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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 ...

It is always better to have no ideas, than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. In my mind, theories are more easily demolished than rebuilt. Thomas Jefferson
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The Fat Liberal Goes Grocery Shopping!

The Fat Liberal  went grocery shopping this morning and the one that I am writing about in this blog post is—me! 

I am elderly, eccentric, mouthy, opinionated and—26 pounds overweight, but I am also fuzzy, kind, usually fairly considerate (Depending on who I am dealing with) caring…all the things that one would normally associate with a Liberal Democrat Progressive.

I am thinking about switching my allegiances to “The Green Party” because Rosanne Barr is talking on some talk shows about running for President on the Green Party—which, incidentally has “Empowering The Little Guy” as part of it’s operational platform according to my best understanding of it.

Haven’t quite got there yet, but I am tossing it around in my head.  After all, it is still a Progressive party and I am sure there are a lot more smiling faces in it than there in some of those loud-mouthed, angry-faced intransigent Obstructionist -stacked political outfits that I could mention—but for the sake of common decency, won’t mention right now.  But here is a hint for those who like to exercise their noggin power:

Think of a pair of light-colored, extremely tight fitting (Often too tight fitting) spandex panty-hose-looking trousers with a pair of shiny black leather boots up to the knees, a long-john underwear shirt dyed for the occasion and a tri corn hat, a powdered white wig—a cap and ball musket, a red pickup truck with a gun rack, several hate signs advocating overthrow of the government and the graduation certificate from the 5th grade to prove authority to rewrite The Constitution—and a firm and unshakeable resolve to refuse to compromise on anything—two hound dogs who may or may not have been claimed on last year’s individual income tax forms as dependents…

There you go! Remember that awkward moment in History ?

Anyways, I went to the grocery store this morning and, as usual, got my regular reminder  about what it is like to live in a recession (Caused by Conservative recklessness).

Before I ever picked up the first item off the shelves, I encountered a series of individuals with extremely stern and scowling grimaces on their faces who I instantly judged (Right or Wrong) to be Extreme Right Wingers.

I say that because I don’t remember ever seeing anyone afflicted with Radical Conservatism who ever smiled at anything unless they were doing their best to keep some elderly voter from finding the right table at the precinct or were strapping their dogs to the top of their mini vans.

Anyway, I picked up my little jar of honey—produced most likely by good old American Self-Reliant Right Wing Entrepreneurship— and it cost $8.99.  I remember when you could buy a jar of honey that size for $1.99—but that was before the age of Free Global Markets and Trickle Up Dumb-o-nomics.”

I guess really poor people have to chase down a herd of bees and find a honey tree if they are going to eat honey because they darned well probably will not be able to afford to buy a jar in a store.

But then again—running down the herd of bees to rob the honey would be more of a Radical Conservative Self-Reliance thing wouldn’t it?  So maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all except perhaps for the owner of the honey factory who is probably building his second or third mansion on an island somewhere in The pacific—where he or she might also stash their money in order to avoid paying U.S. Taxes on it.

I got a loaf of whole wheat bread for $2.99 and I thought that was a real deal because the same brand of bread as the one I bought usually goes for $4.99.

It occurred to me at that point, “Hmmm!  I wonder why this bakery had to reduce their selling price by so much? Could it be that their “Great Grab It All” mentality has finally caught up to them in the recession and they are having as much trouble giving their overpriced swill away as they are selling it?  I thought to myself, “If that is the case, then poetic justice!”

Could this be another case of mis-applied Republican-Style Economic Theory proving itself to be the end of another hapless Business type who placed faith in it? Live and learn is what I always say!

Got me some peanut butter for $3.89 too. (The natural kind that you don’t have to stir.)

My whole bill (Along with the little book of crossword puzzles that I crammed into the bag at the last minute) came to $20.10 after the lying automated check out informed me that I had saved a certain amount of money by using my special privileges store discount card—another load of baloney that needs a blog post all it’s own.

I do not have food stamps (Although I could probably qualify) and I do not get welfare assistance—I pay my own way for everything.

But I am fairly certain that there are somewhere around 33 million people out there somewhere who do have food stamps and I wonder sometimes what would happen to them if someone like some Right Wing Extremeist Nerd Ball ever got enough of his or her own kind together to actually grab hold of the government again and do away with all the social safety net programs.

I watched a movie last night about how things were in England during The Margaret Thatcher administration—it showed the Prime Minister dancing with old Ronnie—Those were hard times over there for what a lot of people like to call “The Common Working People” (Definition: The un-rich).

Maybe all this stuff I am taking about here is a precursor to the misery that would come if Reichties get control of The White House and Both Houses of Congress in 2012.

I wonder if it is possible for people living in the Border States to whip across to Mexico and find better prices on groceries?  Does anyone know about this and wish to share what they do know?

I hope America is paying attention.

Check it out about Rosanne running for President: 

(Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diaries of Political Opinions.)

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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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