By Alberto Pupo
The Oops culture., more often than not in American society, tragic or vile events are labeled as mistakes. Bad policy decisions are apologized for. Certain events and rushing into useless wars are called “lapses in intelligence”. It seems that in order to explain away deliberately reprehensible actions, these actions are instead labeled as mistakes and blamed on incompetence. However in a Nation were civic and military leadership are endowed with education and certifications how is it that vile policies and actions are always incompetence? Are we really that incompetent as a Nation? Or are these actions simply Machiavellian machinations to obscure evil actions and escape any form of accountability?
The oops culture is a very conservative notion. For example 9/11, the straightforward explanation was to explain away everything as an intelligence mistake”. We see this theme ongoing throughout most of the War of Terror. Lack of wmd’s, Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
A gathering fools, on October 14th, 2014 before standing before a small coterie of media, a group of miscreants decided to tell us what is wrong. They stood defiant in front of Planned Parent Hood in Washington DC. The sign-ange they carried betrayed the very scientifically sound message that”Abortion exposes children to BDSM”. This is something that we the people must be aware of.
They came up one after the other you, bold, educated, courageous, mainly towing the line about the evils of abortion and how “Obamacare” had made this possible. After an hour of raging against the abortion machine, they broke down and walked off triumphantly heads held high in victory the world better place?
The above gathering is an unfortunately a true story. None of the events have been exaggerated and yes there was someone holding the above described sign-age. This anecdote is indicative of what is wrong with our Nation. Instead of trying to help improve the lives of Americans,or finding ways to be rid of inequality, or fight for a more just world, etc. This group of individuals stood against a woman’s right to choose. They stood against Planned Parenthood an organization which is not merely an”abortion factory” but as the name implies it is a clinic helping those who cannot afford it better plan for their future, by providing different health services. Yet this group of miscreants spouted their propaganda without any interruption, without anyone bothering to call them out for Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Freedom of Speech it is a beautiful concept in America, that holds true if you are a conservative that is. It seems that the ability to use the first amendment to speak on controversial subjects at will seems to be a gift bestowed upon those of a right-wing bent. Taking all mediums of communication into consideration radical right-wing ideas are often given a free pass no matter how outrageous or offensive they can be. The right-wing easily hides behind the first amendment same unfortunately cannot be said about those with a left-wing or more progressive world-view. Thee views are often seen as dangerous and many time freedom of speech may not be a defense when taking a different point of view. Is there truly a right-wing bias.
The right-wing in this Nation holds a variety of views and opinions, which to a rational mind are offensive, archaic and dangerous (see picture for an example). Yet these views are commonly passed on to the American people on a daily basis via, Internet, radio, television, and even face to face protests. many times those of a conservative right-wing bent are not subject to police harassment and intimidation. They are able to practically approach anyone they desire and openly an without reservation express their hate. They are not subject to scrutiny of any kind and more often than not people will immediately jump to their defense. This has been seen for example during the Health care Town Hall Meetings in 2010, Tea Party activists were able to get within feet of the President and express their general disdain. There was no such thing as a”protest zone” or buffer. As a stark contrast you then Continue reading
By: Alberto Pupo
Unemployment drops to 5.9%! Amazingly enough it seems like the economy of our Nation has fully turned around. However despite all of this there is still a general pessimism in American society. President Obama is seen as being the worse president ever by many. There many people who still feel like daily life is a struggle and the situation is dire. What accounts for this numbers disconnect? How is it possible that despite the mathematical evidence of recovery that so many are still feeling pinched? Why do so may people despite the economic reports still feel that America is heading down the wrong economic path? Is it a simple mis-perception? Or is there more than meets the eye?
The unemployment rate is pretty low, the stock market is rolling along, while corporate profits are soaring! So why is the economic outlook so bleak for most? The secret is in the wages! While all other aspects of the economy are thriving, those who are helping to fuel the boom are not feeling it in the pocketbook. While landing a job has become an easier thing to do, the wages tied to that job Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
War, blood, death, and devastation, America this what we are fed every day. The corporate media as of late has been on a roll talking about the “ISIS threat”. The latest blitz is trying to hammer the point home to the people that the threat is very real and manufacture a new coalition of the willing to engage this new found enemy. This march for war is quite tiresome. The media instead of focusing on how we can improve our Nation, is too busy focusing on the next beheading video or sensationalist bombing escapade. There seems to be a concerted and coordinated effort to keep us from asking about how to improve the issues that plague us
If one were to follow the reporting from corporate media outlets one would think that the United States is in a very precarious situation. Many will believe that there is a vicious group of terrorists ready to storm and attack our shores. In order to boost the media propaganda right-wing politicians like (Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for example). Will get on the air and start to spout out apocalyptic theories. The push to an all out ground war against Continue reading
By Leane Pupo
Sitting in traffic sucks. There is no more sophisticated way of putting it. It just sucks. Reading license plates and bumper stickers becomes your daily reading material and, potentially, a little game. You can identify different people in society and their views just buy their car and what they stick on to it. How they feel about certain issues, politically, socially… Are they proud parents? Are they Metal Heads? Surfers? What about the Animal Rights Activists?
I love animals. They are nobler than pretty much anyone I have ever met. They love unconditionally; something we, the greater beings, have not figured out. However, they are animals. They do not kid themselves, like we do, and they procreate… a lot. So sitting in my car, reading the material posted on the bumper in Continue reading
By Leane Pupo
I was watching my two youngest children playing today and began thinking about tolerance. Not about, “Hey, mom, be tolerant of our misbehavior,” but of a tolerance and blurring of gender lines. I am the mother of three very different children. They are in smart in their own right, special in their own way, and loving. My oldest son is 8, my middle son is 4, and my daughter is 1.
When our oldest was born, everything was blue. Toys cars, trains, planes, skateboards, balls, bikes… Anything “boy” we could get our hands on, we introduced it to him. He never cared for imagination and superheroes. He turned out to be our Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
There is no denial this time. 400,000 thousand strong, with one single message “We must stop Climate Change”. September 21st, 2014 the largest march against regarding the issue of climate change occurred. The turn ut was unprecedented and those in attendance, a mixed variety of individuals marched forth with a hope that the policymakers got the message. The march is an indicator that the people of this nation are finally coming around to a reality, which right-wing leadership has been trying so desperately to deny. The truth is plainly evident the people have become sickened by the fact that there is no action taken, so now the people are standing up in order to change this.
Last time they marched in the streets in New York en masse we witnessed the birth of Occupy, and the struggle against Wall St. Yet while the message in 2011 was to call inequality, this new message is to call out those who deny reality in an attempt to save our environment, The people of this Nation feel that not only are Corporations ruthlessly digging Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Thank you for gracing us with your presence. We the people feel honored that you have served us well and delved into a very difficult two week period of attempting the process of legislating us into a brighter future. We are grateful to have have diligent public servants who are in no way obstruction will in the process of governance. Because you work so hard in governing it is understandable that today you have ended your session and will now embark in an arduous 6 week break in order to “campaign” for the opportunity to retain your job after the election.
The work you accomplished these past two weeks has been amazing In fact it has been so amazing that it seems that after an almost 8 week summer vacation our legislative body had not missed a beat During this two week period rather than dealing with issues of inequality, environment, or Continue reading