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Reading between the Lines

As the Obama Administration trots out its dog-and-pony show to advocate for war, I’ve been noticing some departures from our last misadventure. Although Lambert regularly uses the terms Pravda and Izvestia for major US news outlets as our own notorious examples of Soviet-era propaganda organs, the comparison has become more and more apt, because US journalism consumers appear to be honing their skills at reading between the lines. Here are some of my observations and what I think may be their significance in the larger scheme of things. Read below the fold...

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Disenfranchisement without evidence or due process

“All we want to do is combat voter fraud. Why can’t we ask for people to prove that they are who they say they are?” That’s the talking point we always hear to justify legislation to disenfranchise millions of Americans. And it’s an effective talking point in the political sphere, despite its inherently disingenuous nature.

I’d like to propose a counterargument: Why can’t we ask you to prove voting fraud? Why can’t you prove they’re guilty of what you say they are? Read below the fold...

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Compare and Contrast:

If Anyone Tells You We Cannot Afford Social Security or Higher Corporate Taxes Because of the National Debt . . . (In Hundreds of Billions of Dollars)

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"I Guarantee You. Flat Guarantee You."

"President Obama will under no circumstances agree to put your retirement at risk by privatizing Social Security, and he will reject any plan that slashes Social Security benefits."—Obama Campaign “Truth Team,” October 6, 2012 Read below the fold...

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Sequestration today-uh, sequestration tomorrow-uh, sequestration forev-uh! A Modest Proposal.

According to Alabama senators Jefferson Sessions and Richard Shelby, the U.S. government does not create jobs, and that taxpayers "hear warnings of a debt crisis and yet learn that we still borrow nearly $4 billion a day. They send their tax dollars to Washington on the hope those dollars will be wisely guarded and then discover that those dollars have been lost and wasted and abused." Read below the fold...

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More Than Meets the Eye in L'Affaire Petraeus

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A few things. First is that there appears to have been a great deal of classified information bandied about between the people involved and possibly others. The threshold for dissemination of classified information to unauthorized parties is absolutely zero tolerance, but especially so for the head of the CIA. In Obama's press conference yesterday, he stated that no classified information had been divulged that would threaten the security of the United States. Read below the fold...

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New Internet Meme: ROVESPUTIN

From Wikipedia:

It has been argued[3] that Rasputin helped to discredit the tsarist government, leading to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917.

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Grandest Bargain Ever, a different wrinkle from Economist Richard Wolff

My "Dismal Science" diet comes from a wide variety of sources. As our corrupt national political establishment and discredited media organs begin to focus on post-election Catfood Commission politics, it's instructive to see how different economists read the writing on the wall, and come to a variety of conclusions. In this case I'd like to highlight the observations of Dr. Richard D. Wolff, who appears to come to a similar conclusion to the one I derived in my previous post about how the Grand Bargain is a shell game calculated to drain the public funds for private purposes (The Grandest Bargain Ever, Explained). Read below the fold...

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Police Taking Sides in Greek Social Collapse as Enforcement Arm of Fascist Golden Dawn Party

Here's an article detailing how when push comes to shove, the individuals in the police state are always the last to leave the social disintegration party.

Desperate to keep the police on side, is the Greek government overlooking violent abuses? Golden Dawn is having a field day while MPs from other parties are assaulted. Read below the fold...

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The Grandest Bargain Ever, explained

The Grand Bargain Fiscal Cliff deficit hysteria is the end game in a sophisticated, multi-year version of three-card monte.

For this illustration, we’ll use the shell game version where the slicks hide a ball under a nutshell. Under one shell you've got bank money. Under another shell you have the national budget money. Under the third shell you have social program money, let's call it Social Security.

The object of the game is to take all three balls without anyone noticing, and if the institutional legitimacy of the shells get destroyed, well . . . . Read below the fold...

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Disgraced Democratic Politicians Who Have Permanently Discredited Themselves

Disgraced Democratic Politicians Who Have Permanently Discredited Themselves Because they Advocate the Dismantling of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or Other Programs that Benefit 98 Percent of Their Constituents.

Part I of a Running Series: Emanuel Cleaver Edition

Why on earth should anyone in Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District who is under the age of fifty-five ever vote for this man, ever again?

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Fifty-Four Forty-Three: Obama's Home Court Catastrophe in NY-9

The election results in NY-9 are a rejection of Obama.
Fifty-four percent. That's the number of people who disapprove of Barack Obama's handling of his job as president in NY-9 and the margin by which the Republican won in that district.

This is a rejection of the DNC, the DCCC, the DSCC, and by extension, Obama's political mishandling.

Weprin was hand-picked. This candidate was selected by the DCCC for that district. This is the person that Barack Obama and Steve Israel and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wanted to run with. Another hopelessly compromised, wishy washy, ineffectual, corporatist, DLC weenie. And remember: Pelosi, Wasserman-Schultz, and Obama didn't have to have this election. They didn't need to demand Weiner's resignation. Read below the fold...

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Best in Class . . . and a Blue Ribbon for Unintended Situational Irony

Seen at a local fair.
Yay! This is the best 9/11 since 9/11!
Be sure to light the candle to celebrate!
After we've all had a slice, maybe we can give a bullhorn to a Texas rooster so he can climb all over it and sing cock-a-doodle doo!
Cock-a-doodle doo!
BEST IN CLASS!

BEST IN CLASS! Read below the fold...

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