Daily Archives: December 16th, 2010

Christian Air Force Officer Vows to Violate Military Regulations if DADT is Repealed

Saying that his “commitment to [his] God supersedes [his] commitment to the DOD,” Air Force Lt. Col. Stacy L. Maxey has publicly vowed to violate military regulations and his oath to the U.S. Constitution if DADT is repealed. In a letter published by Stars and Stripes, Lt. Col. Maxey claims that it would be hypocritical that he would “be free to express myself if I’m a homosexual, but not if I’m a Christian.” .

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“From Lt. Col. Maxey’s letter: Here’s the truth: I will continue to witness to who I want, when I want and where I want. My commitment to my God supersedes my commitment to the DOD and, if officials are upset about that, then I guess they can “learn to deal with it.”

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Learn more about how conservative Christians have taken over Our military: Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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American-Made Drywall Emerges as Potential Danger

Two years after thousands of Americans learned that defective Chinese drywall had contaminated their houses, a new group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems—but their homes are built with drywall made in the United States. Ninety-seven homeowners in four states have joined lawsuits against U.S. drywall manufacturers in the past year, claiming that their drywall is releasing enough sulfur gas to corrode wiring and appliances and cause headaches, nosebleeds, labored breathing and irritated eyes—complaints that until now have been mostly associated with Chinese drywall. Many families have abandoned their homes, fearing long-term health problems. Some are facing foreclosure, or even bankruptcy. MORE

13 Lies: An Abbreviated History of U.S. Presidents Leading Us to War

13 Lies: An Abbreviated History of U.S. Presidents Leading Us to War

photo: Reuters David Redick Activist Post Those of you who long ago figured out that George Bush lied about, and twisted, 9-11, the role of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Osama, and WMDs to justify the invasions of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and to create the War on Terror, will not be surprised to learn that our prior Presidents, and their complicit henchmen, have lied us into every war since our Revolution….

Source: Activist Post

 

BP sued in Ecuadoran courts for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Thursday, December 16, 2010 By: Derek Ford

Environmentalists from several Latin American countries filed a lawsuit against BP in early December. The suit, brought to Ecuador’s Constitutional Court, is seeking damages from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Ecuadorian law grants universal jurisdiction to courts, giving them power over foreign corporations. The law recognizes that, as Nnimmo Bassey, president of Friends of the Earth International in Nigeria, told media: “Polluters don’t respect national boundaries.” (upsidedownworld.org, Nov. 30)….. MORE

Republicans: Quit whining about working this holiday!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today blasted Republicans who complained about Reid’s suggestion to extend this month’s lame-duck session through the holiday season, reminding them that regular Americans don’t get two weeks of vacation.

“Some of my Republican colleagues have the nerve to whine about having to stay and actually do the work the American people pay us to do,” Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday following public complaints from Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).  MORE

Incoming House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) plans to work less than any House in their first session than any in the past decade

‘Go Home’ – Incoming Leader of the 112th Congress Issues Odd Marching Order

Wall Street’s Pentagon Papers: Biggest Financial Scam In World History – $12.3 TRILLION in taxpayers’ money by David DeGraw

The Republican language police vote to ban the words “Wall Street” and “deregulation”

WikiRebels: The Wikileaks Documentary

For the Religious Right, “American Exceptionalism” is about the Religious Right itself: The influence of Christian conservatives remains substantial and that they are rallying around the idea of “American exceptionalism” to press their political agenda and have lots of Republican presidential hopefuls to choose from.

Wikileaks, Imperialism and the Western Media by Sean Fenley

Halliburton reportedly agrees to pay Nigeria $250 million to drop bribery charges against Cheney The massive industrial conglomerate Halliburton has reportedly offered to pay $250 million to settle charges against its former chief executive, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, in a multi-million dollar bribery case.

Cuccinelli’s Anti-Health Reform Argument Has A George Washington Problem Congress People reveal his utter ignorance of American legal history.

Three Gay Veterans File New DADT Lawsuit Three decorated military veterans discharged because they are gay filed suit Monday in San Francisco seeking reinstatement and another federal court judgment that the Pentagon’s ban on openly gay and lesbian personnel in the military is unconstitutional.

Stop The Anti-Gay Genocide In Uganda The American fundamentalist group, The Family, has to make an important strategic choice. It can have its influential National Prayer Breakfast each February in Washington, or it can have its Anti-Homosexuality Bill become law in Uganda. It likely cannot have both.

Christians  Seem To Think Everything is Anti-Christian: Gleason was asked whether he could be relied on to follow the law — I don’t even know what his answer was, but it’s a completely reasonable question. All he has to do is answer, “Yes, I know how to separate church and state,” and everyone’s happy. But that didn’t happen.

Wall Street’s Sneaky New Way to Make Bank from Struggling Homeowners: Major financial institutions have spotted a sneaky, fresh money-making opportunity: profiting from the debts of distressed homeowners.

Atheists Protest Hartford City Council Prayers: When atheists protested a city council meeting in Hawaii earlier in the year, they came out on top — they were found “not guilty” of disorderly conduct in court. Maybe that’s the inspiration for another city council protest that took place in Hartford, Connecticut last night.

Ten Thoughts About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks by Andy Worthington

Why Obama’s Tax Deal May Be an Even Bigger Disaster Than You Think: The package that has outraged many progressives is a Trojan Horse for the “entitlement” cutting crowd that could lead to disaster for working families over the long haul.

In Life Satisfaction, Social Connections Matter More Than Religion: According to a new study published in American Sociological Review (described at PsychCentral), the positive relationship between religion and life satisfaction centers on the social benefits conferred by religion and not the theological or spiritual components.

Idiot of the Week: Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE): Another Conservative Christian T-Bagger pretending to want to cut “waste” when they want “creationism” and the bible to be mandates scientific teaching in all schools.

The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention: Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime.  Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months — and for two months before that in a military jail in Kuwait — under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture.

Mike Pence: a Religious Right Favorite: With growing speculation over his presidential ambitions, Indiana Republican Mike Pence is taking the anti-Obama rhetoric into high-gear. Pence is the winner of the Family Research Council’s 2010 Values Voter Summit straw poll, and is seen as a favorite of the Religious Right.

Barton & Scalia To Teach Bachmann’s Inaugural Class On The Constitution: Last week [Right Wing Watch] noted that Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to have David Barton as one of the instructors for the weekly class on the Constitution that she is organizing for members of Congress.

Gulf of Mexico oil leak: US sues BP over oil disaster

The US is suing BP and eight other firms for allegedly violating federal safety regulations in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: The lawsuit asks that they be held liable without limitation for all clean-up and damage costs. The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in April killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil over several months. The oil leak became the worst environmental disaster in US history. The lawsuit charges the companies under the US Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. US Attorney General Eric Holder said the complaint alleged that “violations of safety and operational regulations” caused the 20 April explosion.

 

Why is it not all over the news that US contractors hired young boys to be prostitutes for Middle Eastern Men with Our tax dollars?:

WikiLeaks document points to US contractor role in “dancing boys” incident:

One of the cables released by WikiLeaks documents a discussion between US Embassy officials and the Afghan government over the role of US contractor DynCorp in the crime of “purchasing of a service from a child”—apparently a reference to child prostitution.

The cable, dated June 24, 2009, records a discussion the day before between then-US Assistant Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli and Afghan Minister of Interior Hanif Atmar. It deals in part with a scandal surrounding a party thrown by and apparently for members of the US contractor DynCorp, the largest contractor for the State Department.”

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U.S. government admits Honduras coup was illegal

An ‘open and shut’ case

Declaring the question of the legality of the 2009 coup in Honduras “open and shut,” a diplomatic cable sent by the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa exposes blatant U.S. hypocrisy. The cable declares that “there is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup. … Roberto Micheletti’s assumption of power was illegitimate.”

Army ‘birther’ changes course, says he’d deploy

Army ‘birther’ changes course, says he’d deploy

An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief told a jury Wednesday he was wrong to do so and would now deploy if he could. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo. was speaking during a court martial hearing Wednesday at Fort Meade.

He faces up to 3 1/2 years in a military prison and dismissal from the Army after being found guilty of missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment and pleading guilty to disobeying orders to meet with a superior and to report to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He asked the jury to let him remain in the Army when it decides his punishment, and jurors are expected to begin deliberating on his sentence on Thursday.

 

Italian court increases sentences for 23 CIA agents

Italian court increases sentences for 23 CIA agents

An Italian court upped the sentences for 23 CIA agents convicted in absentia of abducting an Egyptian imam in one of the biggest cases against the US “extraordinary rendition” programme.

The 23 CIA agents, originally sentenced in November 2009 to five to eight years in prison, had their sentences increased to seven to nine years on appeal in what one of the defence lawyers described as a “shocking blow” for the US.

They were also ordered to pay 1.5 million euros (two million dollars) in damages to the imam and his wife for the 2003 abduction.

Washington has refused to extradite the agents, who all remain at liberty but now risk arrest if they travel to Europe.

 

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