La Dolce Vita

A few thoughts from Steven Rockford
JANUARY 17, 2011 11:31AM

MLK's anti-war speech

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One of the most moving anti-war speeches during the war in Vietnam was given by Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.  The title of his speech was “Beyond Vietnam – A time to Break Silence.”  

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JANUARY 16, 2011 11:00PM

RFK on the death of Martin Luther King




Truly one of the most memorable speeches in American history took place in Indiana on April 4, 1968.  Robert Kennedy, addressing a predominately African American neighborhood in Indianapolis, announced that Dr. Martin Luther King had been Read full post »

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JANUARY 14, 2011 12:01AM

Voting for independence


Thousands of southern Sudanese vote in U.S.


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Image source – Al Jazeera

The world is watching the potential birth of a nation in Africa.  The people of southern Sudan began voting Sunday on a referenduRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 12:58PM

Sarah – When you’re in a hole…

 Stop digging!


“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.” 

So far today, Matt Yglesias has the best respo/Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 7:12AM

Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!!

 (Repost from 11/19/09)

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“The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain. 

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, sRead full post »

JANUARY 11, 2011 7:00AM

The forgotten War on Poverty


In January of 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson declared War on Poverty.  Speaking at his first State of the Union, only weeks after the death of JFK, President Johnson stated:  

“This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional waRead full post »
JANUARY 10, 2011 12:30AM

Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban


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David Dayen, at FDL, has an important post noting that the 9MM Glock semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine that felled Gabby Gifford was illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban that was enacted in 1994 and allowed/Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 1:25PM

The war on Anchor Babies

AZ legislator brings his xenophobic battle to DC.


The New York Times said yesterday that “Birthright Citizenship Looms as Next Immigration Battle.”  The article refers to atte/Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 9:30AM

The Tyranny of the Corporate Elite



James Madison feared The Tyranny of the Majority when he wrote in Federalist Paper 51: 

"It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers but to guard one part of the society against the injustRead full post »

JANUARY 3, 2011 1:50PM

Meet Darrell Issa

 Just another pesky congressman?

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Image source – Mother Jones

The New York Times has a front page article today entitled, “G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories.”  Critical to the Republican plan is the use of House committee hearings to probe/Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2010 12:13PM

LA freeway turns 70

Arroyo Seco Parkway


The oldest freeway in the West

The first California freeway was opened seventy years ago today.  The Arroyo Seco Parkway, a.k.a. the Pasadena Freeway, connects Los Angeles with Pasadena through the artsy communities on the Arroyo Seco.  

Since theRead full post »

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DECEMBER 28, 2010 6:40AM

Clearing the fog of war?


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The New York Times yesterday published an op-ed by Ian Livingston, Heather Messera, Michael O’Hanlon and Amy Unikewicz entitled States of Conflict: An Update.  The purpose of their essay, apparently, is to assure the American people tha/Read full post »



St. Joseph’s Hospital – a Phoenix, Arizona landmark – was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1895.  St. Joe’s, as it is called by local residents, has been recognized as a major Catholic medical facility - until t/… Read full post »
DECEMBER 21, 2010 8:47AM

Are we a nation of sheep?

The corporate elite "tell" us what we want. 


In business school we learned that “what people want” is really “what we can successfully convince people that they want”.  A basic principle of Marketing 101 is that the consumer is a blank s/Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2010 5:00PM

The Fat Cats get fatter.


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According to a report issued this week by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), the six largest U.S. banks plan to payout a staggering $143 billion in bonuses this year - an all-time Wall Street record. 

Yes, that's right. - One Hundred and Forty ThRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2010 7:34AM

Angel Island Immigration Station

A Century Later

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The Angel Island Immigration Station, located just north of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay, was first opened in 1910 and remained open for thirty years.  It was there that the U.S. government detained thousands of Asian immigrants Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2010 7:19AM

Is Julian Assange guilty?

Let the court decide.  


Many “truth-to-power” liberals are anxious to make a hero of Julian Assange.  But what if our hero is indeed a rapist?  Can we separate the important U.S. government lack-of-transparency disclosures provided by WikiLeaks from theRead full post »

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DECEMBER 13, 2010 10:00AM

When SCOTUS picked The Prez


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Bush v. Gore decision - December 12, 2000

It was 10 years ago yesterday that the Supreme Court of the United States decided in favor of George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, stopping the Florida vote recount of 2000.  Much has been written about this landmark/Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 10:45AM

Swan Lake



The Great Chinese State Circus is Beijing’s answer to Cirque du Soleil.  It is a combination of acrobatics, martial arts and Peking Opera.  The group has been touring Europe for several years, mostly in the United Kingdom. 

Above is their performance of a pRead full post »

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DECEMBER 9, 2010 8:10AM

Who do you trust?


In a recent Gallup poll on Honesty & Ethics in Professions the usual professions ranked highest (nurses at 81%) and lowest (car salespeople and lobbyists at 7%).  However, one profession that continues to decline is that of our U.S. legislators.  Members ofRead full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2010 12:21AM

Remembering John Lennon

Where were you when John Lennon was assassinated? 


It’s hard to believe that this happened thirty years ago today. 

Do you remember where you were on that Monday, December 8th 1980, when John Lennon was gunned down in front of his apartment at The Dakota in NeRead full post »

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DECEMBER 7, 2010 7:30AM

Drug ads gone wild

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Selling erections

I don’t know about you, but I come close to hurling every time I see a TV ad about erectile dysfunction (ED).  The immoral insensitivity of these ads has increased considerably since the days when Bob Dole would discretely tell us to contact our doctor/Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 2:24PM

Happy 90th Birthday – Dave Brubeck

Take Five



Dave Brubeck, the great jazz pianist, turns 90 today.  Brubeck teamed up with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and other jazz greats to record many albums and perform many worldwide tours over six decades.  The Dave Brubeck Quartet has gained international rec/Read full post »

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DECEMBER 1, 2010 12:19PM

I once loved Ayn Rand

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The Goddess of Greed

I know!  I know!  My liberal compatriots will equate this to me “dancing with the devil”, but I couldn’t help myself.  It happened during the early '60s.  I was in my freshman year at a conservative collegeRead full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 6:33AM


The Thrill of the Kill

Human beings are unique when it comes to the act of killing.  All other carnivorous creatures will kill for food, or to protect their mating rights, or to secure their hunting territory.  Only humans commit suicide,Read full post »