Maybe there is both rhythm and rhyme to history instead of the tedious "repetition" people talk about. The Indians of the Northern Plains are leading again. The government is trying to tear up the little land left to them, destroy natural resources, threaten tribal sovereignty (can you imagine what Trump thinks of tribal sovereignty?), destroy sacred sites, threaten pollution of a major American river, termination and relocation. And the Sioux are rallying the tribes to defend Native rights, even if, at the moment, they are trying to disperse demonstrators, who have themselves become an ecological problem.Read More »
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The Badlands Journal editorial board asked a question many others have asked about the immigrant-ban executive order: how many immigrants from these seven nations have committed acts of terrorism in the United States?
We read several articles but preferred this one above the others because it contains a dialogue with some disagreement but doesn't vilify. It is an understandable disagreement occurring in a moment of high political and legal pressure.
Another aspect of this story not often covered in the media is the number of terrorist attacks foiled by good intelligence.
Altogether, we thought this short interchange between a hard-working politician with an extraordinarily diverse district and Politifacts, a respected source of factual corrections in the media, except if you believe Matt Shapiro of The Federalist (Dec. 16, 2016) who asserts the Politifact has an anti-conservative bias.
The poor dears. -- blj
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The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
“Trump also seeks a return to the past,” Slim said. “Like a friend said, to a ‘regressive utopia.’ ” Franco Ordonez, Modesto Bee, Jan. 27, 2017
Trump may find he’s facing a master negotiator in talks with MexicoRead More »
Reporter: How will Mexico pay for the wall?
President Trump: "It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form."
Reporter: Will it be as complicated as your tax forms?
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After little more than a week, thoughtful Americans are anticipating the impeachment of Trump, basing their prediction on the evidence of Trump's unfitness to hold the office. He has already outraged more sectors of the population than can be imagined and the numbers grow by the day. The only real question is how much damage will be done before he is removed. -- blj
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They then began to build bridges across the Hellespont from Abydos to that headland between Sestus and Madytus, the Phoenicians building one of ropes made from flax, and the Egyptians building a second one out of papyrus. From Abydos to the opposite shore it is a distance of almost two-thirds of a mile. But no sooner had the strait been bridged than a great storm came on and cut apart and scattered all their work.
Just a little note from John Dean, White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, to the crowd that prepared the political ground for the Ascent of Trump by declaring the end of history.
No doubt it won't mean a thing to the neocons because it don't have that triumphalist swing. And the Alt-Right, the Devil knows, has its own chosen frequencies. Maybe you had to have been there watching Dean (not Howard, the antsy New Democrat from Vermont, but John, the lawyer with the photographic memory), testify before the Senate Watergate Commission in the summer of 1974, to understand how dangerous this moment is. John Dean is a dark and mottled character in American history, but he is a touchstone like few other living Americans are and fewer would wish to be. -- blj
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The thing about lies and threats is that they are meant to intimidate and they often achieve their goals. Part of the shock involves the recognition that the regime in power actually wants to intimidate you.
Actually, it does. It does it blatantly, as in Trump's lies about the number of illegal votes cast in the last election, who is going to pay for the alleged wall on the southern border, the size of the crowd at his inauguration.Read More »
A Bad Day For The Environment, With Many More To ComeRead More »