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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“I think disgust is still a valid emotion, and that’s kind of the way I’m viewing this.”

- James Amos, CEO, Tasti D-Lite, discussing Congress’ dysfunction, highlighted by the “self-inflicted” debt crisis, on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co, Friday, July 29, 20… Read full post »

“I think disgust is still a valid emotion, and that’s kind of the way I’m viewing this.”

- James Amos, CEO, Tasti D-Lite, discussing Congress’ dysfunction, highlighted by the “self-inflicted” debt crisis, on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co, Friday, July 29, 20… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2011 10:55PM

America’s mad circus

DC Circus

“There is no aphrodisiac like madness, but it wears off quickly.”
-Kevin Baker, from his novel, Dreamland (HarperCollins, 1999)

In the din of madness, the seething intensity of rancorous anger, the light of American glory dims yellow like a string of bare bulbs outside a red, whit… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2011 10:55PM

America’s mad circus

DC Circus

“There is no aphrodisiac like madness, but it wears off quickly.”
-Kevin Baker, from his novel, Dreamland (HarperCollins, 1999)

In the din of madness, the seething intensity of rancorous anger, the light of American glory dims yellow like a string of bare bulbs outside a red, whit… Read full post »

The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our… Read full post »

The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our… Read full post »

“The legislation the President has asked for cannot pass the House. I’m happy to discuss these issues at the White House, but such discussions will be fruitless until the President recognizes economic and legislative reality.” – Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), in a July

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“The legislation the President has asked for cannot pass the House. I’m happy to discuss these issues at the White House, but such discussions will be fruitless until the President recognizes economic and legislative reality.” – Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), in a July

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JUNE 23, 2011 1:26AM

The ebbing tide of war

swimming to afghanistan

“…tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding.” – President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011

For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. So… Read full post »

JUNE 23, 2011 1:26AM

The ebbing tide of war

swimming to afghanistan

“…tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding.” – President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011

For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. So… Read full post »

Immigrants and the children of immigrants may be the only ones who still believe in the American Dream.

In the introduction to the Freedom From Fear Awards, announced Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, presenters Taryn Higashi and Geri Mannion both talked of being the children… Read full post »

Immigrants and the children of immigrants may be the only ones who still believe in the American Dream.

In the introduction to the Freedom From Fear Awards, announced Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, presenters Taryn Higashi and Geri Mannion both talked of being the children… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2011 11:03AM

The devil and the Democratic soul

A Report from Netroots Nation:

Like singed hair, the aroma of evil hangs in the air. It’s the smell from the disintegration of American values in the populist, political discourse, these days.

There is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. That’s what liberal and progressive blog… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2011 11:03AM

The devil and the Democratic soul

A Report from Netroots Nation:

Like singed hair, the aroma of evil hangs in the air. It’s the smell from the disintegration of American values in the populist, political discourse, these days.

There is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. That’s what liberal and progressive blog… Read full post »

Ben Bernanke had some words, Tuesday, for those GOP members of Congress who would hold up raising the nation’s debt limit in order to squeeze spending cuts into the federal budget. In a speech to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in Washington, DC, Tuesday, the Fed chief chastised… Read full post »

Ben Bernanke had some words, Tuesday, for those GOP members of Congress who would hold up raising the nation’s debt limit in order to squeeze spending cuts into the federal budget. In a speech to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in Washington, DC, Tuesday, the Fed chief chastised… Read full post »

Funding companies that provide green jobs may be an answer to the unemployment problem, but it’s not the only answer. President Obama, touring an LED lighting factory in Durham, NC, Monday, admitted as much, tying the path to improving employment numbers to the discussion about the federal defi… Read full post »

Funding companies that provide green jobs may be an answer to the unemployment problem, but it’s not the only answer. President Obama, touring an LED lighting factory in Durham, NC, Monday, admitted as much, tying the path to improving employment numbers to the discussion about the federal defi… Read full post »

When Barack Obama ran for president, in 2008, he spoke of ending the Bush era tax-cuts for the upper two percent of earners, of bringing an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of allowing the most draconian aspects of the Patriot Act to end and of ending the cultural… Read full post »

When Barack Obama ran for president, in 2008, he spoke of ending the Bush era tax-cuts for the upper two percent of earners, of bringing an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of allowing the most draconian aspects of the Patriot Act to end and of ending the cultural… Read full post »

“Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It’s to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our economy, our country.” - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a speech to the National Press Club, May 20, 2011

You can call it the “Trumka… Read full post »

“Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It’s to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our economy, our country.” - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a speech to the National Press Club, May 20, 2011

You can call it the “Trumka… Read full post »

“Although the gains are fragile and reversible, momentum has shifted to the Afghan Government, and they are on track to begin the transition process…this summer” - CIA Director Leon Panetta, in his written responses to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, prior to his

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“Although the gains are fragile and reversible, momentum has shifted to the Afghan Government, and they are on track to begin the transition process…this summer” - CIA Director Leon Panetta, in his written responses to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, prior to his

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JUNE 8, 2011 8:36PM

Pols misread polls, spin wrong message from Weiner

The calls for Rep. Anthony Wiener (D-NY) to resign his House seat, in the wake of admitting his bad personal behavior and the subsequent web of lies, have come from all sides, including some important Democrats. Of all the possible reasons that are given to get him to go – abusing… Read full post »