AUSTIN, Texas — The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It’s the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors. In this exclusive election, Jeb is way out front of the GOP pack with a record haul of $100 million, while Hillary has bagged $45 million to lead among the Dems. Hold on.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says: “Music is a universal language.” Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty — just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho. Or, in Young’s case, the walls of Monsanto. He’s released powerful new album called “The Monsanto Years.” It takes on the arrogant gene manipulator and avaricious pesticide merchant for its relentless attempts to profiteer at the expense of family farmers, consumers, people’s democratic rights and nature itself. On the title
AUSTIN, Texas — Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen and a current Republican senator. I don’t think they’ve ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some perilous authoritarian straits. First came Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, a former Democratic senator who refused in October 2001 to sacrifice our fundamental liberties to the fears and rank political opportunism that followed the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Bush-Cheney regime was using 9/11 as an excuse to hustle the
AUSTIN, Texas — We’ve all seen those touchy-feely TV ads with baby deer, butterflies, and sylvan streams — claiming that some big corporate polluter is nature’s best friend. There’s a word for such hokum: greenwashing. Leave it to the Koch brothers, however, to invent a whole new category of greenwashing.
AUSTIN, Texas — It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats? Well, Hillary Clinton has warned that “extreme inequality has corrupted other societies.” Uh…yes. But what about our society? Clinton says: “We have to have a concerted effort to meet a consensus about how to deal with this.” Huh? That’s not an answer, much less a solution. It’s a political tap dance around a crucial matter facing America.
AUSTIN, Texas — Good news from the front: The defenders of the Alamo are standing strong, bravely battling the forces of tyranny! Wait… didn’t the Battle of the Alamo take place in 1836? Yes.
By JIM HIGHTOWER, OtherWords AUSTIN, Texas — As messed up as it sounds, in the unending struggle for justice, there is such thing as a “positive negative.” This occurs when you win a struggle that you never should have had to deal with in the first place. A prime example is presented by the long saga of Isis Brantley, a hair stylist from Texas. In 1997, the Dallas police force raided her school, which taught the cultural art of African-style hair braiding.
AUSTIN, Texas — Do you — or does anyone — really need a book of rules and a three-hour briefing to do your job ethically? If you’re a Congress critter, apparently so. For that’s what newly elected lawmakers have just received. Nearly all those newcomers rode to victory on a tsunami of inherently corrupting corporate cash.
AUSTIN, Texas — The spooks are spooked. Not by anything that foreign enemies might do to America — but by what our CIA and its political overseers did to America. By “America,” I mean the essence of our country: our ideals and the moral values we hold up as a beacon to the world. That beacon shines less brightly today because of one word: torture. Even as President George W.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gosh, has it been two whole years since Republican leaders vowed to reach out to Latino voters with “a more welcoming, inclusive message” and “positive solutions on immigration”? My how time flies when you’re having elections.