Michigan’s Fiscal Crisis–Killing Democracy

by on March 9, 2011

Pro-Government Tanks Shelling the Russian Parliament (c/o Wikileaks)

Can we call it fascism, yet?  Michigan’s one-party state (Republican) is now prepping the blueprint to strip citizens of their local democracy.  All under the rubric of response to a “financial emergency” (self same “financial emergency” being engineered by the apparatchiki).   And no, this is not all Godwin’s Law–De Stafani, Mussolini’s first finance minister lowered taxes, pushed free trade and privatized state …
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Georgia–Tax Cuts for Coca-Cola, Tax Hikes for Girl Scouts.

by on March 8, 2011

A Taxable "Special Interest"

You know, I just love my state.  Georgia just lays bare the heart of the modern day right wing.  This is the state, remember, which has a legislator proposing that all miscarriages be treated as a crime scene.  That taxes be paid in gold or silver (not gold or silver backed currency but gold and silver specie–so get out those cartoon bags of dough marked …
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Mr. President–Kafka on Line 2

by on March 7, 2011

UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald talks about the ruling here.  What is so predictable is his twitter feed is full of dems saying that it’s ok if Obama does it, even though it was the hight of depravity under CheneyBush.  Because, you know, indefinite detention without charge (life imprisonment on the principle of lese majeste) and drumhead military tribunals are ok if they take place in Gitmo NorthIllinois. 

Guess that stuff about …
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Smurfs and Hanging Welshmen

by on March 6, 2011

Ok, paltry sapiens.  I know this is all over the intertoobz but since so many Yorkshite types post here, I couldn’t resist anything that automatically corrects to Welshmen. 

Have a look at this and a giggle……
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Former US Top Pentagon Official–Islamophobic Nutter!

by on March 5, 2011

Photo c/o Talking Points Memo

h/t to Balloon Juice on this one but watching the “oh-so-serious” defense expert and “grown-up” Frank Gaffney cavort with Pastor/grifter/would-be Koran burner Terry Jones, well does anyone doubt that pure malice has driven US military policy in the Muslim world over the last decade?  Frank Gaffney, Jr. was a prinicipal in the infamous “Project for a New American Century” think tank and denounced Grover Norquist …
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Employment Picture Not so Rosy

by on March 4, 2011

Updated Below

So, everybody seems to be happy with the idea that U3 unemployment is falling below 9% and even U6 seems better at 15.9%.  Seems better than rising unemployment, anyway.  Hell, maybe even Barack Obama gets a second term.  All the high-fives and congratulatin’ going on in the Beltway is merely another way to say, “OK, time to get on to important stuff, like cutting Grandma’s
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Slaughter of Innocents

by on March 3, 2011

Peter Paul Reubens, Massacre of the Innocents.

I read this news–predictable as it was horrific–with a real sinking feeling.  The murder collatoral damage of these 9 boys is a harbinger of the new tactics being used in the Afghan counter-insurgency.  Air power is being used very aggressively, as it was back in the day with Soviet Sukhois dropping butterfly bombs.  The casualties inolved in these sort of tactics were …
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Sy Hersh Goes All Dan Brown on US (and he just might be right!)

by on March 1, 2011

Tsar Paul the Mad--Who Should Never be Compared with the Brass at the Joint Strategic Ops Command. Oh, no. Not ever.

So, the news is that Pulitzer Prize winning uber-journalist (My Lai and Abu Ghreb) Sy Hersh  is talking about how a bunch of Brass in the Joint Spc’l Ops Command are into Dan Brown territory with Masonic handshakes and allegiances to the Knights of Malta.  Two points seem to be in order. 

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The Arab Revolutions and the World’s Gendarme

by on February 28, 2011

Tsar Nicholas, The Gendarme of Europe, Resisting Change

via Firedoglake we are reminded of a little visit that went under the radar last week.  Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was detailed to Bahrain to reassure the Bahrani absolute monarch, King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, that the U.S.—what exactly? The Stars and Stripes article makes it clear the U.S. approves of the “measured …
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Gaddafi’s Extremity and the Ghost of Ceausescu

by on February 26, 2011

c/o Wikipedia

What we are seeing in Libya right now is one of the most vicious crackdowns by a dictator on his own people since Ceausescu’s downfall.  That the growing civil strife in Libya has led to a civil war pitting security and mercenary forces against elements of the dictator’s own army has a very real historical resonance with events in Romania twenty years ago.  The exception, of …
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Wisconsin Workers: Waiting for Obama

by on February 25, 2011

Remember that pro-labor, advocate of unions who mobilized millions of union workers to knock on doors and phone bank for him in 2008?  The guy who said this in 2007:

“And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as


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Manchurian Senators

by on February 24, 2011

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell--Puppetmaster

The only reason we know of Lt. General Caldwell’s attempted brain-washing of his civilian bosses, senators and other VIPs, is that, fortunately, his command mutinied over such an illegal order.  That the army is still made up, by and large, of professionals who are willing to suffer the sort of retaliation one gets from being vulnerable and stationed in Afghanistan, is a heartening thought.  But that yet another …
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