Thursday, January 6, 2022

Keeping the Promise of America Alive

 

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Photo by Daniel Bendig from Pexels


The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, November 2, 1883

President Biden’s Full Jan. 6 Anniversary Speech



Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Following the Money

 

Art credit: Jon Berkeley, The Economist, The Debasing of American Politics

"Follow the money," the character, "Deep Throat," said in the Watergate scandal movie, All the President's Men

Today, we need to heed the same directive to understand who financed the 1/6 Republican Fascist coup d'├ętat and who is continuing to enable the seditionists one year later to overthrow the Constitutional government of the United States.

First, who are the 1/6 seditionists? 

This recent article outs, "More than 1,000 Americans in positions of public trust acted as accomplices in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn, the 2020 election result, participating in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January or spreading the “big lie” that the vote count had been rigged."

Go here for the Insurrection Index, compiled by Public Wise, “along with its partner organizations, has built an accessible online database of individuals and organizations involved in the deadly riots and insurrection at our nation’s capitol on January 6, 2021.”

As for following the corporate money trail and outing the Republican Fascist enablers, that task is being completed by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. CREW maintains this website.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Call Out the New Republican Fascist Party

 


A year has passed since Trump’s failed 6 Jan coup.

Despite lacking even one iota of proof, Republican Party leaders unrelentingly, in lock step, continue to block Congressional investigation into uncovering the leadership and funding of the coup as well as foment the “Big Lie” that the presidency was stolen.

Additionally, party leaders, such as Mitch McConnell, have acknowledge that the Republican Party has no legislative agenda for the coming year and the party itself has no platform whatever, save to follow the will of mentally ill Trump. Alarmingly, it has also become apparent that the Republican Party has metastasized into a New Republican Fascist Party, implementing pervious fascist steps to seize control of government and install Trump as dictator.

Those steps include:

Incite followers with The Big Lie, “the election was stolen”, to overthrow the lawfully elected Biden administration

Forge official election documents to support The Big Lie

Harass and threaten election workers and election officials to fraudulently shift votes to support The Big Lie

Restrict voting, limit ballot access and gerrymander voting districts to retain political power

Fortunately, the New Republican Fascist Party playbook has a history, so we know what is likely coming next because fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and the economy.

Fascism gained prominence in 1920s Europe, funded in large part by U.S. bankers and industrialists. In the United States, many of the same wealthy elite backed an attempt to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a fascist regime/ dictatorship in what became known as the Wall Street Putsch (1933).

Fascism rose again in the form of the America First Committee (1940) and other groups; then again manifesting as the Tea Party Republicans (2009); then surfaced once more under Donald Trump as US president (2016). 

Arguably, the German and Italian fascists modeled themselves to a great degree on preceding, post-Civil War America racists organizations, among them, the Ku Klux Klan, the Silver Shirts, the Red Shirts, and others.

What can we do to stop the New Republican Fascist Party?

First, demand that media recognize it for what it is... a fascist gang that attempted to overthrow our republican democracy... and talk about it as such. As Robert Reich discusses (below), "...mainstream media draws a false equivalence between the right and the left and misleads the public about what's really at stake." There is no longer a balance between Democrats, who are working to preserve our democracy and Republican Fascists, who are actively working to overthrow it. 

Second, call out each of the Republican fascist traitors for attempting to overthrow our Constitution. And, third, demand that the coup leaders, no matter their political or social status, face the consequences of their crimes to the full extent of the law.

The Media Bias Nobody is Talking About | Robert Reich



Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Now is a Great Time for All of Us

Snake-Oil-Salesman-In-Chief

Now that Sen Manchin has finally played his hand for the FOX cable commentators and their Trump zealots by announcing his nonsupport for the Build Back Better Act, it's a great time to vote on the bill.

I agree with Sen. Sanders that the Democratic leadership must move ahead in the Senate and vote on the Build Back Better Act, especially so now that the United Mine Works have made their position clear to Sen Manchin that they favor the Act. 

If the Act fails to pass the Senate, then they must go to people in an all-out campaign to elect more Democrats to the Senate in the November 2022 midterm election. A recent poll shows that many Americans favor adoption of individual components of the Act.

"There are certain parts of the bill that are very appealing to Americans, though — namely, expanded health care access. In fact, when Morning Consult/Politico asked respondents to select the five most important provisions in the bill, four of the five top issues were health care-related. For instance, the House version of the bill adds $150 billion over 10 years in funding for Medicaid home care for seniors and people with disabilities — the largest increase in funding for this program since its creation. According to Morning Consult/Politico, more registered voters said this funding was an important component of the bill than any other — and a whopping 76 percent of registered voters supported it."

"The second biggest priority in the bill per Morning Consult was allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which 71 percent of registered voters supported. In addition, 65 percent supported more funding for affordable housing, and 75 percent supported the expansion of Medicaid to cover hearing services."

Realistically, it's hard to understand why the Democratic leadership hasn't already been playing "hardball" with the Republican Party Fascists traitors. After all, they did commit treason by assisting Mr. Trump in attempting to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States. 

Even more incredulously, is why conman Trump and his carnival barker, snake-oil-selling gang of Congressional sycophants remain free to continue to bamboozle Trumpian believers. Every day they are not behind bars grants them more time to continue foisting their outright lies and propaganda on the American public, undermining faith in our democracy and the Constitution they swore to defend.

Importantly, now is also a great time for all of us, too, because it affords the Progressive Democrats a new opportunity to demand that all the programs deleted from the original Build Back Better Plan to please Sen. Manchin, are restored, voted on, and passed by the soon to be newly empowered Democrat Party Senate majority.

Bernie Sanders' reaction to Joe Manchin's bombshell, 19 Dec 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Corporate Welfare Gluttons

 

Photo Credit: ABC News


So, you think gas prices are too high? 

Well, they are (at posting) up from $2.10/gal one year ago to $3.20/gal. 

The reason is not what your Trumpist friend and the OAN or FOX talking heads are telling you, though.

Here’s the thing… Joe Biden does not control the price of your gas. The oil companies do.

It’s a good question to ask them why they haven’t increased production just an itty-bitty bit, don’t you think? More gas, less cost at the pump for us, their customers who have been giving them a free ride for decades.

While we are all struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table, these guys raked in $174 billion in profits this past nine months alone. Jacked up gas cost at the pump amounts to an additional “tax” on all of us.

Perhaps you didn’t know, but the oil boys rank among the world’s largest recipients of U.S. corporate welfare and tax breaks, more than $470 billion since 1916, when it all started, through 2014.

According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (eesi.org), as of 29 July 2019, the oil boys were still collecting $20 billion per year in tax breaks and subsidies from us, the U.S. taxpayers.

The EESI report continues: "The United States provides a number of tax subsidies to the fossil fuel industry as a means of encouraging domestic energy production. These include both direct subsidies to corporations, as well as other tax benefits to the fossil fuel industry. Conservative estimates put U.S. direct subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at $20 billion per year; with 20 percent currently allocated to coal and 80 percent to natural gas and crude oil. European Union subsidies are estimated to total 55 billion euros annually."

Talk about welfare gluttons. The oil boys have pocketed, and continue to pocket, the treasure trove of all U.S. public funds rip-offs.


Friday, December 3, 2021

Cancer Eradicated — Forever

 


With their attention slavishly focused on relatively insignificant “news”, neither corporate media nor the ultraright Trumpist media reported perhaps the most important breakthrough story of our lifetime – a Princeton University team of researchers, led by Prof. Yibin Kang, has discovered a new cancer therapy that, “…holds potential to switch off major cancer types without side effects.”

Cancer metastasis, growth and spread of the disease throughout the body, is the primary cause of death due to cancer — all forms of cancer. Dr. Kang’s team has found a way to combat, stop and eliminate the dreaded disease from metastasizing. 

Throughout the world cancer has killed millions. 

I have lost multiple friends and relatives due to cancer. No doubt you have, too.

Here is the story that you should have seen headlining your news a few days ago. It was published via two papers in the journal Nature Cancer.

New cancer therapy from Yibin Kang’s lab holds potential to switch off major cancer types without side effects, Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications, Princeton University, 29 Nov  2021.

“Imagine you could cure cancer by targeting one tiny gene. Imagine that same gene occurred in every major cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon. Imagine that the gene is not essential for healthy activity, so you could attack it with few or no negative side effects.”

“Cancer biologist Yibin Kang has spent more than 15 years investigating a little-known but deadly gene called MTDH, or metadherin, which enables cancer in two important ways — and which he can now disable, in mice and in human tissue, with a targeted experimental treatment that will be ready for human trials in a few years. His work appears in two papers in today’s issue of Nature Cancer.”

“You can’t find a drug target better than this: MTDH is important for most major human cancers, not important for normal cells, and it can be eliminated with no obvious side effects,” said Kang, Princeton’s Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology and one of the principal investigators of the Princeton Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

“In the two papers we are publishing back-to-back today, we identify a compound, show it is effective against cancer, and show that it is very, very effective when combined with chemotherapy and immunotherapy,” said Kang. “Even though metastatic cancers are scary, by figuring out how they work — figuring out their dependency on certain key pathways like MTDH — we can attack them and make them susceptible to treatment.”

“For years, Kang has focused on metastasis — the term for cancer’s ability to spread from one place to another in the body — because he knows that metastasis makes cancer deadly. While 99% of breast cancer patients survive five years after diagnosis, only 29% do if the cancer has metastasized, according to current numbers from the National Cancer Institute.” -more-


Go here for more breakthrough stories.