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The Incredible, Heartless, No-Pulse 'Deadeye' Dick Cheney

  • Posted on: 16 July 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

So, did you hear that he officially has no pulse now?

That doesn't seem to surprise many people, does it?

The official explanation is that a device -- a pump of some type -- was installed into his heart (?!?) after he'd experienced worsening conditions of congestive heart failure (CHF). The truth is, he hasn't ~really~ had a pulse in decades. This is just the best new way to disguise that.

(Make the jump for more heartless cruelty at Dick's expense, but on ePluribus Media's nickle...er, servers.)

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The Ironies of 911

  • Posted on: 16 September 2009
  • By: Wattree

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

While viewing America's solemn commemoration of the eighth anniversary of 911, I began to reflect upon its many ironies. The very first thing that came to mind was Dick Cheney's claim that Bush administration policies have kept us safe. My second thought was he must think we're crazy - and too many of us are.

When one looks upon the trauma, anger, and pain still etched upon the face of America eight years after the loss of 3000 of its citizens, one can only imagine what the Iraqi people are feeling after the documented murder, by name, of over 101,552 innocent men, women, and Iraqi children. Only after we begin to recognize the gravity of the atrocity that we committed in Iraq will America begin to understand that we will never be safe until we make the people responsible for that carnage accountable for their actions.

Open Thread -- Justice, American-Style: Doing Time in Iran

  • Posted on: 18 April 2009
  • By: Open Thread

Today, from the New York Times:

Iran Sentences American Journalist to 8 Years
By NAZILA FATHI, New York Times

TEHRAN, April 18 - A revolutionary court has sentenced an Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, to eight years in prison after convicting her of spying for the United States, her lawyer said Saturday.

The "revolutionary court" is, of course, very familiar to us: it's very much like the military tribunals held for Guatanamo inmates, particularly as practiced under the Bush Administration and their strongly politicized Department of Justice.

Hopefully, those practices are being mothballed in America now by the Obama Administration, along with many of the other quaint, highly illegal and unConstitutional practices that the prior Administration prided itself on.

This is an Open Thread.

Unchanged Prejudices

  • Posted on: 2 January 2009
  • By: GreyHawk

Nine (9) passengers -- two men and their families, and the sister-in-law of one of the men -- were removed from a plane at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA, when one man and his wife discussed aloud the safest place to sit on an airplane.

One of them had commented that the jets on the plane were right next to his window.

The airline refused to re-book them, even after the FBI was called in and determined that the incident was due to a misunderstanding.

A few relevant details:

  • One brother, 34 years old, is an anesthesiologist. 
  • The other brother, 29, is a lawyer.

Image was an entry to a PhotoShop contest on the site Worth1000.

Those points alone should bring them under suspicion, no?  After all, a lawyer teamed with an anesthesiologist could painlessly fleece a plane full of passengers and the airline.  But perhaps that isn't enough -- after all, how many times have you had discussions (yes, even since 9-11) about where the safest place to sit on airplane was? 

 

Both brothers grew up in Detroit (so therefore they must be guilty of something, right?) and live in Alexandria with their families.  They were traveling to Orlando, Florida.  ...somehow, I'm still not getting the reason for tossing the family.

From the initial WaPo article detailing the incident:

A sane voice: Arundhati Roy

  • Posted on: 14 December 2008
  • By: the national gadfly

 

arundhati roy

Image courtesy of cesr.org

This post begins a series to recognize people that speak about the world in terms of what they observe and what they can prove.  Their voices stand out in the crowd.  In their words, they speak not of fantasy, delusion and rationalization.  Instead, they utilize the gifts of human cognition, awareness to observe what is here in the world around us.  They are not dogmatic, but analytic and take in the world 'warts & all' for what it is and what it is not.  They do not separate humankind from nature in any form of grandeur.  In short, they look at things the way they really are and not what we would have them be.

Note: The term 'reality' is subjective because of differing perspectives from one person to another.  Our individual experiences with language, sensory perception and associative cognition all conspire to individuate and isolate us from each other.  The differences can range from miniscule to incomprehensible. 

Then, there are shared agreements of 'reality' that occur nonetheless.  We can look at a mass grave and all agree that there are dead people there.

Given all of this, it's a wonder we communicate at all.

On to Arundhati Roy.  I first learned of her this year.  John Cusack quoted her in this article about his film "War, Inc." 

My thoughts on Transgender Remembrance Day

  • Posted on: 25 November 2008
  • By: the national gadfly

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

I was traveling this weekend and did not have the time to do any posting. I saw a couple of good posts on the subject of Transgender Rememberance Day. I have to be honest and admit that I did not even know this occasion existed. I am sad that it is necessary, but I am happy to support it.

How To Sell An Indefensible Status Quo

  • Posted on: 13 October 2008
  • By: Roy Eidelson

Stocks plummet on Wall Street. Home foreclosures mount across the country. Shameless finger pointing and disavowals swirl in the nation’s capital. And a recent Gallup poll finds that a record-low 9% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.

The frightening numbers and front-page headlines certainly cry out for immediate short-term solutions. But they also raise a crucial question with long-term implications: How is it that our country’s powerful and self-interested defenders of the status quo so consistently succeed at suppressing popular outrage and combating calls for broad-based, progressive social change?

Open Thread: The Truth Will Set You Free...So We'll Trash It

  • Posted on: 9 June 2008
  • By: Open Thread

From TruthOut, some disturbing news:

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Guantanamo Interrogators Told to Trash Notes

Michael Melia, of The Associated Press: "The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday. The lawyer for Toronto-born Omar Khadr, Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, said the instructions were included in an operations manual shown to him by prosecutors and suggest the US deliberately thwarted evidence that could help terror suspects defend themselves at trial."

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Bush-style justice in a world where the Republicans have lowered the bar beyond the level of slime.

One wonders just exactly what Bush Administration officials (and Republican congress-critters, Republican DoJ appointees and reich-wingers) are smoking when they claim they're on the side of truth, justice and the American way -- and whether that brain damage is permanent.

This is an Open Thread.

With Liberty And Justice For All: US Secret Prisons, Then and Now: 2001-2005, 2008

  • Posted on: 2 June 2008
  • By: GreyHawk


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My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing...

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What happens when the checks and balances of our government are compromised, and justice is undermined?

What happens when the most criminally corrupt group of criminals rule with nearly complete control of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government for nearly two full Administrations, and the media fails to oppose, to challenge and to expose them?

Criminal malfeasance. Negligence. Dereliction of duty. Failure -- multiple failures: failure to uphold the law, failure to act, failure to uphold the duty and responsibility of office.

Actively undermining the just due process of the law and Constitution. Actively interfering with the proper operation of government.

War crimes.

Eight years of crimes, unaccountable to anyone and protected by the entire Republican party -- and Joe Lieberman.

Ten Mistakes I’ll Probably Make In 2008

  • Posted on: 2 January 2008
  • By: Roy Eidelson

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Many of us view the calendar's turn from 2007 to 2008 as an opportunity to start anew and to improve upon the year just past. But despite this resolve, it's easy to predict that 2008 will be another year filled with small slips and large blunders. As a psychologist whose work focuses on five core concerns--about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness--that are especially powerful influences in our personal and collective lives, I offer this list of ten mistakes I'll probably make on the way to 2009.