Monthly Archives: January 2013

Harry Targ : Advancing a Progressive Coalition

Obama inauguration: mobilizing the progressive coalition. Photo by Win McNamee / Getty ImagesAdvancing a progressive coalition In his second inaugural address, the President clearly articulated a progressive agenda for the next four years that we on the left should organize … finish reading Harry Targ : Advancing a Progressive Coalition

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James McEnteer : The Pirates of Ecuador

Image from Nuke the Fridge.Straight to video:That movie’s too expensive! Knock it off! By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | January 29, 2013 “I’d like to thank the members of the Academy. Or at least, one of them…” QUITO, … finish reading James McEnteer : The Pirates of Ecuador

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Ron Jacobs : From Wounded Knee to Idle No More

Image by Andy Everson from Huffington Post.From Wounded Knee to Idle No More The movement is slowly spreading to the indigenous nations of the northern United States, which have seen their lands ravaged numerous times over the course of history … finish reading Ron Jacobs : From Wounded Knee to Idle No More

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Kate Braun : Welcome the Light on Candlemas

Image from The Mystical Kingdom.Candlemas 2013: A season of renewal By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | January 29, 2013 “Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, Keep on the sunny side of life…” Saturday, February … finish reading Kate Braun : Welcome the Light on Candlemas

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Alan Waldman : ‘Ballykissangel’ is a Charming Irish Small-Town Drama Rich in Characters

Waldman’s film and TVtreasures you may have missed: Drama, comedy and a wealth of Irish characters make ‘Ballykissangel‘ fun. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | January 28, 2013 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his … finish reading Alan Waldman : ‘Ballykissangel’ is a Charming Irish Small-Town Drama Rich in Characters

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Bob Feldman : The Rise of the Texas ‘Big Rich,’ 1930-1940

Charles Marsh, owner of the Austin American and Austin Statesman (later merged as the Austin American-Statesman), also made big money in the oil business. Image from the Public Welfare Foundation.The hidden history of Texas Part 11: 1930-1940/2 — The rise … finish reading Bob Feldman : The Rise of the Texas ‘Big Rich,’ 1930-1940

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Lamar W. Hankins : Gun Control and the Ethics of Self-Defense

Political cartoon by J.D. Crow / AL.com.The ethics of self-defense: Reconsidering gun control Much of this will seem counterintuitive, especially to those who are brought up with a macho mentality, whose inclination will be to fight, get revenge, teach the … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Gun Control and the Ethics of Self-Defense

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Robert Jensen : Torture is Trivial

Zero Dark Thirty reinforces the story of American innocence. Torture is trivial Zero Dark Thirty tells the story most Americans want to hear, not the story that needs to be told. By Robert Jensen | The Rag Blog | January … finish reading Robert Jensen : Torture is Trivial

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Roger Baker : Can TxDOT avoid financial disaster?

Warning sign: TxDOT’s funding shortfall is 50 percent of its budget. Maybe TxDOT should heed its own sign. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | January 24, 2013 “Things can become complicated when you actually try to understand them.” … finish reading Roger Baker : Can TxDOT avoid financial disaster?

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INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Superstar Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz

Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz embedded with troops in Afghanistan during filming for the movie Kansas to Kandahar. Photo courtesy Tom Hurwitz.An interview with Tom Hurwitz:Superstar of contemporary American cinematography By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 23, 2013 “I love … finish reading INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Superstar Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian on Occupy Movement and ‘We Are Many’

Mike McGuire, left, co-editor of We Are Many, and activist/writer Lisa Fithian.Rag Radio podcast:Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian reflect on the Occupy Movement and the book, We Are Many By Rag Radio | The Rag Blog | January 23, 2013 … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian on Occupy Movement and ‘We Are Many’

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Thom Hartmann : The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

Slave patrols, under the direction of commissioned militia officers, enforced discipline on slaves in the antebellum South. Image from America’s Black Holocaust Museum.The Second Amendment wasratified to preserve slavery Every Southerner of the era knew the simple answer: Well-regulated militias … finish reading Thom Hartmann : The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

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