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By James Bordonaro on November 3, 2010

The former president is out with his memoir (Decision Points) of his years in office and notes that his lowest personal point was when rap singer, Kanye West, said he didn't care about black people during a live fund-raising telethon because of the manner in which he responded to Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans. (See this for a full description of the story.)

He says it was even worse than all the criticism he received over the Iraq War and putting forward the false rationale that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

So, coupled with the lack of introspection he exhibited in a 2004 press conference when asked to identify any mistakes he might have made during his time in office, I guess that's all we really need to know.

Kanye was wrong. The President does care about black people - just self-absorbed Hollywood, elitist, rap stars with gold chains around their necks. A bigger question still exists as to whether he cares about his own legacy.

By Angelo Lopez on October 6, 2010

Last Winter, I went to a rally to support a strong health care reform bill that was going through Congress. While I was there, I encountered three oddly dressed older women who were holding signs and singing songs for single-payer health care reform and against the power of insurance companies. This was my first encounter with the Raging Grannies, an activist group that fights for progressive causes like the ecology, economic justice, and civil rights. They use humor and music to protest for just causes.

The Raging Grannies began in 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia when a group of white middle-class Canadian women between the age of 52 and 67 began to protest the visit of US Navy warships and submarines in the harbors of Victoria. Many of these women had experience in activism, but were getting tired of being relegated to making coffee in the peace groups that were then in existence. Due to their marginalization in these other groups, these women decided to form the Raging Grannies to implement their own ideas of social protest, and on February 14, 1987 they staged their first protest. The Raging Grannies sent to Pat Crofton, then Chairman of the Defense Committee, a broken heart to signify his lack of commitment and action on nuclear issues. They sang a few satiric songs under an umbrella full of holes, symbolizing the absurdity of sheltering under a nuclear umbrella. Canadians loved the Raging Grannies, and a movement was started.

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By Angelo Lopez on August 27, 2010

In recent weeks, there has been a controversy in New York City involving a Muslim center that is a few blocks from where the Twin Towers once were. This controversy highlights the misperceptions that many people in this country have about Muslims. Bob Hooper, a regular blogger in Everyday Citizen, wrote an informative blog about the prejudice and anger among certain groups of Christians towards mosques in various parts of the country. In a Jasper the Cat cartoon that I did last December, I wrote about the various things that I learned about Muslims in America. From what I learned, I believe that most Muslim Americans are patriotic and just as concerned about extremists as their fellow Americans. In this blog, I write of more things that I learned in these past few weeks.

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By Tatiana McKinney on December 4, 2009

Last night on the cab ride home, I had a great discussion with the driver about President Barack Obama. Many of the supporters that rallied, cried, and worked to get the man elected are now the main people ready to throw him under the bus.

Does that make sense?

People stressed about having a Democratic president, someone who was going to fix all the problems that the Bush Administration created, but what we failed to realize is the damage that was done during those 8 years would take longer than everyone really considered.


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By Nan Aron on September 22, 2009

On Friday, seven former CIA Directors sent a letter to President Obama asking him to put a halt to the investigation of detainee torture and abuses in the CIA’s interrogation program. President Obama rightly told CBS “I continue to believe that nobody's above the law. And I want to make sure that, as president of the United States, I'm not asserting in some way that my decisions overrule the decisions of prosecutors who are there to uphold the law.” While President Obama is correct that he should not be ordering the Justice Department around, we wish the Justice Department believed that nobody is above the law and would expand their investigation to include those who ordered, designed, and justified torture rather than only investigating interrogators.

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By Pamela Jean on August 1, 2009

On July 1, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that makes certain that my fallen hero will receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Sixty-six years ago, this brave woman died while flying for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. For more info about the WASP and the medal, read this. But, first, allow me to introduce you to my hero.

It began to occur to me if I'm going to write you while I'm still in the 319th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment, I'd better start. One of my three roommates is home packing up her things today - washed out, she is. Had her Army check ride yesterday, and the Lieutenant recommended for her elimination. I'll be having my next Army ride any day now, so maybe I'll be packing up too...
The words above were written by a young woman named Mabel Rawlinson. After mailing that letter to my mother, Mabel finished her training as an Air Force pilot and was given her wings. She would be ready to serve her country in a time of war.

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By Stuart Elliott on October 23, 2008

Pamela Hess of the AP reports:

WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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By Randy Leer on September 12, 2008

We've been watching the endless flow of fear mongering from the GOP be the key tactic to lead Americans around on a leash. The Republicans climaxed in their fear mongering at the GOP Convention in a grotesque celebration of the attack on America which provided them the fuel to wage war on innocence and American values.

I am happy to see someone else has seen this. Yet again I am enclosing a video from Keith Olberman. At least someone in a position of media influence is using their platform to crusade for the Constitution and for the American people.

By Stuart Elliott on August 20, 2008

Bushies screw Kansas again. First it was the Air Force Tanker, now it looks like the Bush administration, aided and abetted by Roberts and Tiahrt, are rigging a government contract to go to their political allies. This time it's the contract for a bio-defense lab. Manhattan, Kansas, is still in the running, but the fix may be in.

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By Pamela Jean on August 28, 2007

The recent changing of just a few words in a complex piece of legislation (that the majority of lawmakers didn't bother to read or understand thoroughly) now has the potential to fundamentally alter the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in huge and significant ways.

A 30-year old law, FISA was meant to protect ordinary citizens from being spied on by the President of the United States unless a warrant was obtained in court and a judge provided oversight. Now, a recent law passed by Congress eliminates that warrant requirement and eliminates the court oversight.

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