We must know the truth

This is the worst scandal involving the White House and a foreign power since Iran-Contra. Demand the facts.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there MUST be an investigation by an independent, bipartisan commission of Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates and that nation’s interference in our elections. Emphasize independent and bipartisan. That commission must have full subpoena power to call witnesses and make them testify under oath or risk prosecution. Hearings must be held out in the open, and televised live for the nation and the world to see. That’s what a democracy is all about. Continue reading

Michael Flynn and the 6 big questions

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth. Continue reading

Gambia: A very African coup

Recently the Gambian president, as corrupt and brutal as any in Africa for over 20 years now, was overthrown by a foreign invasion and occupation following a tightly contested election. Continue reading

For America’s sake, we need answers about Russia now

These first weeks of the Trump White House have felt like one of those tennis ball machines run amok, volley after volley shooting at us in such rapid fire that often the only reaction is to grimace and duck. Outrage after outrage, imperial pronouncement after pronouncement, lie after lie; it’s just one damned, fast and furious, flawed thing after another. Continue reading

Veterans again stand for Standing Rock

Last November, over 1,000 US veterans supported Standing Rock Sioux tribe members, putting their bodies on the line as human shields. Continue reading

The White House mess

Donald Trump sold himself to voters as a successful businessman who knew how to get things done, a no-nonsense manager who’d whip government into shape. Continue reading

Is America revolting?

In the eyes of many around the planet, the newly-minted Leader of the Free World isn’t fit for the job and it appears that a substantial percentage of Americans are reaching the same opinion. As Donald Trump’s approval rating hovers around the 45 per cent mark—the lowest for any president during his honeymoon period—I can’t see it going anywhere but south. Continue reading

The globalization of environmental degradation

Figuratively speaking, a ginormous asteroid is hurtling to a cataclysmic rendezvous with earth, but we are not supposed to notice. The asteroid is the rising threat from environmental degradation. Evidence is accumulating that environmental degradation is becoming global. Continue reading

Nuclear madness

As long as these weapons exist, one day they’ll likely be used with devastating effects, risking almost certain doom or close to it. Continue reading

The nature of things

A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so. Continue reading

From new world order to hazy global disorder

The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War “new world order” based on American supremacy to a global “disorder” of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances, including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance. Continue reading

America’s construction carnage

As unions decline, construction workers are dying at alarming rates.

Try this the next time you find yourself standing on a Wall Street corner. Ask the first power suit you see why Wall Street’s finest deserve to be making $25 billion in bonuses a year. Continue reading

Without poetry we are dead; with it we die living

Most Americans dislike poetry, or at least are indifferent to it. That is probably an understatement. We live in an age of prose, of journalese, and advertising jingles. Poetry, the most directly indirect, mysterious, condensed, and passionate form of communication, is about American as socialism or not shopping. Unlike television, texting, or scrolling the Internet, it demands concentration; that alone makes it suspect. Add silent, calm surroundings and a contemplative mind, and you can forget it, which is what most people do. Silence, like so much else in the present world, including human beings, is on the endangered species list. Another rare bird—let’s call it the holy spirit of true thought—is slowly disappearing from our midst. Continue reading

A vision of America’s future with ratification of the USVRA

Let us imagine two things. First, that the United States Voters’ Rights Amendment has been enacted and ratified as the result of a mass, nonpartisan, political movement, and that we can take a time trip into the future to see the results. Let’s visit that not-so-distant time and observe what the People have been able to accomplish—once they took control of their own government. Continue reading

Trump’s FCC chairman threatens Net Neutrality

With major media featuring fake news, Net Neutrality is key to keeping the Internet free and open, letting users access all content without restrictions, limitations, or discrimination, an online level playing field for everyone. Continue reading

Groups file suit to block Trump’s pro-corporate deregulation scheme

A coalition of progressive groups filed suit on Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to roll back two regulations for every new one implemented. Continue reading

Who lacks respect for the office of the president?

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway charges that media coverage of Donald Trump lacks “respect for and recognition of the dignity for the office of the president.” Continue reading

There’s more to the bacon shortage than what’s been reported

By 2014, a virus had killed 7 million piglets in their first days of life.

Just as Big Pork has gotten people hooked on bacon as an added ingredient everywhere—even in gum, candy and ice cream—a shortage has been announced. USDA reported that stored pork bellies fell to 17.7 million pounds last month, the lowest December inventory since records began in 1957. Continue reading

Symbolic seduction: Women’s rights, partisan politics, ethnocentrism and ‘American Narcissism’

In 1929, Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew and U.S./CIA war and coup propagandist, and the founder of public relations, conducted a successful mind-manipulation experiment for the tobacco industry. Continue reading

Neocon Elliott Abrams for deputy secretary of state?

Trump is considering Elliott Abrams for the department’s number two position—perhaps an especially powerful one while Rex Tillerson transitions from Big Oil to diplomacy. Continue reading

The high-concept presidency

The line has blurred between politics and entertainment. Donald Trump simplistically—and dangerously—sees the world as one big reality show.

Anyone who has ever pitched a movie or television idea in Hollywood knows the tyranny of the “high concept.” It’s a staple of the entertainment world. A high concept is a simple, succinct, immediately comprehensible gimmick: Abraham Lincoln is a vampire hunter; the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Jack Frost team up to defeat an evil villain; Superman and Batman face off as enemies; Pride and Prejudice is reimagined as a zombie war in 19th-century England; Lucifer comes to earth to consult with the LAPD. (By the way, these are all real movies or TV shows.) Continue reading

The uncomfortable truth: Are we hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons?

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Upsurge in nationalism does not bode well for world order

The factors that brought Western nations together under the US umbrella forged international institutions designed to achieve unity of purpose and preserve shared liberal democratic values to prevent another devastating world war. But many of those alliances and institutions are today being undermined by a wave of nationalistic sentiment deluging America and Europe, where mutual cooperation is gradually being replaced with every country for itself. Continue reading

Donald Trump as ‘Anti-Wilson’

A century ago, a Southern academic and racist emerged in Europe and the United States as a crusader to “make the world safe for democracy.” [1] Wilson had been inaugurated as president in 1913, the year before Europe’s imperialists plunged the world into four years of mass murder. That war alone, caused some four million direct battle casualties and untold millions of non-combatant deaths in the aftermath. Woodrow Wilson, despite the policies he actually pursued, would be turned into an icon of the 20th century’s most enduring myth—the benevolence and humanitarian virtue of the great slaveholder republic founded in 1776. Wilson could arguably be called the nation’s first celebrity politician and international celebrity export. This remarkable marketing accomplishment predated television. Continue reading

Trump chief adviser was aide to two CNOs during the largest pedophile crime in U.S. naval history

President Trump’s powerful political adviser Stephen Bannon served as an aide to two chiefs of Naval Operations, Admirals Thomas Hayward and James Watkins, during one of the largest pedophile crimes that ever took place within naval ranks in the then-207 years of the history of the U.S. Navy. Continue reading

Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

Long ago, inner city kids like myself had wonderful public schools with dedicated teachers, preparing us for higher education when even top colleges and universities were affordable. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Resist Trump, resist the Democrats

Resistance is the new watch word for millions of people who oppose Donald Trump and his administration. This is a positive development against a president who made such open appeals to white American supremacy and the 21st century iterations of manifest destiny. Continue reading

The FBI: The silent terror of the Fourth Reich

Lately, there’s been a lot of rhetoric comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The concern is that a Nazi-type regime may be rising in America. Continue reading

They had a massacre and no one came

Yup, the massacre happened in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the press never reported it, according to Trump adviser KellyAnne Conway. Continue reading

Trump ‘not fully briefed’ on order elevating Bannon to Security Council

New York Times reports the lapse was a 'greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban'

President Donald Trump reportedly did not realize he was promoting chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council (NSC) Principals Committee when he signed the executive order dropping intelligence and defense officials from the top government panel and elevating the former Breitbart News chair in their place. Continue reading

Trump’s rollercoaster promises a wild ride

Oh for a quiet news day, preferably one when the ‘T’ word passes no TV anchor’s lips! But the new Leader of the Free World is set on taking not only Americans but all of us on the ride of our lives towards a major rearrangement of the world order. Continue reading

Russia is a threat to US world dominance

If anyone knows where to find this long list please send me a copy. Continue reading