Archive for the 'National' Category

WE SHOULD BE VOTING THIS WAY NATIONALLY…

August 30th, 2016

Why? Because our present system gets us politicians like Paul LePage.

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

U.S. CONGRESS IS AWOL AND OUT OF CONTROL…

August 13th, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Taken as a whole, with exceptions, the American people have the strangest attitude toward the Congress. Our national legislature spends nearly a quarter of our income and affects us one way or another every day of the year. Yet too many people withdraw in disgust instead of making Congress accountable to them. […]

THE BOSSES GET RICHER, THE REST GET POORER…

July 11th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writes in Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer: Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees […]

DEMAND OUR OWN VERSION OF CHILCOT’S REPORT…

July 7th, 2016

On Monday I lamented that the United States lacked the laws (and the will) to charge President George W. Bush (and his advisors) with crimes against humanity for engineering the invasion of Iraq and the tragedies that have flowed from that decision. Trevor Timm, writing in The US needs its own Chilcot report for The […]

COULD THE AARP TAKE OUT THE NRA…?

June 20th, 2016

Larry Wilmore and his panel had this to add. A great deal is written about the absolute power of the lobbyists for the National Rifle Association. There is another, possible more powerful, lobbying group: the American Association of Retired Persons. As horrible as the murders in Orlando were, I’m not surprised that Congress did exactly […]

JUST WHO IS BUYING AMERICAN ELECTIONS…?

May 21st, 2016

There are laws in place to requiring broadcasters to answer that question, but commission tasked with enforcing that law has other priorities. Ralph Nader is not happy. He writes: The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant—and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the “dark money” super […]

ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUCK US AT WILL…

May 6th, 2016

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984. The knowledge of the irony that I would do so in the year randomly made prophetic by George Orwell was not lost on me or my classmates. There was a certain badness inherent in earning our degrees in that particular year. We believed that we had come out […]

JUST SAY NO TO THE CLINTON/TRUMP DUOPOLY…

May 3rd, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: What are you going to do about it? Throw in the towel? Or organize to take charge as befits “We the People”? Join me, Phil Donahue, Jim Hightower and Patti Smith. Plus scores of the top public interest organizers in America. We’re organizing a Left/Right Coalition to fight back against the corporate […]

RALPH NADER ON BREAKING THROUGH POWER

April 22nd, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil society leaders […]

HILLARY EMBRACES CITIZENS UNITED CORE…

April 17th, 2016

Getting the Democracy-perverting cash from corporations and the billionaire class out of politics is vital to preserving We The People, unless, that is, your election depends upon cash from corporations and the billionaire class. Glenn Greenwald, in To Protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats Wage War on Their Own Core Citizens United Argument for The_Intercept, writes: For […]

WATCH: WHEN SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT

April 17th, 2016

From Field_Of_Vision, the documentary film division of The Intercept_ comes When Speaking Is Difficult, a documentary by AJ Schnack, that explores the subject of mass shootings in a way only cinema can do. This film is similar to The Guardian’s The Counted, in that documentary is an ever growing work in progress. John Thomason, in […]

THE POLITICAL OBSCENITY CALLED FUND RAISING

April 4th, 2016

So far I’ve donated $700 to the Bernie Sanders campaign and I get email daily asking me for more. I’ve never given anywhere near this money to a political candidate before, but I believe that the 2016 election is that important. Yet, I won’t make fundraising calls for Bernie and I feel horrible for the […]

HA, HA…! EAT THIS SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL…

March 30th, 2016

I seriously hope that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is having a bad week following the Supreme Court’s four-to-four decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association that sought to overturn the 1977 pro-union decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Ed Pilkington, reporting in Scalia’s absence resonates as supreme court hands down split union […]

LEONARD NEMOY* HAD ANTONIN SCALIA KILLED…

February 14th, 2016

Stephenson Billings, fantasizing in Did Leonard Nimoy Have Antonin Scalia Killed to Give Obama Enough Supreme Court Votes to Cancel the 2016 Election? writes: The wild card in this equation is likely Leonard Nimoy, who various leaked reports have identified as the newest leader of the Illuminati [:), JH]. While there is much debate about […]

BEST BOEHNER’S-LEAVING OBSERVATION…

September 26th, 2015

Chris Lehmann, writing in John Boehner left because Republicans’ true faith is incompatible with governing for The Guardian, observes: The real significance of Boehner’s surprise announcement of his resignation, though, is that the content-challenged grandstanding of the government shutdown is no longer simply a tactic to let off steam, or to enhance a given House […]

ROB PORTMAN SELLING OUT OHIOANS AGAIN…

July 12th, 2015

Mano Singham has written again and again that members of Congress are perfectly capable of coming together in harmony and bipartisan harmony when the issue at hand rises from the needs of their billionaire corporate masters. Our own Rob Portman is more than happy to co-sponsor a bill with the dark side when our Oligarchy […]

DID CHUCK NETZHAMMER SET WALMART UP…?

July 9th, 2015

[This story is cross-posted from my other blog: The Writing On The Wal.] When I first heard the story of Walmart refusing to make a cake decorated with the Confederate battle flag but then agreeing to create an ISIS battle flag in icing I immediately thought of James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart because the timing […]

MANO’S SPIDEY SENSE IS TINGLING…

May 13th, 2015

How do you know when a politician is lying? When their lips move. How do you know when politicians are lying (and are about to yank their constituents around by the short and curlies)? When bipartisanship is championed. I always get nervous when Democrats and Republicans in government work together on something. This is because […]

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 […]

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