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Colbert and Daily Show Salute Helen Thomas

Colbert and Daily Show with a video retrospective.. bless 'em.

My fave one's not listed.. it was Helen playing her part in Stephen Colberts triumph at the 2006 Bush White House Correspondents Dinner and Fluff Fest, here: Read below the fold...

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Thanks for the Modifier, Sister Sledgehammer

At last, at last! Sarah Palin has admitted she is not a feminist. She's a "conservative feminist." As you'll see, this is an important distinction indeed. Read below the fold...

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Sports Heroes

Today's antidote to gloom:

via Language Log,

In tonight's playoff game with the San Antonio Spurs, the Phoenix Suns will wear jerseys reading "Los Suns", in protest of Arizona's recently-enacted immigration-enforcement law.

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Seed Bombs!

From Sweet Juniper, a blog that is an inspiration for everything beautiful and true about blogging, this post: Seed Bombs with the Kids of the Georgia Street Neighborhood.

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The Heart of Marie Antoinette

Much has been written about Marie Antoinette’s head, for she lost it by guillotine during the French Revolution in 1793. But what of her heart? We know that women have been excluded from history, and that the ignorance engendered by our exclusion has profound consequences, chief among them the abject state imposed by apparent lack of tradition. This is, ultimately, one of the two major reasons women’s history is so important to the progress of women. The other reason is that what is already written is often false, the story shaped to fit the narrative of powerful men who sought to maintain that power. Not only must we write down our histories, we must also inspect what is already available and correct the record where it is wrong. Read below the fold...

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We are not politicians, but citizens.

When a social movement adopts the compromises of its legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them. The mantra "the best that we can get" is a recipe for corruption. We are not politicians, but citizens. We have no office to hold on to, only our consciences.

- Howard Zinn (1922-2010)
writing in The Progressive, May 2007 Read below the fold...

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Report from the Field, and Lessons Learned

Report from the Field

Last night, I attended the PNHP NYC Chapter monthly forum, entitled "Where's Labor Been in the Year of Health Care Reform?" LibbyLiberal from Corrente met me there, and we both brought flyers for my Rep. Carolyn Maloney "Yes" vote protest on Saturday afternoon, which she and other Correntians will be attending.

The room was packed, and expectations were high as Bill Henning got up to speak. Read below the fold...

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Equal Pay, or Equal Wealth?

Via BDBlue, comes this unbelievable study of "the wealth gap" and women of color. We have all heard of the income gap - women make, on average, 77 cents to every man's dollar - but the wealth gap has been largely ignored. I'm so very thankful that this study has come along to shine the light on a very, very important way in which women of color are failing to gain societal equality.

First, let's explore why the Lifting As We Climb Insight Center posits that wealth is important. All bolding is mine. Read below the fold...

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Women of the Past, Present and Future

Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history,
she learns she is worth less.
– Myra Pollack Sadker

It's Women's History Month! That means we will have even more reason to talk about women: women of the past, present and future.

The woman I'd like to talk about from my past was my mother. I lost her on March 9, 1996, but I can't help remembering her, not just because I loved her so and said farewell to her long before her time, but also because I see her in the mirror every day. (All the cliches are true.) Read below the fold...

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The Horror of War on Stage

By David Swanson

"Prophecy" is the title of a new play by Karen Malpede, and I'm here to attempt the unamerican task of telling you to see it without telling you it's a comedy. In fact, I'm going to confess that I had to take a break from it and recover before I could write about it. I felt like I'd taken a blow with an enormous sledge hammer, even though I knew that a whole orchestra of smaller instruments had produced what I was feeling.

It was not a bad feeling, not an undesirable feeling. The play is a thing of beauty, and not all beauty fits into that Hollywood sensation of wouldn't-such-a-thing-be-sweet-but-I-bet-they're-divorced-in-a-year-and-I-shouldn't-have-had-that-last-gallon-of-coke. Read below the fold...

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Simple Question

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Given that O's SOTU will propose a vile goulash of war, neo liberal austerity, abridgements of civil rights, foot dragging on climate change, meaningless tax cuts double talk on Wall Street bonuses, vague, but increasingly apparent gestures in the direction of cutting Medicare and Social Security, etc.

Why the hell is there absolutely no organizing or even discussion of massive protests against the slide into barbarism which O is willingly and enthusiastically presiding over? Read below the fold...

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Quote of the day not said by MLKJr

Tears streamed down all our faces. With Kennedy, we had lost a president. With King, we'd lost a future.

- Janis Ian, recalling the moment when she heard that Martin Luther King Jr. had died Read below the fold...

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Sunday Morning Movie Review: Avatar

By now everyone who isn't living under a rock has heard about the new movie "Avatar," a very visually impressive movie that is a testament to just how hard it's going to be in the future to tell "real" from "fake" on glowing boxes everywhere. I've seen it twice now, and given how rarely I get to go out to the movies, I thought I'd share my thoughts and get your reactions. Bottom line: go see it. For no other reason than this: it pisses off Republicans. Be petty for once, and know there's a good chance you may even have a good time. Read below the fold...

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