Archive for September 18th, 2007

None Dare Call It Genocide

Sudhan@06:15 CET

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

How comfy we are all in the United States, as we engage in living-room debates about the US occupation of Iraq, whether “we” are bringing them freedom and whether their freedom is really worth the sacrifice of so many of our men and women. We talk about whether war aims have really been achieved, how to exit gracefully, or whether we need a hyper-surge to finish this whole business once and for all.

But there’s one thing Americans don’t talk about: the lives of Iraqis, or, rather, the deaths of Iraqis. It’s interesting because we live in an age of extreme multiculturalism and global concern. We adore international aid workers, go on mission trips abroad, weep for the plight of those suffering from hunger and disease, volunteer in efforts to bring plumbing to Ecuador, mosquito nets to Rwanda, clean water to Malawi, human rights to Togo, and medicine to Bangladesh.

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American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

anthony @ 19:45 BST

This painting (circa 1872) by John Gast called American Progress, is an allegorical representation of Manifest Destiny.  Here Columbia, intended as a personification of the United States, leads civilization westward with American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as she travels; she holds a schoolbook. The different economic activities of the pioneers are highlighted and, especially, the changing forms of transportation. The Indians and wild animals flee.

He’s a man who knows something about the dangers of mixing religious fervor, war, and the crusading spirit, a subject he dealt with eloquently in his book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews. A former Catholic priest turned anti-war activist in the Vietnam era, James Carroll also wrote a moving memoir about his relationship to his father, the founding director of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency. Carroll essentially grew up in that five-sided monument to American imperial power. For him, as a boy, the Pentagon was “the largest playhouse in the world” and he can still remember sliding down its ramps in his stocking feet, as he’s written in the introduction to his recent, magisterial history of that building and the institution it holds, House of War.


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Hillary’s Health Care Remodel

anthony @ 19:25

Both stories from Truthdig

WASHINGTON—The genius of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been her skill at turning liabilities into assets and weaknesses into strengths. By putting out a detailed health care plan on Monday, Clinton embarked on this year’s most daring act of political jujitsu. More…

If It’s Broke, Fix It

Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal won’t please progressives looking to do away with corporate insurance or conservatives who prefer unaffordable micromanaged care to government “bureaucracy,” but at least it’s a step in the right direction. More…

Hillary’s Bad Prescription

John Nichols | The Nation | Posted 09/18/2007 @ 06:24am

Will someone please ask her to stop coming up with health plans even worse than our current dysfuntional mess?

Under Clinton Health Insurance Proof Would Be Required For Work

BETH FOUHY | AP | Tuesday September 18, 2007

WASHINGTON – Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance was the only way to achieve universal health care but she rejected the notion of punitive measures to force individuals into the health care system.

“At this point, we don’t have anything punitive that we have proposed,” the presidential candidate said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re providing incentives and tax credits which we think will be very attractive to the vast majority of Americans.”

She said she could envision a day when “you have to show proof to your employer that you’re insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination,” but said such details would be worked out through negotiations with Congress.

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Dodd, Leahy reintroduce Habeas Corpus Restoration Act.

anthony @ 19:15 BST

In an e-mail to supporters, Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that they were reintroducing the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act as an amendment to a defense authorization bill today. Last fall’s Military Commissions Act stripped detainees charged as enemy combatants of their right of habeas corpus. Watch Dodd introduce the bill on the Senate floor today…

Learn more about restoring habeas here.

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Our ‘Liberty’ Bells are Clanging Loudly!!

by GEF @ 12:02 PM EDT

Stolen Votes, Lost Freedoms, Swindled Economy and a Hijacked Nation!

According to the truth, the American vote has been stolen not once, but twice by the Criminals in Office now.

Here are the facts according to the True votes:


Here’s what has happened since..

  1. They have stolen our Country and our votes
  2. They have destroyed our Government
  3. They have subverted our Judiciary and Congress
  4. They have railroaded and destroyed our Freedoms
  5. They have sold us out lock stock and barrel and we have the proof
  6. They have divided us and spent our wealth on their agenda and wars..

What more proof do you need to know to try them for Treason against the Republic ? How many more smoking guns do you need ? Do you need the mushroom cloud to believe ?


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Conservatism isn’t what it used to be

Sudhan@10:40 CET

By Paul Craig Roberts

09/17/07 “ICH” — — When I was in the Reagan administration, America had a lively press that never hesitated to take us to task. Even the “Teflon President” received more brickbats than Bush and Cheney.

The lively press disappeared along with its independence in the media concentration engineered during the Clinton administration. Shortly thereafter all the liberal news anchors disappeared as well. Today the US media serves as propaganda ministry for the government’s wars and police state. Yet, some conservatives continue to rant on about “the liberal media.”

That other conservative bugaboo, liberal academia, has also been crushed. Universities once controlled their appointments, but no more. Recently, the political science faculty at DePaul, a Catholic university, voted to give tenure to the courageous scholar and teacher Norman Finkelstein. The department was unable to make its tenure decision stick over the objections of the Israel Lobby and their conservative allies, who were able to reach in over the heads of the political science department and the College Personnel Committee and force DePaul’s president to block Finkelstein’s tenure. Finkelstein, a Jew, had angered the Israel Lobby with his criticisms of Israel’s misuse of the holocaust sufferings of Jews to oppress the Palestinians and to silence critics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Finkelstein

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