US Politics

True Meaning of July 4th

Brian Thu, 2019-07-04 15:38

And now, a word from our sponsors!

America—Land of the ambitious

Brian Mon, 2019-07-01 17:44

It's America, little girl! You can be anything you want to be; why, you might even be President some day!

Oligarchy—Good enough for me!

Brian Sun, 2019-06-30 17:32

Always trying to be helpful, I've created a special lapel button for people who'll vote for the DNC-designated candidate, who can barely wait for the DNC to pick a POTUS candidate for them.

That Ilhan Omar! She's ON to Something!

Brian Thu, 2019-03-07 07:09

(US Representative Ilhan Omar, the first female Muslim ever to be elected to the US Congress, is in a heap of trouble over her statement of the bleedingly obvious—that donations to Congresspeople from the American Israel Political Action Committee influence their views on Israel in Congressional votes. Perish the thought!)

Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"—IMPORTANT!

Brian Tue, 2018-09-25 18:42

If anything bedevils our world today, preventing great masses of humankind from living in peace, it's the Israel/Palestine conflict. It is a very, very strong belief of most Israeli Jews, many other Jews, and sympathetic pro-Zionists of other religions that Jews everywhere have a right to return to their "homeland" of some 2,000 years ago, from which their ancestors were cast out.

But what if today's Israelis and Jews living elsewhere are not the descendents of the Judeans of so long ago? What if they are not the "seed of Abraham"? What if the whole "right of return" is fraudulent?

White Cops: Do we really need 'em?

Brian Mon, 2017-07-10 22:01

(Achtung! Sarcasm alert!)

There's been a lot of concern lately about police violence in the United States. Police kill over 1,000 people, mostly fellow Americans, every year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, in a country where race is at the root of so much of its history and culture, African-Americans are disproportionately the victims, astonishingly so.

Intercept in bed with the dark side: OMG! Russian hackers!

Brian Tue, 2017-06-06 21:26

One of yesterday's big stories, at least on my Facebook wall, was a The Intercept big scoop. They published a story on a National Security Agency (NSA) document that had been leaked to them.

(The federal contractor employee involved has been arrested and charged with nefarious national security offences. But that's a tragic story I won't be able to deal with here.)

Putin not our "friend"? So what?

Brian Tue, 2017-05-30 22:33

One of the big problems of today, as far as I'm concerned, is the staying power in the "West" of Russophobia, or, more specifically, Putin-phobia. Considering how close we are to nuclear war with Russia, for no really good reason, it seems to me a lot of people ought to smarten up.

One of my favourite internet authors, one Caitlin Johnstone, is a major critic of the current wave of Russophobia that's clearly driving otherwise sensible people in the United States, mostly Democrats, to lose their minds—the apparent belief that every major problem in the U.S. is Vladimir Putin's fault.

Bernie Sanders wants us to Drink the Kool-Aid

Brian Sat, 2017-05-20 13:10

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

A couple days ago Bernie Sanders served us a great Big Gulp™ of kool-aid about Trump and Russia.

US State Dept WaPo on Viet Nam, 1965 (and now?)

Brian Sat, 2017-01-28 13:24

(As the Democrat wing of the anti-Trump "movement" careens around, blathering on about Russian aggression in US elections, brandishing a "report" agreed to by all 17 "intelligence" agencies of the US Government, a "report" which even those agencies that "agreed" to it won't endorse as factual, I came across this article from the old IF Stone Weekly from 50+years ago. It's instructive to read now because it perhaps demonstrates why USG leaders no longer supply any evidence for their accusations against official enemies.

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