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Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, Vermont for his poem Pownal People. His three new verses for America the Beautiful:September 11, 2001 were widely acclaimed and read into the Congressional Record by U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.
Dr. Elander has authored four volumes of poetry: The Right Click, The World Click, Journeyings, and Philosophy over Fika, all written from 2004 to now, in the U.S. and Sweden -- as well as two published novels: The Goat of God, and Turning the Tides, both available via Signalman Publishing on Amazon.com in Kindle and electronic pdf editions. A self-help book titled Empowerment:Taking Charge of your Life was recently completed and is available via Amazon.com KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing.
Dr. Elander is a freelance columnist who published a newspaper for ten years in New London, CT. He is an economist and college lecturer, and has been an agency executive director, emergency management consultant, investigator; and former animal control officer, deputy code enforcement and health officer for Farmington, New Hampshire. He and his wife Birgit, who co-authored The World Click, divide their time between Georgia and her homeland, Gotland, Sweden.
Several other books are underway, including a sequel to The Goat of God, and a public version of his doctoral dissertation on Cooperatism, a new economic system he developed which includes all stakeholders (workers, consumers, and the public as well as stockholders) in crucial decision making. Dr. Elander has been a member of the Stonepile Writers group in Georgia and the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. He is president of his own Elander Press.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 26, 2008 American Banking's Shameful Double Standard
America's large banks and other financial institutions have taken several hundred billion ultimately-taxpayer dollars of Federal TARP bailout funds without making a full accounting to the government, taxpayers, or the general public. This article points out how several large banks impose demands on their customers by fee-and-charge-gouging while refusing to accept demands for full information on their own uses of TARP funds.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 15, 2009 The Decline and Fall of AARP
The AARP, once a proud organization acting on behalf of America's seniors, has deteriorated into a sleazy provider of overpriced and often-unneeded "services" to seniors.
This article specifies the decline and fall of the AARP.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2012 Georgia's State Bar is a Bar to Complaints Against Attorneys!
Filing a grievance against a Georgia attorney is difficult and likely to be dismissed on specious grounds, negating protection of the public from attorneys unprofessional conduct here. This is one more instance of how peer regulation mostly protects the peers, not the public.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2015 Meet the Worst Post Office in America!
This not-atypical experience dealing with The Worst Post Office in America illustrates why the iconic United States Postal Service (USPS) is in decline.
Unless and until USPS top staff take real responsibility for solving problems, that decline will only continue. In this age of electronic mail, the practices described in this article cannot be tolerated -- or, sadly, the end of the USPS is in sight.
(36 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2014 Ukraine and Putin: Shades of Adolf Hitler!
The striking parallels between Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine, a sovereign nation, and Adolf Hitler's early invasions of independent nations in Europe, are both striking and scary. What next, President Putin?
And what will America and the world do to stop the the severe danger from Putin now, before it is too late?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2012 Romney's Rancid Rant!
Failed Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's recent post-election remarks, blaming his loss on alleged (but false) lavish gifts the Obama administration is making to college students and minorities, do a disservice not only to those groups -- but ironically also to the Republicans, many of whose leaders have repudiated those same Romney remarks.
SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac: No Honor Among Lenders!
Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac, two giant mortgage lenders, have abused the Federal loan modification program, as well as the Homeowners Protection Act, per the author's firsthand experience with these lenders.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Planetary Payback Time Has Arrived!
Humans continue to abuse the resources of our only planet, and that planet, our Mother Earth, has run out of patience with our abuse. Our last chance as a species may well be at hand.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 25, 2013 It is 2015 -- Hello from Camp FEMA!
A tongue-in-cheek tale from a future FEMS detention camp for malcontents -- no, it is not really funny, it is a terribly sad time for America.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, November 15, 2010 The Real Reasons for the USPS' Worst Year Ever!
There is more to the problems of the United States Postal Service, which lost $8.5 billion in the last fiscal year, than just the growh of email. This article outlines some other major reasons for the decline of the USPS.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 23, 2008 COOPERATISM: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
COOPERATISM describes a new economic system, designed by a professional economist who advised several presidents, which avoides the adversarial nature of the so-called market economy, by bringing all stakeholders into the economic process. Cooperatism would have avoided the present economic and financial crisis and malaise.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 1, 2010 John Boehner-s Indecent Proposal
The article reacts to Republican House leader John Boehner of Ohio, who proposed raising social security retirement ages to fund the War in Afghanistan. This is an indecent proposal.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 28, 2015 The Homeland Security Cliff -- and the Disastrous Cliffhanger!
The latest crisis in Congress, which risks funding for the vital Department of Homeland Security and its counter-terrorism work, would be ludicrous were it not so serious. Instead of "kicking the can down the road" again, Congress should pass a 'clean bill' which funds homeland security through the end of the fiscal year. Any tie to other issues, such as immigration, must be removed from such legislation.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 Mitt the Nitwit!
Mitt Romney's recent campaign gaffes illustrate his true feelings of contempt for the unemployed, the poor, and all Americans beneath his station. He should be running for King, not President -- and should be soundly defeated, as he will be, if nominated.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2015 Bibi's Blatant Betrayal!
The dangerous actions, and likely results, of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyau's re-election tactics have not only damaged the longstanding American-Israeli partnership, but also Israel itself, and the cause of Middle East peace.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 19, 2015 Ukraine and Iran: Leaving a Legacy can be Leaders Labor Lost!
The likely legacies of American President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are examined in this article, along with the risks that those legacies will be determined by unwise decisions, particularly in the foreign arena. The world may suffer as a result of such unfortunate decisions.
(54 comments) SHARE Monday, July 6, 2015 Alexis and the Golden Fleecing!
The Greek economic crisis must be put in perspective, and the European Union should not be held hostage by any one nation which has economic problems. These issues are put in perspective in this article.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 8, 2014 The latest despicable Republican Blame Game!
At this time of a national foreign policy crisis in America over the Russian territorial grab for Ukraine, the Republicans seem only interested in using that crisis as one more excuse to blast President Barack Obama. They have no sense of shame.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 4, 2010 America the Not-So-Beautiful!
America desperately needs to live up to its ideals, and the Fourth of July is a good time to face up to that reality, and then to live up to those ideals.
(56 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 30, 2016 Fuhrer Donald Trump and His New America First Movement!
America and all Americans, but especially progressives, must see through Donald Trump's misguided America First trumpetings. This article provides some history on the comparable America First rhetoric of the 1930s and early 1940s, which was not only offensive to the world, but to American interests as well. We absolutely should not repeat those mistakes -- rather, we must learn from them!
(34 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2015 The North Charleston "Death-by-Cop" Case -- and the Case for Civilian Police Review Boards!
Civilian Police Review Boards are an excellent way of insuring responsible conduct by police officers. The recent killing of a Black man by a White police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina has been better handled than similar cases in other jurisdictions -- but without real independent review of any and all such cases, more similar tragedies are very likely to occur.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 21, 2013 WELLS-FARGO: Despicable from Beginning to End!
One long-term Wells Fargo mortgage and banking customer describes the miserable experiences he and his family have had trying to get a fair break and shake from W-F!
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2015 The Last Laugh is on Economist Arthur Laffer!
Supply Side Economics gave us the Laffer Curve, which has turned out to be wrong except as a truism -- instead of lifting all boats, these theories have sunk the boats of the middle class and poor in many nations. They need to be repudiated in favor of progressive economic approaches with humane values.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 26, 2014 In Ferguson, it was Officer Darren Wilson vs. "Hulk Hogan"!
Ferguson MO Police Officer Darren Wilson has confirmed, in his own ABC News interview, that his killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown was totally unjustified. Now, it is time for the Federal government to expose this wrongful act via civil rights violation charges against Wilson, his police department, and the local prosecutor who failed to carry out his sworn duty of protecting the public.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 11, 2014 Barack Obama Declares War on the First Amendment!
Muzzling past and present federal employees has become a newly-enlarged policy of the Obama Administration -- notwithstanding that this adverse policy violates the Presidential Oath of Office as well as the First Amendment to our Constitution.
(25 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2013 Barack and Me -- The Parting of the Ways!
The grave disappointment of progressive former Obama supporters has led to the parting of the ways for many, for reasons outlined in this stimulating article by an FDR liberal.
(38 comments) SHARE Friday, September 11, 2015 September 11, 2001 -- After fourteen years, how best to separate truth from speculation!
While it is unfortunate that there has been very little attention to this fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, it is even more unfortunate that any author limit the right of the public to comment on his articles about 9-11-01, or anything else for that matter. This article takes extreme exception to the refusal of Paul Craig Roberts to accept comments on his own article on 9-11-01.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 31, 2015 A 2016 Agenda for America's Senior Citizens!
So far in the 2016 presidential campaigns, neither major party has addressed the needs of America's growing population of Senior Citizens -- and the many ways in which seniors can contribute to the nation. This article is intended to motivate such discussions now.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2009 Making Matters Worse: America's Credit Card Issuers
Credit Card issuers are changing their terms adversely against their customers, using the present economic downturn as their excuse. That is truly shameful, and should be prevented for any company which took federal bailout money. Congress should act on this immediately.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 6, 2015 In honor of Selma, Let's Abolish Ferguson!
What would it take to really improve the safety and lives of residents of Ferguson, Missouri? A strong case can be made that they would be better off as part of their County rather than living in such a reactionary and racist city. Ferguson should be abolished by the State of Missouri.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, October 16, 2009 The Betrayal of America's Elderly
The Social Security Administration's recent denial of any cost of living increase in Social Security benefits will reduce American seniors' real incomes and standard of living in 2010. It is a betrayal of trust.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2013 Sequestration is Unconstitutional!
Sequestration rides roughshod over the United States Constitution and is a gross violation of the Oaths of Office of the President and all Members of Congress. It is also a shameful process which will damage our nation totally unnecessarily.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2014 Robert Gates "piss-and-tell" memoir damages the nation!
Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has managed to damage America's national interest by venting his frustrations in his new book DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War while his former Commander in Chief and other former colleagues are still grappling with difficult situations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. By doing so, Gates has proven himself untrustworthy.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 20, 2016 The Two Worst Governors in the United States!
Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Snyder of Michigan, both Republicans, are indeed The Two Worst Governors in the United States. While the situations may be different, what they share is a complete disregard for the wellbeing of their citizens, and complete failure to honor their oaths of office.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2013 In bankrupt Detroit, a phony Emergency Manager creates his own 9-11 emergency!
Now that it is known and admitted that Detoit city officials, appointed by the Tea Party Governor of Michigan after Detroit went bankrupt, intentionally ordered power outages to teach residents and workers some kind of bizarre lesson, the strongest possible actions should be taken against these officials to help prevent any recurrences of this abuse.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 21, 2015 Rudy's Rude Rabid Rancid Rant
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani seems determined to make a fool of himself by his continuous litany of denigration directed at President Barack Obama. Rudy's latest silly rant, claiming that our President "does not love America" demonstrates the former mayor's irrelevance to anything of importance today.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 6, 2015 Reversing the World's Worsening Water Woes!
As the world supply of potable/drinkable water increasingly falls short of world demand, solutions are available. Israel has pioneered in the conversion of salt water to fresh water, at affordable cost, and now needs to share its technology freely and rapidly with other thirsty nations.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 The USPS and the GAO: Facilitating Identity Theft!
Once again, the United States Postal Service wants business firms to order a Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping kit by sending in an open postcard with their email address and phone number. That surely encourages identity theft, and the Congressional General Accounting Office compounds the error by refusing to do anything about it.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 25, 2014 Dangerous and Defective Decisions at Delta!
The recent exposure of a gun-running ring led by a Delta baggage-handler and a man who flew for free on Delta may be only the tip of an iceberg of incompetent decisions at the airline. A full investigation of adverse decisions by Delta is desperately needed, and long overdue.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Mr. President, do not saddle Georgia with your proposed judicial appointments!
After a long delay in making federal judicial appointments in Georgia, President Barack Obama has nominated several men who have worked against equal rights for all in that state. He should withdraw those nominees and start consulting with his own party's leaders rather than pandering to the reactionary opposition.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu Damages the Israeli Cause Once More!
The recent Vatican treaty with the so-called State of Palestine is a direct result of the arrogant intransigence of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Having alienated America and most of the world by his harsh and despicable tactics, he has now alienated this Pope also, to the disadvantage of the State of Israel, and of the Middle East.
(29 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Does America Still Deserve Democracy?
The shamefully-small percentage of eligible American voters who actually voted in the 2014 Elections will come to be seen as a major step in the decline of this nation. We cannot remain a real democracy without real democratic elections, in which the majority of citizens do vote.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Glenwood Gardens: the Old Age Home from Hell!
The failure of the Glenwood Gardens old age home staff to lift a finger to save a resident in desperate need of CPR is consistent with the low ratings of their parent corporation, Brookdale Senior Living. In addition to appropriate action in this atrocious case, a full investigation of all of the Brookdale operations is absolutely needed.
(68 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2015 One Reason Why the Left Keeps Losing!
A review of several recent articles on OpEdNews.com, and the comments on those articles, reveals an intolerance and contempt for alternate views which discredits the openness of liberals and progressives. We can and must be, and do, better than that.
(41 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 5, 2016 Who Will Watch the Watchers -- at OpEdNews.com?
OpEdNews.com appears to have recent and strong policies governing comments on articles, which limit the content of such comments via some kind of unspecified monitoring combined with some highly-specified threats. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS REGULATION OF OUR FREE SPEECH?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 12, 2014 The House of Representatives has put a big lump of coal in America's stocking!
The House of Representatives, leveraged by the White House, has passed the very bad Cromnibus Bill, which extends government funding at the cost of hard-fought limits on bank speculative bailouts, and on campaign finance spending. Now, our last hope lies in the Senate's rejection -- for now, at least -- of this very bad bill. A Continuing Resolution is sufficient to keep the federal government funded.
(41 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 11, 2015 The Russian Threat to the Entire Baltic Region, and How to End It!
Americans are generally not well-informed about developments in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region, which is a serious shortcoming for them. This article examines the threat from the expansionist Russia of Vladimir Putin to that region, which is very real and very close to Scandinavia, where Russia is just across the Baltic Sea from Sweden. This article examines what may be the opening shot of further Russian expansionism.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Sins of Silence at the USPS
The United States Postal Service resists Freedom of Information Act inquiries tooth-and-nail, as described in this timely article. A full Congressional investigation of the USPS is long overdue.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 9, 2015 Barack the Intolerant!
Once a symbol of American tolerance he termed The Audacity of Hope, President Barack Obama has become increasingly intolerant of dissent over his policies -- most recently, the profound issues over his bad and badly-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran. The nation cannot afford his mean-spirited, petty, spiteful attacks on critics of his Iran nuclear deal. Nor can we continue to trust his flawed judgments.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 27, 2011 Et Tu, AARP!
The American Association of Retired Persons has once again betrayed its own constituency by condoning an unwise cut in social security benefits. This article outlines the history and facts.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 Mitt's Myth about Gasoline Prices!
Mitt Romney's myth that President Barack Obama doubled gasoline prices during is term of office is definitively dis-proven in this article. From this example, it is clear that nothing Romney claims is likely to be the truth.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 14, 2015 A Mistake and Misstep by Amnesty International!
On occasion, even the best of organizations errs by planning to endorse a policy in total violation of its goals. By proposing to remove criminal penalties from the sex trade, Amnesty International is encouraging human rights violations by the worst sex trade perpetrators against their many victims, including young girls and boys. Amnesty needs to re-think, and revise, their position before innocents are irrevocable damaged.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2013 Never Trust Sun Trust!
A case study of how Sun Trust Bank of Georgia abused the trust of two innocent customers, repeatedly and profoundly. The time for real bank regulation is long overdue, and desperately needed. Woody Guthrie said he did not know which was worse: to rob a bank, or to own one! Today, that is still a very good question.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2014 Delta's Despicable Frequent Flyer Downgrades!
Delta Airlines manages to find ways of making its Frequent Flyer program worse for its loyal customers. The latest such adverse change bases FF awards on money spent with Delta rather than on miles flown. That can only favor business flyers and the wealthy over loyal flyers of modest means. Delta should reconsider making its FF program even worse than it is.
(21 comments) SHARE Monday, March 17, 2014 The Wimp and The Whimper!
Putting Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and power grab of its Crimea region in perspective leads inevitably to a lesson in history: if Putin is not stopped now, the whole world will pay the price later. U.S. President Barack Obama needs to play a key role in preventing such a tragedy.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Attacking Iraq and now Syria: It's deja vu all over again!
After analyzing the shortcomings of the new bombing of Iraq and Syria in a futile attempt to eliminate ISIS and other terror groups based in those countries, this article points out the tragic killings of innocent civilians and the creation of even more refugees through our misguided and ineffective new wars.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 The Camels Head in the Retailing Tent: Self-Serve Checkouts Destroy Entry-Level Jobs!
The widespread growth of self-service checkouts and similar ways of retail cost-cutting is destroying a host of entry-level jobs. The trend cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed by vigorous customer opposition. The job you save may be your own, or that of your child or friend. This article outlines some actions you can take to do so.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2009 So, what's wrong with earmarks?
Why are earmarks considered so evil? This article presents the other side, the case for the intelligent use of earmarks to rebuild our infrastructure and conduct studies vital to our wellbeing.
(21 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 8, 2016 Why is the Left helping Donald Trump to win the Presidency?
The only candidate helped by all of the Hillary Hatred coming from the Left is the Despicable Donald Trump. It would be tragic for this horrid man to achieve the presidency through use of all the dirt some alleged progressives throw at Hillary.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 16, 2012 Three Strikes and Wells Fargo Should Be Out -- with America!
Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo's megabank took multi-billions of Federal bailout dollars while promising to change their ways. Now, in addition to abusing the public trust, they abuse their own customers. That is not an improvement, as described in this pivotal article.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 8, 2012 The Myth of Mitt: Romney was never a real businessman!
By comparing Mitt Romney's vaunted business experience to the reality, this article makes clear that he distorts his record in the private sector much as he distorts his position on the many issues facing us.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2011 More Smoke and Mirrors at the Obama White House!
The Obama White House has launched a pseudo-program called WE THE PEOPLE to supposedly allow Americans to propose actions by petition -- while hiding how many signature are required to even get their attention, let along any action. This is one more smoke-and-mirrors effort to fool us into thinking the Obama White House really cares about our concerns. It absolutely does not.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Wells Fargo joins the Banks of Infamy!
Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo Bank have sneakily imposed a new monthly charge for debit card usage to make purchases, following in the Ranks of Infamy of the like of Bank of America. The fee is a blatant attempt to avoid the will of Congress in restricting such bank fees. Thus, Wells Fargo has joined the ranks of the Banks of Infamy.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2011 A Manifesto For The Occupy Movement
The Occupy Movement, which started on Wall Street in New York and has now spead around the world, needs to state its positions clearly. The idea that by not stating them it is somehow gaining in purity is invalid. Here, then, is a draft Manifesto for the Occupy Movement.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Academic Coaching is Encroaching!
Academic Coaching is a new development in on-line education primarily. This article points out the pitfalls of using an outside purveyor of coaching rather than developing that capacity in-house.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2015 The State of Georgia's Death-dealing Double-header!
America is the execution capital of the world when it comes to the death penalty, and Georgia is among the worst of the states perpetrating this barbaric practice. When will they ever learn? Executions do not deter capital offenses, they encourage them, as then the perpetrators have little to lose by killing victims. This is shameful!
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, February 9, 2015 The Hypocritical Stone Casting Aimed at News Anchor Brian Williams!
The pundits and judgementalists are having a field day over NBC News Anchor Brian Williams' apparent misstatement about his Iraq War coverage experience. It would truly be a shame to let them destroy a good man and great reporter through their spite and venom.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2015 Pollard the Pawn
The true facts of the excessive sentence and thirty-year imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard are outlined in this article. This grave injustice deserves at least an apology from all of those who orchestrated this abomination.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 12, 2015 From Selma to Ferguson: The Mixed Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. needs to be re-examined in the light of the Ferguson and Staten Island police killings of Black males, if the civil rights movement is to move beyond the present mixed situation. This article highlights some directions for that movement.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2014 Planet Earth's "Death By A Thousand Pipelines"
The Keystone XL tar-sands oil pipeline is only the latest major step degrading our planetary environment. The drastic effect of the totality of all those degradations is addressed in this article.
(19 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Joe the Racist
South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson's intemperate outburst against President Obama is a sign of his own racism, and of the reality that racism is not yet banished from America.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Injustice Scalia Should Resign!
Adding to his long history of reactionary Supreme Court decisions, Antonin Scalia's latest stance that the vital Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represents "racial entitlement" is a disgrace to the Court and to our Constitution. After playing a major role in throwing the 2000 presidential election to loser George W. Bush, Scalia continues his erosion of this nation. Injustice Scalia should resign.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 9, 2011 DRONE WARS: The Obama Administration's Very Slippery Slope!
The implications of the use of killer drones have been brought home by their use, by the United States, against our own citizens. The targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen by unmanned droves may well violate the U.S. Bill of Rights and International Law. This is a very slippery slope for America and the world.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 30, 2011 America Bests The Big Bad Banks!
Megabanks which took megabillions of federal bailout dollars and then recently tried to impose new and unjustified debit card fees on their own customers seem to have lost this round, as most of those fees are now being reduced or rescinded. But they will undoubtedly try new and perhaps even nastier tactics to shaft their own customers and the public. We must all watch out -- and speak out forcefully!
(23 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 29, 2015 Coping with the World Refugee Crisis!
The greatest crisis of this century to date is the present World Refugee Crisis, which is exacting an inhumane toll on migrants seeking only safety and a viable life. The United Nations is tasked to handle world problems, but has mainly pontificated so far. It is time for the UN to take charge of the World Refugee Crisis and take serious steps to solve it.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 11, 2011 Adding Insult to Injury, in My Senator's Office
Dealing with the constituent services section of this United States Senator's office is like swimming through molasses, as fully detailed in this human-interest article. All Americans should expect a far higher standard from their Federal legislators.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 12, 2015 Asleep at the 9-1-1 Switch, in the State of Georgia!
America's antiquated 9-1-1 emergency call system is unable to locate some callers because of its outdated analog technology -- and some of those callers, or their families, are injured or killed as a result. This article proposes ways to update and fix that obsolete system, now.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 13, 2011 It's not about you, Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin seems determined to use the Tucson tragedy for her own political ends while whining about her mistratment by the news media. Her use of the phrase "blood libel" is especially offensive.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 Have we forgotten the lessons of September 11, 2001?
By analyzing what little we have done, and how much we have failed to do, since the September 11, 2001 tragic terror attack, this article points the way towards reducing risks from societal crimes, and towards real preparedness. Specific proposals towards those ends are outlined. America badly needs to study the detailed proposals presented in Turning the Tides by Eugene F. Elander, this article's author.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 31, 2015 Obama in Alaska: Would you buy a used nation from this president?
While President Barack Obama has taken some useful environmental actions, those have mainly been small steps to deal with a gigantic problem. Meanwhile, this article points out his regression on Arctic drilling which sends absolutely the worst signal as to American sincerity in saving our only planet. No glossy Alaskan visit can even begin to make amends for the abysmal environmental record of this president.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Keystone XL: America Wins, Landrieu Loses!
The inspiring role of several Sioux tribes in opposing the dirty-oil Keystone XL pipeline going through their lands is contrasted with the despicable role of Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana in attempting to force the pipeline through the Senate in a probably-futile attempt to keep her seat. Now, President Obama should veto the next try at this unwise and unneeded project.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 31, 2015 The Awful Mishandling of American Hostage Situation Policy
The recent White House initiative to reach out to families of former hostages taken by ISIS and other terrorist groups appears to be mainly a public relations play. The reality is that America has no sensible or effective policy on hostage negotiations, and our refusal to even consider ransoms is based on false premises and inhumane actions. All options need to be on the table, to try to save precious innocent lives.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 19, 2011 Shafting America's Seniors on their Social Security!
After two years of frozen social security retirement benefits, America's seniors now have to suffer from renewed inflation causing serious reduction in their real purchasing power. It is truly shameful that no effort is being made to address this issue, on behalf of those tens of millions who devoted their lives to working for this nation. Trying to cut the Federal deficit by damaging our senior citizens is an abomination.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2015 A Barbaric Start on 2015 in Georgia!
The latest execution in Georgia is the first in the nation in 2015. This barbaric practice must cease, particularly when there are some extenuating circumstances. In this case, the man executed was a decorated veteran with PTSD. But Georgia has executed juveniles and retarded people, so this latest execution is, sadly, not at all surprising -- just totally barbaric, cruel, but no longer unusual.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 21, 2015 An Open Letter to Mitt the Unfit!
Twice-Failed Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney had to attack the President's outstanding State of the Union address almost before Barack Obama had finished speaking. It is clear that Romney plans on running for President once again -- which is almost sure to assist in a Republican loss again in 2016
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Has Barack Obama become a rogue president?
Many recent behaviors by the President and his administration have become so bizarre as to appear to be rogue (mis)conduct. This article presents some of that roguery.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Obamacare: A Vast Project Based on a Half-Vast Idea!
The fatal flaws of Obamacare, including the unwise attempt to blend private insurance with a national health care program, can only be mended by starting all over, as painful as that prospect may be. The problems run far deeper than merely the flawed implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- they are fatal flaws. America needs to follow the best European health care single-payer models. Back to the drawing board!
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2015 The Billion-Dollar Edifice Complex of Post-Presidential Barack Obama!
While over two years yet remain in his second presidential term of office, Barack Obama is already (and prematurely) placing major emphasis and major focus on his post-presidential Billion Dollar Presidential Library and Foundation. He is thus placing the cart of his overblown egoistic greatness before the horse of his grave disappointment to progressive Americans and much of the world.
SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2009 The Biggest Swindler in History
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is the biggest swindler in history, taking nearly a trillion dollars of Federal money and giving it to Wall Street financial institutions as well as others whose greed and incompetence got the best of them.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 27, 2013 The Deplorable Duplicity of DISH!
Capping a long history of consumer-adverse price-gouging and misleading advertisements, DISH is now "thanking" its loyal customers with a new price increase, on less than a month's notice. This is indeed deplorable.
(22 comments) SHARE Monday, February 7, 2011 Lifting the Lamp of Liberty!
The Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants from all over the world to America, a nation of immigrants. Draconian measures aimed at undocumented aliens go far beyond reasonable and fair law enforcement. Immigration is a national issue and should not be restricted on a State by State basis out of fear or animus.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Barack Obama: The Great Equivocator!
Barack Obama has become The Great Equivocator by agreeing to an extension of those unwarranted, unjustified, and unwise Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. He has let all of us progressives -- and himself -- down through cowardice.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 9, 2014 Hey, it's just New Jersey stuff!
The present scandal in which top aides to the Governor of New Jersey blocked traffic lanes on the George Washington bridge to punish the town of Fort Lee for its mayor's failure to back their boss is put in historical context in this article. Such tactics are not unusual in New Jersey -- but they are still deplorable.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 8, 2011 Seniors: Where is the Outrage?
It is truly outrageous that cuts in social security, medicare, and medicaid are even being considered to get the Republicans in the House of Representatives to accept an increase in the Federal debt limit. For a Democratic president to make or consider such proposals should be unthinkable, particularly while extending two costly and fruitless wars. American outrage is overdue.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 6, 2011 The Sounds -- And Sins -- Of Senatorial Silence!
Trying to communicate with elected and appointed federal officials has become nearly impossible, while they deluge us with demands for campaign contributions and for our support. Communciation with them needs to become a two-way street; if they are too busy to respond, maybe they need to learn that they are not too busy to be replaced.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Has Depraved Indifference become the official American standard?
The CIA torturers of detainees, and the agencies they employed as torturers in many nations, should be charge as the war criminals which they are -- and those who sit by with mealy-mouthed responses are guilty of "depraved indifference" to these abuses, making them guilty of complicity in these crimes against humanity.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 18, 2010 Another Betrayal of America's Elderly
For the second year in a row, and only the second time in decades, the Social Security Administration has frozen seniors' benefits while the prices which seniors pay for many vital items continue to increase. This is unfair, unjust, and unwarranted, given the trillions of dollars which seem to be available for everything else.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 3, 2015 Raise the Federal Minimum Wage Now -- But to $12 hourly, a Sensible Level!
Analyzing the well-intended Pay Workers a Living Wage Act proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders and several House progressives leads to the inevitable conclusion that it cannot pass Congress with a rise to $15 per hour in the minimum wage. A more-realistic increase is needed if the abysmal federal minimum wage is to go up at all.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 24, 2010 The Unwinnable War and the Meaning of McChrystal
Generals say and do stupid things when they are losing a war, as in the case of the War in Afghanistan. That is the real underlying message of the McChrystal debacle -- it tells us to pull out of Afghanistan now.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 15, 2011 Another Lynching Approaching in Georgia?
The present death sentence pending against Troy David for a crime he never committed resonates with the lynching nearly a century ago of Leo Frank, a Jewish man whose death sentence was commuted by Georgia's governor but who was lynched by some leading Georgians of that time. Frank was exonerated only long after his death, but it is not yet too late for Troy Davis.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, August 7, 2015 We have heard it all before, Barack!
Putting the proposed nuclear deal with Iran in a bit of historical perspective makes clear that this bad deal can and should only be judged on the facts -- one of which is that President Barack Obama is trying to bolster his legacy through this deal, which alone makes it suspect.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 Nero and Obama: Bad Judgment is Eternal!
Emperor Nero in Ancient Rome and President Obama in modern America have something in common: Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and Obama diddles while Libya and brave Libyan Freedom Fighters are burning. Actions by America and the U.N., starting with a NO FLY zone, are overdue, and absolutely needed now.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 30, 2013 The Pope and the President
As 2013 ends, it is time to sum up the roles of both the new Pope and the U.S. President -- and to contrast how they are handling their responsibilities. This Pope seems to be doing much better in meeting those responsibilities than is the case with this President, as explored in the article.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 21, 2010 Hey, Joe, What Does One More Betrayal Matter?
Sen. Joe Lieberman-s history of betrayals now culminates in his betrayal of his former friend Dick Blumenthal, running for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. This article covers some of those betrayals.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 5, 2013 FEMA: Always TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Upon reviewing the history of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, over the past few years, the inevitable conclusion is that the agency is riddled with incompetence -- and that does a major disservice to America and all Americans. The FEMA National Advisory Council does not seem to have improved matters any, but it does a good job of applying whitewash to FEMA incompetence
(41 comments) SHARE Monday, February 1, 2016 One More Strong Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President in 2016
This well-reasoned comparison between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as presidential candidates leads to a strong endorsement for Hillary, while much praise for Bernie is in order too. Both of them, of course, are far better than anyone that the opposition has to offer.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 14, 2012 Walmart versus The Staff of Life!
Walmart's policy which reduced their discount on bread overproduction gouges its budget-conscious customers at exactly the wrong time, during the Great Recession. This article exposes the customer-unfriendly practice.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Hillary: Stop Your Deplorable Dunning for Dollars!
The early stages of a presidential campaign should be dignified and effective. The Hillary Clinton campaign has not achieved either of these qualities to date. Instead, an endless litany of dunning emails demand dollars from small donors, while the big issues seem to be neglected. That needs to change at once.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Of Boston, Bombs -- and the Centurion Program!
In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the lessons of better preparedness need to be learned, starting with the establishment of an American Home Guard based on the Israeli model. While the post-event response in Boston has been outstanding, this was a preventable event, and a wake-up call.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 28, 2011 Egypt and the Dominoes of Doom!
The present Egyptian crisis, following serious problems in Tunisia and Lebanon, is the handwriting on the Middle Eastern wall. Unless the Western Nations and the UN find ways of dealing with this crisis, it is likely to become a disaster for the entire world.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 2, 2016 Donald Trump and Ethan Couch: Two Peas in the "Affluenza" Pod!
Comparing the misbehavior of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump and teenage drunk-driving killer Ethan Couch shows similarities in their sociopathy, as outlined in this article. So-called "affluenza" is no excuse for either.
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2009 WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCH LIST?
The so-called Terror Watch List is far too large to be useful for our safety and security; the recent Christmas Day bombing attempt on Northwest Flight 253 is proof positive that our Homeland Security policies and procedures need drastic revision.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Obama and the Backbiters!
Pesident Obama's authorization of intervention on behalf of Libyan freedom fighters and the Libyan people is well justified by precedent. While Republicans can be expected to oppose anything which our President does, Democrats should not be so fast to deny their support for regime change in Libya, a sponsor of terrorism for decades while oppressing its own people.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 5, 2011 The Obama Administration Caves -- Again!
The Obama Administration has already caved in one more time on improving health care in the United States -- this time, by allowing the cost of end-of-life care discussions to be deleted from medical professionals' eligible expenses. If we fail to present all options available to those approaching the end of their lives, we are despicable. If we fail to support medical professionals in such discussions, we are truly cowardly.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2011 A "Legal" Lynching in Georgia!
The rejection of clemency for Troy Davis, probably an innocent man, by the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons, may well lead to a "legal" lynching in order to silence the worlwdwide outrage over that pending execution. In that goal, Georgia will fail, and Troy Davis is likely to become a martyr if he is executed.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2013 The Obama Visit to Sweden in Perspective
When President Obama visits Sweden in September, his safety should absolutely be secure -- but he can expect to be asked profound questions about American policy, including spying on its own citizens, among others.
(17 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2015 Resolving the Great Twenty-First Century Refugee Exodus!
The present world refugee crisis must be solved via the world agency tasked to handle such major problems: The United Nations. But the UN cannot do so without maximum cooperation for all member states. The need is urgent, and our common humanity demands that it be met fully.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2012 How Mitt The Unfit Blew the Election!
The implications of recent revelations of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's utter contempt for at least 47% of the American People are exposed in this timely and provocative article.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 22, 2011 The New Fox in the Obama Henhouse!
Once again, President Obama makes a very unwise choice by appointing GE head Jeffrey Immelt to chair the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This new fox in the White (Hen)House has expressed contempt for the President and his policies, has little credibility when it comes to Obama policies, and will undoubtedly prove a very bad choice for such vital tasks as promoting American jobs and competitiveness.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Georgia Senators Do the Dance of the Despicable!
On the very anniversary of the date when the War Against Poverty was launched fifty years ago, most Republican Senators voted against the extension of unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. The article focuses on the two Georgia Senators who joined the Republican majority in this shameful and despicable denial.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2015 "STUFF HAPPENS": The World According to Jeb Bush
The immediate reaction of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush, to the tragic mass murders at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, demonstrates conclusively that he is unfit to be president. Dismissing such mass murder as "stuff happens" is beneath contempt, as are many of the other Republican presidential candidates who took similar stances to that of Jeb Bush.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, December 21, 2009 The Malicious Malefactors of Mistruths
The Republican Senators' comments about the Senate Health Care reform bill prove their duplicity, and further that they do not have the nation's best interests at heart.
The main Republican goal is the failure of the Obama Administration.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Boycott Big Bad Banks until Congress Bans Their New Fees!
We can do more than just protest the new and unwarranted bank debit card usage fees, which giant banks are applying to make up for the reduction in their unwarranted merchant debit card charges. We can and should boycott any bank which is abusing its customers in this manner, while urging Congress to ban all of these new, pernicious, and unwarranted fees.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump: Constitutionally Disqualified from Ever Becoming President of the USA
Donald J. Trump may be the first presidential candidate in history to ever violate the presidential oath of office in advance. Were he to ever be elected, God Fobid, he would be unable to honor his own Oath of Office. Those who have made him, temporarily, the leading Republican candidate, need to take a good, hard look at those realities. The Donald is not only crude and rude, he also appears unglued!
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Give that Nobel back, Barack!
Early in his first term as President, Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize totally on his pious words. His impious actions in violation of the cause of regional and world peace demand return of that very special award, now.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 What Could America's First Lady Be Thinking?
America's First Lady, Michelle Obama, recently praised Wal-mart for plans to improve the nutritional value of some of its food items. Whether or not those improvements ever really occur, the lack of judgment Michelle Obama has shown by praising one of the world's worst corporate exploiters is most unfortunate and sends the absolute wrong signal.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2011 The American Public Debt Crisis: What Would FDR Do?
Barack Obama has now refused to follow his own Oath of Office by upholding the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires him to insure that there is no challenge to the validity of our public debt. That failure might well be grounds for impeachment, unless the Fourteenth Amendment is followed now and the public debt ceiling is increased by the President.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 17, 2015 The Despicable Duo: Donald Trump and Ben Carson
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are very flawed Republican presidential candidates, and the fact that they are in the lead for the moment says even more about their party than it says about them.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 22, 2011 The Republicans Have No Sense Of Shame!
President Barack Obama has recently announted the end of the nine-year War in Iraq in a responsible manner. Instead of praising him for doing so, the Republicans instantly attacked him for doing the right thing for America and American interests. Their willingness to damage our nation for political gain is totally clear, and totally wrong as well.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 14, 2011 Egypt's E-Volution: Power to the Peoples!
The recent computer-fueled revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt prove that a New World Order is truly emerging. This article summarizes relevant recent history leading up to these exciting developments, aimed at the empowerment of all those living under repressive regimes.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 15, 2011 Irony of Ironies in Tucson!
It is more than ironic that the shooter in Tucson on January 8, 2011 was stopped and released with a warning the day of his massacre, because being Caucasian there was no need to invoke Arizona's draconian law targeting Hispanics, whereas the hero of the day, an intern who helped save Cong. Giffords' life after she was shot, might well have been deterred from reaching her event had he been stopped for appearing Hispanic.
SHARE Saturday, February 28, 2009 Bobby Jindal and Volcanos
A commentary and analysis of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address,
which illustrates just why they are the minority party, and are likely to stay in that position.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Unholy Alliance: The AARP and The Hartford!
The former American Association of Retired Persons, which now just goes by AARP, has become a purveyor of all sorts of things to seniors -- partnering with The Hartford to market auto and home insurance to AARP members and others. This Op Ed describes the nightmare experience of one pair of AARP members, and warns other seniors about the severe risks in the AARP Hartford Insurance program. CAVEAT EMPTOR!
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 25, 2015 Marking the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act!
This article highlights the landmark American with Disabilities Act which became law just twenty-five years ago this week. It recounts one incident in which handicap access ramps were secured, in New London, Connecticut, and the struggle to secure them before passage of the ADA. Similar problems occurred all over America and helped lead to the ADA.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 6, 2010 How a TV station distorts the facts and the truth in Georgia!
Atlanta's TV channel 11 Alive uses its so-called Bullfighters to distort the gubernatorial campaign in Georgia by ignoring major violations by Republican Nathan Deal while criticizing a harmless analogy used by Democrat Roy Barnes. That's most unfair and inappropriate for Channel 11!
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 31, 2011 2011: The Return of "Power to the People"
By comparing the historic 2011 Arab Spring and Occupy movements to the Power to the People movement forty years ago, we can gain perspective and direction for 2012, as outlined in this article by the author of Empowerment:Taking Charge of Your Life.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2014 The Recent Rancid Ranting of Rand Paul
U.S. Senator Rand Paul has managed to tarnish whatever image he may have by using attacks on Bill Clinton to try to discredit Hillary Clinton. All Rand Paul has done is to discredit himself.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 24, 2009 Of Dithering and Ditherers
Former Vice President Dick Cheney calls President Obama to task for "dithering" on the War in Afghanistan. Cheney is way out-of-line. Decisions on Afghanistan are too important to rush.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 12, 2011 Understanding Mitt Romney
Since Mitt Romney may be the leading Republican presidential candidate, at least in some polls, his views need to be scrutinized thoroughly. His espoused view that Corporations are People is one that needs to be challenged, particularly given the Supreme Court -s similar thinking.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, April 5, 2013 Don't betray America's elderly, Mr. President!
The Obama Administration's renewal of pandering to Republicans in Congress by proposing adverse changes in Social Security and Medicare is both shameful and counter-productive. The Republicans will merely see these proposals as signs of Obama weakness.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Barack Obama's 2012 Top Ten List!
In seeking a second term as our President, Barack Obama needs to show some real progressivel principles, on which he campaigned for his first term. This article outlines a Top Ten list of some of those vital principles, to which our President needs to re-commit himself now.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Toronto's Tacky Team!
On the lighter side of life, particularly in Canada, the antics of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother City Councilor Doug Ford are depicted in this article. Why they receive so much media attention -- including a reality TV show -- is the underlying issue; they may have put Toronto on the map, but it is not the focus anyone or any city should want.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Two Miscarriages of Justice
Two murder cases, that in which Amanda Knox was first convicted of killing a roommate, and then finally freed, and that of Troy Davis, who was executed in Georgia for killing a police officer decades ago, have many parallels but vastly different endings. Troy Davis, like Amanda Knox, was very likely innocent. America must stop all executions so that Troy Davis will be the last person subjected to this barbaric ritual
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 27, 2013 Our Kamikaze Congress!
The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is clearly willing to shut down the federal government unless its ridiculous demands to end Obamacare and take other improper actions are met. Like all forms of blackmail, those demands must be resisted, fought, and defeated.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 3, 2010 For Once, Michael Steel Got It Right!
Republican Party Chair Michael Steele, for once, makes sense in his comments that the Afghan war is unwinnable, as has been the case with foreign powers making war in that nation for centuries. We should begin to pull out now.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 The Relative Irrelevance of Barack Obama!
Now that the high hopes for the Obama presidency have been dashed by Barack Obama himself, what remains is largely a legacy of irrelevance, and a study in how a president can make himself a premature lame duck. Here is hoping for 2016!
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Dealing Distance Death by Drone is Despicable!
Drone Warfare has crept into our arsenal by the back door, and the existence and use of these latest death-at-a-distance weapons needs to be studied, controlled, and prevented.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, August 30, 2013 The Triumph of Evil in Syria
The three-year humanitarian crisis in Syria, now culminating in a documented poison gas attack on innocent civilians, requires appropriate actions at once. To continue to do little or nothing would indeed be the triumph of evil.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 31, 2011 A Bad Deal With The Devils
President Barack Obama has reach a Deal with the Right Wing Devils in order to get the public debt limit increased. America will come to regret this Deal, which is unwise, unreasonable, and unfair.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 14, 2009 That's life, Tiger!
Tiger Woods travails are of his own making, but also have a broader lesson for all of us at this Holiday season.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Blaming the Victims of the Credit Card Companies
Senator Chris Dodd has proposed an interim freeze on credit card rates and fees until the new law limiting those costs takes effect. We should support Sen. Dodd's efforts to prevent the further victimizing of those already victimized by the greedy issuers of credit cards.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 29, 2015 "Holding the Powerful Accountable" -- At WXIA-TV 11 Alive in Atlanta!
Television so-called News Coverage has become more and more lurid, as this article attests, while often taking on elements of hypocrisy as well. In the case of WXIA TV in Atlanta, which calls itself 11 Alive News, judging from recent coverage, they have yet to learn this lesson: All crime may be news, but all news is not crime.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Shades of Vietnam: The Horrors of COLLATERAL DAMAGE Once Again!
The latest war crime in Afghanistan is the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, killing more than twenty staff and patients and injuring many other severely. Such atrocities will continue until America ends its longest-running war, once and for all, and holds those who have perpetrated or ordered such atrocities fully accountable for them.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 22, 2013 What next, the guillotine for Whistleblowers?
Just as the French Revolution had the awful guillotine mass beheadings to terrorize the population, America now has such terror tactics as the vastly excessive sentence of Bradley Manning for merely telling us facts we need to know. President Obama should commute his sentence, in common decency and simple humanity, now.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 Israel- s Irony of Ironies
Ironically, Israel chose the worst possible option in handling the flotilla of ships headed for Gaza, and that choice will haunt Israel for years to come. This article covers those ironies.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 8, 2016 Help the AARP lose its undeserved IRS tax-exempt status now!
The AARP, once the American Association of Retired Persons, no longer advocates significantly for the elderly here. Instead, it partners with a host of purveyors of commercial stuff to our senior citizens. That decline is shameful enough -- getting tax-exempt status for selling often-unneeded stuff is even worse. This article offers an opportunity for seniors to strike back!
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Rep. Doug Collins -- Off to a Very Bad Start!
Judging from his early vote in favor of a failed amendment to require vital Hurricane aid to be offset by cuts in discretionary federal spending, newly-elected U.S. Repesentative Doug Collins from Georgia's Ninth District is off to a very bad start in the United States Congress. The fact that his office is making widespread robo-calls blasting President Obama is not helping, either.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 19, 2010 The Pot and The Kettles
The House Ethics Committee's censure of Congressman Charles Rangel is vastly disproportionate to his minor infractions, and indeed lacks the mercy for which Rangel pleaded. The shame lies with the Congressional hypocrites, not with Charlie Rangel.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2013 The Ides of Yahoo!
The shortcomings of Yahoo! are outlined as its new CEO Marissa Mayer attempts to take charge of this innovative high-tech firm in a very heavy-handed and counterproductive manner. She is heading for a fall, which will be bad for her, and bad for Yahoo as well.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, May 29, 2009 GM really has it coming!
General Motors could and should have foreseen the disaster towards which it was heading long ago. The firm´s legendary arrogance led to its downfall.
SHARE Thursday, March 26, 2009 Shame on Ed Henry!
CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry criticized President Barack Obama at Obama's news conference for not responding instantly to news of the AIG bonuses. This article properly criticizes Ed Henry for the rude style and manner of his fake questions.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Tragedy and Truth in Tucson
The tragic shooting of Rep. Giffords and nineteen others in Tucson on January 8 -- six of whom died, inclduing a Federal judge and nine-year-old girl -- points up once more how violent America has become. There are steps in this article which will reduce that violence and such tragedies. They must be taken now.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2013 Sequestration: "Dr. Strangelove" and The Death of a Thousand Cuts!
The rapidly-approaching sequestration of federal funds would be a major self-made government disaster affecting nearly all Americans. It can be avoided by some good will and common decency on the part of both Parties, but particularly by some reasonable compromises by Republicans.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 4, 2011 A Bad Deal for Georgia's At-Risk Children
Foster care for at-risk children is a vital need in America, but is sadly underfunded in the State of Georgia. The consequences include a severe lack of families willing and able to take on this challenging task. Future tragedies are likely to be the result.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 21, 2011 A Defining Moment for the Obama Presidency
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a clear path to resolving the present crisis over increasing the public debt limit. This article provides a definitive explanation of how that path can be taken, and why it must be taken now.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Larry the Loser Leaves!
Chief White House Economist Larry Summers is leaving soon, and this article from a leading fellow economist outlines his failures while at the White House, and the damage done to progressive causes in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 13, 2015 Does FCA stand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or for Failing Customers Always?
By highlighting the utter failure of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to fix a safety failure affecting many Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, this article also highlights the decline of the once-proud American auto industry into a morass of failure to produce safe vehicles, and to keep those vehicles safe. That is shameful.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 7, 2011 Of Readings, Republicans, Research, and Reality
Reading the United States Constitution is a great gesture, but that is all it is, when the Repbulicans violate the themes of that noble document by actions they have already taken in the U.S. House of Representatives. This article points up these contrasting themes, as well as the duplicity and dishonesty of the House Republicans.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 13, 2013 A Satiric Phone Conversation between Presidents Assad and Putin
This satiric conversation between Russian President Putin and Syrian President Assad is intended to point out the folly of the Russian plan to get Assad to give up his chemical weapons. The fact that the plan emanates from a nation which has backed the genocidal Assad regime just might be a clue to that reality.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 12, 2009 Wall Street Needs To Grow Up!
The article explains the real underlying reasons for the nearly-400 point drop in the Dow Jones market average when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner unveiled his financial rescue plan. It is written by an economist and financial analyst specializing in public finance.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2012 Ban Those Bullets!
After outlining the stance of the National Rifle Association that armed guards should be stationed in every American school, the alternative of banning ammunition for assault weapons is presented for serious consideration. There is no Second Amendment right to posses and use such ammunition, nor should there be.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2015 An Open Application for the Position of Speaker of the House
Since membership in the U.S. House of Representatives is not required to serve as its Speaker, herewith is an application for the post, from someone who can actually Speak in good, colloquial, English. That can only be a vast improvement on the abilities of the most recent candidate for that vital post, who has since withdrawn from the race to serve as House Speaker, whose candidacy was truly From Hungaria, his new nation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 7, 2013 The Worsening of War by Despicable Uses for Drones
Unmanned drones are merely the latest escalation in the depersonalization of warfare; they have their place for surveillance and intelligence-gathering, but not for targeted killings of American in our own nation. Our Attorney General has stated that while there is no intent to do this, it would be possible -- and it needs to be stopped in advance.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 18, 2013 Ted Cruzing for a Bruising!
The leading role which Texas Senator Ted Cruz played in making the recent government and debt crisis even worse is highlighted in this article, as well as his apparent plans for 2016.
SHARE Tuesday, December 23, 2008 The SEC's Chickens Come Home to Roost
This article demonstrates the long-standing incompetence and irrelevance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, illustrated by its author's own experience as regional manager for a worldwide securities firm. The specific violations of securities rules and regulations at his firm were tolerated by the SEC for decades.
SHARE Saturday, February 14, 2009 Judd Gregg and Census 2010
U.S. Senator Judd Gregg's likely reasons for dropping out as nominee for Treasury Secretary are outlined; there is more to his embarrassing decision than meets the eye. Rather, Gregg's decision meets the nose, as there is a bad odor about it.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 24, 2011 When JFK Got It Wrong, Fifty Years Ago!
JFK's Inaugural Address was memorable, but its emphasis on Americans existing to serve the nation is often misinterpreted. This article points out the pitfalls in his words, and their implications for today.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Biden on the Brink!
The endless speculation by the media and by election gurus as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will make a presidential run in 2016 will soon end, most likely in the form of an announced Biden candidacy. This can only be seen as an adverse development, not only for the Democrats, but for the nation.
SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2009 FEMA -- Not Yet Ready for "Prime Time"
Eight years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist tragedy, and some five years after Hurricane Katrina, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) remains unprepared to deal with our next emergencies and disasters. That is totally unacceptable.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 11, 2011 Robin Hood in Reverse, in the Georgia State Legislature!
Even though Georgia ranks last in many criteria, from education to maintaining infrastructure, the Georgia State Legislature is ready to make matters worse by reducing already-low income tax rates in favor of new forms of sales taxes. That is a move in the wrong direction, and is totally unjustified and unfair to most Georgians.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 28, 2016 Why Progressives Risk Losing -- Again!
The case for the Democratic candidacy of Hillary Clinton is made in this article, which focuses on why progressives must support her, and defeat Donald the Despicable.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 22, 2010 Credit Card Crunchers
While the new federal law limiting some abuses by the issuers of credit cards has just taken effect, these firms are already finding new ways to abuse their customers and the public trust.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 22, 2016 A 2016 Passover Message on the World Refugee Crisis
Just as Passover celebrates freedom and renewal, the present world refugee crisis requires a worldwide commitment to make the freedom and renewal of the lives of wartorn and terror-torn refugees a top United Nations priority. In simple humanity and common decency, we must do no less -- and should try to do even more.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Sandy, Meet Mitt -- Your Best Friend!
In the face of Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney's proposals to turn emergency management over to the states and the private sector are dissected. His proposals would be, in and of themselves, unmitigated disasters.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2013 I Had A Dream, Mr. President!
By contrasting some of the realities of the Obama Administration with the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this article focuses on how deeply disappointing those realities have been. Dr. King would truly be ashamed.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Dick Cheney is Despicable!
The best thing America can do while awaiting former Vice President Dick Cheney's prosecution for war crimes and malfeasance is to totally ignore him. That is the one thing he cannot abide.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 7, 2009 Two Bad Approaches from Barack Obama
Two blunders by the Obama Administration are outlined: the President´s pandering to Moslems in his Egyptian speech, and their proposal to shortcut justice for Guantanamo detainees in capital cases.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2012 There's No New Newt!
As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich soars in the Repulican presidential polls and even primaries, a sober assessment of his severe weaknesses leads one to hope that he never attains that lofty goal.
SHARE Monday, April 6, 2009 A Bad Precedent at GM
The down-side of the hasty firing of the General Motors chairman, ordered by the White House, is described by a liberal economist who grew up in a GM city, Dayton, Ohio. Michael Moore's enthusiasm over the firing is misplaced.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Not Bad, Mr. President! A Vision.
After reviewing President Obama's State of the Union Address, this article describes how America can use its Sense of Vision in many meaningful ways in order to start moving forward once again.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 19, 2013 A Voice Crying for Safety in the Georgia Wilderness!
The difficulty of focusing public and media attention on reasonable steps to improve fire safety in houses and public buildings are outlined here, in the hope that our safety and security can be improved by such steps.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2013 Saving America and Americans from Our Own Government!
The legal justification for the massive NSA spying on Americans and others via telephone and internet information has now been found to be unconstitutional. A president whose Oath of Office is to uphold the U.S. Constitution cannot defend such acts!
SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2009 A Tale of Two Dicks
Disgraced former president Dick Nixon and former vice president Dick Cheney have much in common, particularly that both of them egregiously violated their oaths of office. Cheney's must be brought to justice over his many such violations.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 14, 2010 Knowing 'whose ass to kick.....
Taking off on President Obama-s comment that he is seeking whose ass to kick over the BP oil spill disaster, the article explains why he need not look very far to find the right hindquarters.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 11, 2013 Obama vs. KAOS -- The Return of GET SMART!
Many Americans believe that federal spying has gotten way out of hand, and this article compares that spying to the 1960s TV spy spoof GET SMART. The cold light of reason needs to be applied to our present national spookery, before we irrevocably alienate our allies and damage ourselves.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2016 A Letter to Hillary Clinton
Recent attacks by Hillary Clinton on Senator Bernie Sanders mainly damage her own presidential campaign. Using her daughter Chelsea to make such attacks should be beneath her, particularly when the attacks are not truthful.
SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2010 The President and the Court
President Obama's historic confrontation with Supreme Court Justices at his State of the Union Address was very well justified and well taken. Congress needs to reinstate strong limits on corporate and institutional campaign spending.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 5, 2009 The Audacity of Audacity
Barack Obama's wasted efforts to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago represent the wrong kind of audacity, as not only were they doomed, but they may have helped doom America to the continuation of second rate health care, a fruitless war in Afghanistan, and a jobless economic recovery.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Donald the Deporter
A bit of 20th Century deportation history helps to put Donald Trump's shameful proposals in perspective.
SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2009 It's All a Matter of Interpretation!
An imaginary conversation between former President Bill Clinton and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, through a creative interpreter, leading to the release of reporters Ling and Lee.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2010 The End of an Era: Farewell, Chris Dodd!
This tribute to retiring United States Senator Chris Dodd comes from a friend for the past thirty years, and covers some of his many accomplishments for the American people.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2013 The White House Theater of the Absurd
The Obama White House has now agreed to delay full implementation of its own Affordable Care Act for another year, all to placate some employers who continue to deny decent health care to their workers. That is an unconscionable and shameful action by the White House staff and our President.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 25, 2016 The Muddled Maundering on Stock Market Malaise!
The major securities market volatility since the start of 2016 has been blamed on the decline in oil prices -- which actually should be "fueling" a rising market. This article focuses instead on the growth of so-called program trading: trades carried out automatically, particularly in falling markets, which are very destabilizing and dangerous as well. Enhanced regulatory rules are needed immediately to control such trades.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Who Won and Who Lost in the Iowa Caucuses?
An analysis of the results of the Iowa caucus process, which leads to some guidance for the upcoming presidential campaign primaries. The future of America is at stake.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 27, 2011 The Republicans and the Representative
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has survived her gun-inflicted brain injury thanks to top notch health care -- care which the Republicans now seek to deny to so many others, as they try to return us to the bad old days of total insurance company control of our health system.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 16, 2013 "Only you can prevent building fires!"
Fire safety can be much more effective, thorough, and comprehensive, as outlined in this article. Other natural and societal hazards can also be prevented or at least mitigated, if we make such goals a top priority of safety and security efforts. Some methods to achieve those goals are presented here.
SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Stop the Bonuses at AIG
AIG, the American Insurance Group, would better stand for: Ain't I Greedy. The incompetents running this failed firm now want to pay out another nearly $170 million in bonuses to those who helped ruin it. This article outlines why, and how, those bonuses must be stopped now.
SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2009 Et tu, Joe?
U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, once a Democrat, now undercuts his former party -- and the American people -- by opposing any "public option" for health care reform. Shame on him.
SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2009 What about the Supreme Court´s DNA?
The U.S. Supreme Court erred atrociously by finding that long-term prisoners have no inherent right to the use of DNA evidence to be freed. This article points out the consequences of that wrongful decision and what can be done about it.