A thought for the Fourth of July: Can the U.S. Constitution accommodate a rogue president?

On Monday, June 12, in his first public cabinet meeting, Trump is seen accepting a North-Korean-style pledge from his sycophant cabinet members, on live television, after he had praised himself profusely. This was eerie: Watching all these secretaries humiliating themselves in lavishly praising the self-appointed ‘Great One.’ They all echoed Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who said: “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.” This was quite a totalitarian show, rarely seen in a democracy, but common in a dictatorship. Continue reading

Jim Crow GOP steals another election as brain dead Democrats & media say nothing

The Jim Crow GOP has stolen yet another congressional election, this time in Georgia. As always, the media and Democrats are saying nothing about it. Continue reading

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. Continue reading

Democrats keep missing the election boat

In the wake of Georgia’s 6th U.S. House district Democratic Party hopeful Jon Ossoff’s loss to Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Karen Handel, Democrats are crying in their cups of Starbuck’s latte and chai. In what was the most expensive House races in American history, Handel beat Ossoff by 3.8 percentage points. Continue reading

The case for obstruction of justice

Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation. Continue reading

As U.S. influence fades, old border disputes, diplomatic competition flare

Arising from a combination of Donald Trump’s tweets and statements about subjects from Qatar to Taiwan and NATO to Palestine, old border disputes and diplomatic rivalries are beginning to flare up. The Trump administration also appears to be unwilling to fill a number of vacancies in the State Department, a development that has added to a de facto American hands-off approach to many simmering international disputes. Continue reading

Since Trump’s election, 20 states have moved to criminalize dissent

In what is being called the “biggest protest crackdown since the Civil Rights Era,” Republicans in at least 20 states have put forward or passed laws with the intention of making protest more difficult and the punishment for expressing dissent more draconian since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Continue reading

GOP wants Medicaid abolished

Republicans want Medicare and Medicaid eliminated, marketplace medicine replacing both programs—obtaining healthcare based on the ability to pay. Continue reading

Execution by firing squad: The militarized police state opens fire

Legally owning a gun in America could get you killed by a government agent. Continue reading

Why isn’t Big Pharma paying for the harm it caused like Big Tobacco?

Late last year, the Senate approved $1 billion of taxpayer money for “opioid prevention and treatment programs” as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. Yes, taxpayers are stuck paying for the opioid crisis which Big Pharma created for no other reason than to make more money. Continue reading

Mass incarceration, prison labor in the United States

The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) under the brand UNICORE operates approximately 52 factories (prisons) across the United States. Prisoners manufacture or assemble a number of products for the US military, homeland security, and federal agencies according to the UNICORE/FPI website. They produce furniture, clothing and circuit boards in addition to providing computer aided design services and call center support for private companies. Continue reading

Former Commish Michael Copps: ‘Maybe the worst FCC I’ve ever seen’

In just a few short months, the Trump wrecking ball has pounded away at rules and regulations in virtually every government agency. The men and women the president has appointed to the Cabinet and to head those agencies are so far in sycophantic lockstep, engaged in dismantling years of protections in order to make real what White House strategist Steve Bannon infamously described as “the deconstruction of the administrative state.” Continue reading

Amazon extends tentacles further with purchase of Whole Foods

Online behemoth Amazon is acquiring Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday—a development that watchdogs say will pad billionaire pockets and spell bad news for consumers. Continue reading

Naomi Klein: Any efforts to equate hateful violence with Trump resistance ‘are lies’

Though it is not quite the kind of large-scale “shock” she explores in her new book, author and activist Naomi Klein says that people should stand firm against anyone who tries to exploit for political purposes the “horrific” violence that took place Wednesday morning when a lone gunman targeted Republican lawmakers and others during practice for a congressional baseball team. Continue reading

Democracy is a front for central bank rule

Several years ago when the Federal Reserve had its Fed funds rate at zero to 25 basis points (one-quarter of one percent—0.25%), there was a great deal of talk, somehow presented as urgent, whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates. Continue reading

Famine and cholera stalk Yemen

No country on earth is more devastated by US imperial viciousness—complicit with Saudi Arabia doing its dirty work. Continue reading

In Asia, American influence is on a retreat with SCO adding two powerhouses: India and Pakistan

While the West’s corporate media were fixated on NATO adding tiny Montenegro to its membership roster, the Chinese- and Russian-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) added India and Pakistan as full members. The flags of India and Pakistan were raised at SCO headquarters in Beijing, following the June 8–9 SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. Continue reading

Sam Adonis, El Santo and Donald Trump

One Friday, Jonathan Revusky and I went to see lucha libre. On a night featuring Valiente, Mistico, Misterioso, Rey Cometa, Euforia, Rush, Virus, Fuego, Stigma, The Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Tiger and Puma, etc., Arena Mexico only truly erupted at the appearance of Samuel Polinsky, a 6-foot-4, bleached blonde 28-year-old from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Spring/summer 1967 & 2017—ignorance is bliss

Ah, to be seventeen again, with so few cares in the world. Continue reading

Talking with my friend about Trump

My friend Tom phoned this morning. Continue reading

It doesn’t take a Russian to hack an American election

Russia, Russia, Russia!!! But what about the Americans? Continue reading

Amid Trump chaos, Republicans keep their eyes on the big prize: the courts

‘Control the Supreme Court, stack the judiciary, and you can stop the progressive movement . . . for decades,’ Corey Robin wrote

While the Trump administration remains embroiled in scandals of its own making and continues to blunder forward seemingly without direction, Republicans have their collective gaze fixed on a prize they have coveted for years: complete domination of the judiciary. Continue reading

Cuba responds to Trump’s affront

Playing to his neocon base, along with south Florida anti-Cuban extremists, Trump slammed the door on improved US relations with the island state—the latest administration embarrassment. Continue reading

Government of, by, and for Trump

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump told then FBI Director James Comey in January—even though FBI directors are supposed to be independent of a president, and Comey was only 4 years into a 10 year term. Continue reading

A kinder, gentler nation

(A satirical analysis)

It has become obvious to me that the people of our world just don’t understand us Amerikans. As Hillary Clinton said several months ago, what makes us exceptional is our kindness as a people. Continue reading

America’s forever war strategy

America is unique among history’s warrior states—prioritizing endless wars, not ending them to achieve a new era of peace and stability. Continue reading

Trump was previously not under investigation. Now he reportedly is.

President bristles in wake of latest reporting, but what he calls a ‘witch-hunt,’ political observers say is really Trump's own doing

In the letter announcing his former FBI director’s termination last month, President Donald Trump went out of his way to thank James Comey for telling him “on three separate occasions” that he was not under investigation. Continue reading

‘Stonewall’ Sessions leads the charge of the Trump Brigade

US Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions spent Tuesday afternoon up on Capitol Hill trying out his new one-man show based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Continue reading

Lynching free speech: The intolerant state of America

My hometown of Charlottesville, Va., has become the latest poster child in a heated war of words—and actions—over racism, “sanitizing history,” extremism (both right and left), political correctness, hate speech, partisan politics, and a growing fear that violent words will end in violent actions. Continue reading

The anti-capitalist left is back

The ability of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to deny Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May a parliamentary majority in the general election provides proof that the anti-capitalist left is on a comeback. Corbyn was successful in targeting several Conservative- and Scottish National Party-held seats, picking up 30 seats for Labor. Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is extortion on behalf of the Trump Organization

In a much heralded policy speech, on June 16 in Miami, U.S. strongman Donald Trump is expected to roll back President Obama’s relaxation of travel restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba. Trump’s new policy will, once again, require Americans traveling to Cuba to obtain special licenses for certain U.S. government categories. Without the license, Americans visiting Cuba will be in violation of federal law. Continue reading

Trump lets Mattis decide on troop levels in US war theaters

Straightaway in office, Trump delegated war making to hawkish generals—Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford in charge, assuring endless wars continue. Continue reading