How Discredited Policies Of The Days Of DEVO Have Driven Us To The Fiscal Edge

photo 80's era new wave band of "Whip It" fame, DEVO

The eighties had some bright spots. These include the lyrical riffs in Guns and Roses marvelous Sweet Child o’ Mine, the bass line in Billy Idol’s catchy White Wedding and just about everything Great White and Metallica did. There were also some highs in  GOP’s economic experiment, but largely it was a mixed bushel of apples, most of them rotten or full of worm-holes and bruises. That didn’t stop the GOP from using them in a pie that we are still choking down to this day.

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Tucker Carlson 2024: How What Follows Trump Becomes Much Worse

by Tony Wyman After two years and almost 10 months of watching Donald Trump humiliate the United States, make a mockery of our institutions and traditions, and treat the rule of law like he treats his porn star girlfriends, you might think this White House is as bad as it can get. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Let’s be honest about Mr. Trump for a bit, shall we?  For all of his braggadocio, his claims of being the richest, the toughest, the best dealmaker, the smartest and wisest man of all…

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Countering Russia’s ‘Ideologies For Export’ Propaganda And Disinformation War

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by Kseniya Kirillova    Ideologies For Export Western countries have been battling Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns for years. As Russian “information operations” spread around the world, more and more initiatives are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centers that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its…

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Kurds, Assyrians Face Genocide In Wake Of Trump’s Pull Back

Image of American forces convoy retreating from Syria.

Lynda Bryant Work Hillary Clinton has her Benghazi (2012); Donald Trump has his Syrian Kurds betrayal. In both cases, people – Kurds and Assyrians died or will die unnecessarily due to irresponsible decisions.   Late Oct. 5, the White House abruptly announced it was pulling troops away from the Northern Syrian border and that Turkey planned to launch an offensive — a major shift in U.S. policy that followed a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.     It quickly became clear that Trump gave the Erdogan…

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America’s Betrayal Of The Kurds Will Cost Trump The White House

by Tony Wyman On Saturday, south of the town of Tel Abyad, a city once held by ISIS terrorists until Kurd fighters of the YPG and Free Syrian Army liberated it in June 2015, militiamen loyal to Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, dragged Hevrin Kalaf, the Secretary-General of the Future Syria Party, a pro-Kurdish political force founded in 2018 with American support, from her car and executed her, along with her driver, leaving her body to rot on the side of the road. “Here lies the body of pigs,” said…

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Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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Trump’s Paramilitary Militia Eager for a Second Civil War

by Tony Wyman In April 2016, months before the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States, Brandon Smith, author and member of Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group made up largely of past and present U.S. soldiers and law enforcement officers, made this comment in an article he posted here. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if Hillary Clinton is chosen by the establishment to take Obama’s place, the result would probably be outright civil war in the U.S. The level of hatred…

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Protests in Moscow: It’s No Longer Just a Game

by Kseniya Kirillova The recent protests in Moscow showed two trends that are quite new for modern Russia: first, the extreme brutality of the security forces during the dispersal of rallies, and second, the unprecedented resilience of Muscovites, who are heroically coming out to take part in clearly unauthorized actions where they knowingly face the possibility of state violence and arrests. The last frontier Of course, the behavior of the protesters themselves is understandable. Russian authorities badly miscalculated that blocking independent candidates from taking part in the Moscow City Duma…

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Tobin Smith’s “Foxocracy” Is An Explosive Must Read Before The 2020 Election

Tobin Smith, former Fox News financial analyst and author of upcoming book, "Foxocracy - Fox News' Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare".

by Tony Wyman Author’s note: As a frequent political commentator, I’ve read dozens of articles professing to expose for readers the true secrets of the Fox News behemoth.  While many were interesting and informative, none captured the true picture of how frighteningly powerful Fox News has become and what a threat to American democracy the network is like “Foxocracy” does.  Tobin Smith’s book, the first I’ve read that pulls back all the blinds hiding the true nature of Fox News, should be on the bedside of every American voter and…

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The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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