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Guest Blogger: David Sirota

March 29, 2005 - With Chris Kromm out on vacation this week, we're bringing in an all-star lineup of guest bloggers. Up today is David Sirota, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, regular guest on the Al Franken Show, and columnist for In These Times who is deeply interested in issues that affect "red staters" in the South and beyond.

Slow-Burning Disaster

March 28, 2005 - A few weeks ago came news that Duke Energy was considering the construction of the first new nuclear plant in two decades (since before the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union), to be built in either South or North Carolina.

Double Standard

March 28, 2005 - According to the L.A. Times, in 1988 Tom DeLay's own father, comatose, brain-damaged, and kept alive by machines after a freak accident at home, was allowed to die by his family - without the interference of Congress or the President. Also, the DeLay family successfully sued the manufacturers of the "backyard tram" that had crashed, though the congressman would soon make a career of excoriating "frivolous, parasitic lawsuits" that "kill jobs":  

Is the U.S. Becoming a "Failed State?"

March 25, 2005 - If you haven't already, you should check out the excellent post this week at the Black Commentator: The U.S. is Becoming a "Failed State." "Failed state" is a phrase used by the World Bank to describe nations that have been rendered impotent and ineffective by economic and/or military coercion. Or according to Henry C.K. Liu in the Asia Times,