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MisdirectionMoving, a few necessary trips and scheduling a few more joint replacements, added to trying to do sufficient research for the books I’m working on, don’t leave much time for this blog. You likely aren’t too disappointed on the occasions I find a substitute to expound on an important issue. Here’s another such time.

This country is in deep do-do. So are many others. I grew up believing that, if you faced a problem, you tried to deal with it. Obviously, our leaders don’t feel the same. Magicians use misdirection to entertain us with some amazing feat. Politicians misdirect us due to a lack of competence to deal with the problems or because they don’t understand their responsibilities or because they don’t want you to pay attention to the real problems or because they can only get elected by instilling some fear in a constituency; sometimes real but more commonly imagined. [click to continue…]

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Brainless TrumpTrump, despite his braggadocio, is not a successful businessman. He has mastered the media. That is not the same. He is simply a showman whose taste runs to the gaudy and whose social skills are more appropriate to the sandbox.

Denizens of Wall Street estimate that his personal wealth would have been just as high had he invested his inheritance in the stock market. That, of course, is taking The Donald’s word for his net worth. There is a reason he refuses to release his tax returns. Many guess that he falls a bit short of being a billionaire, far below $4.5 billion or $10 billion or whatever. Take your pick.

There has been failure after failure. When was the last time you flew on Trump Airlines? Have you eaten any Trump Steaks lately? Have you ever washed one of those steaks down with Trump Vodka? Do you read Trump Magazine in your spare moments? I would recommend ignoring that ad for Trump University. Sorry, but it’s too late to refinance with Trump Mortgage. [click to continue…]

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Hillary HypocrisyWhy would Hillary refuse to provide the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs? Because she is afraid you and me and John Q. Public would not vote for her. She is afraid it would destroy her campaign. She’s correct.

Though it is being seriously devalued in this election cycle, your vote is the most valuable treasure you have as an American citizen. If Hillary is unwilling to be honest with you, to be open about what she tells her most important supporters, does she deserve the gift of something that should be so dear to you? Do you value your vote? Then can you, in good conscience, make a present of it to someone who values you so little?

The following article is by Seth Abramson, a poet, editor, attorney, journalist and assistant professor at Wesleyan University.

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Hillary EmailIt is beyond belief that anyone could trust the honesty, competency or judgment of Hillary Clinton. While she has a head-full of wonk, there is no proof that she has mastered it. She had essentially total control of the effort to reform healthcare back in 1993. How did that work out?

There is no question that she has an excess of ambition. It has never translated into anything of value to anyone else. She says she is concerned for the middle class and those in poverty. She claims concern for the obscene income disparity. Somehow, she is not satisfied with the Clinton’s $140 million income over the past 8 years. Somehow, she demands $225,000 for secret speeches. Somehow, she fails to appreciate the unbridgeable gap.

Enough of my ranting. For the subject of Hillary’s regime change efforts in Honduras, here is a piece by Ben Norton. He is a politics staff writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @BenjaminNorton. [click to continue…]

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A Hillary Disaster

April 16, 2016

in Politics

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Barney Fife

 Barney Fife is an example of the fact that holding a position isn’t a guarantee of competency. Hillary is another example. She served as Secretary of State. So? That means little if anything. How did she perform in that capacity.

She was a staunch and dependable devotee of regime change. Our war on Iraq gave us ISIS. No Regime change in Libya, no Benghazi. Her history is replete with failures to comprehend the subject of unintended consequences. Beyond her support of the war on Iraq, she played the leading role in attempts at regime change in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Haiti and Honduras.

Latin America and the Caribbean are not my areas of concentration. Therefore, you are better served if I provide articles from people who actually know whereof they speak on these countries. This one is from Theodore Hamm, chair of Journalism and New Media Studies at St. Joseph’s College in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
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HobknobbingThe Clintons appear very comfortable doing their part for those struggling with Bill’s welfare reform. That reform is still working its wonders, by kicking nearly one million people off of food stamps this year – yes, in 2016. That’s one of Bill’s policies that Hillary touts.

In my previous post I demonstrated that the Clintons are far less than progressive Democrats. They are DINOs, at best. How can it not be obvious when they both decry income disparity while she charges $675,000 to tell the Wall Street casinos how she will protect them from progressives.

Below I give you a post from Zack Carter on this very topic that likely will be enlightening to those who were enjoying the dotcom boom and weren’t paying close attention to Bill and Newt’s legislative partnership.

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Burning Bridges

April 7, 2016

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Burning BridgesFew politicians have the skills of Bill Clinton. Hillary is not one of them. She often seems stiff, programmed or shrill. Now, Ms. Inevitable seems to be panicking. Most of her insults and lies have been artfully crafted. Now they reek of frustration and are coming with greater frequency. It is to the point that she appears to have infected Bill. Even he is losing his cool.

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Oliver GoldsmithFrom my younger days I recall a quotation by Oliver Goldsmith (1730 – 1774), an Irish novelist, playwright, poet and physician: “Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.” Of course, he was unfamiliar with the Republican party and present-day American ‘journalism.’

Perhaps the world was simpler in the 18th Century. Now it isn’t necessary to ask a politician a question to get a lie. They are impossible to stop.

On the other hand, what we laughingly call journalists seem reluctant and/or incapable of crafting questions that might elicit useful responses. Then again, given the targets of those putative questions, they may be well aware of the futility of such efforts.

This article is by Eric Levitz and was published in the New York magazine. He presents evidence that the implementation of the nonsense that passes for conservative economics has devastated the economies of Kansas and Louisiana. This is the very same prescription every conservative politician has for the entire country.

When will people realize that all ideologies are merely simplistic constructs which purport to offer devotees answers without requiring them to think? [click to continue…]

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Blackface HillaryBill Clinton is the consummate politician. Agree or disagree with his policies, no one has been as adroit at selling himself and his wares.

Before Obama came along, Bill was frequently, only partly in jest, billed as the first Black president. Why? Because he did so much for the Black citizenry? No. Because he convinced people that he was so devoted to their well-being. In truth, he screwed the Blacks and Latinos even more than he screwed the middle class.

Many members of the Black and Latino communities and the middle class will vote for Hillary this election cycle totally convinced that the lies of the Clintons are gospel.

I dislike using posts from others, even when their work is better written than mine – especially on those rare occasions. However, I’m trying to recover from a second major surgery in a short period of time. The following is from an article by Richard Behan published at alternet.org.

But first, just one point. If Hillary is concerned about the disparity in incomes, why did she charge $675,000 for 3 speeches? She claims that was what was offered. She lied. It turns out, that was the fee she demanded. [click to continue…]

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Says Who?

September 1, 2015

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Austerity AnchorIf you have a large amount of debt, cut expenses; tighten your belt. Who says?

Says the people who want to screw you again – and make you pay for it again. True, there are others saying the same thing but they are either the toadies of the above parasites or the gullible, touting the bunkum of the above parasites.

The banks almost tanked the global economy. You and I bailed them out. Now they want more from us. They call it austerity. They justify it with specious arguments.

Wall Street owns almost all of the Republican candidates. There are a few they are smart enough not to even bother with, though they echo the same tripe. Bernie may be the only candidate they don’t own.

For the most part, I will spare you my rhetoric and let a couple of others provide some clarity on the subject of austerity. [click to continue…]

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