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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 ...

And, finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. Thomas Jefferson
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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Will America Now Begin To Crush Protests?

I never thought I would live to see the day when heavily armed Riot Police would descend on peaceful political protesters in America.  It just never occurred to me that our Democracy was capable of supporting such outrages.

I guess there were a lot of other people who were naive enough to think they actually had the rights that are supposed to be guaranteed under The First Amendment To The Constitution of The United States. But there are also the questions that have been raised about how far those “Rights” were intended to go.

For example, one might ask the question, “What right did the Civil Rights Marchers have to disrupt private businesses by staging sit-ins?

One might ask the question, “What right did the Civil Rights Marchers have to disrupt the flow of traffic by marching en masse down the middle of city streets as the attack dogs and the fire hoses followed close behind?

Who could have even envisioned, a few years ago, American Police Riot Squads, looking more like armed Martians in their gear than human beings (Something out of a science fiction flick to some observers) actually pointing loaded military-style weapons at unarmed civilians?

It is nightmarish!

Is all this “Occupy Wall Street” stuff really the beginnings of a new American Revolution?  Will it eventually exceed a certain tipping point and turn violent like in the days of The Kent State Massacre? I am grateful that so far, all that has happened has been more or less non-violent. But are the seeds of something far worse being sown by a new authoritarianism on the part of municipal governmental leaders and their armed guards?

Is there a danger that as cities send more sophisticated police tactics against these protests the protests will intensify in defiance?  Then what?  How far will those in power be willing to push their authority and how much will the protesters be willing to resist? It is scary to me!

How is it that I can now come to the conclusion that what I thought was meant to serve and protect the People can also be used as an arm of he state to crush protests?  Is that even “American” in concept? Will there be the prospect of increased violence against protesters as the movement continues?

I cannot believe I actually read a story about an incident where an 84-year-old woman was maced at of these protester confrontations with police.  I cannot make myself believe that.

Will all this eventually come to the use of deadly force to clear the parks and the streets of protesters?  Can a “Real” American even ask such a question as that?  Is it within the realm of possibility?

What is the message that the 1% are trying to send to America and the world through their willingness to break out and use the concussion grenades, the tear gas and the rubber bullets against unarmed people gathering in parks and on streets to scream, yell and wave a few signs?

Where was all this police presence when the Tea Party groups were  out there waving their hate signs and wearing their guns in public places?  One never heard a peep out of local governments about those protesters. They were loud and they were noisy and they gathered in great numbers and I don’t remember hearing about any arrests then.

I wonder what people might be driven to do as more and more die for lack of affordable medical care and more and more put their children to bed hungry at night because they have no work because their jobs were sent overseas for cheaper labor?

Have I actually lived to see these kinds of times in America, the greatest nation on the face of the earth? Have I lived long enough to see this kind of turmoil in the Land of The Free and The Home of The Brave?

There is hope in all this.

It has long been a principle of Christian Faith that the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil and that some people have strayed from their allegiance to their Faith for the sake of seeking and accumulating riches at the expense of the poor.

In doing these things, the powerful and moneyed elite are not aware of the arrows they may have pierced  themselves through with. I think the arrogant who live in ivory towers and who laugh at the plight of the poor are courting a time of many sorrows for themselves.

I think that God, in His Righteousness now sends His Spirit as a pillar of fire to light the way for those who have been ill treated and upon whom His Eyes are always beholding.

The truth is that if the cause of the Occupy People is a Righteous cause, then it shall not fail.  If the cause f the Occupy People is not a Righteous cause, it will go down into the flames of defeat.
That is not for me to judge..  That is a judgement that belongs to the ages.

I just pray that all who are involved– the Government officials, the Police and The Protesters, will seek common ground for a peaceful resolution to all grievances and remember that it is One God who governs all.

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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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