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Trump Continues his Anti-Immigrant PoliticsJune 14, 2019, 5:16 pm 3 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Trump Continues his Anti-Immigrant Politics.

At the eleventh hour, Trump suspended the tariffs saying that Mexico had agreed to new and broader concessions to curb migration, which included deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border, and an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed. In the announcement of the tariff suspension, Trump failed to disclose that Mexico had already agreed to these “new and broader” concessions last December.


Bank of America Pulls Out of Private PrisonsJune 29, 2019, 1:05 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Bank of America Pulls Out of Private Prisons.

Bank of America, the second-biggest U.S. bank, just announced they will stop financing private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Grassroots activists are lauding these actions as the success they've been working years to achieve. "This announcement is a huge victory in the fight towards ending mass incarceration and detention of Black and brown people across the United States," said the Daily KOS.


Confessions of a Marine Corps Mutineer  March 28, 2011, 5:00 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Confessions of a Marine Corps Mutineer .

I became a bit of an expert on the military legal system during my time as a U.S. Marine. I don't know if it was half me and half the Marine Corps, or just how it all came to be the mess that it was; but I do feel that I became a qualified expert of sorts at being a Marine troublemaker.


Food for ThoughtDecember 31, 2013, 10:51 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Food for Thought.

There's nothing quite like the use of metaphors in English to confuse, awaken and stimulate thought. Take the title of this article for instance. Is it about food? Or about thought? For those adventurous enough to type "Food for thought" into the Google search engine, you'll find it's used for both--and more. One food-for-thought website provides a home for one-act plays. Another is a website that offers articles and a newsletter about Islam.


Forensic Scriptures: Manifesto 13June 27, 2019, 1:30 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Forensic Scriptures: Manifesto 13.

"If all of Ace Knight’s research and the conclusions he draws from it prove to be valid, then the traditional view of John the Baptist/Yahya, both scholarly and conventional, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, will be subjected to a tidal wave of revision and reconsideration. "This will also affect most extant translations of the Quran into English, with the exception of The Sublime Quran by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar which incorporates all of his results that relate to Quranic verses," wrote journalist Tim King.


Is Trump Above the Law?June 28, 2019, 2:58 pm 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Is Trump Above the Law?.

Although the Supreme Court in Clinton v. Jones ruled a sitting president is not above the law, I'm not so sure this is true in fact in the case of President Donald Trump. Normally the U.S. Constitution’s checks and balances would rein in a rogue president like Trump. But presently we have a U.S. Senate controlled by Trump-enabling Republicans and a Supreme Court packed by a Republican-controlled Senate.


List of Ships with Agent Orange Exposure ConfirmedFebruary 20, 2010, 11:11 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
List of Ships with Agent Orange Exposure Confirmed.

The VA this week outlined which ships are now considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange during Viet Nam. A number of offshore “blue water” naval vessels conducted operations on the inland “brown water” rivers and delta areas of Vietnam.


MCAS El Toro: Modern Day Marine Ghost TownApril 17, 2012, 8:56 am 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
MCAS El Toro: Modern Day Marine Ghost Town.

There was a time, a long time in fact, when the best possible stateside duty a Marine could hope for was Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Orange County.


Netanyahu Wins, Palestinians LoseApril 28, 2019, 12:58 pm 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Netanyahu Wins, Palestinians Lose.

Despite three pending corruption charges, Benjamin Netanyahu won a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister. During the campaign, he said he would annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank — land captured in 1967. This would firm up Israel's hold on them and will probably preclude any Palestinian state. Presently, there are more than 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and severely blockades 2 million more in Gaza.


Oregon Passes Most Comprehensive Plastic Bag Ban in the CountryJune 18, 2019, 4:04 pm 1 comments in the last 30 days. comments
Oregon Passes Most Comprehensive Plastic Bag Ban in the Country.

On June 11th, the Oregon Senate passed the most comprehensive plastic bag ban in the U.S. Starting on January 1, 2020, single-use plastic bags will be eliminated from local retail stores and restaurants, preventing billions of non-biodegradable plastic bags from entering landfills, waterways and the environment. As the first state in the nation to successfully include restaurants in the legislation, Oregon is leading the way in reducing plastic pollution for the future.


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