Jim Rogers, best remembered as a mysterious political candidate who had unlikely successes, died on Tuesday at the age of 79 in Durant, Oklahoma.
According to his obituary on the Brown’s Funeral Service website, Rogers was a professor who taught at universities, community colleges, and high schools throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. He specialized in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. The obituary makes no mention of Rogers’s numerous political campaigns. Continue Reading
Today, as I read a Huffington Post article about Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine cover and the hilarious responses to it, I was excited by the ease at which people can express themselves today. But just as that thought crossed my mind, I was linked to another Huffington Post article that left me deeply disturbed, and compelled me to write this article.
Apparently, a former contestant from the British version of The Apprentice, named Katie Hopkins, wrote something offensive on Twitter about Palestinians. Now droves of people in the United Kingdom are calling for her prosecution under the Public Order Act 1986, specifically for “stirr[ing] up racial hatred.” Continue Reading
Stashed away at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery lies the graves of some 140 Axis Prisoners of War. Entombed here are soldiers who died for Germany, Italy, and Japan while in American captivity during the Second World War. Two of the German soldiers here received high honors, and so, swastikas in iron crosses emblazon their tombstones. These markers bear the words: “He [who lies here] died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.” May we too remember these men on this day.
Politics behind a war should not reflect on the soldiers fighting it. Soldiers are merely the pawns fighting battles for corporate and government interests beyond anyone’s comprehension. The aforementioned men were just as brave and courageous as their American counterparts. They simply had the misfortune of losing the war. Veterans Day is as much about them as any.
With longtime Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota not seeking re-election, the race for his open U.S. Senate seat is wide open. Republican nominee and former governor Mike Rounds currently leads the polls over his three opponents: Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, and Independent Larry Pressler.
Pressler, 72, represented South Dakota in the Senate as a Republican from 1979 to 1997. He is hoping to revive his political career after a long absence from public office. In a recent SurveyUSA poll, Pressler jumped to second place in the race, just three points behind Rounds. With Weiland not included in the poll, Pressler leads Rounds 54 percent to 39 percent.
Despite Pressler’s momentum and apparent independent/outsider perspective, he evades citizen journalists like myself, acting more like an establishment duopoly candidate than a genuine independent.
After weeks of listening to the talking heads brainstorm how to combat ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), it became plainly obvious that no one had a clue. As they always do, the neo-cons beat the war drum, demanding “boots on the ground” to begin another Iraq War. President Obama laid out a plan to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels; the same rebels fighting the Assad regime alongside ISIS. Seeing these extremes, I wondered what a sensible solution would entail. A cursory search online did not uncover anything substantive. The Libertarian Party’s official press release left much to be desired. Then, yesterday, a workable solution came to me out of the blue, after seeing an interview with an unlikely source: West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
The US government is inching closer to banning so-called hate speech. The Washington Free Beacon reports, the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency, will spend nearly $1 million in taxpayer money to create an internet database targeting “false and misleading ideas,” “suspicious memes,” and “hate speech” on Twitter. Though the database will have no authority immediately, it reflects the federal government’s priority and foreshadows passage of a hate speech ban similar to the UK’s Public Order Act 1986. Continue Reading
Even though he never even intended to cross the border, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been held captive in a Mexican prison for the past four months. He is charged with violating that nation’s draconian gun laws, simply because he had guns in his vehicle when he made a wrong turn on a southern California road. Mum on the entire situation, the White House seems content with allowing Tahmooressi to remain captive in Mexico, despite clear evidence of injustice and reports of severe mistreatment. With government unwilling to act, private citizens must step up to free Tahmooressi. Someone with the power to do so should act, as industrialist Ross Perot did 35 years ago in funding and organizing a mission to free two Americans unjustly held captive in Iran at the start of the Iranian Revolution. Continue Reading
Former Minerva Village Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison (“America’s Councilman“) appeared on the July 25 broadcast of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. A segment documenting political candidates who “lose their cool” while campaigning featured Davison among others, including Illinois State Representative Mike Bost, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (“Carlos Danger“), and former Vermont governor Howard Dean. Video of the segment can be viewed in full here. Continue Reading