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Archives from October 2008
Mocking Our Rights
NICOLE COLSON
John McCain seemed peeved about almost everything that happened at the final presidential debate October 15. Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on Joe the Plumber (or, should we say, "Joe" the "Plumber"), Obama’s ties to former 1960s r...
The Great Vote Fraud Hoax
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Phew…good thing some unscrupulous voter registration worker in the Philadelphia area didn’t use the names Octavius V. Catto and George H. White when padding voter applications with bogus names to get paid for work they didn’t do. If an erran...
How Maria Fell
DON SANTINA
It was hot in the vineyard east of Stockton on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Hotter than the day before when the temperature reached 90 degrees by the early afternoon. Hotter than usual for May. Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez started work at 6 am in the vineyard, suc...
The Humorology of Power
BERNARD CHAZELLE
The worshippers who kneel at the altar of Humor never cease to marvel at the unique capacity humans have to make others laugh. They worship the worship, too, for the only thing cooler than having a sense of humor is to know that you have such a thing and that it real...
John Wayne Syndrome
BARRY CLEMSON
John Wayne is the classic American hero. He always came through and the bad guys always got what they deserved. For those readers too young to remember John Wayne’s movies, think Chuck Norris or Jet Li in their good guy roles. The story-line is always that evil...
Name That Candidate
JOE MOWREY
This week came exciting news. Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Yippie! The blogosphere is all atwitter. Our guy has worked hard, taken solid positions on all the most important progressive issues and managed to convince the exalted Mr. Powell to ...
Campaign by Codeword
BRIAN JONES
This year , I’m guessing a lot of people are going to dress up as John McCain or Sarah Palin for Halloween. If you’ve seen the videos of McCain/Palin rallies, you know what’s so scary about them. You’ve seen people call Obama a terroris...
Last Exit to Disneyland
ADAM ENGEL
It’s a long story…then again, aren’t they all… So I thought I was subletting an apartment, "rent stabilized" at $1350 from my sister, who was recently married, without realizing the absentee "landlord," BSG Managemen...
Boogiemen
ISHMAEL REED
One of the founders of the Neo-Confederate organization called The League of the South, which will probably renew its call for secession of the southern states if Barack Obama wins, was the late Grady McWhiney. In his book, “ Cracker Culture, Celtic Ways of the...
You Have the Right to Airport Harassment
ALLISON KILKENNY
Her name is Helen, a Muslim woman in her mid-twenties. She’s scared to talk to me even though I’ve told her that I will change her name for my article so the authorities will have no idea who she is. "I’m an easy target for this kind of ...
A Frustrated, Broken-Hearted Joy
LORENZO WOLFF
You’d think six months would be enough. You’d think that would be more than enough time for a private jet and a world tour. As good as this record is you’d think that after six months ...
Nuclear Power’s Big Con
JIM BELL
Nuclear Power was a mistake and remains a mistake. If the human family survives it, our descendants will wonder what we were thinking to justify leaving them nuclear power’s toxic legacy — a legacy they will be dealing with for hundreds if not thousands o...
Afghanistan the Un-Winnable
BINOY KAMPMARK
The US presidential candidates are warbling about what strategies will best suit Afghanistan in a post-Bush world.  Both Barack Obama and John McCain promise that the interminable conflict will be of “top priority” come 2009.  Neither has provid...
Iraq and the Arrogance of Washington
RON JACOBS
I should be used to it by now, but I’m not.  When I read statements from US policymakers telling the world that Iraq is still not capable of defending itself without US help, I am still angered and amazed at the bold-faced arrogance.  Most recently, s...
Whining About Winning in Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
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Down for the Count
MIKE WHITNEY
"The great inter-war slumps were not acts of God or of blind forces. They were the sure and certain result of the concentration of too much economic power in the hands of too few men (who) felt no responsibility to the nation." From the ...
Patriotism and the Labor Movement
DAVID MACARAY
“The greatest anti-poverty program ever invented was the labor union.” –George Meany There’s an undeniable truth which, if properly publicized, could make unions look pretty darn good even ...
Domestic Violence and Financial Stress
KRIS DE WELDE
We are in the midst of an economic crisis, that much we know.  October is national Domestic Violence awareness month, something few...
Waiting for the Curtain to Rise
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So what happened to the Bush/Cheney pre-election attack on Iran? It’s like everything else. You think you have months. You put it on one side, in the “things to be done tomorrow” pile. Suddenly it’s a matter of weeks, then days. Then the momen...
The World’s Weirdest Pipe Organ?
MARK SCARAMELLA
If Musical Patriot David Yearsley can write about the Great Pipe Organs of the World on a hard-hitting political website like CounterPunch, then we think we should be able to write about the weird ones. No, I’m not talking about the pizza joints with cal...
Manufacturing Sympathy
SCOTT BOEHM
As the older brother of someone with Down Syndrome, I’ve been intrigued by Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s use of her son Trig during the campaign.  It’s strange to listen to her speak so tenderly about the “special l...
Taking Politics Seriously
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGLBOOD
We have nothing against voting. We plan to vote in the upcoming election. Some of our best friends are voters. But we also believe that we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the most important political moment in our lives comes in the voting b...
Rightwing Obama Love
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
There are no omens of victory for John McCain. While Barack Obama can concentrate on campaigning in swing states like Missouri, John McCain is forced to work the crowds in red states which should be firmly in his column at this late stage in the campaign. Not one pol...
Don’t Let Them Execute an Innocent Man
MARLENE MARTIN
WHAT WILL be the fate of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis? Will the state of Georgia get its way and put him to death? Troy and his supporters held out hope that his case would finally be heard when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in late September to s...
Post-Bush Scenarios
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
After war comes peace. With peace must come justice, or it will be meaningless. It is one of the most enduring lessons of history. With the end of the Bush presidency in sight and the desire for change strong, the next president’s inauguration on January...