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01/27/05 :: By Delton Murphy
How To Teach Intolerance
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Education :: Hypocrisy

While the war, the economy, torture, terrorism and unemployment are all important issues, nothing means more to the Republicans than sexual orientation.

01/27/05 :: By Delton Murphy
The Confirmation of Condi
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Rice, Condoleezza :: Senators and Representatives

While the vast majority of Democrats behaved normally, like Stepford Wives in accordance with their corporate programming, by voting in step with the Republicans, a *whopping* thirteen Senators actually voted against her nomination.

01/25/05 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert: Hold Condoleezza Rice Accountable!
Categories :: Activism :: Bush Administration :: Rice, Condoleezza Even though it's pretty much a done deal that Condoleezza Rice will be confirmed as the next Secretary of State, she (as well as the rest of the Bushites) must be held accountable. Barbara Boxer may be one of the...

01/24/05 :: By Delton Murphy
German Democracy
Categories :: Rumsfeld, Donald

Although it may be hard to find in America sometimes, democracy in Germany is alive and well.

01/24/05 :: By Delton Murphy
War is Patriotic
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Free Speech :: History :: Iraq :: Patriotism

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greatest nation of all?

01/23/05 :: By Delton Murphy
Spreading "Freedom"
Categories :: Activism

Although it was hugely downplayed, there were also hundreds of counter-inaugurations held in DC and in cities across the country on inauguration day.

12/25/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Puppeteer of the Year
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Humor :: Republicans

Although Time Magazine named Bush 2004 Person of the Year, the true man behind the curtain is the one who should receive the accolades, puppet master himself, Karl Rove.

12/25/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Support Our Troops! (until they come home)
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Government :: Iraq :: Military

The battle for a number of US Troops continues when they return home. While some American soldiers are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, other are suffering from the effects of depleted uranium or mental illness triggered by their combat experience. Others find they have no place to live.

12/24/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Outsourcing War
Categories :: Iraq

The US military is facing an unprecedented crisis in recruiting numbers and new enlistments. Since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the latest Pentagon statistics show that over 5,000 soldiers have now been charged with desertion from bases in the U.S. and overseas. If there is no draft, how can the US increase its number of troops in Iraq? Have no fear--Bush definitely has a plan.

12/24/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Moving 'Right' Along
Categories :: Democrats

Continuing to follow the strategy that consistently costs them elections, the Democrats are currently engaged in dialogue aimed at 're-evaluating' their position on Abortion.

12/24/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Happy Chiskwannakah!
Categories :: Hypocrisy :: Outrages :: Religion

Generally speaking, no matter how crappy or tumultuous the year has been, the Holidays often bring us short-lived cheer that carries us into the New Year.

Well, at least it used to...

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
John Conyers Urges Release of Exit Poll Data
Categories :: Activism :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections

As the mystery of the supposedly inaccurate early exit polls indicating that Senator John Kerry was beating President Bush in several key states including Ohio in last month's election begins to fade from our memory, at least one Congressman is refusing to ignore this blatant irregularity.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
African Americans Die Prematurely Due to Health Care
Categories :: Discrimination :: Healthcare

A brand new report by the American Journal of Public Health has estimated that 866,000 African Americans died prematurely in the United States between 1991 and 2000 because they failed to receive the same level of health care as white patients.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Turn Your Back on Bush
Categories :: Activism :: Bush Administration

Energized progressives who are still struggling to express their opposition to the Bush Agenda may want to check out a new site organizing a huge non-violent protest at Bush's inauguration.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Posthumous Justice
Categories :: Activism :: Civil Rights :: Discrimination :: History :: Race

The Ghosts of Mississippi will never be silenced--not until justice is done. Forty years later the klansmen who orchestrated the "Freedom Summer Slayings" of 1964 are finally being sought.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
More Use of Abuse
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Government :: Iraq

As the war spins out of control the evidence of detainee and prisoner torture intensifies.

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Government :: Terrorism

If you're operating a Secret Police force, it's only logical that there are Secret Jails, right?

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
A Bush War Anniversary
Categories :: History

It was 15 years ago this week that President George H.W. Bush sent 24,000 American troops to invade Panama in an attack code-named "Operation: Just Cause."

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Torture A La Carte
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Government :: Iraq :: Military

It seems the more we talk about detainee torture in Abu Ghraib or Guantanemo Bay, the less it gets covered; revelations from the FBI notwithstanding.

12/21/04 :: By Delton Murphy
I See Terrorists...They're Everywhere
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Iraq :: Terrorism

As President Bush continues to fight terror with terror to kill terrorists, it has become clear that being a dictator is a lot more preferable than being president.

12/21/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Ethnic Cleansing: Bush Style
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Civil Rights :: Discrimination :: Government

Arabs, Africans, Latinos, Muslims --the United States government just can't seem to agree on the best way to get rid of these pesky ethnicities: war, deportation, drug testing or concentration camps. Maybe a combination of all these tactics will finally do the trick.

12/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Family Form Letters
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Rumsfeld, Donald

Being the Secretary of Defense is a tough job and running a war is definitely hard work. Donald Rumsfeld cannot be bothered with pesky little things like signing his name to condolence letters sent to patriotic families of fallen soldiers.

12/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Iraq

One of the bloodiest Sundays since the US waged war against Iraq occurred this past weekend, intensifying the fears of an Iraqi Civil War.

12/07/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Battling the Bush Wars
Categories :: Activism :: Anti-War :: Progressive Strategy :: Reference

The battle between the two Superpowers is underway. As the US continues to assert power under a second Bush term, the world's only other superpower continues to fight back.

12/06/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert: Help Bring Democratic Elections to America
Categories :: Election 2004

The tragic truth of the matter is that an Ohio recount may not change a thing. If the same provisional ballots still end up not being counted then it seems we will merely end up repeating the mistake. Also, it's quite hard for me to imagine George W. Bush actually abdicating the throne.

So what's the point?

12/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Amend This!
Categories :: Elections :: Government :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Could Arnold Schwarzenegger really become President? The Governator's growing popularity in California, coupled with a 51% Republican "mandate" and overwhelming support for the Bush Administration and the Republicans in the slave states (and states open to slavery), brace yourselves--you ain't seen nothing yet.

11/23/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Framing News vs. Propaganda
Categories :: Framing 101 :: Media :: Progressive Strategy :: Propaganda/Spin :: Reference

There is definitely a need and a place for commentary and editorials but when obvious opinions and partisan politicking replace news and journalism, the "truth" becomes quickly lost in the shuffle. When one looks at the current climate of news and information in the US, specifically the mainstream corporate media, the lines of demarcation are not as clear.

11/17/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Everyone Loves A Good Party
Categories :: Progressive Strategy

Switch realities for a moment and imagine the Electoral College totally abolished and the Greens and the Libertarians becoming prominent political players among the Democrats and Republicans. Imagine even further if they were to actually become the two dominant political players in America.

11/16/04 :: By Delton Murphy
One People Can
Categories :: Activism :: Anti-War :: Criminal Acts :: Iraq

Bush claims his 51% presidential election win as a mandate. He says this has given him political capital to use and he's going to use it. The global peace movement is considered the other super power in the world today and this last election has also given us political capital to spend as well. So Bring It On!

11/15/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Condoleezza Rice To Be New Secretary of State
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Rice, Condoleezza

For doing such a wonderful job as National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice has been nominated to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State.

11/14/04 :: By Delton Murphy
To The World
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Patriotism :: Reader Interaction

As the death toll continues to rise in Iraq and our civil liberties continue to erode, many Americans are still in a state of disbelief that Bush will be in power for at least another four years. A new website tries to express the myriad of emotions at least half of America feels.

11/12/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Kicking The Ass Into Shape
Categories :: Activism :: Democrats :: Election 2004 :: Kerry-Edwards 2004 :: Reader Interaction

Donkeys are famously known (and revered) for their stubbornness. When they detect danger they watch it. They do not run from it and they certainly cannot be forced towards it. The similarities between donkeys and democrats are almost eerie.

11/11/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert! Ohio To Be Recounted
Categories :: Activism :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Reader Interaction

Yesterday Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb confirmed that he would demand a recount of all the votes cast in the Presidential Election in the state of Ohio. Since David Cobb's name appeared on the Ohio ballot, it is his legal right to ask for a statewide recount.

11/11/04 :: By Delton Murphy
A History of Mystery
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Iraq :: Terrorism :: Theories

The kidnapping of Margaret Hassan, Director of CARE International is inexplicable. Why would the Iraqi resistance kidnap a woman who has provided humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq for 25 years? Could her kidnapping be part of a counterinsurgency operation, orchestrated by Mossad, devised to turn world opinion against the Iraqi resistance?

11/10/04 :: By Delton Murphy
A Brother Speaks
Categories :: Election 2004

Just because John Kerry conceded the election doesn't mean we have to concede defeat to the racist right running the country. The following is a letter from John Kerry's brother about the election results and what the Democrats are currently planning to do about it.

11/08/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Who Let The Bush Win?
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Polling :: Progressive Strategy :: Reference

In order to effectively frame the dialogue and shape the language necessary for progressive change, we must first take an introspective and honest look at both who and how America voted in last week's election.

11/08/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Riddle Me This
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Polling :: Theories

Theories are thriving in the middle of all the turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the Presidential Election. Some argue the obvious: Kerry knew he didn't have the votes so threw in the towel. Other more imaginative theorists surmise that the Skull and Bones Duo and distant cousins staged the whole thing from the beginning. Will we ever find out what really happened?

11/05/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Six Stages of Grief
Categories :: Activism :: Humor :: Philosophy

When you think about all those sheeple in the red states, remember it has never been the masses that initiate necessary social change. Blue state folks (and blue people living in the red), it is up to us to raise the consciousness of those in the red states, not shift toward racism, intolerance, homophobia, war and social injustice.

11/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Lay of the Land
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Campaigns :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

We all know how much the Republicans love redistricting. So welcome to the United State of Texas bordered by the newly succeeded bordered Canadian regions of Baja Canada, Michigan, Mini Willinois and New America!

11/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
And The Beat Goes On
Categories :: Anti-War :: Campaigns :: Progressive Strategy :: Reference

For far too long Americans have been drunk with the delusions of democracy. Maybe it takes someone like Bush for us to realize that we've still got a lot to overcome. Like a drug addict who has loss everything, maybe America needed to hit rock bottom before sobering up. Listening to one another would be a good start, because if we had truly done that a year ago, we would all be smiling right about now.

11/03/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Messy in Michigan
Categories :: Election 2004

The afternoon turned a little ugly at the Greater Emanuel Church of God in Christ voting poll in Detroit, Michigan proving racism is stronger than I have ever seen in the United States.

11/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Beginning of the End
Categories :: Election 2004

A lot has been said about the 'Vote or Die' phrase that has been bantered about for the past couple of months. The irony of that slogan is quite fitting for the current climate because a vote for Bush is actually a vote for death.

11/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Are You Safer Now Than You Were Four Years Ago?
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

The vision of our country hanging in the balance on the backs of a few indecisive voters in a handful of states is enough to alert the majority of Americans that our 17th century Electoral College needs to be abolished. So much has been said on this topic (as well it should), that even the most obtusely obstinate among us can comprehend the need to nix this system.

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Touch Screen Turmoil
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

Humor can be a good prescription for whatever ails you. And what better place for it than amidst the excitement and trepidation of Election Day, especially with the world watching with baited-breath what the Americans will decide.

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Country or The Man
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Conservatives :: Election 2004 :: Iraq

I fail to comprehend the rationale that makes Bush supporters and undecideds leaning toward Bush conclude that we are safer and this is a course worthy of pursuing. So much yakety-yak has been given to the absurd notion that you "don't change horses in the midst of a war." It's not about changing horses; it's about changing direction. Anyone who can look at what's going on all around us and agree that this is what America is all about, is both misinformed and delusional.

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Today's Thoughts for Tomorrow
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Polling

Will Kerry win in a landslide or eke by in what the pundits and polls call a 'statistical dead heat'? Or, will the unspeakable happen? Here are a few thoughts about tomorrow today.

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Reclaiming Humanity: A Progressive Pep Talk
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections

Many of us have been literally counting the days to November 2, 2004 and we must not let the onslaught of problems occurring at the polls across the country break our stride. None of this should be surprising. They did it last year and most of us knew they were going to do it again this year. We've come much too far to let the devastating reports of deliberate disenfranchisement overwhelm us. Don't let "Defeatism" on our part be Bush's October Surprise!

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs of the Right
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Republicans

This year's election theft tactic isn't limited to illegally purging Black voters from the voter rolls. This time the Republicans are challenging the federally guaranteed use of provisional ballots. This is crazy because the reason some voters are requesting a provisional ballot is because they were erroneously purged from the voter rolls in the first place!

10/28/04 :: By Delton Murphy
It's The War, Stupid
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Progressive Strategy

Despite what the pundits, the corporate media and the Bush Administration continue to proclaim, it's not the economy, it's not same sex marriage, and it's not unemployment. The biggest concern on most people's mind is the war. The anti-war protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, (the largest in US history), and the recent presidential debates prove that war and terrorism is of primary concern to most American voters.

10/25/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Black Faces in High Places: Top 31 Reasons Why Ethnic Communities Will Vote For John Kerry
Categories :: Civil Rights :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Polling :: Reference

Let's leave the land of delusion for awhile and highlight a few unpleasant facts of life under Bush over the last couple of years by taking a look at how George W. fares with civil rights and ethnic communites across the county. So before you start contemplating life as a Canadian just in case the unspeakable occurs on election day, arm yourself with the facts.

10/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Power of Positive Poll Projection
Categories :: Election 2004

While it's true there exists a noticeable amount of division in America right now, there is also an equal, if not greater amount of unity.

10/19/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Between Reason and Faith
Categories :: Activism :: Election 2004 :: Kerry, John :: Progressive Strategy :: Tactics

With more than half of the country now against the war in Iraq we are faced with the uncanny dilemma of choosing between two pro-war presidential candidates in the midst of an unpopular war based on forged documents, fear tactics, manipulation, and misinformation.

10/12/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Muslim Until Proven Innocent
Categories :: Discrimination :: Patriot Act :: Terrorism

Many Muslims today realize that it is their American citizenship, not their Islamic identity that is tenuous. Prior to 9/11, Muslims in America were primarily focused on changing United States policy toward Palestine, Kashmir and Iraq. But since that time the effort to reconstitute their identities as American Muslims is making domestic relations, civil rights and interfaith relations much more important.

10/09/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Pinky and the Brain
Categories :: Election 2004

As Bush barked incessantly about staying the course and attacked John Kerry's lengthy senate record, all I could think about watching this was who the hell are the undecided voters? The callous incompetence of this entire administration has been obvious for years but it is never so apparent as when Bush speaks. No wonder he's held fewer press conferences than any president since the invention of Television.

10/07/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Veeps Go Deep
Categories :: Cheney, Dick :: Edwards, John :: Election 2004

Dick Bruce Cheney may have actually set a new record for lying as he immediately launched into the very familiar Iraq war mantra many of us have heard so much that we're able to recite in unison right along with him. But this time as the angry, irritated 63 year old man from Wyoming continued to drone on, John Edwards provided no wiggle room and elucidated the popular, happy lies of Mr. Halliburton.

10/05/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Paranoia of the Thief
Categories :: Books :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Media :: Progressive Strategy

We consciously live in an era where fiction substitutes for fact, lies become misstatements, justice is now revenge and war is quickly becoming the norm. The unholy alliance between the Republicans and the Right Wing has just intensified as we enter the homestretch of the presidential election. The fact that they are resorting to these tactics is evidence that they are running scared. Gone is the Bush strut and swagger. Absent are the Haiku-laced press conferences of Donald Rumsfeld, who just yesterday had to admit that he has "seen no evidence of a Saddam Hussein-Al Qaeda connection". And Dick Cheney hasn't attempted to unite the country through fear in almost two weeks. Uh-oh. It seems that finally after four years, the paranoia of the thief has kicked in.

10/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Battle of the Bonesmen
Categories :: Campaigns :: Election 2004 :: Foreign Policy

It is insulting that this president and his administration assume that the majority of Americans are shortsighted, inattentive and totally incapable of independent thought.

09/28/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Prisoner of Hope
Categories :: Anti-War :: Books :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Philosophy :: Progressive Strategy :: Terrorism

It's difficult to begin to heal the deep-seated wounds of 9/11 with Osama Bin Laden still at-large. As someone who lost a friend during the World Trade Center attacks, the capture of Saddam Hussein and the assassination of his sons along with over 11,000 Iraqi civilians and countless Afghanis, didn’t make me feel any better nor did it bring me any closure.

09/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Anybody But Bush Bus
Categories :: Anti-War :: Campaigns :: Election 2004 :: Tactics

With just 40 days until this year's presidential election, many liberals and progressives like myself are terrified that George W. Bush may actually get a second term. Whether you believe the polls, the press, or the pundits really doesn't matter because there is only one bottom line concerning this election: we're in serious trouble.

09/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Cowardly Lion: See Arnold Run
Categories :: Economy :: Election 2004 :: Hypocrisy :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Arnold gets to spoof a line that was used on Saturday Night Live to spoof him over a decade ago. How clever. How ironic. How typically Arnold.

07/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Demons of Disenfranchisement: America's Dark History of Voter Purging
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: History

The purging of felony voters from voter rolls across the country reminds us that even in the 21st century African-Americans continue to fight for the right to vote.

06/18/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Righting The Right's Wrongs: Torture and the Do-Gooders
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Iraq :: Military

As TortureGate continues to unfold, each day brings forth startling new discoveries as well as a fresh batch of illogical lies and media manipulation.

06/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs: How Touch Screen Voting is a Catastrophe in the Making
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Government :: Republicans :: Tactics

If the Canadians can use paper ballots in their presidential election and count their votes in four hours, why are we having such a difficult time counting and deciding how to count our votes in the United States? When did this become so hard for us to do?

05/27/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Reversing The Course: An Iraq Exit Plan
Categories :: Anti-War :: Bush Administration :: Iraq :: Progressive Strategy :: Tactics

The United States must make a dramatic reversal of course and recognize that the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq is destabilizing and counterproductive.

05/24/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Unfortunate Soldiers: Depleted Uranium
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Criminal Acts :: Healthcare :: Iraq :: Military

Lying about the reasons to go to war is bad enough but to deliberately expose our troops to the toxic effects of Depleted Uranium is reprehensible.

05/23/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Blood Makes Noise: Misrepresenting Soldier and Civilian Casualties
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Hypocrisy :: Iraq :: Military

It's a bit hard to sell an Iraqi democracy package when so little regard is shown toward those civilians killed in an unjustified, unsubstantiated and unnecessary war.

05/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Great Divider: Bandwagon Patriots Embracing War
Categories :: Anti-War :: Hypocrisy :: Iraq

American leadership is dependent upon maintaining the confidence and trust of its citizens and other nations around the world. Today that confidence and trust is at its lowest point. Why is the United States at the pinnacle of its power and the nadir of its political standing in the world?

05/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
For Want of a War, The Truth Was Lost
Categories :: Anti-War :: Bush Administration :: Documentary :: Iraq :: Media

Highlighting the myriad of inconsistencies evident in the statements made by politicians and spokespeople in support of the war, such as the exaggeration of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, director Robert Greenwald strives to exemplify the clandestine motives that may have provided momentum to the war effort in his latest movie, Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War.

05/21/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Art of Appointing
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Hypocrisy :: Iraq

The concept of speeding up Iraqi democracy through appointments is as flawed as the ideas of bombing countries in order to quickly establish peace.

05/21/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Signs: The War on Speech
Categories :: Anti-War :: Bush Administration

With President Bush’s credibility and approval rating slipping as steadily as sand falling through an hourglass, it is not surprising that there has been an alarming increase in the number of protest arrests and convictions across the country.

05/21/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Empire Builders
Categories :: Government :: History :: Military

Empires never last and generally have violent, unpleasant endings and with the reality of an 'American Empire' upon us, citizens hoping for change to occur through the creation, selection or election of a political savoir is a fairy-tale response akin to a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued.


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