If you didn’t see Jon Stewart’s summer break sign-off Thursday night, in which he summed up the right’s “class warfare” hysteria over demands that the rich go back to paying the same tax rates they paid during the Clinton boom years, you’ve got to give this two-par… Read full post »
AUGUST 20, 2011 5:04PM

Even Ted Rall knew the class clown

Obamas Economic Plan
August 19th, 2011

Obama’s Economic Plan


 "What’s the Matter with Obama?

It’s the Not Caring About the Economy, Stupid

As a pundit it’s my job to explain why politicians do the things they do. Every now and then,

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The Shocking Pattern of Obama Repeating Some of the Worst of George W. Bush

August 18, 2011  |   



Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency?



Obama forged a continuation of the Bush years, doubling Bush's war in the Arab world, hiring/… Read full post »
Amy Goodman explains in a prelude to Jon Turner's testimony why you may have never heard of this drop weapons ("unofficial") policy. 
As stated in my post "http://open.salon.com/blog/markinjapan/2009/04/19/hearts_and_minds 
ALL testimony given… Read full post »

Some guy resents the fact that he has to click on links.  


He believes that people have to do EVERYTHING his way or the validity of their comments, most often annotated with reliable sources, is suspect:


Report: CIA Drones Killed Over 2,000, Mostly Civilians in Pakistan Since 2006Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2011 5:59PM

Salon.Com "Nickel and Dimed"


How America turned poverty into a crime


"When "Nickel and Dimed" was published in May 2001, cracks were appearing in the dot-com bubble and the stock market had begun to falter, but the book still evidently came as a surprise, even a revelation, to

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AUGUST 8, 2011 8:23PM

"This Time Could Be Much Worse"

"Here’s the S&P 500 chart going back 15 years. We had a big rally during the late 90’s…a big sell-off from 2000-2002…a big rally from 2003-2007…a big sell-off from 2007-2009…a big rally from 2009 to 2011…and now we’re in the beginning stages of… Read full post »

Three Myths Debunked

Oliver Lee | yesterday | Comments 80752210

Between 100,000 and 200,000 Japanese were killed either during the bombing or afterwards in the radioactive fallout. (Photo: Getty Images)

How did Americans learn to stop

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AUGUST 5, 2011 7:10PM

Chomsky: "America in Decline"

Friday 5 August 2011
by: Noam Chomsky, Truthout | Op-Ed

“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in

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As the electricity is on, for the time, I can, quickly post something.  The typhoon is, now, expected to last three more days, so please excuse any late responses to any comments, if there are any.



Obama's Great Betrayal

A Judas Kiss to the Poor


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This post is dedicated to Jack and a young OS women to be left un-named.


We, who can tear ourselves away from "reality TV" have all seen clips of seniors and protestors tasered by our "peace" officers, because . . . because .. . because, they can (and it provides entertainment).… Read full post »



U.S. 'black hole' prison's



activities kept a secret


Written by
Nat Hentoff



Almost all the known Republican candidates for the presidency have signed a pledge to assure their voter bases they share common principles ("Signing Away the Right to Gov

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Getting Things Done ... for the Rich and Powerful



"Barack Obama has belonged to Wall Street, corporate America, and the Pentagon from the beginning. Consider his first year in the White House – a study in the triumph of corporate-imperial conservatism. With its expansion o/Read full post »

Obama's Bad Bargain

The most distressing outcome of the deficit hysteria gripping Washington may be what Barack Obama has revealed about himself. It was disconcerting to watch the president slip-slide so easily into voicing the fallacious economic arguments of the right. It waRead full post »

"The president's attacks on America's social safety net are destroying the soul of the Democratic party's platform

Debt crisis: time running out, warns Barack Obama
Barack Obama. Photograph:
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JULY 20, 2011 3:01PM


"A Big Deal." 

That's what the White House has been fighting for the past few weeks in negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. It was a search for a "compromise." 

And so yesterday, President Obama applauded the gang of six "compromise" based on, as he explains, "shared sacrific/… Read full post »
JULY 19, 2011 1:18AM

The Permanent War Economy

Abrawang, You, with all due right, asked about the numbers cited in my last post, and deserve a response.  These comments are just a tad dated, but give a good general picture  of how america spends its money (money, that it hasn't really got)!





Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes FY 2009

Total OutlRead full post »

Blowing It


The smoking ruin that is the the Obama White House, and the rotting corpse that is the Democratic Party, have, incredibly, together been boxed into a corner by, of all things, the certifiably insane Republican Party.

This amazing situation has resulted not through any briRead full post »

It is not at all uncommon to see barbara joanne attempt to highjack a post by soliloquizing consecutive posts as if she was having a conversation with herself.  Her manner of demeaning others whom dare disagree is, but a sign of her demented modus operendi.


Judi Mandelbaum got an EP… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2011 10:26PM

"frank apisa is a chicken"

Apparently, prior to the misfortune of frank, nothing meaningful to add to the discourse, arriving here, a whole other group of people, unrelated to OS, reached a similar conclusion:

 http://groups.google.com/group/atheism-vs-christianity/browse_thread/thread/8c6dba5d32ccb90b/8cff796cbd549fRead full post »

David Swanson has written several books, holds a masters degree in psychology, worked as a newspaper reporter, press secretary for a major political presidential candidate, amongst other outstanding accomplishments. 


The other "person" will remain unnamed as befitting his contributions.

&… Read full post »

No offense to idiots:


Officials: President Obama seeks $3 to $4 trillion in cuts

By Jessica Yellin and Ted Barrett, CNN

July 7, 2011 -- Updated 0747 GMT (1547 HKT)


Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama is seeking $3 to $4 trillion in deficit cuts over the next deRead full post »

Obama Threatens to Veto Greater Intelligence Oversight

by Glenn Greenwald 


"In other words, the Obama White House -- just as was true for the Bush White House, and using the same rationale -- does not want any meaningful oversight (i.e., briefings beyond the absurd Gang of/… Read full post »

Needed Authorization for Libya War

President Dismissed Legal Advice in Libya War Policy Debate

by Jason Ditz, June 17, 2011

President Obama’s claims this week that the War Powers Act doesn’t apply to the Libyan War on the grounds that it falls short of “hostilities/

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