THE THRIVING SYSTEM OF CONVICT LABOR

As 2019 ticked to a close, the screamingly outrageous headlines have not slowed. Every day there is something, whether it is a flurry of presidential tweets or yet another Republican spouting off about something or other. Who would have thought, though, that amid the Christmas holiday we would learn that billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg is using convicted prisoners to make calls for his campaign? He will say he did not know. Or, that "anybody" might have made a similar mistake. After all, subcontracting is the name of the predatory capitalist game. That's how a convict labor exploiter can bid to pay $7.25 an hour for a job that might pay $11 or $12 an hour on the open market. How

DONALD THE FOOL IS NOT JESUS THE CHRIST

The hours before the House of Representatives impeachment vote were a study in contrasts. While Democrats approached the debate leading up the vote somberly, with all due consideration, and with historical references, Republicans seemed to think they were starring in a comedy show. And the now-impeached President added to the comedy with an unhinged and delusional letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that clearly illustrated the break he has taken from reality. So he compared himself to the people who were executed (yes, executed!) during the Salem witch trials in 1692-1693. Yes the fool had to go back more than 300 years to find a parallel for his “poor” treatment. More egregiously, Mr.

POTS AND KETTLES – REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY AND DOUBLE-TALK

When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month's impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump's tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics and obsession with "process" suggest that Mr. Trump's party is not especially interested in facts. Even the falsehood that Democrats have been "out to get" this President since he was elected is outright wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to the impeachment conclusion only reluctantly. And Democrats have been very measured in their accusations. While Mr. Trump has only

KAMALA HARRIS – STILL A WINNER

California Senator Kamala Harris (D) threw her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for President before more than 20,000 people in Oakland, California. She made the announcement on the official Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, January 21, 2019. She jumped into the race with enthusiasm, and many had high hopes for her. Unfortunately, she suspended her race basically because she lacked resources. Negative media coverage, perhaps informed by race and gender bias, along with rumors of discord in her campaign were being circulated widely. While I was sorry to see Senator Harris exit the field, I'm still a fan, and I think she is still a winner. Harris has three more years in her Sena

BLOOMBERG'S APOLOGY – SORRY DOESN'T ALWAYS MAKE IT RIGHT

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg entered the already-crowded Democratic presidential primary with a splash. His ad buy of about $35 million represents more than half of what the other dozen or so candidates have spent on the campaign so far. His $54.6 billion net worth (according to Forbes) means he has deep pockets and virtually unlimited funds to spend on a campaign. Some think that he can beat Trump in an election since Bloomberg is far wealthier than him. In addition to his wealth, he's white and male. Facetiously speaking, what's not to like? Except. In his 12-year tenure as Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg was an ardent proponent of "stop and frisk," the policing policy that allows of

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