Friday, December 31, 2010

From CounterPunch
  • The year 2011 will bring Americans a larger and more intrusive police state, more unemployment and home foreclosures, no economic recovery, more disregard by the US government of US law, international law, the Constitution, and truth, more suspicion and distrust from allies, more hostility from the rest of the world, and new heights of media sycophancy. Paul Craig Roberts.
  • War porn? A valid point but I’m no pacifist. Thou shalt do no murder but every smart parent knows; ban toy guns and little boys will use sticks instead. The key is to channel this (teach ideals of honour and chivalry as well as, in sport as well as video games, how to kick ass, for example), not try to suppress it, just like in real life. IIRC Rambo the supersoldier was a government creation but ... why shouldn’t people hone these skills against an aggressor like... the government? (Hooray for militias.) Perhaps the progressives want to psychologically and literally disarm the populace, wrapping it up in Christianity to try to snow the proles, not because they want peace.
  • Obama and the boy in the metal box. As the very first detainee in Bush’s wars, he was a sign, little understood at the time, of what was to come, and a pristine example of how constitutional rights fare in the hands of cynical political leadership amidst societal hysteria and paranoia. Let’s look at this rationally. As recently as the summer of ’01 the feds were on speaking terms with the Taliban (having supported bin Laden in the Afghan war) and are still not formally at war with them. (Despite the ‘they hate our freedoms’ crap given as the reason for 9/11.) AFAIK being a immature douchebag living off your parents to trot the globe and play super-Muslim (instead of pretending to study at university or playing in Europe for a year like mainstream rich kids) is not a crime. (Barsanuphius Jones meets Muhammad.)
  • The protty right helps the Likudniki ethnically cleanse.

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