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Reining in Obama and his drones

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Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his coursework. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule of law.

Let’s focus here on his major expansion of drone warfare in defiance of international law, statutory law and the Constitution. Obama’s drones roam over multiple nations of Asia and Africa and target suspects, both known and unknown, whom the president, in his unbridled discretion, wants to evaporate for the cause of national security.

Israel-Palestine: What is the U.S. national interest?

Israeli elections are coming up in January so it is Palestinian hunting season again. Israeli cynics call it a time “for mowing the grass.”

Out comes the well-worn playbook by Israel’s militaristic government that has worked to silence Israeli politicians and citizens who want a two-state solution. This is an opportunity to use and test advanced weaponry from the United States, compliments of U.S. taxpayers, and squelch ongoing peace efforts, small and large, by Palestinians, Israelis and international peace advocates.

Don’t cut benefits: Cut gouging and inequities

Congress is still talking about a “grand bargain” that “balances” far more spending cuts than tax increases. That is another way of saying you — the consumer of Medicare and Medicaid services, the recipient of Social Security, and the average taxpayer — will take the brunt of the spending cuts, while the wealthy get their income taxes restored, not raised, to their pre-Bush modest levels. Don’t buy it!

Making an easy race too close

One day before Election Day 2012 and the incredible had come true. President Obama was neck and neck with Mitt Romney when, even with his disappointing record, Obama should have been landsliding Romney and his Party of Big Business.

For all his billions-plus campaign dollars, President Obama missed out on repeatedly emphasizing the most obvious flaws of the Romney/Ryan campaign for a complete takedown.

Capitol Hill’s rabid, ravaging Republicans

Has there ever been a more crazed, cruel, anti-people, corporate-indentured, militaristic and monetized Republican Party in its 154-year history? An about-to-be-released list of some of the actual brutish votes by the House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor, will soon be available to you from the House Democratic Caucus.

Lest you think this is just partisan propaganda, these are real, recorded votes in the House of Representatives.

Surely you jest!

There’s an old saying “in humor there is truth.” Until the 18th century, British monarchs, surrounded by sycophantic entourages, retained court jesters to tell them the truth in the garb of satire and motley costumes with donkey ears, red-flannel coxcomb and bells.

Of course, the jester also played the fool, made famous in Shakespeare’s plays, laughing and joking with his mock scepter. jesters often played music, clowned around, spoke in riddles and generally reduced the tensions and pomposity of the Royal Court.

Remembering Dr. Barry Commoner

Dr. Barry Commoner, equipped with a Harvard Ph.D. in cellular biology, used his knowledge of biology, ecosystems, nuclear radiation, public communication, networking scientists, political campaigning and community organizing to become the greatest environmentalist in the 20th century. He died on Sept. 30 at the age of 95, deeply involved in challenging conventional dogmas in the field of the genetic engineering.

Mr. President: Please send this letter

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Here is an open letter that Barack Obama should write to Mitt Romney – pronto!

Dear Mr. Romney:

Not a day goes by without you blaming me for every slumping or stagnant economic indicator. Unemployment, increases in the number of food stamp recipients, government borrowing, and spending, home foreclosures, economic uncertainty for businesses, trade deficits — you name it. Only for droughts and hurricanes have you absolved me from responsibility.

Romney ignores corporate welfare

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There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney said his job “is not to worry about those people.”

Two conventions: profiles in decadent cowardliness

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The Republican and Democratic conventions are mercifully over but their corrosive impacts on our democracy persist.

First, did you know taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?