Sunday, June 26, 2011
All over the world, people are fed up.
They've had enough of neo-feudalism and police-state gestapo tactics.
In Iceland and Ireland.
In Greece and in Spain.
Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain.
In Pakistan and Iraq.
In post-Fukushima Japan.
And, if we're lucky, here in the United States.
You can see it in Wisconsin.
In some other places.
You can see it in the eyes of your next-door neighbor, arrested for photographing the actions of the police, public servants, in a public place
You can see it in the eyes of a terrified six-year-old forcibly subjected to an illegal and invasive search -- and in the eyes of parents standing impotently by.
Eyes filled with fear, with despair, with shock, with disbelief, with outrage.
Watch out for that anger part.
Something's going to blow.
Tyrants all over need to learn an important lesson:
it's anatomically impossible to save your face and your ass at the same time.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I may not see eye-to-eye with Ron Paul on every issue.
But I think right now, I'd vote for the Devil, himself, if it would guarantee the end to the needless horror of an ever-expanding, perpetual war.
If BUSHOBAMA was as careful about getting IN to a war as about getting OUT of it, we wouldn't be there in the first place.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Activists Respond to Congress and the White House Failng to Close Guantanamo
Congress takes the Obama Administration's lack of leadership on Closing Guantanamo as an opportunity to keep it open. American Citizens march and vigil, still believing that Torture, Abuse and Indefinite Detention Are Wrong!
WASHINGTON - June 22 - On Thursday, June 23rd, members of Witness Against Torture, the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC), Amnesty International and other groups will embark on a March of Shame, walking between the institutions in Washington DC that continue to be responsible for unjust, illegal, and immoral American policies and conduct.
Beginning at the White House at 11am, the anti-torture activists will dress in the orange jumpsuits and black hoods that are now emblematic of the policies of torture and abuse that the Obama administration inherited from President Bush and has further entrenched. The group will solemnly process to the Department of Justice, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol.
The demonstrators will call on all branches of government to close Guantanamo, end indefinite detention, repudiate the Military Commissions, and resist any effort to reauthorize torture in the form of “enhanced interrogations.” The procession takes will take place as the House of Representatives takes floor action on a version of the 2012 defense appropriations bill that keeps Guantanamo open, undermines US Federal Courts, and attempts to expand indefinite detention.
“I am marching because the United States continues to violate both the law and human rights,” says Beth Brockman from North Carolina. “President Obama’s promises on Guantanamo and the rule of law have proven meaningless, and now steps are being taken to keep Guantanamo open forever.”
“The whole system is broken,” says activist Jeremy Varon of Brooklyn, New York, who teaches history at the New School University. “Every political institution in this city is culpable, starting with the Executive. Now Congress has gotten into the act, working to make Guantanamo permanent and enshrining military detention and trials.”
Witness Against Torture is being joined in the March of Shame by Amnesty International, which hopes to draw attention to the case of torture survivor Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen rendered by the United States. Amnesty is calling on the White House and Congress to apologize to Arar and to ensure accountability for the US government's use of torture.
Witness Against Torture will vigil at the Department of Justice on Wednesday (6/22) and Friday (6/24) from noon to 2pm. These demonstrations are part of a week of activities organized by the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition International, culminating in a vigil in front of the White House on Saturday, June 25th from 7am to 7pm.
Witness Against Torture demands:
• Close the prison at Guantánamo Bay;
• Free all prisoners who have been cleared for release, ensuring their safe resettlement and providing asylum in the U.S. for those unable to go elsewhere;
• Produce charges against all other prisoners and prosecute them in U.S. courts;
• Open all detention centers to outside scrutiny. That includes accepting the oversight of the International Committee of the Red Cross of all facilities; and
• Conduct a comprehensive criminal inquiry against all those who designed and carried out torture policies under the Bush administration.
For more information, please visit:
Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition International
Witness Against Torture
When I was a kid, we were pretty poor.
Not Mississippi delta poor.
But pretty poor just the same.
"On relief" -- what they used to call welfare -- a lot of the time.
Even though my old man worked -- sometimes 2 jobs.
Mechanic. Pick-and-shovel man. Truck driver. Jack of all trades.
And my mother worked, too.
With all that working, how come there wasn't any money?
My old man was a big drinker.
Good-time Charlie buying rounds for the boys.
2-3 pack-a-day smoker, too.
Played some cards but wasn't any good at it.
There was never money for things like clothes, hot school lunches, music lessons, bikes, baseball gloves.
But there was always money for booze, smokes and poker.
These days, everybody who can find a job is working his ass off. Most families both parents work.
Paying more taxes than ever before.
So how come there isn't any money for things like health care, education, up-keep on roads and bridges?
The "Great White Father in Washington" (who this time happens to be Black) is a no-good drunken SOB, just like my old man.
According to an article by Abby Zimet, (http://www.commondreams.org/further/2011/06/20) we're going to spend $122.0 billion on the war on Afghanistan in fiscal year 2011. For the same amount of money we COULD buy:
- 62.5 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
- 1.9 million Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
- 2.1 million Firefighters for One Year OR
- 16.0 million Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
- 27.6 million Households with Renewable Electricity - Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR
- 73.7 million Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR
- 15.6 million Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR
- 25.1 million People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
- 1.8 million Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers for One Year OR
- 15.5 million Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
- 22.0 million Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550
There's always money to hurt people.
There's just not money to help people.
What are you going to do about it?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed."
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
We no longer have freedom; there is only the appearance of freedom. We are consumed by an endless and vague war on terror in which the perfidiousness of our enemy, whose number, location and nature are never clearly defined, justifies the shredding of constitutional rights, torture, kidnapping, detentions without charges or trials and an occult-like battle against an absolute evil. And if you think the state intends to limit itself to the persecution of Muslims, especially once there is an increase in domestic unrest and instability, you know little about human history.
Read the rest at:
If it was about security, they'd have a few nice doggies who were trained to sniff out explosives.
But this isn't about security.
It's about training the population to be submissive.
Step by step.
First, you just have to wear this yellow star on your clothing.
Just a minor inconvenience so that we can can all feel safer...