Monthly Archives: August 2009

Universal Health Care Message to Americans From Canadian Doctors

Posted by Betham37
Canadian Doctors for Medicare hosted a celebration of Medicare in Canada. The speakers included Roy Romanow, former Saskatchewan Premiere and Commissioner on Health Care in Canada. They tell Americans that Canadian universal health care works and encourage Americans to implement a single payer universal health care systems.
(via betsm)


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14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI (1940’s)

Posted by GeoT
(The photography is spectacular)

samples from the collection

samples from the collection

Under the direction of Roy Emerson Stryker, the FSA sent photographers to document the plight of the rural farmer during the Great Depression and the progress of New Deal programs. When the U.S. entered World War II, the photography program continued under the Office of War Information (OWI).

The best-known FSA photographs are in black and white. Less commonly seen are the color photos by FSA and OWI photographers, shot between 1939 and 1945.

See the rest of the collection @:

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Ten More Companies Say ‘NO’ to Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck: I'm A Crybaby

Glenn Beck: I'm A Crybaby


Posted by Audiegrl
Update from Color of Change:

Today we’re announcing that ten more companies have made sure their ads won’t run on Glenn Beck’s program:

Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves from Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, ten new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck’s program–Applebee’s, Bank of America, Bell & Howell, DirecTv, General Mills, Kraft, Regions Financial Corporation, SAM (Store and Move), Travelers Insurance and Vonage–have pledged to take steps to ensure that their ads don’t run on Beck’s show. Forty-six companies have now committed not to support Beck’s show since ColorOfChange.org launched its campaign three weeks ago after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Three of the latest defections–Travelers Insurance, Bell & Howell and DirecTv–join the list of advertisers who claim to have already placed Glenn Beck’s program on a “do not air” list, but whose ads have been seen on Beck’s program, apparently against their wishes.

“We could not be happier with the results of our campaign so far,” said James Rucker, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. “All 46 companies that have distanced themselves from Glenn Beck should be applauded for their stance.”

“We are still reaching out to companies whose ads we see during Beck’s nightly program,” Rucker continued. “Based on the fact that many of the recent ads on Beck’s program are for gold coins and News Corp properties, it looks like Fox News Channel is struggling to place advertisements on Beck’s show.”

Over 170,000 people have now signed our petition to Glenn Beck’s advertisers, and it’s working.

Click here for the statements from the new companies distancing themselves from Beck and find out how you can help.

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Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” Trailer And Poster Released

Posted by GeoT

Michael Moore’s next film explores the root causes of the global economic meltdown and takes a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as… con’t

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True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy


Posted by Audiegrl
Featured on Amazon: The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother John F. Kennedy, recounted here in loving detail. In 1962 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he began a fascinating political education and became a legislator.

In this historic memoir,Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. or the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time–civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland–and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans, a fight influenced by his own experiences in hospitals.

His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love of family, and an abiding faith. There have been controversies, too, and Kennedy addresses them with unprecedented candor. At midlife, embattled and uncertain if he would ever fall in love again, he met the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. Facing a tough reelection campaign against an aggressive challenger named Mitt Romney, Kennedy found a new voice and began one of the great third acts in American politics, sponsoring major legislation, standing up for liberal principles, and making the pivotal endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Hundreds of books have been written about the Kennedys. TRUE COMPASS will endure as the definitive account from a member of America’s most heralded family, an inspiring legacy to readers and to history, and a deeply moving story of a life like no other.

True Compass will be released on September 14, 2009, but you can pre-order it now.

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GOP Congresswoman: Party Looking For “Great White Hope”

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)


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U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a “great white hope” capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.

Rep. Jenkins: “Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope,” Jenkins said to the crowd. “I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic weighs in: Sarcasm aside, again, the problem is that Jenkins hails from a party that has, historically, scorned talk of “diversity,” believes political correctness has run amok, and thinks that the worst discrimination happens to white people. When you don’t practice talking to people who aren’t like you, you tend to not be very good at it. This didn’t mean much twenty or thirty years ago–Who cares about a few Negroes in Harlem or Atlanta?–but the country is changing. The GOP, as we all know, isn’t changing with it.

I can imagine some defense of the phrase “great white hope,” as a kind of generic tag. But any politicians whose spent a portion of their career talking to black people, who knows the racist history of the phrase, or has some inkling of what it means to have a first black president, would know that invoking the phrase is a bad idea.

All of that said, it’s worth noting that Rep. Jenkins apologized for her words–as opposed to apologizing “if anyone was offended by her words.” It’s a shame that we have to give people points for that.

James Jeffries during his fight with Jack Johnson

James Jeffries during his fight with Jack Johnson

When I first heard of this, the first thing that came to my mind was the 1970 movie “The Great White Hope” staring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. The movie was based on the 1967 award winning play of the same name written by Howard Sackler.

According to Wikipedia : The Great White Hope tells a fictional idealised life story of boxing champion Jack Johnson. Acting as a lens focused on a racist society, The Great White Hope explores how segregation and prejudice created the demand for a “great white hope” who would defeat Johnson and how this, in turn, affected the boxer’s life and career.

The first “great white hope” to accept the challenge was Jim Jeffries, who came out of retirement to fight Johnson unsuccessfully in 1910. Johnson’s title was eventually lost to Jess Willard, a white boxer, in 1915. There was, apparently, some controversy surrounding Willard’s win, with Johnson claiming he threw the fight. In part because of white animosity toward Johnson, it was twenty years before another African American boxer was allowed to contend for the world professional heavyweight title. In 1937, Joe Louis, greatly respected by both blacks and whites, defeated James J. Braddock, “The Cinderella Man,” to become the second African American to hold the world heavyweight championship title.

So in the end, I agree with Ta-Nehisi on this one. Rep. Jenkins is not guilty of racism, she is guilty of being tone deaf to the ever increasing diversity of America. The Republican party would understand the negative meaning of certain words and phrases, if when they looked out at their constituents they saw a sea of different colored faces. Their diverse constituents would educate them on what is acceptable and what is not. Until that happens, look for more embarrassing moments and apologies from the Republicans. It’s also interesting that Wikipedia has already added Rep. Jenkins comments to the page for The Great White Hope. So now she will always be linked to the phrase. Probably not what she wanted to be known for.

Trailer for The Great White Hope.
Author Jack London vs. Jack Johnson.

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The Public Plan Explained in 1.2.3.

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The following video is from a diary on DKos written by tunesmith. It’s being highlighted here, because it’s a simple and easily understood explanation for the need of a Public Plan. Please feel free to send this video to people you know, who can help us pass Health Care Reform. It can also be used to counter silly anti-healthcare arguments. You know like ‘keep the government’s hands off my Medicare’ 😉

This video needs to go viral.

This video was Written and Animated by Andy Lubershane

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Unions Join Whole Foods Boycott Fray

Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey

Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey


Posted by Audiegrl

Two unions have now joined in the growing chorus decrying Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey and suggesting a boycott of the store. Two weeks ago, Mackey penned a controversial op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offering the “Whole Foods alternative to ObamaCare.”

“The last thing our country needs is a massive new health care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health care system,” Mackey wrote, then suggested a neat solution. (Hint: this alternative involves grocery shopping at Whole Foods.)–Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post

Don’t they realize that their liberal latte-drinking, arugula-eating customers are the same people that want Health Care Reform for all Americans?

Hey Mackey, ever heard of the old retail sales saying: ‘the customer is always right‘?

Feel Free to Contact Whole Foods or join the boycott.

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The Great Diarist Dies: Dominick Dunne: 1925-2009

Photo by Mark Seliger

Photo by Mark Seliger


Posted by Audiegrl
Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. The cause of death was bladder cancer, said his son Griffin Dunne.
Dunne—who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a contributing editor and was named special correspondent in 1993—famously covered the trials of O. J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, and Phil Spector, as well as the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He wrote memorable profiles on numerous personalities, among them Imelda Marcos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Taylor, Claus von Bülow, Adnan Khashoggi, and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. His monthly column provided a glimpse inside high society, and captivated readers.–Vanity Fair

To read the full obituary on Vanity Fair, click here.

Dan Abrams: Remembering Dominick Dunne

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Kennedy’s 1980 Speech At The DNC

Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009

Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009


Posted by Audiegrl
This is Senator Kennedy’s “The Dream Will Never Die” speech given at the 1980 DNC. He had just lost the nomination to Jimmy Carter, but still wanted to let his supporters know that he was still fighting for them. I remember watching this, because this was the first year I was old enough to vote.

My parents always instilled in me that voting was a privilege and an honor and a duty that should not be wasted. Although they had migrated north in 1942, they were not allowed to vote until they cast their vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960. The pollsters before that used all types of litmus tests and tricks to disenfranchise African-American voters. Like asking them to recite Shakespeare’s sonnets, or something that was bound to disqualify them from voting. My dad after WWII even tried going to vote in his Navy uniform, but still was not allowed to vote. So once they voted for President Kennedy, the die was cast, and not-voting was not an option in my family. 🙂

I still remember my Dad taking me to the polls with them, letting me come inside the booth and holding me up, so I could see the ballot. I did the same thing with my daughter, and one of my proudest moments was last year, when she and I drove together to cast our vote for President Barack Obama. In a way, our families history of voting will always be tied to the Kennedy brothers and we will always be thankful for what they brought to this country.  So please enjoy the video and remember…

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