May 2004 Page

May 31, 2004
  • Cheney Fixed Halliburton Deal - Pretty close to a smoking gun. Time Magazine found this memo showing that the VP coordinated Halliburton getting the multi-billion... MORE...
  • Go See "Control Room" - I saw Control Room, the documentary about the Arab news network Al Jazeera, this weekend. It was stunning. The anchors... MORE...

    May 28, 2004
  • Lies and No Child Left Behind - One way to lie is to mischaracterize statements by opponents or answer a question not asked. Take No Child Left... MORE...

    May 27, 2004
  • Civil Liberties Protect Govt Officials - Why are civil liberties needed? One answer is that we fear that the worst impulses of humanity will get out... MORE...

    May 25, 2004
  • Bush Fought Al Qaeda - ...and Al Qaeda Won... Al Qaeda has more than 18,000 militants ready to strike and the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq... MORE...
  • Job Security for SBC Workers - After a short four-day walkout by its workers, SBC has agreed to a contract guaranteeing its employees job security, including... MORE...

    May 24, 2004
  • One Win for Sanity - A judge threw out the Justice Department's vendetta against Greenpeace, ruling charges of "sailor mongering" from a 19th century law... MORE...
  • Which Conservative Ideology? - Matt Y agrees that GOP power has actually been quite successful in helping the wealthy but this isn't part of... MORE...

    May 21, 2004
  • Comment Problems - My anti-spam software has been acting up and blocking most comments. So I disabled it. So if you had problems,... MORE...
  • Wages Lag, Bush Approval Drops - To the chagrin of some Bush boosters, recent GDP and job numbers aren't boosting approval of Bush's handling of the... MORE...
  • Rightwing on Me and WWP - WorldNetDaily, the popular rightwing online news site, has a full-fledged story on the attacks on critics of the WWP-ANSWER within... MORE...

    May 20, 2004
  • Leave No Rich Child Behind - A great title for a Washington Post editorial: The House of Representatives plans to take up a bill this week... MORE...

    May 19, 2004
  • What Liberals Ignore - I get frustrated many times that most liberals equate progressive values with government spending, and ignore how politics effects the... MORE...
  • Home Ownership Drops For Families - Home ownership rates for low- and moderate-income working families with children have declined since the late 1970s, even though the... MORE...

    May 18, 2004
  • Iraq Torture Scandal Spreads - It's not a good idea to torture press employees: U.S. forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them... MORE...

    May 17, 2004
  • Supreme Court Created Jim Crow - On the 50th anniversary, the conventional wisdom is that Brown v. Board of Education represented the moment when our nation... MORE...
  • Apartheid Mecenaries in Iraq - A decade after the end of white rule, the war in Iraq is reminding South Africans of yet another uncomfortable... MORE...
  • Good Idea from Governator - When juries award damages to a plaintiff, the money awarded is supposed to do two things: (1) Compensate the plaintiff... MORE...

    May 16, 2004
  • Rise of the Jackboots - The Patriot Act was not enough. Now, the Bush administration is trying to use an obscure law against "sailormongering"; (a... MORE...

    May 14, 2004
  • Torture Isolated? Look at US Prisons - Even the dark humor on late night comparing Iraq to horrible conditions in US prisons reflect a hard truth-- News... MORE...
  • Bush ReLost Vietnam - Why is the prison torture scandal do devastating for Bush's Iraq policy? Even if responsibility isn't proved at the highest... MORE...

    May 13, 2004
  • Bush Poll Numbers Collapse - This is a deadly poll for Bush: President Bush's overall approval rating has fallen to the lowest level of his... MORE...
  • Indian Poor Reject Pro-Market Party - There's been a vibrant debate in comments in whether recent neoliberal policies in Indian have been a success, but poor... MORE...

    May 12, 2004
  • This is Damning - This story is not as dramatic as the torture pictures, but is in some ways more damning. The video diary... MORE...
  • Wal-Mart: Stealing Health Care - The New York Times has highlighted the coming Justice at Work campaign to Business > Some Critics of Wal-Mart Joining... MORE...

    May 11, 2004
  • Bush Record on Health Care - Kerry is campaigning against the miserable failure that is Bush's health care record: [health care] premiums, which include the costs... MORE...

    May 10, 2004
  • Sully and Antiwar Arguments - Andrew Sullivan is almost ready to admit that the war was a mistake, not because he thinks the goal was... MORE...

    May 09, 2004
  • Fleecing Grandma - Now for an evil of a different kind. Slot machines. Forget Hollywood. Forget computer games. Even forget porn. This is... MORE...

    May 08, 2004
  • Mercenaries: Told You So Edition - Given the, well, shit I received along with Kos for daring to speak ill of using mercenaries to do our... MORE...

    May 07, 2004
  • Indians Falling Behind - In comments, Chef Ragout argues that all is perfect in India under global economic pressures: Wages are rising in India,... MORE...
  • Red Cross May Crucify Bush - The radioactive issue in the whole Iraq torture story is that the International Red Cross has known about the torture... MORE...
  • Religion and Unions - Allen Brill at the Village Gate (formerly Right Christians) has a piece about the Justice At Work project and religious... MORE...

    May 06, 2004
  • Race to the Bottom - Sound familiar? Street sweeping, once a government job that paid triple what it does now and came with medical care,... MORE...

    May 05, 2004
  • American Rights At Work - Alogn with Justice At Work, one of the most exciting new initiatives is the organization, American Rights at Work, an... MORE...
  • Radically Changing the Labor Movement - Having discussed tactics last week, Andy Stern at SEIU is getting down to the real radicalism of what the Justice... MORE...
  • Boycott Disney - Disney head Michael Eisner is blocking the distribution of Michael Moore's "Farenheit 911", his newest anti-Bush movie, on the grounds... MORE...

    May 04, 2004
  • One for the Atheists - I sort of got a kick out of this memorial comment by Pat Tillman's brother: Tillman's youngest brother, Rich, wore... MORE...
  • Labor Roundup - Strikes, Contracts and Organizing Hollywood screenwriters at brink of strike in negotiations. SBC Communication workers vote to authorize a strike,... MORE...

    May 03, 2004
  • Kerry Doing Fine - Folks are suddenly gnashing their teeth that Kerry's campaign is somehow in trouble, this NY TIMES analysis being typical. Kerry... MORE...
  • Full Rundown on Iraq Torture Scandal - See this Christian Science Monitor site for links.... MORE...
  • Take Action for Justice! - SEIU has been conducting its strategy discussion on how to take on Wal-Mart and its ilk, but being SEIU, they... MORE...
  • More on Subcontractors - Forget Wal-Mart for a moment. Just look at the health industry, where home health care workers mostly work for subcontractors... MORE...
  • Losing Our Economic Power - We are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a war in Iraq that is enflaming anti-American opinion and undermining... MORE...
  • Monitoring Rightwing Media - Welcome Media Matters, a new web project to monitor conservative bias in the media. A project supported by the Center... MORE...

    May 02, 2004
  • No Judicial Free Zones - Connect the dots from the detention cases currently before the Supreme Court and the torture that happened to Iraqi prisoners.... MORE...
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    February 21, 2007
  • Amnesia on the Death of Reconstruction - I am going to pick on Brad Delong precisely because he is a brilliant and well-educated academic-- and his list... MORE...

    February 18, 2007
  • So What if Mitt Wants A Person of Faith as President? - There's a bit of a furor that Mitt Romney declared:We need to have a person of fiath lead the country.So... MORE...

    February 16, 2007
  • States Taking Action Against Iraq Escalation - So the New York Times is covering the story that resolutions denouncing Bush's Iraq Escalation have been introduced in over... MORE...

    January 01, 2007
  • Wal-Mart Doing Good for Environment - Seriously. This initiative by Wal-Mart to promote energy-saving light bulbs is a major environmental initiative. "Compact fluorescent" bulbs fit in... MORE...

    December 22, 2006
  • Dems' Stupid Positioning on Minimum Wage - As a followup to discussing why politicians need to appeal to a broad consensus, it's worth emphasizing that it's easier... MORE...

    December 21, 2006
  • Obama and the Need for Large Progressive Majorities - I've been as disappointed as many other progressive bloggers with Obama's bad votes on tort reform and seeming trimming of... MORE...

    December 13, 2006
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    November 27, 2006
  • Ecuador Goes Left - Another country moves left-- whatever you want to say, Bush has been very good for reviving the global left, especially... MORE...
  • Building a Progressive Majority in the Statehouses - The Progressive States Network today rolled out its legislative agenda for the 2007 session and is looking to promote it... MORE...

    November 13, 2006
  • The Future Belongs to US - While the actual results seem razer-thin in this election, I'll be bold and argue that they are part of a... MORE...

    November 11, 2006
  • Pro-Labor "Conservative Democrats" - One more nail in the narrative that the victory of a few moderate Democrats means this election is really a... MORE...

    November 10, 2006
  • The Collapse of Tax Cut Politics - You can check out Progressive States rundown of progressive successes in the states on Tuesday, but I want to focus... MORE...

    November 08, 2006
  • A Good Night for Progressives - Let's be clear-- this wasn't just a good night for Democrats. It was a good night for progressives, and no... MORE...

    November 01, 2006
  • Labor Cold War Ends - New International Labor Federation - At the dawn of the Cold War, the international union movement divided up between the ICFTU, dominated by US and Western European unions, and the World Confederation of Labor, largely allied with the Soviet Union. It's taken a decade and a half, but the irrelevancy of that division will end today as the two federations merge-- bringing together 241 labor organizations from 156 countries representing 190 million workers. The new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is a good step for a labor movement looking to globalize itself in the taking on global capital power.... MORE...

    October 19, 2006
  • Immigrant Poor Send More Foreign Aid than US Govt - The United States government spends less money on foreign aid as a percentage of its budget than almost any other... MORE...

    October 17, 2006
  • - Valuing Families:  State Legislative Models Brought to you by Progressive States and MomsRising What would a policy that really values families look... MORE...

    October 09, 2006
  • Emaciated Models, Labor Regulation - There's a bit of debate in the blogosphere around Spain's new law banning underweight models from the runways in that country. See Jordan, Amanda at Pandagon and Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise on whether this is an intrusive regulating violating free expression or something like that and whether OSHA safety regulations are appropriate. Just to throw my two cents in-- any broader OSHA approach would seem cumbersome and bureaucratically intrusive in a deep way. But the original Spanish proposal is brilliant in its high-impact, low-intrusion approach. Regulate only the fashion week type runways, where in a single spotcheck, models can be... MORE...

    October 03, 2006
  • Big loss for Labor-- - The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that a range of professionals are now deemed "supervisors" and thus lose all protections under labor law. That means if they say a positive thing about unions, their bosses are free to fire them at will. The AFL-CIO has more here. To put this denial of labor rights in perspective, 32 million workers or 25% of the workforce already have no right to form a union under federal, state or local law (see this GAO report and this ARAW summary). This includes: Supervisors 16.6 million workers, 8 million new supervisors plus traditional 8.6... MORE...

    September 27, 2006
  • Civil War on the Right- Dick Armey trashes Dobson - The economic business- right and the religious right are moving towards total civil war. This piece by former GOP Majority... MORE...

    September 24, 2006
  • Allen the Racist - Three college teammates confirm that George Allen regularly used the N- word: Allen said he came to Virginia because he... MORE...