The militarization of "Officer Friendly"

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 8/21/14

Let's check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns, 533 planes and helicopters, 180,000 magazine cartridges, and 432 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles. Okay, let's roll!

Only, this is not the US military. It's... [read more]

Looping Big Money around democracy's neck

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 8/20/14

The beauty of our country's present system of government is that anyone is perfectly free to buy a member of Congress. And isn't that what democracy is all about?

Take the... [read more]

Masters of war

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 8/19/14

Ready or not, here we go again. Our military has been hurled back into the chaos of Iraq. Apparently, "Mission Accomplished" is "Mission Never-ending."

We're told that, for now, America will... [read more]

The lesson from Ferguson, Missouri

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 8/18/14

The story exploding out of Ferguson, Missouri, is doubly infuriating.

First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, being stopped by one of the town's... [read more]

Yet another political money scam

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 8/15/14

Attention shoppers: If you're looking for a super buy, be sure to check out the "Family PAC."

This is not a gross of toilet paper rolls packaged in plastic wrap but... [read more]

Standing up to post office privatizers

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 8/14/14

"Boss," spelled backwards, is double-S-O-B, and that's how most of the employees of the US Postal Service feel about their top boss.

America's postal employees –from mail clerks to letter carriers... [read more]

What we've paid for war and Afghanistan and Iraq

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 8/13/14

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... [read more]

Why does John Brennan still have a job?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 8/12/14

A few months ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on the intelligence committee she chairs, which is supposed to oversee the spook agency. "Nothing could be further from the truth," sputtered CIA... [read more]

The damning nuttiness of the GOP's "hell no" faction

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 8/11/14

When the going gets tough, Congress gets going!

On vacation, that is. They're taking off this entire month and much of September and October. Having howled about a host of... [read more]

The race to be the goofiest politico of all

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 8/8/14

I thought that, surely, the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right congress critters assured our state of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize... [read more]