Tuesday, May 26, 2015(2 comments)
Memorial Day, celebrating America's orgy of war
America's celebratory orgy of war otherwise known as Memorial day has come & gone. Of course they're only "good" wars fought by the indispensable country. Funny though it's not looked @ in the same way by others who see us mostly as aggressors. Keeping the world unstable is the modus operandi of the US all done to perpetuate & preserve the $trillion in defense spending each yr that goes to the benefit of the rich & powerful.
Saturday, May 16, 2015(24 comments)
What to make of Kerry meeting with Putin in Sochi, Russia?
There may have been a positive development this past week between the US & Russia w/ Sec'y of State Kerry traveling to Sochi, Russia & meeting w/ Pres. Putin. A telling remark by Kerry, "The Minsk 2 agreement was the only way forward & that he would strongly caution Poroshenko against the idea of renewing military operations" in Ukraine. Could this be the beginning of an era of cooperation dampening new cold war fervor?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015(4 comments)
When people come to a point where they have nothing to lose, they will lash out at their oppressor
It becomes apparent when people come to a point where they have nothing to lose they will lash out, become violent & destructive toward their oppressor or anything they associate w/ that oppressor. This occurred in the unrest in Baltimore. The slogan by protesters in the streets, "No justice, no peace" needs to be heeded by all authorities lest there be a summer of violence. This is a national crisis, not just a local one.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Baltimore violence, "I don't agree with what's happening, but I can understand it"
Baltimore turned violent yesterday after the funeral of Freddie Gray who died in police custody last week. That incident sparked protests thru-out the week then escalated w/ 100's of black HS age students clashing w/ police, rock throwing, police cars set afire, rampaging, looting then setting many fires last nite. It's a blind lashing out for the abuses they suffer @ the hands of police that began last summer in Ferguson, MO.
Friday, April 24, 2015 Obama's apology, genuine? Plus officials warped, cavalier response to America's Drone Wars
Yesterday Pres. Obama gave a "command performance" apologizing for the deaths of an American & an Italian killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan in January. Genuine? Why did it take 4 months? We're told & expected to believe he knew nothing until last week. Why did it take a week to go before the TV cameras? Why not go the day or night he heard about it? Did he need to "prep" for a week to make it appear he was "distraught"?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015(1 comments)
Russia, Full Speed Ahead to Deter Pentagon's Nuclear 1st Strike Capability
So... is there reason for optimism in the world to avoid a nuclear conflagration albeit NOT a nuclear war by accident? While the US is developing a "Full spectrum dominance" capability Russia is fast developing an S-500 ABM system that according to reporter Pepe Escobar can intercept ANY American missile system. He puts it operational in 2017. Could this be the key to prevent the Pentagon contemplating a nuclear 1st strike?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015(4 comments)
A Nuclear Deal with Iran was probably scuttled yesterday
A final nuclear deal w/ Iran was probably scuttled yesterday as Senate Repubs & some Dems forced Obama to relent giving Congress an unprecedented role voting on an int'l diplomatic accord BEFORE it is reached. Iran demands all sanctions be lifted the day a deal is signed, a position pretty definitive & non negotiable. Washington seems oblivious all too ready to issue its own ultimatums well before the June 30 deadline.
Monday, April 13, 2015 Iran, All Sanctions Lifted on 1st Day of Nuclear Deal, US, Six Months to Lift Sanctions
As to the recent nuclear talks w/ Iran & the P5&1,Iran's president Hassan Rouhani on Thursday put it succinctly, "We will not sign any agreement, unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the first day of the implementation of the deal". In response US Energy Sec'y Ernest Moniz, himself in on the talks, gave a "ballpark" figure of 6 months to lift the sanctions. Not exactly how the Iranian pres. put it. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015(6 comments)
So how should we "really" refer to these United States of America?
So how should we refer to these United States of America? A banana republic? An oligarchic plutocracy? Both fit quite admirably w/ what we've become. Truth & honesty is what we're indoctrinated w/ yet we're a country imbued w/ dishonesty & lying. From the pronouncements of "official" Washington to our so called "independent" MSM & how it's all dispensed to the people, it's all the same BS.
Monday, March 30, 2015(2 comments)
Failure to Honor "Negotiated" Agreements, an "Official" Washington Specialty
Negotiations w/ Iran over its nuclear program are supposed to be concluded tom'w. It's unlikely to happen. Even if an agreement is reached w/ Obama it probably won't be worth the paper it's written on. Any diplomatic pact w/Iran has to be app'd by a 2/3 vote in the Senate. W/ 47 of these yahoos writing a letter to Iranian leader Ayatollah Kamenei saying they'd reject any deal w/Iran any agreement is likely dead in the water.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015(3 comments)
American MSM Journalism's Descent into Orwellian Dystopia
Sadly, American MSM journalism has descended into Orwellian dystopia, yet remains the primary source of "news" and "information" seen and read by the American people. So it can't be dismissed and ignored as irrelevant. It must continually be exposed as the fraud that it is.
Friday, March 20, 2015(1 comments)
Netanyahu on Tuesday, "There will be NO Palestinian State", on Thursday, "It just wasn't possible now"
It never ceases to amaze what will emerge from the dissembling "mouth that roared", the just reelected prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. After stating unequivocally on the eve of Tuesday's Israeli elections, "There will be no establishment of a Palestinian state" on his watch, two days later he's "clarifying" it w/, "It's just wasn't possible now". The man has no shame.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015(7 comments)
Netanyahu, No Establishment of a Palestinian State
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is desperate to retain power. Appealing to the extreme Israeli right before today's elections he uttered publically what no PM in Israel's history ever said publically namely there will be no establishment of a Palestinian state. The truth is out in the open, Israel has never entertained such an idea. And it doesn't matter who "wins" these elections, the Palestinian's will continue to lose.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 A not so Veiled Threat to Iran
Ah the chutzpah of the Repubs believing they have a mandate after last yrs. elections giving them control of both houses of Congress. The latest ploy is 47 Senate Repubs writing an open letter the Iranian's saying any deal Obama makes w/o legislative approval could be revoked by the next prez w/ "the stroke of a pen". But it's a not so veiled threat to Iran for committing the unforgivable sin of not succumbing to US hegemony.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015(4 comments)
Netanyahu speaking before his adoring fawning minions in Congress
Last night said it all; congress giving a thundering ovation to Benjamin Netanyahu, the PM of the US, ah Israel. It was as if a conquering hero returned & gloated in the presence of his adoring minions. Yet it was a glaring reminder how political theatre is what congress is all about. As for last night w/ Israeli elections 2 wks. away it was a nothing more than a stump speech hoping to play well w/ the Israeli electorate.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015(4 comments)
Germany, the Linchpin to prevent a new war in Europe
Germany & France oppose the US sending lethal weapons to the Ukraine gov't. Germany's Merkel & France's Hollande met in Moscow w/ Pres. Putin desperately seeking an end to the Ukraine crisis. A new ceasefire was brokered in Minsk but may not hold. New weapons to Kiev could be the red line Putin will not accept. Germany must follow its own nat'l interests, defy US as they are the linchpin to prevent a new war in Europe.
Friday, February 27, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu One of the Most Dangerous Men in the World Today
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has to be considered one of the most dangerous men in the world today. In defiance of Pres. Obama, he'll speak before a joint session of Congress next week as well as the AIPAC convention where he intends to drum up support for an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. And he knows he can attack w/ impunity because he'll still have the support of Congress which makes him so dangerous.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015(3 comments)
Does Collective Insouciance Reign in America?
How else to put it; collective insouciance-w/out a care-seems to reign in America. As to the problems, issues & events in America & the world most seem oblivious while texting away furiously on their smart phones they're immersed in. They seem in an insular cocoon where the reality happening around them, to say nothing of the world has no place in their insular world.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 NSA Exposed, Hiding Spying Software Deep Inside Hard Drives
According to Reuters a Moscow based security software maker, "Kaspersky Lab" recently discovered the NSA was hiding spying software deep w/in hard drives made by top computer manufacturers. The program is closely linked to "Stuxnet", the NSA cyber weapon that infected Iran's uranium enrichment facility in 2010 the cyber attack that initiated the cyberwarfare we're currently seeing unleashed all over the world.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Newest Gambit Out of White House to Congress, Nothing Can Be Taken At Face Value
The newest gambit that's surfaced out of the White House has Obama sending Congress a formal request to fight ISIS to include "associated forces" & "contain no geographic limitations", ban the use of "enduring offensive ground forces" & limit the engagement to 3 yrs while asking Congress to restrict the Cmdr in Chief to wage new wars. It's all bogus, nothing changes; endless war remains the order of the day.
Saturday, February 7, 2015(6 comments)
CIA in the Crosshairs
Forget the Brian Williams saga that's gone viral. It's just a distraction because the much larger issue is this: distortion, misinformation & lies are reported daily by the entire MSM in the US & Europe. That's the real story. It has been revealed by Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the former editor of a leading German newspaper who wrote a book, "Bought Journalists" which he says "characterizes the CIA control of the western media".
Tuesday, February 3, 2015(3 comments)
The most disturbing element of "official" Washington, its insidious nature
The most disturbing element of "official" Washington is its insidious nature, never presenting an honest accounting of anything of significant consequence to the people. The "truth" or @ least a close proximity is always hidden. What's reported by the gov't & its complicit corporate MSM is deception, distortion of the facts on the ground, misinformation or outright lies. It's all completely inscrutable & cannot be trusted.
Friday, January 30, 2015(1 comments)
Netanyahu to speak before joint session of Congress, his "domestic audience"
Yeah it's a bit of old news, House Speaker John Boehner inviting Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu to speak before congress giving him the bully pulpit to voice the threat-nonexistent-Iran poses not just to Israel but the world & his attempt to try & scuttle the current P5plus1 negotiations w/ Iran. But remember, this is the Israeli PM we're talking about; the US is his "domestic territory". Let's not quibble. Boehner surely didn't.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015(5 comments)
Glorifying the Brutality We Commit in Our Wars
The film American Sniper grossed $105 million the 1st weekend of release. It's no surprise. Glorification of our wars can be big box office. But aren't the droves of Americans drawn to American Sniper not in deep denial to the reality of what America has become; a country seen as the greatest threat in the world by most others, yet many Americans now seem to have descended into glorifying the brutality we commit in our wars.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015(1 comments)
What is the Hope for America on this 5th Anniversary of SCOTUS "Citizens United" Ruling?
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the infamous "Citizens United" decision handed down by SCOTUS that has given rise to an avalanche of big corporate money flooding & corrupting the electoral process in America. Over these past 5 yrs. efforts continue calling for an amendment to the Constitution overturning Citizens & replace the current broken system w/ a publically financed system for all elections.
Thursday, January 15, 2015(14 comments)
Why are so many veterans of our wars committing suicide?
Why are so many veterans of our wars committing suicide? Maybe some can't reengage w/ the superficial, indifferent disconnected world they've been thrust back into returning home compared w/ the shared life & death ordeal they faced each day relying on the men next to them just to survive in war. Maybe it was PTSD, joblessness, divorce, feeling discarded after serving. Maybe they believed it was all for nothing?
Monday, January 12, 2015(1 comments)
Millions march in Paris over Charlie Hebdo massacre, though skepticism over "official" version is justified
Yesterday a million people, including world leaders marched in Paris over the Charlie Hebdo massacre committed last week. "Officials" say the perpetrators were 3 Muslim terrorists killed in a separate incident. The revulsion to the crime by people is palpable. But what if the "official" version of events is not exactly what the gov't says it is? Certainly there's been no investigation confirming it. Skepticism is justified.
Thursday, January 8, 2015(1 comments)
Economic Inequality in the U.S.
Economic inequality is the current economic reality in the US, comparable to the age of the robber barons in the 1890's. Incomes have been flat since the 1970's. Much of it has to do w/ the demise of domestic manufacturing w/the means of production taken to 3rd world countries, plant closures, job outsourcing & downsizing so many good paying middle class jobs have disappeared. For many the American dream has become a chimera.
Sunday, January 4, 2015(2 comments)
Name any national problem and issue in contemporary America where a real solution has been carried out?
Name any nat'l problem & issue in contemporary America where a real solution has been carried out? From health care, gun control to the environment among the issues facing America real solutions are found wanting. Solutions are known but big money-corporate, individual, special interest & dark money from anonymous sources control the entire electoral, political process & agenda preventing any real solutions from being enacted.
Monday, December 22, 2014 An Example of Society's Civil Breakdown
Is it a surprise 29 yr. old Ismaayl Brinsley murdered 2 NYC cops on Saturday? And probably for no other reason than they were uniformed cops. It was a brutal murder & a tragedy for their families. From the "Instagram" Brinsley posted, "They take 1 of ours lets take 2 of theirs" referring to the killing of Mike Brown & Eric Garner w/ no indictments of the police quite probably became the catalyst for the Brinsley murders.
Thursday, December 18, 2014(2 comments)
US diplomatic relations with Cuba restored, Embargo remains in place, only act of Congress can end it
By now we're all aware the US & Cuba renewed diplomatic relations. It took 18 months of secret negotiations yet completed w/ a simple phone call by Obama & Cuban Pres. Raul Castro. Yet the US embargo of Cuba remains in place requiring an act of Congress to end it. No small hurdle to overcome. Repubs. said it was a very bad deal & Dems. may join them opposed to ending the economic, commercial & financial blockade.
Monday, December 15, 2014(2 comments)
Reaching the Depths of Depravity
The long knives are out criticizing the Senate intel Committee's report of the CIA's torture of suspects. The Sunday talk shows were littered w/ such guests but numero uno was former VP Cheney defending & deflecting whatever host Chuck Todd threw @ him;it was app'd by the DOJ, was legal, waterboarding isn't torture, rectal hydration was done for medical reasons, it worked. I'd do it again in a minute. How's that for depravity.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014(1 comments)
Senate Intel Committee Report, CIA Tortured, How about those who authorized it? No Comment
The Senate Intel Committee finally got around to releasing a nearly 6 yr. old study of the CIA's role in using torture against suspects "between 2002 & 2008 that led to false confessions, fabricated information & produced no useful intel about imminent terrorist attacks. As to who authorized torture; nothing said. That's the real travesty in the whole torture scenario; those who authorized it have never been held to account.
Thursday, December 4, 2014(5 comments)
It's absolute insanity for the US to provoke war with Russia. Yet this morning the US House passed a resolution, H.Res 758 which former congressman Dennis Kucinich describes as a "Green Light" to war w/ Russia. The rational mind wouldn't contemplate a potential nuclear war w/ Russia. But apparently to the irrational mind threatening & provoking a nuclear armed Russia is on the table; never mind that it's absolute insanity.
Monday, December 1, 2014(1 comments)
Russia "demonized", suspected behind anti fracking protests
The NY Times published a story denouncing Russian natural gas giant Gazprom of funding anti fracking protests that helped shut down an initial fracking operation by Chevron in a small town in Romania. No proof was given of Gazprom's underwriting the protests other than speculation, fueled by "Cold war-style suspicion" and "Russian meddling" which environmental groups denounce as a "frenzy of paranoia". Paranoia, indeed!
Monday, November 24, 2014 US charade negotiations with Iran
Today's deadline for a nuclear deal w/ Iran has been extended 7 months. It came as no surprise. But any "hang up" for a deal lies squarely w/ the US what w/ the bloviating nonsense the US needs "reassurance" that Iran won't break out & produce a nuclear weapon in some "sneakout" move-as if the US wouldn't know such a development was occurring. One wonders if the US has any intention of making a deal w/ Iran?
Monday, November 17, 2014(1 comments)
Just another "enemy" to our government
According to the lead article in Sunday's NY Times, "The fed'l gov't has significantly expanded undercover operations w/ officers from @ least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters & even doctors or ministers". To the gov't everyone is a potential suspect so even your doctor or minister could turn out to be a fed'l agent. We the people are just another "enemy" to our gov't.
Monday, November 10, 2014(7 comments)
A 90 year old man just cited for feeding the homeless in public, a practice he's done for decades
Last week a 90 yr old man was cited for feeding the homeless in public violating a recently passed ordinance in Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. He's been feeding the homeless roasted chicken & potatoes in this way for decades. Now he faces 2 months in jail & hundreds of dollars in fines. Apparently 57 cities have also limited or banned public feeding. Has Ayn Rand type greed, stinginess & lack of compassion taken over the country?
Thursday, November 6, 2014(2 comments)
"Pushed beyond the tolerable with nothing left to lose rebellion comes easy"
According to Lorraine Swartz, a researcher & political analyst regarding the people in Saudi Arabia, "They have not yet been pushed beyond the tolerable. There is a key & social factor to any revolution. Once people have nothing to lose rebellion comes easy". As for America it remains to be seen whether most people will ever feel "pushed beyond the tolerable & believe they have "nothing left to lose" & rebellion comes easy".
Tuesday, November 4, 2014(2 comments)
So once again, it's election day in America
So once again it's election day in America; meant to do exactly what? We've heard all the "pitches" before but since big money has usurped the electoral process & exerts a stranglehold over the political agenda all for its sole benefit, voting under these circumstances will not bring change. That won't happen until big money is removed from the electoral process & public financing of all elections is enacted.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014(2 comments)
"Indoctrination" in America
In America freedom of the press has become a fig leaf for the MSM to hide behind. Now big corporations own the media, control its content & support the gov'ts policies & actions. Add in the corps. usurping the electoral process it makes for a perfect circle of "legalized" corruption. The purpose; rally up & "indoctrinate" the people w/ propaganda to get them to support the gov'ts policies & actions.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Obama to Send Delegation to Geneva and Appear Before UN "Committee Against Torture"
Next month Obama must send a delegation to Geneva to appear before the "Committee Against Torture", the UN panel that monitors compliance w/ the UN treaty banning "cruel, inhuman & degrading treatment". The administration hasn't done so in the almost 6 yrs. of Obama's presidency. Anyway, where was the committee after the Abu Ghraib videos went viral on the Web in 2004? They clearly revealed the US was torturing detainees.
Friday, October 17, 2014(2 comments)
Latest Pentagon Folly, a $30 million Sanitized, Revisionist History of the Vietnam War
The Pentagon has launched a $30 million program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War which Prof. Marjorie Cohn accurately depicts as a "$30 million program to rewrite & sanitize its history". The program focused on "honoring our service members who fought in Vietnam, but conspicuously absent is a description of the antiwar movement" while referring to the "My Lai massacre" as simply the "My Lai "incident".
Friday, October 10, 2014(2 comments)
The New War in Iraq and Syria, American "Boots on the Ground" soon?
When it comes to conflicts in much of the world, official Washington tends to destabilize those conflicts; the latest being the American air war in Iraq & now Syria against the Islamic State. "Dear Leader" Obama assured us it won't include American "boots on the ground". But if history of US military engagement since the end of WWII is any guide, we'll see American escalation & American boots on the ground in Syria & Iraq.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014(4 comments)
A New Russian ICBM Development?
According to Paul Craig Roberts' article, "Washington Is Destroying The World", OPEDNEWS, Oct.7, 2014, "Russia has developed supersonic ICBMs that can rapidly change trajectory & can not be shot down by any defense system." Will this development revive MAD, mutually assured destruction, the nuclear standoff in the cold war avoiding a nuclear conflagration or will Washington continue to pursue a 1st strike nuclear capability?
Saturday, October 4, 2014(7 comments)
America's "Gestapo" like State
Here's a quote by historian Sheila Fitzpatrick describing the Nazi Gestapo, "The mission of the Gestapo expanded steadily from 1933 onward, 'political criminality' was given a much broader definition & most forms of dissent & criticism were gradually criminalized. The result was that more laws & law like measures were put on the books". Substitute 1933 w/ 9/11/01 & she could be describing what's happened in America.
Thursday, September 25, 2014(2 comments)
Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize
"Code Pink", the group @the forefront of the antiwar, anti-drone movement will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside the White House asking Pres. Obama to return the Nobel Peace prize he was awarded in 2009. W/ his new war in Iraq & Syria his retaining the Nobel Prize for peace is an insult & affront to what the prize is supposed to represent, more in tune w/ Orwell's "war is peace" illogic in his dystopian "1984" novel.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 "Made in America"
Yesterday US planes & missiles were launched on Islamic State targets officially expanding the war into Syria. Yet what is one to make of US military entanglement into Syria's civil war? Why & what are we doing? One thing is for sure; we have brought havoc to the Muslim world;all of it "Made in the USA". We hardly manufacture anything in America nowadays but "Made in America" is now our stoking the flames of war in the world.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014(2 comments)
It is Irredeemable
The gov't in America captured by neo-con ideology is insane, a mad malignant scourge that is the greatest threat in the world. Most Americans haven't come to that conclusion. Most others in the world have come to that conclusion w/ the war on terror, bombing, drone & missile attacks killing innocents, torture, wars & occupations. There is no denying this sordid history. As for reform, however well intended, it is irredeemable.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014(2 comments)
"Wary of a War Vote"
Pres. Obama says, "he has the authority he needs to take action against the Islamic State" in Iraq & Syria. As for that "esteemed" body on Capitol Hill & them legally authorizing Obama's new war- something specifically written in the Constitution solely granting the Congress the authority to declare war- it won't happen. Congress long ago ceded that authority to the executive branch.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014(5 comments)
The Seeming "Disconnect" of the American People
There seems to be an astounding "disconnect" with the American people. Oh they're connected alright w/ their cell phones, IPODS & whatever new electronic gadgetry that emerges from the tech industry. But the question is connected to what beyond friends, family, music, games? They seem to be disengaged from what's happening around them; much less what's happening in America & the world.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014(12 comments)
Police "Protecting the Public"; Not
The murder of Michael Brown gunned down by police in Ferguson, MO. has drawn int'l attention. China, Iran, Russia among others gave the sanctimonious US a dish of its own medicine pointing out the hypocrisy of the US condemning others while its own house is in disorder. The murder of a black teenager is hardly an anomaly in post civil rights America & protests by the people reveal a justifiable anger @ official wrongdoing.
Saturday, August 16, 2014(1 comments)
More Orwellian Newspeak
Last week Pres. Obama stated repeatedly, "No ground forces will be sent" to Iraq. Now that "unequivocal" statement has morphed into he's "considering" a rescue operation using American troops. Forget considering it's all but a done deal. Just a little Orwellian "Newspeak", the usual double talk fed to the American people by their gov't.
Monday, August 11, 2014(7 comments)
A Most Dire Question, How to Prevent the Real War to End All Wars? Part II
The American people when polled recently said they want no more war in Iraq. To that acknowledgement "dear leader" Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq last Thursday. As for the American people they are thoroughly disregarded & dismissed out of hand by a president & gov't that act in their name. Even w/ Iraq in chaos from the seeds we have sown there, it's the crisis in Ukraine that has ominous implications for the world.'