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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

‘Guest column’ Archives

Overwrought Empire

Overwrought Empire

        The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power By Tom Engelhardt Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real “American Century” -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off. When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, ... Full Story

Just stop that … biosolid

Just stop that … biosolid

        By Scott Crossen September 24, 2012         “Nothing ever becomes real, ‘til it is experience.” John Keats Autumn is hiding beyond tomorrow. Once again, it’s that time of year when the countryside is the place to be – to take in the changing colors, relax and breathe good clean air. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when some landowners choose to spread toxic sewage sludge across their acreage because it is a cheap alternative to ... Full Story

Mitt doesn’t get it

   The REAL "Entitlement" Programs Benefit the Rich By Mike Kirchubel (about the author) opednews.com Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Insurance are not gifts from the wealthy to the workers of America. We pay our own way. The real "entitlement" programs are the ones we workers fund for the benefit of the rich.   Mitt Romney Does Not Have the Right to Dismiss Us       By Moby   Not to mention the roads, clean water, streetlights, police departments, fire ... Full Story

Growing into liberalism

Growing into liberalism

By Stephanie Rayburn     Growing into political maturity I grew up Republican. My whole family is Republican. I grew up around my grandparents hearing slurs like "liberal idiots" and "lazy welfare recipients" even at the same time that they demonstrated how to give generously to those who need it. I listened to Rush Limbaugh -- admired him even because I was young and impressionable and I didn't yet know about how adults twist the truth for their personal benefit (especially when it ... Full Story

The 47% responds with a poem

  Oh, my god, Mitt I'm apparently unfit To deserve your concern   I 'm on medicare, you see, And social security And you may as well learn   I believe the fed Should help 'til I'm dead If I can't do it on my own   Government should protect me Certainly not neglect me None can make it alone   Not even you, for one A wealthy man's son Whose path was paved with green   Don't tell me that you Had no helping hand or two -- Have the guts to come clean   Yes,I belong ... Full Story

The KKK and the Tea Party

The KKK and the Tea Party

The following article appeared in the September 17 edition of the Fort Collins Coloradoen. It is a short history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado and I was struck by the similarities with the present day Tea Party. You could easily substitute "Tea Party" for "KKK" through out the article and not be far off including the jingoistic patriotism and the anti-minority or anti-other religion stance.   KKK had strong presence in Colorado By Barbara Fleming The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado? Hard to ... Full Story

Revolt of the Rich

Revolt of the Rich

Our financial elites are the new secessionists. By Mike Lofgren It was 1993, during congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement. I was having lunch with a staffer for one of the rare Republican congressmen who opposed the policy of so-called free trade. To this day, I remember something my colleague said: “The rich elites of this country have far more in common with their counterparts in London, Paris, and Tokyo than with their fellow American citizens.” That was ... Full Story

Confessions of a Former Republican

Confessions of a Former Republican

        Joining the Reality-Based Community  Or How I Learned to Stop Loving the Bombs and Start Worrying By Jeremiah Goulka I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics.  But I am a Republican no longer. There’s an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: “If you’re young and not a Democrat, you’re heartless. If you grow up and you’re not a ... Full Story

Romney Suffers From Pre-existing Positions

Romney Suffers From Pre-existing Positions

A Commentary By Froma Harrop in Rasmussen Reports Tuesday, September 11, 2012 What Mitt Romney truly believes is anybody's guess. Whether Romney as president would act on those beliefs is also a guess. And we can't rule out the possibility that he doesn't have any beliefs outside of religion and investment strategies. Why he's running for president remains unclear, though commander in chief looks impressive on a nametag. Asked over the weekend whether by killing Obamacare he would let insurers ... Full Story

RNC, the good, the bad, the bizarre

RNC, the good, the bad, the bizarre

  The 2012 Republican National Convention was a bizarre combination of misleading and deceptive speeches, poorly scripted and produced media, and a wholly ineffective public relations campaign around Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for President who doesn’t really seem to have too many people on the American right-wing excited. As Newt Gingrich said, he doesn’t PARTICULARLY dislike Mitt Romney. This seems to be true of many Republicans, who certainly prefer President Obama leave ... Full Story

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