December 4, 2009 archive

Public Menace-Private Profit: America’s Biowarfare Alliance

Original article via Antifacist Calling:

In September, The New York Times reported that a

University of Chicago researcher, Malcolm Casadaban, died after exposure to “a

weakened and ordinarily harmless strain of the bacteria that cause plague.”

Pure Politics Of Obama’s Afghanistan Escalation

Real News Network CEO Paul Jay talks with Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the politics behind Barack Obama’s Afghanistan “surge”, who explains the devastation of the US Military by the occupation, and how a combination of Obama’s own presidential campaign rhetoric and manipulations by his generals had “locked him in” to escalating the occupation of Afghanistan.

Wilkerson then gives us his take from the perspective of being a teacher on the subject of presidential national security decision making about what the geopolitical consequences of this escalation will likely be.

Real News Network – December 4, 2009

“Obama’s choice” pure politics

Lawrence Wilkerson: Obama’s campaign rhetoric and his generals put him in a corner on Afghanistan

Also see: Part 2, Pure Politics Of Obama’s Afghanistan Escalation

Wild Wild Left Radio #46 Escalation Nation

Join WWL Radio cohosts Diane Gee and Michael Gottlieb tonight on BTR at 6PM Eastern Time.

Like enablers of an evil and demented child, once again America does little when its Power Structure expands its bootprint of hegemony by sending more of our souls and cents to Afghanistan.

The lie of a “War on Terror” covers the One Truth: It is a war on our own American Citizens as much as War on the Citizens of Afghanistan. It is a War on the Poor, perpetrated by the Ruling Elites and being enabled by President Obama.

Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil. – Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)

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Docudharma Times Friday December 4

Friday’s Headlines:

Obama Tackles Jobless Woes, but Warns of Limited Funds

A city and its team enjoy a magical run

Reid’s recipe for getting health-care deal done

Bank bailouts appear to be paying off

China closes Yeeyan website that translated Guardian stories

Yousuf Raza Gilani: we are fighting the Taleban and reviving democracy

Turkey and the EU: hurtful uncertainty

Putin confides to the nation: I want to be President again

Dubai ruler’s ambition sowed seeds of crisis

Iran left out in the cold

Going home: orphans of the gorilla massacre that shocked the world

Guinea strongman Camara ‘shot and wounded by aide’

Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread

We Should March On Washington

(crossposted from daily kos) (here:…

Too many promises betrayed, and now this new war escalation.

Is this blog called “Daily Kos” or is it called “Daily Barack Obama?”

I thought we were activists.

It’s Not About Football Stupid!

(Cross-posted from The Free Speech Zone)


Hofstra University, which has fielded a football team for the past 69 years, is dropping the sport.

The school said it cut the program because of costs and fading interest and will use the $4.5 million spent annually on the team on scholarships and other priorities.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to shut the program, which had been in existence since the Long Island school’s founding in 1937. The coaching staff was told Thursday morning, sources told

Hofstra, which has competed in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) since 1991, is the second member of the Colonial Athletic Association to drop its football program in the past 10 days. Northeastern University, in Boston, announced Nov. 23 it was dropping its program after 74 seasons.

“The cost of the football program, now and in the future, far exceeds the return possible,” Hofstra president Stuart Rabinowitz said Thursday. He added that despite Hofstra having sent several players to the NFL, the program does not attract enough national attention.

“Given that, along with the low level of interest, financial support and attendance among our students, our alumni and the community, the choice was painful, but clear.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, who played at Hofstra from 1994-97, called the move a “sad state of affairs.”

“It was weird because it kind of happened out of nowhere,” he said.…

No, sadly, it didn’t just “happen out of nowhere” and we’re all holding our fucking breaths that the money is gonna be used on academics.  In fact, why do we need more money for academics?  What the fuck are you spending our tuition on?!?!

Sen. Tom Coburn is an Evil Scumbucket

And this is why: He must hate Louisiana and her people. Coburn, whose state obviously never has had a major disaster (judging from his behavior) introduced an amendment to the Senate healthcare bill stripping it of the $300 million Mary Landrieu had had added to help Louisiana make up for what would be a catastrophic Medicaid shortfall.

Talk about kicking somebody when they’re down–Louisiana seriously needs this money.

Overnight Caption Contest (new)

Pumpkin Ale Bonanza!

In other news, the pumpkin situation at Chez Coles has gotten completely out of control…

The word seems to have spread about the palatability and potency of my pumpkin ale (words with a “P” this time!) and the donations are pouring in…

I’ll be, uhm, doing bad things with knives to pumpkins if anyone needs me.

For probably the next three years.

Circle to Nowhere

Do you recall your first blogging experience?

Mine was at, of all places  I lasted 48 hours and consisted of mostly an argument over collecting pine cones for Christmas was not a Constitutional right.  A simple family tradition of walking the woods around the local water supply had been declared verboten due to Homeboy Stupidity issues after 911.  The guy with three teeth who worked at the pumping station suddenly became “park ranger” too.

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