This story best represents the intersection of several seemingly disparate threads that intertwine the last American decade. It appears that an NSA wiretap ensnared Democratic Representative Jane Harman of California discussing a quid pro quo arrangement with a “suspected Israeli agent”. Continue reading →
AND he should be fired for this nonsense :
America's fabric is pulling apart like a cheap sweater.
What would sew us back together?
Another 9/11 attack.
Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?
If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America's righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.
The unity brought by such an attack sadly won't last forever.
The first 9/11 proved that. *
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This last 6-years has been a slow-motion train wreck. OBL is still on the loose. The Anthrax attackers are still on the loose. We're stuck in a quagmire in a war of choice in Iraq, losing a winnable war in Afghanistan, and then contemplating opening a third front of the Great War on Terror in Iran (and Pakistan).
I'm tired of staring into the abyss. In addition to the 3000 lives lost on 9/11 and the near 5000 (3600 military deaths, and an estimated 1000 contractor deaths) in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can chalk up threats to free speech, habeas corpus, our own privacy, and any semblance for advocacy for the middle class in Washington. We are distracted from true threats like class inequality, our aging infrastructure, precarious financial environment, and global warming with bright and shiny objects like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and divisive social wedge issues like abortion, gay marriage, and evolution.
Although Bykofsky takes the easy way out and (correctly) states that another 9/11 would finally unite us, he's correct, but I hope he's thinking of the wrong outcome. He thinks that another 9/11 would would cause us to put aside our partisan differences to get "it" done – I'm assuming by "it" he means the War on Islamofacism. But there's danger in these thoughts. With the right proudly proclaiming that we are safer BECAUSE there have been no new attacks, another 9/11 might have the complete opposite consequences – reinforces the disgust and despair many of us are feeling towards our media and political institutions.
The next-9/11 will preceed one of two outcomes – either the police state, or the beginning of the American Renaissance, where we cast of the dead weight and corrupt institutions of the past and become the America we thought, hoped, and dreamed we were.
Should Bykofsky get fired? Should free speech have consequences? Vote here.
I've noticed quite a bit of "upgrades" and "updates" at LGF (that's Little Green Footballs, and well, I'm not linking to them), and I wonder what they're up to? The most reason one that caught my eye was a redirect so that visitors from LGF Watch would instead go to the homepage of the Israeli Defense Force. It's tempting to contemplate skullduggery, but as LGF is a high-traffic site, I was wondering what they were up to.
"Pagination": For the sake of slimming down posts, comments are presented More pageviews equals a more popular blog equals higher revenue-per-click.
"Manage your Account": If you browst to LGF and sign-in, and then leave, that cookie is active that entire session. I wonder what effect this has on what a server would record as time-on-the-site?
"Encryption": Strongly encrypted cookies? What are these people expecting?
I am so not looking forward to this long election season…
So let's pretend, just for a minute, that we pull it off…enough Americans come to their senses and steer us away from the iceburg. We don't escalate Iraq and ignite a regional war, we change our borrow and spend fiscal policies and start planning for a sustainable future, we don't cook and then freeze ourselves out of existence, and we solidify, codify, and if necessary reframe out government to be more transparent and accountable, so that this sort of mess we've gotten ourselves into doesn't happen again.
Like I said, just pretend.
What do we do with these people? What do we do with people that advocate nuking entire regions (and lack the common sense that radiation would complicate their oil changes at Jiffy Lube)? What do we do with people who nod their heads appreciatively at radio hosts who advocate the poisining of Supreme Court Justices, genocide, political assasinations, and paranoid delusions?
What do you do with people who vote against their own financial interests based on "populist" notions like racism, religious superiority, xenophobia, and fascist authoritarian cult behavior and lack the intellectual curiousity and "liberal arts" thinking skills to actually evaluate how and why they are being manipulated?
What do you do with people who prefer the certainty of a lie to the uncertainty of truth? Continue reading →