Joeseph Palermo: By exploring the lives and times of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor, Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.
Joseph Palermo: The neo-cons appear prescient proving that if you scream for war long enough you have a good chance of getting war.
Joseph Palermo: When the US Senate votes 100 to 0 to support whatever the IDF does in Gaza our political “leaders” might not realize it but they’re undermining the ideological architecture that has allowed them to drive this country into every other war.
Joseph Palermo: Those who believe that Palestinians’ allegiances can be pushed away from Hamas and Islamic Jihad and toward Fatah and “moderation” through brutal military force might want to rethink their assumptions.
Joe Palermo: The neo-cons brought the country the Iraq war and we should remember that fact, particularly since it appears that these dead-enders have burrowed themselves so deeply into the foreign policy establishment their bullshit views are still widely ventilated.
Joe Palermo: If the Talibs who held Bergdahl for the past five years had cut off his head and put the video of it on the Internet would Chris Wallace of Fox News be asking on his show whether or not the young Army soldier deserved the death penalty?
Joseph Palermo: We don’t need FCC rule changes that benefit giant corporations. We need an FCC that lives up to its original mission of protecting the public interest.
Joe Palermo: Bundy and Sterling have exposed attitudes about race that most people would prefer remain subterranean. Yet codes and dog whistles have become part of the normal functioning of our politics and are the methods of choice for those who want to drop race into the conversation for political gain without doing so overtly.
CIA Oversight: The oversight institutions charged with protecting the public from CIA abuses have been rendered dysfunctional .
Hating the Poor: Adding insult to injury we’re forced to endure the incessant whining and moaning of billionaires.
President Chris Christie — The George Washington Bridge scandal is just a smaller version of the Washington GOP’s government shutdown.
What Reform Means — “Reform” used to mean government actions designed to give working people a leg up or expand democratic participation.
Iraq Invasion –The Establishment press has become comfortable with conceding the Iraq war was a spectacular waste of lives and money.