;’June 8, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).  

Happy Monday, readers! Today, our master podcaster BURR DEMING takes issue with the way some Christian conservatives, among them Sen. Marco Runio, confuse criticism with the desire to do away with religion. My advice to these narrow-minded and conserreaxtive types would be to read Matthew: 25 and give it a lot of thought…

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Burr tells us, Religious freedom now includes imposing my convictions on others. One Senator wants to add freedom from criticism.”

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June 4, 2015  By Jack Jodell.    

This is shaping up to be a great summer for progressives! Yesterday. of course, marked the National Day to call your Congressperson and tell them you do NOT support the President being granted Fast Track authority (also called Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA) to ram through Congress the horrible Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the equally bad Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreements (TTIP). Hats off to those who called! If you didn’t – it’s not too late. SIMPLY CALL THE CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHNOARD AT 202-225-3121  AND ASK TO BE CONNECTED WITH YOUR CONGRESSPERSON”S OFFICE  –  THEN TELL THEM YOU VERY MUCH OPPOSE GRANTING FAST TRACK AUTHORITY AND THE PASSAGE OF BOTH THE TPP AND THE TTIP!!!

I STRONGLY urge you to tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors to make the call too until these rotten, pro-corporate and anti-worker bills are soundly defeated! Ask them to look at this informative WikiLeaks video by forwarding the link below so they will fully understand:


You may not have heard much about the danger of these bills, especially if you only get your news from the mass media. In case you didn’t know, the major television networks are all owned by 6 huge corporations. They, being multinational corporations controlled by billionaires, want to keep you as ignorant as they can by downplaying as much as they can and filling you up with mindless stories about Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, Lindsay Lohan and other Hollywood no-minds, as well as nonsensical so-called “reality” shows like Naked and Afraid, Swamp People,  19 Kids and Counting, Duck Dynasty,  and a boatload of others – each designed just to pacify you and keep you from truly learning about the real world and vitally important issues which face us all.  Because these networks are all corporate-owned, they flood you with increasing amounts of equally-mindless and totally annoying commercials and also deliberately try to appeal to a 12 year-old mentality, so as to capture the largest viewer market share they can.  

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Imagine solid investigative journalists like AMY GOODMAN, THOM HARTMANN, SONALI KOHATCHAR, and DAVID FSPAKMAN all hosting their own shows – THAT is FREE SPEECH TV! Imagine independently-produced political, economic, and social documentaries, each of them free from corporate influence or corporate bias – THAT is FREE SPEECH TV! Imagine fact-filled political commentary coming from the very young, feisty, and brilliant Eleanor Goldfield, or the steady and established liberal Bill Press, or the sassy and very comedic crew surrounding Stephanie Miller? Or dial-in talk shows like the weekly Brunch with Bernie Sanders? Or learning about corporate misdeeds first hand from “America’s lawyer” Nike Papantonio? These are ALL FREE SPEECH TV!

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June 1, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy first Monday of June, everyone! Today, podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming pokes fun at the way various Republican presidential wannabes have skirted the issue of giving a straight answer as to whether or not they would have emulated George W. Bush and invaded Itaq, had they known then what the world knows know about Iraq having NOT had nuclear weapons back in 2003 when war criminals DICK Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and Bush all swore abbott and costelloup and down that Iraq did. He justifiably pokes fun at stupid rubioMarco Rubio for having been trapped in quite a conundrum over it all in a recent Fox “News” interview. (with apologies to Abbott and Costello).  

BURR!Burr states,  “The question on Iraq presented Jeb Bush with an opportunity to achieve a balance between family loyalty and thoughtful policy. All he needed was preparation.    

Why it did not occur to him to prepare much earlier for an obvious question remains a mystery.        

Marco Rubio had a chance to pick up the pieces. But he managed to trip over the shoelace on Jeb’s foot.        

Instead of finally proving himself to be the one candidate with a policy vision, he proved instead that vaudeville will never die.”           


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MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS! (Part Four of a Series)

May 28, 2015  By Jack Jodell.      

The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, has been, for several months,  filling its clown car to the White House  with wackos, much as it did in 2012.  In this post, I resume the intermittent series which features the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. Today’s focus will be on the queen of the wannabes, that failed ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard  who goes by the name of Carly Fiorina.

CRABBY CARLYThe voters of California did themselves a big favor in 2010 when they denied Carly Fiorina the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer. For Fiorina proved herself to be wholly unsuitable for public office with her petty remarks about Sen. Boxer’s hair style and her destructive past business history. It was symptomatic of what one would expect from a former CEO who had once tasted power and became addicted to it, and who has contempt for all the so-called little people who inhabit the lower income classes beneath her. Yet what could one expect from such a person, who has known only privilege her entire life?

CATTY CARLYFiorina likes to brag that she advanced up the ladder of the business world from a lowly secretary to eventually run a Fortune 50 company. What she fails to mention is that she was actually raised  in an upper middle class family in Austin, TX. She was the daughter of a portrait and abstract artist named Madelon Montross, and  a law school professor, dean, and later a federal judge, whose name was Joseph Tyree Sneed III. The young Ms. Sneed III  attended Channing School in London (a posh, exclusive school for upper-class young women), as well as five different high schools, one of which was in Ghana.  In 1076 she received a B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval History from Stanford University. She later received a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Pretty impressive credentials. So where did she go wrong from there?

CRAZED CARLYFiorina learned a lot about business in school, but, much like another person of  privilege named Mitt Romney, she never bothered to learn about the very real day-to-day struggles of the poor and working poor, who, at 99%,  vastly outnumber the privileged few 1% of her own social strata. Like millions of other business students, she was brainwashed into accepting the premise that the capitalist system was the best (and indeed the only)  system for her to follow. So she began to follow and practice it at a furious pace. She poured herself into the corporate world, especially in the megalomania of climbing the corporate ladder to success. She began at AT & T in 1980 and climbed her way up to become an executive vice president.  In 1999 computer-giant Hewlett-Packard named her to be CEO, showering her with a $3 million signing bonus, an annual salary of $1 million (as well as yearly bonuses of $1.25 – 3.75 million), plus a whopping $65 million in company stock! This was done to reward her for her having helped make HP the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer through a  merger with rival company Compaq that she had pushed. Quite a feat, boy the downside was that this move shortly thereafter led to the horrible layoff of 39,000 of iys American workers! This created a nasty ripple effect throughout the tech industry, with HP stock losing more than HALF its market value and the related turbulence causing the NASDAQ index to fall by 26%! In earlt 2005, HP’s board of directors forced her to resign. Carly Fiorina may brag about once having been HP’s CEO, but many have described her as one of the worst tech CEOs of all time. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale business management scholar, has derided Fiorina for “destroying  half the wealth of her investors and yet still (drawing) nearly $100 million in total payments for this destructive reign of terror.” It would seem that the numbers speak for themselves, wouldn’t it?  

WICKED CARKYAfter her ouster at HP, Fiorina served on  the boards of several different groups and also advised Sen. John McCain during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run. She developed a taste for politics and decided to challenge Barbara Boxer in 2010 for her seat in the U.S. Senate. Having failed in that bid,  she has now decided to run for President. Shortly before announcing, she FINALLY, after nearly five years,  paid off campaign debts dating back to her failed 2010 Senate bid, This included unpaid salaries of her staff, who had been unpaid for nearly 5 full years and who would have remained that way, had she not opted to run for the presidency! It is no wonder that one of her ex-staffers was recently heard saying, “I’d rather go back to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again!” Is THIS the kind of person who deserves to become President? I certainly don’t think so!

feisty carlyWhile acknowledging that climate change is man-made and dangerous, Fiorina simply dismisses it by saying it would be “too expensive” fpr us to get off of carbon-based fossil fuels and that China and other countries will never get off of them either.  What an unbelievably ignorant and short-sighted evasion of responsibility from one who cs to have the leadership skills to rule the most powerful nation in the world! This represents an apalling lack of critical thinking from one who holds the educational pedigree she has! This, to me at least, indicates much the  same rash recklessness I have seen in recent years coming from other self-centered Republican wannabes ranging from Sarah Palin to Michele Bschmann to Rand Paul to Marco Rubio.

nasty carlyAlso like many of her Republican counterparts, Fiorina apparently thinks little of the actual government she is attempting to head. At one point she set herself up as Chair and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises, to bring “her unique perspective and experience to bear on the    challenging issues of our world, championing economic growth and empowerment for a more prosperous and secure world.” Quite a lofty sentiment, except for the fact that she never bothered to register this bogus “foundation” to conduct business in California with either the clerk of Santa Clara County (where she lives) or with the California secretary of state, as required by law. This flagrant violation of the law, added to her failure to pay campaign workers until the very last minute, along with her past history of wantonly eliminating 30,000 American jobs makes me severely question this woman’s judgment and motives. While I am more than ready for the first woman President, I most certainly do NOT want that President to be Carly Fiorina!                                             

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May 25, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Today, our master podcaster Burr Deming has given us a very appropriate podcast, considering this is a day we Americans tend to reflect upon our friends and relatives who have passed on  and especially those who gave their lives in service to our country. Those noble souls sacrificed it all to preserve our freedom – above all else our freedom of the press.

Press freedom ranked very high on our Founding Fathers’ priority list. Indeed, the press is the only industry they mentioned by name in our Constitution! But, like all freedoms, its constant companion should be responsibility. Sometimes, in their zeal to inform the public,  journalists act responsibly – and sometimes they don’t. In this age of obsessive governmental secrecy and preoccupation with national security, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to draw the line between press freedom and that responsibility, as Burr points out.  

BURR!In his own words, Burr tells us, Petty excuses will not deter courageous journalists from finding and revealing the truth, regardless of consequence.  

Within the last few years, a British spy at a high level within al Qaeda and a secret informant with the North Korean government were compromised by published reports.    

If reports are accurate, the existence of an official in the government of Pakistan has been revealed, after he helped Americans know where and how to kill Osama bin laden.   

We have to be impressed by the bravery of those reporters who inform us of all the facts, and who courageously accept the consequences of their actions.   

Regardless of who suffers those consequences.”       



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May 21, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

Though the President was prevented last week  – only TEMPORARILY – from getting the fast track authority(TPA) he and bought-out corporatist congressional Republicans and Democrats  needed to ram a horrible measure through Congress authorizing our acceptance of a very BAD Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill with less than 2 minutes of debate by every single member of Congress, the bill itself was not defeated and will certainly rear its ugly head again real soon!) Even as this post is being written, Congress is debating both of these terrible measures. The time is NOW for ALL of us to voice our strong disapprovalWE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PREVENT THESE MEASURES FROM EVER BEING ADOPTED BY THIS COUNTRY! Here is why:  

The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 12 Pacific-rim countries which has been described by many as “NAFTA on steroids.” The U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Brunei, and Singapore have all been NEGOTIATING IN SECRET for many years to put together a trade arrangement which would encompass a whopping FORTY PERCENT of the world’s economy! The benefits to the very wealthy and huge multinational corporations are immense, and the PERIL to America’s workers, consumers, elderly and poor population, and even its very system of government, are DIRE! This disgusting agreement would allow a foreign corporation to successfully sue the government  of any of its member nations for any law that nation might pass which would threaten that corporation’s future profits! That means safety amd pollution control regulations designed to protect our workers and our citizens would all go bye-bye the minute some foreign-owned corporation’s profits were threatened. American wages will certainly DROP as more and more of our jobs would be outsourced to overseas countries with slave-wage labor rates. Our ever-shrinking middle class will all but disappear once the full effects of our membership in this diabolical group are seen – we will be left a nation of millions upon millions of poor and/or unemployed people with only a tiny sliver of the population at the very top of the economic scale making unheard of record high profits – talk about RECORD wealth disparity! It will become astronomical!

PUBLIC CITIZEN (www.citizen,org/TPP) warns that, “in one fell swoop,  the secretive deal could offshore American jobs and increase income inequality; jack up the cost of medicines; sneak in SOPA-like threats to internet freedom; expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products; roll back Wall Street reforms; ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs; AND empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards!”

This horrible proposal  will rob us of our  sovereignty and make us all become mere pawns in a sinister, profit-driven, completely corporate-owned society.  THIS is NOT the kind of “freedom” our Founding Fathers envisioned or our soldiers have fought for and died to protect since 1776 – this is economic slavery! As such, it must be strongly opposed and DEFEATED by all Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, liberals, conservatives, progressives, and true PATRIOTS throughout the entire country! Thom Hartmann refers to this proposal as the Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Arrangement, or SHAFTA. He is right on the money, as this rotten deal will shaft American workers for all time! That is why I urge you to call the congressional switchboard at 1-202-225-3121 OFTEN and INSIST they connect you with the offices of  your individual Senators and Congresspersons, and then DEMAND that they vote AGAINST the passage of BOTH the TPA and the TPP! Make these calls at least once a week until the threat of these insane deals being adopted has completely vanished for all time!

YOUR job – and YOUR economic well-being is definitely in jeopardy here!

MAKE THAT CALL TODAY – and TOMORROW – and NEXT WEEK – and the FOLLOWING WEEK! Tell your friends and relatives to do the same!

FOR FURTHER INFO GO TO http://www.tradetreachery.com .


You will be glad you did. Guaranteed!
PLEASE JOIN  US  LIVE nearly every Sunday from 6 – 7 PM Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio’s HERE-BE-MONSTERS THE SUNDAY SHOW.  My  co-hosts GWEN BARRY of ROUNDTREE7 Blog, WAYNE JOHNSON of MINDS AND TIMES OF F. WAYME JOHNSON, and I 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                                                                                                 

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May 18, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

hardychristieHappy start of the week to all. Today, our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, takes on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Who could ever forget the bigger than life Christie? His look-alike, Oliver Hardy, also liked to blame those around him for things that he, himself, had a hand in. In Christie’s case, Bridgegate was “another fine mess” that Christie got himself into.

BURR!As Burr tells us, “Commuters sometimes take traffic delays personally. That is why 4 successive days of 4 hour delays, delays generated deliberately, have hurt Chris Christie more than any comparable scandal.    

But the Governor has gone through a period of introspection. He may have discovered within himself a path to recovery.”   




JOIN  US  LIVE nearly every Sunday from 6 – 7 PM Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio’s HERE-BE-MONSTERS THE SUNDAY SHOW.  My  co-hosts GWEN BARRY of ROUNDTREE7 Blog, WAYNE JOHNSON of MINDS AND TIMES OF F. WAYME JOHNSON, and I 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

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