The Illiberal Alliance with the RegressiveLeft
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May 22, 2017 - 1:34pm
The Illiberal Alliance with the RegressiveLeft

In “ ” I lamented the problem of so-called progressives being “offended all the time”, “coming to pre-ordained conclusions”, and conflating their ego-centric political-correctness with their imagined right to restrict open discussion and freedom of thought of others.   Nick Cohen recognizes the political expediency of those in power when he writes “ “: All isms are wasms… as fascism and communism united in the Hitler-Stalin pact. That wasn’t true in 1939, when Berlin and Moscow found their shared belief in the “ism” of totalitarianism was greater than the difference between left and right, and isn’t true now. There is an “ism” – illiberalism – an ideology that has been growing for years. Do not underestimate its force. Illibe…

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  • - May 26, 2017 - 4:46pm
  • - by John G
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A Serious (and Informed) Discussion of Civil War

"You Say You Want a Revolution"   Of late, there has been considerable discussion of a possible civil war in the United States.  has been informed. Some has been interesting but . Some has been utter drek.   I think a civil war is unlikely.   Societies, like ours, with older pe…

May 23, 2017 - 6:35pm
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AS LONG AS THEY'RE ALIVE

  Yesterday at 8 pm I was outside and heard the birds singing. Bright sun, it's summer, here the sun goes down at 9 pm May to July. And the birds reminded me of my youth when my mother sent me to bed "Tomorrow's school !" at - 8 pm. I couldn't sleep, thinking of the daylight and the warm weath…

May 23, 2017 - 6:24am
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Teen abortion is a bigger choice than buying a cig…

In New York State we are seeing expanding policies to limit the purchase of cigarettes by youth from age 18 to age 21.  I don't agree with this tightening prohibition policy.  It should be left at 18, or even moved back to 16.  The policy creates black market consequences, and black m…

May 23, 2017 - 11:09am
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THE RISE OF ARTI

THE RISE OF ARTI   Sitting at the kitchen table sipping at the morning’s first injection of liquid life he heard a knock at the front door. Shaking the ever present cobwebs from his still sleeping brain he sighed and rose before the intrusion repeated. Trying to remember if he had been f…

May 23, 2017 - 12:44pm
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So Long, 007-2

Today, Sir Roger Moore was reported to have passed away. Although he acted in many different roles, he will obviously be remembered most for playing James Bond, Agent 007. To me, Roger Moore was a lot like John Wayne in the sense that in the majority of his parts, he was essentially playing a greatl…

May 23, 2017 - 3:25pm
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Poverty is aChoice

A recent study found that Americans collectively owe over one trillion dollars in car debt. Couple this with the one trillion dollars in student loan debt, and it is little wonder that most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Many of us cannot possibly get ahead financially because we have b…

May 21, 2017 - 3:33am
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  • - May 27, 2017 - 8:44pm
  • - by John G
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Making the Republicans the Bogey man to Help Keep…

So fearful was Marcus Garvey's words that Barack Obama, a Black president, could not pardon him, as this would defy the unwritten Democratic constitution to keep the Negroes on the Democratic plantations.   This realization came vividly to me as I commenced a run for a  City Cou…

May 22, 2017 - 1:14pm
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Manchester, May 22 - Decadent Concert - Sick-Minde…

  Last night another sick-minded, pathetic, inexcusable Islamist (at least, we believe it’s Islamist like most absolutely horrendous terror attacks these days, what a religion...). Once again, the target was situated in Europe: Manchester, England. But what is really behind this?  …

May 23, 2017 - 12:58pm
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A Question for All Socialists

Some socialists today claim that in their vision of Utopia, only "essential" industries would be nationalized and put under government ownership and control. This brings up the sticky question of which industries, precisely, should be called "essential" and which ones "non-essential"? On what criter…

May 24, 2017 - 12:09am
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  • - May 26, 2017 - 4:38pm
  • - by John G
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What the Fu*k is going on in this World?

Dark times unfortunately seem to be coming these days. I’m almost afraid to check my social media feeds and watch the daily world news on TV. I’m somewhat afraid to fly the so-called ‘friendly skies.’ They almost charge you an arm and a leg to fly on a crowded&…

May 22, 2017 - 10:59pm
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  • - May 26, 2017 - 2:55am
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A Thanks to the Jews

Over the past several years I've suffered from unemployment and underemployment.  I have finally started full time employment.  I have come to realize that there are many people in this country in deep trouble, impaled by a failing economy.  I've made my views well known here on WB. T…

May 20, 2017 - 1:51pm
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LIKE TO KEEP ALIVE OUR BLACK BIG MAMMA'S

  Felix, what we have acknowledged as your grandmother's gift[s], is not isolated. In the Black communities of America, from slavery up until the modern day, colored persons, such as your grandmother described, were common in their everyday living. They were the Big Mamma's who would not only …

May 20, 2017 - 11:57am
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BOW WOW GROOMING

BOW WOW GROOMING OYG! (OH YOUR GOD!) And Trump criticized Obummer for bowing to the fucking  Saudis? Donald get hold of yourself! Oh, on second thought, maybe not.     A 110 BILLION DOLLAR DEAL FOR “defense” of Saudi Arabia. A White House Official said, “The deal w…

May 22, 2017 - 5:26pm
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Pesticides in the US and Australia

Pesticides in the US and Australia     Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used pesticides on American farms, sprayed on everything from strawberries to soybeans. It’s cheap, and it works well; chlorpyrifos is derived from the same chemical family as sarin nerve gas, and …

May 23, 2017 - 4:07pm
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Going to the Movies.

Over the last week or so we have seen an Opera and two movies. We plan to see another film tomorrow. It is a good way to spend surplus time. Some people tell me they are always short of time. That is admirable. Wasn’t there a play  written about a man that had lost his job …

May 22, 2017 - 2:14am
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Weathering Indiana Festivals

In one of my books I included a photo of the Onion Days Festival, in Wolf Lake, Indiana. Never mind that it’s called Onion Days—that’s another story—but the photo was taken in the early 1900s, over a century ago. Hey, I wrote the book; I never said I took the pict…

May 24, 2017 - 5:34am
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Brainstorming Community Wellness

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it might really take to fix some of the social issues that we face in this country, i.e., homelessness, hunger, and poverty being core issues.    I was having a discussion with Mike Haluska and he mentioned that communities should take care of thes…

May 26, 2017 - 11:17am
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Problems With the Polls

Like lots of other people, I finally took notice of the various Polls during the past election and began to question their validity and legitimacy.  The Democratic Party was more shocked and stunned by the staggering discrepancy between "forecast and reality" than any other group.  The Tru…

May 26, 2017 - 9:46am
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Discrimination In the Workplace

  According to The Wall Street Journal and verified in other business periodicals, including Reuters, there is a lawsuit brought against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for hiring a “stunningly low” number of employees over the age of forty. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acquires virt…

May 19, 2017 - 2:01pm
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The Internet. Is it safe? Is it broken?

I read today a very interesting article on Ev Williams (founder of Twitter and Medium) and his take on the writing and writers on the Internet. I've read it a couple of times and am still digesting it. But I'd like to share it as many of his ideas are exactly what we're doing here on WB. ( https://w…

May 20, 2017 - 5:26pm
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Make Liberalism Great Again: a 6 Step Plan

This is going to be tough, but now that Donald Trump is president, there is no time to waste. Following the publication of my previous article Donald Trump’s Victory is a Failure of Liberalism, I have been asking for and receiving responses. One of the most common problems I found with the re…

May 21, 2017 - 3:22am
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  • - May 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
  • - by John G
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Your Mind Has Become An Extension of The Internet

You Are Under Their Control   It is apparent, if not true, that the brain produces and manages the mind. The chemical economy of the brain determines the mood and emotions experienced in the mind, as well as the coherence of thought, the quality and availability of memory,…

May 23, 2017 - 12:28pm
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