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Friday, July 11, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Lethal Recriminations Fly in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank
(2 comments) As to the latest Middle East bloodletting; this time it's again w/the Israeli's & the Palestinians. Recriminations started over murders by each side, Hamas lobbing rockets into Israel & the Israeli's bombing Gaza. The fact is as long as Israel conducts a brutal apartheid rule over the Palestinian's Israel will have no peace. Apartheid didn't work in South Africa & it won't work against the Palestinian's.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Who are those guys?"
(1 comments) Regarding SCOTUS ruling in the "Hobby Lobby" case; the majority ruled in favor of the family owned corporation whereby a closely held for profit corporation run by religious families can't be required to pay for contraceptive coverage of their female employees. It's clearly discriminatory toward women but apparently not to the five reactionaries in the Court's majority.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Chaos Central
(2 comments) Much of the turmoil in the Middle East seems a cauldron of chaos. The civil war in Syria, ISIS taking over Mosul&other Sunni areas of northern&western Iraq. Then there's the Palestinian's suffering under apartheid rule of Israel, disarray in Libya, the coup in Egypt returning military rule. Yet chaos central resides outside the Middle East in none other than the US gov't as its policies & actions underlie much of the chaos.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Unaffected"
At times one reaches a conclusion & makes a hypothesis: It is most people in America don't want to face reality particularly when it comes to their government's malevolent policies & actions. They'll feel too disturbed, made to feel uncomfortable & feel badly. So for them it's better to avoid unpleasant reality. It's easier that way.

Monday, June 23, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Truth Telling and Lies
Yesterday Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, "The US is seeking an Iraq under its hegemony & ruled by its stooges". Meanwhile Sec'y of State John Kerry mouthed, "The US would like the Iraqi people to find leadership that is prepared to represent all the people in Iraq that is prepared to be inclusive & share power". Need we guess which quote is the truth & which is propaganda?

Friday, June 20, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Is Obama in Iraq Echoing Kennedy in Viet Nam?
(1 comments) In a move reminiscent of Pres. Kennedy in the early days of US engagement in Viet Nam Pres. Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to "take the fight" against the Sunni Islamist "terrorists". Kennedy said on Sept.2 1963 "we can send our men there as advisers against the "Communists". Replace "advisers" in Viet Nam w/the advisers in Iraq & Communists for terrorists & are we heading for a repeat of the Viet Nam debackle?

Friday, June 20, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama in Iraq Echoing Kennedy in Viet Nam?
(1 comments) In a move reminiscent of Pres. Kennedy in the early days of US engagement in Viet Nam Pres. Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to "take the fight" against the Sunni Islamist "terrorists". Kennedy said on Sept.2 1963 "we can send our men there as advisers against the "Communists". Replace "advisers" in Viet Nam w/ the advisers in Iraq & Communists for terrorists & are we heading for a repeat of the Viet Nam debacle?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Catalyst That Spawned All The Current Mayhem
(1 comments) Lately much is being made of the radical, Sunni Islamist takeover of Mosul, Iraq's 2nd largest city 220 miles north of Baghdad. Let's remember, the current mayhem in Iraq began w/ Bush invading & occupying the country in 2003 & is the primary catalyst that spawned the chaos we're witnessing now. These Sunni extremists weren't even in the country before then.

Monday, June 9, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
When Fantasy Met Reality in Wisconsin
(2 comments) A little over a week ago in Wisconsin two 12-yr-old girls stabbed another 12-yr-old girl 19 times with the intent to kill her; all this over a fictional internet character they fantasized as real and to prove it had to kill their best friend. Even Rod Serling couldn't have come up with this one. Luckily the girl survived the attack & is recovering in the hospital. This could only happen in America.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Crazed in Washington
(1 comments) Pres. Obama was in Poland yesterday pledging $1 billion for Central & E. Europe to stand against Russian "aggression". W/ all NATO members in attendance & those newest in the east jittery in unison dreading a Russian attack on them, it's all a trumped up fantasy. Putin has no designs on them. The real provocateur is the US hoping to provoke Russia in Ukraine w/NATO as the fig leaf disguising US plans for war w/ Russia.

Friday, May 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
US Government Policy and Actions Create Terrorist Threat to US Citizens Traveling Throughout the World
The State Dep't recently updated what it called its "Worldwide Caution" alerting travelers of "the continuing threat of terrorist actions&violence against US citizens&interests thru out the world". It's not hard to decipher considering we swagger our way all over the world imposing ourselves on others. Of course what the State Dep't didn't say was the terrorism it warned about was created by its own govt's policies & actions.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Memorial Day Extravaganza of Triumphalist Militarism, Some Thoughts
(2 comments) It sure was a Memorial Day extravaganza of ultra militaristic propaganda put on by the corp. media & particularly @ major league baseball games w/ the corp. flaks doing their best to make sport & American militarism are synonymous. We sure didn't hear the "fearless" MSM citing Congress for shortchanging the VA & the inadequate care afforded to vets. That would've interfered w/ the flag waving triumpalism we saw ad nauseam.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Putin and China Reach Tentative Oil and Gas Deal Worth a Trillion Dollars
(1 comments) Earlier today Russia & China reached a tentative trillion dollar gas &oil deal in Shanghai w/only the asking price left to be finalized. The NY Times portrayed it as a failure to reach agreement but this needs to be seen as only the beginning of what is sure to be increased trade & development ties between the two countries. It remains to be seen the response taken by the US to Russia & China drawing ever closer together.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
This American Empire, It Too Will Collapse
(3 comments) As with all empires this American one will eventually fall and most Americans will be taken by surprise. For all its hubris, American exceptionalism, the sense of entitlement and the idea of it being the "indispensible country" won't save it from the trash heap of all other empires long since gone. Such illusions may contribute, even hasten that inevitable collapse.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
To All People in Ukraine, The US Regime Cares Not a Wit About You
(6 comments) The new cold war the US gov't has declared on Russia & Vladimir Putin is unnecessary mischievousness cooked up by Washington claiming Putin is attempting to reconstitute the old Soviet Union. It's a pretext built on neo-con fantasy which is in control in Washington. As for the people in Ukraine they need to realize the imperialist US gov't cares not a wit about them. They're just pawns in the US scheme w/Putin in its sights.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Torn and Tattered
(2 comments) Today our constitution is torn & tattered w/the gov't becoming a law unto itself drafting secret Justice Dep't memos "legalizing" actions by the president that are clearly unconstitutional. It's usurpation by the exec. branch & abdication by Congress of its mandated authority to preserve & protect the constitution. As for the so called free press in America its become nothing more than a megaphone trumpeting gov't propaganda.

Friday, April 25, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Are The Neo-Con Crazies In Charge In Washington?
(4 comments) Are the neocon crazies in charge in Washington? W/Ukraine in the news there's the drumbeat by the US media whipping up hysteria demonizing Russian Pres. Putin for creating the instability in Ukraine. Are the neocons & the corporate media preparing the nation for a war w/Russia using Ukraine as the pretext? A sane person would say "No way go to war w/Russia". But neocons don't represent sanity & they seem to be in charge.

Monday, April 14, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ultimatum by Post Coup President of Ukraine to Protesters in Eastern Ukraine Came and Went with No Clashes
(1 comments) Yesterday the post coup president of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov issued an ultimatum to the protesters in eastern Ukraine deciding “to carry out a large scale anti-terrorist operation w/ the use of armed forces of Ukraine”. The ultimatum w/ this morning’s 9AM deadline came &went w/out any gov’t forces clashing w/protesters occupying gov’t buildings in eastern Ukraine towns & cities. For now its wait & see.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Typical Old Cold War "Red" Baiting Rhetoric, Blame Putin and Those "Ruskies" For All The Turmoil in Ukraine
(1 comments) The latest protests in the eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk, Luhansk & Kharkiv has Sec’y of State Kerry referring to them as “Russian provocateurs & agents…determined to create chaos” & a “pretext for military intervention”. It’s typical old cold war “red” baiting tactic by the US fomenting hysteria depicting Putin & those “ruskies” behind all the turmoil in Ukraine.

Friday, April 4, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
SCOTUS Rulings First with Citizens United, now McCutcheon are The Smoking Guns Revealing a Completely Broken System
(2 comments) Many thought SCOTUS outdid themselves in 2010 ruling in favor of Citizens United. They did one better ruling in favor of McCutcheon. Citizens unleashed the flood of corp. $ McCutcheon will let individuals like the Koch Bros. insure the stooges they select get elected. These rulings are the smoking gun revealing the broken system & why getting big money out of the electoral process requires amending the constitution.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
As Expected, Continuing Bluster from NATO with Russia not in "Compliance with International Law"
(8 comments) Yesterday NATO suspended all practical & military cooperation w/ Russia & ordered plans to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. It’s mainly bluster & response to Crimea joining Russia & Russian troops conducting training exercises near the southern & eastern border of Ukraine. But the idea of Russia invading a NATO country is a fantasy of the cold war era yet something the US media seems intent to resurrect.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama, No Military Force Against Russia over Crimea, To All Neo-Cons, That's Fait Accompli
Pres. Obama said yesterday the US wouldn’t use military force against Russia over its annexation of Crimea saying it wasn’t part of NATO & the alliance would use force only if a NATO country was being threatened. In other words it’s fait accompli. All the vitriol toward Putin we’ve been hearing is primarily symbolic gestures. Obama put the exclamation pt. on the whole matter by rejecting any military action.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
U.S. to Putin and Russia- Condemnation, Demonization, Threats and Stirring Up Hysteria
(3 comments) In lieu of Putin’s actions & annexing Crimea, after the people there voted to join Russia, we’re hearing VP Biden calling it a “land grab” & Sec’y of State Kerry alluding to it as reminiscent of the “buildup to WWII”. It’s nothing of the sort. They’re just issuing threats, stirring up hysteria while condemning & demonizing Putin & Russia. The real danger to the world is the U.S., not Putin & Russia.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Nuclear War Would Be Insane
(2 comments) Let’s get to the point; a nuclear war would be insane. Nuclear weapons today are infinitely more powerful than the bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Both the U.S & Russia possess MIRV’d missiles carrying multiple warheads & no ABM’s are capable of intercepting them. The cold wars mutually assured destruction-MAD- still applies. It would be the hgt. of insanity for a nuclear war to break out over the Ukraine crisis.

Thursday, March 13, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Trust, Honor, Respect, Integrity, Not Synonymous with the Government in America
(1 comments) Trust, honor, respect, integrity, being truthful as well as searching for the truth are important words to live by. Unfortunately these words do not apply, have no connection to or in any way synonymous with our government in America.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The West's Demand to Maintain the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine Ignores the Ethnic Realities on the Ground
(2 comments) The people of Crimea are set to vote Sunday on a referendum to join the Russia. Sanctions against Russia are being discussed but w/the EU dependent on Russian natural gas the threat is muted. Diplomacy will eventually come into play to end the Ukraine crisis but for now its shadow boxing diplomacy. The west maintains the territorial integrity of Ukraine is a must but this ignores the ethnic realities on the ground.

Friday, March 7, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Crimean Authorities Vote to Secede from Ukraine, Popular Referendum Set for March 16
(2 comments) In a fast moving political development authorities in Crimea voted for secession from Ukraine, join Russia & conduct a voter referendum in Crimea on March 16. Pres. Obama condemned the referendum as against int’l law. Considering the U.S. violates int’l law w/ impunity it’s a bit ludicrous to condemn others. There’s been too much bluster & ultimatums. It’s time for realistic diplomacy to end the crisis in Ukraine.

Monday, March 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ultimately, The Breakup and Partition Of Ukraine May Be the Only Viable Solution to Ending the Crisis
(1 comments) The mornings headline read, “Obama under pressure to rein in Russia. On Friday he said there would be costs if Russia entered Ukraine militarily. On Saturday Russian troops took complete control of the Crimea peninsula. Ultimately there is nothing the U.S. can effectively do short of doing the unthinkable & initiating a war against another nuclear power. A breakup & partition of Ukraine may be the only viable solution.

Friday, February 28, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
America, "Land of the 'not so' free and home of the brave"
Since the end of WWII & more so since 9/11 America has become an empire, exercising hegemony everywhere, conducts worldwide surveillance of all electronic communications, initiated cyberwarfare, started unnecessary wars & now justifies the assassination of American citizens deemed a threat & w/out due process. Though DoD ads gush the military is A force for good in the world its hardly in defense of the American people.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Cutting Defense Spending, a Shell Game Masquerading as Something Substantial
(3 comments) The Obama administration just proposed a budget that includes downsizing the Army, Marines, retire the A-10 jet fighter & mothballing 1/2 the Navy’s 22 cruisers. If one looks @ what’s being cut & what is being expanded as in the entire F-35 Strike Fighter program, bringing 32 Littoral Combat ships on line & expanding special ops, it’s really a shell game masquerading as something substantial in cutting defense spending.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Racism May Be Submerged, But We're Still a Racist Society
(5 comments) In light of the mistrial verdict in a Florida 1st degree murder trial where Michael Dunn a white man shot & killed 17yr. old Jordan Davis over his playing of loud music or George Zimmerman’s acquittal in his killing Trayvon Martin where stand your ground law exists, these cases reveal we’re still a racist society. The racism may be submerged but still too ingrained to believe we’re anywhere near a color blind society.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Negotiations With Iran Resume Today, Failure to Reach a Permanent Deal Should Not Be An Option
(2 comments) Diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 & Iran resume today in Vienna. These talks are crucial for world peace & avoidance of an unnecessary catastrophic war. Should these talks be crippled this would be a strategic blunder by the U.S. Failure to reach a permanent deal w/ Iran should not be an option. A deal is there to be made but only if the U.S. is willing to make it happen.

Thursday, February 13, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
President Obama, Restore the WPA and Get People Back to Work
(2 comments) This countries greatest need is getting people back to work. Our massive unemployment & underemployment are a nat’l disgrace. Obama needs to take a page from the FDR playbook & reestablish an updated version of Roosevelt’s 1930’s WPA. It could cement his legacy & give meaning to his now tarnished “change you can believe in”.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Law Has Become Whatever They Say It Is
The Obama administration has purportedly been mulling the idea of the military or the CIA killing an American citizen (not exactly a new phenomenon) in Pakistan. As for the suspect in the X- hairs we don’t know his identity, what he’s being accused of or what evidence has been compiled against him. For all the secret intrigue surrounding this man hunt it still comes down to the administration conveying the words; Trust us.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
NSA's Bleating over Snowden Revelations Continue to Ring Hollow
Here’s some of the latest bleatings from the NSA. In a snit the agency is on the counterattack blaming Snowden for US banks, defense, telecom & other large institutions being vulnerable to foreign cyberattacks. But the NSA’s whining is falling on deaf ears. Everyone now knows the NSA is the INITIATOR of cyberwarfare w/ credibility next to zero. So the idea of the agency doing right by the people is rejected out of hand.

Thursday, January 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "Real" Political Corruption
(2 comments) A recent article in the NY Times entitled, “IT Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant” was misleading pointing to graft & fraud as the corruption the public sees as rampant. The real political corruption is the legalized bribery of the entire political process sanctified by SCOTUS in their 2010 Citizens United ruling granting Corporations 1st Amendment right to make unlimited expenditures in political campaigns.

Friday, January 24, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How Many of These People are Progressive Change Agents Working for the Public Good?
In contemplating the current plight of our country it brought to mind questionable behavioral characteristics of some of its people. From creationists, climate science deniers to those who feel entitled & exceptional or liberal apologists, how many are also progressive, reform minded, change agents working for the public good? Are they a minority or represent the majority?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pessimism Stalks Peace Conference on Syria's Civil War
(2 comments) U.N. peace talks on Syria’s civil war begin today in Switzerland. Iran was asked to take part by U.N. Sec’y Gen’l Ban Ki-moon but after receiving pressure exerted by the U.S. he rescinded the offer. Iran has real influence over Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad & could have possibly helped to bring a cease fire that could begin to end the war. Instead U.S. mischief & myopia prevailed & these talks are likely to be still born.

Monday, January 20, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The U.S. Needs "Enemies"
(4 comments) Here is a supposition, the U.S. needs “enemies”. W/o enemies the U.S. could not justify the bloated defense spending, deploy over a 1000 military bases worldwide & have surveillance practices targeting everyone in America & the world. It makes no difference if the enemy poses a real threat as did the USSR in the cold war or now the fabricated war on terror invented by Bush; a never ending war against a never ending enemy.

Thursday, January 16, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Coming Tomorrow, "The Spirit of Reform"
(1 comments) According to unnamed aides & intelligence sources President Obama on Friday will announce new guidelines on the NSA’s surveillance operations but won’t end or seriously limit the agency’s bulk collection of American’s telephone records. Call it the “spirit of reform” while not altering gov’t surveillance operations in any substantial way.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Presidential Task Force on the NSA, A Diversionary Tactic Not Meant to Uncover All The Wrongdoing
The presidential task force looking into the NSA’s data mining operation concluded there’s no evidence the snooping prevented any terrorist attack. Even so the investigation wouldn’t go near the question of whether the NSA violated the Constitution. This commission, like all others before it, was a sideshow, a diversionary tactic, wasn’t thorough & complete & not meant to uncover all the NSA’s wrongdoing.

Thursday, January 9, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Time of Posers and Posturing
We live in a time of posers & posturing certainly not problem solvers when it comes to our lawmakers. It’s all meant to be this way; harrumph about the other side, threaten a filibuster, create a distraction & keep things riled up. It’s all part of a process to serve the true masters, the giant corps. the big banks, Big Pharma & the like w/ laws & regs to benefit them & let peoples issues go unresolved.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The U.S. and Iran, The Possibilities
(1 comments) The enmity that has existed between the US & Iran may be coming to an end. The sectarian rift between Sunni & Shiite Muslims is such the civil war in Syria could spread to Iraq & Lebanon. There’s an increasing recognition by the Obama administration a stable Iran could be an important diplomatic interlocutor in the increasingly unstable Middle East. How’s that for irony.

Friday, January 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "Chickens" are Coming Home to Roost in Iraq
(2 comments) The “chickens” are coming home to roost is a metaphor explaining the sectarian bloodletting in Iraq. The “chickens” are the consequences that must be laid @ the feet of the Bush administration that invaded in 2003, disbanded the Sunni army, dismissed the civil service which encouraged al Qaeda to enter the country & instantly created the insurgency against the Americans & later the Shiite gov't we helped to install.

Sunday, December 29, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Two Contradictory Rulings on the NSA's Surveillance Methods, Probably Headed to the Supreme Court
(2 comments) Less than 2 weeks ago US District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled against the NSA's collection of meta data calling it Orwellian & probably unconstitutional. On Friday US District Court Judge William Pauley found the NSA's meta data methods constitutional & didn't violate the 4th Amendment. W/ these 2 contradictory rulings & expected 34appeals the final outcome is probably headed to the Supreme Court.

Saturday, December 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Group of 27 Senators in Misguided Bipartisanship Introduce Legislation for New Sanctions on Iran
(2 comments) 27 senators including 14 Dems joined w/ 13 Repubs in some misguided bipartisan effort introduced legislation for more sanctions on Iran. Maj. Leader Harry Reid hasn't called for a vote in the full Senate & Obama has vowed to veto the bill. 10 other Dem Senators wrote Reid warning new sanctions would undermine the prospects for a final deal w/ Iran. A final deal w/ Iran must not be scuttled naysayers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Federal District Judge Richard Leon's Ruling Opposing the NSA's Intelligence Gathering Practices
(3 comments) Yesterday Fed'l District Court Judge Richard J. Leon's ruling questioned the NSA's intel gathering practices whether they were illegal & violated the Constitution putting the onus on the Obama administration to show why the agencies surveillance program is justified. Judge Leon gives one hope sanity, conscience, integrity & respect for the rule of law still exists in @ least one high gov't official.

Sunday, December 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Another Provocation by the U.S. in the South China Sea?
(3 comments) There was another incident off the China coast where an American cruiser had to avoid a Chinese ship that came w/in 200 yds forcing the cruiser to take evasive action.The Chinese ship was accompanying China's only aircraft carrier in the S. China Sea.American officials called the Chinese action particularly aggressive.China responded peering into Chinese waters is a practice treating China as an enemy.Which country is correct?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Contradictory Verbal Hyperbole of U.S. Diplomacy with Iran
Since a temporary diplomatic pact was reached w/Iran weeks ago freezing its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions minefields aplenty has arisen. Sanctions hawks in Congress, the AIPAC led Jewish lobby & Israel are dead set against any permanent agreement. Thus far the Obama administration has prevailed. It remains to be seen whether it can keep a tether on Congress or Israeli PM Netanyahu & get a final deal w/Iran.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Miserly Republicans Being Mean Spirited or Just Another Form of Political Distraction
The latest mean spiritedness of the Republicans has them ready to cut food stamps & cut fed'l unemployment benefits after Christmas. But before casting the Repubs as simply soul less, let's be fair. Democrats also contribute to overall dysfunction. In fact dysfunction is built into the system serving as a useful distraction away from the corporatists who control the political agenda & most of the Congress beholden to them.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Who is Provoking Who?
(1 comments) On Monday the U.S. sent two B-52 bombers over airspace in the E. China Sea an area claimed by China to be w/in its protected air defense zone. China announced on Saturday anyone flying into the zone req'd them to file a flight plan, radio frequency or transponder info. The U.S. refused to & says China's claim is inflammatory & destabilizing. The bigger question is who is provoking who w/B-52 bombers flying off the China coast?

Monday, November 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "Usual Suspects"
What can you expect from the usual suspects? Led by Israeli PM Netanyahu & Repubs in Congress they denounced the diplomatic deal w/ Iran calling it a bad deal w/ Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. saying it was the equivalent of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in 1936. Oh my! The deal is preliminary & a 1st step & a long way from finality. Let's hope diplomacy continues to overcome these usual suspects.

Thursday, November 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
JPMorgan says it "Routinely" Overstated the Quality of Mortgages and Kept Investors in the Dark
(1 comments) On Tuesday, JPMorgan settled a $13 billion civil suit brought by the gov't. As to its financial conduct in selling toxic securities to investors the bank said it routinely overstated the quality of the mortgages sold to investors. Hardly; the bank knew exactly what it was doing. It didn't alert investors to any flaws in the securities backed by mortgage loans that didn't meet underwriting guidelines it knew to be faulty.

Monday, November 18, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Another Potential Boondoggle for "Big Pharma"?
(6 comments) This week a controversy has developed over a new set of guidelines published by the Amer.Heart Ass'n & College of Cardiology for lowering cholesterol along w/a calculator meant to assess risks. Two Harvard Med.Sch.Profs took issue w/the report w/ their data showing the calculator over predicting risk by 75 to 150% saying overestimation of risk will lead to considerable overprescription, (a potential boondoggle for Big Pharma).

Saturday, November 16, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Assurances"
We spy every which way technologically possible w/ the NSA intercepting all electronic communications from phone to internet to "back doors" in software sold to businesses & as we now know even to the personal cell phone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to which the Obama administration has "assured" German officials in the future "her conversations will be safe". Oh yeah!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"People with Noble Intentions"
Former NY Times Exec. Editor Bill Keller when recently queried about the Bush administrations request in 2004 not to publish an article about its secret program to eavesdrop on Americans w/out a warrant (yet published 13 months later)now says, "The story looks prescient. We now know that people w/ noble intentions can run way out of bounds". What people w/ noble intentions in the Bush crowd is he referring to?

Monday, November 11, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
French Scuttle PreliminaryDeal with Iran
French Foreign Minister Fabius publically criticized an apparent deal w/ Iran over its nuclear program reached by the U.N.'s P5+1 contradicting the earlier French position agreeing to the deal in prior negotiations. Iran Pres. Rouhani responded negatively saying sanctions, threats, contempt & discrimination won't intimidate the country. Let's hope the French refusal isn't a deal breaker. Negotiations resume Nov. 20 in Geneva.

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FAA Sets Plan for Allowing Domestic Drones by 2015
(1 comments) The FAA just published a 74 page plan whereby law enforcement agencies, businesses, universities & hobbyists can begin flying drones in the U.S. by 2015. Has the public been considered, polled & a dialogue initiated between the gov't & the people before drones become operational in the U.S.? No. Do we still believe we're not living in a surveillance state? Think again.

Thursday, November 7, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Detente between the U.S. and Iran?
An opportunity has arisen & fallen into the lap of Pres. Obama regarding Iran, its nuclear program & a possible détente between the two adversaries. Negotiations have begun between Iran, the U.S. & 4 other UN Security Council members plus Germany in Geneva, Switzerland. The long knives of resistance on both sides will attempt to scuttle a breakthrough. Lets hope they can be resisted & avoid another potentially devastating war

Monday, November 4, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Sports in America, Playing is supposed to be Fun
(1 comments) Sports may or may not be a religion in America but one would be hard put to deny its significance for many people. It's a mania from rec. sports to top level college & the pros. W/ that mania come the parents & coaches & their affect on the players. Some parents & coaches are overly critical & demeaning. They've forgotten playing sports are supposed to be fun, not drudgery.

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