August

Coulter crap: Dont ignore it, expose it

“Godless” is a good preview of what candidates with a peace, health, environmental and women’s rights focus will face in the fall elections. Why? The Bushites know winning on the issues will be difficult so they are putting their focus on emotion.

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Asian American actors career was forged by struggle

Mako, the Japan-born actor who used his Oscar nomination for the 1966 film “The Sand Pebbles” to push for better roles for Asian American actors, died July 21. He was 72.

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Required watching: How DeLay stole Congress

Featuring Tom DeLay grinning like a Cheshire cat throughout the film, “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress” chronicles the shenanigans of “the poster boy of corruption.”

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Disability rights and the civil rights revolution

Those of us who come from the first wave of disability rights advocates began our struggle within the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We learned an important lesson from that movement as to how a minority of citizens could change the way a society views the rights of all the people.

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Clean Energy Initiative gains support

LOS ANGELES — Using a neighborhood gas station as a backdrop, Democratic candidate for governor Phil Angelides late last month endorsed Proposition 87, the “Clean Energy Initiative,” which will be on the ballot in November.

Election reform demanded in Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND — At a spirited rally July 28 some 120 union members, retirees and community activists demanded the resignation of Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Michael Vu and Deputy Director Gwen Dillingham.

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GOPers back Democrat for Congress

DUBLIN, Calif. — Two lifelong Republicans who challenged incumbent Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) in the June 6 primary made a startling announcement July 26. Standing before a backdrop reading “Republicans for McNerney,” former Rep. Paul “Pete” McCloskey and former candidate Tom Benigno declared they are supporting Democratic nominee Jerry McNerney in the Nov. 7 election.

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Huge oil profits linked to economic slowdown

WASHINGTON — Exxon Mobil reported $10.4 billion in second quarter profits July 27, the second highest quarterly profits for any publicly traded company in U.S. history. Shell profits jumped 40 percent to $7.32 billion in the second quarter while BP profits soared 30 percent to $7.3 billion. Houston-based Conoco Phillips reported $5.18 billion, 65 percent higher than the first quarter.