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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 ...

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NYPD Said To Have Acted "Aggressively!"

It has been reported that some New York Police Officers may have acted a little bit aggressively towards some participants in the Occupy Wall Street Movement recently.

As an American Citizen, I was a little shocked to hear of this alleged aggressiveness on the part of some of New York’s Finest and I said to myself,”Oh, golly! I don’t believe that this kind of stuff can happen in America so perhaps someone is mistaken about all this.”

So, I returned to the article that I had been reading and sure enough, there were allegations that some of the officers used pepper spray and tear gas and that some of the arrests they made may have been a little rough according to some people’s estimates.

I thought to myself, “Well if that is true, that just isn’t nice at all!” Then I thought  again to myself, “I cannot believe that anyone who takes on the task of protecting and serving the citizens could ever even think of pulling and using a pepper spray on someone unless they were in immediate danger of being assaulted or something.”

What I was reading certainly wasn’t describing any police officers that I have ever known.  I thought, “Somebody might not be understanding the situation up there on the streets of New York.

I just don’t know what to think about all this stuff that is going on up there in New York and all over the world now with these “Wall Street Occupy” people.

I kind of thought that here in America we would be allowed to go into a park or stand on a street in a group and show forth our disappointment and discontent with some things that are going on around us and that we could feel perfectly free and safe in doing do.

But apparently there are some folks who do not share my expectations about American Freedoms. I think that is unfortunate to say the least.

All kinds of American Freedoms have come under attack of late. I guess there are even attempts to shut down Freedom of Speech.  I think this is more likely to be true if that “Speech” ruffles some one’s feathers.. They are telling tales now about Press Blackouts surrounding these Occupy things.  Of course, since this is America, I don’t buy that for a minute, do you?

There might be some really good news coming out of all that ruckus up there in New York though.  I also read today that a judge has issued a restraining order that essentially allows the Occupiers to re-enter the park where they have been protesting and that, in spite of orders from The City to the contrary, the judge who issued the order said the protesters were perfectly welcome to keep their tents with them.

Now if you look on the Internet, you can also find articles talking about a “Press Blackout” that New York is supposed to have enacted in regards to close coverage of the Occupy activities. 

This has ostensibly been done for the Protection Of The Press.” I guess if we are not really careful, we might see the day come when we won’t be allowed to say anything that is on our minds–especially if it might upset someone else to one degree or the other.  I guess we might get to the point where journalists will have to be careful to refer to “Crooks” as “Those  possibly suffering from the effects of social disengagement” or something like that.

I would say that the idea of “Protecting The Press”is a commendable action.  It is good that someone is looking out for the welfare of the Press Corps.

I mean this Occupy Wall Street thing isn’t a full-fledged combat zone, now  is it?

I guess my question is, “Could it become a full-fledged combat zone? Are the conditions right for violence to erupt around these “Peaceful” protests?

Oh golly Gee, folks– one can only wait with baited breath to see what will happen next.

Isn’t it exciting how things have changed in America?

You want my opinion of all this alleged roughness on the part of some of the police up there? My opinion is, “Dreadful if it is true. That is a ‘Shame On You.’”

But, in all reality, folks, there is always the chance that someone might be misinterpreting what they are seeing, hearing or reading and have made possibly brash statements  about what is actually transpiring in New York.  I mean fair is fair and balanced is balanced, right?

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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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