November 2010

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Somewhere in America, a seventeen-year-old boy is living the last year of his life.

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Robert Heinlein: SECRECY IS THE HALLMARK OF TYRANNY!  This is the Era Of Sunshine.

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Just Foreign Policy News, November 29, 2010 , http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/775

Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup
According to a leaked cable, by July 24, 2009, the U.S. government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. But a month after the cable was sent, the State Department was publicly pretending that the facts were murky and needed further study. Why did the State Department drag its feet, pretending that facts which it knew to be clear-cut were murky? Why didn’t the State Department speak publicly after July 24 with the same moral clarity as the July 24 cable from the Embassy in Honduras? Had it done so, history might have been different.

Why this matters now: because major US media refuse to report evidence of US “involvement” in coups in Venezuela, Haiti, and Honduras, or acknowledge that it exists, and that’s why we’re trying to help as many Americans as possible see the Oliver Stone documentary, “South of the Border.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/wikileaks-honduras-state_b_789282.html

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My wife made a tongue in cheek suggestion, fully aware that it wouldn’t actually work.

Have two sets of airlines. On one, you’re not searched at all. On the other, the TSA does pretty much what it’s doing now (knowing that things can often be improved.) You can choose which airline you want to fly on.

The obvious reason it won’t work is that the “no search” airline opens all of us up to another episode of hate-filled “religious” people flying those planes into ground targets. But, setting that aside, which airline would *you* fly on?

I dunno. I’m not planning on flying a lot, anyway. Maybe “never”. But it’s hard for me to join with the same people who were so “OK” with having their phones tapped, torturing brown people, and in general turning over their 4th amendment rights IN THEIR OWN HOMES when they suddenly become “outraged” that they’re searched before they get on a plane.

Can it be improved? ABSOLUTELY. The point that a terrorist (e.g. a fundamentalist “christian” who knows an abortion provider is in line) can walk into the queue waiting to pass through security and detonate a bomb isn’t lost on me. There’s a LOT wrong with how we screen people before they board a plane.

But right now I want people, and congress, to focus on doing away with that $700 billion giveaway to the same people who drove our economy into a ditch, raising the cap on social security taxes, and in general taking the country back for the middle class and from the wealthy who are in control, now. Unemployment needs to be extended ASAP (and I think I have a job, so I’m sure it’s not about me.) And PLEASE don’t let the GOP get away with that “job creators” bullshit in reference to extending the Bush Tax Cuts For The Wealthy, again. Those tax cuts have been in effect for 10 years. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

I just had to get that off my chest.

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Article lays out a pretty fair explanation for why teabaggers are ineducable.

“…it is not what Americans don’t know that is so pernicious to our democracy (they can always be educated); it is that they don’t know what knowing actually is. Standing in the background of Obama’s and Kerry’s complaints, as well as of our radical political polarization and the multiplication of candidates (some of whom won on November 2) making preposterous claims about witchcraft, stem cell research, headless bodies in the desert, climate change, creationism and Islam-as-inherently-evil, is this debilitating civic deficit.

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…what has happened to American democracy is that we have substituted opinion and prejudice for science and reason—or, worse still, no longer recognize the difference between them. Larry King can thus interview both bigger-than-life cosmologist Stephen Hawking and a psychic-for-hire who talks to the dead in a way that suggests there is no difference in their methods. Ghost stories can appear on the History Channel next to World War II documentaries. And candidates can say just about anything impulse dictates, confident that their constituents will have neither an authoritative basis on which to judge nor any reason to think they need one. As Obama learned, many Americans are likely to associate a call for “proof”—for epistemological authority—with “elitism” and suggest that pushing “knowledge” is less a common way to put ourselves in the service of reason than someone’s private way of announcing his own supposed superiority.

Link to entire article (PDF)

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Neill FranklinExecutive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Posted: November 15, 2010 11:38 AM

As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings. This reality might make things easier for police looking to make an easy arrest, but it doesn’t always serve the interests of justice. That’s why I believe all citizens should understand how to protect their constitutional rights and make smart decisions when dealing with officers of the law.

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Slate is “listing the worst columnists and cable news commentators America has to offer. Think of this as our all-star team — of the most predictable, dishonest and just plain stupid pundits in the media.”

Jonah Goldberg is #7.

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or “How I Learned To Stopped Worrying And Love Staying Out Of The Stock Market”.

The speaker is Nigel Farage and he is considered a right-winger.

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Tom DeLay, the former U.S. House majority leader whose name became synonymous with the Republicans’ controversial rise to power in the Texas House, was found guilty today of laundering money in connection with the 2002 elections.

He faces a possible sentence of 5-99 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine on the money laundering charge, and 2-20 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.

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Heinlein said that secrecy is the hallmark of tyranny.

“From my email from a guy that used to be on my newsletter list:

Kennedy had it right –  and maybe this is why he was killed.
Pay no attention to the rest of the video page. (unless you want to)”

I could not find an imbed.

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