A while back I wrote a piece about the resurgence of the Red Menace in various parts of the world. The Communist Party in Japan is rapidly winning converts; and Karl Marx’s birthplace in Germany has become a tourist attraction, with the financial crisis convincing many that his ideas deserve a second look (in reality, this is the umpteenth look, and the results of previous looks have never looked good). And, unfortunately, it isn’t just overseas that communism finds a home.
"Philadelphia Scandal Underscores Pitiful State of Public Housing Oversight," read Jonathan Berr's Aug. 28 report in the Daily Finance. It was a story about Carl Greene, the embattled director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). He was put on paid leave while the board investigates charges that he settled four sexual harassment claims against him without notifying the PHA, doled out work to politically connected law firms and pressured employees to donate to his favorite nonprofit. Greene is also being investigated by the U.S. Attorney General Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and HUD's Office of Inspector General. They have yet to bring criminal charges against him.
With its “peacekeeping” that kills folks as dead as warfare does and its international meddling, you might think the United Nations would spawn enough evil to satisfy its sociopaths. And with its “General Assembly” besieging New York City this week, let alone megalomaniacal “Slick Willy” trying to grab the limelight with his “Clinton Global Initiative,” you might also suppose there are enough interminable gab-fests to keep those sociopaths yawning. But no.
The morning news tells us those reactionary old Republicans managed to sustain a filibuster to defeat the repeal of the ban of homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces. Funny, I thought “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was the Republican stand on abortion.
For more than 200 years, the political left has been coming up with reasons why criminals should not be punished as much, or at all. The latest gambit in Missouri is providing judges with the costs of incarcerating the criminals they sentence.
When President Obama spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on September 15, he recited well-known words from the Declaration of Independence to describe what makes America unique and strong. He did so without identifying where the words came from or that he was even referring to something famous. But there was little need to, since the words in question should be recognized by any schoolchild who has even a rudimentary knowledge of American history.
Karl Rove’s recent trashing of Christine O’Donnell, the winner of the Republican primary in Delaware having defeated the so-called moderate Republican Mike Castle, is the first significant sign that a civil war is now raging within the Republican party between the establishment members, or Ruling Class, and the Tea-Party conservatives.
The Census Bureau recently shook up the nation with its report that the poverty rate for 2009 had increased dramatically over that of the previous year. The federal government considers one to be impoverished if one’s income is $10,830 or less, or $22,050 for a family of four.
As Pat Buchanan pointed out in a recent column, it is time once again for the Revenge of the Rockefeller Republicans in Delaware, where the party establishment has gone bonkers over U.S. Senate candidate and Tea Party heroine Christine O'Donnell's primary victory over Mike Castle, a former two-term Governor and nine-term Congressman.