November 14, 2009 archive

“We are all leaders”

  By any standard measure the suicide of Wesley Everest should be considered unusual.

  Everest had only recently returned from the front lines of WWI France, so a suicide isn’t all that shocking. However, the circumstances of his death on Veterans Day 1919, should have raised questions with the coroner. That is, if the coroner had bothered to examine the body before declaring it a suicide.

 Everest’s teeth had been knocked out with a rifle butt. He was then tossed over the side of a bridge several times until his neck was broken from the noose tied around it. Afterward his lifeless body had been shot full of bullets, which is very difficult for a dead man to inflict upon himself.

 Perhaps the coroner was just stating that Everest’s suicidal action happened long before his death. It happened when he decided to become a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

Now with World and U.S. News.  62 Story Final.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Suicide car bomb ‘kills 11’ in NW Pakistan

by Lehaz Ali, AFP

1 hr 58 mins ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car Saturday at a police checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 11 people, officials said.

In the second suicide strike to hit the troubled city in two days, the bomber detonated when police asked him to stop for a search, Peshawar district administration chief Sahibzada Anis told AFP.

The latest in a spate of devastating attacks comes as 30,000 troops press their most ambitious assault yet against Taliban militants in their mountain strongholds on the Afghan border.

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

A beautiful day for a neighbor.

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?…

It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,

A neighborly day for a beauty.

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?…

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.

I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.

Since we’re together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Won’t you please,

Won’t you please?

Please won’t you be my neighbor?

Why not burn Obama in effigy too, you cowards

Crossposted at Daily Kos

    Since a group of tea bagging protestors comprised of mostly white people have the cojones to burn Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressmen Tom Perriello in effigy, I thought it would be a good idea if someone in the media would go so far as to ask these people why they don’t just go all the way in their supposed “defense of freedom and liberty” and burn President Barack Obama in effigy as well. I mean, if they are really brave and all, why shouldn’t they?

     Oh, wait a minute . . . .

     More below the fold.

Not Gonna Happen

As I emerge from the wisdoms of the fever dreaming time I sat up straight as once again, but on a deeper level I realized what the Republicans and the poor scared folks who “want their America back” really want. It won;t come as a shocking revelation to any of you, because the revelation was more about depth than form or content. What shocked me a bit in fact was not what they want(ed) but that they honestly seem(ed) to believe that what they wanted could ever really happen. It says more about the depth of their delusions than anything else.

For what they want, and what apparently they still think they can get… Empire. An Empire of straight, conforming, obedient white Christians. That would rule if not conquer, the world.

They actually thought that that could happen!

Jesse Ventura Takes On 9/11

A new TV program premires on TruTV (Turner Broadcasting/Time Warner) in December, titled: Conspiracy Therory, starring former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura.

If you know anything about Ventura, it is that he never minces his words, or holds back how he really feels about things (a refreshing trait for any politician), and on December 9 at 10:00pm, he tackles the subject that no one else on television will: What really happened on Septemeber 11, 2001 to the most well defended Country on the face of the planet?



Jesse steps into America’s most controversial conspiracy by challenging the 9-11 Commission report and considering the claim that the September 11th attacks were an inside job. At the urging of victims’ families, he finds witnesses who claim the towers were brought down by revolutionary explosives that were placed in plain sight, but no one knew what they were. Ventura also hears from those who claim the missing black box flight recorders were actually recovered. And he is told a shocking story about who may have been in the cockpits before the jets took off.

Featured Experts and Eyewitnesses: Physicist Steven Jones, who says he found evidence of thermite, a bomb material, in the residue from Ground Zero; explosives expert Van Romero, who performed a test purported to show that liquid thermite can make steel girders burn hotter and faster; demolition expert Brent Blanchard, who says that no inspection for explosive materials was done at the scene; former Air Force pilot Jeff Dahlstrom, who is convinced that 9-11 was a “false flag” operation carried out to push the country into war; Mike Bellone, a recovery worker at Ground Zero who says that he saw airline flight recorders recovered at the scene; Dave Lindorff, a journalist, who says that the recorders were recovered, inspected and turned over to the FBI; Dale Leppard, a former head of the Airline Pilots Association who insists recorders are always found; and former FBI investigator Jack Cloonan, who disputes claims the recorders were found.

Open Space


Government Works: Putting America Back To Work in Pictures

I believe government works. The Republican party says government doesn’t and shouldn’t work unless the discussion is about defense spending.

A year ago it was chaos, it looked as if the economy was going to implode. Like many generations before us we learned the lesson that an unregulated market builds bubbles. On the inflate many get rich off of transaction fees and rising asset values. When the bubble pops the negative feedback loops or vicious cycles are devastating. We saw the transferred devaluations move from housing values to Wall Street securities and from there to all sectors of the economy. Autos, small banks, 401ks, mutual funds, university endowments. It wasn’t clear when the wave would stop but we knew something had to change. The government’s normal economic tools were used up after too many bubbles and they were wrong in scale for the job. As a last resort the government stepped it up with once in a lifetime moves like TARP and the ARRA also known as the stimulus. Yet 9 months after the stimulus was passed it’s critics are fiercely attacking it. They say it’s not working, it’s wasteful, it should stop.

The Horror Story of U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson


VENTURA, California, Nov 13 (IPS)
– U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas.

Is the United States Military, the greatest purveyor of horror in the world, so despicably desperate to fill its ranks with warm bodies to staff its crimes against humanity it is willing to perpetrate crimes of humanity against its own soldiers.

The answer obviously is yes.

So I was listening to the radio and I heard Jim Cramer’s still an asshole.

I was passing through the kitchen in my home the other day.  The radio in the kitchen was on as usual.  It’s mostly left on to create whitenoise I would guess since a silent house is mighty depressing.  When something from the white noise machine caught my attention.  It made me stop in my tracks and take notice.  This sorta wasn’t just whitenoise.  It was the rare and irritating white bald noise that can only be found on CNBC!


‘Crime of the Century’

Military Oath

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

The above says it All, whether policy of orders given to invade and occupy others are wrong or right, service in our Military means just what is said by those taking the oath of Military Service to Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States!

Docudharma Times Saturday November 14

Saturday’s Headlines:

9/11 Trial Poses Unparalleled Legal Obstacles for Both Sides

In Korea, a round on the world’s most dangerous golf course

Satellite shows signs of water at moon’s pole

Napolitano sees hope for immigration reform

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja

Turkey is to allow Kurdish television as peace process gathers pace

Meet Haiku Herman, Will Europe make him, A very famous Belgian?

Clint Eastwood made Legion of Honour commander in France

Suicide attack piles pressure on Obama and Brown

Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa ‘feared coup’ after defeat of Tamil Tigers

gatecrashers cum gatekeepers . . .

Ho now diarist on the Daily Kos rec list, asking that the boycott either be explained or abandoned.

Really? You have reasonable questions, and I’ll give you a reasonable response: We want better. And no more politically expedient decision-making. Clear. And simple.

There’s another rec listed diary there in which progressives are chastised for … undermining Obama. I’m thinking the ones undermined wholesale would be we lowly citizens, the LBGT community, our dead and injured soldiers, orphaned Iraqis, drowning polar bears et al. There’s a whole list of the “undermined” and Obama and Dems aren’t on it.

The writer fields this question: just HOW childish and spoiled and selfish can so-called progressive be?

A double REALLY?

cross-posted at Daily Kos and at firedoglake

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