The White Flag


It Makes Sense, Just Quit Thinking
February 27, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Politicians and the media alike push the idea that programs that improve the quality of life for Americans are socialism. Meanwhile, those same groups advocate relinquishing the powers people have to defend themselves against the government and corporations. Then are we to believe that to have less control over our destiny is freedom? Are we also to believe that we go to war not for financial reasons but for humanitarian reasons, even though we cannot find the heart to provide health insurance to American children?

If programs that improve America are socialism, then deregulation and the slimming of freedoms are the actions of an Aristocracy. Our founding fathers never knew socialism, and they never demanded America be a capitalist nation. However, the founding fathers of the United States did leave Europe to devise a nation free from the tyranny of the monarchy, and the closely related aristocracy. Moreover, Benjamin Franklin, and other framers of the Constitution supported a media free to educate citizens, public schools to be provided to all citizens, even libraries, these are all “socialized” programs that our nation was founded on.

Even still, we have and love all sorts of government programs in America no matter what their cost. How many elderly Americans are willing to give up social security and medicare? The fact is some government programs improve America, and the quality at which Americans live. And, Americans appreciate the benefits received from those programs no matter whether they are profitable, or a financial loss.

Those who would profit most from an aristocracy are the people who own our news papers, our television, our food production, our water, and even the people who manufacture weapons. People do what they do because they think it is right and best; it is unlikely that a company who makes bombs, a company which can only make money in the presence of war, considers the lives of those who must die for them to turn out a profit. If people in charge of businesses, like the ones that make weapons, were concerned about the lives that are inevitably lost, then they would go out of business.

I would like to end with a quote from George W. Bush*, “If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”

*ex-President George W. Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney both worked for big business before their time in office. While in office the company Dick Cheney had previously worked for acquired many contracts over seas and made enormous profits off of war in the middle east.

– The White Flag

United States

Who cares if a Supreme Court Judge lies on his taxes, so does most everyone else, right? It is not hypocrisy because his court does not deal with civil infractions, so fabrications on his tax forms are not laws Justice Thomas needs to concern himself with.
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“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.”

Esmbarrassing information about the government must be kept secret because Obama is our brave protector and if everyone knows what a bad job he is doing he will not be re-elected, then where would we be? With a president that tells the truth? That would be preposterous.
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“Earlier this week, we flagged an interesting piece in the New York Times about the U.S. government invoking the state secrets privilege to block evidence in lawsuits against a contractor who had duped the U.S. government into spending millions on what many now consider to be fake counterterrorism technology.”

“According to another recent report, the U.S. invoked state secrets to block a personal injury lawsuit by a CIA employee who alleged that environmental contamination in his home made his family sick. That got us wondering about what else the U.S. has invoked state secrets for—particularly under the Obama administration, which had pledged to end abuses of the privilege.”

“To block a lawsuit seeking to prevent the U.S. government from killing Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen accused of having ties to al-Qaeda.”

“To block evidence in lawsuits against government contractors involved in the government’s extraordinary rendition program.”

“To block lawsuits over the Bush administration’s domestic wiretapping program.”

“As a candidate, Barack Obama had previously called the surveillance program ‘unconstitutional and illegal.’ ”

That is our president over there pouring water on the man with a towel over his face. But really, an ex-president who cannot leave the country because he has a past of boasting about breaking international law is no laughing matter, it is a blemish on the good name of America.
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“Just two weeks ago, as former US President George W. Bush was preparing to make his first visit to Europe since the publication, last November, of his biography Decision Points, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, with support from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), reminded the former President that he was a torturer — who, in addition, had openly bragged in his book that he had authorized the torture of ‘high-value detainees’ in the ‘War on Terror’— and that, as a result, they would be filing a criminal complaint (an ‘indictment for torture’) in Switzerland, prior to the former President’s arrival for a meeting on February 12. According to the requirements of the UN Convention Against Torture (to which both the US and Switzerland are signatories), this might well have led to his arrest.”

Collective bargaining is the right for people to assemble and speak freely about the things which they believe will make their workplaces, towns, and state better places to live. Unions or not, those issues have been settled in the first amendment of the Constitution.
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“Madison’s mayor and police chief Thursday called on Gov. Scott Walker to explain statements he made in a secretly recorded phone conversation that he ‘thought about’ planting troublemakers among the thousands of demonstrators at the Capitol.”

“ ‘Someone in his inner circle raised seriously the possibility of hiring people to come in and apparently create violence in my city,’ Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. ‘I find it appalling, and I want to know who that was.’ ”

“Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated at the Capitol over the past 11 days, during which Madison police made no arrests. Most of the demonstrators oppose a bill backed by Walker to limit collective bargaining rights for public employees.”

“Use Live Ammunition,” good one. It reminds me of that shooting in Arizona… Haven’t we learned that hate speech from persons in positions of power actually do incite violence, or instead of this being a harmless joke, did the Attorney General, the top law enforcer of the state, actually think of it a good idea to fire upon public workers protesting against the government for their rights?
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“According to the online article , Jeff Cox tweeted ‘Use Live Ammunition’ in response to a Mother Jones tweet reporting riot police had been called into the state capital to remove protesters.”

“Mother Jones later learned Jeff Cox held a post as an Indiana official.”

“In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Attorney General office said: ‘Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We respect individuals’ First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.’ “

Now, after mounting an extremely large national debt that today’s youth will surely be responsible for taking care of, the government has decided that it wants to cut our youths’ opportunity to go to college, essentially eliminating many young people’s chance to attain power in this world. This article contains a list of what congress is attempting to take from it’s citizens this coming year. A link is also provided to direct you to your representative’s email, which they encourage readers to follow to tell their elected officials where they stand on these budget cuts.
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The people of America have 90 days to convince their Congressmen and women that a vote for the Patriot Act is a vote lost come 2012.
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“The committee will meet on March 3 to mark up S. 193, the Patriot Act extension bill supported by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy’s bill would extend the government’s authorities to access business records, conduct roving wiretaps and monitor individual terrorists until the end of 2013, and would also increase oversight of these activities.”

“But the Senate is known to be split on how to proceed with a longer extension. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) earlier this year proposed a straight extension, which the Obama administration supports. And Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) prefers a permanent extension.”

Economy

Video (Must See): Matt Taibbi discusses the financial crisis in 2008 and exposes Wall Street, the President, and the SEC of their poor behavior.
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Health

An all around American company you can trust, Monsanto… New pathogen discovered living around GMO crops, which may also be linked to infertility of farm animals.
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“Just two weeks before the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully deregulated Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, a senior soil scientist alerted the department about a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready corn and soy that researchers believe could be causing infertility in livestock and diseases in crops that could threaten the entire domestic food supply.”

“ ‘For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade [sic] biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks,’ Huber wrote in his January 16 letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.’ ”

“The pathogen is about the size of a virus and reproduces like a micro-fungal organism. According to Huber, the organism may be the first micro-fungus of its kind ever discovered, and there is evidence that the infectious pathogen causes diseases in both plants and animals, which is very rare.”

Check this out!
It is about chemicals in everything from food to pavement that can have a detrimental effect on your health causing problems such as cancer and infertility.
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Civil Liberties

Random bag searches make America safe, but your thinking ‘doesn’t the Constitution protect citizens from that?’ Yes it does. Which is why everyone should rally together in an effort to dismantle the Constitution because it is inhibiting our gracious, and caring leaders from making sure the country is safe. In other words, the American Constitution is behaving extraordinarily un-American.
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“MCCRC has been a vocal opponent of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) policy of random searches of passenger bags on its Metrorail system since they started last October. Although the WMATA board has met repeatedly to discuss the policy, which groups say violates 4th Amendment Rights against illegal searches, it has not voted to repeal it.”

“The MCCRC flyers call the bag searches ‘security theater’ and do very little to increase security. It contends random searches ‘move terrorists from one target to another perhaps simply by entering a Metro station through a different entrance.’ ”

Republicans keep hailing China for its economic success, I wonder when they will do the same over the Chinese policy for the suppression of information and their knack for keeping protesters quiet.
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“Chinese officials on Sunday cracked down against protests, or rumors of them, sending police to detain dissidents and breakup public gatherings in the capital and Shanghai.”

“The country’s combination of surveillance, sophisticated management of information, and a willingness to deploy large numbers of security forces has so far allowed it to cut off even the most remote of challenges to the Chinese Communist Party.”

“Standing in the crowd in Beijing on Sunday, one onlooker said he’d come hoping to see, or perhaps even take part in, a real protest. The young man, who asked that his name not be used, took a look around and said ‘It didn’t work.’ ”

They are not choosing suspects because of their religion, it just seems that way since one of the criteria for beginning surveillance on a person involved in terrorism is that they attend a mosque. So, it clearly has nothing to do with religion.
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“An FBI informant who infiltrated a California mosque violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of Muslims by targeting them for surveillance because of their religion, the ACLU and a Muslim group said in a lawsuit Tuesday.”

“ ‘The FBI should be spending its time and resources investigating actual threats, not spying on every American who happens to worship at a mosque,’ said Peter Bibring, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California, which filed the complaint along with the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

“The lawsuit says that Monteilh’s handlers, FBI agents Kevin Armstrong and Paul Allen, instructed him to collect e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other detailed information about Muslims and ‘explicitly told Monteilh that Islam was a threat to America’s national security.’ ”

Progress

Petition: Tell PayPal to end their purely political decision to cut service to a Bradley Manning support website.
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With the current budget underway it is a perfect time to tell Congress where the American people want tax dollars to be spent, or not spent. As they put programs whose sole purpose is to help college students on the chopping block, it is more than the ideal time to offer alternative suggestions for what can be cut. With 80% of Americans believing the drug war is a failure, I believe this could be the perfect area to cut from, if you think so too email you elected officials.
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