Homeland security

Thirteen years after 9-11 and one man outside Chicago is able to cripple much of the nation’s air traffic with a single act of sabotage. Just think what a few terrorists could do with well-coordinated attacks. Homeland security, where were you?

Several months ago, Rachel Maddow reported on what appeared to be a professional attack on a power substation in the San Francisco area. It appeared to be a practice run for something bigger. Our government is not doing its job to protect us here at home while it pursues fruitless wars in the Middle East.

Crashing the Tea Party

Crashing the Tea Party, Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics by Paul Street and Anthony DiMaggio. After reading this slender volume published in 2011, there is no doubt in my mind that the TEA Party is an Astroturf organization, with FOX News, the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. The case is overwhelming.

“The real Tea Party phenomenon discovered here is relatively well off  and Middle American (not particularly disadvantaged), very predominantly white, significantly racist, militaristic, narcissistically selfish, vicious in its hostility to the poor, deeply undemocratic, profoundly ignorant and deluded, heavily paranoid, wooden-headed, and overly reliant on propagandistic right-wing news and commentary for basic political information”

Very harsh, but true in my experience.

“A Protection Racket”: The Corrupt Bargain Between Politicians And The NFL

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

For a number of years, I have been uneasy about the symbiotic and corrupt relationship between lawmakers and professional sports leagues, especially football. Many years ago, I got a call from a reporter with Sports Illustrated. I returned the call, mostly out of curiosity about why a sports reporter was calling a politics/Congress person. It turned out there was a legitimate reason. The SI reporter had noticed that Senator John Warner of Virginia served on the board of directors of the Washington Redskins; he wondered whether that was allowed under the ethics rules of the Senate—and if so, why?

Of course, as a general matter, members of Congress could not serve on corporate boards. But somehow, the sports team was viewed differently. It should not have been. The Redskins, then owned by Jack Kent Cooke, was a very large for-profit company, with clear and important interests in front of…

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Tomahawk cruise missiles

The US Navy has approximately 4,000 Tomahawk cruise missiles in inventory and estimates that will be sufficient until a replacement is ready. Since the Tomahawk will be used extensively against ISIS and other targets, I doubt that the replacement will be ready before current stocks are depleted. Each Tomahawk is estimated to cost US taxpayers $1.4 million dollars. I predict that the replacement missile will be even more expensive. As the news reports on missile numbers used to attack ISIS, keep a running total in your mind of the cost. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend that money caring for people here in the US rather killing both terrorists and the innocent in the Middle East?