(my purpose here as names are read in downtown Manhattan today, is to remember not just Americans died on that day. Just found this blog entry and it will correctly show some perspective.. my only reason for showing this today.)
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Thomas Frank, author of ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
Newer, better book, ‘….indicting the DNS, the Clintons, the Democratic party, current…and the entire Neo Liberal way of life.. so to speak..
One of the quotes….”“When the left party in a system severs its bonds to working people—when it dedicates itself to the concerns of a particular slice of high-achieving affluent people—issues of work and income inequality will inevitably fade from its list of concerns.” ….
I was in a heated conversation or not? or just a question someone asked.. ‘Are we /you Hopeful’… well, I don’t really believe that Trump supporters are ‘hopeful’. .they firstly, ‘mostly’ deluded.. or their decision making has recently been ‘delustional’.. but that said, that’s many are in my own family and that’s difficult.
On to my rant… In answer to ….’are you hopeful?’….. Title? (Jimi Hendrix). well, I just wanted to get everyone’s attention…”
“In answer to someone’s post on FB: ‘Are you hopeful”?
We’re all worried, or we’re not human, or we’re narcissists, psychopaths or worse, or President..point is, we have no choice but to drudge on. Some of us will fight for what’s left to fight …of the Constitution.. Bill of rights..our health care, environments, everyone’s civil and human rights, to save what we can of mother earth, the climate..probably we’re doomed as for planet sustainability, our survival in doubt, an all due to the oligarchs, worldwide fascist capitalism, out of of control, we as serfs or slaves, what you will can only hope to have some say with our votes. Geez…parties, no parties, don’t give a damn… Looking for people who wish to go FORWARD I.e. PROGRESS. Eventually if we, and other nations if we survive climate change. This backwardness will reverse, because it will fail. Both parties are dead, broken, useless, have no interest in People, Done for now. Bernie, Corbyn, give some hope or direction. But is it all too late. My imaginary useless idiot rant!!!
This Blog mentions a great list of reasonings for having Sanctuary cities…I am presenting this with others in testimony to the City Poughkeepsie, NY, my birthplace, this May 1.
There’s an entire underclass of people living among us.
These are people like you or me who have no choice but to do the most menial jobs for meager pay under the table. And when reality-TV-stars-turned-politicians like Donald Trump come around offering to solve all our problems with magic, you know who they blame for everything? THEM!
They’re illegal immigrants. They had the gumption to flee countries with worse economies than ours for the privilege of being our construction workers, housekeepers, gardeners and janitors. They are the fruit and vegetable pickers and the restaurant workers putting food on our tables.
They don’t collect social security, they don’t have health benefits or retirement plans and employers can pay them less than minimum wage. Heck! We can do almost whatever we want to them because who are they going to complain to – the police? If they do anything to get…
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IN EVERY TYPE of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.
Trump, on Thursday night, ordered an attack that the Pentagon said included the launching of 59 Tomahawk missiles which “targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.” The governor of Homs, the Syrian province where the attack occurred, said early this morning that the bombs killed seven civilians and wounded nine.
The Pentagon’s statement said the attack was “in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people.” Both Syria and Russia vehemently deny that the Syrian military used chemical weapons.
When asked about this yesterday by the Globe and Mail’s Joanna Slater, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged an investigation to determine what actually happened before any action was contemplated, citing what he called “continuing questions about who is responsible”:
But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”).
That the Syrian government deliberately used chemical weapons to bomb civilians became absolute truth in U.S. discourse within less than 24 hours – even though Trudeau urged an investigation, even though it was denied in multiple capitals around the world, and even though Susan Rice just two months ago boasted to NPR: “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
Whatever happened with this event, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past five years in what began as a citizen uprising in the spirit of the Arab Spring, and then morphed into a complex proxy war involving foreign fighters, multiple regional powers, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Russia.
The CIA has spent more than a billion dollars a year to arm anti-Assad rebels for years, and the U.S. began bombing Syria in 2014 – the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by Obama – and never stopped. Trump had already escalated that bombing campaign, culminating in a strike last month that Syrians say destroyed a mosque and killed dozens. What makes this latest attack new is that rather than allegedly targeting terrorist sites of ISIS and Al Qaeda, it targets the Syrian government – something Obama threatened to do in 2013 but never did.
Leading Congressional Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – quickly praised Trump’s bombing while raising concerns about process. Hours before the bombing commenced, as it was known Trump was planning it, Hillary Clinton – who has been critical of Obama for years for not attacking Assad – appeared at an event and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning:
The Trump White House is preliminarily indicating that this was a limited strike, designed to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons, rather than a new war to remove him. But such aggression, once unleashed, is often difficult to contain. The Russian and Iranian governments, both supportive of Assad, have bitterly denounced Trump for the attack, with a Putin spokesman calling it a “significant blow” for U.S.-Russian relations. Russia already announced retaliation in the form of suspending cooperation agreements.
Even if it is contained, there are endless implications from Trump’s initiation of military force against the Syrian Government. For now, here are ten critical points highlighted by all of this: