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April 15, 2014

Stan Merriman: Ukraine – Geopolitical Chess

Stan Merriman Ukraine

By Stan Merriman Originally published at Pitchforks & Populists Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Some sentimentalists have been characterizing the Ukraine crisis as a popular revNot so fast.  This situation requires some careful analysis, not platitudes.  Hear that CNN and mainstream media? Probably not. I'm reading as much non-mainstream press as I can to wrap my head around this very complex situation and to try to understand our role therein.  I'm sharing some of the thinking of two journalists:  Pepe Escobar of Asian Times and Brendon O'neill of Spiked. Ukraine I think through them I'm better understanding what is really going on here. Escobar explains that some of the chess game going on here is the contract Russia has with Crimea, a semi-autonomous, self governing region tied to Ukraine.  That contract allows the Russian Black Sea fleet port services until 2042.  Guess where one of the destinations of that port is?  Syria. NATO would love to get the Russian fleet outta there for Syria reasons … [Read more...]

Lies, Damned Lies, Hypocrisies, & Consequences by Terry Broussard

Terry Broussard

A senator appears on a Sunday morning talk show and states that not only did his party not shut down the government but that he voted to keep the government open, apparently unaware that a modern convenience called “video of previous statements” existed in which he called the shutdown a great success. A party which has built its reputation on “family values”, “fiscal austerity”, “small government” and “law & order” remains eerily silent as candidates and office holders are accused of extramarital affairs, criminal activity, fiscal profligacy and rampant government expansion. And yet they are not alone. Despite the evidence demonstrated by financial scandals a decade earlier, a democratic president, having ridden into office on a catchphrase of “I feel your pain” lays the foundation for enormous individual and corporate pain due to the repeal of Glass Steagall legislation, laying the foundation for the apocalyptic financial collapse to come. Today, the very president awarded a Nobel Peace Prize within … [Read more...]

John Young Column: Disagree with military brass? How dare he?

John Young

Journalist John Young It is very interesting that many thoughtful journalists have come to the same conclusion. Ex-secretary of defense admired President Bush for not given a second thought to the Iraq War. He was less than complimentary to President Obama for  wanting to get out of Iraq and for not trusting the military industrial complex. Thoughtful observers should admire  the restraint of any president that questions the military brass. Bill Maher also had a rather interesting take on this as well here. Disagree with military brass? How dare he? From the moment Lloyd Bentsen uttered it, none could disagree with his televised jab that Dan Quayle was "no Jack Kennedy." Few remember, however, that in ascending to the presidency, Jack Kennedy had his own damning comparison. He was no Dwight Eisenhower. It took a disaster at the Bay of Pigs, and then resolve in the Cuban Missile Crisis, for Kennedy to find his inner Eisenhower. Ironically, a big part of being "like Ike" was having the fortitude … [Read more...]

John Young Knows Chris Christie May Not Want To Meet The Thirders

John Young

John Young created a new  term to define a faction of Republicans that is worth noting. They are the ‘Thirders.’ His piece below details the Chris Christie dilemma. It is worth the read. Chris Christie, meet the Thirders Monday, November 18, 2013    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is thinking about the Republican presidential nomination. Then again, considering a particular segment of the electorate whose embrace he'll need to get it, he'd best think twice. I speak of the Thirders, a hard-right bloc from whom a bloke like Christie is — let's be honest — irreconcilably different. And until further notice, that group, and not people like Christie, will call the plays for the GOP. No one else has identified this political faction by that name: the Thirders. The term occurred to me a while back when it became apparent that based on any number of polls, one of three Americans could be led to believe anything at all about Barack Obama. At the time, that margin of Americans polled said they … [Read more...]

John Young: A message to the GOP on ACA / Obamacare, are you listening?

John Young

WOW! John Young got it right again. He could have labeled this piece, ‘A message to the GOP, are you listening?’ Please read this and pass it along. Pass it especially to your Republican friends. I didn’t know you cared Monday, November 11, 2013 Excuse me, free-market conservatives, but why the sudden concern over millions set to lose their health insurance? Did such a problem concern you before President Obama and the Democrats set out to insure more Americans? Did it? I may have to review my notes. I'm pretty sure those notes say you said that people who didn't have insurance just needed to trust the free market, raise their sights, and get down to some heavy bootstrap lifting (like you did, right?). And if all failed, they were to head to the nearest emergency room and dump their expenses on someone else. Based on the righteous uproar, one would think people never lost their insurance before the Affordable Care Act screwed everything up. But of course, millions lost coverage every … [Read more...]

John Young Column: If at first you don’t secede . . .

John Young

Another good one from John young. Secede? They hurt  their citizens and want to secede? Why, to hurt them more? If at first you don't secede . . . If at first you don't secede . . . Call it the conundrum of the New Confederacy. Call it, "All dressed up in gray and no place to go." They passed around "we secede" petitions when President Obama won re-election. Didn't work. They sued to stop the Affordable Care Act. Didn't work. They shut down the government to unhinge the two-year-old law, just as health exchanges sprang into action. Didn't work. And now? If you were contemplating that the most dedicated opponents of everything Obama stands for would just up and flee the country; well, where to turn? Refugees would find a single-payer health care system to the north of us and to the south of us. Yes, in 2003 Mexico decided that having millions without access to health care was barbaric, so it did something about it. In Texas, a foamy hotbed of foment, Republican leaders cover their ears and … [Read more...]

John Young Column: GOP: from ‘big tent’ to biodome

John Young

Another great article from journalist John Young. GOP: from ‘big tent’ to biodome    As if what one Republican state lawmaker said wasn't bad enough, another came along to, um, second it. The subject was fried chicken. And barbecue. And black people. We need not point out the skin color of Colorado state Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, and State Rep. Lori Sain, R-Dacono. Not at all. The former made the news when, in a state hearing about poverty, she launched into an aside about the genetic health tendencies "of the black race" — the propensity toward diabetes, for one — followed by: "Although I've got to say I've never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South, and you, I mean, I love it. And everybody loves it." Thank you, Ms. Marble. That will be enough. Except it wasn't — not for State Rep. Sain. Despite the uproar over Marble's comments, including condemnation by the GOP state chairman, a few days later Sain presented Marble a … [Read more...]

This is What Monsanto Considers ‘Good’ News (VIDEO)

Julianna Forlano

Julianna Forlano Absurdity Today Here's some 'good' news according to Monsanto, followed up with some actual good news, and a tip for how to deal with all the bad news. Brought you to by me, Julianna Forlano. Enjoy!   Episode 44 LIKE My Facebook Page – Visit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com Follow @EgbertoWillies … [Read more...]

Are Democrats ANTI-Science Too, Now? Or Is This One Just ANTI-Common Sense?

Julianna Forlano

Julianna Forlano Absurdity Today Here's the most recent Absurdity Today, hot off the Final Cut Pro X! Are Democrats ANTI-Science Too, Now? Or Is This One Just ANTI-Common Sense? Absurdity Today Ep 43 LIKE My Facebook Page – Visit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com Follow @EgbertoWillies … [Read more...]

Julianna Forlano Absurdity Today: He Saw & Said Something. THIS Happened (VIDEO)

Julianna Forlano

Here's the latest episode of Absurdity Today by Julianna Forlano. I'm taking on the Surveillance State with my best weapon; JOKES:  He Saw Something. He Said Something. And THIS is What Happened! Absurdity Today Ep 42 LIKE My Facebook Page – Visit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com Follow @EgbertoWillies … [Read more...]