January 12, 2011 archive

Count the Murders: Loughner 6, Obama 10,000

There are so many different ways to count how many civilians Barack Obama has murdered in Afghanistan and Pakistan since he was inaugurated President of the United States (1, 2, 3) that it’s really pointless to debate the exact figure, and although I believe that 10,000 is a relatively conservative estimate, because I include some collateral damage which most reports ignore…


Instead of going to school, Marjan scavenges for hours with her 10-year-old aunt collecting trash. It is a heavy burden for such a small child but a necessary one. The trash she collects is what her family uses as fuel for cooking and, more importantly, to fend off Kabul’s bitter winter.

It is a matter of life and death for someone so young. Last winter, Marjan’s baby brother died from the cold.

“It was dark and cold, and the baby died,” she says softly, wiping her running nose. “I saw him dead and I was very sad, and I cried.”

…but I’m happy to supply a generic form where anyone can plug in his or her own numbers:

Barack Obama has only murdered (___) thousand civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan since January 20, 2009.

It’s also worth mentioning that the final count for Jared Loughner isn’t really definite either, and it’s perfectly possible that two or three more people he shot may succumb.

The Tucson Shootings, Civility and the New Class War Zone

Real News Networks’ Paul Jay: commentary on the Tucson shootings…

Real News Network – January 12, 2011

The Tucson Shootings, Civility and the New Class War Zone

Instead of using ‘civility’ to cover up reality, how about a people’s civility intended to reveal it

Muse in the Morning

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Time for a break from poetry…in order to create some art.

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.

–H. P. Lovecraft

Four Winds 3

Late Night Karaoke


Tue from The Raw Story


the Destiny of a Nation

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

Excuse me folks, I’m having a moment.

Blackbirds Chemtrails



In the Wake of Wiki: Obama’s Internet ID Plan

It seems like only yesterday that I reported on Saudi Arabia’s plan to allow Internet Usage with approved Licenses, and banned Wikileaks from its country. It seems like only yesterday when I decried the horrific seizure against free speech, and commented on how our “ally” the Saudis had sickening regime full of human rights abuses. It seems like yesterday because it WAS yesterday.

So, imagine my surprise when today, our own US government under the watchful guise of a supposed Liberal Democrat (insert eye~roll here) quietly introduces a plan to emulate this ultra-conservative plan set by the Saudi Royalty for controlling American’s right to Free Speech on our own Internet.


I guess locking out hand held devices through the Net Nuetrality bullshit was not enough. So here comes the quiet “beta test” of the next set of lock downs, far more insidious and terrifying…. ones I assure you, in the wake of Wikileaks will become law.

Scared yet? You will be when you read more, below.

Tea partiers and progressive Democrats, two peas in a pod

So often, those in the tea party equate progressives and Democrats with socialists, communists, Nazis, and whatever other word fits their particular hatred.  Meanwhile, in the Democratic Party, progressives can’t seem to go a day without reminding themselves why it’s a great thing to live in fear of the latest loon on the right.

Despite great rhetorical and, yes, political differences between the tea party and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the view presented in Adam Levine’s recent piece in CounterPunch, “Shared Delusions,” is absolutely correct.  Both groups have allowed themselves to be entirely deluded by the ruling class, enabling the corporatization of America.

What makes this possible are the many disempowered voters who are impervious to reason and indifferent to facts; people who fervently believe, for example, that the way to stick it to the Wall Street schemers and gamblers who do them harm is to funnel wealth their way, immiserating themselves…

…Obama apologists have a long way to go too, but their folly is of a different kind. They are like abused spouses who hold on to the belief that their abuser is a “good man” (read “progressive”) despite everything.