I may live in a blue state, but the politics of my immediate neighborhood tinge red. Obama doesn’t come here to raise money, but a lot of right-of-center political celebrities stop by, including Sarah Palin when she did her Going Rogue book tour in 2010. It made sense, then, that Donald Trump and his . . . → Read More: Donald Trump Comes to Town, by Chuck Strom
This one’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while in terms of knowledgeability and candor. Mark Salter was on McCain’s staff for a long time, including during the 2008 campaign. One of the points he makes draws from that experience, when they knew for the last couple of months that they . . . → Read More: McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton
I suspect the Republican nomination will either go to Trump or be a big-time mess, or both. Someone like Paul Ryan could emerge as the nominee, but only after a public bloodletting in a non-brokered free-for-all of a convention that might put 1968 to shame. He would start the general election with serious disadvantages . . . → Read More: What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané
President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson
Quicken Loans Arena, home to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will host the 2016 Republican Convention
Norm Ornstein’s one of my favorite political writers, even though the think tank he belongs to, the American Enterprise Institute, leans right. His most recent piece in the Atlantic addresses the images of 1968 that are . . . → Read More: Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané
I’ve enjoyed David Axelrod’s podcasts of late. His most recent interview with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times is pretty insightful.
Axe seems to be pretty good at getting his subjects to relax and open up, and he asks good questions.
One of the more interesting exchanges was about Hillary Clinton’s limitations as . . . → Read More: The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané
I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!
There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.
– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas
Don’t know if this makes any sense if you haven’t seen John Oliver’s (above) epic takedown of Trump (my wife was nonplussed), but the image below is my first effort at agitprop. This is the perfect time to point out that Trump was accused, today, of leading his followers in a pledge which . . . → Read More: Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané
Recent coverage of the U.S. Presidential campaign has been interesting in its perspective. After a 5% loss in Nevada, all of the prognosticators suggest that Sanders is done–one article suggesting that he’ll be at a disadvantage because his twenty-something army will be on spring break during upcoming primaries. This seems very premature.
On the . . . → Read More: Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané
I must admit I didn’t see this coming. Who’d a thunk Aht Gahfunkel would be the last hippie standing? This makes the photo of Trump and Neil Young so much sadder.
On Christmas Eve, before eating the roast beast, my family reads the Nativity story found in Luke. Verses 1-2: “At that time Emporer Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When the first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria.” Matthew 2 explains King Herod felt threatened that . . . → Read More: Let’s Get Serious and Start Helping Syrian Refugees, by Mark Erickson
One more time. Films that purport to show Planned Parenthood selling baby parts are deceptively edited fraud. They spin the truth into lies. If you believe these videos, as Republicans in Congress apparently did, you’re a dunce.
Planned Parenthood is not selling baby parts. They are allowed by law to let mothers donate fetal . . . → Read More: Let’s Go Over This Again, by Randy Rendfeld
“16 shots, 14 months. 16 shots, 14 months. 16 shots, 14 months.” I attended a protest rally on Black Friday that was easily attended by more than 5,000 people. The protest closed down Chicago’s “Mag Mile”, which is the high-end downtown shopping mecca. We congregated at the majestic Chicago Tribune building and proceeded north. . . . → Read More: Chi-Raq: As in Chicago and Iraq, by Mark Erickson
In the wake of the recent bombings and killings in Paris, I offer this. But first, I must step back. Shortly after 9/11, I opined in a pre-Twitter universe to a creation similar to Twitter, something called “xnpc”, that the United States had stoked hostility by imposing sanctions and a killing machine upon Iraq. . . . → Read More: After Paris: Is War the Answer? by Mark Erickson
John Dean circa 1973
Nixon’s attorney John Dean calls today’s tea party, specifically the U.S. House Freedom Caucus, “near treasonous” and says their actions might be unconstitutional with “criminal implications.”
Robert Scheer has a new podcast on KCRW. In it, he talks to Dean, former White House Counsel under Richard Nixon, who served . . . → Read More: Nixon’s attorney: GOP obstructionists ‘near treasonous’, by Randy Rendfeld
Pope Francis has landed at Andrews Air Force Base for his first visit to the United States. There’s a lot of speculation about what he might say, especially when he addresses Congress Thursday morning in light of first visiting Cuba. I am hopeful that he will discuss American capitalism’s flaws, a theme he has . . . → Read More: The Pope, Pig Manure and Minnesota Water Quality, by Mark Erickson
Last night while watching neutral Al-Jazeera TV, I saw a clip about the US Army having committed $500 million to train Syrians to fight ISIL. The clip was a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing chaired by Senator John McCain. General Austin testified about the program that strove to train 15,000 Syrians to fight. General . . . → Read More: Army Spends $500 Million to Train Syrians, by Mark Erickson
At 8:20 a.m. on September 9, 1971 the Attica Prison riot began. At 9:45 AM on September 13, tear gas was dropped into the yard and New York State Police troopers opened fire non-stop for two minutes into the smoke. by the time the facility was retaken, 10 hostages (Nine of them Prison guards . . . → Read More: John Lennon – Attica State (LIVE) – Apollo Theatre – New York City, by Pat Thomas
Author and Bad Religion member Greg Graffin has shared “Faith Alone”, one of his own songs that thematically inspired his new book, Population Wars. The full series including “My Poor Friend Me”, “The Answer”, “Changing Tide” are available on an limited edition exclusive 7-inch available for pre-order with Population Wars at kingsroadmerch.com/badreligion.
With . . . → Read More: Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23
Saturday afternoon on August 8 I headed to downtown Seattle for a rally for social security. The guest speaker of note was to be democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The event was held in the Westlake Plaza, the traditional gathering place for political rallies and gatherings in Seattle. A half an hour before . . . → Read More: Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan