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...

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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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tom Engelhardt: "The Age of Impunity" @ Tom's Dispatch

[Excerpt] ... As June ended, the New York Times front-paged an account of an act of corporate impunity that may, however, be unique in the post-9/11 era (though potentially a harbinger of things to come).  In 2007, as journalist James Risen tells it, Daniel Carroll, the top manager in Iraq for the rent-a-gun company Blackwater, one of the warrior corporations that accompanied the U.S. military to war in the twenty-first century, threatened Jean Richter, a government investigator sent to Baghdad to look into accounts of corporate wrongdoing. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Tom's Dispatch.

"The Rich Keep the Game Rigged, Americans Cling To False Optimism" @ The Raw Story

Monday, July 14, 2014

John Grant: "The US Border: Bleedback of an Imperial Wound" @ This Can't Be Happening!

The US Border Patrol at work and children who want to live (Image Hat Tip: TCBH)
In Spanish, the word hondura means “depth; profundity.” The related word hondo means “deep, low; bottom.” Hondon means “dell, glen, deep hole.” An example given in my dictionary is meterse en honduras, “to go beyond one’s depth.”

I imagine some gold-seeking Spanish conquistador in the 16th century passing through the isthmus and, with a bit of cruel wit, calling the place where he stood The Hole. Sort of like when I was in the Army, Fort Hood, Texas, was known as “the asshole of the world.” In Honduras, my imaginary conquistador no doubt left a lieutenant with troops enough to turn the residents into slaves before he moved his entourage on to the more appealing Costa Rica.

Honduras is the saddest basket case in the Western Hemisphere, and the behemoth to the north has done everything in its power to keep poor Honduras in the basket case category. Technically, Honduras is a sovereign nation; but in reality it is a vassal state of the United States. Maybe more like a flea-ridden junkyard dog resigned to being kicked.

In 1935, two-time Medal of Honor winner and retired Marine General Smedley Butler famously wrote this in an essay for the socialist magazine Common Sense:

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service, and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. ... I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. ... Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
It's an old story and a well-known one in Latin America. One of the highlights was the infamous 1954 CIA-led coup in Guatemala that overthrew an elected reform movement and institutionalized what became one of the most bloody, nefarious military regimes in western hemisphere history. Of course, there's Chile 1973. A decade later, Ronald Reagan used poor Honduras to mount an illegal war against its neighbor, Nicaragua. During this period, Honduras was ruled by a US proconsul, Ambassador John Negroponte, a man I'm sure has a forked tongue. The little nation was jokingly referred to as Aircraft Carrier Honduras...

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Too Much Online, July 14, "A New Game Plan For Taking Down Privatizers"


What’s going to happen, a top science editor asks, if our wealth gap turns into a longevity gap, if our wealthy start living twice as long as the rest of us?

That prospect, Discover magazine’s Linda Marsa noted last week, no longer rates as pure science fiction. Labs are now developing expensive new compounds that “could potentially extend our productive lifespan into our hundreds,” Harvard geneticist David Sinclair observes in Marsa’s just-published research survey.

Marsa shudders at the “rage-filled conflagration” lurking ahead should average Americans start facing death in their 60s while the rich who can afford new medical wonders live to 120 “and more.” Asks her new analysis: “Will anyone just accept that the haves get two lives while the have-nots barely get one?”

We do, of course, have an alternative to this nightmarish future: greater equality. We need societies where chronic stress no longer limits lifespans and science truly does serve us all, not just the phenomenally rich. In Too Much this week, a look at some advocacy that just might help bring this glorious goal somewhat closer.  


Read the complete issue free at Too Much Online.

CNBC Panelist Savages Tea Party Inspiration, 'Wrong About Everything'" @ The Raw Story

Scott Kauffman: "Wichita Residents Sick of 1,800 Pot Arrests Each Year, Want Simple Fines" @ The Raw Story

Scott Neuman: "Pope Reportedly Says That 1 in 50 Priests Are Pedophiles" @ National Public Radio