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Bush-CIA’s Attempted SmackDown of Prof. Juan Cole’s Truth-Based Iraq War Dissent

First Amendment: Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government

Fourth Amendment: Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause

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ABC news is reporting that AARP will "reluctantly" support cuts

to SS. They will fight as best as possible, but feel they have to give in to guide the "cuts and restructuring" to save the program. Oh I forgot to mention that won't "allow" cuts to current recipients . LINK Read below the fold...


Gulp--Obamaworld NO SENSE OF HUMOR for Flash-Mob Dancing Young or Manning Sympathizers

(525 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

Jefferson Memorial -- police state response to dancing protesters.

On May 28, 2011 Television host Adam Kokesh and several other activists participating in a flash-mob were arrested at the publicly-funded Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their crime? Silently dancing, in celebration of the first amendment's champion; a clear violation of their right to free-expression.

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Into the time machine with Molly Ivins

Found this in my bookmarks.

She's pretty fierce (always was, but especially so here). No one is spared. Read below the fold...

Life in the Gas Lane: Blowout! Edition

So, as just about everyone within range of a media source knows, Chesapeake Energy had a blowout at one of its natural gas drilling sites here in Bradford County, PA. Read below the fold...

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Ground Rules Set For Climate Change Battle

In light of the pending EPA budget cuts, the citizens of the United States now face the real possibility of what would amount to a “stop-work order” on the 40 year old, extremely beneficial (benefits that outweigh costs at a 40:1 ratio) Clean Air Act. Read below the fold...

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Faulty airline maintenance practices and the absence of planning

One of the key problems we need to solve on the left is the lack of understanding of the nitty-gritty details of how our industrial economy actually functions. So, I always consider it valuable when someone down in the trenches takes the time to share their perspective with us. I found this one on facebook. Here's the first half of it:

Faulty airline maintenance practices and the absence of planning
by Tschäff Reisberg on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 10:39pm

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What about Me? - Quicksilver Messenger Service


You poisoned my sweet water, you cut down my green trees
The food you fed my children was the cause of their disease
My world is slowly fallin' down and the air's not good to breathe
And those of us who care enough, we have to do something...

Oh... oh, whatcha gonna do about me?

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Headline of the day

From FDL:

Americans Finally Sorta Like the GOP Again

Let's harken back to those thrilling days of yesteryear (or last year, anyhow), when I posted:

Graf of the day

Jerome Armstrong, at the end of his MyDD post Obama the neo-con, sums up teh O Man as briefly as could be:

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Smith-Lipinski, Santorum, and Other Signs of the Opocalypse

This is a chock-full Friday. With the anti-choice hypocrites in charge of the House, it didn't take them long to start having their usual foam-at-the-mouth conniption fits about that wimminz-only medical procedure that is none of their fucking business. Read below the fold...

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Cattle Prices Stampeding

Cross-posted from Real Economics.

Courtesy of Barry Ritholtz at his The Big Picture. Go look at the chart - very scary. Ritholltz notes: "MacroMan points out that Live Cattle Futures have gone parabolic; Daniel Dicker blames speculative derivative traders and a lack of oversight as the cause." Read below the fold...

Illinois' Best

Lincoln wouldn't be your first choice to accompany you to a party, even a political party.

By all accounts, he was a dark brooding man although not so much is written of his disposition prior to the death of his ethereal love, Ann Rutledge. Despite his hatred of slavery, he eventually married Mary Todd, a slave owner's daughter, after an on-again-off-again courtship. After the nuptials were scheduled, his answer to a casual question of his intended whereabouts was:

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The Primary Wars have begun


Remember how I said I was dreading the coming primary wars?

I think they have begun, sparked by Tucson.
The memorial rally is a clear signal to me that the President WILL seek re-election. He's not anticipating a primary challenge, so the campaign is already focused on side-lining probable general election contenders.

The MOTU want a contest between two bought and paid for corporatists - a true win-win for them. The President is determined to be the winning corporatist. The GOP have any number of wannabes to replace him.

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Who do you think you are?


Americans: What in our world must change before we recognize how drastically a different course our civilization is taking from from our best potential future? The current social and political issues plaguing the United States may be viewed as a microcosmic representation of the massive social and political upheaval throughout the world. We must not mistake otherwise, and we cannot sugarcoat it: Many of these issues have arisen due to our direct involvement. Our economic fertility over the past 250 years has, by and large, have been paid for by the subjugation and rape of peoples the powers that be have found to be inferior. Read below the fold...


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