August 6, 2010 archive

DREAM Now Recap: The Ghost of Virgil Goode Possesses the Republican Party

Originally posted on Citizen Orange.

The “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama” is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

A lot has happened as we complete the third week of the DREAM Now Series.  The DREAM Act picked up two new co-sponsors in the U.S. House: Mike Thompson (D-CA-1) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1).  Two extremely important and influential organizations have also come out strongly in support of passing the DREAM Act as a downpayment on comprehensive immigration reform: the Center for American Progress and the AFL-CIO.  Finally, a major victory was won in Arizona where the deportation of Marlen Moreno was deferred.  Please express support for the above in anyway possible.  It has all helped build a lot of momentum for passing the DREAM Act, this year. 

Just was we have been busy moving the DREAM Act forward, though, nativists have been busy undermining it.

Wild Wild Left Radio #75 Disinformation Central!!!

Tonight, August 6th at 6PM Eastern Time, WWL Radio!!!!!

Gottlieb and Diane G. are live and in color (or is that off color?) on WWL radio Friday night at 6pm Eastern Time to guide you through Current Events taken from a Wildly Left Prospective.

Hear the Unreported & Under Reported Headlines stories you should be paying attention to, from US Politics, to the farthest reaches of the Earth by the WWL coalition of subversion: undermining the PTB by speaking Truth to Power!!!!

Up is down, black is white, and you cannot a believe a word you hear!  Unless, that is, you hear it HERE!

The Oil is all GONE! Corexit is candy! The leak is stopped!  Shall we believe the official United States of Petroleum Reports????

Or maybe the leak we should be talking about is the horrifying WikiLeaks, because their leaks about all the unnecessary civilian bloodshed may be causing unnecessary civilian bloodshed??? Whiskey Tango Censored Foxtrot!

Judge Walker knows Constitutional Law, as proven by his ruling on Prop 8… but we are told not to believe him, cuz he is teh gayz! Is that the best they’ve got????

We are finally leaving Iraq!!! Shall we celebrate the shiny new “advisory brigades” that replace the “combat brigades” without all that messy actual changing or leaving: The exact same people that were the latter have become the former! Go-bama! No, I mean it. GO! Leave!!!

In the rest of the Middle East, we get to examine the shell game of whodunit/blame game as Israel ramps up war with Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, those nomady shepherd people and Martinique!! Ok, Martinique just might not be part of the blame game…yet.

War is Peace, Free Market Capitalism Loves you, Trust the Military and Marriage is Freedom!

Heh 🙂

Gottlieb and I shall try and break through the layers of disinformation and tap into the main vein of truthiness tonight! See you on the air!!!


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Don’t You Ever Fucking Forget…

Open Shack


News at Noon

From Reuters

Economy sheds 131,000 jobs in July

By Reuters

August 6, 2010

(Reuters) – Employment fell for a second straight month in July as more temporary census jobs ended while private hiring rose less than expected, pointing to an anemic economic recovery.

Non-farm payrolls fell 131,000 the Labor Department said on Friday as temporary jobs to conduct the decennial census dropped by 143,000.

Private employment, considered a better gauge of labor market health, rose 71,000 after increasing 31,000 in June. In addition, the government revised payrolls for May and June to show 97,000 fewer jobs than previously reported.

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on the stupidity of war (August 6th)

Today is sixty five years since the bombing of Hiroshima.

In October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt received a letter from physicist Albert Einstein and his Hungarian colleague Leo Szilard, calling to his attention the prospect that a bomb of unprecedented power could be made by tapping the forces of nuclear fission. The two scientists, who had fled from Europe in order to escape Nazism, feared that Hitler-Germany was already working on the problem. Should the Germans be the first to develop the envisaged “atomic bomb,” Hitler would have a weapon at his disposal that would make it possible for him to destroy his enemies and rule the world.

To avoid this nightmare, Einstein and Szilard urged the government of the United States to join the race for the atomic bomb. Roosevelt agreed, and for the next four and half years a vast, utterly secret effort was launched in cooperation with the United Kingdom. Code-named “The Manhattan Project,” the effort eventually employed more than 200,000 workers and several thousands scientists and engineers, many of European background. Finally, on July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested in the midst of the Alamogordo desert in New Mexico. Its power astonished even the men and women who had constructed it. As he witnessed the spectacular explosion, Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who had directed the scientific work on the bomb, remembered a line from the Vedic religious text Bhagavad-Gita: “I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.”

By the time of the Alamogordo test, Germany had already surrendered. This meant that the potential threat of a Nazi atomic bomb no longer existed. But the war in the Pacific was still raging, and the President of the United States Harry S. Truman decided to use the atomic bomb in order to force the Japanese leadership to surrender as quickly as possible. Thus, on August 6 an atomic bomb with an explosive yield equivalent to 12.5 kilotons of the explosives TNT (trinitrotoluene) was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing some 70,000 of its inhabitants, with another 70,000 deaths registered by the end of 1945. Meanwhile, on August 9, a second bomb was used against the city of Nagasaki. This explosion had a higher yield (equivalent to 22 kilotons of TNT) but caused fewer instant deaths. However, many of the survivors suffered from heavy burns, radiation sickness, etc., and the death toll continued to rise. By the end of the year more than 70,000 of Nagasaki’s citizens had lost their lives. Five years later, as many as 340,000 people, or 54 percent of the original population, had died from the two explosions.

source: nobel prize dot org


Ailing OIF and OEF Veterans Bringing Lawsuits

The ‘Agent Orange’ of these occupations, that’s literally as some of these soldiers are suffering from exactly the same extreme physical ailments of the same chemicals, and more, of the defoliants only this time they were sucking in smoke and air from these burn pits, as are the citizens occupied and especially downwind and the ground contamination left from the burns!

Ailing vets sue over smoke from trash fires in Iraq, Afghanistan

Obama’s Head in the A-Hole

Obama addresses a conference of Disabled American Veterans, August 2, 2010

“Does Obama sound like Bush?” asks the Christian Science Monitor, and answers…

Obama is indeed carrying out an agreement reached by the Bush administration that laid out the timetable for withdrawal.

Gareth Porter at Asia Times Online provides a little more context.

Seventeen months after President Barack Obama pledged to withdraw all combat brigades from Iraq by September 1, 2010, he quietly abandoned that pledge on Monday, admitting implicitly that such combat brigades would remain until the end of 2011.

Obama’s apparent pledge of withdrawal of combat troops by the September 1 deadline in his February 27, 2009, speech generated headlines across the commercial news media. That allowed the administration to satisfy its anti-war Democratic Party base on a pivotal national security policy issue.

At the same time, however, it allowed Obama to back away from his campaign promise on Iraq withdrawal, and to signal to those political and bureaucratic forces backing a long-term military presence in Iraq that he had no intention of pulling out all combat troops at least until the end of 2011.

He could do so because the news media were inclined to let the apparent Obama withdrawal pledge stand as the dominant narrative line, even though the evidence indicated it was a falsehood.

Time Magazine was likewise skeptical about how much change Obama has imposed on the Bush paradigm.

It’s not hard to see why many skeptics see little more than a rebranding message in President Obama’s announcement that U.S. troop levels in Iraq will soon stand at 50,000 and that their mission would be to “train and advise Iraqi security forces, conduct partnered and targeted counterterrorism operations and protect ongoing U.S. civilian and military efforts.”

For one thing, that’s what they’ve been doing for quite some time now, in keeping with the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) concluded between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government. The SOFA moved U.S. troops out of Iraq’s cities last summer and ended independent U.S. military operations – today they’re required to operate in tandem with Iraqi forces.

And apart from daily bombings and political assassinations, Obama’s perky optimism about American “accomplishments” in Iraq is also belied by many inconvenient factoids.

“Much of the violence has occurred because there is no government, because nobody knows what the future is,” said Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who has periodically advised top U.S. commanders in Baghdad.

No government?

In the inconclusive March 7 elections, the heavily Sunni-backed Iraqiya coalition led by former premier Ayad Allawi won 91 seats compared to 89 for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s mainly Shiite Rule of Law coalition, but neither won the 163-seat majority necessary to govern.

As the political wrangling for allies draws out, insurgents have continued their deadly attacks in what appears to be an attempt to take advantage of the political vacuum to re-ignite sectarian tensions.

But so what if Iraq doesn’t have a government? At least they have a flag!

Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters killed five Iraqi soldiers in a brazen dawn attack Tuesday at a western Baghdad checkpoint and planted the terror group’s black banner before fleeing the scene, officials said.

It was the second time in a week that Al-Qaeda’s flag has appeared at the scene of an attack.


Has all the bloodshed, death and destruction counted for so little?



The Quicken Loan Shuffle

Basically financial “reform” does not mean reform.

Not gone are 23.99% credit card rates and a whole range of other business practices I call “The Technologies of Satan”.  These are high pressure sales techniques that are now being engrained into the culture itself.

Docudharma Times Friday August 6

Friday’s Headlines:

Gulf oil spill: White House accused of spinning report

How CNN went from breaking records to yesterday’s news


Corporate Money Aids Centers Linked to Lawmakers

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq


Russian wheat export ban threatens higher inflation and food riots

International team gives Greece thumbs up over austerity reforms

Middle East

Tariq Aziz calls on US troops to stay in Iraq

Saudi Arabia Blackberry ban to take effect


US ambassador attends 65th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Pakistani exodus as floods spread


Does Kenya’s ‘yes’ to new constitution signal new era?

Latin America

Wyclef Jean confirms he will run for Haiti president

Muse in the Morning

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One who experiences the unity of life

sees one’s own Self in all beings,

and all beings in one’s own Self,

and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

–Bhagavad Gita, Chapter VI, verse 29

Phenomena XXXII:  adapting


Cellular Diversity


we form and transform

the words and thoughts

building an understanding

a commonality

cells aligning

and recombining

Not by becoming


but through sampling

our differences

does this creature

avoid being stillborn

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–June 20, 2008

Late Night Karaoke

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