Archive for the 'Politics' Category

A SAMANTHA BEE TWOFER: TRUMPCARE 3.0…

June 29th, 2017

OBJECTIVITY IS THE IMPOSSIBLE MYTH…

June 28th, 2017

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. (The double irony there is inescapable.) Unlike most of my peers I had the slight advantage of being a bit older than the norm and I think that maturity edge helped me resist the popular drive for objectivity. Yes, journalists should attempt […]

IS TRUMP CREATING HIS OWN GULF OF TONKIN…?

June 27th, 2017

In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson ramped up our country’s involvement in South East Asia in response to an attack by North Vietnamese naval forces on two American destroyers steaming in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The attack was pure fiction. This afternoon, on the heels of Seymour Hersh’ in-depth revelation, in […]

NO ONE’S LISTENING… EVERYONE’S CHEERING…?

June 23rd, 2017

OIL & GAS IS A DEAD-END CAREER FOR THE YOUNG…

June 23rd, 2017

A writer at KallanishEnergy would have young people believe that there is a bright future in becoming a fossil fuel worker. Well who wouldn’t want to work in a dying industry that is rushing to exploit as many natural resources for shareholder profit and personal wealth as possible before rising sea levels and heatwaves make […]

PHILANDO CASTILE: I HAVE NO WORDS…

June 22nd, 2017

In We must remain shocked over Philando Castile. Justice needs moral outrage, Chiraag Bainsa, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, writes: A jury recently acquitted Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the 2016 killing of Philando Castile, a beloved school cafeteria worker. On Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office released key evidence, including video from […]

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

SENATOR ROB PORTMAN (R-OH) KNOWS THAT
TRUMPCARE II IS NOT A HEALTHCARE BILL,
THE BILL IS A TAX CUT FOR THE VERY WEALTHY…

June 20th, 2017

[Update @ 1822—Yes! Republicans say they will release draft of health bill amid pressure over secrecy: Senate Republican leaders said they would release draft language of their healthcare bill on Thursday amid mounting frustration among lawmakers in both parties over the way the party is assembling their bill—behind closed doors and without a single public […]

LIBERTY AND FREEDOM PALE BEFORE DEMOCRACY…

June 20th, 2017

Earlier today I wrote about The Gang Who Can’t Talk Straight plotting in secret to slash $834 billion from Medicaid and throwing 23 million Americans under the Trumpcare II bus. This evening I’m reading Ralph Nader’s take on the Senate shenanigans. Nader, in Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them, writes: In 2006 a […]

IN TRUMPLAND, LOYALTY TRUMPS HONESTY…

June 20th, 2017

What really happened, however…

WILL CLEVELAND.COM RUN JACKSON’S CAMPAIGN?

June 19th, 2017

[Be sure to listen to Roldo’s talk with Ralph Nader on The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. JH] In August of 1983—some 34 years ago—I wrote this about the Plain Dealer: “It’s like a giant whale, beached in shallow water. Too embarrassing not to look at, too big to give it much help, and too obvious […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
BOB MURRAY’S LAWYERS’ JOBS JUST GOT HARDER…

June 19th, 2017

[Update @ 1413 on 22 June: Surprise, surprise, Murray is suing John Oliver and HBO.] [Update at 1042—Jake Nevins offers his take in John Oliver on the coal industry: ‘Trump needs to stop lying to miners’ for The Guardian.] So, at the time I posted John Oliver’s latest, the video had only been viewed 121,520 […]

SEE BEYOND TRUMP’S DANGEROUS ILLUSION

June 18th, 2017

The national threats engendered by the election of President Donald John Trump are not relative. Banning only some Muslims is not measurably better than banning all Muslims. Phasing out Medicare and Medicaid over any period of time is not better than phasing both programs out tomorrow. No one should feel any comfort in using any […]

GIVE ROBERT GREENSTEIN A SERIOUS LISTEN…

June 18th, 2017

I sat in my car this morning listening to Robert Greenstein deliver his City Club of Cleveland presentation: The budget would turn back the clock even farther to before the 1960s.. You should listen as well. Seriously.

YOU CAN’T MAKE A PIPE LINE SAFE, MR. EDDY…

June 18th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I left this comment on Haley Zaremba story Despite High Profile Spills, Oil Pipelines Are Still Safer Than Other Options for OilPrice: Good morning, Pipelines are safer than all the other bad choices. Safer does not equal safe. Safe would be to leave the fossil fuels in the ground and […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

LOOKS LIKE A BERNIE RALLY TO ME…

June 17th, 2017

Given the young woman wearing a New York Yankee cap on the left and the size of the crowd, you might be forgiven for mistaking the event for a Bernie Sanders’s rally from last summer. The people gathered in the crowd are, in fact, there to hear Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Great Britain’s Labor party. […]

BLOGGER WHIPPED, IMPRISONED FIVE YEARS…

June 16th, 2017

If you want to understand why they hate us, you need look no further than the case of blogger Raif Badawi. There are some stories that I choose to not let go off. Badawi’s is one such story. Phoebe Braithwaite, reporting in Five years on, with no word on imprisoned dissident Raif Badawi, his family […]

JEREMY CORBYN YANKED BACK THE CURTAIN…

June 15th, 2017

Liberal Member of Parliament and leader of the Great Britain’s Liberal Party, Jeremy Corbyn very nearly defeated Tory Prime Minister Theresa May in a snap election held there a week ago, and in doing so garnered 40 percent of the vote—the largest percentage of votes for Labor in years—giving we former colonials a glimpse of […]

TRUMP THINKS HE’S STILL ON THE APPRENTICE…

June 14th, 2017

So, not only has President Donald John Trump failed to even bother to nominate people to fill hundreds of vacant positions in his administration, he’s also bent on firing those already working for him. Ralph Nader, in Trump: Dumping More Prosecutors? writes: The turmoil inside the Trump White House is much more intense than the […]

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