Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thank You Mr. President

After a year of bashing from the corporate media and their tea party stooges, President Obama managed to pass health care reform.
While I don't pretend to know every nuance of the bill, whom it helps or how it could be better, I do feel a bit of thanks is in order for the man who pushed it through.
These signs went up in Berkeley, San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties and were seen by at least a hundred thousand motorists and, depending on how long they stay up, possibly a couple hundred thousand more.

Using cardboard, paint and an overhead projector, they took about four hours to make and cost practically nothing. (Buying a Prius really cuts down costs as well.)
Thanks to the Supreme Court, who apparently doesn't understand that most Americans can't afford to buy TV commercials, we can look forward to a political landscape where individual free speech is all but drowned out by corporate advertising, making this sort of low-cost/high-profile activism even more relevant in the future.

For some history, how-to and legal notes, visit

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Granny D: 1910 - 2010

"Where authority and power flow down from above, from heaven to the White House to husbands and ayatollahs, the free and joyful living of people can be quite the enemy ... When people begin to really live their lives, the black and white certainties do not turn to shades of gray, but to the million-jeweled hews of a morning's dew..."