Monday, April 21, 2014 Cliven Bundy and Homeland Security (5 comments)
White, NRA-inspired militias are as strong as ever in the US. It is their common belief that their guns stand between their way of life and a federal government intent on intruding. More than a few would welcome armed conflict. The NRA skillfully plays on and amplifies their fears, cashing in on wave after wave of arms and ammunition sales.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Road From Baghdad to Crimea
The US, the EU, and their press oracles should have more carefully considered the direct impact of Ukrainian destabilization on Moscow. Left with no choice but to act, Putin will most certainly act. When the Russian Federation decides to invade a sovereign nation on the other side of the planet as the US did in Iraq, then the current dire rhetoric we are hearing might be justified.
Monday, February 10, 2014 Are the Oak Ridge Defendants Obama's p*ssy Riot?
The Obama administration appears more intent on "Silencing the Whistle-Blowers" than any White House in history. The prosecutions are often novel or even unprecedented, the type that American judges and juries have historically eyed with substantial suspicion. However, in the current climate of mass media-driven fear, American juries ask no questions.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Knox and Farrow Stories
On the Dylan Farrow statement, a story incidentally widely commented on by a number of progressive sites including Mother Jones and The Nation, our decision was largely derivative of the original decision by Nicholas Kristof and the New York Times editors to run the piece. Once it was out there, it was out there.
Friday, January 31, 2014 Amanda Knox and the Wages of American Imperialism (6 comments)
To say that because a speck of Knox's DNA may have been present -- on a knife, or a bra clasp, in the apartment in which she resided -- is absurd on its face and constitutes no evidence of anything. But while there is little chance that Amanda Knox is guilty of murdering anyone, she is in fact guilty of two very important things: being an inconveniently pretty young woman and being an American abroad in the Bush era.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Thank You Dennis Rodman (1 comments)
By continuing to keep North Korea isolated we maintain a military foothold in Asia, but we also invite the instability we often cite as the rationale for continuing the very same conflict. It is time to re-engage North Korea and allow a pathway to Korean reunification. The world would undoubtedly be safer for it.
Friday, November 22, 2013 Fight for Obamacare (11 comments)
ACA in its current form is cumbersome, technically challenged, and overly kind to an outrageously corrupt American health care industry. It does, however, do two very important things: It provides an architecture for better, fairer health care for many more Americans, and perhaps more importantly, it opens a forbidden door.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Tossing Angela a Fig Leaf
What is needed is a substantive change in course. It's not enough that our allies cooperate with us, we must also cooperate with them. The US must adhere to a code of ethics that other nations have confidence in. Yes, it is a complicated and adversarial world, but betraying the trust of all nations makes it no safer.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Obama Seems to Be Managing on Syria (4 comments)
It would appear that by engaging Congress and humoring the Russians, Obama aspires to make the best of a bad situation. Clearly he is again hearing the arguments for military intervention from close confidants, of which John Kerry is at this moment the most visible.
Monday, September 2, 2013 Commercial News Beats the War Drum (1 comments)
We have a corporate press -- beholden to large multi-national corporations that stand to reap enormous profit from the proposed military campaign -- busy selling to the American people the notion that yet another military campaign is justified. Creating a groundswell of support for the president, and pressure on a Congress just as beholden to the very same corporations as the media giants are.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4 Questions for Candidate Clinton (5 comments)
Former President Jimmy Carter said recently, "America has no functioning democracy." Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leave little doubt that Carter's view was trenchant, perhaps even understated. At issue is the power of the American security-industrial complex.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 What Snowden Said
Fairly quickly the commercial press is going to turn the NSA domestic spying story into a fox-hunt for Edward Snowden. A very public high-speed chase will serve to paint Snowden as a criminal and, of equal or greater value, divert attention from what Snowden exposed.
Sunday, June 9, 2013 Our Media Access Action in the Manning Case (1 comments)
What makes media access so central to the Manning case is that -- at its core -- the Manning case itself is a media access case. What Julian Assange did and what Bradley Manning is accused of doing is to bring evidence of war crimes into the light of day. That is the type of journalism the US is literally dying for. It is oxygen for a democracy on life support.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 The War Christopher Dorner Brought Home (2 comments)
Christopher Dorner's now hyper-analyzed manifesto makes perpetual use of military terminology. everyone who lives through that horror is changed by it and they bring it home with them. PTSD affects people in different ways. The level of violence Christopher Dorner displayed was highly unusual for a U.S. civilian environment, but he was certainly not the first veteran to act out violently after returning from war.
Friday, December 21, 2012 Nancy Lanza Was an NRA Pawn (9 comments)
Arms dealing in America only differs from drug dealing in three significant ways: it's more profitable, more lethal and it's legal. Guns, like crack cocaine, enter communities and have the same if not more destructive effect. There was no good reason that Nancy Lanza needed military-grade firearms in her home. She was taken in by NRA hype. Now, as in the aftermath of every mass killing, gun sales are soaring, profits spiking.
Monday, November 19, 2012 Mr. President: Call Off Benjamin Netanyahu (4 comments)
An urgent message to President Obama -- he must listen to the Middle East peacemakers, rather than the war makers.
Time is of the essence.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 Californians, So Easily Intimidated (13 comments)
What a field day for Monsanto -- come to California and intimidate voters into doing exactly what they are told to do. Amazing, great job by the world's most ruthless corporations.
Friday, November 2, 2012 Obama Is the Wiser Path (6 comments)
Obama is by orders of magnitude more likely to recognize and respect change when confronted with it than Romney would ever be. He is not the progressive lion we dreamed he would be, but he still stands. We must construct a strategy for grass-roots change around the better man. Barack Obama is clearly that.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Corporate Media Gets Behind Romney, Big Time
Part of the problem with the influence of money in elections is that all players in the game are affected by it, the corporate media included. Presidential elections are big money. Ratings, readership and advertising rates all soar, particularly when the game is close in the fourth quarter. But not if it's a blowout.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Walker's Dream Is Packers' Nightmare (2 comments)
There is no strike, the NFL referees are not striking. The NFL players did not strike last year, and NBA players didn't either. All three conflicts were, "lockouts" orchestrated by the team owners. The owners decided they did not like the contracts they had signed, simply tore them up and locked the door.
Monday, August 20, 2012 A Few Words About Joe Paterno (9 comments)
Joe Paterno was a rare individual. In his 61 years at Penn State he built what a mountain of money never could have -- a vibrant, vital institution, that was as respected and loved as JoePa himself.
Sunday, March 4, 2012 How Stupid Is Benjamin Netanyahu?
Netanyahu has been just as open about his desire to use military force to derail Iran's nuclear development program as he has been about his displeasure that Obama isn't following his lead. Far from guarded in his words and actions, Netanyahu is making a bit of a spectacle of his displeasure. One tack has been a not too subtle campaign of lobbying the administration's opponents in both houses of Congress.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Obama's Words
Last night's 2012 State of the Union address was most significant in that President Obama was kind enough to send fairly clear signals about where he intends to go. We have a road map. So that's a start.
Sunday, January 22, 2012 Judging Obama (5 comments)
While Obama clearly does not bring the fire or oratory of an FDR or a Dr. King, and he does not win every battle, he appears to be pointed in the right direction and he is determined.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 Anarchy V. Non-Violence, The Movement Is Tested (12 comments)
The Occupy Movement is not just the Oakland encampment. It is a world-wide movement of dedicated activists working in a very focused way to effect change. The broad-based support that the Occupy actions enjoy is based on their level of achievement and the manner in which the demonstrations and encampments conduct themselves.
Saturday, October 29, 2011 Remember What They Did In Oakland (2 comments)
Like all revolutionary political movements the Occupy Movement is a spontaneous eruption. It was not scripted or planned in advance. It is rather, the stifled voice of the oppressed, silent no more. Obama, during his campaign for the US presidency, promised that his time in office would mark a time of "change." It's a promise that may yet be fulfilled, whether he likes it or not.
Thursday, October 27, 2011 A Witness To The Violence In Oakland
Yesterday the police, the city fathers and the commercial media saw Oakland and made their decisions based on that. But they did not see the movement within its "world-wide" context. This is big ... very big, and spreading rapidly across the United States and around the world. And there is no indication that police violence can stop it.
Friday, September 2, 2011 The Mindlessness
There must be full disclosure by the Department of Defense. All of the troops involved, along with their commanders, must be subject to legal prosecution, including whoever approved the subsequent airstrike on the home, and anyone who had knowledge of the killings but did not report them.
Sunday, June 12, 2011 The Weiner Dilemma
It's particularly galling that Weiner would be dragged into this media frenzy by Andrew Breitbart, a creature of such low moral character that a common alley rat would appear noble in comparison. Anthony Weiner's professional work, on the other hand, is steeped in dedication to principle and devotion to good cause.
Friday, May 27, 2011 Post bin Laden America (1 comments)
We are now an America that rationalizes and debates the merits of torture. From the talk shows to the floor of congress -- that, which for 150 years has been unspeakable conduct for an American government, now has openly shameless defenders. It's Osama's America now.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Thank You Scott Walker
I wonder if you have given any thought to the Republican families who will be affected by your plans -- should they ever be enacted. Sure, some will be duped into believing that a movement bought and paid for by David and Charles Koch will care when your plan pulls wages and benefits out from under their Republican families right along with Democratic families.
Friday, October 8, 2010 Obama's Courageous Stand on Foreclosure
President Obama today made good his pledge to use the power of the Oval Office to help American homeowners. Obama refused to sign legislation specifically crafted to protect lenders involved in record numbers of home foreclosures, and stymie efforts by homeowners and their attorneys to challenge documents in those foreclosure actions.
Sunday, September 26, 2010 Mr. President: Welcome Their Hatred (1 comments)
Your record for achievement in the White House is, frankly, not bad; in fact better by far than you are given credit for. Healthcare reform alone, however modest, was an historic accomplishment, you have won a Nobel Peace Prize, engineered the badly needed stimulus package, and quite a bit more. You have been productive.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Stop British Petroleum Now, Part 2
Shall oil and industrialization take precedence over all other means of human sustenance? Yes, some oil industry-related jobs will be lost, but the current disaster stands to wipe out the livelihood of a thousand communities in the Gulf region. The White House must hold fast on the moratorium and take control of the safety of US coastal waters.
Saturday, May 1, 2010 Stop British Petroleum Now
This is not just an oil spill or a cleanup - this is a disaster. No different than Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It must be declared a Disaster Area by the Federal Government, and there must be an immediate Emergency Declaration. It is by every measure an emergency and a disaster.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Make Me a Witness (1 comments)
We do torture. We have always tortured. The difference is that now we rationalize it, discuss it in mainstream print, radio and television broadcasts. We live with it, we turn a blind eye to it, and because we cannot face it down we are endlessly tortured by it.
Thursday, February 18, 2010 I Still Like Obama (5 comments)
What I like about Obama is that I get the sense that he would like to, for lack of a better word, change things. The missing link here is what kind of pressure is Obama facing behind closed doors? Even in the public realm we're seeing unprecedented resistance to Obama's attempts at reform, from conservative Republicans and Democrats alike.
Thursday, January 21, 2010 A Time for Resolve
60 votes in the Senate are unrealistic, unnecessary and don't even exist now. The current supposed 60 Democratic Senator voting bloc includes Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson and others who demand that any legislation they vote for meet the Republican, military, for-profit standard before they will support it.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Wayward Son
Pragmatism, for it's own sake, appears for Obama to have become a raison d'etre. Gone are the aspirations and sense of purpose that so clearly differentiated him from his presidential campaign rivals. In place of those best intentions there appears an almost manic obsession to be what those in his entourage tell him he should be.