Editorial

Editorial

One way or the other Americans will pay for whatever kind of "wall" is built along the U.S.-Mexico border

The most likely scenario is that if, and that's a big "if," the Congress actually passes significant tariffs on imports from Mexico, or any other nation(s), retribution is sure to occur. The long history of tariffs is that when one major nation imposes tariffs, its trading partner(s) impose(s) tariffs in retaliation. And, if a real tariff war starts, ALL BUSINESSES LOSE! It can exacerbate economic problems. At worst, tariff retaliation wars can cause worldwide recessions, or even depressions.

In Syria: Russia right; America wrong?

As you may recall, Russia took its good old time to get directly involved in Syria. Even though Russia had been a forever backer of the Assad regime, Russia seemed reluctant to take decisive action. Apparently, after years of assessment, Russia decided that ISIS/ISIL or Daesh, whatever is your choice of what to call them, amounts to a much greater evil than is the Assad regime in Syria. Apparently also, Russia assessed the moderate opposition to both Daesh and Assad to be unreliable, disunited, and too weak to be effective.

Republicans: Are they about to select the worst possible candidate for November?

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According to the latest polls, the best candidate for the Republicans to nominate out of the "Final Three" is John Kasich. It's not even close. Those who read here regularly know that I do NOT like John Kasich AT ALL! I regularly call him Governor Sick, but the numbers are fairly consistent throughout February and March.
When running against Hillary, Kasich is a clear leader in all recent polls: http://www.electionprojection.com/latest-polls/national-presidential-pol...

Am I the only one who sees hypocrisy in The Donald calling for unity?

I listened to part of his speech. The Donald -- of all people -- decried the deep divisions in our country, after he has spent the entire campaign, since he entered the fray, ripping various ethnic and/or racial groups in our society.

An Interesting possibility!

An election in which Donald ran against Bernie would be fascinating! Just think. On this Forum we would read one post after another, about why my old White man should be elected, instead of your old White man! Ha-Ha-Ha!

GOP -- empty rhetoric. Still the party of the super-rich.

The article to which I am providing a link states the case very well. Many Republicans talk as though they want to expand the party's base, and do more for common folks. However, their rhetoric is nothing but empty promises. And these Republicans are those who are relatively moderate! As this article articulates, their policies STILL favor the super-rich. Here's the link: http://news.yahoo.com/gop-tax-proposals-tilt-rich-115915494.html

As everyone remembers D Day

Today I've seen a lot of people talking about the landing of D Day.

It is in an important event. One that showed the difficulty in the mission and the sacrifice so many have been willing to make for so many more. However, every year I hear about the landing it reminds me of so much more.

Zimmermans' Favorite Song?

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Anyone else heard the rumor this is Z-mans' favorite song? If so, it's a dirty rotten shame!

"Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next one to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes

Is it Okay For John McCain To Be Ashamed Of His Country?

Should McCain resign from office and apologize to the American people?

See link below.

http://news.yahoo.com/john-mccain-m-ashamed-country-m-ashamed-president-...

Black History Month, A Tribute To the Hard Working Black Americans Who have Made This Country Great

From the chains of slavery Black Americans have endured the harsh realities of racism and discrimination to become an integral part of the American Empire. Black Americans have used their sweat to build mighty structures, made significant advances in medicine, the arts, education, sports and many other notable professions. It is fitting that all Americans celebrate the achievements of Black Americans, not only this month, but every month.

The scourge of term limits

I am posting a link to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press. One of the most significant issues with which it deals is the issue of term limits for elected officials. The writer purports that partisan redistricting and term limits have severely limited the ability of Michigan's voters to affect their government.
IMHO the same applies to Ohio voters and Ohio state government. I have often stated that the only thing term limits truly accomplish is to limit the choices voters have for elected offices. But this writer puts in into the context of the real situation in Michigan today.

Is Pope Francis a Communist?

Some conservatives are labeling recent comments from Pope Francis as an indication that the pope is a Communist. I have included a few links with differing points of view.

I lead with Rush Limbaugh: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/06/30/pope_francis_says_communist...

Here is an article from CNBC showing the concern of at least one wealthy Catholic donor. Is this a form of extortion? You be the judge. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/langone-dolan-pope-fundraising/2013/12/...

The can't-do president?

A leading right-wing newspaper continues its unjustified attacks on President Obama's performance in the foreign arena. Oh wait ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obama-needs-to-focus-on...

Of disappointment and defense

Recently, I was accused by Sylvania Councilman Doug Haynam as being someone who does “not like public schools” and wanted to defeat a levy (even going as far as saying that I was the one responsible for defeating the Sylvania School levy) but nothing could be further from the truth.

POW

One of the biggest disappointments of President Barack Obama presidency is his failure to close Guantanamo Bay as promised during his presidential campaign. So say the people looking for an excuse to diss the president. Soooooo where do they think the "prisoners" are going when released? Isn't Guantanamo Bay a military prison? So does that mean that most of the prisoners would be our prisoners of war? Would that mean that most then would be from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other places of war?

Memorial Day Rememberance: War is a Racket

Smedley Butler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Birth name Smedley Darlington Butler
Nickname(s) "Old Gimlet Eye"
"The Fighting Quaker"
"Old Duckboard"

Jon Stainbrook is a cancer on any organization he is a part of

One thing that is a highlight of Jon Stainbrook, is that he is known to destroy anything he touches. For example, the Lucas County Republican Party has never been in worse shape, the Board of Elections is a laughing stock and full of problems.

US Gov't-run healthcare failures uncovered!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/email-reveals-effort-by-va-hospital-to-hide-...

Finally it is being proven that this is the culture and when I was volunteering at the VA in Ann Arbor this was the norm and not the exception.

I believe the Dept of Veterans Affairs needs to be completely dismantled. A completely new entity needs to be constructed as the current one is so badly broken it is beyond repair.

THE BLADE, THE UT BOARD OF TRUSTEES, AND PRESIDENT JACOBS WEAVE A TANGLED WEB

The University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs has the best bosses in the world! The members of the UT Board of Trustees (who are named later in this post) must be either clueless about and/or complicit with the failed tenure of Jacobs. What other supervisors would respond to the questionable actions of an employee for whom they are responsible by rewarding him with a year of well-paid employment instead of a pink slip? The UT Board—that’s who.

After the recent UT scandal involving Rick Stansley that resulted in representatives from the Ohio Attorney General’s office meeting with the UT Board, it wasn’t surprising that Jacobs announced his departure—but who would have guessed his exit wouldn’t be until 2015? How does a man who was at the helm of an institution that aided Stansley with sheltering his income from being garnished because of $1 million in back taxes not get the axe—like now?

Particularly interesting is that two of the Board members are officials in the banking industry. If anyone should be concerned with the importance of ethics and laws, one would think it would be these people.

Oftentimes, the public outcry over situations like the Stansley case is fueled by local media coverage. One thing that Jacobs has going for him is that the president and general manager of The Blade, Joe Zerbey, is the chairman of the UT Board. Jacobs catches all the breaks!

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Overtaxed UAW members pay dues, get little in return (guest commentary)

Overtaxed UAW members pay dues, get little in return (guest commentary)
http://www.freep.com/article/20140309/OPINION05/303090055/Matt-Patterson...
Comment to article: Jeff Jozsa · Top Commenter

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