Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Heather Digby Parton: "Rick Perry's Bizarre Babysitter's Club ... " @ Salon

Dave Lindorff: "Barbecuing the Palestinians: Once it was Nazis Leveling the Warsaw Ghetto, Now it’s Israel’s IDF Leveling Gaza" @ This Can't Be Happening!

About six years ago, as part of his Bar Mitzvah, my son Jed did a project on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, producing his own graphic novel about the undergound fighters who used courage, creativity and the city’s sewer system to, in some small way, offer resistance to the murderous program of the Nazis to exterminate Poland’s Jews.

In the course of his research, Jed interviewed a friend of my father’s, a Polish man who had been a teenager in Warsaw during World War II. He told my son how one day, as he was riding the streetcar to a job, the tram came to a halt near the wall of the ghetto. Everyone was told they had to get out. Standing there in a crowd outside the wall, he heard an enormous amount of gun and cannon fire, and bombs exploding. Asking what was happening, he said he was told by a Polish woman near him, “They’re barbecuing the Jews!”

It was, it turned out, the final catastrophic leveling of the Warsaw Ghetto that he was witnessing, and this man recalled, still in horror at the memory, that people had gathered from all over the city to watch it happen, like going to a fireworks display.

Now we’re seeing the same phenomenon in Israel, as the Israeli Defense Force enters its second week of bombing and invading the walled-in ghetto of Gaza, where some 1.8 million Palestinian men, women and children have been trapped for years with nowhere to go to escape the bombs, rockets, cannon fire and IDF snipers.

And like the horrific case of the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, here too we have a small-scale, improbable, resistance being put up by fighters who use home-made rockets, small arms and a network of tunnels to challenge their much better armed attackers. We also have people -- ironically this time it’s Jewish citizens of Israel, dragging lounge chairs and refreshments out to hillsides in the evening to watch the fireworks as the IDF’s tanks, bombers and ships off the coast of Gaza pulverize this huge ghetto that is fully under Israeli control.

As the New York Times reported in an article about the Israeli spectator sport of watching the leveling of Gaza, where by July 22 nearly 600 Palestianian, including over 100 children, had been killed by Israeli weapons, this was nothing new...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new uncompromising, four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2385

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Joe Rom: "Planet's Hottest May Followed By Hottest June" @ Think Progress

"State Department Section Chief Becomes NSA Whistleblower" @ Daily Kos

Friday, July 18, 2014

"Love Affair With Repealing the 17th Amendment Hits Kansas, Popularizing Limiting Your Votes" @ Daily Kos

Plutocrat: "Special Report: The Pitchforks Are Coming After Us" @ Politico

Christine Wilke and Joy Resmovits: "Koch High: How the Brothers Are Buying the Minds of Public School Students" @ Huffington Post Special Report

James Huang: "Classic WHO: Why the Petraeus Takedown May Have Been An Inside Job" @ WhoWhatWhy

[Excerpt] ... Since our story first appeared, Petraeus has landed on his feet and in a typical fashion for a retired four-star general—in the corporate world, the one corner of the iron triangle of government, politics and business left open to him. Since May 2013, he’s been the chairman of the KKR Global Institute, the geopolitical arm of private equity giant KKR.

Most recently, he was out on a tour of the fracking fields in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, which raised some eyebrows over the access Petraeus and KKR had to the state’s treasurer and land board.

Read on for our investigation on why Petraeus may have gotten to a lucrative corporate job earlier than he planned:  Click here.

Staff Report: "Brownback is a warrior who ‘takes on the dragons,’ Santorum says at Olathe rally" @ Kansas City Star

Tim Carpenter: "GOP Groups Seeks Apology From Legislator For Twitter Remark" @ Topeka Capital Journal

Dion Lefler: "Santorum: Free World At Stake In KS Governor's Race" @ Wichita Eagle