By Henry McRandall
In what could be a last-bid desperate plea to save himself and his website from undeserved total destruction, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange pleaded this morning — from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England — for United States President Barack Obama to “do the right thing” and end the witchhunt against a journalistic website the entire world urgently needs.
Assange remains holed up in the embassy, even though Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has granted him political asylum, because right-wing Conservative U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will not allow him safe passage out of the country.
Cameron insists he is bound by European Union law to extradite Assange to Sweden for “questioning” in an alleged sexual assault — i.e., having consensual sex with two Swedish women without wearing a condom. Assange maintains that he is innocent and that the Swedish government is intent on quickly turning him over to the U.S. for trial on an assortment of specious charges — including “treason” — not one of which has even been filed yet — simply for having the audacity to reveal to American citizens and the world massive criminal wrongdoing by the U.S. government and its military.
First of all, since Assange is not a U.S. citizen and has never lived in the U.S., he cannot possibly be guilty of “treason” against the U.S. Secondly, neither the U.S. nor any other country has yet to provide an iota of evidence that Assange or WikiLeaks has committed any crime, anywhere, or that his publication of leaked documents has put a single life anywhere in any kind of danger.
Moreover, American citizens — like the citizens of any other country — have an absolute right to know everything their government is up to, particularly when their government is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Continue reading “Why the WikiLeaks witchhunt must end”
By Henry McRandall
There is but one sure-fire fix for the U.S. — and indeed, the world’s — current economic woes and it is certainly not the toxic brew being proposed by Mitt the Moron Romney and Paul the Parasite Ryan. Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at just how good things have gotten for the Top One Percent and how bad they have gotten for the Other 99 Percent — and how and why:
Over the past 31 years — since the advent of Reaganomics — Neoliberalism/Neoconservatism — “supply-side” economics — “trickle-down” economics — voodoo economics — or whatever name you want to give to the cynical gimmick that has produced the most massive embezzlement in the 500-year history of corporate capitalism, the Top One Percent — the millionaires, mega-millionaires and billionaires — the gangster banksters and corporate robber barons — have much more than tripled their share of total U.S. income — at the expense of everyone else — and reduced their own tax burden to its lowest level in history. And that was the entire goal of the economic reforms pioneered by a group of economic fraudsters led by Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer.
During that time, the share of American GDP that went to wages and salaries (including the salaries of corporate executives that have soared while everyone else’s wages have fallen) has fallen from 56.5% to just 43.7%, the lowest level since the U.S. government began publishing these figures and the share of GDP that went to corporate profits has risen from 8.2% to 14.0%, its highest level, by far, in the 77 years the government has published these figures. The ratio of profits to wages and salaries is now almost 37% higher than it has ever been.
In the eight decades before 2007, there had never been even a three-month period in U.S. history when corporate profits ate up more than nine percent of total U.S. income. And there had never been even a three-month period when wages and salaries accounted for less than 45% of total U.S. income.
And the rate at which the Other 99 Percent is falling behind is increasing rapidly. In 2011, for example, wages and salaries (including the soaring salaries of corporate executives) increased by just 1.7% while prices rose by 3.4%. That means that for the Other 99 Percent, real incomes are now dropping by more than two percent every year. Continue reading “The sure-fire fix for U.S. economic woes”
By Henry McRandall
It should come as no great surprise to any thinking American that psychopathic Republican Teabagger presumed presidential candidate Mitt Romney would pick another psychopath — Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — to be his running mate.
Most Americans already know what Romney is — a fraudster, a tax evader, a traitor, an unprosecuted felon, a job killer, a racist, a misogynist (hater of women), an all-around bigot, a hypocrite and a buffoon. But what about Paul Ryan?
While the mainstream media — 100 percent controlled by the Top One Percent — try to portray him as a man of vision and the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Teabaggers, he is, in reality, neither a man of vision nor a man of great intellect — and his record proves it.
After his father died when young Paul was just 12 years old, this son of privilege — his family owns, among other things, one of the largest national construction companies in America — had no qualms about collecting Social Security survivor benefits for a full decade. It provided a comfortable living for him while he received his free university education.
Not having to work while attending university, as so many Americans do, one might have expected him to excel at university, where he majored, supposedly, in economics. But Ryan was no great genius. He did not get a PhD, or even a Master’s degree in economics, nor even an “honors” Bachelor’s degree. He barely passed. And when one looks at his proposed budget — the so-called “Path to Prosperity” — it immediately becomes evident that he does not have even the most basic understanding of economics.
But while Ryan had no qualms about living high off the fat of the land when he neither needed nor deserved government assistance, he now wants to prevent other Americans — who both need and deserve such assistance — from getting it. Continue reading “The Republican ticket: two psychopaths”
By Henry McRandall
Republican Teabagger presumed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a well-disciplined political hack, highly schooled in the art of deception. Never would such evil epithets as “nigger,” “spic,” “A-rab,” “bitch,” or “fag” cross his lips — at least not in public. Yet despite the innocuous facade, Mitt the Moron is perhaps the biggest purveyor of hatred in Amerikkka.
He doesn’t do it himself, of course. Always careful to be “politically correct” in his own public utterances, Romney employs perhaps the biggest herd of deranged derelicts in Amerikkka — to spew hatred on his behalf.
You see, Mitt Romney and his fellow thugs at seemingly criminally immune Bain Capital control another corporation, Clear Channel, which owns more radio stations than any other corporation in the country — about 1,200 of them to be precise.
And most of these radio stations carry one or more of the bevy of evil, borderline-literate, right-wing talk show idiots who pollute Amerikkka’s airwaves.
Number One among these hate-mongering right-wing talk jocks, of course, is none other than intellectual pigmy Rush Limbaugh. And Romney and his fellow thugs pay these pathetic liars each millions of dollars a year — $50 million a year in Limbaugh’s case — to do nothing other than misinform Americans and spew hatred on Romney’s behalf.
Why? Continue reading “How & why Mitt Romney promotes hatred”
By Henry McRandall
I was somewhat taken aback this morning when state-owned CBC News Network gave prominent coverage to the whiny ranting of a backbench Canadian Liberal MP.
Irwin Cotler, who briefly served as Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney-General in a past Liberal government, wrote an open letter to IOC (International Olympic Committee) president Jacques Rogge condemning the IOC for failing — at the opening of the Olympics — to revisit the terrorist assassination of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, and demanding the inclusion of a “minute of silence” at this year’s closing ceremonies of the global sports meet.
Cotler, a former university professor and supposed human rights promoter, has long had a paranoid obsession with promoting the supposed virtues of the state of Israel and went to great pains in his letter to Rogge to assert that those athletes had been murdered simply because they were “Israelis and Jews.”
That ludicrous assertion merits some examination. The Palestinian terrorists who carried out this vicious crime were not acting in a vacuum. They were responding to a quarter century of Jewish Israeli apartheid and savage persecution of Palestinians.
I am not a Holocaust denier. I fully recognize that the Second World War Nazi genocide against European Jews was one of the most horrific and damnable passages in modern human history, resulting in the brutal slaughter of six million people. But I also recognize that it was just one of five equally horrific and damnable passages in modern human history — and no better or worse than those other four atrocities: the U.S. nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan 67 years ago this week, that killed 250,000 people and caused generations of birth defects and deformities; the 1994 Rwanda massacre in which Rwandan Hutus slaughtered 800,000 Tutsis, or 20 percent of the Tutsi population; the European-American genocide against New World natives that killed millions of people and to this day continues as a quasi-genocidal set of government policies against American Indians, as similar policies have also done in Canada; and 300 years of African-American slavery, that also cost millions of lives and the legacy of which continues to be the brutal ongoing oppression of African-Americans. Continue reading “On promoting ‘Jewish exceptionalism’”
By Henry McRandall
If it is indeed true that “a man shall be known by the company he keeps,” then it would appear Republican Teabagger presumed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “the scum of the Earth.”
The Huffington Post last night ran a lengthy article detailing some little-known facts about Romney’s history with Bain Capital, his vulture capital company that specialized in treasonously bankrupting American companies, laying off tens of thousands of American workers and offshoring their jobs to extremely-low-wage Third-World countries.
It turns out that when Romney launched Bain Capital in 1983, he had a hard time finding American investors for his vulture enterprise. So what did Mitt the Moron do? He lined up as his sole initial mega-million-dollar investors four Salvadoran families — the Salaverrias, the de Solas, the Pomas and the Regalado-Duenases — who just happened to be the four families that provided most of the funding for the right-wing death squads that slaughtered more than 40,000 innocent Salvadoran civilians, primarily in the 1980s.
Of course, if Romney had no qualms about allying himself professionally and corporately with a gang of unpunished mass murderers, he also had no qualms about lying about his involvement with them, just as he has had no qualms about lying about his own tax history. Continue reading “The slime Romney crawled out from”