Happy Hour: Breaking the Spell of Power
Now we will find out -- although by his appoinments and his pronouncements, Obama has already given us a pretty good idea of what he will do: more of the same, with minor mitigations around the edges, and better PR. For example, what was one of his last acts before assuming the presidency? Heaping effusive praise on one of the primary enablers of the massive war crime in Iraq, which has led to the slaughter of more than one million innocent people, the dispossession of four million people, and a lifetime of anguish, suffering and sorrow for many millions more. Here's what he said about Colin Powell, at a gala dinner to honor the old war criminal:
“It’s easy to slip into superlatives when you talk about Colin Powell,” Mr. Obama said, going on to speak of Mr. Powell’s “quiet, remarkably consistent loyalty to a set of principles: truth, loyalty and determination.”
This, for a man who knowingly and deliberately peddled warmongering lies before the entire world in "proving" the WMD case against Iraq at the UN. His "principles," his "loyalty to truth." If Obama begins his presidency with this kind of egregious bullshit, honoring an accomplice to mass murder at My Lai), then God only knows what fresh hell awaits in the years to come.
more - Chris Floyd
Where's all that No Banker Left Behind Money Going To?
If Congress truly wanted to find out where all of that money involved in the 700 BILLION dollar No Banker Left Behind Act was going, they'd investigate these scams.
But they're too busy taking in bribes and swearing allegiance to Israel to worry about something like the economy or Americans. Don't pay any attention to the mild barking coming from some of our Senators and Reps, talking about looking into these swindles.
They're like the night security guard who was paid to be elsewhere when the mob broke into the bank and stole the loot.
more -Greg Bacon
Barak Obama - Judas Goat
[This was written in Aug. 2007.] Cute, cuddly, harmless-looking, liberal Barack Obama. Now there's a guy to get the U.S. back on track! If he can just 'win' the primary (s)election process, and then the (s)election process after that, what's it called...oh yeah, the (p)residential (s)elections, he'll bring an end to the mindless massacring of innocent civilians for profit that has come to define the "war on terror", and the American people need never again be stirred out of their mind-numbing complacency by stories of small brown children being decapitated by a brave American teenager with a .50 caliber machine gun. I mean, Viet-nam and My Lai was containable, it was successfully pitched as an "American tragedy", but this Iraq business is getting out of hand! After all, the harsh realities of war 'over there' are meant to stay 'over there', not ooze out of the carefully manipulated American daily broadsheets and into the fragile mind of the average American. So Obama's the man to fix it all, right? He'll stop the Republican rot! Or am I missing something? Yeah, you guessed it, I'm missing something.
************hasbara, a.k.a., Israeli propaganda.
Any hasbaranik, omits the most vital and basic facts: that Israel illegally and belligerently occupies and colonizes Palestinian land; that Israel has practically “eliminated” any chance for Palestinian self-determination; and that Israel is the regional superpower subsidized by the world’s superpower and, thus, it is ridiculous to even entertain the notion of its being eliminated by army-less, navy-less groups. Under international law, the first fact legitimates violent Palestinian resistance.
And here’s a no-brainer that may have slipped by your BS sensor. AP won’t let you forget that Hamas, Hezbollah, et al., are considered terrorist organizations by the U.S. and Israeli governments and a few of their allies. But what they never tell you is that vice-versa is also true: Hamas, Hezbollah, et al., consider official U.S. and Israeli entities terrorists. Iran even made it official.
more - Detain This
Who's who in the Obama cabinet
Part three: National security and foreign policyNational security and foreign policy is the area of the most obvious continuity between the Bush administration and the Obama administration. The erstwhile "antiwar" candidate of late 2007 and early 2008 has long since made the transformation into flag-waving commander-in-chief, grimly vowing to use military violence against anyone who stands in the way of the geo-political interests of American imperialism.
more- Patrick Martin at wsws.org
Obama's inaugural address: Amid banalities, a call for austerity
In his inaugural address Tuesday, President Barack Obama offered nothing in the way of concrete pledges or programs to confront the economic crisis or bring an end to war. Instead, he indicated that the American people would have to accept even greater sacrifices.
For the millions who packed the Washington Mall, the emotions of the day were driven by hopes that the coming to power of an African-American would signify genuine change and by relief at the exit of George W. Bush, whose first appearance on the Capitol steps drew loud boos from the assembled crowd. At the end of the ceremony, the departure over the Mall of the helicopter bearing Bush, the most hated president in the country's history, drew a chant from the crowd most often heard from sports fans jeering an opposing team: "Na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-na, Hey Hey, Goodbye."
There is more than a small dose of irony in this invocation, as the principle of responsibility is to be very selectively applied. In recent weeks, Obama and his advisors have repeatedly made clear that they have no intention of holding Bush, Cheney or other senior officials in any way accountable for policies that constituted war crimes and crimes against the Constitution during their tenure in office.
Now Obama is telling working people that they must take "responsibility" for the crisis that is destroying their livelihoods by accepting deeper attacks on jobs, wages and social benefits, even as trillions of dollars in public funds are used to bail out Wall Street while its CEOs continue to draw down their seven- and eight-figure compensation packages.
more - Bill Van Auken at wsws.org
Obama's New World Order plans revealed
Henry Kissinger has revealed what Obama is going to try to do to bring about bring about a New World Order.
Kissinger writes (Henry Kissinger: The world must forge a new order or retreat to chaos - 20 January 2009):
1. "The alternative to a new international order is chaos."
In other words, join the New World Order or you will suffer from false flag operations and the undermining of your economies.
2. "The extraordinary impact of the President-elect on the imagination of humanity is an important element in shaping a new world order."
In other words: we Zionists and fascists have chosen Obama as our puppet.
3. "The ultimate challenge is to shape the common concern of most countries and all major ones regarding the economic crisis, together with a common fear of jihadist terrorism, into a strategy reinforced by the realisation that the new issues like proliferation, energy and climate change permit no national or regional solution."
The New World Order means world government. You will be ruled from Washington or Jerusalem.
4. "The role of China in a new world order is crucial.
"Each side of the Pacific needs the cooperation of the other in addressing the consequences of the financial crisis...
"The Sino-American relationship needs to be taken to a new level."
China has a lot of money in its reserves. They had better hand it over to us.
Also see: Jewish Manipulation of the Economic Crisis?
Woman Convicted of Terrorism under Patriot Act for Spanking Children on Airplane
One sign of a police state is the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for committing annoying acts. In America, over 200 people have been sent to prison for raising their voices on commercial airline flights, convicted of felonies under the laws of the Patriot Act.
One of those 200 people is Tamera Freeman, who spent three months in prison and was convicted of a felony for spanking her misbehaved children and raising her voice to a flight attendant. When the plane landed, she was arrested as a terrorist and eventually forced to plead guilty to felony crimes under the Patriot Act.
In another case, the LA Times reports, "a couple was arrested after an argument with a flight attendant, who claimed the couple was engaged in overt sexual activity. An FBI affidavit said the two were "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable.""
Kissing in public is an act of terrorism? Wow. It's sort of difficult to call America the "land of the free" if you can be arrested for kissing in public, isn't it?
more - Mike Adams at Natural News
The Peaceful Transfer of Violent Power
The essence of government as we know it is the power to use force against people who have never harmed anyone. The most basic power is the power to tax. Indeed, government could do nothing without it. The power to tax is the legal authority to compel people to surrender their money to the state under penalty of fine, imprisonment, and worse for refusal. Whether or not one thinks this power is good (I don’t), one cannot deny that it is based on the threat to commit violence against the nonviolent.
Thus, this week we witness the peaceful transfer of the authority to commit legal plunder.
When Barack Obama started praising Ronald Reagan the candidate’s apologists claimed he was just paying respect to a dead president. Now it’s clear that Obama’s affection for the raging old reactionary was heartfelt. With his latest pronouncements on cutting “entitlements,” Obama “has proven himself to be a true believer in the Reagan revolution.” The almost-president “is repeating the Reagan mantra about ‘reforming’ Social Security and Medicare or cutting their rate of growth” - music to Republican ears. If Obama starts slashing at Social Security, those “progressives” that have excused his rightward lunges will bear responsibility.Obama is indeed a cynical politician who was willing to say or do anything that would get his hand on the bible on January 20th. Yet he is also a true believer in the system of white ruling class superiority and power. That is why he loves Reagan so much. Reagan was popular even as he ruined the country and much of the world. That is the Obama philosophy too. He wants to fool people into happily stabbing themselves in the back and he wants politicians to do what he says. He wants to be the second “great communicator” and he wants an armor of protective teflon.
more - Margaret Kimberley via The Greanville Journal
What happened to the climate consensus?
Scientists DON’T all agree the planet is warming precipitously, or that humans are responsible for that supposed warming. In fact, more and more experts in a number of fields have been speaking up to challenge the supposed scientific "consensus" on climate change.
As the headlines scream out the latest sensational warning – a NASA scientist now predicts U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has just four years to save the planet – let’s not forget that last month, more than 650 international scientists went on record as dissenting from the man-made global warming findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Prominent scientists, in ever greater numbers, are now speaking up to reject the group-think paradigm. While there’s no doubt the climate is changing, there’s less certainty about just where it’s going.
I expect one trend to continue, however. I predict the number of scientists willing to defy the global warming "consensus" is only going to get bigger.
more - Paul Schneidereit via Matthew Jarvie
Nice little town you got here...
After unanimously passing a resolution calling for discussion of drug legalization as an antidote to the border region's troubles with violent crime, the El Paso, Texas, city council failed to overturn the mayor's veto last week. That's because half of the members of the city council changed their votes, citing threats from federal officials. Nonsense, says U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes. He didn't issue a threat; he just wanted to "make sure they understand the things they do that aren't helpful to me."
The consequences of doing things that "aren't helpful," local officials were made to understand, could be the withholding of large sums of money with which the federal government keeps local jurisdictions on a tight leash. Play ball with the feds and the goodies get passed your way. Tick off the wrong people and you don't get to feed at the trough.
Dreams of Obama
So what are Obama and Biden going to do that fits any objective definition of "commonsense"? Make things more illegal for the above list? Or come up with more foolishness that won't work, but will infringe on the right of the people from Chicago to Cheyenne to keep and bear arms...? You know, that Second Amendment he respects so much...
Oh looky here...
That did not take long at all.
Shifting the "urban policy" anti-gun hopes and changes to the official White House website, that is...
more - David Codrea
New White House Terror Site
"We are here to do the work that ensures no other family members have to lose a loved one to a terrorist who turns a plane into a missile, a terrorist who straps a bomb around her waist and climbs aboard a bus, a terrorist who figures out how to set off a dirty bomb in one of our cities. This is why we are here: to make our country safer and make sure the nearly 3,000 who were taken from us did not die in vain; that their legacy will be a more safe and secure Nation."
-- Barack Obama, Speech in the U.S. Senate, March 6, 2007
President John F. Kennedy delivers what was called one of history's great declarations of human rights and responsibilities to the crowd at Dudley Field. Staff photo by Jack Corn (The Tennessean) 5/18/1963
***********Doctors in Gaza described today how they had struggled to treat dozens of patients with terrible and unusually deadly burns consistent with white phosphorus weapons, during Israel's three-week war in Gaza.
Nafiz Abu Shabaan, head of the burns unit at Shifa hospital and the most senior burns surgeon in Gaza, said 60 to 70 patients had died in his unit during the war from severe burns that were unlike any injury he had previously seen.
Patients with only relatively small burn injuries, which ought to be survivable, were dying unexpectedly.
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