Re-post from correntewire 1-20-2011

I picked up a provocative book by John J. Mearsheimer in B&N today, “Why Leaders Lie -- The Truth About Lying In International Politics” (Oxford, 2011). I highly recommend it. Mearsheimer rationally but bluntly explores past and current deadly globaRead full post »

Chris Hedges in “Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'” writes:

The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle n

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JANUARY 25, 2015 3:27PM

Re-POST: 'Media Unpeople'

Re-post of 5-28-11 from Correntewire and 7-28-12 from Open Salon; 

It is not we who are the "media unpeople."

We get acknowledged and manipulated as the sheeple that we are by the media mouthpieces of the obscenely rich and black-hearted bastards of the universe. (Sorry, I stopped using nuance s

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Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz is dead. He was 90 years old. According to Bill Van Auken in "Saudi king’s death threatens to deepen US crisis in Middle East" Abdullah was “the head of one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.” Van Auken also l/Read full post »

Re-Post from 2-22-11:

The following are excerpts from Every Man in This Village is A Liar ... an education in war by Megan K. Stack (Doubleday). This is a brilliant book -- poetic and profound. I highly recommend it.

I am still mid-book and hungry to write an overall review when I finiRead full post »

Tuesday night Obama set up a 2015 agenda that Glen Ford in “State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional” asserts would have been a modest and easy win in 2009 and 2010 when the Dems dominated both houses, but hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell with a Repub/Read full post »

Re-POST from 5-25-12:

 

She moved away from the curtain for the hundredth time that evening, having checked the driveway to see if my long overdue, undoubtedly drunk father had returned.

 

"I can't believe alcohol is stronger than love," was her resigned, almost-sequitur to my impassioned iRead full post »

Christopher Brauchli in “With Friends Like These... Intolerance, Saudi-Style” chronicles some seriously unpleasant prosecutions from one of the USA’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia:

1) In early Nov. King Abdullah’s advisory council advised an easing of the ban on female drivers.… Read full post »

Philip Guelpa in “New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio” offers some very troubling statistics and analyses.  Bill de Blasio, NYC Democratic mayor, has been in office a year now and the enormous problems of homelessness and unaffordab

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Re-POST: February 18, 2011
71-year old peace advocate Ray McGovern, wearing a Veterans for Peace T-shirt, stood in the audience with his back toward Hillary Clinton as she gave a speech at Washington University on February 15th. McGovern’s stance, what he calls “silent witness”, w… Read full post »

The January 7th terror attack in Paris has been the justification for French President Hollande to deploy 10,000 troops and thousands of police officers for furthering state control over all of the French citizenry.

French and empathetic global citizens are justifiably and sincerely outraged by the tRead full post »

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NYC eyes once again enjoying  highway horizons:

 

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Then there were the fun house decorations on local streets:

 

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Enjoyi… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2015 8:15AM

Some Las Vegas Holiday-Vacation Shots

Arrival at airport:

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My NYC eyes love those LV hiway horizons:

 

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[This cactus on the right below is… Read full post »

Had some problems recently with my camera, getting it to give up downloads of pix.  One of my brothers and my nephew out West helped this luddite  flashdrive the memory card and the pix are now pouring out. (Decided to hold off on the T-day Parade pix until next week.  Sigh.… Read full post »

James Petras recently published “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015”. What follows are my distillations of his positive and negative lists of events of 2014 and his 2015 speculations.

Positive Developments in 2014

1) The revelations of how the US National Security Agency haRead full post »

On December 31, 2014 the US in the UN Security Council voted against a resolution to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by 2017 and for a “comprehensive peace deal” to be reached by the end of 2015.

The resolution called for the establishment of a PalestiniaRead full post »

Re-Post of 7-8-14: 

Jon Queally in “Amid Populist Surge, Hillary Clinton to Wall Street's Rescue?” discusses a Tuesday NYT's article that suggests that Hillary Clinton is viewed as a “solution” by Wall Street in relation to all the unsettling populist calls for &ldqu… Read full post »

Re-Post of 7-18-13 with some of my comments from that thread posted at end: 

I recently came across an interesting article with some bold theorizing by Robert J. Burrowes entitled “The Destruction of Obama.” Burrowes uses Obama’s autobiography “Dreams From My Fa… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2014 8:35AM

Re-POST: Oh Little Town of Washington

Re-Post of 12-8-13: 

 

Oh little town of Washington,
how still we see you lie.
The crap -- a cheap and mean-filled heap --
as silent drones destroy.

In your dark hearts harbored
the everlasting ploy
through hopes and fears to millions here
serious fleecing to provide.

Obama, born of Oprah,
we gath… Read full post »

Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.  Barbara de Angelis

Re-Post from 1-27-13

Valentine’s Day. The day of the heart.

Already my eyes burned with tears in the cab from the train station to my childhood home. My heart swelled with grief over the

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DECEMBER 23, 2014 9:04AM

Re-Post: Jesus Was a Radical Activist

 

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.  There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal."  Martin Luther King

Re-post from April 20, 2014:

In “Jesus Lived in a Police State” John W. Whitehead /… Read full post »

EXCERPTS from post on 5-9-2013:

“Worldwide outrage as Guantanamo hunger strike enters fourth month” by Fred Mazelis

President Barack Obama has done nothing to carry out his promise to close Guantanamo. The diplomatic office charged with resettling detainees who had been cleared for rRead full post »

Re-post from 2-23-11:

Wouldn’t it be lovely if a new year’s resolution for 2011 for the U.S. would have been to end war? 

FAT CHANCE.

Sometimes I am startled by the reflection in the mirror in the ladies’ restroom at work of my black armband that I started wearing a year and a… Read full post »

RE-POST from 1-12-14:

As I followed some stone steps leading through a pretty courtyard to the side entrance of the Unitarian Church of All Souls on the upper East side of New York last Thursday, I drew in a serious lungful of cold, crisp night air to help gird myself for… Read full post »