Those members of the American public who consider themselves to be “political junkies” have recently become aware of the potentially explosive divisions tormenting the Republican Party, but few have suspected that the Democratic Party likewise is experiencing extreme internal problems and conflicts. The Main Stream Media (MSM) provided convenient political explanations for the political “shellacking” experienced by the Democrats after the 2010 midterm elections when they lost control of the House of Representatives. The two prevalent explanations were: (1) the introduction of huge sums of outside corporate money into the 2010 elections, and the other explanation (2) was that historically the party that holds the Presidency always loses seats in the House during the mid-term elections. More below the orange marker below.
Set aside your BS meters, this is a short and sweet heads up before Tuesday's Midterm Election. Factual reminder - the GOP exercises tight content control over the Main Stream Media (MSM). Likewise many of the big name polling agencies are biased Republican when reporting their projections. Follow on below the orange page-mark.
I am channeling cultural anthropologist Erick H. Erikson in examining the two greatest events in American history, both of them essentially in the form of Emancipations critical to different resident populations of America. More below the orange squiggle.
Brief diary on the shooting deaths this morning at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. It was the all too familiar M.O. as the shooter was a lone gunman who entered the school with a rifle intent on killing people with suicide (by police or self-inflicted) the gunman's end game.
Last Thursday a rider on the Fiscal 2015 Agriculture Spending bill was placed before the House Appropriations committee by an Alabama Republican Congressman during the mark-up hearing for the bill. This rider would allow public schools to opt out of supplying lunches that must conform to the recently approved USDA nutritional guidelines for healthier children. After an aggressive defense by Rep. Robert Anderholt (R-Ala) the rider passed (on a party line vote) 31-18. The same committee also passed an additional rider which adds millions of dollars to school lunch funding for the exclusive purchasing of “wholesome foods”, such as potato chips, Twinkies, and candy bars. The Appropriations Committee Democrats spoke out forcefully against these measures but as usual were out voted by the Republicans. It is expected that as unbelievable as it seems the bill with this rider intact is likely to pass the entire House. More below the orange squiggle.
As a American veteran I am outraged over the latest news concerning the latest Florida gun promoting legislation, commonly known as the "Warning Shot" bill. I will continue my oppositional rant below after I cool down enough to write rationally.
The world's focus is on the Russian military's movements in occupying the Crimea. The political analysts are working overtime attempting to examine Vladimir Putin's ego as a means of predicting the next possible move. Lost in all of this international panic is the real Putin motivator - namely MONEY. The Putin of today is more of a crime boss than the cold war KGB agent that he was decades ago (think about Bob Kraft's NFL Super Bowl ring and just how brazenly Putin stole it). Whenever Putin spots something of wealth or prestige he goes for it gangster style. The disclaimer and discussion follow the orange squiggle below.
The recently announced verdict in the Michael Dunn murder trial in Florida has sparked discussion in the media and dominated the 24 hour news cycle. The discussion in this post is intended to rationally address certain incompatibilities inherent in the text written for the Stand Your Ground model (including its legislative copies) with the accepted system of trial by jury. It is important to remember that since laws are written by humans, they are subject to errors and unintended consequences just as many other human creations. Laws are proven only upon their application and use, and it is at this time that they should be accepted or rejected. So it is with the so-called Stand Your Ground law.
White America doesn’t understand the Divine role placed upon the shoulders of President Obama. This observation springs from my belief in a Supreme Creator. America is a nation founded and built upon the horrific brutality, pain and injustice of human slavery. The majority of its white residents have in various ways, directly and indirectly, shared the wealth and benefits of institutionalized slavery over the centuries. The price that the white population continues to pay for institutionalized slavery is buried deep in the soul of its citizens. The discussion continues below the orange squiggle.
We are unfortunately very blind from a social perspective as to the reality of the current gun "appreciation" tactics in America. From a social anthropological point of view such blatant audacious intimidating public displays of one's firearms is in reality the final representation of the limit of UNCIVIL behavior which normally precedes direct targeted violence. More discussion below the orange squiggle.
The American Main Stream Media (MSM) discussion concerning the tactical options available to be used against Syria unfortunately continues to be mired in down in gross ignorance and misinformation. The current state of the discussion however is welcomed by the American MSM because this particular “estate” thrives on controversy, so they understandably promote confusion big time. This problem is compounded by the obvious fact that it is completely asinine to expect the American military to publicize all of their plans concerning the strike strategy formulated for Syria just to satisfy those anti-war obsessed (former pro-Obama) liberals as they cry out for proof as to exactly how the proposed strikes will do any good as far as forcing Assad to change his mind about using nerve gas on rebel held neighborhoods. Follow me below for an interesting proposal.
This is a brief diary. From my perspective President Obama MUST get approval from Congress before he authorizes any strike against the Syrian government PERIOD! It doesn't matter if he gets authorization from the Arab League and all of our allies around the world he MUST still get approval from Congress for any military action. I will tabulate my reasons for hoisting this warning flag just below the squiggle.