DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders 2016-A Tree Falls in the Woods

“I’m not dismissive,” Sanders told Meet the Press in late July. A week earlier “Black Lives Matter” activists interrupted a town hall forum featuring Sanders and fellow presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley. “I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement all of my life, and I believe that we have to deal with this issue of institutional racism.”

Sanders’ is struggling to reach Black and Latino voters. His somewhat terse response to protesters at the Netroots Nation gathering in Phoenix didn’t help win many converts. Hillary Clinton, anxiously eyeing Sanders looming in her rear view mirror quickly seized the initiative before an audience of 400 at the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina that the US needs to confront a history of systemic racism.

“I think we first have to acknowledge and believe that black lives matter. This is not just a slogan, this should be a guiding principle,” she told the crowd(http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/hillary-clinton-black-lives-matter/index.html).

The incident illustrates how the campaign, at least on the Left has evolved into predominantly domestic social and economic issues. With a world more integrated than any other time in history, and amid a slew of growing international issues, keeping the election about domestic issues alone seems unlikely. That is the reality every sitting president faces on a day to day basis, a full menu of domestic and international issues.

The Right is weak on domestic issues. Perennial meddling in social welfare programs, failure to hold banks accountable, the loss of manufacturing jobs and so-called trickle-down economics have all help reverse gains made against poverty. While those issues are paramount to the nation the insinuation of international affairs into national politics cannot be over-stated. The nation and the Bush administration discovered that painfully on September 11, 2001, in which focus on domestic issues blinded officials to looming threats overseas.

At the top of that list are a number of critical events. Earlier that summer the Chinese economy, was rocked as the stock market appeared to be in freefall, driven in part by a steep slide in commodity prices, a negative for an export economy. That has a ripple effect around the world. It also predicts all manner of internal ramifications for China, who has little or no experience in dealing with this sort of free market calamity. A one day loss in the Chinese market cost US investors an estimated $60 billion. Then there are global climate concerns, Iran post nuclear deal, Russia and Ukraine, the war in Yemen and the widening conflict with ISIS. The ISIS issue took an ominous turn at the end of July.

Looking back it seemed inevitable that Turkey would be drawn into the fight against ISIS in neighboring Syria. NATO member Turkey, who has struggled with the Kurdish PKK for decades stood by in as ISIS besieged the predominantly Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobani. The US, banned from undertaking airstrikes from Turkish bases, attacked ISIS in support of the Kurds. Reports persisted that Turkey was playing a duplicitous game attempting to appease the ISIS threat on its borders. Turkey was earlier accused of purchasing black market oil from ISIS and in paying ransoms for kidnapped Turks. ISIS drew a large share of its wealth from such schemes. On July 20th all of that changed.

That day an ISIS linked suicide bomber killed 32 and wounded 104 during a press conference in the Turkish border town of Suruc (pronounced Shur-ooch). Turkey responded quickly with large scale counter-terrorism operations against ISIS. Seizing an opportunity Turkey also attacked Kurdish targets and arrested a large number of Kurds.

The event is significant since the necessity of Kurds in the region as the primary bulwark against ISIS has given Kurdish dreams of a homeland greater legitimacy. The Kurds ostensibly would drawn their greater Kurdistan across regions of Northern Iraq, Syria and Eastern Turkey. Complicating the issue, Turkey struck at ISIS targets in Syria and Kurdish forces battling ISIS in northern Iraq. NATO was quick to support Turkey, condemning terrorism in Turkey and cautioning on a proportional response by Turkey against Kurdish separatists. That sets up a potentially dangerous and unpredictable situation on the ground in the war against ISIS, which the US and coalition partners have struggled to contain in the region. It is likely the next president will step into office dealing with a conflict more chaotic and problematic than ever.

Meanwhile, on the campaign trail Bernie Sanders drew 4500 enthusiastic supporters in Kenner Louisiana, near New Orleans, eclipsing the 1000 Republican governor Bobby Jindal drew in his home state. Mitt Romney took Louisiana in 2012 with 58% to Obama’s 40%, although Obama took 80% of the vote in New Orleans. That speech was very much about domestic issues, which is what many on the Left are demanding to hear, but at some point it will prove necessary to understand how Clinton and Sanders stand on key international issues.

The key is whether or not anyone will hear Sander’s positions, given the lack of Press coverage. It begs the question that if tens of thousands of trees cheer in the forest and CNN and FOX refuse to cover them, do they actually make a sound? That remains to be seen.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Happy Thanksgiving. I like Meat: A confession.

Turkey. It’s kind of been done to death from a cooking point of view, hasn’t it? Let’s face it, the reason we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving, despite the relative culinary atrocities done to it by Aunt May, or that haggard and over-stressed family member frantically cooking a Norman Rockwell painting before he/she has to leave right after dinner to be back at work at the retail store open Thanksgiving, is the marketing and the chemically mutated Turkey Frankenstein-ed to feed 18.

But if that’s your focal point for fending off the anti-family forces of FOX, the right, out-of-control capitalists and fruit cake purveyors, then enjoy. Fight for that bit of family. Who am I to tell you that American’s consume almost 10 times the amount of meat they consumed in 1980, and that the over-consumption is the likely cause of a myriad of diseases and ailments burying more Americans in a week than Ebola does annually around the globe. Trust me, the wife is always admonishing me that I don’t have to have meat every day and with every meal. I like it. In fact, I love it, but yes I’m trying to cut back.

The wife and I don’t buy into any strict regimen or dietary obligation. I understand tradition, and to me the ultimate tradition is spending time with family and friends, or simply just taking a step back, something wholly separate and apart from money, commerce and consumerism. Thanksgiving should be about something real; a rebirth to family. Hell, have a couple of frozen pizzas, a giant plate of Irish Nachos or a huge unbelievable salad instead of the obligation stress of manufacturing the perfect Turkey dinner. Have a soul food Christmas and use all of the other parts of the animal. In the Balkans, where the wife hails from, they have a communal meal called a Mezza, of cut up fresh veggies, fresh cheeses and dips, hearty breads, a bit of sliced cured meats and enough liquor to float a sailing ship. Everyone just picks and drinks and conversates. meze2

Does anyone remember conversation? See if you can talk with someone for 1 hour without referencing a meme on Facebook or a video on Youtube or checking an email or text on your phone. Don’t Google. Don’t even Yahoo.

But just one note. Not long ago I had a chat with a vegan friend of mine who said that the vegans are coming for all the meat eaters. ONE DAY VEGANS WILL RULE THE WORLD! That friend certainly did not represent all of the vegans I know, and have cooked for quite a few. I just want us all to agree that belligerent meat eaters are just as annoying as belligerent vegans, and sadly those fringe idiots are the ones we hear from. And as for Vegans ruling the world sometime in the distant future? Maybe, but we only know that will be right before the robots eat them!

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Turkey a terrorist State?

Is it time to expel Turkey from the EU? This week Turkey’s Prime Minister, in yet another move by his government towards despotism announced that Muslims had discovered America three centuries before Columbus. http://news.yahoo.com/erdogan-says-muslims-not-columbus-discovered-americas-162759161.html Never mind that Columbus did not discover anything, but instead trespassed and then helped steal someone else’s land. The claim might be dismissed as foolish if it had not come with a string of other extremist acts and policies.

Erdogan’s heavy handed policies against protesters earlier this year demonstrated a fundamental lapse in domestic policy, but Erdogan’s ruling Islamist party continues to lead Turkey down a dangerous and isolationist path. That path carries he and his nation further away from the ideals and inclusiveness of the European Union and closer to groups like ISIS.

Indeed, Erdogan has engaged in a dangerous waltz, threading a line between the advantages of Europe and membership in NATO while, according to a number of reports engaging in direct actions that lend material and financial support to ISIS. In fact, Turkey may already be one of the largest trading partners with the terrorist group through the illegal purchase of black market oil sold well below regular market prices. Turkey has all but looked the other direction over smuggling of illicit oil into Turkey.

While British and American hostages were being executed by ISIS militants, Turkey, in an exchange still shrouded in mystery managed to swap 49 Turkish nationals for ISIS militants. F. Michael Maloof reported in September at wnd.com that “At the recent Paris meeting of Western powers to discuss how to defeat ISIS, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made clear that Turkey’s first priority wasn’t the elimination of ISIS but to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad”

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/turkey-backs-isis-to-eliminate-assad/#7SbXvBCs0zKhmMf0.99

Their reluctance, and resistance to allow US and NATO forces to operate from bases in Turkey, or to overfly the country should have immediately drawn the ire of EU , US and NATO leaders. But it was Turkey’s complete refusal to assist Kurdish fighters threatened with annihilation by ISIS forces in the border town of Kobani last month which should have sparked debate over sanctions or more against an increasingly belligerent Turkish leadership.

Recently Erdogan led an effort to consolidate power within the government. There are some who believe that his sympathies with ISIS and that grab for additional power are not disconnected. Whatever the case, it is time to take a tougher stance with the Erdogan government, which has abandoned, attacked, imprisoned and beaten their own citizens. Not it is becoming a pariah internationally. Time to call them on their duplicity.


CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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