By: David Dayen Wednesday December 29, 2010 12:44 pm
Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney do the nation another excellent service today by examining what the world would be like without Social Security. It isn’t too hard to imagine – you just have to dive back into the pre-1930s history books. And you will see the world of the poorhouse, the last refuge for the elderly and the infirm, the farms run by private charities which provided a dour and often cruel existence for those on the edges of society. Grim and Delaney begin with a fitting example of someone bound for the poorhouse back in 1896:
The woman “could not give street and number, but could ‘fotch’ the agent to her place,” according to a case study labeled “Aunt Winnie” in one of the organization’s annual reports from near the turn of the century. “Old age, with a heavy load on top and a strong wind blowing, made the walk a trying one. At last the 8×10 cabin was reached. In it was a stove in many pieces held together with wire, a bedstead with rags for mattress and rags for covering. From the leaky roof the floor was wet through and through.”
Aunt Winnie, the report said, had no income save the 50 cents she made every two weeks for taking in the wash. In summertime she raised herbs and greens, but in winter she “suffered for food and fuel.” Her children had all been sold away to slavery, and a nearby niece was too poor to offer any support. Her neighbors helped, providing money for the stove and cot, and a “colored friendly visitor was found to carry broth and other comforts to her.” The neighborly charity wasn’t enough to persuade the agent, who was essentially a private sector version of a social worker, that the old woman should be on her own.
This was a common occurrence in the days before Social Security, which basically wiped out extreme elderly poverty in America. But to a growing number of conservatives, this Gilded Age era represented the salad days, where people rose and fell on the basis of their talents without big government propping them up. They long for a return to a nation without a safety net, where private charities possibly pick up the slack, and where rugged individualism rules the day. To them, there’s no greater government than one which refuses to help people. MORE
The Iraq War is a Giant Boondoggle: “I’m deployed to Kuwait right now. Most of my time is spent sitting around, or doing stuff to look busy. This is because a whole battalion (about 500 soldiers) has been assigned to do work that could be done by a company (about 125).”
When you consider that the vehicles we’re using cost about $1 million, not counting fuel, maintenance, etc, and that it costs an average of $390,000 to keep a soldier in theatre for a year, having unnecessary troops on the ground gets expensive fast. By the way, that $390,000 is a fairly low estimate. Some have gone as high as $775,000/soldier/year.
The vehicles have already been paid for, so we won’t consider those costs for now. But those extra 375 or so soldiers cost about $146,250,000 for the year, using the conservative estimate of $390,000 apiece. The battalion commander is desperately seeking some new mission for 3/4 of his unit, because the Army sent us here without considering whether we would even contribute anything of value to the war effort. MORE
Predatory capitalism has invaded Mongolia — the savage western hordes overrunning the land — and but for the recent Hollywood movie spectacle Mongol and colorful travel magazine articles no one in America hears much of anything about the place. Behind the bells and whistles promoting ‘democracy’, ‘conservation’, ‘human rights’, and a ‘free press’, Mongolia is under attack and the people suffering a world of hurt. The same companies destroying Mongolia are destroying Congo and Canada and everywhere else they appear. Meanwhile, three years after winning the Goldman Environmental Prize — the ‘Green Nobel’ — Mongol herder Tsetsegee Munkhbayar shot at foreign mining operations and thus he is denounced and shunned by the same foreigners who recognized him as a hero. This is a story about the killing of the earth, the killing of truth, the killing of hope — and the killing of the nomad’s way. MORE
Washington, D.C. Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray (a Democrat, if it matters to you) is having a prayer service as his first “official” event on January 2nd. It’s called “One City… Praying Together.”
That’s a nice way to begin a term as mayor: Raise a middle finger to all the non-theistic citizens in DC.
Gray could at least reach out to our community by inviting a Humanist Celebrant to the event to deliver a secular invocation.
The Secular Coalition for America suggested just that. But they were told there was no room for non-theists in the event.
Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 4:34 AM
Why are we so focused lately on health freedom and defending ourselves against the expansion of FDA power over the food supply?
Because with the federal government in a huge expansion phase, our freedoms are at risk.
In today’s article, I explain why I fight for health freedom and why NaturalNews is part of a global effort to defend our liberties against a new generation of tyrants: http://www.naturalnews.com/030872_health_freedom_natural_law.html
Help Tigers With Your Choice of Paper (Video): A new investigation by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other groups reveals that one of the world’s largest paper suppliers is still cutting down the rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra – even though the company claims to have stopped doing so.
ACTION ALERT: Tell BBC: No More Commentators Who Believe Gay People Should Be Executed (NOTE: BBC informs many in the USA of what our news media will not, so I do not believe they should be thrown under the bus, unlike FOX, the BBC still has some reality fact-based reporting. I believe in free speech, I believe the Pope and the Muslim folk can run around all day and say gays should be hung and woman should be bare foot and pregnant….this is “hate speech”. However dangerous this may be they are not screaming “FIRE” in a crowded theater and they are not telling people to go out and to break the law. This will allow me to say that I believe all conservative Christians should be round up and beheaded because they are the reason the USA is hated all over the world, they are the ones that do not help the needy, in fact, they are the ones that want to have a two-class system in the USA; rich and poor, the white conservative Christian being the rich obviously. These people have infiltrated US Congress, trying to make the USA a “Christian nation” making all other religions unrepresented in the USA and Christian-based teaching in all schools and our laws based on the bible. They have infiltrated school boards all over the USA, having the power to rewrite US History, in their favor, even banning Thomas Jefferson because of his famous opinion on ‘separation of church and state’. These people have also infiltrated our Military, treating non-Christians like second class citizens, treating them differently if they do not attend conservative Christian rock concerts and other overtly Christian born-again. So, I say ALL conservative Christians should be killed, hung, lynched, burnt at the stake, beheaded….and all other horrendous ways they have treated others throughout history. Speaking of history, NO WHERE will you find positive growth in mankind that has been instilled by conservative Christianity. This ideology was against giving all children education, making work environments safe, bathroom breaks at work, a woman’s right to wear pant, and to vote, a black persons right to not be lynched when they are caught raising their eyes to look at a white person face to face. They are also the same people that first settled in the USA and believed killing Mormons and Quakers was ordered by their God, and after stopping that, Thomas Jefferson had to stop the Puritans from taxing the Quakers to pay for their churches and other such thing. Conservative Christian ideology is evil and all those who follow this ideology should be stopped, at all costs. Therefore, I will NOT be signing anything that states someone else cannot say something I would like to have the freedom to say.)
Dogged Hypocrisy: Tucker Carlson Wanted Death Penalty for Michael Vick (NOTE: Tucker Carlson is a closet case. With most conservative Christian loud-mouth closet cases, which there always seems to be many, they talk more out of their butt than their mouth because being closeted blurs their reality, and they cannot see clearly, hence, are unreliable with them present the world with their tainted opinions.)
By Sam Harris, Author, Neuroscientist, December 29, 2010 05:36 PM
“While the United States has suffered the worst recession in living memory, I find that I have very few financial concerns. Many of my friends are in the same position: Most of us attended private schools and good universities, and we will be able to provide these same opportunities to our own children. No one in my immediate circle has a family member serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. In fact, in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the only sacrifice we were asked to make for our beloved country was to go shopping. Nearly a decade has passed, with our nation’s influence and infrastructure crumbling by the hour, and yet those of us who have been so fortunate as to actually live the American dream–rather than merely dream it–have been spared every inconvenience. Now we are told that we will soon receive a large tax cut for all our troubles. What is the word for the feeling this provokes in me? Imagine being safely seated in lifeboat, while countless others drown, only to learn that another lifeboat has been secured to take your luggage to shore…” MORE
News You Won’t Find On CNN
December 29, 2010
“War provides an outlet for every evil element in man’s nature. It enfranchises cupidity and greed gives a charter to petty tyranny, glorifies cruelty and places in positions of power the vulgar and base.” ~ Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad, Guide to Modern Wickedness
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933”
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,745 http://www.icasualties.org/oif/
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,279
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Wikileaks is currently mirrored on 2194 web sites
Clinton Plays Russian Roulette With JusticeBy Yvonne RidleyInstead of sticking her nose in to other countries’ judicial processes, perhaps the US Secretary of State would care to look into her own backyard and tell us why one of her soldiers was given a mere nine month sentence earlier this month after shooting unarmed civilians in Afghanistan?
US Drone Attacks Are No Laughing Matter, Mr Obama
By Mehdi HasanThe president’s backing of indiscriminate slaughter in Pakistan can only encourage new waves of militancy.
If Obama Could Put America’s Own Real Interests First
By Alan Hard
How The US can win the respect, friendship and support of not less than 95 per cent of all Arabs and very probably that of almost all Muslims everywhere.
Counter-terror ‘Expert’ Tells Cops: Kill Militant Muslims, ‘Including Children’
By Daniel Tence
The comment highlights growing concerns among human rights advocates that US law enforcement is turning to extremists for training in the fight against terrorism.
FoxNews Keeping You Safe From Terrorism?
Indy Woman Linked to Terrorist Groups
By Heather Gillers FoxNews.com has brought to the attention of authorities an Indianapolis woman accused of making anti-American comments and showing support for alleged terrorist groups.
US Cities at Risk of Bankruptcy
By Press TV
Next to the housing crisis, some economists say cities declaring bankruptcy is the biggest threat to the U.S. economy in 2011 More than 100 cities could go bust in the new year derailing the economy in America.
The Trials of Henry Kissinger – The Making Of A War Criminal
Video Documentary“A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike.”
VIsit InformationClearinghouse.info for more articles, news and information American’s should be aware of.
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
“We are here because some of us and our friends voted for change. What did we get? What we got was a more effective imperial CEO.” — Bruce A. Dixon of Black Agenda Report, Chicago, 16 October 2010
BBC gives child rape apologist air time
The Pope had a Christmas message for the world this year: we should forgive Catholic priests for raping children because everyone else was doing it. He invented a peculiar history that bears no resemblance to the late 20th century I lived in.
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.
I grew up in the 1970s. Some of you did, too. Does anyone remember anyone influential saying that child-rape was a reasonable practice? How about anyone on the fringe making vague suggestions that children can give permission to participate in sexual activity? I don’t know of any substantial culture at that time that would have endorsed such a thing; NAMBLA was little more than a freakish collection of perverts who got far more attention than their numbers warranted. If there was anything that was universally reviled, it was the creepy pedophile. MORE
Bishop: A Choice Between Life Of Woman Or Fetus? Both Should Die
Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of Phoenix. Today he stripped that town’s oldest Catholic hospital of its affiliation with that benighted faith. The story began last summer:
A woman with a history of pulmonary hypertension sought treatment at the hospital when she was 11 weeks pregnant. The condition, which affects the heart and lungs, is often fatal for pregnant woman.
In addition to throwing the hospital out of the Catholic club, he also announced that a nun on its ethics board had excommunicated herself by participating in the decision. MORE
Creating a new boogie man
First there was the drug war. And there actually were a lot of drugs to be found and the government helped bring in more whenever it had the chance. And billions of dollars in law enforcement “make work” projects were created and civil liberties were shredded.Then there was the “War on Terror”
Not many terrorists, so lots of creative “Wag the Dog” like stories were generated to manufacture threats…to justify countless billions in domestic empire building. Now we have cyberwar.
The real threat is the Chinese, but going after real threats hasn’t been the US’s strong suit lately, so, as in the “War on Terror,” a new war had to be stage managed. Enter “W”, kind of like Zoro or “V” but with a hipper look.
Following stories from: FreedomsPhoenix.com
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 1:57 pm
Baby Boomers Near 65 With Retirements In Jeopardy: Baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they’re hoping to retire. Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years.
2011 Will Bring More de Facto Decriminalization of Elite Financial Fraud
12-28-2010 Huffington Post, William K. Black
The role of the criminal justice system with regard to financial fraud by elite bankers in 2011 is likely to reprise its role last decade — de facto decriminalization.
Almost Everything Is A Crime In America Now
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
Underneath the Happy Talk, Is This As Bad as the Great Depression?
12-29-2010 NakedCapitalism.com/ & Washingtonblog.com
The length and depth of the current housing recession is rivaling the Great Depression’s real estate downturn, and, with encouraging signs fading, will easily eclipse it in the coming months.
Oil Juggernaut Unleashed
Over the next year we are likely to be buried in a deluge of excuses, half-truths, and lies, all meant to divert attention away from the word “inflation” as the masses begin to question just what the hell is going on.
Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain
12/28/2010 The Raw Story
A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions.
Pentagon’s revolving door guarantees conflicts of interest
12-28-2010 Meteor Blades
From 2004 through 2008, 80 percent of retiring three- and four-star officers went to work as consultants or defense executives, according to the Globe analysis.
America’s Gulf Disaster: Accidental or Deliberate?
Convincing evidence suggests willful malfeasance…..
New research reveals your hand soap could kill you
Death by hand soap? It’s no joke and worried researchers are trying to get the word out to the public about this latest health risk. What is this stuff? It’s a chemical agent that’s antimicrobial called triclosan. It’s toxic.
Prosecuting Wall Street
But many on Wall Street and in D.C. – and many investors – believe that we should just “go with the flow”. They hope that we can restart our economy and make some more money if we just let things continue the way they are.
Biological Hydrogen Production
12-28-2010 A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker — it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.
Army edits its history of the deadly battle of Wanat
12-28-2010 Washington Post The Army’s official history of the battle of Wanat – one of the most intensely scrutinized engagements of the Afghan war – largely absolves top commanders of the deaths of nine U.S. soldiers and instead blames the confusing and unpredictable nature…
Iraq Wants the U.S. Out
12-28-2010 wsj, Sam Dagher
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the presence of any U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of 2011, saying his new government and the country’s security forces were capable of confronting any remaining threats to Iraq’s security……
All parties demand end to drone attacks
As another drone attack killed more than 20 people on North Waziristan on Monday, all leading political parties of the country unanimously declared that these attacks were tantamount to compromising the sovereignty of Pakistan and the government….
What does that mean?
It was George Washington’s idea.
In his Farewell Address to Congress in 1796, after serving two terms as President, the “Father Of Our Nation” warned Americans to never let political parties dominate our national life. Heedless of his warning, we went and did just that.
Today, everything in politics revolves around two opposing political parties, the Republicans and Democrats. As a result, our nation is fast becoming paralyzed, unable to agree on or accomplish anything. Our political parties and their constant bickering have worn us out.
Many Americans are no longer able to read the words and phrases below that were eloquent even for Washington’s times. Read them slowly, for understanding. Down through the ages, George Washington’s wisdom and intelligence – and his predictions about what would happen if political parties came to control our government – shine through with clarity and truth.
Here is President George Washington’s advice on political parties for Americans of the future, excerpted from his famed Farewell Address:
. . . They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
Those words, from the great general who led our American Revolution to success, from the President who guided us to stability out of the chaos of the War for Independence, are the essence of the apolitical campaign to Vote American. I’m Joe Shea, founder of the Vote American campaign. We can’t expect to have much impact on the 2010 mid-term elections, when the Republicans are expected to take back control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the U.S. Senate, from Democrats.
Regardless of which party you may now support, it is our greater obligation as Americans to put our genuine personal and national interest ahead of all other considerations and political parties. I believe that when I cast my vote, I should do so to secure my rights and my heritage as an American, and to preserve those rights and that heritage for all of my countrymen forever. I hope you feel the same way.
Those I choose to vote for should be those who would not try to alter our Constitution, to change or diminish our personal and national freedoms, who are honest and hard-working, and who share my views about always putting our country first and political parties second. Many would claim to do that now, but how often do they vote against the party line?
In reality, while there may be an occasional exception, most of our elected Congressmen and Senators vote with their party almost all of the time, and only rarely vote with the interests of the entire nation first.
Please join me this year and always in putting America – not a political party – first in your thoughts when you vote. That way, we will restore the true source of leadership to our nation: the people, not the party.
To read Washington’s Farewell Address in its entirety, click here.
For more information about the Vote American campaign, and to help spread this message, write: Vote American, 4119 61st Ave. Ter. W., Unit 305C, Bradenton, FL 34210.
A remarkable new energy source from fractional hydrogen will allow a gallon of ordinary water to become the energy equivalent of 200 barrels of oil
TESTING VALIDATES HYDRINO THEORY
by Joe Shea
BRADENTON, Fla., Dec. 18, 2010 — A remarkable new energy source from fractional hydrogen will allow a gallon of ordinary water to become the energy equivalent of 200 barrels of oil, a team of physicists working near the onetime laboratories of Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein is saying.
“With further optimization,” Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., says, “there is no doubt that this technology will present an economically viable and environmentally benign alternate to meet global energy needs. If advanced to commercialization, it would be one of the most profound developments ever.”
The method of electricity production allows the fuel to reproduce itself by diverting part of the energy output to a catalyst that is then regenerated so fuel is only needed once. Using the process, about 10 100-watt bulbs could be lit 24 hours a day for a penny.
Hydrogen atoms of water can release an enormous amount of energy. Now BlackLight is promising an engine technology aimed at driving a car 5,000 miles on a gallon of water.
And if solar flares over the next 10 years have the power to blackout thousands of homes, as the National Oceanography and Atmospheric Administration has warned, the distributed power of the new cells could keep America lit up.
New American Atheists Billboard, Editors behaving badly, Embarrassed TSA goes after whistle-blowing pilot & much more
“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
The American Atheists billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel: Got more than its money’s worth of publicity over the past month
Corporations take millions of acres in Africa, displacing farmers: In countries throughout Africa, farmers are being displaced at an increasing pace as their land is being bought by or leased to multinational corporations at nominal prices. The United Nations and World Bank support the large-scale land acquisitions , arguing that, if done “equitably,” the practice could help boost worldwide food security by increasing productivity.
Editors behaving badly: The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired – For more than six months, Wired‘s Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed — but refuses to publish — the key evidence in one of the year’s most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks’ source.
Embarrassed TSA goes after whistle-blowing pilot: He posts YouTube videos of security loopholes at SFO, and instead of remedying them, the agency attacks him.
Freedom of Expression must be respected in Wikileaks debate: In the wake of Wikileaks’ recent publications of U.S. diplomatic cables, some lawmakers have attacked newspapers’ rights to report on the information in those documents. Other government officials have cast doubt on Americans’ right to download, read, or discuss documents published by Wikileaks and even the news reporting based on those documents. Rash legislation was proposed that could limit the free speech of news reporting organizations well beyond Wikileaks. In the open letter sent Wednesday, 30 groups, including New Media Rights, urged lawmakers to remember and respect constitutional rights as Congress continues to discuss the issues at stake.
World Has Had Enough Of U.S. Imperialism: Michael Hudson concludes here with the observation that “Now that foreigners are essentially saying, we don’t want any more dollars, we’re not going to fund your deficit, all of a sudden they think: who’s going to fund the deficit if not foreign central banks? The answer is: American labor, the American middle class and working families are going to fund it, not the military.” The rest of the world has had enough of financing it’s own encirclement and subjugation by the U.S. military.
Old Fat White Conservative Christian acting like Royalty, nothing new: Corpulent unreconstructed good ol’ boy Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour apparently has a “state plane” that he uses to fly to football games with corporate executives, Politco reports today.
Internal security documents show the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating: Despite Obama’s claims to the contrary.
Education for We, the People or For Private Profit? Progressives believe that a We, the People economy works best when we act as a community where “we are all in this together,” and watch out and take care of each other. We mutually benefit from this approach: the better off we all are, the better off we all are. Conservatives, on the other hand, believe we should all be on our own, looking out for only ourselves and our families, and it is up to each of us, alone, to take “personal responsibility” for our own success.
U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Prison Populism? Tea Party Populists Keep the Races Divided for the Benefit of the Rich: Glen Beck and other right-wing manipulators are great at inflaming Tea Party-types against natural alliances across skin-color-lines thus sacrificing their self-interest in furtherance of economic interests sought by the wealthy who hold all outside their class strata with contempt. Since 99 percent of Tea Party faithful are not wealthy, they are targeted for contempt by the wealthy as surely as are the blacks and other minorities that many Tea Party members hold in contempt.
Repeal the USA Patriot Act:This is a six-part series of articles on the USA Patriot Act [Also known as House Resolution 3162, a local copy is available on ratical]: “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” This Act, passed in response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, was passed hastily and in a time of fear. It affects all of us in some very basic and important ways.
Fighting Hate and Honoring all our friends and Family stolen from because of hate teachers and their followers…and supporters
December 25, 2010
Muslim arrested for hate crime on King County Metro bus, “In my country, we kill faggots,” and “I’m going to suicide, and everybody is going down with me; I’m not going alone.”
December 26, 2010
Two men found MURDERED inside Wilton Manors house Sunday Police search for victims’ vehicle: a 2003 Saturn Vue
December 26, 2010
Austin, TX Another Gay Bashing: A shocking HATE CRIME!
26 Dec, 2010 when 5 motorists drove by yelling “faggot” at he and friends. Then the 5 men jumped out of their vehicle and took turns beating both he and one of his friends while several people stood and watched.
December 27, 2010
A man allegedly beaten up by men who told him they didn’t want gays in their Lower Valley neighborhood Full story link below
A man accused of slapping a woman who, according to police documents, he said didn’t count because she was gay after she defended a female friend in the Cincinnati Avenue Entertainment District. Aaron Levar Haynes, 32, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an assault charge was reduced because the victim was unavailable for trial, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said.
El Paso hate crimes few, but gays are majority of victims
One LGBT murder every 9 days …one “Gay” Bashing every 6 hours … in America!
What’s a LGBT person’s life worth, who gets stolen from us because they were brave enough to break free from the Cage (Closet) of shame and fear and are murdered for it?
It’s time to Honor and Remember all our BRAVE and Courage’s Family and Friends who got stolen from us because hate. They would probably still be alive if they would have stayed in the CAGE (closet)…But they didn’t… They are our HEROES and need to be Remember for standing up to hate and for having a GAY TARGET on their back!
We fight Hate together … or we die alone at the hands of hate!
Air Force Academy Heterosexual Sex Assaults Up 150%, While Air Force Academy Alumni Group Cancels Event To Honor Gay Soldiers & 2011 Looks Even Worse For Muslim Americans
America in Decline: Why Germans Think We’re Insane 12-27-10 A look at our empire in decline through the eyes of the European media.
Even as it acknowledged the US naval prison camp is a rallying cry for Islamic extremists, no end soon for Guantanamo says the White House The White House admitted Sunday it would be unable to shut Guantanamo Bay in the near future. 12-27-10
2010: Another Hard Year For American Muslims 12-26-10 Across America, right wing radio hosts and preachers of many stripes have been cranking up their virulent rhetoric spreading hatred of Muslims. ….
Faiths and fears collide over the Constitution 12-26-10 Free people fear a world in which the tyranny of a Taliban-type regime — which makes no distinction between church and state — seems more and more possible in the cities and states of this nation.
ACT! for America has, both locally and nationwide, found common ground with tea party members and extreme conservatives who helped Republicans retake the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. 12-26-10 One of its key allies, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., announced plans this month for hearings on Muslim-Americans and terrorism when he assumes the chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Committee.
PULPIT: Gay commitment ceremony happening at Springs synagogue 12-25-10 We are all created in God’s image, so it doesn’t matter if someone is heterosexual or homosexual….
Communism vs. Sharia… “Evil” American Leaders Sold to Uneducated Americanss 12-25-10 See no Sharia, see no evil “Mindslaughter,” historian Robert Conquest’s term for delusive Western apologetics regarding the ideology of Communism, is an apt term for today’s Western sharia apologists.
More Conservative Christians Infiltrate Congress 12-24-10 New Minnesota Judge Pick Represented Conservative Christian Groups
What God Cannot Do – Part 12-24-10
Teacher Loses Challenge To School’s Demand She Apologize For Her Class On Evolution 12-23-10 North Carolina federal district court dismissed free speech, equal protection and religious discrimination claims by an 8th grade science teacher who refused to apologize to parents over her method of teaching evolution and dealing with religious objections to evolutionary theory.
15 Dirty Big Pharma Tricks That Rip You Off and Risk Your Health for Profit 12-22-10 Even during a recession, pharma is still the nation’s third most profitable sector. 12-22-10 Here are some of the dirty tricks it employs to stay on top.
The 10 Greediest People of the Year They came, they saw, they took it all. 12-20-10 Welcome to the world where thieves have no honor, and those who hone their talents hammering the rest of us are lavishly rewarded.
Fox Slammed by L.A. Times — ‘Shouldn’t Call Itself a News Organization’ 12-20-10 After several revelations of Fox’s blatant bias, the rest of the corporate media may finally be catching on.
3 Reasons Right-Wing Lies About Joblessness Stick 12-17-2010 Why do people keep insisting that unemployment has nothing to do with structural economic forces or rigged public policies and everything to do with individual motivation?
Air Force Academy Sex Assaults Up 150%, Most Among Service Academies Since 2008 12-15-10 DENVER — Sexual assault reports at the three U.S. military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year, but many more victims probably didn’t…
A Holiday Letter from the Family of an Air Force Academy Graduate 11-24-10 Last week, on the heels of the release of the alarming statistics on religious harassment at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Academy held a religious respect conference. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation wasn’t invited.
Air Force Academy Cites Progress In Tackling Religious Intolerance 11-2-10 By Whitney Jones Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey on the religious climate of the U.S. Air Force Academy showed that 41 percent…
41% Of Non-Christian Air Force Cadets Cite Proselytizing 10-29-10 AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy reversed course on Friday and released the results of a survey that showed mixed results on…
Christianity in the Military: Are Chaplains Becoming Increasingly Fundamentalist? 10-2-10 More than two thirds of the military’s 2,900 active-duty chaplains today are affiliated with evangelical or Pentecostal denominations. Captain MeLinda Morton thinks even that figure is an underrepresentation.
USAFA: Cadets for Christ 9-30-10 “Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals
Civil Rights and Religious Groups Demand That Air Force Academy ‘Climate Survey’ Be Made Public 9-29-10 This letter demands that an immediate investigation be launched into the activities of the Christian ministries operating on the Air Force Academy campus, due to reports of cult-like tactics to recruit cadets.
Air Force Academy Alumni Group Cancels Event To Honor Gay Soldiers 9-9-10 WASHINGTON — With the ban on gays serving openly in the military inching closer to repeal, gay soldiers and their advocates scheduled a dinner this…
Air Force Academy Defends Decision Not To Release Detailed Survey Results 8-18-10 The Air Force Academy this week is defending its decision to keep large portions of its annual survey of cadets and faculty private. The Academy..
No Dominion: The Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists in the Armed Forces 7-13-10 The United States military cannot favor one religious sect over another, staying true to the Constitution’s establishment clause that service members pledge to defend.
Keep Religion out of Military 3-6-09 Sadly, powerful military leaders are behaving more like missionaries than soldiers entrusted with fulfilling military missions.
A woman, of course, is destined by God to be a good wife and mother and serve her shepherd, not be an Air Force pilot and serve her country
Cadets For Christ: Women, Evangelicals, and the Air Force Academy
This is the most recent development in an outrageous story that has been developing over the better part of this year, so, for those who need to be brought up to speed, here’s what’s going on in as small of a nutshell as I can put it:
There’s a fundamentalist ministry operating at the Air Force Academy called Cadets For Christ. This ministry is part of the “shepherding” movement, using cult-like tactics by which the cadets recruited by ministry leaders Don and Anna Warrick are separated from their families and anything else that might interfere with their brainwashing. In the shepherding movement, the female is the “sheep” and the male is the “shepherd,” and a woman’s sole purpose in life is to be a good wife and mother, subordinating herself to her male shepherd.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has been contacted by a number of parents of Academy cadets who have fallen prey to the Warricks’ ministry, and one of these families has been brave enough to go public with their story.
Peter and Jean Baas, the parents of 2010 Academy graduate Lauren Baas, are now completely estranged from their daughter. Why? Because the Baas family is Catholic, and therefore, according to the Warricks, unsaved. While at the Academy, Lauren Baas, who entered the Academy with dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot, was prepared for what can only be described as an arranged marriage by the Warricks, and is now engaged to her shepherd. A woman, of course, is destined by God to be a good wife and mother and serve her shepherd, not be an Air Force pilot and serve her country.
Lest anyone think that the “sheep and shepherd” terminology might be an exaggeration, just take a look at Lauren Baas’s “Baa Baa Sisterhood” cookbook.
“The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people. The idea that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an Executive Order setting up a new legal system for indefinite detention of people should rightfully scare the hell out of the American people.” ~Nathaniel St. Clair
- Why Indefinite Detention By Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People – Obama’s Liberty Problem “The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people. The idea that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an Executive Order setting up a new legal system for indefinite detention of people should rightfully scare the hell out of the American people. Advisors in the Obama administration have floated the idea of creating a special new legal system to indefinitely detain people by Executive Order. Why? To do something with the people wrongfully imprisoned in Guantanamo. Why not follow the law and try them? The government knows it will not be able to win prosecutions against them because they were tortured by the US.” MORE
- The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange – Predicting Torture “Eight-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a six-part series titled “Repeal the PATRIOT Act.” In Part III, I talked about how the PATRIOT Act opened the door for torture. I cited to an Amnesty International report that noted “cruel treatment includ[ing] prolonged solitary confinement; heavy shackling of detainees during visits . . . and lack of adequate exercise” among detainees held under the Act. Since that writing, a number of high profile suspected, so-called “unlawful enemy combatants” have been held in indefinite detention for years without due process of any kind, without a habeas corpus hearing to justify their detention, without any hearing on the merits, without charges, without trial, without a conviction. While solitary confinement itself is considered torture by many experts, the enemy combatants were also subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” involving prolonged isolation, painful stress positions, exposure to extreme temperature, sleep deprivation, extreme sensory deprivation, and threats of violence and death.” MORE
- The Senator Who Owned Christmas: The bills he passed in the lame-duck session were unprecedented. And yet, he somehow gets almost no credit. Which is fine by him.
- Shoot BP: The Amazon to Arctic Investigation : “At Tatitlek Village, Alaska Native Henry Makarka told me, “If I had a machine gun I’d shoot every one of them white sons of bitches.” Makarka was talking about the executives who came to him and his tribe 40 years ago to purchase their land at Valdez. They were from the companies now known as Exxon and BP.”
- Brave New Second World – Author and political scientist Parag Khanna discusses the shifting shape of global power.
From Jen Hubley, your About Today Editor
The holidays are stressful for many reasons, but the cooking is definitely one of the big ones. Most of us just don’t prepare three-course meals every night of the year. (And if you do, let me know. I’ll be by for dessert, and I promise I’ll be less picky than your cranky aunt.)