When Will The New York Times Stop Believing The Pentagon?

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The so-called newspaper of record – and Judith Miller and Jayson Blair – did it again. Someone at the Pentagon leaked a report about how many former Guantanamo detainees were released only to become active in terrorist activities. Citing the study, the New York Times warned front page readers on Tuesday that fully one-in-seven former [...]

Wingnuts Take Aim at Supremes’ Nominee Sotomayor

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The right wing was gearing up for this fight even before Justice David Souter thought about retiring. This week, as President Obama was naming – as expected – Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill Souter’s chair on the Supreme Court, conservatives were lining up to throw brickbats before the words were out of his [...]

Why TV Is the Pits

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I am increasingly distressed by, and unhappy with, BBC Canada. And BBC America isn’t any better, based on the program schedule on its website. When BBC Canada launched as a stand-alone subscription service several years ago, it offered a truly remarkable array of programs. Now that it is established as part of a multi-channel, want-one-take-‘em-all, [...]

“Of Course (The CIA) Misled Congress. We Were Trained How.”

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The voice of the former CIA briefer on the phone is strong and direct, unapologetic in either tone or words. “Of course we misled Congress on torture. The White House and (George) Tenet demanded it, and we were trained how to do it without lying,” he says to me. “People (former Vice President Dick) Cheney [...]

A Growing Sense of Anger at Obama – and Others

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I’m so angry I feel like concealing a loaded hand gun and walking into a national park. No, I’m not going postal. Once President Obama signs the new credit card law, it will be legal for anyone to march around Yellowstone packing heat just for the fun of it. Although it’s usually angry, bitter, little [...]

Obama Meets Netanyahu: Time to Tell Israeli the Facts of Life

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For those too young to have been alive at the time or whose memories became fogged with age, in June 1961 – less than six months after being inaugurated – a very young President John F. Kennedy met Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at a summit in Vienna. By the end of the session, the wily [...]

Sorry Folks: Happy Days Are Not Here Again

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“Demonizing the bankers as if they and they alone created the financial meltdown is both inaccurate and short-sighted,” Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons told reporters recently. “Everybody participated in pumping up this balloon and now that the balloon has deflated, everybody has some part in the blame.” Oh no we don’t. Talk about dissembling. The truth [...]

America’s Christian Soldiers Fight for Jesus in Afghanistan

Source: Alternet

Why does the military attract so many religious nuts, total loonies who think their real mission is to convert Moslems – and everyone else – to Jesus? Born-again officers at the Air Force Academy were so busy proselytizing to Jews, Catholics, agnostics and atheists, they didn’t have time to worry about minor irritants like numerous [...]

Department of Justice Torture Report Goes Soft On Crime

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Both the Washington Post and The New York Times have that the much-anticipated report of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) on how the torture memos came to be national policy will recommend not prosecuting Federal Appeals Court Judge Jay Bybee, Steven Bradbury, and John Yoo for enabling the Bush Administration to torture [...]

Specter Dumps GOP; Few Rats Remain on Sinking GOP Ship

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Arlen Specter’s stunning announcement that he is changing parties to become a Democrat is merely the latest example of the how the Republic Party is losing its grip on America. “Since my election in 1980 as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right,” Specter tells reporters, not [...]

Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Changed How We Understand Everything

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Dr. Stephen J. Hawking, the author of A Brief History Of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell, and who is said to be very close to formulating a theory to explain everything in the universe, is “very ill” in hospital, according to Cambridge University where he’s taught mathematics since 1979. There was a hint [...]

Saddam Made Them Do It

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So now we know: Saddam made them do it. The Levin report into Pentagon torture released yesterday tore down the last false flag flying on the devil ship SS Torture, revealing that waterboarding and all the rest of the barbaric acts performed in our name on prisoners resulted from Cheney’s frustration at not getting what [...]

Crazy Man Ahead: Boehner Speaks Out On Cow Farts

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I’ve made no secret of my dislike of House Majority Leader John Boehner and his obstructionist approach to being a major voice of a minority party. But I always figured, what the hell, maybe there’s a method to his madness. Well, there’s madness afoot alright but of a different sort. “Man Tan” Boehner, one of [...]

Please Investigate War Crimes Now: Please

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The Obama Administration is beginning to remind me of a woman I dated some years ago who developed a drinking problem. Not only did she refuse to admit having trouble, discussing her addiction was taboo, off-the-table, “it’s not up for discussion” and, once, even pleading with me, “Let’s just think about the future.” But her [...]

A Welfare-Receiving Conservative Who Hates “Socialism” Hits The Streets

Photo: Jim Commentucci / The Post-Standard

Thanks to the Syracuse Post-Standard we have a fascinating glimpse into the mind-set of tea baggers spurred into action last week by Fox News’ increasingly deranged secessionist Glenn Beck and yo-yo’s like CNBC’s Brooks Brothers populist Rick Santelli. The Syracuse daily spotlighted a local organizer to give its readers a sense of who took to [...]

Neocon Dick Armitage: “I Should Have Resigned.”

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Guess who’s contritely telling al-Jazeera he should have resigned from his senior State Department post when he and Colin Powell lost their battle with Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, John Ashcroft and Don Rumsfeld over observing the Geneva Conventions in America’s two wars, one illegal and the other totally botched? Yup, it is that ol’ neo-con [...]

Amazon Steps In It Big Time, Can’t Get The Sh*t Off Its Shoes

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For years, Amazon.com has been a flawless on-line marketer. It has an easy-to-navigate website, the search function is intuitive and fast, products are almost always in stock, lower price alternatives are displayed, targeted recommendations for additional purchases show up when customers buy a book, shipping is reliable and problems get resolved quickly. As a result, [...]

White House Media Pack Goes Diddley Over Bo

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As Cesar Millan, the world’s best known dog whisperer, often reminds people with problem pooches, “a dog doesn’t know or care if it lives in a slum or The White House.” But don’t try telling this to The Washington Post, AP, The New York Times, and the rest of the media pack that refuses to [...]

An Open E-Mail To President Obama on State Secrets and Illegal Wiretaps

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After thinking about Attorney General Eric Holder’s unfathomable court filing defending the Bush-wacked “states secret” defence and a claim of “sovereign immunity” in lawsuits involving illegal wiretapping, I sent this e-mail to The White House. TO: President Barack Obama FROM: Charley James DATE: April 8, 2009 SUBJECT: Where Did Change To Believe In Go? Dear [...]

Easter Reflections On A “Christian Nation”

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Depending on your point of view, this is either the perfect time to reflect on the United States not being a Christian nation – as the evangelical right and even many ordinary Protestants and Catholics insist it is – or a total sacrilege. My hunch is that most readers here believe the former so there’s [...]

It Is As Bad As The 1930s

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So much for the Republican chant of “stimulus is bad” and “we need a balanced budget.” Nobel Prize winning columnist Paul Krugman points out on his New York Times blog yesterday that the world economy right now is more or less at the point John Maynard Keynes described in his essay The Great Slump of [...]

The World According To Newt, And Other Right Wing Lunacies

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Newt Gingrich was positively apoplectic on Fox News Sunday, bemoaning the shift in US foreign policy to one based on fantasy. No doubt, Gingrich had this specific declaration in mind when he prattled on to Chris Wallace: “We are not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons. We seek, instead, to reduce [...]

Is Eric Cantor The GOP’s Ralph Wiggum?

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Poor Ralph Wiggum. The hapless, slow-witted, frequently annoying son of Chief Wiggum on The Simpson’s is always getting picked on by kids at Springfield Elementary because he keeps saying totally out-of-context things like “I use the poddy now!” and “I wear rubber underpants!” Ever since Congress reconvened in January, I’ve been trying to figure out [...]

Why No Pitchforks?

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Shut your blinds! Close your doors! Look what Google is up to now. It is taking photos of everybody’s home! Apparently, not everyone is happy about it. According to Agence Presse France, angry residents of a Buckinghamshire UK village blocked the driver of a Google Street View car today who was filming the neighborhood, saying [...]

Goodness, An Adult Really Is In Charge!

President Barack Obama greets President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva  of Brazil, with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

While much of the mainsteam media was huffing and puffing about “Hug Gate” – the supposed gaffe where Michelle Obama was seen with her arm around Queen Elizabeth, which Buckingham Palace dismissed as a “spontaneous show of mutual affection” – Barack Obama was actually busy doing what a global leader is supposed to do: Leading [...]

Department of Justice to Recommend Bar Association Action Against Five or More

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The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will recommend state bar associations take disciplinary measures against at least five former Bush officials: John Yoo, Jay Bybee, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, and Monica Goodling, according to a Senate staff member who saw a summary of the report’s most-recent version this week. If the DoJ’s recommendations are [...]

An Odd, Totally Otherworldly, Experience

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I had one of those weird, otherworldly experiences this morning. I’ve been sick for much of the last week but finally felt well enough to drag myself out of bed to plop in front of the television. I switched on Bravo! and was sort of half-dozing when, through my fevered haze, I saw something that [...]

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