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By Pamela Jean on July 31, 2007

"Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist." (Propaganda and Persuasion, 4th edition, 2006)

I remember the first time spoken words ever hurt me. The school bully had come up with a new name for me in the first grade.

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By Jacinta Faber on July 30, 2007

Dear Mr. Lowry,

I am writing this letter in response to your commentary, Weather more tame than wind arguments.

There were several errors made in your comments concerning my part in opposing the proposed wind project. One is a technical one. The quote you used from my open letter was published in the Ellis County Environmental Awareness blog and was never published in the HDN, though you claimed all of your quotes came from the HDN.

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By Larry James on July 30, 2007

Living in my inner city neighborhood feels a lot like a small town. It reminds me of my childhood in, what was then, small town Richardson, population about 1,200. No matter where I go around here, I run into people I know and who know me. Saturday evening, I stopped at the Chevron station at Carroll and Live Oak...

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By Zola Jones on July 30, 2007

Evidence of gang culture and gang activity in the military is increasing so much an FBI report calls it "a threat to law enforcement and national security."

The number of gang-related crimes involving soldiers and their families nearly tripled from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2006.

To keep its enlistments up, the military has lowered its requirements for new recruits.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 30, 2007

President Bush is telling some 3.3 million poor kids who don't have health care insurance because their families can't afford it, they better start saving their nickels and dimes so they can buy private health insurance because the government's not going to help.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 29, 2007

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, MSNBC and XM Radio will carry the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum live from Chicago from 6 - 7:30 p.m. CDT. "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann will moderate.

Unlike other televised debates and forums, union members will ask questions of the candidates, with the focus on issues that are important to working families. (Anyone, union or not, can vote for their favorites here.)

Thousands are expected to attend the forum, and we want to ensure working families across the country get to take part as well. You can help out by hosting a debate watch party with your friends, family and union members.

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By Pamela Jean on July 29, 2007

Women make up 51 percent of the population and 55 percent of all registered voters. For six decades after women obtained the right to vote in 1920, they voted at lower rates than men. In the 1980 election women caught up with men, and according to U.S. Census data, in every subsequent election, women have voted at an increasingly higher rate than men.

In all recent elections, women have outvoted men (in terms of both turnout rates and actual numbers) in every racial and ethnic group - African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and white.

In 2004, the rate of voter turnout was 60.1 % for women, compared with 56.3% for men. The difference in 2004 translated to 8.8 million more female voters than male voters. 2004 is up from 2000 by a million extra women voters, since in 2000, only 7.8 million more women than men voted. So, perhaps, in 2008, there will be over 10 million more female voters than male voters! That's a big difference.

Here's what I really want to know. How come YouTube ignored these numbers when setting up the recent debates? And, which candidate will women vote for?

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By Stuart Elliott on July 29, 2007

sad-elephant.jpgGee, the Kansas Republicans are going downhill faster than one can possibly imagine.

Our friend Thomas Frank is going to have to come out with a new edition entitled What Used to Be the Matter With Kansas.

The Kansas GOP has come out with a loyalty oath and it's a doozy. There have been some important loyalty oaths in American history. They've always dealt with the past or the immediate future. In the post civil war era, former released upon taking an "oath of allegiance". Lincoln required an oath to "faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of the States thereunder" as a condition for a Presidential pardon. The ironclad loyalty oath during the Reconstruction forbid former Confederate soldiers.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 29, 2007

I read two interesting stories on the John Edwards campaign this week.

Jonathon Tasini discusses an interesting Wall Street Journal article on how Edwards is setting the agenda for the Democratic field.

The WSJ article is for subscribers only, but here's two key paragraphs:

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By Larry James on July 28, 2007

Last Tuesday, after twenty years in the game, Houston Astros second baseman, Craig Biggio announced his retirement at the end of this season.

His speech was filled with uncharacteristic emotion, even tears.

He thanked everyone on his long list, but the heart of his statement was all about his family and about getting to be more involved with them.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 28, 2007

I've recently come across two disturbing examples of mainstream media outlets whitewashing two of the most notorious anti-Semites in American history.

US New & World Report publishes occasional "collectors editions" on special topics for news stand sales. I picked up "Mysteries of History: Secret Societies."

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By Stuart Elliott on July 27, 2007

Two weeks ago was the 95th anniversary of Woody Guthrie, the legendary American folksinger and songwriter, who did much to enrich our life, not the least being "This Land Is Your Land."

Each year during this week, his hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma throws a grand tribute with a free folk festival. (There is a fund raising concert Wednesday nights.)

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By Lola Wheeler on July 27, 2007

Today, the new leaders in the House of Representatives took the right step at the right time to begin making amends for the travesties of the previous leaders in the House! A small step towards righting some wrongs committed by the previous Congress.

What was the previous moral travesty?

What wrongs had been committed? Last year, in February 2006, the Republicans then in power in Congress (including my own congressman, Jerry Moran, K-01) voted in lockstep with one another to make deep cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, veterans benefits, student loans and the Food Stamp programs.

Last year's Congress made those cuts to safety net programs right at a time when wages in the U.S. were declining, housing costs were escalating and more and more jobs were being shipped overseas. Just when the safety nets were needed the most, Congress ripped them to shreds. In my opinion, that action was morally wrong. It made me sad for my less fortunate neighbors. That 2006 action caused me to feel such pain for our country and the direction it was moving in.

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By Ally Klimkoski on July 27, 2007

Two things about Fox this week you might want to know.

1. The Simpsons can be mistaken for FoxNews
Yes we've already heard about this but I have a new video!

2. Bloggers are nazi's.

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By Larry James on July 27, 2007

Somehow he had found his way to this page and to my posts on immigration.

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By Jessica Orogbu on July 26, 2007

I have only been on everyday citizen for about 2 months and it has done one of the most amazing things for me. Through everyday citizen I have been connected with my biological dad whom I have never seen before and my dad's side of the family who I also had never met.

It all started when a cousin that I didn't know googled his last name. As you guys can see my last name is unusual. And he found my blog and sent me an email asking who I was b/c he had never met me before and that last name only belongs to one family. We emailed back and forth for a little bit and he gave me his number so I gave it to my mother. My mother talked to him and he told her that my dad was in Chicago.

Since then, I have had phone conversations with my dad and his relatives.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 25, 2007

Keith Olbermann, popular TV newscaster, has been selected to serve as moderator for the August 7 AFL-CIO Presidential Forum in Chicago.

There has been a tremendous response to the forum. Four years ago, the AFL-CIO forum was attended by 2,000. This year a crowd of about 5,000 was expected and it was originally planned to hold the forum at the McCormick Place convention center. But more than 12,000 union members wanted to attend so it has been moved to Solider Field, an open-air stadium that's home to the NFL's Chicago Bears, to ensure there's enough room.

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By Larry James on July 25, 2007

For the past two days I've been in Houston, Texas, attending the Supportive Housing Institute Texas, sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), one of our best national partners.

I found myself pretty well sequestered in a conference room with about 35 people who devote themselves to the enterprise of developing permanent supportive housing for very low-income residents of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

Quite a bunch!

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By Larry James on July 24, 2007

Don't know about you, but I found last night's presidential debate on CNN among the Democratic candidates using the YouTube question format to be interesting and refreshing compared to previous debates. Ordinary folks asking the questions that concerned them.

Opinion: There would have been many more questions on the Iraq War if the U.S. "recruited" its soldiers from a national draft.

Funny how current, pressing self-interest shapes our primary concerns, huh? I find it to be the same with the issues associated with poverty.

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By Stuart Elliott on July 24, 2007

Radical economist Michael Yates was in Wichita yesterday, part of the book tour for his new book Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate.

Some union folks met him for lunch and talk.

He gave a book reading in the evening at Watermark books. There were some more union folks there, including some present and retired members of the letter carriers.

It's a fascinating book.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Be With It, July 24, 2007
How Democrats got Religion, July 24, 2007
The Radical Rights of Some Leftist People, July 23, 2007
The Poor & Needy, July 23, 2007
YouTube Presidential Debates, July 22, 2007
Farmers Encouraged to Consider All Factors of Wind, July 21, 2007
Tying up some loose ends, July 20, 2007
CNN's New Evangelicals, July 20, 2007
Showing Up, Not Going Away, July 20, 2007
New Victorian Culture, July 20, 2007
Dear Lord, we thank you for this mystery food..., July 19, 2007
The American Dream Act, July 19, 2007
House Votes to Extend Collective Bargaining Rights, July 18, 2007
Mark Your Calendars: August 7th, July 18, 2007
Who Said It?, July 18, 2007
Shady Campaign Expenditures in Kansas, July 17, 2007
Are You Kidding Me, Mr. President?, July 17, 2007
Desperately Seeking a Shorter Leash on this Chief, July 17, 2007
War Drums Along the Potomoc (Again), July 16, 2007
Reality Day, July 16, 2007
Newark: Was It A Rebellion or a Riot? Or What? Part 1, July 14, 2007
Catholic Identity Crisis, July 14, 2007
Green is the new Black, July 13, 2007
Farm Subsidies for the Rich: Corporate Welfare, July 13, 2007
27% of Americans Have One, July 12, 2007
Truth, Diligence & Democracy, July 11, 2007
Dirt of the street under its fingernails, July 10, 2007
A Theology for the Street, July 8, 2007
Inactive Angels, July 6, 2007
Preventing Pessimism, July 5, 2007
The Farm Bill Impacts Everybody in a Big Way, July 5, 2007
As You and I Watched CNN, July 5, 2007
Above the Law, July 4, 2007
Effects of recent violence!, July 4, 2007
These Five Young Lives, July 4, 2007
Daily Life...Not appropriate for children, July 2, 2007
The Missing Class, by Newman and Chen, July 1, 2007
The Last Days of Democracy, by Elliot Cohen and Bruce Fraser, July 1, 2007
Steeplejacking, by Sheldon Culver and John Dorhauer, July 1, 2007
Deer Hunting with Jesus, by Joe Bageant, July 1, 2007
City Adrift, by Bergal, Hiles, et al, July 1, 2007
Interventions, by Noam Chomsky, July 1, 2007
Richistan, by Robert Frank, July 1, 2007
Cry Me a Volga River, July 1, 2007
House of War, by James Carroll, July 1, 2007

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