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Get up to speed on Climate Change

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Climate change is happening. If you want to get up to speed on things you can do to activate yourself in this battle, check out 350.org. From what I can see, they’ve got a great grassroots network going. I heard about 350.org from Naomi Klein. You can sign their open letter to Barack Obama calling for bold environmental change. The Independent (UK) had a very interesting article the other day following the money trail from fossil […]

Happy MLK Day & The Obama Inauguration!

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Flickr photo by Chris Tank It’s a historic day. First, it’s MLK Day, a Day of Service. Second, it was Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He was officially sworn in on Sunday in accord with the stipulation in the constitution that the president be sworn in by noon of January 20th. It’s a good day for the country, and a good day for people of all races and creeds. I was at my car dealer on […]

NRA Friday

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Two thoughts: NRA members, your hands are covered in blood. Giving money to the NRA is the same as putting a gun in the hand of a murderer. And now a stunned moment of silence for those 28 killed today at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

World AIDS Day

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Today, December 1, is our annual remembrance of those we’ve lost to AIDS. World AIDS Day is necessary for raising awareness, and the search continues for a cure. Over at AIDS.gov, they are marking the event. Some years ago, I read Andy Warhol’s diaries, which cover a span of the ‘70s and '80s. In entries from the early '80s, I remember Warhol started referring to a disease going around NYC that he termed “gay cancer.” […]

Obama pardons two Thanksgiving turkeys

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Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys today named Cobbler and Gobbler. Apparently the president’s tradition of pardoning a turkey began with Abraham Lincoln in 1865. It’s a symbolic gesture and simply is good public relations, which is probably why the tradition continues. PETA says enough with the empty, outdated gestures. They’d like to highlight the 46 million turkeys slaughtered for food each year. According to that Politico piece, turkey pardoning goes back only to 1989 with George […]

Quotations

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Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. – Karl Marx (1844) Politics is the opiate of the elites. – Daniel Stout (2012) Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out […]

Madison! Tammy Baldwin to US Senate, Mark Pocan to US House

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Election night was a good night for Madison. Tammy Baldwin was elected to the US Senate. She is Wisconsin’s first female Senator, and she is also the first openly gay Senator in US Senate history. In her acceptance speech, she said, I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference. To fill Baldwin’s House seat, Mark Pocan, who is also gay, was elected to the US House. An exciting night for Madison, […]

The Boss and the Commander-in-Chief

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Barack Obama in Madison – November 5th. Photo by: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America Barack Obama was back in Madison yesterday with Bruce Springsteen. Scout Tufankjian captured this image of the Boss and the Commander-in-Chief embracing on stage with the state capitol in the background. It’s always nice to feel the electoral love of being in a battleground state, and now is the election. Soon this race will be done! What will the world […]

Absentee ballots: easy and less reliable

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The City of Madison issued a statement saying that the City Clerk issued 30,409 absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election. Of those, 18,758 were in-person absentee voters. That is, those of us who went down to the City Clerk’s office and voted early. The mail-in absentee ballots were down slightly from 2008 but in-person absentee voters were up. According to the Associated Press, 545,000 voters requested absentee ballots in Wisconsin for this election. But an article in […]