Source: People's Weekly World Newspaper
Author: Eric Brooks
Date: 07/30/09 11:56
Unemployment and underemployment are causing misery, homelessness, hunger, and fear in the lives of tens of millions of working class people and our families, devastating communities, and impacting people of color, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and most of all Native Americans disproportionately.
Those with money, the rich and the powerful, may find the masses of the unemployed an annoyance but, as Franklin Folsom writes in "Impatient Armies of the Poor: The Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed 1808-1942," for the unemployed ourselves, leaving "a job means leaving a center and moving toward a periphery. It means leaving a collective pattern and entering formless isolation. Uniting under a boss or against a boss is a clear, understandable concept, but uniting against bosslessness is a very different matter."
McCain was treated gently by his North Vietnamese captors compared to the treatment that Admiral Stockdale had to endure. When he was offered to be released early on account of his father, McCain refused. This was not a gallant act or even an act of courage, but an act of self-preservation. McCain knew that if he had accepted the offer, he would forever be labeled a collaborator.
"And I believe that at the same time that we have to make clear to the Iraqis that they have been given the greatest gift that a human being can give another human being – the gift of freedom. And it is up to them to decide how they will use that precious gift that has been paid for with the blood and sacrifice and treasure of the United States of America."
Friday, February 22, 2008
posted by Evan Smith at 7:50 AM
There’s been a lot of talk about what your campaign would do should it get to the convention. Would you commit today to honoring the agreement made earlier not to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations?
Let’s talk about the agreement. The only agreement I entered into was not to campaign in Michigan and Florida. It had nothing to do with not seating the delegates. I think that’s an important distinction. I did not campaign--
The United States’ security would be undermined if parts of Iraq turned into a failed state that serves as a petri dish for insurgents and Al Qaeda. It is right in the heart of the oil region. It is directly in opposition to our interests, to the interests of regimes, to Israel’s interests.
-- Hillary Clinton
Here we go again! The Bush/Cheney regime is using the mushroom cloud fearmongering to arouse passions in support of a US attack on Iran, just as they did in the run up to the Iraq war in 2002 and early 2003. They have been joined in this endeavour by the same cast of characters that helped sell the Iraq war on a frightened American public: Republican neocons and their Democratic neoliberal allies, the Christian Right, the Israel Lobby.
It is disturbing to see and hear Democratic candidates on the stump using bellicose language against Iran, such as "all options are on the table," and hinting by at least one leading candidate that the use of tactical nukes are an acceptable option to be considered. It is alarming to see the same Democratic candidates accept the Administration's claims of an Iranian military nuclear program with the same unquestioned faith by which they accepted similar claims about Iraq.
Why are some obviously misguided and uninformed Democrats doing by defending Dick Cheney in liberal discussion boards?
They defend Cheney when they go in lockstep and attack Cindy Sheehan for her plans to stage a sit-in at John Conyer's office to demand impeachment. I don't care if it is Cindy, or Nader, or Howard the Duck! There is an underlying larger issue in here that transcends party label and political ideology. It is our Constitution and our beloved Republic that are at stake!
Why a sit-in at Conyer's office? Duh? Conyers is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, the committee that will have to hold hearings to determine if Attorney General Gonzales, Dick Cheney, and George Bush have committed impeachable offenses.
Well, what do you know? 7-Eleven trying to score brownie points with the Bush cultists? 7-Eleven made a big PR deal out of being "offended" at what Chavez said about Bush in the UN. 7-Eleven is as loose with the truth as the White House, for it was Citgo which decided to drop 1,800 independent gas stations back on July 12 of this year.
Venezuela's Citgo Says it Decided to Discontinue 7/11 Contract Two Months Ago
9-30-6, 10:17 am
Caracas, Venezuela, September 28, 2006 --Felix Rodriguez, the CEO of Citgo, the Venezuelan-owned gasoline producer and distributor in the U.S., clarified yesterday that it was Citgo that had let expire its contract with the 7-Eleven convenience store chain and not the other way around, as was broadly reported.
James Carville kept a sign over his desk that said, "It's the economy, stupid!" as a reminder of what the real issue in the 1992 Presidential campaign was.
Today we are bombarded by all kinds of propaganda about Hezbollah, captured Israeli soldiers, and all kinds of yada-yada. The news today is that Israel is planning to establish a security zone inside Lebanon that will extend to the Litani River. Up to 300,000 Lebanese will be displaced, become refugees in their own land, by that move.
If up to this point you have believed everything the American corporate media has told you about Lebanon, I've got news for you: It's the water, stupid!
The American Republic is long dead! It is sad to see the Democratic Party, with some very notable and courageous exceptions, become a party to its burial. The men and women and gave us the Republic wanted a government that was limited in scope and respectful of their rights, including the rights of the minorities (political, religious, social). They feared a monarchy as much as they feared a dictatorship of a majority. They most definitely did not want the state impose sectarian views as it had happened in Europe! They wanted to be left alone to pursue their own happiness, relying in government and in their collective efforts for those things that as individuals they could not accomplish on their own. Those days are over!
Subject: Howard Dean eliminates GLBT Outreach Position at DNC
Date: Friday, February 03, 2006 5:23:52 PM
As most of you know, Eric Stern resigned as Director of GLBT Outreach at the DNC
back in February 2005, when he became Executive Director of the Stonewall
Democrats. Unfortunately, his old position has remained vacant.
Venezuela's Jews Defend Leftist President in Flap Over Remarks
By MARC PERELMAN
January 13, 2006,
The Venezuelan Jewish community leadership and several major American Jewish groups are accusing the Simon Wiesenthal Center of rushing to judgment by charging Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, with making antisemitic remarks.
Officials of the leading organization of Venezuelan Jewry were preparing a letter this week to the center, complaining that it had misinterpreted Chavez's words and had failed to consult with them before attacking the Venezuelan president.