That's from Hillary Is 44 and I'm happy to give them their credit due. I like the site. I highlight it frequently. But I need to correct a few things in the post that appears in.
"Old liberal Nat Hentoff"? He did not support Barack Obama for president. In April of 2008, he publicly stated he wouldn't support Barack. Why? He felt Barack was too pro-choice. (I wish that were true.) And "old liberal Nat"? Not liberal. He's libetarian and I believe the clue there is that he's a Cato fellow. So to correct:
1) Nat Hentoff did not support Barack Obama in the Dem primary (at least not from April 2008 and after) or in the general election.
2) Nat Hentoff not a liberal.
They also write, "Liberal hero Greg Palast comes in too late to the fight." Greg Palast is not my hero. And he trashed Hillary viciously. I remember especially the e-mail written by him that led C.I. to pull Greg off the links at The Common Ills. That was vile and disgusting and so sexist and so sick.
Greg was a little Barack pusher and, like all of them, he behaved like the pig he really is.
So, sorry Hillary Is 44, Greg Palast is no liberal hero. He's scum of the earth and if you read that e-mail you quickly grasp how it was so easy for him -- this century! this decade! -- to publish in Hustler.
He doesn't give a damn about women -- except in hurting them. He is cruel and he is sick.
Being for Barack did not get you pulled from TCI. Being overtly sexist did. Covertly? No. If it couldn't be proven, C.I. ignored you or moved you down the linkage chain.
But Greg was removed for being sexist and sick and vile. And it was all aimed at Hillary.
And for any who wonder, TruthOut? Will not be linked to. The Williams guy told Hillary to drop out. You don't do that in a democracy. You don't people not to run, you don't tell them to drop out. So TruthOut can forget about a link.
Chris Hedges can be linked to. But not at TruthDig due to Robert Scheer's non-stop, sexist attacks on Hillary.
I know who my friends were and I know who my enemies were and Greg Palast is an enemy.
He woke up to the truth about Barry? Well it's a little too little, it's a little too late.
Here's a quick bit of Bob Somerby:
We’ve suggested that liberals and progressives should start “kicking up”—should stop “kicking down.” In our view, the villains of this episode are clear, and their conduct has been disgraceful. Their names are Grassley, Hannity, Beck, many more. That said, let’s send the analysts out of the room for a moment:
Given the current circumstances, I have no idea why someone would want to focus a major article on a bunch of unsophisticated people who have been fed a lot of focus-grouped nonsense by a bunch of very powerful players. The villains of this piece are clear. They need to be named, and reviled directly. Rick should kick up, not down.
(Ideally, he should also stop insulting the millions of people whose votes can still change our politics. Is it really impossible to correct false belief, even absurd false belief, without calling people “crazy?”)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Jim Miklaszewski: Good evening, Lester. US officials are already blaming al Qaeda for today's bombings in an effort to stir up sectarian violence but whos ever responsible, today's bloody and blatant bombings raise serious questions about Iraq's ability to take over its own defense. Six powerful bombs rocked Baghdad within minutes in one of the deadliest days of the entire Iraq War. One blast shook up a meeting of tribal leaders. As smoke filled the room, the speaker called it terrorism. The carnage began with a suicide car bombing at Iraq's Finance Ministry at about eleven this morning. Only three minutes later, a massive truck bomb exploded outside the Foreign Ministry. Then over the next ten minutes four separate bombs tore through Baghdad in a highly coordinated attack. The Foreign Ministry took the most devastating hit -- two tons of explosives shredded the front of the building, killing at least 59 Iraqis. The wounded flocked to Baghdad hospitals. This man said one explosion threw his car into the air. The attacks come less than two months after American combat forces withdrew from Baghdad in an agreement with Iraq's government. Iraqi forces were supposed to take over security operations, but after today's bombings, NBC News producer Ghazi Balkiz says the Iraqis admit they failed in their mission.
Ghazi Balkiz: In a surprising statement tonight, the Iraqi Defense Ministry admitted that the attacks were the result of Iraqi forces negligence and said that they should take most of the blame for the security breach.
Jim Miklaszewski: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki could ask the US forces to return to the cities but that would be political suicide and it's unlikely American combat forces would step back into the middle of an Iraqi sectarian war.
Ret General Barry McCaffrey : The last time we went in to take Baghdad, we had several thousand killed and wounded. We won't do it again. We shouldn't do it again.
Jim Miklaszewski: And despite today's attacks and a recent spike in overall violence, US military and Pentagon officials say they still intend to withdraw all US combat forces on schedule. According to one senior official, it's time for the Iraqis to step up and take over ready or not. Lester.
Lester Holt: Jim Miklaszewski, tonight at the Pentagon, thank you.
One of the deadliest days of the entire Iraq War and instead of covering that, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric spent nine minutes on the passing of CBS News' Don Hewitt. 'Once upon' a noted passing at a network resulted in the final thirty seconds with a title card showing the date of birth and date of death. Last night, CBS short changed the news and wallowed in an attempt to turn a private tragedy into world news. On non-commercial broadcast TV, PBS, The NewsHour spoke with Jane Arraf (Christian Science Monitor) about the bombings in Baghdad (link has text, audio and video option).
JANE ARRAF: Well, it was mostly what I heard, first of all. I was going to the U.N., which was commemorating the sixth anniversary of the bombing of U.N. headquarters, when there was a huge explosion, which turned out to be a mortar, landing fairly close to the U.N. building. And then the blast, this huge blast that was part of a wave of explosions that rocked Baghdad in what really is the biggest security challenge, perhaps, to the Iraqi government in some time, and certainly a challenge to Iraqi security forces' ability to secure the city. Now, the biggest one was outside the Foreign Ministry, where a truck packed with an estimated ton of explosives detonated. There was another bomb shortly after near the Finance Ministry that collapsed part of an overpass. Now, these are some of the most heavily defended buildings in Baghdad. Iraqi authorities say that they confiscated a third truck packed with explosives and showed that on television, big, red plastic barrels filled with explosive material. All in all, it's seen as a test, and a test that Iraqi security forces have failed today.
RAY SUAREZ: Who is the Iraqi government blaming for this explosion? Who would have an interest in committing this kind of crime?
JANE ARRAF: Well, that's the problem in Iraq. Pretty much everyone has an interest, but this specifically, the Iraqi government is saying it's Sunni insurgents and former Saddam loyalists, a strange sort of mix. But it does have the hallmarks of al-Qaida. I went to the site later this afternoon to see what the wreckage looked like and talked to some of the survivors, and it was a huge bomb that actually did look quite a bit like -- the remnants did look like that bombing six years ago.
It was a truck that managed to get close enough and packed with enough explosives that it did tremendous damage. The big ones are normally thought to be al-Qaida, the big suicide bombs, sophisticated attacks, coordinated attacks, and that's who's being blamed for this one today, being blamed, as well, on the streets. A lot of Iraqis think this is either al-Qaida or ex-Baathists, although some of them persist in believing it's the Americans.
***ADDED: The above has been altered at a friend (at CBS's request). A friend at CBS News states Sheila MacVicar's report did air on the East and Central time zone's CBS Evening News. If so, one minute and 23 seconds were spent on Iraq and over nine minutes on Don. Almost everyone I know is on vacation so I'm going by one person and only one person stating the report aired. It is not on the Evening News I Tivo-ed. I don't do corrections in snapshots, the policy is the next day. I'm doing this because "I'm swearing to you, we had that report" is what I was told. Normally, I would want more than one person stating that. It also doesn't explain why one person at CBS gave me the time Sheila MacVicar's report was dumped online but I can't get ahold of him right now. Because "I'm swearing," I'll take the word of one and change the above. **********
And still, the urbane, educated, civilized, "progressive" president can stand before the world and declare that America's military rapine of Iraq is "an extraordinary achievement." And so it is. And so was the Holocaust, the Inquisition, the Trail of Tears, the liquidation of the "kulaks" and many other epiphanies of human civilization. But to be extraordinarily evil is not usually considered something to brag about. That Obama can do so without batting an eye is a telling indication of moral degradation of our own society.
I remember back in the good ol' days of 2005 and 2006 when being against the wars was not only politically correct, but it was very popular. I remember receiving dozens of awards, uncountable accolades and even was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Those were the halcyon days of the anti-war movement before the Democrats took over the government (off of the backs of the anti-war movement) and it became anathema to be against the wars and I became unpopular on all sides. I guess at that point, I could have gone with the flow and pretended to support the violence so I could remain popular, but I think I have to fiercely hold on to my core values whether I am "liked" or not.
Killing is wrong no matter if it is state-sanction murder or otherwise. Period. Not too much more to say on that subject, except what I quote above from Dr. King.
However, while the so-called left is obsessed over supporting a very crappy Democratic health care plan, people in far away countries are being deprived of their health and very lives by the Obama Regime's continuation of Bush's ruinous foreign policy.
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