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Stanton, Torture, and Military Prisons — Setting the Precedent by Al Benson, Jr.

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Stanton, Torture, and Military Prisons — Setting the Precedent 

by Al Benson, Jr.

 
By now we should all have heard of Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison where American soldiers practiced various forms of torture, both emotional and physical, on various Iraqi prisoners–all a part of George Bush’s “experiment” in democracy in Iraq. People were shocked when they read about Abu Ghraib. How, they thought, could Americans do such things?  They wondered how decent and upright American soldiers could partake of such behaviour–surely this had to have been the first time for this sort of thing, right?  Well, no, actually that’s not quite right. Americans have been partaking of torture of one sort or another since the advent of the Lincoln administration. Lincoln and his associates seem to have had a paranoid fear of disloyalty to the federal government, to the point where thousands upon thousands of Northern civilians were arrested and hauled off to prisons on the basis of nothing more than vague suspicion or some neighbour’s hearsay accusation.

THREE PEAS IN A POD By Chuck Baldwin

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 By Chuck Baldwin

May 16, 2008

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I realize that is extremely difficult for some people to think outside the box. The vast majority of people are prone to be followers, to “go with the flow,” to follow the path of least resistance. This appears to be the nature of human nature.

Therefore, I think I understand the reasoning of many who are so reluctant to step outside the two major parties and vote for a third party candidate. I seem to recall that I, too, was just as hesitant (though not for nearly as long as some people) as they are.

We have all heard it before: He doesn’t stand a chance; it’s a wasted vote; we must work within the party to make it better, etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

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Lies of Aggression

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by Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts


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On May 15, the White House Moron, in a war-planning visit to Israel, justified the naked aggression he and Olmert are planning against Iran as the only alternative to “the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

But the White House Moron has the roles reversed. It is not Iran that is threatening war. It is Bush. It is not Bush who is appeasing. It is Iran.

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READ A BOOK, GET CHARGED WITH RACIAL HARASSMENT

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 By Selwyn Duke
May 13, 2008

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The May 9 edition of the New York Post carries a short article by an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student named Keith John Sampson. He tells a story of being charged with “racial harassment” simply because he was “caught” reading an anti-Ku Klux Klan book. I’m not kidding. Sampson tells his story:

The book was Todd Tucker’s ‘Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan’; I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library . . . .

But that didn’t stop the Affirmative Action Office of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from branding me as a detestable Klansman.

They didn’t want to hear the truth. The office ruled that my ‘repeatedly reading the book . . . constitutes racial harassment in that you demonstrated disdain and insensitivity to your co-workers.’

The affirmative-action officer – who draws a salary of $106, 000 a year to perform her crucial role and is obviously a woman of inestimable intellect – neither examined the book nor spoke with Sampson. He wasn’t guilty before proven innocent. He was just guilty.

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION POLITICIZES TRAGEDY IN BURMA

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By Ivan Eland

May 14, 2008
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From the administration that used the 9/11 tragedy to violently pursue an unrelated vendetta against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, we get Round Two. After a cyclone devastated portions of Burma (which the despotic Burmese government has renamed Myanmar) and killed an estimated 100,000 people, instead of concentrating on providing relief, the Bush administration couldn’t resist scoring points on First Lady Laura Bush’s pet issue—the tyranny of the Burmese military junta. Mrs. Bush, apparently the administration’s self-anointed czar and expert on U.S. policy toward Burma, went before the White House press corps and laid into the Burmese government for giving its citizens insufficient warning of the coming storm. One day later at a White House ceremony that just so happened to honor Aung San Suu Kyi, a high-profile proponent of Burmese democracy who has been detained in that country, the President himself piled it on, first by offering U.S. government aid, and then by lambasting the Burmese dictators for delays in approving visas for emergency workers.

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HOME MORTGAGE HIJINKS

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 By Jon Christian Ryter

May 14, 2008

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The home mortgage default and foreclosure figures are in for February. The Bush Administration was not anxious to release them. The figures don’t look good. The home mortgage crisis has become contagious. It’s spreading from the subprime home market into the prime loan market. Approximately 2.3% of the holders of prime rate mortgages were at least 60 days late. That number is up 1.4% from a year ago. It is the highest level of delinquencies from prime rate borrowers in a decade. Prime rate mortgages are given only to the “A” list of credit worthiness.

First American’s CLLP (Core-Logic-Loan-Performance) tracking system noted that the number of prime rate delinquencies is relatively small. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research agreed but feels, since February, the number of delinquencies from borrowers who previously had stellar credit, has risen substantially because all of the economic news since the first of the year has been negative. Unemployment is up. State welfare, which has declined steadily for the past decade is spiking upwards with 27 States reporting increases in applicants to the federal government’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Since the program was started in 1994 to wean generational welfare recipients off the dole, 3.9 million US families (mostly adults with physical or mental handicaps that bar them from meaningful employment, or grandparents too old to find work who are raising grandchildren because the parents are out of the picture) have been on the program. Today, that number is expanding as the most likely destinations for tourists, like Florida, California and Nevada, are feeling the impact of the downsizing of the tourism industry.

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US ROLE IN IRAQ THREATENS SECURITY

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By Charles Peña

May 14, 2008
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More than four years after the decision to invade Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and impose democracy, nearly 160,000 U.S. soldiers remain there.

Despite the war’s growing unpopularity with Americans, President Bush is adamant about not setting an “artificial deadline” for withdrawing troops.

Last week’s anniversary of the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975, and the final U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, ending the longest war of the last century, prompts some historical reflection—for example, the poignant photograph of people being plucked off that famous Saigon rooftop in April 1975, juxtaposed against the completion in Baghdad of the largest U.S. embassy ever.

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SHIFT HAPPENS: A NEW PARADIGM TO CONSIDER Part 2

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By Frosty Wooldridge
May 15, 2008
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In the 21st century, old paradigms fail us in our new technological age. You’re invited to stop reading and watch a five-minute video on YouTube.

“Did You Know; Shift Happens” Globalization; Information Age

Karl Fisch created the video and Scott McLeod modified it. As you watch the video, take notes. You may find that you want to watch the video a second time to complete your notes.

As with each section of this four-part series, you may jot down the ingredients of your personal plans. Part-1 covers your personal long-range and near-term planning.

As a country, our military posture, guided by political decisions in the U S Congress, shifts from so-called “Imperialistic Attacks” overseas to focus upon the active defense of the 50-states. Nellis Air Force Base, next-door to Las Vegas, Nevada features our best-and-brightest in the first-line fighter aircraft. Here’s what the Global Security website teaches us.

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BURN, BABY, BURN!

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 By Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 15, 2008

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Leadership is intimidated by passion.

I see it over and over. The one thing that most leaders want to avoid is a crowd of people who really believe something. It is so much easier to be in charge when the natives aren’t restless.

That is especially true in our churches. Lord knows we could use a little passion in the place but “wildfire” is the last thing the pulpit wants to deal with today.

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Screwing Private Ryan

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 Screwing Private Ryan
Strategy Page ^ | May 16, 2008 | James Dunnigan

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 08:22:48 by radar101

Once again, the U.S. Army shot itself in the foot by doing the right thing, then screwing it up.

In this case, a soldier, one of three brothers, was released early from his enlistment because of the 60 year old “sole survivor” rule. This regulation allows for the sole survivor of a group of siblings to be released from service. In this case Specialist Jason Hubbard had two other brothers killed (one by a roadside bomb, the other in a helicopter crash), and he decided to take advantage of the sole survivor rule.

But….

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FASCISM, CORPORATE STATE’S ACHILLES HEEL by Alan Stang

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FASCISM, CORPORATE STATE’S ACHILLES HEEL
by Alan Stang
May 15, 2008
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Last week we looked at a couple of the horrors of our fascist system. Of course there are many others. Monster corporations control that system, and they have long since proved that they will do anything they can get away with to maximize that control, even including the murders of millions around the world. Is there anything we can do to defeat concentrations of power so vast?

Consider that these fascist corporations have a large, soft, vulnerable Achilles heel. Yes, they are in bed with the government – their top executives go back and forth between both sides of the bed – to such an extent that it no longer is possible to tell who is impregnating whom. But there still is a difference.

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GyG: More Daily Erosion of Our Basic Rights!

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 Office worker awarded £5,000 after boss constantly broke wind in her direction
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 05/15/08 | NEIL SEARS

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 06:52:58 by TornadoAlley3

A bullied office worker has been awarded £5,000 after her boss raised his right buttock from his chair and broke wind in her direction.

Humiliated mother-of-three Theresa Bailey, 43, was the only woman on a sales team where “laddish” behaviour made her life a misery, and continued despite complains to senior managers.

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Beware: The Pythons Are Here Too!

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 Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, a study said.”Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including north Florida, Georgia and Louisiana,” said Frank Mazzotti, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, in his two-year study.

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Beware: The Crazy, Rasberry Ants Are Here!

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 Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics

By LINDA STEWART BALL – 1 day ago

DALLAS (AP) — In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.

The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as “crazy rasberry ants” — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and “rasberry” after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.

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GyG: BUT WAIT! Still More Kinder, Gentler Military Coming Our Way….

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GyG: BUT WAIT! Still More Kinder, Gentler Military Coming Our Way….

Ha!

And you thought PC had about run its course in the military–in a pig’s @$$ it has!

-GyG

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Washington Post
May 16, 2008
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West Point May Alter Songs’ Lyrics

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The head of the U.S. Military Academy thinks it is time to replace the “men” and “sons” in West Point’s two most beloved songs with more gender-neutral lyrics.

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