Prose and Thorn

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Perry Goodfriend

Perry Goodfriend
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August 29
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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 facebook.com/proseandthorn Most posts originate on proseandthorn.net.

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MARCH 10, 2012 4:05PM

Smears and skidmarks

It turns out what Rush Limbaugh did by calling Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, a nasty name may not only be misogynistic and in horrible taste, it may be illegal. That would make him a criminal and an asshole.

According to the Huffington Post:

Gloria Allred, the famed celebrity lawyer, sent

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“There are credible reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council. “The total killed so far is certainly well over 7,500 people.R

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“In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong.
- President Abraham Lincoln, from Meditation on the Divine Will, 1862

Happy birthday, to America's strongest cultural warrior

The fight against slavery was a c… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2012 8:12PM

If the dust only wouldn’t fly

   “The squatting tenant men nodded and wondered and drew figures in the dust, and yes, they knew, God knows. If the dust only wouldn’t fly. If the top would only stay on the soil, it might not be so bad.

The owner men went on leading to their point: ‘You

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“We deal in illusion, man! None of it’s true! But you people sit there — all of you — day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds — we’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe this illusion we’re spinning here. You’re beginning

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To the casual observer, like Baltimore Sun columnist Thomas F. Schaller, the perception of the Ron Paul brand is a simple one.

“To look at him,” Schaller points out in his opinion piece, Tuesday, “Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems harmless. He’s cute/

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Obama and GOP House Leadership

Obama: "Got it!" Boehner: "Uh-oh. What? I...this isn't what it looks like." Cantor: "You ain't gettin' this hand."

Compromise – it’s the word that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) eschewed as a synonym for “sell out,”… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2011 6:20PM

‘Job Creators’ are Jōb creators

Satan smiting Job with boils, William Blake

“My worry is that for American job creators, all the uncertainty is turning to fear that this toxic environment for job creation is a permanent state.
“Job creators in America are essentially on strike.”
- Speaker of the House, John/

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Victory casts a veil on truth, and crushes critical thinking with an anvil. It’s as true in politics as it is in sports.  You win in American football, and all the persistent clouds over execution are overlooked by the shiny object of the victory. In politics, too, the clouds over unexecutable… Read full post »

I am of the undertow of the Baby Boomers, the last third of a generation, unwilling to let go of our ability to subvert the tide and change the world, defined for us by our older brothers and sisters. Born between 1957 and 1964, we are the President of the United… Read full post »

“…we have a phased redeployment, where we’re as careful getting out as we were careless getting in…”
- Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, referring to his plan for withdrawal from Iraq, in an interview with Politico before the Potomac Primaries, Feb. 1

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“Yesterday, I brought to your attention how offended we are at the Tea Party Express that the media would dare to continually insist that the Occupy Wall Street protests are motivated by the same issues that the Tea Party coalesced around and that they are the Tea Party of the left!”

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Peace, Unity, Equality

Occupy Wall Street protester, New York City, September 18, 2011. By David Shankbone (Own work) CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

The drumbeat of political progress has seized the conscience of the world since the first Arabs in North Africa took to the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 4:15PM

Too much doubt

A rally to save Troy Davis, Atlanta, GA, September 16, 2011


Filed under: politics Tagged: death penalty, Troy Davis /

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It’s truly frightening when the group that is not afraid of guns and touts “Second Amendment remedies” to get what they want, has achieved such an unreasonable command of the mainstream media. The radical right of the Republican leaning Tea Party has made it clear, in the last five… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 10:33AM

Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world

9/11 attacks in New York City. (US National Park Service)

American resolve formed around the twisted steel ruins of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in 2001, like 15-ton concrete blocks around re-bar. Our determination to avenge the acts of September 11 was certainly not a question. W… Read full post »

9/11 attacks in New York City. (US National Park Service)

American resolve formed around the twisted steel ruins of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in 2001, like 15-ton concrete blocks around re-bar. Our determination to avenge the acts of September 11 was certainly not a question. W… Read full post »

“Then, there is another thing: we must have a wall in the great chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby says the story, did talk through the chink of a wall.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act III, Sc. i), by William Shakespeare

Prowl the halls of government in Washington, DC, and you will… Read full post »

“Then, there is another thing: we must have a wall in the great chamber; for Pyramus and Thisby says the story, did talk through the chink of a wall.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act III, Sc. i), by William Shakespeare

Prowl the halls of government in Washington, DC, and you will… Read full post »

Call it wishful thinking, the odd statements in Michele Bachmann’s stump speeches about the “rise of the Soviet Union,” or the promises of two dollar a gallon gasoline within the first six months of her administration, or even her assertion that she will make Barack Obama “a o… Read full post »

Call it wishful thinking, the odd statements in Michele Bachmann’s stump speeches about the “rise of the Soviet Union,” or the promises of two dollar a gallon gasoline within the first six months of her administration, or even her assertion that she will make Barack Obama “a o… Read full post »

“…for about seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire, under the names of Tramecksan  and Slamecksan, from the high and low heels of their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves…  The animosities between these two parties run so high, that theyRead full post »

“…for about seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire, under the names of Tramecksan  and Slamecksan, from the high and low heels of their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves…  The animosities between these two parties run so high, that theyRead full post »

Before we shoot the messenger, let’s figure out why he’s there. Then we can shoot him.

With S&P being the only one of three agencies to downgrade the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA+, at least one firm, Moody’s, reaffirmed the AAA rating, Monday, saying,… Read full post »

Before we shoot the messenger, let’s figure out why he’s there. Then we can shoot him.

With S&P being the only one of three agencies to downgrade the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA+, at least one firm, Moody’s, reaffirmed the AAA rating, Monday, saying,… Read full post »