Wednesday, June 30

Endless War

I love authors who are linguists. Guys like Noam Chomsky and
George Orwell
can/could cut through the bull because they
understood (and in Orwell's case invented) doublespeak.
Never forget that the DOD (Dept. of Defense)
was originally known as the "War Department"

Excerpts George Orwell's "1984"

Oceania has always been at war with East Asia and anyone
who does not know this is contrary to the orthodox view and
is subject to enforcement authority by the thought police,
as a thought criminal.

"If, for example, Eurasia or Eastasia [whichever it may be]
is the enemy today, then that country must always have been
the enemy. And if the facts say otherwise, then the facts
must be altered. Thus history is continuously rewritten.

This day-to-day falsification of the past, carried out by
the Ministry of Truth, is as necessary to the stability of
the regime as the work of repression and espionage carried
out by the Ministry of Love." (Italics and Bold mine)

Just insert Iraq and Afghanistan for Eurasia and Eastasia
in the above text.

Excerpts for George Orwell's, "1984", copyright 1949 by
Harcourt, Brace and Company

Saturday, June 19

Helen Thomas spoke truth to power

Helen Thomas has asked more tough questions of more administrations than any journalist alive. She spoke her mind. She was fired. Unfortunately she was right and history proves her so. I used to support Israel, but more and more I feel they have become the thing that created them, Genocidal Fascists. Israel is an artificially created state. Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank of Gaza for over 35 years. Israel is committing War Crimes. Of course we commit them also. What's going on in Gaza is as bad as anything the Nazi's did. Look at any map of Palestine over the last 40 years and you will see how the Palestinians are being systematically deprived of their land and exterminated. We have a "War on terror" Look up the word "Terrorism". Below is the transcript of the questions that got her fired. So much for free speech. It was unpopular but it was historically correct. For the record I am not an anti-semite and I am not a Holocaust denier. I am just being historically accurate.

On May 27, 2010, outside a Jewish Heritage Celebration Day event at the White House, the following exchange took place between Thomas and Rabbi David Nesenoff

Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today, any comments on Israel?

Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.

Nesenoff: Oooh. Any better comments on Israel?

Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not German, it's not Poland ...

Nesenoff: So where should they go, what should they do?

Thomas: They go home.

Nesenoff: Where's the home?

Thomas: Poland. Germany.

Nesenoff: So you're saying the Jews go back to Poland and Germany?

Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries? See? (bold and italics mine)

Wednesday, June 16

Disappointment - Another Sell Out

Given the choice again between Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin,
I'd again vote for Obama, but he's turning out to be another corporate whore/Dino.
Sell outs:
Health Care Industry
Industrial Military Complex
Big Oil
Big Banks
Big Pharma

His failure to fire Ken Salazar makes him complicit in Oil Crimes.
His failure to fire Timothy Geitner make him complicit in Bank Crimes.
His escalation of the War in Afghanistan makes him complicit in War Crimes.
Guantanamo is still open.
No public option.
He caved to Big Pharma.
This is not what I voted for.
He seems more concerned with pleasing the Right
than the Netroots progressives who elected him.
I heard him referred to as "The Black Jimmy Carter". Almost accurate except Carter wasn't a corporate whore. I always thought "The man" was white.
I was wrong.

Monday, June 14

Those that fail...

"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." - Winston Churchill

You are probably familiar with the Exxon-Valdez oil spill of March, 29 1989, but not as familiar with the Ixtoc oil spill in Mexico in 1979. Mexico is still cleaning it up. The Pemex owned rig was drilling at the incredible depth of 150 feet. 3.3 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf. It took more than 9 months to stop the leak. It was the largest oil spill in history until Exxon-Valdez. The fire and leak have many similarities to the Deepwater Horizon incident still spewing sludge, benzine, oil and who knows what else into the Gulf.

I just don't understand why we never seem to learn from our mistakes. (Greed outweighs logic?)
As I read and researched this little known oil spill, the thing that struck me immediately is that Ixtoc is a perfect anagram for Toxic.

Sunday, June 6

I Hate Banks (Part 2)

As if I needed another reason to hate banks. BOA is now being sued
for failing to pay (forced) overtime and other wages. No breaks, no lunch.
Basically ignoring State and Federal labor laws. H/T to C&L.

Wednesday, June 2

Supreme Court Ruins Cop Shows

The Supreme Court today voted 5-4 to weaken the Miranda Decision. Aside from the fact that any Cop can claim you didn't "Evoke" your right to remain silent, but it will forever change the way Cop and Law dramas are written. 2nd time this week the Supremes have spit on us. Sotamayor wrote a strong dissent. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the ruling "turns Miranda upside down"
Know your Rights, all 3 off them.....

Tuesday, June 1

Aquaman killed by Gulf Oilspill

Sad but true. Not even a Superhero can defeat the Evil of the Oil Industry. H/T to Oliver Willis.