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Bill Michtom

Bill Michtom
Portland, Oregon, USA
January 29
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I was born at an early age and have continued to live until now. So far, so good.


CNN headline: Was Navy Sailor Killed Because He Was Gay?

Or, he might have been killed because he was black. Or, he might have been killed for both. When the military has a policy that requires you to hide who you are, to not know if asking for help because of homophobic… Read full post »

"Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS [Spenard Building Supplies] in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for giftRead full post »

JUNE 29, 2009 5:39PM

Was Iran's Election Stolen?

If George W. Bush took the action or made the statement that Obama did, would I be critical?

If the answer is yes, and you are not treating Obama the same, why the hell not?  Read full post »

I did not vote for Barack Obama. I was already convinced that he was not to be trusted because he went back on his promise to filibuster the FISA Amendments Act, because he abased himself before the Israel lobby AIPAC, because his health care bill was not promising universal care and… Read full post »

JUNE 23, 2009 2:00PM

We have no press corps

I just listened to Obama's press conference.

It's the first one I've listened to in decades, because I couldn't stand the lying sleaze coming out of the mouths of the presidents.

Now I'm repulsed by these twits pretending to be reporters. These people are horrible: they ask gotcha… Read full post »

JUNE 23, 2009 5:50AM

Father's Day - A Little Late

My father died on Valentine's Day, 2003, much to my mother's annoyance. She thought it was very selfish of him. I mean, of all days!

My parents were childhood sweethearts. I have a two-picture frame of them, above where I'm typing, as teenagers and at their 50th anniversary, smiling still after 60… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2009 11:49PM

I'm on Twitter for real.

Just like the headline says. I have been signed up for almost two years (July, 07), but it didn't move me, so to speak.

 I got moved

 I'm still not  sure how to do stuff, but perseverence furthers. No blame. Saith the I Ching. Read full post »

      <li>dominant groups</li><ul>
      <li>political parties</li></ul>
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JUNE 19, 2009 3:13AM


FLWanderer: great and powerful storytelling about real life, which is not what anti-choice activists ever talk about.

Existence of Contradiction typed: "I never think that any woman would 'throw away' a pregnancy unless she's one of those types that believe in the suicidal genocide of the ChildRead full post »

So, what is a centrist, anyway?

For the people who report, edit and publish The Hill, ... well, I'll let them describes themselves and give examples of centrists:

"The Hill is known among those who influence policy as a "must read" in print and online. It signals the important issues of the moment.Read full post »

Our country is in the depths of recession/depression. Unemployment is now around 20%, when we count people who are working part time and want full time work, those who have stopped looking anymore, and those who want work and can't find it (that's my hand you see raised).

The best… Read full post »

From Article IV of the United States Constitution: 

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. 

From the Defense of Marriage Act: 

No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian t… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2009 10:52PM

Thought for the Day: Us & Them

From Chris Floyd's "Liberal Hypocrisy in the Name of 'Humanitarianism'":

I realize that in our current cultural atmosphere, where everything is politicized and every debate is a conflict between "us" and "them," intellectual consistency is too much to expect from anyone. Nonetheless, it must be notedRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2009 3:16PM

Another view on hiding torture

Chris Floyd writes on a blog called Empire Burlesque. For those of you who accuse me of being too harsh about our "Dear Leader." I suggest you read Floyd, regularly. If you don't agree with him, please defend your position with facts, not ranting. I will delete comments lacking the former.… Read full post »

The letter from Joe Lieberman & Lindsey Graham put out when the House decided, at least for the moment, not to retroactively protect the Obama/Bush regime from embarrassment for their policy of torture. [Thanks to dday at Digby's.]

 "We strongly believe that the first responsibilities of go… Read full post »

The Graham-Lieberman Amendment, supported by Obama: 

To provide that certain photographic records relating to the treatment of any individual engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside the United State… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2009 12:00AM

Help Torture Survivors

So, here's what's happening with the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

It is a new creation of Obushma and is headed by Alexia Kelley, most recently the head of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (and they decide that, dontcha know), a front organization for anti-women forc… Read full post »

The time has come to face the delusion, people. I am talking about the premise that Obama is the Great White Black Hope. And the corollary that he should not be criticized because he's only been in office 100, 150, 175 days, one year, four years. OK?

I'm not talking about whatRead full post »

The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), signed by Bill Clinton in 1994, makes it a federal crime to use force, the threat of force, or physical obstruction to prevent individuals from obtaining or providing reproductive health care services.

Scott Roeder, who was arrested for George Till… Read full post »

On All Things Considered Friday, Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald reported that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed "confessed [masterminding 9/11] to the CIA after waterboarding." Or, as the New York Times puts it: "intense interrogations." 

The reason I bring this up: KSM, as he is called by the US gover… Read full post »

Just got a heads up (thanks Leslie Basden) that Obama has appointed Alexia Kelley of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a Dem supporting, but anti-choice organization, to the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at Health and Human Services.

While the big meaning of this is unc… Read full post »

Just got a heads up (thanks Leslie Basden) that Obama has appointed Alexia Kelley of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a supporter of Dems but anti-choice organization to the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at Health and Human Services.

While the big meaning of this is u… Read full post »

I'm copying an article by David Sirota here that perfectly captures, not to put too fine a point on it, what a lying sack of shit Barack Obama is. Read it and weep:

Obama's trail of broken promises
The prophet of hope now doesn't even bother with explanations when he reneges on… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2009 12:38AM

Genocide: The Standup

OK. Genocide. A real crowd pleaser. But don't worry, there'll be lighter moments, too: racism. 

What the fuck? You might be thinking, but there's background to get through, so stick with me a bit.

It actually starts here: Open Salon. I'm new to this ... first post early last month. And
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