Archive for February, 2015


Saturday, February 28th, 2015

This morning I awoke, visited the lavatory, made a cup of coffee and turned to the news on TV; this is not unusual, it is how an exciting day always begins for me. And, every day that I wake up is exciting.

On my favorite TV news channel, the big news of today was that “Spock died”. And, the news report went on and on forever; I was being informed of more about Spock than I wanted to know.

Now I like Spock (Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015) but everyone knows that Spock cannot die, because he lives forever in my “Star Trek” DVD right there on the shelf.

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Spock and I agreed about everything; when Spock said, “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them,” I knew immediately that Spock was a friendly Vulcon and we bonded immediately.

But, certainly I was not at all interested in being told Spock is dead, Spock was a great actor, and “His mother, Dora (née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city”.

Patiently, I waited for that part of the news to end; well, actually I’m not patient and I didn’t wait too long for that section of the news to end.

So, I changed channels to the news channel I don’t like; they were also saying mundane things about Spock, like “His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets’, ‘Awake and Sing’.” Holy crap! Spock is Spock and Spock is not Ralphie!

I really didn’t want to hear that!

And therefore after checking all news channels and finding no satisfaction, I decided to register my complaint online here, about the failure of TV news today, knowing full well that Spock was cheering me on.

Today I am delighted to be able to inform you that:
Spock is dead,
the TV said.
Don’t be misled.
The life Spock led
lives in my head
and on DVD instead.
(Disclaimer: Anything resembling poetry in any way in my writing is entirely unintentional.)


Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Today I am reading about the Republican Nevada Legislator who believes cancer is a fungus. Holy crap!

Yes, I have most recently condemned the Republican Party of having too many ‘elected’ ignorant sadistic extremists lawmakers; not because I am a ‘dyed in the wool’ Democrat, I’m not, but rather because I cannot tolerate extremist sadistic ignoramuses who believe cancer is a fungus, actually making laws in America (and that includes Democrat ignoramus extremist sadistic legislators that believe cancer is a fungus, if there is such a Democrat lawmaker).

However I’m convinced that the Republican Party apparently, and by large exclusively, appears to attract extremist sadistic ignoramuses and that is evident based on the entire list of Republican candidates parading around running for the Presidency in 2016, representing Republicans. You may challenge that but I for the life of me cannot see how? Or why? I have carefully studied each one.

Admittedly, I have at times voted for some lame Democrat, solely for the purpose of self-preservation since I am convinced the Republican Party today is an asylum for cuckoos!

But, if Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Earl Warren were to ever appear on the Republican ticket again, I would vote for them, hands down; for I have voted for excellent Republican candidates in the distant past. So, I would gladly vote Republican for the likes of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Earl Warren.

This explains my political behavior, along with not agreeing with a candidate that complains that physician assisted suicide in foreign countries is unhealthy because it is not approved by the FDA; I certainly would not vote for that candidate if she was a Democrat or the Tooth Fairy. I rest my case!


Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Today I am reading about, “Deporting the estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants who could benefit from deportation-relief policies that Republicans are trying to block would have a hefty price, according to a report released Monday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The report estimates a cost of about $50.3 billion — about $10,070 per person — to deport those eligible for President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are under fire from Republicans.”

Holy crap! Republicans say America cannot afford food stamps to feed the 50% of American children who are living in poverty, but America can Spend $50.3 billion to deport children who were brought to America as a child “illegal immigrant” and have been contributing to American society ever since they have been here and grown into law abiding American adults.

These ‘illegal children’ are now middle age professionals, skilled workers, laborers, and our neighbors.

Republicans today, totally lack any semblance of compassion, and some condemn me for exposing Republican sadistic behavior. I do not hate Republicans, but I certainly have no use for sadistic, selfish Republican politicians who abuse children treating them with sadistic abuse, regardless of nationality.

My idols were Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren, Republicans all, and these sadistic morons who call their-self, Republicans today, are not worthy of being considered of the Grand Old Party!


Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unique in politics; a person like Liz Warren, of unimpeachable character with a huge following, is referred to in politics as a “White Crow” (strictly a political term and no racial reference). A “White Crow” is rare and different from all other politicians; a “White Crow” is a selfless politician of impeccable character.

Seldom, does this phenomenon occur; and, Warren must be aware and realize this.

She is playing it right by having no intention of running for President; so, if she is drafted, she runs for President only because she feels a responsibility to the People (Which is the only real reason any candidate should have to run, but seldom is it actually why a candidate runs).

In American History, Adlai Stevenson was a “White Crow” candidate for governor of Illinois. The Democratic Party machine knew they had no chance to win the governorship of Illinois, so they put Adlai up as a “White Crow” candidate so that the voters would have to vote against a candidate with an impeccable character, for the Republicans to win the election (which was expected). The Democratic political machine did little to help Stevenson’s candidacy, because they knew he would lose.

To the surprise of everyone, Stevenson won the election by the largest margin ever for a candidate, he owed the political machine nothing and gave them nothing, and was a great governor who became a obvious candidate for the Presidency.

Unfortunately, the Republicans convinced WWII hero Ike Eisenhower to run against Stevenson and Adlai lost to Ike twice by a narrow margin; no one could beat Ike, because he had unbeatable name recognition as the General who won WWII (actually, Ike wasn’t a great President; he was somewhat puppet like because his real expertise had been in killing people not governing them).

A humorous tidbit about Stevenson, was that the Democratic Political Machine in Illinois did not support Stevenson for President, because he refused to be a toady to the party after he was elected governor. And, Adlai lost his home State of Illinois both times he ran for President. Given the choice, voters preferred war heroes to “White Crows” who didn’t “play politics”.

This was how the “White Crow” candidate Stevenson became the greatest President to never be elected.

In the 2016 Presidential election there is no apparent “Ike for voters to like”; and there appears to be no Republican Candidate who could defeat Sen. Warren at this time.

In 2008, no one thought that liberal progressive Obama could beat the centrist, DC Establishment Hillary, but he did; when given a choice of a liberal progressive or a centrist establishment candidate, the liberal progressive “majority” will chose the liberal progressive. And, Warren the “White Crow” liberal progressive looks like a shoo-in for the Democratic primary and the general election, against any of the Republican candidates (all of whom have a lot of political baggage).

It is still a long time before the 2016 Presidential Elections, and Warren’s supporters are continuously growing. No offense to Hillary, but she has some political baggage as a centrist DC Establishment, she also voted for the Iraq Invasion Resolution, and she once told a story of going to Bosnia with Chelsea and being “under heavy enemy fire in a combat zone (?)”. When the time comes, it would be great if Hillary would endorse Warren at the last minute, and decide they she has appropriate reason not to run. The ground swell for Warren would be tremendous.

Meanwhile the do-nothing, selfish, and idiotic all male Republican candidates for President appear to be making 2016 easy for the Democrats. But Democrats have a reputation of defeating their self, losing from self inflicted wounds.

If Warren runs, the only problems the Democrats would have is to get decent half-ass honest Congressional Candidates to enter the slimy hate filled political arena and run for office, and then get voters to go to the polls and vote; Americans are tired of selfish political hacks being elected to Congress. America desperately is in need of having some respectable unselfish members of Congress; 2016 would be a good time to make that happen. American’s problem and the Democrats’ problem, appears to be that no decent human being wants to have the image, of being or having been a member of Congress. Pity.

Getting decent candidates to run and go to Congress, is much more important than generating campaign funds. Democrats cannot compete with Republican campaign donors; but they sure as hell can come up with better candidates than what I see in Congress today and, including the Democrats that Republican Congressmen beat. Non-voting voters sent both political parties a strong message in 2014; the message was they didn’t have decent choices to make, so they just didn’t vote.

It would appear that 2016 is going to be the year of the Woman President, and Liz Warren is definitely the Woman with Presidential qualities. Now if America can only convince some other extraordinary women to make a sacrifice in their life and become candidates for Congress, American government might become respectable again and we can expect less war and a lot more compassion for the People form our American government.

And, God bless America!


Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Today I am reading about, a hate statement made my John McCain. “I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” said John McCain, speaking of the people of the Ukraine:

And of course, I have an entirely different opinion; first, if Americans under President Papa Bush would have put aside their hatred of Russia because of their former communism, and welcomed our neighbor Russia back into to the world community after they aborted their world communism, helped them when the Russian people needed help, and established trade and cultural relations with our neighbor Russia, then Russians would never have found it necessary to attack the Ukraine (they attacked the Ukraine only for playing ‘footsie’ with Russian enemies, America and the West).

Instead, when Russia needed help, American President Papa Bush refused. These stupid Republicans don’t want to admit that Russia is our neighbor that even Republican Sarah Palin can see from her kitchen window; so why isn’t Russia treated as well by the United States, as Canada and Mexico?

If John McCain would have tried to help our neighbor Russia when Russia needed help, John McCain would not be ashamed of America, President Obama, and his self now, because Russia would not have needed to invade Crimea, because of the Ukraine favoring the West and America to the detriment of Russia. You can’t ignore history in making decisions today.

Instead of America blaming everyone else and ourselves, why doesn’t America ever try to be a compassionate neighbor, a cooperating neighbor, and not a competing neighbor of Russia?

So instead of agreeing with Sen. McCain, I am ashamed of the way the Republicans treat Russia as a threat and made the USA a threat to Russia. Instead, I have concern for the poor people of Russia who have a history and culture that we American neighbors could appreciate if we were ever given a chance.

It would be more of an advantage to America to have a close relationship to Russia, than to England and Germany; think about it.

We compete for the love of England and Germany instead of cooperating with Russia. What do Americans have against the Russians, only because they took back the Crimean seaport that used to be Russian, as compared to Americans taking California away from Mexico and what used to belong to Mexico?

America’s biggest problem is not Russia, it is instead, Republicans who ‘created’ ISIS and turmoil in the Mid East by waging wars of aggression against the Mid East, for the benefit of Corporate America’s foreign investments. And now, the working Middle Class American People need to figure out how they are going to get rid of John Birch Society, Neocon Republican extremists who have taken our democratic Republic away from us.

Personally as an American, I have no problem with Muslims, Arabs, or Russians; only John McCain and his Neocon Republican ilk have that problem. And, I prefer the Bolshoi Ballet to Iraqi oil; I can always take the bus to see the Bolshoi ballet.

As Pogo said, “We has met the enemy and it be us.”

And oh yes, I still remember Stalingrad and how those poor Russian people fought the Nazis against all odds and beat the crap out of them, for my benefit and the benefit of America!


Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Today, I am reading about Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, lying on national TV which is really not news or new. O’Reilly lies all the time, with impunity. Recently, Brian Williams of NBC apologized for lying about an incident in which he lied about his involvement in combat while reporting the news; he was punished by NBC, his employer. In contrast, no one on Fox News has ever been punished for lying, and lying about the news is common place on Fox News. “Writer Responds To Bill O’Reilly’s Calling Mother Jones Story About Him A ‘Hit Piece’ – Update”;

O’Reilly has never proved any of his lies to be true and he has never ever apologized for any of his lies, and a lawsuit over his ‘telephone sex’ was settled out of court.

O’Reilly and Faux News, like all news media in America, lies and misinforms with impunity, because the US Constitution allows the media to lie, by virtue of the First Amendment and the so-called ‘Freedom of the Press’.

The media is given the privilege of lying because of four words in the US Constitution, “and of the Press”, which appears in the First Amendment.

This part of the Constitution was written in 1787 under totally different circumstances; the only news media in 1787, were small home town newspapers owned by 1 person who profited from sales of their newspaper; today, all newspapers, radio, and TV are owned by and controlled by a very few corporate conglomerates who control (edit and censor) practically all of the news in America and profit form corporate advertising and not the sale of any service or product.

The Constitution really needs to be amended.

Also, America’s libel and slander law is exceedingly weak and impotent, compared to the law in any other country. Apparently, in the United States, free speech in America permits lying about another person so long as the person who is the subject of the lie, cannot prove that they have suffered a financial loss as a result of the lie.

This is all a matter of history; if you study history, this is recorded in a historical era called the “Yellow Press”. American has outgrown its Constitutional ‘Freedom of the Press’ and we have not amended it to be affective and protect individual from lies about them in the media.

The end result is that the American People are “dumbed-down” by the American news media and not invormed. America’s news media are not in business to inform the People; American news media are only in business to make the most profit possible. Consequently, the news media lies, misinforms, edits, and censors the news to satisfy their corporate advertisers and promote their own interests.

The American media makes profits from advertising; foreign news media profits from providing news and sales of their products and services; foreign news media compete with rivals for the breaking news and accuracy in their reporting the news. Selected foreign news media is dependable and reliable.

“Mother Jones” news magazine is the magazine that has reported on O’Reilly lying about being endangered in the war zone of the Falklands War; author, David Corn wrote the accusation. O’Reilly presented no evidence to prove his own claim that he was endangered in the Falklands War and instead resorted to calling David Corn a liar, among other things. (“Mother Jones” is a non-profit news magazine dependent on sales and donations.)

My own interest in the matter, is the result of my personally catching O’Reilly in two big lies for which he was proven to be lying, he never admitted to lying, nor did he apologized for lying; but O’Reilly has consistently, personally persecuted those who called him on his lies for no other particular reason.

In my case, O’Reilly had claimed that a TV show that he was associated with had won a prestigious “Pew Award”. In a C-Span program, on which the two men appeared, Al Frankton (now Sen. Al Frankton) publically stated that he had researched the Pew Awards and the show O’Reilly was associated with had never received a Pew Award. O’Reilly was visibly shaken, was obviously angry, but could not and did not challenge Franken’s research; he left-handedly, admitted to lying by saying, “The show received an award just as prestigious as a Pew award (he never mentioned the actual award)”.

In 2008, O’Reilly called Sen. Edwards a liar on national TV, for stating that 200,000, veterans were homeless; VA statistics that Edwards quoted, indicated 200,000 veterans indeed were homeless.

From these two incidents I have never considered O’Reilly to be a reliable source; I personally consider a news source reliable when their news reporting is deemed accurate in ‘retrospect’.

As for O’Reilly being endangered in the war zone of the Falklands War, I have no opinion on the matter (and care less, frankly).

As for me, based on the U.S. Constitutional ‘Freedom of the Press’ of the press and the U.S. Libel and Slander Law, I simply do not rely on anything coming from the American news media. I would rather rely on foreign news media, like ‘Al Jazeera English’ that has proven to be more reliable in retrospect (or possibly, the American non-profit news source, ‘Mother Jones’).

Don’t believe everything you read. Always look for evidence and facts.


Friday, February 20th, 2015

Today, I read about Republican extremists attempting to pass legislation to replace history in our schools with their extremists’ revisionist’s American History: “Oklahoma Lawmakers Aim to Halt Advance History Placement Course”

The news article states, ”Opponents say the revised guidelines for the history course cast the United States in a harsh light by giving undue emphasis to topics such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans, while distorting events such as the U.S. involvement in World War Two.”

And, “Cultural conservatives blast the changes they see as questioning American exceptionalism, while supporters say the course offers students a balanced way to analyze how American history has unfolded.”

Personally I am a quite old, ex-school teacher, who taught United States History for many, years quite a while ago. While I would agree that there are different philosophical reasoning between individuals interpreting history, however, I believe there is only one history. And, I am aware that there are certain politicians who would deliberately misinterpret the facts of history for their own benefit and aggrandizement. That is obvious in the present history revisionist, case

As a history teacher of long ago, I tried my best to teach my students this fact: and, I tried to teach my students how to research history and tell the difference between reliable sources and ideological biased sources, using current existing evidence.

In the 1960s the John Birch Society was emerging; the JBS was a group of very wealthy political extremists, basing their ideology on heir revised history.

And while the John Birch Society and their revised history were rejected by prominent politically conservative figures of the times, Republicans as William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, and President Eisenhower, the JBS continues today, to spread their ideology and revised history through various “front groups” they have created like ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), the Tea Party, and elements of the Republican Party itself.

These political extremists continue today to try to influence Americans and have been successful in influencing many members of today’s Republican Party; and, it is these John Birch Society Republicans that are attempting to force their revised history on the schools and the public. They object to established historical fact taught in our schools.

In this news article about Oklahoma Lawmakers, it refers to these John Birch Society oriented politicians as “Cultural Conservatives”; I totally disapprove of referring to these people as “conservative”. They are not “Conservatives”; they give true conservatives a bad name and tend to make the John Birch Society extremists, a respectable and honored political thought.

The Webster Dictionary definition of conservative is: “Disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions; moderate cautious.”

These politicians today referred to as ‘conservatives’, are in reality ‘political extremists’ of the John Birch Society ideology ilk, and cannot be described as ‘conservative’; they are honestly political extremists, historical revisionist, and they intend to convert a majority of Americans to their ideology and take over and change America’s democratic Constitutional Government base as they propose in their manifesto, “The John Birch Society Blue Book”, 1960.

A primary tenet of these political extremist is to eliminate democracy from America; they contend that America was never intended to be a democracy, and this is best expressed in their own words: John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . . visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

Americans and journalists alike should always vet political candidates by insisting they explain their concept of democracy and the United States Government; unfortunately, this is never done in politics today, and is so obviously evident by its absence in media news!

The “John Birch Society Blue Book” is the best and an excellent source of the historical emergence of these political extremists but it is not a reliable source of other American history. All Americans should read it and know where these Right Wing, primarily Republican Party, extremists are coming from and realize that today’s Republican Party is not the Republican Party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren.

More evidence of the John Birch Society’s recent success, is the voter suppression laws recently enacted, the Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2010 Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts in America, the 2014 election results in which two thirds of voters refused to vote, and the recent Republican political attacks on labor unions, public schools, and democratic principles.

American voters must be vigilant and carefully chose their sources of reliable information.


Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Today, I read about the patron Saint of today’s Neocon Republican Party, Saint Ronald the Reagan.

Personally, I thought that President Reagan was an affable guy and, as both Governor and President he really didn’t do much of anything wrong because he didn’t do much of anything, except Iran/contra.

And, President Reagan’s successor, President Papa Bush, pardoned President Reagan and all the witnesses to Iraq Contra of any crimes they may have committed (which allowed the already convicted Col. Oliver North to go free and now North is a big Faux News hero and North has his own TV show and newspaper column).

Which reminded me that ‘America the beautiful’, of the free and the brave, has since President Reagan become “America the Criminal”, and the sadistic torturers of prisoners of war, perpetrator of unnecessary wars of aggression for the benefit of Corporate America’s foreign investments, defiled Saudi Muslim Holy Land, Neocon Republican dishonesty with the People, Iran/Contra, and Watergate.

In all honesty, the Republican Party today is no longer the Party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren.

However, one thing that today’s Neocon Republicans have accomplished, is that in contrast, today’s Republicans are making America’s Republican President Harding look good.


Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Today I was reading about the Oklahoma Governor speaking out in favor of America approving of the Canadian and Koch brother’s Keystone XL Pipeline running from the north to the south through the heart of America. “Speaker Boehner’s Website”:

Evidently, the Gov. of Oklahoma is only interested in her own benefits from XL and cares not the least for Americans who will lose their property rights by eminent domain for this Canadian and Koch brothers Keystone XL Pipeline that has the potential to destroy the American environment; is this Republican policy? Yes!


PHOTO: Bridger Pipeline, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke recently near Glendive, Montana, recorded nine pipeline incidents between 2006 and 2014

Would Republicans Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren approve; I think not; today’s Republican Party is not those great American’s Republican Party nor mine. Shame on today’s Republican Party (and on Democrats who agree, out of pure selfishness).


Thursday, February 12th, 2015

People are concerned today because ISIS is attracting recruits: and of course ISIS is attracting fanatic sadistic recruits. ISIS attracts other sadistic people like their selves; ISIS attracts sadistic people who can identify with ISIS because all of other normal people abhor sadism.

Sadism is not a problem in a normal society until the sadists form a union and seize control of a government like ISIS, Saddam Hussein, and Bush, Cheney, and todays Republican Party.

The sadists gain control by sadistic threatening the people. Saddam Hussein was a secular sadistic dictator, so People didn’t rise up against him because he controlled the religious strife in Iraq; deposing Saddam unleashed the religious strife in Iraq, caused the chaos, and resulted in the sadistic rise of terrorists and now ISIS.

ISIS is a resurgence of Saddam, except ISIS is not secular. ISIS uses Islam to justify their sadistic behavior just as the Christian Inquisition was justified by Christians; if sadism is associated with God’s name, it becomes justified by God.

Bush and Cheney’s sadistic torture of prisoners was justified by the Religious Right in America. Bush called his sadistic wars a “crusade”.

World Peace is threatened by sadistic religious and political nuts. If America and the civilized world want World Peace, they will have to dismantle the united sadists who want to justify their sadistic behavior claiming they act in God’s name or in the name of the State.

The World has proven that People can accept and live side by side with People of other religious and political beliefs peacefully, but the People accept sadism, religious sadists, or political sadists only when it is forced on them by sadistic threats from dictators; it is natural for People to abhor sadism.

Today’s world is not facing political or religious threats, the world is threatened by a union of insane sadistic nuts who would love to go to the movies to see ‘Shades of Grey’.