Thank GOODNESS we have Fox to save us from Hollywood’s anti-capitalist indoctrination

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rprB_VNm3L8 Hollywood is often shunned as a "leftist" institution, but many readers might be unaware of its more sinister aim: to brainwash our children into thinking that our economy is anything less than sunshine and rainbows. I certainly wasn't aware of this scheme, until I watched the Fox Business review of the new Lego movie. …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

For the first week this year no Americans have faced Their loved ones in school being laid to waste. But unfortunately families in Moscow now know How shootings in schools can cause so much woe. Kerry has said that Israel needs to play nice To keep its global relations away from thin ice. Yet on …

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National Newsem: US News That Rhymes

International news will follow shortly! The Senate has ensured that farm subsidies will rise In what’s being called a “compromise.” But the rest of that bill has another side, With billions in food stamps being denied. But Obama is making an executive move That should make employment odds improve: He says that federal employers should …

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Call me radical, but I think a good budget requires more than spirit

I participated in a press conference on Tuesday with the local chapter of Working America,  a national economic justice organization, to call for a Pennsylvania state budget that favours education and social services over corporate tax cuts. Here is my post on the event for the national Working America blog! A few hours later, Pennsylvania Governor …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

The peace talks for Syria had a very slow start With both sides demanding a change of heart. But Assad won’t agree to play a smaller part And the opposition says that just ain’t smart. As well as refusing to make his rule more brief, Assad failed to come through on humanitarian relief. Since both …

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Polarization is not just for Congress

When last October's political stand-off led to the failure of our federal government to function, we learned how deep the trenches dividing our Democrats and Republicans in Congress ran.  Boris Shor wrote in a January 14th post on The Monkey Cage, a Washington Post political science blog, that our individual state legislatures also face a polarization problem - half of them even more …

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Hunger Games + Glitter = Terrorism?!

Today I discovered that when two of my favourite things, The Hunger Games series and glitter, are combined, they transmute into a noxious recipe for terror. On December 13th, 2013, Earth First! and Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance activists in Oklahoma City, OK, were arrested on terrorist hoax charges after glitter falling from their banner …

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What’s in a word, and does it matter?

Lately I’ve been thinking about definitions.  How they are formed, how they change, how they can end up taking away more than they provide for meaning, and whether or not agreed-upon definitions are important.  I’m not terribly concerned with definitions of tangible objects, like apples.  Whether or not you agree with me about what an …

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