Ask Your Boss For Free Drugs

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Milt Freudenheim reports in the New York Times that some employers are finding it more cost effective to give their employees free drugs. His article, illustrates how much attitudes within the business community are changing regarding the rising cost of healthcare. As Freudenheim reports,

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Change Agent: A Podcast Interview With (NY) State Sen. Liz Krueger

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at The Albany Project.


Three-decade incumbent Republican Roy Goodman represented the 26th Senate District of New York. He was a "Rockefeller" Republican and symbol of Albany's unchanging status quo. Goodman had delivered for this district covering Manhattan's east side and midtown. He appeared invulnerable and his continued success helped the GOP maintain their Senate majority for decades.

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Pakistan: A Strategic Conundrum

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Last week, I partly addressed America's strategic incompetence with my post, "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War." Another country we appear to have no strategy for is Pakistan. Presently, political leadership in Washington is consumed with a myopic debate over non-binding resolutions in Iraq while the failed "global war on terror" continues to burn. Pakistan illustrates America's delicate position in this conflict, as the growing numbers of presidential candidates offer nothing but platitudes.

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Eliot Spitzer Takes On New York's Nomenklatura

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Is New York's Eliot Spitzer for real? Is it possible my home state elected a governor who knows what he means and means what he says? Politicians promising reform and boasting about their prowess as culture breakers is nothing new. Spitzer's predecessor, George Pataki also promised to reform Albany's corrupt culture and he proceeded to embrace it. Mario Cuomo didn't embrace Albany's inside game like Pataki but he didn't confront it either.

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Losing the Janes

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The topic below was orignally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Just prior to Election Day I did a post about my volunteer activism entitled, "Turning On the Janes and Phone Banking." I described my experience talking to a struggling single mother from Cuyahoga County, Ohio I called "Jane." Jane didn't want to vote due to frustration and cynicism. During our conversation Jane told me,


"I'm not waiting online all day like last time. Screwed up my whole day and my vote for Kerry didn't count anyway. It was stolen."


For good measure Jane added that I was,


"Wasting my time with these calls. It's fixed and the politicians never care about people like me."

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Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


How many voters went to the polls in 2004 believing Iraq was behind 9/11 and didn't give Afghanistan a second thought? The oxygen of our political discourse is consumed by Iraq. Some of America's most prestigious citizens collaborated on the Iraq Study Group. Politicians from both parties are proposing alternatives from supporting President Bush's escalation, to partition and even cutting off funding.

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History and Civil Rights In Yonkers, New York: A Podcast Interview With Filmmaker Bill Kavanagh

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Last month, I wrote about Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, a documentary to be aired on Friday, February 9th (9PM EST) on PBS covering the struggle for civil rights in Yonkers, New York. At the time I received E-Mails requesting a reminder post when the airtime for this documentary neared. It happens the director and producer of this documentary, Bill Kavanagh, is a good friend as well as a blogger and he agreed to a podcast interview. Since the PBS broadcast is local to the New York metropolitan area, the documentary's website (click here) will provide a link to purchase a DVD of this film in a few days.

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Sage of the Big Apple: A Podcast Interview With Congressman Jerrold Nadler


The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


New York State's Eighth Congressional District is a diverse mosaic covering Manhattan's West Side below 89th Street, Lower Manhattan, and areas of Brooklyn including Borough Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Since 1992, Congressman Jerrold Nadler has ably represented the eighth in the House of Representatives following his sixteen years of service in the New York State Assembly.

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Inside Dick Cheney's Brain (Satire)


The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


I feel like Count Vitte who served the insipid Czar Nicholas II in the final years of Russia's monarchy. A stupid boy sovereign who believed he was annointed by God. His subjects, the ungrateful peasants and proletarians lost their stomach for a noble war.


Rabble rousers, subversives and opportunists sowing the seeds of dissent and undermining morale. "Peace, land and bread!" Now it's peace, healthcare and raise the minimum wage! Put a mustache and beard on Senator Schumer and he resembles Leon Trotsky! Instead of Lenin's propaganda pamphlets we have blogs. Hillary Clinton might as well be the reincarnation of Vladimir Lenin's wife Nadezhda Krupskaya.

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Has John Kerry Come Full Circle?


The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


I admired John Kerry prior to his voting for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002. The early years of his senate career were terrific. During his first term, Kerry went to Nicaragua and his determined pursuit of the truth resulted in the first exposure of the Iran-Contra scandal.


His Senate elders didn't appreciate being upstage by the upstart Kerry and they refused to give him a seat on the joint House/Senate congressional committee that investigated the affair. Kerry didn't make friends easily in the Senate but he did good work.

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