Author Archives: Bob Sikes

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.

In Ukraine….”there will be thousands of people killed and this blood of children and adults will be on Trump’s hands.”

President Donald Trump’s deeply disturbing airy comparison last night of Russian president Vladamir’s Putin’s record as a killer to our own is still  getting crickets in right-wind media this morning. So it’s easy to wonder what transpired in the conversation … Continue reading

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Trump Utters the Deal Breaker

From Abby Phillip for the Washington Post: In an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, which will air ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Trump doubled down on his “respect” for Putin – even in the face of accusations … Continue reading

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Is this cover for a big lie from Erdogan?

Turkey’s president Recep Tayipp Erdogan called the July 15 coup last year a gift from God and justification and it prompted an unprecedented jailing of  political opponents and members of the Turkish media. Erdogan and his allies have taken the … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of the Yemen Raid #Fake News Smear of Trump

Dispatching with the #fakenews smear of the Trump administration does  #NeverTrump leader David French in National Review: Journalists spread the Reuters report far and wide, but anyone with the slightest experience in complex special operations missions should have been instantly … Continue reading

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So the PLO is worried they’ve not heard from Trump yet

Writes Caroline Glick in RealClear Politics: The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into … Continue reading

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Jailed Turkish Journalist Derya Okatan is in the 14th Day of Her Hunger Strike

The unjustly persecuted continues to suffer at the hands of a corrupt and brutal Erdogan regime. Sacthing Purple Musings first posted on Okatan’s hunger strike here. Turkish to English translation: #DeryaOkatan journalistic activities in custody. This is to protest the … Continue reading

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Was Turkish Journalist Ahmet Sik Working on a Piece that Would Cause Upheaval in Erdogan’s Ruling AKP Party?

FreePress, a blog published in Europe, posted comments from a colleague of jailed journalist Ahmet Sik and brought some new details to light. Alican Uluda works with Sik at Cumhuriyet, a daily newspaper the Erdogan government considers an opposition publication. He has … Continue reading

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Derya Okatan Enters 9th Day of Her Hunger Strike in a Turkish Jail

Friends of Derya Okatan have confirmed for Scathing Purple Musings that she is in her 9th day of a hunger strike. She was jailed before Christmas for alleged connections to Redhack, a group claiming to be behind the leaked emails of … Continue reading

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REPORT: Jailed Turkish Journalist Derya Okatan in Hunger Strike

From the Tesujin Gazzette: ISTANBUL – Detained six journalists will be kept in custody until January 24. The journalists, who were allowed to see their lawyers, sent a message and said, “Buckle down more to report”. The closed Dicle News … Continue reading

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Turkey Just Released American Wall Street Journal Reporter After Being Jailed For 3 Days

From The Daily Beast: Wall Street Journal reporter held in Turkish detention for nearly three days without any contact with his family or lawyers has been released. National security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was taken from his Istanbul apartment on Tuesday … Continue reading

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