Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blue Tide Rising: Smells like Animal House, reads like GOP scandal sheet!

Despite more pop-ups than a cheap skin flick, one gets the feeling that BlueTideRising is the genius spawn from some Animal House bunch of KU radical democrats. Okay, okay they are stuck on the Democratic Party at the grassroots level, or more likely on the rump of a braying mule, but I like'em - whoever they are. They present some pretty damning background on the local brats in the state legislature and - they do make for some fun reading, regularly. Worth the bookmark: BlueTideRising the comments are good, too.

"Terrorphobia" - John Mueller - The American Interest Magazine

Professor Mueller is a Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies and professor of political science at Ohio State University. I first found him on a C-Span Book Notes presentation of his last book "Overblown" a couple years ago. [excerpt] ... "This does not mean that most Americans spend a great deal of time obsessing over terrorism, or even paying all that much attention to it. Terrorism has for years now scored rather poorly on polls asking about the country’s most important problem. Then again, people don’t constantly think about motherhood either, but they would certainly not look kindly upon a politician or bureaucrat who was insufficiently sentimental about that venerable institution. ..." You might be suffering from "terrorphobia" - read on.

The American Conservative: “Message Force Multipliers” and the Handmaidens of Hell

While other "conservative" M$M outlets play endless loops of Rev. Wright quoting 'goddamn America' loudly from the pulpit, or yet another roundup of polygamists and their large broods begins, here is a real conservative publication that accepts the "Bill of Rights" and opposes imperialism. Read it now

Mary Pitt: "My pastor is holier than yours"

She's over at Discomfit Magazine! [excerpt] "I am constantly amazed at the obscure details that politicians will dig up to cast aspersions upon the personal lives of their opponents in order to keep the people from looking at the issues. Lately we are being exposed to the "Preacher Scandal" where each candidate is expected to tell their pastor to just shut up! ..." Read more.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Truthdig - Reports - Hope for Corporate America

Barack Obama's corporate donor portfolio is listed in Monday morning's column by Chris Hedges at Truthdigs: Read it now!

Like he said, "Mission Accomplished."

"We're winning!"

"We're still winning! I think?"

Autonomy begins with food and fuel, as American as homemade apple pie!

The new "energy - centric" world is cascading upon all of us. The "new" economics of hunger, well reported at a recent Truthout post is up! Read it here. And, in case you missed it, Stan Cox's latest on the "greenwashing" of corporations - read it here. And if you can't read, then download an audio file off a great reading and interpretation of Michael T. Klare's latest on "Oil Rules" listen in to the first hour here as an "unwelcome guest."
A 'Skilled' Petrol Worker?
A Vanguardist getting scared?
In climate change denial?
Got a rant on the solution? Try shutting the cake hole long enough to read this humdinger by another "Stan" as in Stan Goff, a "Methodist" who gets dissed on a Maoist web site! The moderated comment(s) are almost frightening, if not hilarious! Too scared to go there? Then go to Stan's smart but simple site and read the original article here.

Truthdig - A/V Booth - Syria: Nukes or Peace?

Attacking Iran is in the air, everywhere.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

McCain campaign gets almost 80% off on Homewood gathering space, plus free labor from Homewood Jail inmates - al.com

More machine politics, just like Kansas House Speaker Neufeld, of his $50,000 campaign finances, his donors have nothing to do with his 115th district - according to the Kansas blog bluetiderising . Or do they?

Dr. Chalmers Johnson: "Why the U.S. Has Gone Broke"   : Information Clearing House - ICH

He's writing in Le Monde from France! And you missed him live on Blue Barn radio, didn't you? It's still archived, find the word "blogtalkradio" along the left hand margin and click it.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

"The Revolution starts Now!"

And you get a really neat photo-slide show at KCK's Wyandotte High School!

Soldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to Threats - New York Times

Hell yes, the Fred Phelps of this world are trying to run the military. I see a little bit of Fred all over Kansas, everyday - "hate the gays, hate the moselms, hate the jews, hate the mud people" - oh yeah, oh yeah, a little bit of Fred in the state legislature - the state judiciary, the state medical establishment - oh, yeah baby, they're everywhere. And the only one really kicking ass and taking names to court is the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Here's one for the books - I'd love to have this Ft. Riley soldier and his attorney on Blue Barn Radio. Read this article: Soldier Sues Army

Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders

His latest titled: "Shattering the War Consensus - Cindy Sheehan stands up to the crack house crowd" It begins: "Why, for God’s sake, does nothing change? The war goes on, the money flows, the blood flows, the lies stay exactly the same. Have you noticed? Have you ever wondered, with a stab of transcendent confusion, why a self-correcting rationality hasn’t kicked in by now, why a saner awareness hasn’t made itself evident in the macro-affairs of the nation by now? ..." Read more.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The aftermath of Pennsylvania ....

Clinton Courted Racists in the Pennsylvania Primary | This Can't Be Happening!

Mary Pitt: "A Liberal View of the News"

MEDIA ALERT! Military Religious Freedom Foundation on this coming CBS Sunday Morning.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation Media ALERT!

Watch MRFF Coverage on 'CBS News Sunday Morning' this weekend.

Featured will be coverage of MRFF, Mikey Weinstein, Key MRFF Client and Co-Plaintiff Jeremy Hall, and Constantine's Sword.

Click here for schedules and stations for viewing.

War on Hunga | Truth Spring

My old friend, Anwaar Hussain, writes that "hunga is Texanese for hunger." Read more

Tomgram: Steve Fraser, The Two Gilded Ages

A must read for those impatiently ahead of the struggle for here and now.


Carolyn Baker writes at Thomas Paine's Corner: [excerpt] "[If the subprime mortgage massacre had occurred in a vacuum, the dirty little secret might have been kept a bit longer, but juxtaposing it with Peak Oil, skyrocketing food prices, wacky weather and debilitating droughts, not to mention proliferating pink slips, it daily becomes embarrassingly obvious that Jim Kunstler was spot-on when he uttered his infamous declaration in the documentary, “The End Of Suburbia” that “the entire suburban project is the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.”] Read more

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Food rationing across NYC?

"No hoarding at the check-out lanes, move along please."
Could it be me, or does this rumor have legs?

Irregular Times "News Unfit for Print" - Loren Davis Ministries and the Obama Slurs by JClifford

A reader forward through the "Alabama Connection." [excerpt]

  • Some of the wacko allegations:

    - Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim

    - Barack Obama is part of a secret conspiracy to complete the agenda of the September 11 attacks

    - Barack Obama and his family in Kenya are a socialist political powerhouse behind the recent violence there.

    Yes it is definitely time to read more Irregular Times .

Irregular Times "News Unfit for Print" - Obama is a Communist Poet and His Name Is Frank by Mother Davis

I can hear it now. Another wave of emails. "A majority of Kansans agree, he is a communist!" Wait, maybe you better read the story first.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

David Barstow: "Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand" - New York Times


Those military analysts you see on television yakking their asses off about what weapon is best and where those troops move - you know the ones everybody but Aunt Sally swears by. Well they're press pimp daddies for the Bush Pentagon war-spin machine. You can't trust any of the rat bastards, even the fatherly types. NYT reporter David Barstow sued and got his hands on 8000 internal documents, including emails. This journalistic muck is so hot it's steaming fresh - four readers have forwarded this, and one insisted I have his copy of the NYT. It's that hot!
I read portions from my buddy's copy this afternoon on Blue Barn radio. This is a revised second web edition with corrections cited below the fold as forwarded by another reader. The Nation also commented on the Pentagon memos which referred to the grandpa generals appearing on televsion as "message force multipliers" and "surrogates" for war. A neverending revolving door from M$M studios to the Pentagon meetings, to hundred million dollar military contracts. A Public Radio International broadcast on a NPR affiliate also referred to the same article today during an interview. Hey, it's tough getting the news out here in Kansas. Just follow those gawddamn links. Here's a portion of Barstow's original. [excerpt] "Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized. ..." Read more

Stan Cox: The Political Economics of Greenwashing

Plant breeder, Kansas enviro-writer supremo, Stan Cox has sent a doozy of an article to the world famous glam-site -"tell it all, names the names" (gee, I wish Cockburn and St. Clair would put that back on their flag) Counterpunch! Here's a teaser: "Hard times are looming. And in their desperation to keep the American economy afloat, government and business will be tossing overboard any proposals for real environmental protection. No time for such romantic foolishness when there are investments to be protected. Get those tax refunds back into retailers' registers, quick! Not that we won't be hearing about the environment; indeed, the next growth spurt, if it comes, is likely to be clothed in a green as green as the felt on a blackjack table. ..." Read more about the Great Greenwashing from the corporate whorehouses.

Dr. Bill Roy: "Giving Back to Topeka"

Now at Discomfit Magazine: "It’s all coming together this week at the old family home on Lakeside Drive here in Topeka, a daughter’s love, fifty years of family memories, and the critical two-week annual fundraiser for Topeka’s Every Woman’s Resource Center. The 28th Annual Designers’ Show House will run through May 18th, Monday-Thursday, 10-7, and Friday-Sunday, 10-5. ..." Read more.

Hillary Clinton's Monstrous Threat | This Can't Be Happening!

Hilarious Hillary "tough guy" wins Pennsylvania, but not before Dave Lindorff throws back a hot shot at her! "Tough guy Hillary Clinton, on the morning of a critical primary vote in Pennsylvania, uttered a monstrous threat, saying on ABC's "Good Morning America program today that if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel while she was president, "we would be able to totally obliterate them." ... This Can't Be Happening, with Hillary!

Pay Up or Risk Long Battle, Obama Told - CommonDreams.org

The UK's Guardian had a reporter look under the political rock in Philadelphia, Pa and found a whole bunch of squigly little critters hiding there. Nothing illegal here, just some nasties from the old days - machine politics. Before Waco, Tx there was Move On - Philadelphia! Ewen MacAskill writes: [Excerpt] "In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer last week, Campbell defended the practice of “street money”, saying: “We are a machine town.” She added that there was nothing dirty about it. “The committee people and the ward leaders have to buy lunch for hundreds of people, otherwise they won’t have good workers. They have to buy coffee, orange juice and doughnuts. That’s just the way it is.” ... And we wonder why the Pennsylvania countryside is conservative? Read it all at: Obama told "Pay Up or Risk Long Battle"

Monday, April 21, 2008

Alexander Cockburn:McCain, What Really Happened When He Was a POW?

Before Alexander does some house cleaning he drops a bomb shell on everybody about McCain as POW snitch for the Viet Cong, WOW! Can the Republicans stand it? Read more, if you dare?

IOL: Black consciousness pioneer dies

"Paris - Aime Cesaire, who died on Thursday, April 17, 2008, aged 94, was a founder of a pioneer black consciousness movement in the 1930s who became a leading poet and writer as well as an outspoken critic of French colonialism.Cesaire made it his life's work to promote black cultural identity in his native Caribbean and in Africa, no matter whether it annoyed the French establishment on the left or right. ..."
Read more about Aime Cesaire

House of Rep Candidate Cindy Sheehan: "Bringing down the curtain on catastrophic conservatism"

You missed it in Kansas. Try again.

ABC News: 'Constantine's Sword' Angers Catholics

Better Dingle Berry Salad than Religious Tyranny.
Kick all religion out of government.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Swamp: Obama's Allentowngate? Laptops missing

Progressive radio talk show hosts fall-out at Seattle, Wa

Randi Rhodes suspended, leaves Air America after calling Hillary a "whore" off the job.

Funerals and Abortions - CommonDreams.org

Everything is just fine in Bush World, the Pope arrives and the Bushies fall over themselves in total adoration - the "surge" in Iraq is working, everything is just hunky-dory. There are no Funerals and Abortions in Bush World, just foreclosed deadbeats, crazy environmentalists and the usual crowd of peaceniks.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger - New York Times

Oh how mighty Kansas has fallen, once proud "bread basket to the world" now a grower of feed for factory meat livestock, ethanol for the gas tanks and fructose corn syrup as an unhealthy additive to factory foods. Shame, shame on us! Our selfish drive for "agribusiness" is now killing people around the world. It's not the America I remember, now we fight like cats and dogs to teach our grade school children that global warming is a hoax, evolution is just a "theory" and safe family planning is "baby killing." What a gigantic wasting of our good peoples' good works. Shame, shame on Kansas! No amount of bombs and mindless Chamber of Commercy boosterism will hide this tragedy. Read it and think about what others are doing to survive - Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger

What We're About- by Justin Raimondo

A must read for Kansas Republicans
Here is a clearly written and principled editorial position from Anti-War.com's head honcho, Justin Raimondo. I enjoy his writing and most especially his critiques of the current status of conservativism - an outlook that many out here in Kansas proclaim sympathy with, the funny part is that most who describe themselves as such, haven't a clue that the neocons and Busheviks have hijacked and destroyed conservativism and republicanism for decades to come. The Kansas political leaders of the Republican Party have embraced this gross militarism and imperialism in foreign policy and outrageous spending by government - in my opinion and Mr. Raimondo's - in betrayal of the historical roots of conservativism and republicanism. Read more of Raimondo here.

Democracy Now! | Maoist Rebels Win Majority in Nepalese Assembly

[Excerpt] From the segment lead: "Maoist rebels in Nepal say an end to monarchy is near, following their surprise victory in last week’s national elections. The Communist Party of Nepal is expected to come out with more than half the seats in the constituent assembly when final results are released. Maoist officials say one of their first orders of business will be to abolish the monarchy and declare a republic. We speak with New York-based journalist Kashish Das Shrestha, and we go to Nepal to speak with anthropologist Mary Des Chenes. [includes rush transcript] ..." Read more.

Jon Stewart: "Blessed Week Ever"

Sowing Disaster: Why We Need a New Farm Bill - CommonDreams.org

University Crowd Cheers Sheehan - CommonDreams.org

[Excerpt] "SAN MARCOS - Disillusioned but not discouraged, peace activist turned congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan last night took her fight against the Iraq war and the Washington establishment to Cal State San Marcos, where she received a standing ovation. ..." Read more

Farooq Sulehria: A Himalayan Surprise

[Excerpt] "Nepalese left stuns the world yet again. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), US designated terrorist outfit, won a landslide victory in April 9 general elections. In a complex electoral process for 601 seats, Maoists have bagged 112 out of 240 first-past-the-post seats at the time of filing this report. With 30 percent of votes, they are likely to get big chunk of 335 seats to be decided on proportional representation basis. Another 26 seats are reserved for minorities. ..." Read more

America's allies in Iraq under pressure as civil war breaks out among Sunni - The Independent

First sourced from Anti-War.com

Friday, April 18, 2008

Kansas.com | 04/18/2008 | Sebelius vetoes second coal-plant bill

Better keep the heat on your legislators, all of them - it's only a couple votes to over ride her veto.
"Net metering" where homes, farms and villages can generate wind, solar electricity and sell it back to the Big Energy and Big Coal isn't even in the works at this point. The legislators shoving this through are too much up the asses of those powers - they don't trust us as usual. Read it, weep, then get mad as hell!

James Petras: " Venezuela: Democracy, Socialism and Imperialism"


"News you won't find on CNN"

From the Introduction of this extensively sourced article by James Petras: [Excerpt] "Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez remains the world’s leading secular, democratically elected political leader who has consistently and publicly opposed imperialist wars in the Middle East, attacked extra-territorial intervention and US and European Union complicity in kidnapping and torture. Venezuela plays the major role in sharply reducing the price of oil for the poorest countries in the Caribbean region and Central America, thus substantially aiding them in their balance of payments, without attaching any ‘strings’ to this vital assistance. Venezuela has been in the forefront in supporting free elections and opposing human right abuses in the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia by pro-US client regimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Colombia. ..."
Go to ICH - click HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

In Praise of Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground | This Can't Be Happening!

By condemning Obama for this relationship, and the Clinton wing joining in with the Busheviks against the real "bitterness and frustration" remarks he made earlier about the working class - a potential for civil war exists after the election. You say, this Can't Be Happening!

Ray McGovern | Antiwar Radio with Charles Goyette

Don't wait for the elections to "change" things - click this link, listen to this interview with Ray McGovern and go out and do something!

Subprime Bailouts in Germany: Taxpayers Forced to Cover Risk of Banks' Folly - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

A president who deserted and a vice-president with 5 deferments during Viet Nam decide to turn off the supply lines through the Gulf of Hormuz, with an air bombing of Iran. It will be too late for Americans to stop their country from going down the economic tubes, but before that happens the German Taxpayers are being forced to bail-out their bankers, now!

International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

The Great Depression spreads across Europe. Pick your country.

West Wing: The Madness of Ben Bernanke - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Showmanship and sharp image caters to the Madison Avenue suits in congress. The Great Depression spreads. Read and judge for yourself: The Madness of Ben Bernanke

Consortiumnews: "The Weather Underground 'Theme' "

Robert Parry does it again, digs up just how far the Clintons will go to destroy the Democratic Party for her empire - lust. Sucking up and planting attack stories to right-wing media is sick, sick, sick ... Thanks Mr. Parry - throw that working journalist some money! Read Consortiumnews.com

Truthdig - Reports - The Man Who Would Be Bush

Michel Husson: A Structural Crisis of Capitalism

Differing from the spotty, halting, conservative and dogmatic analysis by Raymond Lotta who throws everything into Rumsfeld's "unknown, unknowns" of self-styled communist political economy you can get a little meat and potatoes with this analysis:

[Excerpt] "This system of "vases communicants" can no longer operate because of the ruin of millions of households and because of the drop in the dollar. The dollar has never been so weak and unstable and interest rates are no longer attractive, to the point that capital inflows will cease, if they haven't already. The great unknown, then, is what the alternative model will be. It ought to challenge the unbelievable inequalities in income that exist in the United States. All the last few years' increase in growth has, in fact, been seized by a very narrow social stratum and the average salary has barely increased. To move to a regime of more balanced growth, the highest incomes would have to be pruned. Will the next government want or be able to implement a New Deal that would preclude having the great mass of employees pay for high finance's mistakes?..." Read:
Michel Husson: A Structural Crisis of Capitalism

THE EXILE - Who Won Iraq's "Decisive" Battle? - By Gary Brecher - The War Nerd

First sourced by the blokes at the "This is Hell" radio show.

The $3 Trillion Shopping Spree

Robert Greewald's genius organization, Brave View Films has done it again!
Thanks to Counterpunch for the first source. Watch: The $3 Trillion Shopping Spree

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DEVELOPMENT: Global Hot Spots of Hunger Set to Explode

First sourced at Common Dreams

Dallas VA closes psychiatric wing after 4th patient kills himself | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

First sourced from Anti-war.com

Feds Use Phone Bills to Get Journo's Sources on NSA Spy Program | Threat Level from Wired.com

What would Dr. Chalmers Johnson say about this? | Nick Turse: "The Military-Leisure Golf Complex"

"Nemesis: The last days of the American Republic"

Just in time for Dr. Chalmers Johnson this afternoon beginning around 4pm today at Blue Barn Radio! Johnson wrote about "military Keynesianism" over two years ago. Mr. Turse is at the tee-off ready for a big drive into the back nine, but he's following in Dr. Johnson's divets.
Read The Military-Leisure Golf Complex by Nick Turse then consider listening and participating in a discussion with Dr. Johnson this afternoon beginning just after the news at 3pm Central Time. 646 - 716-8652

Joe Bageant: Media Sh*t Storms and Heartland Reality

Absolutely hilarious, irreverent and spot-on - warning graphic language - like it's spoken out here in Kansas. Read Joe Bageant and take a break.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Neo con rat bastards ... going nuts "on air."

In case you missed it, National Security hack, Stephen Hadley losing his geographical cookies on ABC Sunday talk shop. Why? Nepal had elections last week - and guess what? A revolutionary party of Maoists effectively took over the country, in democratic elections - Hadley has visibly started worrying confusing Nepal with Tibet. LOL!

In case you missed it. Mary Pitt: "Why Americans are bitter"

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
George Orwell,
The Animal Farm

In case you missed it. Head honcho, Tom Feeley at Information Clearinghouse, has launched a fundraiser - he needs our help and want low income readers to not send money but, refer others who can to make a donation. He accepts micro donations and his site is always, always finding writers and multi media clips speaking truth to power. Example, here's one of our favorite writers, Mary Pitt's latest: " The mainstream media is making of about the remark by Senator Barrack Obama about the residents of small-town America being "bitter". Actually, I believe that most Americans are "bitter" by now and with good reason. We can begin with the fact that the last two presidential elections have not been decided by the good common sense of the voting public but by the arcane machinations and dirty tricks of the political party machinery. ..." Read more and don't get bitter, get even, donate.

Stacey Warde: " Fascism Is Creepy"

[Excerpt] "... The whole drama and theater of the fascist play draws its action from the government wedding itself to corporate interests - in the U.S., a nationalist religious fervor is thrown into the mix to make it all palatable. Eventually, we all do what we are told - or suffer the consequences. The real danger of fascism is its creep factor. It creeps up on us, and before we know it, we’ve become model citizens in the state that runs secret prisons and gulags around the world. We accept, approve and justify state-sponsored kidnapping, torture and preemptive war. Fascism is creepy. ..."

Source: U.S. Strike on Iran Nearing

A tainted, but factual rundown on recent events: Source: U.S. Strike on Iran Nearing

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Oil Rules!

The idiots knew it was coming and thought bombing, occupying the oil fields and writing fascist laws at home would make "victory" assured. Ha, ha! The ants are taking over. Read Tomgram: Michael Klare, Oil Rules!

Media Matters - AP scrubbed Hadley's reportedly mistaken reference to "Nepal"

Hilarious! The recent democratic elections in Nepal, where a Maoist revolutionary political party won widespread support and a large number of seats in the budding Constitutional Assembly has the U. S. elite worried. How worried? So much that, another neocon has his brain turned to scrambled eggs "on air" while a talking head on M$M television this last Sunday. A similar problem for them has taken place in the Palestinian elections with Hamas, and the obvious Shi'ite Iranian sympathies of the majority in occupied Iraq. Now the media filters kick in, cutting out the screw-ups and dressing up a bankrupting haggard regime of neocons to a war-weary citizenry. Read Hadley's mistaken reference to "Nepal"

The Raw Story | NYT: Retailer bankruptcies set to prompt thousands of store closings

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Finding Voters `Bitter and Frustrated,' Obama is Sounding Like Nader | This Can't Be Happening!

[Excerpt] "I haven’t lived in rural Pennsylvania or in rural Indiana, but I have lived in rural upstate New York, in towns where there are so few Democrats that on some local election ballots, not a single position, from town council to justice of the peace, has a contest. As in China, your option is to vote for the Republican candidate, or to leave that line blank. And many of the people in these towns, uniformly white, when they talk politics, spend a lot of their time complaining about black people, immigrants (neither of whom can even be found in the vicinity) and the threat to their guns. ..." Read more!

Friday, April 11, 2008

T.G.I.F. Intelligence Brief

This is must viewing for understanding how the fiasco went down in Basra and who was behind it. Ex-CIA officer, Ray McGovern, shines with clear analysis in unpacking the news and reading the body language and nuances of both Gen. Petreaus and Ambassador Crocker before congress this week. Great, great stuff - watch it then make a donation to The Real News for grabbing this information packed interview and bringing it to you.
More brain food for speaking truth to power!
Also not to be missed for this weekend's intel briefing, Robert Parry's Consortium News piece on just how long it's been bad at CIA Langley HQ and why. Parry has been doing quality journalism for years and also needs your help - hey, they'll take micro donations - send it on.

A Republican is not a Bushevik.

And Grandpa McCain is a Bushevik. The Republicans have discarded their history for big pocketbooks, have betrayed the sovereignty of a constitutional republic for "entangling alliances with foreign" countries, committed high treason in service to the "military industrial complex" and violated the constitutional prohibition of such by establishing a religion i. e. "Christian Dominionism" over other religions in the country. They missed the freedom bus with Ron Paul.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hillary Clinton: The Wal-Mart Videos | The Center for Public Integrity | Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

today's blue plate special
When you talk, for years, like a conservative union-busting duck, quack like a sweat shop liberal venture capitalist, dress-up like a gun - toting militarist - people begin thinking you are a duck. But she's really just a piece of dried up capitalist soaked toast.


Ray McGovern: "Yoo's on first?"

Hello, hello? I can't hear you.

No, "Who's" on second. What did you say? It's a national catastrophe and has been for years, everybody outside the U. S. (especially "Red" state Kansas) knows it, most agree that vast international war crimes have been committed like during Nazis Germany. Need all the memos? No problem, Ray links all of them with their own memos ( .pdf) in this article. Lazy, wealthy rat bastards ... the game was rigged. Ray hits a homerun at the outstanding Consortiumnews.com and we like it!

More Wal-Mart vids just keep pouring out! Hillary's Waterloo!

Truthdig - Reports - Everything His President Wants to Hear

Iraq Me! The General has no clothes ... hold, hold!

Local Lenexa video firm gets axed by Wal-Mart, releases gotcha clips!

This just in, from a Flyer reader, a Huff Post article describes:

According to the Wall Street Journal, a video treasure trove of Wal-Mart execs caught in unguarded moments is being floated around for sale by Flagler Productions. The Kansas-based company was originally hired by the corporate giant in the 1970s to film corporate sales meetings and other company functions. However....

The videos, thousands of them spanning three decades, are in the library of a production company in Lenexa, Kan. Flagler Productions Inc. was hired on a handshake deal by Wal-Mart in the 1970s to produce and film corporate sales meetings and other company events. ...

Adding from the original WSJ piece (linked above):

The video library might have remained under wraps if a new Wal-Mart executive hadn't decided to hire another company to stage a musical production for its 2006 stockholders' meeting. The decision sharply curbed Flagler's role. Wal-Mart dumped Flagler altogether as a producer in late 2006, nine days after Mr. Flagler sold the company for an undisclosed sum to two employees, Mary Lyn Villanueva and Gregory A. Pierce. The current owners say Wal-Mart accounted for more than 90% of Flagler's revenue. The company's bank called in a loan, and the pair dismissed their 16-person work force, Ms. Villanueva says. Flagler offered to sell the whole video archive to Wal-Mart for several million dollars, Ms. Villanueva says, although she won't disclose the exact price. Wal-Mart countered with an offer of $500,000, arguing the footage wouldn't be of interest elsewhere, the two owners say.

Oh yeah? Well it is now, baby! (click the link, heh, heh!)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WaPo: "Labor Trouble Brews at Marshals Service"

Why not! Cops are people, too! Strike!

Barbara Ehrenreich | Truckers Protest, the Resistance Begins

And let's not forget that the day shift of the west coast longshoremen's union is shutting down, May 1st, just in time for more strikes! [Excerpt] "But at least we have one shining example of defiance of the face of economic assault. There comes a point, sooner or later, when you stop scrambling around on all fours and, like JB and his fellow drivers all over the country, you finally stand up. ..." Contact information for others wanting to get involved at the bottom of the scroll here

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Deficit of Leadership. The greatest onus is on the Bush administration and the Fed. But can we trust those who got it so wrong to put things right?

Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz: "The result is likely to be a downturn longer and deeper than need be. And the whole world will suffer." Read it all.

Remember: They Are Liars

William Rivers Pitt tells it like it is!

New York Times Explains Winter Soldier Blackout

Follow NYT's public editor's logic and get cross-eyed journalism skewed toward propaganda. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans provide testimony of atrocities and war crimes - from U.S. service members - ignored! Read FAIR

$120 billion net profits have to go somewhere, not to you at the Kansas gas pumps.

Did you say "food riots"?

King Corn for Ethanol.

Big Oil can stare down any congressional investigation and not even blink an eye or blush in shame. Why? Take a gander at what the prestigious [and non-partisan] Center for Responsive Politics published on their handy-dandy "Open Secrets" web site. Here is the listed amounts of the top twenty Senators receiving the millions in campaign donations. Here is the House members feeding at Big Oil's slop trough and note the Kansas reps; Roberts, Brownback and Tiahrt.

The Idiot Factor: Todd Tiahrt's folly: As with most Republicans Tiahrt said global warming is a myth

Echoing the extreme denial howling from under the statehouse dome in Topeka, Ks. comes Congressman Todd Tiahrt

Dr. Bill Roy: "Those Wealthy Kansans Rank"

Welcome Dr. Bill Roy back to Discomfit Magazine! [Excerpt] "If you want to confirm that America‘s rich are becoming immensely richer, review Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans, as published over the last 25 years. I have been aware of the list since its inception, because in 1982, I was serving on a board chaired by David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett Packard. And there, not surprisingly, was the accomplished Packard near the top of the list. ..." Read more.

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The Emerging Surveillance State - by Ron Paul

A pertinent excerpt that adds to my theory of Republican totalitarian Bushevism:
"... In communist East Germany , one in every 100 citizens was an informer for the dreaded secret police, the Stasi. They either volunteered or were compelled by their government to spy on their customers, their neighbors, their families, and their friends. When we think of the evil of totalitarianism, such networks of state spies are usually what comes to mind. Yet, with modern technology, what once took tens of thousands of informants can now be achieved by a few companies being coerced by the government to allow it to listen in to our communications. This surveillance is un-American. ..."
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Monday, April 07, 2008

Us Alone Can do it! Join the poster campaign to impeach the rat bastards!

Get all the contact details to get some free posters for your campus, city hall bulletin board, public library, utility poles, use your imagination! Now available at Storming Heaven's Gates!

Radio Ecoshock: "Thomas Homer-Dixon and more"

Alex Smith is cooking with real audio gasoline on climate change. Check out this show he aired just last week click the link and look for: "CLIMATE: WHO, IF NOT US? Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of "Ingenuity Gap" and "Upside of Down" Toronto - 08/Apr/20. Carbon surge threatens the world, breaking IPCC predictions. Latest science. " Lo-fi download audio available only 14 megs! Easy on the daily Fair Use restriction envelope. Go to: Radio Ecoshock

Electric Politics | EP Podcast: Bleeding The Hyperpower Dry

One podcast you don't want to miss as this week winds up to a tight week of war talk from the disconnected DC Beltway. Listen in to the remarkable conversation with George Kenney and Wayne White, a top middle east analyst, formerly with the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Worth the download! Bleeding The Hyperpower Dry

Informed Comment: 5 US Troops Die in Iraq; Heavy Fighting in Sadr City Kills 22, Wounds 78; Blockade Threatens Humanitarian Crisis

Juan Cole gives an insider's peek to the many opening signs that a counter - insurgency wave of attacks are leading to more war crimes against civilians, sparking more grassroot resistance to the occupation. Read Informed Comment for the detailed skinny on this fast breaking repudiation that "the surge is working".

Listen to the General on Iraq (No, not Petraeus!) | This Can't Be Happening!

I was real happy to see that one of my favorite investigative journalists, Dave Lindorff had his most recent piece placed near the "top of the scroll" to sit for the weekend at the massive Common Dreams web site. Dave clearly lays down the fundamental contradictions within the nation's elite militarists with this article. Check it out at his web site at: This Can't Be Happening!

Hell on the scroll - Info Clearinghouse has a volatile line-up. Start with Mike Whitney's "Fed Up"

Tom Feely's Information Clearing House stacks up an important scroll for Monday's reading. Mike Whitney's piece clears up all the recent M$Media hoopla which keeps muddying the waters. He writes: "These are the signs of a system so dilapidated that the pilings shake and the scaffolding wobbles with the slightest breeze. A system that's held together with the frayed strands of collective fear; bankers angst. Strike a match and the whole thing will go up like a Roman candle. ..." The fuse may well be burning according to a prominent British conservative newspaper with a certain U. S. Army general's report to congress this Thursday. Read Whitney's Fed Up first, then check out one of my favorite former Republicans, Paul Craig Roberts who cites important indicators why a lightening air bomb attack on Iran is now in the making.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

April 2, 2008: THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR COAL - A Long Year in the Life of the U.S. Coal Industry

Lester Brown hasn't met the hard headed Big Energy lobby-soaked legislators beneath the Kansas Capitol building dome in Topeka, Ks. Yet, here's his prediction. I hope he's right! THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR COAL

Below Media Radar: The Next American Civil War (Everyday Citizen)

By Gawd! This guy's got it right! Read it and get ready ... The Next American Civil War

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Truthdig - Reports - Torture’s Poet Laureate

Yes, but how did he get a job teaching at Berkley, CA., of all places?

Kelpie Wilson | Dance of the Oil Fairies

Truthout's Environmental Editor writes about Dance of the Oil Fairies on April Fool's Day in DC.

The Raw Story | Mukasey hints US had attack warning before 9/11

The REAL News: "Who won the Battle of Basra?"

The End of Empire? - by Howard Zinn and Tom Engelhardt

Included in the introduction an honorable mention of Mike Konopacki's illustrated version of Zinn's classic. Konopacki used to send us cartoons to be published in the old Frankfort Alternative Index newspaper during Gulf War One.

Mary Pitt: "Just tell us what you really think"


With this week's PBS broadcast of the "Retirement Revolution" (click the link to watch the show) a virtual tidal wave is shaping up "with time on our side." The first part of the show, demonstrates some very important historical lessons that most have forgotten about where Social Security came from and what being poor meant for a generation that is largely dead now. I encourage readers who might have missed this program to check it out.

Now Mary Pitt, a fellow Kansan and a woman who has always offered great columns to the Flyer calls out, "just tell us what you really think" to our presidential candidates. Great struggles lie ahead for all of us, great tasks cry out to be done in the very near future and more wars for empire must be stopped, if only to repair, re conceive and regroup the damaged goods America has become after so much "free market" looting. [Excerpt] "As we watch and listen to the candidates for President, we find ourselves befuddled by what they say from week to week. ..." Read more.

ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports May 1 to Protest War

When over one million marched for immigrants' rights May 1st 2006, few if any citizens paid any attention, unless they employed, or owned businesses depending on their work. Now this May 1st, the "season" is already heating up. NPR covered independent truckers yesterday staging slowdowns across the nation, grid locking urban traffic over high fuel costs. This is no joke ... [Excerpt] n a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. In a February 22 letter to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, ILWU International president Robert McEllrath reported that at a recent coast-wide union meeting, “One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008 to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.”

This is the first time in decades that an American union has decided to undertake industrial action against a U.S. war. It is doubly important that this mobilization of labor’s power is to take place on May Day, the international workers day, which is not honored in the U.S.

Read more about the ILWU action

Paul Craig Roberts: "Another American War Crime in the Making"

Well there is an "independent media" - it's just so tiny and with such little support. That's why we are going as autonomous as possible - in food, energy and small community. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts should appear on our upcoming "Rebel Prophets" radio series. In the meantime, [Excerpt] "The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on Iran. ... If only America had an independent media and an opposition party. If there were a shred of integrity left in American political life, perhaps a third act of naked aggression – a third war crime under the Nuremberg standard – by the Bush Regime could be prevented. ..." Read it before it happens.

Charley Reese: "Bad Times Coming"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The "Alabama Connection" forwards some justice from Wal-Mart

Many thanks to our long-time reader, the "Alabama Connection" for this forward from Wal-Mart watch. Maybe there is some justice out there!

Fed eyes Nordic-style nationalisation of US banks - Telegraph

Wake up call! Your stock portfolio sinking along with your retirement, health insurance coverage shrinking - still thinking unbridled capitalism is the American Way? Hate democracy when it votes out your leaders? Still clinging to imperialism with the U.S.A. as the world's big cop?

[Excerpt] "Norway ensured that shareholders of insolvent lenders received nothing and the senior management was entirely purged. Two of the country's top four banks - Christiania Bank and Fokus - were seized by force majeure. "We were determined not to get caught in the game we've seen with Bear Stearns where shareholders make money out of the rescue," said one Norwegian adviser. ..." Read more ... the joke's on us.

Should We Fight for South Ossetia? - by Pat Buchanan

Hey you Kansas Republicans out there! Your leaders have gone mad! Listen, read to one of your own, Pat Buchanan

Remember Phill Kline? Surprise he's caught in a lie, again?

Daily Kos links it up about JoCo County Attorney Phill Kline. Who was mixing with Wonder Woman to nail Ks AG Morrison with sex on the job charges. Kline swears secrecy, then brags about rolling Wonder Woman to snitch on DINO Paul Morrison at a Dobson front group meet-up.

Bush's "Defining Moments"- In Iraq, and Back Home in D.C. | This Can't Be Happening!

[Excerpt] "A year, a thousand American deaths, uncounted tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths, $150 billion in US taxpayer money and countless repetitions of the phrase “the surge is working” by administration hacks and by Republican presidential candidate John McCain later, it’s clear that the extra 30,000 troops the US shipped over or held over in Iraq accomplished nothing. ..." continue at This Can't Be Happening!

Kansas Rural Center's latest - Action Alert

KRC has started a campaign to urge calls to Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Jerry Moran. Read more at:
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Dr. Bill Roy: "Tax Day is coming!"

Dr. Bill Roy returns to the sister blogsite Discomfit magazine! Click the title line above.

Ray McGovern: "Delusional Bush Dances Toward War."

[Excerpt] "Events of the last week offer a metaphorical glimpse at the delusion pervading President George W. Bush's White House and other enclaves of Iraq supporters in Washington. Bush and the First Lady spent last Monday clowning with the Easter Bunny (White House counsel Fred Fielding having donned the costume). At the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), war cheerleaders, dressed as academicians, were delivering a panegyric on how peaceful and stable the situation in Iraq had become. The "surge," they announced, had nipped a civil war in the bud. ..." Read more Ray McGovern at Anti-war.com