Friday, March 19, 2010

socialized murder

you have no say about your military, tom engelhardt and william astore.

1. Our military is supposed to be a means to an end: national security. Due to its immense size and colossal budget, has our military not become an end as well as means?

2. In World War II, Americans could explain "Why We Fight" in part because the government provided a clear and compelling rationale for war. Why are the goals of today's wars so opaque to most Americans?

3. If our military provides us with our way of "nation building" abroad, won't countries and peoples be more likely to copy our military ways and weaponry than our democratic teachings?

4. America is facing painful budgetary belt tightening. Why is the military immune?

5. Why does "support our troops" seemingly end when they leave the service, leading us to tolerate such inequities as an unemployment rate of 21% for young veterans?

slavish adoration to an earthly power is fit, perhaps, for true communist believers in china, who, having their marx and jesus straight, choose marx. so be it.

but it is unfit for americans who claim the heritage of their free and true forefathers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

conservative defined

a strategy for the right, murray n. rothbard.

If we know what the Old Right was against, what were they for? In general terms, they were for a restoration of the liberty of the old republic, of a government strictly limited to the defense of the rights of private property. In the concrete, as in the case of any broad coalition, there were differences of opinion within this overall framework. But we can boil down those differences to this question: How much of existing government would you repeal? How far would you roll government back?

The minimum demand that almost all Old Rightists agreed on, which virtually defined the Old Right, was total abolition of the New Deal, the whole kit and caboodle of the welfare state, the Wagner Act, the Social Security Act, going off gold in 1933, and all the rest.

murray wrote this in 1992, but the right was apparently too busy simply calling themselves conservative, while abandoning the last vestiges of everything their grandparents had themselves been conservatives in order to preserve, merely to settle for their "neo" selves a political image of... well, "being against" the democrats.

just imagine: you could have been reading this instead of listening to rush limbaugh.

Friday, March 5, 2010

no course but to resign

where are this war's heroes, military and journalistic? dave lindorff.

Under the Geneva Conventions, it is a war crime to execute a captive. Yet in Kunar on December 26, US-led forces, or perhaps US soldiers or contract mercenaries, cold-bloodedly executed nine hand-cuffed prisoners. It is a war crime to kill children under the age of 15, yet in this incident a boy of 11 and a boy of 12 were handcuffed as captured combatants and executed. Two others of the dead were 12 and a third was 15. These are capital offenses under the Geneva Conventions, to which the US is a signatory. So is covering up the crime, all the way up the chain of command.

words absolutely fail me.

take it away, commander gillie.

oath keepers first annual conference (1/4).

"history teaches us, that when you found a republic, one of the most dangerous things you can do to jeopardize the existence of your republic, is to create and then maintain, for a generation... or two... or three... a large, standing, military establishment."
"think about the last ten years."

oath keepers first annual conference (2/4).

"we bind every officer ... to an oath to support the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic."

oath keepers first annual conference (3/4).

"you are utterly powerless to do anything which never came through [the presidency] to begin with."

oath keepers first annual conference (4/4).

"excuse me sir, i don't think we have authority to do that."

alright, commander. let's see it happen.

"crisis averted."

note: cmdr. gillie's definition of "unitary" has little to do with unitary executive theory, which is essentially a fancy phrase that describes what gillie calls caesarism.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

mark potok: individualist

media picking up SPLC's hateful talking points against gun owners and Tea Partiers, david codrea.

Reporter Gina Redmond relies heavily on hysteria from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok, who ultimately concedes it's not groups he cites that are to blame, but individuals who go off the deep end.

and it was about time, too. actually, this is the best position i've ever seen him take, apart from a few little things, like the totally fake numbers. maybe he's starting to worry about where all the money comes from, and why FBI and ATF assets somehow seem to find their way into employment alongside him.

more importantly, mike vanderboegh was interviewed by nbc for the same segment, although they cut every instance of him refuting potok's on-the-spot statistics. then there's this.

this week in babylon, ken silverstein, harper's. scroll down for the juice.

Back in 2000, I wrote a story in Harper's about the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama, whose stated mission is to combat disgusting yet mostly impotent groups like the Nazis and the KKK. What it does best, though, is to raise obscene amounts of money by hyping fears about the power of those groups; hence the SPLC has become the nation's richest “civil rights” organization. The Center earns more from its vast investment portfolio than it spends on its core mission, which has led Millard Farmer, a death-penalty lawyer in Georgia, to once describe Morris Dees, the SPLC's head, as “the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement” (adding, “I don't mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye”).

oh, be fair, ken. everybody (except you?) knows that without the federal subsidies, the aryan nation would not exist in any capacity beyond some guy's collection of WWII memorabilia.

It should be remembered that the same tropes were put into play early in the last Democratic administration, just before the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing – a terrorist act for which disenchanted former federal employee Timothy McVeigh was executed, but was actually carried out with the help of "others unknown," including several federal assets connected to a bizarre little white supremacist commune known as Elohim City.

ah, yes. the day that only two of the 17 ATF agents whose parent building was about to be blown to pieces decided to show up for work -- and they were compilance officers that worked in DEA, not ATF field agents. allegedly, the ATF field agents were paged that morning and told to stay home, but nobody gave the FBI a call... because what's a little bombing between pals?

your own business

rangel still facing complex ethics investigation, ap.

The investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is looking into whether he:

-Violated House rules by using his official position to raise money for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.

-Had his committee consider legislation that would benefit donors to the center at the same time the congressman solicited donations or pledges.

-Preserved a tax shelter for an oil drilling company, Nabors Industries, which has a chief executive who donated money to the center while Rangel's committee considered the loophole legislation.

-Used four rent-controlled apartment units in New York City, when the city's rent stabilization program is supposed to apply to one's primary residence. This raises the question of how all the units could be primary residences.

-Disclosed information on the financing of his ownership interest in a guest unit within the Punta Cana Yacht Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

-Intentionally failed to report — when required — hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in assets. The amended disclosure reports added a credit union IRA, mutual fund accounts and stock.

hey, now, boys! why don't you mind your goddamn business?