It's Protest Friday as Nicole Sandler looks at the nearly extinct First Amendment right to peaceably protest with activists Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin, both of whom were exercising their rights this week. Nicole's Tom Petty interview from April 1999 is today's Flashback Friday feature!
On this day, every year, we honor and remember those who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States. My wish on this and every other day is that no more people die in war. A young John Kerry, upon returning from Vietnam, participated in the Winter Soldier investigation to talk about the atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by our people during that war. It's a good idea to watch Kerry's testimony, and remember his question, "Who'll be the last to die for a mistake?". Today, I hosted a special edition of my show. On Thursday, President [...]
Yesterday, I read the latest "newsletter" from Congressman Allen West. It was more of a smear letter than a newsletter, but what do you expect from someone who doesn't allow people with dissenting points of view to speak at a "town hall meeting"? One of the key parts was I must share these two funny anecdotes; first was the response to a question from a woman at the Boca Raton town hall which inspired this woman to stand and shout, “That was my question and you did not answer it the way I wanted you to.” Now, if [...]
Things turned very ugly in Egypt yesterday as the world watched the people fight for freedom. It's been a week of inspiration mixed with sadness and joy, and anxiety and fear for friends we've never met. Many of us here in America are reaching out to show the Egyptian people that we stand with them. From my conversation yesterday with an employee at the Cairo Marriott (scroll down to the next post if you haven't yet heard it!) to the presence of some familiar faces in Cairo calling for peace, we realize what a small world it truly is. Medea [...]
Today begins the 112th Congress... John Boehner will usher in a new era as Speaker Weeper of the House. It should be fun to hear him say this part of his prepared speech "The American people have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them. That includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker." Shall we take bets on whether or not he'll be crying when he says "cheerfully?" I'm afraid [...]
I've often said we'd be much better off if we could just get the politics out of government. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen any time soon... In recent years, Republicans have been better at political theater than the Dems, but some on the left are catching up. The Yes Men have been doing great political theater, mostly in the climate change arena. (Their latest film "The Yes Men Fix The World" is out today on DVD.) The women of Code Pink have been active in this arena too, but recently seem to have learned a thing or two about [...]