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Dutch set to ban Kosher and Halal food

on a pretense of "animal rights". So, do the non-kosher methods of killing an animal measure up? Raising the animals in factory/warehouse type "farms"? See, the Wreligious Wrong in Amerikkka ought to be on alert for that. AIPAC among them. "Oh, no, Jonah, you're wrong, they would never round me and my family up for a "Camp" out, for we are Baptist/Pentecostal/Catholic/Jewish what the hell ever... and the Homeland Security measures are only being used against Muslims". Some of the AIPACkers are probably going to be upset about this next statement, the first groups the Gestapo rounded up, first Anarchists, then Gypsies, then Communists, then mentally ill people, then homosexuals and THEN they started eyeing the blacks and Jews. Remember, as Goebels and Hitler said "Germany is and always will be a Christian Nation!"... but only if you happen to be the "Right Kind" of Christian. Those who have been riding along in the same posse with the Falwell Klan, a few years ago would have been the right time to hit the panic button and bail out. NOW they've got your address, phone number, the names of everybody in your households, where your kids go to school... How much money you make, Who

Lyndon Le Douche promises to save the world, with international support

OK so the guy gets a little crazy sounding when he starts talking messianic. No, that's not true... he gets a Whole Lot Crazy sounding. Crazy as a shithouse rat and probably dangerous. He claims now that he can overthrow the government not only of the United States but also every nation in the European Union. This was the guy who promised to, if elected, build a Mars colony with the money he would save by privatizing social security. That was in 1984. He also advertises himself as a "leading economist" but, here's the thing, if he's leading something, anything, and has such superhuman powers that he can overthrow an election in which the winner got 70 million votes and LaRouche got less than a half a percent in the 6 states in which he did best in 1984. 0.4% to be exact. If he's got that much power that he can overthrow the U.S. and the E.U., why didn't he do something to fix things earlier, like, for instance, when George Bush started two very bank-breaking wars-for-profit 10 years ago? He's got the TeaBags interested, but they're racist morons like himself anyway.

Temporarily embarrassed millionaires cursing guilty Casey Anthony, as theft of Social Security and Medicare begins

Thinking about the Tea Party Poor: "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." John Steinbeck   Think our judicial system is broke? It is, but not because it gave young Bad Mom Casey Anthony a chasmic benefit of the doubt. It's broken because of Walmart, Citizens United, and all the corporatist, anti-democratic rulings that guarantee that ordinary Americans no longer have recourse in the courts.

Fourth of July fireworks: an unseemly American insensitivity to shock & awe?

I forget, do Americans celebrate The 4th of July because America can kick everyone's ass, or because we can kick anyone's ass, be they unarmed, civilian, or collateral; and by remote, and with impunity? Americans celebrate our independence, yet we are not free, while we actively attack others to ensure they're not either. Do you wonder if the American appetite for fireworks owes quite a bit to our never having suffered a home front war? I can't look at these pyrotechnics without thinking that this is what the other end of the gun looks like. We sit protected, watching non-lethal Shock 'N' Wow demos, while for many parts of the world, such explosions terrify, re-fire PTSD, and at the least, remind millions of how they lost their loved ones.

Uncle Sam wants you to pledge you’ll only resist his violence nonviolently

At Juneteenth this weekend, I saw the local Justice & Peace table being manned by young graduates of its "Peace Camp." I resisted asking them if their religio- pacifist training was being extended to corporations and oligarchs, or was nonviolence a prohibition for just them, the social-justice-minded, idealistic youth? How convenient for an increasingly deaf leadership to require that even the most desperate, urgent protestations remain toothless.

Debunked, the birthers are still right

Documents can be faked, witnesses coached, others disappeared, if it really is all important that a president prove he's home-born enough to rule the land of immigrants. It's trivial isn't it? An old law, fashioned to exclude one particular 18th century foreign-born candidate; a mere technicality, but just the kind of rules-are-rules mechanism sacrosanct to courts, banks, insurers and creditors. What the birthers smell in Barack Obama is a phony president, elected on extraordinarily false, felonious pretenses. And what a pejorative term the corporate media is using to trivialize the may-be-unconstitutional-foreign-birth accusers: birthers. Yes the scent they've picked up is irrelevant, and likely false. It's also incredibly racist. But most fundamentally, it's true. They are tracking a fugitive of justice, a charlatan and fraud, and for certain, a murdering, torturing, technocrat. Let's press the White House to conjure a Long Form to disprove that.

US president can’t even make a speech

I MEAN, so effective was President Obama's delivery that huge swaths of the American public who had come to hold him in clear disdain were safely put back under his spell. So self assured and competent was he that the only explanation his audience can now conjure for Obama's dismal failures thus far, now called his partial-successes, is resignation about the political adversaries being obviously too great. They argue the presidency has only limited power, the ruling oligarchs hold all the cards, Obama has achieved wonders all things considered. Apparently the President of the United States has such diminished authority he can't even explain all that in plain English to his national audience. You think he could defy the corporate media to pull the plug on a wardrobe malfunction. Obama would have a popular uprising of Tunisian magnitude if he lent his oratory skills to putting the public wrath in gear. Instead, more unbearable demispeak -- I had to unplug from the news cycle. The Tucson tragedy became Obama's Oklahoma City Moment, another Waco for American aspirations for change.

AFTENPOSTEN exclusive Wikileaks cache reveals US collaborators

Norway's AFTENPOSTEN newspaper claims to have received the entire cache of Cablegate diplomatic cables. So far they've restricted themselves to releasing correspondence relating to US-Norwegian relations, revealing particular Norwegians doing America's bidding, from those with "strong pro-US instincts, to another considered by "some very senior U.S. officials" to be "weasily." 21037

How come Pottery Barn rules don’t apply to Haiti?

When Tony posted nearly three years ago (!) about how shocking conditions in Haiti had become, it was a magnet for people saying the starving kids pictures (from Medicins sans frontiers, internationally respected medical aid agency, just not so much here in America) were recycled pictures from Ethiopia 3, 2 and one decade ago. Then when that was refuted, and before they raised that Stupid Response again, the people of Haiti were blamed for their own misfortunes. As though their LEADERS had actually been empowered by popular vote instead of installed, against the expressed will of the People, by and for the profit of American Corporate Hegemony. Alternating with French Hegemony until the AmeriCorp bought out the French. We broke it, we supposedly bought it, right? That's the one of the irRationale for staying in Iraq and Afghanistan. (rationale is both plural and single, I checked, you didn't, kiss off) Of course, it's not the American Corporations who are Paying the bills "we" ran up by breaking all the pottery, although they seem to be getting quite a lot of public funding to manipulate the Public Army and the Public intelligence community and the public "rebuilding" campaign, which mostly consists of taking

In Iraq, “willful killing, torture and enforced disappearance” is a crime

Former Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz has been sentenced to death by the US Iraqi puppet regime. Pending an automatic appeal, the internationally popular diplomat will hang with other henchmen/assistants of Saddam Hussein for the crimes of "willful killing, torture and enforced disappearance of persons." Do they have the wrong man? Men? Nation? Expeditionary Force? How many consecutive sentences of hangings must the Bush-Obama Team America Junta receive, justice being proportional?

On 9/11, Refudiate Stupidiocy

As the Nine Eleven foundation myth calcifies into its ninth year, the they-went-thataway think tanks now say the US empire faces its greatest threat of terrorism from within --and they don't mean the perps of the World Trade Center Reichtag Fire. While civil society struggles to insure that the definition of terrorism stretches from suicide to carpet bombing, the state holds that terrorism means enemy of the state. And Hate Speech means heresy.

Freedom & duress NOT the same thing

A gentleman wrote earlier that Ireland signed a paper partitioning the Nation, and likewise, Scotland and Ireland had signed papers joining their people to the United Kingdom. And that therefore Scots and Irish Separatists are breaking a treaty and how very dare they do so, it's dishonorable etc.   He was too busy reviling me personally to revile them but that is the gist of his words. 19256

Futbol or Football, it’s all about us

Americans already have a "football" and so come into conflict with a majority of the world when our television broadcasters have to say "soccer" and assuage the confusion of US viewers when confronted by everyone else's "football." And ironic too, the sportscasters like to explain, compounding their error, because it's about the foot and the ball, unlike domestic football which is about using your hands to carry an un-spherical bladder. But this humor presumes another American overreach: "Futbol" incorporates "foot" and "ball" only if you speak English. 19129

What, are the Chinese trying to mimic ALL our energy-sector screwups?

So they matched our Corporate Mining Accidents-waiting-to-happen-and-guess-what-they-do with similar ones by similar causes and similar results, and using Imported American industry analysts who also work for BP, Exxon Mobil, Massey Energy, The Peabody, etc... Now, they've got a BP-esque Oil Spill in the Yellow Sea. Is it caused by their "socialist" supposedly publicly owned Nationalized Oil industry, now brought to its dying knees by the New Economy Capitalist Oil industry? Either one, of course, run under the supervision of the American and British Oil well, refinery and shipping Industry Experts who also work for BP, Exxon-Mobil, Massey Energy... The Rule of Three seems to have been pretty damned consistent in all of these lately, too, so maybe we can expect the Fully Capitalized Russian Oil Slick on the (deepwater) horizon? 18923

Crusader Propaganda on History Channel again…

The title of the show is "The Holy Grail in America". The premise is that a Scots Knight Templar, Prince Henry Sinclair, the last of his breed, visited what's now called Nova Scotia to hide The Legendary Templar Treasure including the Holy Grail, trusting all of these treasures to the Micmak tribe and somehow not leaving other things, like metal, European designs of ANY kind and gunpowder. Somehow they also didn't have, as was the custom of the day, European animals such as horses (Knights in Armor not riding horses, right.) Cats. Hogs. Goats. Supposedly did bring a whole HUGE amount of acorns. To plant all the oak trees for which Oak Island was named. None of which remain. But in order to get the Treasure Hid, they allegedly built the island itself, approximately 5 square kilometers, using the "labor" resources of however many Knights could fit on a ship and still leave room for cargo and sailors. And an elaborate booby-trapped pit once attributed to a much later Professional Thief, Captain William Kidd. Of course, Knights are the equivalent of military combat officers. OK so they're exactly Military Combat officers. Worthless as labor. 18871

What are US Special Forces doing in the Philippines? Killing Filipinos.

At a recent party, I ran into a friend who mentioned her son was in the Philippines. "He's in the Special Forces," she explained tentatively in view of her audience, adding disarmingly "who knows what they are doing there." I couldn't help but snap back "They're killing Filipinos is what they're doing."   I instantly regretted my cheap shot but spent the ensuing days rationalizing why the Philippines in particular should not have to abide American shoulder-shrugging. 18507

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. 18689

To GOL! or not to GOL! that was the question.

How would it have been played out in the press had the Team America gone on to at least a higher level of victory? We've already suffered through an anti-Immigrant slam against major league baseball, with all the appropriate "OUTRAGE! (copyright 1993-2010 Fox News Networks)" about Major League players getting visas and work permits when immigrating from Cuba and (gasp!) Mexico. Not any rage against any favoritism but the fact that people PEOPLE from Cuba and Mexico were given work permits in the first place. How dare they let more of THEM infiltrate America! Not much crying about the "patriotic" symbolism of some of our best baseball players being from places like Costa Rica. So how would it play out that a team built on the skills of Immigrants took the U.S. to a World Cup win? 18302

Down to sports, empires are tribal

American World Cup viewers tuning in to watch their team face England on Saturday might be excused confusion about their adversary's flag. Instead of the British Union Jack, English fans waved a red and white standard usually only glimpsed in movies where knights fight dragons, crusades, or Braveheart.   That's the red cross of Saint George, dragon-slayer, minus the diagonal white-on-blue X of Scotland's Saint Andrew and the red X of Ireland's Saint Patrick. Where British dominion is concerned, natural resources and labor are commonwealth, assertion of athletic dominance is forever England. 17931

BDS movement should target USA too, for complicity in Israeli Apartheid

As the US continues to subsidize the Israeli occupation, including the recent commitment to fund an anti-missile system, plus failure to demand a halt to Jewish settlements, termed "impediments to peace" and not "illegal," it's time the BDS movement against Israel recognized the US for its integral part in upholding Apartheid. It may be too much for nascent BDS efforts in the US, but international organizers should certainly add American products, businesses and institutions to the list of BDS targets. As our politicians reaffirm that US-Israeli interests are indivisible, so should we expect to hang together. 17093

Bob Edwards asks “We still Top Dog?”

Longtime neo-liberal shill and NPR war drummer Bob Edwards consults a soothsayer to placate his weekend audience's fears about where their hopeful handbasket appears to be headed. To his question about the USA still being top dog, the economic clairvoyant's answer is YES. Also, America has the psyche and bipolarity of a teenager, leaving us to infer also the same self-unawareness. But the big question was about President Obama's apparent inability to change the course set for him. YEP. The tracks of Bush's trainwreck read like your palm. Nothing to be done.

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