Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates on Benghazi

The Benghazi Kabuki theater continues as House Republicans push on with “hearing” that some are calling a witch hunt. An apt description… Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told CBS’ Face the Nation that “some critics of the administration have a “cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces.”” Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama’s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. “Frankly, had I been in the job at the … Continue reading

Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

  by Walter Brasch   Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They happily point to Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly after taking office in January 2011 took advantage of a Republican majority in the House and Senate to ram through legislation that stripped numerous collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Among collective bargaining rights are those that assure decent working conditions and a fair grievance process to prevent arbitrary and discriminatory discipline. The Republicans point to Ohio, where Republican Gov. John Kasich, with similar legislative support, signed legislation in March 2011 that restricted collective bargaining rights for public sector employees. They … Continue reading

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

  by WALTER and ROSEMARY BRASCH   In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll still be writing about them. We had wanted the U.S. Department of the Interior to stop the government-approved slaughter of wild horses and burros in the southwest, but were disappointed that the cattle industry used its money and influence to shelter politicians from Americans who asked for compassion and understanding of  breeds that roamed freely long before the nation’s “Manifest Destiny.” We wanted to see the federal government protect wolves, … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

Maybe it’s the cold medicine, but, today’s Ten Post Round-Up has my head spinning: 1: Proof of progress in Iraq: Seatbelts!… As the Iraqis Buckle Up, We Will Stand Down–Bring It On! 2: Sometimes, doing things the old-fashioned way, really is best… Exposed: The Great GM Crops Myth–CommonDreams.org 3: Ben Stein’s movie is number 8 with a bullet! On the upside, it should be available in Blu-Ray in a couple of months!… Expelled’s Weekend Box Office–Friendly Atheist 4: To be sure, it wasn’t just television news that was taken in by the Pentagon’s Propaganda machine… A Guide to ‘NYT’ Bombshell on Military/Media Propaganda–The Huffington Post 5: In the UK, psychics will have to prove themselves… New Psychic Law–The J-Walk Blog

Bush or Nero?

Here’s a little important non-primary related activism for readers from Senator Barbara Boxer in the wake of Bush’s latest too little too late global warming plan: Dear Friend: On Wednesday, President Bush delivered what was billed as a major speech on global warming. What a disaster! Rather than staking out a set of ambitious goals for America to strive for, the President argued that the United States should do nothing about global warming until 2025.  I can’t believe he said it with a straight face.   That’s completely irresponsible — and President Bush needs to hear it.