Happy Veterans Day

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 9:20 am

We should all take a moment today, Veterans Day, to thank people in the military for their service.

They are decent and sincere men and women who joined believing they would serve their nation, or were looking for a job, an education, college money or some adventure, or all of the above. They then get sucked into America’s political wars. Civilians start wars, not soldiers.

 

Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:10 am

In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy.

A police badge is not a license to kill

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A police badge is not a license to kill.

Two ‘Muricas

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:30 am

On the day we discovered how the other hundredth live…

Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

Portland Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds of Food for Homeless

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 11:50 am

The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life. The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who have done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours.

Veterans Day 2013

By: Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Virginia Brennan, Free Clinics: Local Responses to Health Care Needs

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 1:59 pm

The creation of “free clinics” to provide services to those without access to health care has a long and rich history, some of which has made it into the popular imagination.

Late Night: How North Korea Sees America–Drinking Coffee Made From Snow

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:00 pm

This video created by North Korean propagandists is pretty extreme.

The short film is an exercise in propaganda designed to show the worst of America, by highlighting one northeastern city’s homeless during the winter and claiming this is representative of the entire country. The images are truly heart-wrenching. It is a great shameful thing, a hideous reality that our country has so many homeless–it shouldn’t be happening.

Guns or Butter?

By: Friday November 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate and to be thankful for all that we have been given; but it is not a memory wipe.

We are a good people, badly led and badly misled. We live in a beautiful and bounteous land in which millions upon millions of our own citizens can no longer earn enough to survive in it and yet, that is not considered a national crisis.

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