Jun 29 2009
Barack Obama bombed this baby. This baby is one of the lucky ones, seeing as how it’s not dead.
Why did Obama maim this baby, when General Petraus has told us that there are ‘No more Al Queda in Afghanistan’?
I guess we just like to bomb babies for the sheer rollicking hell of it. Gotta use all those weapons we bought for something. You know, so we can order more, and keep the economy moving. Keep the Corporate Welfare money going out to Raytheon and the other War Profiteers, no?
I’m becoming a huge fan of Jeremy Scahill. The man speaks truth to power better than anyone I’ve seen in a good long time.
Seeing some of these people online turning their profile pictures green “for Iran” makes me want to create a Facebook and Twitter application that turns profile pictures blood red, in solidarity with all of the Afghans and Iraqis and Pakistanis being killed by US wars today; wars that people in the US failed to stop and whose representatives continue to fund to the tune of $100s of billions.-Jeremy Scahill
Here is Scahill in an interview:
What people, I think, misunderstand about Barack Obama is that this is a man who is a brilliant supporter of empire–who has figured out a way to essentially trick a lot of people into believing they’re supporting radical change, when in effect what they’re doing is supporting a radical expansion of the U.S. empire.
What we see with Obama’s policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Arab and Muslim world, as well as his global economic policies, are a continuation of the most devastating and violent policies of the Bush administration–while placing a face on it that makes it easier to expand the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of the free market in a way that Republicans, I think, would have been unable to do at this point in history.
That, in so many words, is why Barack Obama is President.
Scahill has a blog, here:
Gotta love this one:
The cowardly Democrats who checked their spines at the door to Congress when they voted Tuesday try to defend their flip-flop on war funding. Frankly, it is embarrassing.
Jun 29 2009
If you’re going to need Health Care anytime soon, make sure you don’t “get” any of these more “costly” conditions:
breast cancer, lymphoma, pregnancy, or high blood pressure.
If you do, it will put you on the Insurer’s Radar, for possible Policy Cancellation …
Having the audacity of “Getting Sick”, can instantly turn you into a “Bad Investment” for “Big Insurance” … according to the latest info coming out of Senate Hearings into Insurance Company practices …
Jun 29 2009
I’m just gonna lose my damn mind. I’m reacting, partly, to some of the comments in the front page piece at dKos by Lithium Cola about forced feedings at Gitmo.
President Obama has declared that America does not torture — an overly careful use of verb tense. However, even granting the present tense, and that the President’s claim is strictly about the current moment, the claim is false. According to the Red Cross report, force-feeding is never justified, is always torture. I am inclined to agree with the Red Cross. However, we need get into no debates about the morality of allowing a hunger-striker to die. It is inarguable that force-feeding a hunger striker who is not on the verge of death is a form of torture, and nothing other than a form of torture.
There was a variety of replies, but this in an example of what set me off:
Force Feeding Is Torture (5+ / 0-)
I don’t believe that prisoners who starve themselves should be force fed. If they die they die.
Jun 29 2009
Well, only one installment in this subseries after this one, but it will be special. Tonight we will explore this class of drugs, what they do, and how they work.
This class of drugs also includes LSD, but that material is so culturally important that it will have a post of its own. Thinking about it, it may deserve two posts, so there may be two installment after this one. We will have to see.
Jun 29 2009
|Maybe I’ve been distracted by other things: Michael Jackson, Gov. Sanford, Farrah, Ed McMahon, US v. Brazil, Honduras. I missed something about Iran.
I implied on Saturday that the Iran Revolution was in ashes, but that I hoped there was a fire under them. Then I disconnected from the story. I turned away. I assumed it really was over. Finished. But, thankfully, I was wrong. It’s not really over. The demonstrations continued on Sunday. Despite the threats. Despite the arrests. Despite the violence. This movement has not succumbed to the brutality and violence.
AP reports on Sunday evening:
So, I was wrong. It’s not over. The demonstrations are continuing. Smaller perhaps. But continuing.
Twitter about #iranelection has slowed down. But it’s still constantly updated. And from what I’m reading, it’s not over. It continues. It continues despite brutal repression.
It’s dropped down on but not off the front page. The New York Times reports the Sunday demonstrations on page 1:
So, it is not over. It may move down the front page. It may move off the front page. It may move off of this blog. But there was fire beneath the ashes, as we assumed, and this is not over. Not yet.
As I wrote before, we need to remember the demonstrators and continue in solidarity with them:
Let’s stand firm with the Iranian democracy movement. Let’s not forget them.
cross-posted from The Dream Antilles
Jun 29 2009
Welcome to the 14th installment of “Considered Forthwith.”
This weekly series looks at the various committees in the House and the Senate. Committees are the workshops of our democracy. This is where bills are considered, revised, and occasionally advance for consideration by the House and Senate. Most committees also have the authority to exercise oversight of related executive branch agencies.
This week is a special edition of Considered Forthwith. Instead of examining a single committee, I will look at the committee system in general this week. For one thing, Congress is in recess for Fourth of July (funny, I only get one day off for that). For another Meteor Blades is launching the committee monitoring project, so this seems to be an ideal time to go over the basics.
Jun 29 2009
from Sherwood Ross, June 28, 2009
The Central Intelligence Agency crucified a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to a report published in The New Yorker magazine.
“A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs,” the magazine’s Jane Mayer writes in the magazine’s June 22nd issue. “Military pathologists classified the case a homicide.” The date of the murder was not given.
“No criminal charges have ever been brought against any C.I.A. officer involved in the torture program, despite the fact that at least three prisoners interrogated by agency personnel died as a result of mistreatment,” Mayer notes.
An earlier report, by John Hendren in The Los Angeles Times indicted other torture killings. And Human Rights First says nearly 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jun 28 2009
Honduran President kidnapped, beaten, deported for trying to hold an election so that the people could vote on amending their Reagan given constitution written by SOA dictators.
I’m on some pretty wide ranging email lists, and often have volumes of mail. How I got on this list, I haven’t a clue. Today, my inbox was empty, but for this one:
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemns the coup d’état that the Honduran oligarchy is attempting to perpetrate against the constitutional government of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and the people of Honduras.
President Manuel Zelaya Rosales was kidnapped, removed from his home by force, rendered incommunicado for several hours, and violently expelled from his country by a group of unpatriotic, coup-mongering soldiers. The hooded soldiers kidnapped Chancellor Patricia Rodas and also arbitrarily detained and beat the Ambassadors of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. These shameless soldiers are responsible before national and international laws for the crimes that they are committing and for the violation of the constitution and its laws.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly urges the international community to condemn this situation and urges that the necessary measures be taken by us to defeat this coup d’état in Honduras and to reestablish the legitimate government of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales.
Caracas, June 28, 2009
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs/ Translation by the Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States
They BEAT all the Leftist Embassadors. Welcome to the prodigy of School of the Americas at work.
Jun 28 2009
The Boomers aged. Sure, not everything was perfect, not everything was back to normal. But we were staying fed. We were staying entertained. The electric bill was hard to pay but at least the damned AC worked when it got hot. Flick the switch, the dang thing turns on and works, that’s all want out of life.
Kids were hitting summer vacation. It was beach time, barbecue time, cold beer in the hot sun time. And frankly, we didn’t have the money anymore to haul our asses to DC for lobbying or NYC for protest marches. Transportation’s become rather expensive, doncha know. But really, don’t sweat it. Obama will end the wars soon. Just give him time. More time. More time. More time. Echo… echo… echo…
Then the kids started begging you to take them to see the new Transformers movie.
Now, only if you were ex-military would you cringe as you realized that the first such movie, which you’d been forced to sit through as a stoic, benign parent; was a two hour US Air Force Cyber Command recruiting commercial. The rest of the 98% of you who have never served, never known anyone who served, and don’t know or care what’s involved with military service would just resign yourselves to sitting through two hours of the usual Hollywood uber-simplistic stentorian morality play interspersed with robotic chase scenes and explosions set to glorious music.
But it’s just a petty annoyance, just as it’s a petty annoyance that the new Star Trek movie kinda messed with Kirk’s handling of the Kobayashi Maru. I mean, any true Star Trek geek knows that compassion and diplomacy, not JUST hacking your own computer system, was the Roddenberry way around a no-win alternative; just as surely as there are some of us who still swear by that “quaint” concept of the Prime Directive of the Federation. But most of the Star Trek geeks who’d remember that and could still afford to take their kids to the new movie today would agree that hacking computer systems is cool, too… right? So what’s not to like? Right?
Jun 28 2009
Today’s events in Honduras certainly seem to have a US OK stamped all over them.
With Obama suggesting only that:
any disputes must be settled peacefully through negotiations
And the administration saying that they know nothing of Honduran constitutional law–they’re at the least saying it’s all OK, and at most that they knew about it and approved beforehand.
Reminds me a lot of Bush in Haiti.
It’s disgusting, and a lot of people
could will get hurt.
On the so called left, the excuse that this is justified by a Referendum on extending or removing term limits seems to be fooling many, but I mean c’mon, how do you justify lies in the press (the main paper in Honduras is claiming that President Zelaya has resigned, which is a lie) , shutting down media and electricity, curfews and Honduran troops in the streets with teargas, and a few reports of much worse.
But the sad state of todays Obamabots is “He’s got this.”
I’m afraid he very well may have “got this”.
Just like other US presidents of the past also “got this” all over Honduras.
The reason we won’t have change is because the American electorate doesn’t want it–they’re totally fine with death squads in Central America, if Obama says it’s OK.
(can’t get images to post) but see: