Howard Zinn -- Political Activist, Teacher, Icon, Author of The People's History of the United States -- Dead at 88

Howard Zinn, progressive, radical, teacher, activist and historian, has died at age 88. Zinn is widely published but perhaps best known for his work A People's History of the United States. This book changed the way people viewed American history, unmasking the founding fathers as slaveholders and pointing to the post-occupation history of America as the history of groups rising up for change -- from early labor movements to sharecroppers' uprisings. ...more

I appreciate your kind words. You are right. He will be sorely missed.


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Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed to SCOTUS, Makes History

From now on call her Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The U.S. Senate confirmed her to the Supreme Court of the United States today with a 68-31 vote. Sotomayor, 55, is the first person of Hispanic heritage, the third woman to join the high court, and the 111th justice. ...more

Her years of public service aside, I think it's interesting that in addition to being the first ...more

Why I Added MY Voice To The Color Of Change.Org...

Here we go again! ...more

Sotomayor Buzz, Week 2: Sexist Media Times Ten

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Songs of sympathy -1

Here's a song I wrote for highly respected medical doctor and human rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen, who has been imprisoned by the state of Chhattisgarh (India) for sedition or waging war against the state, and of being a 'sympathiser' of the naxals (radical left, armed groups in India). I wrote it out of a sense of outrage and helplessness, but also as part of an attempt to understand what exactly we mean when we make a crime out of 'sympathy' - sympathy for whom, drawing upon what, resulting in what, for whom? Questions like that. ...more

Who Authorized Detainee Abuse? Time for an Independent Counsel to Find Out

My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX) House Judiciary Committee Statement on the Articles of Impeachment July 25, 1974   ...more

 First, thanks to everyone for the comments and kind words. Second, it does seem to me that ...more

Who knew?

Today was interesting in more ways then one. I finally realised why women were relcutant to take out AVO against people that they love. I realised the way they feel about a person can sometimes cloud their judgement and make them feel like victims without really intending to. That even the best meaning people can have their ideas but will not always listen to your own, especially when you have made up your mind about something and everyone is really trying to get you to change it. ...more

Turnabout After Prop 8 Offers Delicious Irony

While I'm riveted like rest of the nation and indeed the world, watching the events leading up to Barack Obama's inauguration tomorrow, a news item buried deep in the national news section of the New York Times today nearly caused me to fall, laughing wildly, off the treadmill where I was reading it. Yes, multitasking three things at once always makes me feel like I am using my time wisely. But I digress. ...more

Racially Motivated Katrina Vigilantes: Is Black Life Worth More than a Wine Cooler?

Journalist A.C. Thompson, writing for The Nation magazine, documented that white vigilantes shot black men at will during Hurricane Katrina in Algiers Point, part of the City of New Orleans, and no one has been investigated, much less prosecuted. Furthermore, associated video of white men boasting about their deeds indicates the men acted with police approval. ...more

This was the same rationale that the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's mentor, more