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Bittersweet: Life and Loss

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger For the many decades now, since my childhood, there have been two underlying ideas about life that have guided me as I’ve journeyed through the years. The first is that life for all of us is at best bittersweet. This blog is about the first of these ideas and […]

Don’t Hurt Little People!

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger In my first blog today I alluded to two experientially developed concepts formed in my youth that have played an overarching role in my life. I explored the first and now I will develop the second as alluded to in my title. Unlike some childhood memories there is a […]

They Killed Him So Let’s Make a Buck

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger I’ve written before about the fact that the murder of JFK in Dallas was to me the most traumatic national experience in my life and the fact that I think it changed the destiny of our country in a negative fashion. I think that for many around my age […]

American “Hunger Games”

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger “The Hunger Games” represents a wildly popular trilogy of science fictions books aimed at first toward the Teen and young adult market, but then becoming popular with the “adult” market as well. It has become a very popular movie trilogy; the second installment was released in November, with the […]

Our “Virtuous” Rich

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger I believe that it is impossible to deal with any problem until one understands the underlying nature of that problem. The analogy of a Physician treating the symptoms of a patient, but ignoring the cause of those symptoms, comes to mind. We have the medicine to deal with the […]

Cheap Justice, Bad Law = Broken System

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger Many blogs have been written here that deal with the phony “War on Drugs” and the negative effects it has on society, particularly those lacking resources, or being people of color. This piece is not about the “War on Drugs”, but this ridiculous “war” has actually driven the abuses […]

To Walmart with Contempt

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger The picture above really says it all. Walmart, our country’s largest retail operation is run by people who are so clueless that they’ve created a culture that doesn’t even understand the massive irony in running a Thanksgiving Food Pantry for its own employees.  The photo comes from a Walmart […]

Selfish or Sociopath, Does It Make a Difference?

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger In recent years many studies have come out  that have made the case that a high proportion of CEO’s of major companies are sociopaths. At the end of this blog I’ll provide a number of links that discuss this, some from major conservative business magazines. We do know that […]

Police State America

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger I have written some guest blogs in the past dealing with aspects of the issue of America becoming a Police State and will link to them at the end of this piece. There are so many issues that call for our concern and attention in this country today, that […]

Our Insane War on Drugs

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger I’m going to use what has become a cliché to open up this piece. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing that has failed over and over again.” Often clichés are expressions of reality that nevertheless express problems faced by generation generations and generations of human beings. […]

R.I.P Lou Reed

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger Lou Reed Rock N’ Roll Poet, Singer and Musician died this week at the age of 71. To my mind he was a far greater artist than the world gave him credit for being. What made him special besides his guitar virtuosity; the distinctive sound of his music; his […]

The Problem with the “Intelligence Community”

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger Through the years this site has produced a multitude of blogs that details the excesses that occur in the intelligence community of the United States. Whether it is about spying on us, or upon other governments, the disclosures of incidents where this group of agencies has overstepped the bounds […]

Memory and Guilty Verdicts

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger I’d only planned to write one guest blog this weekend, but this morning on Huffington Post I saw a video from a TED lecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TED_%28conference%29  The lecture was...Show More Summary

The Private Prisons Profit on Youth

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger We have had a lot of discussions here about the ever growing private prison system in the United States, where our country has become the world leader in imprisoning its citizens. Many blogs have been written discussing our world prison leadership and the fact that it stems from the […]

Nuclear Musings

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger It has always seemed to me that the use of nuclear energy is a bad idea given the current technology. My opinion is perhaps formed because I was in school during the 1950’s and due to the “Cold War” and the bomb tests, there developed in most of us, […]

False Equivalency: How We Are Manipulated #2

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger Last week I wrote two guests blogs that were essentially two sides of the same coin. “How We Are Manipulated #1” and “The Decline of Journalism” were akin in that in the former I was writing about the use of “False Equivalency” that has long been a propaganda tool, […]

Ted Cruz, Dominionism and Jesus

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger As a Jew who is familiar with “The Gospels” there is something perplexing about some Christians in America who have risen to power in our political process within the last four decades. Much of Jesus message, as detailed in “The Gospels” has been one of sympathy to the poor, […]

How We Are Manipulated #1

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger When I awoke a short time ago my mind was in its usual morning fog that slowly dissipates as I go through my wake-up routine which includes laying out the 35 or so pills that I take to stay alive. That fog mentally is usually a jumble of wide […]

The Decline of Journalism

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger A lynchpin of the idea of America has been the meme “freedom of the press”. It is specifically mentioned in the First Amendment and many have declared it essential as a bulwark against tyranny. The Constitution, however, was written at the time when it took little expense to produce […]

“You don’t need a weatherman, To know which way the wind blows”

4 years agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger When 1965 dawned I was about to be twenty one years old and in my Junior Year in college. My parents were dead years past and I lived in a furnished room off campus, supporting myself by working 35 hours per week in a liquor store. The Viet Nam […]

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