Letters: Don't blame 'blond' people
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#1 Jun 8, 2010
Don't blame 'blond' people, blame bland people.
People who bore you with their sloth, greed, and pride etc.
Blame the Human Race.
#2 Jun 8, 2010
From "A Very Deep Hole"
By BOB HERBERT
The New York Times
June 7, 2010
For all the money that has been spent so far, the Obama administration and Congress have not made the kinds of investments that would put large numbers of Americans back to work and lead to robust economic growth. What is needed are the same things that have been needed all along: a vast program of infrastructure repair and renewal; an enormous national investment in clean energy aimed at transforming the way we develop and use energy in this country; and a transformation of the public schools to guarantee every child a first-rate education in a first-rate facility.
This would be a staggeringly expensive and difficult undertaking and would entail a great deal of shared sacrifice.(It would also require an end to our insane waste of resources on mindless and endless warfare.) The benefits over the long term would be enormous.
Bold and effective leadership would have put us on this road to a sustainable future. Instead, we’re approaching a dead end.
#3 Jun 8, 2010
From "On Cowardice and Violence"
By KEN O'KEEFE
In 2002 I initiated the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq because I knew that the invasion of Iraq had been planned well in advance, that it was part of a 'Global Spectrum Dominance' agenda as laid out by the Project For A New American Century. I knew that protests had no chance of stopping the invasion, and that largely these protests were just a way of making us feel better about the coming mass murder; by being able to say "I protested against it." With that understanding I argued that the only viable way to stop the invasion was to conduct a mass migration to Iraq. A migration in which people from around the world, especially western citizens, would position themselves at sites in Iraq that are supposed to be protected by international law, but which are routinely bombed when it is only Iraqi, Palestinian, generally non-white, western lives who will be killed. I felt 10,000 such people could stop the invasion, or at the very least, expose the invasion for what it was from the start, an act of international aggression, a war crime and a crime against humanity.
In the end we did not get the numbers required to stop the war, with at least one million Iraqi’s dead as a result, but I remain convinced that it was within our power to prevent the invasion. A massive opportunity lost as far as I am concerned.
I remember being asked during the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq if I was a pacifist, I responded with a quote from Gandhi by saying I am not a passive anything. To the contrary I believe in action, and I also believe in self-defence, 100 per cent, without reservation. I would be incapable of standing by while a tyrant murders my family, and the attack on the Mavi Marmara was like an attack on my Palestinian family. I am proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with those who refused to let a rogue Israeli military exert their will without a fight.
And yes, we fought.
I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of them. I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one of my brothers. But that is not what I, nor any other defender of the ship did. I took that weapon away, removed the bullets, proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the gun. I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli authorities for mass murder. I also helped to physically separate one commando from his assault rifle, which another brother apparently threw into the sea.
While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect. Women and elderly were physically and mentally assaulted. Access to food and water and toilets was denied. Dogs were used against us, we ourselves were treated like dogs. We were exposed to direct sun in stress positions while hand cuffed to the point of losing circulation of blood in our hands. We were lied to incessantly, in fact I am awed at the routineness and comfort in their ability to lie, it is remarkable really. We were abused in just about every way imaginable and I myself was beaten and choked to the point of blacking out… and I was beaten again while in my cell.
#4 Jun 8, 2010
From "Did the IDF Execute Mavi Marmara Victims?
Shot in the Back"
By DAVE LINDORFF
You want to know why we need independent journalism, and why those of you who are reading this article need to support the publication in which it is appearing and the article in which it originally appeared? Because if you rely for your news on the US corporate media, whether ad-supported or underwriter-supported, you won't learn that Furkan Dogan, the 19-year-old American citizen slain by Israeli commandos in the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla May 31, was shot in the back and in the back of the head, as well as multiple times in the face.
This is the conclusion of the autopsy conducted by the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine, which also did autopsies on the eight other Turkish citizens killed in the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ferry and five other smaller boats in the so-called Freedom Flotilla. Of the other eight dead, the medical examiners found that five had been shot in the back, or in the back of the head.
This critically important information has not appeared in US news reports. Some American news organizations have left out the autopsy information entirely from their reports as of Saturday. CNN, in its report on Friday, did note that five of the nine were shot in the head, and at close range, but the all-important fact that most of the victims were shot from behind was left out. ABC had the same information on Thursday, again without mentioning the shots from behind. In its article on Friday, the NY Times had yet to even name Dogan, the American victim, much less mention the bullets that hit him or how he was shot.
In this current case of the Israeli commando assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, if victims were shot in the back or in the back of the head, then one is left really with only two possible conclusions: either the shooters, who were the Israeli commandos (according to Israel, no Israeli soldiers were themselves shot, plus all the recovered bullets were 9 mm, the type of shells in the Israeli weapons, making it clear who had the guns), fired at people who were fleeing from them, or alternatively they shot people from the front, and later executed them with shots to the back of the head, which is maybe even worse (certainly a war crime).
There aren't many other possible explanations, and either way we're talking about criminal behavior on the high seas in what many are calling an act of piracy, or else an act of war against a NATO nation.
I suppose if only one of the nine victims had exhibited a rear head wound, one might at least theorize a scenario in which he might have spun around upon being shot in the face, and the commando, firing rapidly, might have gotten off one unneeded extra round that caught the victim from the rear. But for that to happen five times requires a tremendous suspension of disbelief.
In any event, what the autopsies reveal is a massacre, with commandos deliberately murdering activists on the boats--either directly, or after initially wounding them.
What they also reveal is the shameless pro-Israel bias of the US media, which has simply decided that facts uncomfortable to Israel and its US government backer are not news that's "fit to print."
#5 Jun 8, 2010
From "Obama, Oil and War:
By FRAN SHOR
June 2, 2010
As President Obama was about to address a Memorial Day audience gathered at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois, a torrential downpour began to soak those assembled. Recognizing the potential danger of lightening strikes, he urged the crowd to seek shelter. Yet, for his administration, the citizens of the United States, and, indeed, all of the inhabitants of the planet, there appear to be very few safe havens from the threatening political storms, some of which are directly attributable to a metaphorical seeding of the clouds by the Obama administration.
Even as he was paying tribute to those who have died in past wars, Obama was overseeing the ramping up of the war in Afghanistan. Not only were US casualties approaching their highest monthly level in Afghanistan, but the immediate costs for both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq reached one trillion dollars, not counting the addition of a new supplemental of 33 billion for Afghanistan recently passed by the US Senate. Although Obama had promised not to use supplemental requests for prosecuting the war, as the Bush Administration had, the inexorable demands of military and imperial objectives undermined those previous pledges.
Obama's commitment to expanding military operations in the Middle East and the Caspian Basin further contradicts his rhetorical appeals to multilateralism. According to the recent leaks of a secret directive signed last fall by General Petraeus, clandestine efforts by US Special Forces are blanketing the region and extending into the Horn of Africa. In addition, continuing drone attacks, overseen by the CIA and private contractors, especially in Pakistan, are creating more antagonism towards the US.
The fact is that we are addicted both to oil and war in ways that are so entrenched that challenging these addictions will require pulling the plugs (ala The Matrix) than adopting a gradual 12-step program. It is too late for such a limited response and, yet, we are probably not capable of making a choice to shun completely the fossil-fuel economy, even though it has been revealed time and again to be an ecocide economy whether in the Gulf, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, etc. The political hacks will never challenge in a radical way the oil and military-industrial complex, especially since they sup at the trough
#6 Jun 8, 2010
Liberal Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer supports legislation requiring consumers to produce identification before buying pre paid cell phones.
"If law enforcement has a legitimate need to surveil, let them surveil," Schumer told The Associated Press, adding, "you can make sure privacy is protected."
And out of the other side of his mouth - New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is asking the Republican governor of Arizona to delay the start of the law that would make it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and direct police to question people about their immigration status or proper identification.
#7 Jun 8, 2010
Blame the Boat People.
#8 Jun 8, 2010
The Arizona immigration law is neither disgusting nor hateful. It is no different that federal immigration law. I respect the citizens of Arizona for passing it. Something had to be done and they did it - other states should follow their fine example since our government has no plans to enforce its own immigration laws.
#9 Jun 8, 2010
FROMTHEBLOGOSPHERE Dude - go back the hole you came out of. You SUCK!
#10 Jun 8, 2010
Dude, get a job. Do something productive. Instead of sitting in your dark basement in your boxers while waiting for mom to cook your lunch, get out and enjoy the world. Geez...
#11 Jun 8, 2010
join the KKK. We need more people!
#12 Jun 8, 2010
This isn't exactly a true comparison. One can choose to not buy a pre-paid cell phone and therefore not have to show their ID. One cannot choose to not look Hispanic if they happen to be of Hispanic decent (and lets not kid ourselves that this isn't about Hispanics only). There is a lot of nuance in the liberal mindset. It is not all simplified black and white like the conservative point of view. As an aside... it seems like Rand Paul could use a small dose of nuance in his point-of-view. Black and white can paint you into a corner very quickly, like you tried to do here to Sen. Schumer.
#13 Jun 8, 2010
Can you be more specific?...
Just saying "you suck" is empty of meaning, though it puffs you up to say it.
#14 Jun 8, 2010
I have a job.
I wear briefs.
My mother (bless her soul) died.
I don't sit in a dark room, basement or otherwise.
But, I will try to get out and enjoy the world.
#15 Jun 8, 2010
Correction : If your dark skinned and brown, your either mixed Spanish - Indian or Spanish - Negro. That is the heritage of 'Hispanics'
#16 Jun 8, 2010
You're or you are - NOT your!!!!!!!
What has happened to the education system?
All they want is more money, but they don't educate.
#17 Jun 9, 2010
OMG If all you can do is sit on here and correct typos that are set at a 3rd grade level (which is probably the last year you took) then you have a sad sad life PACo (the most Generic Inbred Mexican Name BTW). "Your" a D Bag.
#18 Jun 13, 2010
ay caramba muchachos you are so el estupido
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