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Keep Your Laws Out Of My Body

“It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you” – M. Grundler

Outside of the passing of the Patriot Act, I can not remember a time in my relatively short life in which I felt more hurt or violated by my government. The passage and proposal of recent government sponsored rape legislation in Oklahoma and Florida has left me in utter shock.

You see, I wasn’t around for the
Roe v. Wade court battle.
I’ve grown up in an era of women’s equality; or at least the façade of it. For the first time in my life, I think truly understand the indescribable anger of having my most personal liberties taken from me. Read below the fold...

Well, the guy's a Muslim, so even if he is a US citizen, Obama thinks it's OK to just shoot him

Not that you won't be next, especially after they bring the drones home from Afghanistan. Izvestia:

The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.

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War Is Over (If They Mean It)

By David Swanson

Sixty-five congress members, including 60 Democrats and 5 Republicans, voted to end the occupation of Afghanistan on Wednesday. But 356 congress members, including 189 Democrats and 167 Republicans voted to keep the war going. The vote followed three hours of debate created by Congressman Dennis Kucinich's introduction of a privileged resolution. Read below the fold...

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The Horror of War on Stage

By David Swanson

"Prophecy" is the title of a new play by Karen Malpede, and I'm here to attempt the unamerican task of telling you to see it without telling you it's a comedy. In fact, I'm going to confess that I had to take a break from it and recover before I could write about it. I felt like I'd taken a blow with an enormous sledge hammer, even though I knew that a whole orchestra of smaller instruments had produced what I was feeling.

It was not a bad feeling, not an undesirable feeling. The play is a thing of beauty, and not all beauty fits into that Hollywood sensation of wouldn't-such-a-thing-be-sweet-but-I-bet-they're-divorced-in-a-year-and-I-shouldn't-have-had-that-last-gallon-of-coke. Read below the fold...

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Tony Blair Forced to Testify on War Crimes

By David Swanson

Former prime minister Tony Blair's testimony was streamed live at 4:30 a.m. ET at the Iraq Inquiry website and on other sites, such as the UK newspaper the Telegraph which allowed viewers to rank Blair's responses on a "Lie Meter". Telegraph readers' top desired questions pre-hearing were: Read below the fold...

Obama Did Not "Inherit" Afghan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somali and Other Wars


In this half hour address to the Black is Back Conference in St. Petersburg last weekend, Glen Ford sticks a pin in the notion that our First Black President "inherited" the multiple wars America is engaged in, from Colombia to the Phillipines to Somalia and Yemen to Pakistan.
Barack Obama didn't just campaign for the job five or six years, he embraced all the rotten things empire is, and does to become its CEO, to get his corporate campaign contributors to purchase the job for him. It's half an hour.
If your browser does not display the video above it, try here. Read below the fold...

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Simple Question

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Given that O's SOTU will propose a vile goulash of war, neo liberal austerity, abridgements of civil rights, foot dragging on climate change, meaningless tax cuts double talk on Wall Street bonuses, vague, but increasingly apparent gestures in the direction of cutting Medicare and Social Security, etc.

Why the hell is there absolutely no organizing or even discussion of massive protests against the slide into barbarism which O is willingly and enthusiastically presiding over? Read below the fold...

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Danner's Choice

(Version with links available here. I can't seem to get links included when I copy and paste texts.)

Mark Danner's Choice

A long standing staple of Fox News discourse claims that liberalism in the academy holds sway as a kind of semi-official ideology. This view is largely correct, though it should be kept in mind that it is the liberalism targeted in recent denunciations by Adolph Reed and Chris Hedges, not the "radical leftism" of teabaggers and other fantasists of the right. Read below the fold...

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Shooting Handcuffed Children

By David Swanson

The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead. While this apparently constitutes an everyday act of kindness, far less intriguing than the vicious singeing of his pubic hairs by Captain Underpants, it is at least a variation on the ordinary American technique of murdering men, women, and children by the dozens with unmanned drones. Read below the fold...

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An Avatar Awakening

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By David Swanson

Let's face it, if James Cameron had made a movie with the Iraqi resistance as the heroes and the U.S. military as the enemies, and had set it in Iraq or anywhere else on planet earth, the packed theaters viewing "Avatar" would have been replaced by a screening in a living room for eight people and a dog.

Nineteen years ago, Americans packed theaters for "Dances with Wolves" in which Native Americans became the heroes, but the story was set in a previous century and the message understated. Read below the fold...

At least 18% of all babies born in Fallujah hospital born with deformities

And why did all this happen? Because four Blackwater military contractors were killed. Not only that, but the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (yes, it's a government committee) "fault Blackwater in Fallujah ambush." (Unfortunately, this report came out 3 years after the fact. We never seem to know these things at the time, or our 'leaders' don't.) So, because four contractors were killed, we basically go into a city use depleted uranium and other toxic weapons and destroy the entire city, killing thousands. This is clearly a war crime, and people need to be taken to task for it. Read below the fold...

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Torture and Lies: What's Obama Trying to Hide NOW? Why's Hillary Helping?

From the Daily Mail:

Hillary Clinton has threatened to end intelligence sharing with Britain if the High Court publishes its findings on what happened to former terror detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Letters from the U.S. Secretary of State and the CIA to the Government warn they will cease co-operation with British counterparts if two judges release details about Mr Mohamed's alleged torture.

Human rights campaigners yesterday claimed the threat - which could put British lives at risk - was merely a ' smokescreen', but Foreign Secretary David Miliband insisted it was serious.

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