Back in November, I posted two essays on the Deep State. In the first essay, I attempted to try to both define and call attention the term Deep State (and its companion term, Shadow Government) and what it means to we the people. In my second essay, I referenced posts by "Q" anon on 4chan which related to the Deep State.
I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.
Lots of things happen when a state legalizes marijuana, and some things don't happen.
Here's some easy to read charts that will help.
Please excuse the short post. I was afraid this would be buried and unseen as a comment, and I found this speech on foreign policy and racism insightful. (17 min)
To steal someone else's line, "What Democrats are to the actual left is the same as what Nickelback is to Rock n’ Roll, nothing but a bland facsimile of something genuine with the primary purpose of selling something."
Many here know of Robert Parry. He had been having serious health issues as of late, and his family today announced his passing.
From an article at Consortium News:
(This is a reprise from 2013 that I’d run into accidentally while looking for a vignette of a salt-of-the-earth local neighbor, ‘Albert the Blacksmith’ that I’d written years ago in order to send it to a friend from the Mancos Valley wayback machine…who is in dire need of some laughing time. Just above it, and to the left, was this same title, and I’d looked at with a furrowed brow, as it hadn’t rung a bell with me…at all. But when I read it, it seemed even more germane to the current mainstream, acceptable Amerikan zeitgeist than then. I’ll modernize it at the bottom.)
Is It Ignorance or Apathy?
I don't know, and I don't care!
It really isn't fair to accuse the people...the average working people...for the mess in which we find ourselves. It isn't ignorance nor apathy (although they play a role), what I really think it is that we have a case of helplessness and hopelessness driven by financial despair. Only 39% of Americans are ready for a $1,000 unexpected expense (2 min). How can they focus on the three ring circus of today's politics? Even if they want to understand our situation they are misled, distracted, and kept in the dark. This week alone goes from government shutdown to #releasethememo to the billionaire gathering in Davos to constant (illegal) wars in Syria and around the world. It is a system in collapse...capitalism, democracy, and the environment...yes, our system is unraveling.
The Donald may pretend to be tough (I guess it's from his WWE background), but when he comes up against someone who is not playing a game, Donald backs down, just like the bully he his.
In this case it is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that forced Donald to cower.
Just two weeks ago, this was the news: U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria
Two focused and well written examples of how the Democratic Party has sold out poor and working class Americans and why they keep losing elections.
The first article is from The New Yorker's Daily Intelligencer blog:
Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die
Got a foot of snow just the other day, here on the flat wastes of Middle America. Got to thinking of prior warm weather experiences.
Fred says 'G'day!'
Off to check out a new pizza place. Quibble amongst yourselves if you must.
Some humor for the weekend. The whole e-currency Tulipmania has completely jumped the shark. Now there are sites satirizing the whole thing - and getting a handful of suckers to invest. Check out Ponzicoin. ROTFLMAO!
From their FAQ:
They will be Directing the Global One Percent Choir in comfort and style, learning how to take care of themselves along the way. But seriously, satirizing the affair this year…ain’t quite so funny, given the massive immiseration of so many citizens globally. But in any event, ♪ On with the Bugs Bunny Sho-o-ow♫!
The town down the hill recently extruded a restaurant featuring crepes. I knew before the place even opened that I would never go in there. Because I saw through the twenty-foot-tall glass walls that they had placed a bottle of Heinz ketchup on every table.
Crepes are quintessentially French, while ketchup is a non-Newtonian fluid produced by Germans who don't understand salsa. Throughout much of France ketchup is actually banned, and for sure if you go into a restaurant there and order crepes, and then ask for ketchup, the chef will come at you from out of the kitchen, screaming and waving a cleaver.
Germans like Heinz and Hunts pummelled the Americans with ketchup for many years, but that is over now. Which buggers me why these crepes-people would put out the ketchup now, when ketchup has clearly become a buggywhip in the foods. Among the Americans, salsa sales surpassed that of ketchup more than twenty-five years ago; the hamburger, another invention of Germans with names like Otto and Oscar, is also coughing up blood, stomped now every year in the sales by tortillas.
House Dems furious with Senate leaders
House Democrats went into the post-shutdown recess this week voicing bitter feelings about their party’s Senate leadership, sowing new tensions between the chambers at a crucial juncture in the budget and immigration debates.
It's unusual in these days of Trump!Russia!Trump! that you see multiple, in-depth articles that show just how bad the Democratic Party establishment is, but today is that exception.
For instance NBC News said this:
Schumer withdraws offer on Trump's wall
Republicans aligned with Trump are unlikely to go for any bill that does not offer a major boost in border wall funding.
By BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM 01/23/2018 12:09 PM EST Updated 01/23/2018 04:35 PM EST
Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table.
A Rolling Stone article by Paul Solotaroff:
Inside the biggest law enforcement scandal in Massachusetts history: How the system covered up tens of thousands of falsified drug tests – and how two teams of crusading lawyers exposed the wrongdoing
This is a long detailed article. I am just hitting the highlights of how two chemists helped prosecutors railroad thousands of people for The War On Drugs:
Meet Sonja Farak: