The Raw Story
May 2, 2008
In a new memoir set to be published May 6, the former commander of US forces in Iraq provides new intimate details of the goings-on at high levels of the Bush Administration in the first year of the Iraq war.
His sharp tongued conclusion: “Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars were unnecessarily spent, and worse yet, too many of our most precious military resource, our American soldiers, were unnecessarily wounded, maimed, and killed as a result. In my mind, this action by the Bush administration amounts to gross incompetence and dereliction of duty.”
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Are you Enjoying the Obama/Hillary Made for TV Movie?
30 NeoCons control what goes out over ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and FOX, Clear Channel’s 1400 radio stations, and what the AP wire sends to all the big city daily newspapers.
These 30 NeoCons coordinate their news EVERYDAY. They are the anti-American ministers of propaganda for the NeoCon shadow government.
Hollywood types write the script for the totally contrived “Presidential Election Made-for-TV-Movie of 2008″ we are all being forced to watch.
by Trevor Bothwell
If writers want to convince their readers of the validity or solvency of their views, the best bet usually is to provide statistical information or numerous factual references in support of an argument. Sometimes, however, there’s just nothing like a good ol’ shocking anecdote to get the point across. So here’s my story:
Slavery and Involuntary Servitude
by Don Bacon
The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution, adopted at the end of the civil War in 1865, abolished slavery, but this same amendment expressly permits prison slavery and involuntary servitude.
AMENDMENT XIII – SECTION 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population and almost 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Are Americans more criminal than other folks? Or are there incentives that give the US the dubious honor of leading the world in prison population.
Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861–1865 Civil War a system of “hiring out prisoners” was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else’s land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then “hired out” for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads.
by Phil Duffy
The most stringent curb that ever legislation imposed on tyranny.
Thus wrote Thomas Babington Macaulay, commenting on the importance of habeas corpus in his first volume of History of England, in 1848. That makes sense. After all, freedom of speech, press, petition, religion and assembly are meaningless if the government is able to lock up someone and throw away the key. And all of those wonderful ideas about a fair and timely trial are meaningless if the government is not compelled to “produce the body” in court.
IF I WERE PRESIDENT
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
May 2, 2008
Due to my frequent criticisms of President George W. Bush, I am often asked what I would do if I were President of these United States. This column will serve as an attempt to answer that question.
If I were President, I would begin the process of safely extracting our troops from Iraq. In the first place, our troops are no longer fighting a war, they are an occupation force, which occupies a sovereign country. And this is being done without a Declaration of War. The Iraqi people resent our occupation as much as we would resent another nation stronger than ours invading and occupying America. If such a thing happened to our beloved country, I’m sure many of us would also become “insurgents.”
The Rev. Wright
I’ll tell you exactly why liberals, both black and white, have been shredding, obsessing over and questioning the motives of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Rev. Wright is what people in the Old South used to call an “uppity (N-word).”
He does not lower his eyes, bow and scrape, eat crow or humble pie, or apologize. If you insult him, he’ll insult you back. I like the guy a whole lot. I disagree with him on some points, but I’ve come to like and admire him. He makes a better speech than most candidates, and certainly a better and more intelligent one than the so-called pundits.
This was a concocted media trap for Sen. Barack Obama from start to finish. First, some political operative took a couple of snippets from 30 years of sermons completely out of context and put them on that abomination called YouTube. This really riled up the racists and so-called superpatriots who began to bombard the Rev. Wright and his family with hate mail and even death threats.
|May 2, 2008|
|Divert, Distract, and Demonize
The War Party’s strategy to sink Barack Obama
|by Justin Raimondo|
The War Party has a reliable strategy when faced with a rising political figure who threatens their monopoly on American politics, one that is time-tested and invariably successful: when all else fails, they bring out the Smear Bund.
This is a term coined by John T. Flynn, I believe, in the run-up to the outbreak of the Second World War: it gives a name to his thesis that a number of pro-war groups had coordinated a campaign to smear and destroy the anti-interventionist America First Committee. Flynn started out his pamphlet, The Smear Terror, with this admonition: “Would you believe that there are in this country several outfits that specialize in the destruction of reputations?”
by Michael S. Rozeff
If ever anyone wants to discredit me, he can cite the title of this article. I am giving it away on a silver platter in order to make one point: Freedom includes the freedom to discriminate.
Discrimination is nothing more than making distinctions and being selective. Without discrimination, freedom to choose is an empty exercise. I favor the freedom to choose. Therefore, I favor discrimination.
Not only do I favor discrimination, I discriminate constantly. And so does everyone else.