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Pampered Chef cooking supplies and treats.

My own "man-style" recipes (Very straightforward and easy to prepare).

I kinda like this as an anthem for the left these days.

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PRAWN's mission is to:
  • Network groups, organizations, and individuals to stop the repression caused by "never ending wars" at home and abroad, by the US corporate military state
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Upcoming Events


Film - Beyond Credit Unions

7:30pm, Thursday, 16 October - Calvary UMC, 48th & Baltimore
The secret history of how the Bank at 50th & Baltimore Ave. became a Credit Union.
There will be a Q & A with the Director and free cider and ginger snaps
All for a free will offering.

Ray Torres, director
215 753 9022


Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East - Peace Vigil

17 October 12:00noon - 1:00pm

Held at the corner of 19th & JFK Boulevard

1st & 3rd Fridays of each month - all are invited to attend



Drone Free Horsham

Next protest: 24 October 12:00noon to 2:00pm

North corner of Horsham Air Base
Intersection of Easton Road & W. County Line Road

Facebook event page

YouTube - Living Under Drones

Protests held on Apr13, Jun13, Jul13, Apr14, May14, Jun14

US Social Forum Philadelphia

The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia, June 25-29, 2015 is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.


Midsection archive

climate march

Climate March NYC / Comments from reporter Naomi Klein. / The significance of the march

Rally for Michael Brown

rally for gaza

Rally for Gaza


Gay Pride Parade - Vets For Peace and FUMCOG contingents


May Day 2014


Pennsylvania's Gvernor Tom Corbett arrages to meet with students of one of the schools that he's been defunding, but cancels when students, parents and teachers make it clear that they were goingto protest his visit. We all assembled anyway.

drone protest

Anti-drones protest

group photo

Syria strike protest

Horsham Air Base

Protest at Horsham Air Base about proposed Drone Command Center

Anonymous protests

Last (?) Protest on behalf of Pfc. Bradley Manning

gay pride parade

The 2013 Philly Gay Pride Parade

Brad Manning demo

Demonstration on behalf of Bradley Manning, whose court-martial begins next Monday.


May Day USA 2013
May Day 2013

Horsham Air Base drone protest
Protesting drones at Horsham Air Base

Sandy Hook Vigil
Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School
Visual essay on event and on the gun control issue

near Liberty Bell
Occupy message to Veterans
Convergence in Philly
Official NatGat promo video
National Gathering Facebook page
Live-blog of National Gathering

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Rally at the School Board to defeat the Knudsen Plan

May Day Rally
Also, same problems that apply to privatized schools apply to prisons as well.

Decarcerate PA
DecarceratePA march & rally
PhillyIMC story

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The "Final Friday" vigil concludes

Dilworth Plaza

Occupation of Dilworth Plaza, Philadelphia

Protesting War in Libya

Declare Peace
Declare Peace & protest of interception of Boat to Gaza

Mt Airy Day
Mt Airy Day 2011


Philadelphia's Take Back The Night annual march and testimony

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UNAC opposed to the wars abroad

Lafayette Park
Noting the beginning of the 8th year of the Iraq War. Also, protest of how Pfc. Bradley Manning is being treated.

At Love Park
Two protests in support of the citizens, workers and unions of Wisconsin.
MSB Plaza     Love Park

rally for Egypt
In support of the Egyptian people against their dictator Hosni Mubarak. Update on situation. Videos of another protest shortly afterwards.

Vets protest

Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to U.S. Wars
Announcement    \ Flyers    Photos   Huffington Post

March & Rally to End the Wars

Protesting Islamophobia at Temple U.

around reflecting pool
One Nation Rally Washington DC Oct 2010

Don't [eff] with our activists!
Protesting FBI intimidation of peace activists. Brandywine piece on PhillyIMC. Pieces on PhillyAgainstWar blog 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.

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Fundraiser for US Ship to Gaza

Gay Pride Parade
Philadelphia's second annual Gay Pride Parade

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When G.W. Bush was preparing to leave office, many people brought up a comparison to Harry Truman, who was also unpopular when he left office, but whose reputation had a big rebound. After sinkinng to a 23% approval rating and a 69% disapproval, Bush's approval rating has, after six years, gotten up to 47%. Wikipedia gives Truman today an aggregate ranking of the 7th best president, Bush ranks 34th. NY Times columnist Paul Krugman considers Obama to be the third most consequential president (In order, F.D. Roosevelt, L.B. Johnson, B.H. Obama, R.W. Reagan), so Obama will probably have a comeback similar to Truman's.

Very cool! Roman Catholic Church considering ending discrimination against gays and lesbians.

More deficit scolding, this time to introduce austerity-based accounting methods to government expenditures.

Ferguson protests get larger still! Protesters go to St. Louis. Moral Mondays marchers join Ferguson protesters.

NIH Director blames austerity for lack of Ebola vaccine. More details on the deficit scolds and the NIH and an Ebola vaccine. Funding for the NIH was frozen since 2004 (They started working on a vaccine in 2001). We might have had a working, tested vaccine for Ebola by now.

The SRC suggests that Philadelphia needs more concessions from teachers. But teachers are already giving far more than they should be!

Excellent survey of the last four years of Tea Party governance in the states with Republican/Tea Party governors.

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry comments on Governor Walker's complete and utter hypocrisy concerning reproductive choice and women's health. I was troubled by Walker's statement of: "That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options." But is the information provided to pregnant women useful to the woman or is it simply scare-propaganda? Is it simply a horror-story meant to dissuade women from exercising their legitimate choices?

Whoa! Almost half a billion dollars in airplanes get turned into $32,000 worth of scrap metal as Afghans couldn't fly the planes!

Long after Gary Webb and his "discredited" investigation, people are showing up to say he was right.

Excellent! Good, strong statement from the Attorney General on the new poll tax, that is,Voter ID laws.

David Horowitz thinks ISIS has revealed the nature of Muslims in general through a few beheadings. No, they've revealed things about their own particular group.

How are we supposed to have a functioning political system when the opposition party demonstrates such complete craziness?!?!?! Tom Cotton takes a conspiracy theory from someone who pushed crazy stuff about Saddam Hussein before the Iraq War and who was then published in WorldNetDaily.

And speaking of WND, Ted Nugent says: "We don't believe that our president is a Christian."
Uh, who's "We"?!?!?! Sorry Ted, but you don't speak for any more than the far-right fringe.

The PA Governor puts out a really awful educational plan designed to help school privatizers.

Diane is absolutely right to be concerned. When I was in Navy boot camp, our Base Commander explained why we had to fold socks just so "If we can't trust you to fold socks correctly, I'm not going to trust you to tweak and peak my helicopter engine." Same thing here. If we can't trust the test guys to produce good answer keys, why are we trusting them with un-reviewable high-stakes academic tests?

The FSA, the Free Syrian Army, is the whole underpinning for the US strategy against ISIS. Unfortunately, the FSA is very much not on board with the US and its strategy.

With the third accidental discharge, we have to wonder. The statistical probability that a teacher will have to deal with a school shooting is, unfortunately, quite real. The chance that the teacher will be confronted so suddenly that he or she will have to play "Quick Draw McGraw"? Nowhere NEAR the probability that the teacher will goof up and accidentally discharge their firearm!

CFPB gets it right and finds an effective way to correct the behavior of a bad lender!

Did Obama make a gaffe when he said that all of the issues he's working to support (minimum-wage increase, infrastructure investment, job creation, pay equity, and on and on) are on the ballot? Um, no. Not at all. Those issues ARE on the ballot and every vote counts!

As an anti-war activist, I've always been in favor of paying for our wars directly, not just putting them on a credit card to be paid later. By the same logic, police should pay directly for brutality and overreactions through their budgets and salaries. Strangely, they don't.

NY Times columnist Paul Krugman notes that Bitcoin is doing poorly these days. It's lost two-thirds of its value. No biggie as it's a con that only libertarians liked to begin with.

Prescription opioids lead to 16,000 deaths a year, marijuana of course, doesn't lead to any. Yet somehow the opioids are still legal and marijuana isn't. The reason? Aw, ya guessed it! Yup, money

It's always popular to bash government and bureaucracy, but building codes serve an important public safety purpose. Governor Walker (R-WI) has been seriosuly slacking off on updating those codes, which pleases wealthy building interests, but not the public.

Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, explains that the Texas anti-choice law is all about compassion for women. But when asked "But 80 percent of those clinics are gone," Todd pressed. "So they have to drive for 2 or 300 miles. Is that compassion?" Priebus' reasoning immediately becomes all about taxpayer money.

About 35,000 walruses gather on Arctic shore due to melting of too much ice.

Iowa Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst is a really, really serious right-wing extremist. WaPo fact-checker disgraces himself by failing to admit just how extreme she is.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): "Hey guys, let's have another round of tax cuts!"
Math: “It won't help. All it does is to make the rich richer."
Ryan: "Oh...well, let's change the CBO assumptions so that a tax cut appears to be worthwhile! See? Problem solved!"

Also, Ryan wants to initiate an anti-poverty plan. Problem is, the plan is not a new one. It was tried previously and didn't work.

Not at all surprising. I thought it was an absolutely terrible idea for Christie not to start building an extra tunnel to Manhattan back in 2010, now it turns out that that decision was even worse than we thought. Both existing tunnels got flooded with salt water during Hurricane Sandy and are measurably deteriorating due to all the salt that got dumped in them. Gee, sure would be handy to have a third tunnel while the other two are closed for maintenance, huh?

Some cheerful news. Millennials are pretty gosh-darned liberal, even those who self-identify as Republicans.

Interesting stuff! Intel and counter-intel in the 1770s.

Heh! So "Notorious RBG" sounds off on the reproductive choice issue. Conservatives don't like that, of course, but one of them goes further to suggest that the Supreme Court Justice shouldn't speak on any controversial issues at all. Funny, but the same conservative was completely silent when Justice Scala spoke out on equally controversial issues. Also, Cenk Uygur explains that Justice Scalia's pose of non-partisanship is just that. A pose. There's nothing objective about Scalia's beliefs on the law and the Constitution.

Back during the war in El Salvador, we dirty hippies warned that US anti-guerilla actions may be creating more guerillas. Well, now we have the figures as to how many people joined up with ISIS in direct response to US bombing of them: 73.

Good explanatory piece on global warming. And yes, voluntary actions to reduce carbon emissions are wonderful and should be encouraged, but please let's not be under the impression that they will ever be sufficient to save humanity.

Bwah-hah-hah! Pennsylvani's Governor Corbett looked around for a quick, cheap and easy way to show that he cared about job creation. The results weren't QUITE what he expected! His people simply ginned up a job-search site that connected to Craigslist and Craigslst has some not-quite-legal job offers.

Kansas Secretary of State loses yet again in battle to prevent Democratic victory in Senate race.

Obama's domestic political critics have a bit of a problem: they don't appear to have any real alternatives to Obama's policies.

Rolling Stone writes expose of Koch brothers. The brothers freak out. And keep in mind that Rachel Maddow long ago invited them to come onto her show and to defend themselves (After they had mailed her a lengthy statement to read verbatim on-air and she quite naturally refused to do that), so these guys can't complain that they haven't had the chance to make a rebuttal. Also, they're in real hot water with misleading mailers that contain false information.

Secret Service is having problems protecting the President and yes, they directly blame budget cuts for that.

Poor Governor Brownback (R-KS)! He followed the GOP manual for prosperity to the letter and Kansas is a disaster! Brownback's conservative utopia just never came into being.


Good! Bob Beckel (A Fox News Democrat) gets a "hoo-yah" from me for having his microphone cut off. He finally ticked off his colleagues so much by speaking plain common sense that they felt obliged to shut him up. Bravo Zulu Bob!!!

Oh good grief! This is frikkin' hilarious! The Republican Party is putting out an ad saying “Republicans are people, too.” That raises questions all by itself, but the real groaner is that they used stock images! I guess they couldn't find any Republicans who looked like real people! Also, the campaign is not going well as liberals are making use of the #IAmARepublican hash tag to mock and make fun of the GOP.

President Obama concedes that the intel agencies called ISIS wrongly. A lot of reporters seem obsessed with "gaffes." They shouldn't be, because it holds politicians to standards that no human being can ever live up to. For Obama to forthrightly say that ISIS was missed is a good thing! Are intel agencies being “thrown under the bus”? No. But wow! Speaking of the intel agencies, we have 17 of them and together they spend $68 billion a year,, but we still get blindsided by unforeseen developments! Problem is, failure to foresee events simply encourages legislators to give them more money.

Wow! Horrible news! “Marissa Alexander Denied New Stand Your Ground Hearing, Still Faces Up To 60 Years In Prison.” This is truly insane because Marissa Alexander was convicted of firing a warning shot at around the same time George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman got off scot-free and Alexander is facing decades in prison.

Hong Kong experiences “Umbrella Revolution.”

Hmm. Well, the public is solidly behind bombing ISIS alongside allies (73% to 24%), but arming "moderate" rebels is opposed by a slim majority (54%) and that's a really major component of the plan. Obama's comments on ISIL emphasize "identity politics," which is actually secondary behind climate change and the resulting lack of jobs.

Yes, extreme financial inequality is such a mysterious thing! Just can't imagine what causes it! Actually, there's nothing mysterious about it at all.

Good to see Republicans abandoning lawsuit against President Obama. There was an extremely similar case that crashed and burned a very short while ago. Looks like Congress decided their case was too similar to the one that had just failed. And yes, I completely agree with the President, Congress would be far better off actually doing something useful with its time.

Excellent letter from American servicepeople responding to the "joke" ("boobs on the ground") by a Fox Newsperson. Jon Stewart said to not give him any crap about how Fox News is "pro-military." It isn't. Fox's Eric Bolling makes a desperate attempt to change the subject from his disrespect for the militaryby dishonestly comparing military to civilian pay. What he does is to compare only the cash that military E1s get to what fast-food workers make, ignoring that military people get free food, free housing, uniform allowance, etc., etc.

September 26th, we carried out a successful protest at Dilworth Plaza, a few years after the plaza was closed down for extensive alterations. Alterations were quite good, BTW. Major improvement over what they had there before.

Muslim leaders urge ISIS to “Return to 'religion of mercy'”.

Rep. Alan Grayson comments on ISIS and training moderate Syrian rebels: "That's my basic argument...we just finished building, training, arming and outfitting a 220,000 man 'Iraq Army', at the cost of $60 billion ...where the fuck are they, and if they have totally failed, why on Earth would the exact same strategy be expected to work training 'Syrian Moderates' to fight??? Pure insanity."

Uh! Mah! Gawd! The "latte salute" story has got to be the most idiotic waste of TV pixels I can think of! As a Navy veteran, believe me, we had manuals and instructions about dang near everything. There are no instructions about the C-in-C saluting because saluting began with Reagan, who just plain liked to do it. For the President to salute the Honor Guard should be considered a courtesy. It's nice if he does it, if he doesn't or doesn't do it "properly," don't worry about it! Rachel Maddow comments on the sheer awfulness of Politifact. Fact-checking is a valuable and necessary service in a democracy, but seriously, Politifact is giving fact-checking a bad name.

Very happy to see that the DOJ is following up on the murder of John Crawford III. Both the police and Walmart were, at best, criminally negligent. The police for listening to a wannabe-Marine who was lying and Walmart for allowing the police into their store when their own security people should have told them there was no security threat.

Good! The fight against distorting AP US History (To make it appear that the US was always a good and noble nation) is getting some welcome pushback from students! Fox News, is of course, perfectly happy to see conservatives conducting street protests, but are very snotty about liberals doing the same. College Board takes side of students.

Have to agree with this, myself. The US can't effectively train Middle Eastern armies to fight. The US tried for about a decade and tossed billions and billions into training the Iraq Army and they fell apart at the first real challenge. Also, bringing Afghan soldiers to the US for training seemed like a grand idea at the time! But after three of them enjoyed a strip club, they went AWOL

Wow! Concerned mother becomes writer to "save" her children from reading Harry Potter. Incredibly boring, one-dimensional writing that J.K. Rowling really ought to sue the writer for.

Speaker Boehner seemed to be such a tightly disciplined speaker that we'd never get to hear any slip-ups in which he'd describe how he REALLY feels about something, the way Ronald Reagan would do all the time ("facts are stupid things" when Reagan was supposed to say "stubborn things"). Now he spoke to what he considered a friendly audience and described the unemployed. Yeah, this seems to be how he really feels.

My photoessay on the Climate March in New York City. Aerial footage of march. Naturally, the Sunday talk shows make very little mention of the march. Wow! Very cool to hear about fabulously rich people with a social conscience! And yes, in talking about the march, it's three conservatives to one liberal, but the NY Assemblyman does a good job here. One of the right-wing attacks was about trash the marchers left. New York sanitation people didn't see anything unusual or unexpected about it.

I apologize for my fellow white males who feel it's appropriate to drag in irrelevant observations on race and gender and looks to make a political point. As TPM shows, there are a number of real and serious and legitimate criticisms to make of Michelle Rhee and Campbell Brown's political positions. To the guy critics, we don't need to weaken our criticism by dragging in a lot of personal baggage.

Liberals have known about the “Myth of Liberal Media Bias” for a long time, FAIR and Media Matters have been reporting this for forever, but it's good to see the NY Times admit it. BTW, 57% to 42% (Sunday talk shows have conservative guests 57% of the time, liberals 42%) is not a "slightly lopsided distribution," it's a significant and substantive majority.

A great pity to hear that Iranian religious authorities condemned this cheerful, warm-hearted video. When your nation is dealing with another and there is suspicion and hostility between you, this is precisely the sort of thing that helps the regular people of both sides to understand and sympathize with one another, to see their commonality and what they share.

Salon assures us that "No Labels" is nothing to worry about. It's a vanity project for wealthy amateur dilettantes with too much money, too much time on their hands and nowhere near enough information about the real world.

The effects of the drone program on the drone operators.

Good! The Kansas Secretary of State made a blatantly partisan decision, so the Kansas Supreme Court ruled against him. He's battling it out to the end, though.

Good! Very happy to see an on-the-ground counterweight to the "mission creep" that seemed inexorable when Obama announced that, well, he didn't want ground troops, but, y'know, stuff happens.. Juan Cole also weighs in and adds that the Iraq militias are even less enthusiastic about US ground troops.

There's a wild, baseless, completely evidence-free accusation that the State Department “scrubbed” files having to do with Benghazi. Fox News reports it as though it was a proven fact. And no, Benghazi is nothing like Iran-Contra. Not even a little bit. Oh, and by the way, when a news channel interviews 144 Republican Congresspeople and only five Democrats, that's a pretty clear sign of bias.

Update: Fox News criticizes Media Matters and the media for delivering and receiving press releases and then reporting them as original news. Problem: Fox completely fails to show that MMFA is wrong in any substantive way. If newspeople are reporting accurate news, what's the problem?

I'm sorry, but this is just not acceptable. There's simply no way that the Michael Brown case is so incredibly complicated that the grand jury needs until January to decide what to do. "...there are now six credible eyewitness accounts all in agreement that Michael Brown had his hands in the air..." and that Brown was running away when Darren Wilson shot him. Stop stalling!

Update: Even a Traditional Media guy can tell the fix is in. St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch's “23-year record on the job reveals scant interest in prosecuting [police shooting of civilian] cases. During his tenure, there have been at least a dozen fatal shootings by police in his jurisdiction (the roughly 90 municipalities in the county other than St. Louis itself), and probably many more than that, but McCulloch’s office has not prosecuted a single police shooting in all those years.”

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