TAKING THE HOUSE OUT OF POLITICS – MOSTLY

Sept. 15, 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com/).  

Happy mid-month, readers! Middle of September already – where in the world is the time going?!? Soon it will be election day again, and THIS year, rather than wallowing in disgust and misery, you had damn well better VOTE! For here is another  golden opportunity to destroy the government-hating Tea Party and prevent them from gaining a complete stranglehold over our Senate! These scoundrels all claim to be concerned with our national debt and say they want to “restore” our government to the people – LOL! They are sure going about it in a very strange way. For one thing, NONE of them have pushed for a cut in congressional salaries, and instead, they continue to do little or no constructive work in Washington as they keep on banking and spending their big paychecks. For another, the vast majority of them, when they do any work at all, ignore the needs and wants of the average taxpayer and work to pass legislation beneficial mainly to Wall Street, to major corporations, or to the piggish 1% wealthy elite – hardly “the people’s business”! Yes, by throwing out ALL of these phony, reactionary Tea Party shmucks and  corporate shills in both the Republican AND Democratic parties, and replacing them with true PROGRESSIVES whose only concern is for the needs and wants of the 99% MAJORITY = only THEN will we see meaningful change that will transform society as it so sorely needs! f course, if you choose instead to just sit idly back, NOT vote, and just complain, the reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republican Party and the conservative Wall Street Democrats will once more emerge victorious and will again arrogantly set forth to do the bidding of the wealthy – at OUR expense!  One of these arrogant Senators (as well as one arrogant wannabe Senator) are described in the first of this week’s Burr Deming TRIPLEHEADER of podcasts.

burr demingBurr states, “Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has been attacked, among other reasons, for no longer being a resident of Kansas. His declared residence turns out to be home of supporters in Dodge City. He pays them rent.

As a voter, I’m okay with facing reality. Maintaining a full time residence here in Missouri while attending to a full time job in Washington is an untenable requirement. My bet is I’d feel the same way if I lived next door in Kansas.

But the insistence that our Representatives must work for us in Washington but can’t live her continues. It doesn’t happen every election season. Just enough to be an irritant. I thought again of it all as I read about another scandal brewing in Maryland. The state gives tax breaks to residents. Tax officials are investigating whether a public official committed a crime by claiming to be a full time resident. Now I have to rethink whether the Housing deal should always be a non-issue.”

Click on the link below to hear this podcast.                                                                     http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-07T19_00_58-07_00
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burr demingThe second podcast in today’s tripleheader concerns a review about a book on slavery  that was later withdrawn from a magazine, and the lessons which can be learned from the incident.

Burr writes: “The literary storm which followed an unfortunate book review in the Economist magazine has been a combination of outrage and rage. The review was critical of a book by Edward Baptist about slavery. The reviewer presented the case that the book lacked balance, neglecting to present the case in favor of slavery.  

The Economist withdrew the piece.The recantation contained the review itself as a gesture toward transparency. It served as an admission of sorts: an acknowkedgment of the facts as part of an admission of guilt.The controversy brought to mind the lessons of my youth and a larger message about history itself. The reasons we were taught what we were taught can teach us more now than we could ever have learned then.”

To hear this gem, click on http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2014/09/10/balanced-views-of-slavery
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Last, but not least is this observation  on how the conservative preoccupation with nearly nonexistent voter fraud is completely foolish and actually harmful. 

burr demingBurr tells us: “Voting restrictions are needed to prevent voter fraud, that’s all. That’s how conservatives justify the new voring changes. But election stealing always happens in backrooms, away from voters. Ballot stuffing, changing total, are what will work for dishonest politicians. Fraud by voters involves too many people. It’s too easy to get caught. The penalties are harsh. The backroom stuff is what works.  

But conservatives keep insisting they just want to prevent fraud. Keeping large numbers of legitimate voters from voting is just the sad price that must be paid. It certainly isn’t the reason for making voting harder. That’s what they say…except when they slip up and say in public what they are really trying to do.  

For example, this case in Georgia.”  

Click on http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-11T19_21_18-07_00  to hear… ENJOY!                           

IN A FEW MORE DAYS, WATCH FOR “MY COMPELLING REASONS TO BE A PROGRESSIVE (Part III)”!                                                    

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MY COMPELLING REASONS TO BE A PROGRESSIVE! (Part II)

Sept. 11, 2014  By Jack Jodell.  

Some years ago in this blog I outlined a great many reasons why I can NOT, in good conscience, ever be a Republican. That was even before the reactionary, government-hating Tea Party hijacked the Republican Party and succeeded in pushing it ever further rightward, completely off of any pragmatic political table. As I recently began reassessing a number of current political and economic issues, it became apparent that the only kind of public servants  worth supporting these days are true, bona-fide PROGRESSIVES. That, of course, eliminates ALL Tea Party candidates, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, conservative Republicans, Libertarians, wimpy “blue dog” Democrats, and bought-out, corrupted Wall Street corporatist Democrats. In essence, it eliminates every politician whose primary concern is not what will best benefit the American public as a whole, but rather the betterment of special interests, the wealthiest 1%, greedy corporations, the vastly overbloated military / industrial complex, and the paranoid, warmongering neocon crowd which dominates our National Security Agency (as well as our CIA and foreign policy). In my last segment, I covered GLOBAL WARMING, WEALTH DISPARITY, and ENVIRONMENTALISM as some of the areas I believe need our immediate attention. In this segment, I will present three more below, starting with:

4). PUTTING AN END TO PERPETUAL WARFARE –  Ever since the unwarranted 9/11/01 attacks by al Qaeda terrorists on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the far-right, neocon faction of the Republican Bush-CheneyParty (led by then-Vice President DICK Cheney and Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham) have pushed for war whenever possible. Whereas this nation had previously only gone to war as a final measure, these warmongers began advovating preemptive military strikes. DICK and his cronies in the Bush White House even permitted the use of torture (waterboarding) as a justified practice for obtaining information from enemy combatants, something their predecessors had decried as torture and had even hung Japanese officials for following World War II. Beginning with Afghanistan and continuing to this day, our foreign policy has been dominated by war or the threat of war.  The military / industrial complex which President Eisenhower warned us about way back in 1961 has mushroomed into a dominant part of our industry and even our culture, and that is NOT good, nor is it completely justified.  Paranoid, trigger-happy neocons abound all throughout our government, (especially in our CIA and National Security Agency) and push for the deployment of U.S. troops worldwide, at the slightest perceived threat. Such craziness used to be called imperialism, but is now commonly accepted as a new norm. The insane NSA, through its shadowy cousin the Department of Homeland Security, has even pressured Major League sports teams to install metal detectors at their stadiums, a full 13 years after the 9/11 attacks occurred – how ludicrous is THAT? We Progressives see this as a case of severe overreaction and also as a direct assault on our civil liberties, and we advocate its complete halt! For the U.S. has no right to be the self-appointed policeman of the entire world, and its actions actually encourage and promote terrorism throughout the world. ENOUGH of this nonsense, we say!                                                       

5). GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS! – 2010 was a bleak year for our democracy. It saw the rise of a manufactured, completely fabricated “movement” known as the Tea Party erupt like a painful blister on our body politic. This “movement” was funded by Libertarian, government-hating  billionaires who preyed on the fears of the elderly as well as the chronically angry and not-so-bright, and deliberately courted cynical, low-information voters and turned this into a force which hijacked the Republican Party and won back the House od Representatives for them. With loud-mouthed, self-centered, narcissistic 

baked bachmannBITCH (2)lamebrains like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann at its helm, this poor excuse for a political party purged the GOP of all its moderates and turned it into a reacyionary mockery of what a conservative party should be. Obstruction off all but the most blatantly oeo-corporate bills became the norm and the federal government was shut down needlessly as extremist cruz lTea Party crackpots like smug Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flexed his political muscle in a ridiculous show of force, which, incidentally, accomplished absolutely NOTHING. The nation’s highest court, the EXTREME Court, made perhaps the worst decision in its entire history with its preposterous Citizens United decision. This little lump of sooty coal forbade government from restricting the amount billionaires can contribute to political campaigns, saying, in effect, that “money is free speech” and can’t be restricted, period. Well, any 3 year old can tell you that money is NOT free speech, and that the pouring in of unrestricted amounts of cash by billionaires completely defeats and is contrary to the notion of “one man, one vote” which has been a mainstay of our republic since its earliest days. It gives grossly unfair advantage  in elections to candidates supported and/or sponsored by nefarious, ADELSON L2koch brosgovernment-hating billionaires like the snide, sourpussed Sheldon Adelson and the sneaky Libertarian Koch brothers, who never saw a regulation they didn’t hate or a form of pollution or economic exploitation  they didn’t want to protect. People like this should NEVER be permitted to sway elections using their money to flood the airwaves with political ads! To counter this insanity, I would strongly urge ALL voters to visit and support a great for-the-majority-of-the-people website called MOVE TO AMEND.ORG (https://movetoamend.org)!

6). GUN SAFETY –  Our very conservative, overly activist EXTREME Court has twice in recent years attempted to irreversibly alter our Second Amendment to conform to the wishes of paranoids like Wayne LaPierre, chief spokesman and lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. What was originally the right of all citizens to bear arms in a well-regulated militia has now slyly been changed to the right of all citizens to bear arms – individually – without question and without restriction. The decisions The District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 and McDonald v. Chicago in 2010 attempted to overturn earlier, more practical and true decisions like 1939’s United States v. Miller.  This perverse and deliberate misinterpretation and misapplication of that Amendment has led directly to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people – even children – in the pastfew years, and there is just no excuse for this whatsoever! In the past two or three years alone, we have witnessed one senseless shooting after another, from Congressperson Gabby Giffords’ near-fatal shooting to the cold and cruel MURDER of 20 young first-graders at Christmastime in Newtown, CT to the massacre at Columbine to thousands upon thousands of other victims before and since. The NRA has successfully brainwashed the public into thinking they are not safe unless each and every citizen is carrying a loaded handgun and that it is an individual’s God-given right to own these guns – how utterly pathetic, untrue, and absurd! Along with the military / industrial complex, which has turned the United States into the arms merchant for the entire planet, the NRA and the weapons manufacturers who support it have made the country the most gun-crazy nation on earth. Our citizens own FAR more guns per capita than any other nation in the history of the world, and that is NOT a statistic to be proud of! As a true progressive, I support the right of a hunter to own his or her own rifle, or an individual to own a pistol for their own protection, but those incidences of ownership MUST be licensed by the government, and be applicable only to adults, after a thorough background check. I do NOT  support the right of ANYONE (except for the police or the military) to own semi-automatic or automatic weapons, or military assault weapons. Those found to be carrying illegal or unlicensed weapons should face long prison terms, without parole. The incidences of ganf shooting and indiscriminate murder via cheap, unrestricted handguns MUST come to a screeching halt! There is no place in a civilized society for cheap, easy to obtain illegal firearms!  

7). NET NEUTRALITY – There is a push being made by huge multinational mass media corporations and internet providers like Verizon and others to increase their control over the internet. This would result in the imposition of user fees to access certain websites and/or would guarantee quicker access to corporate-owned or favored sites but a much slower access rate to other, non-favored sites. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE INTERNET REMAIN AS FREE AS IT IS TODAY, FREE OF CORPORATE CONTROL!!! As I write, the Federal Communications Commission – the FCC – (which regulates internet access) is preparing to rule on whether or not to allow such a two-tiered system. Tom Wheeler, an Obama appointee who heads the FCC, has a long background in the communications industry. We must flood his office with phone calls, letters, and emails  demanding that our internet access remain as it is now – fully FREE, easily and equally accessible to ALL of us - WE the PEOPLE!!! He can be accessed at either his personal official line of 202-418-1000; the customer service line of 1-888-225-5322, or by contacting him at http://www.fcc.gov/leadership/tom-wheeler-mail. CONTACT HIM TODAY!!!

IN THE NEXT SEGMENT (COMING SOON): TAX EVADERS, HOW TO SPOT  NON-PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES BY THEIR JARGON, and more!                     

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POLICE CAMERAS AND THE FREGUSON SHOOTING

Sept. 8. 2-14  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com)        

Greetings, fellow progressives! To start the week off properly, we will once again feature 2 new podcasts from gifted writer and podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming, whose genius can be found regularly each day over at the superb blog site known as Fair and Unbalanced.com (see my blog roll at bottom right). Today, Burr muses first on the unfortunate  shooting in Ferguson, MO., and then waxes philosophically in a totally different vein.       

BURR DEMINGIn Burr’s own words, “One noticeable result from the slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, comes from the deeply troubling ambiguity of the circumstances of that death.  The plain truth is we don’t know what the plain truth is. Not for sure. The context of police mistreatment of the community does not tell us. The context of Michael Brown’s character does not tell us. The frustration that comes with a lack of knowledge has provided some momentum to an already existing movement to provide police officers with body cameras and to insist on their use.” To hear the podcast, click on

http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-06T07_26_25-07_00
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The second podcast in this doubleheader is quite philosophical and thought-provoking and addresses something completely different. It concerns an ages-old, still BURR DEMINGunanswered question, . It is called “FEARFUL FAITH,”  and of it, Burr says,

“I posed one of the traditional questions. If God had created all he had created 6,000 years ago, how would we explain fossils that were dated millions od years old? How about light from stars billions of light years away?

He had an answer. God had created his creation with the appearance of age. That was my introduction to what is known as the Omphalos hypothesis, named for a novel written in the MID-1800s. It has a certain chicken-and-egg logic to it. If God had created the egg, it would appear to have come from a chicken. If God created a chicken, it would appear to have come from an egg. Both would have the Appearance of Age.

I suggested that, if God had gone through that much trouble to give his universe the Appearance of Age, it seemed to me a bit unsporting for us not to surrender to his will and believe in all those contrived eons. My new friend’s unbending faith was strong enough for him to find my observation completely nonthreatening. In fact, he laughed appreciatively. It was hard not to like him.   Not all creationists accept the Omphalos hypothesis. I don’t much blame them. The big gaping hole in it is that it can support pretty much any theory of limited existence. God created the universe last Tuesday. He did it with the Appearance of Age, including memories, psudo-history, relationships, and a fictitious past. Why not?”

To hear this gem, click on  http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-06T07_06_47-07_00

 ENJOY!
  
UP NEXT: “MY COMPELLING REASONS TO BE A PROGRESSIVE! (Part II)”  – out in a few days…
                                                
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MY COMPELLING REASONS TO BE A PROGRESSIVE! (Part I)

Sept. 4, 2014  By Jack Jodell.  

Some years ago in this blog I outlined a great many reasons why I can NOT, in good conscience, ever be a Republican. That was even before the reactionary, government-hating Tea Party hijacked the Republican Party and succeeded in pushing it ever further rightward, completely off of any pragmatic political table. As I recently began reassessing a number of current political and economic issues, it became apparent that the only kind of public servants  worth supporting these days are true, bona-fide PROGRESSIVES. That, of course, eliminates ALL Tea Party candidates, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, conservative Republicans, Libertarians, wimpy “blue dog” Democrats, and bought-out, corrupted Wall Street corporatist Democrats. In essence, it eliminates every politician whose primary concern is not what will best benefit the American public as a whole, but rather the betterment of special interests, the wealthiest 1%, greedy corporations, the vastly overbloated military / industrial complex, and the paranoid, warmongering neocon crowd which dominates our National Security Agency (as well as our CIA and foreign policy).  

My current political and economic heroes and heroines include a vast number of pragmatic, thoughtful, and fair-minded people who advocate policies for the common good – for the MAJORITY 99% – instead of just the greedy, well-fed few. Drawing from not only our government, but also  academia and the alternate media as well, this list includes, but is definitely not limited to, AMY GOODMAN, SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, George Soros, Chris Hayes, ROBERT REICH, Robert Greenwald, THOM HARTMANN, Rep. Keith Ellison, SEN.  SHERROD BROWN, KEITH OLBERMANN, Rep. Barbara Lee, Stephanie Miller, Naomi Klein, Warren Buffett, SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN, David Pakman, Rachel Maddow, Sen. Al Franken, Noam Chomsky, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Jan Shakowsky, Chris Hedges, GLENN GREENWALD, Sen. Ron Wyden, Richard Wolff, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Ed Schultz, Mike Papantonio, EDWARD SNOWDEN, and Ralph Nader, to name but a few. Were these people to inhabit and influence key policy-making desks in the nation’s Capitol, this country (and our entire world) would be a far better and much more egalitarian place in which to live!

But now I’ll come to the bread and butter reasons as to why I feel compelled to support only TRUE PROGRESSIVES going forward. These are presented randomly, in no particular order of importance, for they are ALL important:

1). GLOBAL WARMING – my friends, this is a FACT  that can no longer be ignored. Our polar icecaps are shrinking rapidly and dangerously; violent storms and floods are on the rise; entire species are being wiped out daily.I refuse to join the knuckle-dragging, Fox “News” contaminated crowd of flat-earth believers who continue to deny the existence and dangers of man-made climate change. Sorry, you misguided Libertarians, Tea Party extremists, and conservative /reactionary Republicans, but the time for direct government action to stop this ominous and life-threatening man-made development is  here and NOW, and can no longer be denied or ignored! Only PROGRESSIVES who clearly see its danger and are untainted by affiliation with industry or Wall Street and are poised to act on it NOW can be fully trusted to deal with this problem. The rest of these unbelieving quacks can jump off thee edge of their flat world and get out of the way!  

2). WEALTH DISPARITY – it is a gigantic load of feces to insist that this highly defective capitalist economic system which currently corrupts our entire planet is the best or only economic system to follow! Just as a little bit of water is absolutely necessary for the existence of life and too much water drowns and destroys life, so too is it with capitalism: a trace amount can provide much-needed incentive to work hard in pursuit of a good and profitable end result. Yet no-holds barred, fully unbridled, laissez-faire capitalism (the kind many Libertarians and conservative Republicans seem to love so dearly) breeds piggish selfishness and encourages immoral and unjustified money grabbing which always seems to indefensibly injure innocent or needy people. It never fails to amaze me  how so many people fail to grasp how important it is for all to share in abundance rather than to grab everything in sight only for themselves.  This very deluded crowd will lie, cheat, cajole and steal – using any tactics possible – to ensure that THEY get whatever they feel is coming to them, and to hell with anybody else, especially those who try to get in their way. They are a despicable, greedy lot who never learned as children that it is far better to share than to simply take for themselves. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were VERY wrong to have drastically cut taxes for the very wealthy. “Trickle down economics” was a disastrous LIE, for promised good-paying jobs were never developed, and all the wealthy ever did with their huge new profits was to waste them on reckless Wall Street speculation and invest heavily in foreign plants outside the country! Their reckless greed unnecessarily causes tremendous suffering and wholly avoidable grief, but they nonetheless continue their quest for ever more profit. PROGRESSIVES are not blinded by such complete delusion: they know instinctively that it is far better to have wealth spread as evenly and fairly as possible, rather than just being held in only a few greedy hands! That is why enlightened progressives strongly favor sensible regulation on banking and big business and a fair level of taxation on nearly ALL levels of income (especially on the very wealthy). Basic common sense will tell anyone that taxes are necessary to maintain the civilized society we have achieved thus far, and to ensure that all people  share un the responsibility of its maintenance. Of course, Libertarians, conservative Republicans, bought-out corporatist Wall Street Democrats, and reactionary Tea Party extremists all disagree with this – but they are all dead WRONG.

3). ENVIRONMENTALISM – Progressives believe that we are mere stewards of this earth – NOT its sole owners, free to do with it whatever we damn well please at any time.  We believe we have a sacred responsibility to pass it on to our descendants in at least as good shape as it was passed on to us by our ancestors. That is why we oppose the proliferation of unsafe nuclear energy and prefer instead to develop safer sources of wind and solar energy. The horrible nuclear meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima should serve as ample warning of the slow suffering and certain death which befalls all victims of radiation poisoning, and should stop us from developing any more nuclear plants. Likewise, the horrid BP oil spill which contaminated the Gulf of Mexico and has led to untold cases of respiratory disease among young children and future painful cancer deaths should teach us to get off of fossil fuels altogether and to develop safer, less toxic fuels as quickly as we can. But so far, greedy Libertarians such as the billionaire Koch brothers have opposed all efforts to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and, in their lust for ever-greater profits, have pushed instead for ever-increasing levels of fracking, which is an even greater pollutant to our air and water than is offshore oil drilling!

COMING IN PART II: GETTING MONEY OUT OF POLITICS; ENDING PERPETUAL WARFARE; and more – look for it next week!                      

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RICK PERRY – ANALYSIS, PARALYSIS, AND ACCUSATION

Sept. 1, 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com)  

Happy Labor Day, workers of America! As we celebrate your many fine accomplishments over the years, let us be ever aware of how the wealthiest 1% in this country, those who actually produce very little by themselves but are quick to grab huge profits for themselves from all  YOU produce for them, are ripping you off by underpaying you and/or shipping your jobs overseas to cheap slave wage markets. Keep in mind, too, all the bought-out corporate shills who habitually vote against YOUR interests to ensure that these greedy 1%-ers can make as much money as they can while leaving you far behind, eating their dust.  Sounds pretty gloomy, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! By totally ignoring all the lying, slickly-produced corporate ads this upcoming election season designed to brainwash or confuse voters into voting for the same deluded corporate stooges who currently inhabit much of Congress, and by voting instead for fair-minded, PROGRESSIVE candidates who aim to vote for pro-worker policies, we can and MUST clear out all the corporate sludge that we can! If you are in favor of slowing or even reversing our 30+ year record of increasing wealth disparity, only a progressive candidate dedicated to economic justice will do the job! That, of course, completely EXCLUDES all Republican officeholders, and a large number of existing Democratic ones as well!

burr demingThis being Monday, it is time once again for another brilliant podcast from my friend Burr Deming, the creator and chief author of the fabulous blog site Fair and Unbalanced.com (see my nlogroll at lower right).  Today, the ever-thoughtful Mr. Deming points out how recent statements by Republican Texas governor Rick Perry are rash and not well thought out. He contrasts the style of Perry with that of a great  thinker who was also the governor of a large population state, the late Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. Somebody ought to remind that tough-talking Texas blowhard Perry  that “only ants and savages kill strangers,”

In Burr’s own words:        “Fast decisions with little information, without thinking for more than a fraction of a moment, may have kept our most vulnerable ancestors alive. Our modern term for the process is ‘common sense.’

The ability to think things through took us beyond immediate survival to a greater measure of security. Every major advance in human development, from technology to military defense to law, came from analysis. So did much of spirituality. Our relationship to each other could finally transcend personal survival.

Analysis when things don’t yet matter is what prevents paralysis when they do. It allows for rapid response that is thought out. It often allows for intelligent, realistic, compassion.

When ‘common sense’ leads to suspicion, fear, and unfounded accusation, it can bring us to the invasion of wrong countries with loss of life and tragic unanticipated danger. When it diminishes compassion, even for frightened children, it endangers the national soul.”

Click on the link below to hear this latest presentation. ENJOY!

http://fairandunbalanced.podcomatic.com/entry/2014-08-26T16_22_18_07_00

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REBOOTING THE AMERICAN DREAM and BOYCOTT BURGER KING!

Aug. 28, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

hartmann rI have long listed Truthout.org in my blogroll at bottom right, and I hope many of you have taken the time to visit there. Did you know, though, that you can read an entire Thom Hartmann book there for FREE? It’s true, my friends, and what a fabulous book it is! It’s called Rebooting the American Dream, and I recommend it to you very highly! Just look at these chapters: 

Thom Hartmann: Rebooting the American Dream

Rebooting The American Dream

Introduction: Back to the Future

Chapter One: Bring My Job Home! 

Chapter Two: Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts

Chapter Three: Stop Them From Eating My Town

Chapter Four: An Informed and Educated Electorate

Chapter Five: Medicare “Part E”- for Everybody

Chapter Six: Make Members of Congress Wear NASCAR Patches

Chapter Seven: Cool Our Fever

Chapter Eight: They Will Steal It!

Chapter Nine: Put Lou Dobbs Out to Pasture

Chapter Ten: Wal-Mart Is Not a Person

Chapter Eleven: In the Shadow of the Dragon

Conclusion: Tag, You’re It! 

This is VERY thought-provoking, factual, and vital reading from American’s leading pragmatic and progressive talk radio show host. You can also see him daily on FREE SPEECH TV.

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GREEDY CORPORATE TAX INVERSION BULLETIN!!!!! It appears that another major American corporation has failed to learn from Walgreens Drug Stores’ recent negative experience regarding moving its corporate headquarters to another country to avoid paying taxes here in this country – this time, the piggish tax-avoiders are BURGER KING. Please click on the link below to see the details,  Burger King, like Walgreens before it (and many others as well) MUST be held accountable for its greed by US, the American consumer and taxpayer!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/25/burger-king-talks-buy-tim-hortons/ue51bDWjeIUD77pez6LwxL/story.html

I thank Wane Johnson of Minds and Times of F. Wayne Johnson (see Blogroll at right) for providing this vital information, and I ask you to join us and BOYCOTT BURGER KING!!!!!!!  

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DEATH, PROTEST, AND GUILT IN FERGUSON!

Aug.25, 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com).    

Greetings, fellow progressives! As we start this new week, I present this new podcast by Burr Deming, podcaster extraordinaire who is also the creator and chief author of thousands of thought-provoking, intuitive posts over at the superb site called Fair and Unbalanced.com. Burr is recovering from cataract surgery to both eyes, and we wish him the very best and speediest recovery. Meanwhile, though, you can find a huge archive of his fabulous work by visiting his blogsite found in the link below.

burr demingRegarding this latest podcast, Burr presents an incredibly thoughtful and reasoned analysis of what recently occurred in Ferguson, MO. This, of course, is quite typical of the thoughtful, well-reasoned man known as Burr Deming.  In Burr’s own words: “Three decades ago, a young man in Baltimore did not deserve to be shot. He did not deserve a life of partial paralysis, The officer who did not deserve the public censure that became a permanent part of his life.  

That case provides lessons we may want to apply to a shooting death, and subsequent police overreaction in Ferguson, Missouri. Justice is needed.   We need to think through what is needed for justice.”

 To hear this, please click on http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2014/08/18/death-protest-and-guilt-in-ferguson 

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BONUS!!! Today we have TWO Burr Deming podcasts to enjoy! This second one is entitled “Cowardly College of Containment.” For this one, Burr states:

burr deming“Long before he became President, Senator Richard Nixon went after Democrats. Each was a Quisling, ‘holding a Ph.D from Dean Acheson’s Cowardly College of Communist Containment.’

The cowardly containment rhetoric was more than bluster. It was a clarion call to true believers. We were at war, and there ought to be no limits. Conservatives were angry beyond words at the rejection of emotional impulse. The substitution of thoughtful strategy was infuriating.

Turning away from intellect during crisis is a predictable emotional response. But acting on rage can have unintended results.

Similarities of conservatives back then to conservatives today are striking. Containment, and the reactions to containment, are nacl.”

Amazingly true! To hear this brilliant podcast, click on this link below. Enjoy! 

http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-24T14_40_05-07_00

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