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July 05, 2013 08:44AM
- Who rules the Middle East?
July 03, 2013 08:59AM
- ZIP Codes & Climate Change
July 01, 2013 08:59AM
- Another Day - Another Shooting
June 29, 2013 06:32PM
- Greenwald and the M$M
June 28, 2013 03:26PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “(R) Great photos Lib. I
look forward to the next
July 08, 2013 11:30AM
- “Yes Kathryn, it’s
interesting that Rupert did
mention Rebecca or his
July 05, 2013 09:48PM
- “A very thought provoking
July 05, 2013 11:36AM
- “That should be - D: None
of the above.”
July 03, 2013 02:28PM
- “Empires, as we all know,
have risen and fallen over
Whether they have
July 03, 2013 12:23PM
Steven Rockford's Links
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Last chance to "Lawyer Up!"
You’ve been thrown under the bus.
In March, Rubert Murdoch met with News Corp journalists in London. During that meeting he expressed his sympathy for those who have been prosecuted for the phone hacking, police pay-offs and other illegal activi/… Read full post »
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There has been considerable sociopolitical change in the Middle East since the rise of the Arab Spring. Long-standing authoritarian regimes have been toppled. A few seeds of democracy have been sewn. Yet, with the images of civil war/… Read full post »
ZIP Codes turn 50 today
Today, like practically everyday, we read about another senseless child shooting in the United States. This one took place in Jackson, Ohio. A twelve year old boy shot and killed his nine year old half-brother in their grandparents' home Then he turned the .4/… Read full post »
As I do every weekday evening, last night I poured a glass of wine and sat down to watch Chris Hayes pontificate on the issues of the day. As usual, Chris provided many reality-based insights in ea/… Read full post »
Is Glenn Greenwald a journalist?
There has been much written and said in the past 24 hours about the exchange between David Gregory and Glenn Greenwald on Meet the Press yesterday. Many people have had an emotional reaction to David’s question to Glenn;/… Read full post »
Remember Up With People?
Many remember the '60s and '70s Up With People traveling show as being a cohesive group of happy young people who liked to sing and dance. Apparently that was true of the cast members, but not true of the people behind the curtain/… Read full post »
After almost twelve years of war, the United States is making plans to meet with the Taliban to discuss peace. Even though the Afghan government is currently rejecting these talks, it certainly is a step in the right direction for America.
Four years ago, Ri… Read full post »
The Fat Cats’ Pay Club
Imagine if your take-home pay could be determined by your buddies at the local pub or your friends on your softball team, and, in turn, you could determine their pay. Well, that’s the way that compensation is determined for/… Read full post »
According to an article in USA Today, "CEOs scored an 8% pay increase in 2012, taking the median to $9.7 million, for the biggest increase in two years." Plus, as The New York Times reported, executive perks (private jet travel, pension contributions, insurance poli/… Read full post »
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"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." … Read full post »
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“In recent years, migrants are dying in more remote areas. Consequently, their bodies are more often decomposed when they’re found, making it harder to figure out why they died.”
- &nbs… Read full post »
Comparing apples and oranges
Many people have been drawing parallels between the “whistleblowing” actions taken by Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. In fact, Daniel Ellsberg has referred to himself as being the Bradley Manning of his day. But is it fair (or his/… Read full post »
Remembering our fallen Soldiers
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How quickly we forget.
Recently I read that the coalition death toll in Operation Enduring Freedom had passed 3,300. After more than a decade of war, these numbers have become meaningless.&nb… Read full post »
It seems that I've hit a bump in the road (actually a huge boulder in the highway of my life).
It is amazing that a few months ago I was feeling at the top of my game. In fact, when our family got together in the Bay Area over the holidays,… Read full post »
Holbrooke had a diplomatic solution.
He was ignored.
Many of us remember reading back-page news reports in 2009 and 2010 about efforts made by the late Richard Holbrooke (U.S. State Department’s envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan) to establish a diplomatic end to the war in Af… Read full post »
The Right to Bear Bazookas
Based on the actual wording in the 2nd Amendment of our Bill of Rights and the “individual rights” interpretation of that amendment held by the current U.S. Supreme Court, each person in this country can legally possess any weapon that is ava… Read full post »
Iranian and American missiles on display.
Since the dawn of civilization men have been competing with each other to determine who has the biggest and best weaponry. Today’s remote-controlled armed missile systems are just the latest in a long line of phallic symbo/… Read full post »
and he is us!”
Pogo’s eloquent statement certainly rings true today. In America’s ongoing battle in the so-called Global War on Terror (GWOT) we seem to have lost our understanding of our primary objective. Our main goal is not to be “fighting terrori/… Read full post »
The Military Industrial Complex
52 years ago this week, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned America of the dangers presented by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). He said:
[The} conjunction of an… Read full post »
Docudrama or Propaganda?
At Hullabaloo, Dennis Hartley states his “dilemma regarding Kathryn Bigelow’s film recounting the 10-year hunt for the 9-11 mastermind and events surrounding his takedown, (he) can’t decide if it’s ‘like the Army’ or a… Read full post »
Dan Senor, Mitt Romney’s Middle East advisor, was on The Today Show this morning prepping the public for Romney’s foreign policy debating points this evening. Those of us who are/… Read full post »
“You’ll get your chance in a moment.
I’m still speaking here, Boy!”
Not exactly what Mitt said (unless we leave out the last two words), but it certainly was the message he was sending to his base.
I don’t know about… Read full post »
The Romney Campaign
Today, whenever I watch Mitt Romney search for a “more elegant way” to express his innermost aristocratic feelings, I can’t help but think of the role played by Billy Zane in Titanic. Zane’s character, Cal Hockley, epitomized the di… Read full post »