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Eliot's Mess, by Greg Palast

An apt comparison of the shenanigans of Spitzer and Ben Bernancke. A taste:
While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.Scott Horton on Spitzer: here, here, here, and here. Anyone who thinks that this Justice Department isn't a political hit squad has either drunk the Kool-Aid or is too stupid and naive to see the writing on the wall.

Disabuse Your Illusion: Weighing Obama in the Balance of Reality, Chris Floyd

More excellent analysis; check out the link therein to Robert Parry's Consortiumnews piece as well. Key quote:
Hope, said Emily Dickinson, is the thing with feathers, a tough little bird that sounds sweetest in the midst of a storm. It's a commonplace by now, but no less true, that Barack Obama's winged words of hope have borne him up to the high place where he stands now, on the threshold of the White House. And these words shine all the more brightly against the torrent of filth that the Bush Regime has rained down upon the American people for years. Thus it's no surprise that millions of people have been inspired by Obama -- including a million who have put their money where their hope is, in the most remarkable grass-roots funding campaign in U.S. political history.

It can't be denied that an Obama presidency would be better in many respects than the Bush regime -- if only for the replacement of the thousands of fanatics, cranks and witless apparatchiks with whom…

John Pilger, Do You Remember Vietnam? (1978) and Vietnam: The Last Battle (1995)

How is what we did in Vietnam any different from what the Nazis did in Europe? Recall that we had a mass concentration-camp policy (using bombing to drive peasants into "strategic hamlets") before you reject this comparison out of hand. Include chemical warfare, total ecological destruction, and Kissinger's infamous order: "Anything that flies against anything that moves."

NSA's Domestic Spying Grows | Wall Street Journal

Big shock, right?

I know you're stunned.

Peter Cook and John Cleese: Neville Chamberlain Skit, 1980

Samantha Loses Power: Obama Advisor Resigns for Clinton Comments

From Democracy Now:
Meanwhile a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama has resigned after she was quoted calling Hillary Clinton “a monster.” The advisor, Samantha Power, was speaking to the Scotsman newspaper. Power called Clinton a “monster” who “is stooping to anything” to win the campaign. In a statement, Power apologized and said her comments were inexcusable. She had widely been seen as a pick for a senior position in an Obama White House. Power also caused controversy last week when she appeared to downplay Obama’s stated commitment to a timeline for pulling troops from Iraq. In an interview with the BBC, Power called Obama’s withdrawal plan a “best case scenario” that could change if conditions on the ground were different by the time he took office.Nice. Good-bye, Samantha Power. I'm sure she'll be back at Harvard, post-haste.

More on Power here.

Not that Hillary's foreign policy advisors are any better, of course.

Chomsky on Axis of Justice Radio

From the YouTube description:
I've taken this interview from the Axis of Justice Radio show, and took out the music parts that are placed between questions.

"Axis of Justice is a non-profit organization formed by Tom Morello of Audioslave and Serj Tankian of System of a Down. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. We aim to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice."

The following interview aired on KPFK radio January 13, 2006. The actual interview
took place on December 19, 2005.

You can read the transcript for this interview here: