Bin Laden “was used in the same way that 9/11 was used to mobilize the emotions and feelings of the American people in order to go to a war that had to be justified through a narrative that Bush junior created and Cheney created about the world of terrorism.” — Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik With […]Read More..
As even ancient theologians could have seen, the U.S. worships at the altar of Pluto: the god of riches and death. Our Plutocracy has become desperate in its end stages. The gap between the rich and the rest is now bigger than it was during the Great Depression 80 years ago. Robert Reich reports that […]Read More..
Two days before Christmas, the Associated Press wrote of Halliburton’s generous gift of $250 million to Nigerian officials, to bribe their government into dropping the criminal bribery charges against former Halliburton CEO and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Former President George G. W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker reportedly also made […]Read More..
Reposted from Firedoglake. It’s hard for an American to admit that we have become a country whose President now claims the power to arrest and detain indefinitely – or even order the assassination of — any American citizen that the President – without official charges, trial and conviction – sees as some sort of threat. […]Read More..
Imagine a man who lived some time ago.* From an early age, he was drawn to religion. He went to the formal service every week, sometimes even taking notes. He believed everything his church taught him, never felt a need to challenge the teachings, and tried to live as he was told he should. He […]Read More..
In the game-changing 1973 Roe v. Wade case, abortion was framed as an issue of women’s rights. The women’s movement was in full swing, and it was easy to see why women would believe they should have the right to abort an unwanted fetus. But the “rights” frame proved to be an easy […]Read More..
Our economic and political mess became more clear once I realized that most of the important political deals take place in the Mos Eisley Cantina. You know the scene from the first “Star Wars” movie in 1976: a dark, smoky bar located somewhere in a twilight zone: a liminal and lawless hideout where the ethically […]Read More..
I’m looking through you, where did you go? I thought I knew you, what did I know? You don’t look different, but you have changed; I’m looking through you, you’re not the same. (The Beatles: McCartney and Lennon) All in all, liberals were happier when he was opaque. Since January 2009, we have been confused […]Read More..
The funniest thing about Wily Coyote is how far he has gone beyond the edge of the cliff before he gives that big-eyed “Uh-oh!” expression, realizing he’s got a long fall coming. It isn’t funny to the coyote but it is to us. It’s our schadenfreude: the joy we derive from the misfortune of people […]Read More..
In this winter of worldwide discontent, a powerful moral and political spirit has arisen in the Middle East. There are already uprisings of ordinary people all over the world: nobodies dumping Somebodies off their thrones, as the world watches. It’s happening so fast our heads are spinning. But it’s clear that we will turn that […]Read More..