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  • Huckabee Hides His Full Gospel?

    12/13/2007 9:29:41 AM PST · by Grig · 76 replies · 959+ views ^ | December 10 , 2007 | David Corn and Jonathan Stein
    Now that he has his moment in the political spotlight, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee does not want his days at the pulpit to be scrutinized. As Huckabee has surged to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa, his religious views have drawn media and voter attention. After all, Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, has been campaigning as a "Christian leader." But he has vacillated on how far to interject faith into politics. At an early debate, he indicated he does not believe in evolution, but at a more recent debate, when he was asked by Wolf Blitzer if...
  • Hillary's Prayer: Hillary Clinton's Religion and Politics

    09/07/2007 7:50:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies · 895+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 01 , 2007 | Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet
    For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith? It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal? After a glancing shot at Republican "pharisees," Clinton explained that, of course, her "very serious" grounding in faith had helped...
  • Gay By Choice? The Science of Sexual Identity

    08/29/2007 9:24:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,203+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | August 27, 2007 | Gary Greenberg
    when he leaves his tidy apartment in an ocean-side city somewhere in America, Aaron turns on the radio to a light rock station. "For the cat," he explains, "so she won't get lonely." He's short and balding and dressed mostly in black, and right before I turn on the recorder, he asks me for the dozenth time to guarantee that I won't reveal his name or anything else that might identify him. "I don't want to be a target for gay activists," he says as we head out into the misty day. "Harassment like that I just don't need." Aaron...
  • The Mayor, the Martyr, and the Pomegranate Trees

    08/20/2007 4:54:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 273+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2007 Issue | Nir Rosen
    Lebanon has recently opened a museum commemorating last summer's "divine victory" over Israel. Mother Jones reported from the town of Aita al Shaab, where the war was won and almost everything else was lost. ___ By the third week of august, Beirut's trendy Gemmayzeh Cafe was once more full of revelers. It was the first time live music had been back since the war, and as the beers were poured and narghiles lit, an oud player finished tuning his instrument and began strumming. "God be with you, oh steadfast south," he wailed in a low voice, and the crowd of...
  • Off-Road Rules

    07/08/2007 7:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 1,219+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | June 30, 2007 | Christopher Ketcham
    For Kiley Miller and John Rzeczycki, owners of 160 acres of wild desert outside Moab, Utah, Easter brings jeeps. Hummers, too, and modified pickups, and stripped-down rock crawlers—by the tens of thousands they descend on Moab for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, one of the nation's largest off-road-vehicle events. The jeeps whine through gears on a windswept uplift named Black Ridge near the couple's property, leaving a spoor of beer cans and brake fluid. Once, a group of jeepers left a message on one of the Private Property signs Miller and Rzeczyckihad put up—a noose, as carefully knotted as a...
  • Meet the New Bosses (bloggers)

    07/06/2007 8:11:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 617+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | June 20, 2007 | Daniel Schulman
    After crashing the gate of the political establishment, bloggers are looking more like the next gatekeepers. __ Last June, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, former soldier, one-time Reagan Republican, and proprietor of the wildly successful liberal blog Daily Kos, sent an email to an invitation-only listserv known as Townhouse. Consisting of some 300 liberal bloggers, journalists, activists, and consultants, the list was an outgrowth of weekly strategy sessions held at a D.C. bar—a forum for brainstorming on issues and tactics, and a means of creating a "unified message," as Moulitsas later put it. Its members were bound by one main rule: Nothing...
  • The Armitage Red Herring (... the scandal lives on !)

    09/06/2006 9:54:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies · 1,450+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2006 | Daniel Schulman
    f you believe the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page, the conservative wing of the blogosphere, or any number of right-wing commentators, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame has amounted to a non-scandal, a conspiracy theory drummed up for political ends by the left. This owes to the recent disclosure in Newsweek that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the initial and primary source for the now infamous column by Robert Novak that touched off the controversy. Plugging “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” a soon-to-be-released book co-authored by Newsweek's...
  • The Progressive Challenge to Nancy Pelosi [“I’m running to impeach Bush”]

    09/04/2006 12:28:59 PM PDT · by johnny7 · 48 replies · 2,034+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2006 | By Paige Austin
    Krissy Keefer's chances of unseating the House Minority Leader are essentially nil, but her quixotic run in San Francisco has tapped into real liberal disillusion -- on Iraq above all.On a recent Sunday in Washington Square Park, in the heart of ultra-liberal San Francisco, Krissy Keefer roamed among the knots of people seated on the grass with the ease of a practiced socialite mingling with old friends. Balancing a to-go coffee cup in one hand, the 60-something dancer with an unruly mane of long, dark, gray-streaked hair would sidle up to elderly couples and young parents, offer them one of...
  • Air America Network in Turmoil: Mike Malloy and Lyndon LaRouche

    08/31/2006 12:37:35 PM PDT · by rface · 102 replies · 4,429+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Aug 31, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    Liberal Air America radio host Mike Malloy had his show abruptly “terminated” on Wednesday, allegedly for financial reasons. The network is failing but there could be another factor behind the Malloy debacle. There is still fallout from Malloy’s recent decision to turn over two-and-a-half hours of his three hour show to a former associate of ex-con Lyndon LaRouche, a perennial candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who campaigns against what he views as British and Zionist control of the U.S. political system. The LaRouche organization is frequently labeled as a cult. The former high-level LaRouche associate, Webster Griffin Tarpley, was...
  • A New Frontier of Jihadi Islam?

    08/20/2006 8:48:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July 26, 2006 | Najum Mushtaq
    Somalia today is very much like Afghanistan was in 1996. In the wake of years of civil war, chaotic rule by warlords, and the death and displacement of countless Muslims, a ragtag Islamic militia has moved in to take control of much of Somalia. After running off some prominent warlords from their entrenched strongholds, the Islamic militia has sought to establish and expand its writ and has threatened to dislodge an internationally backed transitional government made up of veteran warlords with limited authority. Businessmen, clan leaders, and the general public, having tired of seemingly interminable factional violence and lawlessness, have...
  • Nevada Conservatives Against the War on Drugs

    08/15/2006 5:24:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 50 replies · 1,770+ views
    mother jones ^ | 08.11.06 | Sasha Abramsky
    Voters have been losing their taste for the war on drugs lately; in the past few years, states from Arizona and Alaska to California and Hawaii have moved toward making marijuana, in particular, a low priority for law enforcement, with first-offense possession cases often dismissed with small-time fines and medical-marijuana measures on the books in several states. But the initiative voters in Nevada will be considering this fall goes much further: The “tax and regulate” measure, whose supporters got it on the ballot by collecting 86,000 signatures, would allow anyone over 21 to possess up to one ounce for personal...
  • Our Endangered Values (Direct from the Traitor's Mouth)

    06/03/2006 10:53:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies · 1,054+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 06/02/06 | Jimmy Carter & Jeff Fleischer
    Jimmy Carter is without doubt one of the most active and influential ex-presidents in American history. After leaving office, he established the nonprofit Carter Center, tasked with advancing human rights around the world. Through his and the center’s work, Carter has helped monitor more than 60 democratic elections, worked with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to develop sustainable agriculture, negotiated for peaceful conflict resolution in various countries, and worked to eradicate diseases such as Guinea worm and river blindness. For these and other efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Carter–whose presidency was highlighted by achievements in international...
  • What Does the Public Want on Immigration?

    04/12/2006 6:31:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 818+ views
    MOTHER JONES ^ | April 11 , 2006 | Ruy Teixeira
    Normally, there’s a modest stream of public opinion data on the immigration issue, much of it confusing. Now, suddenly, there’s a great deal of data on this issue . . . and it’s still confusing. Time to try to sort it out. Here are some basic findings on the issue that may help in interpreting the current political debate. 1.The public believes immigration is a serious problem and levels of concern appear to be growing. For example, in the most recent Time magazine poll, 68 percent said illegal immigration was a very or extremely serious problem and, in a just-released...
  • Among the Allies

    02/20/2006 3:34:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2006 Issue | Nir Rosen
    In the madrasas and on the streets of Pakistan, students learn to hate in the name of love, and whoever has a gun is a warlord. ___ Around Pakistan’s Independence Day, last August 14, billboards sprang up on roundabouts in the city of Karachi offering three different Kentucky Fried Chicken meals. Against the green and white flag of Pakistan, they bore the words “A free nation free to choose.” That morning in the Abdul Baqi madrasa, or religious seminary, 350 students were gathered for a special Independence Day assembly. Fifteen-year-old Rafi Udin spoke to the rows of boys, all wearing...
  • Cold War, Holy Warrior

    02/20/2006 3:41:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 172+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2006 Issue | Robert Dreyfuss
    Ike was president. Washington was desperate for Arab allies. Enter an Islamist ideologue with an invitation to the White House and a plan for global jihad. ___ In the fall of 1953, the Oval Office was the stage for a peculiar encounter between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a young Middle-Eastern firebrand. In the muted black-and-white photograph recording the event, the grandfatherly, balding Ike, then 62, stands gray-suited, erect, his elbows bent and his fists clenched as if to add muscle to some forceful point. To his left is an olive-skinned Egyptian in a dark suit with a neatly trimmed...
  • How the Democrats took Paul Hackett out. (Dems "Swiftboated" Hackett?)

    02/19/2006 10:04:49 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies · 992+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 2/16/06 | David Goodman
    Democratic Senate candidate and Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett is accustomed to waging quixotic battles and taking his hits. He just didn’t expect the lowest—and fatal—blows to come from his own party. In an announcement that stunned many in Washington and even some in his campaign staff, Hackett declared on February 13, 2006, that he was dropping his bid for U.S. Senate in Ohio, ending his 11 month political career. “I made this decision reluctantly, only after repeated requests by party leaders, as well as behind-the-scenes machinations, that were intended to hurt my campaign,” he said, only hinting at what...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-17-06 ("How The Democrats Took Paul Hackett Out - Mother Jones")

    02/17/2006 5:06:09 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 1,329+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 17, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Get the scene. A veteran Marine candidate who is wildly popular among the DUmmies gets ready to launch a senatorial campaign after being given assurances of support from the bigwig Democrats. But then a vicious whispering campaign begins accusing this candidate of committing war crimes in Iraq. So who were the devious perpetrators of this dastardly deed? It must be the the EVIL Republicans, right? Wrong. It turns out that it was the Democrats themselves. Surely this MUST be some sort of rightwing disinformation campaign to DEMORALIZE the supporters of Ohio senatorial candidate Paul Hackett? Wrong again. The SOURCE...
  • 2006 State of the Union Drinking Game

    01/31/2006 8:17:33 AM PST · by toddlintown · 7 replies · 459+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 1-30-06 | Will Durst
    What you need: A group of four taxpayers: including 1 white guy wearing a Suit. 2 people wearing jeans, one in a Work Shirt, the other in a Dark Shirt, and 1 person wearing Rags. Stitched together wash cloths are nice. Four are grouped around cocktail table within sight of television. Newspapers on floor in front of television.
  • Critical Condition

    12/23/2005 10:37:06 AM PST · by ConvienentCharade · 27 replies · 666+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 12/23/05 | MJ
    Hippocrates said: “First, do no harm.” The first rule of Wall Street, however, is: Make money. Critical Condition, by the investigative team of Barlett and Steele, is a story about how health care in modern America has become a racket: A few profit handsomely while doing the rest of us significant harm. The United States, the authors write, took a fateful turn during the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s, when faith in the free markets ushered in policies that transformed not-for-profit hospitals, HMOs, and nursing homes into money-making operations. The marketplace was supposed to make America healthier by delivering preventive...
  • Kill Saddam! U.S. journalists agree: If you can't beat him, assassinate him. (1997 of course)

    08/29/2005 6:21:35 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 90 replies · 4,095+ views
    Mother ^ | 25 November 1997 | Eric Umansky Kill Saddam! U.S. journalists agree: If you can't beat him, assassinate him. Eric Umansky November 25 , 1997 The latest saber-rattling with Iraq has an odd twist: As the United States government shows restraint and revives the lost art of diplomacy, this time it's the U.S. press that's howling for blood -- the blood of Saddam Hussein personally. The press, of course, has the distinct advantage that nobody really follows their policy suggestions anyway, so their advice doesn't have to be diplomatic, or even legal: The law: Prohibition on Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of...
  • Why the Democrats Will Keep Losing

    06/12/2005 4:28:41 PM PDT · by kabar · 230 replies · 3,804+ views
    Motnher Jones ^ | June 10, 2005 | Steven Hill
    Since the 2004 elections, many have been debating "why Kerry lost," and more broadly "why the Democrats have been losing ground." Much of the debate has focused on the never-ending seesaw of "swing voters vs. base voters," or cultural/religious/"What's the Matter with Kansas?" issues, even George Lakoff-type "reframing" of key concepts and themes. But what has been completely missing from the conversation is the fact that even when the Democrats win more votes, they don't necessarily win more seats. That's true in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the Electoral College. That's because there is a structural disadvantage for...
  • Faulty Sources Isikoff & MSM previously used: Karen Kwiatkowski & Patrick Lang

    05/19/2005 5:55:33 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 51 replies · 3,790+ views
    NRO and Iraq News ^ | 5-17-05 | Michael Rubin
    Two items: [1] From Laurie Mylroie's "Iraq News" Newsletter - Tue, 17 May 2005 20:03:39 -0400 Subject: Michael Rubin, Prior Isikoff Use of Faulty Source From the list of Michael Rubin, previously at DoD and now at AEI (May 17, 2005): This was not the first time Michael Isikoff has used faulty or fabricated sources. In reporting the myth that Doug Feith’s office created its own intelligence unit, he relied on Karen Kwiatkowski, who associated with the Lyndon LaRouche movement. Kwiatkowski said on tape that she was Isikoff’s chief source. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the U.S....
  • Mother Jones: Condemning Capitalism and Republicans

    05/12/2005 5:27:46 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Discover the Network ^ | 12 MAY 2005 | Lowell Ponte Date: 5/12/2005 8:28:47 AM MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE 731 Market Street6th FloorSan Francisco, CA94103 Phone :415-665-6637URL : Magazine named for socialist labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Does investigative reporting that mostly targets corporations, capitalists, private property, and Republican officeholders Features the work of writers on the left such as Todd Gitlin, Molly Ivins, Bill McKibben, Richard Rodriguez, Orville Schell, and others Edited briefly by Michael Moore, who may have been fired for being too leftwing for even this socialist-inspired magazine   Mother Jones is a bimonthly magazine and web site ( named for socialist “union organizer” Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1830-1930)....
  • Mother Jones and American Prosperity

    05/03/2005 4:44:15 AM PDT · by JBW · 12 replies · 517+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | May 2, 2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    "When I was in Alabama 13 years ago, they had no child labor law," wrote labor activist Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, in 1908. "In Alabama 13 years ago, women ran four or five looms. Today, I find them running some 24 looms. This is the Democratic south, my friends -- this is a Democratic administration. This is what Mr. Bryan and Mr. Gompers want to uphold." The "Gompers" that Ms. Jones judged to be insufficiently concerned about the subjugation of labor was Samuel Gompers, the 10-year-old who was taken out of school to become an apprentice...
  • Are We in a Kind of Civil War in This Country?

    12/06/2004 12:45:36 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 29 replies · 1,468+ views
    According to Sunday's S.F.Chronicle, House Democrats meet tomorrow with UC Berkeley linguistic prof George Lakoff in hopes the wordwright can correct their spin. Watch this one!!!! Lakoff is expected to advise the politician on what terminology to use. The big question is this: will the mass media follow? My money says it will. I have 40 years experience in the news media to back my bet. Need proof? The media was powerful enough to limit "choice" to one subject. That alone should be cause for watching the "watchdog." Remember when the press was called "the running dog" of the establishment?...
  • Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq

    11/15/2004 8:18:57 AM PST · by 2banana · 11 replies · 1,182+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | October 28, 2004 | Nina Berman
    It is from Mother Jones - you have been warned... Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq An interview with photographer Nina Berman, whose new book vividly shows that many U.S. soldiers bring the war back home. Nina Berman Interviewed By Tucker Foehl October 28, 2004 They are the images the government doesn't want you to see -- of soldiers returning from "Operation Iraqi Freedom," wounded for life, physically and emotionally. Many are in their late teens and early twenties. They are double-amputees, paraplegics, burn victims, depressives. Every day we hear of soldiers killed, and more injured, in Iraq. Yet we see...
  • Breaking Ranks - U.S. soldiers speak out against the war and some are refusing to fight.

    10/12/2004 9:33:06 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 152 replies · 2,759+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | October 11, 2004 | David Goodman
    MIKE HOFFMAN would not be the guy his buddies would expect to see leading a protest movement. The son of a steelworker and a high school janitor from Allentown, Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 as an artilleryman to “blow things up.” His transformation into an activist came the hard way—on the streets of Baghdad. When Hoffman arrived in Kuwait in February 2003, his unit’s highest-ranking enlisted man laid out the mission in stark terms. “You’re not going to make Iraq safe for democracy,” the sergeant said. “You are going for one reason alone: oil. But you’re...
  • Europe to Kerry: Help (for Iraq) is Not on the Way

    09/30/2004 4:14:47 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 13 replies · 631+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 29 September 2004 | Bruno Giussani
    By Bruno GiussaniIntroduction by Tom Engelhardt If the United States is the Earth's last great imperial power, then the election of its leader is indeed a global event. On this event, in fact, the world has already spoken -- in opinion poll terms at least. According to a recent Program on International Policy Attitudes poll (pdf format) of 35 countries on their election preferences, in only three (the Philippines, Poland, and Nigeria) was George Bush by relatively close margins the preferred candidate; in two (India and Thailand), the vote was split; in the rest the response was resounding. Kerry, for...
  • Web of Conspiracies. False rumors go from fringe staff go mainstream-again and again.

    05/18/2004 7:03:21 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 49 replies · 1,502+ views
    NRO ^ | May 18, 2004, 8:36 a.m. | Michael Rubin
    On May 13, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy berated Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Senate Armed Services Committee, condemning "disaster after disaster" in U.S. Iraq policy. Well before the Abu Ghraib revelations, Kennedy has sought to transform Iraqi freedom from a philosophical and strategic issue into a partisan debate, without regard either to reality or result. On April 6, Kennedy called Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam." On March 5, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, took the president to task for allegedly exaggerating the threat posed by Iraq: "The evidence so far leads to...
  • The Soul of the New Machine (Grover Norquist: Fear and loathing by the RATS)

    08/02/2004 9:50:07 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 499+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2004 Issue | Michael Scherer
    Grover G. Norquist is in fine form as he warms up the crowd at his Wednesday morning meeting. The conference room at Americans for Tax Reform headquarters is packed on this cool October day, and Norquist, ATR's president, jokes about the "fun-filled, star-studded" agenda in store. Why wouldn't he be in good spirits? The invitation-only meetings Norquist hosts have become a hot ticket for Washington's conservative in crowd, the place for GOP players to brainstorm, swap intelligence, and see and be seen. The 100-plus people who come each week are the powers who run the federal government—congressmen, lobbyists, senior White...
  • All The Right Moves (A leftist review of "The Right Nation: How Conservatives Won")

    08/02/2004 5:41:13 AM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 10 replies · 636+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July/August 2004 Issue | Michael Kazin
    Approach this book with caution, fellow progressives. It may confirm your worst fear. Two smart Brits who work for The Economist have written a vividly detailed study of why conservatives rule American politics. What is worse, they maintain that the right is likely to dominate for some time, even if the Democrats eke out a victory this fall. The Right Nation has nothing in common with the crude polemics by the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter that growl from racks at every airport and mall. Micklethwait and Wooldridge gaze on their American subjects with the skepticism of European...
  • All the Right Moves (the "progressives" are SCARED)

    08/01/2004 6:29:47 AM PDT · by Valin · 56 replies · 1,494+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July/August 04 | Michael Kazin
    The men from the Economist explain why conservatism won out in America. The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. Penguin Press. Approach this book with caution, fellow progressives. It may confirm your worst fear. Two smart Brits who work for The Economist have written a vividly detailed study of why conservatives rule American politics. What is worse, they maintain that the right is likely to dominate for some time, even if the Democrats eke out a victory this fall. The Right Nation has nothing in common with the crude polemics by the likes of...
  • Dump Bush? (Kerry opposes the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. Will that help him in Nevada?)

    07/15/2004 10:53:13 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 592+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July 14, 2004 | Jeff Fleischer
    The longstanding - and understandable - "not in my backyard" attitude of citizens toward nuclear waste has galvanized anti-Bush forces in Nevada. Now it’s up to John Kerry to capitalize on opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository site and score a victory in a swing state that chose Bush over Gore by only 3.5 percent. The Democratic Party took a major step to help Kerry this weekend, approving a national platform plank that opposes turning the site 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas into a repository for waste from around the country. The anti-Yucca plank will be included in the...
  • The Unhappy Majority (Mother Jones' Political Fantasies)

    06/25/2004 7:08:04 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 9 replies · 297+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | June 16, 2004 | Michael Scherer
    Beneath the partisan divide, America is discontented and desperate for change. Voters remain deadlocked in a partisan divide over which candidate to support, but this split is not indicative of the bipartisan discontent felt by most Americans, a new national poll by Mother Jones reveals*. Nearly two thirds of American voters say the country is "on the wrong track" and most -- including a majority of independents and even many moderate Republicans -- believe that they are personally worse off than three years ago on a broad range of issues, from their tax burden and job opportunities to their access...
  • Persian Peril

    06/16/2004 3:26:42 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 110+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 5/16/04 | Jeff Fleishcer
    U.S. intelligence has long suspected that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, notwithstanding Tehran's claims that it's merely researching nuclear power. With the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting this week, the question of the Iran's intentions returns to the fore. In Vienna, the I.A.E.A. is still working out the details of a resolution to censure Iran for its lack of full cooperation. Iran responded to the criticism by threatening to reconsider its agreements altogether, and possibly to pursue unspecified "other alternatives" to compliance. Which presumably means non-compliance. In Sunday's New York Times Magazine, James Traub detailed the difficulty of forcing a...
  • Reading, Writing, and Landscaping: How teachers make ends meet

    06/04/2004 6:18:14 AM PDT · by billorites · 213 replies · 927+ views ^ | May/;June 2004 | Dave Eggers
    As a nation, we're confused about how we see teachers. Most polls show that respect for the profession has risen in recent years, yet we have certain quietly entrenched ideas—that teaching is easy, that teachers get out at 3 p.m. every day—and these notions, all ludicrous, allow us to accept the injustice in teachers' dismally low salaries. We love teachers, we think they're saints, but most of us consider unavoidable the fact that they are underpaid and often have to work two or three extra jobs to maintain a middle-class existence.The latest statistics put the average teacher's salary at about...
  • Need an Army? Just Pick Up the Phone

    04/02/2004 9:10:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 394+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 2, 2004 | BARRY YEOMAN
    DURHAM, N.C. The murderous attack on four American civilians in Falluja, Iraq, brought home gruesome images of charred bodies dangling from a bridge over the Euphrates River. It also introduced Americans to a company few had heard of: Blackwater USA, which was providing security for food delivery convoys when its employees were ambushed. Blackwater, which operates from a 5,200-acre training ground in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina, is a private military firm that provides an array of services once performed solely by military personnel. The company trains soldiers in counterterrorism and urban warfare. It also provides the American...
  • What We Pay

    04/03/2004 4:19:13 AM PST · by MikeJ75 · 21 replies · 173+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | April 3, 2004
    Americans taking prescription drugs -- even the most common, highly-prescribed drugs -- uniformly pay far more per pill than their Canadian neighbors. Late last year, surrounded by a cadre of Republican leaders from Congress, President Bush signed into law the Medicare drug bill. The president heaped praise on the measure, calling it a reflection of the administration's priorities. "Some older Americans spend much of their Social Security checks just on their medications. Some cut down on the dosage, to make a bottle of pills last longer. Elderly Americans should not have to live with those kinds of fears and hard...
  • Tearaway Burkas & Tinplate Menorahs

    03/11/2004 10:14:28 PM PST · by My Dog Likes Me · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 03/01/2004 | Al Franken
    -Start of Excerpt- I never served in our nation's armed forces. I was of draft age in 1973, and the Selective Service felt, in their wisdom, that it was more important for me to complete my undergradutate education so I could prepare for my chosen profession-comedian. Three decades later, I was asked to give back, by going on a USO tour in 1999 to, among other places, Bosnia and Kosovo. It changed my view of the military. I returned home with nothing but admiration for our troops and their leaders. That's what happens when you go on a USO Tour....
  • The Next Worst Thing

    03/11/2004 3:41:47 PM PST · by A. Pole · 11 replies · 246+ views ^ | March/April 2004 | Michael Scherer
    Is the federal government's expansion of biodefense research paving the way for the bioweapons of the future? It has been called a modern-day Manhattan Project—a spending spree so vast and rapid that it might change the face of biological science. In the wake of 9/11, the U.S. government is funding a massive new biodefense research effort, redirecting up to $10 billion toward projects related to biological weapons such as anthrax. The Pentagon's budget for chemical and biological defense has doubled; high-security nuclear-weapons labs have begun conducting genetic research on dangerous pathogens; universities are receiving government funding to build high-tech...
  • Radical Activist U: Oberlin College

    11/06/2003 1:11:19 PM PST · by Hobsonphile · 7 replies · 146+ views
    FrontPage ^ | November 5, 2003 | Jean Pearce
    Most parents would not knowingly send their kids to a college where radical political and sexual indoctrination by the faculty and administration was virtually inescapable. Most parents would be concerned if their offspring were taught that the Arab television network al-Jazeera was the best source of news about the Iraq war or if faculty and administrators indoctrinated students with a one-sided message about U.S. foreign policy both inside and outside the classroom, then helped them organize protests against their country. Most parents would be concerned if their kids were exhorted to have sex by campus-sponsored speakers or encouraged to get...
  • Let Them Eat War(We're too smart to vote for Bush)

    10/16/2003 7:34:11 AM PDT · by Valin · 25 replies · 167+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 10/8/03 | Arlie Hochschild
    Let Them Eat War Why do the very Americans who have been hurt the most by George W. Bush's policies still support his presidency? George W. Bush is sinking in the polls, but a few beats on the war drum could reverse that trend and re-elect him in 2004. Ironically, the sector of American society now poised to keep him in the White House is the one which stands to lose the most from virtually all of his policies -- blue-collar men. A full 49 percent of them -- and 38 percent of blue-collar women -- told a January 2003...
  • Top 10 Activist Campuses: Tehran's Number One!

    10/16/2003 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Cyrus the Great · 6 replies · 163+ views
    MotherJones ^ | 10/15/03 | MotherJones
    1. University of Tehran: Not to dis American students, but their Iranian counterparts earn our top spot for unflinching dissent in a nation where speaking out can lead to imprisonment, or worse. Outraged that reformist history professor Hashem Aghajari was sentenced to death for questioning why clerics alone should have the power to interpret the Koran, students from Tehran University began a month-long protest in November. After two weeks, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was moved to demand a Supreme Court review of Aghajari's case. (His sentence was eventually commuted to 74 lashes and eight years in prison.) But the protest...
  • End of the Road: oldest living late-term [atheist]abortion doctor tells all (WARNING: graphic)

    09/16/2003 8:33:53 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 103 replies · 635+ views News ^ | September/October 2003 Issue | Rebecca Paley
      End of the Road In the twilight of his career, one of the oldest living late-term abortion doctors tells all. By Rebecca Paley September/October 2003 Issue   Dr. William Rashbaum, a New York City gynecologist and one of the pre-eminent and longest-practicing providers of second-trimester abortions in the United States, is not known as easygoing, and upon returning from a day of operations he erupts at the question of why one of his patients that afternoon, a 14-year-old rape victim, waited so long for an abortion. That's the one question he can't stand. Witness to myriad women in...
  • Kerry Kicks Off (Leftist Magazine Hilariously Mocks Ketchup Boy)

    09/04/2003 1:46:47 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies · 159+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2003 Kerry
    If you were wondering why Sen. John Kerry's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has been so lame, a partial answer came on Tuesday: he wasnt' really campaigning! All those months of stumping, money-raising, and image-testing were just a warm-up. He wasn't, as you thought, running an ineffective campaign. He just wasn't trying. The senator from Massachussetts officially kicked off his candidacy only this week, and he did so against the backdrop of an aircraft carrier and American flags in South Carolina, keen to play up his Navy service in Vietnam and dubbing his campaign "The American Courage Tour." The...
  • Double Standards at Mother Jones [Blame America, Laud Dictators]

    09/03/2003 7:19:31 PM PDT · by Stultis · 6 replies · 168+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 3 September 2003 | Jean Pearce
    Double Standards at Mother JonesBy Jean | September 3, 2003 In a lengthy December 2001, article called “The Betrayal of Basra” in the left-wing magazine Mother Jones, the author dedicated only one line to the brutal torture and repression of the Iraqi people at the hands of Saddam Hussein and his regime, but quoted at length a man who described the U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, which were imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait, as “genocide” against the Iraqi people. That’s pretty much par for the course for the magazine’s staff, who for more than a quarter of a century...
  • A stupid white man and a smart one [Paul Mulshine]

    03/30/2003 4:09:23 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 16 replies · 3,157+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 3/30/03 | Paul Mulshine
    A stupid white man and a smart one Sunday, March 30, 2003On Oscar night a week ago, all of America got a chance to see what a self-important blowhard Michael Moore is. Seventeen years ago, Paul Berman got a sneak preview.The differences between Berman and Moore are illustrative of just how far the left has fallen since the glory days of the 1960s. Berman came of age as a Columbia radical at a time when radicals were supposed to read lots of books and think lots of thoughts. That time is past, however, and the left now looks up...
  • Born-Again Zionists

    09/21/2002 6:03:20 PM PDT · by Stultis · 7 replies · 222+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 2002 | Ken Silverstein & Michael Scherer
    Born-Again Zionists Christian conservatives are teaming with hard-line Jewish groups to transform American policy toward Israel. Ken Silverstein & Michael Scherer September/October 2002 Nearly three decades after leaving his job as a marketing manager at Colgate-Palmolive, Ed McAteer, considered one of the godfathers of the modern Religious Right, still sounds like a salesman. In a well-honed patter, he tells of introducing Jerry Falwell to then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, discussing spiritual matters with Jesse Helms and John Ashcroft, and helping organize the evangelical movement that has become the most powerful grassroots component of the Republican Party. But no subject excites the...