COMMENT ON: Cheney Still Manipulating People — Now In Public

Immediately after Barack Obama’s election, after working for him from Iowa on, I wrote that the nightmare is over. Now I realize it is not. The legacy of the Bush years lives on. We have an obligation to expose it to its evil core.

We need to show forcefully Bush’s role in stealing two presidential elections and leading the country to the very edge of ruin using 9/11, whose advent he ignored, as an excuse. If Hannah Arendt needed a poster child for the banality of evil, Bush is it.

We need to examine all of Cheney’s career. Was he always a danger to democracy? Did he always operate, when he had power, with impunity?

The key to a proper dealing with Bush and Cheney is our President.

He can only end the nightmare by leading the country — as Ike proposed — beyond the demonic hold of the military-industrial complex and the clandestine morality it encouraged. This means saying no to conventional war as an instrument of foreign policy and yes to a concept of proportionality that can operate in the future to deter any who attack us.

I believe Barack Obama’s greatest moments will come when he wills to tackle this biggest of all global conundrums. It is the problem which for a century has engaged the greatest minds of the world and led to their common acknowledgement that we must change.

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Who Says The Market’s Not Working?

Oh yes, folks. The Market IS working.

They say it is stalled. No one is buying. If things opened up we would buy just like we did. Yeah.

Not on your grandmother’s grave.

No sir.

Here is my uninformed take on the market. The market is whatever we say it is. We run it by our choices. It is not controlled by anyone unless they come and force us at gunpoint to buy this or that.

We have the power.

When Bush took over, the idiocy index rose so high that we were given pause. Prices proceeded to double and more in the Bush economy. We began hiding our expenses — as a nation. We suffered a Bush attack that made 9/11 look small, and no one but someone resolutely wed to evil instincts could have achieved that feat.

Ultimately all of the companies we thought we could depend on started falling. So now we are undergoing a sensible remaking of ourselves, according to the market.

When cars and houses double in price and more and are clearly not worth their asking price, the market goes south. We make it go south by not buying. It has less to do with banks not loaning than us not buying.

Add in credit card usury and college costs. We live in a usurious society and since we do not like it we are sinking the usurers. We live in a tenure society where smart folk get their lifelong license to plunder by the time they are thirty or so. We spend at least double what education is worth to be taught by their assistants.

We are saying no to all that and we will spend our money on smarter options when and if they are produced. Or we will spend on things we find that work for us, without regard to the continual urging to buy houses and cars at inflated prices.

We are saying bring down the prices until they are reasonable again.

If all of the stock prices are cut in half it is because we do not like them at double what they were when Bush took over. The companies need to produce what we need at prices we can afford. They need to be smarter and to see that the fake and phony Bush era with its bad values is over.

We will succeed as a people when the market catches up to us.


DOJ Releases Bush Terror Memos


Click above for the whole Common Dreams piece. See an excerpt below.

On Jan. 15, 2009, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Steven Bradbury wrote a “memorandum for the Files” stating that the opinions were no longer being relied upon and that they were “not consistent with the current views” of the Office of Legal Counsel.

The release of the memos today appears to be a tacit admission that many of the legal findings made by the Justice Department in weeks and months after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, giving Bush extradordinary executive power, were flawed.

Some of the most broad sweeping memos concern what authority the military has on U.S. soil, which notes that the Fourth Amendment would not apply for domestic military operations and the assertion that the First Amendment, particularly as it applies to freedom of speech and of the press, may have to be “subordinated.”

Military actions authorized on US soil. Is this what we mean by bringing the war home?


John Dean on Bush Torture Crimes


Remarkably, the confirmation of President Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Eric Holder, is being held up by Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, who apparently is unhappy that Holder might actually investigate and prosecute Bush Administration officials who engaged in torture. Aside from this repugnant new Republican embrace of torture (which might be a winning issue for the lunatic fringe of the party and a nice way to further marginalize the GOP), any effort to protect Bush officials from legal responsibility for war crimes, in the long run, will not work.

Why? Because we are not the only country that can see our war crimes go unprosecuted.


Blah, Blah, Blah Barack Will Stand Up to Everyone

I am getting tired of these, “Will Barack Obama do this or that?” articles. SOURCE

And, yes, mea culpa!

The fact is that Barack is explaining every move he makes and standing up to everyone, and, if not, proposing a more politically viable solution. Get used to it.


Bush, Clinton Investments Ignored by US Media

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The India Daily seems to be outstripping the US media in terms of following Bush and Clinton dollars. In Bush and Clinton’s secret billions of dollars in trouble as Carlyle Capital Corp could go bankrupt unless its private equity founder injects more money – financial meltdown continues, a troubled investment company seems to have snared a number of political luminaries. It would take some journalistic diligence to track this down. Not to mention some willingness by the Clintons to disclose their murky finances.

Here is a salient paragraph:

For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the company has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians – including White House Budget Advisor, Bush/Clinton Administrations, Darman, the first President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; British former PM John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi, Former Secretary of Defense and Deputy Director of the CIA, Carlucci, and several south-east Asian powerbrokers – and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle’s defence firms.

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