You said ‘who’ invented terrorism?

"This country has dangled the sword of nuclear holocaust over the world for more than half a century and claims that someone else invented terrorism." Paraphrased from "If Not Empire, What?: A Survey of the Bible" by Berry Friesen and John K. Stoner

Pres. Elect Donald Trump’s actions frighten Americans. We were once a country that felt safe

Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →

Can’t we compromise in 2017? It’s only been 140 years!

  "... The compromise involved Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowing the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans... Continue Reading →

Does the ‘U.S.’ question the worth of the U.N. because Donald Trump says something stupid? Donald Trump is not my spokesperson. What Trump says does not equate with what America thinks.

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →

Obama’s speeches are not just words — they are political action

The more we repeat the language of equality, freedom and social responsibility, the more those ideas come to dominate the public conversation. In turn, the character of public discourse determines what the news media promote and criticize, and what the candidates for public office must pay attention to. In this way, speech is political action.... Continue Reading →

Robert Scheer: The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew – Robert Scheer’s Columns – Truthdig

By Robert Scheer I suppose that he can’t be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary. Both championed the financial deregulation craze of the Clinton administration, and both are acolytes of Robert Rubin, the former Clinton... Continue Reading →

Do-Nothing Congress to Get Pay Raise

Looking for a job where being unproductive and ineffective won’t hurt your chances of getting a raise? Try being a member of Congress! Despite getting less done than any previous Congress since the 1940s, President Obama issued an executive order Thursday that would give pay raises to every member of the House and Senate, as... Continue Reading →

The trans-Pacific trade agreement: A Quiet Coup for the Investor Class

The Obama administration's trade negotiators have been quietly assembling a massive trans-Pacific trade agreement as reactionary as anything Mitt Romney's team would have proposed. What can be confidently reported about the TPP is that, in terms of trade flows, it would be the largest free-trade agreement yet entered into by the United States—and, according to... Continue Reading →

Welcome to ‘Michiganistan’ | Common Dreams

Michigan is no longer a state. It is now “Michiganistan,” an autocratic czardom in the hands of Emperor Rick Snyder. Formerly the Republican governor, Snyder has been enthroned by the GOP’s lame-duck, legislative supermajority to rule with an iron fist — democracy, rule-of-law, fairness, and the people be damned. (Photo: Peace Education Center via flickr)... Continue Reading →

Having ‘Skin in the Game’ | Common Dreams

“The worst problem of modernity lies in the malignant transfer of fragility and antifragility from one part to the other, with one getting the benefits, the other one unwittingly getting the harm, with such transfer facilitated by the growing wedge between the ethical and the legal.” For more on this story, visit: Having 'Skin in... Continue Reading →

Truthdiggers of the Week: Iceland’s Leaders

One country refused to bail out its derelict banks and slash social spending amid the financial crisis. And guess what? Unlike the eurozone and the United States, it’s making a sturdy comeback. Iceland’s stock market plunged 90 percent in 2008. Inflation reached 18 percent, unemployment shot up ninefold and its biggest banks failed. This was... Continue Reading →

Obama Rejects Boehner’s Fake Tax Compromise: We have to address our fiscal problems using math, not magic

We have to address our fiscal problems using math, not magic. President Obama received a mandate from voters to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. Instead of trying recycle and repackage their failed plans, it’s time for Republicans to stop holding middle class tax cuts hostage and start making a deal. What... Continue Reading →

U.K. bookie declares Obama victorious

Pollsters and pundits in the United States may be hedging their bets, but a bookie in Britain is paying out even before the presidential race is over. Paddy Power, Europe's largest book-maker and one of the big "bet shop" chains in Britain where they'll bet on anything has decided that President Obama has already won... Continue Reading →

What Does Romney’s Campaign of Lies Say About Our Country?

By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future | News Analysis Last week Mitt Romney delivered possibly the most dishonest presidential campaign speech in American history. It contains lie after lie, distortion after distortion, and trick after trick. The fact that a person capable of giving such a speech has reached this level suggests that it... Continue Reading →

How Fox News Created a New Culture of Idiots

  The following is an excerpt from  “Assholes: A Theory”  by Aaron James. Reprinted with permission from Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc. ... Assholes largely share a thick sense of moral entitlement. Just as hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue, late 19th and early 20th century businessmen like Cecil Rhodes,... Continue Reading →

Silences Louder Than Their Words: Effective Economic Policies Neither Candidate Advocates

By Richard D Wolff, Truthout | Op-Ed Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama even mentions six alternative economic policies that, deployed together, would reduce unemployment, increase workers' real earnings and decrease the federal deficit. This presidential election arrives five years into a severe economic crisis that both Republican and Democratic policies failed to end. The... Continue Reading →

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