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A Kind of Barbarism

Timothy McVeigh, convicted of killing 168 people in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was parented by Irish Catholics. He referred to himself as agnostic yet wrote to a friend, prior to his crime: “I have come to peace with myself, my God and my cause.” McVeigh didn’t explain his concept of God. He did, however, request a Mass and a Catholic chaplain as his execution neared.

Are you wondering where I’m going with this?

Straight to Ground Zero and the Cordoba Initiative’s proposed building of an Islamic center within a couple of blocks of the huge hole where the World Trade Center once towered. Straight to confront the firestorm of opposition to a plan that includes a prayer room, an athletic center, culinary school, and art studios.

What if members of the Catholic Church wanted to build a center within a few blocks of the Oklahoma City National Memorial? I doubt there’d be a problem.

But we are living a problemathon.

Intolerance in America

A Brief History of Intolerance in America - Photo Essays


Discrimination against different religious and ethnic groups dates back to the founding of the colonies. By Kate Abbott

This photo essay could have gone on and on, just on the so called religious ideologies some preach and demand others must follow, as to All the intolerance episodes that have plagued this Nation since Europeans came over and took from the Natives what was theirs for thousands of years prior!

With recent episode of inflaming hatreds we're playing right into the hands, we already have during the previous decade, of those that used extremist ideologies as many here have picked that up and respond just as those they condemn!

UPDATE - Live from Ft. Hood, Webcast of Protest Against 3rd Armored Cav Redeployment

Update - The military has taken the highly unusual decision to deploy the 3rd ACR in the middle of the night, tonight, under cover of darkness.  The protesters have stated they will confront the deployment with "radical, direct action" whatever the hour.  See latest update video below. If you keep your computer on tonight with this page up it will automatically play when broadcast recommences.

Using webcam technology, the anti-war soldier's coffee house outside of Ft. Hood, Texas is providing video updates and webcasting live the protest against redeployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment this month to Iraq. Protesters include active-duty soldiers (off-duty), veterans, soldiers families and supporters. Ft. Hood is the largest military base in the nation. The Under the Hood Cafe website reads:

The Cambodian War Crimes Tribunal

Cambodia looks beyond war crimes tribunal


August 20, 2010 - After handing down its first verdict in July, the international war crimes tribunal in Cambodia will next year hear the second - and possibly final - case against a former senior Khmer Rouge leader. But some people are looking beyond all of this - to a time when the tribunal has left Cambodia - and a need for learning centres and other legacy projects. {read more}

Will this Country, the United States, wait, if ever, years to do what we should already be doing and the World Awaits same?

At the Iraq war's start,

optimism from The Times

An editorial published the day the war started in 2003 expressed confidence that the superior U.S. and British forces would bring fighting to an end quickly.

August 20, 2010
After more than seven years and 4,000 lives, the final U.S. combat soldiers are on their way out of Iraq. Below is an editorial from March 20, 2003, the day the war started. In the piece, The Times' editorial board expressed some confidence that the war would end quickly and with few casualties.

The Beginnings of War
U.S. troops are better equipped and trained than their foes, and this should help them in combat.

Hiding Information On Torture

ACLU Lawsuit Charges Feds With Hiding Information On Torture Of US Citizen

Aug. 18, 2010 - Naji Hamdan Was Held in Secret Arab Prison For Months, Alleges US Involvement

Naji Hamdan, an American of Lebanese origin, looks from the balcony of his home, in Beirut, Lebanon, in this Nov. 2009 file photo. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court in California today to force the CIA, the FBI and other federal agencies to tell what they know about the alleged torture and detention of Hamdan, who was held in a secret prison in the UAE for months.(Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)

Symbolism in Occupations

Our symbolic transfer from combat during 'Nam was when we were sent over no longer as labeled 'combat' but as 'advisors' once again.

That started just before I left CI/SERE in early 1970 and headed into country, we were given military beanies, i.e. berets, with the operations patch on them and called 'advisors', never did meet my supposed 'counterpart' the whole year I was there.


Why aren't we?

Other countries probing Bush-era torture — Why aren't we?

18 August 2010 - In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al Qaida operative in 2002 and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months.

Four years earlier, however, the Canadian government had concluded an exhaustive inquiry and found that the former prisoner, Maher Arar, was telling the truth. Canada cleared Arar of all ties to terrorism and paid him $10 million in damages, and his lawyers say he's cooperating with an investigation into the role of U.S. and Syrian officials in his imprisonment and reported torture.

We Need NASCAR for Politicians

By Tom Thompson

Have you ever, like me, found yourself wondering, while watching or listening to politicians on what passes for the news these days, “Who are these people?” Have you ever found yourself wondering what makes them tick?

Trust me, you're not alone. Inquiring minds want to know.

Now, I've come up with an idea that may help us figure it out as we wend our way through the muck and mire of political web sites, press releases, official bios and and talk radio/TV.

A clearer picture of Pat Tillman

Aug. 17: Amir Bar-Lev, director of "The Tillman Story" talks with Chris Hayes about what he learned in the three years he spent producing his documentary.


More Domestic Criminal Terror! and Silence Following?

One wonders, not really very hard, why we readily call others, who have done nothing, 'terrorist', just because of where they might be from or their religious beliefs, and we get never ending opinion talk and pure propaganda {lies} about as a whole group and not the extremist using, yet something like this happens and it gets very little news play. You have to search it out rather then hear anyone report on or seriously talk about. A most certainly 'domestic criminal terrorist' act seemingly hell bent on taking out as many police or innocent people as possible, all because, apparently, he's a white guy in Texas. Will he become the new hero of certain groups within our society, much like the Austin Pilot Did or others that seek to be the next McVeighs as Individuals or in Groups!!

Police seeking motive for Texas gunman's attack

There's Nothing Wrong with Social Security which Taxing the Rich Fairly Wouldn't Fix

By Dave Lindorff

New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman, in his column today, is right to expose the attacks on Social Security as being the work of right-wing ideologues eager to destroy a government program that works, backed by cowardly Democrats who want to show their fiscal “responsibility” by getting tough with future pensioners.

But he doesn’t go the extra step to point out that this program, founded 75 years ago as a cornerstone of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, could be much more fair and even generous to elderly and disabled retirees, and also placed on a much sounder economic footing, by a few simple reforms that would not cost most people a penny, or require hard working folks to work one day longer before retiring.

Bottom line for bottom feeders

GI benefits: Bottom line for bottom feeders

15 August 2010 - This weekend, the world marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. You'll never find a worse piece of timing than this:

According to Bloomberg and BusinessWeek, some big insurance companies have hit upon a way to make money off the benefits that should go to the families of U.S. troops who have been killed in combat.

The companies work with, or maybe just work, the Veterans Administration. They're not fly-by-night companies, either. MetLife and Prudential are among those under scrutiny by the state of New York and now by Congress.


The Costs of Wars Only Grow

Iraq war winds down, but costs soar

August 15, 2010 - President Obama announced recently with much fanfare that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be down to 50,000 by the end of August. All troops will withdraw by December next year. Clearly it is good news that the United States is finally extricating itself from what has been a long, bloody and unnecessary conflict. But drawing down the number of troops doesn't mean the end of spending money. Many of the biggest costs are still to be paid.

A March of Folly

The Afghanistan war is turning into a march of folly

14 August 2010 - When the WikiLeaks exposé of raw United States intelligence data and reports from Afghanistan hit computers worldwide, commentators in Pakistan reacted with vitriolic broadsides. One spoke of “Neocon vampires … blood-thirsty Islamophobes … think tank irredentists … [Indian] revanchists … planning another dismemberment, so that they [can] continue their blood-fest in … Afghanistan.” Strong words, particularly when compared to US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who was only “mortified” and “appalled” by the leaks.

The Life Insurance of Soldiers and Veterans Saga

With two wars of choice and long occupations of, this was out and out greed by these insurance companies. They knew soldiers would get killed so they set it up for pure profit to themselves. Nothing to loose, it wasn't their monies in the first police they were the care takers, unless a family demanded the full payment after the death of their soldier, where they couldn't touch their higher cut of interest, but they knew there would be more, Pure War Profiteering!!

Prudential under pressure to explain payments to military families

August 13, 2010 - After initial outrage over how Prudential handles life insurance policies of deceased soldiers and veterans, the insurance company is working hard to change the perception it has misled military families.

Beware the Sound of Scurrying Feet: The SS Obama is Going Down

By Dave Lindorff

NBC/Wall St Journal Poll: 40% say country worse off since Obama, 31% say better
Federal Reserve Board: US economy is stalling again
NY TImes: “White House Memo: First Wave of Weary Aides Heads for the Exits”
Labor Dept.: New jobless claims hit record not seen since February 20

It’s a grim sign for the Obama administration that droves of staffers are pulling up stakes and looking for jobs elsewhere, not even waiting until the mid-term elections are over. Gone is Christina Romer, chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, going is White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, gone is communications spokeswoman Linda Douglass, gone is Budget Director Peter Orszag, gone is White House Counsel Gregory Craig. Even the president’s senior political adviser, David Axelrod, widely credited with having engineered his primary and election victories, is said to be ready to leave.

Federal Nuclear Waste Panel Overlooks Public Mistrust, Experts Say

ScienceDaily (Aug. 12, 2010) — According to 16 social science researchers from across the country, a renewed federal effort to fix the nation's stalled nuclear waste program is focusing so much on technological issues that it fails to address the public mistrust hampering storage and disposal efforts.

Writing in the latest issue of the journal Science, experts including Sharon M. Friedman of Lehigh University say that President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future is not focusing enough on the social and political acceptability of possible solutions. "While scientific and technical analyses are essential, they will not and arguably should not carry the day unless they address, substantively and procedurally, the issues that concern the public," the experts write.

Evangelical Christian Bias in the Military

Air Force Academy Faculty and Students Go Public against Evangelical Christian Bias in the Military

August 18, 2007 - Three faculty members from United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado--one of whom is also a former cadet--have gone public today with their criticisms of evangelical Christian proselytizing at the USAFA. They are joined by another former cadet now serving in Iraq. One faculty member has been reassigned to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Afghanistan! Elections?

Easy to answer the subject title. So called repubs, who've been changing their labels since greatly defending the previous admin and those congresses, to libertarian at first and now tea party, don't want to be reminded of the failed policies and all the proof that showed they were wrong on everything, reason they also keep changing the 'rage' issues, and most dems don't want to do what this country Should Have Done Long Ago, Bring Accountability for the crimes committed by those who led and those around them, so the Destructive Debacle Wages On!!!!

Why isn't Afghanistan an election issue?

Mosques in America

AMEN to this, from a Not Phony Christian, those who only follow the teachings of that suit an individual lifestyle while discarding the rest and doing same for Countries Constitution! Nor am I of a cultist mentality!!

Nothing frightening about mosques in America

12 August 2010 - Islam, the religion of more than 1.2 billion people around the world, does not frighten me.

I also have no fear of Muslims, those followers of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad who call God "Allah."

The words imam, Quran, mosque or even jihad do not cause me to tremble or to run in search of a hiding place.

What does scare me in these perilous times are the bigots, many of them zealots wrapped in religion and flag, who find it easy to spew their venomous hatred toward any person or group that is different from them.

Omar Khadr: If You Agree Gitmo Should Close, Well.....

Officer off Gitmo jury for agreeing with Obama

8/11/2010 - Prosecutors exclude juror for wanting to close the prison

A veteran U.S. Army officer who agreed with President Barack Obama that the Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed was excluded from the jury in a U.S. military commission trial Wednesday after prosecutors objected that he had "pre-conceived" views that might jeopardize their case.

The move came as prosecutors and jurors selected a seven-person jury of military officers to hear the case of Omar Khadr, the so-called "child soldier" accused of hurling a hand grenade that killed an American soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan eight years ago.

Khadr, now 23, has spent a third of his life at Guantanamo. He is accused of murder and attempted murder in the first trial before the Obama administration’s revamped military commissions.

The Test Ban Challenge:

Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Quest for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

Posted - August 11, 2010 - Government Officials Since Eisenhower Have Seen Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban as Vital for Curbing Nuclear Proliferation, According to Declassified Documents

Craters from underground nuclear tests at the Nevada Test site. According to the Department of Energy's caption: "Most subsidences leave saucer-shaped craters varying in diameter and depth, depending upon the yield, depth of burial, and geology. This is the north end of Yucca Flat. Most tests have been conducted in this valley." The current U.S. moratorium on underground tests would be confirmed by ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Photo from National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Site Office.

Nixon Admin: Death of Dan Mitrione


Posted – August 11, 2010 - In Response Uruguayan Security Forces Launched Death Squads to Hunt and Kill Insurgents

Washington, D.C., August 11, 2010 - Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a “threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendic and other key [leftist insurgent] MLN prisoners if Mitrione is killed.” The secret cable from U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, made public here for the first time, instructed U.S. Ambassador Charles Adair: “If this has not been considered, you should raise it with the Government of Uruguay at once.”

50 States & Congress: Legislating

Not just Virginia!!

EDITORIAL: A lesson about legislating: Bizarre U.S. Navy Vets story should give Virginians pause.


Aug. 10 2010 -- The latest turn in the increasingly bizarre U.S. Navy Veterans Association saga should make no one feel good about Virginia's legislative process.

When a Florida newspaper began investigating the group last year, it could find only one of 85 officers listed on the charity's website -- Bobby Thompson. Ohio authorities now say that Bobby Thompson isn't actually Bobby Thompson, but the perpetrator of an identity theft.


Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same party. meanwhile... GOING UP ! Top 1% share of total income Income gap between rich and poor Foreign debt as a percent of GDP Age at which one can receive Social Security...

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Countries Pact With It's 'Citizen Soldiers', Long Gone!

The Country once had a pact with those who join and serve in it's 'Citizen Soldier' National Defense the 'National Guard' and 'Reserves'. You get called to duty, helping in your communities or someone else's, or training and employed your job is saved for you upon returning. During these two long occupations, Afghanistan and Iraq, that was thrown out long ago, or simply ignored without the Country saying a peep, because of the long Deployments and especially with the Multiple Deployments. Add in the total collapse of the economy and the high unemployment that came with it one gets called to serve that job, if needed by the employer is quickly filled or if not just eliminated. It's also caused many who were small businessmen and women to loose their businesses and having to return and start over if even possible, that was happening well before the collapse.

Virginia Pols - Fake Veterans Association - Law Passed

Increasingly Bizarre U.S. Navy Veterans Association Saga: Political Slush Fund

This story seems to have no end as States have started investigating since the St. Petersburg Times first broke it near the beginning of the year.

Navy Vets story gets even stranger

August 06, 2010 - We’re working on an editorial for next week discussing the latest turn in the increasingly bizarre U.S. Navy Veterans Association saga. Ohio authorities say that Bobby Thompson, the only one of 85 officers listed on the charity’s website that a Florida newspaper could actually locate, isn’t actually Bobby Thompson, but the perpetrator of an ID theft.


Ailing OIF and OEF Veterans Bringing Lawsuits

The 'Agent Orange' of these occupations, that's literally as some of these soldiers are suffering from exactly the same extreme physical ailments of the same chemicals, and more, of the defoliants only this time they were sucking in smoke and air from these burn pits, as are the citizens occupied and especially downwind and the ground contamination left from the burns!

Ailing vets sue over smoke from trash fires in Iraq, Afghanistan


'You'd cough up black stuff, and you couldn't seem to catch your breath'

U.S. Army soldiers from the 23rd Infantry Regiment burn garbage at K-wal combat outpost in the village of Shakarat, in Diyala province, in this Dec. 24, 2007.

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