Nov 052012
 

Drones, the drug war and income inequality are important. But a vote against Obama only makes other issues worse


President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at a campaign event at George Mason University, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Editor’s Note:  We present this article, “the other side of the contra Obama argument” because we do not pretend to absolutism in our “certainties” (itself an absolutism), and because Coyote’s plea is among the best we have found of its kind.  Actually he’s so “reasonable” that he comes close to winning his case. Indeed, he makes a compelling argument up to a point…and then the structure sort of collapses. Leaving aside the fact that Coyote in his current incarnation is a self-professed “Buddhist priest”, and I have no use for any type of religion, even Buddhism (which, admittedly, seems less harmful than most), I found some of Coyote’s assertions and equations rankling, superficial, conventional, and hard to accept. (Mother Theresa an example of goodness balancing the universal evil of Hitler? Apparently Coyote never read Hitchens’ able deconstruction of the “beatified nun” or else he would have looked for a more formidable angel. But these are really quibbles. Coyote is a lifelong leftwinger and his heart is obviously on the, let’s call it, “the healing side of humanity.”) Continue reading »

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Nov 052012
 

Bottom line: The president is complicit in creating an increasingly unequal — and unjust — society
BY MATT STOLLER
SATURDAY, OCT 27, 2012 08:00 AM EDT


President Barack Obama (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)
A few days ago, I participated in a debate with the legendary antiwar dissident Daniel Ellsberg on Huffington Post live on the merits of the Obama administration, and what progressives should do on Election Day. Ellsberg had written a blog post arguing that, though Obama deserves tremendous criticism, voters in swing states ought to vote for him, lest they operate as dupes for a far more malevolent Republican Party. This attitude is relatively pervasive among Democrats, and it deserves a genuine response. As the election is fast approaching, this piece is an attempt at laying out the progressive case for why one should not vote for Barack Obama for reelection, even if you are in a swing state. Continue reading »

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Nov 052012
 

At almost 6ft 5-in, Bill O’Reilly could easily elicit Full Metal Jacket‘s DI’s quip, “I didn’t know shit could be stacked that high.”

Come to think of it, to call this blight on American communications a pile of excrement is almost to give excrement itself a bad name. Maddox called him, appropriately, “a giant self-collapsing vortex of hypocrisy.” He was being kind.  Read the rest of his note of appreciation, it’s pretty candid.

Anyway, here he is, this pretentious, blubbering, disgusting buffoon and shameless bully proving his worth to his masters, like a good running dog that he is, this time silencing Ron Paul who, whatever differences we may have with him due to his extreme libertarian views, is neither dishonest nor dumb about America’s foreign policy. Note that O’Reilly cuts Paul off precisely after he’s been saying a few hard truths about US foreign policy…and is on the brink of explaining why “the world hates us.” Heh. Fat chance. Some other time, Ron.

By the way, just for foisting the likes of Bill O’Reilly on the American consciousness, for constantly instilling obscurantism, hatred and enormous lies,  media baron Rupert Murdoch deserves to be given hard life with no parole, but only after a generous public flogging.  And he’s being lucky because the punishment hardly fits the crime.—Sean Lenihan


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Nov 052012
 

By Stephen Lendman

Publicly-owned banks work as intended. Colonial America had them for 25 years. Tax and inflation-free prosperity followed.

Money created produced economic growth. It ended when Bank of England scoundrels regained control. Public banks aren’t predatory profiteers. They’re not beholden to Wall Street, shareholders, or greedy corporate executives. They serve communities, states or nations responsibly. It works the same way everywhere they exist.

North Dakota is America’s only public banking state. It’s 100% state owned. It was established in 1919. It partners responsibly with private banks. Instead of cutting back like other states, North Dakota experiences growth. It passes on benefits to residents.

It has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate. In September 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked it number one at 3.0%. During the height of the 2008 economic crisis, North Dakota had its largest budget surplus in state history. Benefits were shared with residents.

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Nov 052012
 

“Economic sanctions are, at their core, a war against public health.”
–The New England Journal of Medicine [1]

By Stephen Gowans, What’s Left

While campaigns are organized to deter the United States and Israel from acting on threats to launch an air war against Iran, both countries, in league with the European Union (winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize) carry on a low-intensity war against Iran that is likely to be causing more human suffering and death than strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities would. This is a war against public health, aimed at the most vulnerable: cancer patients, hemophiliacs, kidney dialysis patients, and those awaiting transplants. Its victims are unseen, dying anonymously in hospitals, not incinerated in spectacular explosions touched off by cruise missiles and bunker buster bombs. But ordinary Iranians who can’t get needed medications are every bit as much victims of war as those blown apart by bombs. And yet, we think, that as long as the bombs don’t rain down, that peace has been preserved. Perhaps it has, in formal terms, but bleeding to death in the crater of a bomb, or bleeding to death because you can’t get hemophilia drugs, is, in either case, death. Continue reading »

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