As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington used to say, "Politics ain't beanbag."
I am weighing the Paul Krugman vs. Howard Dean approaches to what's left of health care reform.
"Roll me away, baby." The words of Motor City boy Bob Seger played through my head as we blasted across Highway 2 on our grandest adventure yet.
"Blue Dog" Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu looked whipped, like she had just been a guest at a vampire banquet.
The current struggle for health care reform gives us a concrete glimpse of the contours, dynamics and complexities of the issue.
Food, family, traffic jams, thankfulness - all are part of Thanksgiving, but, especially this year, there is more.
Thanks for fighting. Here is a photo of Leo Munoz of Congressman Charlie Gonzales' office accepting boxing gloves to keep on fighting for health care.
Overcoming the intense lobbying efforts of the health insurance-industrial complex and their far-right "tea party" stormtroopers, which spent some $640,000 a day opposing health care reform, the American people and their organizations, especially their unions, mobilized and pushed through a bill that can improve the health care system for millions of insured and uninsured people.
By a vote of 220-215 the Democrats ushered in health reform legislation, the likes of which haven't been seen since Medicare passed in 1965. But it came with a price.
On California's north coast, the sea used to provide many a worker and family a decent living - but no longer.