So here we are in the midst of perpetual war...

Today marks 60 days since America’s war in Libya began. That means that the war powers granted to the President in the War Powers Act are about to expire. The War Powers Act allows the president to commit the nation to war for only 60 days before he MUST seek approval from Congress for further military intervention. A group of Republican Senators have sent a letter to the president reminding him of today’s deadline – and requesting that he goes to Congress to seek a constitutional war resolution.

Of course – not a single President since FDR has sought out a legitimate declaration of war from Congress. And every President since Reagan has hurled our military into a different unapproved war. So here we are in the midst of perpetual war – and the one branch of government that’s SUPPOSED to declare war is sitting on its hands. Dwight Eisenhower’s worst nightmare is coming true – we’ve been captured by the military industrial complex.

And James Madison – the father of our Constitution and fourth President of the United States – who warned us all against perpetual war – must be rolling in his grave.


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DRichards 12 years 2 weeks ago

Re: So here we are in the midst of perpetual war... Engineers Request Permission to Speak Freely Regarding World Trade Building 7

Preface: This essay does not question whether Bin Laden and Al Qaeda attacked us on September 11, 2001, or whether Iran, Saudi Arabia or another nation-state had a hand in the attacks. It focuses solely on a peripheral issue regarding the third building which fell on that terrible day.

Let us not forget what started it all!

dianhow 12 years 2 weeks ago

Ike's long ago warning has come to fruition. The Massive Military Industrial Complex and Huge International Corps have taken over the US And Goldmans Wall St owns the rest. The Generals who ' adise' our Pres' have been wrong many times before. Military men tend to see one solution for our problems..Weapons / Military Action. Just as most surgeons see a surgical solution to a it goes. Companies like Blackwater & others are too powerful -too corrupt . They prosper greatly off wars & death .We must have a total overhaul of our system It will take some time GOP will not do it They will keep demadning more and more corp tax cuts- loopholes, OIL subsides while telling us the BIG LIE = That corp tax cuts create jobs Bush did not create jobs he sent them overseas with rewards aka fat tax cuts ! Bush admin even gave up looking for Bin laden !! Which he admitted in 2002 on TV . What phony cowards !

dianhow 12 years 2 weeks ago

Evangelicals again say The Rapture is coming May 21 st 2011 !!!! Do something you love Hurry get going. Meet you in Heaven Thom LOL

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Palindromedary 12 years 2 weeks ago

Thom Hartmann: Right on, said it! The MIC (Military Industrial Complex) that Eisenhower warned us about had many people thinking that it was just a conspiracy theory back then. And they still laugh off those who dare challenge the official government's position. They still can't fathom "our" government, or even a cabal in our government, doing anything so horrible as assassinate a President, or their conspiracy to sacrifice Americans in actions as in Pearl Harbor or 911 yet they cannot see that the government/MIC was guilty of engineering the deaths of so many of our military, in wars that were proven to have been done based on proven lies and in support of greed and power.

A very clear small example of this can be seen in the interview, about a year ago, of Jessie Ventura as a guest on The View (see it on YouTube). Every one of those women hosts were challenging Jessie and acting like Jessie was some kind of conspiracy nut..but the audience wasn't going for it....they clapped much louder every time Jessie responded..and no one clapped when each of the women challenged Jessie. I could read the looks on the women hosts' "oops...this isn't working out for us as well as we had one is siding with us and we are looking like stupid harpies that are being forced to toe the line for their producers...and higher powers." And that one idiot right-wing young blond host said something quite inane about steel can burn at 1100 degrees"! Duh, stupido, you either misunderstood and/or misquoted those engineers you referred to or those engineers probably got their diplomas from some IT(Intelligent Design) School of Engineering where they believe that the earth was created only about 6000 years ago and that man rode dinosaurs.

At one point when one woman brought up the Pentagon "crash" they put up a giant background photo of the collapsed side of the Pentagon that was basically trying to make people think that a huge airliner must have hit the Pentagon....they didn't show the earlier photos of the small hole in the side of the building where it would have shown that there was no damage by any wings or jet engines...just a small round hole...the size of a missle...perhaps but not indicative of a larger passenger plane.

Another woman said something like "But why would our government do such a thing?"

I'm surprised that no one (especially the young blond) said "Let's just forget about it's old history...let's just get over it"

DRichards: Thanks for an excellent web site! I dare anyone who still believes in the "official conspiracy theory (lie)" to read the professional opinions of all of these engineers, structural and otherwise.

If our government was willing to send thousands of our troops to die in wars they caused based on lies....then that same government was sinister enough to engineer the deaths of thousands of other Americans in the WTC buildings as a "false-flag" to get Americans so ticked off that they would not object to an invasion.

I'm sure the neocon/neoliberals who knew how disastrous our economy was about to become (engineered failed mortgages...and wild gambling of the banks and Wall Street...companies that used evasive and corrupt accounting practices..etc) was all about to collapse...and they needed to engineer a situation in the US..and even the world...where attention from this and future schemes including the excuse to invade other countries...and elicit brainless, emotional, outburst of jingoism rather than being outraged over having been taken for a ride by the criminal ruling elite. We are all on our way to a future of more lies, false-flags, repression, and the ruling elite parasites will continue to suck us dry.

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Palindromedary 12 years 2 weeks ago

Yes, all you Christians who believe in the Rapture had better get moving...make sure you don't murder your children, one crazy woman did in Maine recently. Crazy thinking will drive you to do crazy things! We laugh at all of the times in the past 2000 years where groups of Bible-spouting idiots have acted stupid and/or just plain crazy in thinking they knew when the world was coming to an end and they run off to some cave...or something...thinking that they would be safe. That doesn't even make sense...if they believed the world was really coming to an end...the least they could do is give me all of their worthless money and property first. Or maybe they already donated all of that stuff to the guy/gal, their preacher perhaps, who convinced them that the world was going to end on a certain date.

While it is usually the Christians who get off on this fantasy there are others whose religious convictions (if any at all) are unknown. Take, for example, Major Ed Dames (of Remote Viewing fame) who, on the Art Bell show (for one) was freaking people out with his claim that he knew that the sun was about to have a category ?? flare which would reach the earth and fry every living thing on the one side of the earth that faced the sun at the time. Ed, I believe, moved to Tahiti with the idea that he would be safe there because Tahiti would be on the opposite side of the earth getting the mega sun beam. This was supposed to happen about 10-15(?) years ago and, of course, it never happened. So much for Remote Viewing!

Anyone see the movie "Men Who Stare at Goats"? That was a movie that came out many years after Ed Dames' end of the world fantasies and the movie was, I believe, partly making fun of Ed Dames and the CIA program that had a Remote Viewing program back then. The program was found out and it embarrassed the CIA into canning the program. What's a jilted former Remote Viewer to do but to try selling his alleged skills to the public in the form of lessons...or courses. I wonder how many people got suckered into that one? Maybe it was a Christian Remote Viewer trained by Ed Dames mail-order Remote Viewing course that started this new end of the world stupidity. So the end of the word is suppose to happen on Saturday, tomorrow? I'll let you know how it went on Sunday!

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garryej 12 years 2 weeks ago

I read some years ago (sorry, no scholarly citation) that Eisenhower originally wanted to warn about the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex but was advised that that expression was too inflammatory! Without the "Congressional" link, the expression almost lacks meaning, don't you think?

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Palindromedary 12 years 2 weeks ago

Christians!!! Please stop killing or torturing your children because you either think that they are possessed and need to undergo an exorcism or that the end of the world is nigh.

Let them grow up to join the military so that they can not only kill other children but to get killed themselves. Then, maybe they will go to MIC heaven where they will have 63 virgins and lots of angelic grandchildren.

If you start imagining demons, or that God or angels are speaking to you, please seek psychiatric help before it is too late. The more you try to talk to these imaginary beings the more you will eventually hallucinate that they are talking back to you instructions. In most cases those "instructions" will be detrimental to you or your loved ones.

It sure has been detrimental to our country which seems to have an unusually large number of self-serving religious and delusional hypocrites in power who have had no problems in using religious overtones in sacrificing "their children"..the young sons and daughters of their constituents for "worthy causes" greed and power.

That's all because those in power know that all that booty they amass through deception and corruption and war can buy them 63 virgins, or more, right here on earth. They don't have to wait!

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Namaimo 12 years 2 weeks ago

When war is privatized, it becomes a self-perpetuating juggernaut. We are there.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

@Palindromedary, mothers and fathers should encourage all their children to join the MIC so they can kill and be killed. If parents want death for their children, the MIC is the perfect place for dying.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

@Namaimo, comment # 9! You are right on with our privatization of wars!!!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

Because Jesus lives, I can face tomorrow!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

If you are non-Muslim and you believe the Rapture will take place on May 21, 2011, convert to Islam and have 72 vestal virgins awaiting your arrival in heaven.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

The Rapture is here, May 21, 2011, and I say so what!!!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

Thom and I are in disagreement. Thom believes that our Anti-Christ nation has a future and I believe that our hell hole and rat hole nation does not have a future. To survive in this world I will have to take up many crosses. Who will sustain me is my Lord and Savior!

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KassandraTroy 12 years 2 weeks ago

Thanks for that.

Then came the pre-written "Patriot Act" and so many other goings on, it's too hard to even remember any but the highlights.

We've lost our Democracy. And THIS is why:


It all becomes perfectly clear when we put the pieces together

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

The College Conspiracy

I was able to watch a video on the fact that college education is a scam or a Ponzi scheme. High schools are programming students to believe a college education is important. Our grade and high schools are programming students to think a certain way. The average cost per year for college is $27,000. Tuition is rising 5 to 15% per year. A college education is out of reach for most students and so they receive a government loan. Government loans are being made with taxpayers’ money. The taxpayer is being scammed to pay for someone else’s college education. College education loans in 2009-2010 were $106 billion. Completion of an education today places a person in debt and they will live as indentured servants for the rest of their lives. College loan laws are very vague. We have too many colleges in America. College coaches are overpaid and of no use for a good college education. College salaries for coaches are a waste of money. Twenty percent of colleges are projected to close by 2020 and the faculty will be reduced by 25 to 40% that same year. College degrees are worthless pieces of paper. All a college graduate receives from a college education is debt. The value of a college degree is declining and college standards have fallen dramatically. We have pharmacists, teachers, and lawyers who are unemployed. Lawyers add little value to a better world. Goldman Sachs has never created one job for the economy. Food inflation has dramatically increased in the past two years. The U.S. dollar is fiat currency. The dollar is worthless. The U.S. economy is a Ponzi scheme. The U.S. economy is on life support. We are dying daily from the real depression that is with us. The U.S. dollar has collapsed.

An internet education offers a quality education. This is one reason why the government and businesses will clamped down on an internet education. There are 500,000 Indians who have received engineering training over the internet. We have hyperinflation problems in our country. We are continually making the same mistakes. We have fourteen percent of our population living on food stamps. We need to study the U.S economy and think for ourselves. “By their deeds you shall know them.” We can see this truism by studying the Anti-Life Party.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

The Rapture and the End Time

I went to bed on May 20, 2011 and I could not sleep. The Rapture was predicted for May 21, 2011. I could not relax for the entire day. I did listen to “On Eagle’s Wings” several times during the day. In fact I had hoped that the Rapture would occur while my wife and I were in church for Mass. There would be no better place for the Rapture. The Rapture did not happen. Actually, I did not believe that it would be upon us on May 21, 2011.

The Mayans and the Hokie (spell?) Indians have predicted the End Time for December 21, 2012. I truly believe that the End Time will be upon us on that date. What will happen on that date? The election will be over and by December 21, 2012 reality will set in with a total Anti-Life Party sweep into all the branches of our government. This Party will control the executive branch, the U.S House branch, the U.S. Supreme Court branch, the American Media branch, and the U.S. Senate branch. I believe that the U.S. Senate is a separate branch of government because the U.S. Senate has different rules and it plays by different rules, such as the sixty vote requirement to break a filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

Today, the Anti-Life Party controls three branches of government – the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. House, and the American Media branches. The Anti-Life Party will be able to carry on endless wars, commit mass murders, heinous war crimes, dismantle the safety nets of social security and Medicare, attack woman, and determine their family values for Americans. Similar to Nazi Germany, American women will be barefoot and pregnant in order to give birth to more and more cannon fodder to fight in America’s endless wars. Leo Strauss’ theory will come to fruition in his belief that our planet can only sustain five hundred million people. The Anti-Life Party will be able to exterminate six and one half billion people on our planet that has seven billion people.

The End Time will descend upon ninety percent of the American population. RESIDING IN THE ANTI-CHRIST NATION WILL BE A LIVING HELL WITH SATAN’S DISCIPLES IN TOTAL CONTROL OF OUR LIVES!!!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

Here are the special lyrics as I await the End Time on December 21, 2012.

Here are some additional special lyrics as I await the End Time that will consume all human life on December 21, 2012.

At 12:01 AM on December 21, 2012 I will pray!

Although the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a Catholic devotion, you do not have to be a Catholic to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus gave the Chaplet for the entire world and He wants for you and me to spread the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to all the corners of the world.

Thom Hartmann and I are in disagreement. He believes that our Anti-Christ nation has a future and I believe that our hell-hole and rat-hole nation does not have a future. To survive in this world I will have to take up many crosses. Who will sustain me will be my Lord and Savior!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

God is calling you and me to Him!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

The lighting of one candle is sharing accurate and correct information so we do not stumble in the dark for lack of good information.

I can only imagine what wonders God has for you and me.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

As I await the End Time on December 21, 2012, I am calling upon all of you to put your faith in the Holy Trinity. I am calling for each one of us to make the Holy Trinity the center of our lives – God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit!!!

With God the center of our lives we will be with Him in His Kingdom and we will have won the war. Yes, God is the answer for our lives!!!

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

The Anti-Christ’s history of her 236 years of incessant wars reveals our lust in the killing of God’s children. With the Anti-Christ’s ongoing research regarding advanced technology and weaponry that kills God’s children Satan’s disciples must commence ongoing wars in order to determine whether or not the money used in advanced technology and weaponry is used for the specific purpose it has been granted. That means more of God’s children must be killed in order to have the new technology and weaponry be given the military-industrial complex’s seal of approval. These wars help complete certain phases of the ongoing research.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

Projection and Other Thoughts

I am not a clinical psychologist but I do recall a clinical psychologist’s talk on one issue. He said that Republicans (my word) say that Democrats hate America, the Republicans are actually projecting onto persons their true emotions and feelings about America. For Republicans to admit their hatred of America would be too damaging to their persona and psyche. There are Republicans who are living in a fog or twilight zone. Projection of true emotions and feelings by Republicans to someone else helps them to survive in their narrow world. The Anti-Christ is projecting her true emotions and fellings on human rights, torture, and the killing of God’s children that is present in our country and in other countries. Satan’s disciples, such as members of the Anti-Life Party and their faithful and loyal followers have lust in their hearts for taking away human rights, increasing the practice of torture, and the killing of human beings in our country and in other countries.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

Remember When our Anti-Christ nation gave us hope for a better life and a better world? Now, our country is a cesspool and a garbage dump. We have only memories of a once great country!!!

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2950-10K 12 years 2 weeks ago

Even a 20 mile run yesterday didn't ease my frustation concerning the specter of perpetual war. As a population without true representational democracy, where big money controls and games all of our political policies, the military industrial complex is in the driver's seat, heading us all straight to hell. "We know now that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob" FDR 1936! Why do we never learn?

On Thom's radio show Friday, Senator Sanders mentioned, it's imperative that facts and information regarding the current political realities get communicated to the general population. With the republican mass media in full control, and a major partner of the military industrial complex, the task of spreading the truth will fall upon all of us commoners, as well as shows like Thom's.

I'm afraid it's going to be one heck of a massive societal intervention, deprogramming a population whip-silly from Fox network!

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Palindromedary 12 years 2 weeks ago

Between September 2000 and June 2001 (9 months), the FAA sent fighters to intercept errant aircraft 57 times, interceptions are "routine" and usually all responded to within 10 minutes of notification of losing radio transmission or flying off course.
On Sept 11, 2001 we were told 4 airliners were off course and out of communications. And yet we are told, not one could be intercepted. The three fighters stationed at Andrews AFB, that protects Washington, DC were all sent away for the day and other fighters on the east coast were all sent out of the country. More than an hour after the first notifications of errant airliners the 3 Andrews AFB fighters were ordered to turn around, but when they did, they went out to sea and ended up further away from DC than before. When the fighters finally arrived in the area of NY and DC, and perhaps, Pennsylvania....the airliners had already crashed...but it is possible that Flight 93, the last one to "crash" may have been shot down. But a number of things, referring to Flight 93 is glaringly keeping with all the other curious firsts about the other crashes..never has an airliner crashed leaving behind so little evidence...except in the ones that hit the WTC and the Pentagon. The worst crashes that there ever was in history, unless maybe crashing into the ocean, has always left lots of evidence of the crash (many large chunks and thousands of smaller pieces). The original local spectators all claim that there wasn't much to look at and it didn't look like a plane crashed there. Also, small pieces were found as far as 6 miles away...which might also be evidence that it was shot down (exploded in the air) and what was left fell in Shanksville. The excuse the government had was that the plane (conveniently) crashed a bulls-eye into an old mine. Even still it would be possible to excavate more "evidence"..if they really tried hard enough...but then anything that turns up could be plants like at the Pentagon. And we are supposed to believe the FBI photos of the couple of fuselage chunks (did the first locals see these chunks?) and the curious, almost unscathed, items like 3 passports (including one, conveniently...and highly suspect, of one of the alleged highjackers from KSA).

It is understandable that there would not be much left of the planes that crashed into the two WTC buildings but what about the one that hit the Pentagon? Since the photos of original entry hole in the side of the Pentagon was just a hole, perhaps the size of a fuselage, and did not show any other wall or windows on both sides of that hole having been damaged by where engines and wings and tail would hit, it is pretty hard to believe a 757 hit the pentagon. Titanium engines don't just vaporize...neither would the aluminum other parts...even though they have a lower melting point. There should have been lots of chunks or pieces at the Pentagon...but there were only the few pieces that were planted there...and they didn't even get that right..the one engine not even being from a 757.

Don't you find it rather curious how OBL was able to coordinate and time this whole "attack" to coincide with a "war game" exercise. Isn't it more believable that this whole thing was masterminded, setup, and carried out by those in power in the US...those who had the authority to direct the circumstances to be just right to feign an attack and be able to ensure that, by directing operations such that they were able to not only throw wrenches in the cogs of traditional protections, but even engineered it to be "wide open" for an attack".

As in the Pearl Harbor attack...the President made sure that his best ships were not in harbor but sent far away from the action. That the President had replaced the Admiral and General at Pearl Harbor because they were being too cautious and inquistitive and too concerned with the protection of Pearl Harbor. Our intelligence agency was monitoring a Japanese spy at Pearl Harbor a week before the attack and monitored his communications to Japan indicating the conditions (number of ships, etc) ripe for an attack. We had broken all their codes and even triangulated their movement across the Pacific to Pearl Harbor through the few times, because of a storm causing some of the fleet to veer apart, they had to break radio silence.

In the modern day Pearl Harbor, on 9/11/2001, similar things happened. Rumsfeld took away the normal responsibility of the lower in command being able to respond to any and all of the normal routine jet fighter responses to reports of errant airliners or small aircraft and bestowed that privilege upon convenient!

The war games exercises were done to create enough confusion and doubt so that they could later say it all happened because of confusion and doubt and ineptitude rather than a treasonous planned out coup. The war games theme was all about pretty much what happened...a series of attacks by planes crashing into buildings...even into the Pentagon and the WTC towers and the White House. The poster child of this "fake attack" war games was OBL. And remember Bush and Condoleeza Rice repeatedly saying "No one could have imagined that terrorists would hijack and crash airliners into buildings" and Bush....hesitating but then quickly added...."to this degree or scale". Bush makes such an obvious and terrible liar. Everyone in the Bush administration were telling pretty much nothing but lies to the American people. Then they lied us into the illegal war.

There are way, way too many glaring inconsistencies with the official conspiracy theory. And the proven consistent lying alone has to disprove the official government conspiracy.

Of course, the flight 93 propaganda turned into several books and a movie, would have us believe that at least someone fought back and this, of course, generates "heroes". We all know how "heroes" have been "created" for propaganda value.

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gerald 12 years 2 weeks ago

@2950-10K, you run to ease your frustration. Nothing will ever ease my frustrations because I have horrific ongoing nightmares. Even if I tried to run to ease my frustration, I will find myself in quicksand.

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