L'affair Snowden - What We Have Learned

Ok. Snowden is on the run.

“It’s espionage!” “He’s a traitor!!”.

Yeegads. All for telling us that our government is listening to us and wants to listen to the globe.

“We have warrants!” shouts Obama,

 

Scalia's Devastating Dissent

Justice Scalia finally made us proud.

In common with the vast majority of progressives I have considered our two Italian - American Justices to be running dogs of right wing conservatives / corporatists; borderline demi-fascists.

 

Picking Up The Flag

Yes. I busted my ass for Obama the first time around.

Opened my checkbook, campaigned, knocked on doors. Did everything I could to see that he carried Florida in the Presidential election.

 

War and Conscription

"Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant.

 

Boston and the National Freak-Out

Last week was a tough week. Moments after the marathon bombings, first responders and ordinary citizens rushed in to provide help to the injured, not knowing whether or not they were putting their own lives at risk.

 

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Margaret Thatcher visits with Augusto Pinochet while he was under house arrest in London.

Margaret Thatcher is dead.

 

Bloodshed and Unemployment Insurance

The New York Times front page on 7 March 1930, the day following the march for Unemployment Insurance.

 

Are You a Prol?

Labor Day Demonstration against child labor - 1909

So if "class warfare" actually breaks out (we’re not talking about beheading rich folks .... yet!) with what "class" do you identify?

 

Life Before Social Security

This year I will be 71 years old, assuming I make it and I have close family now into their eighties. I was born in the first year of WW II and my older relatives born in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

 

Learning from Crassus

Marcus Licinius Crassus was the richest man in Roman history. Indeed, he is considered one of the richest men who ever lived. He made his fortune as a supporter of the dictator Sulla by confiscating the properties of Sulla’s political enemies.

 

Minority Report and Rand Paul

Remember the Tom Cruise movie "Minority Report" released in 2002? Sure it seemed liked science fiction at the time.

 

Taxes and Guns!! What a Day!!

What a great day!!

First of all we watched the spectacle of the GOP openly revolting against Speaker Boehner’s ludicrous "Plan B" stunt.

 

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown

I posted this after Aurora. Unfortunately it fits again.

And so we have another "massacre", this time in Aurora, Colorado, maybe 20 miles from Columbine. Pretty soon we can just start characterizing these barbarities as "incidents".

 

It's Labor Day! Honoring Labor! Huh?

March 6, 1930 - thousands demonstrate for unemployment insurance in Union Square and nationwide - led by the communists. Did you think government just gave it to you? Wake up and smell the coffee.

It’s Labor Day!

 

The Serial Killer Groupie and the GOP

Once there was a serial killer. His name was William Hickman.

 

The Randian

And so we have our Republican Vice Presidential candidate, the Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan; the young gun star of the radical right. The new John Galt, feeling put upon by the "takers" in society.

 

Picking on Ann Romney's Horse

Ann Romney's horse - Rafalca

What is it that bugs me about Ann Romney’s dressage horse?

Is it the top hats and the white gloves? The hoidy-toidy atmosphere? The upper-crust ownership? All of the above?

 

Opening Ceremonies

And so we begin another Olympic Games tonight with all of the pomp and ceremony - marching athletes, flag waving, lighting the caldron, speeches, huzzahs. Hyper-nationalism on display for all to see.