The Demise of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

October 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

On May 27, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to act to end DADT with an amendment to the proposed Department of Defense appropriations bill, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Amendment). The Amendment sets forth a two-step plan that would lead to the repeal of the policy, starting with the delivery of a “Working Group” report by the Pentagon on the implementation of the repeal to Defense Secretary Robert Gates by no later than December 1, 2010.

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Sheehan Pens Open Memo to Pelosi

October 13, 2010 | 9 Comments

In that almost four years now, you have fully funded the wars; rammed through the bankster bailouts and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization Act; refused to hold the criminals of the Bush administration accountable; supported the torture policies of George Bush and wanted even stricter measures against suspected terrorists; obediently supported and defended the murderous Israeli oppression of Palestine; presided over the worst jobs’ hemorrhage since the Great Depression (can you see all the jobless and homeless from your mansion on the hill in Pac Heights?) and the only “victory” that you can claim is a feeble health care “reform” bill that you admit you had no idea what it contained, when in reality, it was just a massive welfare program for your corporate buddies in the industry.

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Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested

October 12, 2010 | 11 Comments

Green Party candidate for California governor, Laura Wells, was arrested this evening and prevented from attending the final debate between gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown.

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Gonzalez Pens Open Letter to Pelosi

Gonzalez Pens Open Letter to Pelosi

October 12, 2010 | 48 Comments

As Speaker of the House, and representative of California’s 8th Congressional District, you have failed to offer a satisfactory explanation for many of the political choices you have made. Even your most ardent supporters are at a loss to defend your escalation of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan after you became Speaker (despite your promises to end the war), and for your support for the Patriot Act, its subsequent reauthorization, and for your support for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, among other things.

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Courage to Vote “Nay” on Iraq War Resolution

October 11, 2010 | No Comments

Senator Boxer’s vote was prescient because it was ultimately established that the Bush administration had intentionally built a case for war with Iraq without regard to factual evidence. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq and Saddam Hussein had no links to al Qaeda.

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End California’s Budget Madness:
Yes on Proposition 25

October 10, 2010 | No Comments

Why do we have an annual budget crisis? Primarily because California is one of only three states – Arkansas and Rhode Island are the others – to require a supermajority to adopt a budget. Thus, each year at budget time, the Republican minority is able to exercise disproportionate control over the budget process because passing a budget requires a two-thirds vote in both houses.

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The Curious Case that is Prop 23

October 09, 2010 | 3 Comments

But as is so often the case, common sense for the public’s interest is shoved aside by special interests who have a financial stake in the passage of Prop 23. That would be the oil companies who don’t want their product replaced with renewable energy. According to the Huffington Post, three out-of-state oil companies – Valero Corp. and Tesoro Corp of Texas and Flint Hills Resources in Kansas – are big contributors to Proposition 23.

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