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Brokaw's Out-Of-Touchness

Spoken just like someone that hasn't had to worry about money in decades, Multimillionaire newsman, Tom Brokaw, was on "Meet the Press," today, and implied that anyone who only made 250 thousand dollars a year was not rich, but practically struggling.  He's as out of touch and aloof from the real world as the arrogant senator from Oklahoma, Tom Coburn, the senator who implied that anybody who makes less than 175 thousand dollars a year (or whatever Congressional pay is these days) is not worthy to be in Congress.  Brokaw said something else ridiculous on the program, but unless we see the re-run, it's not remembered well.  It was probably something about the practicality of raising the social security retirement age to 70.  Of course, using that perverse logic, it would be real "practical" to raise the age to 99 if your goal is small government rather than domestic tranquility.  Once again, another round of the big lie that social security has anything…

Asotin County: Choosing Democracy

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At least, the great County of Asotin in Washington State understood that I was the best friend of the working person among the Lieutenant Governor candidates this year as I received more than 5% of their votes among all Lieutenant Governor candidates, and that figure is very good considering that Asotin is on the extreme other side of the state from me and that my low-budget campaign made it hard to compete with Owen, Finkbeiner and Company.  Also, the voters in Wahkiakum and Skamania stuck with me again with the usual good voting totals that I get from those counties.



You see, a good contingent of voters in Asotin, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Cowlitz, Pacific and San Juan. the counties that gave me at least 4% of the vote, among all the People of Washington that voted for me, reject the New Gilded Age politicians that try to turn back 21st century America to 14th century Old World management - labor practices (Medieval serfdom), as states try to overrun labor unions, plutocrats keep 90% …

Yulia Tymoshenko: Endurance and Spirit

As the year 2012 comes close to an end, democratist and former Premier of Ukraine,Yulia Tymoshenko, unjustly in prison to this day, keeps her spirits high by continuing to be the leader of the Ukrainian opposition party, "Fatherland," and trying to save her country from totalitarianism, much like pro-democracy advocates in America, such as the Party of Commons, are doing the same.  As if the 112th Congress thinks we can't read the plain words of the Bill of Rights, they unconstitutionally and brazenly nullified portions of it with the consent of the president, that part of the Constitution that protects our due process rights if charged with a crime.  The same rights that Yulia Tymoshenko in her country was denied, and now with endurance and spirit is trying to overcome the consequences of that injustice.  Happy New Year and success, Yulia!


More posts on Tymoshenko at Titular Commons and Sensibility.

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Professional Democrats: Stealth Burglars

Did you notice that the Treasury Department stopped sending those Social Security (S.S.) account briefings to everybody in America who pays into S.S., some years ago?  The letters that explained exactly how much you earned over your entire working career and showed how much you could expect to receive in S.S. when you retire.  Oh, so you're probably thinking that it was the Bush II rule that stopped these letters to the public.  No, curiously enough, it was the Obama regime, and believe it or not, the Democrats controlled the entire federal governmental apparatus when this happened; in other words, Obama (White House), Pelosi (House) and Biden/Reid (Senate) back in the days of the 111th Congress.  So why would the alleged great protectors of Social Security throw out one of its best selling points, these letters or pamphlets that gave an individualized account of how S.S. earnings would eventually be paid out to us?  Of course, it would have made sense if Bush II, "The Advoc…

A Strictly Political Oxymoron

Although, we take a lot of positions on "Commoner" that could be regarded as liberal (as well as conservative), we noticed that if anybody goes against the grain, as we often do, of one or more tenants of the liberal orthodoxy, then liberals can be very quick to assign a disreputable tag on someone or some idea, pretty much reflexively and without nuance.  Although, we are quite sure that they are quite aware of the anti-intellectualism involved with much of their intolerance to people who don't agree with them on everything, they will distort anyway, because they think it's good politics.  Not that conservatives don't do the same thing in regards to outliers from their philosophy, but it just seems like liberal intolerance and "know-nothingism" seems to be more noticeable, because liberals are suppose to be, well, liberal.  After all, the phrase "liberal intolerance" is kind of an oxymoron.

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Blog News LXVIII

As news about the Connecticut tragedy is just coming in, it is time for the government to institute some kind of assault weapons ban, as "Commons" wrote about yesterday on Common Ground.

Update (Dec. 16, 2012):  On "Meet the Press," the senator from California, Diane Feinstein, said that she is sponsoring a bill to ban assault weapons, but it is not retroactive.  "Commons" supports Feinstein's bill, and there should also be an amendment to her bill for a government offer of a voluntary buyback of assault weapons for roughly market prices.  Congress would, of course, need to appropriate money for such a voluntary buyback.  Diane Feinstein, who once guided San Francisco as mayor under very difficult initial circumstances, is a senator who deserves our support in this particular instance.

Regarding the senseless massacre in Connecticut, our sympathy for the families of the deceased.

[revised on 1/14/2013 after reading a Glenn Greenwald column on the same…

One Big Lie

The lie is repeated so often that I don't even remember where on TV that I heard it last.  You've heard it before, which pretty much goes like this: "Social Security will not be around for the young people of today."  Of course, if you are ideologically inclined to get rid of the New Deal in the first place, the lie that Social Security cannot last serves your purpose very well.  After all, if the Corporate Behemoth, through prevarication and propagation by the powerful corporate media, can convince people that something that they are paying into through their work every week has no chance to benefit the People's own interests, then the behemoth has won half the battle.  Once, when I was in a coffee shop, a young barista, in his 20's presumably, told me that he had no chance to see Social Security.  I asked why did he feel that way?  I can't remember his answer exactly, but it was more or less along the lines that this was the general impression that eve…

Tymoshenko Struggles For Democracy

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From a prison cell in which she was unjustly sentenced to in 2011 by corrupt officials, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is still struggling for democracy and leading her party, "Fatherland."  The Obama administration should support Yulia Tymoshenko with something more than tepid statements of sympathy for her.

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Anderson-Rodriguez: Farewell

As regular readers of Commoner may know, I voted for Justice Party candidates, Rocky Anderson for President and Luis Rodriguez for Vice-President, of the United States of America.  Although the Anderson-Rodriguez ticket had little chance of succeeding as far as actually winning is concerned, it was a campaign based on earnest principles of human and civil rights, environmental protection, non-imperialism and respect for the Constitution.  I respect that, so I voted out of pure principle -- nothing else.

Barack Obama, despite showing courage as a politician, is a neo-liberal adventurer and a willing pawn for the corporate behemoth.  Despite the incredulous Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded, he has greatly escalated the number of weaponized drones being sent into various countries, and despite the stated aim of going after terrorists, these drones have also killed innocent civilians by the hundreds, if not thousands, in the Obama and Bush II years. This kind of inevitable indiscriminatio…

Merely a Pawn

The Corporate Behemoth, half-self indulgent and half-internationalist, is merely using Barack Obama -- fresh from a victory over the charlatan/chameleon, Mitt Romney -- as a handy pawn in its grand design (grand scheme of things).  On the economy, the Corporate Chieftains have gotten their underlings in Congress to take hard right positions in order to shift the debate to the right of center as opposed to the centrist left versus centrist right debate that it used to be.  As we've implied before on Commoner, today's Democrats are yesterday's moderate Republicans, as a result of the takeover of the Party during the Reagan/Bush I era by the Tony Coelho - Bill Clinton wing of the party.  In other words, Corporate Democrat suddenly became  a recognized term as opposed to the days when Democrats at least felt a little embarrassed over their corporate affiliations, and thus would put up a little fight -- or big one occasionally -- for commoners that put them in office.  The 2012…

Constantine and the Seattle Authoritarians

We were right about our lack of enthusiasm for County Executive Dow Constantine from the get-go, when we urged voters to support another candidate (Phillips) instead of him in the 2009 Primary for King County Executive, and in retrospect, should have supported a write-in candidate for the General Election, if nothing but to protest, but little did we know that Constantine would turn out to be an anti-commoner/anti-poor people authoritarian.  Constantine has kicked poor people off the buses in downtown Seattle in a massive way (ending the free downtown zones) and hasn't lifted a finger to help homeless people in the county.  Moreover, he was part of the gang in 2011 that kept the Director of Elections election under wraps and out of view from the public (so that he and his henchmen in high places could control Elections along with Sherril Huff), an election that was uniquely vilified in '11 and completely disrespected by anti-democracy kingpins in the county, including Constant…

Unbelievable Defeat of California Anti-GMO Initiative

It's quite unbelievable to realize that California defeated the GMO mandatory labeling initiative, which lost by several percentage points.  The corporate behemoth, Agribusiness and the Colossus of the Bizarre, Monsanto, spent many millions of dollars in deceitful advertising, filled with distortions and untruths, to keep the public at large uninformed about the dangers of GMO food, which is genetically engineered (this is not mainstream cross pollination agriculture that has been practiced for centuries by farmers). 

Now, Washington will try its hand at an anti-GMO initiative.  We must succeed where California failed, although the sponsor of this initiative (I-522), Chris McManus, is getting off to a bad start since he can't even manage to return the phone call of a supporter -- me.  I'll try again, however.  The initiative is not very likely to succeed if the ringleaders can't even return phone calls or answer e-mails from like-minded folks.  People who are intereste…

Washington Could Decide Close Presidential Election

Washington State allows ballots to be mailed in right up to midnight of the day following Election Day, and although we think this is an acceptable policy, there are potential problems with this system, such as possible phony postmarks on envelopes, wherein private postal meters would be the most susceptible to being manipulated; also, the fact that voters from some areas may have the ability, logistically, to mail in their ballots right up until the last minute, but others not, which appears to be a little unfair.  If twelve electoral votes could decide the race between Obama and Romney by late evening, today (Pacific Standard Time), don't be surprised if one or the other of these campaigns, or both, wages a late effort to get reluctant Washington voters to mail in their ballots by 12:00 A.M., especially if the numbers in Washington look reasonably close; a tactic that Seattle mayoral candidate, Mike McGinn, presently mayor, used in 2009.

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Blog News LXVII: Hurricane Sandy

The Party of Commons offers our condolences to the families of the deceased as a result of Hurricane Sandy which has caused many deaths over the past few days.  The storm is creating much havoc throughout the Northeastern U.S. and in the Caribbean islands, and has been one of the most severe storms ever to hit the United States. Particularly, hit hard are the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, but several other states have been afflicted.  This is yet another reason why Global Warming/Climate Change should be prioritized as one of the Top 4 issues for the government to contend with (Nuclear Policy, the Afghanistan War and the Economy are the others).  Our prayers are with the entire East Coast for the speedy recovery of the affected states and people.

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The Bizarre Detroit News Endorsement

Yes, I know, newspaper editorials are vastly overrated and deserve to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, if given that much attention, but when I heard that the Detroit News endorsed Mitt Romney for president, I could not believe that a major paper would thrash the economic interests of its own city as convincingly as that, since Romney effectively told Detroit to go to Hell when the automobile industry was in trouble a few years ago.  Romney might be a son of Detroit, but he's no friend of Detroit.  If the News detests Obama that much, they could have endorsed Rocky Anderson or some other 3rd party or independent candidate.  A major newspaper endorsing someone other than a major party candidate for president, wouldn't that be a breath of fresh air for a change?

-- by Mark Greene

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Washington State Uses Suspect Voting Machinery

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 According to the Washington State Secretary of State's website, Washington uses Hart InterCivic, a controversial election machinery company that is noted in the article further below: it is not sure at this time whether the Sherril Huff-run King County Elections Department uses Hart along with the also controversial Diebold/Premier/Dominion machinery that we are sure they use.Huff made the unwise decision to make a huge purchase of election equipment from Diebold/Premier several years ago.  Over the years, King County has developed a reputation for being one of the most incompetent and controversial election departments in the United States, and even news journalist and host Bill O'Reilly is aware of this department as he implied there was election corruption in King County a few years ago.  Please, sign Mark Greene's petititon for King County Director of Elections if you see it, and donate money to help put Mark in the director's office (2015 election) or for Washi…

Mitt

There's something a little unseemly, to put it nicely, about someone who has practically no core principles, but lusts for power so much.  You get the feeling that this guy, Mitt Romney, has been thinking about being president since the first grade, but since then has not had a single overriding reason for this goal besides wanting to satisfy his enormous ego.  Very cynical and nasty, too: he says he likes to fire people and promises that there will be no more "free stuff" from Uncle Sam if he gets his way, presumably none for those poor devils that aren't smart or slick enough to live off of money like him, and this coming from someone who had the benefit of significant money (free stuff) being handed to him early in his adult life just because he happened to be the son of a powerful and rich father.  For all his alleged devotion to religion, somehow he skipped those Biblical references about being overawed by money. The Salt Lake City Tribune editorialized, regardi…

Rocky

I voted for Rocky Anderson of Utah  (a former mayor of Salt Lake City) for President of the United States.  He has condemned Obama's signing of a defense authorization bill that authorizes the arrest of U.S. citizens without due process, which is tyrannical and a completely unconstitutional "law" which turns the Bill of Rights up side down, and Anderson has said that torturers should be prosecuted.

- by Mark Greene

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Bush II Redux

All is not well in America, and while Russia throws female protestors who don't like Putin from jail to the gulag this week, and Ukraine torments those who dare to be in the political opposition, the United States, with the consent of the corrupt Congress, steals or reads mail, reads e-mail and otherwise invades the privacy of those who have done nothing more than use First Amendment rights to dissent against the government, among worst offences that the U.S. commits against innocent people.  The so-called liberal Obama administration is nothing but Bush II Redux, but they're a little more skillful in the public relations realm that makes people think there has been change for the better.  A lot less bombast and bluster, but still changing nothing from the Bush II era except being worst in some areas.  Of course, the charlatan, Mitt Romney, would be worst than Bush or Obama.  Authoritarians still hold the reins of power in America.

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Nuclear Policy is Stupid

There have been flashbacks on the news recently about how close humanity has come to suicidal self-destruction via nuclear bombs, namely the Cuban Missile Crisis during the John Kennedy presidency, and the Russian naval officer that refused to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S., during the Ronald Reagan presidency, because of an alarm that turned out to be faulty.  Now, a generation since the false alarm, U.S. nuclear policy is entirely focused on Iran not getting the bomb instead of more broadly pressuring all the nuclear outliers (Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea) into dismantling their nuclear weapons.  These are the countries that have nuclear bombs, but are not present signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  Not that trying to stop Iran from getting the bomb is not good, but the anti-nuke policy should be broadened beyond Iran.  Perversely, it seems that if a country becomes a nuclear outlier, with the exception of North Korea, then suddenly you are we…

Mark Twain's Studious Maxim

Now, well past half the month of October, 2012, Anno Domini, according to a recent statistical analysis, not a single person has glanced at Commoner this month, let alone read it, so if you happen to be reading these particular words, you are exceptional, indeed.  This drop in readership is very odd as Commoner is usually well read by scores within a single month, but suddenly not a single person in October, thus far!  As Mark Twain once remarked, there are three types of lies: run-of-the-mill lies, damn lies, and statistics.

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Sorry, King County Municipal League

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Despite the King County Municipal League's insulting and inexplicable (especially, considering their passing rating for Chris Clifford in 2009 for the same position) rating for me in the Director of Elections election last year, thousands of voters will put me right back on the ballot for the 2015 election, and they've already begun by the scores.  Just goes to show that not everybody falls for the hooliganism by the Establishment.  Sorry, KCML.

- by Mark Greene

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Mark is probabl…

Dean Logan's Protege

The continuing malfunctioning Potemkin Village called the King County Elections Office has been run by the director, Sherril Huff, ever since her shady and controversial mentor, Dean Logan, was run out of town in 2006 by Reagan Dunn & Co., a.k.a., the King County Council.  The best thing Reagan Dunn has done since he's been on the council.  Despite being propped up by the Seattle Times and the general Establishment in Seattle, Huff & the Elections Department failed to mail out ballots on time to thousands of voters in King County's Eastside at a critical moment when she, herself, was on the ballot in the 2011 General Election, probably disenfranchising scores of voters.  No one knows for sure if the million dollars worth of Diebold/Premier election machinery she bought from the most controversial manufacturer of election equipment in the United States, although now outsourced to Canada, is counting votes correctly, but we now know that it can't send out ballots in …

Blog News LXVI

Commons has started a new blog called Elections: Reform and Administration.Over the many months leading up to the next Director of Elections election in King County in 2015, Mark Greene will be writing about election reform, and democracy, generally, and keeping an interest in who might challenge Sherril Huff in 2015 if the protege of Dean Logan (L.A.'s controversial Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk) decides to run again.

Other recent posts:
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Mark is probably the only politician in Washington that had the temerity to keep the 2004 election shenanigans in the news as late as 2012 and to call out names. Help us solve the mystery of "The …

No More Machines for Vote Counting

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I missed this part, on television, of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, but there he stood, earlier this month, in all his political shallowness, as a major speaker.  That is John Kerry, the man who conceded the 2004 presidential election to George W. Bush within two little days despite practically all the evidence in the world that the election was very shady, at least.  So while Kerry spoke, the Ukrainian that actually led the protest, that same year, that overturned a stolen election in her country is presently imprisoned, hugely, if not altogether, because she had the conscience and courage to not let a stolen election stand.  That is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine.  The contrast between her courage and will and Kerry's easy way out so that he could get back to his pampered plutocratic life in the U.S. Senate is like the difference between day and night.


The evidence of invariable vote fraud in the United States is exten…

Anybody But Romney

Even the 3rd party candidates for President of the United States of America, at least the ones that we're aware of, are less than appealing this year, which is going to make it especially difficult to cast a vote for president in 2012, so "Commons" won't be recommending or endorsing anybody for president.  Mitt Romney, a plutocrat himself, is the best friend of the plutocrats, and would make life miserable for ordinary workers and commoners.  Not to mention that Romney's Supreme Court appointments might make Antonin Scalia look like a liberal, believe it or not, and John Bolton, an imperialist doctrinaire, would be "President of Foreign Affairs"  for all intents and purposes (probably as Secretary of State), and that should send a chill down the entire world's spine.  No endorsement this year, just block Mitt Romney with your vote, please.

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Blog News LXV

There are new posts on Northern Pacific Report (writing about local councils and possibly court hearings and trials in the Puget Sound area), including a donations appeal to help with our organizations' journalistic endeavors.  Please, contribute if you can.  Thanks!

Other recent posts:  The Masses;Titular Commons;Sensibility and Country.

[revised on 9/26/12]

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The Seattle Media: Worst than Other Nations' Media

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According to Reuters, the State Department is again criticizing another foreign government -- this time Ukraine -- for not giving appropriate media coverage to the political opposition.  Although Uncle Sam's tepid support for the courageous and indomitable Yulia Tymoshenko and her fellow political prisoners is better, perhaps, than no support at all, the government is two-faced in not also criticizing the Seattle media for not covering the 2011 King County Director of Elections election.  In King County, "not appropriate coverage" meant no coverage at all.  Maybe, the opposition in authoritarian regimes in other countries gets at least some coverage to make their media look at least somewhat fair.  In the United States, however, there doesn't have to be any coverage whatsoever, because few care if elections are fair or outright stolen for that matter.  All the while, during that campaign, the Seattle Times and the other media swept the mystery (if no longer a secret…

Blog News LXIV

There is a new post about why there should be a nuclear weapons free zone in the Mideast and eventually worldwide on Titular Commons, our newly named blog.  Also, a new post regarding Yulia Tymoshenko (former Prime Minister of Ukraine) on Sensibility, and previous posts have been updated on our newly named "Memoirs & Poems" blog (previously called "The Political Playwright"), including a photo of Mark's late mother under the title, her name, "Ellen".

[revised on 9/12/12]

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Write-in Mark Greene for Secretary of State

I am running for Secretary of State in Washington in the General Election of 2012, Tues., Nov. 6th.

This will not be an easy campaign, seeing that I'm an Independent candidate and running a write-in campaign against entrenched party hacks, Kathleen Drew (D) and Kim Wyman (R).  This is why I will need your financial support, but I am only asking for 12 dollars for year 2012.  Twelve for '12.  As Secretary of State, I will empower the vote of the people by making sure that every vote counts.  Like William Jennings Bryan in the presidential campaign of 1908, my campaign will  pose the question: shall the people rule?  You, with your vote, can answer that question yes.  Thanks!

by Mark Greene, Write- in Candidate for Secretary of State, 2012 General Election

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The Donkey In the Room

Besides all the flowery speeches at the Republican Party Convention in Tampa last week, all that was not shown was the elephant in the room, corporate fascism at home and imperialist doctrinaires at the ready (headed by the odious John Bolton, who is anxious to shape the foreign policy agenda come January 20, 2013), glossed over by that ever dependable facade of phony patriotism and dividing the masses through class and race.  Ditto for the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte that took place this week, which merely put a donkey in the elephant's place, a kind of metaphor for squeezing the average person a little more gently and being less blustery and foolhardy than Mr. Bolton and his team -- perhaps.  That's the best we can hope for from these two conventions, but we would rather have a strong third party that would show both the elephant and the donkey to the door.

Post-script:  Charlotte Convention Democrats tried to take the Almighty out of their platform, but had a ch…

They Couldn't Shine Uncle Tom's Shoes

I was tempted to call the Establishment/status quo newspaper editors of the Seattle Medium, "Toms," again, but the more I learn about Uncle Tom, a victim of his circumstances and also a mystifying hero, the more deserving of respect his 19th century life should have.  Whoever the real Uncle Tom was, his memory has my respect.  The Seattle Medium couldn't shine Uncle Tom's shoes.  This "newspaper's" mission is to serve and bow to the elites and upper crust professionals of the Seattle area at the expense of commoners and our egalitarian political aspirations.  Please, remember that before you follow their odious election endorsements.

- by Mark Greene

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Shameless

Imagine the newspaper of the rich and the business elites of the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Times, telling people how to vote in elections this year.  This newspaper is terrible: including general non-objectivity, ignoring or waving away the theft of elections right in their "jurisdictional" backyard in the last eight years, helping Sherril Huff win the election of 2011 as Director of Elections in King County by not covering the opposition election campaign at all, and not even giving the results of all candidates' (in all manner of elections) vote totals in a widely-viewed format of their paper.  This is not a newspaper for commoners.  We hope voters take their election advice with a grain of salt, but more than anything we hope that voters think for themselves rather than letting a very small collection of elites tell them how to vote.

[revised on 2/12/2013]

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Orwell Would Have Loved This Convention

The writer of "1984," George Orwell, would have loved this just completed 2012 Republican Convention with its jingoistic pageantry, Buckingham Palace-style ceremony, prideful chest-beating patriotism, blustering, disrespectful ridicule and distortions of political opponents (complete with an allegedly talking magical chair), willful ignorance of science, particularly about global warming & climate change, wooden politicians, bellicose warmongering, "blame the poor" scapegoating, fetishism of guns, phony religionism (anyone who might have read from the Sermon on the Mount at this Convention would have been promptly escorted out by security guards), obeisance to unrestrained capitalism and its rich & powerful beneficiaries, syrupy romanticism about family, and even a featured pariah, namely Ron Paul (the lone bit of sanity about foreign policy there); albeit, not allowed to speak for all intents and purposes.  It was all at this Orwellian convention.  An inte…

The Romney Convention: "Blame Poor People"

The Romney/Republican Convention, just after its first full day, is shameless for their verbal attacks on poor people and welfare recipients, the overwhelming majority of which are families with children.  There is hardly a state in the union, if any, that still gives physically able-bodied single adults any "welfare" at all unless nutrition aid is counted as welfare.  If it was up to the Romney Convention, however, all welfare recipients and nutrition aid recipients would starve no matter if there are no jobs and that the nation is in a depression.  So much for "Do not hinder the little children," as Jesus said.  By the way, Ryan's Budget (that is Paul Ryan, Romney's vice-presidential choice) eliminates or makes draconian cuts to programs for the poor and elderly (Nutrition Aid, Medicaid and Medicare), while at the same time leaving the tax breaks for his Billionaire, Multimillionaire, and Millionaire friends in place, and even making further tax cuts for…

Flim Flam

At the risk of giving more publicity to the indefensible, the propaganda documentary "2016" reportedly had the best box office receipts at theaters last week, believe it or not.  This movie is obviously a rightist attempt to distort facts and influence the presidential election of 2012 in favor of Mr. Romney.  Where's Hollywood with a really good movie just when we need one to drown out the propaganda-of-the-hour?  [Even Hollywood can come up with a good movie every once in a blue moon.]  The fact that a sleazy, flim-flam artist, Dinesh D'Souza, is behind this so-called documentary is really all you need to know about the film.  This writer has practically made a career out of trying to make one racial group (U.S. blacks) look bad, and apparently -- though unfortunately -- that pays handsomely in America if you can fool enough people into thinking that you are an intellectual or historian. 

Practically just on the basis of some of President Obama's worst detrac…

Grabbing the Tiger by Its Tail

The two things that are most telling in regards to the last two partisan elections that I've managed to be on the ballot for, the 2008 Secretary of State Primary and the 2012 Lieutenant Governor Primary, is the fact that people are swayed by party line and incumbency more than anything that I ever believed was possible, especially party line.  No matter if parties and incumbents are practically completely out of step with the wishes of the people, there is a vast multitude that is practically programmed, as if they were automatons, to vote by party line regardless of any third party or independent challengers, especially if the outliers happen not to be rich.  Even though the political philosophies and policies within a particular major party, and thereby among individual candidates, vary so much as to make Republican or Democrat stand for pretty much nothing more than being certifiably status quo.  I cannot believe how this guy, Brad Owen, who has made a long Lieutenant Governor …

Apple Pie Politics

Well, it was a matter of time before the Romney & Ryan ticket started bringing out Mom, Apple Pie and the Flag to try to fool the American people about their dubious Medicare plans, which is basically to close out the program and replace it with a coupon system.  Of course, Mr. Ryan is saying he wouldn't dare change Medicare for those presently on the system, but if change is so great, why not?  Or if change is so worrisome, why change it at all?  Because then, he would have to start taxing himself and his rich friends more.  Wouldn't that be a shame?

Romney and Ryan say that age 55 is the age that nothing about Medicare would change for people, but if they win in November, they can change a number with a stroke of a pen, and 55 could suddenly turn into any number they and their Tea Party radicals in Congress come up with.

Do people in retirement or near the age of retirement want to take that chance?  For that matter, do young people that are a considerable distance from …