Carnival of Progressive Politics—September 2010 Edition

September 21, 2010

President Jimmy Carter on the roof of the West Wing in 1979, announcing that solar panels would be installed there.

I keep thinking it’s the 1970s. High school boys have long hair again, just as they did when I went to high school in the 70s, and the clothes in the junior department look like the clothes I wore to high school. But it goes deeper than fashion. Our country is currently embroiled in 70s-like divisions over such social issues, as gay rights, and over energy conservation, as exemplified by the above picture of the solar panels placed in the White House roof by President Jimmy Carter and removed by President Ronald Reagan, whose administration cited cost efficiency as the reason at the time.

Thirty-five years after I graduated from high school, I expect the fashions to return; I don’t expect the bigotry and ignorance of an energy crisis to persist. Bill McKibben recently wrote this about the those iconic solar panels, and National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Michael Mitchell had this to say today about the GOP’s plan to filibuster the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

To the GOP: Enough is enough. There’s political gamesmanship and there’s just plain lying.

Enough is more than enough—with the Muslim-hating, gay-hating, and climate-change-hating. And I could do without the platform shoes again, too.

Now, in all its glory, here is the September edition of the Carnival of Progressive Politics.

Civil Liberty

Divided We Stand United We Fall presents Of Maxims and Mosques and Monticello and Mojo.

New Polity calls for Death to Capital Punishment.

Jordy Clements at brings us Facebook Prompts About-Face, a story about the power of social media.


Michael Wolf at letters2america writes that we “have to continue to prime the pump, despite the Republican’s hand wringing over a debt that they created most of.”

First, let’s kill all the bankers comes from Steve Snyder at Socratic Gadfly.

Jerry Ashton at Written Off: America and Americans presents Rich Get Richer—Poor Get Poorer.


The Concert for Equality comes from Jordy Clements at


Safa Samiezade’-Yazd makes an impressive carnival debut with Remembering 9/11 in a Post-Columbine World at Politics for Change.

Michael Wolf advices us to Look to Congressman Weiner at letters2america.

Raithie at Teenage Atheist presents My Thoughts on the Ground Zero Islamic Center.

Barbara Boxer: The Right Choice for California is the message from New Polity.

Madeleine Begun Kane at Mad Kane’s Political Madness gives us  Radical Verse and My Dream for Glenn Beck . . . and America.

Women’s Eye on Media reports that Celebrities Take to Twitter to Celebrate the Overturn of Prop 8.

Red State Progressive presents The Ralph Nader Smokescreen and Progressive Americans.

Steve Snyder at Socratic Gadfly claims Ambinder right on cons, wrong on libs.


Andrew at presents Bringing Back Military Slavery.


Scott Neigh writes about how Challenging Masculinity Is About Much More Than “Unloading This Junk” at A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land.

Susan D. Jones presents The importance of immunization.

That’s all for this edition. The next carnival will be posted here at My Political Side on October 21, 2010. Submissions will be due by October 20, 2010 and can be sent via this link.

As always, I do not necessarily agree with all writing on a contributor’s blog. If a post appears here, it is because I consider it worth reading.


7 Responses to “Carnival of Progressive Politics—September 2010 Edition”

  1. Jordy Says:

    Now that’s what I call a reading list! I have much work to do, obviously.

  2. vjack Says:

    Thanks for pulling this together! Thumbs up on StumbleUpon. Time for me to get reading.

  3. Thanks so much for including my post! Can’t wait to get started reading the other submissions. 🙂

  4. […] // 0 Some of you might be interested in an ongoing blog carnival that I discovered recently.  The Carnival of Progressive Politics, hosted on S Gaissert’s My Political Side, includes posts on civil liberty, the economy, […]

  5. Jerry Ashton Says:

    I am honored even to be mentioned here…having no idea as to whether or not I am even appearing on anyone’s radar, much less computer screen.

    I invite “My Political Side” readers and subscribers to be part of the population I am “crowd-sourcing” to create this book. Got debt? Share the experience.


    P.S. Exactly how was my blog submitted or selected?

  6. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by vjack, Safa Samiezade'-Yazd. Safa Samiezade'-Yazd said: My Columbine/9-11 post on was featured under "politics" in this blog carnival: […]

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