After killing 58,307 American soldiers, Vietnam wins again, along with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney

58,307
Killed in Action

153,303
Wounded in Action

1,622
Missing in Action

766
Prisoners of War

President Barack Obama has lifted the decades-long U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam, allowing sales of deadly weapons to a government that killed or wounded more than 200,000 Americans.

The final surrender is very good for big business, lobbyists and campaign contributors to politicians. The decision is also a desecration of American lives lost, soldiers Continue reading →

Call Me “irresponsible, unreliable, throw in undependable”; but don’t call me “deplorable”

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary…can we still love you when you call us names? And for me, the question is: am I in the “desperate” bucket or the “deplorable” basket, just because I won’t vote for you?

A little background is in order. Continue reading →

Fracker’s friend frets that you might retire and get your Social Security, instead of working to death

When Libertarian Gary Johnson proclaimed that Americans should not get their Social Security until age 72, he was actually condemning many to death before receiving any of their “earned benefits.”

garygoofyThat’s because the average life expectancy of a Black male in the U.S. is 68 years, meaning death four years before Gary would grant retirement security. While the average life expectancy for men in general is 76.9 years, men in the middle and lower income levels die five years sooner, or at 71.9. With a 72 retirement age, most men would die before that first Social Security check.

As an aside, male life expectancy in this country, where we work so long and hard, is ranked 32d in the world, behind such places as Costa Rica, Chile, Greece, Slovenia and Korea, as well as most members of the EU. We did tie with Cuba – for what that’s worth.

David Barton, another Johnson/Tea Party type, personified the big business view of Continue reading →

Hillary’s high-priced speeches all started with the $10 Billion bailed-out Morgan Stanley in April, 2013

At the end of August, 2008 Morgan Stanley received $10 billion under the Capital Purchase Program (CPP), also called the “big bank bailout” by average citizens, who wondered then why so much was spent on so few banks and financial institutions. After all, the direct cash came just from the taxpayers – $620 billion in all – in a flurry of so-called emergency disbursements.

And there was also money borrowed by Morgan Stanley – tons of it. Bloomberg News explained this way: Continue reading →

PBS Censors Dr. Jill Stein on “NewsHour”

Go to the profile of Matt OrfaleaThe word is out on Dr. Jill Stein – the media has been directed to give her token coverage, while devoting hour-long interviews with Gary “Goofy” Johnson (two town halls on John Stossel alone this year- plus his endorsement). An expert at video recording, Matt Orfalea, right, decided to post the edited version of a PBS interview with Dr. Stein, showing what was deleted. Then the feathers really hit the fan.

Thanks to Matt Orfalea for contributing to this report

Shortly after posting this on Facebook, Orfalea learned who controls media in America – the Continue reading →

Gary Johnson wants to cut 43% from Medicare and the Defense Dept., end the senior drug benefit, eliminate student loans, and stop taxing the rich

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Is the grass always greener?

It was a simple question to Gary Johnson in a 2012 interview, while running for President as the Libertarian candidate: How do you stop the deficits and out of control spending?

The answer from Johnson, who is currently managing 6% to 10% voter support in national polls:

A: Well, cutting $1.675 trillion from the federal government. You got to start out by talking about (cutting) Medicare and Medicaid by 43 percent. They could block grant the states, 50 laboratories of innovation. Give it to the states to deliver health care to the poor and those over 65 and do away with the strings. Do away with that regulations; let states handle it. There would be best practices emerge. Other states would emulate the best practices. They’re be failure. States would avoid the failure.

Johnson also wants to eliminate the Federal Income Tax, which would require huge program cuts in the federal budget to pay for it. His revenue solution would be a national 23% sales tax, plus virtual elimination of the earned Medicare benefit (now paid for by workers with a payroll tax). Continue reading →

Agnes Keleti – The most decorated Jewish Olympic champion that almost nobody ever heard of

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In general, and with very few exceptions, the Jews are not known for their sporting ability. From the Greeks and Romans with their Olympic Games, marathons and worship of the human body, through to nowadays, we Jews are more renowned for our brains than our brawn. Yes, we have Aly Raisman, the American Olympic superstar, and Mark Spitz who won 7 gold medals in the ill-fated 1972 Olympics, but Israelis are once again bemoaning our lack of medal-power (although there is still hope with the rhythmic gymnastics team), notwithstanding the two bronze medals won this year by judokas Yarden Gerbi (trained by former silver medallist Yael Arad) and Or Sasson.   The one notable exception on Israel’s record was gold medallist Gal Fridman in the sailboard competition in 2004. You can see Israel’s sad showing at the Olympics at this table.

But unbeknownst to most of us, there was…

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Hamas wants you to visit the stunning Gaza Strip

The sign in Arabic says “Thank you, Hamas”

October is election month for municipalities in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the first dive into Democracy in 11 years, and politicians everywhere know that the incumbents always want to put on a happy face.

But from the reports of starving children, the disabled tortured by Israeli troops, and a monumental lack of medicine and other supplies, you would think that things were really bad in Gaza.

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Haven’t seen crowds like this since WW2

How bad? The video above was prepared by Hamas to show that things aren’t horrible – in fact, they’re just peachy or whatever that term is in Arabic. People are smiling and holding up signs, saying “Thank you, Hamas.”

Everyone in the video seems so happy, and you wonder how Hamas could produce fake beaches and shopping centers and mansions for the filming. But then, maybe they didn’t produce propaganda from sets, just filmed reality.

At least now, the EU leaders can see what hundreds of millions of Euros goes for in their annual aid projects. They have created a tourist destination a sight prettier than the slums of Paris or the hovels in Athens for unemployed Greeks.

Another view of Gaza, missing from the tourist and election pitch, is the effort to train teens in the proper way to murder a Jew, as illustrated in the following video:

Trump financials detail his vast business holdings; reducing value of studying individual tax returns

While the study of tax returns may have meaning for individuals, it has far little information than the assets and liabilities of a business. I learned this in the process of buying and selling newspaper companies in the 80s and 90s.

donald-trumps-penthouse-apartment-trump-tower-new-york-profileDonald Trump’s holdings are vast, and they are so diversified that any analysis of how each of hundreds of corporations makes a profit, would take yards of paper and millions of entries.

But Trump’s required election bid financial disclosure form shows how his empire works and could provide many hours of conjecture. Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton earns millions as speaker for CEOs, but can’t fill a high school gymnasium in Omaha

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Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha yesterday

Warren Buffett is the best known man in Omaha, Nebraska – a hometown boy, fourth richest person in the world, and admirer of Hillary Clinton. That friendship, her speaking style and his popularity – combined – couldn’t fill the Omaha North High School auditorium, even after some of the stands were packed with too-young-to-vote schoolchildren.

There are times, such as yesterday in Nebraska, when even the wealthiest skinflint in the world must feel defeated.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is turning away thousands at some rallies, attracting record audiences for a Republican candidate, throngs comparable to the crowds produced for Bernie Sanders, who was also running against Hillary.

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Donald Trump rally outside of Harrisburg yesterday

What is going on here? How can a woman, who has earned millions of dollars in speeches authorized by CEOs of major corporations, not attract a crowd? You would think that anyone. who was paid $300,000 or more for a speech, must be a great speaker, and gee whiz, here’s a chance to hear her – no charge. Continue reading →

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