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Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled, we have yet gained little if we counternance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of a bitter and bloody persecutions. Thomas Jefferson
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John Liming - American Liberal Times

America’s Conservative Blight

Posted by John Liming (My Opinion)

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 AM EST USA— Conservatives are bellowing about the billions of dollars they will lose once the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts the lid on the damage they are allowed to do to the environment.

I say, “Kudos” to the EPA for their concern about our health and the health of the environment in which we live our lives every day.

Imagine the great clouds off poisonous smoke and gas that would escape from giant smoke stacks and pollute our towns and cities with their life-threatening smog if it were not for the EPA.  How the Conservative greed mongers would love to dispense with that agency altogether!

The Conserva-Hogs are working feverishly to get all American Workers into Kimonos and to press them into 12-hour-daily shifts of servitude for a $5-a-day wage with no benefits as it is.

Now, if we could just do away with that profit-eating protective governmental agency, (Take your pick: OSHA, EPA, Health and Human Services, Education–etc.) we could see our pack of CEO pigs get even fatter yet off the corpses of the expendable Labor force.

Aren’t you glad now that there are a few Liberals in the mix to prevent these evil plans from going forward? (For the time being anyhow.)

American Conservative power elitist types are fretting over the imminent release of affordable health care package recommendations to the Health Care Industry. I have often wondered what it is that the Conservatives hate so much about affordable health care.

Do they simply prefer to get sick and not be able to afford their doctor visits, their prescription medications or their surgeries?

I know the conservative mindset is to maintain the status quo and to resist all forms of progressive change, but do they really advocate turning back the clock to country doctors and home care for the nominally and terminally ill among us? Do they imagine that sulphur and molasses is still the cure for every known human malady?

How grateful I am for a few Liberals out there who actually give a damned about whether I can cough up the cash to go to a doctor when I am sick and who have asked nothing more than that we all espouse our “Christian” ideal of helping to care for one-another through changes in our health care system!

I guess if the Conservatives had their way, we would witness a potential for mass graves to receive the remains of those indigent, poor and unemployed who perished for lack of affordable health care.

I have lived for a long time now an during all those years I have been constantly bombarded with the idea that the American Medical System is the best in the world.  I have always asked myself, “What good is the best medicine in the world if no one can afford it?”

Thank God for a government who cares enough to want to lend a hand when help is needed.  That is what government is all about, folks– people helping people…a nation united in good times and in bad and sharing it all together as one People.

Government is not about a group of puff bellied egotists sitting on top of the heap with their millions while everyone on the rungs of the ladder below them are left to shift for themselves in the face of every kind of calamity.

There are conservatives out there who are so angry at the fact that The Bush Administration built our national debt into an almost uncontrollable devouring monster that threatens the very fabric of the country they can barely see straight. They bemoan the fact that this massive debt is growing by leaps and bounds with every day that passes.

They absolutely refuse to admit that any of this great national indebtedness is their own doing.

All this debt does not seem to dampen their enthusiasm for cramming as much pork as they can stuff into every bill that comes before the Legislature now does it?

None of this encourages any of them to seek a roll back in their wages and perks, does it?

None of them seem to be the least bit willing to agree that America needs a revenue stream in order to operate and survive and that some of that revenue ought to be coming from those who have profited most from America, right?

No! It is like always! They want all the goodies for themselves and their rich friends and they want the rest of us to pay for it. (All of it!)

In my opinion, no one gets a freer ride on the backs of the Middle Class Taxpayers of America than the elites of The Conservative millionaires and billionaires.

It is the taxes of The Middle Class and all the other members of our Society below the millionaire class that allow them to enjoy their extravagant lifestyles.

They have earned nothing. Everything they have has been granted to them from the blood, sweat and tears of some average Main Street Joe or Jane working their tails off at some low-paying job with no benefits somewhere.

And they have the gall and the unmitigated audacity to demand even more of what is left to the masses. They are not satisfied with their obscene wealth– they want it all!   They want the last crumb of bread out of the  mouth of the weakest child of the parents at the lowest rung of the ladder.

The Conservatives literally defecate themselves over the fact that there are 50 million people on Medicare in America and that a few million more who could previously afford nothing might now be added to the roles.

I cannot say with enough emphasis how utterly glad I am that we have Medicare and Medicaid.

I know the Mortuary Industry may not be so thrilled with it, but those who need that kind of support get on their knees and cry out to God with thanksgiving every day they live on their at-least-halfway-affordable prescriptions.

If the Conservatives had their way, I am sure that the 10 million or so formerly happily employed workers in America would see their unemployment checks cease forever and never be heard from again.

I can say from experience with the Far Right Religious Extreme that many of them get some kind of perverse satisfaction from knowing that Working Class people are searching dumpsters for sandwiches discarded from fast food outlets.

Tell that poor struggling mother down the street who has three children to feed and no husband to provide for them or no job to earn wages with that there aren’t going to be any more WIC or food stamps because of the “Holy” “Christian” Family and Moral Values Conservative hypocrites who worked so hard to get rid of those despised government entitlement programs that “Steal” from “Honest Taxpayers.”

The conservatives are so concerned because America has 14 million unemployed workers. The conservatives scream long and loud about the fact that America has an unemployment rate exceeding 9 percent at any given time.

But whenever Conservatives get the opportunity, what do they do about unemployment?

They cut some government agency and throw thousands into the street.

They bust a teacher union or a police union or a fire protection union and they replace thousands of professionals with cheaper and less trained and less experienced scabs who are willing to work for a little more than nothing.

As long as I have lived I heard Conservatives yelling about “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

But also as long as I have lived, I have yet to see any single program or law passed by conservatives that actually created jobs or got people back to work again.  As far as I can tell and as far as I am concerned, Conservative “Jobs” programs are nothing but  smoke and mirrors.  They exist only in the imagination of some Conservative who might be trying to get elected to some office somewhere.

The Conservatives are very loud about the low approval ratings of our President and Congress.

But they are as busy as they are loud doing everything in their collective power to obstruct, delay, inhibit and prevent anything our President or Congress tries to do to help America because their single, over-riding, all-consuming and publicly stated goal is narrow-minded and shallow and propelled by hatred and envy.

That goal, which they have had the witless audacity to proclaim in front of national TV cameras is to make sure that Obama is a one term President.

That, my friends, is the length and the depth and the breadth of anything the Conservatives have, in their total air -headedness, to offer The American People.  There is nothing else but promises, lies, deceits, treacheries and utter failures.
Those are the hallmarks of contemporary American Conservatism.

The black hole of the future will be created, perpetuated and sustained by the mindless greed of callous and hypocritical Conservatism unless sanity prevails and Democrats, Liberals and Progressives are once again given the mandate to return America to the Glory Days of Her former prosperity and unity.

Away then with Red States and Blue States.

Give me back my beloved “United” States.

Away then with The party of No, nonsense and nothing.

Give me back our Congress who sits down and hammers out agreements with compromise and common sense.

Away with corporate elitism and the disparity of classes.

Give me back an America where the rich can get richer and the poor man has a chance to raise himself out of poverty through hard, honest toil like he once could on these hallowed shores.

Give me back my America where my Conservative neighbor and I could actually be friends and help each other out when the need arises.

Give me back my America where the Fourth of July is as joyous to one as it is for all and where there is a little bit of Christmas in the hearts of every citizen instead of just a few.

If nothing else, just give me back America, period!

This thing that The Far Right Wing Extremest Conservatives are trying to build isn’t pretty and it isn’t nice and I hate it! It is ugly and hateful and nasty and selfish and mean spirited. I wasn’t raised that way. I was raised with a heart filled with compassion for my fellow man and I think my government ought to care enough of all citizens to insure that everyone is given a chance to succeed an survive even if all of us have to dig a little deeper to make it happen.

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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