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Perry Goodfriend

Perry Goodfriend
August 29
Turn off the TV and turn on the activism. Follow Prose and Thorn, the prick that makes you think. Perry B Goodfriend is a published writer and journalist in Atlanta, Georgia. He also produces political and corporate videos. He even occasionally makes money at it. Follow PnT: @proseandthorn Most posts originate on

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President Obama speaks at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas. Nov. 21, 2014 ( President Obama speaks at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas. Nov. 21, 2014 (


"Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time -- and everybody knows it."

-President Barack Obama, addressing Las Vegas high school students whose families are affected by his use,… Read full post »

 In the summer of 2013, weeks before Michelle Nunn announced her run for the U.S. Senate, a nationally recognized Democratic VIP asked me if I thought she would fulfill the rumors and finally throw herself into the race. Referring to the extremely right wing members of Georgia's House delegation… Read full post »

From Flickr/Public Domain

From Flickr/Public Domain

Angry White people screaming at busloads of minority children should frighten any American with a knowledge of our own recent history. Voices of fear and bigotry have risen like an oily mess on the tides that have brought waves of young immigrant children across our… Read full post »


"I think Washington in general is unpopular, the president and congress, because we seem dysfunctional and we are dysfunctional." - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), on NBC's Meet the Press, Sunday, June 22, 2014

In the American experience, our country's forebearers have left us a legacy of knowing…

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Sanitation workers marching in Atlanta's MLK Day parade, January 20, 2014 (PBG) Sanitation workers marching in Atlanta's MLK Day parade, January 20, 2014 (PBG)

Two days after most of the country marched and served their neighbors in celebration of the legacy of equality and civil rights preached by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thousands gathered in W… Read full post »

War brings camaraderie. The men and women who fought World War Two, what Tom Brokaw called America's "Greatest Generation," came together to fight a war, and taking care of your buddy in a foxhole taught them that we all have to watch out for each other. It's how we achieved victory,… Read full post »


"While a person’s race may be important if it fits the description of a particular crime suspect, it is impermissible to subject all members of a racially defined group to heightened police enforcement because some members of that group are criminals...
"The Equal Protection Clau… Read full post »


"I love the Senate, but right now the Senate is broken and needs to be fixed. It’s time for course correction."
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), speaking at the Center for American Progress, Monday morning

Something that could shake the bustling tunnels beneath the U.S. Ca…

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"The President urges the House of Representatives to take action and move this bill or similar legislation forward, and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that commonsense immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible." - from a White House report, released Wednesd… Read full post »

A famous Democrat told me recently, the Georgia Republicans in the 2014 Senate race - Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston - are all "certifiable." They are some of the loudest, logically dissonant voices in the House of Representatives, but by running, they are out of Congress, permanently. Fu… Read full post »


"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."
- Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked the details of secret government surveillance operations to the press


One may call it despotic or guarded,… Read full post »


"Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects."
- Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former prime minister of Canada

An adage has been validated, over the past ten days or so, that politics is a bloodsport, somewhere between boxing and dagger throwing. Vulnerabilities exposed are v… Read full post »


"As Tamerlan's devotion to Islam became more intense and radicalized, Dzhokhar showed signs of his brother's influence" - The Atlantic Wire, May 5, 2013

"A YouTube account apparently belonging to Tamerlan Tsarnaev gives tantalising hints of his radicalisation before the Boston bombings" - The (Read full post »


"I think it comes as no surprise not [only] to the American people, but even [to] members of Congress themselves, that right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill."

- President Barack Obama, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, during a White House press conference

It's very hard to…

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APRIL 29, 2013 8:52PM

The burning bush of progressivism


"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."

- attributed to 19th c. minister, Rev. Theodore Parker, popularized by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a commencement address to Wesleyan University, 1964

Take your sandals from your feet, America. We've climbed the mountai…

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That could really be the mantra of the transition from Obama's very public, bully pulpit tactic of campaign style events, highlighting the issues he wants the American people to help him see through, to his new, private "charm offensive," a series of dinner and lunch meetings with Republican Senators… Read full post »


Photograph of President Lyndon Johnson Signs t...
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act,
with Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights
leaders in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC, 08/06/1965
(Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

There are few words that cut through the perennial story of American pride in…

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FEBRUARY 13, 2013 7:49PM

Populism and the POTUS


"He seems to always be in campaign mode, where he treats people in the other party as enemies rather than partners."
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on CBS This Morning, Wednesday, lamenting President Obama's post State of the Union swing through North Carolina and Georgia to raise support for the age… Read full post »
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JANUARY 31, 2013 7:33PM

History, truth and the insane belief in mainstream politics


"'You are a slow learner, Winston,' said O'Brien gently.
"'How can I help it?' he blubbered. 'How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.'
"'Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You

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"The deal approved today is truly a missed opportunity to do something big to reduce our long-term fiscal problems..."
- from a statement released Tuesday, by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of a bipartisan deficit reduction committee

If you don't stand broadly and shoulder the resp…

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"New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and for decades and decades, the American people have watched the ball drop in Times Square. But this year, Mr. President, the American people are waiting for the ball to drop, but it’s not going to be a good drop."
- Senate

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DECEMBER 17, 2012 8:44PM

Gun laws, of course, but what else?


"We can’t tolerate this anymore.  These tragedies must end.  And to end them, we must change."
- President Barack Obama, Sunday night, addressing participants at a prayer vigil for the 26 teachers and students, murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Friday

There is no snow o… Read full post »

Lest you thought you could stop and revel in the leaf turning another few degrees leftward through the political arc, with November victories muting many of the worst DC ogres and trolls in their teabag hats, December comes with its season of deception, and reminds us all that the fight for… Read full post »

It’s probably a holdover from war propaganda technique. Dehumanize your enemy; make them less sympathetic. For Republicans, that requires inventing an artificial social standard for which they can create consensus, something they ironically call the “real America,” a militaristi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 7:33PM

Saxby Chambliss' red scare

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss,
Republican, of Georgia
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Remember when the "red scare" was the fear of Communism creeping across the globe, where right wing politicians warned us that a commie could be hiding behind any tree, on the street where you live? There's a new red sc… Read full post »