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How Ignorance, Fear And Incompetence Translate

by- Mentarch … 20:45 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II) (Update III)

I have previously written on how incompetence and lies rule like ignorance and fear in the politics of our times – especially since such things are aided, abetted and inflated by an equally incompetent MSM.

Interestingly, recent developments have occured which illustrate glaring textbook-examples of how ignorance, fear and incompetence translate into the framing of political messages, opinions and ideologies, as well as in the shaping and conduct of present (and future) governmental policies. Let us examine three of such recent examples, shall we?

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Primitive Minds

by- Mentarch … 18:35 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II)

It never ceases to amaze me to what levels of utter irrationality the fundamentalists, neocons and other right-wing madhaters are willing to descend into.

They lie, they misrepresent, they use decoy arguments and make ad hominem attacks. For them, the use of duplicity, of secrecy, of arguments of (non-existent) conspiracy, of fact (and non-fact) selectivity/cherry-picking, of quacks/fake experts, as well as putting forth logical fallacies, are simply means to an end.

And this “end” is the following: to promulgate, support and defend their beliefs or their ideologies.

Truth be told: these are the only things that truly matter to them.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 1:37 PM MST

Please Welcome Mentarch, as an author, to the Suzie-Q blog!

Mentarch is a writer for Daily Kos and Diatribune. We are honored to have him as part of the Justice Team! 🙂

He resides in Sherbrooke : Québec : Canada and is a professor, scientist and researcher.

He blogs at Another Point of View, Daily Kos, and Diatribune.

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Another general speaks out about the surge in Iraq

by Geezer Power …3:00 PM PDT

Colin Powell, who has recently spoke out on Guantanamo on a previous post, has also spoke out on surging more troops into Iraq. He joins a long list of ex generals who oppose the way the war is being run. He may be a day late and a dollar short, but his opinions still hold a little weight. This sure doesn’t make up for the “weapons of mass destruction” speech before the UN. America would be better off if he had spoke truth to power at that time.

Think Progress

Powell Opposes Surging More U.S. Forces Into Iraq, Says There Are ‘No Additional Troops’ To Send

Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he did not support surging tens of thousands more troops in Iraq, a plan that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) supports and that President Bush is expected to carry out. “I have not seen a case that persuades me that [Iraqi security] would be better” with more forces, he said.

Powell also pointed out that the military has no more troops to send. “There are really no additional troops. All we would be doing is keeping some of the troops who were there there longer and escalating or accelerating the arrival of other troops.”

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Dems Push Monday Vote on Gonzales

Posted by Anthony @ 21:54 BST

LAURIE KELLMAN
AP
June 11, 2007 03:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday he will vote for a no-confidence resolution against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he’s concerned like others in his party that the resolution, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and up for a test vote later in the day, was a Democratic effort to embarrass Bush and push Gonzales to resign.

But Specter has long said that Gonzales has exercised poor leadership on a host of issues, from the firings of eight federal prosecutors to the Justice Department’s handling of wiretapping authority under the USA Patriot Act.

“If you ask Arlen Specter, do I have confidence in Attorney General Gonzales, the answer is a resounding no,” Specter said during a news conference in Philadelphia. “I’m going to vote that I have no confidence in Attorney General Gonzales.”

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by- Suzie-Q @ 1:11 PM MST

This article is from the insightful blogger, Punditman, who is a writer for Counterpunch!

Please check out his blogPunditman

The very fact that you are reading this blog means that, at some level, I have faith in the power of the internet to affect positive change. But lately I am beginning to question this belief. In North America, internet penetration approaches 70 %. But maybe this very fact is partially to blame for the lack of concrete citizen action in areas of global importance, such as the war in Iraq.

How on earth, in this incredibly informed and interconnected world can we still put up with the Bush administration calling the shots? The internet is awash with sites outlining the high crimes and misdemeanours of this administration. There is even a book on the topic written by former Nixon White House counsel John Dean of Watergate infamy. Dean spent four months in prison for his role in the Watergate cover-up, so he ought to know a thing or two about corruption and high crime. The fact that there have been no impeachment proceedings launched in the United States, a country built upon the rule of law, speaks volumes about the current political culture. But more to the point it says something about *virtual* power — or lack thereof.

Full article here

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Dilemma for Brown as Blair plans EU deal

Posted by Anthony @ 20:46 BST

Patrick Hennessy and Melissa Kite
London Telegraph
Sunday June 10, 2007

Labour has been plunged into a bruising referendum row after Tony Blair secretly agreed the blueprint for a new European treaty – presenting Gordon Brown, the prime minister-in-waiting, with his first big dilemma.

Less than three weeks before he relinquishes power, Mr Blair held talks on the framework for the treaty, an updated version of the failed European Union constitution, with Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.

The controversial manoeuvre, at the G8 summit in Germany, came despite a promise to MPs by Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, that “nothing you could really call negotiations” had taken place.

As MPs protested that the new treaty would include many measures contained in the EU constitution that was shelved after being voted down by the French and Dutch electorates in 2005, David Cameron led calls for a fresh referendum.

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When “no” means “no”

A few years ago, the various governments got together to draw up a new treaty putting in place a European Constitution which would further erode national sovereignty of the member states and further integrate the member states into a European superstate.

Two member states had the decency to put the issue to their respective peoples in a Referendum, France and the Netherlands (aka Holland).

The people gave a resounding “no”.

Since then, the likes of Blair and other like-minded folk on the Continent have been devising ways of getting the Constitution through the back door over the wishes of the majorities of the peoples of their respective nations.

My question is: Why bother holding a referendum in the first place of you are not going to respect the views of the people expressed in that referendum.

If the people say “no”, that means “no”.

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3 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Bridge Strike

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:52 AM MST


U.S. troops and private security guards, in black, work to remove concrete rubble from atop wounded soldiers, at a bridge destroyed by an apparent suicide vehicle bomber on Sunday, June 10, 2007, outside Mahmoudiya, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris).

BAGHDAD — The suicide explosion that destroyed a vital bridge outside the Iraqi capital killed three American soldiers guarding the span over a main highway, the U.S. military said Monday, as bulldozers worked to clear the shattered concrete.

An Iraqi interpreter also was wounded in the attack Sunday on the overpass on the Iraqi capital’s main north-south artery. As rescuers climbed over the debris, U.S. armored vehicles provided cover fire from their cannons after the bombing, which occurred in the area dubbed the “triangle of death” for its frequent Sunni insurgent attacks.

In Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, whose forces control the area of the bombing, spoke at length about U.S. efforts to draw Sunnis into the security forces.

“There are tribal sheiks out there who say ‘Hey, just allow me to be the local security force. I don’t care what you call me. … You can call me whatever you want. Just give me the right training and equipment and I’ll secure my area.’ And that’s the direction we’re moving out there,” the Third Infantry Division commander said Sunday in a meeting with reporters.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 9:36 AM MST

On Meet the Press (6/10/07), former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell expresses his unambiguous opinion of Guantanamo Bay.


Colin Powell: I Would Shut Guantanamo Down This Afternoon

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