Archive for the 'Politics' Category

THIS IS NOT WHAT GEORGE HARRISON WANTED…

March 30th, 2015

In my moldy and decayed collection of eight-track tapes there was (I tossed them all two moves ago, but kept a list of what I had) was the two-tape collection of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, the mother of all benefit concerts. George and all the musicians who came together would not be happy with […]

FREE SPEECH, FREE PRESS, FREE RAIF BADAWI…

March 30th, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. For the eleventh day since 18 January when I first stuck this running post on Raif Badawi to the top of Have Coffee Will Write, there were no news updates to report on his case. This is very disturbing because it suggests that the world’s […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NO TAX BREAKS FOR SPORTS…

March 28th, 2015

This week President Barack Obama spoke out against the incredible subsidy sweeteners given rich sports owners. In a historic move, President Obama’s new budget proposes eliminating the longstanding practice by governments of forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for wealthy sports franchises to build, renovate, and maintain costly stadiums. For far too long, this shameless […]

ROUTINE: THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST SQUIRREL…!

March 28th, 2015

The process began for me 20 years ago when I rearranged my closet and drawers so that I added clean clothes to the left and removed clothes to wear from the right. The idea was that I never had to think for a second: what am I going to wear today? I’ve since added various […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: SURPRISE, SURPRISE,
REALITY BEGINS TO HIT CUYAHOGA COUNTY…

March 27th, 2015

Wow, what a surprise! Cuyahoga County seems to be running out of money. Can’t borrow, County Executive Armond Budish tells the Plain Dealer. Can’t borrow for MetroHealth Medical Center but can for a hotel that will be a big money loser. Great Democratic politics. And the PD didn’t know about this? What another surprise. Especially […]

SCOTT ADAMS IS CONDUCTING ANOTHER TEST…

March 25th, 2015

Last week Scott Adams asked about gender bias in the workplace. This week he explores the issue of anti-science bias in politics and who is worse: Republicans or Democrats. (In light of Robert Kennedy Jr.’s vocal support for the anti-vaccination crowd this week, I think this is particularly pertinent.) Against all odds, it appears my […]

DALTON TRUMBO: REBEL IN HOLLYWOOD

March 23rd, 2015

As a rule, I don’t watch the extras on DVDs because I have found them generally to be masturbatory filler. This has not been the case with the documentary Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood found on 2009 DVD release. This hour-long documentary explores the career of Dalton Trumbo, his struggles as a member of the […]

JOHN KASICH IS TOO LIBERAL FOR RON PAUL…

March 19th, 2015

Yesterday President Barack Hussein Obama came to Cleveland to speak at our City Club. From the part I heard while driving home, his core message was: my successes have driven my opponents to gnawing on skulls. Not really, but you get the idea. So today, I was not all that surprised—vis-a-vis the gnawing of skulls—when […]

OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OFFENSE…

March 19th, 2015

One of Mano Singham’s readers makes an excellent point in commenting on Mano’s post We’re really #1! Marcus Ranum writes: The US leads the rest of the world in military spending—we spend as much as all of them combined. Note, I didn’t hew to the national lie that it’s “defense” spending. In today’s military environment, […]

HOW THE FBI HOME-GROWS TERRORISTS DUPES…

March 18th, 2015

OK. Serious question. Has the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered, arrested and provided sufficient information to convict a single individual in the United States on terrorism charges that the FBI did not, in fact, actually train to be arrested? Any one? Got a name? Hint. That name is not Sami Osmakac. IN THE VIDEO, Sami […]

WE CAN’T PICK AND CHOOSE… JE SUIS CHARLIE

March 17th, 2015

Censorship is wrong. Full stop. How many times do I have to say: the right response to objectionable speech is never censorship (or the threat of violence) but rather more speech. On 16 March, DC Comics released a statement saying that the Albuquerque cover was now not going to run—at the artist’s request—and said that […]

SILHOUETTE MAN IS VERY ANGRY…

March 15th, 2015

Then of course, there was George Carlin’s take on educational debt…

J. EDGAR’S GHOST IS SMILING…

March 15th, 2015

In the eyes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and those who control that organization (hint: not We The People) we are all terrorists until proven otherwise, and then only provisionally. Members of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked the time and location of a Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall […]

STOP FIGHTING FIRES AND FIGHT THE ARSONIST…

March 15th, 2015

As I think of how paralyzing are the myriad of injustices—global warming/climate change, police militarization, racism, sexism, water pollution, air pollution, mass surveillance, the list goes on and on—I realize that I, we, have to think about the root cause, our runaway economic system that allows the Masters Of The Universe and their legions of […]

CAN WE JUST STOP DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…?

March 14th, 2015

Really could not care less that our economy somehow benefits from golf courses and retailers doing more business in the evenings.

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: GETTING NERVOUS, FRANK…?

March 10th, 2015

e Have Cleveland’s real leaders run a poll on Mayor Frank Jackson popularity (or unpopularity) or are they just naturally nervous these days. In the Sunday Plain Dealer there was the most unusual op-ed page piece I can remember in 50 years working or watching the city’s newspaper on standing. Leadership of Jackson shows recall […]

COTTONING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS CASH COW…

March 10th, 2015

If not for the Everwar, defense contractors in the United States might have to turn to the manufacture of vehicles for the Postal Service. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark)—the new Walmart senator?—understands who gets him elected (hint: not the people of Arkansas) and took steps this week to ensure the Everwar continues. Then, instead of going […]

LET’S GO TO THE TAPE, BOB…

March 10th, 2015

Synopsis: politician makes public promise to resign if claims of wrongdoing found to be true; claims of wrongdoing found to be true; politician claims do-over. In August, 2013, as evidence emerged of the active participation by New Zealand in the “Five Eyes” mass surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden, the country’s conservative Prime Minister, John […]

DO WE NEED ANOTHER NUREMBERG…?

March 9th, 2015

I first wrote about Abu Ghraib back in 2005 during my Louisville: The Coffee House Tour. Now, ten years later, those in charge, those who signed off on the authorizations, those culpable in the illegal acts remain free and untouched. If the United States cannot bring our own monsters to task, how can we ever […]

CAN OTPOR GO GLOBAL…?

March 9th, 2015

I think that Srdja Popovic must be channeling Abbie Hoffman. “So there they were, our idols, [the rock band Rimtutituki] driving round Republic Square in circles in a truck, singing,” says Popovic. “They looked more like generals than rockers. And what they were singing was stuff like: ‘There’s no brain under that helmet’ and ‘If […]

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