Historical Facts? They’ll Write Their Own in Oklahoma!

Facts are just not important to many of the good citizens of the fine state of Oklahoma, and certainly not historical facts. Oklahomans seem to be living in a fantasy world, and state legislators are hard at work to move their state even further from reality. Is this a symptom of a mass psychosis? No, that has a better chance of being cured. Rather, this is due to a skewed view of the United States and the egotistical and absurd belief of absolute American exceptionalism resulting in the mind set that throughout its long and glorious history, this county and its “real” citizens have never done anything “wrong”. This results in the further belief that historians who say differently are lying bastards and that their accounts of history need to be ripped from textbooks and never mentioned in Oklahoma classrooms, especially those advanced placement classes inhabited by the smart kids. Continue reading

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Sorry, But Anti-Semite Kayla Mueller is No Hero!

As international media propaganda overwhelms the airwaves and internet, President Obama has joined with right-wing imperialists and misguided Democrats to ram through Congress a new war authorization bill that, for all the wrong and absurd reasons, assures the US of entry into yet another decades-long ground war in the middle east. This is, regrettably, a popular path to follow, due to the selective “news” fed to a misinformed public.

The US public is outraged by what is seen in the news, as various organizations referred to at times as ISIS, at times as ISIL, and at times as Da’esh, post videos of their captives being mercilessly executed, usually through beheading. But, at the same time, our good friends the Saudis engage in a constant use of beheading, day after day. Continue reading

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Nationwide Insurance, Making Fools of 100 Million Football Fans

Nationwide Insurance spent tens of millions of dollars to show ads during yesterday’s Super Bowl. Their ads were tear-jerkers portraying human tragedy that evoked stunning emotions in millions of unsuspecting viewers. Watching these ads, the overwhelming take-away was that the company way trying to buy compassion and trying to convince people of their altruism and concern for mankind, and ultimately, their fairness in conducting business. Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading

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Easy Access To Guns – What A Great Idea

It seems that not a day goes by where there is not a single news report of some idiot shooting himself with his own gun or of a young child getting hold of a firearm and shooting, and usually killing, him or her self, a sibling, a parent, or an innocent bystander. But this story in today’s news, “Albuquerque 3-year-old finds mom’s gun, wounds both parents with 1 shot” says it all about what is wrong with gun laws, or rather the lack of gun laws, in the United States.

In Albuquerque, a man, an eight-month pregnant woman, their two-year and three-year old children, and two dogs, were all living, cramped together, in what was termed a “squalid” hotel room, when the three-year-old boy, apparently looking for an iPad in his mother’s purse, instead took out the hand gun she said she had purchased that day, and he shot both parents with a single bullet. Continue reading

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Back to the Drawing Board

I predicted months ago that the 2016 gop nominee for President would again be Mitt Romney, with his primary opposition coming from Rand Paul. So, Romney’s decision to stay out of the race was a major blow to my outlook as the gop circus revs up for its latest incarnation. His absence in the race leaves a massive void in the slightly less reactionary (I refuse to call it “moderate”) arm of the party, what with the new front runner Jeb Bush carrying the weight of that name and of his views on immigration, and with the only other guy, chris christie, likely to be watching election night results from a prison cell. The extreme right plethora of wannabes will be tripping over each other as they cozy up to their base and kiss the rears of the Kochs, Adelsons, the likes of Paul Singer, Bob Perry, and the guys who write the checks for the US Chamber of Commerce, Goldman-Sachs, the NRA and Big Pharma. Continue reading

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A New Beginning With Elections In Greece

“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

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GOP Circus Gearing Up Just Like Last Time

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

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Anti-Gay Florida Officials Hit New Low, Harming Others Along the Way

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

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HarperCollins’ Blatant Anti-Semitism

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

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Why No One Who Is Sick Should Ever Support the gop

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

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NYPD Shootings: Blame is Everywhere But Where It Belongs

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

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It’s Time to Prosecute Bob McCulloch For Subornation of Perjury

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

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