Political Blog Weekly: 17 April 2009

Tea Party Protest

"Report from the Nashville Tea Party"
Originally published:  14 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  A first-person perspective of the tea party protest held in Nashville on Wednesday, and looking forward to the future.

"The Phoenix Tea Party"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  A first-hand perspective of an Arizona "tea party" protest, and the observations made about the attendees.

"Clovis NM ‘Tea Party’"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  A first-person perspective of a "tea party" protest in New Mexico, and asking the elected officials to stop and take notice of the protestor’s message.

"What is Really Driving Conservative Teabagging?"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questioning the background motivation and planning of the "tea party" protests this week and if the participants know the issues they are protesting about.

"Out of Touch? Putting the Tea Party Protests In Perspective"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Comparing the "tea party" protest message to the news coverage of the events by the media.

"1 Million In 50 States Ignored / The Day The Free Press Finally Died"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  An in-depth look into the nation-wide "tea party" protests and how the media ignored the voices of approximately 1 million people on Tax Day.

"CNN and MSNBC’s Coverage of the Tea Party Protests Was Immature and Unprofessional"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing how the major news networks filled the coverage of the "tea party" protests with childish remarks and inappropriate jokes instead of covering the event from an objective point of view.

"Begala: April 15th Should Be ‘Patriot’s Day’"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Responding to an article published by Paul Begala regarding tax day.

"Why Not Pay More?"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Asking why people such as Paul Begala, who refer to April 15th as "Patriot’s Day" doesn’t give the government more than what is required in their taxes.

Pirates/Terrorism

"Obama Finally Got Something Right"
Originally published:  13 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Crediting Obama for giving the go ahead to use military force to free Maersk Captial Richard Phillips and questioning why he isn’t more forceful on other international issues.

"Easter Sunday in Underhill"
Originally published:  13 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at how a small town deals with a flood of media personnel during the kidnapping of Maersk Captain Richard Phillips.

"War on Pirates"
Originally published:  13 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questioning if the US will go to war on the pirate strongholds or if we should take a more distant stance.

"The Smell of Fear"
Originally published:  13 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking back at historical parallels to see how our enemies test our response to minor acts of violence in order to plan larger assaults.

"Torture … Again"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Asking if torture is always wrong, and looking at the complexity of our lives how difficult it is to construct a strict black/white policy for or against it.

Rightwing Extremism

"Anything To Fear From Left Wing Radicals?"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the security document released by the Department of Homeland Security and what threats it left out of the report.

"The DHS rightwing Boogey man report"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the response by veterans and interest groups to the DHS report on rightwing extremism, and how Napolitano is in damage control.

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Miscellaneous

"Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Murtha"
Originally published:  14 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the case against Rep. Murtha following his accusations that our Marines were killing innocent civilians in cold blood.

"Let’s All Just Play Nice"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing Obama’s call for nuclear disarmament and how nations such as North Korea and Iran have responded.

"High-speed rail a nice dream"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Remarking on Obama’s call for high-speed rail in the US and recommending a few initial rail routes for the project.

"Obama Just Hates Competition"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Comparing the response by the media to the Administration’s decision to cover up a religious reference during Obama’s speech at Georgetown University this week to Ashcrofts decisions to cover up a nude statue during one of his speeches years ago.

"The Line of Secession"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the comments made by Gov. Perry of Texas this week, and noting a recent poll of how Texans view the secession option.

"Auto Workers Versus Auto Management"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the potential impact of a GM bankruptcy on benefit packages for retirees.

"The Wrong Approach to Immigration Reform: From Alan Bersin to the Secure Fence Act"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the reasons why people enter our country illegally, and how current recommendations to stem the tide will not work.

"Obama and Polarization"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Comparing polling results on the polarization of the US under President Obama and President Bush, and how the Republican Party has responded.

"The Political Smoke Of Saving Children From Cigarettes"
Originally published:  14 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking how the plan for states to use settlement funds from the big tobacco lawsuits 10 years ago have failed to be used properly to prevent children from smoking.

"A Cram-Down Deal"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the status of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, and how the courts will work to restructure the mortgages.

"Question of the Week: Recovery Act Repercussions"
Originally published:  17 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into how the stimulus money is allocated to the states, and the problem the states have with using the funds to save jobs.

"GM Going Busto"
Originally published:  16 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the fate of GM, and what the Obama Administration might have in mind for the auto company.

"Is America the New Russia?"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking back at what brought us to the current economic problem and the future of our economic system.

Gay Marriage

"Same-sex marriage and Delaware: when will it come?"
Originally published:  14 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the recent history of states debating and passing same-sex legislation and questioning why Delaware hasn’t joined the movement.

"The Blathering Storm"
Originally published:  15 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the few states that have allow gay marriage and the responses from opposition groups.

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