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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 ...

Our land-holders, too, like theirs, retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs but held really in trust for the treasury, must wander, like theirs, in foreign countries, and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation. This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagances. And this is the tendency of all human governments. Thomas Jefferson
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Misplaced Budget Blame?

Conservatives Complain About Being Wrongly Blamed For U.S. Fiscal Woes!


One Man’s Opinion
By John Richard Liming

I am reading through a stack of newspapers, as is my habit, to find something worth blogging about and, what to my wondering eyes should appear…an article by a Right Wing Commentator bemoaning the fact that Conservatives are bearing the brunt of the blame for the great American Budget battle Fiasco and all the fallout that ensued.

As the baby said, when someone grabbed the lollipop out of its hand, “Waaannhhhh!”

I have noted of late that many Conservatives have at least one craft down pat if none other.  I have noted that they are great at stirring the crap and then when it starts to stink, they stand back with that angelic look on their faces, fold their hands and glance about furtively as if to say, “Who, me? Surely not me!”

As I see things, if they are not playing the “Innocent Victim” game, they are playing the “Project The Blame Backward” game.  Here is an example of how that one works:

For weeks, the Conservatives refuse to compromise, meet the Democrats half way or give on any point in the fight over raising the American Debt Ceiling Limit. They stand their ground on their pet issues and refuse to move or budge on anything at all. (That is what I saw when I watched. That is how I saw things unfold.)

This attracted  the attention of the Credit Rating Agencies who then  said  to themselves and to the world something akin to, “The Government looks like it is willing to jump over the precipice rather than to handle these negotiations in a responsible manner, so we are going to downgrade their credit.” (My interpretation, folks, my interpretation.)(Not an actual quote.)

In point of fact, I believe that Standard and Poor, specifically, issued some statement to the effect that it was Republican intransigence that led to the downgrade. That information has been played and played and played into the ground by now, so if you need to refresh your memory on that historic statement, just type into your browser something like, “S & Ps Reasons For Downgrading The U.S. Credit.”  Sooner or later that famous statement will appear, I am sure of it.  I would link it here again, but I have recently been concerned about the legality of linking to other people’s stuff.

Anyway, the newspaper writer that I am talking about here pointed up his contention that “Polls” show that the American People are blaming the Republicans for the financial crisis and are giving  the President a pass.

Then this writer naively suggests that the reason for the financial crisis in the first place was “Run Away Spending” that drove the national debt to its legal limit. (I never knew the national debt ever had a legal limit, did any of you out there in Blog Land?)

I have to agree with this writer to a point. It was runaway spending that got us into this mess and it began with the Bush Administration. Everyone knows that, but most of the Right Wing Extremists like to either forget it, conveniently, or just cover their rear ends by reminding us that “Obama” spent a lot of money too. (And I have to remind them right back that “Obama” spent a lot of the money he spent in order to try and fix the mess that he inherited from the previous spend-thrift Republican Administration. (But,  of course, since they are always right about everything and everyone else is always wrong, the Right Wing Extremeists aren’t hearing any of that.)

You know what, folks?  I contend that if The Ree-Pub-Lickins had gone along with President Obama’s original request for a “Clean Bill” to raise the debt ceiling limit, we wouldn’t have had to endure all this downturn, downgrade BS that is now threatening the financial security of the nation and the generations of our future.

That debt ceiling had been raised numerous times before, especially during Republican Administrations, but not a peep was heard from the Right side of the aisle until “Obama” asked for his turn at bat on the  issue.  Then,as I see it,   the party of “Our Goal Is To Make Sure Obama  Is A One Term President” got their noses up and, in my humble opinion, decided they were going to obstruct and embarrass the President even if it meant sending the country over a cliff.

Well, the newspaper guy is right about one thing for sure! In my view,  the newspaper guy has hit the nail on the head when he tells us that “The American People” are blaming the Republicans for this mess. It is plain to me, the newspaper guy is absolutely correct  because (Again in my opinion) they deserve every bit of the blame for playing their silly little games with all our futures. The nation has seen them at work and the American People are not dummies and I firmly believe they will hold those Reicht Wing Extremeists who are responsible for this mess accountable at election time.

One can spin this “Blame” thing any way they wish to spin it, but America watched this thing unfold and America knows and I trust that Americans always makes the right decisions when things get tough and I believe America will not let The Far Right Wing Extremeists get  into a position where they can do this kind of thing to us again.

I firmly believe that America can recognize reckless irresponsibility when they see it and there will be a price for the Reicht to pay in the 2012 elections.

What do you say about it,friends?

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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