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Ban Tear Gas Entirely! by David Swanson

14 Jul

Might it not be a good idea to end chemical warfare against our own civilian population by their own police?

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Truth? Justice? The American Way?

30 Jun

Interesting questions posed concerning the fate of core values in this country as they are being radically altered by President Trump. Originally posted by Sally Edelstein in Envisioning the American Dream.

Envisioning The American Dream

Vintage Poster Superman Diversity

Are truth and justice still part of the  American Way?

In Donald Trump’s America, these bedrocks of our democracy feel like they are eroding all too quickly

While our serial liar, bully-in-chief  has separated and contained children from their migrant families seeking asylum, banned Muslims from entering our country, zealously  promotes  fear against the browning of America, a real man of steel reminds us what it means to be an American.

Superman, champion of the oppressed, the defender of truth, justice, and the American way, is shown in this 1950 poster speaking to school children about the importance of respecting diversity.

Donald Trump may think he’s omnipotent, but he’s clearly no Superman.

“If YOU hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone because of his religion race and national origin- don’t wait  tell: him that kind of talk is Un American”

vintage school textbookj cover Superman A cover for school textbooks in 1949 was distributed…

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The Moral Mask by Gregory Barrett

22 Apr

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Guns, Democracy and the American Way

11 Apr

Envisioning The American Dream

Vintage Illustration 1956 Monument to American Freedom For many Americans a gun represents the heart of our nation’s foundation and identity and symbol of their freedom and democracy but on this cold war creed of American rights, gun ownership was noticeably absent.

What you may ask, is more fundamental to the American Way of Life than a gun? Who could argue that gleaming AK 47 automatic rifle is a shining and powerful example of our basic rights which protect the dignity and freedom of the individual?

In fact, most would agree the right to keep and bear arms is written in stone.

Or is it?

A cold war Credo of the “American Way of Life”  that highlighted all the freedoms and rights unique to democracy didn’t deem it necessary to include gun ownership in their patriot doctrine.

This full-page color illustration that ran in Family Circle Magazine in 1956 was the visual embodiment of this Credo of…

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A Revolution By Any Other Name – Dandelion Salad

10 Mar

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad March 9, 2018 There are some who mince their steps and words, who hush the bold and outspoken, who advise moderation. But, a revolution by any other name does not smell as sweet. Reform does not cut it. Resistance is not…

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Lucy With The Football?

23 Jan

They have earned our scepticism through years of obstruction and obfuscation. Their total lack of any empathy for anyone not filling their campaign coffers should make this “promise” no more credible than any of their previous lies when it comes to immigration reform.

Mike the Mad Biologist

Assuming nothing goes (or has gone) off the rails by the time you read this, the government shutdown has ended with an agreement for a three week continuing resolution and a promise by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. To the extent there was a deal done, the child health insurance program, CHIP, was extended for six years (something Republicans claimed they wanted done anyway).

The best case scenario is that a good immigration bill is passed in the Senate that deals with the Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status immigrants (TPS) humanely. It then goes to the House where Ryan and the Freedom Caucus (band name!) are forced to either pass the bill and piss off the white nationalist wing of the Republican Party or shutdown the government.

But there’s a problem: Sen. Mitch McConnell has to be an honest player here. I have doubts (boldface mine):

As I write…

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There Is No Democracy In The US Empire!

3 Jan

If there is, it is definitely heavily sedated. – EVD

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By Rivera Sun/Dandelion Salad

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