Articles by: ocjim0

by / on December 14, 2014 at 11:17 am / in Current Events, Editorials, News, Society

Real Tea Party (GOP) Death Panels?

Under Obama’s health care law, from 2014 through 2016, the federal government will pay the full cost of opening Medicaid to anyone, who earns up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $15,282 for a single person this year. Over time, that share will decline until it reaches 90% in 2022 and future years. Compare that to […]

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by / on December 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm / in Celebrities, Current Events, Editorials, Politics

Time Magazine Top 100

According to Managing Editor, Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people (with Beyonce on the cover) are significant achievers of the past year and likely to continue their powerful ways. One assumes those already showcased in past issues, are less likely to currently appear. Remember the criteria is influential, not necessarily rich, though both attributes tend to coexist, and […]

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by / on April 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm / in Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Government

Corporate Takers!

An informed audience – at least one not sated with propaganda — would turn off the constant stream of demonization of the so-called “takers” perpetrated by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity — the whole Fox News crew. If Fox were “fair and balanced,” their pitches of poop at the poor and the vulnerable would give equal time to pillorying rich takers, […]

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by / on April 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Government, Media

This Koch’s not for you!

A few months ago, the Washington Post looked inside the Koch brothers political empire[i].  The Post said, “The money flows through a complex maze of tax-exempt groups and limited liability corporations, creating multiple barriers that shield the identities of the donors.” Over twenty organizations are shown, but probably the biggest influence is Americans for Prosperity (AFP), masquerading as Tea Party […]

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by / on April 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm / in Country, Current Events, Editorials, Politics

Five in Robes

In poetry, this is the story of the right wing takeover of the Supreme Court, aided by the consent of the Senate. Supreme Court rulings, in effect, appointed George W. Bush president in 2000 over Al Gore. It later reduced individual rights and enhanced those of large corporations. The five right-wing justices opened the door for money to buy elections, […]

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by / on April 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm / in Current Events, Editorials, Education, News, Politics, Society

Chris Christie: User and Exploiter?

According to Lee Fang’s “Pensiongate” in The Nation, by the end of his first term as New Jersey (NJ) governor, Chris Christie placed state retiree assets in the hands of several hedge fund managers who have backed his political career, seeming to provide huge returns for comparatively modest campaign contributions to the Republican Governor’s Association  (RGA). You might say, “So […]

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by / on April 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Editorials

Christie: Remorse Done; Bully Back!

Details on the Gibson, Dunn and Cruccher report, intended to exonerate Chris Christie of all Bridgegate blame, stands out as a heavy-handed attempt to not only verbally exalts Christie but  also attempts to steer attention to Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien. It appears to be dramatized, prepared and calculated to cover all probable prosecution bases that will be covered in […]

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by / on March 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm / in Current Events, Editorials, Government, Politics

Chris Christie: Costing Taxpayers?

New Jersey (NJ) taxpayers will be happy to hear that they spent over $1 million to clear their governor, Chris Christie of any Bridgegate wrongdoing – well, sort of. It did not involve the real-life investigations — the Justice Department or the NJ lawmaker, both of which are just starting. About 3 months ago, Christie hired lawyers to defend himself, […]

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by / on March 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm / in Current Events, Editorials, Media

MH370: The Story Told!

In our media world there are varying combinations of the responsible and irresponsible news sources. The mix can involve communicating an agenda, dispensing spectacle, and/or relaying information. Fox has a steady following of polarized viewers, whose appetite seems to be maintained through Fox’s incendiary tools of attack against anything progressive, often suggesting conspiracy, scandal, and/or subterfuge. The dearth of information […]

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by / on March 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Editorials, News

Corporate Power Going Wild

If you have any doubt about how some 90% of Americans are being swept out of contention in the national political and economic market, indeed how it is spreading worldwide, look at the lobbying apparatus set up by the money pot that is corporate America, a money pot that grows as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. […]

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