Domestic Terrorism

May 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Posted in God machine, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Bitch PhD has links to “some of the better or more informative things [she’s] seen online this afternoon.”

Church on the site of Saint Leontiis murder. View, from the bell tower, of Savior-Iakovlevskii Monastery. Rostov Velikii, Russian Empire.  c. 1911.  Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (Library of Congress).

Church on the site of Saint Leontii's murder. View, from the bell tower, of Savior-Iakovlevskii Monastery. Rostov Velikii, Russian Empire. c. 1911. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (Library of Congress).

(Pandagon) Dr. George Tiller, whose clinic is quite possibly the most picketed and protested in the country, has been murdered while at services in his Lutheran church. So far, there’s no suspects caught, but police are looking for a powder blue Taurus. Odds are pretty strong the murderer is a forced childbirth terrorist, out to kill the doctor who focused his practice on providing therapeutic abortions to women later in their pregnancy than most abortion providers can or will service.

Not only did this righteous, God-fearing son-of-a-bitch murder a fellow human being, he murdered a fellow Christian at a Christian house of worship.

Religious zealots of whatever stripe are a danger to civil society. This is terrorism. Christian terrorism.

“Sanctity of life,” my ass.

It is long past time that the ability of religious people to dictate public policy were stopped. They have only been encouraged by the laxness of separation of church and state. They clearly don’t understand that there are limits to their input and influence.

Nasty sons of bitches.

Cross posted at FromLaurelStreet

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A New Word For The American Lexicon

May 30, 2009 at 9:44 am | Posted in politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Five male trapeze artists performing at a circus.  Detroit, Mich. : Calvert Litho Co., c1890

Five male trapeze artists performing at a circus. Detroit, Mich. : Calvert Litho Co., c1890

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We now have

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Obama Nominates “Community Organizer” To Supreme Court

May 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Judiciary | Leave a comment
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Thanks, Kiss My Big Blue Butt!

The Original Wilson Sisters

May 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Posted in First Family, Historical | Leave a comment
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Miss Jessie Wilson, standing, and Miss Eleanor R. Wilson, seated, reading.  c. 1912

Miss Jessie Wilson, standing, and Miss Eleanor R. Wilson, seated, reading. c. 1912

(Excerpt from Doug Wead’s All The President’s Children) Nellie [Eleanor Randolph Wilson, 16 October 1889 – 5 April 1967] first met William Gibbs McAdoo at the governor’s mansion in New Jersey. He had been a guest of the Wilson’s and was taking an early morning train home. Nellie was assigned to see him off. McAdoo was a leader in the Democratic Party who had greatly impressed Woodrow Wilson and, unknown to the governor, had prompted a bit of a reaction from his youngest daughter, as well. Nellie was so nervous at breakfast that morning that she spilled the cream and almost spilled his coffee.

By the time Wilson was president, William McAdoo was actively pursuing Nellie Wilson, not that anyone noticed. He was the new Secretary of the Treasury, a fifty-year-old grandfather, a widower with six children. She was twenty-three and secretly engaged to a mysterious young man she had met months before on a Mexican holiday. Nellie was often seen riding horses along the trails in the Rock Creek Park and staying out at dances till three in the morning. The press, which had missed discovering Francis Sayre, was now on high alert. They speculated continually about each of Nellie’s dancing partners, but understandably missed the significance of the treasury secretary’s comings and goings at the White House.

Wedding gift to Jessie Wilson from the House of Representatives

Wedding gift to Jessie Wilson from the House of Representatives

(Woodrow Wilson House) Jessie, (born August 28, 1887) the middle daughter of Woodrow and Ellen Wilson, had always been lauded for her unique beauty. However, she was more than just a pretty face. Always aware of injustices, Jessie (along with her sisters), insisted that her father favor women’s suffrage and she continued to remain active in women’s rights until her death. She was even approached to run for Senator of Massachusetts because of her reputation as politically aware and a champion of social issues. She became secretary of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee instead. Highly educated for a women of her time, Jessie studied, like her sister Margaret, at Goucher College and at Princeton University, where she earned a Phi Beta Kappa key for her academic accomplishments

In August 1913, two weeks before the first performance of Sanctuary, A Bird Masque, Jessie was thrown from a horse and discovered unconscious in the road by a passing doctor.

Francis B. Sayre married Jessie Wilson at the White House on November 25, 1913.

Jessie and Francis’ oldest son, born in the White House January 17, 1915, was “the Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr., who in his 27 years as dean of the National Cathedral in Washington raised his sonorous voice against McCarthyism, segregation, poverty and the Vietnam War while presiding over construction of the cathedral’s majestic Gloria in Excelsis Tower.” He died October 3, 2008.

Jessie Wilson Sayre died after an emergency appendectomy operation on January 15, 1933, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Margaret Wilson (16 April 1886, Gainesville, Georgia – 12 February 1944, Pondicherry, India), c. 1911

Margaret Wilson, c. 1911

Margaret, the first Wilson sister, never married. She attended Goucher College from 1903 to 1905 and studied voice and piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music from 1905 to 1906. In 1915 came her professional debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Central New York Music Festival in Syracuse, New York. She traveled throughout the midwestern and southern United States on a concert tour for the American Red Cross in 1917 and sang in Allied army camps in France, Belgium, and England during 1918/1919. Entering the advertising business in 1928, Margaret became a consultant and writer for the Blow Agency in New York, New York in 1930. In 1938 she travelled to the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, India where she died from a kidney infection on February 14, 1944.

(Time, February 8, 1943)On southern India’s Coromandel Coast New York Times Correspondent Herbert L. Matthews last week stumbled on one of Woodrow Wilson’s daughters. The spit and image of her father, she lives in the French town of Pondicherry (now occupied by De Gaullists). She told Mr. Matthews that she was very happy after three years as a sadhak (follower) of an Indian religious teacher, Sri Aurobindo. Said she: “In fact, I never felt more at home anywhere.”

(Cross-posted at From Laurel Street)

History Repeats Itself.

May 24, 2009 at 11:58 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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On the alphabetical front   1934 Dec.  Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick, artist (1891-1969)

"On the alphabetical front" 1934 Dec. Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick, artist (1891-1969)

(Library of Congress) Cartoon shows the Democratic donkey clutching a group of alphabetical signs for the New Deal agencies — P.W.A., N.R.A., C.C.C., T.V.A., A.A.A., and R.F.C. In contrast, the GOP elephant holds only one sign giving the international distress signal — S.O.S. Appears to compare the complex Democratic program in progress to deal with the Depression with the lack of constructive action on the part of the Republicans.

About the artist, Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick:

Fitzpatrick was a supporter of women’s suffrage and the trade union movement and during the 1930s led the attack against the mergence of fascism in Europe. One critic, Stephen Hess, has argued that Fitzpatrick played a significant role in changing American public opinion on Nazi Germany: “Daniel Fitzpatrick, one of the masters in the use of symbolism, transformed Nazi Germany’s swastika into a horrific death machine. As Adolf Hitler’s armies marched across Europe in the 1930s, Fitzpatrick used his symbol repeatedly to challenge America to rethink their isolationist stand and enter World War II.”

Fitzpatrick twice won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning: The Laws of Moses and the Laws of Today (1926), and How Would Another Mistake Help? (1955). He retired in 1958 and was replaced on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by another radical cartoonist, Bill Mauldin. Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick died in 1969.

As a country we are repeatedly turning the same damned corner. The path may be well worn, it may be familiar, but it inevitably leads to the same failed results. This is why education is so important, particularly history education.

Waterboarding: Not As Much Fun As It Sounds

May 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Posted in torture | Leave a comment
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Who was authorizing waterboarding in 2002, before the Justice Department memos were written?

(NPR) One source with knowledge of Zubaydah’s interrogations agreed to describe the legal guidance process, on the condition of anonymity.

The source says nearly every day, Mitchell would sit at his computer and write a top-secret cable to the CIA’s counterterrorism center. Each day, Mitchell would request permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques on Zubaydah. The source says the CIA would then forward the request to the White House, where White House counsel Alberto Gonzales would sign off on the technique. That would provide the administration’s legal blessing for Mitchell to increase the pressure on Zubaydah in the next interrogation.

Am I missing something?

May 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Bush, torture | Leave a comment
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Print shows a mob pouring tea into the mouth of a Loyalist who has been tarred and feathered. Behind the group, on the right, is the Liberty Tree from which hangs a noose and a sign Stamp Act written upside down; on the left, revolutionaries on a ship pouring crates of tea into the water.  Copied on stone by D. C. Johnston from a print published in London 1774, published Boston : Pendleton, 1830

Print shows a mob pouring tea into the mouth of a Loyalist who has been tarred and feathered. Behind the group, on the right, is the "Liberty Tree" from which hangs a noose and a sign "Stamp Act" written upside down; on the left, revolutionaries on a ship pouring crates of tea into the water. Copied on stone by D. C. Johnston from a print published in London 1774, published Boston : Pendleton, 1830

Why has the last week of “news” been taken up with the burning question of what Nancy Pelosi knew about the Bush torture program?

Isn’t the real question, what did George W. Bush know about his torture program?

Federal Deficit Fueled By Bush Tax Cuts

May 10, 2009 at 10:53 am | Posted in Bush, Economy, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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The trillions spent on giveaways to the richest Americans needing them least dwarfed the expanded expenditures on defense and homeland security, entitlements like the Medicare prescription drug benefit or other discretionary spending.

"The trillions spent on giveaways to the richest Americans needing them least dwarfed the expanded expenditures on defense and homeland security, entitlements like the Medicare prescription drug benefit or other discretionary spending."

President Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner

May 10, 2009 at 10:11 am | Posted in Obama!, television | Leave a comment
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Click here to watch this year’s comedian, Wanda Sykes.

Editor & Publisher has the guest list.

National Day of Prayer

May 7, 2009 at 10:14 am | Posted in civil rights, God machine | Leave a comment
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In contravention of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers, Congress created an official annual Prayer Day for the nation. Under pressure from the religious right, in 1988 Congress established the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. The pungent odor of religious coercion wafts through the air on news that President Obama declined to hold an official event at the White House.

Thomas Jefferson--Third president of the United States / lithographed and published by H. Robinson, N.Y. & Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson--Third president of the United States / lithographed and published by H. Robinson, N.Y. & Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson: On Jan. 23, 1808, Jefferson replied to a minister named Samuel Miller who had asked him to issue a religious proclamation. Denying the request, Jefferson wrote, “I consider the government of the US. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.…. I do not believe it is for the interest of religion to invite the civil magistrate to direct its exercises, its discipline, or its doctrines; nor of the religious societies that the general government should be invested with the power of effecting any uniformity of time or matter among them. Fasting & prayer are religious exercises. The enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, & the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and this right can never be safer than in their own hands, where the constitution has deposited it….[E]very one must act according to the dictates of his own reason, & mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the US. and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”

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