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Fall 2022 Los Angeles Endorsements
2022 Election / California / Endorsements / LA Mayor's Race / Los Angeles

Fall 2022 Los Angeles Endorsements

My endorsements for Fall 2022 for Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. OFFICEHOLDERS Mayor of LA – Karen Bass City Attorney – Hydee Feldstein Soto City Comptroller – Paul Koretz City Council (15th) – Tim McOsker County Sheriff – Robert Luna Community College District #2 – Steven Veres Community College District # 4 – Sara … Continue reading

Fall 2022 California Statewide Endorsements
2022 Election / Abortion / California / California Politics / Endorsements / InitiatIive Reform

Fall 2022 California Statewide Endorsements

My endorsements for Fall 2022. FEDERAL/ STATE RACES Senate – Alex PadillaCongress (44th) – Nanette BarraganGovernor – Gavin NewsomLt. Governor – Eleni KounalakisSec. of State – Shirley WeberController – Malia M. CohenTreasurer – Fiona MaAttorney General – Rob BontaIns Commissioner – Ricardo LaraSuper. of Public Instruction – Tony ThurmondState Bd of Equalization – 3rd – … Continue reading

DeSantis Ships Venezuela Asylum Seekers in Texas to Martha’s Vineyard Using Florida Funds
2022 Election / florida / Immigration

DeSantis Ships Venezuela Asylum Seekers in Texas to Martha’s Vineyard Using Florida Funds

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is up for reelection in Florida, just used Florida tax dollars to pull off a cruel publicity stunt that involved Venezuela asylum seekers in Texas. DeSantis paid someone to lure the migrants from San Antonio to take a plane to Martha’s Vineyard based on false promises in a move that … Continue reading

Trump Never Intended to Accept Defeat
2016 Election / 2020 Election / donald trump / Trump Coup

Trump Never Intended to Accept Defeat

What has not been discussed in connection with the January 6th Committee hearings and investigations is that Trump never intended to accept defeat — even in 2016. Roger Stone’s “Stop the Steal” organization was created in 2016. As explained in this timeline of Stop the Steal: “Stop the Steal” was deployed during the 2016 presidential … Continue reading

Remembering President Truman, Lt. Halvorsen and Berlin on this Fateful Day
Berlin / Cold War / harry truman

Remembering President Truman, Lt. Halvorsen and Berlin on this Fateful Day

Earlier this month, Berlin reached a dramatic milestone. The city had now lived without the odious wall that separated the city during the Cold War, longer than the 10,316 days that it stood. President Kennedy rightfully called the Berlin Wall an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands … Continue reading

State’s Top Newspapers Reject Trumpist Recall Effort
2021 Recall / California / California Politics / COVID-19 / donald trump / Racism

State’s Top Newspapers Reject Trumpist Recall Effort

Nine of California’s most read newspapers have come out against the political opportunistic recall, warning that recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom at this time and replacing him with an untested extremist would be a disaster for the state. Newsom attacked COVID early on while providing relief to those impacted and now the state’s economy is roaring … Continue reading

“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

2006 Voting Rights Act Anniversary is a Reminder of How Radical the GOP Has Become
2008 Election / Bush Administration / Fascism / George W. Bush / Radicalism / Republican Party / Southern Strategy / Voter Suppression / Voting Rights Act

2006 Voting Rights Act Anniversary is a Reminder of How Radical the GOP Has Become

Next week marks an anniversary that demonstrates how extreme today’s Republican Party has become. It will be the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 which reauthorized the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The bill passed the … Continue reading

A Tour of Tennessee Shows Senator Blackburn is Wrong on Infrastructure
Biden Administration / Bridges / Broadband Deployment / Climate Change / Infrastructure / joe biden / Stimulus Package

A Tour of Tennessee Shows Senator Blackburn is Wrong on Infrastructure

Also Available on Daily Kos. In light of Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) Twitter attacks on the Biden Infrastructure Plan (The American Jobs Plan) for including more than “roads and bridges”, the President’s surrogates should consider giving the freshman Senator a tour of her home state to show the true extent of public infrastructure and the … 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