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Tom Tomorrow's most recent book is TOO MUCH CRAZY from Soft Skull Press.
by Tom Tomorrow on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:50:08 AM PDT
Terror from gun violence is actually the thrill of freedom.
If cats could blog, they wouldn't
by crystal eyes on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:01:52 AM PDT
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville
by ZedMont on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:18:22 AM PDT
by Another Grizzle on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:41:59 PM PDT
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"Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley
by nightsweat on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:18:56 AM PDT
Trust No One, Keep Your Laser Handy, The Computer is your Friend!
How did an 80's parody of dystopia become our reality again?
I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.
by detroitmechworks on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:21:44 AM PDT
Lightning deaths in US since 1960 3,700
Our society is peeing its pants, losing its mind, and destroying itself, over nothing.
Editor, Red and Black Publishers
by Lenny Flank on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:24:03 AM PDT
...most of the terrorism deaths occurred in just one event THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.
Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US
That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.
The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible....the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat....In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.
Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school.
Tell me what to write. tellmewhattowrite.com 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin
by rbird on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:21:56 AM PDT
I understand it's doing border patrol now, even wandering into Mexico's and Canada's airspace. But it's worth those violations of sovereignty just to keep Americans safe.
To thine ownself be true
by Agathena on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:27:33 AM PDT
Threat assessments are so skewed and upside down, because of a Death of Truth
The world has been turned upside down. The pestilence of corporate totalitarianism is spreading rapidly over the earth. The criminals have seized power. It is not, in the end, simply Assange or Manning they want. It is all who dare to defy the official narrative, to expose the big lie of the global corporate state. The persecution of Assange and Manning is the harbinger of what is to come, the rise of a bitter world where criminals in Brooks Brothers suits and gangsters in beribboned military uniforms—propped up by a vast internal and external security apparatus, a compliant press and a morally bankrupt political elite—monitor and crush those who dissent. Writers, artists, actors, journalists, scientists, intellectuals and workers will be forced to obey or thrown into bondage.
Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. ~Edward Abbey
by cosmic debris on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:17:59 AM PDT
Don't forget the way American psychologists help with "enhanced interrogation techniques."
We're really something.
by Cambridgemac on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:21:35 PM PDT
Irrational fear trumps reason, though.
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"
by Lily O Lady on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:18:53 AM PDT
by gun violence since 1970 to compare to deaths from terrorism since 1970?
I've quoted this figure of over 30,000 deaths from gun violence each year to several of my Republican acquaintances lately, and strangest thing, none of them believe me. This country is fairly swamped with willful ignorance.
"In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken
by SueDe on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PDT
Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.
by Just Bob on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:30:41 PM PDT
The people whom I talk to won't believe what that graph shows either, and certainly not the projection that gun deaths are projected to outnumber vehicle deaths in just a couple years.
I really don't understand these people. They don't believe anything that doesn't already comport to their preconceived notions, no matter where those notions come from - the bible, Fox news, Rush Limbaugh, something their drinking buddies told them. Facts don't affect their "thinking" at all.
by SueDe on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:17:38 PM PDT
congress critters facebook pages lately. I know what you mean. Still, it doesn't hurt. Even some Tea Partiers can be reasoned with.
Benghazi is the topic of the day. It isn't hard to blow the blowhards out of the water. Even Fox and Friends is beginning to ask reasonable questions. I guess they're finding it hard to believe that Adm. Mullens, Sec. Def. Leon Panetta, and Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) are all traitors.
by Just Bob on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:45:54 PM PDT
with those facebook remarks. I just can't bring myself to do it. I have never suffered fools well.
by SueDe on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:07:55 PM PDT
...violations of Constitutionally guaranteed rights is bad, unless we want it, in which case it is good.....
by VectorScalar on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:37:05 AM PDT
What part of "well-regulated militia" do you not understand? The second amendment doesn't grant absolute right to ownership of any and every possible weapon and munition. The original purpose of those militias wasn't to guard against "government tyranny," it was to be able to put down slave rebellions. i have no problem with people owning guns for hunting and self defense - even though that self defense reason is mightily flawed. That doesn't mean letting every psychopath and convicted criminal be able to go to a gun show and buy an arsenal.
Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.
by kbman on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:56:31 AM PDT
Often it stands betwixt the ill-educated and their opinions, but in this case it binds. See also, operative clause. Brought to you by my middle school English teachers.
And yes, my right to own an AK47 IS Constitutionally guaranteed, although I chose the superior AKM. Sorry that offends you and causes you to ignore your hypocrisy. Of course, this begs the question : how does it feel to be a member of the Tea Party of the left?
by VectorScalar on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:05:13 PM PDT
Did I get the grammar right?
by kbman on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:07:46 PM PDT
I know it must be upsetting to be unable to make a logical argument (or even form a coherent sentence), but do you need to share with all the world your incompetence?
Don't worry, I forgive you for your juvenile outburst; I just think more could be accomplished if you sought professional help.
by VectorScalar on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:42:32 AM PDT
It used to be that FB would automatically generate a thumbnail copy of the image to accompany the post, much like it does with other links. However, the past three or four times I've posted TMW, there has been no preview, my post ends up being just the spelled out link http:blah blah blah.
Other links I post continue to have previews presented. Is TMW being censored by Facebook? It sure looks that way to me.
by kbman on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:47:34 AM PDT
A long-time fan.
by jnhobbs on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:29:42 PM PDT
by meinoregon on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:16:49 PM PDT
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"...it's like déjà vu all over again..." yogi berra
by meinoregon on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:25:38 PM PDT
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