Here’s an editorial going out later today in the name of the Center for Kentucky Progress. Preliminary version was posted on dKos, for some feedback. Here you go: The Coming Progressive Tide I spent most of my childhood vacations at Murrell’s Inlet, a sleepy vacation spot south of Myrtle Beach. In addition to bait and … Read moreEditorial: The Coming Progressive Tidal Change
For too long I have had friends tell me that we need this group of “old hands” in the White House because, as my friends say, “when you’re dealing with terrorism you need the adults, the serious folks, the professionals.” While it has long seemed obvious that the BushCo crowd are professionals at playing politics … Read morePlaying Politics With Terrorism
I am the son of a journalist, and have always had a strong interest in both the product and the process. Both are becoming more and more suspect. Time after time, I read stories where it is obvious that the reporter did not ask any follow-ups. There has been no research beyond the press release facts. … Read moreJournalism 101
Today’s C-J already contains the point-counterpoint about the relationship between the Iraq war, the Bush administration, and the 7/7 London attacks. At the risk of stating the obvious, I want to pose and answer a few pertinent questions. Is Bush somehow responsible, indirectly, for the London attacks? Not to put too fine a point on it: … Read moreIs Bush To Blame for 7/7?
I thought these might be appropriate for this Fourth of July. I found them in a comment on dailyKos, on the patriotism of dissent: To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is … Read moreQuotes for the Fourth
It’s almost Sunday, and time for a few links for fellow Christians to check out… Faithful Progressive, a new (to me) blog that looks promising Christian Alliance for Progress, a new site (and organization?) subtitled “The Movement to Reclaim Christianity and Transform American Politics.” I’m still checking them out, so haven’t signed on yet, but … Read moreA Few Quick Links for Christians
Guest editorial in the Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard from a life-long Republican that begins, “As of today, after 25 years, I am no longer a Republican.” Read it here. Very powerful writing. From near the end: We’re poisoning our planet through gluttony and ignorance. We’re teetering on the brink of self-inflicted insolvency. We’re selfishly and needlessly … Read moreA Republican Sees the Light
Jimmy Carter has called on the Bush Admin to close the detention center at Guantanamo, joining a growing chorus of voices from all sides of the political spectrum. Some want to close it because of the torture and human rights abuses, some because of the whole “enemy combatant” shadowland, and some because the very name … Read moreYet Another Call for Closing Gitmo
Just finished the latest novel by William Gibson (whom I didn’t know was even still alive, much less writing). I have long thought his Neuromancer was one of the most amazing novels I’ve ever read, especially when you compare his insights into the digital future (which continue to come true) with the date (1984) the … Read moreNeuromancer Redux?
As you can read here on the WP, the Supreme Court has voted 5-4 that capital punishment of juveniles is unconstitutional. In the midst of a country that apparently feels torture is okay and that killing people to stop killing makes sense, it is like a momentary and unexpected breeze in the midst of a … Read moreAmazing — An Actual Vote of Sanity