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February 2011


You know things are dire when I go to a protest rally. It’s one of the signs of the apocalypse, the one right before the seas turn to blood. I hate rallies. You stand out there feeling like a complete ass, while people around you chant “Hey-hey, ho-ho, corporate welfare has got to go.”

Whatever the thing is that’s being protested, see, you say it’s Got to Go.

This event was the insipidly-named “Rally to Save the American Dream” that went on yesterday in various cities across the USA. The intention was to give the thumbs-up to the Wisconsin protesters, encourage them to keep up the battle for collective bargaining rights. Also, presumably, to dig the trenches for the last-ditch fight to save the American working class, in spite of tea-party defectors who have already put out the sign saying “Welcome Corporate Overlords!”


February 27th, 2011 | Comments (76)

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February 20th, 2011 | Comments (21)

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February 17th, 2011 | Comments (93)

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February 14th, 2011 | Comments (26)

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February 11th, 2011 | Comments (29)

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February 10th, 2011 | Comments (92)

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February 9th, 2011 | Comments (30)

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February 5th, 2011 | Comments (78)

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February 2nd, 2011 | Comments (75)

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February 1st, 2011 | Comments (19)

Mexico's Narco-War 2011: The Gulf Cartel Chops Up the Zetas

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