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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 ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Embarrassing Weekend for NSA and CIA Good for Democracy

U.S. intelligence took a couple of pretty hard slaps in its face this past weekend and, when reading the articles about their wasteful and ridiculous actions, the slaps were clearly justified. First off, it was announced on Friday that Germany had arrested a man accused of spying for the United States and passing on the details of a German parliamentary committee’s investigation.  It’s pretty disgraceful that the U.S. is spending taxpayer dollars to buy spies so we can know about an ...

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 ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

So Sue Me

I often wonder these days how our country is going to survive the remainder of Obama's term.  Whether or not you agree with the Supreme Court decisions, they have been made never-the-less and the President has been slapped down on many occasions.  Sometimes unanimously. So why, I wonder, has the President decided to continue his mantra of it's my way or the highway.  He complains endlessly about the Republicans refusal to work with him.  House Speaker Boehner explains one reason is ...

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. Thomas Jefferson
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Raggin’ On Obama

Dear Diary,

President Obama has probably had to endure more lies and half-truths and outright made-up myths about his term in office than almost any other President I can name.

I wanted to be nice as I write this post because a good friend of mine always reminds me, “Be nice now, John–refrain from name calling and all that other stuff that puts the acid in the proboscotorial protuberances of the intransigent and obstructionist Far Right Kook Fringe.

But sometimes it is nearly impossible, seeing how outright nasty, virulent, vicious, unfair, unreasonable and mindless some of them act sometimes.

(Yeah, I know.  I do the same thing…so what? What is good for the goose and all that malarkey, right?)

But since I write everything with a decidedly Liberal “Spin” (That ought to frost some Right Wing pancreatics because they hate it when I am honest about “Spinning.”) I am sure a lot of Liberals will be on my side.  Maybe Radical Righties shouldn’t be reading my stuff anyway…it would be awful if they actually were to learn something…It might upset their whole little contrived World if some facts actually got through to some of them.

Anyway, I was skimming across the Internet and I came upon one of those sleazy little electronic rags—the kind that some Rightist Fringe Malcontents love to write—and it was ragging on and on about President Obama and his Economic Record while he has been President.

This nasty little adventure into skewing the facts about First Amendment Rights gave all kinds of figures about how things were when Obama first took office and how bad the same things had purportedly become a few months into his Presidency.

This kind of negative fluff is all over the Web because there are scores of folks out there who simply cannot stand the fact that Obama is President for whatever the reason and so, they seem to get a charge out of spreading lies, rumors and falsehoods about anything he says or does.

But my thing is that if you can catch these “Haters” in one of their little myth-conceptions and if you can lay it bare for what it is, nothing else they have to say actually matters after facts have destroyed their feeble little attempts at showing how “Smart” they are.

So, I have picked one single item out of the litany of fabricated negativity from the particular “Rag” that I was looking at and it is the piece of drivel that claims that unemployment under Obama has risen sharply in just a few months.

Well, I decided to go back into the History Books a little (Not the Right Wing Revisionist ones, but the ones that have been universally consulted  since time immemorial) and see just how the record of  the President G.W. Bush Administration  (The most recent Conservative President) developed  on this same question of increases in unemployment figures.

Surprise! Surprise!

Unemployment in The United States during the G.W. Administration rose from 4.3% in January 2001 to 7.2% in December, 2008—an increase of 2.9%!

Guess what the increase in Unemployment in the U.S. has been since Obama took office?

How about 0.7%?

Isn’t that amazing how some of the sore losers on the side of Radical Conservatism can twist things simply by omitting information sometimes?

The obstructionists and intransigents can blow and boast and holler and yell all they want—until they are blue in the face, actually—it doesn’t change the fact that among other things, The Stock Market has come roaring back under Obama with the S&P climbing an astounding 59%.

I think that instead of criticizing The President for what they like to think of as his failed economic policies, they ought to be paying him a little more praise as they run, pockets bulging from their Stock Market gains, to the bank—don’t you?  Wouldn’t that be fair?  Just a little appreciation folks!  Oh Yeah! Right!

Righties ain’t talking about the rising Stock market under Obama, are they?

Does it matter to anyone who is busy complaining about our President and doing everything they can to make sure he is a one termer that the American Economy has gained more than a million jobs under the leadership of President Obama and it had lost more than 4 million just before he was sworn into office?  Is that important to any of the sour-faced Righties who seem to detest our President so much?

You bet’cha it don’t!

Posted by John Liming (Political Opinion)

Illustration Entitled, “Republicans In Wonderland” courtesy of MARIO PIPERNI

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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