It sounds a lot like the work of Floyd Brown, best known for his racist “Willie Horton attack ad” which derailed the Presidential campaign of Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988. Well… Floyd Brown is back! He is now the “Chief Political Analyst” for the Wall Street Daily Web site. In addition to the lurid headlines listed at the top of this article, Brown has produced over 100 dubious articles for Wall Street Daily since March 2013.
What did the late Nelson Mandela say about Israel and Apartheid? Even before Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to attend the memorial service for Mandela, the Internet was abloom with information planted on the shifting sands of incompetent fact-checking.
Let’s start with Netanyahu’s decision and work from there.
Over at Haaretz Bradley Burston opined that there was a special place in Hell for Netanyahu, who is widely known as “Bibi” by friends and foe alike. According to Burston, by cancelling his planned trip to the “Mandela funeral as too costly, Bibi shows world what he's truly made of.” Burston added that “Israel's prime minister proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He's something worse.”According to Burston, Netanyahu’s snub shows that Netanyahu “does not consider a man like Nelson Mandela, or a nation like South Africa, or the sentiment of an entire world, worth the price of a plane flight.”
A book published in 2012 predicted the motive for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Terrorist's Creed, by professor Roger Griffin, explains how revolutionary religious movements construct a motive for terrorism against the United States and the West.
Griffin, a world-renowned expert on totalitarian thought and the connections among political fanaticism, violence, and religion, highlighted Chechnya in his study that explains how young men are radicalized into a zealous form of Islam. Carefully avoiding stereotyping Islam or Muslims around the world, Griffin zeros in on the powerful allure of revolutionary "Islamism" in mapping a course toward terrorism.
The Tsarnaev brothers, suspects in the terrorist act in Boston, are ethnically Chechnyan with parents and other relatives in the Russian Republic of Dagestan.
Chechnya and Dagestan are in the northern region of the Caucus mountains that link Russia to the neighboring countries of Iran and Afghanistan, Griffin discusses the historic "protracted struggle" of Chechnya against the forces of "Tsarist Russia" and how "an idiosyncratic form of Islam blending Sufism with pagan traditions served as an ethnic marker for the Chechens in their Caucasian homeland."
Over time, Chechnya went through a process of Islamization, and eventually "Sufi missionaries finally succeeded in transforming Chechens into practising Muslims in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries," according to Griffin.
The role of apocalypticism in the Boston bombing is clearly outlined in the video favored by the late Tamerlan Tsarnaev, "The Black Flags from Khorasan," which details a prophecy which tells of a massive army of non-Arab Muslims marching on Jerusalem to prepare the way for the return of the Mahdi, the figure in Islamic apocalyptic narrative who signals the end of time and the global triumph of Islam.
Khorasan is the name of a historic region south of the Caucuses, and it's role in apocalyptic prophecy within Islamism is promoted by al Qaeda. Some analysts claim that this prophecy helped al Qaeda recruit young Muslims to fight in Afghanistan, first against the Russians, and later Americans.
A chapter by Griffin is titled "Rethinking What We Read in the Newspapers About Terrorism." Griffin argues that the "widespread misunderstandings of the metapolitical causes of terrorism, and the role that religion, particularly Islamism, may play in them has had important consequences for its coverage in the media."
The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting may be part of a sinister Israeli intelligence operation according to retired professor James Fetzer. The Duluth News Tribune reported this week that Fetzer claimed "Israeli Mossad death squads and the U.S. government might have been behind the school shootings." Fetzer wrote in an online blog entry that the "Sandy Hook massacre appears to have been a psy op intended to strike fear in the hearts of Americans by the sheer brutality of the massacre, where the killing of children is a signature of terror ops conducted by agents of Israel."
Antisemitism is regularly woven into contemporary conspiracy theories and replicates centuries-old false claims about secret Jewish plots with the best-known being the hoax forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. These claims cross political boundaries from right to left. A centerpiece of these lurid lies is that Jews specifically target children for ritualistic reasons.
Adam Lanza carried out an act of apocalyptic violence in Connecticut, killing 28 people and wounding another victim. Most of those dead were children…most were just six years old.
We may never know Adam’s motivations. The troubled man's aunt told a reporter that Adam's mother Nancy was “something of a survivalist” and “she worried about economic collapse and had been stockpiling." Nancy Lanza had a collection of guns, including a Bushmaster rifle and at least two automatic pistols. We cannot ask his mother why her son became a murderer because apparently Nancy Lanza was Adams first victim.
Fears of an upcoming economic collapse or other doomsday scenarios are widespread given media attention to the absurd claim that an ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of time at the end of December. Other speculative theories place the blame for the end of time on a variety of causes. There are threads connecting survivalism, apocalyptic aggression, and violence, but they need sorting out. First of all, be aware that most people who practice survivalism and most people who have apocalyptic beliefs do not act out in violence.
Which side are you on?
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Don't give up on real progress, don't listen to the lies,
We haven't got a chance in hell unless we organize;
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Building peace and justice, it's not an easy task,
Links in a chain we struggle, with others from the past;
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Don’t sit out this election, as if you just don't care,
Step forward with Obama, then make him do what's fair; ...
And How they Reversed his Party Participation Reforms and Abandoned his Progressive Agenda
Centrist Democrats provided lackluster support for their Party's ostensible Presidential candidate, the late Senator George McGovern, during the 1972 election campaign. McGovern, who died on Sunday, October 21, went on to lose to Republican Richard M. Nixon, who was re-elected by a huge margin and was again sworn into office in January 1973. That was not the end of the story, however. And it's not just about the Watergate scandal. In 1972 few Democratic Party leaders or state officials took the McGovern Presidential campaign seriously until he won the Democratic Party nomination in a surprise upset.
After the election, the anti-McGovern forces in the Democratic Party began to organize to move the Party back to the political "center." They went on to wrest control of the Party apparatus away from the McGovernites, with the finishing touches on centralizing Party power taking place, appropriately, in 1984. The Centrists feared the Democratic Party under McGovern had been taken over by anti-war activists, political left ideologues, and Civil Rights Movement activists. The Centrists reconfigured the internal Democratic Party procedures so that a popular democracy-oriented movement would have a harder time electing progressives inside the Democratic Party.
The legacy of this internal political coup is that today the Democratic Party is still largely controlled by centrists who are reluctant to pursue the serious institutional reforms needed to change the political system so that is no longer controlled by wealthy elites and their supporters.
This is the ideological straightjacket into which President Barak Obama has been fitted, and helps explain why the Democratic Party campaign to re-elect President Obama has seemed so pallid and weak on so many issues. McGovern was an anti-war candidate, called for the inclusion of diverse sectors of American society within the Democratic Party leadership, and had a fierce commitment to social justice.
This agenda is unthinkable inside the Democratic Party today, even with a Black President at the helm.
Here is the new (today at 11 am) fundraising pitch from Mitt Romney
In a few hours, I’ll take the podium before a Republican Party that has been united and inspired by a common conviction:
We believe in America.
We believe in America, even though the last four years have been full of difficulties and disappointments, doubt and despair.
We believe in America, even though millions of American families are worried about their jobs, their mortgages, their children, and their future.
We believe in America, even though President Obama’s failed policies have left us with record high unemployment, lower take-home pay, and the weakest economy since the Great Depression.
But we also believe that America can do better, because decline is not our destiny.
I commit to you that I will be the president this moment demands.
I ask you to commit like never before -- donate $20.12 to support Paul and me and the entire Republican team.
It will be my privilege to stand at the podium to accept the nomination. And I will stand not just for every supporter, and not just for the Republican Party -- I’ll stand for every American who believes our best days are ahead.
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In Friday’s Colorado movie theatre shooting rampage the suspect is described as a “Lone Wolf” terrorist. What does that mean? How does it fit into the overall picture of terrorism as portrayed in the corporate media? Media coverage of domestic terrorism is not covering the whole story. Since the election of President Barack Obama, there have been a series of deadly terrorist incidents in the United States, some clearly politically-motivated, others more obscure—in which individuals have reached the breaking point and acted out in violence; often cloaking themselves in the armor of a delusional Superhero Complex in which they are a hero or antihero for their terrorist attacks.
The claim of mental illness in a terrorist is often used incorrectly, and sometimes used to dismiss any societal motivating factors in a violent act. Most people who struggle with mental illness do not act out in violence. Some convicted terrorists said to be “obviously” mentally ill do not have a diagnostic condition recognized by the medical community; while juries convict terrorists who display clear signs of mental distress. What if the few terrorists who are mentally ill are like the mine canaries, warning us of something toxic spreading the fumes of anxiety through our society?
Predictably, the folks at the Christian Right Family Research Council and its political arm FRC Action, are not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Obama healthcare plan.
On the day the decision was handed down, Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President of FRC Action, sent out an e-mail to donors asking for funds so that the group could reinforce its "efforts at the Republican National Convention and the Platform Committee meetings the week before."
According to McClusky, "Our aim is to keep the Republican document conservative with an emphasis on the pro-life and traditional family planks already in the platform." McClusky wants to repeal "Obamacare. And not just repeal "some of it and not other parts. Repeal the whole thing and replace it with common sense reforms that can be agreed upon."
McClusky then listed "just a few of the major problems with ObamaCare" based on an FRC Action analysis:
Forcing Americans to have health insurance or be fined (or taxed!)McClusky adds that "now it's our job to make sure that we have the right elected officials who won't abuse their authority. ...The Republican Party Platform meetings in August are only one step in our efforts." He ends by citing Ephesians 6:13:
A new bureaucracy (IPAB) that will serve as a rationing board
Subsidies for health plans that include abortion in state exchanges
The mandatory abortion fee that is at least $12 per year for all plans with abortions
No conscience protections against government discrimination against businesses, providers, health insurers who refuse abortion.
Religious Freedom violation through the contraception/abortifacient mandate, which narrowly restricts religious liberties to churches. Penalties for failure to comply could be $100 per day per employee for the employer (and insurer) who fails to offer "preventive care services", meaning contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations free to the patient.
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
But in the spirit of coded messages aimed at the Biblically-literate Christian Right, the surrounding text is worth reading, especially:
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." [New International Version (NIV)].So for McClusky, the choice in November apparently is between a Patriot and an agent of Satan.
Crossposted from Talk to Action
Public attention on right-wing funding in political campaigns has been galvanized by the attack on working people in Wisconsin by an ultraconservative governor out to crush labor unions. Funders such as the Kock Brothers and right-wing institutions such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have been explored by numerous progressive groups.
There is, however, a much larger elaborate strategic right-wing process at work here. It started with the Powell Memo in 1971 urging corporations and wealthy elites to defend the "Free Market" against "Tax & Spend" liberals, "Big Government" progressives, and "Thugish" union leaders. These slogans are part of a carefully-crafted propaganda campaign by organized wealth.
And this massive campaign by organized wealth is just part of the more than $1 Billion spent by right-wing funders since 1971 to shift wealth upwards, pick our pockets, and stomp on the basic human rights of most of us.
Their strategy is simple, and they openly brag about it....
Gingrich's claims about an Alinsky-Obama-socialist conspiracy against Christianity and freedom echo conspiracy theories from the Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, the John Birch Society, and the 1990s Militia Movement.
To an alarming extent the frame of Obama bringing socialism to America includes allegations that Obama and his allies are part of a vast left-wing conspiracy. Whether this conspiracy tracks back to Marx or Satan is open to debate. Further to the Right are recruiters for White supremacist groups suggesting the conspirators are Jews or Muslims using Obama as a puppet. This is not a healthy dynamic for civil society--and we have seen it before.
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