Category Archives: Elections & Voting

America’s tops in pops: Trump and the other chumps

The question avoided by all critics of the outrageous, outspoken, idiotic, anti-Christ, pro-Hitler, racist, misogynist billionaire who has equally antagonized the corporate Republican-conservative, corporate Democratic-liberal and (gag-barf-choke) corporate progressive establishments: Why is this cynical asshole candidate for president who loves Israel different from all the other cynical asshole candidates for president who love Israel? Continue reading

Why it could be President Bush & VP Kasich

Get ready: the Republicans may not know it, but they’ve all but certified their ticket for 2016, and they will probably win. Continue reading

All Republican presidential candidates stand for war

There is not a peaceful person among the Republican candidates. Even the female is heartless. Carly Fiorina positioned herself alongside the macho men as a warmonger. She let the military/security complex know that she, too, was for sale. Send in the campaign donations, and she will see that the money flows back to the military/security complex in the buildup of fleets and armaments that will send the Russians a message. Continue reading

Being Trumped

I’ve been asked to express my thoughts about Donald Trump. Quite frankly, I have no thoughts about him. Well, that’s not exactly true. He is a crass, narcissistic, racist , sexist billionaire and a reflection of what this country stands for. Continue reading

Corbyn’s victory

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory Saturday is a clear message to the British political world. You politicians had better start listening to the people, otherwise you will be out. Continue reading

Bashing Jeremy Corbyn

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Jeremy Corbyn a threat to national security. More on what he said below. Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn elected Britain’s New Labour Party leader

Longtime British Labour Party MP since 1983, Jeremy Corbyn was considered a 100-1 shot for its leadership after declaring his candidacy in June, on an antiwar, anti-austerity platform, saying: “This decision to stand is in response to an overwhelming call by Labour party members who want to see a broader range of candidates and a thorough debate about the future of the party. I am standing to give Labour party members a voice in this debate.” Continue reading

The August day Mark Twain met Donald Trump

How I spent my summer vacation—part of it, at least. One weekend in August, my girlfriend Pat and I went upstate to visit my sister, also named Patricia, and while there took a field trip to Elmira, New York. Continue reading

Quantitative easing for people: The UK Labour front-runner’s controversial proposal

Dark horse candidate Jeremy Corbyn, who is currently leading in the polls for UK Labour Party leader, has included in his platform “quantitative easing for people.” Continue reading

The USA needs disruptive President Trump

I keep imagining the White House with a big, really big neon sign TRUMP across the top of the roof. Continue reading

US presidential aspirants resemble an FBI Most Wanted List

America is run by a criminal aristocracy—a one-party system with two wings, serving monied interests exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change. Continue reading

Walkercare gives women reasons to worry again

Walker plan envisions a return to an ‘open market’ that rolls back ACA’s consumer protections and ratchets up premiums for women.

If women are beginning to get a tad concerned about what their world might be like if the next occupant of the White House is a Republican, they have more reason to worry now that some of the GOP candidates for president are cluing us in about their Obamacare replacement plans. Continue reading

Finding pearls of wisdom in The Donald’s trumperbolic campaign

I’ve just received an interesting query from Mingo, a long-standing European journalist friend and expert on all-things-Afghan . . . someone whose acquaintanceship dates back to the early days of America’s involvement in Afghanistan. Someone, I might add, who did prove to have in 2004 a clearer vision of what was to happen in that country than most, if not all, military experts, media gurus and politicians in the US. My writings at that time can attest to that. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders’ conservative foreign policy

It is obvious that Bernie Sanders functions as the political “sheepdog” of the 2016 presidential election. The sheepdog makes certain that otherwise disillusioned Democrats are energized enough to stay in line and support the eventual candidate, in this case Hillary Clinton. That is reason enough to oppose his campaign but it isn’t the only one. A hard look at Sanders on foreign policy issues shows that he is a progressive poseur, a phony, a conservative Democrat, and not a socialist by any means. Continue reading

Return to Bush America: Revisiting American war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and brother of George W. Bush, has been referring to his brother’s failed “war against evil doers” in recent comments suggesting that he continues to support the wars of folly and choice waged by the Bush-Cheney administration from 2001 to 2009. Continue reading

Is there an ideology of Bushism?

Until recently, Bushism referred only to George W Bush’s infamous malapropisms, such as “they misunderestimated me,” “make the pie higher.” As Americans gear up for the 2016 presidential elections, it is coming to mean something completely different. Continue reading

Serial killers and dopes: An empire thing

Just finished reading Ann Rule’s book on serial killer Ted Bundy, a man she knew as a coworker and friend way back when in Washington State. Of course, Ann did not have the slightest inkling that this fine, intelligent, charming and empathetic soul (they worked together for a suicide hotline) could commit the most gruesome and enraged murders of young women . . . over and over again. Continue reading

The new faces of ‘socialism,’ Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders

The word socialism has great impact in the U.S. It provokes fear and condemnation and is often used as a political weapon, a means to put your opponent or member of the “other” party on the defensive. The socialist is usually seen as a threat to the security of the U.S. as well as our way of life. Continue reading

Greek PM calls snap elections

On Thursday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and announced snap elections, likely in late September—a ploy hoping for enough voter support to remain in power before ordinary Greeks feel the pain of greater austerity he agreed to after pledging no more in January. Continue reading

Paul Eisen, a kingmaker

Paul Eisen, until a week ago anonymous as far as most Brits were concerned, is now a kingmaker. The UK Jewish Lobby is convinced, for some reason, that the nature of Eisen’s relationship with Labour’s leading candidate Jeremy Corbyn will determine the future of this country. Continue reading

Lessig: A voice of hope and reason in US politics

When the jar holding sustenance civic-water is broken, fragmented in countless small pieces, it seems foolish to waste time seeking superglue to put it back together. We would be wiser instead to acknowledge and accept the loss and, without delay or commiserating on all possible reasons for our misfortune, revisit our pottery skills and create a vessel to keep us from political dehydration . . . before it’s too late. Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn and the Jews

The relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and British Jews can be summarized in a brief observation: While Corbyn’s success represents a hugely popular shift within British political thinking, the orchestrated Jewish campaign against him is there to suggest that once again, Jews set themselves against the people they dwell upon. Continue reading

Jeb Bush must be asked about the 1980 October Surprise

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has some “‘splainin to do” over his knowledge of the 1979-80 operations by his father’s loyalists within the Central Intelligence Agency to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term by ensuring Iran maintained custody of the U.S. embassy hostages in Tehran until after the November 1980 presidential election. Continue reading

Assholes, a billionaire, and a socialist: Actual choice, at last?

In a political field of Republican assholes who represent billionaires and love Israel, Donald Trump stands out because he is an asshole who is a billionaire and loves Israel. He is also outspoken in ways unfamiliar to his more conventional opponents who must always be suck-ups to wealth and power, while he is the wealth and power they suck-up to, under normal circumstances. But the reaction to him by what passes for established intelligentsia tells us more about where we are as a nation than the near imbecile candidates themselves. Treating this campaign as something different because the field is overrun with assholes, only one of them seeming unique, means that the critics have somehow missed all campaigns and debates for the entire television age. Continue reading

Jeb Bush’s missing CIA years: Caracas banker and Miami money launderer

During the recent Republican presidential candidates’ “debate” in Cleveland, former Florida Governor John Ellis Bush (JEB) wanted to recount his eight years as governor of the Sunshine State. However, it is not Bush the politician who should be of interest to voters but Bush the Central Intelligence Agency “non-official cover” banker in Venezuela and Miami-based real estate businessman/money launderer who should alarm the American electorate. While Jeb’s brother, George W. Bush, glossed over his AWOL status with the Texas Air National Guard, Jeb does not have a military record to defend but he does have a CIA employment record to fess up to. Continue reading

Can Bernie’s soft-evolution replace an American second revolution?

Wishful thinking can come in many shapes and sizes, but history and present reality do readily tell us that Bernie Sanders is more likely to walk among us during the early stage of the presidential campaign as a prophet than as a messiah. And that is not such a bad thing, for martyrdom always seems to take place as precursor to major change; and this resolute honest New Yorker representing Vermont appears poised to bring inspirational change in the much-needed political transformation of American society. Continue reading

Jeb Bush received comprehensive CIA briefing when he worked for bank in Caracas

WMR has obtained a copy of a letter sent to the Central Intelligence Agency by Jeb Bush when he served as the top official of Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas, Venezuela. On April 8, 2015, WMR first reported on the possibility that Bush, a recent college graduate, may have served as a CIA “non-official cover” (NOC) agent in Venezuela. The revelation about Bush’s past links to the CIA comes two days before his expected announcement in Miami that he is a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Continue reading

Jeb Bush’s CIA ‘NOC’ work in Venezuela

Former Florida Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush may have thought he could pass himself off as “Hispanic” when he ticked off that ethnic option on his 2009 voter registration form but he was not able to easily pass himself off as a “banker” in Venezuela in the late 1970s. Continue reading

How America became an oligarchy

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of—or even against—the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites. Continue reading

Trumping political success through an irate silent majority

Four years ago Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga rebirthed the musical-cicada of the 1937 song, “The Lady Is a Tramp” . . . which makes me think that maybe we could be facing in 2016 a reenactment of the 1968 presidential election, this time Donald Trump taking the role of George Wallace; a political musical that could appropriately be given the lyrical title, “The Politician Is a Trump.” Continue reading

Netanyahu’s ‘us or them’ is nothing but trouble

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory in Israel was who won “that all-important Jewish vote.”) Continue reading

Netanyahu the mythbuster: ‘Special relationship’ no more

Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration is in danger. Black voters are going en masse to the polls. Liberal NGOs are bringing them on buses.” Continue reading