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8/29/2013 3:08:00 PM
Letter: Caramba! tire a todos los vagabundos!

Editor:

Since the infection of US politics by the antidote resistant Tea Party/neocon thought-poison, one of the few bipartisan efforts we US citizens now participate in is the movement to form, "Los Estados Unidos del Norte," and a USSR "Mini-me."

At the height of the anti-immigration hysteria and the simultaneous drug cartel violence, many US citizens did everything possible to avoid traveling to Mexico.

'You're going to Mexico? You've got to be nuts!' is a familiar comment.

Today, after the senseless murder of a visiting Australian by bored American teenagers, Americans now can read similar alerts issued by foreign government officials warning their citizens about the dangers of travel to the US.

One article reported, "Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer to call on Australian tourists to boycott the United States." In a statement, Mr. Fischer warned of, "... murder and mayhem on Main Street." and cautioned, "...you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia..."

Likewise, throughout the history of the Cold War and the reign of the Soviet Union, America stood as THE beacon of Freedom.

Here, the right to Free Speech, like the right to keep and bear arms, is etched in the Stone of the US Constitution. It is an unfortunate reality that only one of those two 'rights' is now defended, enforced or respected.

Recall the good ole days when people fled the USSR seeking asylum in the US from frequent and widespread Soviet abuses of Free Speech or political oppression?

Now, with Misters Snowden and Manning, we see our own secretive government imprisoning one while the other flees his country seeking asylum, and safety, in Mother Russia.

Their 'crime,' effectively, was exposing US government lies and government activities potentially violating the US Constitution.

Our paranoid government now does its best Soviet KGB impersonation flouting the words 'national security' to the point where the words have no meaning.

We are now spied upon and imprisoned as were our Soviet Bloc counterparts.

Economically, as conservatives slash government spending on all things 'liberal,' such as infrastructure, education and Healthcare; and, as they strive to restrict voter's access to the polls and eliminate collective bargaining and minimum wages, the US landscape, quite literally, may soon start to look our impoverished neighbor to the South: fewer paved roads, no middle class and widespread poverty.

And, as they well know, the American oligarchs will be just like the Mexican rich: they will have it all.

And, as they now say, it is just too bad for the rest of us good-for-nothing, lazy, jealous, 'taker' swine.

All 99 percent of us.

The irony should not be lost on many people; here we have one of our political parties, dismissive of most things Mexican, frantically demanding and directing courses of political and economic action that could make the US a duplicate culture of one they so proudly revile.

These days, most people don't understand the meaning of the word, 'irony.'

Sadly, the words, "Hypocrisy', "Lies," and "Greed," also seem to have lost any negative meaning in the US.

To our national detriment.

For practice, repeat after me, all together now, "Caramba! tire a todos los vagabundos!"

(For heaven's sake, throw all the bums out!)

Phil Falbo

Clarkdale




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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Or is it more like a Banana Republic?

Take a read:

http://www.salon.com/2013/09/11/10_ways_america_has_come_to_resemble_a_banana_republic/


Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye

Question to MJ ~

What is causing the strange repeating symbols in your letters?
The most recent example is your Liberal Lunacy posting of 7 September. I will copy and paste an example, since I can't type it myself.

War and rumors of War - or - Goin� off Half-Assad�

I don't see these symbols in others' letters, so it must be something you are sending, but what is it? It sure makes your letters hard to read.


Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: M J

dead syriaus

LOL
good one


Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mary Heartman

m j is dead syriaus about the half-assad plan.

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mary Heartman

Excuse me, but, I can't be 'facetious,' since I had the Jonas Salk Facetious vaccination, and it took!

I know because there is this cluster of little dimples on my...... never mind.

I go for my cynic shot this pee em, coincidentally.

Here is how I see our two party system:

"Their' party: Tells damnable lies!

My party: Tells lies that sound good to me.


Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Phil Falbo
I know you were being facetious. But that's really a good question. What is the best way for the general public to vet political candidates?

I prefer to examine the person first. 1. Can he or she be trusted with public funds and individual rights? If so, then 2. Does this candidate have the education and background/experience required for this office? Then, these things being equal, I consider political affiliations and what they imply about governmental philosophy, the relative truth of campaign promises, etc.

You're correct, however. Party affiliation does govern how much any given official can accomplish in any given direction.

It also affects how much you can learn about a given person. For unaffiliated candidates new to politics, even the internet requires more data retrieval skills than I have. Before the internet, I enlisted the aid of my local librarians, all of whom have a degree in information technology. Now I annoy my more computer savvy friends.

Were you thinking of talking someone into offering a course somewhere ostensibly nonpartisan?

@ M.J.
"...half-assad plan..." was amusing once. Did you have to ruin it by overdoing it?


Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: republicant lunacy

'...The decision to end the 1969 moratorium and resume chemical weapons production, critics argued, would only tell the world that the United States wasn�t really serious about chemical disarmament, and would sabotage the already-strained efforts to ban chemical weapons. The Reagan Administration, on the other hand, enthusiastically supported the binary program..."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/07/1236342/-History-of-Chemical-Biological-Arms-Race-Chapter-Two



Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mr. itsy

I am not trying to be difficult here, but, the only sitting successor of Ms. Napolitano I know of is Jan Brewer.

Your original question had to do with JN's successor.

Seemed logical you must be talking about Jan.

But, since repubs are viscerally against anything Obama, I imagine state republican'ts will-- especially given Jan Brewer's disdain for the Federal Government (except when Arizona needs some of that socialistic-liberal-tax-and-spend money they steal from the 'Job Creator's and Makers')-- subvert, disrupt, poo-poo and otherwise do anything possible to foil any attempts at implementing Obama led Immigration reform.

Regardless the qualifications and efforts of Napolitano's successor.

But, that is just me.


Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Liberal Lunacy
***Special War Edition***

War and rumors of War - or - Goin� off Half-Assad�

WASHINGTON (AP) � The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels

MOSCOW (AP) � Three Russian naval ships were sailing toward Syria in the eastern Mediterranean on Friday and a fourth was on its way, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a source at navy headquarters. Interfax reported that another landing ship had left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol on Friday morning and was to pick up a �special cargo� in Novorossiysk before sailing toward the eastern Mediterranean.

obama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to make prime time address to the nation to pitch war in Syria�

MSNBC's Morning Joe: Donny Deutsch proudly declared himself as being part of the 20 percent of the nation in favor of an attack stating, "I�m shocked that the country is not lining up" behind the President

WASHINGTON�The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria

MSNBC: Ed Schultz Blames GOP Opposition to War in Syria on Racism � what a surprise

Neo War Hawk Kerry�s moderate rebels�
Kerry Insists: There Are �Moderates� Among Syrian Rebels�
Following is a very small example of these �moderates��

Syrian rebels executing regime soldiers as they kneel on the ground�
al-qaeda promises to slaughter Christians after obama helps topple Assad�
�Moderate� al-qaeda Syrian rebels behead two men for supporting Assad regime�
Syrian rebels fire gas canister at Hospital with �Allah�s Permission��
Syrian rebels shell ancient Christian village�
Syrian al-qaeda rebels try to force Christians to convert to Islam after seizing control of their village�
�Moderate� FSA (Free Syrian Army) battalions merge with Al-Qaeda�s Al nusra front in Damascus and Aleppo�
Top US-Backed free syrian army colonel urges FSA units to work with al-qaeda �
al-qaeda rebels attack two Syrian Churches to cries of �Allah Akbar,� during assault on Christian Village�
Kerry Tells House Hearing: �Majority� of Rebels in Syria Are �Not� Jihadist


Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Why would I be referring to Governor Brewer, Mr. Falbo? Do you have inside information that she's being considered for Secretary of Homeland Security? Now that would be truly odd, wouldn't it?

But please, don't let that keep you from telling Senators McCain and Flake what you think of the so-called "reform" of guest worker programs. And while you're at it, your opinion of the Department of Homeland Security.


Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

"the DHS...a conservative boondoggle"

I believe it was more than that.

A "National Homeland Security Agency" was proposed by the 'U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century' (USCNS/21) prior to the 9/11/2001 attack. The USCNS/21 was created in 1998 by Bill Clinton's Defense Secretary, William Cohen.

The initial bill to create a Homeland Security Department, S.1534 (107th), was introduced by Joseph Lieberman (D at the time) and Arlen Specter (R at the time) one month after 9/11. The Bush administration was not in favor of it, and Tom Ridge, later chosen to head the new department, urged Bush to veto the bill should it pass. Instead, the Bush administration drafted its own version of the bill, which was introduced by Dick Armey and passed in the House as H.R.5005 (107th).

As reported on the World Socialist Web Site:

"The initial version of the legislation was introduced by Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman, well before the White House had decided to support the creation of a cabinet-level department. Lieberman and other Democrats drafted many of the most reactionary provisions in the bill and enthusiastically support it, except for language that is opposed by officials of the federal employee unions.

"Democrats control the upper house at the start of the lame-duck session, and could have blocked the legislation...but outgoing Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said there would be no such effort."

Daschle voted for H.R.5005, along with John McCain, Jon Kyle, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry, Richard Durbin, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and Hillary Clinton. The bill passed in the Senate 90-9.

Our current Senator Flake, then a U.S. representative, voted against the bill.


Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Liberal Lunacy

They are the cray-cray ones…
The Washington Post: “expanded acceptance” for the LGBTQ agenda. “To clarify their gender identity, students can request that others refer to them with traditional pronouns (he, him, his or she, her, hers), pick from a number of hybrid options, such as ze, hir, hirs, or use the plural pronoun ‘they’ to refer to an individual.” No one considers this “cray-cray.”
Referring to someone as "Cray Cray”, signifies their craziness to a whole other level. The ultimate second power of crazy.

Question: the new neowarhawks – Kerry, Feinstein, etc. – should I call them neowarhawks, or should I call them reborn war hawks.

Those evil corporations outsourcing jobs…
CHICAGO- Billions of dollars in IT contracts are wrapped inside obamacare. To meet federal mandates, states must upgrade their legacy Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS). These IT contracts are some of the largest awards in state history. Last week, Illinois Democrat and progressive liberal Governor Quinn circumvented a three year procurement process on $190 million in no-bid IT contracts. Now we find that one of the largest bid-contract MMIS awards will outsource state jobs to India.

Sen. McRino, who’s endorsed obama’s half-assad plan to launch military strikes against Syria, faced vocal opponents of military action during a town hall Thursday.

Liberals who can only think with their genitals...
The New York Times: Employment in the motion picture and sound recording industries plunged in August, for a loss of 22,200 jobs. Some have attributed the job losses to the X-rated film industry. After an H.I.V. scare, the industry temporarily shut down around the time that the Labor Department conducts its monthly survey.

In Elmer Fudd’s voice - Be very afraid…
Former White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein says the international community hasn’t fought global warming because the people aren’t afraid enough. “An understanding of what human beings fear, and what they do not, helps to explain why nations haven’t insisted on more significant emissions reductions,” writes Sunstein, who is now a professor at Harvard Law School. He is married to S. Powers our UN ambassador (lucky us)

Harvard Study: Titled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?" shows No Correlation between Gun Control and Less Violent Crime

More money swirling down the toilet…
The Department of Health and Human Services has begun a $30,000 prize pool for videos promoting obamacare - If obamacare is so great - Then why is Congress exempt from it?

Read: The Managerial Revolution: What is happening in the World, Burnham


Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Billinda Bantam

To Bill Bassett:

Not always. Sometimes when a comment is composed in Microsoft Word, the VI program inserts symbols for apostrophes, quotation marks, and some other forms of punctuation. But it is a good idea to verify anything with weird squiggles before believing it or passing it on.


Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mary Heartman

Are you suggesting that you would vote for a politician whose social, moral and fiscal beliefs are different from those you hold dear?

I never have and never will. I do not agree with Mr. Gosar's opinions on a wide variety of topics. So, yes, I will probably vote for Mr. Gosar's future opponent.

Irresponsible, silly me.

Perhaps you should consider a remedial Civics class. Try an intellectually challenging, really radical subject, maybe, "How to Choose a Candidate That Most Closely Reflects Your Opinions."

Something cutting-edge, like that.

At the very least, you should forget everything you learned in that, "How to Act Against Your Own Best Interests by Electing a Candidate You Will Hate," class.

Seems obvious to me, but, hey...?

Sometimes, "None of the Above," is appropriate. Ever hear of Write-ins?

Man, I begin to grock why we are in the mess we now find ourselves nationally.


Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

Phil Falbo is intending to vote for U.S. Representative Paul Gosar's opponent? Before he even knows who that opponent will be?

And he's moaning about the quality of our elected officials?



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