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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 ...

We shall have our follies without doubt. Some one or more of them will always be afloat. But ours will be the follies of enthusiasm, not of bigotry, not of Jesuitism. Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. Thomas Jefferson
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Democrats Are Not Defeated By One Election!

As much as Reichtie would like to believe so, Democrats, Liberals and Progressives were not undone by the recent Wisconsin Recall election results.

In fact, as I see it — if anything, the Democrats’ resolve was strengthened by the temporary setback. Democrats are very resilient and History has always been on their side.

Reichtie brags that all the Big Union Money flowing into the state didn’t do any good – - – but they are not saying how many millions of dollars from outside special interests flowed into that election that was not from unions, do they— and as I understand it, the amount was enormous.

Unions were reportedly vastly outspent in this one so you cannot blame Union Money for the defeat (which I like to refer as a refresher course).

Reichtie likes to brag that Wisconsin is so much better off now that the deficits have been slashed and employment is on the uptick there.

If you want the truth of that, then you are going to have to ask a Wisconsin-based Public Sector worker how much better off they are now. I think it would be a revelation.

Reichties will admit that Unions were responsible at one time for fair wages, the abolition of child labor laws (The laws that at least one of their candied-dates wanted to abolish – - -”Let the kids work as janitors – - – remember that one?).

Some of those on the Far Right will even admit that Unions were largely responsible for making work places much safer than they had been in the old sweatshop days.

But the way I understand it, Reichtie thinks that the day of the unions has passed, that America has outgrown the need for competitive wages and benefits, that business should be deregulated to the point that safety wouldn’t be all that big a concern anymore —( At Will Workers should probably also be expected to work at their own risk is the message I am getting…).

Some on The Far Right like to point at vacant factories and decaying cities that were once shining beacons of American Industrial might and remind everyone that this blight is the fault of unions.

I don’t think they will ever admit that these lousy outcomes can be traced to the very day that Trickle Down Economics was born, the Air Traffic Controllers were scabbed out and Free Global Trade was introduced as the promise of the future.

In my opinion some Reichties are just so full of it!

Here come the trolls to try and dilute my message with their BS retorts – - – I will bet on it.

Posted by John Liming as part of his continued Diary of 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.

10 comments to Democrats Are Not Defeated By One Election!

  • Neither party is defeated by one election, that goes without saying.

    I believe what the Wisconsin vote did show is that the “Average Joe” who is struggling in tough times to make ends meet has little sympathy for the ongoing and increasing demands of the public sector. At one time in history if an individual worked in the public sector they generally did so knowing they could make far more money in the private sector, but the public one offered other benefits such as reasonable pension benefits and job security. However over decades of strong arm tactics by public sector unions, we now have a situation where the public sector earns much higher wages for comparable work than the private sector, has bulletproof job security, and is eligible for a gold plate pension that would make Warren Buffet himself blush. This would all be fine and dandy (who am I kidding?, at no time could it be justified) if money was abundant, governments had no deficits, and everyone was working. The vote also showed that people are waking up to the rhetoric that has been spewed by the unions for years. Contrary to what you believe people are not the gullible sheep you think they are, moved back and forth based on some flashy ads.

    But on another note, as usual I see that you have managed to blame the Right for every misfortune under the sun, and covered your backside by making derogatory statements about anyone who may disagree with your one sided opinion. I don’t want to lower myself to that level, if I was to take such a tact I would probably suggest that some “brain dead Leftie Liberal hack who is undoubtedly sucking on the government teat for his daily bread” will respond to my comment, however I like to stay out of the gutter.

  • Contrary to what you believe people are not the gullible sheep you think they are, moved back and forth based on some flashy ads.

    On the contrary – - – that is the only way the Right Wing can ever hope to win elections.

  • Your lack of respect for the judgement of your fellow citizens stuns me. When they vote Democrat it is based on their keen insight, when they vote Republican they are sheep.

    Tell me, how did life mistreat you to make you so bitter and hateful towards others?

  • When they vote Democrat it is based on their keen insight, when they vote Republican they are sheep.

    Glad to see the light is dawning.

    Thank you.

  • My Father was a staunch Republican. Does that answer your question?

  • Sorry to hear that, it appears that your problems are more deep seated that anyone could have known, they go right back to your childhood.

    Sorry , but that is more than I can help you with

  • Any problems that may plague anyone always go back to their childhood because as it has been noted, We are the sum total of all our experiences. But you see,my friend – - – I have no problems. I love America and I want a government that helps People not one that caters only to power and wealth. That is not a problem, that is a virtue. And finally, I am often very curious to understand just how it is that you can suppose by even the faintest stretch of the imagination that you are qualified to “Help” me with anything at all? Who do you think you are?

  • I am just a fellow human being who is more than happy to lend aide to one who has lost his way and has taken the wrong fork in the road. I do this because it is the right and moral thing to do, not because an overbearing government forces me to. This is the way that a just society is meant to function, unfortunately in today’s world too many have turned over their personal responsibility to big government and a massive bureaucracy who recognizes the individual as nothing more than a number. Case in point your concerns about the VA. Isn’t ironic that the very government agency that you have placed so much trust in, the very one that in the Left Utopia is there to help you resolve your issues, is in fact simply ignoring you.

  • I am pretty sure that there is a Conservative type at the root of all my VA concerns somewhere. They would have cut the VA budget if they had not been called out on it but Liberals raised enough stink about it that they backed off. I Served for my Government of which I am justly proud – - – greatest government ever conceived – - -There is no irony here. Any Systemic glitch is simply evidence of the ever-present and pervasive corrorion of modern radical conservatism at work. End of story!

  • HA HA HA! Spelling error! Caught in my own trap there – - – the word is supposed to be “Corrosion” and not “Corroion.”

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