Friday, July 15, 2016(5 comments)
No Bernie's Not Going to Be President, Stop Crying
There was a surge of energy that carried Bernie and the cause he championed to national prominence. You who supported him were that energy. You have started a revolution. This movement continues to grow despite everything thrown at it. Conduct yourselves with integrity always. Maintain Pete Seeger's "chain of hand on hand." It cannot be broken.
Monday, July 11, 2016(3 comments)
I Blame the Police
It's important to read between the lines, trying to understand why U.S. police are the only police in the world who have to resort to killing so often. The key question in each case is, "Was this the only way?" The answer in the vast majority of cases is no, another way could have been found. Even if it meant temporarily backing off. Something U.S. police are rarely trained to do. It's the training that leads to the killing.
Monday, May 23, 2016(13 comments)
I Will Vote For the Democratic Nominee
From day one, Bernie Sanders has made it absolutely clear that his decision to run as a Democrat was intended to strengthen and unify the Democratic Party, not divide it and destroy it. Sanders, Clinton, and O'Malley, while he was still in the race, explicitly pledged to unify against whoever the Republican candidate might be.
Thursday, May 12, 2016(4 comments)
Bernie Sanders Has Already Won
Apathy is where corruption grows. Apathy is so valuable to the corrupt that they manufacture it and control the production of it. This is where infotainment and mass broadcasting play such an important role. The trick is to keep the population huddled beneath their security blankets, rather than pounding on doors and demanding justice.
Monday, April 11, 2016(1 comments)
Our "Anti-Clinton" Bias (Explained)
If you care about progressive issues and meaningful social progress there is no comparison between the two candidates. We do not have an "anti-Clinton bias." We have a commitment to social justice, and progress. It's not about a favorite candidate, it's about a better world. Is that what you believe?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(2 comments)
Merrick Garland, What's the Point?
To those who would argue that Obama had to do this to get a nominee, any nominee, approved: That's absurd. It's not about getting "any nominee" approved. We don't "fight" for approval. We fight for a better, more just nation. Something no one in the nation's capitol has any apparent concern for.
Monday, March 14, 2016 Encryption: The Precedent Is the Voting Rights Act
Apple's defenses seem to be coalescing around the First Amendment, and their counter argument is that being asked to author a digital operating system tailored to federal law enforcement's current objectives creates an unreasonable burden.
Friday, February 19, 2016 Can Black Voters Disobey the Democratic Party?
Voters, black and white alike, are faced with a stark choice -- the same choice, incidentally, they were faced with in 2008. Does our country urgently need change? In 2008 the voters, black and white alike, said yes. So far in 2016, the tide for change seems even stronger. The Democratic Party bosses, however, are sending a clear signal who they want to be nominated for president in 2016, and it's not the candidate of change.
Sunday, February 14, 2016(8 comments)
Now Comes the True Test of Obama's Presidency and Legacy
Without any doubt Senate Republicans will seek to thwart Obama's efforts to appoint a third Supreme Court Justice during his tenure. In essence, Republican leaders have said to Obama, almost unanimously, "Don't go there." Obama replied without hesitation, "I am going there." The stage is set for the biggest, most significant showdown between a U.S. president and an opposition party in decades.
Sunday, February 7, 2016(4 comments)
The Very Dishonest Viability Argument
This is it: this is the moment when the candidates' viability must be put to the crucial and essential test. If one of these two candidates is more viable than the other, let them prove that now. The nominating process is designed, at its core, to be a forum for testing and proving the viability of the candidates and the veracity of their ideas.
Thursday, February 4, 2016(20 comments)
Dear Hillary, Do You Really Believe You Are "a Progressive?"
You can't take millions upon millions of dollars in campaign financing and personal speaking fees from Wall Street institutions and ever hope to seriously challenge the corruption killing the nation. Preventing that sort of conduct by public officials is the very point of progressive politics. You may believe that there is no quid pro quo, but your investors absolutely do, and they fully intend to hold you to your obligations.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(13 comments)
The Oligarch Awakens: Act I
Ash writes: "Act One: Michael Bloomberg seated in a large costly-looking chair. Hillary Clinton sitting before him in a slightly smaller and lower but still expensive-looking chair. Michael Bloomberg speaks as the play begins."
Thursday, January 21, 2016(7 comments)
The Real Argument for Single-Payer
Obamacare does nothing to break the death-grip of the for-profit American health care industry on the life-blood of American health care. As long as the point of medicine is profit, it's bad medicine, and the human suffering continues. In fact, rather than challenge the validity of corporate ownership of American health care, the ACA actually codifies it.
Sunday, January 10, 2016(7 comments)
A Very Bad Idea in Oregon
The Obama administration's decision in March 2014 to withdraw federal personnel from the Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nevada, laid the groundwork for the storming of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, that now unfolds. The folly of that decision was obvious then and the result is all too clear now. The current situation is the direct consequence of inaction at the Bundy Ranch.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Mr. President, Madame Attorney General, You Must Act
The killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann was a stark example of the human cost, the suffering caused by police officers empowered to use lethal force with virtual immunity from prosecution. Clearly there was a threat to public safety at the Cudell Recreation Center on November 22nd, 2014, but it was Police Officer Timothy Loehmann, not Tamir Rice. Tamir just paid the price.
Sunday, December 20, 2015(3 comments)
Eight More Years of Plutocracy
Hillary shows all the classic characteristics of a plutocratic enabler. She's a dedicated corporatist and a devout global imperialist. She really believes that we can lead the world by achieving military victory in the Iraqi-Syrian Frontier despite all evidence to the contrary. The Wizard of Oz was on TNT at the same time as the ABC debate. It was by comparison "reality TV."
Thursday, December 10, 2015(1 comments)
What makes Jihadi John and Jihadi Ted so similar in their methods is their willingness to use human suffering to implement military and social agendas. Ted Cruz is spewing this invective with a purpose that Machiavelli would be proud of. In short, this is all an attempt on the part of Cruz to best his Republican/Tea Party rivals in their race for the GOP nomination. Consequences mean nothing; power, everything.
Monday, December 7, 2015(1 comments)
ISIS and the GOP, Natural Allies
Sorry to disappoint those crying for a war against Islam, but the vast majority of those who kill with a gun in the U.S. are angry white men. Like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. "White terrorism" in America is a bigger problem by orders of magnitude than ISIS-inspired terrorism. "War" with individuals who cannot even be identified does not, cannot make anyone in the U.S. safer.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Bush's Mission May Yet Be Accomplished
ISIS, like U.S. neocon war planners, understands that polarization can lead to broader conflict. If Islamic nations and factions join the West in the fight against ISIS, they are doomed. But if the West can be baited into a conflict against Islam itself, then full polarization is achieved and ISIS has a chance to unite Islam against what it defines as "the infidels."
Saturday, November 14, 2015(2 comments)
Global Domination Not Going Well
ISIS will fail. Brutality cannot defeat injustice. ISIS will paint this as a great victory. In fact, gunning down unarmed civilians is only a sign of impotence and desperation. For decades the U.S. has waged the most inept and corrupt wars of domination and greed imaginable to the extent that they would not have been imaginable had the atrocities not actually been committed.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015(17 comments)
Socialism? Let's Cut to the Chase
What makes Sanders' ideas radical is that he wants all Americans to enjoy the benefits of Socialism, not just the top 1%. So he will be labeled a "radical," and the average American who would benefit most from his policies will be pressed to fear him. The most fertile breeding ground for that fear will be ignorance, ignorance of course being the anvil of oppression.
Sunday, August 2, 2015(3 comments)
Lay Cecil the Lion to Rest on the White House Lawn
Poor environmental policy is a massive economic burden on the American taxpayer. In terms of contamination cleanup, health-care costs, impact on local economies, you name it, America pays dearly for poor environmental policy. So why does it continue? The wealthy campaign donors and their lobbyists run the game in the nation's capitol, and we live with the consequences.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Loretta Lynch Plays It Safe in Charleston
The Obama presidential era has been marked by a number of very significant, high-profile police killings. Most, but not all, killings of African Americans. In many of the cases, there has been no lack of evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the police officers involved. What has been lacking is a will to prosecute by the Department of Justice.
Sunday, June 21, 2015(4 comments)
TPP: Back to the Ramparts
The real purpose of TAA is to provide political cover to Democrats who sell out their voters and workers in their home districts. It gives them something they can hold aloft as proof that they got a concession for American workers. In fact, it's a fig leaf to make selling out somewhat safer. It's also something the commercial press can use in selling the package to the American public.
Monday, June 1, 2015(3 comments)
TPP: The Case for Treason
The TPP seeks to directly subjugate and invalidate American law, granting to multinational investors and to the agreement itself and its dispute resolution process ultimate authority, literally, over American home rule. All while American service members fight and die to protect the interests of whoever the investors are.
Thursday, May 7, 2015(5 comments)
Loretta Lynch Has an Immediate Conflict of Interest in Baltimore
Attorney General Loretta Lynch reportedly wants greater cooperation between the Department of Justice and American police departments and plans meetings with a number of agencies this summer to enhance cooperation and foster good will. If Baltimore is to be the first test of her strategy, it highlights the conflicts that can arise when an attorney general mixes political objectives with law enforcement.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015(6 comments)
There is an epidemic of lethal police violence in America today. The states and local authorities are either unable or unwilling to stop the killing. Traditionally federal authority, the Department of Justice for the most part, has stepped in to defend civil rights. But now repression is easier and more politically convenient than reform. But reform is the only thing that can bring peace and justice.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Dear Hillary - Part I: Was Netanyahu Lying Before or After the Election?
Twice in the past eight years the Israeli military, under Netanyahu's leadership, has used sophisticated U.S.-supplied warplanes and bombs to level large swaths of densely populated Gaza. The civilian death and destruction that followed were catastrophic. There was no military rationale. The bombing campaigns were collective punishment for Hamas's continued resistance to Israeli abuses.
Monday, April 13, 2015(1 comments)
What We Learned From Michael Slager
The time has come for a major national push for body cameras -- on all police personnel. With routine public access to the recordings. This will have many beneficial effects in terms of safety for suspects, and police officers. It will also provide an opportunity for the public to understand how police encounters take place.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015(1 comments)
Bullwhips Crackin' in Northern California
The tradition of violent racists infiltrating American police agencies has a rich history. While 20th century southern law enforcement agencies attracted the most attention for harboring racist elements, racist and homophobic individuals are deeply embedded in law enforcement throughout the U.S. to this day.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015(2 comments)
Netanyahu's Strategy: Divide and Conquer
In accepting an offer to address the U.S. Congress, exclusively at the behest of Republican lawmakers, Netanyahu serves short-term Republican political interests and short-term Israeli right-wing interests, but risks a backlash that could destabilize U.S.-Israel relations permanently. This is Netanyahu following the Bush Doctrine: tactics over statesmanship.
Sunday, December 28, 2014(1 comments)
Bill de Blasio: Victim of NYPD Abuse
What is really behind the well planned attacks on de Blasio and the long standing resistance to change within the department is a desire on the part of the NYPD old guard to maintain their power structure. The well choreographed insult to de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos was not only an insult to the mayor, but to the dignity of the people of the city of New York.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 Stop the Killing
If the public sees the police as adversarial -- and to an unprecedented extent they do -- then that absolutely affects officer safety. When the justice system refuses to hold the police criminally accountable that does not make police safer. To the contrary, it places police officers in greater danger.
Thursday, December 11, 2014(1 comments)
If we legitimize torture by pardoning it, we normalize it and the affront it represents to the rule of law. That is tantamount to lawlessness itself -- the abyss we now look into. While we are still a nation of laws, if we are -- we must prosecute the lawless, whoever they may be. Anything less invites disaster.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014(1 comments)
You Can't Do It Without Your Base, Mr. President
To effect change you need a groundswell of popular support. You are trying to achieve the level of support you need essentially with marketing. Marketing won't win hearts and minds. Truth and justice will. Throw away the prepared speech, forget about accommodating those sworn to stopping you, and do what you were elected to do, or at least try. You will have plenty of support and so will your party.
Friday, November 14, 2014(4 comments)
Mary Landrieu v. Planet Earth
Somehow, some Democrats have concluded that the best way to save Mary Landrieu's Senate seat is to embrace the Keystone Pipeline. It's a notion that is so mind-boggling on so many levels that the sheer enormity of the folly, in a perverse way, makes it difficult to grasp.
Monday, November 10, 2014(1 comments)
Obama and the (Disenchanted) Base
It became apparent early in Obama's tenure that "change" had still not come. While Obama campaigned on on a promise to challenge the status quo, his actions portrayed a man desperately seeking compromise, and thus his presidency is viewed -- by his supporters -- as compromised.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Plutocrats Win Control of Congress
Since the DNC had a decent budget and overall better candidates, you have to take a look at their game plan. Sure, white fear of a black president had something to do their losses, but you really have to wonder if the Democratic message was clear and strong enough.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014(1 comments)
Where Were the Soldier-Cops at Bundy Ranch?
Nothing could better illustrate the reality of anti-African-American bias in America today than the stark contrast between what happened at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to those two events is a portal to the soul of a nation that still belongs to Jim Crow.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Tortured Folks
Anyone with the courage to want to know has known for over a decade that the U.S., particularly under the administration of George W. Bush, was engaged in a widespread, multinational, highly coordinated campaign of illegal detentions, kidnappings, abuses, and calculated acts of unspeakable torture and murder.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Hamas Is Not the Problem or the Solution
The emerging images of Gaza reduced once more to rubble by the Israeli military make clear that the civilian infrastructure has been directly targeted. Such destruction of civilian targets is collective punishment and without a doubt a violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions.
Sunday, July 20, 2014(3 comments)
Statehood for Palestine
The rights of the Palestinian people have repeatedly been trampled upon by the state of Israel. It is by every measure a human rights disaster. It is important to remember that there is an Israeli Left. The Israeli Left is largely ignored by the world. They should not be. This is the internal opposition and the place where change, on the Israeli side, is most likely to come from.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(3 comments)
The Betrayal of Cecily McMillan
If Cecily McMillan can be convicted by 12 New Yorkers of assaulting a police officer based on the evidence presented at her trial, then anyone can be convicted of anything, anywhere regardless of the facts. Congratulations to the New American Security State. The jury itself is now an efficient tool of political oppression. McMillan stood on principle, and put her faith in American justice and a jury. That was a big mistake.
Sunday, May 25, 2014(1 comments)
Memorial Day is not about the glorification of war. It is about the sacrifice of human beings who believed and believe that their sacrifice will bring about good. Arlington National Cemetery is not the only place where American veterans are laid to rest, but it is certainly the symbol of burial with honor for those who have served.
Monday, April 21, 2014(6 comments)
Cliven Bundy and Homeland Security
White, NRA-inspired militias are as strong as ever in the US. It is their common belief that their guns stand between their way of life and a federal government intent on intruding. More than a few would welcome armed conflict. The NRA skillfully plays on and amplifies their fears, cashing in on wave after wave of arms and ammunition sales.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Road From Baghdad to Crimea
The US, the EU, and their press oracles should have more carefully considered the direct impact of Ukrainian destabilization on Moscow. Left with no choice but to act, Putin will most certainly act. When the Russian Federation decides to invade a sovereign nation on the other side of the planet as the US did in Iraq, then the current dire rhetoric we are hearing might be justified.
Monday, February 10, 2014 Are the Oak Ridge Defendants Obama's p*ssy Riot?
The Obama administration appears more intent on "Silencing the Whistle-Blowers" than any White House in history. The prosecutions are often novel or even unprecedented, the type that American judges and juries have historically eyed with substantial suspicion. However, in the current climate of mass media-driven fear, American juries ask no questions.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Knox and Farrow Stories
On the Dylan Farrow statement, a story incidentally widely commented on by a number of progressive sites including Mother Jones and The Nation, our decision was largely derivative of the original decision by Nicholas Kristof and the New York Times editors to run the piece. Once it was out there, it was out there.
Friday, January 31, 2014(6 comments)
Amanda Knox and the Wages of American Imperialism
To say that because a speck of Knox's DNA may have been present -- on a knife, or a bra clasp, in the apartment in which she resided -- is absurd on its face and constitutes no evidence of anything. But while there is little chance that Amanda Knox is guilty of murdering anyone, she is in fact guilty of two very important things: being an inconveniently pretty young woman and being an American abroad in the Bush era.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014(1 comments)
Thank You Dennis Rodman
By continuing to keep North Korea isolated we maintain a military foothold in Asia, but we also invite the instability we often cite as the rationale for continuing the very same conflict. It is time to re-engage North Korea and allow a pathway to Korean reunification. The world would undoubtedly be safer for it.
Friday, November 22, 2013(11 comments)
Fight for Obamacare
ACA in its current form is cumbersome, technically challenged, and overly kind to an outrageously corrupt American health care industry. It does, however, do two very important things: It provides an architecture for better, fairer health care for many more Americans, and perhaps more importantly, it opens a forbidden door.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Tossing Angela a Fig Leaf
What is needed is a substantive change in course. It's not enough that our allies cooperate with us, we must also cooperate with them. The US must adhere to a code of ethics that other nations have confidence in. Yes, it is a complicated and adversarial world, but betraying the trust of all nations makes it no safer.
Thursday, September 12, 2013(4 comments)
Obama Seems to Be Managing on Syria
It would appear that by engaging Congress and humoring the Russians, Obama aspires to make the best of a bad situation. Clearly he is again hearing the arguments for military intervention from close confidants, of which John Kerry is at this moment the most visible.
Monday, September 2, 2013(1 comments)
Commercial News Beats the War Drum
We have a corporate press -- beholden to large multi-national corporations that stand to reap enormous profit from the proposed military campaign -- busy selling to the American people the notion that yet another military campaign is justified. Creating a groundswell of support for the president, and pressure on a Congress just as beholden to the very same corporations as the media giants are.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013(5 comments)
4 Questions for Candidate Clinton
Former President Jimmy Carter said recently, "America has no functioning democracy." Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leave little doubt that Carter's view was trenchant, perhaps even understated. At issue is the power of the American security-industrial complex.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 What Snowden Said
Fairly quickly the commercial press is going to turn the NSA domestic spying story into a fox-hunt for Edward Snowden. A very public high-speed chase will serve to paint Snowden as a criminal and, of equal or greater value, divert attention from what Snowden exposed.
Sunday, June 9, 2013(1 comments)
Our Media Access Action in the Manning Case
What makes media access so central to the Manning case is that -- at its core -- the Manning case itself is a media access case. What Julian Assange did and what Bradley Manning is accused of doing is to bring evidence of war crimes into the light of day. That is the type of journalism the US is literally dying for. It is oxygen for a democracy on life support.
Sunday, February 17, 2013(2 comments)
The War Christopher Dorner Brought Home
Christopher Dorner's now hyper-analyzed manifesto makes perpetual use of military terminology. everyone who lives through that horror is changed by it and they bring it home with them. PTSD affects people in different ways. The level of violence Christopher Dorner displayed was highly unusual for a U.S. civilian environment, but he was certainly not the first veteran to act out violently after returning from war.
Friday, December 21, 2012(9 comments)
Nancy Lanza Was an NRA Pawn
Arms dealing in America only differs from drug dealing in three significant ways: it's more profitable, more lethal and it's legal. Guns, like crack cocaine, enter communities and have the same if not more destructive effect. There was no good reason that Nancy Lanza needed military-grade firearms in her home. She was taken in by NRA hype. Now, as in the aftermath of every mass killing, gun sales are soaring, profits spiking.