All Further Articles for 2009-09-15

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Little Obama and Big Bad Beck (In Manure, Yet)
With Obama increasingly straying from the progressive ideals that moved so many young people to work and vote for him, Campus Progress hopes to put him back on track with a helpful lesson in dealing with right-wing bullies who are pushing him around "like kids in a playground." In honor of their "deranged" leader Glenn Beck, artist Michael Murphy has painted a portrait of Beck "in bullshit and pigment on canvas." See More . "There are two things you absolutely do not want to do when a bully tries to make your life a living hell: you do not want to ignore them and you do not want to give in to their demands."
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When Wisdom and Courage Lead...
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Bagram: The Sham of Closing Guantanamo
...No wonder they want to close Guantanamo: who wants to be bothered with irritating habeas reviews -- 28 out of 33 have resulted in judicial findings that insufficient evidence exists to justify the detention -- when you can just ship them off to the Black Hole of Bagram and imprison them for as long as you want with no court interference? Read Glenn's piece in full here .
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Change We Still Need
Have you noticed that the Obama administration has not been as green as its campaign advertised? In a few short months, the Obama administration has built, at best, a shaky environmental structure. From delisting wolves to offshore drilling to ducking mountaintop removal coal mining to allowing guns in parks (and the list goes on – At Issue ), this is, frankly, not a stellar record. In fact, at times, Obama appointees act like a Bush Lite reprise – same decisions but wrapped in better rhetoric.
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UNION
R.I.P. Crystal Lee Sutton, then Jordan, the North Carolina textile worker and union organizer whose stand for justice inspired the movie "Norma Rae." In 1973 Sutton was a 33-year-old mother of three earning $2.65 an hour folding towels at the notorious J.P. Stevens when she was fired for organizing. And she really did climb on that table. "All of a sudden," she recalled later, "the plant was very quiet." "Crystal was an amazing symbol of workers standing up in the South against overwhelming odds - and standing up and winning."
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And You Thought the Insurance Companies Couldn't Get Any Sleazier
A new low in profit-happy insurance horror stories: It seems half of all big insurers in a number of states deny benefits to domestic violence victims by claiming they suffer from a "pre-existing condition." Like a thuggish partner, you mean? Do we need more proof a public option is necessary? To urge Congress again to prevent profiteering from the pain of others, or learn more about the stunning rates of domestic violence, especially in rural areas, go here
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Flower to the Occupier: “I Saw the Chance and I Seized It”
Still defiant despite beatings, whippings and electric shocks after his arrest, Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi was freed today to a hero's welcome after nine months in jail for throwing his shoes at "the criminal murderer" Bush. He said he had "vowed to the victims" of the U.S. invasion that he would act for them. "If (people) knew how many destroyed houses I walked over with those shoes that I threw, and how many times those shoes mixed with the blood of the innocent, and how many times those shoes went into homes where the honor of those who lived there was disgraced, then it was the proper response."
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