Category Archives: Opinion

A call for a complete and transparent investigation into Seth Rich’s death

Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“The mysterious death of DNC staffer Seth Rich in Washington DC last July had received scant attention from the mainstream media, until the mantle of an investigation had been taken up by several top Republicans, most recently by former House Speaker and key Trump associate Newt Gingrich, as well as Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity. Indeed, it is time for a complete and transparent investigation into the Seth Rich murder, now that it seems possible that Rich was, indeed, a key source for wikileaks, presumably because he was angry over the DNC’s favoritism to Clinton over Bernie Sanders.” (05/25/17)

Lying DEA officials get a pass (just like Clapper)

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Why aren’t those DEA officials who lied to Congress being criminally prosecuted for lying to Congress? Isn’t that still a criminal offense? Wasn’t that what CIA Director Richard Helms was convicted of doing? Actually, though, Helms is a good example of the immunity phenomenon for U.S. officials because in actuality he was guilty of perjury, which is a felony. Since he was a CIA agent, however, they gave him a sweetheart deal in which he pled guilty to a misdemeanor and received a moderate fine. They certainly didn’t do that with Martha Stewart, a private citizen who was convicted of lying to a federal investigator about some stock transaction. And she wasn’t even under oath.” (05/25/17)

Where is the Democrats’ plan to fix ObamaCare?

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“This week ObamaCare suffered two more blows, making a replacement plan all the more urgent. Not that you’d know it, since all anyone wants to talk about is how horrible the Republican replacement plan supposedly would be. Why aren’t Democrats being pressured to produce their own fix? The big news this week is supposed to be the Congressional Budget Office’s decree that the Republicans’ ObamaCare replacement plan would cost 23 million their insurance coverage. This number should be taken with a huge grain of salt, given the fact that the CBO predicted twice as many would sign up for ObamaCare plans as did so. What got considerably less attention, however, was the announcement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas that it will drop out of ObamaCare next year, citing the fact that it had lost more than $100 million on its ObamaCare business, which ‘is unsustainable for our company.’ If no other insurer steps up to the plate, that could leave 25 counties in the region with no ObamaCare plans, adding still more areas in the country that may end up with no insurers in their exchanges next year” (05/24/17)

Populism’s false start

Source: National Review
by Ramesh Ponnuru & Rich Lowry

“The early Trump administration has been many things, but ‘populist’ hasn’t truly been one of them. When you discount the tweets, the all-consuming media controversies, the drama over personnel, and the Russia investigation — granted, that’s a lot of discounting — it has been a fairly conventional Republican administration on policy.” (05/25/17)

This Memorial Day, remember the victims of democide

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I suppose there’s something to be said for the contraction of the holiday into just another weekend of shopping and recreation. War is horrible to contemplate and there’s a strong case for the proposition that long weekends are really for the living. But to be honest, I’d rather expand the holiday back to its original purpose — mourning and remembering all those killed in war and by state violence, not just those in uniform. And, furthermore, resolving to put a stop to the carnage.” (originally published 2016)

Fact check: No, the Republican healthcare bill would NOT cause 23 million people to “lose healthcare”

Source: Town Hall
by Guy Benson

“the latest Congressional Budget Office score of the House-passed American Health Care Act contains good news and bad news for the GOP. On the bright side, it appears that its central fiscal outcome complies with reconciliation rules, which would allow the process to move forward without a complicated tweak-and-do-over vote in the House. The nonpartisan scorekeeper also found that individual market premiums ‘would decline on average,’ and would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion. On the other hand, media outlets are running with false headlines. … This is deeply misleading, for reasons that we explained in detail when the CBO released its March analysis of the initial ACHA. In short, the large bulk of those who are said to be ‘losing’ coverage do not currently have coverage. You cannot ‘lose’ something that you don’t have.” (05/25/17)


Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“As I and others have written many, many times, the entire concept of ‘sex addiction’ is bullshit; it’s just Christian morality dressed up in psychobabble. Sex is a natural function, not an outside chemical you’re introducing into your body; it’s no more possible to be ‘addicted’ to sex than it is to be ‘addicted’ to breathing, eating or pissing. … Those who write ‘sex addiction’ books, teach ‘sex addiction’ courses and give ‘sex addiction therapy’ are charlatans, con artists who are profiting from ‘treating’ a condition that can never be cured because it doesn’t exist in the first place.” (05/25/17)

The ER lost a patient

Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“I just spent the day at a hospital Emergency Room (for reasons worthy of another column, but this is the wrong venue for that one). What’s relevant to TZP is that while I was there, they lost a patient. Don’t start with the sympathy yet. He didn’t die. They lost him …” (05/25/17)

The rise of the alt-center

Source: CounterPunch
by Jennifer Matsui

“In this day and age, ‘dissent’ means little more than feeding mostly vetted, crowd-pleasing opinions into some online algorithm that will yield better results for a pharmaceutical giant or a law enforcement agency. We can say all kinds of shit to a highly selective, built-in audience of multiple selves, and feel good about exercising our right to free speech — in the meantime forgetting that all this ‘activism’ is just more content to be harvested like organs for marketing and surveillance purposes.” (05/25/17)

Nicolas Maduro doesn’t really control Venezuela

Source: The Atlantic
by Moises Naim

“It’s hard to pick the Venezuelan president’s greatest flaw. Which is more serious: his cruel indifference to the suffering of his people, or his brutal autocratic behavior? Which is more outrageous: his immense ignorance or the fact that he dances on television while his henchmen murder defenseless young protesters in the streets? The list of Nicolas Maduro’s failings is long, and Venezuelans know it; over 80 percent of them oppose him. And it’s not just Venezuelans. The rest of the world has also discovered — at last! — his despotic, corrupt, and inept character. And yet … Maduro doesn’t really matter. He is simply a useful idiot, the puppet of those who really control Venezuela: the Cubans, the drug traffickers, and Hugo Chavez’s political heirs.” (05/25/17)