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Help Kucinich Raise $50m in Small Donations

Let's face it: Kucinich is the only candidate who has even the slightest chance of making the changes necessary to restore the Republic. I hear lots of potential supporters mouth Conventional Wisdom and say, "Oh, he's great, but he has no chance."

Oh, no, you mean the New York Times doesn't like him? Do not be sheep or you'll be shorn.

I just gave $50; why don't you? Money talks in this country -- give enough and he'll at minimum ask the necessary questions and raise the necessary issues that neither Obama nor (god forbid) Hillary will bother to raise. And he could win: who the fuck was Clinton in 1991? The guy who made the worst speech ever at the '88 convention; governor of some tiny state? C'mon. Who was Dean in 2001? And so on.

Difference is: Kucinich has the best chance of not being coopted like Clinton and Dean. No guarantees, but he's the real deal -- as real as we're gonna get. Give money; shift the debate!


Is Israel Falling Apart?

A good question, and it won't be pretty if it is.

Another excellent, not all-too-unrelated article, by the excellent Chris Floyd.

Fascism. Jews are not immune, here, in England, or anywhere. Why? Because they are just as human as anyone else. We are all capable of terrible things. That's what "not being anti-Semitic" actually means: you judge people by their words and actions, not by their group characteristics.

Thank god many other people, Jews and otherwise, are fighting the rising fascist tide. I only hope it's enough. - News - Immigration Raid in New Bedford

Local paper's coverage of this inhumane, ICE-cold raid (coincidentally, just prior to immigration debates in the Congress).

This page will update day-by-day. It's mostly on-the-money and sympathetic to the undocumented workers. Who couldn't be? Don't answer that.

To help go here or here. Since mothers have been separated from their babies, what's most needed is baby products: diapers, formula, and so on. Canned or "pantry" foods are also desperately needed.

"A predator becomes more dangerous when wounded," Noam Chomsky

Washington's escalation of threats against Iran is driven by a determination to secure control of the region's energy resources

Noam Chomsky
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

In the energy-rich Middle East, only two countries have failed to subordinate themselves to Washington's basic demands: Iran and Syria. Accordingly both are enemies, Iran by far the more important. As was the norm during the cold war, resort to violence is regularly justified as a reaction to the malign influence of the main enemy, often on the flimsiest of pretexts.

Unsurprisingly, as Bush sends more troops to Iraq, tales surface of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Iraq - a country otherwise free from any foreign interference - on the tacit assumption that Washington rules the world.In the cold war-like mentality in Washington, Tehran is portrayed as the pinnacle in the so-called Shia crescent that stretches from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon, through Shia southern Iraq and …

What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy:The War Against the Third World

CIA covert operations and US military interventions since World War II. A video compilation of footage and speeches recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. What you didn't learn in school and don't hear on the mainstream media. Featuring:
a speech by Martin Luther King junior,
a speech by John Stockwell,
"Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair",
"School of Assassins",
"Genocide by Sanctions" (about Iraq),
a speech by Philip Agee,
a speech by Amy Goodman about the genocide and ethnic cleansing in East Timor,
"The Panama Deception",
a speech by Ramsey Clark, and
a speech by S. Brian Willson.

A Barack-star no more

Some sense, as the Democrats, the "opposition party," gets set to pound Iran with sanctions, trumping the Security Council, and, yes, even the Bush administration.

Some "opposition, anti-war party." Of course, the Demz were more than happy to kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in the '90s with sanctions; why not do it again?

What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks? High-Fivers and Art Student Spies

Before you go bonkers, this story was broken by The Forward, since removed, apparently, but you can read the original here. (Every non-Forward site gives the same URL for this original story.)

More on this story here. Also published in Counterpunch, with some supplementary articles. Recent coverage on Democracy Now.

The Conservative Nanny State

Subtitle: "How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer"

By Dean Baker; free, complete e-book (PDF or HTML).

Save a tree and learn sumthin'.

Update:Dig this great article on the Plunge Protection Team and its likely intervention into the pure market (sic) to hold the bear at bay. It's a lotta bull, if you'll forgive a second awful pun.

"WPost's Editorial Fantasyland," by Robert Parry

Absolutely right on the money.

Donald Graham is no Katherine Graham, I can tell you that. He's turning the meat grinder (for those of you who know the reference to a feature of Katie Graham's anatomy that was metaphorically threatened by the Nixon White House).

Could the fact that The Washington Post Company also owns Kaplan, which is, reportedly, the largest piece of that company's revenue pie (if not profit pie), and which has skyrocketed in the wake of NCLB, have anything to do with this?

Last Sunday: Liberal icons and the problem of bipartisan empire-building, By Robert Jensen

[This hits the nail on the head. The Democrats will not save us unless we force them to.]
In a political culture defined by a centrist-to-reactionary political spectrum, Paul Wellstone was a breath of fresh air when he brought his progressive politics to the U.S. Senate in 1991. His death in 2002 robbed the country of a humane voice on the national political stage. I lived for a time in Minnesota and followed Wellstone's career closely. The last time I saw him speak was December 1998 when I was part of a peace group that conducted a sit-in at his office to protest his support for a U.S. attack on Iraq and force a meeting to challenge the former anti-war activist's hawkish turn. Yes, that's right -- a group sat in at Wellstone's St. Paul office when he supported Bill Clinton's illegal 1998 cruise missile attack on Iraq, which was the culmination of a brutal and belligerent U.S. policy during that Democratic administration. It might seem odd to recall such a small pa…

Obama Does Obeisance to AIPAC

A progressive antiwar candidate? A taste:
Obama: US should never dictate what's best for IsraelIn speech delivered before AIPAC lobbyists in Chicago, US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama reveals strongly pro-Israel platform: US must preserve ‘total commitment to unique defense relationship with Israel’, work to stop Iran’s nuclear program even if military action is necessary

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Obama stressed that “when Israel is attacked, we must stand up for Israel's legitimate right to defend itself.” To illustrate his point, the Illinois senator used the example of last summer’s war in Lebanon, and reiterated the United States’ commitment to press for the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resoultion 1701. [And full implementation of UNR 242? Or the fact that Israel has completely flouted the ceasefire with nonstop flyovers of Lebanon? Or the fact that Israel has flouted UNSC and ICJ condemnation of the Wall? What a courageous fighter for justice!]
“In mo…

Looks Like We're Replacing Our H-Bombs...

Exactly the wrong thing to do.

Note the language of this article: are we all living in a fucking dreamworld, or what? More like a necropolis, under continual, apparently unstoppable construction. Yay! I can't wait for death to kindly stop for us!

Compare headline, "subtitle," and first half of article to the second half. What should have been the headline, in a sane world? Why didn't the obvious criticisms come first? Why is there a direct relationship between criticism of replacing our nukes with how far down the article such criticism appears? And who gives a flying fuck about a rivalry between Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore on nuclear-weapons design? Why don't the Congressional Demz and the reporter note that the test-ban treaty is essentially moribund (obviously)?

Yes, these are all rhetorical questions.

We ought to engrave this article on a plaque and shoot it into space, just in case anyone out there would like to know why we're no longer around.

Jewish Americans Most Strongly Oppose Iraq War |

Good! This is known as "the difference between elite and non-elite views." At least I hope so. This was done by Gallup.

Even better: Poll: Attachment of U.S. Jews To Israel Falls in Past 2 Years. From the Jewish Daily Forward.

I'm looking for the actual poll at; not sure if it's accurate or not...


The Forward-reported poll was done by Steven M. Cohen, who seems like a respectable sociologist to me, if an interested one (and who isn't?). In fact, since his interests seem to lie against the trend he's noted -- especially given his status with UJC, I'd give them more credence. Or less, if this is part of a funding drive! Judge for yourself -- all I know is, in 2003, he noted that younger American Jews tended to be more conservative. Now, the same cohort is more conservative but less supportive of Israel (in the "identification" sense)? Could be, could be.

An Interview with Norbert Elias

A person worth listening to.

Note: if you watch it, there will be varying "black" gaps, during which questions were asked. Up to then, chill or fast-forward, according to the process by which you were civilized. ;) When you reach 10:42 and it goes black, it's done. I think it's meant to be much longer, but the streaming was messed up.

What's there is great, anyway, especially the points about adopting or creating a value system based on flux, not stasis -- on reality, that is, not on desire (neo-Epicurianism, anyone?) -- and the notion that the increasing emancipation of women as a central (I would say, the central) issue in modern global society.

I think Twain (and Darwin) would disagree with the "born animal/become human (maybe)" construct, but I think it holds if you grant his distinction in a nonbiological sense. The sense of what it means to be human is more like what it means to be humane. That's fine with me; hard enough to get there without ha…

Pentagon Whistle-Blower on the Coming War With Iran | Truthdig

mp3 audio in link above; transcript here.
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (ret.), a veteran of the Pentagon with firsthand experience of the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence, reveals why Bush thinks he can win a war with Iran, why few politicians are serious about withdrawal and why “when they call Iraq a success, they mean it.”Update.