Welcome to The Blackburn Report

Michael Blackburn, Sr.I was born in Los Angeles, California, I first became aware on the grass covered hills  of  what is now Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.

Life has been a thrill a minute, more or less, and as they say, thanks to the unseen force which may or may not consciously contribute to happenings in the universe, I am still alive.

I still have my sideburns, too.

10 thoughts on “Welcome to The Blackburn Report

  1. Aleichem Shalom, Chuck!

    Thanks for the comment and reading the site.
    I was located on another server until recently and I am just now rebuilding my readership.
    I appreciate your support 🙂

  2. Dear Blackburn Report,

    My name is Barbara O’ Brien and my blogging at The Mahablog, Crooks and Liars, AlterNet, and elsewhere on the progressive political and health blogophere has earned me the notoriety of being a panelist at the Yearly Kos Convention and a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, DC.

    I’m contacting you because I found your site in a prominent political and health reform blog search and want to tell you about my newest blogging platform —the public concern of health care and its reform. Our shared concerns include health reform, public health, safe workplaces, and asbestos contamination.

    To increase awareness on these important issues, my goal is to get a resource link on your site or even allow me to provide a guest posting. Please contact me back, I hope to hear from you soon. Drop by our site in the meantime—www.maacenter.org/blog.

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    barbaraobrien@maacenter.org

  3. Fellow Blackburn Report readers,

    My name is Eric Pino, I am at this point a bit of a newbie to the BR. As a New Years’ resolution(my only resolution), I intend to put forth a series of political position stances which to be up front, are of a libertarian nature.
    I’m for the most part a believer in minimalism in government; for example, the only real functions that any level of government really needs to do is protect both our civil liberties AND finanicial freedoms, not butt in and try to run our lives and businesses.
    Over the next few months, I intend to cover such topics as bailouts, drug reform, gun rights, health care, public this, public that and whatever else worthy enough to comment on.
    I look forward to the responces of my future pieces.

    Yours Truly, EP

  4. Hi, Eric. Welcome.
    I don’t believe any objective observer would deny that the government exercises almost total control at this point in time.
    The government is far too involved in people’s personal lives.
    If you wish to send articles directly to the Blackburn Report my email is michaelblackburnsr@gmail.com .
    I’d be happy to publish your writing, as long as I can comment on the issues.
    Again, Welcome, Eric.

  5. In the case you missed out about SC Lt. Gov. Andre’ Bauer’s controversial comments on the poor: comparing public school students who get subsidised lunches to stray animals that engage in “that type of behavior”.
    At first I thought I understood his message, but the more I thought about it, the more questions it promted.
    Was his message?
    A) To specifically end school lunch programs?
    B) To end all forms of public assistamce?
    C) Curtailing “that type of behavior”?
    Let’s address A&B first:
    Libertarians think that 1)It’s glorified socialism to make everybody pay for such wasteful spending on boondoggle social programs. 2)Intrusive of an individual’s financial freedoms. Many libertarians in general agree that socialism is to take from the productive and give to the unproductive. It offends believers of the work ethic who think “I earned mine, go earn yours you lazy…(follow up with your favorite expletive)”
    Let us now tackle C. This is where social conservatives and libertarians split. Social conservatives believe in regulating personal behavior. Libertarians do not belive that it’s the place for government to be involved in. Somewhere in between, the answer should involve birth control. If we as a society are truly serious about reducing poverty we need to look at one of the root causes of it; poor people popping out kids they can’t afford(I could write a whole other piece on that one).
    Bottom line is that Andre’ Bauer was the wrong messanger who took the wrong angle on his desire to eliminate a government program.

    EP

  6. t’s not the first time a politician in South Carolina has made a statement that’s made national news and made said politician appear to be a crackpot.

    Last year, Congressman Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress.

    Former State Election Commission Chairman Rusty DePass compared an escaped gorilla to one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors on Facebook.

    Gov. Mark Sanford had an affair with an Argentine woman and left the state without telling anyone.

    “What we tend to see around the country is people saying, ‘Well, there they go again. It’s just South Carolina.’
    It embarrasses us. We are all collectively tainted by what one politician after another has been inclined to say or do,” said one S. Carolina Pol.

    So, at first glance, it just seems like an incredibly stupid remark by an inept politician, but it actually reflects a lot of the hate and fear felt by less educated members of the rural South who, due to the recession, fear job loss, taxation, etc.

    Very similar to the type of fears felt by Germans which brought Hitler, another man who appeared to be a “nut” to uneducated people, but appealed to people’s fear and prejudice in the way Bauer has done.

    Of course, realistically, the answer to peoples fear is not to further harm children and America’s currently struggling educational system.
    The proper response is to begin taxing the rich, who exploit the nations resources for their own gain with no concern for those they
    harm.

    As far as forced abortion, I don’t see that as realistic since the right opposes abortion and the center supports choice.
    There doesn’t seem to be any support at all for forced abortion.

    The school lunch program is seen by most American’s as a needed program.
    The recipients are no different than the children of the rich, most of whom inherited their wealth.

    Some, such as GW Bush’s wealth, was built on his Grandfather selling weapons to the German Nazi army during WWII.

    To advocate for a first class education for descendants of criminals and none for those unfortunate enough to be born poor in the world’s richest country, doesn’t pass the logic test.

    The bottom line is that Bauer isn’t a nut, he’s is just not a very moral person.

  7. Thanks, David, I appreciate that.
    I’ve looked into the issues I cover here in depth, from all angles, and I try to express the truth as I see it.
    Sometimes all we can do is try to be a pebble in the pond of human awareness.

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