Israeli minister calls for assassinating Assad

The US/Israeli axis represents humanity’s greatest threat—serial aggressors, partners in high crimes, waging endless wars. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: No tears for the FBI

President Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey is certainly a topic worthy of discussion and debate. In typical Trump fashion, his amateurish administration has given a variety of contradictory rationales for the action. While there may be confusion about what precipitated the decision, there should be no confusion about the FBI’s long history of persecuting black people in this country. Continue reading

Does Bush have afterthoughts?

Recently I learned from a feature article in a print magazine that George W. Bush, as Jimmy Carter and Winston Churchill did, has taken up painting. Among Bush’s subjects are 98 war veterans from Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffered traumatic injuries. Some of the portraits were reproduced in the magazine, and they are good. Three months ago, 98 portraits were published in a coffee table book, Portraits of Courage, the proceeds from which are donated to the Bush Center. Continue reading

Trump’s traitor, Pompeo’s fraud, the damned: Chelsea Manning goes free, Julian Assange and Ed Snowden doomed

Chelsea Manning’s leaked information made WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, a household name. It also made them permanent enemies of the US State. In 2010, Assange released a video that he called Collateral Murder. The video shows an airstrike in which Iraqi journalists are killed. Other releases based on Manning’s leak were known as the Afghan Diary and Iraq War Logs. The diplomatic cables exposed some of the silly machinations of the US State Department and the over classification of documents. Continue reading

North Carolina’s voter ID law meets ‘its much-deserved demise’

Decision by U.S. Supreme Court not to review appeals court decision on 2013 law affords 'a huge victory against sham voter ID laws'

Monday brought a victory for voting rights. Continue reading

What’s behind restoration of the Cold War?

What’s behind restoration of the Cold War is a fall off in the global armaments trade after the capitalist-versus-communist Cold War ended with the 9 November 1989 opening-up of the Berlin Wall, and after the ideological excuse for buying and using nuclear weapons thus ended when the Soviet Union and its communism and its Warsaw Pact military alliance against America’s NATO alliance ended soon thereafter, in 1991. Weapons became less needed, because there was no longer an ideological excuse available for invading, and for perpetrating (and/or backing) coups in, foreign countries. And this reduction in the weapons-market harmed the major investors in arms-manufacturing international corporations. Their business was suffering. Continue reading

The exponential growth of insecurity

There is no such thing as cyber security. The only choice is more security or less security, as the recent hack of the National Security Agency demonstrates. Continue reading

US beef exports to China will resume. Who remembers why they stopped?

After the first mad cow, things got worse.

US cattlemen and agriculture professionals are ecstatic over China’s willingness to accept US beef imports for the first time in 13 years. Yet few reports articulate why the beef ban occurred in the first place. Continue reading

The end of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Continue reading

Trump’s lawyers and the rule of law: Part 2

Trump fires Comey. Where is Don McGahn?

On March 20, 2017, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the bureau was investigating connections between Russia and the Trump campaign. Seven weeks later, Trump signed a bizarre letter firing him. Who wrote it? More precisely, where is White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II? Continue reading

Israel is promoting anti-Semitism

The Zionists of Israel have taken another step to promote anti-Semitism among the international community. Continue reading

In a time of madness, Sally Yates is a profile in courage

Let us now praise a class act. Continue reading

100 ways the Deep State plans to kill off your mom . . .

First let’s start with the obvious. By cutting down on the availability of healthcare in order to buy more weapons and give more Lean-Green to banksters, thousands of American apple-pie-baking moms are automatically gonna get hauled before death panels right before our very eyes. Sorry about that, Mom, but your cancer is a preexisting condition. Continue reading

Trump picks Al Capone of vote rigging

Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.

Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016. Continue reading

Are there 22 patriotic House Republicans?

Trump warning to former FBI Director James Comey against leaking anything negative about him—tweeting “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”—is deeply troubling. Continue reading

Tunnel collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site—harbinger of the collapse of the entire industry?

The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse. Continue reading

New charter: Should Hamas rewrite the past?

Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Continue reading

History’s actors

Somebody’s contradicting the contradiction of someone else. WTF’s going on here? The more I know, the less I know or the more I think I know the more I realize I’m powerless to understand. Continue reading

Trump’s lawyers and the rule of law: Part 1

The president is playing with fire and his lawyers are fanning the flames. In the end, the nation will suffer the burns.

Shakespeare’s famous line has drawn conflicting interpretations. To some, it’s a 16th century lawyer joke. But to others focused on the anarchist who spoke them, it’s a nod to the role of law in underpinning a civilized society. Upon admission to the bar, the lawyers surrounding Donald Trump swore fealty to the US Constitution. When they assumed their current duties on behalf of all Americans, they reaffirmed that oath. When Trump attacks the rule of law, his advisers with legal degrees have a special responsibility to speak up. Whatever they’re saying to Trump privately, their public defense of his indefensible assault on the judiciary is no joke, and they know it. Continue reading

‘More crazy than Nixon’: Critics shocked by Trump admission on Comey

While it’s hard to keep up with the shifting reports of how the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey came about, President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to directly asking the former head of law enforcement if he was under investigation—a move many said presented a shocking conflict of interest. Continue reading

Trump’s Latin American brain trust: two neocon crooks, just like him

Donald Trump has showcased in Latin American policy by forging close relationships with two of Latin America’s most dishonest leaders: neoconservatives Mauricio Macri of Argentina and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru. After visiting Trump at the White House in April, Trump called the neo-fascist Macri his “regional ally,” adding that the Argentine is doing a “fantastic job.” Continue reading

Major media organize to rig web-search results

The New York Times, as Robert Parry has pointed out, “Cheers the Rise of Censorship”, but only of censorship of any allegations that expose the fraudulence of the NYT’s allegations. The Washington Post, Google, the TV networks, and practically all of the famous providers of ‘news,’ have joined forces in order to block from the internet any statements that contradict, or especially any evidence that disproves, what they collectively define to be ’true’; and, while they do this, they add a lie, that their sole aim in doing this rigging of web-search results is to prevent ‘misinformation’ from polluting your mind. They use as an excuse the existence of some flagrantly fabricated reports on obscure websites, but if the mainstream press can ban reports such as those, then they can also ban real news reports, which expose the mainstream’s own lies. In other words: they are implementing their collective power to block you from being able to know that they’re systematically lying. Will the public trust them with this power? Continue reading

Double standards R us

After being vilified as a Satan by neo-liberals for allegedly costing their anointed one the election—this was before Putin was appointed Greater Satan—the former FBI director is sanctified by neo-liberals as martyr to the cause of justice and democracy. This continues an American tradition born the day European immigrants began making this country great by taking it from its original inhabitants who were foolishly trying to live with nature instead of dominating it for profits. Continue reading

Avoiding another war In North Korea

During the Korean War, the United States dropped more bombs and napalm on North Korea than was used against the Japanese during World War II. The carpet bombing destroyed all of the cities and most of the villages in North Korea. More than 3,000,000 Korean civilians died in the war—most were in the North. Since the war ended with a cease fire in 1953, the North has been governed by the Kim family dictatorship, which uses the threat of American aggression to maintain its ironfisted physical and mind control of the North Korean people. Continue reading

Demanding special prosecutor, Democrats invoke Senate ‘slowdown’

Senate Democrats announced a slowdown of committee business on Wednesday as the fallout from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continued. Continue reading

Donald Trump is attempting a coup—we must have a special prosecutor

So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Democratic Party death spiral

The Democratic Party is in a death spiral that it cannot escape. The debacle continues with members of Congress singing lyrics, “Hey Hey Hey Good-bye,” from an old song. The juvenile display showed that they are up to their old tricks. They are again counting on Republican unpopularity to regain power. They have no intention of doing anything proactively that would energize their rank and file and reverse their string of defeats. Continue reading

Obscured American: Katy the bartender and nursing student

Jonathan Revusky was in Philly for a few days, and I had a great time showing Jon around. We went to Kensington, Fishtown, Camden, Point Breeze, Little Cambodia and Rittenhouse Square, all but the last at the sinking end of the economic scale, places I’m well familiar with. At Jack’s Famous Bar, we ordered a cheesesteak and a roast beef sandwich for just $4 each, my kind of price, and I thought our lunch excellent. In Camden, I steered Jon to a bodega where a cheesesteak was just $3.50. Jon said, “I would never have walked into a place like that, if I wasn’t with you.” Most Americans wouldn’t go to Camden, period, even if you paid them. Continue reading

How Trump mocks his voters

It usually comes from his actions, instead of from his words, but sometimes Trump mocks his voters verbally too, such as when the New York Daily News bannered on 9 December 2016, SEE IT: Donald Trump admits he doesn’t ‘care’ about locking up Hillary Clinton and opened: President-elect Donald Trump once again disassociated himself from his aggressive campaign rhetoric when he told a crowd in Michigan on Friday [9 December] that he doesn’t “care” about putting Hillary Clinton in jail anymore. Continue reading

No matter how hard we run, we always seem to be standing in the same place

Political activism has been a part of my life for most of my adult years. I picketed, I marched, I signed petitions, and I collected signatures. I was fighting for change, for a better, more just life for people, not only for those of this country, but for those around the world. I became very familiar with Washington, DC. It was like a home away from home. Continue reading

‘A scandal’: After FCC bent rules, right-wing Sinclair network to grow even bigger

Creating the nation’s largest local TV station conglomerate—and raising the frightening prospect of a network that would rival Fox News—conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday it will buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Continue reading

Israel’s draft nation-state law codifies racism

The 1917 Balfour Declaration is its antecedent—“establish[ing] in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people,” at the expense of indigenous Arabs as things turned out. Continue reading