Archive for ‘November, 2009’

Rep. Nadler and Attorney David Frakt on Obama’s Three-Tier Justice System For Gitmo

Rep. Nadler and Attorney David Frakt on Obama’s Three-Tier Justice System For Gitmo

In the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that five Guantánamo prisoners — including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — will face federal court trials in New York, and five others will face trials by Military Commission, much of the media has been consumed with the whining of opportunistic right-wing politicians, who persist in maintaining the same hysterical level of unfounded fearmongering that has skewed the debate on Guantánamo for most of the year.

Obama Must Toss the Bums in Treasury Out, End the Wars, and Start Leading

Obama Must Toss the Bums in Treasury Out, End the Wars, and Start Leading

If you are sitting in class taking a test, and you’ve chosen to sit amongst your bone-headed, slacker friends, don’t turn to them for help when you can’t figure out of any of the answers. They may all tell you the same thing, but they’ll all be wrong. That’s the situation President Obama finds himself in today in the White House. Having surrounded himself with the very Wall Street con men who set up the crooked game that led to the current financial crisis and economic collapse, and finding that the lousy advice they have been giving him since last January has left the country still mired in deepening economic decline.

Liberal Democrat Calls For Geithner’s Resignation

Liberal Democrat Calls For Geithner’s Resignation

SCHULTZ: Welcome back to THE ED SHOW. Goldman Sachs has been getting some bad press for dragging us into a recession, being a part of it, taking taxpayer money, and then giving it to employees. I mean, outlandish bonuses. So now they‘re trying to buy their way back into the problem by throwing a bone […]

KSM and MSM

KSM and MSM

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the corporate “mainstream” media make quite a pair. We’re hearing a very “balanced” debate over whether KSM should be tried in New York City, and whether the most insane objections to that proposal are really insane or not. But what are we not hearing?

Geithner Rejects Calls to Resign, Gets Into Heated Exchange With GOP Congressman

Geithner Rejects Calls to Resign, Gets Into Heated Exchange With GOP Congressman

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sharply rejected a call to resign from his job Thursday and told Congressman Kevin Brady, the ranking Republican on the House Joint Economic Committee, during heated testimony, “You gave this President an economy falling off the cliff.” “Again, it’s just a basic fact: A year ago, this economy was falling at […]

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

You may have missed it in the mainstream news media, but statistical societal indicators are reading red across the board. Before exposing the root causes of this breakdown, let’s look at some vital statistics and facts:

Nearly 15,000 Enter Into Settlement With IRS Over Foreign Accounts

Nearly 15,000 Enter Into Settlement With IRS Over Foreign Accounts

The Justice Department and IRS announced that over 14,700 taxpayers have come forward to report previously-undisclosed foreign bank accounts under the voluntary disclosure program the IRS implemented following the settlement. This figure represents almost double the initial numbers the IRS announced in October and dwarfs the number of voluntary disclosures received in 2008.

‘Ludicrous Propaganda’ Driving Afghanistan Debate

‘Ludicrous Propaganda’ Driving Afghanistan Debate

Let’s set aside for a moment the ludicrous propaganda that maintains that the reason we occupy other people’s countries is to impose democracy on them. Let’s assume we’re imposing the rule of elite experts. Even so, even on those terms, here are some possible responses to this line of thinking. While spokepeople for the U.S. military (including television news experts) are certainly the experts at war, they are not the experts at peace. If the question is one of choosing between war and peace, or deciding whether warlike or peacelike means will best reach some desired end, then why only include one type of expert opinion?

Gun Violence Shows Now Signs of Abating

Gun Violence Shows Now Signs of Abating

The total number of Americans shot dead each year is three times that of all U.S. troops killed in Iraq in six years of fighting. There is rage in our hearts; there is war in our streets. A big factor in the homicide rate is the availability of guns. In a typical year, guns are responsible for two of every three murders. There are 238 million privately-owned firearms in the United States.

Rush to Judgment: Talk Radio’s ‘Truth Detector’ Blows a Fuse-Again

Rush to Judgment: Talk Radio’s ‘Truth Detector’ Blows a Fuse-Again

It wasn’t unusual that Rush Limbaugh went ballistic on his show, Nov. 13. He does that several times a day. It wasn’t unusual that he mixed a few facts with opinion and outright lies in his three-hour daily show. Fact checking for the man who calls himself “America’s Truth Detector” is as rare as union organizers working for Walmart.

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