Archive for the 'Politics' Category

NOW DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY…

October 17th, 2017

When anyone begins a conversation with some form of “Now, don’t take this the wrong way,” or “Don’t be offended,” we all know that we’re about to take whatever artless words that follow in precisely the way the speaker is certain to blame us for misunderstanding. Here’s a clue, if you think what you’re about […]

EMINEM THEN: 2004—MEET EMINEM NOW: 2017…

October 11th, 2017

With Lyrics

TREVOR AARONSON, JABAR ALI REFAIE & THE FBI…

October 11th, 2017

Trevor Aaronson, writing in “You Have the Way Out” —Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant for The Intercept, offers a master class in protecting yourself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Refaie and I had been in contact for a few months, starting well before his arrest. I had initially suspected […]

WINNING THROUGH INTIMIDATION IS A FAIL…

October 10th, 2017

There is a tradition in American politics that requires former presidents to disappear for a time, to write memoirs, plan libraries and depressurize from the insane demands of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office so that the present occupant can go about governing. That has generally worked successfully for 43 former presidents. Ralph […]

COLBERT, STEWART ATTEMPT BALANCE, AND FAIL…

October 10th, 2017

NEW GUN-CONTROL LEGISLATION BY HALFTIME…

October 9th, 2017

OBAMA, TRUMP & TA-NEHISI COATES’ EVOLUTION…

October 9th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is tired. Really, really tired, and the mantles dropped on his shoulders by the likes of Toni Morrison, The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation are not making his life easier. The man just wants to write, damn it! After publishing yet another insightful essay in The Atlantic and a third book […]

AMERICA’S TRACK-SUIT-SEX-OFFENDER…

October 8th, 2017

John Oliver almost gets there. He missed the opportunity for Americans to confront the reason, not the excuse, the reason why the Slavetocracy in the Confederacy was able to finally force votes to secede from the United States: wealth. The teaching moment came at timemark 08:59. Oliver dismisses the argument, but that is the central […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

WE DO KNOW HOW TO CURE IGNORANCE DANAE…

October 8th, 2017

CAN THE GUN DEBATE COME DOWN TO TYRANNY…?

October 8th, 2017

Matt Taibbi, writing in Gun Lobby Is Down to Its Last, Unconvincing Excuse for Rolling Stone, observes: Polls consistently show that majorities of gun owners believe the purpose of the Second Amendment is “protection against tyranny.” National Rifle Association merchandise sits on display during the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City […]

IS THIS MUELLER’S PLAN IN NEW YORK CITY…?

October 7th, 2017

Back on 6 August I began to write a post with the headline: SO, WHERE IS MUELLER’S GRAND JURY GOING…? I got swept up in other writing and never finished the post. This morning, on my way to the library I stopped to listen to a segment on The New Yorker Radio Hour titled: The […]

IN AMERICA, TERRORIST IS NOW THE NEW BLACK…

October 6th, 2017

COINTELPRO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s infamous dirty-tricks gang, is back under the guise of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit and a declaration that: Black Identity Extremist perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such […]

RESISTANCE IS NOT, MUST NEVER BE, FUTILE…

October 6th, 2017

HOW CLOSE TO A ROLLERBALL WORLD ARE WE…?

October 6th, 2017

In September 1973, the year I turned 18, William Harrison published Roller Ball Murder in Esquire. Two years later, when I was still in Gunner’s Mate School at Great Lakes, I first saw Harrison’s adaptation of the story to the big screen. Harrison set his corporate dystopia in 2018. We are only three months from […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
TAPPING INTO THE SHADY CITIZENS FOR TRUMP…

October 5th, 2017

James Bupkis Renacci wants to replace faux conservative RINO and failed presidential candidate John Richard Kasich in Ohio’s top elected office. Renacci clearly believes that his experiences selling cars makes him the best choice to get Ohio into lockstep with President Donald John Trump. Citizens for Trump like what they’re hearing from Renacci and they’re […]

HOW YOUR CUYAHOGA COUNTY MONEY FLOWS UP

October 4th, 2017

Cuyahoga County has released its bond prospectus showing more than $140 million to be borrowed for the Quicken Arena expansion. The issue that never got the vote it deserved. Politicians, corporate interests and even citizen action forces jilted citizens of a voice on a give-away to seven times billionaire Danny Gilbert, all around capitalist money-grabber. […]

THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU [WE] CAN DO…

October 2nd, 2017

While The Guardian continues Live Updates into a second day, please consider this: the slaughter in Las Vegas is the 1,516th mass shooting in the United States in the last 1,735 days. In the last 57 months, 1,719 Americans have died and 6,510 have been injured in mass shootings. Look at those numbers again. 1,516 […]

WHAT THE FECK DO LIBERTARIANS WANT…?

September 30th, 2017

Libertarians are like the blind men trying to describe an elephant: they don’t have a clue what they all want. Henry Gomez, writing in Libertarians Are Still Looking For The Next Thing for Buzzfeed, offers this example: “All this time, I thought they were voting for libertarian Republicans,” Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian Republican from […]

IF YOU CAN’T TREAT SOMEONE WITH DIGNITY
AND RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT…!

September 29th, 2017

Via Mano Singham… Herman Wong and Rachel Chason, reporting in Meet the Air Force general who delivered a powerful speech against racism for The Washington Post, write: Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis. Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school […]

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