November 19, 2017 | In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
If this week showed us anything other than horror, frustration and despair, it might be the hope that things can only get better. Violent acts spanned the globe as humans prove over and over just how dangerous we are to ourselves and others.

What future?

The future for a politician is “until the next election.” For the average working stiff it is “until the next paycheck” of the next payment due date. Sometimes we take in a wider swath of time, but not often enough.

Every time someone from the administration tries to justify the firing of the eight United States attorneys they seem to make matters worse.

The core explanation centers around "they serve at the pleasure of the president" equating the eight with flat out political hacks such as Karl Rove, the architect of extreme partisanship. This explanation is simplistic, deceptive and dissembling.

Is This the Smoking Gun?

We may have found out why U.S. Attorney Carol Lam was such a "problem" for the administration. Evidence points directly at Vice President Cheney as the one with the problem.
 
The day the news broke that a federal corruption probe in Southern California was spreading to Republicans, Rep. Jerry Lewis, the chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales fired off an e-mail to the White House about the federal prosecutor who had begun the investigation.
 

Political infection

Either we have reached a new peak of an intrusion of politics into our public sphere or we are just more aware of how much partisan politics has infected everyday life. There is the “Attorney 8” controversy, the Plame affair and the seeming omnipresence of Karl Rove under every rock in American life.

Enough Already

During these long six years of Junior’s Presidency I have patiently avoided calling for his removal. But it is time.

The crimes committed by this group of thugs are really unprecedented in our nation’s history. No other President has misled us into a war that not only was sold under false pretenses but then conducted in such a way to ruin both the nation attacked and our own.  No other President has used the death of 3,000 of our fellow citizens as cover for the rescinding of our Constitution.

Homelessness

Los Angeles is reputed to be the home to the largest number of “homeless” people in the United States. The favorable climate is one reason, another is that several cities have had public policies that tried to help the “street people” survive. Most such city policies have been rescinded and replaced with programs designed to get the homeless off the street.

Redistricting, Pelosi Style

 By PHIL HOSKINS The redrawing of district lines for state and national representation is one of the most time honored opportunities for political mischief. In 2002 we saw Tom Delay use his power to redraw congressional district lines in Texas providing the Republicans not only with the advantage in House elections in that state but also thereby giving his party the balance of power in the house of Representatives.

The News Media and Secrecy

By PHIL HOSKINS Currently Frontline on PBS is in the middle of a four part series about the current state of the news media in our country. I highly recommend it. Last night’s episode focused on the relationship of the current “war on terror” and the right of the media to reveal information about government programs which search for information.

Selecting and electing

By PHIL HOSKINS For a variety of reasons, we in the U. S. have developed some very strange rituals for the selection and election of our political representatives. We have pretty much guaranteed that we will get at best mediocre candidates and will elect those who lie to us the most effectively. I always am torn between crediting the media for its slavish emphasis on the human foibles of candidates (and others) or tagging we the citizens with our short attention spans and penchant for the sensational rather than the substantive.