Archive for the 'Everwar' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

August 26th, 2016

End Racism Xenophobia in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi… There are a number of stories and themes that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of […]

WHEN HACKERS HACK THE NSA, THEN WHAT…?

August 20th, 2016

Way back on 7 January 2005 (ARMOR CAN NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE…) I wrote a story about reports that insurgents in Iraq had successfully destroyed a heavily armored M2 Bradley fighting vehicle with an improvised explosive device. This, for me, was the turning point in the Iraq war. When irregulars can take out the […]

TURKISH DRONE COMING FOR 1857 MT. EATON RD…?

July 20th, 2016

The Everwar is a single drone strike away from 1857 Mt. Eaton Road in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. For decades both Republican and Democratic governments have engaged in extra-judicial executions of the suspected enemies of the United States in other sovereign nations by drones. Why shouldn’t other democratically governments do the same? Glenn Greenwald, in Would Turkey […]

CCPC MARCHING TO END POVERTY TOMORROW…

July 17th, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Tomorrow, Monday, 18 July, a group of us will be joining End Poverty Now, NEOCH, LMM, United Workers and many other groups, to march across the east side of Cleveland. JOIN US!!! The purpose is to show solidarity in the fight against poverty. This is a properly permitted event, […]

SUMMARY EXECUTION BY ROBOT DRONE IS HERE…

July 13th, 2016

The discussion regarding the use of a drone on American soil to summarily execute a suspected criminal is gaining traction. Noel Sharkey, writing in Are we prepared for more killer police robots? for The Guardian, makes his case: When a police robot is used to kill, one has to ask if we are at a […]

I GUESS SHERIFF NUTT HAD NO DRONES…

July 12th, 2016

Meet John Joe Gray of Trinidad, Texas. Gray is what is called a Sovereign, a particularly nasty individual who takes “the position that they are answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state, or municipal levels.” I came across Gray, […]

WHEN NATIONAL TRAGEDY BECOMES BORING…

July 11th, 2016

Just another average boring day in America… Via Mano Singham.

AS A LAST RESORT MY ASS…!

July 10th, 2016

We now know that the drone used to summarily execute Micah Xavier Johnson was manufactured by Northrup Grumman. According to an official statement from the Dallas Police: When all attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Micah Johnson, failed under the exchange of gunfire, the department utilized the mechanical tactical robot, as a last resort, to […]

JULY 8TH, A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY…

July 9th, 2016

The date, 8 July 2016, as the day drone warfare came for a citizen of the United States, living on American soil, now takes a place alongside 4 July 1776, 12 April 1861, 16 July 1945 and 11 September 2001 as a day my country fundamentally changed. The summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson in […]

THE SUMMARY EXECUTION BY DRONE IN DALLAS…

July 8th, 2016

[Update: 9 July @ 0700—I have changed the word robot in this piece to drone because that was what was used in the summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson. (I have also added Johnson’s name, as well as the five officers slain, in the text below.] As my friend Mano Singham wisely wrote a few […]

DEMAND OUR OWN VERSION OF CHILCOT’S REPORT…

July 7th, 2016

On Monday I lamented that the United States lacked the laws (and the will) to charge President George W. Bush (and his advisors) with crimes against humanity for engineering the invasion of Iraq and the tragedies that have flowed from that decision. Trevor Timm, writing in The US needs its own Chilcot report for The […]

IF ONLY WE HAD THIS LAW IN THE UNITED STATES…

July 4th, 2016

[Update: 6 July @ 2000: Trevor Timm agrees…] President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are, in my book, all war criminals unlikely to ever be charged or punished for their wars of adventurism in Afghanistan and Iraq. There is a co-conspirator, however, who may be brought task […]

DRAFT EVERY WOMAN, AND MAN, TODAY…

June 21st, 2016

In yet another example of news I’ve missed, the United States Senate voted two weeks ago to take the common sense step of requiring that women be required to register for the Selective Service in exactly the same as men are required to do. I found about the news in the typical, and insane, way […]

CHELSEA MANNING WINS FREE SPEECH AWARD…

May 13th, 2016

Andrew Blake, reporting in Chelsea Manning honored with award, cash prize for WikiLeaks disclosures for The Washington Times, writes: Chelsea Manning, the former Army soldier convicted of the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, was honored in absentia Monday at a London ceremony for her role in providing Wikileaks with secret documents concerning […]

ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUCK US AT WILL…

May 6th, 2016

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984. The knowledge of the irony that I would do so in the year randomly made prophetic by George Orwell was not lost on me or my classmates. There was a certain badness inherent in earning our degrees in that particular year. We believed that we had come out […]

RALPH NADER ON BREAKING THROUGH POWER

April 22nd, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil society leaders […]

WE DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT THE COUNTED…

April 12th, 2016

Jon Swaine, reporting in The Counted so far: you ask, we answer for The Guardian, writes: Guardian US is continuing in 2016 to record every death caused by law enforcement officers—something that no government agency has done, even as unrest has rocked several American cities following controversial fatal encounters with police. This award-winning investigation, titled […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

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