Webster Quote

Webster Quote

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Kochan Empire

Things go worse with Koch


Book Review


D ear Friend,

Things are going swimmingly with Dark Money and me.  To say this book is a block-buster hardly does it justice.  It is dynamic, well-researched, with critically important information.

The author is Jane Mayer.


Highly recommended.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dark Money -- The Secret to Understanding American Politics


Jane Mayer, author

Rush Post --

I have just become aware of a 2016 book treating the rise of huge amounts of "dark money," hitting the political wheels.  Please help me review the review!


A most promising premise:
Book Discussion with Author: Dark Money

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Former Pres. Clinton Advisor Calls Current Occupant Mentally Ill

Quickly --

A former advisor to Bill Clinton who had a one-hour meeting with him has named Our Military Leader "mentally ill."


Bill Curry further states the media is guilty of gross malpractice.  More below:



Media Called Out for Inattention. Incompetence

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lying Can Be Attractive...

...for both speaker and audience




The American citizenry continues to endure a seemingly unremitting barrage of untruths, partial truths, and outright lies from the White House and the current executive of the Oval Office -- Our Military Leader (OML).

The article referenced below gives a certain explanation of the cause of the lying and its attraction for listeners in America.  It is a sad thing to think that Americans have become so used to dissembling from its politicians, that one who seems to do it with particular boldness, regularity and panache, is actually appreciated for his non-honest "candor."


Lying Can Be Attractive

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

–Abraham Lincoln
We are told that Our Military Leader does not read books.  There are ever so many quotes about books that would apply here.  But the one above is better than most.  

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Keeping in Touch on a Summer Afternoon

In parts of Latin America and Africa, winter grinds on.  But here in the upper regions of the globe summer continues full throttle, casting its glowing sunshine into and through the trees, round and about the watery regions, and down into crevices and basements everywhere.  At such a time, it is tempting to cast aside all cares, including concerns about country and world.  And yet events of a certain kind continue and there is need for continued watchfulness in Washington and elsewhere.

People I talk with -- average citizens -- are learning to tune-out things relating to that important capitol.  This is not to say I completely approve of this practice.  Yet, it is a justifiably self-preserving reaction to something approaching insanity, and certainly chaos, in the White House.

However, as I have indicated there is a place for continual concern.  Fortunately, certain people in D.C. are responsible enough and experienced enough to keep the machinery of government running with or without a certain kind of direct approval from high places.  Thus, it seems the government is yet safe, even if only on a day-to-day and almost ad hoc basis.  To this extent, we can be grateful.   

Friday, August 04, 2017

Book Review: Rule and Ruin

(A work in progress)

I can hardly recommend the book Rule and Ruin by Kabaservice highly enough.  Now half-way through the book, I am learning about the second year of the Nixon Presidency, including his pivot toward catering more to the Southern conservatives.  The book reads almost like a good detective story.

Obviously Mr. Kabaservice has indeed investigated thoroughly his subject -- the rise of the radical right within the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the tea party movement.  It is a story of intrigue and convenience, of ambition blind and otherwise, and a tale -- we are promised -- of ruin.

Highly recommended

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

"Game of Thrones" + "House of Cards" = "Game of Cards"

Watching the melodrama which is today's White House may be fun for some members of the media -- and this has even been admitted by a couple -- but as far as Americans are concerned this is no game.

Robert Reich reports here:

Republicans Abandoning Trump in Favor of Pence: Report

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Worst Is Yet to Come

-- Eugene Robinson




There is a difference, dear reader, between cynicism and prudent realism.  And the thing for the prudent realist now is to prepare for what is yet to be in the on-going saga of Our Military Leader (OML).*   

Today's Eugene Robinson column in The Washington Post gives numerous examples of an escalating crisis surrounding OML's White House.  The leader who was installed in that vaunted mansion by wealthy ideologues and libertarian sychopants (I shall not hold back today), descends ever deeper into his own reality, one based essentially on his own welfare.

It is understandable and permissible to want to defend oneself.  But just as there is a difference between cynicism and realism, there is a difference between self-preservation, and making war on a large part of the rest of the world.

Perhaps it is time for the rest of us to build the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear bomb shelter. 


Eugene Robinson on What Is Yet to Be



*a.k.a. Trump  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GOP Voter Suppression Effort Now on Steroids

The video below contains new information, not available before, tying voter suppression efforts to a new Presidential so-called commission on voter fraud.  And -- names have been shared with this commission, maybe yours.

A must-see



Friday, July 21, 2017

Super Password Theme Lights Up the Summer Night

From the NBC TV Show --  

Super Password - Opening - On-Air Edit Theme Song - TelevisionTunes.com

Back to Our Musical Roots

A summertime light treat for the ears and mind --

Super Password - Opening - On-Air Edit Theme Song - TelevisionTunes.com

Keith Olbermann Delineates Media Obligation

Commentator Keith Olbermann makes clear in a recent video exactly what the media must and must not do now that Our Military Leader has essentially declared war on the press. 

I believe that the current Oval Office Occupant will ultimately fail in his attempt to belittle, sideline, and vitiate the media.  What Mr. Oblermann perhaps does not see clearly enough is the fact that media persons in this country are often employed by mega-corporations not altogeter displeased with the Trumpian approach to making big money in America.

Still, we can all support Mr. Olbermann's keen observations. 


What Media Should Do Now

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Actor Robert Clary: Lest We Forget

Video Special

Well-known actor Robert Clary gives a human face to the victimization of the Jews under Hitler.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Note to Dedicated Readers and Others

The original plan for this web log did not include dealing on a regular basis with what amounts to governmental insanity, although the various illegitimate elections of G. W. Bush were certainly on the side of unreason.  So the situation which confronts us today requires a deeper looking at things.  Sometimes this may take more time to research and present.  I imagine other writers across the media spectrum have felt something similar. 

Those of us without a psychology degree end up flying somewhat by the seat of our pants as we try to analyze and fathom what to many appears unfathomable, a man without the aegis of a verifiable election result who is yet our Military Leader and has meetings and takes telephone calls in the White House, and is even called "Mr. President" by various unwitting world leaders.

But the lack of professional jargon of the mind may be a blessing in disguise, as your grandmothers used to put it.  For isn't there value in simply calling a falsehood a lie, and then acting appropriately upon that knowledge?  The problem, of course, is that an even bigger lie has been accepted -- that somehow a person who lost by over two million votes, and then has been shown to be the beneficiary of major voter suppression efforts* in enough states to affect the outcome -- that this person should somehow be taken as real, legitimate, qualified, and worthy of presidential-level respect.

So we have a Never-never Land fiasco unfolding on a daily basis.  And yet, oddly, there is more reason for hope than ever, we sense.  While Washington is tangled in a mess, the citizens are moving ahead with their lives doing their best with the everyday challenges which are part and parcel of a harried existence. 

For one thing, the young are very aware.  And they care.  Some are even taking action.  Older people such as members of the Code Pink movement are active.  Former coal miners in Kentucky sigh as they realize they may have been victims of a hoax.

So America goes on in these sultry days of the second half of July.  Creatures, both human and others, wait a freshening rain, yea, a deluge of truth and justice.  May this happen in a near time. 




*See the work of Greg Palast

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

America Aghast

The country is aghast at the implications of the Donald Trump, Jr., meetings with a Russian attorney.  While there is much that is unknown, what is already known is alarming conservatives as well as those of every political stripe.

Time precludes a fuller discussion here now.  But, the recent filing of an impeachment article against Our Military Leader in the House of Representatives may be an indication of the direction things are moving in. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Truth About Election Fraud?

Yesterday the headline to the lead editorial in The New York Times caught my eye.  I was excited to read that I was going to be treated to the "real" election fraud of 2016.  I thought, "Finally The Times has discovered the nine methods of voter suppression tactics used by Republicans last year as originally reported by well-known investigative writer, Greg Palast, and broadcast by Joy Reid on MSNBC.  

Alas, I was to be sadly disappointed, as the article simply told about the dangers of Russian hacking. Certainly, Russian operatives did hack both the Democratic National Committee and its Republican counterpart.  But I have seen no evidence that said Russian persons or their henchmen penetrated any of our states' electronic voting systems.   I await any countervailing proof.

In a separate post I hope to write about some of the reasons why I think it is so hard for Americans to believe their election could have been compromised by Americans.  But for now, it seems fairly obvious why it could have happened:  There are plenty of very wealthy people who had the motive, since the Republican Party has reliably offered tax reduction for the wealthy.  This matter of motive is not so hard to believe.  Much more can be said.

I ask and invite you to help spread the word about the Republican theft of Election 2016.  Refer people to the Greg Palast web site.  Refer them here.  The facts are available and discoverable.

So let the discovery begin.   

Friday, July 07, 2017

States Refuse to Cooperate with OML's Voter Intimidation "Commission"

Forty-four states are refusing to hand over data requested by the Executive's so-called commission on voting integrity.  This panel, appointed by Our Military Leader (OML), seeks to harass states and voters with requests for personal Social Security numbers and Driver's Licenses to no good purpose.  Numerous studies have shown there was absolutely no wide-spread voter fraud last year.

What we did have were organized, criminal voter suppression tactics with race-based real-world results.  

This current "commission," headed by Kobach, the nation's most visible vote suppression guru, is an outrageous waste of time and tax-payer money.  It may also prove criminal in effect. 


States Refuse to Cooperate with OML's Voter Intimidation "Commission"

Media Continue to Normalize OML to Our Nation's Detriment

Briefly but importantly --

Most news media in America continue to normalize Our Military Leader (OML).  Every day which goes by on which OML is treated as being legitimate, is a day longer before sanity returns to the citadels of American leadership.

It is hard to see how things will turn out in the end.  We can trust that in the end all will be well.  But that may be an assumption without many facts at this point.  And yet hope we must.  For the alternative is unthinkable. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Jimmy Carter and Bernie Sanders Stand Fast for Human Rights

In a time when human rights are under attack at home and abroad Former President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Sanders stand firm.   



Former President Carter Shakes Hands on Plane

via ABC News --

The ever-gracious Jimmy Carter greets passengers on plane.

I'll have more video later.


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There is no date on this video.   

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Rule and Ruin of the G.O.P.

Eleven years ago in the first summer of this blog, I featured numerous posts about the book I was reading then, called Theologians Under Hitler.  I fondly remember reading it in a front-yard swing at my parents' summer home.  Memories of intellectual stimulation and enlightenment through that book are still with me.

It appears that this summer's book is becoming Rule and Ruin by Geoffrey Kabaservice.  The somewhat long subtitle is, "The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party."

Only a short way into the book, I am enormously impressed with both the focus and execution of the tome.  It tells a forgotten history of an ideologically mixed party, which in fact was essentially a fairly moderate party, conservative on fiscal matters, progressive on Civil Rights.  Always there was within the party, of course, a right-wing.  But not until the 1950's and Senator Joseph McCarthy paving the way did so-called movement conservatism gain traction.

The full story is amply and well-told in this volume by Kabaservice.  His warning is extremely valuable as we now find ourselves in the position of so many other countries with two parties, almost exclusive of each other ideologically, and locked in something akin to mortal combat.

Yet this has not been America's history until quite recently.  It is this division which directors of America's intelligence services are warning about.  The United States, they advise us, is now threatened not only from without but within.  This is a problem of the gravest national urgency and must be addressed with thoughtful and concrete actions -- and without delay.   

N.B. for photo and graphic aficionados:  the shadowing and fading of the above picture of the book cover is part of the original design of the cover.  Actual print on the book cover is essentially quite clear.   

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An Indirect Reference to the Stolen Election of 2016

Although not direct evidence, of course, the fact that a majority of Wisconsin voters now disapprove of Our Military Leader (OML) is an indication that something is amiss in Wisconsin.

Americans are indeed disturbed by Our Military Leader.  Yet where is the press when it comes to reporting on the nine methods of voter suppression used by Republicans and their henchmen last year?

Nevertheless, truth keeps seeping through.  The referenced article shows this.  


Majority of Wisconsin Voters Disapprove of OML Performance

Bankers Said to Be Behind Puerto Rico Crisis

 The commonwealth’s financial woes didn’t happen by accident—they were the result of decades of public immiseration and private gain.


It is clear from the article at the link below that Puerto Rico's current misery didn't happen by accident.   As usual with situations of this kind, the profit motive has been alive and well in our island "nation" to the south.   

We must remember that the profit system is of real flesh and blood people.  These people make decisions to benefit themselves, often regardless of the needs of other people.   All too often the result is suffering and even tragedy.  

It doesn't have to be.



Bankers Behind Puerto Rico Crisis

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