- 04/12/2016The Native Americans deserve to protect their lands and not have them overtaken by the oil and gas industry.Sign the petition: Declare Standing Rock a national monument #NoDAPLact.credoaction.com President Obama must declare Standing Rock a national monument to stop the Dakota Access pipeline before Donald Trump takes...
- Producer28/11/2016The end of days? Peace out dude.This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!) We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well...
Comments01/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzieThai Chili peppers will make me tear up and eyes to leak . Not much else. Certainly never a tie dyed college 'radical' that is burning nostalgic for socialism while ignoring the piles of corpses that such ideology always generates. I care not whether the meme is from the 60's nor the contemporary millennials - if you are going to 'embrace' socialism, Marxism, Leninism and the shining path of the communal "WE" - step out of the philosophy department tripe and go read some history. Millions of dead bodies abound under the progressive push to the 'Left'.01/12/2016 #17 Malcolm MacNeilI was just reminded by your comment,"Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off." I experienced the same thing, and was telling my students about this just last Friday.
I was a roommate of a school friend from the U.S. When the 6 day war started he was sure it was going to become a bigger event spread through the middle East. He also believed that in turning 18 the following year he would be drafted into the army to fight. We are still here. So yes I see there will be a calming of the minds eventually and then hopefully some good beneficial progress can be made.30/11/2016 #10 Nicole ChardenetThanks for reminding us, Don, LOL! I sometimes am tempted to ask my mother, "How did you and Dad ever survive the '60s?" Because they were old married farts raising their kids back then but I imagine it must have been a terrifying time...they were in central Florida when the Cuban Missile Crisis went down and no one was entirely certain they were going to live to see the weekend. And then there were the race riots, the civil rights movement, the assassinations...all the things you listed. We got through the '60s, we'll get through this. All of us, no matter where we live. Hell, we all lived through 9/11, didn't we? And didn't that seem like the end of the world back in the day?30/11/2016 #9 Randy Keho#8 You old softy, Don. Just when the world needs its diaper changed, you grab the handy wipes and go to work.
The temper tantrums will eventually subside and we'll make the best of it. That's all we can do. As you've clearly indicated, we've weathered much bigger storms and lived to bitch about it. Peace, brother.29/11/2016 #3 Chas Wyatt@Don Kerr, dude, I can relate; I was there. Just for some juxtaposition and perspective, however, we didn't have Bernie, but, Bobby, and he was gunned down. Nixon opened up trade to China, removed the Gold standard's connection to the dollar and created the Environmental Protection Agency. He also resigned before he would face impeachment hearings. Just for the record, while Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House, they were later acquiited by the Senate.29/11/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Don, for sharing your keen insights and historical perspective. Hopefully, this will cause some folks to calm down a bit (at least here on beBee...you know who you are). It's always helpful to look at the big picture and remember that everything is relative. Keep buzzing!
- 27/11/2016Why Sacred Sites Were Destroyed for the Dakota Access Pipelinewww.ecowatch.com Mentz testified to the DC District Court to report the area that lay in the path of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline corridor holds 82 cultural features and 27 graves. By the next day...
- Producer13/11/2016America. Screwed? Not Screwed? Or Maybe Just A Little Less Screwed Than Everybody Thinks?Like just about everybody else with two brain cells to rub together, I was shocked at the results of the US presidential election. I mean who wouldn’t be? the a president of a powerful country should be. And he is certainly the antithesis of the...
Comments14/11/2016 #19 Phil Friedman#17 Or, Randy, it could come from Trump himself and his rag-tag entourage of radio-show hate mongers. Perhaps, he is an agent of change. But so was Hitler.
I agree that for far too long, Washington has been a club whose members are both Democrats and Republicans, but which excludes the rest of us. I also agree that the issues that face the nation domestically do not break down along party lines, but rather along economic class lines; and the sooner we, the governed, recognize that, the sooner we may begin to move toward social justice.
But let us not delude ourselves into thinking that president-elect Trump is some sort of populist. For he isn't. He is an "outsider" --- but one who plays on the field of the 1%, and will be shown within his first year in office not to see beyond its boundaries. IMHO.14/11/2016 #17 Randy KehoTrump knew what he was doing from day one and he played everyone like a fiddle. Now, he's the leader of the band.
We've been hearing about this so-called "silent majority" for years and years. He spoke to them and they spoke back..
He used the media. He fractured the Republican Party. The democrats imploded, preaching the status quo when the people wanted change.
He received votes from every Tom, Dick, and Harry, outside the major metropolitan areas, garnering enough votes to sneak up and capture the electoral college.
It was almost like stealing candy from a baby.
The people got what they wanted: change.
Now, if the end of the world as we know it is coming, it will be because of political obstructionists, which could come from the republican as well as democratic party.14/11/2016 #15 Phil Friedman@Jim Murray - Jim, I for one am not interested in hearing from all the bull-chips-for-brains vote-your-conscience Sanders supporters and other self-impressed I-ain't-gonna-voters who are now whining about the absolutely disastrous result of this freakin' fiasco.
I am also not interested in hearing from the liberal weenies who for months were patting themselves on the back over all their skewering of Trump in the media. As my wife, for the first time in our 30+ years of marriage, admitted to me, I was right in telling her and others that we anti-Trump people were talking largely to ourselves, and that if we didn't get the vote of every anti-Trump person out on polling day, Clinton was going to lose, that we did not have the luxury of "voting our conscience" this time.
Let's be clear, THERE IS NO CLEAR MANDATE FROM THIS ELECTION. Clinton prevailed in the popular vote by what appears likely to be almost one million votes. Whatever we think of the electoral system, we have no choice except to accept the results of the election and support the fundamental principle of peaceful transition of power, which is one of the core foundational pillars of American democracy. Continued... Pt. II14/11/2016 #14 Phil Friedman@Jim Murray -- Part II
However, we should not forget that for the eight years of the Obama administration, the Republican Party (not all Republicans) pursued a cynical and deliberate policy of across-the-board obstruction, as part of a strategy to hang Obama and the Democrats with a failed economy and all manner of issues that the Republicans anticipated would lead to a Republican sweep in this election.
We should also not forget that it was Trump who openly attacked the essential principle of peaceful transition of power by saying that he might not accept the results of the election if he lost. His reckless action in doing so --- as well as his demonstrated lack of understanding of our legal system outside the areas of business bankruptcy and tax avoidance --- has proven him to be ultimately an enemy of the Republic, who bears close watching.
Let us again be clear here. This is not conjecture. This is not liberal propaganda. These are conclusions drawn from the prima facie evidence of what Trump said publicly, and what was recorded before his handlers did their walking-backward dances and reels. I have no cheers to send to anyone on this.14/11/2016 #13 Brian McKenzie"NEWS" has been produced lies and fodder for the bread and circus crowd for 50 years, most certainly since Vietnam. Americans, at least the ones I talk to, are beyond sick of Political Correctness - its' pandering double speak and milquetoast memes. I would say America is less screwed, only because the liberal / progressive fist that was impaled up our backside has retreated - it does not however mean the fisting is done nor finished. One the bright side maybe America will figure out where they can relieve their bodily functions without causing lawsuits and SJW tantrums. (*Those special snowflakes need to go find a sofa fort with cocoa and shut the hell up)14/11/2016 #12 Erroll -EL- WarnerTrump will try running the US of A like he ran his failed businesses. He plan to get rid of all trading organizations such as NAFTA and the TPP Asian pack. He got great support from trade unions. Unions are angry because they are losing members. In order to bring back jobs there must be skilled workers. In the US there aren't any apprenticeship/trade/vocational/skill training program in place like many European countries. The US corporate taxes are 38% compare to TPP countries of 22%. He plan to reduce H-1B visa for skill workers when the high school drop out stands at 28%. Trump will not be able to deliver. He plan to press China on trade when China hold almost $10 trillion worth of US bonds. The first to go by summer is the just recovering housing market. If the housing bubble burst it will take 10 years for it to recover, remember 2003 and 2007 financial mess.14/11/2016 #11 Pamela L. WilliamsBest Rant in the world Jim! Good for him! The U.S. is the freakin laughing stock of the world, and I can't blame anyone for laughing. I hope you're right, that the coron...I mean inauguration never occurs. I'm with Chas, we will be walking through oil sludgel in what is left of our pristine natural resources and sniffing methane until we all have brain tumors. But be careful Jim, you don't want a wall raised! LOL! Kiss our national parks goodbye as mining and oil wells pop up everywhere that Bush and Cheney didn't already turn into an environmental nightmare. Who knows, water from the tab catching fire might be the next great thing. Who needs wood to burn in your fireplace, just put a bowl of methane infused water in there and Wa La: heat.13/11/2016 #4 David B. GrinbergThanks for another good Sunday morning read, Jim. A few thoughts:
1) Trump is the polar opposite of Obama, as Obama was to George W. Bush, and as Bush was to Bill Clinton, etc. There's actually a long pattern here of radical swings in the political pendulum of presidential politics.
2) What's most shocking to me is not that Trump won -- although that is shocking indeed -- but that the Hillary likely would have won if the only the Dems simply turned out to vote in same numbers as 2008 and 2012 for Obama. Moreover, I wonder how many of the anti-Trump protestors in our streets each night actually voted at all? I'll bet a lot of them did not -- which is simply hypocritical in-and-of itself.
3) As Bill Maher repeatedly said on his show "Real Time" this weekend: "We're still here." The world didn't end and won't end because of Trump (I hope and pray). Frankly it's more likely from a pure statistical perspective that more Americans will die from a natural disaster than from anything Trump does as President -- but who knows? And, knowing your sly sense of humor, please don't call Trump a "natural disaster" -- as I know you're tempted to -- because there's certainly nothing "natural" about that hair for goodness sakes! (lol)
4) Lastly, as I've noted Trump detractors can take some solace that the Senate Dems can still use the filibuster, a blunt legislative tool, to stop any Republican bills from passing the Senate or halt any nominees to the Supreme Court. While the GOP has a majority of Congress, they do NOT have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If they did, than it would be even more problematic from the Dems perspective.
- Producer13/11/2016So What NOW? America’s Struggle to Remain the Leader of the Free WorldYou don’t have to be an American citizen to feel battered and bruised following the November 8th presidential election. We Canadians, all 36 million, were sucked along for the roller coaster ride over the past two years, from the nutty Republican...
- 12/11/2016Sign the petition: Repeal the giveaway of a holy Native American site to a foreign mining companyact.credoaction.com I just took action urging Congress to repeal a massive giveaway of a sacred Native American holy site in Arizona to a foreign multinational mining company. I think you should,...
- Producer10/11/2016Thoughts on the presidential campaign in the USGood day, friends! The new president of the United States was chosen. Congratulations Mr. Donald Trump! I've been following the campaign but never commented. And now I want to say a few words.Listening to primaries was not very positive. But it's a...
Comments10/11/2016 #19 Andrew GoldmanThank you for a great comment, @David B. Grinberg! Yes, all that takes place. Luckily USA now has a new leader and I hope for the bright future for the whole world. Not only US. The world is watching. I can only say, that back in the days I dreamed of working for a leader like Donald Trump in one of his businesses. Now just living in the states will mean the same) #1610/11/2016 #16 David B. GrinbergWell stated, Andrew. As I previously have noted, I did not vote for President-elect Trump or Secretary Clinton. However, I would urge all of Mr. Trump's detractors to now listen to, and carefully consider, their own words during the campaign. That is: "Love trumps hate." There can't be a double standard based on political convenience. Part of the fabric of American democracy means citizens unite as one America even after contentious elections. At an absolute minimum, folks should give the new President-elect the "benefit of the doubt" and keep an "open mind" (Hillary's words), unless or until he proves otherwise once in office.
Moreover, any U.S. President who can mend USA-Russia relations should be applauded rather than castigated. To those who criticize Mr. Trump because of praise by President Putin, I say this: would you rather maintain a Cold War mentality or work together toward common goals and global interests? And finally, to those Hillary supports, please remember that it was HER "reset button" for US-Russian relations that blew up in her face as Secretary of State. How embarrassing that she could not even use the correct Russian language for "reset" on the button/prop she presented to the Russian Foreign Minister at a public event -- for which he subsequently embarrassed her and the USA by pointing out this pathetic mistake -- which speaks volumes in and of itself.10/11/2016 #12 Cepee Tabibian@Andrew Goldman, thank you for this! It was not the outcome I had hoped for but he won, and I accept that. Now let's move on, look forward, and wish him the best....and for those Americans who'd rather have another president, let's stop complaining, try to understand the pain points and reasoning of those who feel he was the better choice, and start getting involved at the local and state level, 2020 isn't far away.
- Producer10/11/2016How to Survive a Trump Presidency** Disclaimer: This isn't a pro-Trump nor an anti-Trump article or political statement. It's simply meant for entertainment purposes and as an attempt to instill hope into a nation of scared people. Please read from a place of compassion for others...
Comments10/11/2016 #10 Rose SpotDon(t be afraid world (smile) nothing is going to happen so dramatically because Trump is going to put water in his vine...Above all he is not alone and knows very well that from now he will have to think not for him but for millions of americans...Why not give a chance to a businessman, we had lawyers...No matter let's just hope that the good of the plan prevail the not so good ideas...10/11/2016 #9 Ashley Marie Taylor#8 That's what I figured you meant about Canadians, just had to make it clear for other potential readers.
And yes, life is expensive. But it's a fact of reality and it's up to us to figure out how we'll support our families. I'm grateful that we're able to have a say in our futures and the lives we lead.10/11/2016 #7 Ashley Marie Taylor#4 Great Churchill quote! I wouldn't lump Canadians in he same sentence with racists and bigots. Our friends in the north are awesome! I go up every summer and each time come back with more and more friends and business contacts. Theyre reputation for being one of the nicest nations is very well deserved!10/11/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergVery nicely stated, Ashley. I echo your words of wisdom: "For the panickers out there: relax. You will survive a Trump presidency. While it’s a guarantee that you won’t agree with everything he says or attempts to enact, the world will not end."
Moreover, (as a long-time Independent) while I am neither pro-Trump nor anti-Trump, I do think he deserves the "benefit of the doubt" unless or until he proves otherwise once actually in office.
It's important that folks realize campaign promises are "made to be broken." Further. the GOP does NOT have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. This means Senate Dems can block whatever is passed by the GOP House of Reps. Lastly, let's recall the only constant in life is CHANGE. That's how both Obama and Trump both won the presidency, by being the opposite of their predecessors.
- 09/11/2016This morning I awoke to a nightmare because what I feared the most has occurred. The people have spoken and their message is a nation built on anger, prejudice, hate, and greed. Our "land of opportunity' has become that and only that as Humanity and our Planet took a backseat to Wall Street and money. You got your reality star; may you live well in the reality you've created and I can only hope our nation survives the damage that ensues. The country I love, the values upon which it was built disappeared into history last night.
Comments09/11/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams#5Getting it and actually caring is different. My prediction is he will destroy what is left of the middle class and there will be the Trump 'thems' and everybody else. We will become an oligarchy dictatorship. All those 'left out' will have many others to join them. The real 'haves' just got a free ticket to paradise. There is a reason he got out of paying his fair share of taxes. This country doesn't run for free so who else will pick up the tab?09/11/2016 #5 Richard Buse@Pamela L. Williams There was a lot of anger and fear, a lot of people who felt they’d been left behind by the economic recovery, a lot of people who felt they were being ignored by the major political parties. Donald Trump got that. I think folks like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren got it, too, but they weren’t on the November ballot. Donald Trump strikes me as being a scary figure, but he somehow became a champion for those who felt the system wasn’t working for them. I have no idea what happens next.09/11/2016 #2 Harvey LloydI woke this morning in a country where voting changed our government, not guns. I also woke to the same divisions that have been propagated by the media. America is not a republic divided by race, creed or color but rather a nation who wants/needs to progress and grow.
Our country has been kidnapped by media and the politicians, as a citizens lets not be in a nightmare but reclaim what belongs to the people. Regardless of who is President.
- 09/11/2016FYI - in case you missed it...President Obama Speaks on the Results of the Election: "We Are Americans First"www.whitehouse.gov President Obama speaks on the results of last night's election and the next steps can take as a country to come...
Comments09/11/2016 #3 Jim CodyThe reason Trump won is because people voting ag the status quo of Obama and those in D.C. are spending our hard earned tax money on Welfare and supporting a bunch of dead beats. Hillary lost because she would have carried on with Obama's spending and his hate for the middle class.09/11/2016 #1 David B. GrinbergPresident Obama stated today: "We have to remember that we're actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we're not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country."
cc @Jim Murray View morePresident Obama stated today: "We have to remember that we're actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we're not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country."
cc @Jim Murray @Ben Pinto @Albert Gibel Close
- 08/11/2016When the election results are coming in tonight, I will be in my own world. Literally, inside a bubble, playing tennis, and then drinking beer with my buddies in the clubhouse. I can't think of a better way to spend the evening.
- Producer22/10/2016Hillary Walks Out on Press Conference When Asked about Undercover Fraud (Videos)The Voice of Reason Writes:For anyone who has heard about, but not yet had a chance to learn the details about the undercover operation produced by James O’Keeffe’s Project Veritas about the inner workings of the Democrat Party, you’re in luck....
Comments22/10/2016 #4 John Vaughan#3 Love your stats @Albert Gibel - They're always creative, tho rarely justified by any credible fact checking.
I strongly support Bernie's suit against DNC, as I support the numerous lawsuits against GOP for attempting to implement voter repression across the US.
I'm also delighted to admit that Bernie's candidacy successfully moved Hillary's policies to the populist progressive left, just as Trump's candidacy has pretty well turned the GOP into a hot mess.
Your imaginative pseudo stats (source: Breitbart ... or Info Wars?) don't reflect what I've run into out in the field, or - as we like to say - 'reality'.
Life here in the cave is tolerable. We've got access to credible information and research tools. You should try it.
Cheers22/10/2016 #2 John Vaughan#1 "Just ask Bernie Sanders..." sez @Albert Gibel
As an avid and strong Bernie supporter, I've wanted to ask him a number of questions .... But he's kinda busy right now campaigning vigorously - and sincerely (unlike ANY of Donald's primary opponents) - for Hillary.
Maybe after the election, tho.
- Producer17/10/2016The House Always Wins, Even in Presidential ElectionsThe emergence of independent and libertarian options in the race to the White House has led to confusion and skepticism. However, these options may be the solution that many voters are looking for. In order to gain the Presidency of the United...
- 02/10/2016READY FOR A LAUGH?
It's time to put the 2016 US Presidential Campaign in perspective!
Does the Thurston Howell III character from the old Gilligan's Island TV show remind you of anyone in the current political circus?
If the link below does not work (ME TV should have the broadcast rights)
... it's also available (I don't know how legitimately) via YouTube at
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kU13v33ZuRYThurston Howell III for Presidentwww.metvnetwork.net America needs Thurston Howell III. Watch this great man and future leader of our country on 'Gilligan's Island,' Sundays at 2 PM | 1...
- Producer28/09/2016Many Mentors on My Road to the White House - Part 1Miguel de Cervantes, the 16th century Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, once said: “Believe there are no limits...” That's exactly the type of positive mindset one needs to achieve big goals in life which may at first appear insurmountable....
Comments01/10/2016 #28 David B. Grinberg#25 @Brian McKenzie, funny you should mention that because -- while I can't speak for "graft" -- there was, in fact, a hidden connection within this high-profile Congressional office that helped me get the gig. I did not know him, so it was one of those intangible factors (luck and timing). Read more about it the next post...30/09/2016 #27 David B. GrinbergJust a note of thanks for all of your valuable feedback and thoughtful comments, which are always most appreciated. Part 2 is on the way for those interested. @Gerald Hecht @Brian McKenzie @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @debasish majumder @Flávio Rodrigues Vieira @Larry Boyer @Donna-Luisa Eversley @Juan Imaz @Milos Djukic @Ben Pinto @Lisa Gallagher @Deb Helfrich @Mamen Delgado @Gert Scholtz29/09/2016 #18 Donna-Luisa Eversley@David B. Grinberg a leap of faith is a courageous thing, and proves your desire and willingness to go out to achieve your goals. Looking back is good when these memories are there as a reminder of what can be done. Your story is very
Inspiring😊Thank you for sharing29/09/2016 #15 David B. Grinberg#10 Thanks so much for commenting, Ben, you're too funny. While I can't definitely answer the question of whether Hillary has the stamina to the President, I can say that I most certainly don't -- nor would I ever want that position. For one thing, I lack key prerequisites such as having a pretty face, good hair and being telegenic. I got my share of national politics early in life and that was more than enough for me. That's why I became a registered Independent shortly after leaving the WH (and have been so ever since then). But, fear not, YOU have my vote and I'll even be your campaign press secretary. Now, how can you turn that down, Ben?29/09/2016 #14 David B. Grinberg#8 Thank you, as always, @Lisa Gallagher. No, you're not off the mark about Paul Begala, In fact, you're spot on! I have a separate section about my interaction with him as a mentor in a forthcoming post in this series. I'm glad you enjoyed my telling tales about those "glory days" of yesteryear. More to come...29/09/2016 #13 David B. Grinberg#7 Thanks for reading and commenting, @Deb Helfrich. Not only was there no assurance of success, but even my parents tried convincing me to seek more gainful and stable employment. Campaigns don't pay well to begin with. Thus, with all the time and effort one puts into it, you can still end up with nothing if the candidate loses. In fact, I still recall eating cans of tuna fish when I began working as a volunteer on the Clintin-Gore 1992 campaign. I'm glad I can at least afford salmon now!
- 29/07/2016Everyone is so intensely interesting in the forthcoming US election - this article analyzes why the polls have been so hideously wrong about the winners and losers of the primaries and, the rise of Donald Trump. Even Nate Silver at 538 has been getting it wrong in the past year. Thing is, we don't know what Civis knows so it's hard to tell who's really ahead - but this article explains why you should put little trust in the polls this year, and what you can watch for to get more of an inside scoop on who's really ahead.The Polls Are All Wrong. A Startup Called Civis Is Our Best Hope to Fix Themwww.wired.com Civis Analytics knows how you shop, what your Twitter handle is, and how you'll vote. It's the data-fueled, omniscient future of political...