Former Editor Sues Philadelphia Police for Constitutional Violations in Her Arrest by Walter M. Brasch

Elaine Brower under arrest

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by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
September 23, 2011

A former managing editor for the online newspaper, OpEdNews, has sued the city of Philadelphia and eight of its police officers for violating her Constitutional rights.

Cheryl Biren-Wright, Pennsauken, N.J., charges the defendants with violating her 1st, 4th, and 14th amendment rights. The civil action, filed in the U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, is based upon her arrest during a peaceful protest Sept. 12, 2009, at the Army Experience Center (AEC) in the Franklin Mills Mall.

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Super Congress = Fascism by The Other Katherine Harris + Kill the Budget Bill + Sanders: Immoral, Grotesque, Unfair

by The Other Katherine Harris
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Dandelion Salad
Glitzqueen
August 1, 2011

TAX THE RICH

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No “Super Congress” should be acceptable to anyone who claims to be a Democrat.  This is fascism on a plate!  It’s bad enough we’ve got five kinglets running amok on the Supreme Court.

My son and I, life-long Democrats who always voted in the past, will never vote again for any politician who votes for a deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare and/or Medicaid, or sets up a band of tyrants to force the hand of our elected representatives.  Continue reading

Forget Compromise: The Debt Ceiling Is Unconstitutional by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
July 31, 2011

The debt ceiling crisis can be averted by enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment, which mandates the government to pay its debts already incurred, including pensions.  That means Social Security, which IS an “entitlement,” in the original sense of the word.  We’re entitled to it because we’ve paid for it with taxes.

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Immigration, A Perennial Issue Of Concern In The U.S. by Brian McAfee

by Brian McAfee
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sept. 19, 2010

The issue of immigration was brought to the forefront recently by Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law SB 1070, which would require police and other public officials to ask all or any Latino looking people to show their ID’s. This demonstrates an attitude oriented towards criminalizing immigrants in general and a hostile outlook towards Hispanics in particular. The anti-immigrant attitude was also evident in Utah a few months ago when a list was published and widely distributed with the names and personal information of 1,300 supposedly illegal immigrants concerning which some were actually born in the U.S., but happened to have Hispanic looking names. The people that created the list signed it “anonymous”, i.e.- cowards.

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Artificial People by Rand Clifford + Thom Hartmann: Are Corporations People?

by Rand Clifford
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 13, 2010

Corporate Personhood
By Helen Cox, used with permission.
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Ray Davies, front man for the British rock band The Kinks, sang in 1974: “I can visualize the day when the world will be controlled by artificial people, but I don’t want to live a lie in an artificial world.”

The song is titled, Artificial Man, from the album, Preservation Act II. Ray Davies’ words were very apropos in 1974, even more so in 2010—especially with the fresh Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling that dissolves any restrictions on the amount of money corporations may spend to influence elections. By overruling two important precedents regarding the 1st amendment (1) rights of corporations, the SCOTUS opened the floodgates, allowing unlimited corporate cash to inundate elections, thereby further depleting the already meager power of actual American people to choose our elected officials and influence America’s future course.

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