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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 ...

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Thomas Jefferson
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Is Conservatism A Bankrupt Ideology?

How safe is it for the average American to hand their lives and their futures over into the care of some political ideology based on today’s Radicalized Conservatism?

Do you really want the government invading the sanctity of your bedrooms?

Do you really want your school-aged child to work as a janitor in the schools after hours?

Does Conservatism really hold out the promise of security and prosperity for the majority of Americans?  And, who are the “Americans” that the Conservatives speak of when they refer to “The American People?

Is it the 55 million citizens that make up their own numbers or is it everyone including the Democrats, Independents, Uncommitted, Immigrants…?  In my opinion, that question is a little vague at best.

Does American Conservatism serve only the interests of the moneyed elite or are they concerned with the needs of the Poor, the Low-wage earners, the Elderly, the sick, kids who are pursuing an education, Veterans, and others who are not millionaires or billionaires or CEOs of giant multi-national conglomerates with far flung interests?

Can Conservatism be trusted to look out for the best interests of the country as a whole and of the individual citizen in particular?

Is the apparent goal of Conservatism to undo the great American social safety net programs an unconscionable attitude or a fiscal necessity?

And, if Conservatism is finally successful in dismantling Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, The Department of Education, The Environmental Protection Agency and all the other governmental “Regulatory” agencies designed to protect the citizens, what will happen to the millions of people who have depended on these extensions of government?  What will they actually do?

Can you really picture living in a country where all forms of contraception have been outlawed?

I have had a Tea partier tell me that the needs of the needy will be met voluntarily by “Churches” and “Neighbors” and other good-hearted people.

To that I say, “Poppycock!”  There is no way  that local churches and charities can meet the millions and millions of dollars worth of budgets that would be required  to provide the level of assistance needed in this country.  That is a demented pipe dream from the minds of fools in my personal opinion.

I somehow cannot come to the conclusion that Conservatism has my welfare and longevity in mind.

I think it is focused elsewhere.

I think it is concerned with making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer and I think, sometimes, that it can be most callous in it’s efforts to reach those goals.

I cannot understand how many Americans can be so gullible as to buy the arguments of Conservatism.

The Far Right always seems to hold themselves up as the “Christian” factor in American politics, but everything they seem to want to do appears (to me, anyway) to be  diametrically opposed to the tenants of Christianity.

How can these things be?  How can the American People watch what Conservatism does and then still place trust and confidence in it?

I have the fear that if the American Voter is not very cautious, Conservatism can (And most probably will) bring this nation down to the level of a degenerated venal plutocracy where the entire political system has been poisoned, and where there are only two classes…the served (Them) and the (Servers) us.

I think the eventual fruits of dependence on Conservatism are nothing but unprecedented misery, suffering, want, need and despairing anguish for millions of our Citizens.

Of course, I am sure there are many myth-informed and brainwashed people out there who will defend Conservatism to their dying breath.  I call these unfortunates “True Believers.”

I truly believe that so many people support this dark ideology because they still believe it is the same Conservatism that their parents and grandparents lived under.

I believe that the present generation cannot, for some reason, understand that the old order Conservatism has been hijacked by a new, aggressive, loud, noisy, angry, demanding and politically dangerous crowd of dissidents who have nothing in common with their forebears whatsoever and who want to “Take America Back” to some medieval barbarism that subjects the population to the absolute rule by a governing autocratic elite—much the same as was the case in America under the rule of The English in 1776.

Posted by John Liming (Strictly My Opinion)

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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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