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January 31, 2011

“I Didn’t Evolve. God Made Me!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:04 am

Clearly, we have some educating to do. [What are they teaching in science class?]  This article tells about a US Congresssman who dismisses evolution and about scary percentages of Americans who do also.  We’ve always thought the sticking point is time.  If people could embrace the colossal spans of time involved (billions of years instead of 6,000), evolution would make sense to them.  The point is that if the public is this weak on science, how can we expect them to understand nuclear power, nutrition, health care, population, birth control, climate change, peak oil,  etc?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/30/jack-kingston-evolution_n_815909.html

January 30, 2011

Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, and FOX News!

What a combination!  The leading Congressional Libertarian and a leading progressive discuss (and agree about!) the Fed, the military, corporatism, and health care!  You have to see it.

January 27, 2011

Republicans Split on Cutting Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:34 am

It’s one thing to campaign on cutting spending (as the Tea Party candidates did), but it’s another to actually make some cuts, especially in the Pentagon budget (where the money is).  And if a Republican congressman has a big military base in his district, or if he got buckets of campaign money from defense contractors, what’s he to do?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/us/politics/27pentagon.html?hp

“Gasland” Nominated For Academy Award

Filed under: environment, films — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:38 am

“Gasland” was a winner at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and now has been nominated for an Academy Award.  Needless to say the gas industry is furious and is cranking out critical propaganda at a great rate.  You owe it to yourself and to your community wherever you live to see this film.  Here’s a trailer.

January 26, 2011

The State Of The Union

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:28 am
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
 
Contact: Ricci Graham
Office: (510) 763-0370
Cell: (202) 215-4573
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address 
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress:
 “President Obama rightly addressed the critical issues facing our nation by focusing on creating jobs, continuing to rebuild the economy and forging a clear path out of the economic disaster inherited two years ago.
“We need to create opportunity for all, strengthen our middle class, and lift up the over 43.5 million Americans living in poverty.  Direct investments in education, infrastructure, health care and clean energy will be key in these efforts. And of course we must do more to address the causes of chronic unemployment and provide much needed relief to the so called 99ers.
 “There is a sensible way to jumpstart the economy and reduce the deficit, and that does not include cutting critical social safety net programs while rewarding the super wealthy. There is a sensible way that does not include taking a hatchet to the budget for the sake of doing so as many of my Republican colleagues have suggested.  
 “The President did express support for the modest military spending cuts proposed by Secretary Gates, and while this is a positive step, we should do more. We must reign in out-of-control defense spending that now sends nearly 60 percent of all discretionary dollars into a black hole at the Pentagon with no oversight, no accountability, and no consequences.
 “We can make meaningful and safe cuts to the defense budget, safely end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and close loopholes for millionaires that will immediately save billions of dollars and allow us to make vital investments for our nation’s future.
 “Unfortunately, despite growing calls from Members of Congress and the American public, we did not hear the President announce a clear and urgent roadmap to peace in Afghanistan.
 “I will continue to demand that the President announce a significant reduction in U.S. forces in Afghanistan this summer but also a complete withdrawal as soon as possible, and certainly well before 2014.
“I am pleased that the President renewed many of his previous commitments, including for comprehensive immigration reform, which is in the best interest of our nation and should not be a partisan issue.
 “The President also is rightly not backing down from Republican’s misguided efforts to repeal the healthcare reform law, which is saving lives and returning patient freedoms previously hijacked by the insurance companies.
“Rather than repealing the healthcare law I believe we must go even farther to strengthen the bill and finally ensure healthcare is a basic human right for all and not a privilege of the wealthy few.
 “Finally, while I am glad the President emphasized the need to strengthen and protect social security, I disagree that extending a blanket freeze on non-defense discretionary spending is the right path toward responsible budgeting. Budgets are moral documents, and they reflect who we are, and what we value as a people.
 “We cannot allow a return to the failed policies of the past that led us to the brink of economic catastrophe, and I will fight any efforts to privatize or weaken social security, rollback Medicare benefits, or balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable.”
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee serves as the founding co-chair of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus and will soon be reintroducing legislation to provide an additional fourteen weeks of unemployment compensation for individuals who have exhausted their benefits.
 

Ricci Graham
Deputy District Director
Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay Street, Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Office: 510-763-0370
Fax 510-763-6538
Connect with Congresswoman Barbara Lee on:
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http://lee.house.gov/
 

January 25, 2011

A Look At Global Militarization

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:48 pm

Yes You Can! Cut Military Spending!

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:33 am

This is a good very short video on making drastic cuts to military spending.  For more information, go to www.smartsecuritypa.org.  “Smart security” means investing wisely in defense against real enemies – terrorist or otherwise – but not continuing to fight the Cold War or worse.  Someone said the US Navy has been cruising around for sixty years looking for the Japanese Imperial Navy.   We’ve got to stop that sort of thing.

January 22, 2011

John Adams And Socialized Medicine

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:31 am

Some people say the Constitution doesn’t authorize requiring healthcare policies.  The 5th US Congress did it in the 18th century and John Adams signed it [Thomas Jefferson was Vice President and chaired the Senate].  They thought it was fine.

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/01/17/congress-passes-socialized-medicine-and-mandates-health-insurance-in-1798/#post_comments

January 20, 2011

The Nurses’ Message For The President

Filed under: economics, Social Security — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:08 pm

Call the White House at 202-456-1111.   Stand up!

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/calnurses

January 19, 2011

The Cato Institute On Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:13 am

The Cato Institute is a conservative think tank that, like Ron Paul below, we don’t often quote.  But on the subject of military spending we agree to a great extent.  It is this convergence of thinking beteen the left and the right that makes us optimistic about the chances of really taking a large bite out of “defense” spending.

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