Friday, May 26, 2006
NY State Green Party Candidate Challenges Hillary
Out Now - End the War - Bring the Troops Home
National Health Insurance (Medicare for All)
Clean Energy to Stop Global Warming - A Global Public Works Program to Rewire the Planet with Renewable Energy in 10 Years
An independent opposition party like the Greens is the most effective way to advance peace, justice, and a sustainable society. It is not just the peace vote that is open to alternatives. So are the millions without health insurance, the workers who are losing wages and benefits and their very jobs, the environmentalists who see no program to address global warming, and the women and people of color who are losing their recently won rights. All have reason to be dissatisfied with Clinton, who is taking them for granted as she rebrands herself as a moderate for her presidential run.
Clinton has been a consistent war hawk on the Iraq war and, indeed, all the wars initiated by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She is more responsible than any other person in America for killing the single-payer national health insurance bill that had about 100 members of Congress as co-sponsors in 1993.
That's why Howie Hawkins asks for your vote in November
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Full Text of Letter to Pres. Bush--from Truthout.org
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
First, most people born in this country are not speakers of Standard English, at least the English in the hundreds of grammar books used in classrooms monitored by No Child Left Behind. Take a trip to New York, Boston, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Los Angeles, or New Orleans. I believe that the diverse discourse you are likely to hear is why this president and this Congress have instituted the English testing standards mandated by No Child Left Behind. In fact, the President’s own “nucular” and other ungrammatical gaffs indicate that Texans have a lock on a new, more American English. I suspect we ought to revise the national anthem to begin “Oh, say canya see ..”
As far as the anthem goes, we may want to ask how many people in this country actually know the words of the national anthem. Ever listen to people around you at a baseball or football game? From what I hear, most of us could use a printed copy and a pronunciation expert. The song has just too many words we don’t use anymore, and no one I know says “proudly we hail” on a regular basis.
More to the point, we ought to consider the reality that the national anthem was composed nearly a century after the Constitution was written. If we really want to stick to tradition, shouldn’t we find a song written in language more similar to the Queen’s English spoken by Jefferson, Franklin and Washington? After all, isn’t our patriotic duty to figure out exactly how our Founding Fathers spoke? Let’s get back 200 plus years to a time when automobiles, telephones, and airplanes didn’t pollute our America with new fangled notions of connecting all people and cultures. The Founding Fathers didn’t need to worry about language since the elite status of citizenship didn’t include Native Americans, slaves, or women.
If we still believe a national language is so critical to our country, perhaps we should follow France’s lead. The French have a department of language, complete with language police to protect the purity of the French language and culture. We could use another Department of Something, especially since FEMA is about to be eliminated. As a Katrina refugee, I could use a full time job. I’d be happy to move to the White House and give the President a few lessons, maybe even a multiple choice grammar test or two. After that, we could train language police to monitor Congress, State Houses, City Councils, and School Boards. While we’re at it, let’s require every voter to pass a high school exit exam in the English language as a prerequisite for exercising the right to vote in this democracy that we call the United States of America.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Who cares about in which language the national anthem is sung?
What's UP! Wake up! and Deal with reality.
FEMA Welches New Orleans
Yesterday’s report that FEMA is closing its long range planning office in
Katrina knocked out most of the businesses, schools, hospitals and infrastructure in
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