Monthly Archives: March 2007

Police State USA – Part One, by Amy Worthington

Big Brother’s Most Cool Tool

By Amy Worthington

3-9-6

Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calls this Congress the “most corrupt” in history.(1) U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) often uses the term “police state” to describe our national state of affairs. George Bush is making the most expansive claims to unbridled power since America’s War for Independence, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).(2) Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who proved Bush/Cheney lied to launch us into war with Iraq, says “fascist forces have seized control of the levers of power.”(3)

Americans are being told that their Republic has become a fascist police state-they just need ears to hear. In a fascist police state, the dictator secures his power with support from private corporations which are given special privileges and thus benefit from doing business with dictators.

Continuously bribed by 28,000 corporate lobbyists (4) in D.C., Congress is doing its part to build a fascist system in America. During President Bush’s recent State of the Union speech, these tainted legislators perpetually rose to their feet to applaud the spewing of what a New York Times editorial called “misleading analogies, propaganda slogans and false choices.”(5) Their bootlicking recalls a by-gone Soviet era when endless rows of robotic Central Party members applauded the likes of Stalin to ensure their next breath of oxygen.

 

After passage of the Patriot Act of 2001, Rep. Paul told Insight Magazine that the 2,200-page bill was not made available to Congress to read before the vote.(6) So the most corrupt Congress in history rubber-stamped the most fascist legislation they had never read…..

Read the complete article.

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U.S. Government Bankruptcy Immanent

This segment from 60 Minutes highlights the Federal Government’s fiscal irresponsibility and a predicament that is bound to cause extreme pain for all Americans. It is an interview with David Walker, comptroller general of the U.S. He has totaled up our government’s income, liabilities and future obligations and concluded that the numbers don’t add up. See it at http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2534935n.

My expectation is that the Federal government WILL NOT ACT until the problem becomes acute, then it will implement emergency measures that will all but destroy the “social safety net” while it continues to spend lavishly to maintain the far-flung American Empire, fight unwinnable wars, and enrich corporate cronies and the military-industrial complex.

Are your priorities consistent with those of our political leadership?

Support Our Troops by Bringing Them Home

 

Here’s an editorial by noted author and poet David Ray. His editorial expresses my sentiments about the Iraq war. – t.h.g.

3-16, 2007 To The Editor:

No one can fault Sgt. Shope’s feeling that “If you pull out, you take the 3,000 or so soldiers who have died and say it doesn’t mean nothing anymore.” But why sacrifice probably far more than another 3,000, since the president and the leading Democratic Candidate have both made it clear that they plan to continue the war after the next election. I don’t know how anyone who can see the pictures of the 21 wonderful people from Tucson whose lives have been taken by this war based on lies and not pour out into the streets demanding that it be halted now, not in a month or a week or a year or a decade. The only way to “support the troops” is to bring them back out of harm’s way immediately. If the Iraqis choose to kill one another, that is as much their privilege as it was for both sides of the American Civil War, also led by self-righteousness and religious fanaticism. The mystery is not why George W. Bush, proclaiming democracy while not honoring an election or wiser counsel, clings to his obsession, but why Americans continue to tolerate these sacrifices, depriving our citizens of life and billions needed to solve problems at home is the greater mystery.

David Ray

Author & Professor

Tucson Presentation – Money, Power, Democracy, and War

Join Sustainable Tucson for the second evening of music, food and a thoughful discussion about aspects of sustainability for our community and region.Tuesday, March 13 Tom Greco, economist and author, will talk about “Money, Power, Democracy and War: Finding the Path Toward Global Peace, Harmony, and Prosperity”

The talk will be held at El Ojito Springs Center for Creativity, 452 South Stone Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. *Come at 6 pm for music, food and drink.

This presentation will describe how power and wealth have been overly centralized through control of the monetary system, and how local communities can empower themselves by organizing their own exchange mechanisms.

A Couple Humorous Tidbits

According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated:

Wash. Biol. Surv.

until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:

“Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you, it was horrible.”

The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Best Quote Of 2006?

By Chris Rock
2-28-7

“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named Bush, Dick, and Colon.”

– Comedian, Chris Rock