Showing posts from June, 2012

ObamaCare and the Future of SinglePayer with Dr. Margaret Flowers

National Conference Call ObamaCare and the Future of SinglePayer with Dr. Margaret Flowers  JULY 11TH Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox is proud to present a national Conference Call with Dr. Margaret Flowers who is a leading singlepayer healthcare activist.  Let's cut through the mountains of propaganda to discover what's in the bill and what's not in the bill and its implications for 2014 and beyond... Also, we need to bring our ideas, energy and input to the call to continue the principled and necessary fight for medicare for all.  This conference is limited to 200 people, and the line will be open 5 minutes before and closed when the call reaches 200 people. If you would like to ask Margaret a question or give input, then send your comment or question to  Cindy Sheehan via email at: anytime before the call. You will get a chance to ask Margaret your question or give your input during the call.

Corporate-care: Looking for Loss in all the Wrong Places

by Diane Gee I'll be honest. I haven't read the decision on "Obamacare" by the Supremes. I left that to my lawyer acquaintances. I read the spin with disgust and dismay. I usually read pending legislation before opining, but c'mon, so much has been made of this thus far that it doesn't really take a rocket scientist to figure out what would, hence did happen. The Supremes backed forced-purchase. The decision pivoted on the idea that the mandate " was justified as a tax. Because people who don’t obtain insurance pay a tax to the IRS, the mandate was within Congress’s power to raise taxes for the general welfare. As a result, the Affordable Care Act was upheld. " Got that? Its ok because its ALWAYS ok to tax the poor more. If you can't afford to directly pay the Insurance Companies, the Government will make you pay it as a tax and give it to the mother-fuckers anyway, dig? That is the real problem. But Duh-merica's wee heads are e

Trumpeters for the Elites: Obama, Elections, and "The Nation"

By Edmund Berger                 Presidential election season. It’s that magical time every four years when the airwaves become clogged with torrents of campaign ads, soundbites, and over the top rhetoric spewing forth from both sides of the aisles, the time when the sense of patriotism is most compelled to act out the tradition of civic duty. It’s the ultimate expression of the “American Experience,” and fittingly, it is the time when all conversation, all debate, and the majority of dissent gets put on the shelf as our eyes turn towards Washington. It’s that magical time every four years when those outside voices are pulled through the Beltway’s doors and begin to cheer for their home team, regardless of whatever criticism they had spoken outside of the electoral cycle.                 A good case in point is The Nation magazine, the intellectually sophisticated organ of the progressive and populist Left. The longest-running weekly publication in America, The Nation is curren

Revolution: A Love Story Book Tour With Cindy Sheehan - Videos

Thanks to Joe Anybody, and Gordon Sturrock. Cindy speaks in Portland Cindy speaks in Eugene David Rovics opening for Cindy in Portland

Trade-offs for the Faux-gressive set by Ted Rall


Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night: The Tragic Death of Brian Arredondo

Guest Blog Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night: The Tragic Death of Brian Arredondo Linda Pershing, with Lara Bell Brian with Fr. Carlos at memorial for Ales, shortly before Brian's death Brian Arredondo never really recovered from his brother’s death in the Iraq War. When they were kids, Brian adored his older brother Alexander and tagged along with him whenever he could. They were often seen playing together in parks and schoolyards in communities surrounding Boston, Massachusetts, and Bangor, Maine, where they grew up. As teens the two boys were perfect targets for military recruiters: first-generation Americans on their father’s side (he emigrated from Costa Rica), working-class youth (Alex attended a technical high school where much of the curriculum focuses on job training), living with their mother after their parents divorced when they were young. Promises of career training, male camaraderie and “becoming a man,” appeals to patriotism, a $10,000 s


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Jimmy Carter’s Penance?

By Missy Beattie In a New York Times (NYT) opinion piece , Jimmy Carter opens with: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.” I read these words and focus on the present tense of “is”. And I think: When was this country ever anything but an imperialist nation? When was the US anything but an enemy of human rights? And I think about the blood on the hands of Jimmy Carter whose presidency was a devastating illustration of inhumanity. Here’s a significant example: It was Jimmy Carter and his National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski who were responsible for the rise of the Taliban and arming and training the mujahideen. Brzezinski wrote the ending of Carter’s State of the Union Address, delivered on January 23, 1980: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means nece