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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 ...

God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson
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Astonishing Thoughts About The War On Women!

We hear all this stuff about a “War On Women” supposedly being waged by certain political activists  on  The Right and we hear a lot of the punditry of Conservatism denying that there is any such thing going on.  (So what can one expect? Denial works sometime!)

I guess instead of me trying to make a case for whether there is a “War On Women” going on or not in America, I would suggest that whoever is interested just ask the Women.

The final determination one might make about this question probably will depend on which Women are asked about it all.

If the question is asked of an average, normal, everyday, lower-than-wealthy-income Woman, the answer may be more likely to be “Yes there is definitely a Right-Wing-Extreme-sponsored and promoted “War On Women” because of all the meddling in issues surrounding Women’s health care, employment outside the home and other such things.

On  the other hand, if the question is asked of the typical more affluent Woman, (especially if the Woman happens to embrace any of the various levels of Conservative ideology or political view) the answer is more likely to be along the lines of, “Women are more interested in jobs and in the economy than in contraception, health care or anything else like that.” In this case, the response is, in my opinion, more likely to deny the existence of any “War On Women.”

Many on the Far Right or in the grip of Radical Conservatism will probably be inclined to just simply deny there is any such thing as a “War On Women” and will smugly retort that it is something all made up by Democrats, Liberals and Progressives. This may not be true in every case, but it has been true in most of the encounters I have had on the issue.

Again I say, “Ask the Women who are most affected and see what they have to say about it. Ask the big National Women’s Groups or go online and research a little.

I have learned about two different viewpoints by two different groups of Women from watching the news and the talk shows on TV— Both Main Stream Media TV and some Right Wing TV.

The thing is, if one makes a close study of statistics about Employment for Women in America in this century where we are living at present, one discovers that due to layoffs and dismissals (Among other factors), the Labor Force has lost more than  177,000 Women in the last few months.

This figure was gleaned from information reported to have been put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So my question is, “Why are women being targeted in such large numbers for all these “Layoffs and Dismissals?”

It is sometimes reported that Women, in general, are often more formally educated than a lot of men but even with that, they are said to still be earning as much as 20% less than some men in the workforce.  This is supposedly coming from the Labor Department, no less.

My question is, “Why do women in the Workforce tend to be paid less than men even though their educational level sometimes surpasses that of their male counterparts?

Is there any argument for the “War On Women” argument in those figures and revelations?

The pitiful state of affairs surrounding the employment of Women doesn’t stop with issues of targeted layoffs and dismissals and unfair disparities in compensation in my opinion.

There is some concern being voiced in certain circles about the perception that Women are also having  to work part time more often than men and are being forced to find work in lower paying Public Sector jobs. This is also said to be based on information from The Labor Department.

The last question I have on this subject is this: “Given all the above, I also learned today that most of what many women earn at whatever jobs they can find usually goes for expenses connected to child care and these expenses can often be more than average rent payments on a home or apartment in many states.

All this cannot, in my opinion be mere circumstance.

All these issues seem to me to be forms of attack against the dignity, security and financial stability of American Women and, in my opinion, when  there is “Attack” there is “War.”

If Rightie is successful in defeating funding for Planned Parenthood for example, is that not an attack on Women’s right to affordable (And often critical) health care?

Can you think of other examples of attacks being made against the rights of Women or against the government programs that might help many of them when they need help the most?

Can you figure out who it is that is obstructing, hampering and working hard to get funding for these often necessary helps slashed?

I will bet you will discover that none of these attacks against Women’s issues is coming from a Democrat, Progressive or Liberal.

I think I know something else too!

Is there any doubt in any one’s mind that the women being affected by all this will remember what their attackers are trying to do to them when it comes time to go to the polls and vote in November?

Is everyone aware that American Women can carry as much as 56% of the vote?

The results of all this should be interesting indeed!

Check  out some facts and figures here: Department Of Labor Statistics On Women In The Work Force

Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.

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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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