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How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Maria Cantwell has voted to restrict class-action law suits - siding with the Bush administration to remove legal rights from working people. My Democratic friends seem to be silent on her voting reco

Maria Cantwell has voted to restrict class-action law suits - siding with the Bush administration to remove legal rights from working people. My Democratic friends seem to be silent on her voting reco

Maria Cantwell has voted to restrict class-action law suits - siding with the Bush administration to remove legal rights from working people. My Democratic friends seem to be silent on her voting record. She voted for the Iraq war and she voted for the PATRIOT Act. Hmm - she is acting like a good Republican.

On Social Security, Maria appears to support keeping our old-age insurance just that - insurance. Let’s hope so. Bush is trying hard to dismantle Social Security - end it. Many Democrats, including our Rick Larsen, are waffling. They are called the Fainthearted Faction by national columnist Josh Marshall.

Maria comes up for re-election in Nov 2006. If she votes Republican on Social Security, we may as well elect a real one. If she stands up to Bush and Karl Rove on SS, then she will be worth our re-electing her. We can only hope she will vigorously fight for our Social Security insurance.

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

By John ServaisOn Feb 12, 2005

Maria Cantwell has voted to restrict class-action law suits - siding with the Bush administration to remove legal rights from working people. My Democratic friends seem to be silent on her voting reco

Iraqi election

By John ServaisOn Jan 30, 2005

With the Bush government in high celebration of the Iraqi election, and all the TV news reporting from the Green Zone that all is going great - even though they only know what the US Army tells them -

Tsunami relief

By John ServaisOn Jan 11, 2005

What if we gave $10 for every American. That would be $3 billion. Family of three? Give $30.

Military’s highest and best use

By John ServaisOn Jan 06, 2005

Let’s not criticize George Bush for being slow to respond to the tsunami disaster. Unless you will also hammer UN Secretary Kofi Annan for spending three more days at the Jackson Hole ski resort after

Ebb and flow

By John ServaisOn Jan 03, 2005

These photos below may not be of the Tsunami. An email says they are of the Qiantang Tidal Bore in China - a real tidal wave generated by the tides.

Tidal photos

By John ServaisOn Jan 01, 2005

Where? Indonesia is my guess. They were sent to me. If you know any more about the location, please let me know. The bottom photo is a close up of the second photo’s far right side, just behind the gr

How the tsunami crossed the ocean

By John ServaisOn Dec 29, 2004

An animated map of the Indian Ocean shows how the deep-ocean waves sped out from the earthquake. NOAA prepared the map.

Rumsfeld doesn’t have a clue

By John ServaisOn Dec 22, 2004

He embarked on a war of conquest of a foreign country for the benefit of oil companies.

Diversity of news

By John ServaisOn Dec 20, 2004

Reading foreign news websites is a most enlightening process. We learn things and read perspectives not found in our controlled US media. Not that other media are not controlled to some extent also, b

Three blind mice?

By John ServaisOn Dec 15, 2004

Richard Cohen of the Washington Post has it right. You need to register with the Wa Post to read his column, Presidential medals of Failure. The fourth failure is, of course, Bush himself. But these t

What are those poor kids dying in Iraq trying to protect?

By John ServaisOn Dec 14, 2004

When Al-Jazeera first went with an English version last year, they were boomed off line in the US by several never-revealed Internet companies using illegal electronic processes. The common assumption

That soldier didn’t think of that question all by himself

By John ServaisOn Dec 10, 2004

An energetic reporter set it up - and made sure it would happen. Edward Lee Pitts, embedded with a unit going north to Iraq, saw the troops working with unarmored vehicles and saw an opportunity to ge

We need to use critical thinking

By John ServaisOn Dec 09, 2004

Israel is restarting the terrorist violence. Since Arafat died a month ago, there have been no serious Palestinian attacks - and all the world has been watching the Palestinian leaders try to organize

We think a little torture will protect us

By John ServaisOn Dec 05, 2004

To be concise, if we start to rationalize torture then we are lost. It is the absolute opposite direction of democracy. It is the basic tool of the tyrant - the dictator. Terror is created by torture.

Below is a response from John Poirier

By John ServaisOn Nov 30, 2004

to my post of Nov 6. He sees things differently, and I think he is right. I received several emails on that post, but this is the one that explains things best.

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Shame on Israel

By John ServaisOn Nov 11, 2004

Today they again arrested Mordechai Vanunu. We expect the worst for him. This courageous Jew has dared to speak out against Israel’s madness. This in a country that says it is tolerant. But he

One can be for gay rights and not be for gay marriage

By John ServaisOn Nov 06, 2004

The Democratic Party continues to be unable to understand people and what motivates them. The party - and party members - have pushed extreme gay rights issues up the noses of conservative Christians

We have a new reality

By John ServaisOn Nov 03, 2004

Well, Americans like the Bush vision and values. He is elected by a majority of the people and electors. And he has a Senate and House of Representatives that are able to carry through his programs.<b

Some election recommendations

By John ServaisOn Nov 01, 2004

I don’t kid myself that these have much affect, as most who check this blog have their own strong opinions. But, for the record, and for those who ask me each election, here are some issues and candid

If we force it down their throats then it is not democracy

By John ServaisOn Oct 18, 2004

The beauty of a website is you don’t force yourself on others. I got an email today from TL - and he graciously gave me the email addresses of dozens of people. And he gave them to many others. All of