Brittney Griner is a Victim of Christian Nationalism

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As the embodiment of what the Christian Right fears and despises, Brittney Griner has become a useful part of Vladimir Putin’s strategy to return the Party of Trump to power.  Griner is thus another casualty of Putin’s global aspirations; a martyr who stands on a pedestal with the growing number of political prisoners in Russia … Continue reading Brittney Griner is a Victim of Christian Nationalism

Putin Is on The November Ballot

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently signaled to his far right base that the Republican Party will abandon Ukraine as soon as Republicans take control of Congress. This move will once again align his party with the subservient position that Trump maintained with the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin. A Republican victory will fully surrender U.S. … Continue reading Putin Is on The November Ballot

Endorsements for the November 8 General Election

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Upon the request of a friend, I have decided to present how I voted in a different format than was presented in the June primaries.  First, a “cribbed” version of my endorsements will be presented.  Then I will explain a little bit about my methods and the choices I made. The Cribbed Ballot Governor:  Gavin … Continue reading Endorsements for the November 8 General Election

Jay Chen for Congress

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            Over the next few weeks, voters in the newly redrawn 45th Congressional district will have the opportunity to send Jay Chen, a uniquely gifted lawmaker, to Washington.  His resume is beyond impressive.  Details of his various policy positions can be found on his website, http://www.ChenForCongress.com.             On Sunday, September 25, I experienced the joy … Continue reading Jay Chen for Congress

Ten Political Questions the Answers to Which MUST Be an Unequivocal “Yes!”

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As the midterms approach, it is important to remember that we are still in the midst of an ongoing effort by the vast majority in the Republican Party to overturn the results of the last election.  It is the party whose foundational tenet remains the Big Lie of election fraud.  It is also the party, … Continue reading Ten Political Questions the Answers to Which MUST Be an Unequivocal “Yes!”

Asif Mahmood

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The NYT Editorial Board has rebuked various Democratic Party institutions for actively supporting election-denying and otherwise extremist Republicans to the detriment of allegedly more moderate voices within the Republican Party.  The problem, however, is that the Republican Party has utterly failed to address the attempt of Donald Trump to destroy the republic on January 6.  … Continue reading Asif Mahmood

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Why Ukraine Matters: A Response to Andrew Bacevich

Introduction For decades Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of History and International Studies at Boston University, has written compelling warnings about the militarization of US foreign policy.  In books and articles that persistently echo Dwight D. Eisenhower’s cautions against the military-industrial complex (MIC), Bacevich has shone a revealing light on how the corrupting militarization of politics … Continue reading Why Ukraine Matters: A Response to Andrew Bacevich

Evil is Always a Choice, Never a Necessity

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The general context of this post relates to a brief response I gave to John Nichols’ excellent defense of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mandela Barnes’ speech addressing problems in US history that placed a particular burden on Blacks and Native Americans from the very inception of the Republic.  The article and the commentary it elicited can … Continue reading Evil is Always a Choice, Never a Necessity

Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

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By now, all registered voters should have received their California State and County Information Guide and Official Vote-By-Mail Ballots.  In retirement, I have decided to comb through these guides a little more carefully than before and to share some thoughts as to why I have made my choices.  I will suggest some candidates, but I … Continue reading Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland

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A friend from Poland sent me a recent statement from a conservative politician in Poland named Roman Giertych.  The statement alleges a conspiracy between Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading conservative party in Poland, the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, hereafter PiS).  The secret agreement would have rendered the … Continue reading The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland