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Snipping Myself from 2010 on Torture

I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
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Re-POST: Murderous Recklessness of Our Militarized Police

Re-POST from June 9, 2014:

In “Police Violence and the American gulag” Andre Damon gives a sampling from across the country of recent gratuitously murderous attacks by the police against vulnerable citizens. Read below the fold...

‘Right to Remain Alive’ in USA No Longer a Given

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PREFACE:

Mychal Denzel Smith in "No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives":

Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.

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If You Cook It ($35,000 T-day Dinner) the 1%ers Will Come!

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According to Erik Sherman in “Restaurant's Decadent Thanksgiving Feast: $35,000 for 4” The Old Homestead Restaurant on Manhattan’s lower west side offered for Thanksgiving a $35,000 celebration for four people ($8,750 a person). The offer extended was to accommodate 3 groups of four.

By Tuesday two of the three celebration packages had been snapped up. One of the buyers was reported to be from a financial institution in NYC and another an out-of-towner. Read below the fold...

Quotes on the Soul

"QUOTES ABOUT SOULS"

“Walking was not fast enough so we ran. Running was not fast enough, so we galloped. Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed. Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks. Long metal tracks were not fast enough, so we drove. Driving was not fast enough, so we flew. Read below the fold...

Wise Words on Stupid War by David Swanson

Excerpts from "The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve" by David Swanson:

... the general impression one gets from traveling around and speaking and answering questions at public events in the United States is not so much that people are indifferent to the destruction of the globe as long as they don't miss their favorite television show, as that people are unclear on what destruction means and can't identify a globe when it's placed in a lineup with six watermelons.

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Swanson Asks 'Pro-Troops' = 'Anti-Peace'? (plus Libby Haiku)

Anti-War Haiku

Soldiers’ Soon Enough Epiphany

Needing illusion,

they trust one cares there on high


brass totem. Dream on.



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enough.

Under coffin's lid

lies still another stiff kid

lied to by country.

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Peace, Hegemony-style

Redacting conscience,

vulture culture blasts lives gone. Raped

land left napalm calmed. Read below the fold...

Libya Today, If Any Americans Remotely Care

It always resonates the pace of “Lucy and the chocolate factory” manic-ness, US-government, often with NATO, produced chaos and misery around the world, not to mention the chaos and misery from our own government on us domestically.

We collectively are easily numbed out by the "velocitization" of global and domestic tragedies our government is responsible for, though that responsibility rarely is dwelled upon if admitted to by a colluding and propagandizing mainstream media. Read below the fold...

The Cheese (Obama) Stands Alone -- But Not Really

The Treacherous & Terrible Legacy of AG Eric Holder

So after six years, Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.

Tom Carter in “The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder” writes: Read below the fold...

2014 'Vomit Bucket' Election Night & Wisdom of WR Pitt

Humor to the Gallows and Back

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HOW TO SING THE BLUES: A PRIMER

1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning..."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town." Read below the fold...

Kiss Iraq Goodbye ... What We Did for Israel!

Gary Leupp has written an enlightening and enraging article entitled “Not Behind Bars, Friends Still in Power, Iraq Destroyed: The Gloating of the Neocons” underscoring how the realpolitik motivation for what he calls “the greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far”, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, was primarily committed for the benefit of Israel. Read below the fold...

2014 Election & Plutocratic Psychopathy

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Barry Grey and Patrick Martin in “The US elections and the American plutocracy” declare that the Democratic and Republican parties agree on austerity, government spying, tax breaks for the rich and war.

Hunger, homelessness, joblessness, Detroit’s bankruptcy are not worth seriously addressing by either of them in this election cycle. Read below the fold...

Door #1-Ebola Safety, Door #2-WW III: US Chooses Door #2

According to Patrick Martin in “Political issues in the Ebola crisis”, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected more than 8,000 people and 4,000 have died. There are no signs that this outbreak is about to be controlled. Read below the fold...

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