By Alberto Pupo
Congress vacationed, idled, and was constantly mired in gridlock for what has been nearly three years. They have barely passed any legislation, and passing a single budget was something akin to the tragedy of Sisyphus. Yet the last week something strange has happened, where once there was idleness and deadlock, now was a sudden surge in productivity. Suddenly out of the ashes arises an omnibus of legislation, the result of pent up legislative goodness bursting forth… Yet somehow we the people can help but find this to be terribly wrong? contrived? A genuine cluster fuck indeed. Congress has gone from legislative apathy to a new found artificial productivity which will ultimately do more harm than good.
With topics as diverse as marijuana, to fattening lunches, deregulation of Wall St. et al.. The new monstrous bill is trying to make up for years of lost time. Yet this massive bill is simply throwing out many damaging pieces Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Why do they hate us? This is the question that was asked during the “War of Terror”. This question has now be answered by a rather hefty report. Torture, or the Bushes referred to as “Enhanced Interrogations”, is now a very public and open reality. Yes much of what is in this report has been acknowledged by certain researchers and mainly Progressive Journalists, but now the allegations are coming from within he very Government who at one point was trying to sweep these same allegations under the rug.
For those nostalgic for Bush, this week we peer into the darkness that was that era. The fat out torture used by a nation which is supposed to be spreading freedom. The allegations of 160 million dollars given as hush money to two psychologists to essentially find a way to torture people. In the end the conclusion reached is quite simple torture does not work. To the American people for the most part will not read the report or delve into the dark details. However in today’s social media meme oriented universe the message and substance of the report will make its rounds. This will have a lasting impact especially on younger children, who as this report makes its way throughout our society are sitting in their classrooms listening to Nationalistic Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Ferguson the site of a travesty of justice. A Grand Jury has decided not to move forward with an indictment. After weeks of building up a media campaign the predictable outcome was made public last night. Here in Ferguson outright racism comes full center. Public officials staged a mockery of a press-conference. They wanted to sell a story, a bill of odds. Once again 2014, a White man with a badge is allowed to murder a black youth in cold blood and walk away without any sense of accountability. Is this justice?
Since birth we as Americans are trained to have faith in police officers and that the justice system can remedy wrongs. However as of November 24th, 2014 in what has been dubbed by people as Post-racial America a Grand Jury consisting of nine white individuals and three minorities has decided that the pursuit of justice is only for those who are wealthy or white. Darren Wilson has been basically justified for killing an unarmed youth. By not allowing the matter to be tried in a Court of law, any hope of true justice Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
It is the end of the world. In an Executive action 6 years in the making, President Obama has granted a temporary reprieve to 5 million people. With the stroke of a pen 5 million people have now been given protection and a new lease on life. This action has been seen as an outrage, as a shock! Republicans are appalled that he will take such an imperious or devious action. The truth of the matter is what took so long? This is the course of action that should have occurred at the first sign of congressional obstruction, because of the results of the mid-term elections if our Nation is to survive executive actions will be needed to preserve the rights of the people.
Executive Actions, during the Bush era this was a technique used to take away our civil liberties. Luckily in this case Executive action has been used to bring good. After being brought to office partially because of the strong Hispanic vote, President Obama in an uncharacteristically bold move decided to finally return the favor. While this executive action may only be a temporary fix, it is a fix that has been 6 years in the making. Immigration reform as been discussed with Congress ad nauseum, however for six years the Conservatives in Congress were to busy wasting time in an attempt to defund Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Republicans take the Senate! In another exercise in electoral futility the mid-term elections once again provide proof of the conflicted American voter once again the overall political ignorance is on display. Conservatives who have been the cause of all gridlock, have shutdown the government and stymied progress at all levels of government are given a mandate to govern? Why does this happen? What is the reason for the cognitive dissonance that exists within the American political psyche.
The results have been pouring in and Republicans have taken control of the Senate. Now that Republicans have control the first order of business is to gut Obamacare. If the President turns around and Vetos they will then move to Impeachment. The Republicans will then bring up progressive legislation like cutting the safety net, making abortion illegal, and giving every man, woman, and child a gun. Expect to see wild and radical proposals as these elections will seem like a ”mandate” to take the Country straight toward Fascism. The American people however overwhelmingly voted for this wonderful scenario. Instead of moving the country a more progressive direction they move it the opposite way.
So what is the reason for the Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Regulation, the word can make any conservative go into convulsions. The very thought that human behavior and liberty can be regulated is simply wrong and Unchristian (because after all religion consists of very little regulation). Business is to be free from interference. Business should only answer to one thing the bottom line! However this lack of regulation can lead to certain issues, like health problems, infrastructure collapse, environmental disasters etc. A lack of regulatory control can spiral to a society where the social ills of Laissez faire are simply chalked up to the “cost of business.”.
Whiskey enthusiasts have been surprised to hear about the recent banning of Fireball, a relatively popular Cinnamon flavored whiskey. The reasoning for the ban is because one of the ingredients in this drink is also an ingredient found in something innocuous like antifreeze. The socialist European nations of Finland, Sweden, and Norway concerned with food safety guidelines ( a trivial notion). Decided to do the impossible and tell this Corporation that they would not be selling their drinks. After the ban was reported here in America the FDA in being patriotic and supporting the business community has decided to take no such action, so that this company can still peddle its drinks to unsuspecting college students across our Continue reading
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