31 Jul 2011

The Forgotten History of David Petraeus

In July, General David Petraeus was approved as CIA Director by both the Senate Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate, whose vote was an astounding 94-0, astounding because this is a man who is was deeply implicated in war crimes, including torture.

While Petraeus’s record on backing both torture and death/terror squads in Iraq had been looked at before, literally no one brought up this record when the Obama administration’s nomination of Petraeus was being sped through the constitutional “advice and consent” process. The failure of any U.S. Senator to ask questions about Petraeus’s record on these matters demonstrates the utter bankruptcy of the two political parties, and even more, of U.S. civil society as a whole.

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31 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 31, 2011

I took the day off. Anything happen while I was gone? I’ll get to the debt deal in the morning. For now, some things over the weekend you may not have seen… • Elizabeth Warren left the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday. She promises to continue to fight for

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31 Jul 2011

Yo Constitutionalist! Choking on Impeachment?

Woe is me! My representative in Congress is a vile Rethuglican! In other words, quite unworthy of being associated with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, let alone his scraggly, bloodstained beard. Yet no less a sophist than a bi-partisan consensus of her colleagues, no doubt, and so worthy, too, of

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31 Jul 2011

My brief, but heartfelt note to the White House

Intended for President Obama, I sent the following note to the White House through its website: “Thanks again to “negotiations” that start with giving the other party most of what they want, Democrats come away with nothing in this latest capitulation to the Republicans.  Two trillion in cuts, and no

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31 Jul 2011

last minute Desperate Duopolist Deception/Sell-out to Raise Debt Ceiling

Reports of a ‘deal’ of duopolist democrats and repugnants surfaced, at a desperately too-late hour with about 50 hours until the children in Washington DC voted in favor of raising the debt ceiling ‘deal’ that refused to end militarist spending and to fund domestic programs – making any rise in

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31 Jul 2011

Japan Starts to Understand the True Cost of Nuclear Power, Cabinet Recommends Cutting Reactors

The respected Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, headlines today (7/31/11) in its English language version an article by Shinichi Sekine, Cabinet recommends cutting nuclear reactors , “The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan presented on July 29 an interim report on new energy policies. The basic thrust of the policies is

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31 Jul 2011

Great Moments In NepoJournalism

Sadder still, this was retweeted by 77 people.

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31 Jul 2011

Challenging the Left from the Left: A How-To guide

Jane is correct here: http://fdlaction.shadowproof.wpengine.com/2011/07/31/bernie-sanders-to-primary-obama-dont-make-me-laugh/   In districts that are solidly progressive Democrat, a challenge from the left can work to move the left, leftward.   This won’t matter for those in solidly repub or blue dog districts for now, but in the areas that are solidly progressive caucus areas,

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31 Jul 2011

A Worm’s Eye View

If I might beg your indulgence, I’d like to offer you the perspective of someone who depends solely on the “entitlements” that will remain a bargaining chip with which to get the middle class some kind “tax reform” or whatever it is they’re supposed to do if this particular little

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