Thirteen years ago this week, United States armed forces invaded Iraq under false pretenses.
America’s ill-advised invasion of Iraq combined with the emergence of a reckless new doctrine hellbent on regime change, as well as our ongoing intervention in the affairs of the greater Middle East lit the fuse on a ticking time bomb. That prolonged carelessness has exploded into a global nightmare with no morning reprieve, nor any viable solution. Not only isn’t there an exit strategy for American involvement. We’ve plunged blindly into the abyss. Perpetual conflict and living with the threat of terror appears to be our destiny. We will end up paying for this tragic mistake for decades.
The time has come for Bernie Sanders to take a final bow. He should graciously exit the 2016 presidential race and end his campaign — the sooner, the better.
Given his glaring defeat yesterday in Arizona (losing by 16 percentage points), following five straight losses just a week earlier when he was trounced by 14 points in Ohio and lost by a whopping 31 points in Florida, there’s no path to the Democratic nomination for Sanders. Obstacles have bricked into an impasse.
Yes, the upcoming slate of state primaries and caucuses is far more favorable to Sanders in terms of voter demographics. He’ll win a number of moral victories — maybe even pull off a surprise or two. Trouble is, there simply aren’t enough states remaining on the campaign trail like Vermont and Idaho, which were won by double-digit margins. Even New York and California are now projected as longshots for Sanders.
Scott Baio has just dealt a devastating blow to a majority of the remaining presidential candidates still competing in the 2016 race.
The washed-up former kid actor who is perhaps best known for his role in the cringe worthy “Happy Days” spin-off, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” a ghastly unfunny television series which lasted just seven episodes after being mercifully cancelled after dismal ratings in the midst of ABC’s nightmarish Fall 1982 season, announced his official endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump yesterday in a much-anticipated press conference.
When informed of the coveted endorsement, Trump’s response was characteristically unfiltered and straightforward. “Scott Baio? [blank stare] Who the fuck is Scott Baio?”
Take a close look at the photograph above.
When and where do you think it was taken?
Most of you will probably answer — Nazi Germany, sometime during the 1930’s.
That time frame is correct. The photo was taken in 1935. However, the rally shown in this photo took place at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. An organization known as the “German-American Bund” used to stage giant rallies there every year, along with an annual parade up and down East 86th Street in the middle of Manhattan. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters showed up waving American flags while cheering the verbosity of tirades against immigrants, minorities, and liberalism.
Even with the threats posed by Nazi Germany apparent to many, and the prospect of another terrible war looming, American-Nazi rallies were for the most part peaceful. Few, if any, protesters showed up. No one was thrown out or arrested for causing a ruckus. To be fair, no one comprehended the horrors yet to come. How could they? These assemblies appeared to be amiable gatherings packed with flag-waving patriots.
Have you noticed how often we interrupt each….
[No, people aren’t interrupting. That’s not true. It’s all in your imagination. People have always been like this. Besides, who wants to listen to someone else rambling on and on, when I have something far more important to say?]
On television, inside the workplace, while on leisure, within families, across all social media platforms — there’s a serious crisis in communication happening right now, and it’s….
[A serious crisis? Puh-lease. We don’t want substance. We want entertainment. We’re attracted to fireworks, not campfires. Get real. This is 2016. Civility is old-fashioned.]
We’re plagued with an epidemic of interruption which threatens to….
[An epidemic! — what in the hell are you taking about?]
Well, if I can now be permitted to finish making my point — WITHOUT INTERRUPTION — I’ll explain.