“Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,” – Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras, in line to be the new Prime Minister of Greece
In June, 2012, just before and after the Greek elections, I wrote two articles about the situation in Greece. This article, “Elections in Greece May Determine the Future of Europe” discussed the climate, and then this article, “Narrow Victory by Conservatives Means Status Quo In Greece, More European Austerity” predicted then that the Syriza Party would ultimately win power, which is exactly what has now happened. Continue reading
Remember all those statements coming from the leadership of the gop, saying they have to moderate their public persona and become more inclusive if they are to make a better showing in the next presidential race? You know, where they went on to say that they need less candidates, less far-out candidates, and far less debates, to keep the public from knowing what they actually believe? Well, as the 2016 race for the White House begins for the gop, it sure looks like business as usual, with the same type of super-partisan events this weekend as in the past, and some of the same type of loonies in the news, barely moderated by the couple of allegedly more moderate voices of, on one hand yet another bush looking to be president, and on the other hand, the Romney redux, as I said would happen. There may or may not be a third allegedly less-than-reactionary voice if Chris Christie, driven by the same quest for absolute power that brought down Richard Nixon generations ago, beats the odds and is not indicted for his vast array of criminal activities. Continue reading
In the 2012 Presidential election, overall the state of Florida voted for the re-election of President Barack Obama, by a slim margin. His support was primarily centered in the states’ largest and most diverse counties, such as Broward, Miami-Dade, and Orange counties, while in other areas of the state, in particular the far north where there is much more of a solidly white, Christian, and traditionally conservative voter base, the vote was overwhelmingly cast in favor of gop candidate Mitt Romney. For example, in Baker county, along the state’s border with Georgia, 79% of the vote went to Romney, and in Okaloosa county, bordering Alabama, 74% of the vote was cast for Romney. Next door to Okaloosa, almost 76% of voters favored Romney in Santa Rosa county.
As part and parcel of the ingrained belief system of such voters’ in northern Florida is their well documented and very visible hatred for gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people, and their strong feelings about denying them equal rights and protections for their sexual preferences, and in particular the right to marry. Continue reading
Well, it seems that the new year has begun with the revelation that one of the United States’ largest corporate giants has engaged in blatant, extreme anti-Semitism, which apparently had gone unnoticed for several months in the US, as the company profited through sales to specific foreign target audiences of a publication that clearly and outrageously demonstrates their bigotry.
It was revealed by the Catholic publication The Tablet, in an article that appeared on New Years Eve, that HarperCollins, one of the “Big Five” of the world’s largest English-language publishing houses, in an atlas they published and aimed at a middle east market, has seen fit to omit the existence of Israel. Continue reading
Medical researchers have long known that a cure for diabetes was likely to be developed, but that the major stumbling blocks and delays were not scientific in nature, but rather political.
Back in the dark ages of the george w bush administration, when the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research and development was considered by the ruling party to be the same as first degree murder, the American people as a whole had a far different view. The people, in a 2007 Pew poll, agreed that the probability of a virtually unlimited number of painful, disabling and terminal diseases that could be cured by use of embryonic stem cells far outweighed the ludicrous position of the religious right, evangelical-controlled government that could only view the use of such material as tantamount to the evils of birth control, abortion, and murder. Continue reading
In the aftermath of the horrific shooting deaths of two New York Police Department officers, thoughtless, emotional responses have flooded the media, placing blame everywhere but where it belongs. At the height of the mountain of absurd commentary are the statements made by the head of New York’s’ Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, one Patrick Lynch, blaming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for the shootings due to his having dared to ask that officers respect the constitutional rights of free expression possessed by those protesting the decision not to prosecute those responsible for the death of Eric Garner. New York officers had no problem exercising their rights to free expression when they turned their back on the mayor when he arrived for a news conference last night, but those same officers, according to Lynch, should not have to protect and respect the rights of those with whom they may disagree. Continue reading
Posted in Gun Violence
Tagged Attorney General Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Bill de Blasio, Black Gorilla Family, Cliven Bundy, Eric Garner, Fox News, George Pataki, gop, Guns, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, NRA, NYPD, Patrick Lynch, Rudy Giuliani, Stacy Dash
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, the orchestrator of the sham grand jury probe into the murder of Ferguson, MO, teenager Michael Brown, has admitted that in handling the investigation and in providing witnesses to testify before the grand jury, that he committed multiple felonies of Subornation of Perjury. It’s time for either the state of Missouri or for the US Attorney’s office to either step in, or for a special prosecutor to be appointed, to both re-submit the matter to a new grand jury, and to prosecute McCulloch for the crimes he committed in the course of his handling of the matter. Continue reading
Sony Entertainment’s response to the cyber attack said to have come from North Korea is an abomination, and every free-speech and anti-terrorism advocate needs to understand that their decision to pull the release of the comedy “The Interview” is indefensible and misplaced. To take such an action is more than waiving a white flat at unknown adversaries, but also an opening for a stream of future acts of blackmail and extortion.
The American people need to send a message to Sony that this is just plain wrong, and the only way to do that is to hit them in the pocketbook – it’s time to boycott ALL Sony products, including all of their movies, their electronics, their financial products, and all else. Continue reading
St. Louis Rams Players Protest Ferguson Grand Jury
As players were introduced prior to Sunday night’s NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, St. Louis players Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the playing field and stopped, their arms raised as if surrendering, in a moving tribute to the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the latest example of a justice system that can and is easily manipulated to reach whatever result those in positions of power desire. The National Football League, hardly a bastion of what is just and right, as I have written about numerous times in the past
, this time got it right, and stood up for the first amendment rights of the players, refusing to either criticize or sanction the players. Continue reading
At the time of The Mortgage Crisis, I had friends who had been totally screwed over by Wells Fargo Bank, and the stories they told about the unwillingness of Wells Fargo to give a single ounce of consideration, let alone admit any wrongdoing, were awful. My own experiences with Wells Fargo were that MrsHound and I had Mastercard and Visa accounts with them for, as of now, well, over forty years. Also, a few years back, our mortgage was taken over by them, and we had to make our payments to them the last fifteen or so years until it was paid off. In all these dealings, they were difficult at best and miserable at worst to deal with, over even the smallest of issues. One instance stands out when I made a credit card payment and inadvertently transposed a couple of numbers and on a payment of something like $150.00, the payment actually made was like 20¢ short. The good people at Wells Fargo refused to reverse the fee, something like $29.00, that they imposed for failing to make the full payment by the due date. Continue reading
Despite the Democratic majority in the US Senate that has existed throughout President Obama’s tenure, Senate procedures and the obscene ability of a minority of obstinate Senators to dictate what can be considered and what can be passed, and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote for passage of specific bills and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote to confirm presidential nominees, the Senate has been a wasteland of inactivity not quite at the level of the do-nothing tea bagger house, but close enough to wreck havoc on the orderly operation of government and on the needs of the American people. Continue reading
In the 1960s and 1970s, and into the 1980s, California had the most progressive and socially conscious Supreme Court of any state in the country. On the court were some of the greatest judicial minds of the era, and they produced scores of intelligent, well-researched and substantive decisions that provided immeasurable social benefits to the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and for what was to happen, to people who suffered injuries and damages at the hand of others. But the court also respected the human dignity and constitutional rights of those incarcerated, and numerous decisions protected those rights as well.
In 1986, under California law, three Supreme Court justices faced a public election for re-confirmation. In an unprecedented campaign, Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and Associate Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin, the heart of the slim liberal majority on the seven-person Court, were the targets of a massive and successful effort to defeat them. Continue reading
Posted in 2014 Election
Tagged California Supreme Court, Chief Justice Rose Bird, Duke Energy, Justice Cruz Reynoso, Justice for All NC, Justice Joseph Grodin, Justice Lloyd Karmeier, Justice Robin Hudson, Karl Rove, Koch Brothers, North Carolina, Republican State Leadership Committee, RJ Reynolds Tobacco