Tag Archives: democracy

SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes

The NY Times: Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly … Continue reading

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Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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Bruyea, Veterans Affairs, and Canadian Democracy: Time to Go “Batsh!t Crazy”

by matttbastard Tuesday’s  revelation that Sean Bruyea, a vocal critic of Veterans Affairs had his private medical records deliberately compromised by bureacrats in a brazen attempt to discredit his legitimate, extensive complaints about systemic deficiencies within the department has struck a … Continue reading

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Prorogation, Disengagement and Cutting the Democratic Deficit in Canada

by matttbastard With thousands of Canadians reportedly hitting the streets this past weekend to express their disapproval of Stephen Harper’s latest arrogant bird-flip to Parliamentary democracy, it seems apparrent that our political elites are out of touch with the people … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin, Fauxpulism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics

by matttbastard (Image: Tacoma Urbanist, Flickr) Sarah Palin is back — and, seemingly, everywhere, as she launches a book tour (and, perhaps, a run at the White House in 2012). Max Blumenthal: In a Republican Party hoping to rebound in 2010 … Continue reading

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Iran: Dreams Underfoot

by matttbastard (Image: sterno74, used under a Creative Commons licence) Following the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, Tom Regan’s Terrorism and Security Briefing for the Christian Science Monitor became a must-read for anyone who wanted a daily general analysis … Continue reading

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Green is the Colour of Freedom.

by matttbastard Now this: is a magnificent sight to start the day off with. Freewheeling coverage of the ongoing Iranian election fall out @ Twitter. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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‘These people belong in a prison cell.’

by matttbastard Re: revelations in the newly released Senate Armed Services Committee report on US torture that the Bush admin began planning the program in 2001 and that torture was utilized to gin up a link between Iraq and al-Qaida, … Continue reading

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Rachel Re: The New Poll Tax

by matttbastard h/t Ezra Klein. Related: For more on the problems some fear US voters may face tomorrow, see The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Steve Benen, who says “[v]oting problems in [the US] have reached the … Continue reading

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Elizabeth May on the Sidelines

by matttbastard For most of the day on Monday, the front page of Progressive Bloggers was absolutely dominated by one topic: the decision rendered by the consortium of Canadian broadcasters to deny Green Party leader Elizabeth May a spot in … Continue reading

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