This is what integrity looks like

October 18, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

"To me, the definition of community is we all do better when we all do better. Whatever happened to community?"

In these last days before the November 02 election, I think it is important for us to take a breather from the sound and fury. I think it is important for us to see what real leadership and integrity looks like. I think it is important for us to listen to Paul Wellstone's words about what we can and must do to help our country step back from the abyss.

Do I still miss this man? I do.

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When does it end -- or does it?

October 10, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

My friend Suzanne and I were talking about Target the other day – “Target” being our home-grown retail giant. “Target” being the Dayton Hudson offspring we loved without reservation until we learned it dumped a big chunk of money into an organization that funneled it into Tom Emmer’s political campaign.

That’s the day Suzanne and I stopped shopping Target. We were not alone, and it believe me, it wasn’t a snap decision. For starters, some of us have shopped Target since it opened its first store in Roseville in 1962. So, yes, as I keep reminding you, we are older than primal ooze. But now we’re disappointed in our corporate role-model-gone-missing. Deeply disappointed.

Some say Target’s trickle-down donation means that the company embraces Emmer’s clear opposition to gay rights. Maybe so. Others believe the Target funding illustrates the deplorable Supreme Court decision to allow humongous corporations to make political donations as though they were just plain folks.

Either way, Target came crosswise of a significant number of its previously loyal customers. And this time, we decided to walk the walk, as is said ad nauseum, even when the shoe fits.

Staying out of Target has been harder than staying on a diet. Read some more.

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A touch of class on the Clothesline

October 08, 2010 by barbara

by barbara

Okay, this is hilarious. Up first is Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch" ad, to wit:

Next up, a -- oh, let's just call it an earthy parody of the bizarre ad:

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Obama Will Triumph – So Will America!

October 08, 2010 by barbara

by Frank Schaeffer
(h/t LeftyMN)

(barbara's note: This piece was written ten months ago. It is still relevant, and increasingly important. Read it. Think about it. Then do something helpful before November 02. Please and thank you.)

Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds – including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter – are sticking with our President. Why? Because he is succeeding.

We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of
him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.

Obama's steady supporters will be proved right. Obama's critics
will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.

The Context of the Obama Presidency Keep reading, please.

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Got no time to sulk

September 16, 2010 by barbara

Clotheslineblog guest George Willnot* writes:

I would say there's only way way to deal with political depression for those Democrats who are sighing and sulking: Dump your grievances with Democrats in Washington who don't behave the way you want Democrats to sound and behave.

I've heard from dozens of normally active and unapologetic Democrats who seem sucked into believing they are the ones who protect the holy writ of the party. Sometimes it takes a Bill Clinton to bend their noses back into shape as he did earlier this week.

The Democrats who think we're lost because they're convinced Obama turned out to be a sham, and who wonder what happened to the concept of guts in the Congress, need to know the one answer to their miasma: Turn every precinct inside out and strong-arm every sulking Democrat in sight to vote in November and two years from now.

The Republicans are going to come with torrents of money from K Street and Target and WalMart and Best Buy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Democrats are going to be outspent every day and out-talked by the Limbaughs and laughed at every day by the pukeheads on Fox News and out-churched by the Becks, but Read on!

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