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One Thing Leads To Another

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Here are the closing UPDATED paragraphs from Glenn Greenwald’s Monday, July 11, 2011, article:

Iraq War veteran on Manning, the media and the military

– Same tactics used locally.

In the wake of the Pentagon Papers leak, the Nixon White House engeineered a break-in of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist because depicting him as mentally ill was the strategy of political leaders to discredit him and distract from the substance of his leaks.  Now, political leaders need not do that because they have the exceedingly subservient establishment media to do it for them — hence the front-page publication by The New York Times on the day WikiLeaks released the Iraq War documents of the sleazy hit piece by John Burns depicting Julian Assange as a paranoid, mentally unstable loser, followed by the current media fixation on doing the same to Bradley Manning. The hallmark of political and media establishments is to depict meaningful dissent from its orthodoxies as a form of mental illness, and conversely, acceptance of (or at least acquiescence to) its orthodoxies as a requirement for mental health (even when, as is true now, its orthodoxies are themselves warped and ill).

That tactic is as old as establishments themselves, though it’s now most aggressively enforced by the “watchdog” media.  It’s the media, rather than political leaders, which take the lead in serving most of the interests of the political establishment — not just by depicting opponents of the political order as mentally ill but also uncritically disseminating its fear-mongering campaigns.

One Thing Leads To Another

Like Generations Before…

By mike flugennock  Wednesday – June 29th, 2011

Yeah, uh huh… like in Vietnam. And Nicaragua. And Iraq.

This was my other favorite quote from Obama’s Afghanistan speech, a crass naked appeal to American conceit.

Is this how Obama “looks forward, not back”?
–Joe

Written by Joe Blow

July 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Who Really IS this Guy, Allen Dollison?

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ts013109_a331x350I was greeted by an above-the-fold Saturday, January 31, 2009 Times-Standard picture of some guy grinning like a Cheshire cat that just ate the canary, under the headline: “Fighting for Hearts and Minds.”

The question I ask is: Whose “hearts and minds?”

Underneath that picture it says, The fight for Baghdad, and Deputy District Attorney Allen Dollison’s role in it.” The T/S reporter Thadeus Greenson makes it sound like this guy’s a rather important “know-it-all” authority. Read the article and that is exactly what he is made to sound like. He rolls out the propaganda like any brain-washed good soldier should. He makes all the “good” excuses ala George W. Bush et al. justifying why no one is at fault for anything, certainly not any of our good and virtuous fighting men and women. Listening to him you’d think we won the war, justified the rape and everything is just peachy in the world. We can rape and butcher another country on lies and at will and it isn’t going to cost us a thing. Well, the few thousand killed and injured compared to the tens of thousands of Iraqi people is a small price to pay just to make a point. Oh, yeah the point, “If you’re not with us, you’re agin us.”

Allen Dollinson?

Allen Dollison?

…and this guy is a DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY?

–Joe

Bush + Obama = War Crimes?

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Predator Drone

Predator Drone

For some paranoid reason the United States believes it has the right to wage war on innocent civilian people in any sovereign nation anywhere and at anytime. President Obama bought into this paranoia and is now as guilty as George W. Bush and William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. President Obama will never prosecute Bush or any of his subordinates now. Not that he ever intended to, anyway.

Obama Continues Bush Policy of Deadly Air Strikes in Pakistan

In Pakistan, outrage continues to mount over a US military attack approved by President Obama. Last Friday, unmanned US Predator drones fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, killing as many as twenty-two people, including at least three children.

LA Times :: Suspected U.S. missile attacks kill 18 in Pakistan

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Reaper Drone

Pakistan air strikes underscore continuation of Bush policy

President Barack Obama launched his first air strikes into Pakistan indicating that he will continue the Bush policy of unilateral military action against the spoken will of the Pakistani government.This is the first action since Obama took office on Tuesday that is likely to attract some opposition from progressive groups that supported him strongly during the campaign. Vanity Fair has this to say:

Obama can’t be expected to pander to liberals for the next four years. But the decision to double down in Afghanistan carries considerable risk. Like the economy, it is a huge problem. But even the economy can be expected to bounce back sometime in the next few years. If Afghanistan turns into Obama’s Iraq, he may miss the support of the anti-war left, which, it’s worth remembering, helped propel him past Hillary Clinton not so very long ago

This is not defending Democratic Freedom and Justice. This is enforcing Terror and Anarchy.

Barack Obama could become George W. Bush on steroids.

–Joe

American Christian Statolatry

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Christianity in Eclipse
by Laurence M. Vance

The Christian’s attitude toward the state, its leaders, its military, its wars, its imperialism, and its interventionism should be a no-brainer: contempt, disdain, disgust, revulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, loathing – take your pick. Yet, among Christians one continues to find some of the greatest apologists for the state, its leaders, its institutions, and its evil doings.  

Biblical Christianity is becoming eclipsed by state worship.  . . .

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About: Statolatry

Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statolatry

Statolatry, which combines idolatry with the state, first appeared in Giovanni Gentile’s Doctrine of Fascism, published in 1931 under Mussolini’s name. The same year, an encyclical by Pope Pius XI criticized Fascist Italy as developing “a pagan worship of the state” which it called “statolatry.

Ludwig von Mises’ Omnipotent Government (1944)

The term was also popularized and explained by Ludwig von Mises in his 1944 work Omnipotent Government. Statolatry is literally worship of the State analogous to idolatry as worship of idols. It asserts that the glorification and aggrandizement of ‘State’ or ‘Nation’ is the object of all legitimate human aspiration at the expense of all else, including personal welfare and independent thought. Expansion of the power and influence of one’s State is to be achieved, if necessary, through aggressive war and colonial adventures (i.e. imperialism). It far exceeds the patriotism of those who recognize the rights of people other than themselves to self-determination, and might best be described as super-patriotism or nationalistic chauvinism.
http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Statolatry

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May 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm

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