Wednesday, May 27, 2015

George W. Bush Did Something Much Worse Than Lie Us Into War

George W. Bush Did Something Much Worse Than Lie Us Into War

There is, however, an even more heinous aspect to what Jeb's "trusted brother" did, and it shouldn't be allowed to escape down the memory hole. We've been lied into wars before, with similar disastrous results. But George W. Bush did something far worse than lie us into a war: he did it in a breathtakingly cynical and malevolent way--in effect, by holding a gun to every Americans' head and threatening to pull the trigger. He did it by holding us--all of us--hostage to a twisted ideology that demanded the war, waving the gun at calculated intervals in our face, the way any terrorist would. And he told us flat out, over and over again, that if we didn't do what he said, we'd all be killed.

Paul Waldman, writing for The Week, puts his finger on why what Bush did was much worse than mere lying:
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Why turning the Postal Service into a bank isn’t nearly as ridiculous as it sounds - Salon.com

Why turning the Postal Service into a bank isn’t nearly as ridiculous as it sounds - Salon.com

What got many people so excited last year about the concept of postal banking – enabling the U.S. Postal Service to provide expanded financial services for the 68 million Americans with little or no access to them — was a government white paper from the post office’s Inspector General, outlining the benefits and advantages of such a program. In a nutshell, USPS IG David Williams explained how postal banking could promote financial inclusion and save families billions while turning a small profit for the Postal Service besides, a complete win-win idea.

Now, Williams’ office has delivered a follow-up report, “The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services,” which goes into more detail about what a modern postal banking system might look like. Unfortunately, much has changed on Capitol Hill since last January, and none of it good. If a Democratic Senate majority couldn’t get pro-postal banking members onto the Postal Service Board of Governors, there’s little hope that the current Republican majority will. However, this remains a tremendous idea to relieve economic inequality and preserve an important public-sector ladder into the middle class; and continued agitation just might get it done.
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The Republican Who Sacrificed Over 22,000 American Lives To Win An Election

The Republican Who Sacrificed Over 22,000 American Lives To Win An Election

In 1968, the Paris Peace talks, intended to put an end to the 13-year-long Vietnam War, failed because an aide working for then-Presidential candidate Richard Nixon convinced the South Vietnamese to walk away from the dealings, says a new report by the BBC’s David Taylor. By the late 1960s Americans had been involved in the Vietnam War for nearly a decade, and the ongoing conflict was an incredibly contentious issue, says PBS.
Nixon was campaigning for president in ’68 on a platform that opposed the war and needed the war to continue.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chris Hedges: The Pathology of the Rich White Family - Chris Hedges - Truthdig

Chris Hedges: The Pathology of the Rich White Family - Chris Hedges - Truthdig

The pathology of the rich white family is the most dangerous pathology in America. The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of empathy, the result of lifetimes of entitlement. It has little sense of loyalty and lacks the capacity for self-sacrifice. Its definition of friendship is reduced to “What can you do for me?” It is possessed by an insatiable lust to increase its fortunes and power. It believes that wealth and privilege confer to it a superior intelligence and virtue. It is infused with an unchecked hedonism and narcissism. And because of all this, it interprets reality through a lens of self-adulation and greed that renders it delusional. The rich white family is a menace. The pathologies of the poor, when set against the pathologies of rich white people, are like a candle set beside the sun.
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U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided - LA Times

U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided - LA Times

While the U.S. waged a war in Vietnam 50 years ago with 2.7 million men conscripted from every segment of society, less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today — the lowest rate since World War II. America's recent wars are authorized by a U.S. Congress whose members have the lowest rate of military service in history, led by three successive commanders in chief who never served on active duty.
Surveys suggest that as many as 80% of those who serve come from a family in which a parent or sibling is also in the military. They often live in relative isolation — behind the gates of military installations such as Ft. Bragg or in the deeply military communities like Fayetteville, N.C., that surround them.
  ...  The previous school year was a grim one here in Fayetteville, where the Cumberland County school district serves the communities outside Ft. Bragg. Between the beginning of the term in September 2013 and the following spring, six students committed suicide.

Five of them — four boys and a girl — were from Army families, with a parent deployed overseas. Two shot themselves with military weapons.
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Bernie Sanders Storms CNBC and Slams The Sick Greed Of Wall Street

Bernie Sanders Storms CNBC and Slams The Sick Greed Of Wall Street

In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Sen. Sanders responded to Wall Street’s comparison of regulations to Hitler hunting down the Jews.

Sanders said, “I think it’s sick, and I think these people are so greedy. They’re so out of touch with reality, and they think they own the world, and the idea that me or anybody else are challenging them and saying maybe, just maybe, there’s something wrong with 99% of all new income going to the top 1%. Oh, this is Hitlerism to suggest that? What a disgusting remark. If you’ve seen a massive transfer of wealth from the middle-class to the top one ten of one percent, in our view, you ought to transfer that back. When radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, I think the highest marginal tax rate was ninety percent or something like that.”
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Debunking Right Wing Lies: Conservatives And The Military

Debunking Right Wing Lies: Conservatives And The Military

As far back as the American Revolution, conservatives have turned their back on the needs of the military. General George Washington’s pleas to the Continental Congress to provide clothing, food and other equipment for his soldiers were overruled by conservative politicians promoting the idea of “states’ rights” and as a result over 2,500 troops died as the result of disease, exposure and starvation. [1][2][3][4][5] At one point, Benjamin Franklin seriously considered arming American troops with bows and arrows. [3]

Republican presidents tried to block the Veterans Bonus Bill, which promised a cash benefit to WWI veterans, starting with Warren G. Harding who vetoed the bill and Calvin Coolidge who tried to veto the bill again two years later, but was overridden by the Democrat led Congress.[6]
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Addicting Info – Christian Minister Sentenced To Jail In The Name Of Right-Wing ‘Religious Freedom’ (VIDEO)

Addicting Info – Christian Minister Sentenced To Jail In The Name Of Right-Wing ‘Religious Freedom’ (VIDEO)

An Alabama minister was arrested and recently sentenced to 30 days in jail after attempting to exercise her right to religious freedom. The pastor attempted to perform a legal marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple at the Autauga County probate office on February 10, 2015.

Anne Susan DePrizio, a nondenominational minister, was living out her own understanding of the Christian religion, when judge Al Booth, whom she described as “aggressive, hateful, rude and not gentlemanly,” lashed out at her and the same-sex couple she was preparing to marry. The couple had just received their legal marriage license, following a federal court ruling that overturned Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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Hoods and Badges: 2006 FBI Report Warned Of White Supremacists Infiltrating America’s Police Force | If You Only News

Hoods and Badges: 2006 FBI Report Warned Of White Supremacists Infiltrating America’s Police Force | If You Only News

Ferguson, Missouri. New York City, New York. Baltimore, Maryland. Cleveland, Ohio. Los Angeles, California — the list goes on. The number of black men gunned down in their prime by police officers is near epidemic in proportion.

So why are our police acting like this? Just what has gotten into our police force? If a FBI report is to be believed, white supremacists.
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More Details Emerge About AG Ken Paxton's Felonies

More Details Emerge About AG Ken Paxton's Felonies

A story in The Dallas Morning News last week revealed new details about the sketchy business deals that have plagued Paxton since last year. Paxton previously acknowledged that he had operated as an unregistered investment advisor for the McKinney-based Mowery Capital Management firm–actions that constitute third-degree felony violations of state securities law. He paid a $1000 fine to the Texas State Securities Board last year, calling the failure to disclose an “administrative oversight” (though, as a state rep., he voted for the law he later violated). The Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate Paxton, and special prosecutors have been appointed to handle the case in Collin County.

Now, the DMN report reveals that not only did Paxton fail to register as an investment advisor, he failed to inform his private legal clients that he was personally profiting for referring them to a financial advisor. What’s more, the financial advisor he referred them to, Frederick “Fritz” Mowery, is now accused of “unethical and fraudulent conduct” by the state. Mowery had declared bankruptcy in 2005, and is now in danger of losing his own state license.
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