Nov. 20. 2014 By Jack Jodell.

A wise person once said “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” And so it has been with the Republican Party. With rare exception (only in the days of Abraham Lincoln, and again, briefly, during the administrations of Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, over 100 years ago), this wayward party has screwed regular working people to favor the rich and big business owners. Now, reactionary as never before and fully infested with backward-looking Tea Party types, it is obsessed with turning this country into an oligarchy, preying upon the ignorance of its blind followers and the apathy of the general public to advance its regressive agenda. Below, I feature a number of quotes, by living as well as dead people, which factually describe this wretched Republican Party, especially as it exists today…   

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
― Harry S Truman –  

 “Latins for Republicans – it’s like roaches for Raid. ”
― John Lrguizamo –      

“When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, it becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues.”
- Thomas Friedman –      

 “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”  
- P.J. O’Rourke –    

“The \Tea Party people say they’re angry about socialism, but maybe they’re really angry about capitalism. If there’s a sense of being looked down upon, it’s that sense of failure that’s built into a system that assures everyone they can make it to the top, but then reserves the top for only a tiny fraction of the strivers.”
- Gail Collins –  

“Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.”
- Jimmy Carter –  

“Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation. Unfortunately, the Bush administration and congressional Republicans have not lived up to this duty.”
- Patty Murray –    

“Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.”
- Frank Zappa –    

“If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we’ll stop telling the truth about them.”
- Adlai E. Stevenson –                           

“I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever — on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country — vote Republican. ”  
- Barbara Ehrenreich –                  

“Republicans are taking the defeat over Health Care as well as Tiger Woods took to marriage.”
- Bill Maher –    

“I’ve always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement (Libertarian Republicans) in the U.S. that thinks that Americans are not yet selfish enough.”
- Christopher Hitchens –   

“In 2001, the oil companies, the war contractors and the Neo-Con-Artists seized the economy and added $4 trillion of unproductive spending to the national debt. We now pay four times more for defence, three times more for gasoline and home-heating oil and twice what we payed for health-care. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, their homes, their health-care, their pensions; trillions of dollars for an unnecessary war payed for with borrowed money. Tens of billions of dollars in cash and weapons disappeared into thin air at the cost of the lives of our troops and innocent Iraqis, while all the President’s oil men are maneuvering on Iraq’s oil. Borrowed money to bomb bridges in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. No money to rebuild bridges in America. Borrowed money to start a hot war with Iran, now we have another cold war with Russia and the American economy has become a game of Russian roulette.”  
= Dennis Kucinich –          

“Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It;s not about bashing Democrats; it;s not about taxes; they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about; they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism, straight up.”  
- Janeane Garofalo –            

“Bob Dole revealed he is one of the test subjects for Viagra. He said on Larry King, ‘I wish I had bought stock in it.’ Only a Republican would think the best part of Viagra is the fact that you could make money off of it.”
- Jay Leno –  

“I never did give them hell – I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”  
- Harry S Truman –              

“The next time some academics tell you jow important diversity is,  ask how many Republicans there are in their Sociology department.”  
- Thomas Sowell –                                      

“The largest party in America, by the way, is not the Democrats nor the Republicans – it’s the non-voters.”  
- Robert Reich –  

“Democrats legislate – Republicans investigate.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson –                                          

““Now, if there were an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating then this [George W. Bush] administration would take the gold, world-records for violations of national and international law. They want another four year term to continue to alienate our allies, spend our children’s inheritance and hollow out the economy. We cannot afford another Republican administration.”
- Dennis Kucinich –  

“Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party.”  
- Walter J. Lippmann - 

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Nov. 17, 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of the new week! the holidays are coming up soon, and this week’s doubleheader consists of yet another two excellent podcasts by my wise friend, Burr Deming, the creator and chief author over at the superb website known as Fair and This first podcast is called “Ex Post Facto Voting Rights”, and the second is entitled “Nixon, Mandela, Bachmann, God Exposed as Gang Members.”

burr demingRegarding the first, Burr states, Since ancient times, applying a law retroactively, punishing people for what had been legal before, was considered unfair. So was increasing punishments for crimes that had been committed in the past. 

In fact, delegates put protections directly into the Constitution. One said Congress couldn’t pass laws like that. The other said individual states couldn’t pass laws or punishments retroactively.

But that’s what the Governor of Iowa is doing by executive order. And a young woman was prosecuted for trying to vote.”

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=========================================================== For his second podcast, Burr points out an incident which occurred recently in my hometown of Minneapolis, MN. Our local ABC affiliate, KSTP Ch. 5 had recently run a ridiculously untrue story about Democratic mayor Betsy Hodges supposedly teaming up with a local supposed “gamg member.” The story was as preposterous and sensationalistic (and FALSE) as anything one might see on Fox “News.” The story was so bogus, in fact, that arch-conservative station owner Stanley Hubbard was recently confronted over it by a gathering of college students. As Burr will show in this podcast, this is yet another example of slimy conservative “journalism” – so much for the so-called “liberal media” conservatives love to lament about!

burr demingIn Burr’s own words, Fox News and the terrorist fist jab was unintentionally funny. The local Minneapolis television station and the secret gang signal became hilarious. The ethic itself is not always so humorous.  

Take any accusation, rumor, or suspicion, and present it to a predominantly conservative audience as legitimate speculation. A large proportion of the public is led into a cocoon of comforting delusion.  

Is Barack Obama really from Kenya? 

Does Obamacare include death panels to decide when the elderly should die?  Is President Obama trying bring Ebola to the United States?  

We report, you decide.”  

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Nov. 13, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
- Chinese proverb -  

The horrible, reactionary-tinged midterm election of 2014 is over. Rather than sitting idly by, feeling downcast over the results, it is now time for we progressives to renew our attack on the forces of greed and repression, and to combat their lies and denial of fact with TRUTH at every opportunity. The best way for us to overcome the massive disinformation campaign being waged daily through our corporate-owned media is for us to be well-informed and on top of the issues.

In this post, I will list a number of interesting and important websites that I am recommending everybody visit. Please save this post and refer to the websites shown below on occasion, and feel free to share them with everyone you know.  If any of you readers can recommend other similar and equally very useful sites, please post them in my comments section and not only will I credit you for submitting them,;  I will also feature them in subsequent posts! For knowledge is power, and our aim is to help equip future voters with as much knowledge and wisdom as possible! Here are a few of the worthwhile sites I recommend:

1). LAST HOURS OF HUMANITY   Here, the brilliant journalist and talk show host Thom Hartmann warns us how life on earth nearly became extinct on five separate, prior occasions, and hows how  the deadly, threatening man-made cause of the  sixth may very well arise sooner than we think. Very thought-provoking!  

Did you know there are 88 guns for every 100 people in the United States (and yet the National Rifle Association;s top leadership tells us we need even more)? Or that we are the world’s biggest weapons exporter? Go to and scroll through their menu. It shows the progress this organization has made to end gun violence and also shows us what we ourselves can do to help! While you’re at it, view their impactful video at This video has many notable stars in it, including Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jason Bateman, Conan O’Brien, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rashida Jones, and many others who remind us of the horrid and senseless shootings at Columbine, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook, and elsewhere, and urge us to Demand A Plan to stop senseless gun violence. This is extremely powerful!

If you HATE the ridiculous Extreme Court Citizens United decision and can’t stand the barrage of lying, slickly- produced by billionaires political ads for TV and radio we see each election season as much as I do, THIS is the site for you! Its noble aim is to pass a Constitutional Amendment emphatically stating that corporations are NOT people and that money is NOT free speech! Now why is this so important? It would overturn that horrid Extreme Court ruling by getting big money out of politics and endlmg the incessant clatter which has been polluting our airwaves and dumbing-down voters! Go to and check them out, and see what you can do to help stop and even reverse our slide from a republic into an oligarchic state!

In his folksy and populist manner, Jim Hightower exposes little-known examples of corporate greed, poliyical nonsense, and outright chicanery. His efforts are reminiscent of the late great I.F. Stone. Go to for some vital and engrossing reading on the cpr[prate America we unfortunately don’t hear enough about!  

This priceless online publication, begun by noted progressive investigative  journalists Glenn Hreenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, is an absolute MUST for those who crave accurate news that various sources  are trying to keep from us! By going to, you can avail yourself to great articles like “How Voter Suppression Helped Produce the Lowest Turnout in Decades”; “Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent into Pleading Guilty”; “The Justice Department Wants Wider Hacking Authorities for the FBI”, and MUCH more! While you’re at it, be sure to check out the brilliant documentary movie Citizen Four by Laura Poitras! It is currently , or will shortly be at, movie theaters everywhere. It contains actual footage from the interviews whistle blower Edward Snowden gave last year in Hong Kong to Ms. Poitras and Glenn Greenwald  which created a total furor in American Intelligence circles. It shows the struggles Snowden and similar whistle blowers must go through to get the TRUTH out to the public – you won’t want to miss this gem!

Did you know that 1 in 5 American children face hunger? With the uncaring blowhard Tea Party Congressman Paul Ryan in the majority and leading the fight to cut back on food stamps with his ridiculous and wholly unnecessary “austerity budget” he is trying to force onto our country, it is imperative that WE come to our hungry fellow citizens’ aid.    Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, is one solid alternative. They help to  provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs all across America. Feeding America works directly with major manufacturers, retailers, and other partners across this nation to secure healthy and nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste. Go to to learn more about them and to see how you, too, can help!

Many times in this blog I have referred to an utterly fabulous, viewer-supported TV network called FREE SPEECH TV. Regrettably, it is NOT found on Comcast Cable TV, Time-Warner Cable TV, or many other cable providers. Rather, it can be found on DIRECTV (which I have), DISH Network, ROKU, and a few other satellite providers. The great thing, though, is that by going yo , you can view much of the superlative programming they offer online, like Amy Goodman’s award-winning Democracy Now!; The Thom Hartmann Program; The Bill Press Show; The David Pakman Show; great satire and political discourse on The Stephanie Miller Show, plus much, MUCH more! Whereas corporate-owned commercial TV is overloaded with advertising and is totally beholden to its corporate shareholders, FREE SPEECH TV is beholden only to US, its viewers, and the only non=show items you’ll ever see are occasional public service announcements or plugs for other shows on the network.You will soon find yourself becoming as addicted as I am to the lack of constant commercial breaks every few minutes, plus the factual intelligence presented on each show. This is TV for the MAJORITY 99%. Bookmark this site and visit it often – you will never regret it!

These sites should serve as a good starter to provide you with food for thought on what this country needs pushing forward. I urge you to look them over, and supply me with other, equally useful sites. Thank you, my friends.                                    

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Nov. 10, 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower righthand column).  

Happy Veteran’s Day, everybody! As we commemorate those who gave their lives to protect our country in war, let us also remember and honor all who have risked their lives for us and returned home safely after their term in the service was completed. Further, let us also remember how DICK Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, and all those other neocons  lied us into a very costly, bloody, and wholly unnecessary war in Iraq, and, in the process enriched a tiny band of military contractors , all at taxpayer expense. Let us pledge to resist any and all attempts by our current bunch of neocons (John McCain snd his lapdog Lindsey Graham in particular), to involve us in yet another drawn-out war, this time with Iran or ISIS!

Today, our resident podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming shows how President Obama may have a better alternative: using the new Republican Senate to force an agreement neither the Iranians nor the Republicans will like.

BURR DEMING In his own words, Burr says, “In 1993, Prime Minister John Major used his unpopularity in Britain to force opponents to ratify the European Union.  

In 1980, Jimmy Carter used his unpopularity in America to force Iran into releasing hostages and paying reparations.

President Obama may have a chance to use his losses in the Senate to force Iran into accepting a nuclear agreement Iran does not like and Republicans hate.”  

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Nov. 6, 2014  By Jack Jodell.


“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936 -    

Pundits throughout the media have been proclaiming what a great loss this year’s midterm election was for the Democratic Party. In reality, though, the REAL losers were the American public. The actual winners were not the Republican Party, but rather the billionaire Koch brothers and their pro-corporate, fossil fuel allies who greedily dumped hundreds of millions of dollars of unreported “dark money” into ensuring that a majority of climate change-denying, pro-fossil fuel candidates could gain effective control of our federal government.

The reason I say this was not really a Democratic loss is that, despite the increase in Republican-gained seats and their winning control of the Senate, it is not at all evident that voters have suddenly shifted to embrace the key Republican policy goals of again cutting taxes on the wealthy and their corporations; eradicating the minimum wage; ending regulation of Wall Street banks; privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; eliminating a woman’s right to choose; passing a drastic austerity budget; approving the expansion of fracking and the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline; or entering into yet another war in the Middle East, this time against ISIS. Strong evidence points to the average American actually opposing many of those things! The proof of this lies in the fact that voters overwhelmingly supported ballot initiatives for increases in the minimum wage (especially in conservative states), and also paid sick leave initiativeses (both of which were progressive measures) and in all but the state of Florida, supported either the progressive-advocated use of marijuana for medicinal purposes or outright legalization for recreational use.

The evidence is abundantly clear that most Americans want to shrink our record disparity in wealth and want less, rather than more, restrictions on personal freedom. They do not favor many of the authoritarian approaches that so many far right Republicans advocate. How else can the successful push for gay marriage be explained? So why, then, did conservative, Tea Party-infested Republicans do so well in this 2014 midterm election? The answer lies in the spelling of just one word: M-O,N-E-Y.

Libertarian Billionaires such as the notorious Koch brothers will obsessively spend hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars on political campaign contributions to ensure that the candidate of their choice, rather than yours, wins an election.  Once in office, this candidate meticulously sets forth to create laws that eliminate anything which poses a threat to the Koch brothers’ profits, or will hinder the obtaining of those profits in any way. That is why they and their elected stooges push so hard for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, and vehemently oppose organized labor. They don’t give a damn about whether their industries pollute our air or water, and they certainly don’t want to pay a high wage to a mere employee, so they are constantly trying to eliminate any person or agency which they believe is standing in their path to profit in any way. They and other like-minded allies want all levels of government  to have absolutely no say in how they may acquire greater profit, and they HATE paying taxes – that is why they want to eliminate the IRS, as well as Medicare, Social Security, the minimum wage, the    EPA, and all other regulatory agencies of the government.  Look at industry giant and huge environmental polluter Monsanto: it spent many millions to narrowly defeat legislation in Colorado and Oregon which would have required genetically-modified organism foods to carry labels stating they were GMOs. Thanks to Monsanto’s outpouring of cash, this initiative was barely defeated.

When their candidates get elected, they wield the power of their office to dismantle whatever the Koch brothers and other industry giants don’t like, regardless of any negative impact this action may have on the general public. That is precisely what the nefarious Scott Walker did very soon after becoming the Wisconsin Governor in 2011. He destroyed public labor unions in that state and quickly began a campaign designed to disenfranchise poor and minority voters, all under the guise of aiming to prevent voter fraud (a completely ridiculous and wholly unnecessary trumped-up issue). Walker’s victory, plus his resultant anti-worker actions, were a direct result of shadowy, unrevealed huge donations from wealthy, greed-obsessed donors like the Koch brothers. Tuesday, because a great many progressive voters didn’t bother to cast a ballot, this overambitious sinister stooge Walker was re-elected in Wisconsin, and is now aiming to launch a bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.  

Such a situation could have easily been avoided had enough lazy, uninspired, complacent Democratic voters gotten off their dead asses and gone out to vote, not only in Wisconsin, but nationally as well. That godawful Citizens United Extreme Court ruling of 2010 has opened the floodgates to untold millions in unreported campaign donations from sordid sources, and now this election it finally paid off for these uncaring billionaires – at OUR expense!

 Because reactionary Republicans will now block any Democratic attempt to pass any progressive legislation at all in the next 2 years, THAT is why I say the American public was the real loser in this election. We lost a golden opportunity to completely destroy the reactionary, extremist Tea Party movement, and instead they were able to elect such extremist crazies as Joni Ernst and Thom Tillis to 6 year Senate terms, as well as light the fire for Teabagger Scott Walker’s bid for the presidency. WE the people deserve far better than this. Thanks for nothing, non-voters!  If only our Extreme Court, corporate media, political parties,  and lackadaisical voters had actually absorbed the wisdom in FDR’s 1936 statement, our country would have been much better off in the future than it will be now!                                                                                                                                                         

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Nov. 4, 2014  By Jack Kodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower right column).

Both Burr Deming and I have been urging all progressives to vote today. We view this act to be especially important today, as anti-worker, pro-corporate, government-hating Tea Party-infested obstructionist Republicans, especially Libertarian billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, have been pouring MILLIONS into this election in an effort to gain control of the U.S. Senate  for the Republican Party. We in the 99% MAJORITY absolutely MUST thwart this plan and prove to them once and for all that MONEY IS NOT FREE SPEECH!

To help illustrate the importance of this election,  our resident podcaster extroardinaire Burr Deming has prepared a special Election Day message for us.

burr demingIn Burr’s own words, “I have discovered, through introspection and my relationships with others, that most people have a low tolerance for injustice. When we encounter the unfairness of life, in little ways and great, humankind faces a great divide.  

The hatred of injustice causes much of humanity to deny that it exists. Rationalization often involves more than simple inaction. Victims of injustice are sometimes victimized again in calloused attitudes. So we cheer for the giant who beats the little guy into submission.  

But much of humanity recognizes the injustice that stares back at us.  We know it exists. We know it is wrong. We know that subjecting the little guy to the mercies of the selfish and powerful is evil in motion.  

That is why I am a Democrat.
That is why I will be voting today.
That is why I will be asking friends to vote.”

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Nov. 3. 2014  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower right column of this page).              

Happy election week, readers! This Tuesday, both resident podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming and I urge you to be sure to get out and VOTE on TUESDAY, NOV. 4 to prevent the reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republicans from taking control of the U.S. Senate!

Speaking of Republicans and voting, as most of you know they have been actively trying to prevent as many likely Democratic voters from voting as they possibly can. That is why they have launched a thoroughly bogus campaign against supposed voter fraud in a desperate attempt to disenfranchise as many perceived non-Republican voters as possible. Of burr demingthis taudry effort, Burr Deming weighs in with two notable podcasts, the first of which he begins by saying “Republicans held a public meeting in California this last week where they gathered absentee ballots to deliver to election offices.  

A Republican held a private confrontation in Arizona with an Hispanic volunteer who was delivering a group of absentee ballots.  

Guess which event has sparked conservatives around the country to a white hot fury.  

The two events illustrate the expanded new conservative definition of voter fraud.”

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In this second of our pre-election podcasts, entitled “THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS NO LONGER A RIGHT”, Burr takes a swipe at the way our current reactionary EXTREME COURT has, to a large degree,  invalidated the great Voting Rights Act of 1965, and points out what a travesty this ungodly current court has wrought upon the individual’s right to vote. This should remind ALL of us that our vote DOES count, and that we should all vote on Tuesday AGAINST all those reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republicans who are actively scheming to deprive millions of us of OUR right to vote! 

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Burr says “In 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was first passed, the reasoning was very simple. Racial discrimination in voting should not be allowed.

The provision of the Voting Rights Act to which conservatives objected the most named specific states, and specific parts of other states, those with the most vicious history of voting suppression, for special supervision. Conservatives thought that was unfair.  

The burden of proof before 1965 was on anyone who wanted equal rights. Local politicians lost records and insisted that coincidence accounted for those disparities that remained. Local judges were often hostile to minority rights. Foot dragging meant that years could pass before burdens of proof could be met.

Courts even ruled, in 1903, that southern registrars could not be forced to process valid voter registrations.

In 2013, the Supreme court ruled that states, not people, were inherently equal. History of voting suppression should not matter. And in 2014, a district court said it could not force the state of Georgia to process valid voter registrations.

Conservatives are beginning to talk about voting as a privilege, not as a right. IIn 1965 we sprang ahead toward equal rights. Now we fall back to states rights.  Conservative Savubgs Time.”

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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! This Tuesday, be sure you VOTE!!!!!!

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