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toritto: In Defense of 'Hysterical' Lefties

The following is by one of my favorite writers (and human beings) -- toritto!!!

Yes. I busted my ass for Obama the first time around.

Opened my checkbook, campaigned, knocked on doors. Did everything I could to see that he carried Florida in the Presidential election.

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Obama’s Orwellian Defense of NSA @ Press Conf.

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So Obama stood up at his year-end press conference on Friday and gave “an Orwellian defense of unrestrained US spying” according to Bill Van Auken in “Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs”.

Obama:

“I have confidence that the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillance and snooping around…”

Say what?

He continued: Read below the fold...

Whitewash Continues of NSA Criminality

I caught some of Lawrence O’Donnell’s show yesterday in which O’Donnell glibly shilled for the Obama administration against the findings of federal Judge Leon. O’Donnell also handily soft-balled questions to one of Obama’s NSA reform panelists in which the two found common cause in lauding the Obama administration for its “lesser evil” spy program. Do they not recall it took Edward Snowden to expose it???? Read below the fold...

Libby's Stew: Snowden, 60 Minutes, Judge Leon, Mandela

In an open letter to the people of Brazil entitled: "NSA Surveillance Is About Power, Not 'Safety'” Edward Snowden writes: Read below the fold...

Say-Anything Obama’s Pretend NSA Reform

So Manning sacrificed so much to bring to the proverbial “bewildered herd” of us American citizens abundant evidence of war criminality. What happened? US war criminality gallops on. After all, we live under the supposedly” lesser evil” Dem Obama’s administration where he enjoys some kind of blank check to perpetrate evil and be celebrated for his governance's not being as bad as Bush’s or McCain’s or Hitler’s or fill in a name would be.

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Rampant Sexual Abuse of Juveniles in Michigan Prisons

How many citizens are cognizant of the economic terrorism occurring in Michigan right now with the Obama administration enabling corrupt and opportunistic disaster capitalist, corporate cronies and state and local politicians to shamelessly raid public workers’ pensions?

Naomi Spencer in “Widespread abuse of juvenile inmates in Michigan prisons” turns the spotlight in Michigan on nightmare scenarios of sexual violence being perpetrated against juvenile prison inmates. Read below the fold...

Oh Little Town of Washington

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
that hopes and fears of 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.

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Brit Soldier Convicted of Murder of Afghan Prisoner

Robert Stevens in “Royal Marine convicted of Afghan murder”:

The [Afghan] prisoner died after being shot in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol.

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U.S. Deepens Afghanistan’s Doom

Bill Van Auken in “US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan” writes:

... In 2012, the Democratic incumbent campaigned for reelection vowing that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by December 31, 2014. His running mate, Joe Biden, declared, “We are leaving Afghanistan in 2014, period. There are no if, ands or buts.”

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Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theorist Was RFK

David Talbot in “JFK Assassination: CIA and New York Times are Still Lying To Us” sums up our (but not OUR) media’s recent sentimental and titillating but shallow and manipulative coverage of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago. Read below the fold...

That Popping Noise? The Obamacare Bubble!

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Kate Randall in “Obamacare exposed: The gutting of health care for workers” contends that affordable, quality health care will not be provided by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Read below the fold...

Sirota: ‘Liberal Washing’ -- the Enabling of Plutocratic Exploitation

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I read an exciting article by David Sirota recently entitled “How the 1 Percent Always Gets Its Way”.

Sirota’s answer for that is simple. BOTH legacy parties are “up for sale.”

I figure MSNBC and others of Team Dem are doing a more than adequate job inventorying and calling out the lack of empathy and the greed of the rabid leadership of the Republican party. Read below the fold...

Obamacare - Each Day Another Fresh Hell!

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Despite all the Team Dem 24/7 media propaganda, what Obama’s “counter”-reform Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will do is shift most of the financial burden of medical care profoundly on average American families by callously raising costs at the same time assuring substandard care, and as if that weren’t enough, it will penalize those who choose not to register for said substandard care.

Kind of lose/lose for the American people. Buy health-jeopardizing cut rate insurance or pay for not purchasing cut rate insurance. Read below the fold...

Dem Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Landslide’ [16% NYers] ... Meh

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So last Tuesday a FEW of us (relatively speaking -- 24%) in NYC went to the polls to vote. (I went to vote for the Green candidates.)

It was an off-year election including for mayor and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio of the Democratic Party with a 50 point lead was a sure thing.

He actually won by only 16% of the entire NY voting population according to Bill Van Auken in “The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism”. Read below the fold...

Australian David Hicks: Survivor of Gitmo’s Sadistic Abuse

Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read below the fold...

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