Why One Bill of Rights Is No Longer Sufficient
Mar24

Why One Bill of Rights Is No Longer Sufficient

You might not know this, but back in 1962, President John F. Kennedy revealed to Congress and to the nation a four-point plan to safeguard the basic rights of the American consumer; this would become known as the Consumer Bill of Rights. His vision was eventually taken up by the United Nations and expanded into no fewer than eight basic consumer rights, and would later result in something called World Consumer Rights Day. As a matter...

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Why we let the Kochs get away with it
Mar22

Why we let the Kochs get away with it

Americans who remember democracy and the remnants of “fairness” in our economic system are upwards of mid-seventies now and even they don’t remember actuality. What they’re remembering is the memories that belonged to their parents and grandparents: the time when Americans actually stood up and fought the overbearing wealth of few during the Gilded Age. Those who fought then actually gained some ground against...

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Cartoon: Starbucks Race Talk
Mar21

Cartoon: Starbucks Race Talk

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Cartoon: Starbucks Race
Mar19

Cartoon: Starbucks Race

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McDonald’s Looks At Tech Conveniences To Spur Turnaround
Mar16

McDonald’s Looks At Tech Conveniences To Spur Turnaround

AUSTIN, Texas — Wireless charging. Interactive music. Friendly baristas. Soft, yellow tones and wood grain. This is a vision of the McDonald’s of the future. Except this future is already built inside a Hilton next to the Austin Convention Center for the South by Southwest exposition now under way. It’s the McDonald’s Corp.’s first official...

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Cartoon: President Walker and the Koch Brothers
Mar05

Cartoon: President Walker and the Koch Brothers

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Fanta ad ‘forgets’ Germany’s Nazi past
Mar05

Fanta ad ‘forgets’ Germany’s Nazi past

Still from a Fanta TV ad (photo credit: YouTube) The Coca-Cola Company pulled a German television ad for the orange soft drink Fanta following complaints that the commercial referred to the 1940s, when the beverage was invented following an international trade embargo on the Nazi regime, as the “good old times.” The ad celebrates Fanta’s...

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Keystone Legislation ‘Has Earned My Veto’
Feb24

Keystone Legislation ‘Has Earned My Veto’

Keystone Legislation ‘Has Earned My Veto’ Keeping his promise, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would have expedited the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. This is the third veto issued by Obama since he took office six years ago. Republicans in the House and Senate will now have to decide whether to attempt to override the veto. It appears...

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We would miss Obamacare
Feb23

We would miss Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done? Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening on Friday to talk with Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and...

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Why Isn’t Batman in the Public Domain?
Feb22

Why Isn’t Batman in the Public Domain?

In 1998, if Congress hadn’t extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind would all be in the public domain. This year, the comic book characters Superman and Batman would be free to use by anyone. Meanwhile, movies from 1940–like Charlie...

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‘Made in America’  Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives
Feb07

‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives

Conservatives in Congress have once again proven they are un-American and unpatriotic. This time, it’s because of their fierce approval for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline, being built and run by TransCanada, will bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. All the oil will be exported. Major beneficiaries, including House Speaker John Boehner, are those who invest in a Canadian company. Opponents...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoons: Republicans and Koch
Feb06

Mike Peters Guest Cartoons: Republicans and Koch

Republicans and Koch by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –How Koch-Republican Governors Rob Pensions And Slash Wages –Charles and David Koch are putting $900 million into the 2016 race. How they can make, break, or reshape Republican politics. –Koch brothers’ hostile takeover of our democracy –Common Cause and CMD Seek Public Records on Scott Walker’s Retreat with the Koch Brothers Mike Peters is...

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A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?
Feb04

A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?

The general consensus when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is that you’d either have to be wildly inconsiderate or outrageously contrarian to suggest there’s something wrong with it. But, as you might have guessed, there are some legitimate criticisms of the ADA that aren’t founded on psychopathy. When it was first introduced, the main purpose of the ADA was to make it easier for people with disabilities to...

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The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby (Guest Voice)
Jan31

The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby (Guest Voice)

The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby By Tina Dupuy Hollywood is rumored to be a liberal bastion. Why exactly? Because a couple of actors raised some money for Obama? Hollywood as a business is far from liberal. Its core value isn’t progress; its core value is profit. If “Fifty Shades of Grey” can make money, it’s produced. If “The Passion of the Christ” can make money, it’s produced....

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Is This the Year the NFL Bubble Bursts?
Jan30

Is This the Year the NFL Bubble Bursts?

How big? How big can the NFL grow? How many? How much? How large? How far? How often? How many? Last year, Super Bowl XLVIII, a game that was basically over after the Denver Broncos’ first snap, drew 112.2 million viewers. That figure fails to include the countless throngs who viewed the contest at sports...

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Can Billionaires Buy Elections?
Jan27

Can Billionaires Buy Elections?

Can Billionaires Buy Elections? The news that Charles and David Koch and their network of conservative activists plan to spend $889 million on the 2016 elections has sent shock waves throughout the political landscape. Publicized this week at a California gathering hosted by the business group Freedom Partners, this declaration of financial war raises the question of whether billionaires...

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The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman
Jan18

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman by James Stafford With all the conspiracy theories surrounding OPEC’s November decision not cut production, is it really not just a case of simple economics? The U.S. shale boom has seen huge hype but the numbers speak for themselves and such overflowing optimism may have been unwarranted. When discussing harsh truths in energy, no sector is in greater need of a...

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Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy
Jan13

Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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A Vast Number of  New Jobs to Be  Created in and by  New Congress  (Updated)
Jan06

A Vast Number of New Jobs to Be Created in and by New Congress (Updated)

Update: And this is no satire: As the New Republican Congress gets ready to vote on a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House is sending signals that President Obama would veto such legislation. While the bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Senate, it is not clear whether there will be enough votes to override a presidential veto. In the meantime, an article in The Hill states most clearly, in my...

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