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Entries by Bob Ostertag from 06/2008

The Wrong Way for Obama to Show His Patriotism

| Posted 06.04.2008 | Politics

The fact is that there is nothing about Obama's personal narrative that would be all that novel in many parts of the world.

On Blogging, Politics and Patriotism

| Posted 06.05.2008 | Politics

The idea that we are somehow the world's last best hope is not only false, it is what allows people like George Bush and Dick Cheney to sell phoney arguments for foreign wars to the American public.

Don't Take Anything Otherwise for Granted

| Posted 06.06.2008 | Politics

In 2008, the fact that Reagan was president and redrew the US political map is such a salient feature of American history that it is difficult to remember how unthinkable it was at the time.

Obama-[blank]-Gore: The Third Person on the Ticket

| Posted 06.08.2008 | Green

By teaming up together before November, Obama and Gore could finally resolve the dilemma of how to win in the American electoral arena while speaking out on global warming.

The Hillary We Hardly Knew

| Posted 06.08.2008 | Politics

What are we to make of this latest makeover? Has Hillary fallen victim to Al Gore Syndrome, where we don't find out what appealing people they are until they lose and finally get to be themselves again?

Obama's Internet Money Machine and the Future

| Posted 06.11.2008 | Politics

Obama's fundraising has been celebrated as turning of the tables on the kind of money politics that has dominated America. But before we were on top, many of us wanted campaigns less expensive, not more.

Global Warming, Barack Obama, and Everyone Else

| Posted 06.13.2008 | Green

The percentage of Americans who think global warming is a "very serious problem" dropped 5% over the last year, from 47% in 2007 to 42% today.

Global Warming Denialism on The Huffington Post and Beyond

| Posted 06.16.2008 | Green

When it comes to climate change, we must reckon with a surprisingly large group of the vocal and miseducated. These naysayers have uncanny parallels to AIDS denialists.

Obama, Money, and a Campaign Finance Proposal

| Posted 06.20.2008 | Politics

Obama is raising more money via the Internet in small donations than any candidate in history. Hooray! But it is just as true that he is raising more money from fat cat donations than any candidate in history.

Obama, Mathew, and Joshua

| Posted 06.21.2008 | Politics

Obama's campaign is launching a grassroots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.

Welcome to the Climate Insecurity Generation

| Posted 06.30.2008 | Green

From here on out, every weather calamity will arrive in a wrapper of unspoken dread: what if this event does not fit the old pattern?