So there is a screw-up with scheduling of vip guests at the White House.
President Obama learns that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis are all waiting to see him at the same time.
Obama turns anxiously to a senior aide. “Whom do you think I should see first?”
The aide ponders and then confidently replies: “I would see the Pope first and get that out of the way. After all, with the Pope all you have to do is kiss his ring.” Read more about Political Joke
Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.) Read more about Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?
Chris Hedges in “Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'” writes:
The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out.
Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz is dead. He was 90 years old. According to Bill Van Auken in "Saudi king’s death threatens to deepen US crisis in Middle East" Abdullah was “the head of one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.” Van Auken also labels it a “theocratic dictatorship.”
This is a significant event in the mainstream corporate media as well as among the heads of state of the western imperialist nations. Read more about Bow or Bobble Respectful Heads for King Who Lopped Them Off
Tuesday night Obama set up a 2015 agenda that Glen Ford in “State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional” asserts would have been a modest and easy win in 2009 and 2010 when the Dems dominated both houses, but hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell with a Republican Congress.
In 2009 and 2010 Obama fed us, the citizens who put him into office, to the proverbial wolves, or as Ford lists them, “bankers, Wall Street, private insurers and Big Pharma.”
Christopher Brauchli in “With Friends Like These... Intolerance, Saudi-Style” chronicles some seriously unpleasant prosecutions from one of the USA’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia: Read more about Not Enuf Ado About US Ignoble Ally Saudi Arabia
Philip Guelpa in “New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio” offers some very troubling statistics and analyses. Bill de Blasio, NYC Democratic mayor, has been in office a year now and the enormous problems of homelessness and unaffordable housing are worsening even from the “12-year-mayoral-tenure” of billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
Here are 15 serious considerations from Guelpa’s report and analysis: Read more about Major 'Mayor-de-Blasio-FAIL’ re NYC Homelessness & Housing
The January 7th terror attack in Paris has been the justification for French President Hollande to deploy 10,000 troops and thousands of police officers for furthering state control over all of the French citizenry.
French and empathetic global citizens are justifiably and sincerely outraged by the tragedy. However, imperialism- and fascism-bent patriarchal leaders are eager to exploit the collective outflow of concern to Orwellianly craven and cynical advantage in their erosion of democratic and socially responsible principles in their respective countries and targeted others. Read more about Paris Terror Attack like 9/11 Useful for 'New World Order'
James Petras recently published “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015”. What follows are my distillations of his positive and negative lists of events of 2014 and his 2015 speculations.
Positive Developments in 2014 Read more about James Petras on the Good, Bad & Ugly of 2014
On December 31, 2014 the US in the UN Security Council voted against a resolution to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by 2017 and for a “comprehensive peace deal” to be reached by the end of 2015. Read more about Once Again w/ UN Veto US Dooms Palestine & Pisses on Intl Law
Re-Post of 12-8-13:
Oh little town of Washington,
how still we see you lie.
The crap -- a cheap and mean-filled heap --
as silent drones destroy.
In your dark hearts harbored
the everlasting ploy
through hopes and fears to millions here
serious fleecing to provide.
Obama, born of Oprah,
we gathered all around
to push Bush out forever,
a sick, destructive clown.
Alas, our dream aborted.
The Cheney course remains.
Obama’s charm at doling harm.
He’s master of the game. Read more about Re-Post: Oh Little Town of Washington
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 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 more about Re-POST: Murderous Recklessness of Our Militarized Police