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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 ...

What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose. Thomas Jefferson
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The American Supreme Court Upholds The Second Amendment And Every Other Freedom As Well!

I have no problem with either the Second Amendment to The Constitution nor with individual gun ownership.

Why heck, folks– I have owned several guns myself!

It is also good to see that our Supreme Court always seems to be upholding the Right of Citizens To Bear Arms too.

It kind of takes the edge off whenever I hear some of those poor, unfortunates on the dark side of Conservatism complaining about how “Leftist” some of our Judiciary has become and how much jeapordy the Second Amendment might be in at any given paranoid moment.

The more or less psychotic view some folks seem to hold of  our Judicial Branch that presents an illusion  that there is always some kind of government conspiracy afoot to rob the poor, helpless individual citizen of more of his or her precious Freedoms as guaranteed by “The Kon-Stee-2-Shun.” is just plain nutso!

But, in all reality, the Great Court always seems to reaffirm the right of our citizens to bear arms regardless of the fantasies spun by some of the deluded minds in the Realm of The Radical Right.

In fact, if you happen to live in Ohio, not only are your rights to bear arms protected by The Federal Government but the right to bear arms is also fully protected by The State itself.

In Ohio, a gun owner is permitted to carry his weapon openly into bars and there are few, if any restrictions on where one may play “Cowboy From The Old West.”

Any of the Constitutional Revisionist Right Wing Radical paranoiacs who entertain fears about the loss of their Second Amendment Rights ought to pack up and move to Ohio post haste.  Given the Liberality (Yes, I said LIBERAL) nature of Ohio’s Gun Laws,  That state should be a bang-banger’s paradise for a lot of those fearful  folks with all that  sulphur and nitrates on the brain.

I wish, just once, that I could get some of those who complain about how “Beaten Down” our American Freedoms have become to explain to me which of their “Rights” they feel has been threatened and by whom. When confronted with that question, many of them have nothing to say and the rest usually can only come up with something they have learned to parrot from the fantasy mills of their alternative reality’s phony media  propaganda machine.

I have to chuckle a little  when I hear some political illusionist slastersmatch from The Far Right Wing Radical Extreme saying such things as, “If we are not careful, the America that our Founders created will disappear completely.”

I hate to be the one to break the bad news to these folks, but “The America That Our Founding Fathers Created” has been long gone for many many years now.

That was an America of endless forests, uncertain existence, daily deadly dangers, extreme individualism, survivalism, wild beasts, lonely vistas and hostile encounters.  That America already no longer exists. It was swallowed up in the smoke and noise of The Industrial Revolution.

There seems to be this awful, deep and unexplainable, probably certifiable paranoia among a segment of our population who are apparently totally convinced that someone or something is out to steal their Freedoms, their Rights and Their Constitutional Government away from them.

I have read stuff that convinces me that some of those whom I am talking about must surely spend most of every day on pins and needles, waiting for a knock upon their door from some sinister government agent who will forcibly strip them of all their precious guns and ammunition and run off into the night leaving them totally defenseless  against some imagined future collapse of Law and Order and, perhaps, civilization itself.

I think the pre-occupation among some radicals with this fantasy has become so obsessive that it might even qualify for therapy at this point. Some of the things being said on that side of the fence are downright dumb and sometimes even fruitcake unbalanced. (Of course, this is my political opinion. I am entitled to my opinion.)

But, you know what?

There are also a vast majority of level-headed and “In-Control” Americans who go about their daily business as always– fully enjoying their Freedoms to seek Life, Liberty and Happiness without all this dark cloud of paranoid fear hanging over their heads.

I see some of these sometimes.  I see them out at the local baseball field with their Little League Teams or their Football Practice.

I see them in grocery stores selling their cookies and I see them under gazeboes at public parks enjoying their family reunions and birthday parties.

Yes, there is a side to America that is still bright, happy and Free as a bird and that is where I live.

I have owned guns.

I enjoyed my guns.

I used them for plinking and hunting and target practice.

Never once did I ever hoard guns with the idea that I might have to defend myself against some imagined government foe.

I don’t have the least feeling that my rights to own and bear arms are threatened now or ever have been because I am a rational, sane, happy and proud Citizen of The United States of America– and every day I live is a positive, happy, uplifting and fulfilling experience.

Posted by John Liming as strictly his personal political opinion.

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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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