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America: Ship of Fools
March 6, 2012

In the Middle East the people of Syria are being slaughtered.  Thousands have been killed by the Syrian army.

In America we are debating the potty mouth words of a fat man calling a female law student a slut because she testified before Congress on health care and contraceptive drugs.

In Syria civilians are bombarded by tanks and artillery of the Syrian army under the control of a certifiable psychopath, al Assad.

In America candidates for the Presidency throw money and insults at each other as they try to prove to an ignorant, thoughtless, narcissistic mob of voters which of them is more Christian, which of them is more rigidly and mindlessly ideological.

In Syria soldiers are dragging old men into the street and shooting them in the head.

In America a President threatens yet another Middle Eastern country with destruction as he backs them into a corner, leaving them little option but to snarl and fight and do the thing he says they shouldn’t do, while the Israelis do their best to pervert the American government into doing their paranoid dirty work for them.

In Syria children’s throats are being slashed open by soldiers and the blood of children runs in the streets.

In America families lose their homes. Workers lose their jobs. Bobbling head media ‘personalities’ spew nonsense and call it ‘news’. Roads and bridges crumble. Schools cut education. And ugly men and women collect millions of dollars from amoral and immoral corporations as they spew hatred and bigotry and a vision of ignorance and greed over the broadcast frequencies owned by the people of the United States.

In Syria thousands flee for their lives from their murderous government, spilling over the borders into other countries, fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their back, running from armies of their fellow Syrians wielding artillery, tanks, automatic weapons, and knives dripping with the blood of children.

In America one political party seeks its sole goal of chasing that nigger from their White House and are willing to bring the government to its knees in order to accomplish that goal. And the other party tries hard not to make anyone upset at them, so they adopt the position of standing for nothing.

In Syria the blood of old men, women, and children flows freely in the dirt and gutters.

In America the politicians say they support the Syrian people. One might ask which Syrians the Americans support: the dead ones or the ones about to be slaughtered.

In Syria the government of a murderous tyrant murders its citizens at will, by the scores, by the thousands, freely, without reservation, without reason.

In  America the Attorney General of the United States and the President of the United States publicly seek to justify the murder of American citizens on  the order of the President, with no charges made, no judicial review, no recourse. 

America, the enlightened democracy of the twenty-first century? Or a ship of babbling fools playing to an American mob of ideological and theocratic conformists raptly listening to ugly voices promoting hatred of American against American and American against all non-white , non-English speaking people in the world.

Choose.

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Palmer Raids, Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy, Barack Obama: Peas In A Pod
January 3, 2012

In WWI we had the Palmer raids of A. Mitchell Palmer, Attorney General of the United States. In the early 50s we had the insanity of a dipsomaniac Wisconsin U.S. Senator, Joe McCarthy. Now we have the 21st century final fall from grace as the President of the United States, Barack Obama, accompanied by United States Senators of both political parties, officially putting pretty much the final stamp of approval on what was formerly the “world’s greatest democracy” becoming just another tyranny of the powerful few.

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University, details the black act of Congress, at Common Dreams and at his blog:

President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year.

Under cover of signing the Defense Authorization Act, and once again lying about his intentions, Obama drove the nail into the coffin of civil rights, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and every other ‘guarantee’ of civil liberty and protection from tyrants that Americans have assumed. And one of his excuses was that he had to sign the act to support the troops by funding them.

The latest claim is even more insulting. You do not "support our troops" by denying the principles for which they are fighting. They are not fighting to consolidate authoritarian powers in the president. The "American way of life" is defined by our constitution and specifically the bill of rights. Moreover, the insistence that you do not intend to use authoritarian powers does not alter the fact that you just signed an authoritarian measure. It is not the use but the right to use such powers that defines authoritarian systems.

Read it all. And follow the link to Turley’s post about some Montana citizens seeking to recall their two Senators who voted for the nightmare.

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The Crimes of Bushbama… Ongoing
September 11, 2011

Matthew Rothschild has a long piece at The Progressive site on President Obama’s continuation and intensification of American policies that threaten citizens of the United States, of any country the President deems a problem, and that threaten to bring down United States democracy itself. His lead…

On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, let’s face facts: The United States is a more repressive place to live in, and it conducts itself in a more lawless manner overseas. The edifice of repression that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney erected after 9/11, far from being dismantled by Barack Obama, has actually been buttressed. And he’s even added a couple of new floors. We are not the same nation we were ten yeas ago. We are less free. We are more bellicose. And our leaders have put in place mechanisms that future Presidents may use to utterly destroy our democracy.

And then the ugliness begins.

Worth reading.

(You don’t really believe the United States stopped torturing its prisoners just because the President said so, do you?)

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Oh Yeah! Bring On The Rack And The Waterboard!
July 12, 2011

Maybe, finally there might be some accountability for the United States government’s policy of torture and brutality and trashing of international law.

Maybe there’s a chance that some of the American sociopaths will have to stand before legitimate justice and answer for their diseased beliefs.

One can hope, even though the current government has done and will do everything in its power to avoid bringing any American to justice. Obama has made that perfectly clear, and in that has become legally culpable of complicity.

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The Mane Is Gone… Remember The Mane!
July 1, 2011

 

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After ten years of growing hair nonstop, The Lion finally gave it up. Two feet of hair hit the barbershop floor and The Lion was free of hair hassles, with nary a regret in sight.

Sorry, ladies. But I’m still a charmer, with vast intelligence, untold wealth, incredible wit, and stunning good looks. Right? Right??

Jeez!

Yowsah! 

The Burning Gun: Iraq War Really Was About Oil…
April 23, 2011

Over at Common Dreams Ray McGovern writes about the release of British government documents demonstrating that the destruction of Iraq, the deaths of thousands of American soldiers, the savaging of the American taxpayer, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and the creation of four million Iraqi refugees was in large part done to put profits into the hands of fat cat oil executives, pretty much the same ones ripping off the taxpayers today.

So all you patriotic Americans, your family members died and got their bodies and minds torn up to create profits for the rich people who today continue to do their very best to destroy democracy in America and anywhere in the world where they can make a buck.

From McGovern’s article:

Prime Minister Tony Blair was equally disingenuous in his public remarks. On April 19, Democracy Now ran a brief clip in which British author Muttitt called to mind Blair’s assurances to a TV audience on Feb. 6, 2003, six weeks before the war: “The idea that we’re interested in Iraq’s oil is absurd, it’s one of the most absurd conspiracy theories you can imagine.”

Muttitt pointed out that, as Blair was saying this, a secret (until now) Foreign Office document setting out British strategy toward Iraqi oil asserted, “Britain has an absolutely vital interest in Iraq’s oil.”

Plenty more. Worth reading.

Fundogelical Mike Huckabee: Indoctrinate Americans At Gunpoint Into Christian View
April 2, 2011

 

Mike Huckabee, a Republican Christian fundogelical running seriously hard for President, wants to put a gun to your head to force you to accept his lie that the United States was created as a Christian country. A real gun, not one that’s fake like his knowledge of history.

He said that in the video of his speech at a Christian Supremacist conference, and then edited out the comment. Fortunately one of us evil commie fascist libruls recorded the original speech.

Article and video here.

Didja notice the laughter at the gunpoint remark?

They’ll tell you they’re just nice Christian folk trying to look after their country.

These are a bunch of sick fucks who, given political power, would soon be indistinguishable from the Taliban or the Khmer Rouge.

Just like the nice Christian folk who lynched thousands of Blacks, who beat and kill gays, who curse American Muslims, whose holy book of bullshit tells them to kill atheists. These are the sick holy scum who want to run America and control your life.

And Mike Huckabee wants to lead them, as the President of the United States, on their holy crusade  against everyone who dares disagree with them.

Tip o’ the hat to Shorty in Texas.

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Your Government Is Kicking Sand In Your Face…
March 16, 2011

 

Thanks to Moe at Whatever Works

American Military Infested With Christian Crazies At All Levels: Mikey Weinstein, The Scourge Of Reason, Battles Them
August 12, 2010

From Alternet comes the story of Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and his all-out deadly battle against Christian extremists corrupting the military and sabotaging the military’s laws and its mission.

He’s not fighting some polite battle of wits with intellectual Christians. He’s fighting some of the worst vermin of the religious right, people who want to use the military to further their insane beliefs and force them on not only foreign countries but on America itself.

These people make the Islamic jihadis look like little old ladies. Weinstein and his family have had to turn their home into a fort defended by guard dogs and sometimes by professional security teams. He and his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, are always armed, having had to get concealed carry permits for their own safety.

But he fights on, despite the tremendous toll the battle has taken on him and his family.

Within the military the influence of these sick, pathetic, and dangerous phony Christians is pervasive, and threatens to undermine and destroy democracy in America. Imagine a fanatically religious military in America. An American military. There is nothing they would not do to impose their foul and evil beliefs on the country. Their arrogance is as boundless as their hatred.

And right now one of the very few people fighting them is Mikey Weinstein. Read the article by Matt Harwood at Alternet. It’s long, but well written and goddam scary. Then go to the MRFF site and help them however you can.

[And thanks to Shorty for the tip.]

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America’s Rugged Individuals… Not!
June 7, 2010

There’s a lengthy piece by Claude Fischer in yesterday’s Globe about America’s myth of rugged individualism and rugged individuals.

Turns out Americans are a bunch of conformist wusses. Which would explain the mass hysteria favoring the drunken Joe McCarthy and the cult of Reagan, who planned through astrology and went senile in office while starting the country down the road to today’s financial and environmental disasters.

The article is based on decades-long sociological surveys of dozens of nations by the International Social Survey Programme, and the World Value Surveys.

Some of the findings:

Americans are much more likely than Europeans to say that employees should follow a boss’s orders even if the boss is wrong;

to say that children “must” love their parents;

and to believe that parents have a duty to sacrifice themselves for their children.

We are more likely to defer to church leaders and to insist on abiding by the law.

Though Americans do score high on a couple of aspects of individualism, especially where it concerns government intervening in the market, in general we are likelier than Europeans to believe that individuals should go along and get along.

The Lion would add that the more wrong the boss is, the more fanatic is his support. George W. Bush and Ronnie Reagan were wrong about just about everything, but their followers want them canonized.

Research suggests that Americans do adhere to a particular strain of liberty — one that emerged in the New World — in which freedom to choose your allegiance is tempered by the expectation that you won’t stray from the values of the group you choose.

Yup, American groupthink masquerading as rugged individualism. “Yup, yup, I’m a rugged individual. As long as my group says it’s okay.”

Their findings suggest that in several major areas, Americans are clearly less individualistic than western Europeans. One topic pits individual conscience against the demands of the state. In 2006, the ISSP asked the question “In general, would you say that people should obey the law without exception, or are there exceptional occasions on which people should follow their consciences even if it means breaking the law?”

At 45 percent, Americans were the least likely out of nine nationalities to say that people should at least on occasion follow their consciences — far fewer than, for example, the Swedes (70 percent) and the French (78 percent).

Similarly, in 2003, Americans turned out to be the most likely to embrace the statement “People should support their country even if the country is in the wrong.”

That would tend to explain half the country’s embrace of waterboarding as a benign form of interrogation. Or maybe all those rugged individualists on the Republican Tea Party side of the country are just so terrified of terrorists, or anybody with skin that isn’t pasty white, that they can justify hiring people to commit the ugliest forms of brutality on human beings that the mind of man can generate. (Those hirelings would be CIA agents and various other agents of the United States government.)

The nature of individualism is complex, however, and there are at least a couple of ways that Americans in the ISSP and similar surveys do appear more individualistic than Europeans. For one, Americans are usually the most likely to say that individuals determine their own fates. What happens to you is your own doing, not the product of external circumstances. For Americans, things are the way they are because individuals made choices.

That’s the choice the Republicans and the Libertarians make, and it goes a long way towards explaining their view that people always choose to be homeless, that people who get sick (because they choose to, of course) aren’t entitled to health care, and why ketchup is a vegetable. Their motto: “Extremism in defense of what I got is a damned virtue and if you expect me to pay taxes on it I’ll shoot your sorry hide.” That’s what Republicans and their pals call ‘personal responsibility’.

The article also notes, “Americans are the most hostile to having the government redress economic inequality” and “Americans seem much more willing to submerge personal liberty to the group than Europeans are.”

The article goes on to note that American individualism seems to be a matter of contracts. A person is individually free to sign on with any group he chooses, be it a job, a social club, a political party, but once signed on he is obligated to conform to the group, and he is also free to leave.

Of course conformity is so much easier, particularly in a country that chooses to put so much of itself under the thumb of the most authoritarian, conformist organizations in history – religions. And when the religions of choice are as vile, as anti-freedom, anti-liberty, and anti-American as American fundogelical religions choose to be, you can bet conformity is and will remain the rule in America.

Interesting, isn’t it, how real individualism and real critical thinking thrives in Europe and Scandinavia where religion is dying, while America, home of the cancer-ridden Marlboro Man, home of John Wayne hypocrisy, the new home of waterboarding and endless mass war against tiny threats, yes, America, where individuality is crushed and Soviet-style conformity is exalted, is the true paradise of religious arrogance and ignorance.

And for those of you who want to chant ‘Love it or leave it’ at The Lion, thank you for making my point, though inelegantly and ineloquently. All together now…

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