Elvis Has Left The Building

September 15, 2012 at 11:24 am | Posted in Foreign Affairs, Obama!, politics straight up, Reality Bites, State Department, terrorism | Leave a comment
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When I saw the story teaser — “Why Can’t Muslims Remain Calm?” — I was expecting more “they’re subhuman” bullshit that’s popular again after the killings of Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and three members of his staff. The teaser misled me. This is the gist of the author’s argument:

Tombs of the Mamluk Sultanate (photo c1867-1899, courtesy of Library of Congress)

“This week’s events have certainly reminded us that there are Americans who hate Muslims, and there are Muslims who hate Americans. And if friendship between Egypt and the United States is contingent upon no American ever saying anything that will offend the religious sensibilities of Egyptians, then it is time to declare that friendship dead. President Obama can no more control anti-Muslim bigotry in America than President Mohammed Morsi can put a lid on anti-Americanism in his country. But the haters don’t have to win the day. In this, Egyptians (and, more importantly, their political leaders) could take a lesson from the United States.”

While I believe the author is correct that the American government led by President Obama has reacted in a measured way to recent events, he gives Americans too much credit. America only appears to be better behaved.

Just as politicians and political actors in Egypt and Libya are playing on emotions to control power, the Bush/Cheney administration used the emotions of the American people after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to justify what turned out to be an enormously expensive (both in money and lives) yet ultimately failed attempt to move Iraq’s assets into the hands of a small group of people. Americans aren’t marching in the streets, throwing rocks at foreign embassies, but we don’t have to. We outsource the violence. We can — and do — sit comfortably in our Barca loungers while drones drop bombs on the people we hate. Americans are, in the end, no more adult than Egyptians or Libyans. We are just as easily manipulated by those who foment hate as a means to their particular end.


Why is the Obama Administration negotiating with terrorists?

November 17, 2010 at 10:15 am | Posted in Bush, Foreign Affairs, Obama!, politics straight up, Reality Bites, terrorism | Leave a comment
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"Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Gas demonstration. Reconditioning gas masks at the gas mask factory." 1942 June. Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats still don’t understand that Republicans don’t care if they destroy the country, whether it be by foreign or domestic means.

Because a police state is so much better than a nanny state.

Well, better for the terrorists anyway.

Kill The Pigs!

March 28, 2010 at 1:58 am | Posted in health, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Apparently Ted Nugent is under the mis-impression that the Affordable Care Act creates universal, single-payer health care.

And yeah, I can’t imagine how anyone would be upset by a discussion of killing pigs with a bullet through the head and declaring that the president, members of the House and Senate and his fellow Americans are pigs and should be taken out and shot. Oh, yeah, no, that was definitely satire.

Personally, I think Nugent’s speech and that of his fellow travelers (I’m looking at you, Sarah Palin — wink, wink) is terrorism:

Terrorism (noun)

  1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
  2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
  3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

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Back in June 2009 Canada was considering a law allowing victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators of the attacks and their supporters. I can’t imagine there would be a prohibition against suing terrorists here in the United States. I hope Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, John McCain and a large number of leading Republicans are putting money aside to pay judgments against them when the time comes.

Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the video.

The Terrorists Have Won

January 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Posted in Judiciary, Obituary, politics straight up, Reality Bites, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Before funeral services in undertaking parlor. Southside of Chicago, Illinois. c.1941 Apr (Library of Congress)

It’s official. Corporations may now openly buy seats in the House, Senate, governorships and the White House.

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.

The court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for campaign ads. The decision almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns and threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

The justices also struck down part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union- and corporate-paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns.

The illusion that ours was a government of, for and by the people has been thrown aside. We are now officially a government of, for and by Our Corporate Overlords.

Sporting of them to “almost certainly … allow labor unions to participate.”

UPDATE: Go here to read relevant excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions, or here for the whole thing.

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UPDATE: You don’t suppose Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, Scalia and Thomas are currying favor with those who have threatened violence against judges who step out of line, do you?

Circumventing Congress Through Terrorism

June 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Posted in God machine, House of Representatives, law, senate, terrorism | Leave a comment
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Ewe and newborn lamb, Madison County, Montana.  1939 summer.  Arthur Rothstein, photographer.

Ewe and newborn lamb, Madison County, Montana. 1939 summer. Arthur Rothstein, photographer.

(Ezra Klein) Roeder was acting in direct competition with the United States Congress. And it’s quite likely that he changed the status quo. Legislative language and judicial rulings had made abortive procedures legal and thus accessible. Yesterday’s killing was meant to render abortive procedures unsafe for doctors to conduct and thus inaccessible.

If a woman cannot get an abortion because no nearby providers are willing to assume the risk of performing it, the actual outcome is precisely the same as if the procedure were illegal. Roeder has, in all likelihood, made abortion less accessible. It would be, in my view, a perfectly appropriate response for the Congress to decisively prove his action not only ineffectual, but, in a broad sense, counterproductive.”

Hilzoy has a short list of good recommendations.

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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