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Song of the Watermelon: The Travesty of the Electoral College

Of the myriad outrages that define last week’s United States presidential election — namely, the elevation of scandal over policy, of demagoguery over competence, of unabashed sexism and racism and conspiratorial paranoia over reasoned debate — perhaps the most egregious is the fact that the winner of the popular vote will not be the . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Travesty of the Electoral College

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Writings of J. Todd Ring: CNN lies, distorts, while its own polls tell the truth: Bernie won the debate

CNN’s own polls show Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential debate last night, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, hands down. When CNN polled, and asked “Who won the debate?” 83% of people said Bernie Sanders. 83%. Yet, CNN headlines are splashing the big, bold message, Hillary wins debate by landslide. Can the media be any more . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: CNN lies, distorts, while its own polls tell the truth: Bernie won the debate

The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

Today President Obama said America’s invasion of Iraq is nothing compared to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Coffin makers agree.

In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a stable country, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the US invasion was illegal and it was soon determined that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

Today President Obama said America’s invasion of Iraq is nothing compared to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Coffin makers agree.In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a stable country, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The UN Se… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address: VIDEO

Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office on Monday for his second term as President of the Unites States. Throughout his historic Inaugural Address, Obama repudiated the right-wing agenda. He urged Americans to cooperate on immigration reform, poverty, climate change, gay rights, economic inequality & other progressive issues. To emphasize this call collective action, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address: VIDEO

Song of the Watermelon: On Polarization in America

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Every four years, the American airwaves are saturated with pundits claiming that the upcoming Presidential election is the most important in the nation’s history. Partisans — both official and unofficial — paint dire pictures of apocalyptic disaster should the wrong candidate be voted in. Ever-escalating stakes seem an indelible feature . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On Polarization in America

The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.

As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Song of the Watermelon: The Three Obamas

One of the most fascinating things about the race for the Presidency currently underway down south is the dearth of enthusiasm shown Obama and Romney by their respective supporters. Nobody is excited about their guy; rather, what motivates them is how horrible the other guy is.

Perhaps I am deceived by the political amnesia . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Three Obamas

The Scott Ross: Rights And Religion Make Us All Fundamentalists

“How dare Islamic fundamentalists kill to protect their religion from such a small and meaningless movie. And though I oppose the hate-filled and misguided film, I would die fighting to protect the studio’s right to release it.” – The irony of fundamentalism.

The recent violence in the Middle East over the release of an . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Rights And Religion Make Us All Fundamentalists

Art Threat: Representing Eisenhower – The ongoing dialogue around the design of the Eisenhower Memorial

I caught wind of a different kind of political art and politics of art this past weekend while reading the latest issue of Vanity Fair. As anyone who’s done any kind of planning in teams can imagine, building a monument can be a mighty task. As it turns out, the recent efforts to . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Representing Eisenhower – The ongoing dialogue around the design of the Eisenhower Memorial

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

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Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2.

Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

The Scott Ross: Russia & Quebec, Don’t Protest The Similarities

Vladimir Putin recently issued new fines for unsanctioned protests, $9,000 for protesters and $30,000 for protest organizers.

Meanwhile a few months ago in Canada, Quebec Premier Jean Charest issued new fines for unsanctioned student protests, $5,000 for student protesters and $35,000 for student protest organizers.

For anyone who thinks these two instances are similar they . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Russia & Quebec, Don’t Protest The Similarities

The Scott Ross: The Road We’ve Traveled

The Road We’ve Traveled, isn’t just a new video released by the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama, it’s a display of historic influence.

The United States may have the largest army in the world, it may have the most nuclear weapons, but soldiers and bombs don’t win over hearts and minds. In the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Road We’ve Traveled

The Scott Ross: Iran’s 2nd Amendment Right To Nuclear Weapons

If countries are like people and people, regardless of intelligence, have the right to bear arms, even though they can and have killed others, why can’t every country bear nuclear weapons? Either every individual actor, be they person or country, has the right to bear arms or they don’t.

Guns are of course . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Iran’s 2nd Amendment Right To Nuclear Weapons

The Scott Ross: Change Doesn’t Exist Only Once

It began on rhetoric but ended on substance; this video is like Obama’s campaign, because Americans can choose to continue it, to not just look back at what they have done but to look forward at what they will do.

This year Americans can continue to make history, not end it; Americans can . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Change Doesn’t Exist Only Once

The Scott Ross: Liberal President Priorities

On Saturday a respectable 1744 Liberal members voted on the most important change to the Liberal Party in years, perhaps ever, opening up the party to non-members and completely revolutionizing how Canadian political parties operate. Today Sunday more than 2500 will have cast a ballot for party president, an office that has less significance in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal President Priorities

The Scott Ross: Sheila Copps Wants Another Ignatieff

The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

In 2006 Howard Dean spoke at the Liberal Leadership convention. In 2008 many Liberal organizers went to the United States and worked for the Democrats. In that same year many Liberals attempted to draw similarities between Liberal Leadership candidate and longtime American resident Michael Ignatieff with Barack Obama. In 2009 Liberals began using the same . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

The Scott Ross: Why Canadians Want The Worst Politics Of America

Canadians would support our own political institutions if we didn’t idealize worse ones.

The last few years have offered an incredible contrast in politics between what interests Canadians and what is best for Canadians. In looking at what has attracted support recently it is undeniably clear that pervasive American values have underpinned changing attitudes in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Canadians Want The Worst Politics Of America

Trashy's World: Matt Damon for the U.S. Prez?

WTF? Why not? Some Americans think that this might be a way to go… Mr. Damon has not expressed a desire to run for office, but he has become known for his political activism. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he endorsed Barack Obama and called Sarah Palin’s story “a bad Disney movie.” Recently, the actor […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Matt Damon for the U.S. Prez?

World Headlines Review: Revolution in Tunisia?

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The President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, has been driven from office. Following up on a previous article here at World Headlines Review about civil unrest in Tunisia, demonstrations only intensified in the face of the lethal force applied by police and military in attempts to quell . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Revolution in Tunisia?