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The Passing of American Exceptionalism

How We Became Like All the Other Nations Yes, once upon a time there really was an American exceptionalism. America was a light unto the world. This exceptionalism was a long way from perfect, of course (looking for perfection in a mass of humans is silly), but it was legitimate and substantial. Alas, that was long ago. People who say that American exceptionalism still exists don’t understand what it ...Read full article...

Democracy and Free Speech have been Murdered

Barrett Brown, Kathy Kelly, and Bonny Mahoney are the kind of people who are imprisoned in America.  It is not the perjurers and liars, the torturers, war criminals and mass murderers.  It is the good people who peacefully protest the crimes of those who control the US government and its policies. Since around 1990 I have studied and reported on cases that have resulted in the erosion of the ...Read full article...

America’s Abysmal State

America never was beautiful. Less than ever now during harder than ever hard times since the Great Depression. Permanent wars on humanity at home and abroad. Bipartisan defense of wealth, power and privilege at the expense of beneficial social change. Obama’s State of the Union address combined demagogic rubbish, duplicitous boilerplate, pure fantasy, colossal arrogance, and a contemptible assertion of US supremacy. “…America stands strong and united with our ...Read full article...

Obama’s Phony Middle Class Tax Relief Plan

Obama is a corporate tool. Super-rich Americans never had it better during his tenure. Entirely reflecting anti-populist extremism. Policies hugely benefiting Wall Street. Other corporate favorites. Wealthy investors. America’s privileged class. At the expense of popular needs gone begging. Including so-called financial reform legislation written by Wall Street lawyers. Obamacare drafted by healthcare giants. So-called “grand bargain” help for struggling middle America reflects total capitulation to America’s aristocracy. The ...Read full article...

Ruin Is America’s Future

Washington-based neoconservatives may have set a noose around their necks Neoconservatives arrayed in their Washington offices are congratulating themselves on their success in using the Charlie Hebdo affair to reunite Europe with Washington’s foreign policy. No more French votes with the Palestinians against the Washington-Israeli position. No more growing European sympathy with the Palestinians. No more growing European opposition to launching new wars in the Middle East. No more ...Read full article...

Charlie Hebdo: Repressive Legislation to “Protect our Values”

Civil liberties in America and Europe are gravely threatened. Already seriously eroded. A previous article warned of more to come following last week’s Paris killings. A mid-February White House summit will be held on Countering Violent Extremism. Expect repressive legislation to follow. Other likely policy initiatives. Ones inimical to free society norms and standards. Growing tyranny fast replacing them. MSM reports say little. Only that Western officials want tighter border controls. ...Read full article...

The U.S. Police Threat “Is Too High”

The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives.  The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members. We are constantly reminded of how dangerous it is to be a police officer. A total of 50 police officers were reportedly killed last year in the “line of duty,” but the police themselves ...Read full article...

War on War on Black America: What’s in store for 2015

Black Americans are in the eye of the storm. Militarized cops target them nationwide. “(S)tate-sanctioned killings.” Casualties of war. Ongoing daily against black Americans. Compounded by other systemic abuses. Including judicial unfairness. Get tough on crime policies. Mandatory minimum sentences. Guilty unless proved innocent. Three strikes and you’re out. Racist drug laws. Stop-and-frisk. Driving while black. Filling the world’s largest gulag. Mostly with people of color. One in every ...Read full article...

New York Times: Enemy of Truth

The Times is America’s leading establishment publication. Its longstanding history is unprincipled.  Supporting wealth, power and privilege. At the expense of populist interests. Functioning as a quasi-official propaganda ministry. Offering a daily diet of managed news misinformation rubbish. On issues mattering most. No nation in world history committed more high crimes against humanity than America. The Times supports its worst policies. Ignoring rule of law principles. Supporting might over right. ...Read full article...

Obama’s Permanent War Agenda

He continues a longstanding tradition. America’s agenda is permanent war. Lew Rockwell calls it “The Forever War.” Law Professor Marjorie Cohn says it “perpetual war.” So did Gore Vidal in his 2002 book titled “Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace,” saying: “(O)ur for more than half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people, not to mention ...Read full article...

The US-Israel Alliance: No Palestinian State Solution

America and Israel partner against world peace. Stability. Equity. Justice. Responsible governance. According to fundamental rule of law principles. No two nations operate more ruthlessly. Lawlessly. Recklessly. Reigning terror on adversaries. Supporting like-minded rogue regimes. Both countries oppose Palestinian statehood. Defying international law. Affirming self-determination as a universal right. Wanting Palestinians kept in perpetual bondage. Under occupation harshness. Denied all international law guaranteed rights. Over their lives, welfare and ...Read full article...

US Torture: “Crime Without Punishment”

Longstanding US policy reflects business as usual. Ruthless and then some. With bipartisan support. Democrats and Republicans largely in lockstep. Rhetoric alone separating them. Supporting permanent wars of aggression. State terror at home and abroad. Abrogation of fundamental democratic principles. Systematic breaches of international, constitutional and US statute laws. Supporting wealth, power and privilege exclusively. Letting popular needs go begging. Burying hard truths. Substituting Big Lies. Including about torture ...Read full article...

US General: “We tortured people unmercifully”

“We probably murdered dozens of them during the course of that, both the armed forces and the CIA.” by Glenn Greenwald The Intercept December 9, 2014 One of the worst myths official Washington and its establishment media have told itself about the torture debate is that the controversy is limited to three cases of waterboarding at Guantánamo and a handful of bad Republican actors. In fact, a wide array ...Read full article...

Obama: War Criminal, Tyrant, Torturer, Racist, Corporate Tool, World-Class Thug

His record speaks for itself. Ideologically over-the-top. Lawless. Reckless. Ruthless by any standard. Reflecting the worst of rogue leadership. Mocking democratic values. Breaching rule of law principles. Riding roughshod over responsible governance. Serving monied interests exclusively. They never had it so good. Responsible for protracted Main Street Depression conditions. Letting popular needs go begging when most needed. A reliable corporate tool and then some. Pro-war. Pro-business. Pro-privilege. Pro-super wealth. ...Read full article...

Death of the Family Farm

Family businesses remain one of the most popular forms of ownership in America. But when things go wrong, they go really wrong. by Kristina Johnson Fastcompany.com November 28, 2014 At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his son Adam. “He had a breakdown,” ...Read full article...
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