10 Sep 2011

9-11. A Different Perspective

9-11.  A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE Literally every day since September 11, 2001 – no matter where I am or what I’m doing – I look at a clock at exactly 9:11.  I feel a connection with that day that I cannot explain.  Like most Americans, I can tell you where I

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10 Sep 2011

You HAVE to watch this free documentary

It’s a comprehensive look at the brutal, murderous, police state crack-down on the peaceful G20 protesters less than a year ago:   Just unreal. “They” quit even the pretense of democracy here in North America. Our democracy is pretty much like Mubarak’s Egypt, and we little people can suck it.

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10 Sep 2011

Late Late Night FDL: Barbecue Hound

Huckleberry Hound in Barbecue Hound. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired on January 29, 1959.

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10 Sep 2011

Why I won’t be watching the NFL tomorrow

Since the Supreme Court Coup of 2000 I have become a progressive political junkie. I despise the Corporate Media. For me, the New York Times isn’t Dowd and Krugman, it is the Unholy Trinity of Judith Miller, Thomas Friedman and David Brooks. The CIA News Network? Just Say No to

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10 Sep 2011

Late Night FDL: In Which Fred Hiatt is Invited to Preach His Neocon Sermons in Fallujah

There are things one reads that uplift one; things that bore one; things that irritate one.

And then there are things that make you want to hunt down the author and slap the taste out of his or her mouth.

Such was WaPo editor Fred Hiatt’s panegyric to the last misbegotten ten years of Treasury-draining wars of choice.

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10 Sep 2011

Hundreds of NC faith leaders stand together to oppose the anti-LGBT hate amendment

Here’s how you throw down against the religion-based bigotry. In the last week we’ve seen embarrassing public spectacles by political leaders and purported men of god in the  media pushing a vote on a marriage amendment, such as Sen. James Forrester,  Johnny “two locks don’t go together” Hunter, and Donald

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10 Sep 2011

IG Report Cover-up: Top Military Officials Hid Evidence of Pre-9/11 Al Qaeda Intelligence

A highly secret Pentagon intelligence unit was tracking Osama Bin Laden in 2000. They knew the targets included the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They suspected the use of planes to fly into buildings. They were told to fold their tent by higher-ups. A later Inspector General investigation, prompted by the protests of one of the intel unit’s leaders, covered up what really happened. But newly released documents are finally allowing the contours of the full story to come out.

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10 Sep 2011

The Idea That DoS Attacks Against WikiLeaks are War Crimes

The notion that the attacks on WikiLeaks are war crimes is something the organization has been promoting. On August 23, when it was hit with a DoS attack as it released 130,000 cables, the organization tweeted, “Are state directed Denial of Service attacks, legally, a war crime against civilian infrastructure?” and “Should we, legally, declare war on state agressors that commit infrastructure war crimes against us?”

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10 Sep 2011

Water Cooler – Lovin’ Small Town Life

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Okay it is official, I have moved to freaking Star’s Hollow! Tonight Liz and I went down the Damascus Community Fair, which is enjoying it’s 66th year. Now, it would be easy to be cynical and snide about something like this, but that would completely miss the point.

You see I have basically been a big city guy for most of my life. My hometown in Michigan (Ypsilanti) is 28,000 and the auto factories in the area were the primary source of employment. When we had street fairs they ran to muscle car shows and art and such. There was never a pedal tracker pull for the little kids, and for sure there was not a live stock auction.

What really got me about the fair was the crafts competitions. There was baking and wood working and sewing and photography and more. The competitors were all ages and skill levels and some of the skill was high indeed. Take a look at the champion hand craft, these hand-woven baskets.

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But more impressive than the winners was the amount and level of skill that seemed to pervade the competition. This is town of 11,430 people as of the last census. It is very much a small town for all that it is 45 miles from the nations capital, and yet I saw food and crafts that would easily have won the Colorado State Fair competitions.

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10 Sep 2011

Pivoting Off the Pivot: Deficit Agenda Poised to Re-Enter Debate

This is the danger, the follow-on to the American Jobs Act. As Jon Walker reported, there are signs of support for raising the Medicare retirement age coming from a variety of corners, including the American Hospital Association, who are trying to save themselves from trigger cuts on reimbursement rates by sticking it to 65 and 66 year-olds. The report from Ways and Means Committee Democrats that included raising the eligibility age as an option is bad news too.

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