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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, August 06, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 223

    The battle for healthcare reform continues, and the right wing extremists have been resorting to lies, violence and threats...as usual. Funny how deception and violence are the only options when you have no facts on your side and yet still insist you are right. Here is Obama's latest statement on reform:



    This week some good news for journalism. The two Current TV Vanguard journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been pardoned by North Korea after Bill Clinton paid a visit to North Korea. Ling and Lee had been in China covering a story about refugees from North Korea escaping into China when they were kidnapped by North Korean soldiers at the border. North Korea sentenced them to 12 years hard labor.

    Here is footage of their homecoming:



    Current TV's Vanguard program is among the best investigative journalism in America today. Laura Ling is one of the ones whose work I am familiar with and she, along with the other Vanguard journalists, has gone all over the world covering stories no one else covers. Among her works:

    Narco War Next Door:



    Haiti's Hotzone:



    Turkey/Iraq Border War:



    I recommend Current TV as an antidote to the inane journalism that most American TV gives us. And I am happy Laura Ling is now free.

    I also want to mention that one of my fellow Culture Kitchen bloggers, Leo Igwe, a Humanist in Nigeria, was apparently attacked by a mob last week and robbed and beaten. Why? Because he was standing up against child abuse by religious fanatics in Nigeria. Here is my Culture Kitchen article on the incident. And you can read Leo Igwe's pieces on the abuse of so-called "witch-children" in Nigeria here and here.

    On a much lighter note, YOU TOO can have your OWN Kenyan birth certificate, just like the one people produced for Obama.

    And, of course, congratulations to our newest Supreme Court Judge!

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    MSNBC's Donnie Deutsch Calls for Glenn Beck Advertiser Boycott

    Your Water Footprint

    Saving the Earth's Fisheries

    First Sign of Recovery?

    NYC FOCUS: My updated endorsement list

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Virginia Organizing Project: On Predatory Lending, Legislators Say, "Let Them Eat Cake"

    Virginia Focus: Creigh Deeds Launches Tour of Rural SW Virginia

    Virginia Congressman Target of Right Wing Forgery Attempt

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Georgia Democrats Work

    Georgia Action for Health Care

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Joe Sestak for Senate

    PA-15: Democrats Land Another Top Recruit In Swing Territory Hotlist

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Neo-Nazis

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Stop Blackstone Coal

    NEVADA FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Florida Fire Fighters Endorse Alex Sink for Governor

    Jacksonville, FL Campaign Training

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

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