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Tonight's music features Jimmy McCracklin and Robert Ward, two r&b/blues performers with unique styles. Enjoy!



Jimmy McCracklin with Ry Cooder and Wayne Bennett - After Hours


"Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction."

 -- Barack Obama


News


 
At Guantanamo tribunals, don't mention the "T" word

CIA agents have written books about it. Former President George W. Bush has explained why he thought it was necessary and legal. Yet the al Qaeda suspects who were subjected to so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and the lawyers charged with defending them at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, are not allowed to talk about the treatment they consider torture.

Defense attorneys say that and other Kafkaesque legal restrictions on what they can discuss with their clients and raise in the courtroom undermine their ability to mount a proper defense on charges that could lead to the death penalty. ...

Prosecutors say every utterance of the alleged al Qaeda murderers, and what their lawyers in turn pass on to the court, must be strictly monitored precisely because of the defendants' intimate personal knowledge of highly classified CIA interrogation methods they endured in the agency's clandestine overseas prisons.

"Everything is presumptively top secret. So if my client had a tuna fish sandwich for lunch, I couldn't tell you that," Cheryl Bormann, who represents defendant Walid bin Attash, said after the May arraignment of the men charged with plotting the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Human Rights Critics of Russia and Ecuador Parade Their Own Hypocrisy

Readers of the American and British press over the past month have been inundated with righteous condemnations of Ecuador's poor record on press freedoms. Is this because western media outlets have suddenly developed a new-found devotion to defending civil liberties in Latin America? Please. To pose the question is to mock it.

It's because feigning concern for these oppressive measures is a convenient instrument for demeaning and punishing Ecuador for the supreme crime of defying the US and its western allies. The government of President Rafael Correa granted asylum to western establishmentarians' most despised figure, Julian Assange, and Correa's government then loudly condemned Britain's implied threats to invade its embassy. Ecuador must therefore be publicly flogged for its impertinence, and its press freedom record is a readily available whip. As a fun bonus, denunciations of Correa's media oppression is a cheap and easy way to deride Assange's supposed hypocrisy.

(Apparently, activists should only seek asylum from countries with pristine human rights records, whichever countries those might be: a newly concocted standard that was conspicuously missing during the saga of blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng at the US embassy; I don't recall any western media outlets accusing Guangcheng of hypocrisy for seeking refuge from a country that indefinitely imprisons people with no charges, attacked Iraq, assassinates its own citizens with no due process on the secret orders of the president, bombs funerals and rescuers in Pakistan, uses extreme force and mass arrests to try to obliterate the peaceful Occupy protest movement, wages an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, prosecutes its Muslim citizens for posting YouTube videos critical of US foreign policy, embraces and arms the world's most oppressive regimes, and imprisoned Muslim journalists for years at Guantánamo and elsewhere with no charges of any kind.)

Todd Akin’s "Legitimate Rape" Comment Sheds Light on Paul Ryan’s Extreme Stance on Abortion

Massacre in South Africa: Police Defend Killing of 34 Striking Workers at Platinum Mine

NYPD spy program against Muslim community produced no leads

The New York City Police Department’s heavily-criticized spying on Muslim residents did not produce any leads or help any investigations of terrorist activities, in a report a civil rights group calls a “vindication” of the city’s Muslim community. ...

The discovery of the unit led to criticism from civil rights groups, and CAIR had called on the state legislature to investigate the practice, though Rep. Peter King (R-NY) at one point denied the department was engaging in racial profiling.

“All they got from it was a complete chill in relations with the Muslim community and its leaders, who they spied on as they were meeting with them,” Hooper said.

Record radiation in fish off Japan nuclear plant

A pair of greenlings have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday.

The fishes, captured 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) off the plant on August 1, registered 25,800 becquerels of caesium per kilo, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said -- 258 times the level the government deems safe for consumption.

Illinois Nuke, Coal Plants Dumping Millions of Gallons of Near 100-Degree Water into Waterways

As fish die in record numbers across Illinois this summer because of the intense heat and drought, state officials are granting power plants special exemptions to flush massive amounts of hot water into already stressed lakes and rivers.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is allowing power plants to dump hundreds of millions of gallons of water per day at temperatures approaching 100 degrees into the state's waterways, the Tribune has learned.

Temperature-sensitive fish already have been swimming deeper to find cooler water or have been abandoning environmentally inhospitable areas during the heat and drought. But with power plant operators dumping hot water at record amounts, environmentalists say the fish, along with the rivers and lakes they live in, could face increased risk.

Passage of California’s Prop. 37 would make it first state to label genetically modified food

Another multimillion-dollar fight over a ballot initiative – with big implications for the country – is brewing here in California. The initiative, which is on the ballot this November, has a mouthful of a name: the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.”

If Proposition 37 passes, California will become the first state in the nation to require that food manufacturers appropriately label all food – raw and processed – that contain ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That term refers to scientific procedures that have altered the genetic material in various organisms.

Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what kinds of food they are buying and eating, while opponents say it would produce a system too burdensome on food sellers and distributors and needlessly costly to consumers.

To date, similar labeling laws have failed in 19 states. Also, a law requiring the labeling of bovine growth hormones was struck down in federal court in 1996.

Occupy Activists Prepare to Protest Political Conventions

Occupy Wall Street activists are preparing to travel to Tampa and Charlotte for the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions. The group is planning to charter busloads of protesters south as part of demonstrations beginning in Tampa on August 27. ...

“We invite everyone to come and take advantage of the preparations we have made, to help ensure that all occupiers and other supporting groups can use this moment of national attention to confront the political status-quo,” Occupy Tampa states. ...

"Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are controlled by moneyed interests and the 1%, and the Occupy Movement will hold both Parties accountable at the RNC in Tampa in August and at the DNC in Charlotte in September. We cannot allow this two-party system and its corporate puppeteers to determine our country’s destiny. While we recognize the historical significance of President Obama’s election, we will not sit idly by as the Administration favors corporations and the 1%, tramples civil liberties, and wages tragic wars,” Occupy Charlotte says in its statement, emphasizing to visitors that they are a nonviolent movement, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has treated their chapter with respect and “vice versa.”






Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

No Person Shall Be Deprived of Life, Liberty or Property… Unless the Oil and Gas Industry Says So

Levi needs some help

John Cusack & Jonathan Turley on Obama’s Constitution



A Little Night Music






Robert Ward & Ry Cooder Forgive Me Darling

Jimmy McCracklin - At The Club

Jimmy McCracklin w/Ry Cooder + Wayne Bennett - The Walk

Jimmy McCracklin - Get Together

Jimmy McCracklin - Think

Jimmy McCracklin - R.M. Blues

Jimmy McCracklin - Let The Door Hit You

Jimmy McCracklin - Gotta cut out

Jimmy McCracklin - Steppin' Up In Class

Jimmy McCracklin & His Blues Blasters - I Wanna Make Love To You

Robert Ward & Ry Cooder Blood Run Cold

Robert Ward at the Chicago Blues Festival

Robert Ward - Your Love Is Amazing

Robert Ward - Potato Soup

Robert Ward - You Ought To Stop It

Robert Ward - Your Love Is Real

Ohio Untouchables (Robert Ward) - Hot Stuff  

Robert Ward - I'm Gonna Cry a River

Robert Ward - White Fox

Robert Ward - Never Alone




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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH.

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  •  so, i'm thinking about moving the start time... (7+ / 0-)

    i've been feeling like this time slot is just kind of a weird time for most folks.  either that or dailykos just doesn't get a lot of evening traffic, which is of course another possibility.

    so i've been thinking about starting evening blues an hour later at 8pm (eastern hippie time) since most folks don't seem to show up until about then.  

    does that work for you guys?

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:23:05 PM PDT

  •  Great diary, joe (5+ / 0-)

    Here's an interesting diary you might want to add above, by poligirl.

    You're Doing It Wrong!: Obama's Constitution by John Cusack+

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    We could of course call it, "betrayal, let me count the ways."

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:35:29 PM PDT

    •  evening allenjo... (2+ / 0-)
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      allenjo, ek hornbeck

      i read that earlier today over at shannyn moore's blog (here).

      i agree, that was an excellent conversation between cusack and turley, with excellent things for liberal/progressive voters to think about.  thanks for reminding me, i put a link to it upstairs in the blog posts of interest section.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:50:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  kalispera joe (3+ / 0-)

        That's Greek, you know. ;)

        Sorry I can't resist these little stale bits of humor.

        I will click over to shannyn moore's blog.

        Difficult to get a realistic view here on dkos at times, where we still after all this time have posters who address Obama discontent with, "You didn't get your pony?"

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

        by allenjo on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:00:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  yeah... (2+ / 0-)
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          ek hornbeck, shaharazade

          well that can be a problem at a site that has a conflict between its partisan urges and its progressive urges.

          i thought that turley really crystallized the intellectual problem for partisans well when he brought up the concept of a candidate that sweeps war crimes under the rug (and thus violates national and international law) but is good on certain domestic issues like healthcare.  turley's framing of his arguments is worth noting.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:06:20 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  I am rarely online this late, on EST (3+ / 0-)

        and more of a morning poster than evening one.

        So I don't know how active the site as the night goes on, joe.

        My advice is stick to time that is best for you.

        Thanks for great music, and I will go find some patriotic music to post, perhaps before I sign off to eat dinner.
        Because I am feeling the opposite of patriotic about this country of late.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

        by allenjo on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:46:57 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Works well on wet west coast (5+ / 0-)

    I love the duets with Ry Cooder and Robert Ward.

    Ry Cooder took down most of his solo vids from YouTube but you will find vids of him with other people. Early in his career he was ripped off by none other than The Rolling Stones, so he is pretty strict about his copyright.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:37:17 PM PDT

    •  evening agathena... (2+ / 0-)
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      i'm just glad that there's a fair amount of ry's stuff still up on the web.  it would be a shame to not be able to share his wonderful music with others.  i wish that there was a better model for getting artists some sort of recompense for their works than our current system of copyrights and royalties, which frankly doesn't work all that well for anybody.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:44:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  OpEd in the NYTimes by Michael Moore and (6+ / 0-)

    Oliver Stone defending Assange. They sum up the story very nicely.

    WikiLeaks and Free Speech

    Taken together, the British and Swedish governments’ actions suggest to us that their real agenda is to get Mr. Assange to Sweden. Because of treaty and other considerations, he probably could be more easily extradited from there to the United States to face charges. Mr. Assange has every reason to fear such an outcome.The Justice Department recently confirmed that it was continuing to investigate WikiLeaks, and just-disclosed Australian government documents from this past February state that “the U.S. investigation into possible criminal conduct by Mr. Assange has been ongoing for more than a year.” WikiLeaks itself has published e-mails from Stratfor, a private intelligence corporation, which state that a grand jury has already returned a sealed indictment of Mr. Assange. And history indicates Sweden would buckle to any pressure from the United States to hand over Mr. Assange. In 2001 the Swedish government delivered two Egyptians seeking asylum to the C.I.A., which rendered them to the Mubarak regime, which tortured them.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:45:05 PM PDT

    •  that is a good essay... (5+ / 0-)

      it seems to me that in their eagerness to punish assange for his impudence in revealing the secrets of the greatest empire ever, neither the us nor it's lapdogs are thinking clearly about the ramifications of their actions.

      If Mr. Assange is extradited to the United States, the consequences will reverberate for years around the world. Mr. Assange is not an American citizen, and none of his actions have taken place on American soil. If the United States can prosecute a journalist in these circumstances, the governments of Russia or China could, by the same logic, demand that foreign reporters anywhere on earth be extradited for violating their laws. The setting of such a precedent should deeply concern everyone, admirers of WikiLeaks or not.
      if britain is doing more than waving it's diplomatic willie at ecuador with its threats to raid their embassy, it must be having a fit of the pride that goeth before a fall if they think that nobody on earth will dare do the same to their embassies and won't be emboldened by their threats.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:14:51 PM PDT

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  •  Many of us just fell out of our chairs. (5+ / 0-)

    "Bush and Obama both selected Attorney Generals who would do what they wanted them to do"

    Sadly true.

    Bush and Obama both selected Attorney Generals who would do what they wanted them to do, who would enable them by saying that no principles stood in the way of what they wanted to do. More importantly, that there were no principles requiring them to do something they didn’t want to do, like investigate torture.

    Cusack: So would you say this assassination issue, or the speech and the clause in the NDAA and this signing statement that was attached, was equivalent to John Yoo’s torture document?

    Turley: Oh, I think it’s amazing. It is astonishing the dishonesty that preceded and followed its passage. Before passage, the administration told the public that the president was upset about the lack of an exception for citizens and that he was ready to veto the bill if there was a lack of such an exception. Then, in an unguarded moment, Senator Levin was speaking to another Democratic senator who was objecting to the fact that citizens could be assassinated under this provision, and Levin said, “I don’t know if my colleague is aware that the exception language was removed at the request of the White House.” Many of us just fell out of our chairs. It was a relatively rare moment on the Senate floor, unguarded and unscripted.

    http://www.voicesonthesquare.com/...

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:08:02 PM PDT

    •  Best thing I have read in awhile (4+ / 0-)

      Not only because I love John Cusack and Johnathan Turley is one I respect. It seems like Cusack really brought out the best explanation of our predicament out of Turley and why Obama really has crossed the Rubicon.

      ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

      by priceman on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:16:19 PM PDT

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    •  That unguarded moment (2+ / 0-)
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      was spun right round like a record, baby, so fast it made your head spun. It was an amazing abut totally unbelievable hustle by the WH. Same with the bogus PO debacle and the kabuki hostage taking with the Bush tax cuts.

      I really can not handle or reconcile the civil and human rights abuses. As Assange once said This administration is reinterpreting old law in order to make new law. The Great Writ is old law that took centuries for humans to develop. From FISA to NDAA and via the courts we are losing our inalienable rights.

      Self evident truths are no longer allowed to be written or spoken. Electoral partisan politics and winning seems ass backwards when you lose your civil rights, your democracy and can't even make a decent living cause it's an ownership society . Cart before the horse politics of totally illogical fear.            

  •  Good evening, Joe (3+ / 0-)
    Apparently, activists should only seek asylum from countries with pristine human rights records, whichever countries those might be: a newly concocted standard that was conspicuously missing during the saga of blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng at the US embassy; I don't recall any western media outlets accusing Guangcheng of hypocrisy for seeking refuge from a country that indefinitely imprisons people with no charges, attacked Iraq, assassinates its own citizens with no due process on the secret orders of the president, bombs funerals and rescuers in Pakistan, uses extreme force and mass arrests to try to obliterate the peaceful Occupy protest movement, wages an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, prosecutes its Muslim citizens for posting YouTube videos critical of US foreign policy, embraces and arms the world's most oppressive regimes, and imprisoned Muslim journalists for years at Guantánamo and elsewhere with no charges of any kind.
    This speaks to the heart of the matter. I thought of this right away when I read those accounts by some in the press seeming so concerned about freedom of the press in Ecuador even though Wikileaks did show us what we didn't know and is journalism.

    ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

    by priceman on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:14:46 PM PDT

  •  Well, well, well. Now I know where the soulmates (2+ / 0-)
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    joe shikspack, ek hornbeck

    meet.

    Nice try.  No buy.

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