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“Afghanistan Papers” Detail How the US Public Was Deceived Into a Quagmire (Again)
Afghanistan / Bush Administration / Obama Administration / September 11th / Trump Administration

“Afghanistan Papers” Detail How the US Public Was Deceived Into a Quagmire (Again)

On October 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that the U.S. had begun airstrikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9-11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Within weeks, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld mocked the notion that the U.S. involvement would become a quagmire, joking “[a]ll … Continue reading

Bennet Kelley Featured in Middle Ground Segment on “Online Censorship”
First Amendment / Internet / News

Bennet Kelley Featured in Middle Ground Segment on “Online Censorship”

I recently participated in Jubilee Media’s Middle Ground segment entitled “Who is Censored More? Liberals vs Conservatives.” It was a fun experience and the debate was interesting, as we talked about content moderation, combating abuse, hate and disinformation online over 90-minutes. The thirty-minute segment was posted on Sunday and, unfortunately, much of what I had … Continue reading

Atlanta Killings Demonstrate Need to Take a Stand Against Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans
COVID-19 / donald trump / Racism

Atlanta Killings Demonstrate Need to Take a Stand Against Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

This week’s tragedy in Atlanta is part of an alarming trend of hate crimes against Asian Americans as a backlash fueled by racism over COVID. It is time for all Americans to stand united against such bigotry. THE CONTEXT: Hate Crime Against Asian-Americans Up 149% According to a report by  the Center for the Study … Continue reading

What I Learned in 2020
2020 Election / Black Lives Matter / California / Civil Rights / COVID-19 / donald trump / joe biden / Racism / Trump Administration / Trump Coup

What I Learned in 2020

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, I mean it really, really sucked“. With apologies to Charles Dickens, there is no getting around the fact that the end of 2020 was welcome with a global “good riddance” largely due to the pandemic ravaging the globe. But Dickens’ famous first paragraph, … Continue reading

The Trump Presidency in Seven Words
2016 Election / 2020 Election / COVID-19 / donald trump / Impeachment / Mueller Investigation / Muslim Travel Ban / Racism / Republican Party / Russia / Saudi Arabia / Trump Administration / Trump Coup

The Trump Presidency in Seven Words

Published OpEdNews and Daily Kos In 2009, sparked by a poll that asked voters to use one word to describe President Bush, I wrote a piece “The Bush Presidency in Four Words” to sum up the catastrophic failure that was the George W. Bush presidency (an assessment shared by historians who rank him only slightly … Continue reading

A Compromise Approach to GOP Member Expulsion
donald trump / Republican Party / Trump Administration / Trump Coup

A Compromise Approach to GOP Member Expulsion

Wednesday’s despicable Trump-led coup attempt has put his Congressional collaborators in the spotlight, with calls for several Members to resign including Senators John Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) (who led the Senate effortz) and glock-toting freshman Congresswoman Lauren Baubert (R-CO) (who was tweeting support for the insurrection and even revealed that Speaker Pelosi was … Continue reading

GOP Senators’ Response to Their 12 Arsonists of Democracy
2020 Election / donald trump / GOP Power Grab / Republican Party

GOP Senators’ Response to Their 12 Arsonists of Democracy

On January 2, 2021, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX),  Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senators-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KN.), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) announced their intention to vote on January 6 (when the Electoral College results … Continue reading

Len Lazarick Sr, 3-Time Purple Heart Recipient, a Reminder That Time and COVID Are Taking Our Last WW2 Vets
COVID-19 / In Memoriam / world war 2

Len Lazarick Sr, 3-Time Purple Heart Recipient, a Reminder That Time and COVID Are Taking Our Last WW2 Vets

Leonard Lazarick, Sr. died on November 30, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 97. Lazarick, was a three-time Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Pacific Theater in Leyte and Okinawa. He was part of the team of more than 130,000 mem from the Sixth Army who landed on Leyte on … Continue reading

Sorry COVID Surrender Monkeys, Joe Biden is Still Focused on the Pandemic
2020 Election / COVID-19 / donald trump / joe biden / Republican Party

Sorry COVID Surrender Monkeys, Joe Biden is Still Focused on the Pandemic

A recurring theme on social media is that once Joe Biden won, we would stop hearing about COVID, implying that the Democrats concern over COVID was primarily political. Today, I noticed some of those same people were noting that nobody is talking about COVID now that the election has passed. To them I say, step … Continue reading

Best/Worst Election Night Memories (1-6)
1978 Election / 1980 Election / 1982 Election / 1992 Election / 1994 Election / 1996 election / 2000 Election / 2006 Election / 2008 Election / 2012 Election / 2016 Election

Best/Worst Election Night Memories (1-6)

With election night here, I thought I would update this article I posted in 2014 providing a reflection on some of my favorite and least favorite memories from election nights past. BEST #1 – 1992:  The Comeback Kid Wins Having been involved with the Clinton campaign since 1991, it was an up and down campaign … Continue reading

Prop 22 Backgrounder
California / California Politics

Prop 22 Backgrounder

Originally posted on Cyber Report:
In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision redefined the definition of employee v. independent contractor through an “ABC test” followed by many states, a year later California Governor Newsom signed AB 5 which codified the Dynamex decision with certain exceptions. Under AB 5, a worker is an employee and not an independent contractor unless the…

RIP Ralph Hallow
In Memoriam

RIP Ralph Hallow

As Democrats, many of us view the conservative Washington Times as a political enemy and can recount a range of emotions after a conservative friend forwards one of their articles. Today was such a day, as a former Republican Congressional aide sent me the Washington Times announcement of the death of their longtime columnist Ralph … Continue reading

2020 Swing State Newspaper Endorsements Are Scathing Rebuke of Trump’s Failed and Divisive Presidency
2020 Election / donald trump / joe biden / Trump Administration

2020 Swing State Newspaper Endorsements Are Scathing Rebuke of Trump’s Failed and Divisive Presidency

In 2016, only two of the nation’s 100 largest newspapers endorsed Trump (Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Review and the Florida Times-Union). The small number of endorsements received by Trump was unprecedented in American history for a candidate from a major party. History is repeating itself in 2020, but instead of dark warnings of what a … Continue reading