Larry Wines: When ads are the only on-air mention of a particular corporation engaged in activities that harm the public good, it becomes clear that the financial interests of oligarchs and plutocrats have taken precedent over the news.
Larry Wines: Things get goofy when the first day of the year arrives on a Sunday. We’ll get to why, and work our way to the specific January 1st histories that determine a lot of this year’s January 1st.
Larry Wines: Fact is, nothing is more delightful in Britain than each year’s eagerly anticipated annual short film / holiday “advert” from Sainsbury’s. So there are more of them just ahead.
Larry Wines: The elitist bastards are advertising ridiculously expensive gas-guzzling automobiles whose catalytic converters belch sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and CO2, and they’re celebrating—but that’s not quite it, either.
Larry Wines: “Fake News” is suddenly the most ubiquitously over-invoked, fear-fomenting, vilifying term in every mainstream news cycle.
Larry Wines: The brinksmanship of the Cold War, the deadly errors of the Domino Theory, the sheer arrogance of replacing other country’s governments, the incalculable “collateral damage” of civilian deaths, and far too much more, have evoked and ultimately exploited the blood of December 7th.
Larry Wines: Looking back to that November 22nd of 53 years ago, there is cause to find hope, and even more, a teachable moment, as we consider the terrible consequences of allowing bold dreams to die.
Larry Wines: The chief funders of the Democratic Establishment are oligarchs whose fear of Bernie’s populism caused them to connive to get rid of him, and that success had them believing they would maintain business-as-usual for themselves as puppet-master oligarchs.
Larry Wines: We’re way past kissing babies when you have pneumonia. We’re looking at swinging doors on saloons with tables covered in poker chips and hombres who, at long last, still might not countenance tinhorns.
Larry Wines: There is purpose in noting the value of how you play the game, with integrity and character. Not just in baseball, but in our politics and society, and beyond Chicago.
Larry Wines: Some are “polls” designed as “psy-op” tools to get you to equate something entirely reasonable with only one candidate, to the blow-the-air-raid-sirens exclusion of the other big party’s wholly vilified candidate.
Larry Wines: Now, if you are part of a group of beleagured rebels under constant attack, would you fire a pair of missiles at a ship knowing you were using-up your expensive missiles for no purpose, other than to piss somebody off?
Larry Wines: Republican leaders all sound like the Vichy French police inspector in “Casablanca” when he is handed his winnings just as he “discovers” that “There is gambling going on here?”