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What’s happy about the Fourth of July?

AYFKM? Even "have a nice day" has more credibility, or have a holiday that's happy. Should our national day of flag waving, specifically OUR celebration of patriotism as citizens of an ever broadening, ever more savage repressive empire, remind us to be happy? How about, don't cry? Over the past week, as neighbors stood curbside to thank the firefighters returning from the Waldo Canyon Fire, they waved flags and wore red white and blue, because, it's the only thing Americans know to wave I guess. What does it mean, thanking firefighters with American flags? Competence and bravery are American qualities? Heroism is patriotic? We kick wildfire ass? Did we? Because we didn't, as President Obama's disaster zone visit confirmed. Much the reverse. And we're reaping the same cataclysm with our imperial flag planting everywhere.

So the State Department is once more Dictating to Egypt

Hosni Mubarak must stay - US envoy Frank Wisner: 'This is an ideal moment for Mubarak to show the way forward' Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak "must stay in office" during a power transition, a US special envoy says. Frank Wisner was speaking as protesters kept up their demands for Mr Mubarak to step down immediately. In other words, for Democracy to succeed in Egypt the people of Egypt have to accede to the will of the foremost enemy of democracy in the modern world. "Do as we tell you, so you can enjoy all the freedom we GIVE you... Just hold out your neck for the collar..." Because it's in the U.S. Imperial errr "National" interest of the people of Iran that there be a U.S. controlled errr "backed" Satrapy err Democratic Regime errr... strong centralized government in WashingtonEgypt, but run from Washingto Cairo for when we liberate Iran through the use of nuclear devastation.

Iran had ‘preconditions’ for nuclear talks, Great Powers miffed..

Actually Baroness Ashton and other "diplomats" said they were "disappointed". Baroness Ashton led a delegation from France, Germany, Russia, the UK, US and China, at the two-day talks. The international team had proposed a new version of a plan to keep Iranian enrichment within civilian-grade levels by having it send uranium abroad to be processed. But Western diplomatic sources have spoken of anger and frustration over Iran's behavior at the talks. But of course... Arrogantly demanding that one's own nation be accorded the same Sovereign Rights as any other is a privilege accorded to the Great Powers. "Simply EVERYBODY knows THAT, Dah-link" So the Baroness is pissed. GOOD. The Royals got snubbed by Peasants. GOOD. Apparently, unilateral demands should only come from the Empire. Only, since World War One they've shied away from being called that. One of the reasons for the British Crown starting the war was the same with King George V as it was with Elizabeth II, Iranian oil for the Empire. And Iraqi. Only it was under Turkish control at the time, and had to be taken away from Turkish control by force of arms. Arms carried in the arms of Peasants who had to be conscripted or cajoled into doing Their Masters' bidding. So they invented a lie, of course. Happens all the time in Diplomatic Circles, as Wikileaks has recently revealed. Just like Gueen Bess 2 cheerily signing on to the BushBlairCheneyCo. lies about WMDs both in Iraq and Iran, King George V jumped at a chance to pit "his" Imperial Army against those of his cousins in a gigantic game of Risk where the pawns actually scream, bleed and die when gassed, shot or bombed. By telling the Suckers errr "Loyal Subjects Patriots that they, as subjects and property of an Emperor, were to fight Imperialism. "That small nations would have the same rights as the the Great Powers." What a crock of Lying Pig Shit. The Emperors made out like the murdering bandits they were then and still are today. The peasants filled millions of graves. Same as always.

Dit Fromage!

Ah, photography and cheese, together again. In French. New concept, Calendar Girls posing with ... CHEESE! It doesn't translate very well, culturally, or didn't. "Say Cheese" becomes "Dit Fromage! Dit Fromage!" Warning, the webpage is in French. So for those right wing types who are still pissed off at the French for not just allowing McDonalds to take over their country... Too bad. You lost, EU won, get over it. So the French have taken up the American bastardization of what was French technology in the first place, photography. Maybe now the Americans will take up something more than a mere shadow of French raw milk cheese. Instead of cheese made from Pasteurized milk. Which doesn't make too much sense, since cheese is rotten milk in its beginning, why Pasteurize out the bacteria and fungi which make it if you're just going to put them back later? You know, that was the "beef" McDonalds AND the Texas Cattle Raisers and Breeders Association had with them? Not so much a really well-deserved bit of Anti-American cultural snobbery. But the French and everybody else in the EU demanded (How DARE those Foreign Sovereign Nations make demands of American CorporaFascist Rulers about doing business in their pipsqueak country which has been a nation for a thousand years longer than America?) that the milk and meat served come from EU inspected sources. That would include having EU approved inspections in "our" Meat Factory mass-produced Concentrated Animal Feeding Enterprises. Which are themselves a spectacularly bad idea and once (hopefully) American politicians grow enough balls to shut them the Hell down, it'll be a toxic waste disposal operation. In fact it already is. In a grim bit of Karma, the boson (very large aquifer) under the Permian Basin (where the Bush family has some really deep oil and gas wells that go BELOW the water level of the boson and where Bush has his ranch, now for sale, directly in the middle of the Permian Basin at Crawford) now has traces of the antibiotics from the CAFE raised animals in it. This boson is called "fossil" water because it's been developing ever since the Permian Basin was under a shallow sea, which hasn't been for the past 63 million years or so. Now the boson (until they fractured the rock above and to the side of it drilling for oil) HAD been feeding from water which took 10,000 years to percolate down through the limestone. Carbon filtering done Right, man. So people from the east slope of the Rockies, as far north as southern Kansas and as far westEAST (damn that was sloppy) as at least the Dallas area are paying extra for filtration and purification of what used to be the purest source of fresh water in America. So we don't have to drink the Bush family bullshit. Literally. The French and most of the rest of the EU didn't want any part of that kind of destruction visited on their people for the sake of

The good news, the bad news

The good news: The War industry is bankrupt The Bad news: due to the way their Corporate Welfare was funded, so is the rest of America. The Good news: The foreclosure on the War Loan will shut down the war, thus freeing up manpower and whatever monetary resources are left to rebuild America. The Bad news, All the War Contractor Profiteers who have absolutely NO experience with real work will be on the streets, unemployed and a drag on those Monetary Resources until they DIE. The Worse news: The monetary resources no longer exist. Welcome to the Third World. Ethiopia, Greece and Egypt used to be mighty empires.

Swiss refuse to hand over Polanski, US upset, still haven’t handed over Bush

Not trying to minimalize or trivialize date-rape or child molesting, but that's ONE count against Mr Polanski and (at least) Hundreds of Thousands of counts of Murder, including and especially children, against Messieurs Bush, Cheney, Rove, Petraeus, McChrystal, Rumsfeld, Prince, McCain, Kristol, "scooter" Libby, Murdoch, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Dobbs, Mesdames Rice, Malkin, Palin, Bachmann, Coulter and any other Accomplices in the Wars started with, enabled by and continued under the auspices of, blatant acts of Perjury. The charges of War Crimes against these "leaders" and propagandists are consistent with United States policies as expressed during the Nunrberg Trials against officials of the nation of Deutschland and the Vichy Government of France (which had been diplomatically recognized by the U.S.) and "collaborators" including and especially Propagandists, such as Axis Annie, Tokyo Rose and Lord Haw-Haw. Also recognized precedent, in U.S. RECENT history, every single person detained under the vague charge of "unlawful combatant" including those "arrested" in nations with which the United States has no formal extradition treaties nor, indeed, official recognition of their governments as being legitimate. Messieurs Bush and Cheney identified (vaguely) 60 foreign governments who they felt obliged to subject to the same levels of "regime change" imposed on the People of Iraq and Afghanistan. Tit for Tat. What goes around comes back around. When the U.S. "justice" department extradites War Criminals to the Hague, which unlike the Guantanamo Military Kangaroo Tribunals, does NOT have the Death Penalty, then and only then would they even begin to have a legitimate cause for their Crybaby-ass Whining about those bad ol' Europeans not extraditing to the U.S. Concentration Camp/Slave Labor "justice" System. Nationalism explicitly grants sovereignty equally to ALL nations, excluding ANY other nation from that right is not Nationalism, but Imperialism. Under quite a few treaties signed and ratified by the United States Congress and several Presidents, including the U.N. Charter, the Hague Conventions and Geneva Conventions, THIS IS ESPECIALLY AIMED TOWARD THE REPUBLICAN, TEABAG, DOMINIONIST, STATE'S RIGHTS AND OTHER DOUCHEBAG PARTIES who believe they and they alone can interpret the Constitution of the United States, or impose their so-called authority onto other Citizens of the United States or especially onto citizens in Other Nations Article 6 of the Constitution states in the second sentence: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. Bet Glenn Beck University never told you punks THAT, did he? Or Limbaugh or Michael "the savage" Weiner or Hannity... Did they? Pat Robertson, maybe? No?

“mineral wealth bonanza” found in Afghanistan… by U.S… (BBC)

So the scanning of the substrate rocks actually looking for a 6-and-a-half foot tall Arab attached to a portable dialysis machine or were they Taxpayer Funded Corporate Welfare, wherein the U.S. military was prospecting for Massey Energy, BP, ALCOA, etc? Will this mean that the corporations, mostly owned by British, U.S. and Dutch "holding companies" aka Investment Bankers hiding more of their stolen money, will offer a "peace" plan where the citizens of Afghanistan, as defined by the U.S. State Department, the "GOOD" Afghans who swear allegiance to The New Corporate World Order rather than the "BAD" ones who insist on, you know, their own ancestral property and sovereignty rights? Like the Horrible Crimes committed by Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Iraq and Iran when they insisted that the Oil and other resources that are under THEIR sovereign possessions belongs to THEIR people and not to American and British Corporations, no matter how many gunboats the Imperial Navies send to "liberate" the oppressed citizens, oppressed by the notion that they're actually EQUALS to the British and Americans? How very silly of those PEASANTS to believe that they could ever be equal to the Masters. Isn't that simply Droll, Chauncey? Why, yes, Edgar, tres amusant. And if they don't accept the role of Corporate Owned Peasants foisted on them through Taxpayer Supported wars of Conquest errr... "Liberation" yes, that's the Ticket! then they're labeled "Terrorists" and can be legally slaughtered by Coward Pukes sitting in the comfort of an air conditioned Command Center, , using their Video Game skills to kill Human Beings reduced to the status of Anonymous Target by Killer Drones. How very wonderful for the people of Afghanistan! Then, if the Mineral Extractions owners fuck up and go beyond the "normal" level of destruction and pollution and say, kill a few thousand here and there in Bhopal-style Corporate Oopsies, any Ingrates who aren't slobbering with gratitude over the Jackboots of the Conquero oopsie "Liberators" can also be arbitrarily defined as Taliban and slaughtered.

Karl Rove admits error in Iraq strategy

ERROR? wtf? Since when, exactly, does a long string of bald-faced Lies work out as being mistakes? Saying something is orange when it's actually red is a "mistake". Losing count of how many beers you drank before getting behind the wheel is a "mistake". Voting for Bush once would be a "mistake" and twice would be unspeakable stupidity, (or Complicity).   Underestimating the strength of the will of Human Beings to not be conquered, murdered and robbed might be a very large and stupid mistake, but once it's been pointed out that it never works and has historically FAILED every damn time, then it becomes Sheer Arrogance to push on with it. Not a "mistake". After being warned, calling everybody who warned you "Traitors, Idiots, Moonbats, Bleeding Hearts, Deluded, Crazy, Terrorist Sympathizers" and so forth, then having your collective nose rubbed in the big steaming pile of your own "mistake"... and then pushing on... that's not a "mistake". That's, in the case of sending Americans to kill and die for your money and your arrogance, Treason. And Murder. Thousands of counts of Capital Murder just for the American Soldiers, made airtight Capital Murder by the Patriot Act and several Executive Orders that Karl Rove wrote. Any one count of a serviceman murdered by their treasonous actions would get the entire Bush Administration including Rove and their Ministry of Propaganda Fox News HANGED. Much as I'm opposed to Capital Punishment, I believe I'd buy tickets to the event. Then there are the murders of Iraqi and Afghan and Somali and Sudanese and Pakistani and Uighur and Filipino and the list goes on Civilians and Prisoners of War, Each one of them an act of Capital Murder by reason of it being Terrorism. And again, through the definitions provided by Rove and Jeb Bush and Condi Rice and their fellow PNAC Imperialists. Which one would be a Mistake?

More people who do not muchly good speak the English tongue…

ren·e·gade ?/?r?n??ge?d/ [ren-i-geyd] –noun 1. a person who deserts a party or cause for another. 2. an apostate from a religious faith. –adjective 3. of or like a renegade; traitorous. Synonyms: Traitor, Snake, Turncoat, Oath-breaker, Treaty Breaker.   John McCain on Press the Meat this morning, sponsored by a Wall Street Powerhouse, Edward Jones Investments. Lying his arse off about how he's bipartisan on the Health Care bill when he joined every single one of his (R) Comrades in voting against it. Apparently in Renegade Republicanspeak, "Bipartisan" means the Democrats have to suck much Republican Ass. Ran as a "Maverick" which doesn't mean anything like "not one of the herd", it means steers claimed by a notoriously lazy Texas free-range rancher named John Maverick. Who didn't bother to brand or earmark any of his steers, just the lead cows. Any Steer or cow following them would be just a part of "His" herd. The Wall Street Bankers who sponsored today's Lie-Fest, their advertisement "If you believe in the Renegade idea of face-to-face with your broker" If you believe your Brokerage is "Renegade" and still deal with them, you really need to deal with the fact that they're going to rob you blind given any chance. McCain's running mate was an idiot from Alaska who also didn't speak English, and didn't know the duties of the job, told a group of schoolkids that it was to "help the senate make laws". Yeah, right. People who don't know the basis of American Law, the Constitution, shouldn't presume to MAKE Law. She also runs with a group of Straight Up Racist Pukes who insist that English be not only the official language of the United States (we don't have an official language, by the way) but that it be the ONLY language spoken. They wish to bring the days back, when Immigrant kids, or Native American Kids, or Native-American-Kids-Whose-Names-And-Primary tongue are Spanish and whose families were not only here during the Spanish territorial days but Many Centuries Before an Italian Mapmaker who had never been to America, Amerigo Vespucci, put his name to two continents and a bunch of offshore islands (Actually the islands FIRST)... These kids, even in the 60s when I was first going to school, would be Punished for speaking their non-english languages on school grounds or even the school bus. The more radical members of "English First" would have it that people not be allowed to speak their own languages even in their own homes. They say that not having English as your first tongue hinders your development in school. Where they get that tainted statistic is beyond my ken. The largest population who don't graduate High School and more importantly don't graduate Primary School are people who don't speak ANY language other than English, and that very poorly. This kind of outright Jingoistic Stupid Racism would give that freak on the bus (and there's always one at least) who demands that two Spanish speaking or Polish speaking or Navajo speaking kids (actually it's a dialect of Athabascan, and

Question of Nationalism v. Imperialism …again

EU officials not allowing Washington to monitor their economic transactions, Washington upset. So, does Washington allow the EU or Mexico or Cuba or Iran or who-the-hell-ever a similar privilege of monitoring United States bank transactions? Nationalism that doesn't grant equal sovereign rights to every nation isn't nationalism, it's Imperialism. That's the stated British Empires propaganda excuse for The Great War. While and at the same time they were doing to Ireland, India, China, Kenya. etc etc etc etc etc precisely what the King's Cousin the Hapsburg Emperor of Austria and Hungary was doing to Serbia. "Down from the trees, and onto your knees" White Man's Burden, Our Fledgling Civilization is better than yours, which was thriving when our ancestors were living in mud huts. (Hitler actually told Himmler that about his constant harping on Aryan Supremacy, his personal tastes ran more toward Rome) Speaking of Rome, the "Oderint Dum Metuant" policy that Bush made our official foreign relations Nightmare seems to be raising its ugly head once again. I was hoping, ever the optimist, that the hubris of the Bu'ush Regime would end when the Bu'ush Regime ended. Apparently not. There was absolutely NOTHING about the Bush administration or their annointed Replacement Palin/McAncient that indicates a moral or especially Intellectual superiority that they could use to justify their claim to having a right, indeed, a DUTY, to run the rest of the world. The Right wing can, and do, claim a tit-for-tat same-back-at-you about Presidents Obama and Clinton.

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