Thursday, February 28, 2008

Not Abu Ghraib, this is the USA

The video below is from the UK's Channel 4 News program, kind of a Margaret Meade approach to the savagery commonly found in the New World. For a more American approach check out this Washington Post story posted today (Thursday, February 28, 2008).

...the lede from today's Washington Post:
"More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year, in addition to more than $5 billion spent by the federal government, according to a report released today.
With more than 2.3 million people behind bars at the start of 2008, the United States leads the world in both the number and the percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving even far more populous China a distant second, noted the report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States..."

...and for those of you with the stomach to view more Abu Ghraib torture photos released today, check these out...

Smell the freedom.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Por Obama en español

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Be Afraid.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Berkeley vs Pro-War agitators

(a new look for the pro-war fashionista)

I was there, proudly.

I was there on February 12th, proudly, defending Berkeley when outside agitators descended on our town, bent on violence, disrespect and assault.

I was there when 50-year-old drunken bums in leathers, roared around on their motorcycles, threatened violence against high school and junior high school kids.

I was there when those pro-war outside agitators burnt Berkeley's Peace Wall sign and the several bicycles belonging to students locked to it.

I was there, proudly, when one of the so-called troop supporters came across the street and threatened to assault me for calling them 'Good Germans,' (he backed down when I wasn't intimidated).

I was there when a middle-age blonde woman driving a Hummer garishly and very expensively painted with militarist images (and those of her sadly deceased solider son), honked and screamed and behaved like a grieving, deranged war mother with no end to her suffering.
But sending other people’s children to die in an illegal, immoral war won’t end her pain, it won’t bring back her dead baby. It will only create more deaths, more injuries, more despair.

Unlike the right-wing clowns who came from places like Palo Alto, Danville, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona, etc, to stir up trouble, we, the people of Berkeley, pay very substantial property taxes to support and treat the homeless, now-psychotic veterans of this country's misguided, ill-conceived, immoral and yes, illegal wars. Those forgotten troops aren't welcome on their streets.

‘Support the Troops’ isn't an empty phrase in Berkeley, it's a commitment to stand by them when they aren't pretty, when they smell, when they’re drunk and/or stoned, when other communities have rejected them.

More than anything else 'Support the Troops' means never asking an American solider to put their life on the line, unless they can do so with honor and dignity, to defend our country from attack.

Going to war to feed egos, promote religions, indulge in racism, or because Fox radio say so, isn't supporting the troops, it’s degrading and disrespecting the troops. The most important way we can ‘Support the Troops’ is to make sure their lives are risked wisely. This isn't happening in America today.

So to those out-of-town, brown-shirts, those ‘Good Germans,’ I say: "Berkeley, love it or leave it!"

(an iconic anti-war Berkeley defender)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Security Bear Loves to Listen

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

McCain will make Cheney look like Gandhi...

Monday, February 04, 2008

Blame the girls

"White women are a problem, that's, you know -- we all live with that."

— Little Willie Kristol is a serious journalist.

Beyond Identity Politics

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Unions are bad for humans