Thanks Red Star for reminding us about the great Studs Terkel, who died today. Not only did I blubber a bit thinking of the amazing talent this man had for telling the truth, but I blubbered thinking about my late father--who adopted Chicago as his home and liked to cause trouble like Terkel. He loved the man, and maybe now, he finally has someone to pal around with.
Who knows? Maybe they can work together and rig the election, and Nov. 5, we will wake up to the headline "Kucinich Wins."
Here are some Terkel quotes:
"We are the most powerful nation in the world, but we're not the only nation in the world. We are not the only people in the world. We are an important people, the wealthiest, the most powerful and, to a great extent, generous. But we are part of the world."
"We can't make any choices unless we connect the past with the present. The thing that horrifies me is the forgetfulness."
"I'm known around the block as a writer and broadcaster, but also as that old guy who talks to himself."
"We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes."
By defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, Arizona's Proposition 102 aims to make gay marriage--which is already not legal--unconstitutional. On Saturday, Oct. 18, gays and heterosexuals both gathered at Pride in the Desert to oppose the proposition.
Over the past two months, the organization Women Against Palin has received almost 200,000 letters from women expressing why they think Palin is wrong for America. Today, many of these letters will be read aloud via live web stream from 1-9 p.m. Hear what these women have to say at http://womenrespondtopalin.com .
Or visit http://www.womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com/ for more information on why Palin is the wrong choice.
Samantha Bee gets to the heart of McCain's "Dick Fingers."
Feminist blog Shakesville put up a series of cool photos of Obama's girl fan base. Pretty cool seeing kids in awe holding up signs, or shouting from their parents' shoulders.
It's online and ready for you to peruse. Feel free to comment on its contents here.
PETA doesn't always go after the fur folk, the chicken or turkey farms, or the slaughter houses. Evidently, candy companies are also on their hit list.
Mars, maker of those yummy little nuggets of chocolate joy called M&Ms, evidently use lab rats to test all that yummy chocolate goodness by force-feeding them. I mean, c'mon; they don't have to use rats. I'd be glad to volunteer to eat lots of chocolate. But then again ... they cut open the little guys to see how the chocolate "ingredients" change their blood vessels.
This made me think about the Hightower column we ran a few weeks ago on the fact that there isn't real chocolate in chocolate anymore. So if there isn't any, and they have to do lab tests, what is in the chocolate that I enjoy so much? (And when do I start to mutate? Maybe it already happened, and no one wants to tell me.)
Check out PETA's campaign here.
Amy Silverman has a great story in last week's Village Voice on John McCain and his lack of support for his fellow veterans. It's worth a read here.
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