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Ted Rall, a political cartoonist, is the author of "The Anti-American Manifesto." He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, raised in Kettering, Ohio and graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1981. His first cartoons were published in the Kettering-Oakwood (OH) Times. He majored in physics at Columbia University's School of Engineering from 1981 until 1984, where he drew cartoons for the Columbia Daily Spectator, Barnard Bulletin and The Jester humor magazine. He was expelled in 1984, between his junior and senior years, for academic and disciplinary reasons. Ted Rall is the author of "Bernie," a biography written with the cooperation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "Bernie" is now on sale online and at all good bookstores.

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Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2020
If Trump Wins, Don't Blame Progressives. This Is on You, Centrists. The corporate conservatives who control the Democratic Party are suffering from cheaters' remorse. Sorry, right wingers. Biden is on you. You made him the presumptive nominee. If Trump wins again, it's your fault. Just as it was last time.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Revolution Will Not Be Deactualized October 6th has lit up the leftie blogosphere. If things come together, it could be The Big One: the major event that marks the beginning of the end of the two-party trap and a political system that extracts wealth from the poor and middle-class for the benefit of the wealthy.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 8, 2013
Coverage of the anti-NSA Protest is an Example of a New Way to Disseminate Government BS Categorizing strong political views of swaths of Americans as weaker, more moderate and watered down than they really are is a relatively new tactic for American media gatekeepers. The message of the marchers was unambiguous: they demanded that the NSA stop spying on Americans, or be shut down. If the things marchers said weren't clear -- "this isn't about right and left -- it's about right and wrong."
Trump Rather Be Golfing, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Why Trump is Doomed (It's Not the Nazi Thing) Trump is too tacky, high-strung and unpredictable for the business class. America's ruling elites like their racism served up quietly in a well-tailored suit, under a tight helmet of elder-statesman hair, delivered calmly and slowly, so bland that no one pays attention. This is where Mike Pence comes in.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(54 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 24, 2016
Now, A Postmortem By Someone Who Actually Saw Trump's Win Coming Trump's "surprise" win wasn't shocking to people who were paying attention. Throughout the primary and general election, the DNC brushed off head-to-head tracking polls that showed that Hillary Clinton never enjoyed a commanding lead over, and sometimes fell behind, Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, consistently held a double-digit lead, sometimes as high as 20 percent, over Trump.
From wtkr.com/2016/03/13/hillary-clinton-and-bernie-sanders-ready-to-rumble/: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, From Images
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2016
Hillary Cheated To most people, "cheating" means breaking the rules of a contest. By this standard definition, there's no doubt that the Clinton campaign, its political allies and the Democratic National Committee cheated in favor of Clinton and against Sanders. They broke the law. They disenfranchised voters. If the rules had been followed, Bernie Sanders would be the nominee.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 5, 2012
Our Suicidal Ruling Class: Why Won't the Rich and Powerful Try to Save Themselves? America's corporate rulers and their pet politicians know that people are furious. They understand that their actions and policies are accelerating the pace of income inequality and creating a growing, permanently alienated underclass. They know history. Sooner or later, the downtrodden rise up, overthrow and kill their oppressors.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 8, 2019
The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists Liberals and leftists want many of the same things: reduced income inequality, better working conditions, more affordable housing and healthcare. There are differences of degrees. They're very different when it comes to foreign policy: liberals support some wars of choice whereas leftists would only turn to the military for self-defense.
Scary Trump, From GoogleImages
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 10, 2017
How I'll Know It's Time To Flee Trump's America Trump's relentless beating up on the press makes me incredibly nervous. What will this guy do when the new Left gears up with big-ass protests later this year? Isolated from the rallies from whence he drew his strength, Boy Trump in the Beltway Bubble spells trouble. If you're not scared, you're not paying attention.
170309-N-BL637-513, From FlickrPhotos
(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 1, 2017
Military Spending is the Biggest Scam in American Politics Military spending is the biggest waste of federal tax dollars ever. Both political parties are equally complicit. The militarism scam is the best-kept secret in American politics. When you think about it -- but no one in the halls of Congress ever does -- it's hard to think of a country that has less to fear than the United States.
From flickr.com: Believe me. I'm not a schmuck., From Images
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 8, 2018
Voters Drafted a Reluctant Trump Because They Hated Hillary That Much Trump may be America's first certifiably insane president. He is probably the most ignorant -- and we've had some doozies. He is certainly the first without any political or high-level military experience whatsoever. What we now know is at least as remarkable as those bulletpoints: Trump is effectively the first president drafted into the position.
We Are Homeless, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2018
Who Will Do Something About the Looming Retirement Crisis? We're looking at a problem as big as deindustrialization. If one of the two major parties is able to get ahead of the coming retirement crisis by putting forth some meaningful solutions now, before dystopia arrives, they will reap the benefits at the polls. Or we can do nothing as we marvel at the sight of our grandparents fighting over Dumpster scraps.
Hillary Clinton Sign, From GoogleImages
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 25, 2016
Hillary's Strategy: Snub Liberal Democrats, Move Right to Nab Anti-Trump Republicans To those of us who have been paying attention, Clinton's post-primary migration toward conservatism comes as no surprise. There's a reason her campaign appealed to progressives primarily by referencing her work for the Children's Defense Fund in the 1970s, when David Bowie was an up-and-coming glam rocker. Team Clinton had to go that far back to find evidence of her supposed liberalism.
Donald Trump says impeachment .subverts democracy.., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 28, 2019
The Articles of Impeachment Should Have These Instead Here is a list of articles of impeachment that might have had a chance of attracting bipartisan support and thus resulting in Trump's conviction in the Senate.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 5, 2011
How the US media marginalizes dissent If the only alternative to endless war and occupation and oppression by US and NATO forces in Afghanistan is civil war and Taliban domination, wouldn't it be better to leave the carnage to the Afghans?
German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Germanwings Mass Murder-Suicide Caused by Punitive Rules, Coldhearted Capitalism At first glance, an incident like the Germanwings disaster seems to call for increased physical and mental monitoring. But leaning harder on pilots would only fix half the problem. The current system is punitive -- thus, it encourages lying.
TED RALL, From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 18, 2017
How I Found Out That the Courts Are Off-Limits to the 99% Deep-pocketed defendants like the Times -- owned by a corporation with the weird name Tronc and a market capitalization in excess of $400 million -- are taking advantage of America's collapsing court system to turn justice on its head. In worn-out Trump-era America, the corruption and confusion that used to be associated with the developing world has been normalized.
Around 50 families reunite through the border wall that separates Mexico and the US for a few minutes, in protest of US migration policies., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 1, 2018
The Blame is Bipartisan: How the Democrats Ruined Central America and Worsened the Mess at the Border There is no excuse for the way the Trump Administration is treating applicants for asylum as they enter the U.S. from Mexico. But it's worth noting that both major political parties are to blame here. Many of the children showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border are there in the first place because of the mayhem to which Obama and Clinton contributed.
Obama and Trump, From WikimediaPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Obama Screwed the DACA Dreamers Before Trump Did First Obama came to deport the children who knew no home other than the United States, but we said nothing because they had criminal records (even if they weren't a big deal). Then Trump came for the kids with no criminal record at all, but we said jack because they didn't happen to have the right immigration documents. By the time they come for U.S. citizens -- you know the rest...
World Press Freedom Day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of freedom of the press and freedom of expression., From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2019
Freedom of the Press? Not in the U.S. No consideration of freedom of the press in the U.S. is complete without a hard look at the case of Julian Assange. The founder and publisher of WikiLeaks is rotting in an English prison, awaiting extradition to the United States for possession and dissemination of classified information -- exactly what The New York Times did when it published the Pentagon Papers and the Edward Snowden revelations.
Truth is the enemy of the state, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 20, 2019
As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State No matter what, Epstein died because the government let it happen. He was a ward of the state, the highest of high-profile prisoners, a man whose trial stood to expose extreme wrongdoing at the expense of numerous horribly violated victims, yet no one in charge took steps to make certain that he appeared at every hearing happy, healthy and alive.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 11, 2018
Why Do the Democrats Take Trump's Trolling Lying Down? Democratic leaders obviously believe that they risk debasing themselves if they lower themselves to Trump's rhetorical level. What they don't get is that Trump is a bully. The only way to deal with a bully is with shock-and-awe brutality.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 5, 2011
We Learned Nothing From 9/11 Maybe if it stopped spending so much time and money killing foreigners the American government could protect Americans. A lot changed on 9/11, but not everything. We're still governed by corrupt idiots. And we're still putting up with them. What does that say about us?
Joe Biden, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 11, 2020
Progressives Decide: Dignity and Freedom, or Voting for Biden Bernie Sanders is out of the race and with him goes the last chance for progressivism to take over the Democratic Party for a generation.
Democrats - panoramio, From WikimediaPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Why Useless Impotent Democrats Will Not Lift a Finger to Fight Trump Democratic impotence is nothing new; since the 1970s leaders have pushed the party's ideology to the right while abandoning every pretense of resistance to the expansion of the corporate gangster capitalism that grinds up working and middle-class people's hopes and aspirations. Screw the Dems. You are your only salvation.
Dumb and Dumber -- President  Trump, French Pres. Macron hold joint press conference, From YouTubeVideos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 3, 2018
America is one of the Few Cultures with Insults for Smart People When you think about it -- which, being American, we rarely do -- it should come as little surprise to realize that few insults sting the French more effectively than being called stupid. Europeans make fun of dumb people. Americans elect them to high office.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 30, 2019
Campaign 2020: Why Joe Biden is the Least Electable Democrat As one of the few pundits who correctly called the 2016 election for Donald Trump, it would be wise to rest on my laurels rather than risk another prediction, one that might turn out wrong. But how would that be fun? Let the 2020 political prognostications begin!
Stupid Americans, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Americans Are Stupid What makes stupidity in America stand out is that most Americans -- the dumb ones -- don't think it's bad to be dumb. Far from being ashamed, they're dumb and proud. To the contrary -- the dumb ones make fun of the small-and-constantly-shrinking population of intelligent ones: the "nerds."
Apple vs FBI: Tim Cook says Apple won't build backdoor for Feds in San Bernardino case, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 27, 2016
FBI v. Apple Is Really About Edward Snowden Apple, says the Obama Administration, is siding with "its business model and public brand marketing strategy" ahead of public safety. That's not it, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. He says his company is "a staunch advocate for our customers' privacy and personal safety."
From npr.org/2016/11/09/501451368/here-is-what-donald-trump-wants-to-do-in-his-first-100-days: Donald Trump, From Images
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Please Stop the Fear and Loathing of 2017 Trump was born in Queens. But it helps to think of him as an invader. His mish-mash protofascism, ferocious gracelessness and aversion to linear thinking or consistency are foreign to American politics and culture. He doesn't belong here. He's un- and anti-American. He's got to go. We must stop staring down the barrel of 2017 with fear and loathing. It's time to start planning.
President Trump: .I Don't Believe the Squad is Capable of Loving Our Country.., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2019
Progressives to Democrats: We Are Watching the Way You Mistreat "the Squad" Led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the four Congressional freshmen known as the Squad are, by Beltway standards, relatively powerless -- just four votes, as the speaker said. They chair no committees and head no broad coalitions that can be counted upon to cast yeas and nays at their command. Yet they are important -- and not merely due to their formidable social media following.
Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' - starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, as the embattled leaders of The Washington Post., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"The Post"? No Way Would Jeff Bezos Publish the Pentagon Papers Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" depicts a newspaper's decision to defy the government, risk its financial health and imprisonment of its editors in order to report a hard truth and defend the press' First Amendment rights by publishing the Pentagon Papers.
From flickr.com: Democratic Donkey, From Images
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 19, 2017
Why Won't Democrats Kick Trump While He's Down? Pushing for Trump's impeachment now would position Democrats as forward-looking thinkers who had it right before anyone else. Moral authority matters. Oh, and if you don't do it, the Republicans will steal the moral high ground by doing it themselves. Ryan 2020!
1917 Chicago-The-Day-Book, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Political Cartooning Was Murdered: Here's the Autopsy A century ago newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw editorial cartoons for a living and you have any brains you're working in a different field or looking for an exit. You can still find them online so political cartoons aren't yet extinct. But they are doomed.
Julian Assange and the future of WikiLeaks, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime Even if Assange were "guilty" of the hacking charges, so what? The "crime" of which he stands accused pales next to the wrongdoing he helped to expose. It has become fashionable to observe that people who engage in civil disobedience must be prepared to face legal punishment. This is a belief grounded in practicality: individuals who confront the state need to understand that theirs will be a difficult struggle.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance is anti-American The U.S. and Canada are the only countries on earth where national anthems are played at the start of sporting events. Even in many authoritarian states, the requirement that children (and athletes) swear fealty to the nation (or, as here, its flag) would be considered too creepy to contemplate.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/24007578223/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 4, 2016
Win or Lose, Hillary is Finished Even if she wins next Tuesday, a second Clinton Administration will begin with zero mandate other than to be Not Trump. And there's a serious risk Republicans will begin impeachment proceedings within her first year. And she could easily lose -- which would put American democracy in grave peril. Heckuva job, Hillary!
hillary clinton ice-picking donald trump, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 3, 2016
Trump or Clinton, Screwed Either Way On Tuesday night, the news media should refrain from declaring Hillary the victor. She won't be. She can't be. It's not over until July, so that's what they should report. Between now and July, Democratic superdelegates should search their hearts, read the head-to-head matchups, and consider switching to Sanders who, for whatever flaws he has, is a real liberal -- he's not a Democrat, but he's more of a Democrat than she is.
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in light of the Lewinsky affair., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sexual Harassment and the End of Team Politics Until the 1990s, American electoral politics were divided ideologically, between the opposing ideas of liberalism and conservatism. Now we have Team Politics: Democrat versus Republican, my party right or wrong. Americans back their party the same way they back their favorite sports team -- with automatic, stupid loyalty.
Trump Is Now Blaming Video Games For America's Gun Violence, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2019
Here is Exactly Why Congress Won't Act on Gun Violence, Climate Change, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else Why hasn't Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People -- Democrats and not a few Republicans -- ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question.
Free Speech., From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 15, 2017
After Charlottesville: If You Fire a Fascist, You Are a Fascist The upsides of free expression are intangible while the downside risks are terrifyingly brutal. A 2016 Harris poll found that 33% of U.S. employees are afraid to talk about politics at work. Increasingly workers have to worry about losing their jobs as the result of talking about politics outside of work too.
Trump canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can't Be Trusted Hours before representatives of the Taliban which controls about half of Afghanistan were set to board a plane to Washington where they were scheduled to meet with Trump at Camp David, the president canceled their visit and scuttled years of progress toward ending America's longest war, which has killed more than 2,300 U.S. servicemen and at least 30,000 Afghans.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Democrats Want to Lose the 2020 Election espite leading the party to defeat, the centrist-Third-Way-DLC-Hillary Clinton wing of the party still runs the DNC and the state apparatuses. They've never made nice with Bernie Sanders or his leftist-progressives -- the party's base and its most committed ideologues -- after repeatedly insulting and marginalizing them during the campaign.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Hey, Clintonoids, Stop Bullying Me About My Vote I'm not going to vote for Donald Trump. I agree with the mainstream liberal consensus that he should never hold political power, much less control over nuclear launch codes. He's dangerous and scary. But that doesn't mean I have to vote for Hillary Clinton. So I won't.
The Trump Freak Show, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 7, 2019
Trump Gets Away with Stuff Because He Does Trump never admits fault or defeat. He lies his failures into fake successes, re-framing history into a narrative that he prefers. It's all attitude: because I am me, I can do no wrong.
From flickr.com: John Bolton, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2018
Hiring John Bolton is Donald Trump's Most Dangerous Decision So Far Bolton is touting "regime change" against Iran. Evoking the same arguments he used to justify the invasion of Iraq, he paints dark portraits of North Korea selling or giving nuclear weapons to Al Qaeda or some other terrorist organization despite the fact that there is no evidence whatsoever that there are any links for common ideology between the two.
U.S. Army soldiers on security duty in Afghanistan., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The U.S. Government Lied about the Afghanistan War. They Couldn't Have Done It without Lapdogs like the Washington Post. Corporate media repeatedly trotted out the same retired generals, former CIA officers, and random right-wing warmongers for quotes and analysis. Never, ever did they invite critics or opponents of U.S. interventionism in Afghanistan to share their thoughts with readers, listeners and viewers.
Scenes from Paradise, California, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
A Grim New Definition of Generation X We can't stop global warming. An increase of four degrees Celsius over the baseline set at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution means game over. We're well on our way there. It doesn't make sense to think that we can avoid extinction.
HUGH HEFNER, Founder of Playboy Magazine, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 5, 2017
Hugh Hefner Said His Critics Were Prudes and Puritans. The Negative Obits Prove Him Right. Hugh Hefner's death didn't move me. Penthouse was my print media stimulus of choice. I only read Playboy after the magazine's late delightful cartoons director Michelle Urry commissioned some samples during her campaign to update the magazine's hoary cartoon section with edgier, more political work. (Alas, those weird Marxist sex cartoons are lost to history.)
Run or think?, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton Runs First, Thinks Last Hillary's lameness towers above the rest if for no other reason than the fact that she's had at least 20 years to think about what she'd do as president. If this is all she can think up after all this time, how slowly will she react when she gets that hotline phone call at 3 a.m.?
Democrats -- IMPEACHMENT!, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 16, 2018
Democrats Should Run on Impeachment Everyone already knows that November is all about impeaching Trump. If the Democrats really want to win, the first promise in their national platform for the 2018 midterms ought to be a clear, unequivocal pledge to get rid of the president.
Tara Reade, From WikimediaPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2020
So Far, There Is No Reason Not to Believe Tara Reade Tara Reade has the right to be fully heard, Joe Biden has the right to a vigorous defense, and voters have the right to decide whether or not we believe her.
Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 30, 2020
The Speech Trump Must but Cannot Give The ruling classes will not meet the minimum standard to which we are entitled. I want our rulers' failures to be placed in the sharpest possible relief so we can judge them accordingly and take the next logical step, getting rid of them.
Time for impeachment!, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 1, 2019
Democrats Aren't Doing Impeachment Right The impeachment of Donald Trump should have been based on issues that nobody could deny and that everybody, regardless of which party they belonged to, could see was a major problem.
Under socialism everyone works together, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2019
Here is the Progressive Agenda Progressives should demand that U.S. troops come home from any country that did not attack the United States -- i.e., all of them. They should put an end to the disgusting drone wars. The bloated nearly-$1 trillion Pentagon budget should be shredded; let's see what they can do with $100 billion (which would still be far more than Russia's defense spending).
Donald Trump - Caricature, From ArchivedPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 14, 2016
Donald Trump Can Easily Win in November The liberal base of the Democratic Party, which mostly supports Bernie Sanders, is not at all Ready for Hillary. If the Bernie or Bust movement convinces even a few percentage points worth of Dems to stay home, write in Bernie's name or vote for Jill Stein, that shortfall of support could be enough to throw the race The Donald's way.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Why I Am #NeverHillary There is no way I'll vote for Hillary. I won't vote for her if she stops shaking down rich right-wing Republicans for donations. I won't vote for her if she adopts Bernie's platform. I won't vote for her if she names Bernie her vice president. I won't even vote for her if Bernie invites me to spend the summer with him and Jane in Vermont.
From economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/hillary-clinton-and-donald-trump-their-strengths-and-wea, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The 4 Things Hillary Could Do To Close the Deal Against Trump Hillary Clinton, probably like you and definitely like me, can't do anything about her personality. At 68, that stuff is baked in. Still, there's a lot she could do to close the deal against Donald Trump -- to widen her within-the-margin-of-statistical-error lead to a chasm, the insurmountable landslide that her institutional and other advantages would have guaranteed a better candidate.
Back to normal. Home in a bag..., From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2020
Don't Worry, Everything Will Get Back to "Normal" The economic lockdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mass unemployment shock, forced countless businesses into bankruptcy and is driving many Americans crazy. But this shall pass. The good old days will be back.
Trumputin, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Democrats' Obsession with Russian Election Hacking Makes Them Look Dumb As the Dems deRp around deep in the weeds of their confused and confusing Russia hacking narrative, they're neglecting the much tastier, low-hanging impeachment fruit they could easily use to hasten the day when D.C. Metro cops frogmarch The Donald out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: straightforward corruption.
Police Brutality, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
Violent, Racist Cops Protect a Violent, Racist System One possible place to start is the reaction of many people to the Dallas sniper attack. Like 9/11, it was shocking. Like 9/11, it also wasn't surprising. You can't go on acting like a bully forever. The powers that be can't pressure their victims forever. Eventually the prey strike back. No, it isn't justified. Nor is it right. But it is chickens coming home to roost.
From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 19, 2020
If This is a Democracy, Why Don't We Vote for the Vice President Too? It is strange -- nay, it is insane -- that a self-declared democracy allows, effectively, 40% of its future leaders to be elected not by the voters but by one person, the presidential nominee of one party or, at most, by a half-dozen of his or her confidants.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, the Snake Oil Salesman that Conned America, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Our Obsession with Trump Shows Authoritarianism Has Arrived There are indeed reasons to worry that civilian and constitutional rule are giving way to institutional post-democracy. Trump's cabinet and top White House staff contain enough military generals to give Pakistan a run for its money. Trump's party controls both the House and Senate yet the president prefers to dash off executive orders rather than making the necessary effort to shepherd legislation through Congress.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2020
A Premature Postmortem of the Bernie Sanders Campaign Bernie Sanders has an underlying vulnerability and warmth that his tendency to bellow often covered up. The media had a field day portraying him as a guy who likes to yell a lot. The biggest mistake Sanders made may not have been a mistake at all. He ran inside the Democratic Party. They were never going to let him have the nomination.
Khizr Khan: Donald Trump needs to listen to America, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Khizr Khan and The Triumph of Democratic Militarism Corporate media gatekeepers managed to transform the Democratic National Committee internal emails released by WikiLeaks from what it really was -- scandalous proof that Bernie Sanders and his supporters were right when they said the Democratic leadership was biased and had rigged the primaries against them, and that the system is corrupt.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2016
Trump Isn't Bluffing, He'll Deport 11 Million People Donald Trump isn't bluffing when he threatens to deport the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Do not take comfort in the fact that Trump flip-flops on all sorts of issues. But there's no way he'll back away from mass deportations. This promise to deport illegal immigrants, every single one of them, defined his campaign from the start. It's why he's here. It's why he won.
Constitution of the United States, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 4, 2018
Here's a Constitutional Amendment We Need Now If the United States insists on spending tax dollars on blowing up brown people in Muslim countries rather than caring for its own sick people, that's a political priority this nation is free to select. But it's insane to charge people a fee for not buying something they can't afford. Punishment is immoral if there was no intent or desire to disobey the law.
Donald Trump's comments on resignations, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 22, 2018
Whatever Happened to Resigning on Principle? No one, not even Trump, needs anyone to tell them that the winner of a presidential election doesn't prosecute the loser. They do that kind of thing in Pakistan, not the U.S. If Trump didn't know that already, he's too stupid to serve and should be removed under the 25th Amendment. If he did know, he's a tyrant in the making and should be impeached at once.
Kevin Spacey, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 10, 2017
Call H.R.? Why Not the Cops? The Weird Politics of Sexual Harassment Sexual harassers and assaulters should face prison time. So should false accusers. But bosses need to mind their own business -- at their own business. As far as Spacey goes, is it ethical to take money out of his pocket over an accusation that has never been tried, much less proven, by a judge or jury?
Bicycle/Pedestrian Path, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 4, 2017
NYC Attack: Another Reason to Protect Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths The biggest issue raised by the New York attack is the one we're not talking about: the need to protect bicyclists from cars and trucks on public roadways. You can't protect everyone. You can't anticipate every nefarious plot. But disasters that are predictable, easy to avoid or mitigate, and relatively inexpensive are a no-brainer.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 27, 2020
Don't Worry, Centrists. Bernie Isn't Radical. Centrist/moderate/Third Way Dems are afraid of Bernie, not because he would lose to Trump or inverse-coattail down-ballot candidates, but because they would lose their longstanding minority control of the party apparatus.
Ivory old 1954., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
In Defense of Purity Tests Voters have every right to demand certain standards of behavior and policy positions in exchange for their support. Lefties have not asked for much: $15-an-hour minimum wage, Medicare For All, free college tuition, eschew donations by corporations. Yet even these modest attempts to nudge the needle to the left go too far for the Third Way/Democratic Leadership Council/moderates clinging to control over the Democratic Party.
Police State, From FlickrPhotos
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How to Fix the Broken Relationship Between the People and the Police When the police are charged with wrongdoing against civilians, the odds are that they will get away with it. In fact, the odds are that they will never face an indictment. In 2015, 85% of police shootings were handled by DAs who work closely with the officer's own department.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2016
Ameri-Splaining The United States has always been corrupt, savage and brutal. It has always been wildly dysfunctional and hypocritical. But now, thanks to a president-elect who is loudly ignorant and utterly devoid of impulse control, the mask is off. The horrible truth about the United States can no longer be denied. Trump epitomizes truth in advertising. We're a nasty, crappy country.
Mark Zuckerberg, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2015
Do Not Be Impressed by Mark Zuckerberg's Phony Generosity If Zuck wants a "gives 99% of his stock to charity" headline, he ought to earn it -- by giving 99% of his stock to actual charities. Charities that aren't named after him. Charities he doesn't control. "Zuckerberg To Maybe Eventually Do Things He Deems Good With Some Of His Fortune" would be more accurate. The vagueness of the Zuckerberg's announcement highlights how little anyone should be impressed.
Military, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2016
How Bernie Can Pay For His Ambitious Agenda? Slash the Military The Sanders campaign hasn't issued a detailed plan explaining how President Sanders would cover the costs of free college tuition and Medicare for All. Maybe they're worried about getting attacked as weak on national security by the hawkish Secretary Clinton and, in the general election, by the Republican nominee (probably Trump or Cruz).
Crying man, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Bernie's Plan to Address the Retirement Crisis: It's Good That It Exists. But Not Nearly Enough to Solve the Problem Bernie Sanders deserves credit for trying to turn the looming retirement crisis into a 2020 campaign issue. It's long overdue. His plan is detailed, plausible and stands head and shoulders above his rivals merely for existing. But it's weak tea. Even if it were enacted in its entirety it would still leave millions of Americans in coming years homeless and living in abject poverty.
From commons.wikimedia.org: Take to the streets, From WikimediaPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Want Real Political Change? Hit the Streets -- And Don't Promise to be Nonviolent Doing something effective requires you to become a clear and present danger to the system and the people who run it. Doing something that might change the fundamental nature of the system requires you to risk prison, injury and death. Doing something demands that you operate outside the system. It means taking it to the streets. Power never yields unless it's scared.
Nikolas Cruz, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 17, 2018
On the One Hand, Gun Violence. On the Other Hand, Gun Control. It Never Ends. if anyone deserves to die, it's Nikolas Cruz. But what kind of society executes a "broken child," possibly autistic, almost certainly emotionally damaged, absolutely wrecked by the recent death of his mother, his last surviving parent? How does killing a killer send the message that killing is wrong?
Make America Great Again!, From FlickrPhotos
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The Case for Left Nationalism t's good for Americans, and for decency, when wages of workers in other nations increase -- there are fewer wars and more consumers. As things stand today, however, nation-states are here to stay. In fact, there are more of them than ever before. A left unable to appeal to nationalism has no future.
Trump news conference, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Law the President Should Have to Give Daily Press Conferences Whatever CNN paid Jim Acosta to transcribe Donald Trump's BS was too much. Even so, we owe Acosta for pushing the president so far that he yanked his reporter's press pass in a fit of pique. With a brusque instruction to his despicable minister of propaganda Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump simultaneously exposed his authoritarian personality so that none could deny it. Even Fox News was alarmed.
1984 Poster, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 21, 2019
At Harvard, Thoughtcrime on Crack Harvard is extremely unforgiving of its prospective freshmen. They previously rescinded admissions from 10 kids who shared dirty memes about the college on Facebook, and also famously from a woman who served time in prison for murder, because she didn't reveal her record on her application. Why should she have to? She did her time. Let her study up and move on.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2016
What Obama Doesn't Want You to Know About Uzbekistan It would be nice to hope that the flowers of democracy will sprout in the soil of the dictator's grave. But years of suppression have destroyed the opposition groups that might have been able to step into power as part of a post-Karimov transition. Acting Uzbek president Nigmatulla Yuldashev will no doubt call for another of the country's sham elections, which a hand-selected member of the ruling elite is predestined to win.
Kim Jong Un has vowed not to conduct any further missile launches or nuclear tests in exchange for a security guarantee from the United States and its allies., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 9, 2018
Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace? Iran is the emerging hegemon in the Middle East. The U.S. undermines Iran with trade sanctions, props up rivals like Saudi Arabia with aid, and deploys U.S. troops next door in Afghanistan and Iraq. Similarly the U.S. keeps China off-balance by propping up Taiwan and setting up new U.S. bases in the region. We play India against Pakistan, Europe against Russia.
Trump mocks reporter's disability., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 15, 2019
The Media Is down in the Gutter with Trump Trump's attacks on journalists -- "fake news," mocking a disabled reporter's body movements -- are contemptible. They undermine citizens' trust in news media, a serious menace to democracy and civil society.
From myfox8.com/2016/07/27/donald-trump-encourages-russia-to-hack-hillary-clinton/: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, From Images
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2016
It's Political Malpractice, Stupid Democrats are wallowing in the Anger stage of the Kubler-Ross model of grief. How on earth, they howl on op-ed pages and cable-news talking-head shows, can this be? Why doesn't the electorate--that useless "basket of deplorables"--not see what is plain for all to see, that Hillary possesses more qualifications for the nation's highest political office in her tiniest pinkie toe than The Donald has in his whole 267-pound body.
Washington was stunned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 10, 2018
Would Corporate Democrats Rather Lose Than Include Progressives? What the DNC and the centrist-corporatists who control it still refuse to accept is that anti-Republicanism -- even anti-Trumpism -- is not now, nor will it ever be, enough to lure the progressive populist left to the polls. Against history, against the 2016 election results, they assume that the default mode of a left-leaning voter is Democratic.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 9, 2017
Donald Trump's Other Lies: His Campaign Promises Trump has governed to the far right. In fact, on just about every issue you can think of, Donald Trump has governed as the most extreme far-right politician of our lifetimes, and possibly in the history of the Republican Party.
9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY AT KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 3, 2021
9/11 Had Nothing to Do with Afghanistan Better late than never: most Americans now believe that invading Afghanistan was a mistake. But what good does it do to recognize a screw-up unless you learn from it?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 26, 2017
Republicans May Impeach Trump Trump-haters want Democrats to push for impeachment. Setting aside the Dems' congenital cowardice and the arithmetic -- a minority party can't impeach anyone -- the real danger to Trump is his nominal Republican allies. The Donald struts the marbled corridors of the capital, his head held high like Caesar. Beneath their togas, the senators' sharp knives await.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 31, 2017
Democrats Will Fix It Donald Trump is pushing through radical right policies, including a tax revamp and a crackdown against immigrants. But Democrats could reverse all that if and when they retake power. So everything will be just fine. Right?
Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 16, 2016
What Hillary Must Do to Win Over Bernie Voters Question of the month: how can the Hillary Clinton campaign convince progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders -- whose race was largely based on the assumption that Clinton is so far to the right that she might as well be a Republican -- to vote for her?
Action to Protect American Workers, From GoogleImages
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Here's How Democrats Could Win This Fall and the One After That and the One After That Based on their record of inaction and subservience to corporate interests, I don't expect Democrats to roll up their sleeves and take on the pocketbook issues progressives -- and many swing voters -- care about. But if I'm wrong, and they get serious about the stuff that matters most, they'll win.
Progressive Psytrance Synergy, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Progressive, Heal Thyself Trump wasn't a surprise. He wasn't an anomaly. American politics won't get nicer or smarter after he's gone. He's crazy and mean and dangerous -- but he's not a bizarre departure from the American norm.
Rebuild the USA, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 14, 2017
What Would the U.S. Look Like If We Built It From Scratch? It's time to shed the illusion of the U.S. as some cute wet-behind-the-ears nation-come-lately. The frontier has been conquered. Even though 97% of Puerto Ricans want in, there will be no new states. In spirit and by chronology we are old, old as the hills, old like Old Europe, and we've gotten stuck in our ways.
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 20, 2020
NFL, Biden, Harris: Call for Cultural, Political Atonement Atonement doesn't play a frequent role in American politics. Yet it works. After JFK accepted responsibility for the attempted overthrow of the Cuban government at the Bay of Pigs -- his popularity soared.
COVID-19 Test, From PixabayPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2020
Did I or Didn't I Have Covid-19? Blundering through Unknowable Truths Though the experts remain officially uncertain whether someone can be reinfected by COVID-19, the evidence appears to say that COVID-19 survivors probably cannot get reinfected to a significant extent.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/24949307320/: Donald Trump, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2017
Life Under Trump -- What Happens Now? At this point, probably the only thing that would save the system would be for the Republican-controlled Congress to impeach Trump. (This would also have the effect of saving the Republican Party.) This would have to happen in relatively short order, no longer than in a year or two.
LAUSD Names Philanthropist, Former Investment Banker Austin Beutner Superintendent Despite concerns regarding his lack of experience., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 28, 2018
Austin Beutner: L.A.'s Creepy New School Superintendent Keeps Failing Up, Leaving Destruction in His Wake Beutner is a wannabe political animal who recognizes his biggest political problem: no one knows who he is. Being perceived as having turned around the schools might be leveraged into a mayoral or even gubernatorial run. Beutner is a proponent of charter schools, but he faces a dilemma there: every student who transfers to a charter school takes away more revenue from the traditional institutions.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 2, 2016
At the Clinton Foundation, Access Equals Corruption Access should be, has to be in a democracy, determined solely by meritocratic criteria. Political leaders like Hillary Clinton need to be meeting with people who can offer them the best advice and who need the most help -- not those who bought their way in. Anyone who doesn't understand that access always equals corruption, even when access doesn't result in favors, doesn't deserve to hold political office.
Afghan village destroyed, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2020
Think, Don't Hoard: How to Survive the End Times It feels like the end times. A mysterious invisible killer stalks the land. Wild rumors abound. The government is useless. There's no sense that anyone knows anything, much less is in charge. Could America become a failed state?
Dangerous Bike Path, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 9, 2017
NYC Attack Highlights Need to Protect Cyclists Bike paths running adjacent to traffic should be separated by solid concrete or metal barriers between intersections. At intersections, a series of metal bars wide enough to allow bikes to pass through but too narrow for cars, and solid enough to stop one traveling fast, should be installed.
The Socialist left runs the Democratic Party, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Left Will Never Thrive Without Its Own Smart, Entertaining and Well-Funded Media Organization Apathy and laziness aren't the main causes of low attendance at real, bona-fide Left protests and demonstrations (as opposed to co-opted-by-the-Democratic Party marches like the annual January 20th Women's Marches against Trump). Our real problem is that there isn't a real, bona-fide Left journalism outlet in the United States.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 15, 2017
The 3 Rules of Resistance to Donald Trump We Americans may not be familiar with them, but there are standards. Everything does not go. There are clear rights and wrongs. Now, as we plunge into the moral abyss, it is important to learn, spread and enforce the Rules of Resistance for people who want to be able to hold their heads high when their children ask "what did you do during the war, daddy/mommy?"
How will thousands of drones impact already crowded skies?, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Ban Drones No one has sat down to consider, in a careful measured way, the pros and cons of unmanned aerial vehicles. Where, as our skies are about to turn into the Wild West, are the Congressional hearings and expert opinions? A drone ban doesn't have to be forever. But it should last long enough for us to figure out, as Donald Trump used to say on the campaign trail, what the hell is going on.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2020
Three Things Government Must Do to Avoid Total Collapse Americans don't expect much from their government. But even by the standards of a nation with one of the flimsiest social safety nets in the Western world, the inability and unwillingness of both major political parties to manage and solve the crisis caused by the Corona virus pandemic is shocking.
President Obama, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2016
Trump's Fascism Picks Up Where Obama's Left Off From what we know of Trump's likely cabinet appointments, the next few years promise to devolve into a dystopian nightmare of authoritarian repression the likes of which few Americans ever imagined possible. Fascism under Trump will merely continue Obama's fascism with a smiley face -- a fascism that we let him get away with for far too long.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Trump vs. Clinton: It's All About the Debates Trump knows all the tricks: how to deploy comical facial expressions as well as Jim Carrey, how to dominate others using body language, a laser-like ability to identify an opponent's weaknesses and reduce them to rubble via ridicule ("Little Marco"). In an American presidential debate, 15-point white papers don't count for jack. The best entertainer always wins.
What Should We Do About Guns?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 19, 2018
On Gun Violence and Control, a Political Gordian Knot On the one hand, if anyone deserves to die, it's Nikolas Cruz. On the other hand, what kind of society executes a "broken child," possibly autistic, almost certainly emotionally damaged, absolutely wrecked by the recent death of his mother, his last surviving parent? How does killing a killer send the message that killing is wrong?
Boy Scouts to recruit GIRLS, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 19, 2017
Why Girls in the Boy Scouts Feels Weird The idea of girl Boy Scouts is novel -- and it required a smooth rollout preceded by careful explanation of the pros and cons for all kids and for both organizations. Instead, a big change was dropped on our laps without any preparation or the cooperation of the girls' organization. The end result comes off as unwarranted, motivated by ill will and just plain silly.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2016
Trump is Positioned to Win the Presidency Trump, used to getting his way all the time, is a bully. A president convinces. An authoritarian orders you. Do what he says, or else. This November, nothing less than the American political system is at stake. So it's time to get real. The establishment types are still in denial. Wake up, idiots!
President George W. Bush, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Who Lost Afghanistan? H.R. We spent 20 years fighting people who meant us no harm and couldn't have hurt us even if they had wanted to. What Pentagon leaders don't seem to understand, is why.
Donald Trump campaign implodes, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Trump's Guerilla Politics Are Here To Stay Hillary Clinton delivers a cut-and-paste stump speech at every appearance. Trump, meanwhile, performs jazz. He extemporizes. No one, including him, knows what he's going to say. So every rally gets covered live. How can she compete? No matter what happens in November, the guerilla politics pioneered by Trump are here to stay.
Joe Biden and Strom Thurmond, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 12, 2020
Like Trump, Would Biden Be a Right-Wing President? Biden supporters say he'd be progressive. Yet his "unity platform" doesn't include a single major policy position endorsed by Bernie Sanders.
Amy & Cooper, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 8, 2021
What You Do after Work Shouldn't Cost You Your Job The viral video was viewed more than 45 million times. Cooper was internationally shamed as an emblematic wielder of white privilege used to oppress people of color. She was charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.
Israeli Air Force F-16I 469 Tayeset 119 (IDFAF) 'Bat (Ha' Atalef)', From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 17, 2021
End Military Aid to Israel The only way we can hold Israel accountable for repeated escalations, land grabs, and ongoing brutality is to stop sending the gravy train.
Voting, From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 9, 2018
Why Blended Primaries Are an Assault on Democracy We still have a two-party system. Representative democracy would be better served by a more inclusive regime, whether it's rank-choice voting or moving to a European-style parliamentary system or something else entirely. Until we think things through and have a new system to replace it, the current two-party system ought not to be insipidly sabotaged as though nibbled to death by feckless ducks.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2012
Republican Socialists, Democratic Capitalists Forget 9/11 -- everything changed on 9/14/08, when Lehman Brothers hit the skids. Millions lost their jobs. Millions more lost their jobs. And the government refused to help them. To the contrary, the powers that be are calling for austerity, for gutting what's left of the safety net.
Sit-down with People Magazine - Wilmington, DE - August 14, 2020, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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My Predictions for Biden's Probably-Truncated Presidency If I'm right the second two years of the Administration will belong to Kamala Harris as of 2023. She is young, charismatic and relatively energetic.
Rat, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2020
December Will Be Very Dangerous Liberal voters are counting on Biden's corporatist cabinet picks. But we still don't know for sure that Trump will let them hatch. There's still a significant chance I would put it at 50-50 that the "outgoing" president will engineer a coup d'e'tat in order to remain in power.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 1, 2021
Biden's Left Feint If you don't dig deep Joe Biden appears to be governing as the most liberal president since LBJ. But conservatives needn't worry. Biden is no progressive in centrist's clothing.
This is my plea for assistance in raising a $75000 bond required to proceed with my lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sue the Bastards? It's Harder Than You Think Are you one of those Americans who say it's too easy to file a lawsuit? As I can tell you from personal experience, it's anything but. The canard that U.S. courts are jammed up by litigious jerks is based on anecdotes spread by corporate propaganda. We do need "tort reform" -- but we should make it easier to sue, not harder.
From youtube.com: President Trump Holds a Listening Session with High School Students and Teachers at The White House., From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 23, 2018
Never Mind Millennial Apathy, Here's Generation Z As Gen Z heads into their twenties in the 2020s, the "Generations" authors predicted they'll be challenged to respond to some major American crisis. If the young Floridians who stood up to establishmentarian right-wingers Senator Marco Rubio and President Trump are any indication, they've just begun to fight -- and we'll be in good hands.
CAMP CITY CRACKDOWN: Homeless lose another haven, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Save America, Throw the Landlords Under the Bus 26.5 million Americans have lost their jobs to the national lock-down necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to those who were unemployed before the coronavirus crisis, we will soon face jobless numbers equivalent to or greater than those at the height of the Great Depression. What's going to happen to them? More specifically, where will they live?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Outlook for Democrats in 2020 Currently Looks Bleak The Democrats are a 50-50 party divided between progressives and liberals. Three serious liberals -- Harris, Warren, Booker and whoever else pops up between now and then -- divvy up the liberal half. Bernie Sanders has the progressive half all to himself. So he wins the nomination --if he wants it.
Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2016
The First 100 Days: What Would Donald/Hillary/Bernie Do? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders -- and what they would do in the first 100 days of their presidency...
Trump Twitter Bird?, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 22, 2018
Distractor-in-Chief Trump Is Gaslighting Us Into Forgetting America's Real Issues The problem is a lack of focus -- because we're all too busy focusing on the Lunatic-in-Chief. It's time to stop being reactive. This is our country. This is our time. These are our lives. It's up to us to ignore the twitterstorms and the random rants and demand what is our birthright as Americans: the best possible lives we can afford.
Are there any reasonable options on the table?, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Mass Shootings Are The New Normal. Get Over It. This ship sailed back in 2004 when Congress allowed the federal ban on assault weapons to expire without being renewed. Congress's failure to act over the last 12 years has transformed the United States into a nation awash in military hardware. Mass shootings are the new normal. Get over it. Let's stop focusing on problems we can't do anything about and work on those we still can.
CIA Conclusion On Russian Hacking, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 23, 2016
Russian Hacking: Where's the Evidence? As if this "Russia hacked the election" episode wasn't enough to showcase the intellectual bankruptcy of America's state-controlled news media, the stenographers are ignoring a far more credible explanation for how WikiLeaks got the Podesta/DNC emails: they were leaked, not hacked. The moral midgets of American corporate media don't have the slightest interest in uncovering the truth.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Thrilla at Hofstra: How Trump Won the Debate All things being equal, I would agree with the corporate media consensus that Hillary won. But that's the thing -- things are far from equal. Hillary Clinton is a pro. She should have wiped the floor with Trump. Instead, she delivered a performance on the line between a B+ and an A-. Trump gets closer to a C-. That's much closer than it ought to have been.
President Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Why Trump is Right About Newspaper Libel Laws California is one of 28 states to have an "anti-SLAPP" law. According to proponents, there are wealthy individuals and companies who file nuisance lawsuits against defendants, not to win but to tie the poor defendants up in court and force them to hire expensive lawyers to defend themselves.
Ted Rall on Politics and Press Freedom, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 26, 2018
This Is What Happens When a Court Decides Whether You Get Justice or Get Destroyed My attorney asked why the court's tentative ruling ignored our most important anti-SLAPP case law precedent, Wilson v. CNN. There was no clear answer. Whether it was intentional or they forgot, people have been fired from far less prestigious jobs for considerably less shoddy work.
Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Pour into Europe, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 15, 2015
There Is No "Flood" of Syrian Immigrants Were the U.S. to accept Syrians in the same proportion to its population as it took in Southeast Asians in the 1970s, we could absorb 1.2 million -- close to the total who have fled to Europe since the crisis began last year. If one or two million Syrians want to come here, the U.S. should welcome them with open arms.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2016
Here Comes the Rise of the Anti-Trump Left The devastating defeat of Hillary Clinton, the ultimate candidate of the neo-conservative Democratic center-right, has discredited her patrons, the pro-globalization elites. The election of Donald Trump sets the stage for a civil war within the party in which its liberal progressive wing is likely to emerge victorious, dominating electoral politics within the mainstream left for the foreseeable future.
Are Campus University Police Real Police?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 19, 2017
No Man is Above the Law -- Except on College Campuses The weird alternative universe of law on campus is in the headlines again due to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that the Trump Administration plans to rewrite Obama-era Title IX rules to give male students accused of rape on college campuses more rights to defend themselves.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Pulling Out of Iran Nuke Deal Makes US Look Awful When a nation as powerful as the United States, which has done more to shape the postwar international order then any other country -- there's a reason that the United Nations is in New York -- behaves dishonorably, it establishes a precedent whose repercussions will reverberate long after the crisis at hand is a distant memory.
Obama - Biden - Caricature, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 18, 2021
Democrats Share the Blame for Afghanistan The 'Democrats - political leaders and voters alike - went far beyond tacit consent. They were actively complicit with the Republicans' war at the time of the invasion and throughout the decades-long occupation of Afghanistan'.
From flickr.com: Democratic Donkey, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Splitting Up of the Democratic Party: Why It's Probably Coming Sooner Than You Think Given the escalating rage of the party's progressive base in the Age of Trump and the absolute refusal of the DNC leadership to grant them concessions, it's hard to imagine this restive crowd staying calm and keeping Democratic. The tsunami is coming. Lefties have a choice: get washed away, or grab a surfboard.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Journalists Had Better Hope I Win My Case Against the Billionaire-Owned L.A. Times There is a $330,000 judgment against me for having the gall to defend my reputation in court. Unless the California Supreme Court overrules it, that judgment will be final and will grow bigger. Journalists and pundits aren't covering my case; they're afraid, as they ought to be but they are watching. If the judgment stands, who will be stupid enough to take on the LAPD or similar institution?
Afghanistan, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Afghanistan Under the Taliban: It Won't Be Like Last Time We've been in Afghanistan 20 years, Joe Biden's generals told him. All we need is a little more time. The president overruled them, ordering a complete withdrawal of American troops by September 11th.
Private prisons continue to make millions despite falling crime rates, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Meet the For-Profit Prison Industry Raking in Billions of Taxpayer Dollars from Trump's Mass Deportation Boondoggle Even if you think illegal immigrants are criminals who should be tossed out on their ears, you ought to be highly suspicious of the private prison industry. After all, they don't want illegals deported. They want them housed indefinitely in their sketchy facilities. And you're paying the bill.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Media Never, Ever Gives Peace a Chance Producers laboring through cable news' 24-7 news cycle ought to take a step back and consider the effect of their editorial decisions. They've created a relentless culture of ultraviolence, a debate without diversity between those who want bombs and those who want even more wars, to the point that not going to war isn't even something we get to consider as a legitimate option.
Depression, Anger, Victimhood, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 17, 2017
How Society Makes Victimhood a No-Win Proposition Society doesn't like victims. Victims make us uncomfortable. It's probably a vestige of our Darwinian instinct for survival: the monkey clan prospers when its members are healthy and lucky, but finds life perilous around those who are sick and unfortunate. We turn away from the unlucky, the homeless man, the woman whose face bears burn scars, the black guy getting choked to death by cops -- not our problem.
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2020
We Need a Centralized Medical System Too We can't pretend to be a first world country until we join the rest of the world by abolishing corporate for-profit healthcare and decouple insurance benefits from employment. But reform without centralization would be incomplete.
Kyiv, Euro Maidan 2013, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2022
Ukraine War Lies Debunked It is entirely reasonable to look at the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and decide that it's simply not our business, that neither side is worthy of support.
Donald Trump delivers a speech, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Ruling Classes and Covid-19 The ruling classes will not meet the minimum standard to which we are entitled. Our rulers' failures should be placed in the sharpest possible relief so we can judge them accordingly and take the next logical step, getting rid of them.
Naomi Klein on Donald Trump .This is a Corporate Coup d'tat., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2020
Trump Tees Up a New Type of Coup: In Plain Sight Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for a coup attempt in plain sight. Defying tradition, Trump is still refusing to concede the election since the Associated Press and other media organizations called the race in favor of Joe Biden on Saturday, November 7.
Week 6: April 2, 2022 - Ukraine Under Attack, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 23, 2022
When It Cares - the US Government Is Extremely Efficient Those who criticize the United States government as inefficient couldn't possibly be more mistaken. Congress and the White House are lightning quick and incredibly generous when it matters.
Border fence, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Remember When? The Border Wall Used to be a Left-Wing Thing We need less illegal immigration and more legal immigration. As we reduce unauthorized land crossings and overstayed visas, we ought to increase opportunities for foreigners to apply for legal visas with a clear path to a green card and citizenship. Unlike undocumented workers preyed upon by rapacious employers because they live in the shadows, legal immigrants can insist upon fair legal wages.
DC protest, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2020
Immunity From Prosecution or Sentenced to Death How would you feel if getting fired would mean that you would spend the rest of your life in prison? You would do anything to keep working. That's the position in which Donald Trump finds himself.
Former President George H.W. Bush, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The Amazing GWHB Hagiography This was an insane historical benchmark when a major network interrupted its coverage of the G-20 summit with the BREAKING NEWS that George W. Bush had issued a statement about his dead dad: "George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for." Stop the presses!
Donald Trump Is His Own Worst Enemy., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 7, 2020
President Trump Neither Needs Nor Deserves Our Thoughts and Prayers Republicans, members of the self-proclaimed Party of Personal Responsibility, ought to acknowledge that this man has been asking for this. I'm not talking about karmic retribution for the 200,000+ Americans who died on his watch while he plainly didn't much care. Trump has been cruising for COVID-19 spring, summer and fall. Trump wanted this virus and he got it.
DIY Mini Paperbag or Grocery Bag, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 5, 2019
Death to the D.I.Y. Society Since the 1970s corporate efficiency experts have burdened American consumers with a constantly expanding galaxy of tasks that businesses used to perform for them. Craig Lambert calls it "shadow work" -- labor imposed on you that you're not conscious of.
Democrats, From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Five Things the Democrats Could Do to Save Their Party (But Probably Won't) Democrats need to stop disappearing between elections. Campaigns are exhausting and it's natural to want to catch one's breath and conduct a postmortem to determine what went well and wrong. But it's gotten to the point that the only time left-of-center voters hear from the Democratic Party is the year of a major election, for the most part only a few months before November and then only to ask for money.
From flickr.com/photos/68717799@N08/8964206375/: David Brooks, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 24, 2015
Where Are the Passionate Editors? Editors are wimps. Journalists say that all the time. That was probably always true -- but there were fewer wimps and more heroes in the past. Years of budget cuts and downsizing have made editors who still have their jobs terrified of rocking the boat. All they want to do is coast to retirement before getting fired.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Who's Really To Blame for Brexit (and Trump) Nativism and racism played a role in the Brexit vote. England is an island nation with an island mentality. Though only a few thousand Syrians entered the UK last year, with nary a passport check, images of refugees riding the roof of trains from France through the Chunnel felt like an invasion to some Britons.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 15, 2018
Suicide? No. Society Is Murdering Us. But There Is a Way Out. Life in the United States has become vicious and brutal, too much to take even for this nation founded upon the individualistic principles of rugged libertarian pioneers. Children are pressured to exhibit fake joy and success on social media. Young adults are burdened with gigantic student loans they strongly suspect they will never be able to repay. We don't have to live this way. It's a choice.
Gawker Media Files for Bankruptcy After Losing Hulk Hogan Lawsuit, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 8, 2018
The "Thin Grey Line" -- The Media's Conspiracy of Silence on Defamation and Libel Based on the coverage of the Gawker-Hogan coverage I've read since the 2016 verdict, most media outlets are still pushing the Thin Grey Line narrative that Hogan had no grounds to complain. I say that Hogan has the right not to have his sex acts posted to the Internet without his permission.
Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 4, 2021
When Will Politicians Start Caring about People's Actual Problems? What are the two major political parties doing about healthcare costs? Not much. Democrats think we should be grateful for the crappy system we have now. Not that the Republicans are any better.
President Richard Nixon Resigns -, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 7, 2017
Will President Trump Last Another Year? Trump is more likely to give away his fortune to charity than slink away in a Nixonian resignation. His ego is too big; he's too pugnacious. He'd rather get dragged out kicking and screaming -- unless it's part of a deal with Mueller or other feds to avoid prosecution. So impeachment it would need to be.
National Enquirer Cover, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2018
What Do the NY Times and LA Times Have in Common with the National Enquirer? They All Love anti-SLAPP Laws The most outrageous California example of abuse I've read recently is former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen's anti-SLAPP motion against Stormy Daniels. Cohen said Daniels lied about having an affair with Trump -- which is plainly false. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for arranging hush-money payoffs to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 23, 2016
What's Up with Black Voters? Sanders has consistently championed racial equality and fought poverty and income disparity, two economic scourges that hurt blacks worse than anyone else. As First Lady, Clinton pushed her husband's 1994 crime bill, which accelerated mass incarceration of blacks. Hillary is essentially a Republican. Since when do blacks vote Republican?
Ohio Grand Jury Rules Not to Indict Police Who Shot Tamir Rice, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 4, 2016
Cops Are Too Crazy To Be Trusted with Guns Sometimes a jury verdict relies on so many false assumptions, baseless assignments of privilege and twisted logic that you have to call it out. The decision of a Cleveland grand jury not to indict the cop who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice to death is one such time. Officer Timothy Loehmann blew Tamir away between 1.5 and 2.0 seconds after arriving at the scene.
Right-Wing Republicans vs. Corporate Democrats vs. Progressive Populists, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2022
Better a Pretend Fight Than None at All There's only one way to campaign, tell people that you get it, you understand their pain, and you're going to fight like hell to make them feel better.
From flickr.com/photos/119058497@N06/12844846015/: Hillary Rodham Clinton, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 11, 2016
Liberal Democrats and the Depersonalization of Evil The lower your status in society, the more harshly you will be treated by the justice system. The darker your skin, the longer your prison sentence. The poorer you are, the higher the fine. The fewer resources you have to get through life -- like, if you suffer from mental illness -- the more brutality you will experience at the hands and fists of police and prison guards.
meritocracy screen print, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 12, 2019
Meritocracy is Stupid and Evil and Must Die As game theory experiments show, unfair incentive structures are ineffective because not everyone is optimistic. In a system with winners and losers some people reach for the brass ring because they think they might get win. Pessimists do not. They weigh the cost of effort and decide not to bother for their mere chance at success.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Hillary Lost. Should We Care? Hillary fans can credibly argue that she would not have made things worse, or at least not as bad as they will be under Trump. By objective standards, however, it defies reason to claim that she would have presided over a halcyon era of progress. At best, President Clinton II would have held the line against Republican attacks. As we know, however, voters are not in the mood for more of the same.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly When Hillary criticizes Bernie Sanders for advocating changes that would be hard to get through Congress and expensive to pay for -- free college tuition, Medicare for everybody -- she projects a radical pessimism that makes many ask, why not? Why can't the country that invades everyone, that sent a man to the moon, provide the same social benefits as most other nations?
Joe Biden Says Wear a Mask, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 17, 2020
If Biden Loses, This Will Be Why Two crazy old white men with bad hair are in a dead heat in key battleground states like Florida. As one would expect during a normal year -- when the president had not just killed a bunch of voters and made a bunch of others jobless -- the race is tightening.
NYPD 19th Precinct Official Club Challenge, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 22, 2018
#MeToo: A Cultural Workaround to a Legal Failure #MeToo is not, nor does it seek to be, a legal process. It is a cultural reaction to a legal system that fails women accusers. It is a workaround. It is a drive to change what constitutes acceptable behavior on a date, at the office, in the bedroom. It has nothing to do with due process -- because due process hasn't worked for women victims.
US Fights IS Group (AKA ISIS) On Social Media, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 14, 2014
Obama Trolled by ISIS After the videos, a war-weary American public's apathetic stance toward the civil war in Syria flipped toward strong support in favor of the bombing campaign announced by Obama (who paradoxically continues to poll poorly on foreign policy). Clearly ISIS' top brass believe they stand more to gain than to lose from the coming onslaught by U.S. drones and fighter jets. This should frighten us.
.Half a loaf is better than none!., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2020
In a Crisis, a Compromise Solution Is Worse Than No Solution at All The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate incrementalism is hardly new.
Afghan National Police Officer Silhouetted, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2021
What Will the Taliban Do? It's Up to Us. The question now is: which Taliban will we and far more importantly, the people of Afghanistan, be dealing with?
Does your vote count? The Electoral College explained, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2019
8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections Presidential campaigns could be improved -- streamlined, made more relevant to more voters and their worries, and likelier to result in better outcomes -- and it wouldn't require revolutionary change, just common-sense reforms. The ideal politician is responsive and accountable to the citizenry. Otherwise people look at politics and think "what a load of crap, it makes no difference to me."
Classic Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems "Radical solutions require radical solutions," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2020
When a Country Reeling from Crisis Turns to an Aging Father Figure If the American people rise up and overthrow this corrupt and moribund government and replace it with one that serves our needs, and we somehow manage to avoid the despotism that often follows revolution, we might emerge better than ever.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 10, 2016
Clinton Proves Best PR in the World Can't Sell a Terrible Product Hillary looks presidenty. She talks presidentish. A lot of voters don't know how badly she screwed them, especially by pushing NAFTA and free trade. So she is favored to win the Democratic nomination. But she's a terrible candidate. Tracking polls show that she has lower odds than Bernie of defeating Trump in November.
Bush Administration Iraq War Criminals?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Colin Powell, Moral Weakling When you join a gang you're required to prove your loyalty. "You've got high poll ratings," Vice President Dick Cheney told Powell as he ordered him to support the push for war. "You can afford to lose a few points."
Political violence, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Who's to Blame for Political Violence? The Terror Starts at the Top, Trickles Down Tone, morale, what's acceptable vs. what's unacceptable: social norms come from the top and trickle down to us peasants. Trump's rhetoric is toxic. But the message that violence is effective and acceptable didn't begin with Trump. And it's hardly unique to his presidency.
Democratic Candidates, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy Except for Biden, the Democratic presidential field is dominated by progressives and progressives-come-lately on domestic issues. When it comes to foreign policy, there isn't as much difference as progressive voters would like between the Democratic and Republican parties.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 25, 2014
End the Death Penalty. Allow Vigilantism. Given the finality of capital punishment, proof that one innocent person has ever been executed is enough for me to find the practice abhorrent. The fact, is numerous innocents have died in American death chambers. Most of the world agrees. Only 21 out of the world's 195 nations carried out any executions last year.
From flickr.com/photos/47422005@N04/18873952014/: Bernie Sanders, From Images
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Bernie Sanders Could Win. America Could Become Socialist. Are We Witnessing the Failure of Propaganda? The ruling elite's old tricks are indeed failing them. But it's too early to declare propaganda dead and gone. Propaganda works. That's why those in power keep using it. Here's what I think is really going on: old institutions have been discredited. Sanders' growing support and Iowa's surprisingly socialist hordes reflect public contempt for everyone in charge.
110111-F-1010S-006, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Abandon Afghanistan and Don't Look Back The invasion was a mistake, the occupation was a mistake and so was our propping up of our corrupt puppet regime. We never should have been there in the first place and it has taken 20 years too long to get out.
Donald Trump, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Trump is Still Plotting a Possible Coup Trump is a desperate cornered rat. Once he leaves office, he becomes vulnerable to several criminal investigations. By far, the one he has to worry about the most is being conducted by the Manhattan district attorney into his corrupt business practices, charges that could not be discharged by a presidential pardon if Joe Biden were to issue one.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Down and Out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: What I Would Do If I Were Obama Jobs, jobs, jobs. Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that go up instead of down.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2016
For Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Politics is Personal Clinton and Sanders represent two worldviews: one for whom wealth and privilege have long been assumed as her due, the other whose sympathies lie with those who suffer and die simply because they had the bad luck to be born into the vast majority of Americans, who are broke.
What is a Stump Speech? | History Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama, sheds light on the formula for crafting a perfect stump speech., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 9, 2019
Death to the Stump Speech Radio, television and the Internet have revolutionized communication. The last presidential election, in which ad lib shockingly defeated inevitability, demonstrated the obsolescence of the stump speech. Yet this boring tradition endures.
Carly Fiorina, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Carly Fiorina, Identity Politics and the Death of Feminism Feminists -- most of whom are, by definition, politically liberal or progressive -- are confused by the disconnect between Carly Fiorina's projection of strong, competent womanness, and her retrograde right-wing politics. For this generation of image feminists, Fiorina is seductive because cuts a fine figure in a high-end corporate outfit and refuses to absorb Donald Trump's cheap shots at her looks.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 18, 2019
For Journalists, Self-Censorship Is Credibility Suicide Respecting the public's right to know is hard. Good people can die as a result. Wars may be lost. But for someone dedicated to journalism it's an easy call. Either you're a journalist or you're nothing more than a low-rent liar and propagandist for the government.
Cancelled Culture, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Cancel Culture: Another Victim of Republican Tactics The debate over "cancel culture" centers around activists and politically-correct "social justice warriors" expel people from social acceptability or force them into joblessness because something they said or did provoked an online mob.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 27, 2020
Joe Biden, Here's What We Want Because there isn't a political party or other formation that can credibly speak for a broad base of the American left, and because the left is divided between work-from-inside AOC-Bernie types and street-level activists, no one has defined a clear metric to judge the Biden Administration's personnel, policy and legislative actions.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2013
How to Save Obamacare An intelligent, pro-human solution is not in the cards. Not in bankster-owned America. Not now, anyway. Both the Democrats and Republicans are owned by the big corporate insurers that stand to make billions from the Affordable Care Act. Before the country, and eventually its political class, get real and get serious, we'll have to waste a few years on attempts at reform.
Donald Trump, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Why Didn't the Xenophobe-in-Chief Close the Borders? The COVID-19 pandemic was a crisis tailormade for a xenophobe like Donald Trump. On a rare occasion when America needed an isolationist leader, it instead got a globalist.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Why Trump Continues to Beat the Democrats Asking the media to throw shade on PhoneTapGate is insane. Interest in our wild and crazy president is Making the Media Great Again! Newspaper circulation is up for the first time in decades! So are broadcast ratings -- because TV cable news covers stuff like this. There's only one way to beat crazy: with more crazy.
Buck Stops Here, Baby!, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2016
Working for the U.S. Government Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry One telltale sign that the government is engaged in a cover-up is timing: when it releases a report just before the weekend news blackout, you know something nasty is afoot. Obama's latest whitewash, dumped online Friday, is the Administration's attempt to drown its responsibility for one of the most heinous acts of mass murder in years in 3,000 pages of spin, dissembling and circular logic.
Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Democrats' Refusal to Impeach Trump Could Be the Death of Them in 2020 Like a dog who caught a car (like Trump caught a presidency he reportedly didn't want), Democrats captured the House. But they don't want to impeach. Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders say impeachment would divide the country, turn off swing voters and risk the kind of backlash Republicans suffered in 2000 after they voted to impeach Bill Clinton. Refusal to impeach is a serious tactical error.
Bursting the US media bubble, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Inside the Media Bubble, No One Can Hear Us Scream You may be tempted to join the media when they dismiss Trump as a whiner. In business, Trump is the consummate insider. But he's a political naïf. When someone as sleazy and unprincipled as Donald Trump is shocked by how dirty politics are, you have to take note. And if they can steal elections from someone as rich as Donald Trump, there is nothing left of American democracy.
Rush Limbaugh - Pigboy, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 25, 2021
Don't Hate Rush Limbaugh. Copy Him. Limbaugh first made his mark as a conservative who criticized the GOP for failing to live up to the right-wing values he articulated, and held them to account
Joe Biden - Caricature, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2022
Biden Is Giving $40 Billion to Ukraine - Here's What That Money Could Do Here The inclination to shovel money at other countries while so many of our own citizens are suffering is nearly impossible to understand.
March for Our Lives, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 5, 2018
To Do Next for the #NeverAgain Movement: Settle on a Clear Demand There is a century-old tradition of large groups of Americans gathering in Washington, carrying signs, chanting slogans and being ignored by Congress and the president after they go home. To those shattered dreams you can add 2011's Occupy Wall Street, another leaderless protest that came together and fizzled.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 1, 2016
Everyone But the Media Saw Trumpism Coming There are scores -- maybe hundreds -- of opinion writers who do know what's going on in their own country. Who write well. Who get stories right. Pundits who saw the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders populist phenomena coming. But you won't find any of them in the print pages of major newspapers like the Times, or even in the low-pay ghettos of their web-only content.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 3, 2013
Why Closing Guantanamo Is Easy: Obama Doesn't Need Congress -- He Needs Travelocity All detainees--every last one of them, the schlubs who have been officially cleared by the Pentagon and, yes, even the scary dudes the government insists are "the worst of the worst"--can, should and--if the US Constitution means anything at all--must be released. Obama should stop blaming Congress. He signed their legislation into law. He owns this mess.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2016
It Happened Here Seeing opportunity amid the armies of the alienated and dispossessed, the perennial almost-candidate of the nationalist, nativist far-right began campaigning in earnest. Breaking all the rules of conventional campaigning, he drew huge crowds with a simple message: Believe me. Trust me, he assured his audiences, and I will make the country great again.

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