Comments for LA Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com Smart Content for Smart People Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:38:02 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Comment on Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down the Iron Curtain on Yankeedom by Bill Sims https://www.laprogressive.com/big-brother-facebook/#comment-1305282 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:38:02 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317082#comment-1305282 The Democratic Party is not anti-Russian, but most of us are opposed to foreign meddling in our elections and opposed to Putin’s expansionist efforts to destabilize western democracies and encourage right wing movements.

Anybody that thinks the present day Republican Party is better for America than Democrats is a fascist idiot.

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Comment on Unlike Obama, Trump Has No Moral Compass by Bill Sims https://www.laprogressive.com/trump-has-no-moral-compass/#comment-1305281 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:25:36 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=316985#comment-1305281 So true.

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Comment on Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down the Iron Curtain on Yankeedom by Clara https://www.laprogressive.com/big-brother-facebook/#comment-1305278 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:44:39 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317082#comment-1305278 As a born and bred, West Coast liberal, I’ve read and admired the famous, “tough but fair” expectation of Yankee culture.
I had read of some towns using their own expanded definition of “citizen” to allow locals to vote, no matter what their documented status..

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Comment on When 21st Century FOX Owns National Geographic by Bill Eisen https://www.laprogressive.com/fox-owns-national-geographic/#comment-1305274 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:53:48 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317137#comment-1305274 So what did Murdoch do after taking over the National Geographic? Lay off its award winning journalists of course! https://boingboing.net/2015/11/05/shortly-after-rupert-murdoch-b.html So now that National Geographic has been acquired by Disney will those laid off journalists be rehired? I haven’t seen any sign of it. The trend seems to be control of most of the media by just a few huge corporations which are guided by profits – nothing else. Nonprofits are becoming a thing of the past.

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Comment on Three Questions for Jeff Sessions by Luis Lozano https://www.laprogressive.com/three-questions-for-jeff-sessions/#comment-1305273 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:52:19 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317128#comment-1305273 I find it objectionable that Sessions would use the Bible to justify any action taken by our government. This would be objectionable if he were using a Islam, Buddhism or any religion or belief to justify his actions. I find it objectionable not because I’m particularly religious but because our laws are not based on any religious belief no matter what we might think. It is also objectionable because we have a clear line between government and religion in the US. We don’t have a state religion or a religious branch in our government. Sessions could very well have inadvertently created a constitutional crisis by invoking the bible as legal justification for trump’s policies.

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Comment on Combat Vet: No Emmy for Burns/Novick Vietnam Doc by albert https://www.laprogressive.com/no-vietnam-emmy/#comment-1305272 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:41:56 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317109#comment-1305272 Well said!

(BTW, I read it in Counterpunch)

“Auteur” is an accurate depiction. It was applied to Woody Allen. Unlike Allen, everything Burns does turns to s__t, because he doesn’t know anything about anything. I realized this when watching “Jazz” (AKA Marsalis concept of jazz history), hardly objective in any sense.

“Douchebag” would be more appropriate.

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Comment on Three Questions for Jeff Sessions by dusty https://www.laprogressive.com/three-questions-for-jeff-sessions/#comment-1305270 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:36:46 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317128#comment-1305270 Martin Luther King, Jr spoke against the War in Vietnam and organized against it as part of the on going struggle for human and civil rights. Many of the protestors were not parents of draft age children but were young, middle aged and old people of all colors horrified by the atrocities being committed by US troops. The movement at that time fought for both civil/human rights and against the war and the racialist policies of the US and the States.

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Comment on 100 Years Ago, Eugene Debs Gave An Anti-War Speech That Landed Him in Prison by Tom Hall https://www.laprogressive.com/eugene-debs-anti-war-speech/#comment-1305261 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:32:50 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317132#comment-1305261 Thank you! Without knowing our history, we fail to pick up on what worked and what didn’t work in the past.

1,200 hundred elected socialists in 340 cities! So what did they do? What did they squabble about between themselves? What might have been accomplished with different tactics once in office?

History is a great teacher, but we have to want to learn. Our need today is no less that when Debs was working.

And, as the end of this article reminds us, we CAN NOT buy into the claims that socialism or workers’ rights movement have historically been failures. The ground that Debs furrowed gave birth to a large crop of social improvements. And helped prepare the field for later racial Civil Rights improvements.

Knowing that history should give strength to those trying to move us forward. As always, the teachers, who earn too low wages, are giving among the best values.

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Comment on Three Questions for Jeff Sessions by Bob Snodgrass https://www.laprogressive.com/three-questions-for-jeff-sessions/#comment-1305260 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:29:59 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317128#comment-1305260 Outrage is not enough. Arguing about the Bible is definitely not enough. In the 1960s, most Americans were revolted by TV images of Alabama police using water cannons, police dogs etc. against peaceful mostly black protesters. However, leftist whites mostly moved on to outrage against the Vietnam War (how dare they send me or my child die in Southeast Asia) and the cultural revolution centered on the Haight-Ashbury. Racial issues and the huge historical gulf between white Europeans and African Americans were ignored.
Many Americans today, including quite a few Republicans are revolted by images and reports of children separated from their parents and subjected to severe emotional stress that may have lasting effects. They know that gratuitous cruelty is just wrong. Trump and sessions don’t understand what’s wrong with authoritarian cruelty.
However that’s not enough, there must be sustained protest against the system of fear and inequality. Human rights must come first but must fit into a system of governance. Our country must do something more about immigration than pray for the children.

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Comment on 100 Years Ago, Eugene Debs Gave An Anti-War Speech That Landed Him in Prison by Jim https://www.laprogressive.com/eugene-debs-anti-war-speech/#comment-1305259 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:26:59 +0000 https://www.laprogressive.com/?p=317132#comment-1305259 A great and educational story.

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