Tax Wall Street Party in Dialogue with Our Revolution: Democratic Regroupment Efforts are Welcome and Need to Stress Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Like Medicare for All and Free College, Not Ideology; Will Working People or Bankers Pay for Infrastructure and Other Needs?; U.S. Infrastructure Crisis Cannot Be Solved With User Fees, Privatization, the Gasoline Tax, or Tax Breaks for Wealthy Investors; Key Demand is Federal Reserve Purchase of $5 Trillion of Zero-Coupon Century Bonds Issued by States, Localities, and Authorities to Create 30 Million New Productive Jobs Under Davis-Bacon Act; Eisenhower’s Landmark Interstate Highway Program Did Not Include Tolls and Boosted Economy for Decades
304 Electoral Votes for Trump Are Certified by Joint Session of Congress; U.S. Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking Still Lacks Direct Proof in De-Classified Version, But Circumstantial Evidence Grows; House GOP’s “High Risk Pools” Are a Cruel Joke that Does Not Solve the Problem of Pre-Existing Conditions if Obamacare is Demolished; GOP Proposes Subsidies for Insurance Companies, Not Sick People; Recalling the Forgotten Nixon-Kissinger Indo-Pakistani “Tilt” Crisis of December 1971, the Least-Known Nuclear Confrontation; Happy Orthodox Christmas, Twelfth Night, and Epiphany!
Efforts Emerging to Build Grass-Roots Political Opposition, But Recipes Appear Incomplete; Focus on Congressional Races is Good, But Total Lack of National Organization Would Leave Initiative To Unreliable Democratic Party Leaders Whose Recent Record Does Not Inspire Confidence; Failed Hillary Clinton Approach of Just Saying No Is Not Enough-Effective Organizing Must Advance Practical Solutions to Kitchen-Table Needs of Working Families with Mass Traction Economic Demands; TWSP Advocates “Make the Fed Pay!” Demand for $6.5 Trillion in Zero-Interest, Long-Term Federal Reserve Lending for 40 Million Jobs Through Education, Infrastructure and Economic Recovery; Fragmentation Inherent in Identity Politics is No Longer Viable
Insolvencies in Italian and German Banks Could Trigger Severe Financial Crisis in Europe in 2017; World Economy Slowed by Chinese Downturn, European Unemployment Stuck at 10%, Disruptions in EU Supply Chains Caused by Brexit; U.S. Treasury Bonds Selling Off, but Stocks are Overvalued with Dow Close to 20,000; Wall Street Bubble No Longer Stoked by Fed’s Quantitative Easing, 0% Interest, or Keynesian Stimulus; “Lehman Moments” Cannot Be Excluded; Answer to a New Systemic Crisis is Not More Austerity and Bank Bailouts but 1% Wall Street Sales Tax to Hinder Speculation Plus $6.5 Trillion of 0% Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit for Infrastructure and Education
House Vote to Dismantle Ethics Office Represents Tea Party Rebellion Against Ryan; In Awkward Reversal, Measure Is Quickly Taken Back After Deluge of Phone Calls from Irate Voters and Critical Tweets from Trump; Ryan Elected as Speaker 239-189 Over Pelosi As Democrats Decry Threats to Speech and Debate Clause and Warn of Assault on Obamacare; Ford Cancels New Plant in Mexico Due To Low Demand for Cars; Electoral Votes to Be Counted on Friday; Schumer Wants Full Hearings and Critical Witnesses for Eight Key Cabinet Nominees Including Tillerson, Sessions, Price, and Puzder; Newly Discovered Notes from White House Aide H.R. Haldeman Show Richard Nixon Deliberately Sabotaged President Johnson’s Pre-Election Peace Negotiations with North Vietnam in October 1968; Additional Years of War Cost U.S. Over 20,000 Additional War Dead
A Wonderful "Twelfth Night" Cake!
Will Incoming GOP Congress Deprive Up to 30 Million Americans of Health Insurance with Their “Repeal and Delay” Tactic Against Obamacare?; House Republicans Still Unable to Agree on Anything to Replace Affordable Care Act; Divergences Between White House and Capitol Hill Still Possible; Democrats Announce Nationwide Rallies on Jan. 15 to Call Attention to Threats to Social Security and Medicare; Turkish-Russian Ceasefire for Syria Wins Support of UN Security Council, But Deal is Partly Directed Against U.S.-Backed YPG Kurds
Syrian Truce Fraying as Some Terror Rebels Reject It and Nusra/al Qaeda Disrupts Damascus Water Supply; State Department Calls Ceasefire Positive, and UN Security Council Should Endorse It; Beware Erdogan’s Targeting of YPG Kurds Under Cover of Truce; Homeland Security-FBI “Grizzly Steppe” Hacking Report Lacks Proof, but Circumstantial Case Persists; Putin Declines to Retaliate; Tuesday is Obama’s Last Chance for Recess Appointments; Strange Contortions by Britain’s Theresa May; Remembering Robert Burns of Scotland, the Author of “Auld Lang Syne,” as We Wish Happy New Year 2017 to All!
Russia and Turkey Sponsor “Fragile” New Attempt at Syrian Ceasefire Starting Midnight Thursday Local Time; Damascus Government Plus Seven Largest Rebel Groups Claimed to Be On Board; Turkey Wants Valiant YPG Kurds Excluded as “Terrorists”; Kremlin Announces Goal of Peace Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan to Which Trump, Not Obama, Would Be Invited; Citing Murky Cyber-Attacks on Democratic Party Groups, Obama Expels 35 Russian Diplomats and Closes Compounds; Retaliation from Moscow is Sure To Follow; House GOP Readies Sneak Attack on Medicaid and Medicare for Early 2017; School Vouchers Siphon Taxpayer Money Out of Public Schools and Into the Pockets of the Rich
Russia and Turkey Announce Syrian Ceasefire for 12 Midnight Local Time Wednesday; “Recognized Terrorist Groups” Not Included, But Erdogan Insists on Overthrow of Assad; Kerry Warns Israelis That “Occupation [Is] Destroying Hopes for Peace” With Palestinians; Netanyahu Government Approves More Settlements, Labels Kerry as “Pathetic”; White House Signals that Reprisals against Russia over Hacking Charges Are Imminent; Moscow Promises Prompt Riposte; Possible Solution: If U.S. Drops Economic Sanctions, Would Russia Swear Off Hybrid Warfare?; Postmodernist Leftists and Ayn Rand Devotees United in Nihilism
Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Supporting ISIS; Turkish President Repeats Old Trick of Equating Islamic State with YPG and PYD Kurds; Russia Says U.S. Transfer of Portable Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Syrian Terrorist Rebels Will Cause Needless Deaths, Amounting to “Hostile Act”; Money for These MANPADS Authorized in NDAA Already Signed into Law by Obama; Delivery Can Still Be Blocked in Appropriations Process, or Else by New Administration; Iraqi Prime Minister Says ISIS Can Be Finished off in Three Months; In Gesture of Reconciliation, Japan’s Abe Visits Pearl Harbor; New Nihilism is Implicit in Denial of Truth, Reality, and Facts
Russian Airliner Crashes into Black Sea Off Sochi; Can Terrorism Be Excluded?; UN Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Settlements in Occupied Territories Is Soundly Based in International Law, and Advances Hope of Middle East Peace; In Urbi et Orbi Greetings, Pope Francis Condemns Needless Suffering Caused by the “Ambitions of a Few, … Sheer Greed and the Idolatry of Money”; Pontiff Calls for Settlement of Armed Conflicts in Syria, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, DR Congo, Donetsk/Lugansk, Colombia, Myanmar, and the Korean Peninsula; Fake News Item Triggers Nuclear Tensions Between Pakistan and Israel; Introduction to Hybrid Warfare, which Should Be Banned along with Color Revolutions; Best Wishes for Kwanzaa, Hanukah, and the Feast of St. Stephen
A Bout of Nuclear Rocket Rattling in East and West; In UN Security Council, U.S. Abstains on Vote to Condemn Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories, Which Passes 14-0; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Killed by Police Near Milan, Italy After Passing Through France; Amri Had Landed at Italian Island of Lampedusa in 2011; Convicted of Arson, He Spent Four Years in Italian Jails; German Police Allegedly Did Not Find His ID Until 48 Hours After Slaughter; Berlin Officials Knew of Amri’s Contacts with an ISIS Recruiter; Morocco Had Warned Berlin Amri was Preparing Attack; Entire Story is Beyond Belief, with Evidence Strongly Suggesting That Incident Was Designed to Destabilize Merkel; Reading for the Season: Thomas Sackville’s 1563 “Induction” to the Mirror for Magistrates; Holiday Wishes for Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards All People
Long Agony of Aleppo Finally Drawing to a Close; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Had Been Investigated by Police for His Contacts with ISIS Recruiter, Raising Grave Suspicions About Political Targeting of Chancellor Merkel; Pope Francis Slams Vatican “Legalists,” Sees “Malevolent Resistance” to Reforms in Roman Curia; Americans Scramble to Get Obamacare Before It May Be Too Late: HHS Announces 6.4 Million Recent Signups, Well Above Last Year; A Possible Solution for the U.S. Miners: Use Coal as Feedstock for the Petrochemical Industry; Holiday Wishes to Our Listeners: Peace on Earth, and Good Will to All People!
U.S. Exclusion From Moscow Talks on Syria Reflect Washington’s Folly in Supporting Anti-Assad Rebels in the First Place; It’s Still Not Too Late to Dump the Jihadis and Cooperate with the Legal Syrian Government; Erdogan Appears Less and Less as a Reliable Ally; Diseases of Despair: U.S. Opioid Deaths Have Exceeded 30,000 for the First Time Ever; Victims Concentrated in Areas of Worst Unemployment and Exclusion; Bitter Fruits of Cultural Populism: Appalachian Poor Grapple with Looming Demolition of Obamacare and Loss of Coverage which Their Own Unwise Choices Have Helped to Bring Closer; Dickens’ Christmas Carol Is Call for Humanitarianism and Charity, not Neoliberal Free-Market Cruelty
Obama Reportedly Warned Russian Government on October 31 Over Hotline Not to Interfere in Vote Counts of U.S. Election; President Wisely Refrained from “Act of War” Rhetorical Posturing; Demagogic Anti-Merkel Propaganda Campaign Escalates Using Pretext of Berlin Christmas Market Terror Attack; Target is Stable Government in the Heart of Europe; No Monetarists in Santa’s Sleigh: Exploring the Frontal Assault on Liberal Economics and Malthusian Demography in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol (1843)
Trump Gets Majority in Electoral College; Terror Attack on Berlin Christmas Market Near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Appears Calculated to Destabilize Chancellor Merkel as German Elections Loom; Russian Ambassador to Turkey Slain By Riot Policeman; Aleppo Evacuation Disrupted Again as “Moderate” Jihadis Burn Busses; Alexander Hamilton’s Explanation of Electoral College in Federalist 68; 40 Million New Productive Jobs Needed to Stabilize US Political System; Nihilism of Despair Seen as Organic Ideology of Right-Wing Cultural Populism
Aleppo Evacuation Proceeding by Fits and Starts; Many Refugees Tragically Headed Back Into War Zone in Idlib, Which Is Still Held By Terrorist Rebels; Gulf Monarchies Vow Syria Conflict Will Continue; Three More War Dangers for 2017: Iran, China, and Israel-Palestine; Beijing Rashly Seizes US Submersible in International Waters; German Intelligence Blames Russia in Internet Disruptions; With 4,000 NATO Troops in Defensive Deployments Coexisting With 330,000 Russian Forces, Buildup in Eastern Europe is Not Massive, But Symbolic; Baltic Politicians Should Cool It; War-Avoidance Solution Is UN-Backed International Treaty to Simultaneously Ban Color Revolutions and Hybrid Warfare in Favor of UN Charter’s Rule of Non-Interference in Internal Affairs of Sovereign States
Red Crescent-Red Cross Humanitarian Convoys Remove Several Thousand From Aleppo, Where Terrorist Rebel Resistance Has Virtually Ceased; A Cruel Betrayal for the Refugees if They Are Returned to al Qaeda Control in Idlib, Where Fighting Still Rages; The Age of Oligarchy: The Problem of the Nomenklatura in Recent Russia History; Roots of Current Tensions in the U.S.-Backed Shock Therapy of the 1990s; Today Marks 225th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Bill of Rights, Proclaimed An Official Federal Commemoration by Franklin D. Roosevelt Just After Pearl Harbor in 1941
Aleppo Surrender and Evacuation Disrupted by Shelling of Exit Corridors; Cui Bono Analysis Points to Terrorist Rebels Themselves as Likely Culprits, But Western Media Blame Iran; Last-Gasp Efforts by Humanitarian Bombers Persist; Essential Cooperation with Russia in Middle East Does Not Contradict Efforts to Stop Foreign Meddling and Enhance Cybersecurity on Internet; Need International Convention to Ban Hacking, Color Revolutions, and Hybrid Warfare; Obama Administration Too Slow in Countering Cyber Attacks on DNC and DCCC; American News Media Focused on Prurient Gossip in Podesta and DNC Emails, Thus Becoming Useful Idiots for Meddlers
Holiday Gift to the World: Terrorist Rebel Resistance Against Syrian Arab Army in Aleppo Has Virtually Ceased; 5,000 Jihadis with Families Will Start Departing in Bus Convoy Headed for Idlib at 10pm Eastern Tonight (03:00 GMT Wednesday), According to Evacuation Agreement Between Russia and Turkey; Qatar Foreign Minister Promises Syrian War Will Continue; Ban Ki Moon and Samantha Power Shed Crocodile Tears and Recriminations at UN Security Council; US Should Offer Assad Government Massive Assistance for Short-Term Humanitarian Operations, Followed by Conference for Marshall Plan for Entire Middle East Financed by Central Banks; FBI and CIA Still Disagree on Russian Role in November Election; Rick Perry Nominated for Secretary of Energy
13 OPEC Member States Plus 11 Others Including Russia Form Expanded Cartel to Cut Production, Increase World Price of Oil; Expect Gasoline Price Surge in U.S. During First Half of 2017; Obama Should Take Measures Against This Collusion, Including Using Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Punish Longs; Exxon-Mobil’s Tillerson Not the Right Choice to Face This Challenge; FBI and CIA Split Over Russia’s Role in 2016 Election; Need International Convention to Ban Color Revolutions, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber-Meddling and Similar Interference; Short Critique of British Philosophical Radicalism: The Blind Watchmaker of Darwinian Lore is Bankrupt; The Universe Displays an Inherent Bias in Favor of Development
Syrian Arab Army Now Controls More Than 93% of Aleppo; Final Collapse of Terrorist Rebel Resistance in City Likely This Week; With Call for Truce, NATO and GCC Powers Cry Crocodile Tears for Victims of the al Qaeda Forces They Have Sponsored in Aleppo; “Moderate” Rebels Face Their Greatest Defeat in Over Five Years of Syrian War; U.S. Must Jettison These Treacherous Clients and Deal Honestly With Assad Government; Iraq Army Pushes ISIS Back in House to House Fighting in Mosul; American System of Protectionism and Protective Tariffs as Exemplified by Hamilton, Friedrich List, and Andrew Stewart
Austerity Kills: U.S. Life Expectancy Declines in 2015, With Rising Death Rate and Increased Mortality from Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Overdoses, and the Diseases of Despair -- Making This No Time for GOP Scheming to Loot and Dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare; No More Privatizations; Postscripts to Pearl Harbor: Wake Island and the Early 1942 “Golden Time” for U-Boats in the North Atlantic Convoys, When the U.S. Underwent a Strategic Defeat Far Worse than Pearl Harbor For Want of Convoys; Introduction to the American System of Permanent Protective Tariffs
Only True Humanitarian Policy for Aleppo Is Not Yet Another Truce, But Rather Final Liberation of City from Terrorist Rebels and End of Syrian War; Misguided Humanitarian Proposals Will Only Prolong Conflict; Lavrov and Kerry Should Arrange Speedy Departure of Rebels from City; In Iraq, Mosul Now Completely Encircled by anti-ISIS Forces; On Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack, Defending Franklin D. Roosevelt From Absurd Partisan Claims that He Provoked Japan or Kept Hawaii Commanders in the Dark; Heraclitus Presides Over Political Life, Where Shifting Coalitions and Alliances Often Occur; Avoid Relativism by Keeping Great Issues of Human Progress, Not Contingent Personalities, Steadily in Focus
Cross Seven Centuries, the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Helps Us Understand Fake News: According to Dante, Falsifiers, Imposters, Counterfeiters, Disinformers and Con Artists Are Destined for the Lowest Part of the Eighth Circle (Fraud) of the Inferno, Where They are Tormented By Thirst, Fever, and Violent Attacks; Vergil Admonishes Dante For Paying Any Attention to Quarrels Among the Fakers, and Advises: “To Want to Hear That is a Wretched Desire” – Good Advice for Today
Italian Voters Reject Renzi’s Dubious Constitutional Reform in Referendum; Rollback of Monti’s Brutal Austerity and Renzi’s Anti-Worker Measures Is Real Issue; Beppe Grillo Forces Want Power Grab, But Offer No Reliable Alternative; Lesson is that Mere Process Reforms Cannot Gain Mass Traction; In Austria, Van der Bellen Win Over Hofer Shows That Robust Negative Campaigning Can Indeed Be Effective; After Months of Provocative Actions and Diplomatic Affronts to U.S., China Proves Hypersensitive About Taiwan; “Pizzagate” Campaign of Mass Distraction Erupts into Shooting in NW Washington DC Neighborhood; Time to ask yourself what you are not paying attention to?
Obsession of Sectors of Public Opinion With Manufactured Fake News and Baseless Conspiracy Theories Raises Urgent Issues of Mass Brainwashing, False Consciousness, and Alienation; Democratic Representative Government Requires Modicum of Rational Behavior by Voters; Rationality Can Be Found Through Participation in Class-Wide Efforts for Mass Traction Economic Demands; In Reality, Roosevelt was Most Consistent Anti-Fascist Among All Major World Leaders; One Fountainhead of Present-Day Conspiracy Outlook is Reactionary Tradition that Attempts to Blame FDR for Pearl Harbor Debacle 75 Years Ago This Week
Seventy-Five Years After Pearl Harbor, Absurd Conspiracy Theories Still Proliferate Accusing Franklin. D. Roosevelt of Betrayal, While Absolving U.S. Hawaii Commanders Who Failed to Search and Defend Despite Explicit War Warning; GOP Plotted to Blame FDR During Dewey’s 1944 Presidential Campaign; Many Roots of Today’s Irrationalist “Pizza” Obsession and Gullibility for Fake News Are Planted in Roosevelt-Hating Tradition; Common Basis is Class Hatred and Rejection of Reality in Favor of Myth
Beware Crocodile Tears of Anti-Assad Pro-Regime Change Forces Who Want to Preserve Their Terrorist Assets in Aleppo and Mosul Using Fake Humanitarian Cover; Pelosi Re-Elected Leader of House Democrats Despite Opposition of Fully One Third of Her Caucus Who Prefer Rep. Ryan of Ohio; But Handwriting Is On the Wall for Pelosi’s Obsolete Brand of Complacent Identity Politics; Waves of Freakish Paranoia Are Roiling Libertarian Conspiracy Buffs; Late Imperialism Cannot Tolerate Social Realism, and Takes Refuge in Irrational Magic, Wagnerian Myth, Mysticism, and Mysterious Forces; Realism by Contrast Is Indispensable Basis of Art: The Examples of Schiller and Verdi
Syria, Russia, Iran Determined to Crush Terrorist Rebels In Aleppo Before New U.S. Administration is Inaugurated on January 20; Despite Complaints of Defeatists, There is No Substitute for Victory Over ISIS in Mosul; Congressman Price, Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Offers Only Austerity, But No Real Solution to Problem of Pre-Existing Conditions; At Height of Adventurist October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro Courted World War III By Urging Soviet Leader Khrushchev to Launch Nuclear First Strike Against U.S.
Syrian Arab Army Has Freed Half of Eastern Aleppo from Terrorist Rebels, Dealing “Biggest Defeat” Since 2012 to al Qaeda/Nusra; ISIS Forces in Mosul Have Lost 20% of Their Total Strength to Advancing Iraqi Army; Recounts are an Accepted, Traditional Part of U.S. Election Procedures; Fidel Castro (1926-2016) was Helped to Power in Cuba By Glowing Coverage in U.S. Media, Plus State Department’s 1958 Arms Embargo and Destabilization Ultimatum Against Batista; Among Castro’s Greatest Achievements was 1960 Land Reform to Break Up Large Estates and Distribute 67-Acre Parcels to 200,000 Poor Peasant Families, Ending Absentee Ownership and Triggering Wrath of Miami Emigrés; Strongman’s Son Fidelito Attended P.S. 20 in Flushing, Queens c. 1957
In Time of Anxiety, Time to Rededicate to Concepts of Scientific Discovery, Progress and Optimism That Are the Basis of the American System; Joint ESA-NASA Space Mission Planned to Knock “Didymoon” Asteroid Farther Away from Earth Orbit; Remembering the “Pineapples” of the Seventh Army Air Force at Pearl Harbor with the Lambert-Polmar Defenseless Thesis that Hawaii Commanders Kimmel and Short Failed to Search, Failed to Defend; Dowding Air Defense System with Filter Room of Type That Won Victory for Royal Air Force in 1940 Battle of Britain Were Ordered, But Not Completed
Wall Street Democrats in Retreat, But Sanders-Warren Wing Needs a Program; Exclusive Emphasis on Multicultural Identity Politics (aka “Political Correctness”) is Preventing Democratic Party from Formulating the Mass Traction, Class-Based, Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Needed to Rebuild a Functioning FDR-Style National Coalition Capable of Winning Elections; Diversity is Indispensable, But Not Sufficient: Black Jobs Matter!; Hillary’s “Stronger Together” Slogan was Vague and Feckless; “Free College” or “$15 Minimum Wage Now” Could Have Won the Election; Two Thirds Decline in U.S. Standard of Living Since 1971 is Root of Many Evils and Must Be Remedied; Free Universal Compulsory Quality Education is An Essential Building Block of the American System
Best Wishes for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Lincoln Founded Our Modern Thanksgiving, and His Courage and Determination during the Crises of Secession and Civil War Should Inspire Us Today; Emoluments Clause of US Constitution Plainly Rules Out Acceptance of Titles of Nobility by Federal Officers, and Also Payments by Foreign Governments to U.S. Officials; Anti-Nepotism Statute Is Comprehensive Prohibition of Hiring Relatives to Serve in All Federal Agencies; Infamy of Japanese Internment Camps During World War II Is Not Due to FDR, but to Wall Street Lawyer John J. McCloy, one of Col. Stimson’s “Imps of Satan” Who Overrode Intelligence Advice to Order Camps in Wake of Pearl Harbor
If Immigration Issue Should Arise at Thanksgiving Table, Bear in Mind: Declaration of Independence Sought to Facilitate “Naturalization of Foreigners” and in the words of Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams “To Encourage Their Migrations Hither”; Lincoln’s December 1864 State of the Union Address Saw Immigrants as one of “ Replenishing Streams” Appointed by Providence to Repair Ravages of the Civil War; Between Nov. 19 Dedication Day at Gettysburg and the Annual Antietam Illumination Dec. 3, Time to Look Beyond Difficult Times to Draw Inspiration from the Dedication and Sacrifice of Those Who Fought to Save the Union
Gettysburg Electric Map Now Back in Operation in Hanover PA Thanks to a Monumental Community Effort http://www.hanoverhcc.com/
Former French Prime Minister Fillon Leads in First Round of Rightist Primary With Program of 48-Hour Work Week (Up from 35 Now), Late Retirement, Firing 500,000 Government Workers, Higher Taxes, More Prisons; This is Confirmation of Worldwide Tendency of Finance Capital to Ratchet Down Wages and Living Standards; With U.S. in Eclipse, Could Angela Merkel Assume Leadership of the Western World?; Precedents Include Watergate-Era Brandt-Brezhnev Deal of 1973, Schmidt-Giscard Axis of Resistance Against Unpredictable Carter-Brzezinski Duo; British-Chinese Alliance Now a Year Old, Could be Most Formidable Bid for World Power; British Intelligence Hyperactive, Especially in Washington
Iran Nuclear Deal is Key to Peace in Coming Years and Must Be Maintained; Many Trillions in Modern U.S. Infrastructure on WPA/PWA Model Needed Immediately, Paid for by 0% Century Bonds Bought by the Federal Reserve; Financial Deregulation Will Lead to Another Asset Bubble Like 2007-2008; Practical Test for Rapprochement with Russia Remains Creation of Joint Integration Group to Coordinate Russian and US Attacks on ISIS and al Qaeda Terrorists in Syria; “Almost Collision” of Aircraft Shows Urgency of Superpower Cooperation; Memo to Identity Liberals of Democratic Party: Defense of Representative Government Requires Full Employment With 40 Million New Jobs for All Americans; No to GOP Privatization of the Social Safety Net or Government Agencies; Remembering Lincoln, Seward, Tsar Alexander II and the Russian Role in Thanksgiving; Get Briefed Here to be Prepared for Those Arguments Around the Thanksgiving Table!
Will it Be Goldman Sachs All Over Again in Jockeying for Secretary of the Treasury?; Corker, Nikki Haley, Giuliani, and Bolton Reportedly Competing for State Department; Iraqi Forces Find 250 More Victims of ISIS Atrocities in Mosul, Showing Why Aleppo Must Be Liberated Quickly From al Qaeda; The Best Help Obama Can Give Merkel is to Stop the War In Syria, and Let Refugees Go Home; In a Positive Sign, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio Challenges Pelosi for Democratic House Minority Leader: Why Not a Public Debate?; Topics for the Thanksgiving Table I: Where Did the Modern Thanksgiving Holiday Come From?
In Trump Transition, Entire Christie Faction, Including Transition Chair, General Counsel, and National Security Expert Mike Rogers Ousted; Needed Rapprochement with Moscow Won’t Work if Russophobes Get Key Posts Here; Time to Commit to U.S.-Russian Bilateral Joint Integration Group to Use Air Power on Terrorists; Medicare and Medicaid Along with Obamacare In Grave Danger from GOP Ideologues, Threatening the Health Care of 150 Million Americans; Even FAA is Now Target for Privatization; The Swamp Strikes Back: Promised Purge of Washington Power Brokers Goes Nowhere as McConnell, Ryan, and Schumer Are Returned to Office; Only Pelosi Might Face Challenge; New DNC Chair Must Project Mass Traction Economic Demands
Austerity Fanatic Paul Ryan Re-Nominated by House GOP to Be Speaker; His Watchword “Be Bold, Go Big” Foreshadows Drastic Cuts in Budget and Entitlement Spending; Bolton Nomination Would Endorse G.W. Bush Foreign Wars and Signal that Rapprochement with Russia is Not Serious; Republican Feeding Frenzy Over Political Patronage Posts; Disarray Heightened as Christie, Mike Rogers, Ben Carson Are No Longer in the Running; Protest Demonstrations Continue, Now Augmented by Strong Backlash Against Bannon Appointment; Trump and Putin Reportedly Agree to Pursue Better Relations-Don’t Let the Syrian Terrorist Rebels Get in the Way!
Will Trump Jettison Syrian Terrorist Rebels, and Cooperate with Russia to End Five Years of Fratricidal War?; Peace in Levant Would Relieve Refugee Crisis in Europe; Jihadis Plan Future as Saudi Mercenaries; Harry Reid’s Comments on President-Elect Are Protected by Speech and Debate Clause, Article I, Section 6 of U.S. Constitution; Gov. Cuomo Proclaims New York a Refuge, Won’t Allow Federal Government to Attack Immigrants in State; Republicans Divided Over Priebus and Bannon Appointments as Anti-GOP Protest Demonstrations Continue; Hillary’s Popular Vote Lead Approaching 2 Million; About 110,000 Votes Among Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin Could Have Flipped These States, Giving Presidency to Democrats
Trump a Minority President with No Clear Mandate and a Ready-Made Opposition; Will He Jettison Unrealistic/Magical GOP Ideology, Including Obamacare Repeal?; Legitimate Policy Goals Include Rapprochement with Russia to End Syrian War and Robust Infrastructure Program Paid for by Wall Street and Federal Reserve, not Working Families or Entitlements; With Hillary Winning Popular Vote, Democratic Defeat is Tactical, Caused Less by Sociological Trends than by Comey-FBI Meddling, $3 Billion in Free TV, Gutting the Voting Rights Act, and Clinton’s Own Neglect of Rust Belt as Described by Rep. Debbie Dingell; Democrats Must Go Beyond Collecting Identity Group Interests to Assert Nationwide Mass Traction Economic Demands to Benefit All the People; Economic Populism Can Beat GOP Cultural Populism; Party Realignment Still Happening as Trump Resembles Carter in Reverse; By Controlling All Branches of Government, GOP is Left Holding the Bag for Popular Rage in 2018 Congressional Races; Heavy Street Fighting in Mosul as Iraqi Army Pushes Back ISIS
The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself; As Minority President, Trump Should Pursue Rapprochement with Russia and Massive Job Creation Through Infrastructure Spending; His Biggest Opponents Will Be Ryan and Fellow House GOP Fanatics; Attempt to Launch Mass Deportations, Appoint Special Prosecutor to Jail Hillary, and Abolish Obamacare Would Immediately Isolate New Administration; Unrepresented Majority of American Voters Protests With Robust Demonstrations in a Dozen Cities; Transition Team Member Kris Kobach of Kansas Ominously Promises “One of the Sharpest Transitions,” a 180 Degree Turn for U.S.; Will Trump Appoint Democrats and Republican Rivals to Cabinet, as Other President Have Done?; 100,000 Americans Joined Obamacare on Wednesday, Voting With Their Feet Against GOP Plans to Strip Them of All Medical Coverage – Demand Medicare for All!
Trump Takes Presidency By Small Margin in Electoral College; Hillary Clinton Leads in the Popular Vote; Weak Victory Confers No Mandate; Democrats Gain Two Seats in Senate, Six Seats In House; GOP Will Control All Three Branches of Government, and Will Be Held Solely Accountable; Factors in Republican Survival Include FBI Meddling by Comey and Giuliani, the Gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by Scalia Court, and an Estimated Billions in Free Cable TV Time for GOP Nominee; Third Party Candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Did Immense Damage to American People
West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii Voters Should Be Sure to Vote; Good Weather and Higher Turnout Mark Election Day, Favoring Democrats; Fate of Civilization Hangs in the Balance; Main Issue in Campaign is Whether Transition from Sixth or Southern Strategy (1968-2008) Phase to Seventh U.S. Party System Will Be Completed and Consolidated – Or Aborted Into an Authoritarian Regime; GOP Likely to Forfeit Senate Majority and Take Losses in House; $12 Minimum Wage on Ballot in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Washington; ISIS Reeling in Mosul and Raqqa as Illusion of Caliphate Recedes
For the Sake of Civilization, Vote the Democratic Line from White House to Dogcatcher; Not Just Defeat of Current GOP Candidates, But Structural Shift in Electoral College for Coming Decades At Stake; Latino Voters Asserting Their Rights as Never Before; Senate Likely to Flip to Democrats, But Don’t Give Up on House; Comey and Giuliani Network in FBI Forced to Back Down from Further Meddling in Vote; Democratic Ticket Likely to Win Over 312 Electoral Votes; ISIS Control Over Mosul and Raqqa Doomed, Negating GOP Theory of US Impotence; Beware Cultural Populism That Masks Ryan-McConnell Plans for More Privatizations and Extreme Low Wage Economy; Good Weather Expected in Much of Nation, But Michigan and Ohio Need to Vote Early to Avoid Rain
Iraqi Forces Advancing South of Mosul; Iraq’s Largest Christian Church, Liberated by anti-ISIS Offensive, Resumes Services After Liberation; Successful Offensive Again Exposes GOP’s Anti-American Defeatism; In Turkey, Dictator Erdogan Jails Kurdish Opponents and Press; Will Giuliani Faction of FBI Attempt More Pre-Election Provocations?; Preliminary Estimate: Clinton Will Win With More Than 312 Electoral Votes; Democrats Will Control 50-50 Senate with Tie-Breaking Vote of Vice President Kaine; House GOP Faces Substantial Losses and Possible Split Between Conceders and Non-Conceders; Closing Arguments About Freedom, Economics, and Culture: Article III, First, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments In Grave Danger;
Vote This Weekend to Get Ahead of Possible Nov. 7-8 Cyber-Meddling and Provocations; Florida Early Voting Continues Through Sunday
“The Fate of the Republic Is In Your Hands” – So Vote! ISIS Honcho el-Baghdadi In Last-Ditch Appeal to His Doomed Forces in Mosul; Hillary Doing Better in Polls Tonight than Obama at this Time in 2012; GOP Mythographers Fabricating Fable About FBI Indictments Against Clinton Foundation People as Means of Keeping Suckers on Board in the Face of Looming Defeat; Closing Arguments Part I: Nine Ways Americans Are Losing Their Freedom to Republican Authoritarian State; Scholastic Magazine Poll of K-12 Students Shows Clinton Winning 57% to 43%, with 439 to 99 votes in Electoral College—Is This the Map of the Future?
Barrage of Anti-Clinton Leaks From FBI Poses Question: Will Americans Allow Secret Police to Choose the Next President?; Obama Rebukes Comey; How Spooks Have Meddled in Elections, From Benghazi 2012 to Comey 2016; GOP House Leader Ryan Has Vowed to Privatize Social Security, Lowering Benefits; Pence Demands Destruction of Obamacare, But Has No Substitute for 23 Million Insured; Hybrid Poll Using Opinion Survey Plus Early Voting Shows Hillary Leading by 8% in Florida Thanks to 28% of Votes from Registered Republicans; Objective Survey Using Gas Price, Family Income, Home Prices While Ignoring Candidates and Personalities Gives Incumbent Party (i.e. Hillary) Victory with 332 Electoral Votes; Your Right to Vote: Use It Or Lose It!
Iraqi Forces Fighting ISIS inside Mosul, Refuting GOP’s Desperate Defeatist Demagogy; “Constitutional Crisis”? GOP is Fomenting Three: Rebellion in FBI, Withering Away of Supreme Court, and Military Backlash Against Illegal Orders; New York Times Splits: One Group Tries to Absolve GOP Nominee of Complicity with Russian Dark Forces, While Another Exposes Trump Tax Maneuvers; Eichenwald, Farenthold, Gabriel Sherman, Barstow et al. Rendering Yeoman Service to U.S. as Muckrakers; CNN’s Critique of Donna Brazile a Grim Joke; Comey’s Halloween Prank Failing, With Limited Impact in Polls; Congratulations to President Michel Aoun of Lebanon, Who Is Uniting Christians and Shiites to Rescue His Long-Suffering Country