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A journey through the mind of contemporary conservatism: Clutching our values aboard the death train of empire
By Phil Rockstroh
within an empire consists of the deceitful leading the disengaged. Although
when the artifice shielding a nation�s populace from the ruthlessness of their
leaders begins to fall away, hysteria and displaced rage rises in the land.
Ergo, in the American empire, we�re witnessing these demented days of
congressional boy love and despotic rockets.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:14
North Korea's bomb
By John Chuckman
You might think from
all the political noise that something extraordinary happened when North Korea
conducted an underground nuclear explosion. But let's put the test, apparently
a small-yield, inefficient device, into some perspective.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:08
Eroding freedom: From John Adams to George W. Bush
By Mickey Z.
Put a frog into a pot
of boiling water, the well-known parable begins, and out that frog will jump to
escape the obvious danger. Put that same frog into cool water and heat the pot
slowly, and it will not react until it's too late. The survival instincts of a
frog, we're told, are better designed to discern abrupt changes. Gradual
transformation�like the measured raising of water temperature�can sneak up on
the little croaker.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:03
Abusing the Arab Peace Initiative
By Nicola Nasser
The failed Qatari
mediation in the still unresolved inter-Palestinian divide was, in practice, an
American success in turning the Arab Peace Initiative (API) into a pressure
tool that further exacerbates fractures both in Arab and Palestinian ranks,
less than two weeks after the U.S. aborted a move by the Arab League to revive
an overdue comprehensive approach to the Arab and Palestinian-Israeli conflict
on its basis through the United Nations.
Oct 13, 2006, 00:57
The politics of "F" words
By Frank Scott
The most recent strategy of our rulers has been to
reactivate and heighten the f___ factor in prepping for the elections. The
opposition has retaliated by initiating its own f___ factor. As a result, the
nation is being f______ anew.
Oct 12, 2006, 01:07
Piercing the simulacrum: Of faux democracy, petty tyrants, and painful realities
By Jason Miller
A caricature of a man
who has wrought havoc in virtually every endeavor throughout his miserable
existence has found his calling. Exuding false bravado and contrived machismo,
he has swaggered his way into the deepest recesses of America's collective
psyche, fulfilling the inculcated need for a "manly" patriarch. Chest
thumping, bullying, and ultimately unleashing the Hell of the Pentagon's death
machine upon those brazen enough to resist conversion to the American Way, King
George IV has succeeded the tyrant American Revolutionaries toppled over 200
Oct 12, 2006, 01:00
A subtle kind of fascism
By John Chuckman
The word fascism
is used a lot, often pejoratively. The image that immediately comes to mind is
Mussolini in a steel helmet, hands on hips, head tipped back, jaw thrust out.
It is an image that influenced other fascists. Young Hitler was a great
Oct 12, 2006, 00:54
The conversion factor
By Bill Berkowitz
As Christian evangelicals in the United States
grow their support for Israel, conversion of Jews to Christianity continues to
be a thorny issue for both Christians and Jews.
Oct 12, 2006, 00:53
California: I'm going to Darfur where it's safer!
By Jane Stillwater
How come nobody ever gets tired of watching TV
commercials? How come nobody ever protests?
Oct 12, 2006, 00:49
The bully pulpit, sanctimonious Santorum, and the meaning of �zero�
By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
As the November elections near, the Christian Right is
again using the pulpit to bully (and scare) people
into voting as they want them to vote.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:22
Record your vote this November: the election riggers don't need to show a hand if you've already folded
By Jed Shlackman
As the November 2006
elections approach, there is growing concern about the integrity of elections
with the expanded use of electronic voting systems.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:20
DHS, DOJ brass turned a blind eye to House of Death murder, federal prosecutor confirms
High-level officials within the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland
Security (DHS) did know about the activities of a U.S. government informant who
supervised and participated in murder in Ju�rez, Mexico, and yet they allowed
that informant to continue his bloody assignment in what is now known as the House of Death case.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:09
Foleys Berg�re: Political entertainment al�Americain
By Ben Tanosborn
Yes . . . come to
Washington�s Capitol Cabaret. Whether your preference is for a morality play or
a musical, that�s where its at; running the entire gamut in popular taste from
stupidity to prudishness. And now the cabaret is running this pre-election
play, a well-choreographed Foleys Berg�re, with the entire Republican chorus
line in drag.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:06
The Case for Impeachment: A thunderous cry for Bush�s removal and why
By Frank J. Ranelli
Richard M. Nixon, a president with imperial
conquests of his own, once stated in 1973 that he failed to notice the 400,000
plus protesters outside the White House while he watched a ball game. Arrogance
and an infallible belief that he was beyond the reach of not only those
patriotic citizen�s redresses and grievances, but the laws of this nation
proved his political demise. Thirteen months later, amid lies, spying and
scandal, Nixon resigned in order to stave off an inevitable impeachment that
had already begun in the House Judiciary Committee.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:02
Who�s really preying on teenagers?
By David Howard
The scandal of former
US Representative Mark Foley hitting on teenage boys pales in comparison to the
Pentagon�s serial penetration of our high schools and the Armed Forces�
barely-legal attempted seduction of every 16 to 18-year-old male and female,
Congressional page or not.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:30
Was Moon behind timing of N. Korea nuke test to sway vote on next UN chief?
By Wayne Madsen
(WMR) -- WMR's intelligence sources
with links to North Korea report that some media sources are hyping the
kilo-tonnage of North Korea's underground nuclear weapons test. Although some
outlets are reporting that the bomb tested by North Korea was 5 to 15 kilotons,
in fact, it was between 1.5 and 2.4 kilotons, considered a surprisingly low
yield by Western scientists. By comparison, the bombs dropped by the United
States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 22 kilotons.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:26
They lied about Iraq�s WMDs; they�re lying about Iran�s
By Luciana Bohne
In the pre-dawn hours
of Saturday, 30 September, the US Senate approved a bill authorizing sanctions
that target foreign countries continuing (completely legal) nuclear cooperation
with Iran. The bill stipulates �not to bring into force an agreement for
cooperation with the government of any country that is assisting the nuclear
program of Iran or transferring advanced conventional weapons or missiles.�
Unmentioned in the bill, the intended targets are Russia and China. The
previous day, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:22
Foley�s folly -- or the closet can be a dark, dark place
By Jerry Mazza
Well, we�ve got
another Republican stepping out of office and the closet, Republican
Congressman Mark Foley of Florida, this one sending hot emails to a 16-year old
congressional page. Well, the meek are always game for predators, especially
the ones who sanctimoniously preach against gay marriage and such. Like our
president, Karl Rove, even George Bush Sr. Yet a hard look will reveal there�s
a history of Brokeback Mountain and
more in this administration and party.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:18
Ambling towards disaster: Bush�s North Korea policy
By Mike Whitney
took six years of relentless threats, sanctions and belligerence, but Bush
finally succeeded in pushing Kim Jong-Il to build North Korea�s first nuclear
bomb. Now, Kim can just add a few finishing touches to his ballistic-missile
delivery system, the Taepo-dong ICBM, and he�ll be able to wipe out nine
western states with a flip of the switch.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:15
Columbus, the gold, and phony Italians
By Luciana Bohne
"One who has
gold," observed Christopher Columbus in his travel log, "does as he
wills in the world, and it even sends souls to Paradise." The man was not
only a cynical practitioner of "real-politick" (a la today's and
yesterday's Neocons), but he was also a psychic.
Oct 9, 2006, 01:40