Barack Obama

The People Who Spoke at the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board Meeting

September 16, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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All but one speaker at the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board meeting last night criticized the Board for its 3-2 vote to ban the live broadcast of President Obama’s speech to school kids.

These were ordinary parents of kids in the district – ordinary people –

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School Board Member: Why I voted against the ban on Obama’s speech

September 16, 2009 by Source
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Editor: When the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board voted to ban President Obama’s speech to school kids, two board members opposed the motion. One of them was Bill Baber, who as a Republican, voted his conscience. This helps demonstrate that extremist views are not held by all or even most Republicans.
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by Bill Baber / September 16, 2009
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As a La Mesa Spring Valley School Board Member, I voted to show the President’s live address Tuesday. I believe the Office of the President of the United States deserves respect, regardless of the person or party occupying that office. If the President’s speech inspired one student to greatness it was worth all this angst.

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District Parents Stand Up to School Board that Banned Obama’s Speech

September 15, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie
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LA MESA, CA. I felt exhilarated tonight. I had just witnessed dozens and dozens of parents of the La Mesa Spring Valley School District chant “Resign! Resign! Resign!” to Trustee Rick Winet – the right-wing instigator who had caused the Board to vote to prohibit the showing of President Obama’s speech to school kids. At a special Labor Day meeting, the East County board had voted 3-2 to ban the live showing of the speech. Then, in emails and publicly, Winet had declared that the speech was an assault on the Constitution.

Tonight, Winet’s partisan extremism indeed felt the backlash. It was the backlash of ordinary parents, of ordinary people, of ordinary Americans.

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The Dilemma of the Disenchanted Progressive – Part I

September 8, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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This latest politicization of President Obama’s speech that he gave to school children this morning was way over-the-top. It is the latest round of extreme partisanship being carried out by elements within the Republican Party, led by right-wing radio pundits and and being promoted and propagated by the mass corporate media.

They mobilized people to call schools and administrators to cancel the address – or organized a boycott of schools or kept their children out of school for the day. This was ridiculous. The flap they caused was outrageous and clearly unacceptable.

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President Obama’s Address to School Children

September 7, 2009 by Source
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by President Barack Obama – to be delivered Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous…..

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Right Wing Radio Fuels National Boycott of Obama’s Speech to Schoolkids

September 4, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter
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In the world of right wing talk radio hosts, Rick Roberts has to keep ahead of the curve. His daily show on KFMB-AM Radio ranks behind competitor KOGO-AM (Chip Franklin) and his audience is pretty much limited to the teabagger fringes of the Republican rank and file. Need to know what topics will be covered on his show this week? Just surf over to any of the Fox News discussion boards and look for the most inflammatory material: that’s what you’ll be hearing on the show this week.

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Three Incidents of Protesters With Guns at Obama Events

August 18, 2009 by Source
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Armed protesters asserting their right to bear arms, including a man with a rifle slung over his shoulder, gathered yesterday near a Phoenix convention hall where President Barack Obama spoke, a police spokesman said.

The protesters were taking advantage of an Arizona law that allows people to carry unconcealed guns, Phoenix Police Department spokesman Andy Hill said. Police made no arrests.

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The Power of Pole Dancing

June 7, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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by Anna Daniels

“Actress Heather Graham wants women to empower themselves by pole dancing.” I read these words in a filler article in the U-T last Saturday morning (5/31/09). Whatever life lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in irony. Consider the past week’s news.

“LORD KNOWS WHAT WE WOULD GET THEN” The news has delivered up some fascinating responses to President Obama’s proposed appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. …

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Michael Moore: Good-by, General Motors

June 1, 2009 by Source
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by Michael Moore

General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled. …

It is with sad irony that the company which invented “planned obsolescence” — has now made itself obsolete.

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Is the Pentagon subverting Obama’s plan to have US troops leave Iraq?

May 27, 2009 by Source
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Former Congressman Tom Andrews, National Director of the Win Without War Coalition, released the following statement today:

Yesterday’s comments by Army Chief of Staff General George Casey that the Pentagon needs to begin planning to leave U.S. combat troops in Iraq for another decade …

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Universal Health Care or Bust! Democrats offer “sweeping reform” of the same ol’ system

May 14, 2009 by Lane Tobias
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by Lane Tobias

The debate over health care reform has been hotly contested for generations, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that during one of the worst global economic crises in history, President Obama is following through on his campaign promise to reform the system.

Or is he?

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The Anti-War Dilemma: How To Protest A President You Trust

May 12, 2009 by Source

During the Bush era, peace protests were presupposed. If the President of the United States showed up anywhere, so did the protesters. Now that Barack Obama has taken over the helm, though, peace activists are debating and rehashing protest strategies and often not protesting at all.

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Administration Launches Assault on Corporate Tax Cheats

May 4, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

President Obama has presented a far-reaching set of proposals that are aimed at the tax benefits enjoyed by companies and wealthy individuals harboring cash in offshore accounts. Republicans in Congress have reacted by labeling the proposals as “tax increases”. …

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A Cool Prez

May 1, 2009 by Ernie McCray
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by Ernie McCray

Now that the hullabaloo is over regarding what Obama has or hasn’t accomplished during his first 100 days, I’m just stoked that he’s still maintaining his cool. I can’t help but be impressed by coolness.

Growing up black in Tucson in the 40’s and 50’s, it sometimes seemed that being cool was …

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The Looming Defense and Intelligence Budget Battles – the San Diego Connections

April 13, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

President Obama’s FY 2010 baseline budget of $534 billion for the Defense Department represents a 4% increase over the $523 billion allocated to the Pentagon by the Bush administration for FY 2009. Obama’s budget contains $6.7 billion more than the previous administration thought would be needed for the coming fiscal year.

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A Trip by President Obama Filled with Hope

April 11, 2009 by Ernie McCray
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by Ernie McCray

I loved the image Obama projected abroad although I could have gone without the scene wherein our troops in Iraq stood wide-eyed listening to him, in so many words, say to them: “You don’t have much longer to stay but you just might end up shooting and ducking and covering your behinds in Afghanistan someday.”

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We the People to General Motors CEO: “You’re fired!”

April 1, 2009 by Source
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by Michael Moore

Nothing like it has ever happened. The President of the United States, the elected representative of the people, has just told the head of General Motors — a company that’s spent more years at #1 on the Fortune 500 list than anyone else — “You’re fired!”

I simply can’t believe it. This stunning, unprecedented action has left me speechless for the past two days.

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Political Distractibility and the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice

February 13, 2009 by Gregg Robinson
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by Gregg Robinson

These are going to be tough times for the anti-war movement. With a popular Democrat in the White House and depression economics on the front pages, it is going to be hard to turn out people for anti-war demonstrations. Most people’s attention is going to be on their pocket books and their sympathy for Obama is going to mean they are unlikely to demonstrate against a war that he is making attempts to “carefully” end. For these reasons the anti-war movement cannot afford to be easily distracted.

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Obama Signs Orders Reversing Bush’s Labor Policies

January 31, 2009 by Source
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On yet another morning of grim economic news, President Obama sought to further distance himself from his predecessor on Friday as he announced steps that he said would strengthen organized labor and improve the lot of middle-class Americans.

At a White House ceremony, the president signed three executive orders that he said would “reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we’ve seen these last eight years, policies with which I’ve sharply disagreed.”

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This is what democracy looks like !

January 22, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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One out of every 150 Americans was there in Washington DC yesterday, January 20, 2009. Nothing before yesterday had ever seen such a press of humanity that demonstrated on Tuesday. So many grand words have been spoken or written about President Barack Obama’s inauguration, that we dare not add anything mediocre. We had risen yesterday in anticipation, and turned on the tube early to watch history and try to be part of it. The crowds were what amazed me. Seeing faces with tears rolling down glad cheeks were what got me the most. Watching so many young Americans happy and excited, seeing so many African-Americans beaming, and viewing the plain diversity of the crowd made us all gasp with pride. The relentless chants of “Obama, Obama!” echoed my shouts into the night air the evening he was elected.

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Garrison Keillor on Barack Obama’s election:

January 19, 2009 by Source
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Be happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation. It isn’t gloating, it’s satisfaction at a job well done. He was a superb candidate, serious, professorial but with a flashing grin and a buoyancy that comes from working out in the gym every morning. He spoke in a genuine voice, not senatorial at all. He relished campaigning. He accepted adulation gracefully.

He brandished his sword against his opponents without mocking or belittling them. He was elegant, unaffected, utterly American, and now (Wow) suddenly America is cool. Chicago is cool. Chicago !!!

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At Obama’s Inauguration – what’s a liberal protester going to do?

January 13, 2009 by Source
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Peace activists in the nation’s capital met for weeks last fall, brainstorming how they’d demonstrate their opposition at the inauguration of John McCain as president. Then Barack Obama won the election. What’s a liberal protester to do? “It was a happy dilemma,” said Barbra Bearden, spokeswoman for Peace Action, which is affiliated with the Activist Coalition of D.C.

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Opposition Grows From the Left Against Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General

January 8, 2009 by Source
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Both Michael Moore, who produced “Sicko”, and Congressional Representative John Conyers are very critical of President-elect Obama’s choice for Surgeon General. Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.

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We forget that Lincoln opposed a war, too

January 8, 2009 by Source
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What does history tell us about the proper role of American politicians during wartime? Supporters of President Bush like to compare his leadership in pursuing the unpopular Iraqi war to the steadfastness of Abraham Lincoln in his own prosecution of the difficult Civil War. … Trouble is, Lincoln had quite a different attitude toward another war, the little-known Mexican War of 1846-48.

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Bush’s Spooks Are Spooked

January 7, 2009 by Doug Porter
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President Elected Obama’s unexpected choice of Leon Panetta as Director of the CIA has certainly raised a few eyebrows on Capital Hill and in the news media. Key Democratic Congressional leaders and more than a few of the former-CIA-turned-media-talking- heads have gone public with their disappointment/reservations.

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Thinking About Going to DC for the Inauguration?

December 26, 2008 by Doug Porter
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In just a few short weeks the Bush-Cheney era will be drawing to a close. It’s a pretty exciting time; lots of Americans are making plans to visit Washington DC to participate in some fashion in the inauguration of the forty-fourth President of the United States.

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The Rise of Locavores – The Movement for Local Cuisine (revised)

December 19, 2008 by Doug Porter
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President-elect Obama’s choice of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be Agriculture Secretary has drawn a collective thumbs down amongst progressive bloggers, perhaps best characterized by the headline at Eating Liberally: “Maybe Vilsack Won’t Suck?”. Gov. Vilsack is considered by many to be too close to the agribusiness industry to be able to enable the changes needed to reshape our national nutritional and food safety priorities. Author Michael Pollan was quoted on NPR as saying: “I was very disappointed in that news conference … not to hear Vilsack use the word ‘food’ — or ‘eaters.’ “

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‘A Craigslist for Service’

December 15, 2008 by Staff
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BY CRAIG NEWMAN: A lot of Americans go into service professions, but most have other means of employment, and need to find ways to help that complement their lives. To be really fair, this requires time and/or money that might be lacking; for example, a single parent putting kids through college is already more than busy. Here, I’m focusing on people who might have a little extra. Here are four possible aspects of “a craigslist for service,” and my suggestions for the Obama Administration.

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What Obama Has to Look Forward to – a Federal Government Rife With Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement

December 8, 2008 by Staff
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New General Accounting Report serves as a peephole into the myriad internal problems of the executive branch, depicting a federal bureaucracy that is rife with mismanagement, inefficiency, and faulty communication practices—all of this combining to jeopardize both the nation’s health and security.

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Obama defends workers who took over Chicago factory

December 7, 2008 by Staff

President-elect Barack Obama put himself on the side of the workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Sunday:“When it comes to the situation here in Chicago with the workers who are asking for their benefits and payments they have earned, I think they are absolutely right,” Obama said Sunday at a news conference.

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