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Monday, April 21, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

American middle class: dead?

American middle class: dead?

Professor Starr writes about the "Hourglass Economy," one in which the economy consists mainly of the rich and the poor with only a small middle class. Examples of this type of economy abound. Many South American and African countries come to mind. Without a strong and prosperous middle class, the United States is destined to become a third-rate nation. America will not longer be a world power or a major player in world economics. This will mark the end of the "American Dream" and the ... Full Story

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

Hold Men’s Sperm Accountable

Hold Men’s Sperm Accountable

Counterstrike: Using The Free Market To Hold Men’s Sperm Accountable By: Sarah JonesMarch,  23, 2012 In response to the patriarchal treatment of our bodies as property, criminal defense attorney Ms. Karen Suzanne Wilkes has drafted sample legislation based upon licensing & property laws, demanding that men pay for “licensing, use and maintenance of our bodies & the offspring we create.” Ms. Wilkes’ sample legislation reads: It shall be unlawful (a felony, ... 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

Obituary: John E. Kokes

Obituary: John E. Kokes

John E. Kokes, 55, of Berthoud passed away on March 5, 2012 from a long battle with cancer. He was born on December 25, 1956 in Sidney, Nebraska to Glenn and Vivian Kokes. John attended Caliche High School and graduated in 1975. On February 8, 1997 he married Jeri O’Bryan and together they made Berthoud, Colorado their home for the last 18 years. John worked heavy equipment construction throughout Colorado in various locations. John’s enjoyments in life were golfing, 4-wheeling in 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

Is Rush Limbaugh Gay?

Is Rush Limbaugh Gay?

Limbaugh apology  In the Washington Post Today, a very insincere apology from Rush Limbaugh to Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh apologized for the insults saying he “did not intend a personal attack on her.” Really. How can calling someone a slut and a prostitute not be intended to be a personal attack? How else can you characterize actions? Limbaugh must thing we are stupid. Only his fans will believe his sincerity and it is likely that he will be playing the victim on his next ... Full Story

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