Department of What is WRONG with These People?
In the modern era, there is no precedent for the Senate to hold up a Supreme Court nomination in an election year when a Supreme Court Justice dies
Since 1900, there have been only four Supreme Court vacancies in Presidential election years -- and only one vacancies arose from the death of a Justice.
Joseph Rucker Lamar died on 1/2/1916, and was replaced six months later (6/1/1916) by Louis Brandeis. Read more about Replacing Scalia -- A historical perspective
Rollback of minimum wage in Germany, linked with immigration surge, presages what TPP passage will do to the US
Long ago, yours truly has expressed his conviction that the economic fallout from passage of TPP will be far greater due to unrestricted IN-sourcing, as compared to increased OUT-sourcing. (Furthermore, my continuing disparagement of the hapless anti-TPP 'activists' is partly due to their avoidance of this issue.) Read more about Rollback of minimum wage in Germany, linked with immigration surge, presages what TPP passage will do to the US
Across the country, and especially here in the nation's capitol we have seen and increase in gun related homicide. There is nothing complicated about the cause of this. Millions of guns and high capacity magazines are pouring into America's urban neighborhoods, with entirely predictable results. So what does our precious FBI director do? He blames the victim. Read more about Why does James Comey have a job?
Some 50,000 blacks in the state are barred by law from working in 20 occupations that require a professional license because of prior criminal convictions, unable to even apply for government approval to cut hair, mow lawns or unclog drains.
I've created a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TPPIgnorance, to have a central place for posting about the appalling level of ignorance regarding TPP. Read more about "TPP Ignorance" merits its own Facebook Page
Wondering what the 350.org folks are doing to abort TPA, I checked out their website, after ascertaining that they signed onto the the anti-TPP letter that has 2009 group signatories. Read more about 350.org signs anti-TPP letter, threatens to hold its breath until it turns blue
The Pentagon has decided to bring desertion and misbehavior charges against the former 5-year Afghanistan POW Bowe Bergdahl. The Wall Street Journal at one point published a commentary demanding a firing squad punish him. Right wing political and media operatives are still doing all they can to “swift boat” him, organizing and manipulating some of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers.
One more Orwellian act from the ethical freakshow that is America. Read more about Latest US Crucifixion of a Conscience-Possessor, POW Bergdahl
In “The firing squad returns to America” Barry Grey rails against the re-institutionalization of the firing squad for capital punishment in the state of Utah this week.
How is this systematized sadism and violence to be explained? Can we expect to see demands for the return of other practices? What about drawing and quartering, evisceration, garroting?
House Republicans are set to unveil a budget on Tuesday morning that will reportedly slice over a hundred billion dollars out of the food stamps program over the coming decade.
On December 31, 2014 the US in the UN Security Council voted against a resolution to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by 2017 and for a “comprehensive peace deal” to be reached by the end of 2015. Read more about Once Again w/ UN Veto US Dooms Palestine & Pisses on Intl Law
Republican “strategists,” Party functionaries, and Congresspeople, are saying, with considerable emotion and rage, that the President's Executive Order allowing undocumented immigrants goes beyond presidential authority under the Constitution in the areas of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion, claiming that he must enforce the law without bias, in a manner consistent with his oath to uphold the Constitution. They've made similar claims in relation to his decision to delay for one year the requirement that employers with over 50 employees provide health care coverage or pay penalties, and have now gone to court to get relief from this “horrible” action relieving the financial burden on one of the Republicans supposed favorite constituencies, non-small businesses.
On the other hand, the President's unwillingness to investigate, prosecute and seek convictions against: Read more about Prosecutorial Discretion: Plenty for Me; But None for Thee
Barry Grey and Patrick Martin in “The US elections and the American plutocracy” declare that the Democratic and Republican parties agree on austerity, government spying, tax breaks for the rich and war.
Hunger, homelessness, joblessness, Detroit’s bankruptcy are not worth seriously addressing by either of them in this election cycle. Read more about 2014 Election & Plutocratic Psychopathy
RFK’s son, hasbarist chair of the Trustees at the University of Illinois, on firing Salaita over tweets
Christopher Kennedy is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated senator and Democratic presidential candidate. Christopher Kennedy is chairman of the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees, politically appointed by Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. Kennedy has also acted as a fundraiser for Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. Read more about RFK’s son, hasbarist chair of the Trustees at the University of Illinois, on firing Salaita over tweets