Mar. 3, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with FAIR AND UNBALANCED’s Burr Deming – see my Blogroll in the lower right-hand column).

We have a special extra podcast for today. Podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, offers some sage advice to Fox “News”‘s pathological liar, Bill O’Reilly.

burr demingBurr states, Fox News personalities were having a bit of fun with NBC anchor, Brian Williams, over his misleading stories about his wartime reporting experiences.  Then Bill O’Reilly’s own inaccuracies came to light. Should O’Reilly resign? Should he take a leave of absence? Should Fox News fire him?  A Fox affiliate in Tampa Florida has a step by step guide ready and waiting to show Bill O’Reilly exactly how to handle the accusations.”

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Mar. 2, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AMD UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column)

Happy Monday, everybody! Our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming (chief author and creator of the excellent blog FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column), has once more begun our week with his ever-present sense of logic and reason. In this first selection, he muses over how the irrational hatref conservative Republicans have for President Obama is needlessly jeopardizing our national security.

BURR DEMINGIn his own words, Burr has written, ” There was a time, not that long ago, when the primary conservative smear was that opponents possessed no patriotism. 

But the idea of pride in America seemed to fade when the image of the nation came to include President Obama.   

Now a Republican Congress routinely votes to deny American combat troops ammunition and supplies.    

Legislative leaders threaten to close down American security from terrorism.”

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Today’s second selection deals with the supposedly new and improved Mitt Romney. It is called “Who is the New, Authentic Mitt Romney?” From my perspective, I would say Romney’s recent attempt at reshaping himself is a colossal waste of time!  

BURR DEMINGBurr says, “In every campaign in his political life, Mitt Romney has run on his resume.  

In 2016, he will run on philosophical substance. 

Mitt Romney can become President Romney. But he needs one more ingredient, the toughest campaign objective to achieve.”

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Feb. 27, 2015  By Jack Jodell.                                                 

 JOIN  ME  LIVE nearly every Sunday from 6 – 7 PM Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio’s HERE-BE-MONSTERS THE SUNDAY SHOW.  I and my  co-hosts GWEN BARRY of ROUNDTREE7 Blog and WAYNE JOHNSON of MINDS AND TIMES OF F. WAYME JOHNSON discuss a wide range of political, social, and economic topics in an open forum, often with additional guest activists and input from the fine cadre of writers found at  the Roundtree7  site. Call in to participate at (213) 816-0357 , or click on this link to hear an archive of past shows:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters   
Thanks to our overly activist, pro-corporate, authoritarian and very conservative Supreme Court (I have begun to call them the EXTREME Court), we now have a badly corrupted electoral process. Horrendous decisions like 2010’s Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission and Buckley v. Valeo before that have turned elections into mere auctions, where the ear of –  and favors from – victorious politicians invariably go to the highest bidder at the expense of the electorate as a whole. Free from all spending restrictions, corporations are now going hog- wild in attempting to buy legislation favorable to their interests. Yes, we have truly become the country with the greatest government that money can buy, and it is a real travesty.  We may assume this to be a relatively recent phenomenon, but such an assumption would be dead wrong. For monied interests have, with rare exception, nearly always dominated the political agenda in this country. But today is different in that corporate greed is trying to not only dominate our economy, but is threatening to assume full control of our government as well. Oddly enough, we were actually forewarned about today’s abhorent situation a full 71 years ago, by a tremendously visionary progressive Vice President who served under Franklin D. Roosevelt, during most of the time we were fighting fascism in Europe and Japanese imperialism in Asia during World War II.

 The New York Times asked then-Vice President Henry A, Wallace to contribute an article on the dangers of fascism in America, and his gem of a reply, reprinted below, appeared on April 9, 1944. The similarities between what Vice President Wallace warned us of then and what is happening today are nothing short of incredible!  This is lengthy, but well worth the read. I have taken the liberty of italicizing some parts.

Wallace wrote,  “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.

The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been the Prussian Junker, who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. Every Jew-baiter, every Catholic hater, is a fascist at heart. The hoodlums who have been desecrating churches, cathedrals and synagogues in some of our larger cities are ripe material for fascist leadership.

 The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

  1. If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.
  2. American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.
  3. The European brand of fascism will probably present its most serious postwar threat to us via Latin America. The effect of the war has been to raise the cost of living in most Latin American countries much faster than the wages of labor. The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives. Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States. Following this war, technology will have reached such a point that it will be possible for Germans, using South America as a base, to cause us much more difficulty in World War III than they did in World War II. The military and landowning cliques in many South American countries will find it attractive financially to work with German fascist concerns as well as expedient from the standpoint of temporary power politics.
  4. Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.
  5. Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. American fascists of this stamp were clandestinely aligned with their German counterparts before the war, and are even now preparing to resume where they left off, after ‘the present unpleasantness’ ceases:
  6. The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler’s game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.
  7. The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
  8. Several leaders of industry in this country who have gained a new vision of the meaning of opportunity through co-operation with government have warned the public openly that there are some selfish groups in industry who are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty to gain some temporary advantage. We all know the part that the cartels played in bringing Hitler to power, and the rule the giant German trusts have played in Nazi conquests. Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.
  9. It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. It was Mussolini’s vaunted claim that he “made the trains run on time.” In the end, however, he brought to the Italian people impoverishment and defeat. It was Hitler’s claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.
  10. Democracy to crush fascism internally must demonstrate its capacity to ‘make the trains run on time.’ It must develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. As long as scientific research and inventive ingenuity outran our ability to devise social mechanisms to raise the living standards of the people, we may expect the liberal potential of the United States to increase. If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people.
  11. The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan. Democracy can win the peace only if it does two things:
    1. Speeds up the rate of political and economic inventions so that both production and, especially, distribution can match in their power and practical effect on the daily life of the common man the immense and growing volume of scientific research, mechanical invention and management technique.
    2. Vivifies with the greatest intensity the spiritual processes which are both the foundation and the very essence of democracy.
  12. The moral and spiritual aspects of both personal and international relationships have a practical bearing which so-called practical men deny. This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world.
  13. Fascism in the postwar inevitably will push steadily for Anglo-Saxon imperialism and eventually for war with Russia. Already American fascists are talking and writing about this conflict and using it as an excuse for their internal hatreds and intolerances toward certain races, creeds and classes.
  14. It should also be evident that exhibitions of the native brand of fascism are not confined to any single section, class or religion. Happily, it can be said that as yet fascism has not captured a predominant place in the outlook of any American section, class or religion. It may be encountered in Wall Street, Main Street or Tobacco Road. Some even suspect that they can detect incipient traces of it along the Potomac. It is an infectious disease, and we must all be on our guard against intolerance, bigotry and the pretension of invidious distinction. But if we put our trust in the common sense of common men and ‘with malice toward none and charity for all’ go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.'”
    This, my friends, was an  example of something in rare supply today: absolute truth, critical thinking, and reason. It is exactly why, in the next several elections, we must work very hard to elect PROGRESSIVES, rather than Fascists, Libertarians, or Tea Party-infested Republicans to state and local government posts; to Congress; and definitely to the presidency! Given the sordid examples of crony capitalism we have seen in recent years, with billionaire Wall Street bankers able to speculate wildly and wreck the global economy – and then walk away from the carnage without punishment (even receiving a taxpayer-funded bailout which they then used to pay themselves bonuses) –  it is not at all far-fetched to refer to modern figures such as Ted Cruz,  Joni Ernst, The Koch Brothers,  Sheldon Adelson, DICK Cheney, George W. Bush,  Jamie Dimon, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and all the other reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republicans who call themselves conservatives  as American Fascists. For that is exactly what they are, and they are a menace to this country for sure – and a menace to be avoided at all costs by decent, thinking people who actually care about their fellow citizens and the country in which we live! It is high time that the needs of MAIN STREET trump the wants of Wall Street instead of the other way around, and only  electing Progressives can achieve this!  And the ONLY way to get Progressives elected is to get corporate money out of politics once and for all. To achieve this, please go to move to amend.org at https://movetoamend.org/    and pledge to support this very worthy cause. Thank you!
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Feb. 23, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALACANCED.COM)  

Happy start of the new week, everybody!  Well, the Republicans are at it again. First, they told us if the rich were given massive tax breaks, it would free capital and a huge increase in good-paying new jobs in this country  would result. NOT true –  instead, only a few lesser-paying jobs were created here, while huge corporations invested their extra profits in overseas plants and hired millions of low-wage overseas workers to work in them (all the while increasing CEO and Boards of Directors’ paychecks at a record rate). Then these same conservative Republicans did all they could to stamp out labor unions, knowing full well that doing so would eliminate any leverage American workers may have once had to raise their wages. Here, of course, the result was nearly 35 years of stagnant workers’ wages with a growing and then record disparity of wealth in our country. Meanwhile, executive perks and salaries continued to rise, unchecked. Then, these same conservative Republicans clamored loudly for a massive deregulation of industry, saying that such regulations were hurting job growth and were bad for the economy in general. Yet, after deregulation, there was little or no real job growth, nor were workers’ salaries increased to any meaningful degree. But executive paychecks continued getting fatter. Then, these same conservatives duped Presidents and congresspersons of both parties into believing that so-called “Free” trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and many others (including thde soon-to-be-enacted Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP) would somehow magically create millions of new, good paying jobs here and abroad – but this, too, was a LIE. Instead, all these deals do is to further enrich the wealthiest fraction of 1%, while further stagnating domestic wages for all below them.  

It is regretful that these economic conservatives have been feeding us their nonsense, and have been getting away with it, for so many decades! It is criminal that these insane liars keep spinning the same old garbage and that so many people actually continue to accept it. Their economic theories have proven bankrupt and foolhardy, yet they just keep on spouting them. Today, our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, explains the latest and newest conservative Republican economic folly.

burr demingBurr tells us,Forget Trickle Down economics.

The Laffer Curve hasn’t worked out. 

Supply Side has pretty much ruined Kansas.

The newest Republican economic theory comes from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. 

It has lifted Mississippi from the worst economy in the nation to … well … the second worst.

It is now proposed by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Expect to hear it often as Republicans look for a way to explain the new Obama economic boom. 

It’s the only way conservatives can look at the economic world and remain conservative.”

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In this second podcast, entitled “HOW COULD BARACK OBAMA BETRAY CHRISTIANS?”, Burr takes on yet another of the seemingly endless far-right assaults on this President.  
BURR DEMINGBurr says, ”  No, we don’t need to go back hundreds of years for murderous acts of violence.From Sabra to Rwanda and beyond, religious fanatics have murdered millions.

How can it be anything but immoral to blame all believers of any faith?


I do wish this one would go viral.”
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Feb. 21, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM) 

Hi everybody! It is great to be back after such a long absence. While I will soon be posting again regularly, until that day arrives (roughly four or five days from now), I will attempt to catch up with my friend Burr Deming, who has been busily churning out one brilliant podcast after another in my absence. 

The first one in this doubleheader is entitled “WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS HATE MUSLIMS, WHY DON’T THE FRENCH?” In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack jn Paris on a satirical French magazine, this one is a real thought-provoker. 

burr demingBurr says ” In the days after 9/11, President George W. Bush led Americans away from religious hatred.

For many, it didn’t last.

The terrorist attacks in Paris provoked a renewed rage in America against those who follow Islam.

But in France, Muslims were welcomed in a march for unity. Two Muslims were honored for heroism during the attacks.”

Podcast link: http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-01-16T18_11_28-08_00 

Transcript link: http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/01/13/why-do-many-americans-hate-muslims-and-t


Our second podcast in this doubleheader  is entitled “HOW HAS SALAVERY COME BACK INTO MAINSTREAM DEBATE?” For this one, Burr digs deep into our pre-Civil War historical roots to ask some very pertinent questions.
Burr says, At Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday, Trent Lott gallantly suggested that his old friend would have made a good President. Strom had run for President on a racist platform half a century before.
Conservatives were enraged. They screamed for the scalp of Trent Lott until he was forced to step down as Republican leader in the Senate.
Now Steve Scalise holds a Republican leadership position in the House of Representatives. He participated in a gathering of white supremacists. When the State of Louisiana apologized for the days of slavery, he voted against the apology.
Slavery? Seriously?
The Party of Lincoln was once … well … the Party of Lincoln.
What happened?”


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Feb. 15, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

Hello, dear readers. I have not disappeared, nor have I died or have mysteriously transformed from a dedicated leftie to a knuckle-dragging, reactionary Teabagger. My computer became demolished, and my nearly 93 year old father fell down a staircase recently and required hospitalization and a period of rehab at a nearby nursing home. He is doing much better now and has returned home. That, plus the impending arrival of a brand-new computer, should signal the return of this blog (and more great podcasts from the eminent Burr Deming), in but a few more days. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and until you stop by next, remember to KEEP PUSHING FORWARD! :-)

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Jan. 15, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

“It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been, for the most part either an outsider, a servant, or a scapegoat.”
– Richard Hofstadter – 


DON't TREADThumbs-down-iconWell, I am not surprised. Congress has officially become once more controlled by the Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republicans, and it wasted little time in proving where its true allegiance stands. Regrettably, that allegiance is NOT toward the American people, but rather to its corporate masters. On the very first day, House Teapublicans defied what had been tradition 11 previous times by refusing to free enough funds from the Social Security general fund to ensure that those receiving Social Security Disability payments would not be shorted. While this only affects 10 million recipients, this heartless move by these uncaring Republicans will now mean that disability benefits will now be CUT by a whopping 20%!  It doesn’t matter to those cold-hearted Teapublicans that these disability funds have already been paid for by the taxpayers who paid into them through payroll taxes and are therefore an EARNED benefit and not just another entitlement. No, these worthy recipients are viewed by the Tea Partiers as worthless, undeserving, lazy leeches, sucking at the teat of the federal government. At the same time, these Teapublicans are preparing to pass a bill authorizing the construction of the horrible Keystone XL pipeline, and are lying to the public with their claim that 42,000 new jobs will be created by this pipeline. Those of us in the know have known for a long time that the real number of permanent, good-paying jobs created will be only 35 to 50 at most.

Thumbs-down-iconRepublicans know they can no longer sell the failed economic policies of Ronald Reagan known as “trickle down economics” any longer, as the public has grown wise to the fact that no monies ever really trickled down and that the only beneficiaries of this policy have been the wealthiest 1% minority. So now they’ve adopted the code phrase of  Dynamic Scoring. These buffoons can call it whatever they like, but in reality, all it will be is hateful reaganrepackaged Reaganomics. It will cut taxes further on the undeserving wealthy and will keep wages and benefits stagnant, at best, for everybody else. It will do absolutely nothing to level the economic playing field and will instead allow the rich’s income to keep rising exponentially. Along with this nonsense, they are continuing to weaken the federal government by pressing for even greater deregulation, especially as regards speculation on Wall Street. They will be effictively robbing the poor and the majority 99% to pay the uppermost 1% even greater riches. So much for economic democracy in this so-called land of the free. ..

We liberals and progressives, especially those of us who didn’t vote last November, have only ourselves to blame. We now face the natural end-result of this godawful Tea Party victory. It is a crime that our failure will now lead directly to the creation of so many new victims. The ONLY solution is for us to show up at the polls in November, 2016, and vote OUT these scoundrels for good! But 2016 is a looooonnnnnggggg way off, and there is unfathomable damage which these climate change-deniers and pro-corporate, knuckle dragging stooges will invariably do.  

bernieHarry Truman had his “do nothing” Congress which he railed against in 1948. He was successful in restoring its progressive slant back then. Today, we  face a backward-looking Congress which we, too, must rail against and defeat solidly in 1016. They are determined to make the government become so weak as to make it warren 2virtually powerless. They want to end all of its regulation of business and wish to impose their own backward-looking social patterns on this nation. We cannot allow this to happen, and we must fight them every step of the way! That means replacing as many of these reactionary Teapublicans as possible with Progressive, populist-oriented candidates at all levels of government, and do so as quickly and thoroughly as possible! Are you with me on this, people? Then get off your dead asses and GET ACTIVE! Join Move to Amend.org, and work to get corporate money OUT of politics! Kick some Wall Street ass and elect only Progressives to Congress from now on! Make Reaganomics a thing of the past forever, and reverse our record wealth disparity for good! GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

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