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Our country sits on the crossroads in history.  For the last 100 years or so, we have what many people believe to be a model for democracy.  Yes, we have had our problems with race before like slavery and the Jim Crow laws.  But, beginning in the 20th century, we have basically been a country that passed laws that protected the rights of individuals.

All of that is changing in front of our eyes, and we don’t seem to give a shit!  The Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion was legal.  Since then we have seen a strong opposition to that ruling.  In the last several years, several conservative states have passed laws taking that right away from women.  They have even passed legislation in several of these states that require doctors to tell women who want an abortion false information.  The object isn’t to protect the woman’s health, it is to make them change their mind about getting an abortion.

We have seen a so-called “church,” whose name I refuse to even mention,  protest at military funerals.  They claim that the soldiers were killed as “god’s punishment” for America’s acceptance of gay rights.  When the families object to their being there, nothing is done to keep them away.

There are voter suppression laws being passed in several states.  They are not-so-thinly veiled attempts to reduce the number of people who usually vote Democratic from gaining access to the polls.  In the last election just last year, several thousand people were denied their right to vote.  In some cases, it resulted in swaying the outcome of close elections.

Now, Indiana has taken the lead in authorizing legalized discrimination.  Governor Mike Pence signed the legislation yesterday.  It is called The Religious Objections Law.  Under this law, if you own a business and you don’t like someone, you can refuse service to that individual as long as you can say you have religious beliefs that says you don’t have to serve them.

The Governor says it is not a discrimination law.  He says “this law is not about discrimination.”  If it isn’t about discrimination, what is it about?  This law has come to fruition because the courts have ruled that same-sex marriage ban that was passed by Indiana is unconstitutional.  In order to fight against same-sex marriage, Indiana came up with this discrimination law to satisfy the far right-wing and the Christian Cult.

This is the reality in Indiana right now.  If you own any business, you can discriminate against anyone you want.  Pence may disagree with that statement, but it is true.  What if I owned a business in Indiana.  I decided that I don’t like Evangelical Christians.  I can deny business to any Evangelical Christian if I simply say it is against my religion to serve them because I consider them heretics.  This law gives me that right.

The laws about discrimination are very clear.  If you own a business, you are not allowed to discriminate against anyone.  Once you open your doors to the public, you are required to serve the whole public.  That is a very simple fact of doing business.  If you own a catering service and say you will cater all events except gay events, you are breaking the law.  This Indiana Law allows you to disobey anti-discrimination laws already upheld by the Supreme Court.

There is only one thing to do.  Businesses must boycott Indiana.  As a matter of fact, Salesforce.com co-founder and CEO Mark Benioff announced on twitter, shortly after Pence signed the bill, that he was cancelling programs that require his customers or employees to “travel to Indiana to face discrimination.”

The odd part is that Salesforce.com bought Indianapolis based marketing software company ExactTarget for $2.5 billion and kept several hundred employees in Indianapolis.  I hope he has the good sense to remove those jobs from Indiana so his employees don’t have to “face discrimination.”

Also, the timing is perfect for a national outcry.  Next week is the Final Four for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.  The Final Four is being held in Indianapolis.  For once, I would love to hear the NCAA do the right thing and announce on national television that this will be the last Final Four, or any round of the tournament held anywhere in the state of Indiana.  I am not holding my breath on that one, but it would be really nice if they did.

NCAA President Mark Emmert did say in a statement:  “We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week’s Final Four are not impacted negatively by this bill.”  The law, by the way, doesn’t take effect until June.

He went on to say “Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it affects future events and our workforce.”  Sounds promising.  But, the NCAA isn’t known for always doing what is right.

Let’s look at just one example of a situation.  It is football season.  A team is due to meet Indiana University at Indiana.  One or more of their players have announced that they are gay.  What happens if the hotel the team is supposed to stay at refuses to allow the gay players to spend the night based on “religious grounds?”

Before you snicker, this is a very real possibility.  But, what if that hotel doesn’t say they won’t allow the gay players to spend the night until the team arrives?  That team will either have to find alternative quarters for the whole team, or follow the old Jim Crow laws and just find alternative quarters for the gay player(s).  What about pro-athletes?  There are a handful of openly gay players in professional sports?  Will they be denied a room when their team meets a team in Indiana?

Nothing will have a bigger impact on Indiana and this stupid law than the NCAA announcing immediately that they will hold no tournaments in the state due to this law.  Maybe that will make Indiana repeal this discriminatory law.

The only way to fight this kind of discrimination is through economic power.  If a state wants to legally discriminate against a segment of our citizenry, they should not be granted anything that would bring money into its economy.

Major sporting events like the NCAA tournaments, the Super Bowl, and others should not take place anywhere inside Indiana.  Wouldn’t it be great if the Indianapolis 500 was held without anyone attending?  Major corporations should sever their ties to Indiana.  Convention organizers should avoid Indiana like the plague.

At least two groups have announced that they were going to reconsider plans to events in Indianapolis because of this law.  These groups are the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Gamer’s Convention.  I hope both go elsewhere.

But, that is not enough.  Every person who lives in Indiana and opposes this law should boycott any business that is willing to discriminate against someone based on “religious grounds.”  Any business that openly discriminates against anyone does not deserve to remain open for business.  Boycott them and shut them down!

I have family in Chicago.  When I travel home to visit, I must pass through Indiana.  I promise you that I will make sure I have enough gas to get through the state and I won’t stop to eat.  I refuse to give any of my money to their economy.  I hope all travelers who need to pass through Indiana do the same thing.

If these things happen, the economic impact will be severe.  Not only to businesses who openly discriminate using this law as cover, but to the tax rolls in Indiana as well.

Since several other states are already looking to Indiana as the model to follow with similar laws, it is time to fight back.  By showing the economic implications of such legalized discrimination, maybe those other states will think twice before following suit.

To show just how much this law is legalized discrimination, Pence was asked if he would follow Illinois’ lead and add sexual-orientation to the state’s civil rights law.  He responded “That is not on my agenda.  I will not be pursuing that.”  Therefore, no one can argue that this law is anything but legalized discrimination sponsored by the state of Indiana.

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The National Labor Relations Board has issued new rules in the election of representation at companies.  Currently, if someone files papers to hold elections for representation, the elections take place in about 25 days.  Usually much longer than that 25 days.  The NLRB changed the rules effective April 14.  The new rules allow elections for representation to take place in 14 days.

The Republicans, of course, hate the new rules.  So, they put together legislation that passed both houses of Congress that effectively kills the new rules.  They call the new rules “ambush elections.”  “Today, Congress voted to stop an unelected board of bureaucrats from trampling on the rights of America’s workers and job creators,” Minnesota Republican John Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said in a release.

“Trampling on the rights of America’s workers” is a very strong term.  But, how can holding elections in a timely manner be “trampling on the rights of America’s workers?”  The real important part of that quote is “job creators.”

See this follows on the heals that in January, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation and three other groups filed suit in U.S. district court to block the NLRB’s rules, arguing they would violate employers’ free speech by limiting the time to communicate with workers about unionization.

They claim that two weeks is not enough time for employers to communicate to their employees that they don’t want them to unionize.  But, somehow it is more than enough time for unions to communicate that joining a union would benefit the employees.  So, why does an employer need more time?

The NLRB says that the new rules are a much-needed overhaul of the union election procedures.  They said they are intended to “remove unnecessary barriers to the fair and expeditious resolution of representation questions” by allowing for modern electronic communication instead of the paper filings of the past.

Last month in defending the new rules, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce said “it is undeniable that modernizing and streamlining the representation-case process is far overdue.  Both businesses and workers deserve a process that is effective, fair, and free of unnecessary delays, which is exactly what this rule strives to accomplish.”

This legislation just passed by both the House and Senate are really nothing more than whining.  It is doubtful that President Obama will sign the bill.  More than likely, he will veto it.  The Republicans do not have the votes to override the veto.

This is just another blatant example that Republicans really hate American Workers.  They seem to hate us so much, they are willing to do anything they can to ensure that union representation cannot recover from their already disastrous laws against unions.

Unions are not perfect.  They are run by people, and people make mistakes.  But, union representation was what created a thriving middle-class in this country.  They made sure that companies shared their “profits’ with the people who make those profits possible, the workers.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  The American Workers make companies successful.  They deserve a fair wage for their labor.

Republicans always use the argument that rules like these hurt the “job creators.”  The problem isn’t that these rules hurt the “job creators” it is that they hurt profit lines because the workers get a fair share.  Republicans have said more than once that things like the minimum wage are unnecessary.  Companies should determine what a fair wage is for their company.

As a result, we have literally millions of people working at wages below the poverty line while their employers reap huge profits in personal income.  Unions help defer the income inequality we are seeing in our economy.  That is not what Republicans want.

So, sorry you poor slobs who go to work everyday thinking you will be able to support your family.  Republicans say you don’t deserve to be able to do that.  They believe you are what is wrong with America.  If not for you greedy working-class bastards, the 1% would make even more money.

In order to preserve the income inequality, the Republicans are telling you to “take your unions and shove them where the sun don’t shine!”  And, oh by the way, “vote Republican so we can keep on keeping you poor.”

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We are only two months into the new Congress that is controlled by the Republican Party.  There are several Republicans maneuvering to run for the White House in 2016.  The Republicans promised us that we would see “meaningful” legislation come out of Congress and those states they controlled.

Most of us knew what they meant by “meaningful” legislation, and in just two months, they have shown their true colors.  As most of us knew, the middle-class, the working poor, and the unemployed are not on the Republicans radar.  Unless of course, you count ruining their lives even more as part of being on their radar.

In Wisconsin the Governor managed to cram through his infamous “Right-to-work” legislation.  The real impact of this type of legislation is that it is the “right-to-work-for-less.”  In states that have passed so-called right-to-work legislation, the average worker makes at least $1500 less than in states that do not have such legislation.

There two main goals in “right-to-work” legislation.  The first is to cripple unions who represent workers.  The second is to lower wages.  In 1935 Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act which encourages collective bargaining.  Before 1935, income inequality was even worse than it is today.

The four decades that followed saw union membership grow, the middle-class blossom, and income inequality shrivel.  People were actually making a livable wage and sending their children to college.  The “ladder” from poverty to the middle-class was firm and working.

However, in the last three decades, we have seen this “right-to-work” nonsense reverse all of those improvements to the middle-class.  Actually, the middle-class has stagnated mostly because unions have shrunk.  As a result, we are very close to the same income inequality that we saw before the passage of the National Labor Relations Act.

Some proponents of these “right-to-work” laws say they are just protecting those workers who don’t want to join a union from being forced to pay union dues.  That is a lie.  No one is forced to join a union.  In places where union representation was voted in by the workers, the law says that the union must represent all workers whether they are union members or not.  There are fees, which are less than dues, that cover costs such as bargaining contracts that benefit all workers and representing workers who haven’t joined the union but want it to file grievances for them against the company.

By denying unions these “fair share fees” they are attempting to bankrupt the unions.  Unfortunately, it is working.  The real unfortunate result is that people are working for less money, less benefits, and under poorer working conditions.  Collective bargaining allowed unions to help workers gain pay raises based on the profits of the company.  These “right-to-work” laws are denying workers their collective bargaining rights.

In addition, Republican controlled states are slashing education budgets across the country.  They are even going after University funding in order to make it more costly to attend college.  College education is the one thing that helps those in poverty to move up the economic ladder.  With cuts as deep as $300 Million, the cost of education will rise dramatically meaning fewer working-class people who are making less money will be able to afford to send their children to college.

On the federal level, we are seeing more of the same failing economic policies being introduced by our Republican brothers.  They are about to unveil their “budget blueprint” this week.  We all remember how hard they fought for the sequester cuts in the past, the ones they are now saying wasn’t their fault.  But, they are planning to make even more cuts.

The usual suspects for cuts are on the forefront of their agenda.  They plan to slash Medicare, health care subsidies, food stamps and the Medicaid program for the poor and elderly to produce a budget that’s balanced.  They are looking to cut $5 Trillion from the budget over the next 10 years.

I know a lot of people will say that cuts in the budget are necessary to balance the budget.  I am not convinced that having a balanced budget is the right thing to do.  Besides, why is it that all of the savings must come from Medicare, health care subsidies, food stamps and Medicaid?  Are you telling me that there aren’t better ways to “balance the budget” without gutting social safety nets?

What about all of those subsidies that are given to companies like oil and farming?  What about closing the loopholes in the tax code that allow you to hide your money in a foreign country without paying taxes on it?  As big as the government is, there must be places that you can cut that won’t hurt people.

The one thing that they do want to increase in their “blueprint” is defense spending.  The President, in his budget, is already calling for a $38 Billion increase in defense spending.  The Republican hawks want even more money given to DOD.  The biggest difference is that Republicans refuse to increase revenue in order to pay for the increases.  They simply want to hurt the most vulnerable in our society instead.

It has already been shown that if the minimum wage was raised to $10.10, several million people would be lifted out of poverty.  As a result, programs like food stamps would not be spending as much to help working poor make ends meet.  That is a better way to cut food stamps than just letting people go hungry.  Not only that, but if the minimum wage was increased, other wages would increase as well.  History has proven that over-and-over.

I don’t care what you call it.  “Trickle-down” or “Supply-side” economics, it has failed for over 30 years.  Under this economic philosophy, only the top 1% have seen any growth in their income.  The other 99% have either seen their wages stagnated or go down as a result of this failed economic philosophy.

Last November I warned you that if you didn’t get out and vote to stop this insanity we would all suffer the consequences.  Just two months after the Republicans took over, we are already seeing those consequences staring us in the face.   We are beginning to see that the real purpose of Republican economics is to return us to the days of the “robber barons.”

As a result, how much longer will it be before we see the return to the “company” stores, or the elimination of the “child labor” laws?  Actually, we have already seen some Republicans call for the elimination of the child labor laws.  Remember them standing on the floor of the House saying that children who benefit from the school lunch program should be forced to sweep the floors in order to keep their free lunch?

That more than anything should tell you where the Republican economic philosophy is.  They only care about the 1%.  The rest of us should just shut up and die.  I give them some credit.  That is how you represent your constituency.  Too bad the average American isn’t part of that constituency.

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It has been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  This has become a true statement, especially when it comes to race relations in America.  Throughout our history we have seen everything from slavery to legalized segregation to the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Today we sit 50 years removed from the civil rights movement.  50 years ago this past weekend we witnessed the Selma March.  We saw the marchers being attacked viciously by police of the time.  We witnessed similar beatings during other civil marches.  We saw “freedom riders” be murdered simply because they wanted to help blacks gain the right to vote.

Those times were filled with violence against protesters seeking the same civil liberties that were afforded to others but denied to some because of the color of their skin.  We saw four little girls killed when their church was bombed.  We witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.  Worse we witnessed those caught committing acts of violence walk away free because of a corrupt judicial system.

I was in high school during much of these troubled times.  I saw first hand the hate and violence perpetrated against people.  I witnessed the hatred even among my own neighbors.  No, I did not grow up in the deep south, I grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

It was during this time that I began to seriously question religion.  I saw so-called Christian Preachers teach that segregation was “God’s Will.”  I heard comments on the church steps after mass by my own neighbors complaining about the “blacks.”  The “N” word was used regularly.  I questioned how could someone spend time in church praying and still harbor such hatred.

I attended a private high school in a predominantly black neighborhood.  When Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, we saw hundreds of people basically surround our school.  We were an integrated school, but like the rest of the city the majority of students were white.  School was let out early and fortunately there was no violence as we left the neighborhood.

As the 60s came to a close, things calmed down some.  People thought that we had finally crossed the line and that we had defeated racism.  That was a fanciful dream, but not reality.  Anyone who rightfully remembers those times remembers Richard Nixon and his “Southern Strategy.”  That was a strategy that basically said if he could carry the South, he could win the election.  Since the South was against the Civil Rights Bill, that wasn’t hard for him to do.

We also remember that George Wallace ran an independent campaign for President based on a racist platform.  Both Nixon and Wallace not only railed against blacks, they railed against the “Hippies” as well.  There was a clear “divide and conquer” mentality to that election.  Nixon based his coalition on segregationist of the deep south and on the Conservative Christian Cult.  It was during this election we first heard the term “welfare queen.”

Nixon won the election.  Some were concerned that George Wallace even ran with his racist platform.  The only thing about Wallace’s campaign that worried me was that over 9 million people actually voted for him.  The thought that over 9 million people were in favor of an American version of Apartheid was worrisome by itself.

As time went by, the Republican Party moved more right, especially on social issues.  The party that claimed Abraham Lincoln as its hero, and had a history of fighting for equal rights, sold its soul for votes.  It began to demonize Blacks and Latinos.  It began trumpeting fear in its platform.  And of course, if you weren’t on their side, you must be a Communist.

It has come to the point where today, 50 years after those troubled times, we see the Republican Party mired in the politics of hate.  They have taken up the mantra of the “Old South,”  they just don’t use the exact words.  As a matter of fact, if Ronald Reagan were to run for President on the Republican side today, he would never get out of the primaries.  He would be branded as a “Republican In Name Only” because he wouldn’t be “conservative enough” for the Tea Party and their Cult cronies.

It is true that we have more Blacks in CEO offices than before.  It is true that we have a Black man in the Oval Office.  But, it is also true that Blacks are still proportionately more unemployed than whites.  It is also true that Civil Rights are still under attack from the Cult and other wackos.  It is also true that unarmed black men are being shot and killed by the very Police Officers who are supposed to protect them.

We are seeing cuts to welfare, food stamps, WIC, and other programs designed to help the poor.  We are seeing education budgets for public education cut dramatically.  We have seen a dramatic rise in income and social inequality.  How can this be happening in a country that was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal?”

It is because hatred and prejudice are still rampant in too many parts of this country.  Hate seems to be the only thing that has remained constant with too way too many people.  That is a very harsh indictment on us as a whole.  We see it everywhere.  We see it on TV in speeches.  We see it in laws being passed that legalize discrimination.  We see it in racist emails that get passed around.  We see it in voter suppression laws.

Don’t think that conservatives just came up with their voter suppression laws that have been passed in far too many states.  They have had plans to make things tough for people to vote for years.  They were simply waiting for the right opportunity to put them in place.  They call it “True Vote.”  That is just code words to make sure Blacks, Latinos, Elderly, and Young Voters don’t get to vote.  These “Photo ID” laws are intended to make it difficult for these groups to vote.  They place another burden on them to “prove” they are citizens and are actually who they say they are.

These laws cost the individual time and money.  Many members of these groups don’t have a driver’s license and are being forced to spend money to get copies of their birth certificate in order to get their “Photo ID”.  Many also have to travel tens of miles to get to an office where they can get their ID.  Some as much as 250 miles.  Without a driver’s license, that is a very difficult thing to do.

These laws were not designed this way by accident.  These laws were designed to make it more difficult for them to vote because historically these groups tend to vote Democratic.  It all boils down to the same thing.  Voter Suppression.  That was proven in Pennsylvania when the Republican Leader of their legislature stated very dramatically after a similar law was passed “Photo ID law that will ensure Mitt Romney wins Pennsylvania.. Done!”

During the 50s and 60s people were murdered over their desire for equality.  Thousands of people were injured when police charged the lines and began mercilessly beating people.  Thousands of people were arrested for daring to march to protest inequality.

If we could speak to those people today, what would we say?  How could we explain to them that although there has been some little progress in race relations, we are reverting back to the days they marched?  How is it possible that America has lost its soul, again?

I guess the only thing we can actually say is “We’re Sorry.”  But that rings very hallow.  We must take up their mantle and continue the fight until racism really is a thing of the past.  We owe them that much!

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At precisely 0000 hours (midnight) tomorrow night, the Department of Homeland Security is going to run out of money unless Republicans can get their “stuff” together.  The Republicans who want you to believe that they are the only ones interested in protecting our country from terrorists, are about to let the one department charged with protecting us from terrorists run out of money.

I am not overly concerned about terrorists running amuck in the country, however.  We all know that about 200,000 members of the various agencies under DHS will continue working.  They are considered “essential” personnel.  However, they will be working for an IOU from the government instead of actually being paid.

This tragedy is all tied to immigration reform.  Our immigration laws are archaic at best and need to be reformed.  Two years ago the Senate passed a bi-partisan Immigration Reform Bill and sent it to the House.  It has been languishing in John Boehner’s desk drawer ever since.  This was truly a bi-partisan bill.  Even 14 Republican Senators voted for the bill, and several Republicans were involved in its creation.  Should have been an easy task for Boehner to pass it in the House.

But, once again John Boehner proved that he is only interested in having the title of “Speaker of the House” rather than acting like one.  His bellicose comments about immigration reform are just another example of his unwillingness to “govern”.  He is too afraid of the Tea Party wackos in his caucus to try to pass any meaningful legislation.

After over a year of Boehner derailing a vote on the Immigration Reform Bill, the President issued an Executive Order detailing some changes in the deportation policies.  The Republicans went bonkers, as expected.  Whether or not you think the President’s actions was an overreach or not, I do not think so, is irrelevant.  Something has to be done about our Immigration Laws.

The President’s Executive Order does not make it easier for people to cross the border.  It simply lays out a plan for those already here with U.S. Citizen relations to remain without fear of deportation.  It also gives them a pathway to seek “legitimacy” as the Republicans would say.  It is not amnesty as Republicans are telling everyone.

As a result of this “fight” the Republican House passed a funding bill last year that put the DHS on the spot.  They funded every department of the government except DHS for a full year.  They funded DHS only through tomorrow and the Senate went along.  Then they passed a bill funding DHS but only if the Executive Order was withdrawn.

Naturally, the Senate Democrats filibustered the bill in that chamber.  So, now Mitch McConnell wants to pass a clean DHS funding bill and introduce a bill that would withdraw the Executive Order.  But that puts John Boehner in a corner.  He still has to contend with his wacko fringe group.  And, since he is loath to actually lead and fight the wackos, the idea of a clean bill passing the House is up-in-the-air.

The only way Boehner will be able to pass a clean DHS funding bill in the House is to use the Democrats to get the votes needed.  Although he did use them a few times in the past, that is also something that Boehner is loath to do.  He is afraid that if he goes to the Democrats to pass a clean funding bill, he will face another coup in his caucus.

All of this nonsense was avoidable.  If John Boehner had allowed a debate and vote on the bi-partisan Senate Bill, it would have passed the House.  I am sure there would have been amendments added by the fringe group, but those would have been worked out in a joint committee between the House and Senate.  There would have been no need for the President to issue his Executive Order in the first place.

With the Immigration Reform Bill actual law instead of collecting dust in Boehner’s desk drawer, we would not be in this situation right now.  The other day Boehner said about the DHS funding bill they sent to the Senate: “We did our job, now it is time for the Senate to do theirs.  This will pass if the Democrats stop saying “no” to everything.”

That is really rich coming from a man who has been sitting on the “fix” to all of this for two years!  John Boehner is the worst Speaker of the House in my lifetime.  He makes Newt Gingrich look like a reasonable man.  However, the Citizens United case in the Supreme Court added fuel to this flaming issue.

This is the kind of thing that happens when money is allowed to control politics.  These fringe wackos that Boehner is afraid of are financed by the likes of the Koch Brothers and others.  Their money has polluted and corrupted our political process to the point of stagnation.

Even still, it is John Boehner’s job to “govern” in the name of the People of the United States.  Something that, apparently, he is loath to do as well.  This whole dilemma was manufactured because John Boehner is more interested in holding the title rather than being the Speaker of the House.

There is no other reason for us to be in the predicament we are in over DHS funding.  Even big business and the Chamber of Commerce favor the Senate passed Immigration Reform Bill.  To stop this mess, all John Boehner needs to do is dust off the Senate Bill and bring it to floor of the House.  But he won’t.

I don’t use this word lightly, but John Boehner is basically a coward.  That is why we are waiting to see if there will be a partial government shutdown come midnight tomorrow night.

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Poor Bill O’Reilly just can’t seem to keep out of the spotlight.  Only in this case it is the wrong spotlight.  As we discussed before, O’Reilly appears to have “embellished” his time in Argentina covering the Falklands War.  Instead of answering any questions put to him, he has gone off on everyone who dares think the story may be true.

During a phone interview with New York Times reporter Emily Steel he told her that if he didn’t think her story was “fair” “I am coming after you with everything I have.  You can take it as a threat.”  Again, rather than speaking about the issue, O’Reilly fell back into his bully mantra.

Now, there seems to be another problem with O’Reilly’s account of something he wrote in his supposedly non-fictional book about “Killing Kennedy.”  See in his book “Killing Kennedy” we was present when George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald committed suicide in his daughter’s home in Florida in 1977.  Then while promoting his book on Fox and Friends, he repeated the claim.

“I was about to knock on the door where [de Mohrenschildt] was, his daughter’s house, and he blew his brains out with a shotgun,”

Unfortunately, there is a problem with this wonderful tale as well.  According to two of his colleagues at WFAA TV station in Dallas, TX, where O’Reilly was working at the time, he was not in Florida, but in Dallas, TX!  Hmmm.  Tracy Rowlett and Byron Harris, O’Reilly’s WFAA colleagues at the time, both say the embattled host was with them at WFAA’s Dallas headquarters when de Mohrenschildt died.

On top of that, the police report of the incident does not mention O’Reilly being there.  Nor does The Associated Press report of the incident, which only says de Mohrenschildt was in the house with two maids at the time, neither of whom heard the gunshot.  If O’Reilly was present he must have been interviewed by the police as a witness!  So why isn’t he even mentioned in their reports?

Besides, if O’Reilly was really at the scene when de Mohrenschildt died, wouldn’t he have done a “stand up” and broke the story for his station?  As the half-governor would say “you betcha!”  There was no stand up about the story.  Nor, did WFAA even break the story.  The story was actually broken by the Dallas Morning News.

Then there is the story of Gaeton Fonzi, an investigative reporter who has written extensively on the Kennedy assassination.  Fonzi has who is now deceased, writes in his autobiography that he received a call from O’Reilly shortly after the suicide, asking for confirmation it had happened.  In his autobiography Fonzi wrote:

About 6:30 that evening I received a call from Bill O’Reilly, a friend who was then a television reporter in Dallas. “Funny thing happened,” he said. “We just aired a story that came over the wire about a Dutch journalist saying the Assassinations Committee has finally located de Mohrenschildt in South Florida. Now de Mohrenschildt’s attorney, a guy named Pat Russel, he calls and says de Mohrenschildt committed suicide this afternoon. Is that true?”

Why on earth would a journalist who was supposedly “about to knock on the door” when he heard the gunshot have to call another journalist to ask if the story of de Mohrenschildt’s suicide is true?  I guess it is because he was never there!

So far, there has been no response from O’Reilly or Fox News about this latest “embellishment” of the facts.  I can’t wait to hear O’Reilly tell his audience that this is another left-wing media attack on him.  I wonder if he will tell his two former colleagues that “he will go after them,” too?

But, if you think that Roger Ailes who runs Fox News Network will do anything to O’Reilly, you are living in another fantasy world, too.  All of this only proves that O’Reilly is a serial liar.  That is not something that Ailes is too concerned about either.

It has always been humorous to me that Fox News tells America that their “news” is “fair and balanced.”  Yet, when things like this come up, they just pretend that it is nothing more than a personal attack by the “left-wing media”.  In truth, Ailes and O’Reilly are flip sides of the same coin.  They both attack, threaten, and openly bully anyone who disagrees with their warped view of the “truth” and the world.

That is why O’Reilly won’t face any problems at Fox News over his serial lying.  He works for a network that makes its money doing the same thing all of the time.  Unless there is a backlash against the advertisers for O’Reilly’s show, nothing will be done, and O’Reilly will keep making stuff up as he goes along.

Unfortunately, for America, too many people will continue to listen to his bullshit as pure truth.  As the Wicked Witch of the West said, “what a world!”

 

 

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So, according to Rudy Giuliani the President does not love his country.  The President does not love you.  The President definitely does not love Rudy Giuliani.  The reason this is so is because the President wasn’t raised like you.  Nor was the President raised like Rudy Giuliani.  You know what?  He is right.  The President was not raised like Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani likes to talk about his father, Harold.  He likes to tell how he was raised loving this country.  But, there are a lot of things that Giuliani likes to leave out of his stories.  He also likes to say how he would defend our country.  In one speech he said:  “I would go anywhere, any place, anytime, and I wouldn’t give a damn what the President of the United States said, to defend my country. That’s a patriot. That’s a man who loves his people. That’s a man who fights for his people. Unlike our President.”

I admit that truly sounds like someone who loves his country.  But there is also something that he leaves out of this narrative as well.  Let us take a look at the public record of how Rudy Giuliani was raised, his definition of “love”, and his patriotism.

Rudy Giuliani was raised by his father Harold.  A fine upstanding individual who loved this country and everyone in it.  Except, he was arrested and spent time in Sing Sing Prison for holding up a milkman.  He earned his living as a bat-wielding enforcer for a loan-shark operation which was operating out of a bar owned by Rudy’s uncle.

To show his love for this country, Harold, who was arrested under an alias, made sure the draft board knew that he was a convicted felon in order to avoid serving in World War II.  Additionally, five of Giuliani’s uncles found ways to avoid serving in the war too.

Not to be outdone, Rudy, while serving as a clerk to a Federal Judge, received about a half-dozen deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War.  He even got the judge to write a letter to the Selective Service to get him a “special” exemption from the draft.  So much for “going anywhere, any place, anytime to defend my country.”

On the other hand, the President’s grandfather and uncle both served in World War II.  Obama’s uncle was present when the concentration camp at Buchenwald was freed.  What he saw there apparently affected him so much, he reportedly spent six months in the family’s attic after being released from service.

Giuliani’s definition of “love” has some explaining to do as well.  Did you know that Giuliani’s first wife was his second cousin?  Did you also know that he received an annulment from that marriage because “she was his cousin?”  As a matter of fact, the priest who helped him get his annulment was actually Giuliani’s best man at the wedding!

When he was mayor of New York City he divorced his second wife.  See, he was already dating his third wife at the time.  According to records, he and his entourage of six or seven cops traveled 11 times to her Hamptons getaway at a taxpayer cost of $3,000 a trip.

Then, just to show his true love, one morning he left Gracie Mansion, the mayors residence in New York City, and announced in a televised press conference that he wanted a separation from his second wife and mother of his two children.  Watching the press conference was the first time that his wife had heard of his desire for a separation.  Now that is love.

Giuliani later doubled down on his remarks by declaring that the President was brought up by a communist grandfather.  He also claimed that his comments weren’t “racist” because The President’s mother and grandparents were white.

Giuliani also stated that the President was “more of a critic than he is a supporter of America.”  That is an odd thing for a security salesman to say since he told a group of consulting clients in Tijuana in October “America needs to stop lecturing other countries and start working on how to stop drug use in its citizens,” shifting the onus for the Mexican drug trade onto us.

Or, how about the time he was a consultant for the government of Qatar, the country his friend and FBI director Louis Freeh accused of hiding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed before the attack. That’s the ultimate triumph of money over memory, since he’s still talking, as recently as a week ago, about the 10 friends and 343 firefighters he lost on 9/11.  Now that is love of one’s country!

So, I say to Mr. Giuliani that you are correct.  The President was not raised like you were.  He was not raised by mobsters in New York City.  The President did not have three wives, one of which was his cousin.  Nor, does he come from a family of draft dodgers.  Rather he comes from a family that honorably served their nation in a time of need.

This is one time that I like agreeing with Mr. Giuliani.  I would not want a President who has the “upbringing” that Rudy Giuliani had.  I would rather have one with President Obama’s “upbringing” instead.  But, don’t worry Rudy, the President isn’t the only one in America who doesn’t “love” you.  I don’t love you either!

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