Sunday, May 13, 2018

 

Wartime Wounds

As former Attorney General of Mississippi, and current Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions continues his crusade against medical marijuana as a safe alternative to prescription opioids for chronic pain management, bipartisan efforts in Congress are pressuring the Department of Justice to expand research into the many therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Ironically, only one provider of cannabis has been approved to supply research labs--the University of Mississippi. Meanwhile, veterans suffering from PTSD and other wartime wounds have to risk VA benefits to get relief.

Monday, April 23, 2018

 

Puritans vs Indians

President Trump’s Anti-Indian agenda reflects Vice President Pence’s Christian Dominion holy war against socialism and Indigenous peoples. Denying American Indians health care, guaranteed by treaties and the U.S. Constitution, is just the first step. Ron Allen — former president of the National Congress of American Indians — says the Republican attack on Medicaid will devastate the Indian Health Service.

Monday, April 16, 2018

 

We Can Do Better

As opined by historian Ted Widmer, Robert Kennedy's trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation--during the primaries of his 1968 presidential campaign--was an act of leaving the known political universe, almost like leaving the United States.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Stormy Weather

We regret to inform you that the President of the United States has been caught with his pants down. In the latest twist of the Stormy Daniels affair, the FBI raided Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's office--confiscating records related to the President's illegal $130,000 payment to the 39-year-old  porn star in exchange for her silence about having sex with him. As reported in the Tribune News Service
 Experts noted that the raid bodes badly for Cohen — and, perhaps for Trump as well.

Monday, April 02, 2018

 

Cowboys vs Indians

The American West--home to the Cowboys vs Indians psychodrama--is mustering for a final confrontation, this time over the looming extinction of the iconic Pacific salmon. While the original conflict featured action-packed, blood and gore slaughter of millions of bison and massacres of the Indigenous peoples whose lives depended on them, this time around it is a slow-motion train-wreck.

As major salmon stream polluters such as the Farm Bureau and Cattlemen's Association--along with state attorney generals and white newspaper owners--line up to attack the treaty rights of Northwest Treaty Tribes like the Swinomish, the apathetic citizenry is being asked to take sides.

Will so-called progressive moral authorities speak out, or maintain silence out of fear?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

 

SHOCK--NO AWE

With the 1945 Victory in Europe and the Victory over Japan, the United States went on the offensive to control oil reserves worldwide. With the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, the American Empire went into defensive mode. With the cannibalization of US oil reserves for export in 2014, the light at the end of the tunnel was extinguished.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

Blackwater Betsy

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos–sister of the notorious Blackwater mercenary CEO Erik Prince–has committed fraud in her anti-union crusade against Department of Education employees, violating both the Civil Service Protections Act and the Federal Labor Relations Act. The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a complaint with the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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