The progressive ezine Common Sense 2 is out with their latest issue. I spent some time yesterday perusing various articles and, again, it is good reading. Chuck Brown pulls no punches and I like that. His writing is articulate and to the point. I worry for him though with this month's article about Rep. Dave Kessler. I worry Democrats will come after him for having the cojones to criticize "one of ours" as they did to me for condemning Traitor Tom Caltagirone.
Chuck's article about Kessler is damning. I had the opportunity to sign my State Rep's petition last week and passed. I also neglected to sign or circulate a petition for my state Senator but that is because of his executive assistant's involvement in legal action taken against me by the Party. Who knows maybe Raven will pop up out of the woodwork again this year. She has been chafing at the bit trying to get me to publish more of her stuff.
As for Kessler, I have my own problems with him for hiring Caltagrione's brother as a staff person. This was a bad move and indicates he is under their influence. That became more obvious when John Caltagirone called me an idiot in front of a room of 200 people and Dave refused, as yet, to apologize for his staffers egregious misconduct. Of course it's too late now, many month slater. I am not supporting my own State Rep this year. Kudos to Chuck for calling him out on these policy positions.
While on the subject of our State House Sylvia Baylor does an analysis of what they accomplished this year and at what cost. An excerpt:
"Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that citizens lack taxpayer standing to compel financial audits of the state legislature by the auditor general. That’s basically what the court did when it ruled recently that political activist Gene Stilp doesn’t have the legal standing to sue the auditor general to force an audit of the legislature’s financial accounts."
This month's cover story is about liberal Christianity and the separation of church and state. It begins with this quote from Jefferson:
"Because religious belief, or non belief, is such an important part of every persons life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermines all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the wall 'separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society."
I was conversing with some friends this week and mused that Barry Goldwater, in today's Republican Party, would be considered moderate. I use John McCain for this analogy and because both are/were from Arizona, I think it interesting. If there was any water there maybe I'd muse over there being "something in the water there." Eric Johnson also explores McCain's "moderate" credentials in this month's issue.
Eric asks this question: "What would things be like today if fewer
were gullible enough to fall for rumors of McCain’s black baby, or bigoted enough to be bothered by them?" He uses a clever depiction of bad movie sequels to bang home his message.
"Jack Straw" writes about the new movement for the expansion of nuclear technology in "Choose My Poison? I Prefer None."
"Choose my poison? I prefer none. We’ve lived on dirty, poisonous coal, oil, and nuclear technology for so very long, but now let’s stop throwing good money after bad. Now let’s phase out nuclear and thermonuclear technologies.Now let’s put away poisonous technologies, and do safe engineering for solar, wind, ocean, and microbiological energy. Now let’s re-engineer combustion to scrub effluents and recapture carbon, and let’s share and transfer those technologies. Now let’s invest heavily in healthy, sustainable, renewable technologies. Now let’s prosper and live well. "
Sheldon Kaplan does a great satirical piece of cartooning about what Rudy's rebate checks would look like. Check out the legs!
Bob Johns critiques the media coverage in "You can't Even Call It News:"
"America long ago tired of the occupation of Iraq, gross over-spending, dying and maiming. Not that you could determine this from your cable news. They have moved on to minutiae. Instead of focusing on furnishing information, cable presumes to tell us what we think or how politically astute their pundits are, then interview one another in the echo chamber."
Amble over and visit the ezine and read the entire columns. It's worth the time.