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The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

Sebastian Rotella
ProPublica / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 6 December 2012
The border is an expression of problems that exist far from the border.
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Jim Hightower
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 22 November 2012
Dear Lord, indeed! Please save us from the pathetic pieties of such messianic political bosses.

Lord Help Us - Bosses Gone Berserk

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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

And then there is the Key

And then there is the Key West businessman who committed suicide because Obama was re-elected. What is wrong with this country?????? No politician is going to "save" anything. Why do we keep thinking they will????

One had to figure that a few

One had to figure that a few sadistic corporate psychopaths would do that upon Obama's re-election. But the numbers are very small, and I'm sure, there are those employers that will not agree with this style of Stalinist business behaviour. These folks will be hired into new jobs again quickly, and if I was in such a position to hire (alas I am but an employee myself), I certainly would.

Let us all send Robert Murry

Let us all send Robert Murry of Murry Energy a lump of coal for Christams!!

Dear Lord, thank you for

Dear Lord, thank you for allowing these morons to fire people instead of adapt to their environment. For soon, they will be extinct.

Interestingly enough, what about all those who have made more money than you, not fired employees, and are still making money--- and will continue to make money when Obama Care is implemented?

The way I see it, Atlas' of the 1%, is that you are unfit to compete. So go die.

You act like 5 year olds who never learned how to play with others.

Papa John’s customer's, those

Papa John’s customer's, those oysters you will find on your pizzas in the near future are not an extra ingredient from the sea, they are a different type of oyster straight from the lips of Papa John’s employee's, a comment on their company's employee policies ! You may want to consider calling Dominos in the future. Did this guy think he was the only pizza delivery business in the country ? Talk about cutting your own throat !

BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! Enough of this crap form these LOSERS.

Let the 1% and CEO's lie,

Let the 1% and CEO's lie, cheat, and steal without punishment. Their days are numbered. Revolt is coming and if they do not willingly redistribute some of their wealth, the impoverished will do it for them. History proves this is not a good thing for the rich.

But if this is how the CEOs and the Job Creators want to run things, that's fine. I will not buy their products and I will make sure to tell everyone I can to not buy their products.

So I no longer eat at Applebees, Papa Johns, and several other places. No great loss to me. If I am going to eat out, I will look even harder to find a Mom&Pop. If I shop, I will shop at Mom & Pop's that share my customer service values.

There are costs to doing business. Customers will pay those costs if the product is good, service is good, and there is perceived value. The one thing people are starting to take a negative view on is million dollar plus C-level salaries. There is no consumer value in that. Workers have been taking pay cuts for 30 years now. The C-level have been taking huge pay increases.

Listen up, One Percent. Ever

Listen up, One Percent. Ever since Ronald Reagan, you've created nothing but pink slips. Your goal has been, "All customers. No employees".

Obama's re-election and resurgence of the Democratic party is a wake-call.

Burn all that coal (or oil or

Burn all that coal (or oil or gas) and the Planet is DEAD!

If the Murrays of the world (including China, etc.) are DEAD and BURIED SOON, there may be a chance. But time is running out...

Relocalize and Power Down or your grandchildren will witness the Death of the Planet...

Wow! The "Job Creators" will

Wow! The "Job Creators" will not create jobs? They are bold enough to sate this. We now know there is class warfare and it is the "Job Creators--not" that are stealing this country.

A special consideration goes to the owner of Papa John’s Pizza. This is a guy who made his fortune peddling toxic, junk food. Now he is upset that people need healthcare? He should embrace the ACA which will keep people alive with stains and HTN drugs so they can stay alive and purchase his toxic food.

Lord is already bought by the

Lord is already bought by the bosses. His representatives have more in common with the bosses than with their flocks. Look at their tax free lifestyles and the amount they are making compared to their flocks. So, the force to invoke is organization. We should find a way to organize ,OUTSIDE of the two party system (they are with the bosses as well), the powerless masses deprived of their legitimate livelihood with slave wages (those lucky ones who still have wages) and fewer hours for themselves. We must find a way to help them become their own representatives (occupational representation) in the decision structure. Unless we do that (impossible under current arrangements), the bosses will keep expropriating workers with machines and keep pocketing their share of livelihood. We were told in college that robotization of production would free humans and distribute the ensuing goodies equitably, workers working fewer hours with more benefits. The greedy, bead- eyed bosses think working people are less than human and thus should be discarded as waste product of machines. That cannot continue without social upheaval. We see that upheaval all over the world It will be coming here if bosses keep shoving people to the streets with no place to go to.

Unfortunately, it's not

Unfortunately, it's not better enforcement of safety standards for coal miners, strict new environmental laws that coal-fired power plants must obey, or new payments based on the real costs of cleaning up those coal-ash pits like the one that burst and swamped black poison into that river. Some of those happened slightly, but Murray Energy's real come-uppance is the sunset of American industry, the rise of natural gas, and just the end of coal as an economical fuel. China has much better, cheaper-to-mine deposits, doesn't have to save lives or the environment at all, and all America's easy-to-reach coal has been reached.

It is very pertinent that the

It is very pertinent that the world's foremost expert on psychopathic behavior, the man trusted by law enforcement departments all over the world, the man who wrote the checklist of characteristics on how to identify psychopaths has made this statement: (not an exact quote, but close and to the point) if he couldn't study psychopaths in prison, he'd do so on Wall Street.

These are the people in society who are emulated, glorified, and respected. We blindly (as a nation) treat these people as if they have special credit cards that give them intelligence and wisdom bonuses for their purchases. If they buy your soul, what do they win?

The fact is that we can prove many of these "leaders" to be psychopaths. Look at my greatest enemy: Monsanto. When making Agent Orange in Nitro WV, and making PCBs in Anniston Ala, they literally killed and damaged untold, unknown numbers of Americans with impunity. The Washington Post article states (very close to a quote - read over 17 months ago)

"Managers at Monsanto found that a fish dipped into a nearby creek died within ten seconds. It bled profusely, and it's skin peeled as though it had been dipped in boiling water. Fish in a nearby creek were found to contain over 3,500 times the allowable PCB levels. Internal memos reveal that managers chose not to change their discharge practices, or notify the local communities, stating: "we need every dollar of business we can get."

These people and their investors should literally be tried and imprisoned if not executed for crimes against humanity and the world. (every single fish in the ocean now has PCBs because of their toxic waste dumping)

Remember this absolutely key point. Corporations are legal entities, BUT ALL DECISIONS OF THE CORPORATION ARE MADE BY THE WEALTHY PEOPLE THAT RUN THE CORPORATIONS.

Current corporate law provides NO way to make these people responsible for their psychopathic choices. There is no way to control the corporations as current law exists. Suits will be deflected to officers and the corporation will emplace another suit to make the evil choices in the scapegoat's place.

Oh, they should be executed.

Oh, they should be executed. Both them and their political and media enablers.

Eventually the shit will hit the fan. It's only a matter of time.

I believe the top managers

I believe the top managers and CEO's of the richest corporations in the country are wanting to get out while the getting is good (so to speak). They think that the corporate taxes and their own personal taxes on the hundreds of millions of dollars they have accumulated over the last 3 decades of the rich taking the cream off the top are finally over. They don't give a damn about their country or employees, and that is very obvious. I'm glad that the Obama administration is pushing for more taxes on the rich and the super rich. I only hope that they don't stop at a 4% raise on the top marginal rate. When we were coming out of the Great Depression, we had leaders who weren't afraid to tax the rich, and possibly loosing their support, because they knew that the 99% whom weren't rich would agree with their tax policies. In 1938 we had 33 tax brackets from 4% for income up to $64,000(adjusted for inflation) all the way up through 32 more tax brackets to a top marginal rate of 79% for income over $79Million. The corporate tax rate will most likely go up under this Obama administration, but I am confident it will not rise anywhere near as much as the personal income tax rate hike. We need to let the corporations keep a fairly large portion of profit, so that they may build their companies. I could see a progressive tax rate on the corporations as well. Maybe something like 12% for the first $500K, 15% for the next $5Million, 20% for the next $15Million, and 25% for all corporate income over $20.5Million. I would love to see the Democratic Party get organized behind a change in the personal income Tax Code in the area of "20 Brackets to $20Million," and a top marginal rate of 60% for all income over $20Million.

Earth's final tombstone will

Earth's final tombstone will "not" be an audacious marker made of the finest materials and stand proudly above all others. It will be a small, inconspicuous slab of concrete...a jagged chunk representing, above all else, a civilization destroyed
by avarice. It will not bear the inscription R.I.P. but will be a begrimed testament replete with the stains of our savaged environment. It will read simply C.E.O.

Perhaps it will just be a

Perhaps it will just be a lump of dirty brown coal with the word Murray engraved.

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Jim Hightower
Other Words / Op-Ed
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012
“With his diabolical Affordable Care Act and tax-the-rich attacks on us wealthy job creators, they moan, this president is out to destroy American business.”

Bosses Gone Berserk

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The sky is falling! The End Times are upon us! It's all over for America! And it's all because of you working-class voters.

That's the wretched wail of a few corporate chieftains who claim to be somewhere between flummoxed and furious that Barack Obama is getting another four years in the White House. With his diabolical Affordable Care Act and tax-the-rich attacks on us wealthy job creators, they moan, this president is out to destroy American business.



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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Most of these "bosses" who

Most of these "bosses" who claim to have fired employees will re-hire them (or different people at lower wages if that is possible), re-hire them on a part time basis, etc. No business owner is going to cripple his/her business just to spite Obama and the Democrats. This is just political posturing.
(And the guy who claims he fired people who voted for Obama broke the labor laws. He should be investigated by the Dept of Labor and sued by the people he unfairly fired.

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The Vegas boss was/is

The Vegas boss was/is irrational. A basic trait of many Republican voters or they would not be voting for billionaire benefits when their own benefits suffer in the process.
I have seen comments on right wing web sites that call Democrat voters "Marxist pigs" and suggest it is time to take the government by force and imprison leaders of the Democrat party.
Totally irrational people that need to be identified and isolated.

If a boss actually fired

If a boss actually fired workers based on who they voted for, and not their performance, that's an irrational business decision--since he or she could have been firing high performers.

Being that as it is, we are dealing with irrational behavior. Speaks volumes, no? This is a simple case of control at any cost, even one's own self interest.

As the owner of a very small

As the owner of a very small business I am trying to make a living. But I'm also trying to serve my community. When the ONLY thing that matters is the bottom line $$$, corporations fail in their responsibility to serve the community. This guy makes Ebeneezer Scrooge look like Albert Schweitzer. What a slime ball. I wouldn't buy a Papa John's pizza if I was starving.

Another disappointing article

Another disappointing article by what was once a relevant writer.

Passing on costs is what

Passing on costs is what those without health care coverage do to those with it and to the public at large. If Papa John wants to pass on the costs to his workers, we need to ensure that he picks up his fair share through increased taxes. He might even find that the rational thing to do is to participate. After all, health care costs are tax deductible, but income taxes are not.

It is obvious to those who

It is obvious to those who understand health care and insurance and employment that the "Berserkers" do not. In the long run, they'll suffer the economic consequences of being willfully stupid. In the meantime, however, I personally refuse to do business with them.

I second Sally McKinney's

I second Sally McKinney's comment. That part of the health-care bill hasn't even happened and won't til 2014? Shame on those business owners who have laid-off employees. For one thing with a group policy their own insurance cost will go down. Secondly, if your business is really on the margins of solvency you can put more of the cost of the plan onto the workers where they can decide if they can or can't afford it. It will still offer them the opportunity to get health-care at a reduced price. However I suspect that you can be counted into the rolls of "greedy bastards" who want it all for themselves regardless.

Let's see, Papa John's wans

Let's see, Papa John's wans to give out 2 million free pizzas this football season but can't afford to pay a little more for health insurance? Right. This isn't retaliation, it's stupidity.

It's time to financially

It's time to financially boycott businesses that bribe politicians to rig the game in their favor.

. . The question is whose

. . The question is whose pulling their strings ?? do you think they're smart enogh to dream this up all by themsleves ???
>> John Schnatter, the company's CEO >> he'd jack-up the consumer price >>
Schnatter decided not to slap his customers, but to smack Papa John's workers instead......
..WalMart justifies its low pay differently ( article above) >> OR >>
. . . . his fear of Obamacare made him fire enough workers to exempt his business from providing health care. ............"I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama,"
a quiet conspiracy?? whose pulling the strings ?? Hostage gave its executives 300% pay raises and filed for bankruiptcy ???

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Froma Harrop
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Sunday 18 November 2012
“The patriots have rejected the Republican establishment as governance sympathizers is no longer a concern of the Republican establishment. ”

They Led Us to the Cliff but Can’t Make Us Jump

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The tea party now has its own news site. Based at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, the Tea Party News Network describes itself as "the only trusted news source." It focuses on such right-wing heroes as Michele Bachmann and Allen West, who just lost an election for a House seat in South Florida — though perhaps not on TPNN.

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ABOUT Froma Harrop
Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, Denver Post and Newsday. The twice-a-week column is distributed by Creators Syndicate, in Los Angeles. Harrop has written for numerous other publications, ranging from The New York Times and Institutional Investor, to Harper’s Bazaar and Metropolitan Home. Previously, she covered business for Reuters Ltd., in New York, and was a financial editor for The New York Times News Service. A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary, Harrop was also honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Over the years, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has named her for five awards.

Jump muthaf$%ka, Jump. That

Jump muthaf$%ka, Jump.

That takes care of that problem and sets the agenda straight on what needs to be fixed.

the biggest pile of shit we are standing in is that the 1% think they can continue to make more as the customer makes less. They can stand in line behind Borders and Hostess and other bankrupt companies.

I have always wanted a reason to pay more taxes.

Good article. Jump and the

Good article. Jump and the Tea Party falls off the cliff.

Really, we should get a

Really, we should get a running start before jumping off the cliff. The sun is going to keep coming up. People will still need food and shelter. Life will go on once we have left the cliff behind. It may be painful and ugly for a time, but we cannot keep being held hostage by politicians.

To make matter worse, these same politicians are holding Joe and Jane Average hostage so that their 1% Masters can keep from taking any losses over US debt and deficit spending. We must stand tall and strong and stand with each other. There are so many more of us than there are of the 1%. This is a no brainer. Let the 1% eat the shyte-pie they created. The rest of us will just hang tight and stick together and we will be just fine.

Froma, Medicare (not

Froma, Medicare (not Medicaid) is also an earned benefit for most recipients! If deficit hawks want to tackle health spending, they should look at gradually curtailing the creeping privatization in program administration. Insurers profit hugely from Medicaid and Medicare HMOs. Let's learn from private business and ask our doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators, where the rubber meets the road, how savings can be achieved. For instance, we have people being transported 40 miles round trip for a blood test to avoid a huge co-pay when assigned to a new provider! Insane!

Let us incubate single-payer systems at the state level. This was the wellspring of Medicare in Canada. Gradually our system could be turned.

They can't make us jump from

They can't make us jump from the cliff? If the super elite (.0005%) is pressed to the point where they will lose some of its powers/cash-flow/wealth, they can easily push us anywhere they want in the name of patriotism, declaring war somewhere. Pay attention to what is going on in SE Asia. All the mechanisms are in place for a big war with "substantive targets" (to use Rumsfeld's terminology)! Masses can easily be manipulated, especially when there is an overabundance of unemployed/underemployed, dumbed down, emotionally-charged people.

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Tom Engelhardt
Tom Dispatch / Op-Ed
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012
“There’s a wonderful old American postcard tradition of gigantism, a mixture of (and gentle mocking of) a national, but especially Western, urge toward bravado, braggadocio, and pride when it comes to this country.”

Democratic Mockpocalypse

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Obesity is an American plague -- and no, I’m not talking about overweight Americans.  I’m talking about our overweight, super sized presidential campaign.  I’m talking about Big Election, the thing that’s moved into our homes and, especially if you live in a “swing state,” is now hogging your television almost 24/7.



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Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

It's funny...the most

It's funny...the most overhyped, overblown, over-spent election ever and (outside my e-mail inbox,) I've probably heard LESS about it than any previous election in my lifetime. It's amazing how staying away from the TV, blocking web ads and refraining from volunteering one's personal information whenever possible will do for one's blood pressure when these things get rolling. I knew who I was going to vote for before the campaigns even got off the ground and my decision hasn't changed. So any super PAC dollars that may have been aimed at me were wasted.

It depresses me that people are so easily swayed by advertising that the amount of money poured into a campaign makes such an enormous impact. If everyone did a little research into the candidates and the issues, and made up their minds based on facts, money and advertising would be irrelevant. No one would bother dumping vast sums into ads that wouldn't influence anyone's decisions.

The polls, on the other hand, amuse me. In twenty years of voting, no national poll has ever asked me who I favored or planned to vote for. And I bet there are many others out here who vote religiously but have never been polled either.

I wonder how many elections have ultimately been decided by people who, by accident or their own design, were never consulted, courted or assaulted by candidates' campaign shenanigans. Not enough of them, I'm sure.

Here is another vote for

Here is another vote for either Dr. Stein or Rocky Anderson.

If only everyone had seen the

If only everyone had seen the Democracy Now expanded debate! They would have seen the enormous contrast between the major candidates and Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson, and perhaps decided to vote for one of the adults.

It is absolutely amazing how

It is absolutely amazing how many words, how much time, how much media is focuses on politics. A good government should work quietly behind the scenes, efficiently maintaining the systems the people desire. The extraordinary amount of attention focused on those who legislate and govern has turned our government into a gladiatorial circus event, a second Hollywood, a carnival of the ego. To quote Marshal McLuhan, "The medium is the message." And the message is "way too much." Elections are a media orgasm over a non-event; yet, this big media money maker now extend to two years.

Whoever wins the presidency will be owned by the same people who own the congress and the supreme court. Soon they will get the call, "Let's go duck hunting."*

Imagine how pleasant the world would be without all this brouhaha.

*Message to Romney: you may want to avoid the Cheney invite.

All of the above comments and

All of the above comments and declarations are well thought out. I'll be voting for Jill Stein, deviating from the hapless Democrats for the first time in 40 years. As to the author's question: what does all this mean? I believe it signals the death throes of the United States as we previously regarded it. Democracy has had a spear driven through its heart. War is as commonplace as Orwell fictionally conceived it. Lies have become more valuable than the truth. And the two reigning parties have absolutely no intention of coming down from their morally decaying mansion on the hill. The fuses have been primed and lit.
It's simply a matter of time before we implode. Most likely, sooner, rather than later.

Greg has a point. A vote for

Greg has a point.

A vote for Jill Stein (or Rocky Anderson, or Gary Johnson, or just about any third party candidate) is a way of telling the media that we absolutely do not buy their dumbo analysis, and telling the parties that they'd better figure out how to end the wars and restore the economy.

That worked real well with

That worked real well with Ralph Nader. Far wider known than Jill (who?) Stein. Totally pilloried by the press.

The state of democracy in the

The state of democracy in the U.S. these days is very demoralizing. This article nails it. The election is part entertainment, part pot-of-gold for those looking to make a buck, & all hyperbole. Real issues & facts have gone by the wayside, replaced by sound bites & trite campaign rhetoric. For example, I wish that just once in one of the debates any candidate had directly answered a question without hijacking the topic to his pre-planned agenda. As for polls, I'm almost to the point where I wish they'd be illegal. Actually, what I think everybody should do is refuse to answer a poll. That's what my dad used to do. Said who he planned to vote for was none of their business. I wonder what the pollsters would make of that! And the media ...let's not even go there. The best place to get down-to-earth, factual information about the real issues might actually be the BBC. Sad. Just think of all the good we could do with the money wasted on these elections!

The Democratic Party has a

The Democratic Party has a long, peculiar history of working to defeat itself. One issue that will remain ignored: The post-middle class/poor came out in droves to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 in hopes that he would launch a legitimate discussion about severe poverty in the US. That didn't happen. For four years, the discussion has been all ab0ut, only about, the suffering of those unfortunate souls who still have steady jobs AND middle class wages. We hear "progressives" sing praises to Bill Clinton, whose policies have resulted in rising infant mortality rates among our poor, and a life expectancy among poor Americans that has actually fallen below that of some Third World nations. It's pretty hard to get fired up about protecting the comforts of those who threw the poor off the cliff.

Vote Jill Stein for

Vote Jill Stein for President. Time to vote your hopes, not your fears

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At Drone Convention, Zero Tolerance for Peace

Medea Benjamin
NationofChange / News Analysis
Published: Friday 10 August 2012
“Unprovoked, Father Vitale found himself surrounded by Convention Security and Las Vegas police, who threatened him with arrest.”
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When are we, as a nation, going to have a frank discussion about drones and remote-controlled killing? One might think that such a dialogue could take place when thousands of people come together, once a year, at the gathering of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Wrong.



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Medea Benjamin is an American political activist, best known for co-founding Code Pink and, along with her husband, activist and author Kevin Danaherfair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. Benjamin also was a Green Party candidate in 2000 for the United States Senate.

When the actual killing is so

When the actual killing is so far removed from the person who is doing it,it's just too easy.When you grow up playing video games and then go to Nevada,kill a few hundred people in eight hours,then go home it has to be surreal.How long till we actually just agree to kill so many people and then "pick" the victims?Right now it's Obama doing the picking.There is something so fundamentally wrong with remote control killing that it doesn't bear scrutiny.That's probably why they don't allow any.

Janis need not worry, after

Janis need not worry, after the next World War these same people will be holding another weapons convention pushing the latest technology that consist of stone axes and sticks. Unfortunately there won't be anybody left to buy them !

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Stephan Salisbury
Tom Dispatch / Op-Ed
Published: Monday 30 July 2012
“We know a lot less about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city’s police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.”

Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

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Welcome to the abattoir -- a nation where a man can walk into a store and buy an assault rifle, a shotgun, a couple of Glocks; where in the comfort of his darkened living room, windows blocked from the sunlight, he can rig a series of bombs unperturbed and buy thousands of rounds of ammo on the Internet; where a movie theater can turn into a killing floor at the midnight hour.



ABOUT Stephan Salisbury

Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His most recent book is Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland.

This is apparently, what a

This is apparently, what a "post racial" America looks like. Now when the police kill brown or black people, it's not because they are black or brown, it's because of some other reason to be specified at a later date.

This article is slanted and

This article is slanted and stating that police shootings are not tracked just isn't true.

When a person chooses to wage

When a person chooses to wage war on fellow citizens they are a traitor, a trial and speedy execution should be expedited for all those in authority making bad choices.

Those scumbags thinking they will skate by and not pay the ultimate price for their treason are only fooling one person... their dumb selves. You will pay and you will pay dearly. Just wait........

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Mark Engler
Published: Saturday 14 July 2012
“When the economy is bad and unemployment high, working people are supposed to feel grateful that they have jobs at all.”

The Politics of Your Summer Vacation

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Oh yes...I must be more rich

Oh yes...I must be more rich for you to be less poor...If I consume more then so can you...great concerns of the well to do....

Okay, after my blood ceased

Okay, after my blood ceased re-boiling at the trivialization and manipulation of stress and distress by corporate advertisers -- all while the great transfer of wealth from the many to the few AND the depletion of resources proceed unabated -- I was able to focus on the serious merits of the "plenitude" model.
I hope, Mark, that you'll do a re-write of this piece, shorn of the trivializing aspects you brought to it. Your whimsical closing paragraph gave the impression of a writer oblivious and insensitive to the harsh circumstances the majority of Americans now suffer under.

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Obama Team Focuses on Mitt Romney’s Private Finances

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What is Mitt Romney hiding?  The big question Democrats are raising against Romney and his campaign.  The volley back and forth from Obama’s campaign team to Romney’s is a media air war of pointing fingers.  In a speech to Hispanic leaders in Las Vegas, Biden said of Romney: "He wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his." 

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Jim Hightower
Otherwords / Op-Ed
Published: Monday 18 June 2012
This anti-democratic ruling opened the door for unlimited sums of corporate cash to barge into our national, state, and local elections and take charge. Walker is the first ugly sprouting of that alien seed.

Wisconsin’s Alien Seed

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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

The people of Wisconsin must

The people of Wisconsin must be very stupid. I really can't believe that people are so unknowing and uncaring about politics that they would vote for the candidate that showed his face on the TV more than the other guy. Money trumps intelligence, is beyond me.

Only fear or humiliation will

Only fear or humiliation will stir people into action. I don't expect things will change for the better until a scandal, driven by foreign campaign contributions comes to light.

Let's get over it really. The

Let's get over it really. The people have spoken. They want conservative policies, the end of the welfare state, including SSI and medicare. They want total deregulation. They want "The Right to Work."

Too bad corporations and the market economy can't give them that right. They're simply not needed in today's economy. By not voting for the recall, you have given your stamp of approval for what's coming. Try not to be hypocrites when the economic reaper comes for your familie's security and dumps you on the street.

We will not be free of the

We will not be free of the corporate influence until the citizenry demands that all federal elections are publicly financed. Only when we take the money out of the hands of the politicians will we actually be able to vote for the best persons.

The Citizens United edict

The Citizens United edict issued two years ago by the Supreme Court's five-man corporatist majority. This anti-democratic ruling opened the door for unlimited sums of corporate cash to barge into our National, State, and Local elections and take charge.

You thought that a person had to be a resident of a State and registered to vote to have an effect on the election. WRONG.....

I am MAD as HELL about the FACT that Millionaires and Billionaires from outside of my State have more of an ability to affect the outcome of an election in my State than I do. I am going to start a Petition drive for a Federal and a State Constitutional Convention to Stop this from happening.

Because of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, from the United States of America's Supreme Court ruling, I want A Constitutional Amendment to the United States of America's Constitution Article 1, to clearly define that an Individual is a Living Breathing Member of the Homo-Sapiens Species and that Corporations, Companies, Institutions, or any kind of Organization are not Individuals and do not have the same Rights as do Living Breathing Individuals. I also want it to clearly state that only Congress has the Right and the Ability to place limits upon What, Where, When and How an individual may make Contributions to a Political Party or to an Individual running for a Political Office.

An Individual may only make a Contribution to a Political Party or Individual Political Candidate that lives or operates within the State that the Individual Contributor lives in 51% of the Year. We the People want outsiders stopped from affecting elections in our home states. The Individual making the contribution has to send it to the Federal Election Commission specifying the Political Party or the Political Candidate they want the funds to go to. The Federal Election Commission would then once a month, send the Contribution to the Political party or the Individual Political Candidate but it would be Anonymous so that neither the Political Party nor the Individual Candidate would feel an obligation to the Donor.

Political Action Committees may only advertise their Support for, or Against an Issue that they have an interest in. They MUST NEVER be permitted to be for or against an Individual Candidate or Political Party.

I once dated a woman that had

I once dated a woman that had a strong appetite for "nice" things and could be, shall we say cold blooded in her pursuit of said things. She told me of an offer that had been made to her by a paramour, a married business tycoon from some where east of the Mississippi. He had promised her his home in Colorado, one of several apparently, a new Mercedes and an expense account and all she needed to provide in return was to be available to him on his frequent visits west. She then surprised me by saying that she had turned down his offer. I asked her why and she said, "when you take their money, you're obliged to take their shit. I'd never be happy being someones bought and paid for bitch".

If you'd like to find out what it's like being someone's bought and paid for bitch, please direct your inquiries to; Mr. Scott Walker, care of the state house, Madison, Wisconsin.

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All politicians are "bitches"

All politicians are "bitches" of the .0005%. How else can you explain the destruction of the middle class and excessive, progressive concentration of power and wealth at the top of the society. Money talks, politicos deliver, gagged and bound, ready for slaughter, any time of the year, day or night!

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