Department Of Stop it! You're killing Everything!
Yesterday, I scored the SOTU on the 7 Fairy Tales I discussed previously, and concluded that the President was subscribing to at most two of them, and that he accepted the deficit reduction framing of the Republicans as a basis for negotiation, and was trying to point the US in the same direction as export-led economies emphasizing fiscal austerity, thus joining the world's race to bottom. Today, I want to analyze the details of the portion of the SOTU dealing with deficit reduction. The President said: Read more about More Fairy Tales of the SOTU
Being U.S. President is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry, Never Stopping a Madness You Didn’t Start & Inducing National Amnesia
John Grant has a wry, clear way of framing the moral vacuum that is America and its ferocious military status quo that steamrolls ever onward, contrary to all logic, justice and empathy.
Grant contends that the U.S.'s Middle East influence has profoundly waned, as opposed to Turkey’s and Iran’s, despite “hundreds of thousands of soldiers and billions of dollars of equipment and bases." “And a lot of face to save,” he adds. The 2003 U.S. Iraq invasion and occupation was what “boosted” Iran to strong regional influence he emphasizes.
John Grant on George W. Bush's reflection on his war (or lack of reflection): Read more about Being U.S. President is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry, Never Stopping a Madness You Didn’t Start & Inducing National Amnesia
I picked up a provocative book by John J. Mearshimer in B&N today, “Why Leaders Lie -- The Truth About Lying In International Politics” (Oxford, 2011). I highly recommend it. Mearshimer rationally but bluntly explores past and current deadly global military crises promoted by the mendacity of leading “players.” Read more about Mearsheimer On Lying in International Politics: “Nationalist Mythmaking” & “Fearmongering”
Wouldn’t it be lovely if a new year’s resolution for 2011 for the U.S. would be to end war?
Sometimes I am startled by the reflection in the mirror in the ladies’ restroom at work of my black armband that I started wearing a year and a half ago with a first, very deep breath, assuming I would be called on often to explain it. It would afford opportunities to share my moral outrage at the international and civil lawless conduct of my government. Read more about WAR, WAR, WAR -- KILL, KILL, KILL -- LIE, LIE, LIE -- It’s the American Way
Eric Margolis writes on what he calls "the over-militarization of US foreign policy" and the political opportunism of generals and political leaders shamelessly and callously continuing to risk countless lives and the quality of countless lives to justify another wrong-headed war. Margolis:
"... a political whitewash issued by the Obama White House claiming the war was going well and some US troops might be withdrawn next year. This 'don't worry be happy' summary was trumpeted by the pro-war New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other members of the government-friendly US media..."
QUESTION: If a dramatic Veterans for Peace-led protest happens in the very front of the White House, Dec. 16, 2010, and 250 activists at least assemble in the cold and SNOW, and 135 of them stand tall in front of the White House fence, some even chaining themselves to it, and those 135 are arrested, but the mainstream media including progressive corporate media don't see it and report on it ... or saw but chose not to report on it, more accurately ...
... did it really happen?
Yes, yes, yes! but shame shame shame shame on our propaganda selling out fourth estate!! Read more about It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Black-Ops & Media-Blackout Betraying Christmas
Tonight Bradley Manning is being tortured and destroyed in a prison cell because he has been accused of trying to tell the truth about war that all so-called enlightened people know: it is brutalizing, senseless, futile and cruel. He is also being tortured in the hope that he can be used as an instrument to stop Julian Assange from telling the truth about war and the corruptions of power that all so-called enlightened people claim to know.
The national debt exists today because when the nation went off the Gold Standard in 1971 and adopted its present non-convertible fiat currency system, Congress did not repeal its mandate requiring that the Government back all its deficit spending with already existing borrowed dollars whose convertibility was covered by our holdings of Gold. This Congressional mandate to borrow funds by issuing debt instruments, has caused the national debt to persist. Had Congress repealed it when President Nixon took the country off the Gold Standard, and had we ceased to issue debt at that time, then the Government would have re-paid all of our 1971 debts as they came due, and our national debt today, as well as our debt-to-GDP would both now be at Zero. So, the existence of the National Debt today is Congress's fault! Read more about The National Debt Is Congress's Fault! Redux
Dishonorable Obama, Congress & Media Don’t Give a Serious God-Damn About Massive & Gratuitous Poverty and Violence
Meet the Press hosted apologists for Obama and corporatists everywhere. Defense of tax cuts for the rich the topic this time. Opportunities for disgust and disdain against those purist ideology-lefties, a/k/a more "hippie punching," of course was enjoyed by all. All but one, Anthony Weiner, who was the token liberal-sounding one this week (to be piled on). Mikey Bloomberg was blunt that liberal complainers need to “suck it up!” And, oh yes, he wants a subway series. (Yeah, let’s talk about what’s important, boys.) Read more about Dishonorable Obama, Congress & Media Don’t Give a Serious God-Damn About Massive & Gratuitous Poverty and Violence
[a post-pbs-Newshour rant]
So, what did deaf political leaders think they heard from the angry population in first wave of responses? (Sadly, non-teachable moment.)
Obama speaks of compromise one more time. Does he even think he was too liberal? The Blue Dogs got decimated, buddy.
Obama refuses to talk about any non-Middle Class Americans once again. His omission of any other constituent group is like nails on a chalkboard. He has done this consistently beginning with his campaign. Why is he never called on this? If you are not in the "middle" class you don't deserve any acknowledgement let alone help from the government? (And they call him liberal from the right??? Shows how creepily narcissistic they are!) Read more about OY VEY, Mid-terms 2010, Non-Teachable Moment for Leadership (Sorry Voters)
The momentum building against the continued cover-up of widespread foreclosure fraud by the big banks and their associated agents is a wonder to behold. The progressive blogosphere is afire with posts about the frauds and calls for justice. Just today, Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism had three recent items on the subject. Professor L. Randall Wray offered a great post at Credit Writedowns. FDL has offered numerous posts on the subject over a period of months and has a page of links to these articles. Coverage at HuffPo has been fulsome, including a recent post by R. J. Eskow that offers a “home loan moral hazard scorcecard”.
Now, partly in reply to discussions at FDL, the most comprehensive and important piece I've seen yet was written by Professors William K. Black and L. Randall Wray and posted at HuffPo. It is a two-part piece. I'll comment on Part 1 here, and Part 2 in a future post. The series “Foreclose the Foreclosure Frauds,” is a call for justice, an outline of steps for getting it, and (in Part 2) a consideration of objections to their prescriptions. Here are some quotes from Part 1, and comments on each. Read more about Foreclosing the Banksters
Remember Bill Clinton lying under oath about his relations with Monica Lewinsky?
Which is worse, the lie Bill Clinton told under oath, or the lie told by a single robo-signer on a single occasion when she/he signed a foreclosure affidavit perjuriously stating that they had reviewed and verified the information in the foreclosure documents?
Does it get any better when many millions of these perjuries have been committed? Read more about Where's the Outrage?
From Saturday's WAPO:
FDA rules won't require labeling of genetically modified salmon
By Lyndsey Layton
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 11:20 PM
As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species.
Perhaps more surprising, conventional food makers say the FDA has made it difficult for them to boast that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients.
I urge all Real Democrats to declare war on the Democratic Party and this Administration by
-- refusing all appeals for financial contributions to Democratic candidates,
-- refusing to do any work at all for the Party,
-- refusing to go to Party functions,
-- going to meetings held by Congresspersons and Senators and
-- demonstrating at the meetings against the President's Catfood Commission,
until he dismisses that Commission. Read more about Declare War On the Dems: Make The President Dismiss the Catfood Commission