Category Archives: Elections & Voting

Official vote tally on Ohio’s pot issue deemed ‘statistically impossible’

The “stolen election” controversy over this month’s officially defeated Ohio pot legalization referendum has gone to a new level. Continue reading

The way out of the trap

Here we are once again . . . it’s election season. Being a “democracy,” we the people have our opportunity to cast our votes for the man or woman who will be our president, the “leader of the “free” world.” Continue reading

Corporate pot goes down in Ohio

Official vote counts in Ohio indicate a major defeat for the nation’s first corporate-sponsored marijuana legalization referendum. Continue reading

The real issues you won’t hear from the 2016 presidential candidates this election year

The countdown has begun. Continue reading

Justin Trudeau: Start of a Canadian legend

Canada has just lived through a fairytale decade, complete with evil jinn and youthful hero. Think of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” starring youthful naif, Justin Trudeau, and the giant raining evil down on Canadaland from the clouds, Stephen Harper. Justin bravely climbs the slippery, perilous political ladder to fight the giant . . . and wins against all odds, saving his humble home from the jinn. Continue reading

Arabs should shudder at the thought of President Donald Trump

He’s larger than life and the very antithesis of America’s current strategy-challenged Ditherer-in-Chief. On the plus side, he’s wealthy enough not to jump into lobbyists’ pockets. He insists he always gets what he wants and what he wants is to make America great again, which translates in the minds of his nationalistic base as projecting US power around the world. Been there, done that and as Dr Phil might say, ‘How did that work for you?’ Continue reading

The night the candidates were speechless

The convergence of Tuesday night’s broadcast interruption during the first game of the World Series—caused by an electronics failure and power outage—and Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history: the 27-minute loss of audio during the first presidential debate between incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter. Continue reading

Canadians assess aftermath of Harper holocaust

Canada’s prime minister for the past nine years, Stephen Harper, led a charmed life until the October 19 federal election. Canada’s first-past-the-post elector system, where three parties—two left-liberal and one conservative—have split the vote election after election, allowed him to hold power with a third of the popular vote. Continue reading

Hillary ticks boxes, but can she be trusted?

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is one tough cookie. I watched every second of her testimony before a grueling eleven-hour-long Congressional hearing on Benghazi in awe of her composure and self-control. Towards the end, she wilted slightly and briefly snapped against one of her Republican ‘interrogators’—but who wouldn’t in the kind of hot seat she had to endure. Continue reading

Justin Trudeau ends the Harper Conservative regime

Winning a significant victory, Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, replaced the neoconservative Stephen Harper as Canada’s Prime Minister elect. Continue reading

Let’s suppose elections mattered

Let’s suppose elections really mattered here in the USA. That I, if voting, could say confidently, “He (or she) will represent my position, will act on behalf of our ecosystem, will promote justice.” That we could enter a choice, selecting integrity, someone authentic who would take the oath and initiate the entirety of nouns pushed against verbs that formed campaign promises. Continue reading

Note to Sanders: Denmark is no socialist paradise

In the recent Democratic Party presidential debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton squared off about Denmark being a template for the type of social democracy Sanders would like to see introduced to the United States. Sanders said, “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” Clinton, ever the corporate two billion dollar trollop, responded by saying, “We are not Denmark,” and then going on to defend capitalism against overreaching state regulation. Continue reading

Canadians reject Harper; hold the cheers for Trudeau

A decade of deplorable Harper-led Conservative governance ended. It gave Canadians endless wars of aggression partnered with Washington, deepened social injustice, hardline support for Israel’s killing machine, and police state harshness against nonbelievers. Continue reading

Presidential aspirations for Medicare’s future

If you’ve watched all of the presidential debates so far—both Democratic and Republican—and you were waiting for the candidates to tell you if and how they would change Medicare, you are still waiting. Continue reading

US political debates: Flim-flam theater

Political debates are pre-scripted, well-rehearsed theater, especially presidential ones. They don’t edify. They insult. Avoid them. You’ll learn nothing. Continue reading

Capitalism, democratic socialism and the Democratic debate

If I had my druthers, I would prefer Hillary Clinton not be the first woman president of the U S of A. Not that I underestimate her intelligence or capability to occupy this high office, but I feel very strongly that her marriage to “Scoundrel” Bill has both molded and tainted her against being credible to lead this nation . . . much less to be a leader most of the world would trust. Continue reading

War on Jeremy Corbyn rages

In politics, doing the right thing exacts a price. It’s no game for sissies. Most officeholders are scoundrels. Exceptions like Corbyn prove the rule. More below on attempts to vilify him. Continue reading

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