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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Fascism in America

Fascism in America

  14 defining characteristics of fascism: the U.S. in 2012 By Gregory Patin , Madison Independent Examiner "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." --- Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here . (1935) In the spring of 2003, ex-corporate executive and political scientist Lawrence W. Britt published an essay in Free Inquiry magazine entitled "Fascism Anyone?" In his work, Britt examined the traits of the two governments that formed ... Full Story

Stalin Invented ‘American Exceptionalism’

Stalin Invented ‘American Exceptionalism’

  How Joseph Stalin Invented 'American Exceptionalism' Rick Santorum and the rest of GOP presidential gang all have a man-crush. Considering he was an outright intellectual elitist, a shaggy-haired liberal, and -- horror of horrors -- French, the object of their adoration seems a bit surprising, but the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville and his 1835 United States travelogue, Democracy in America, have surged into national politics this campaign cycle -- often linked to the ... Full Story

Ultrasound, War, Women and Death

Ultrasound: About truthfulness in our public notices By Michael N. Nagler for PeaceVoice Coming as it did in time for International Women’s Day, the decision of legislators in Virginia, to require women seeking an abortion to undergo a vaginal probe and see ultrasound images of their unborn infants has aroused considerable outrage. And controversy.  Some (mostly Democrats) see it as an invasion of women’s privacy, if not technically a kind of rape, while others (mostly Republicans) ... Full Story

Rick Santorum’s Latest Target — Single

Rick Santorum’s Latest Target — Single Moms

In the Huffington Post By Lara Bergthold Executive Director, Lear Family Foundation; Board Chair, People for the American Way and the Campaign for America's Future  I am a single parent. According to the right, I am also a leech on society and pose a danger to my own son. A new bill proposed by a Republican state legislator in Wisconsin would officially label single parents like me a "contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." When radio host Alan Colmes asked the ... Full Story

Contraception, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

Contraception, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

      By Riane Eisler and Catherine Bohnsack Some politicians are still calling contraception a social evil. This is an astonishing claim in the 21st Century when all the evidence is that contraception is key to a more successful economy and a better quality of life – not only for individual women and their families, but for us all. Because contraception makes it possible to control the timing and spacing of pregnancy and childrearing, it gives both women and ... Full Story

Criminalizing Free Speech in the US

Criminalizing Free Speech in the US

    Criminalizing Free Speech: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?   March 5, 2012 
By John W. Whitehead “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”—First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution   One of the key ingredients in a democracy is the right to freely speak our minds to those who represent us. In ... Full Story

Bye Bye American Pie

Bye Bye American Pie

    Bye Bye American Pie: The Challenge of the Productivity Revolution By Robert Reich Here's the good news. The economic pie is growing again. Growth in the 4th quarter last year hit 3 percent on an annualized rate. That's respectable -- although still way too slow to get us back on track given how far we plunged. Here's the bad news. The share of that growth going to American workers is at a record low. That's largely because far fewer Americans are working. Although ... Full Story

Santorum: Obamacare Poster Boy

Santorum: Obamacare Poster Boy

Rick Santorum: Obamacare Poster Boy The candidate's tax returns reveal staggering medical bills that would bankrupt many Americans—yet Santorum wants to roll back programs that would help families like his. —By Stephanie Mencimer During a recent interview with Glenn Beck, Rick and Karen Santorum suggested that the Obama administration's health care reform law would harm people with disabilities, like their three-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare and ... Full Story

Has Congress killed the Post Office?

Has Congress killed the Post Office?

                Has Congress Made It Impossible For The Postal Service To Survive By Jack Swint Is Another Of Americas Founding Institutions Fading Away Into History Forever" "It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day's journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness ... Full Story

Right-wing women haters and bigots

Right-wing women haters and bigots

      The He-Man Woman Haters Club By Bob Cesca During a month when the abortion and contraception debate peaked -- again -- you would've thought the Sunday political shows would feature a larger than usual roster of female panelists, strategists and experts. Not a chance. There were a total of four female guests during the entire month of February. This bears repeating. Out of 56 guests on the Sunday shows, only four were women. Four. This statistic probably ... Full Story

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