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Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 6 comments

The Distrust and Downfall of Authority




A new movie came out this past weekend which is sweeping across America.  It’s called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The critics reviews have been scathing. gave it a 10 on scale of 100.  RotttenTomatoes was far more generous, scoring it a 29/100.  One critic wrote:  “….another incompetent endeavor from an almost shockingly untalented filmmaker.”  Another penned:  “There’s not an ounce of fun to be found in the film’s entire two and half hours.”  Then, there was this zinger:  “If Christopher Reeve were alive he’d be suing for character libel.”


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Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

13 Years Ago….


030402-N-5362A-004 Southern, Iraq (Apr. 2, 2003) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Phiffer stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq. Coalition forces have successfully secured the southern oil fields for the economic future of the Iraqi people and are in the process of extinguishing the burning wells that were set ablaze in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. (RELEASED)


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.

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 7 comments

Bernie Sanders Supporters — What’s Next?




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.

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves, What's Left | 5 comments

Waiting Game Ends: Scott Baio Endorses Donald Trump




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?”

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

Should Trump Rallies Be Targeted by Protesters?




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.

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