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THE MOST VICIOUS ELEMENT OF AMERICAN SOCIETY

July 20 2013
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Faithful readers know I regard our police forces as the worst humans on earth since the heyday of Nazi storm troopers. Prior to 1970, those who disagreed with me had a leg to stand on. Since then, that leg has been cut out from under them. For the last 43 years there is no respectable…

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OUR FINEST

March 16 2013
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I can no longer remember a time when New York City’s police force was not informally referred to by NY politicians as “OUR FINEST.” Understandably, they never told us Finest What. Surely, they could not have meant NY’s finest citizens, thereby putting down the firefighters, emergency ambulance squads, and the people themselves. In truth, they…

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At The Oscars

February 26 2013
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If what you like is plenty of action, thrilling escapes sans verisimilitude, then ARGO is for you. It is a loosely based, highly contrived account of an incident in Iran that is not worth describing. You probably know what it is, anyway. Ben Affleck was in charge of falsities and he is entirely unapologetic. I…

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HOO DAT?

January 26 2013
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Pollsters do not directly ask responders who Joe Biden is but the best estimate on the basis of various questions is that roughly 50% know he is Vice President. That’s not so bad. Fewer have a clue about John Kerry or Chuck Hagel. Hegel is probably known by about 20-25%. Compared to these chaps, Hillary…

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OBAMA’S LAW

January 4 2013
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Very quietly on December 30, the President reauthorized ‘Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012′, which provides a five-year extension of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Big Brother will watch you. Worse yet, Obama has agreed to a provision preventing the construction of any new facility for transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo…

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OBAMA’S VIGILANTE SQUAD

November 11 2012
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The U.S. Justice Department filed its opening brief on election night defending a controversial military detention provision that a trial judge in Manhattan declared unconstitutional earlier this year. The suit filed in Manhattan federal district court by a group of journalists and activists,challenges a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that DOJ lawyers said…

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WORLD CORRUPTION AND DEMOCRACY

August 29 2012
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This is our most important post of 2012. A must read. Here is the link to a complete discussion. http://gendinsjournal.com/?p=6309

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OBAMA’S IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

July 8 2012
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You don’t have be a fan or nay-sayer to Obama’s politics to want to mull over this article with some care. As it happens, I think most of the politics that Obama is being criticized for in this particular article are good politics but I agree with Ms. Strassel that to achieve these results he…

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BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY

July 4 2012
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We are still a very young country – a mere 226 years old. We have packed an awful lot of living into those precious few years, and it is easy to forget we are brash youth. From Columbus’s discovery of the New Land in 1492 to the Declaration of Independence, 284 years elapsed. We have…

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THE JACKSON/SHARPTON CAMARILLA

May 1 2012
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I regret I am not sufficiently steeped in the history of Jackson/Sharpton politics either to confirm or dispute the interpretation of these two civil rights leaders by the WSWS. [World Socialist Website] It is an extremely vigorous attack that borders on virulence and merits the attention of all those concerned with distinguishing socialist politics from…

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 20 MINUTES

April 20 2012
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1. A WAVE of headline-grabbing assaults across Afghanistan has drawn attention back to the Haqqani network. The group, part crime family, part militant force, is the chief suspect in the assaults on April 15th in Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia (see map). The network is led from the border region of North Waziristan in neighbouring…

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ZAP ‘EM GOOD AND DEAD WITH TASERS

March 10 2012
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Reprinted with appreciation and without permission from World Socialist Website [WSWS] http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/tase-m10.shtml Over 10,000 mentally ill Michigan inmates face Tasers and torture By Debra Watson 10 March 2012 The recent authorization of the use of Tasers in Michigan prisons has focused attention on the inhuman conditions inflicted on mentally ill inmates. Civil rights organizations have…

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THE DIRTY NIPS

February 10 2012
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If you will just give up reading that NY Times rag and the Cucamonga Gazette, maybe you will have time to read a real newspaper. Or, failing the latter, try the Japan Times. Let’s see what’s cooking in today’s JT. It seems that the wonder child from Kenya – he with the falsified birth certificate…

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DO PIGS FLY?

January 6 2012
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Our pusillanimous president is not even aware of the fact that he can save the Guantanamo protesters if he chose to do so. Here are the facts: Jury selection began this morning in a trial against protesters arrested inside the U.S. House of Representatives gallery this summer while demonstrating against funding for the U.S. detention…

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Here Come De Judge

October 26 2011
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New York Law Journal. October 26, 2011 1. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has refused to drop charges against the hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested late last month at Union Square Park and earlier this month on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense…

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KILLING THEM HARSHLY WITH OUR DRONES

October 8 2011
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The following is an excerpt from an article in The Economist. Readers who want more can link here. THE killing in Yemen of Anwar al-Awlaki and three al-Qaeda associates by a drone on September 30th has caused far more fuss in America than previous drone attacks. The reason is that al-Awlaki and one of his…

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TROY DAVIS MUST DIE

September 19 2011
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On Wednesday, September 21, two days from now, Troy Davis, a convicted murderer will get the old Zapperoo – Georgia style. In two years, three at the outmost, Troy will be forgotten. Thank God. As of this moment, it is THE BIG CASE because 600,000 people from Zap Crazy Georgia to such faraway lands as…

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KILL ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE STILL DEAD – WHY WE BOMBED HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

August 29 2011
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Excerpted from The Japan Times, August 29, 2011 Article written by Hiroaki Sato. This month 66 years ago the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Back in 1995, I had attended another ICP panel discussion on Hiroshima, which was part of the exhibition “The Pacific War.” That year was the 50th anniversary of…

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Y’all Be Careful, Now.

August 10 2011
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Salmonella kills people but only now and then. 38% of people who ingest it need to be hospitalized, but is that bad? The USDA is not sure. Last year, the USDA discovered serious contamination of turnkeys in the Cargill, Inc. turkey plant in Arkansas. Accordingly, it issued the warning to Cargill – y’all be careful,…

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STUPID OR IGNORANT?

July 24 2011
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Perhaps John Boehner can slip through the horns of this dilemma – stupid or ignorant – by admitting he is just a vicious dog. He says that the Cut, Cap and Balance Act that just received House approval was passed by bipartisan support. In fact, 191 Democrats voted against the bill and 5 voted for…

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TO BE AND SOMETIMES NOT TO BE

July 18 2011
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It’s a tough job trying to be consistent and always on the right side. Just check out Jim McDermott, Democratic Rep from the state of Washingto to see what I mean. Jim favors single payer health insurance for all. That’s good. Jim sponsored first-in-the-nation legislation to provide affordable managed care to Washington’s unemployed and uninsured…

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PUSSY-FOOTING AROUND

July 16 2011
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While Barack Obama plays around with such silly projects as trying to increase the debt ceiling, important things are happening. What this country needs, as any good Marxist would tell you, is total self-destruction. Then, from out of the ashes of the phoenix, a better country may rise up. It may have mattered to Mahatma…

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JOHN YOO, WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

July 11 2011
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I have argued in the past that John Yoo is the worst person in the world and now he is back in the news. Jose Padilla filed a lawsuit against John Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and former Justice Department lawyer under John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General, in January 2008. In it, he…

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It Takes Two To Tango

June 23 2011
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A serious candidate for high office makes no campaign promises because he understands that even with the best intentions he must deal with Congress. He cannot tango alone. In 2008, Barack made an historic 510 campaign promises whereas neither George W. Shrub nor Bill Clinton exceeded 300 pre-office promises. Politifact.com says Obama has kept 24%…

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