About Time…

By Alberto Pupo

Cuba is coming off the terrorism list. An island Nation 90 miles away which has been at war with America long past the fall of the Soviet Union. The embargo on this island is a failed, vindictive, col war relic that is thankfully and mercifully being put to an end. Yes while an individual with the last name Castro rules the roost it is about time that this cuban_american_flag_v2-2-325x200situation comes to an end. Despite the fact that the Government has not suddenly adopted “market capitalism” this is a necessary step forward. There is absolutely no reason for normal relations should not exist between both Nations considering the Cold War has been long gone for a long time and only the people of the Cuban Nation are hurt by the Continue reading

Legislating Hate

By Alberto Pupo

So today is Easter, and as they sit in prayer faithful Christians in Indiana and Arkansas are happily pondering upon the new Hate filled legislation that has just been passed but a mere week ago. The states of Indiana and Arkansas has passed legislation that allows private businesses to discriminate and refuse to provide goods and services to LGBT individuals. Naturally rather than being depicted as the hate filled garbage legislation that it is, to the rest of America it is being presented as a victory in the name of “religious freedom” and “ The 1st Amendment”. Yet is this piece of legislation truly about religious indiana-protest_0freedom? Is this really a matter involving in preserving the 1st Amendment Rights for those of Christian faith? Or is this simply illegal, abhorrent actions that do nothing more than infringe on a group of Americans.

 

Religious Freedom, our Constitution grants Americans to practice their faith (or lack of it), without any state sponsored religion. This is what our Constitution defines as religious freedom. However the right-wing of this Nation has perverted the interpretation and taken it to mean that they have the right to infringe upon the rights of others in the name Continue reading

Ted Cruz and his Unconstitutional Run for the Presidency.

By Alberto Pupo

This Monday Ted Cruz will wage an assault on the Constitution. For the first time a Canadian-born individual (outside of a military base or embassy), will try and declare his candidacy for the United States presidency. This will certainly open Pandora’s Box, and for once, the Supreme Court may have to answer this question. Does Ted Cruz meet the requirements to GTY_Ted_Cruz_ml_130819_16x9_608be President? Is he a Natural-Born Citizen?

Legal scholars (and many conservative hypocrites) are backing a Native-born Canadian’s attempt to run for office. By virtue of “birthright” Ted Cruz is grasping at the straws that “ancient British legal precepts” Continue reading

2016 Snoozefest

By Alberto Pupo

The 2016 electoral campaigns, they are but a year away but you can definitely see a lack of excitement.  While Conservatives are poised to put on a disgusting display of outrageous sound bites and comedy filled gaffes, Democrats have all but stopped trying to pretend that anyone will challenge Hillary. In fact even with the ongoing “email Ghazi” wordpressscandal manufactured right before her impending run Hilary seems to have the 2016 nomination on lock. This notion of such a predictable campaign has already alienated all progressives, and even some die-hard Democrats. A Hilary coronation before the fight even begins will ensure an abysmal turnout, and it is during years of abysmal turnouts that Continue reading

Partisan foes now friends?

By Alberto Pupo

Senator Bob Menendez, a Democratic Senator and on the cusp of being charged with corruption by the Department of Justice. Typically news about the downfall of a political nemesis would be something that the Republicans would be ecstatic and cheering endlessly, while pointing fingers and looking for the freshest of Scarlet letters to pin upon his lapel. Yet something strange is happening in this case, instead of the usual round of bob and marcoattacks, the Republican colleagues are actually setting aside partisanship and coming to the defense of the Senator? Is this some sot of miraculous goodwill? Have they set aside all differences? Or is is it that they simply can take this event and have it seem like the Obama Administration is bearing a grudge? That suddenly because of foreign policy disagreements this is simply Obama administration with a personal axe to grind using the power Continue reading

The Politics of Irony

By Alberto Pupo

Irony! That is the current state of politics today.  The Department of Homeland Security, Bush’s pet project, the ship that launched a thousand wars, is being denied funding by Congressional Republicans. Has the world gone mad? Have the hawks simply embraced irony alerttheir more dovish side? How can a Department which did not exist until the beginning of the Bush monarchy, suddenly be denied funding? Have they seen the error of their ways? Do they want to make amends to the American people can give away with a department that for more than a decade dedicated itself to internal suppression and destruction of American Civil liberties?  The answer to all these burning questions is unfortunately a little more mundane.

Homeland Security was brought into Continue reading

Endless War?

By Alberto Pupo

War…. This seems to be an ongoing part of the fabric of our Nation. America prides itself on a fierce and powerful war machine, and when there is no enemy in sight or one is nearly defeated (Al Queda for example), there is always a necessity to create a new enemy. That new enemy is what we so lovingly call ISIS. A group of young jihadists, with endless-wara blood thirsty penchant for dramatic beheadings broadcasted around the Globe via the internet. While they are but a small ragtag group their visceral violence has been enough to elicit responses from National governments (for example the Jordanian king). However in a show of restraint and surprising maturity America has not been falling for the bait that is until recently. Now after avoiding the conflict the Obama Administration in order to placate the War Machine has been proposing a war on ISIS, so now we have entered a debate on whether or not we should Continue reading

A debate?

By Alberto Pupo

With a measles outbreak raging through 15 states in the United states, some right-wing luminaries have now decided that the time is ripe to attack vaccines? The media naturally in pandering to the lowest common denominator has now started to claim that there is some sort of a debate going? The right-wing politicians are beginning to pander the lowest common denominator by touting that vaccines for routines illness like measles should not be compulsory and creating an atmosphere of choice ( an idea dripping in irony). But for Vaccine-yes_nothose of us who live in reality, is there really a debate?

 

To debate something would mean that there are competing theories and ideas each holding a valid possibility. A debate would imply that the ideas all have merit and that there is something that needs to be settled. When the media calls the idea of vaccines a debate this is what is being implied. Vaccines are not some flyby night enterprise. Successful vaccines have even eradicated or nearly eradicated certain viruses that plagued society and posed public health issues. For example, measles Continue reading

Clown Show 2016!

By Alberto Pupo

The circus is coming in 2016. The mad dash to hop into the Post-Obama world is already turning into a mad scramble (especially in the Republican circles). Already thousands of inane conservative candidates, and Koch buddies are leaping and running at the chance. Meanwhile even Mitt threatened another run but was short lived as the realization that he will not be able to successfully portray himself as “mother Teresa”. Yet even without Romney 2016 is shaping itself to be a fantastic clown like atmosphere.

 

Palin is back! (and no not the one of Monty Python acclaim) the Empress of Wasilla is Circus1flirting with a run to add to the list of the mentally unstable who are running. Right now this mad menagerie is struggling to find money, (most of them will be bowing to the Kochs soon enough).Yet one thing is abundantly clear this new crop of rabblerousers is heavy on the flash and soundbite, but lacking in the substantive. Instead of policy ideas, and methods of perhaps moving America forward, we are simply getting vapid statements which are yielding nothing. In this field of forward, looking brilliant philosophers not a single valid policy idea has been presented. Instead we simply get the same refrain of moving into the “Post-Obama world” yet there is not a Continue reading

Time for a Change

By Alberto Pupo

Tomorrow is MLK day, a Federal Holiday and a celebrations of a civil rights icon. Yet in 2015, as we are about to engage in this celebration there still people in parts of the Nation (typically but not always of the southern persuasion) who revel in the use of the N word and still wax poetic about the majesty of the “boys in gray”, and something rising. Yes in 2015, there are still people who act as if the year is 1815, and there are still whispers of the “negro problem”. However many suggest this is not the case and that we live in a “post modern America” they constantly point toward the fact that we have a “black president”, yet even with all that being taken into account there is still amazing amounts of disgustingly vile racism even the “black president” is not spared of this venom. So as we mlk_day_mediumprepare to celebrate another MLK day we should really evaluate the philosophy of the man and see what we as Americans can do to live up to the creed of not judging based on the color of their skin.

 

Racism, is a disgusting viewpoint of those with an authoritarian bent. In the deep south this mindset continues to flourish, despite the fact that our society should have progressed. The virulent racism permeates throughout much of the Tea Party, sadly this is the year 2015, and this racism is still present in our society. In 2015 there is still talk of a Congressman which has ties to Continue reading