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We’ve heard that the cover-up is worse than the scandal, but we’ve moved far beyond mere scandal. These are cover-ups of things that subvert the entire nature of "civilized" humankind:
LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND THE END TO LIFE AS WE KNEW IT (or, Die, Ayn Rand, Why Won't You Die?)

We’ve heard that the cover-up is worse than the scandal, but we’ve moved far beyond mere scandal. These are cover-ups of things that subvert the entire nature of "civilized" humankind: like the true scope of C.I.A. Black Ops and renditions, or "drone" operations that kill indiscriminately on a mass scale, with no one held accountable thanks to agreements made behind closed doors. We hear just enough to let us know something evil is going on, something systematically wrong, and like Germans in the early 1940s ignoring the rumors about Auschwitz, we say, "it probably isn’t that bad...it may be necessary for our safety, who knows?" It’s no different people, so stop trying to pretend it is.

In The Four Quartets, Eliot wrote that "humankind cannot bear very much reality". But how dare we allow ourselves the dubious luxury of ignoring the suffering directly caused by our "way of life"? Because these things don’t go away, they return, they come back on us with devastating force, and will utterly destroy us.
So this is what They do:
They cover up.
They disappear data.
They destroy evidence.
They run the governments, and their bought friends do their bidding: Senators, Congressmen, Generals, the C.I.A. As do their counterparts all over the world, in governments like and even more like our own.

Because what else does it mean when the President of the United States authorizes a policy of allowing the assassination of a citizen without trial, except that we’ve become no better than the most fanatical thugs? What does it mean when the Justice Department says detainees who have been held almost a decade without being charged cannot challenge their detention, except that the very bedrock of our Constitution and Justice System is reduced to rubble? What does it mean when the whereabouts of trillions of dollars in tax-payer funded bail-out money to Wall Street are "unknown", except that banks and corporations now run the Treasury Department? What does it mean when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan roll on at a cost of $3 billion per week while killing untold numbers of civilians and accomplishing no recognizable mission, except that war has become the ‘business of America’? And what does it mean when an oil company can walk away from the destruction of the entire Gulf of Mexico, by being allowed to cover up or erase all information pertaining to the true scope of the spill, except that the life of the planet earth is less important than capital gains for oil companies?

It means that citizens and lawmakers who would represent their true interests are no longer a part of the process in the United States, and in much of the world which has come to follow it off the cliff.

This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.*

With the end of the rule of law, habeas corpus, democracy itself, the U.S. and its powerful allies around the world are literally getting away with murder, global pillage, genocidal pollution of the planet. These allies are not just "western democracies", my friends: the West is allied with every one of those countries they tell you are "enemies". What we’re being told is nothing other than outright lies; the truth consists of what we may never know. Orwell warned of it:  "who controls the past, controls the future, who controls the present controls the past" — and when the cover up is this systematic and reflexive, the future will read like a Texas history textbook.  How long will this go on before  "the great majority of people" realize that there is NO SUCH THING AS SELF-INTEREST????

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*NYTimes, Sunday, 23 May, 2010, Bob Herbert  
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Originally posted to the poliskeptic on Mon May 24, 2010 at 04:42 AM PDT.

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    •  I, too, am outraged! (2+ / 0-)
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      HamdenRice, amk for obama

      Nice rant, but you left out the part about solutions.

      So, you really thought the entire system was going to be re-invented in less than two years?

      By the way, nice implementation of 'Godwin's Law'.

      Guess you should've voted for Grandpa & Sarah, or, better yet, thrown your vote away by writing-in Ron Paul.

      draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

      by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:09:28 AM PDT

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      •  BTW: Did u read DKos front page b4 posting? (0+ / 0-)

        draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

        by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:15:02 AM PDT

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      •  total nonsense (2+ / 0-)
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        Sandino, VClib

        I am as left as they come, dude. You just didn't get it.

        •  Again I ask, 'What's you solution?' (1+ / 0-)
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          HamdenRice

          "dude", I'm with you more than you know, but it seems like you expected Obama to be the second-coming of Mother Theresa or something.

          That just isn't going to happen in US politics.

          Corporate America, however, really, truly hates the current administration. Wall Street, for example, is in "a state of bitter, seething, hysterical fury" toward the president, writes John Heilemann of New York magazine

          Furthermore, bringing up Nazi Germany does nothing but weaken your arguments and make you appear aligned with the Alex Jones/Glenn Peckers.

          We know that we are corporate 'externalities', but ranting doesn't help without solutions.

          So, what is 'the answer'?

          draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

          by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 06:53:20 AM PDT

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  •  Are you sure of your source (0+ / 0-)

    ... for the T.S. Eliot quote? I thought it came from Murder in the Cathedral.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:08:05 AM PDT

  •  Obama is Hitler! Obama is Hitler!@ (2+ / 0-)
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    quinn, QES

    OK, so we have a left teabagger contingent here.

    We hear just enough to let us know something evil is going on, something systematically wrong, and like Germans in the early 1940s ignoring the rumors about Auschwitz, we say, "it probably isn’t that bad...it may be necessary for our safety, who knows?" It’s no different people, so stop trying to pretend it is.

    Actually, what's going on is the greatest constitutional restoration since the Carter administration.  The Obama administration has ended NSA wiretapping, ended torture, ended extraordinary rendition, inserted "subject to the Constitution" or "subject to the Fourth Amendment" in many executive orders, and yet the left baggers like the teabaggers believe whatever they want to believe, so long as pathological serial liar Glen Greenwald tells them to believe it.

    Yes, right now is just like Germany in the 40s.  What a crock of unadulterated bullshit.

    •  Don't be stupid (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandino

      I'm not calling OBAMA Hitler, I'm saying that people are indifferent to the suffering of a designated "enemy" group, as the Germans were to the Jews.  You seem not to be able to understand English.

      •  I beg to differ.... (1+ / 0-)
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        HamdenRice

        It’s no different people, so stop trying to pretend it is.

        draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

        by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:39:28 AM PDT

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        •  you deliberately misunderstand (1+ / 0-)
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          Sandino

          The word "Auschwitz" in a post does not make me a Tea Bagger.  Grow up and learn to read before you make a judgment.

          •  Since you bring up 'judgement'.... (2+ / 0-)
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            HamdenRice, QES

            ....did you use any before you said this:

            and like Germans in the early 1940s ignoring the rumors about Auschwitz, we say, "it probably isn’t that bad..

            ?

            Really?

            You said that and then call my reaction 'deliberate misunderstanding'?

            Really?

            I know somebody needs to 'grow up'.

            draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

            by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:49:46 AM PDT

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      •  You are clearly saying ... (3+ / 0-)
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        quinn, erush1345, QES

        that something like Auschwitz is going on -- but we don't know or don't care.  If something like Auschwitz is going on, then by definition the administration is doing it, which makes them like Nazis.

        You might want to read the latest issue of the New Yorker which has a terrific FACT CHECKED story about what's going on in Afghanistan, and one of the things that's been going on since January 2009 is the emptying of the detainee prisons and the drastic improvement of conditions.

        Oh, I forgot.  To leftbaggers, as Reagan said, "facts are stupid things."

        •  why "by definition"? (1+ / 0-)
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          Sandino

          I am blaming Americans for their craven apathy -- that's what you can't handle. People are being allowed and even encouraged to demonize Arab peoples as 'terrorists' whether they are innocent or guilty, and they are being 'rendered', tortured, and killed en masse by the military.
          I'm not going to reply to you again because you are clearly thick, but stop saying I equate Obama with Hitler - that's just stupid, as I said in my first post to you.

    •  Did u just coin a phrase? 'Left Baggers'? (0+ / 0-)

      draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

      by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:38:03 AM PDT

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  •  Sadly, no (0+ / 0-)

    I read it somewhere else!

  •  Is 'disappear' a verb? n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Anyone got a good recipe for fresh beets? (0+ / 0-)
  •  *sigh* (1+ / 0-)
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    Sandino

    not one worthwhile comment yet. Even on Kos criticizing the U.S. brings out the mindless defense of a deteriorating country. Criticism is healthy, people. The U.S. is involved in some very bad stuff -- do you think reminding me of some 'upside' is going to change that? People need to be angry about what is being done by their own government - but everyone's so lame about protesting I'm not surprised it extends even to this format. I feel sorry for you, but I'm damn glad I don't live there.

    •  Factual criticism is healthy (3+ / 0-)
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      quinn, VClib, erush1345

      Making stuff up to be poutraged about is NOT healthy.  That's what teabaggers and now leftbaggers do.

      It means you are living in a fantasy land, same as the teabaggers, in which all sorts of crazy, non-reality based things, are happening.

      Saying that the Obama administration is running an Auschwitz is even worse than saying that there's no birth certificate in Hawaii.

      •  'poutraged'..where do u come up w/ this stuff? (0+ / 0-)

        draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

        by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:03:27 AM PDT

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      •  all substantiated (0+ / 0-)

        there are links that show everything I have written is factual. It's your fault if you don't read them or you aren't informed.

      •  you are thick (0+ / 0-)

        No where does it say Obama is running an Auschwitz. It says that there are systematic death camps that Arab people are being put into, and the apathy is like that of the Germans who ignored the killing and torture of Jews.  You simply don't want to understand this.

        •  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! (2+ / 0-)
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          quinn, erush1345

          No where does it say Obama is running an Auschwitz. It says that there are systematic death camps that Arab people are being put into, and the apathy is like that of the Germans who ignored the killing and torture of Jews.

          Death camps?  Really?

          How is accusing the administration of running death camps different from accusing them of running an Auschwitz?

          You're quite the comedian.  

          There are definitely difficult issues and questions, such as the dividing line between activity that needs to be prosecuted in the criminal justice system and activity that deserves prisoner of war designation, but there is zero -- repeat zero -- evidence that the Obama administration is running "death camps" for Arabs.  

          If you believe there are, you are officially a loon.

          •  all right enough (0+ / 0-)

            there is an obvious failure to communicate here. give it a rest, dude.

            •  No, no, please tell us about the death camps! (2+ / 0-)
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              quinn, erush1345

              Please provide evidence that the Obama administration is running death camps for Arabs.

            •  oh, 'enough' you say? (1+ / 0-)
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              erush1345

              You cannot back away from the claims you make with a simple wave of your hand and 'enough'.

              You claimed the existence of:

              there are systematic death camps that Arab people are being put into

              Where are those 'death camps'?

              How many are being killed?

              You are once again equating the deaths of 6 MILLION people with the abuses that have occurred and continue to occur with the biggest atrocity mankind has seen.

              Not only that, you place the blame on the current government, namely President Obama, when you are fully aware of the fact that the prisons in Guantanamo Bay and Bahgra ONLY exist because of the lies of George W. Bush.

              draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

              by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:54:37 AM PDT

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              •  duh (0+ / 0-)

                OBVIOUSLY these things come from the Bush Administration.  Are you seriously not getting it? Of course I'm bloody aware - you need to become aware that it hasn't stopped.
                Again, you're deliberately misunderstanding, and so I'm going to leave you to it.  If you've seen all my other posts, you'd know me to be very much aware of what Bush & Co. were up to.  But this kind of explaining is too boring to continue, so that's it.

                •  Everybody loves it when you tell them (1+ / 0-)
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                  erush1345

                  what they need to do.

                  You still haven't answered the questions:

                  WHERE are the 'death camps'?

                  HOW MANY have been killed?

                  You created a false equivalency.

                  draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

                  by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 08:03:34 AM PDT

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    •  You mean: "Not one comment that aligns with my (1+ / 0-)
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      erush1345

      beliefs", no?

      since you said:

      but I'm damn glad I don't live there.

      may we ask where you live and how much better it is there?

      draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

      by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:02:29 AM PDT

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  •  thank you, CJnyc (1+ / 0-)
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    Sandino

    for being the first one to say something useful about this post.

    •  finally something useful! (1+ / 0-)
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      HamdenRice

      ARCHIVES: Beet Pie
      next pie

      1. Beet Pie!

      Red for Valentine’s Day

      Makes a 10" Pie, Preheat oven to 350.
      1 Unbaked 10" pie shell, chilled.

      2 lbs. Fresh beet
      1/2 t. nutmeg
      1 1/4 c. heavy cream
      1 1/4 c. milk
      1/2 vanilla bean
      1/2 c. sugar
      3 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten

      1. Cut tops off beets leaving 1 inch of stems. Boil ‘til tender. Remove from heat and cool. Slip skins off and coarsely grate them by hand, stir in nutmeg and set aside.
      1. Combine cream, milk and vanilla bean in heavy pan, simmer for 5 minutes, remove vanilla bean.
      1. Using a mixer, beat the sugar with eggs and egg yolks until light and fluffy. Gradually add the hot cream-milk mixture, beating constantly. Strain mixture into large bowl and stir in beets, mixing well. Pour into shell. Bake 55-60 minutes. Until filling is set. Eat warm or room temp. XXOO Love you sweethearts. Be mine. Love, Sue Anne.

      draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

      by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:12:21 AM PDT

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  •  The 'diarist' has no clothes. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm outta here, Ham. Good luck!

    draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

    by quinn on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:59:26 AM PDT

  •  Captured regulators and media (0+ / 0-)

    create a powerful basis for denial. Anyone who challenges that will face attacks from the comfortable.  It is informative to see the tribal brushes and timeless libel they paint you with.

    •  thanks, Sandino (0+ / 0-)

      Nice to see SOMEONE is paying attention! I was surprised to see myself being painted as some kind of Tea Bagger by those dimwits, but as you say, I should have expected it.

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