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Thursday, August 21,2014

The militarization of ‘Officer Friendly’

By Jim Hightower
It’s your and my local police departments patrolling our cities. Remember “Officer Friendly,” the beat cops who were known as “peace officers”? The friendlies have largely been transformed into militarized forces, literally armed with and garbed in war gear and indoctrinated in military psychology, rather than the ethic of community policing.
Thursday, August 14,2014

What we’ve paid for war in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Jim Hightower
War is hell. Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you about that — but he’s dead. On August 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathomable, 13-year war in Afghanistan, joining 2,339 other service members who’ve paid the ultimate price for being sent by warmongering politicians into that fight for … well, for what?
Thursday, August 7,2014

Who’s pushing to impeach President Obama?

By Jim Hightower
The top Republican leader, John Boehner (having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense) tried to do a political backflip. Impeachment talk, he fumed, is “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Boney fingers v. soft hands work

By Jim Hightower
If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.
Thursday, July 24,2014

Economists find creative solution to US unemployment

By Jim Hightower
You can break out the champagne, for the American economy is back, baby — all of the lost jobs have been recovered! What? You say you don’t feel “recovered”?
Thursday, July 17,2014

Cargill’s GMO hypocrisy

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

By Jim Hightower
Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to get away with its version of the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Walgreens: An unpatriotic ingrate

By Jim Hightower
How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his part of the taxes that make them available?.
Thursday, July 3,2014

How Koch-headed billionaires plan to ‘save’ America

By Jim Hightower
The Koch boys live in their own special world, enshrouded in a rarefied atmosphere created by the fumes emanating from their family’s enormous stockpiles of wealth.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Let’s turn Pope Francis loose on Wall Street

By Jim Hightower
Amazing! Some people who’ve long enjoyed a lifestyle of oldmoney elegance, are suddenly trying to downscale their lives and show a bit more of the common touch.
Thursday, June 19,2014

What job creation numbers don’t tell us

By Jim Hightower
Have you noticed that The Powers That Be employ an entirely different standard for measuring the health of America’s job market than they use for the stock market?