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Entries by Chris Weigant from 10/2011

Wall Street Protest, Circa 1967

| Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

Abbie Hoffman's merry band of pranksters took a tour of the NYSE on August 24, 1967. The tour ended at a gallery overlooking the trading floor. Hoffman and his friends rushed to the railing, and began throwing money onto the heads of the traders below.

Mad as Hell

| Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

The protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement have been criticized for not being focused enough, or not providing a list of demands, or not having leaders. This can be forgiven. Call it free-floating rage.

Friday Talking Points -- Long Live Steve Jobs

| Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics

[Note: Today's column is seriously disjointed. If you're already sick of hearing what a wonderful guy Steve Jobs was, then I strongly advise you to j...

Marijuana Prohibition's Legal Insanity Continues

| Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

One-third of our governments have decided that sick people are allowed to use marijuana. In other words, that marijuana has a valid medical use. If Attorney General Eric Holder were following any sort of science-based (or even fact-based) drug policy, he would admit this reality.

Surveying GOP Field

| Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

In the "Frontrunners" category, we had four names two months ago: Bachmann, Palin, Perry, and Romney. Two of these are gone, and one has risen to take their place, leaving us with three frontrunners (at least, for now).

Friday Talking Points -- I Am A 99 Percenter

| Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics

The Occupy Wall Street protest continues. So far, its staying power has surprised and enthused a large swath of America, and surprised and bemused mu...

The End of the Iraq War Is in Sight

| Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

All America can do, at this point, is beg the Iraqis to come together and put aside their political differences, and do what we want them to do.

Republicans Attack Cain's 9-9-9 Plan

| Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Cain is fighting hard, but he will fail. "I'm going to raise taxes on 84 percent of America!" is not the best way to get elected in this country, and it is definitely not the way to win a GOP primary.

Friday Talking Points -- Foreign Policy Issues Reappear

| Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics

It has been a big week on the foreign policy front, with the death of Libya's dictator and President Obama's announcement today that all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of this year.

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's 22-Week Work Year

| Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics

The Republican House leadership just released the tentative work schedule for the House of Representatives for the next calendar year. It contains only 109 days of actual work. That's for the entire year, folks. That is less than 30 percent of the days a year actually contains.

Horrifying Hallowe'en Tales, Left And Right

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain wins the GOP nomination for president, and before next year's election a law is passed (over Obama's veto) that restricts voting rights to those not working off their unending debt to Uncle Sam.