Nov 15, 2009
The last time I was on Laura Flanders's GRIT tv I argued that the American public opposed the occupation of Afghanistan, but another guest -- some Washington, D.C., "progressive" -- argued that this had no relevance, since the American public didn't know anything about Afghanistan.
When the RAND Corporation held a forum on Afghanistan recently on Capitol Hill, Zbigniew Brzezinski claimed that it was uncontroversial that US troops had to stay in Afghanistan. I pointed him to polls of Americans, and he replied that Americans get fatigued and don't know any better.
When I spoke to a philosophy department at a university this month, a number of the professors objected to my advocacy of majority-rule on the grounds that experts often know best. » Read more
We’re almost a full year into the Obama regime, and over a year past his election. There is significant disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality. I was widely pilloried for not joining in the choruses of “hope and change.”
While I acknowledge that most Americans voting for a black man for President represents something, I disagree with most people about what it represents.
If nothing else, having a black president highlights what Black people living in urban areas run by black Democrats already know — black Democrats are dangerous hustlers, charlatans of the highest order who prey on their own people.
Illusions in Obama quickly shatter in light of the reality.
Despite repeated attempts by craven apologists of Obama to represent him as some kind of significant break from the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush trajectory, the evidence is clear: Barack Obama is a political gangster, with few convictions outside of what is best for his corporate paymasters and the military-industrial complex.
Full Article at Black Sun Gazette
From some of the best comments around:
"The President of the US should always run up and punch other leaders in the face and then have his way with their wives in front of their entire country. This way we could show our dominance. Showing respect to other countries is wrong, we should be attacking every country that doesn't fly the stars and stripes. Manners? Respect? more like surrendering to the enemy. Who the hell even lives in Japan anyways. bunch of chinese communists probably or European socialists. "
"Remember Bush Sr. had vomitted on the lap of the Japanses PM – there was no word of apology from US, nor even a Doctor’s explanation about the gastointestinal problem of the President of USA..."
"Whatever happened to the good old days when we could count on a Republican in the White House to puke on foreign dignitaries? "
"He sure as hell does not bow where, and to whom he should… The only time he would bow to an American, is to see what we have in or pockets. Do the people who pay his fucking way get a bow every now and then? Hell no! All we get is kicked in the fucking nut’s, and then get our wallets stolen while we are down."
"...you asked if there is a law prohibiting him from bowing?....yes there is actually....10 USC Chapter 47.....which details the UCMJ...it prohibits any and all officers of the US military from bowing to foreign heads of state...and as Commander in Chief, that applies to this ignorant bastard as well......"
"...heads of state,being equal in rank do not bow to each other....no other American President has ever done so....and no other head of state has ever bowed to the Mikado...."
"On every single occasion, Obama has gone out of his way to display inferiority and fealty to foreign royalty. Not only is this considered a violation of state department protocol, which decrees that presidents bow to no one, it also goes against the grain of historical American opposition to Kings and Emperors.Obama is communicating a strong message when he engages in this type of behavior. He is essentially re-affirming the fact that he does not serve the American people "
"Looks like Obama is going on another world tour panhandling and begging for money from other countries to continue to prop up our are phony dollar and fake economy that is worthless.
Hes probably telling then you better keep supporting us monetarily or we just might find Al Qaida here and have to invade.
By the way do you have any Oil or Gold here?"
"The U.S. is broke so Obama is on another kiss ass tour of apologies and regret or basically America sucks tour. ...I “hope” that you can spare some “change.”
"You had no problems when Bush kissed King Abdullah on the lips and held his hand during the whole day, when the King visited....tinyurl.com/c3hecf "
"Thats the position he takes when the illuminati stick their hand up his ass and work him like a new world order puppet that he is."
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The pair allegedly conducted their killing spree by utilizing what police have described as a car specially modified to create a mobile sniper's nest. There are, alas, numerous problems with the official scenario. And there is certainly no shortage of weirdness surrounding the alleged exploits of the pair. Consider the following: ...
...Just hours before the suspects were arrested, Chief Charles Moose - who has become a fixture on cable and network newscasts - issued via national television what appeared for all the world to be a post-hypnotic, 'triggering' cue. As the Guardian described it: "Hours before the arrest yesterday morning of the two men now believed to be responsible for the string of murders around Washington, the Montgomery county police chief, Charles Moose, made his strangest communication with the then-unknown suspects. Swallowing hard, he began to read from a prepared statement. 'You indicated that you want us to do and say certain things,' he said, as mystified reporters looked on. 'You asked us to say, quote: 'We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose.' We understand that hearing us say that is important to you.' Investigators offered no illumination of the reference, even after John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo were taken into custody yesterday." Just hours later, the suddenly known suspects were found sleeping soundly and were taken into custody without offering any resistance. They were only a few miles from both the first and last shooting scenes. That final surreal announcement followed a series of increasingly bizarre, cryptic communications by Moose to the purported snipers. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,818958,00.html)
At one point, Moose pleaded with the suspects to call police on the phone number that had supposedly been left behind in a message from the sniper. No one in the media bothered to ask why, if the number was in fact left by the sniper, the police were now imploring the suspect to call them on that number. Did the sniper leave the police their own phone number, just in case they might have forgotten it?...
US loses track of 1/3 of weapons given to Afghan government, then accidentally leaves weapons for insurgents
More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan's government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday.
The U.S. military failed to "maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons -- or about 36 percent -- of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008," a U.S. Government Accountability Office report states.
[...] The military also failed to properly account for an additional 135,000 weapons it obtained for the Afghan forces from 21 other countries.
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US-Israel identity crisis, November 13, 2009
A friend seizes on an aside in a piece in Haaretz:
"Speaking near Jerusalem during the unveiling of a memorial for the victims ofthe 9/11 terror attack in the United States, Olmert added that there was aclear difference between terrorists and the countries that fight them."
One of those puzzling background noises that make you stop, rewind, and replay to make sure. So a memorial for the victims of the September 11 bombings is now a public monument in Jerusalem. What is it doing there? Why should this surprise us less than, say, a Pearl Harbor Monument in Sydney, a Fort Sumter Remembrance Tabernacle in Paris, or a Coventry Blitz Museum in Culver City? Source
The sad truth is that, regardless of the rhetoric, neither political party wants to safeguard your assets. They want to take your assets. So it's up to you, acting as an individual and outside the political process, to protect your wealth for yourself and your family." Ron Holland
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