Tag: corruption

Carl Levin Causes Suicide!

Having recently myself been accused of being a murderer because my intemperate remarks while blogging might so offend some sensitive soul as to cause them to commit suicide, I can hardly understand how Carl Levin can look at himself in the mirror any more.

His insensitive inquiries into why the U.S. Air Force’s No. 2 acquisition official was accepting monthly $13,400 checks from a defense contractor for, in the official’s own words-

“I really didn’t do anything for CRI, I got a paycheck from them.”

Have apparently caused that poor sensitive soul’s suicide.

Senior Air Force purchasing official found dead
By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters
57 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force’s No. 2 acquisition official, facing scrutiny for a temporary job arranged by the service while he awaited Senate confirmation, was found dead at his home in an apparent suicide, according to an internal Air Force memo obtained by Reuters on Monday.

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You must hear Lessig’s lecture on corruption

Today, Larry Lessig posted an incredible lecture and slide presentation he delivered at Stanford, where he is a law professor. Drop everything you are doing and go listen to this now. It is the dawn of a new era of Internet-based politics.


With laser focus, Lessig zeros in on money corruption in American society and fingers the corporations and their coin-operated politicians as the bad actors – but he also indicts the REST OF US for staying silent and tolerating the increasing affronts to reason, justice, and dignity.

Lessig has decided to devote the next decade to fighting the creeping crud of big money corruption of American society, and he is just the man to do it. The most exciting part of his lecture is the hints at solutions that bypass the crooked Congress and “two-party” system. Just as the evolution of Docudharma is heading swiftly toward action-oriented reform, Lessig is advocating new Internet-propagated “norms” to fight corruption. He is a brilliant man, and he will soon figure out how the Net can generate structures, charters, and protocols to begin bypassing the stinking mess that much of the US Government has become.

Just go listen to Lessig. I cannot recommend this speech too highly.

Why I am a Radical

It’s simple really.  Radical problems require radical solutions.


1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.
2. thoroughgoing or extreme, esp. as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.
3. favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms: radical ideas; radical and anarchistic ideologues.


The other night I was telling my 84-year-old father (21 years career Army) about the march in Washington.  I told him that we are going to have to rise up against our government oppressors if we have any hope at all of taking our government back.

“As long as you do it with the ballot box,” he said.  Of course he’s been taught this all his life…and so have I.  Be patient.  Work within the system.


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