Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This clip exemplifies the difference between liberals and conservatives on Libya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4inyQSVaJPQ&feature=feedu

What I find funny here is that Glenn Beck actually gets a few things right by complete accident. There is good reason to believe that some Al-Qaeda presence exists in the Libyan opposition, and furthermore, that Israel would be more happy with Gaddafi than with a new government. However, Cenk actually quotes a NATO commander to prove Glenn wrong. I suppose when Democrats lead America into imperial bloodbaths, it's liberals who become the biggest mouthpieces for the state and conservatives who become critical in their own variety of ways.

Pathetic. We're seeing ideological spinelessness at its worst from both sides at the moment. I thought that two nearly decade-long wars and poor economic well-being at home would have taught us better.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tariq Ali on liberal interventionists: "Depressing"

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/ali290311.html

Always a Street Fighting Man.

Wisconsonites going for recall rather than a general strike. We've seen this before.

"(Funny story about Taft-Hartley, by the way. Harry Truman and the Democrats campaigned the year after it was passed on a promise to overturn the law. So unions launched a massive turnout effort, re-elected Truman, won Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, and...we still have Taft-Hartley. Truman himself used it 12 times to break strikes in his second term.)"

http://socialistworker.org/2011/03/29/the-still-groggy-giant

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Syrian shooting versus Jordan shooting (at people)...

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Syrian shooting versus Jordan shooting (at people)...: "As I have been on the road for the last few days, I have been reading the issues of New York Times. The hard issue of the New York Tim..."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Michigan cuts unemployment benefits to 20 weeks--the lowest period in the nation of any state--despite high unemployment

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/mar2011/mich-m28.shtml

Zionists even love Al-Assad

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/assad-s-fall-could-deliver-lebanon-to-iran-and-hezbollah-1.352204

U.S. imperialism now rearing its ugly head in Syria.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/mar2011/pers-m28.shtml

Sorry. Ancestry DOES matter.

http://www.monthlyreview.org/0706jbf.htm

"In the words of The Wall Street Journal (May 13, 2005):
Although Americans still think of their land as a place of exceptional opportunity—in contrast to class-bound Europe—the evidence suggests otherwise. And scholars have, over the past decade, come to see America as a less mobile society than they once believed. As recently as the later 1980s, economists argued that not much advantage passed from parent to child, perhaps as little as 20 percent. By that measure, a rich man’s grandchild would have barely any edge over a poor man’s grandchild....But over the last 10 years, better data and more number-crunching have led economists and sociologists to a new consensus: The escalators of mobility move much more slowly. A substantial body of research finds that at least 45 percent of parents’ advantage in income is passed along to their children, and perhaps as much as 60 percent. With the higher estimate, it’s not only how much money your parents have that matters—even your great-great grandfather’s wealth might give you a noticeable edge today."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Washington Post reports that many Libyans support Gaddafi

And we have yet another reason to oppose Western intervention.

Now that the popular unrest has been co-opted by a right-wing Western-supported neoliberal leadership, the opposition's victory is not something to cheer for at all. Nobody will dance in this revolution; what you have is both sides of the civil war dancing to the beats of different drums, and whoever wins, Libyans lose. I have a really bad feeling about what will transpire in the weeks or months to come.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Libyan Revolution possibly assuming racist characteristics

http://leninology.blogspot.com/2011/03/libyan-revolution-and-racism.html

Leave it to the U.S. to empower the best elements of a popular uprising.

Shephard terrorists

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=126355#axzz1HRYi3mSE

Oh Israel. Never change.

What is this I don't even

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/opinion/21douthat.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Does Douthat say anything of importance here (insert stupid joke about "I doubt that"/Douthat here)? Why am I supposed to care. Really.

I'll attempt to summarize it. OBAMA! He more enlightened than Bush. He care for world more than Bush! This could be problem. Will it work? Wait and see!

So, he didn't mention Obama's bypassing of Congress nor did he pose any substantive differences between Obama's foreign policy and Bush's foreign policy. He merely went into detail about their rhetoric.

Stay away from mainstream opinion pieces at least 90% of the time. It's good for you.

USA!

http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/03/were-number-one/

From the article:

To see where America stands not so proud, consider the advanced, well-to-do democracies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the rich countries’ club. To focus on America’s peers, I am excluding the former Soviet bloc countries as well as Mexico, Turkey, Korea, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Greece. In the remaining group of 20 affluent countries, America is, indeed, Number 1 or close to it in a number of categories: the 26 indicators of poor performance listed below.

To our great shame, America now has:

  • The highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;
  • The greatest inequality of incomes;
  • The lowest government spending as a percentage of GDP on social programs for the disadvantaged;
  • The lowest number of paid holiday, annual and maternity leaves;
  • The lowest score on the UN’s index of “material well-being of children”;
  • The worst score on the UN’s gender inequality index;
  • The lowest social mobility;
  • The highest public and private expenditure on health care as a portion of GDP, 
yet accompanied by the highest:
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Prevalence of mental health problems
  • Obesity rate
  • Portion of people going without health care due to cost
  • Low birth weight children per capita (except for Japan)
  • Consumption of anti-depressants per capita
  • The shortest life expectancy at birth (except for Denmark and Portugal);
  • The highest carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption per capita;
  • The lowest score on the World Economic Forum’s Environmental Performance 
Index (except for Belgium), and the largest Ecological Footprint per capita 
(except for Belgium and Denmark);
  • The highest rate of failing to ratify international agreements;
  • The lowest spending on international development and humanitarian 
assistance as a percentage of GDP;
  • The highest military spending as a portion of GDP;
  • The largest international arms sales;
  • The most negative balance of payments (except New Zealand, Spain and 
Portugal);
  • The lowest scores for student performance in math (except for Portugal and Italy) (and far down from the top in both science and reading);
  • The highest high school drop out rate (except for Spain);

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meet the new boss...

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: This is the new regime that Saudi Arabia and US ar...: "'The rebels of eastern Libya have found much to condemn about the police state tactics of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi: deep paranoia, mass detentions, secret prisons and tightly scripted media tours. But some of those same tactics appear to be creeping into the efforts of the opposition here as it seeks to stamp out lingering loyalty to Kadafi. Rebel forces are detaining anyone suspected of serving or assisting the Kadafi regime, locking them up in the same prisons once used to detain and torture Kadafi's opponents. For a month, gangs of young gunmen have roamed the city, rousting Libyan blacks and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa from their homes and holding them for interrogation as suspected mercenaries or government spies. Over the last several days, the opposition has begun rounding up men accused of fighting as mercenaries for Kadafi's militias as government forces pushed toward Benghazi. It has launched nightly manhunts for about 8,000 people named as government operatives in secret police files seized after internal security operatives fled in the face of the rebellion that ended Kadafi's control of eastern Libya last month."

Nice journalism, BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12843741

Civilians spared by Libya raids. Mmhm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Myths about oil drilling and Social Security

http://www.truth-out.org/the-imaginary-world-which-washington-lives68627

Obama, Biden both contradict previous statements about war constitutionality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adpa5kYUhCA

A neat timeline, but where's Oman?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline

72% of Jimmy Johns workers surveyed worked with severe flu symptoms

http://www.iww.org/en/content/jimmy-johns-resists-campaign-reform-sick-day-policy-illegal-firing-six-workers

Egyptian socialists reject Western intervention into Libya

http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/component/content/article/177-latest-news/11465-egyptian-socialists-reject-western-intervention-in-libya-

"This development poses serious risks. It is inevitable that it would lead to the killing of civilians en masse. It is also clear that Gaddafi will not fall easily. Hence, it is more likely that the war will last for a very long period of time. This, in turn, could alter the situation and the public mood in favour of Gaddafi, as shown through media reports on the population of Tripoli rejecting the Western attack. Gaddafi could pose himself in this context as a hero who is resisting colonial powers, which will grant him relative popularity in some cities, and the possibility of Libya being divided geographically will increase.

The end result of all this is that the situation could turn from a popular war against mercenaries to a civil war in the literal sense of the word. The media reports on the protest of the population of Tripoli to the western attack are something to observe in this connection."

Us Westerners know little to nothing about Libya compared to people in the region, so we'd be wise to heed this advice.

wat

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Look at this racist question by Thomas Friedman: "'Is Iraq the way Iraq is because Saddam was the way Saddam was or was Saddam the way Saddam was because Iraq is the way Iraq is...'"

Education Crisis in East Jerusalem

http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1724

As the Daily Show reveals here, Obama's policies continue to contradict his rhetoric

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-21-2011/odyssey-dawn---unconstitutional-war

Credit to the Daily Show for not being completely in the tank for the Democrats, I guess.

EDIT: Some liberal bullcrap from the Daily Show too. Portrays the U.S. as a misguided spreader of freedom, or something like that. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-21-2011/america-s-freedom-packages At least they acknowledge America's not giving a shit about Palestine at the end there, however subtly.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

6 Libyan villagers fired upon by the U.S., hospitalized

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368633/Libya-war-US-chopper-shoots-6-villagers-welcomed-Air-Force-F-15-crash-pilots.html

Collateral damage, war is horrible, shut up and get used to the real world, etc.

Sorry Nancy Pelosi. You're not getting my money.

My reply is below for all you tl;dr people.

On 3/22/2011 8:06 AM, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader wrote:

Samuel --

Do you know what House Republicans have done to create jobs since claiming the Majority three months ago? Nothing.

However, they’ve found time for votes to restrict access to reproductive health care, take teachers out of our classrooms, nurses out of our hospitals, and even to defund NPR. All told, Republican cuts would destroy 700,000 jobs.

I’ve had enough of the Republicans’ extremist anti-jobs agenda and I think you have too.

On March 31st, we’ll hit the first FEC quarterly filing deadline since the outrageous GOP power play in Wisconsin and Republicans took the reins in the House. The eyes of the nation will be on our fundraising numbers to judge our grassroots determination to fight back against the radical Republican agenda. We must have a strong showing.

Contribute $5 or more to the DCCC’s Million Dollar Matching Gift Campaign right now. This deadline is so important that if you contribute today, my fellow House Democrats and I will match every dollar you give with two of our own up to our $1 Million goal.

Fight Back

An extreme Republican majority has launched an all out assault on middle class America. It began in Wisconsin, but has spread to Congress and state houses across the country.

Secretive groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS are already up on the air running vicious attack ads against House Democrats who are standing up against the Republican assault and fighting for middle class working families.

I’ve set a goal of $1 million before the March FEC deadline to show the world that we have the grassroots strength to fight radical Republican budget cuts and to stand up for middle class American families.

Contribute $5 or more to the DCCC’s Million Dollar Matching Gift Campaign right now. This deadline is so important that if you contribute today, my fellow House Democrats and I will match every dollar you give with two of our own -- tripling the impact of your gift.

The DCCC counts on individual donors like you for 75% of their funding. Together, we can turn back this Republican attack on the middle class and move America forward. Please contribute today.

Thank you.

Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader

P.S. The first FEC quarterly deadline of the year is just 10 days from now. We must exceed our $1 Million grassroots goal to show the world that Democrats are strong, united and determined to fight back against the radical Republican agenda. Contribute Now.

My reply:

Nancy --

Do you know what House Democrats have done to create jobs since claiming the majority in 2006? Nothing.

A disappointed lefty (then again why have expectations in the first place; I should know better),

Sam

P.S. Stop voting to fund American war criminals in Afghanistan and Israeli war criminals in Palestine. For someone so self-righteous about Tibet you're quite the hypocrite.

Bombing of Libya: Defies both the Constitution and UN Law

http://www.zcommunications.org/stop-bombing-libya-by-marjorie-cohn

BUT SOMETIMES WE NEED TO BYPASS CONGRESS AND THE UN TO SAVE LIVES.

Fair enough, but you should never trust imperialism to save lives. We should be pointing out these laws to both point out and prevent first world abuses of power, which are common as a result of the Security Council's veto power.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Liberals more enthusiastic about bombing Libya than conservatives

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/poll-finds-tentative-support-potential-risks-for-obama-on-libya/

Two Signs Your Country Has Gone To War, courtesy of FAIR

Here we go again.

"

How can you tell that your country has gone to war again? Here are at least two signs.

--The same military official is on every Sunday morning chat show: Yesterday Joint Chiefs chair Mike Mullen was on CBS's Face the Nation, NBC's Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday and ABC's This Week.

--You can watch TV reports about the astonishing accuracy of your weapons: On CNN last night, courtesy of Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence:

American Tomahawk missiles can be reprogrammed in flight. If there was a risk of civilian casualties, operators could change the target after launch. But the Navy did not use that ability, confident it was aiming at military targets. Moammar Gadhafi says the strikes killed civilians. But a defense official told us if you don't have to reprogram your missile, you're very confident in what you're hitting."

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Isabel Kershner and the standards of the New York ...

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Isabel Kershner and the standards of the New York ...: "You should all read this piece in the New York Times from yesterday. It encapsulates all that is wrong with the New York Times' coverage of Arab-Israeli issues. Look at this sentence: "The Israeli military responded to the unusually intense barrage with tank and helicopter fire." Israeli attacks are always portrayed as "responses" or "retaliation" when in reality Hamas said that it was responding to Israeli killing of civilians days earlier. Notice how NYT reporters are allowed to editorialize only against enemies of Israel, as when Kershner wrote: "unusually intense barrage" from Hamas. We should ask Kershner: Were Israeli attacks on Lebanon in 2006 and on Gaza in 2008 "unusually intense"? Or were they unusually soft and mild, by your racist standards? But Kershner felt that it did not serve Israeli propaganda interests enough, so she adds this weird sentence: "And while Hamas said that it was firing at Israeli military bases along the border, mortar fire is notoriously inaccurate..." So Arabs are terrorists even when they target military bases because their fire is "notoriously inaccurate"? How accurate has Israeli fire been in the history of the conflict, Ms. Kershner? And could a NYT reporter be allowed to keep her/his job if she or he were to offer that Israeli fire is "notoriously inaccurate"?"