Tonight my good friend Jeffrey Dean Foster, who’s also one of the most outstanding musical artists I’ve ever run across, is playing a solo show back home in Winston-Salem, NC. I’m unspeakably happy to be back in Colorado, hopefully for good, but I miss being able to wander out on a night like this to grab a Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy and take in one of his remarkable sets.
With the race to win Democratic presidential nomination still too close to call, the decision most likely will not be determined by the people, but by the “superdelegates” during this summer’s Democratic National Convention. Superdelegates are Democratic Party members – those belonging to the National Committee, members of Congress, former leaders and other elected officials – and they represent 19.6% of the votes at the convention.
In the latest edition of Capital Eye, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics’ newsletter, it’s reported that Democratic superdelegates have received $904,200 in campaign contributions from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the last three years. Continue reading →
An Associated Press story about a leaked internal study that accuses the Marine Corps of delays in providing mine-resistant vehicles to its forces in Iraq provides ample reason why good journalism is a social and political must, government whistleblowers ought to be fully protected from retribution, and journalists should not be compelled to identify anonymous sources.
Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes. Continue reading →