A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50′s and 60′s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90′s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Million Mask March in Olympia, WA Draws a Few Hundred to Protest the Loss of Democracy, by Holly Homan

Tuesday was voting day here in the US, but it was also a day of action all over the world. Sponsored by the Group calling themselves Anonymous, The Million Mask March took over major cities worldwide to protest the power grab by the very wealthy and to defend democracy.

I attended a small gathering . . . → Read More: Million Mask March in Olympia, WA Draws a Few Hundred to Protest the Loss of Democracy, by Holly Homan

Between Two Very Different Worlds: The Challenges of Veterans in Transition

In February 2013, President Obama announced that 34,000 troops would be returning home from Afghanistan within a year – half the number that are currently stationed there. With more troop reductions expected by the end of 2014, an ever-growing number of military service men and women are finding themselves adjusting to life at . . . → Read More: Between Two Very Different Worlds: The Challenges of Veterans in Transition

America Needs to Significantly Decrease Military Spending, by Mark Erickson

David Stockman

I have not been able to follow the logic of the government shutdown. Clearly, America has divided government. One faction(s) has sought repeatedly (>41 times by Congressional vote) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is approved legislation and upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Personally, I do not . . . → Read More: America Needs to Significantly Decrease Military Spending, by Mark Erickson

U.S. Should Not Re-Establish Military Bases in the Philippines, by Mark Erickson

During Sunday’s Viking/Bear debacle, the network aired a commercial/PSA that reminded viewers to remember 9/11, honor the troops stationed abroad, and that the United States has troops stationed in 175 countries. Parenthetically, the United States has over 800 bases located throughout the world. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Andrew Browne wrote an article about . . . → Read More: U.S. Should Not Re-Establish Military Bases in the Philippines, by Mark Erickson

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Greeted By Protestors in Seattle, by Holly Homan

It’s Thursday night September 5 and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is in town. His appearance at the Washington Policy Center dinner at the posh Seattle Sheraton barred all reporters. Outside, however, about three-hundred people took over the street in front of the hotel holding signs saying things like “Not In Our State” or “Governor . . . → Read More: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Greeted By Protestors in Seattle, by Holly Homan

Seattle Teachers Gather On Busy Intersections Throughout the City In Protest of A Bad Contract Offer, By Holly Homan

On Thursday August 29th thirty percent of Seattle Schools SEA represented staff voted nearly unanimously to reject the contract proposal offered by the district. The district refuses to reduce the case load for support staff (counselors, psychologists, physical therapists, etc.), they want to increase the work day by thirty minutes without compensation and want . . . → Read More: Seattle Teachers Gather On Busy Intersections Throughout the City In Protest of A Bad Contract Offer, By Holly Homan

Rep Barbara Lee Cautions Obama on Syria Involvement, by Mark Erickson

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), one of a select few Honorable Members of Congress who opposed 43′s illegal invasion of Iraq, has written a letter concerning Syria to 44 in the last 24 hours. Here’s the letter.

– Mark Erickson

Dear Mr. President:

We join you and the international community in expressing unequivocal condemnation . . . → Read More: Rep Barbara Lee Cautions Obama on Syria Involvement, by Mark Erickson

Seattle Protest After Bradley Manning Sentenced to Thirty-Five Years, by Holly Homan

Wednesday evening I joined with others in Seattle’s Westlake Center for a protest rally against the sentencing of a person most know as Bradley Manning (in the last couple days Bradley Manning has decided he wants to undergo a sex change and wishes to be called Chelsea Manning).

As most people now know, Manning . . . → Read More: Seattle Protest After Bradley Manning Sentenced to Thirty-Five Years, by Holly Homan

Seattle Civil Rights March Draws A Crowd of Three to Four Hundred, by Holly Homan

On Saturday August 17, I attended a march for civil rights in Central Seattle. This march was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous March On Washington where MLK gave his famous I Have A Dream speech. The event was organized and funded by The Black Trade Unionists.

Due to bad traffic I . . . → Read More: Seattle Civil Rights March Draws A Crowd of Three to Four Hundred, by Holly Homan

Why is the United States Now Arming Al-Qaeda? By Mark Erickson

In April 2013, The White House accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s shi’ite forces of using sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent banned by international treaty, on a “small scale” against rebel sunni factions. Russia denounced the allegation of sarin gas use, calling the evidence “unconvincing.” Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of . . . → Read More: Why is the United States Now Arming Al-Qaeda? By Mark Erickson

The Dead Kennedys Were Both Poignant and Prescient, By Mark Erickson

I am disappointed by President Obama’s forays in the Middle East, failure to close Guantanamo, and use of drone “missions” that create more hatred than peace. The following lyrics come from a Dead Kennedys song called “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go ‘Round,” which was part of the 1987 release, Give Me Convenience or . . . → Read More: The Dead Kennedys Were Both Poignant and Prescient, By Mark Erickson

A Salute to Former Montana Senators Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield!‏ By Tom Kipp

Thanks to my friend Patty Dean of Helena, I came across this extraordinary short film about Lee Metcalf, who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from 1953 to 1978, and who was, along with Mike Mansfield (who still holds the record for longest reign as U.S. Senate Majority Leader–1961 . . . → Read More: A Salute to Former Montana Senators Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield!‏ By Tom Kipp

Protest Against Proposed Coal Train Bring Hundreds to Seattle’s Golden Gardens, By Holly Homan

Sunday February 17th I participated in a rally and march against the proposed coal train that’s being proposed to run through Seattle on its way up to the port of Everett before being shipped to China. The protest, held at Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park on the shores of Shilshole Bay, drew several hundred.

. . . → Read More: Protest Against Proposed Coal Train Bring Hundreds to Seattle’s Golden Gardens, By Holly Homan

‘Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War’

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/17/the-co-author-of-hubris-on-torture-secrets-and-what-we-still-dont-know/

– a documentary special hosted by Rachel Maddow tonight, 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

The news media are as much to blame as the Bush administration — read the article we published on November 19, 2001 in which Enver Masud wrote:

In an October 1999 interview, former United Nations Special Commission chief inspector . . . → Read More: ‘Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War’

Alex Jones Piers Morgan Part 1. “1776 Will Commence Again” If Guns Taken Away, By Davin Michael Stedman

OK everyone can keep their guns as long as we don’t let Alex Jones have anything sharper than a steak knife. I am pro Second Amendment within reason. I’m pretty sure Alex Jones is going to accidentally shoot a puppy in the face in a pressure situation. How can he shoot straight freaking out . . . → Read More: Alex Jones Piers Morgan Part 1. “1776 Will Commence Again” If Guns Taken Away, By Davin Michael Stedman

Richard Ben Cramer – 1950-2013

I just heard that Richard Ben Cramer passed away. I have his DiMaggio biography, and I had heard that he was working on one of Alex Rodriguez. I had looked forward to reading it. It is a sad day for sports literature.

– Chuck Strom

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/us/politics/richard-ben-cramer-dies-at-62-chronicled-presidential-politics.html

Bill Clinton on Saxophone 1992, By Davin Michael Stedman

I’m doing some research for a new Staxx Brothers song, “Slick Willie.” I like to get my facts straight, even when the narrator is lying. This is the first time I’ve actually seen Clinton’s legendary saxophone performance on Arsenio Hall. He stepped up and ripped “Heartbreak Hotel” with soul. Those are great chops for . . . → Read More: Bill Clinton on Saxophone 1992, By Davin Michael Stedman

Some Iraq War Questions Still Unanswered a Decade Later, By Mark Erickson

In the months before the United States invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, leaders of the Bush (#43) regime, i.e., National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Vice President Dick Cheney, made statements to various organizations such as the United Nations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the House+Senate Armed Forces Committees, . . . → Read More: Some Iraq War Questions Still Unanswered a Decade Later, By Mark Erickson

George W. Bush Was the Worst President in our Lifetime, By Mark Erickson

In this latest installment, you will learn that George W. Bush was the worst president in our lifetime.

Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a German citizen, Khaled el Masri. Allegations included kidnapping him in Macedonia, covertly transferring him via extraordinary rendition to an Afghan . . . → Read More: George W. Bush Was the Worst President in our Lifetime, By Mark Erickson