democrats would like. But trust senate majority leader Harry Reid on this one.  Reid may be inarticulate but he’s a tough inside fighter.  The former boxer knows that democrats are well ahead on points and that it’s [...]

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Crisis Immunity

Posted on October 7, 2013 by

We recently overheard this conversation between two long-time Democrats:  Dem 1: So the Republicans have manufactured another crisis.  This time a shutdown; maybe a default is next. Dem 2: Terrible, isn’t it?  These right wing radicals are truly demonic. Dem 1: Well at least Obama is handling it better than he used to.  Not giving [...]

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Could Supremes Outlaw Labor “Neutrality”?

Posted on September 29, 2013 by

Union organizing could suffer a devastating blow by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. In November, Justices hear a case on labor / management “Neutrality Pacts,” agreements which spell out each side’s role in organizing.  Usually, this means employers are barred from engaging in overt anti-union practices and accept some form of “card check” certification. [...]

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Defend Obamacare?

Posted on September 20, 2013 by

Dependent on wicked private insurance carries, hostile to union multi-employer plans and tailor-made for businesses intent on downscaling their workforce, the Affordable Care Act must be defended. We can blame scheming republicans for handcuffing Barack Obama’s effort for more comprehensive reform and then condemning him for an unworkable plan; for badmouthing “Obamacare” from the beginning [...]

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Hedges and West Vilify Obama

Posted on September 13, 2013 by

Though many progressives are deeply frustrated and disappointed with Barack Obama, Chris Hedges and Cornel West have gone off the deep end in a recent piece: “The wide swath of destruction Obama has overseen on behalf of the corporate state,” writes Hedges, “includes the eradication of most of our civil liberties and our privacy…” I [...]

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L.A. Unions Welcome AFL-CIO

Posted on August 24, 2013 by

Union leaders and activists from around the country, in Los Angeles September 8 for the AFL-CIO Convention, will get a close look at a regional Labor Movement with membership numbers holding steady or even slightly increasing. Compare this with much of the U.S. where the percentage of workers represented by unions is dropping rapidly and [...]

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Alt-Labor’s Fast Food Forward

Posted on August 7, 2013 by

Recent one-day strikes at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants around the country grab the public’s attention and generate much more buzz than standard union / management contract disputes. Showcasing the personal struggle and courage of low wage workers and the greedy companies which refuse to raise their pay, these “Fast Food Forward” protests sidestep [...]

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John Kerry – Miracle Worker?

Posted on July 30, 2013 by

Watch Secretary of State John Kerry flanked by Israeli and Palestinian representatives to the “Middle East Peace Process Talks” and you just might believe that success is possible. That Kerry has the chops to hold both sides together and fashion a negotiated solution to this intractable conflict.  Speaking at the State Department podium, he was [...]

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Filner’s Failure

Posted on July 20, 2013 by

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s behavior “at work” is immature, appalling and very likely illegal. Though we don’t know all the details, the failure of 70-year-old Filner to manage his sexual impulses is a tragic loss for those committed to progressive reform in California’s second largest city. I had always respected Bob for his background [...]

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Obama and Kids Around the World

Posted on July 4, 2013 by

The brightest lights in the Obama presidency these days are his speeches to young people in foreign countries.  Beautifully staged with smiling kids in the backdrop, he talks to them about peace, freedom and life’s possibilities. In Cape Town, South Africa or Belfast, Northern Ireland, the president laughs and the audience cheers.  It’s a mutual [...]

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Tom, Dick, Jim, Antonio and Eric

Posted on June 29, 2013 by

I came to town in ’81 when Bradley was in charge Impressed with his integrity and vision which was large He stood up tall and saw a way to build a new downtown And opened up our city hall to everyone around His predecessor in the job, Sam Yorty was barbaric Just think about how [...]

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The Court’s Catholic Conservatives and DOMA

Posted on June 27, 2013 by

I was expecting this court to overturn DOMA but I had a secret wish that at least one of the four conservative Catholics would join the majority. Roberts or Alito – both born in the 1950s – would certainly have had contact with non-heterosexual peers; Scalia could have construed DOMA as an intrusion on states [...]

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Pot Smoking in America

Posted on June 21, 2013 by

I stopped smoking pot years ago because it was raising my blood pressure, making me paranoid and holding me back. This is not meant to criticize my peers who still enjoy getting high; or those who use “medicinal” marijuana. In fact, I have some very positive associations to my years as a pot head, particularly [...]

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The Generals, the Spies and Barack Obama

Posted on June 14, 2013 by

To understand the expansion of drone attacks and domestic spying under Barack Obama, I imagine a meeting among the newly elected president in 2009 and America’s top spies, national security analysts and military offices in the white house “situation” room. I picture the president surrounded by those shoulder-padded generals alongside somber CIA operatives, the types [...]

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