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Octafish's Journal
Octafish's Journal
December 31, 2011

Joe Lieberman Wants Power To Strip Government Opponents of Their Citizenship.

Then, they can name, lock up and punish anyone they want as an enemy combatant without due process or trial.

S. 1698: Enemy Expatriation Act


I'm sure the bill won't make it out of committee. Even if it does, President Obama will not sign it. Right?

December 31, 2011

Corporate McPravda Represents One of Our Biggest Problems

...Especially FOX News. That outfit is run on behalf of Rupert Murdoch by one Roger Ailes, former toady to the likes of George Herbert CIA in Dallas Walker Bush, Ronald Arms to Terrorists Reagan, and Richard Nixon the Crook. They have no love for real Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, or anyone interested in peace, justice, civil rights, and making life better for everybody other than the 1-percent.

A little backstory on Mr. Ailes, above in the Oval Office with Bebe Rebozo's best buddy. The fellow's been around and as much as any CEO, lowly clerk or hireling is responsible for producing the stinking heap of rightwing crap people see, hear, read, think and believe:

Richard Nixon and Roger Ailes 1970s plan to put the GOP on TV

Melissa Bell
Washington Post


A memo entitled “A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News,” buried in the the Nixon library details a plan between Ailes and the White House to bring pro-administration stories to television networks around the country. It reads: “Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. [font color="red"]The thinking is done for you.[/font color]



Rolling Stone provides another good read:

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory


So. Does anyone else have a problem with this or with understanding why the nation is so screwed up for the 99-percent and so few answers are in sight?

For that matter, does anyone remember why Liberal Democrats appreciated the Fairness Doctrine and were furious when our Democratic Party's leaders let it fall by the legislative wayside?

December 27, 2011

It's not you, originalpckelly. Traitors have been in charge since Nov. 22, 1963...


“Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” -- Sir John Harrington
December 23, 2011

Sorry, America. No Peace Dividend for You.

Wonder why it seems there's never any money to make life better for the 99-percent?

It must be going somewhere, all that tax money and all that borrowed money.
Oh, here's something...it's a question of discretionary spending and who's exempt from what.

Why Is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?


Indeed, the Republican government battering ram appears to have stopped at the Pentagon door. This was evident early on. As soon as they took over the House of Representatives, Republicans changed the rules so that military spending does not have to be offset by reduced spending somewhere else, unlike any other kind of government spending. It is the only activity of government they believe does not have to be paid for. Which brings to mind a bit of wisdom from one of their heroes, Adam Smith. “Were the expense of war to be defrayed always by revenue raised within the year … wars would in general be more speedily concluded, and less wantonly undertaken.”

SOURCE: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151617/why_is_the_most_wasteful_government_agency_not_part_of_the_deficit_discussion/

From my perspective, We the People used to be the government -- you know, "Government of the people, by the people for the people."

Nowadays, the government is somebody -- no, something -- else. We serve those who, figuratively and literally, call the shots.

December 22, 2011

No time for warmongering.

It's gotten old, like me. I remember Vietnam, Chile, Grenada, Panama, El Salvador, Iraq I, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq II, Libya, Chad...

PS: Thanks for the OP, davidswanson! It's nothing personal against Obama, it's just that the military industrial complex has run the nation and the Constitution into the ground like no enemy ever could.

December 21, 2011

So whatever's in the USA PATRIOT Act goes?

That's the unnamed pre-existing law in all this. And not even our elected representatives can tell us what that is.

Ask Sen. Udall and Sen. Wyden:


They want to, but they can't.

December 19, 2011


Thank you, TalkingDog. Outstanding presentation.

December 18, 2011

Whatever happened to holding Clarence Thomas accountable?

Maybe it was a daydream, but I seem to remember some Congressmen or another being interested in impeaching the crooked turd.

There's a lot of bad smoke there. F'r instance:

What Role Have Scalia And Thomas Played In The Koch Money Machine?


Then, there's the tax dodgin':

Clarence Thomas Fails to Disclose 1991 ($100,000) Citizens United In-Kind Contributions


Of course, he is a welcome guest of the Bohemian Grove.

Justice Thomas reported a wealth of gifts


Anyone else remember the sumbitch CT?

December 16, 2011

Tier-3 Gestapo

Joe Arpaio Takes Pic with Neo-Nazi, Gives Nazis Intelligence on Marchers


Young NAZI and old Sheriff Joe share a moment in the daylight.

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