I start this thread with some reservations... because I expect to find some unplesant attacks when I come back from vacation. (Maybe I'll cheat and peak in... even if the boss will kill me.)
I sometimes suspect that much of what we think... and that goes for partisans and True Believers of all stripes, goes unexamined for various reasons... and we absorb many beliefs through osmosis from fellow travelers.
Digging through boxes of old books on politics I found my copy of Report From Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace.
The book came out in 1967, purportedly written by think tank, a group of 15 men whose names remain secret... and so was the report to be. From Wikipedia...
I've excerpted some highlights.
"Americans for Prosperity builds political machine
It's a strategy playing out in New England diners, Midwest truck stops and West Coast cafes: conservative organizers train and send out thousands of volunteers holding an iPad and an interest in helping fellow activists shift America's politics to the right.
Soldiers smuggle immigrants: Fort Hood soldiers smuggling aliens across border?
If I were to pose the question, which federal agencies are involved with housing assistance, i wonder how many people would or could answer the question. In addition to HUD, there are also U.S.D.A. Rural Development and the Internal Revenue Service, which gives tax credits to a limited number of landlords who own multi-family buildings where the income of the residents is inquired about and limited to people within a cetain range.
Republicans who Claim that Leon Panetta's New Book Paints Obama as Weak Aren't Going to Like Panetta's Latest Interview
JUDY WOODRUFF: So we are four weeks away from the midterm election, and, right now, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Senate Republicans running in tight contests around the country are saying that — they’re citing you as proof that President Obama is weak. Do they have a point?
LEON PANETTA: Look, President Obama has been a strong leader.
This article on Yahoo from the AP has disturbing written all over it. The article has an almost upbeat feel about it. The AP report is about the failed private prison in Hardin, MT that doesn't have enough inmates to fill the rooms, but some Indian Tribes and Bureau of Indian Affairs have provided a solution. Several tribes from the plains and the BIA have sent 60 Native American prisoners to be housed in Hardin.
This article raises a lot of questions.
Check out the whole story on the link.
How many U.S. functionaries holding public office, whether elective or appointive, enjoy dual citizenship? Do some members of U.S. Congress? The Federal Reserve? Where does such a person’s allegiance lie? Doesn’t it seem reasonable that a U.S. public servant should renounce any other than U.S. citizenship? It seems reasonable to me.
You didn’t know? Here’s some filler:
This is your tax dollars in action. Making the weapons suppliers wealthier. Who does our Congress bow down to?
"Of course we have been obstructing him, he's a WILD SOCIALIST!!" is the defense from Republicans. "You wouldn't want us to work with a traitor to capitalism, would you!??? No!! This is a war of IDEAS!!!"... is GOP the line today, in a nutshell.
That's all I wanted to say: people's civil rights are not subject to a popular vote so anyone who wants to argue that the Courts are subverting the will of the people by overturning same-sex marriage bans are wasting their time trying to make that argument. It has no merit. None!
I am amazed at the new creature the gop concocted to run against. I remember the red scare and anything close to the red scare via the arts or studies was also to be avoided. Readers Digest wrote some horrible narratives about Sweden in the '60s because they were successful and their culture must be recast negatively because, well workers had rights, and paid vacations and sick leave. So Sweden was labled 'Socialist' and by extension they had the communist cooties.
Common Dreams has published my article.
SCOTUS HAS GONE ROGUE
by Stephen A. Justino
Thom Hartmann calls them “five unelected, unaccountable, Kings in black robes.”
What's the Matter with Kansas was the title of Thomas Frank's 2004 book describing the conservative pathology taking over Kansas. In 2010 the state elected Koch Brother favorite Sam Brownback and took the far right crazy train off the cliff. The fruits of Tea Party insanity are bearing fruit... and Kansas is a disaster and now there's a GOP backlash against Gov Sam "Crackpot" Brownback's grand experiment.