Apr 21 2010
Georgia has taken the first step in the fight against forced microchip implants by, well, anyone.
The Georgia House Judiciary Committee took up a bill last week that would “prohibit requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip,” and would make violating the ban a misdemeanor.
Ok, I cut the above quote in half, frankly, because I had to do it. The rest is next…
Apr 20 2010
In the wake of the release of the WikiLeaks video showing the massacre of civilians in Iraq, two former soldiers from the unit involved have written a letter published at Truthout.org.
The two soldiers, Josh Steiber and Ethan McCord, weren’t in the helicopter. Ethan McCord was one of the soldiers that pulled the children from the van. Josh Steiber wasn’t even on the scene.
But, in their own words, they understood what was happening in their unit:
We have been speaking to whoever will listen, telling them that what was shown in the Wikileaks video only begins to depict the suffering we have created. From our own experiences, and the experiences of other veterans we have talked to, we know that the acts depicted in this video are everyday occurrences of this war: this is the nature of how U.S.-led wars are carried out in this region.
This incident occurred in 2007. Three years later, after the April 5, 2010, release of the video, these two former soldiers have penned a letter of contrition and apology.
This is way too little that comes way too late.
Apr 15 2010
(published at Truthout.org)
On August 19, 1953, pro-Shah supporters in Iran staged a coup on the Iranian government that was planned, organized and supported by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and British Intelligence. Iranians lived under the brutal rule of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi for the next 25 years until the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Though the CIA-led coup in Iran was the first time the agency overthrew a democratically elected government, it wasn’t to be the last. In 1954, the CIA orchestrated a coup against the democratically elected president of Guatemala. In 1963, the CIA orchestrated the coup in Iraq that eventually brought Saddam Hussein and the Ba’athist Party to power. In 1973, the CIA orchestrated a coup against the democratically elected leader of Chile. In every case, those who were helped into power instituted regimes of terror and violence. These regimes prompted bloody revolutions, or worse, US-led invasions. Either way, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed due to US foreign policy.
Apr 14 2010
So, today we learn that CIA Assistant Director Steve Kappes will be “retiring“.
He got to be involved in torture, rise up in the ranks, oversea botched missions and failed station’s where he put “his people” in place. Mission accomplished. Time to enjoy himself till the next Republican administration!
So, who was Steve Kappes?
Apr 13 2010
You have got to love it when people decide to “out-crazy” the crazies.
The scheme reads like a sequel to “Being John Malkovich”: Levins group of protesters plan to get in the heads of tea partiers at the Tax Day Tea Parties nationwide Thursday and manipulate them right out of relevance. They’ll dress like tea partiers, talk like tea partiers and carry signs like tea partiers. In fact, according to Levin they’ll be completely indistinguishable from tea partiers, except for one thing — they won’t be out-crazied by anyone.
“Our goal is that whenever a tea partier says ‘Barack Obama was not born in America,’ we’re going be right right there next to them saying, ‘yeah, in fact he wasn’t born on Earth! He’s an alien!” Levin explained. He said that by making the tea parties sound like a gathering of crazy people — his group’s goal — the movement will lose its power.
I’m dying here!
Apr 13 2010
I shouldn’t be surprised by this, I really shouldn’t, but, I am.
A new Tea Party group, Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots, has grown quickly since being launched last month by an active duty Marine Corps sergeant. The group, which vows to “stand up on the very soil we defended to preserve common sense conservatism and defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government,” currently has over 400 members, who have signed up through its Facebook page, though many are not active duty military. And it has close ties to the broader Tea Party movement.
It is indeed in the military oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies – foreign and domestic. And, I don’t dispute this statement:
Many people in the military “feel like they can’t speak out against Obama or Congress,” said Stein. “The armed forces should have a little bit more say than we think we do,” he said.
Yes, those in the military are allowed to have opinions, even political opinions. But, if that opinion is based on right-wing falsehoods, that opinion can become dangerous to the military as a whole.
Apr 11 2010
There has been an uproar over the new health care bill from the left and right. On the left, it was that the health bill didn’t go far enough and became a give-a-away to the insurance industry. On the right, it has been nothing short of sheer stupidity.
There isn’t a better example of sheer stupidity than this:
First there was Dr. Cassell firing patients. Then there’s “dermdoc” bragging on a message board that he has just laid off his first Obama-voting employee. From CBS News’ Political Hotsheet:
Last Friday, someone going by the name “dermdoc” posted a thread on a message board for Texas A&M students and alumni with this topic: “Laid off my first Obama voting employee today.”
“Our reimbursement rates are spiraling downward, taxes are projected to go up with Obamacare, so I did it,” the person wrote. He later added: “I made this decision because I can.”
“It is kind of interesting watching their face as you explain to them the economic consequences of the policies of the guy they voted for,” wrote dermdoc.
The original message board thread has now been removed, but that didn’t deter “dermdoc” from expanding on his original thesis.
“Elections have consequences,” wrote dermdoc. “If you vote for someone who raises my taxes and lowers my income, you pay the cost.”
“My office manager and med business guru have calculated that this is just the beginning. Tax rates are going to go through the roof with additional Obamacare taxes AND the expiration of the Bush tax cuts,” he added. “And most analysts think reimbursement rates for docs will go down about 20-25% the next 2 years, and that is BEFORE Obamacare really kicks in.”
And, we then learn, that this was all just a case of the person being an idiot…
Apr 10 2010
Taser Bullets? That is the report.
Called the nanosecond electrical pulse (nsEP) project, the research focuses on using brief electrical pulses to temporarily paralyze an individual by disrupting the nervous system, similar to the way the Taser, another popular nonlethal device, works. But where this project differs from most other stun guns, according to the Pentagon, is that it could theoretically be built as a wireless system, and have a longer lasting effect.
In the next paragraph, it goes on to state how this research may be able to be shrunk into bullet form.
The Pentagon’s Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, which is sponsoring the work, declined a request for an interview, but answered written questions. “It is hoped the technology can be made small enough to fit in a small, self-contained round,” Dave Law, the chief of the office’s technology division, wrote of the research project. “The round would have a power source and therefore would not need wires.”
I’ll tell you why this is a bad idea.
Apr 09 2010
If you missed it, and I’m glad I did as I don’t watch Chris Matthew’s, he totally went off the deep end about Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin teaming up.
From Crooks & Liars:
Matthews and Buchanan go on to describe the Palin and Bachmann rally and their featured speakers as…
an amazing event
very fascinating political figures
very good on the stump
much more exciting than Mitch McConnell or John Boehner
the new “star power” of the Republican Party
extremely attractive women
women of the west
Pat Buchanan, an old racist dinosaur (just read some of his comments), and Chris Matthew’s, who didn’t fawn over SOMEONE in a drooling mess, teaming up to gush over the two nuttiest women in Republican politics.
THIS is pure comedy gold!
Apr 09 2010
In the comment section of my last essay, I let a cat out of the bag.
While it is still uncertain, I was asked by the editor’s of Truthout if I would be interested in writing for them in a regular column. Of course, this is still something that is a maybe, and, might occur in a month or two. But, you can understand my surprise at even being asked.
Apr 08 2010
Have you seen the new ad narrated by Christopher Miller, Iraq veteran, on why we need clean energy?
The ads feature an Iraq war veteran who was injured six years ago by a roadside bomb. Christopher Miller says that using less oil will take money away from enemies like Iran, which has supplied increasingly destructive roadside bombs to militants in Iraq.
I just saw the ad run during Keith Olbermann’s Countdown and my jaw hit the floor. We need clean energy because buying Iran’s oil funds their supplying IED’s to Iraq? Really?
We all know that we need clean energy and that major energy conglomerates are only willing to support it if they control the new energy, just as they controlled the old energy. This is not debatable.
It is the argument used that is wrong.
Apr 03 2010
Who is a terrorist? That is the question that has sparked what may well be the biggest fight for America in decades.
WASHINGTON – Senior lawyers in the Obama administration are deeply divided over some of the counterterrorism powers they inherited from former President George W. Bush, according to interviews and a review of legal briefs.
The rift has been most pronounced between top lawyers in the State Department and the Pentagon, though it has also involved conflicts among career Justice Department lawyers and political appointees throughout the national security agencies.
The very next paragraph shows us why this battle could very well save, or destroy, the America our founding fathers envisioned.
The discussions, which shaped classified court briefs filed this month, have centered on how broadly to define the types of terrorism suspects who may be detained without trials as wartime prisoners. The outcome of the yearlong debate could reverberate through national security policies, ranging from the number of people the United States ultimately detains to decisions about who may be lawfully selected for killing using drones.
The TYPES of terrorism suspects that may be detained without trials as wartime prisoners is the core of this fight.