Prepare for evictions, higher taxes, more shortages. We need a bold New Deal on housing.

It’s coming. Maybe not until late this year. Perhaps in 2022. But as Bob Dylan said in Murder Most Foul, it’s 36 hours past Judgment Day.

The reckoning will be seen in the way we approach a need as basic as food and water: Shelter. To many, owning a home is the American Dream. To others, it is a burden. To others, an investment and money-making business.

But relatively few point out that having a place to live should be a God-given right, a necessity…

Extremism was a key factor in the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Avoid groups like Boogaloo Bois and QAnon.

The 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection was sparked by many members of mostly far-right extremist groups who fought police, killing one and injuring many more, to try to intimidate officials and make them overturn the fair presidential election. All because Donald Trump didn’t like losing to Joe Biden.

This list is to help people — especially young people — identify and avoid getting caught up in extremist groups that engage in violence and hate-fueled criminal acts like the Capitol insurrection.

Avoid these groups:

Trump and top officials waged a violent military-style coup attempt right in front of us all. They need to be prosecuted.

This article was updated on Jan. 27, 2021.

Back in July, former U.S. Sen. Timothy E. Wirth and CNBC founder Tom Rogers outlined a chilling scenario in a Newsweek story.

Basically, Democrat Joe Biden would win the Electoral College, including the important swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Don the Con Trump would declare “mail-in ballot fraud” but largely blame the Chinese to invoke emergency powers and U.S. Justice Department investigations. With the four swing states having…

If you are a Trump supporter, don’t act like a fake nice person around me. Just be an a$$, so we both can vent and move on.

Updated Oct. 12, 2020

I’ve had numerous debates with conservatives in my day. One of my favorites was during a 2004 drive through Tennessee on my way to Texas from Washington, D.C. At one point, I had listened to every tape of Springsteen, Seger, Petty, and others that I had. …

Trump & Son, Lyin’ Ted among most dishonest politicos in PolitiFact’s independent statement accuracy ratings

Updated Oct. 12, 2020

Honesty is a trait that often goes missing in action in society, especially in politics. But even in that shell game, some are more forthright than others.

PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning outfit that has monitored the public statements of key public figures since 2007, lends some clues into who is more honest than most. …

The media exists to hold those in powerful positions accountable. It’s tougher to do in this age, but some are still doing so.

In 1984, at the height of Ronald Reagan’s militarism, the editor of a Texas suburban newspaper — where I had worked as a reporter for two years right out of college — told me the paper could not print a feature article I wrote on a local woman who began a nuclear weapons freeze organization because it would “upset” advertisers. After all, many of those advertisers worked for the U.S. military/industrial complex.

This is a situation that…

Trump and other conservatives ignore how their supporters are greater socialists than liberals when it comes to government assistance

Leslie County, population 11,310 in southeastern Kentucky, is Ground Zero for Trump Country.

In 2016, some 89.4 percent of voters there cast ballots for Trump, the highest percentage of any county in that state and one of the largest in the nation. About one-third live below the federal poverty level. Some 97 percent of residents are white.

They have been through tough times, from coal mines shutting down to a steady stream of commercial and residential flight. Most people there believe…

Even in redacted form, the Mueller Report is more damaging to Trump than initially suspected. If Clinton could be impeached over an extramarital affair investigation, Trump can over working with a foreign country to sabotage an election.

Flashback to mid-summer, 2016.

Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in most polls and knew he needed to do something drastic to surge ahead. So he issued a challenge in a news conference — not to his campaign, supporters or voters in general. But to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his network of slippery intelligence hackers.

“I have nothing to do with Putin,” Trump…

Obama, Clinton among most honest public figures in PolitiFact’s independent statement accuracy ratings

This story was updated on May 1, 2019.

It seems more than ever these days, people accuse politicians, talk show hosts, and other public figures of lying. Most provide little evidence.

If you want some evidence, review PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning outfit that has monitored the public statements of key public figures for more than a decade. We’re talking the Tampa Bay Times, not the New York Times, as this project’s organizers. That Florida paper is about as moderate and middle-of-the-road as they come.

Decisions on what…

Quora bans my comment that pointed out biased inaccuracies as hate speech

If you participate in this social media game long enough, you will step on some toes and offend people. And you will receive some comments you consider offensive yourself.

That’s the nature of the game, one I fully accept. I don’t really care if people call me names, which they have. That says more about them than me. Occasionally, I will turn around and call some public figure a name, such as referring to Rush Limbaugh as “Fat Bastard.” …

Jackson Thoreau

Writer, social critic, ex-small college hoopster. I am not #TheKingoftheInternet; I just wrote the book.

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