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Mark Karlin is founder, editor and publisher of BuzzFlash.com, a website providing headlines, news and commentary to over five million people a month. He is a gun control activist with a focus on Illinois.
(25 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 30, 2010 "In Guns We Trust": New Supreme Court Motto for U.S.
It is the handgun that makes so many white males feel impregnable, as if they were riding around with a turret gun in a Hummer. It's a vestige of the Confederacy; "I'm a white man and that allows me to do whatever I want and get away with it, so don't mess with me." It's not about the Constitution; it's about a hormonal psychology under siege.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 18, 2009 Pat Buchanan and the Long Goodbye
The psyche of the white male yearning for the patriarchal hierarachy was reassured by Bush as president -- who proved that any idiot white male could rise to the top of the pyramid, even if his strings were being pulled by two other white males: Cheney and Rove.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 27, 2010 Afghanistan, America's Longest War, and the Perfect Arc of Failure
Nothing has changed to improve our security in Afghanistan or Pakistan except that the area is even more volatile now. Nothing has changed except that a lot of contractors got rich, a lot of military higher ups got promoted, and a lot of politicians got to pretend they were Wyatt Earp.
SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2009 FOX Won't Fire Glenn Beck: Here's Why
FOX is Rupert Murdoch's main vehicle for ensuring the continued and unquestioned greed of the corporate ruling class, and Beck is the most successful gutter carnival barker in terms of churning up hateful and igniting emotions that they have. He touches something so evil and primal in the chronically confused and white-firsters that he makes Hannity appear civil.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 9, 2010 The Lies of "Conservatism" and the "Center" are Immoral
The created fiction of the "center" is used as an excuse for inaction on behalf of America's obscenely wealthy interests. The "center" is ever-moving, if only we had the leadership that was unbought to move it toward our aspirations and dreams, and to take advantage of the great skills of the American people.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 25, 2010 We Thought We Were Electing a Prius, and Got a Tank Instead: The Last Gasps of Empire'
President Obama has turned out to be perhaps the last President with the opportunity to cut us free from the past. And, instead, he holds onto that anchor is if it were a life jacket as it pulls us down, leaving us to look longingly at what might save us from afar. The promise of an evolving and sustainable America is within our reach, but thus far not within Obama's grasp.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Wanted for Murder: Antonin Scalia
Scalia was one of just two written dissenters (along with his puppet, Clarence Thomas), who ferociously challenged the notion that the Supreme Court should ensure that an innocent man not be put to death.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 7, 2010 Terrorists and Their GOP Enablers Who Terrorize Us
The GOP wants to be the megaphone for the terrorists, turning America into a mass of quivering jelly so that they can assume dictatorial powers, as Cheney and Bush did. If you doubt it, just catch Dick Cheney on one of his FOX interviews to understand this syndrome.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 8, 2021 Why Texas Trumpster Governor Is Letting COVID Rage
There may be several cynical and deadly reasons that Texas Governor Greg Abbott completely abandoned any COVID restrictions in the second most populous state in the US. Texas has been a hotbed of COVID denialism among its entirely GOP executive branch.
SHARE Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Axe the Filibuster and Pass HR 1
The Democrats own an abiding debt to Blacks, who have been steadfast supporters of the party in its modern incarnation, to guarantee their voting rights, instead of standing by as the Republicans steamroll voter exclusion.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Courageous, Fierce, Brazen: 3 Words You'll Never Hear Applied to the Democrats in D.C.
Leadership requires those adjectives that the Democrats in D.C. scurry away from: courage, boldness, conviction. There is no Wizard of Oz. If the Dems want to speak with conviction and fearlessnes, they will have to summon the courage themselves -- and there's been little indication that they have the inherent capacity to do so.
SHARE Sunday, June 27, 2010 Afghanistan, America's Longest War, and the Perfect Arc of Failure
The errant policy followed by both the Bush and Obama administrations has led us into a situation where we will be just where we were before the invasion of Afghanistan began. This is a failure of such stunning proportion that it would be a farce were it not so deadly, costly, and harmful to the American nation and what is needed to move us forward domestically.
SHARE Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Vigilance: The Public Option Could Easily Unravel Yet
Don't think anything is over. The sabotage efforts against the government option are in full swing in D.C., you can be sure. Vigilance and a loud, demanding voice are the best option for those who advocate the consumer option.
SHARE Saturday, January 23, 2010 Two Supreme Court GOP Coups Bracket a Decade
For America, it's been a decade of two Supreme Court coups that have stolen democracy and replaced it with something akin to activist right wing judicial rulings on behalf of the oligarchy that pulls the strings in D.C. Will we sit back and passively accept that corporations have the same rights to elect our government as people do?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Harry Reid: Speak Wobbly and Carry No Stick
Don't believe any rumors about Reid promising to sink the Stupak Amendment or including a stronger Public Option in the joint reconciliation bill with the House.
Harry swings like the wind, buffeted by forces from all sides that he has no inherent ability to keep in line.