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   This week I have a scoop for everyone. I will be kind enough to put it above my editorial on “A fascist, A theocrat, and I, How we can live in the same house, Country, and World.” But I will make you go to the extended entry to find the “Scoop.”

     Let me list a few others who have used comparisons to fascism to let you all know that we are not alone in the fight.

     I just discovered The Crisis Paper which deserves a lot more attention. The page cited has an excellent list of papers on American Fascism.

Diaries :: Tomtech's diary ::

     These are the main Diaries, with commentary, from the last few days that relate, in my opinion, to the possibility that this country is becoming a Corporate Nationalistic Anti-Communistic State. Historically the Fascist state, which was Italy under Mussolini, bears remarkable resemblances to the country many Republican leaders are trying to create. This Diary only covers Thursday though Saturday due to the number of listings. If you missed the previous versions click here for them.

     Here's the Scoop: Ward Churchill says fascism is very much alive and in power.

     Ward Churchill was on the Mike Malloy Show on 2-11-05 About halfway through the show Mike asked him what right name he would use to describe the attitude that is prevalent in this country at this time.  Mike suggested fascism and Ward said “It's a very good word, It's clinically accurate, not rhetorical. “Ok, all the component parts of fascism are very much alive and well and unfortunately in power and ascendant at the present time.“ It's not a question of what we do to prevent it, it's already happened. “The question is how we face it down and defeat it, what do we do now that it's a present reality. “It's not a danger it's a fact.” I love it when I get confirmation.

     A Fascist, A Theocrat, and I: How we can live in the same house, Country, and World:

     I would like to tell you all about my home life and how I came to realize fascism was alive and well in America. When I fist started being a lurker at Kos' wonderful creation I was attracted to some diaries on Fascism.Nascent Fascism: Are We in Stage One? by Lightiris, Fascism arrives in America: the Elephant in the Bathtub by Black Maned Pensator, Fascism, American Style: Anticipating the Trends by Bionic Kitty, and Nazis and U.S. Politics by NeoLotus gave me a starting point that led to many days of research.  When I came back to reading way too many diaries I started seeing trends, so I started “This Week in Fascism.” After a roaring start which included a top ten rating for my first edition and excellent reviews of my second edition I became came disheartened by a steady decrease in attention to my work while at the same time the community as a whole was waking up to noticing signs of fascism. I am perfectly content to allow that trend to continue.

     When I started looking for fascists I found one, where I can't say that I least expected, across the dinner table. While not actually surprised by this, it was disheartening. My father has said such statements as “I don't care if they work for $4.00 an hour as long as they contribute to society,” and “If they call up 65 year olds I would grab a gun to fight those damned liberals.” These are just two of the more blatant statements he has made.

     A few days ago he asked me to present his “plan for Social Security reform.” The major points he thought we should compromise on were; raising the cap to $100k or $110k, as if he thinks that would put a dent in fixing the “problem”. He suggested slowly raising the private account contributions starting at 2% then increasing to 2.5% and finally 3% in consecutive years, nice compromise to allow a phase-in. Workers under the age of 40 could totally opt out of Soc. Sec. for five, ten, or fifteen years and then jump back in if their investments weren't working out. If at 40 someone decided to stay out of Soc. Sec. they were on their own. He asked me to present this to you all for comments. And another thing he almost never turns the television of Faux news except for ballgames, golf, and for some unknown reason sci-fi movies and UFO documentaries.

     Now let's get to the theocrat. My mother is a textbook study case of the American Evangelical. She goes to Church whenever the doors are open. While she used to have her own key, she actually boycotted the last preacher who took her key away for praying at the Church immediately after 9-11. She believes Bush is God's hand on Earth and anyone who is against him is ungodly, including me. She and my father both listen to whatever right wing talking head is on the radio whenever they are in the car. My mother actually puts Rush on in her sitting room most afternoons. My mother is also full blown racist; she did compromise on American Indians when I gave her four grandchildren who were Choctaw.

     So how can we live under the same roof without blowing the top off of it you may ask? We hardly communicate is how. My mother cooks, cleans, goes  to Church and pretty much stays in her own little world. My father stays in front of his television with Faux news confirming everything he believes, and I stay here with my friends and look for good material for “This Week in Fascism.” There is no way any of us can possibly persuade the other that their ideologies are in error since we each continuously seek reinforcement of our ideals; mother at Church, father on Faux, and me at Kos's place.

     Can there be any good conclusions? Yes, I think there can be.

     First we must give up on the unconvertible and find ways to let them, or should I say us, stay in their (our) delusions by seeking peace with them. That actually could work in foreign policy also. We need to seek out those that can be persuaded and work on them. My sister and brother-in-law are evangelicals in Indiana, they shocked me when they admitted last summer that they were “anybody but Bush” voters. They are family-oriented new home owners; they are low income and got a lot of help in getting their home. I believe that is our target. We have more then enough “family values” on our agenda, also our domestic security credentials are solid, plus we have proven that Democratic leadership has continuously been better for the economy. There you have it. I have identified the ammunition and the target. I just hope Howard Dean can do an effective job in leading the battles to come so we can defeat “conservative fascism.”

     Delaware Dem hit it big with the highly recommended Conservative: American Fascism Has Arrived UPDATED with proof. Let's all give Teacher Ken some mojo for actually bringing this story up last Sunday. I must have missed where the “update” was placed, but the story that Scott McConnell actually wrote a compelling article for The American Conservative was big news and music to my ears. I will begin to focus just as much on “bottom up” growth as well as “top down.”

          1. Powerful and continuing expression of nationalism.

     Liminal gave us a disturbing Pictorial Account of Military Recruitment at Kentucky Church. The Men's Night Out at a Large Kentucky Church became on big “praise the Troop/Country rally. This was originally posted by a young conservative at but that link is no longer valid. Liminal had the forsight to reprodive the entire post at his blog. I disagree with the assertion that this is a Church and State separation issue since a church has every right to do this. But this is a sign of growing nationalism. I personally believe that a Church is the wrong place to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag since everyone should, at least in that setting, understand they have a greater allegance. If my Church did this I would remove my membership the very next day. But in all honesty my Church has no buildings and its membership roll in not kept on Earth.

     Get me out of Dixie let us know that This is what democracy looks like....down south that is. Prior to President Bush's “Town Hall” meeting in Raleigh N.C. there was a group of protestors across the street from the “invitation only” group in line for the event, with what looks like massive police presence in between. When a black leader of the protestors started to speak using a bullhorn the protestors started singing “Dixie.” That was just so wrong on so many levels. Ok maybe just the one blatant level.

     Jerome a Paris has analyzed our foreign policy and determined that Iraq is NOT about OIL but about TOLERATING NO DISSENT. After looking at the countries that the U.S. considers anti American compared to democracies his conclusion is that the bad countries are first and foremost guilty of failure to toe the line to the U.S. Of course Inverted has found a different take on this where the Moscow Times has concluded that Bush Gets His Oil & Sistani Gets His God or at least the money.

          2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

     Dem Burns informed us the Pentagon Finally Admits Guantanamo Abuses. Of course they did. Just ask the freepers, this was just playful interrogations. The freepers are trying to get tickets as we speak. Now let me get serious. To a Muslim this stuff is equivalent to forcing a Christian so jam a cross up his ass or making them sit on the Bible right after an enema. Actually those gross examples to not compare to the Psychological Religious shame these tactics can produce. To the Muslims these tactics were emotional torture of the worst kind in an attempt to separate them from their God, period.

     Armando wants us to know that Bob Herbert is a Good Man. Maher Amar, the Canadian citizen rendered to Jordon, finally got some American Press via Bob Herbert's Torture American Style Op/Ed in the New York Times. Of course the winger reaction ran the gamut from “who cares” to “glad to see it.”

     Plutonium Page fund out that Bush's words are to be used in C.I.A. interrogator's defense. David A. Passaro, a contract interrogator for the Central Intelligence Agency, charged with beating an Afghan prisoner who died the next day, is basing his defense in part on statements by President Bush and other officials that called for tough action to prevent terrorist attacks and protect American lives. In a court decision unsealed this week Mr. Passaro may cite top officials' written legal justifications for harsh interrogation techniques and a Congressional resolution passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon calling on the president "to use all necessary and appropriate force" to thwart further terrorism. If these legal justifications were “internal arguments” within the administration how could Passaro know about them. I'm glad this defense if being allowed because it actually makes the Government culpable in the treatment of those tortured. I just hope the jury holds him personally accountable.

     Sydluna found a Bushism that the rest of us missed from January unless Bush deliberately misquoted the Declaration of Independence. In a statement proclaiming National Sanctity of Human Life Day and Religious Freedom Day, Bush noted, in a statement, that "The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all Americans are endowed by the Creator with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." I would give him an F in history for forgetting that the Declaration states all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights...

          3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

     J. Bou found indications which suggest that the Washington Times is a racist rag. The Southern Poverty Law Center has pointed out that the Managing Editor of the Washington Times' wife, Marian Kester Coombs, believes America has become a "den of iniquity" thanks to "its efforts to accommodate minorities." She has wrote many racist articles for both the Wash. Times and other publications including The Occidental Quarterly, which ran her glowing review of a book on "racially conscious" whites by Robert S. Griffin, a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Wash. Times, acording to the article, has also included racist advertisements and other racist writers. This may not seem so bad unless you know the W. Times was former President Reagan's “favorite paper” and George H. W. Bush once said that it "in my view brings sanity to Washington, D.C." That is the scary part.

     Jolly Buddah discovered that Gov. Ahnold calls Dems Source of Evil. The California Governor, during a speech at a convention of the California Republican Party said "Now we are going to the source [the Democratic controlled legislature] — right there where all the evil is — and we're going to fix this problem once and for all." The fix he plans is a special election to throw the Democrats out of the Legislature. This “final solution” is to get rid of the Democrats, from the House at least.

          4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

     One of the most wrote about stories of the last few days, behind that little Guckert affair, was Eason Jordan's decision to leave CNN after being vilified by the Right for stating that the military was actually targeting journalists in Iraq. My research on this story has led me to the conclusion that during the initial phase of the Iraq war, when we were targeting the communications infrastructure, our military did not distinguish between military command and control and journalistic communications. It was likely the military considered all high strength broadcasts as potential military communications sources and therefore targets during the bombing campaign which led to the destruction of the radio, television, and satellite broadcasts outlets which in some cases caused the deaths of foreign journalists. If journalists were broadcasting in the war zone they could have been targeted just as easily as actual military communications. So therefore we were targeting journalists while arguable we were not specifically targeting Journalists.

          5. Rampant Sexism.

          6. A complaisant mass media.

     Steph Dray informed us how much CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Spins O'Malley Story for the GOP. Instead of focusing the story on the Governor's aide, who was implicated in spreading the unfounded rumors about the Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley on, Blitzer repeated the unsupported allegations that were used to smear Mayor O'Malley. Get that, you Gannon investigators; no matter what the story is, the sex is what gets reported.

     Heterodoxy didn't surprise many people when she informed us that Fox News Takes Lying to Its Zenith. I'll use her words. “Harrigan lies about democracy, lies about Chavez popular support, lies about the U.S.-sponsored coup, lies about the Venezuelan military, lies about terrorism and lies about oil.” I defer to the expertise of others, rarely.

     Alan S brought to light a Bombshell the US Media Won't Touch. I have seen the story that the Pakistani Government actually paid warlords over half a million dollars in order for the warlords to pay al-Queda but Alan's framing the lack of media coverage makes this worthy of This Week in Fascism.

     Dump Terry McAuliffe opened a can of worms that I believe we need to look through when he asked Who's Paying Conservative Op-Ed Writers? With the success we had in the Guckert investigation maybe someone should start a project looking into where conservative Op/Ed authors are getting their money from. We can easily find where the pundits are listed with “associations” which receive right-wing funding. We can also track where they have been speaking by digging into press releases, invitations, and announcements. Let's get an organization and assign researchers to every pundit for not only their private funds but also their corporate and private funds. If we can publicize a few of them we can pressure the rest to openly reveal who's buttering their bread.

          7. Obsession with national security.

     Brainwrap has found a Disturbing Orwellian RFID story out of California. Another school is setting up Radio Frequency Identification Devices. They are actually implementing this program in the elementary school in my Deep East Texas County. The entire system includes cameras and RFIDs to monitor various areas of the school. This is the type of thing that is the precursor to the full blown “Big Brother” government. Teach the children that this is normal and hide Orwell's book and they will accept this as normal.

     Catjo appeared to be first with the news of a N.Y. Defense Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terrorism. Lynne Stewart, 65, was convicted in New York Federal Court of aiding terrorists. I personally did not follow the case as closely as I would have liked to but it appears to me that she was convicted to make other Lawyers know that they cannot actually defend anyone accused of terrorism.

     Wilfred had the most discussion of the House Bill 418 when he informed us that This Bill Just Passed the House: Call Your Senator! This is the Bill which will give the Homeland Security Director the unquestionable ability to suspend any laws to construct border security. This law is designed to allow the HSD to circumvent environmental laws that are preventing the completion of a border fence in California, but instead of targeting the specific problem, the Congress is giving the HSD totalitarian power whenever he sees fit. If this law succeeds in its objective, what is to stop the Congress from expanding these powers into “investigative situations” or into “threat elimination.?” This is the beginning of totalitarianism. There were many other diaries on this subject:

     Jerome a Paris noticed, from across the pond, that it's Worse than ID Card - ID Tags. The new national I D card legislation has a provision that can be used to require RFID devises as part of the new Identification Cards. At least they won't to ask us for our papers. They can just sit by a screen and our papers can be read without our even knowing it. Now how hard is it to steal a wallet? I just hope they don't figure that out because I don't want to think about how they would cure that problem.

          8. Religion and ruling elite are tied together.

     J. Rosenau let us know that the Kansas Attorney General is Violating the law to promote creationism. Phil Kline, the Kansas AG, met Tuesday with the six conservative members of the State Board of Education in two groups of three to inform them that he would back their use of “Evolution is Just a Theory” stickers for science textbooks:

Kansas Open Meeting Act Sec. III.B.4.     Serial communications between a majority of a quorum of a public body, the purpose of which is to discuss a common topic of business or affairs of that body by the members, constitutes a meeting. Such communications may occur through calling trees, e-mail or an agent of the body.

Now we know “what's the matter with Kansas;" their AG doesn't care about obeying his own laws.

     Coloradem wants to know if Colorado is Next on the "No Gay Marriage" Bandwagon? It looks like that with Democrats in control of the both houses of the Colorado Legislature for the first time in 44 years that Dobson's Focus on the Family has set it's sights on gathering enough signatures to earn a ballot spot instead of lobbying legislators to refer it to the ballot. We've got our work cut out for us to not only hold on to these legislatures but to reduce the damage uncontrolled conservatism is doing to this country.

          9. Power of corporations protected.

     David W in SF brought forth Cheney, Enron, and complicity in fraud. There are actually tapes that show Enron executives conspired with at least one power plant to reduce supply during peak demand in a concerted effort to raise prices. The bigger concern was that the author of the San Francisco Chronicle piece had a copy of a memo passed from Enron's Kenneth Lay  to Vice President Cheney three months later. The contents of this memo became Administration talking points and energy policy.

     D. Cookie informed us of how Bush Environmental Values Demoralize Biologists. This is based on a survey which appeared in the Denver Post which included the fact that more than half [of the scientists] said they knew of cases where Bush administration officials granted business requests to reverse scientifically based decisions. That's just a teaser for you all. Go see the rest. Lapin added Federal Scientists Forced to Alter Findings to the discussion which received much more attention and discussion.

     Pam in Durham thinks we are going Back to the days of the exploding Ford Pinto. She explains why we need to allow Class Action Suits and allowing juries to set punitive damages. Corporations will have less incentive to make safety an important consideration when the cost of putting out an unsafe product is reduced. The item that caught my eye was where President Bush said "The class-action bill is a strong step forward in our efforts to reform the litigation system and keep America the best place in the world to do business." I believe this is the wedge we need. Democrats want to make this the best place in the world for people, while Republicans want to make this the best place for business.

     Looking forward to the future found a great example of Orwellian doublespeak with this Republican attempt to create more jobs. The Bill enacted last year with the title of “American Jobs Creation Act of 2004” is actually just a plan to change the Tax Code to benefit corporations. Do you think it would have passed if it was titled “another corporate tax break?”

          10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

     JRE let us know about Another anti-worker appointment. President Bush has nominated Ronald Meisburg, who as a recess appointment has served as a reliable anti-union vote on the National Labor Relations Board. Is anyone surprised?

          11. Disdain for the arts and Intellectuals.

     Meander gave us a look at Politics >> science in Bush administration. I will give you a glimpse from the lead in. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) issued separate press releases on a study that shows how the Bush administration is attacking science for political gains. I hope that's enough to wet your appetite for more.

          12. Obsession with crime and punishment.

          13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

     Shirah let us know that Federal Employee Gag Rules Lead to Waste and Abuse. Let's all give up a big “duh.” Any long time member of the reality based community already knows this, but let's give Shirah some mojo for reminding us of this and for bringing this up since there are many newer members who may not have been aware of this.

     Texas Nate let us know that the Texas Leg. is Trying to Kill DeLay Investigation. The Texas Legislator is attempting to take over the DeLay investigation by giving the Ethics Commission sway over district attorneys in election law cases. The Ethics Commission is among the weakest arms of state government. In nearly 14 years, the commission, which has civil but not criminal authority in election law complaints, has never, that's never, subpoenaed a witness or documents to investigate a complaint." That's how we do things in Texas. I want out! Bonddad added some quotes that deserve attention on how the Texas Bill Would Stop Delay Prosecution.

          14. Fraudulent elections.

          Class Warfare.

     Dem From CT brought us the fact that Bush's Budget Cuts Target Children's Health. By checking the numbers for the cuts in social programs it is apparent that the White House is taking away funding disproportionately from the weakest among us. Get this out to those “security moms.” Bush promised to protect their children from terrorists, but who's left to protect their children from Conservatives?

     Toktora analyzed the programs that are either getting the ax or the saw and believes the consevative agenda is to make Our Children Brainwashed and Ignorant. This produced an excellent discussion of the programs that the most recent Budget is eliminating or cutting. You need to go join in and see what the actual conservative plan entails.

          Just Plain Propaganda.

     Marie finally put up a diary about Pentagon TV - GOP Insourcing. I don't think there is any need for expanding on this. How could anyone doubt that this is anything but pure propaganda? I'm just glad someone finally presented this in a diary.

          There is hope! Here are some articles on a way to fight back.

     This section is devoted to those who have done something and are sharing their stories, those who have suggestions for ways to be active, and those who cry out for immediate action. I do what little I can. I am becoming active in my local blue county in the biggest red state. I plan to do as much as I can when called upon. I'm sure I missed many of these Diaries this week so my apologies to all.

     Richard Cranium has issued a Progressive Call to Action: Boycott NPR Pledge Drives. Actually that's a very good idea. There are no major media outlets more tied to money from progressives then NPR and PBS. Call, send an E-mail or write and tell them that you will hold your usual pledges for three months until you see a sign that they are presenting more accurate news and commentary. Tell them that in three months you will send the money to alternative news sources if they do not improve.

     Astronaut a Gogo wants us to rise in Dean's Defense! Now that Howard Dean has been elected to the chairmanship of the DNC it is time to motivate others through writing letters, sending e-mails, making donations and anything else we can think of to show support for the newly revamped party.

     Chinko Pelinke brought us an item from - Petition to demand a special prosecutor for Jeff Gannon. This petition needs to be signed. Here is the link. I just hope Susan G., NY Bri, and the other Kossacks get to testify in a televised hearing.

     Demand Caring gave us an excellent How to be effective about contacting your senator: What Really Happens When You Call? That prompted DC Mike to place his diary on Effectively Talking to the Hill 102 earlier then he had intended. The bottom line advice is to phone your Representative often. Get to know who works on what in the office. Get a personal rapport with an aide during recess. Jonathan added How to contact the government: another perspective which concentrates on contacting government agencies.

     Anti-Rove brought us the entire text plus arguments in an effort to get us to Support the Feingold Amendments to the Patriot Act. I'm hope everyone here is willing to go support this legislation, but are you willing to call your Senators and Representatives, especially if they are on their respective Judiciary Committees.

             Kossacks in Action: Running for Office or Working for Candidates. ALL NEW INFO ADDED WEEKLY!

     Matt Hupp (doctormatt06), who is not a doctor, but plays one on the internet invited us to Help him write his speech. This was his address to the local Henrico County Democratic Committee in order to get their nod to be their candidate in the 72nd VA House District. Kossack speech writers and editors came to his aid and one even went as far as rewriting the whole thing. After the speech he added further Developments on his run for the State House. It seems that the local chair was not aware of his intention to run so he brought in another candidate. Follow this and help Matt with the decision he has to make. To run or not to run, that is the question.

     Susie Turnbull who is running for DNC Vice Chair asked Lavoisier 1794 to post A Personal Message from DNC Vice Chair Candidate Susie Turnbull. Susie spent two hours Tuesday evening answering our questions. She also continued answering our questions on Wednesday.

     Kt. in TX let us know that His Father Filed for Office Today in Texas. On Monday Tom Musselman officially filed to run for the City Council of Fredericksburg, Texas. K.T. is encouraging everyone to publicize his father's web site; Tom Musselman for Fredericksburg City Council

      Simon Rosenberg, who has had a DailyKos account since Dec. 23, 2004, produced a diary to tell us, Fellow Kossaks, that he was dropping out of the DNC race and endorsing Howard Dean. Let him know you still support him and thank him for the gesture. Also thank him for being willing to be called a Fellow Kossack.

     R.C. Vanoz also announced that She's running for Congress! This came soon after Dr. Matt's announcement (only one diary separated the two). She followed up with Shout out to Colorado Dems! (w/ poll) where she wants to know who is in Colorado and where they are to see if she can find local support from fellow Kossacks. It seems on four people were in Colorado. If your there let her know.

     Byron Miller is posting as Byron M. This week Byron offered Free Web Hosting & Blogs for the Kos' Community. Even though I prefer to keep my diaries here specifically because I list only other Kossack diaries and prefer the exposure I receive here, does anyone think I should take him upon his offer?

     Tim, ttagaris, Tagaris started working with Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate. Check out Chuck's Website. Tim provided a State Party Blog Project Update.

      Thank you so much was the first diary from Senator Barbara Boxer, who is now an official Kossack. You need to subscribe in order to not miss any of her posts.

     The Senate Democratic Communications Center updated us know how BUSH FAILS TO COME CLEAN ABOUT HIS SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN I subscribed to them so I would not miss out on anything they post. And so should you.

          Some Excellent Series'

     J.R. Monsterfodder is still doing his new series on how Wal-Mart Deceives the American Public

      MH in PA has started PILR: Progressive Infogeek Listserv Roundup.

      Scott Bateman is good for a laugh and some thought with Today's Bateman cartoon

      Pam in Durham has her weekly LGBT News Roundup. This provides news on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual war fronts against the right wing Republicans and other bigots

      Pastor Dan has started a "What's in the Bible" series to go with his Weekly Sermon and Religious News Roundup.

      Jeffrey Feldman's Frameshop is open again.

      Seattle Liberal has started the Nerd Network News (This Week's Science Diaries) too try and keep everyone on top of the Nerd's. Go see what's there.

      Rub DMC's Iraq War Grief Daily Witness (photo) series if you "can handle the truth" and give mojo too.

      Newsie8200 Does an excellent job with Newsie's Week In Reviewsies and Newsie's Media News Monday!

     While I stand by my comments as my opinion based on available evidence I cannot vouch for the opinions expressed in any diary titles since they were presented as quotes from the Authors. Unless otherwise noted I do not necessarily endorse the opinions contained within the diaries I have listed.

Originally posted to Tomtech's Ramblings on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:35 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks for reading (4.00)
         Do you think I could use my "happy family" as a case study in international relations?

         Be sure and check out The Crisis Paper. Every student of American fascism should read them. I will spend some time there this week.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:33:53 PM PST

    •  Would you like an E-mail? (none)
      I have put together an E-mail list, due to some requests, announcing when new editions come out. Send me an E-mail at tomandmaria71 at, just leave me a note here, or post you e-mail if you would like to be added to it.

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:39:46 PM PST

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    •  You %#%$#&^%# rat ... (none)
      ...I've only read about half of these links before I saw them posted in your Diary. And now I have to read them all. You can expect payback.
      •  Some of us noticed you've been slacking... (none)
        I didn't see you skating around my diary yesterday :-)

        Though in all seriousness, I was spending most of my time last night reading kid oakland's goodbye diary. Its a damned shame that my first recommended diary happened the night KO said goodbye :-(

        Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity, only not as much fun.

        by Toktora on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 10:50:30 PM PST

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    •  You might want to edit that bit about Coombs... (none)
      ...not the wife of the Washington Post m.e., but rather the Washington Times m.e.
    •  *low whistle* (none)
      Wow, dude.  You must have a lot of free time.  And not get computer-monitor-induced headaches, like, ever.  :-)

      Most impressive...

      •  Twenty years in front of monitors (none)
        must have made me immune. My first computer was a Timex Sinclaire I got for $20 at a bargain basement outlet in 1985.

           I use a laptop and that may have something to do with it. Now I feel a headache coming on and I blame you. It may be psychoticly induced.

           I have nothing but time and this gives me something productive to do.

        "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

        by Tomtech on Wed Feb 16, 2005 at 10:52:59 PM PST

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  •  thanks for the verbal mojo (4.00)
    but please remember that "teacherken" is all one word

    whether praised or criticized, if the name is not spelled right someone else might get the bullet aimed for me.

    Those that can, do. Those that can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:54:01 PM PST

  •  repo man... (none)
    Have you ever seen the movie Repo Man?  

    "Orthodoxy, of whatever color, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style." --George Orwell

    by markymarx on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:54:03 PM PST

  •  Another in-depth (4.00)
    discussion of American Fascism. This series of articles is quite long but well worth the read to add to your source list.

    It's good to start seeing this discussion on the blogs because it's necessary to start talking about this publicly so that Americans can be shown what's happening.

    I'm ecstatic to see it make someone's diary.

    •  I did that (none)
      Two months ago. You got some cathing up to do.

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 07:37:46 PM PST

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      •  A more productive (none)
        comment would be to point out to a newbie that you've got an extensive diary section on this subject going. That fact I had to discover on my own as well as other aspects of the Kos Kulture.

        No problem with climbing the learning curve but elitist, sarcastic comments don't do much to further our common goals, do they?

        •  Sorry about that (none)
          my snark level was set too high. I have been doing this series for two month's. The first few were jumping straight to the top of the recommended list, but since then I am lucky to barely hit the list. Too many people just dismiss it as old news I guess. I know that there are many newbies who have missed it. I need to find a way to get this to the attention of the newbie's. I keep trying different methods but they don't seem to be working.

          "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

          by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 09:00:38 PM PST

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          •  Well, (4.00)
            I'm totally on your side on this one and I think your diary is right to the top of importance. Maybe part of the problem is as you say, it's old news and most people obviously appreciated the effort and information. Having been sufficiently informed they're on to other issues to talk about.

            Not everyone can champion every effort. Not everyone can or wants to drill down to China on every issue. There's just not enough hours in the day.

            I'm a believer in champions and you most seriously are for this. My hats off to anyone who does more than talk and read.

            My suggestion is to now find that smaller subset of kossacks who would like to join your effort and move on with this smaller more dedicated group and then use your diary as a means to keep everyone informed on how it's going and a source of information and talent.

            Champions start with recognizing an issue and bringing it to acceptance as a problem is the first step in the mission. You've done that better than anyone and I think you've got a fantastic base from which to move forward.

            Next comes further goals beyond informing kossacks. I can think of one very important goal - getting this same level of awareness into the general public staring with non-kossacks and then non-computer-literate citizens.

            dKos could serve as a vast sounding board for new ideas on how to accomplish this. This site has an amazing array of talent and would be useful backup.

            Sorry, if this sounds to preachy but I've seen many very talented people get frustrated in accomplishing their goals for a variety of reasons. I don't want to see what you've done fall by the wayside.

            Personally, I want you to succeed beyond your wildest dreams so don't give it up. It's far, far too important.

            •  Thanks for that. (none)
                  It seems that every week someone instills the courage in me to keep going. Be sure and see my post above about E-mails and allow me to add you to my growing e-mail list.
                  I don't feel myself as a leader but as a banner carrier waving the banner for everyone to rally around. I will gladly follow any leader who wishes to effectivly fight Conservative Fascism.

              "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

              by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 11:14:28 PM PST

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  •  Another Case of Discarding Thinking (none)
    I would add the cancellation of "Enterprise" to disdain for the arts, intellectuality.  
  •  Recommend! (none)
    wish I had the time right now to absorb all this. In the meantime, here's a brief version:

  •  Automated toll passes (4.00)
    Now how hard is it to steal a wallet? I just hope they don't figure that out because I don't want to think about how they would cure that problem.

    That's a problem they've already done a lousy job of addressing with the automated toll passes (which are essentially rfid's). If someone borrows your car, or steals your transponder, and goes through one of these tolls, you're the one they log as having passed through - and you're the one they charge for the privilege.

    If you have one of these, it also means no annonymous highway travel on the tollways that use the automated systems - when you get on the highway, your ID is scanned, and when you get off the highway your ID is scanned. They know who you are, where you've been, and whether or not you drove the speed limit in between.

    A national RFID card will just extend the privilege of trackability to the rest of us.

    And don't forget the push to RFID everything you buy - making the items (and their purchasers) trackable by retailers, too.

    Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

    by mataliandy on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 08:48:23 PM PST

    •  I used to travel the 91t (none)
      I used my companies pass whenever I had to go from Riverside to Orange counties. I know exactly where you are comming from.

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 08:56:01 PM PST

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  •  Ward Churchill is useless (none)
    America may very well be facing fascist undercurrents.  But Churchill is still a tool.  I hope people are not tempted to defend him simply because he is being attacked by our opponents.
  •  another outstanding edition of TWIF (4.00)
    ..and excellent summaries, as always.  Thank you so much for the work you put into these diaries.
  •  Thanks for that. (none)
    It seems that every week someone instills the courage in me to keep going. Be sure and see my post above about E-mails and allow me to add you to my growing e-mail list.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 11:05:35 PM PST

  •  Correction from Colorado (none)
    It's the Democrats, not the Republicans, who have control of both houses of the Colorado legislature. Please don't snuff our little ray of sunshine! :)

    Proud owner of a "McGovern 72" T-shirt

    by Raging Hippie on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 11:40:37 PM PST

    •  I must have read it wrong, thanks. (none)
      I put these little things in just to see if anyone's paying attention. Not!

      My youngun's were into that at about age 10

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 12:11:26 AM PST

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  •  Discussion About Church Recruitment in Kentucky (none)
    This is an exhaustive diary Tom...a lot of work. Cool. Here's a growing collection of the reaction across the web to the Military recruitment in Kentucky church Porter Memorial. And here's the efficient version of the recruitment drive. You have the original linked above. Thanks! I'll read your diary more completely tomorrow. Peace! LIMINAL
  •  Brilliant (none)
    Wrap up of the week....thanks for recommending my "Dean Defense" diary post.
    All the best,
  •  Tomtech... (none)
    I am very disappointed that you quoted me only twice in your diary ;-) and missed the most important bit: my "eurokos" series on what the news say in the rest of the world - well mostly europe (just click on my name and scroll down).

    Actually, the other site where I hang out, Moon of Alabama discusses the topic of fascism on a regular and extensive basis, so you might want to take a look and find inspiration (and do go into the comments section, that's where most of the action is - it's the old crowd from Billmon, mostly)

    in the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)

    by Jerome a Paris on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 01:32:36 AM PST

  •  What an amazing job you did here. (none)
    I've seen your heading before, but I never look.  I never look, because I'm so angry about fascism, that I was afraid that if I read your series, I might lose my fire and slip right into despondence.  But since you mentioned my post, I totally have to read from now on :)
  •  thanks for this (none)
    that animation about the 12 ways WWII fascism in Germany matches what's happening here (to the tune of Tomorrow Belongs To Me) is making the email rounds. Have you seen it?


    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 04:30:13 AM PST

  •  Family (none)
    I don't think your family is really that unusual, Tom.  Sounds like a Flannery O'Conner story.  Maybe that would be a unifying action for you guys, you could have a "book club."  Read and discuss kind of thing.

    My family of origin was the same way, although my mom is a liberal, blue state, Christian.

    May I recommend the story, "Resurrection," by O'Conner?  You'll love it, even if mom and dad don't.

  •  great work, as usual, Tom (none)
    Don't know how you keep the excellence up!

    I had to bail on the LGBT News Roundup last night because I was just too damn wiped after this last week. I'll be back with another roundup soon.

  •  This is kind of cool seeing my diary linked! (none)
    I'm new here, so I take it thats a good sign. Thanks for the kind words.

    FYI, I am AVI, not ARI.  Ari is someone else, but you've given him credit for my piece (Eason Jordan Said The Right Thing).

    No big deal, his is better than mine, though we hit on a few different points.

    I apologize for not being able to read this right now, I take off on a two week concert tour in an hour and have yet to pack or sleep, but I'll check this out when I get back.

    by avi on Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 06:26:13 AM PST

    •  My Editor did that. (none)
      I think. While I try to be careful to prevent my Spellchecker from changing names of the posters I have an Ideal that that was caused by the person who assists me as an independent editor. Check the link and see that it is actually for you.

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 04:54:09 PM PST

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      •  "nevernmind" (none)
            It was my fault! I caught it and edited it. Who would have thunk it. Ari and Avi both being listed side by side. Check the edit.

        "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

        by Tomtech on Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 05:01:14 PM PST

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  •  I'm exhausted just (none)
    reading your list of all the great diaries I'm supposed to read this week.  It's like being handed a list of 100 great books and being told to read them in three months.

    Good work.  Would suggest that for those readers who can't possibly read everything you recommend that you select five each week that you consider absolute must reads -- yes, I know that everything you list is in that category, but some weeks some of us need held in wittling down the volume of what we must read.

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

    by Marie on Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 08:32:54 PM PST

    •  Thanks Marie (none)
      My early polls showed very few people actually read the diaries and that is why I hit the highlights of each one. I do occasionly recommend individual must reads. My synopsis' are designed so everyone at least gets to know what each story is about.

      "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

      by Tomtech on Wed Feb 16, 2005 at 10:48:06 PM PST

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