My first-rate friend and associate Caleb Travis has asked me to promote the event you see discussed in the poster above. Here are some more details of this event— LookOut Arts Collective, a theatre company supported by the University of Houston, presents ?Theatre for the 99%?. LookOut was founded in 2011 by students who met [...]
Read The Full Article:
h/t The Paltry Sapien, Kinetic typography (in English) of a speech (in French) by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesperson for CLASSE (the Quebec student union).
Open Thread below....
Micah Zenko is a fellow for conflict prevention in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of the book, Between Threats and War: U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World (2010) At his blog, Politics, Power and Preventive Action, he writes:
Since 9/11, the United States has attempted targeted killings in four other countries: approximately three hundred in Pakistan, thirty in Yemen, twenty in Somalia, and one in Syria. These attacks were primarily conducted by armed drones, but also by ship- and aircraft-launched cruise missiles, AC-130 gunships, and special operations raids. Although estimates vary, perhaps three thousand people were killed in these attacks, including suspected al-Qaeda members, local militants, and some unintended civilian victims.
Micah ZenkoBy any common-sense definition, these vast targeted killings should be characterized as America?s Third War since 9/11. Unlike Iraq and Afghanistan?where government agencies acted according to articulated strategies, congressional hearings and press conferences provided some oversight, and timelines explicitly stated when the U.S. combat role would end?the Third War is Orwellian in its lack of cogent strategy, transparency, and end date.
The Bush and Obama administrations have contended that some?but not all?of their attempted targeted killings were covert actions, defined by law as ?that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.? For example, President Obama acknowledged drone strikes in Pakistan in January: ?Obviously a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan] going after al-Qaeda suspects.? He added, ?There?s this perception that we?re just sending a whole bunch of strikes willy-nilly,? but ?this thing is kept on a very tight leash? and not managed by ?a bunch of folks in a room somewhere just making decisions.?
This is mere assertion. It echoes other senior administration officials? repeated remarks about the legality, near-infallibility, effectiveness, and inevitability of targeted killings. The U.S. government has provided no information that would allow any review, scrutiny, or oversight of its 350-and-counting targeted killings. [...]
Last week, CIA director David Petraeus reportedly requested permission to expand drone attacks in Yemen to include ?signature strikes? against anonymous suspected members of [Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula]. Since these attacks are covert, the administration will offer no public defense, although it begs Petraeus?s haunting question at the onset of the Iraq war in 2003: ?Tell me how this ends??
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2006:
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, considered a rising star in Republican politics and a possible future presidential candidate, is obviously a quick study in the meta-GOP game of petty revenge and restricting access of information to the public (a double play!).
From the alternative Arkansas Times:
It's official. Gov. Mike Huckabee is refusing to provide routine media services to the Arkansas Times. The newspaper has been stricken from the e-mail lists for routine news releases, public scheduling and other items widely disseminated to members of the public and the media. [...]
The larger issue, of course, is not missed by the Arkansas Times, which notes: "The governor has decided to punish us for our opinions by withholding a publicly financed service." Yes, taxpayer money goes to fund a press office, which holds a responsibility to keep Arkansas residents informed of the governor's schedule, policy proposals and stands on legislative action. The burden is not on an outlet to "prove" its legitimacy; it's on the governor's office to make sure as many citizens as possible are aware of what their state government is up to.
In my ideal democratic (with a small "d") world, this kind of civic information would be posted on telephone poles and on Laundromat bulletin boards, at MySpace and at bus stops. Whatever it takes. Certainly, any resident, much less an information outlet, would be welcome on an email list. [...]
Fox News is once again pushing the myth that President Obama "apologized" for the United States, following a speech by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in which he vowed to "never again apologize for America." In fact, Obama has never made such an apology.
Mitt Romney: We Will "Never Again Apologize For America Abroad." In a victory speech in New Hampshire following primary wins in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, Romney stated:
ROMNEY: In the days ahead, join me -- join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6th, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger; the help wanted signs can be dusted off; and we can start again -- and this time we'll get it right.
We will -- we will stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad. [The New York Times, 4/24/12]
In August 2011, Fox's Charles Krauthammer Urged GOP Candidates To Use Apology Falsehood To Attack Obama. On Special Report, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer stated:
KRAUTHAMMER: I think one of the things that the president has done when he -- especially when he goes abroad and apologizes for America, it's extremely unpopular.
And look, in relation to what we spoke about earlier about Guantánamo. He went abroad and attacked and denounced Guantánamo as a stain on America. And yet he, himself, has kept it open. So it isn't exactly consistent, and I think it's a line of attack that Republicans can easily use on the president and ought to use on the president. [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, 8/30/11]
Carl Cameron Repeated Romney's Claim That Obama "Apologiz[ed] For U.S. Foreign Policy." On Special Report, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron uncritically reported:
CAMERON: Romney has long chastised the president for apologizing for U.S. foreign policy while not being tough enough on tyrants and terrorist allies. [Fox News, Special Report, 4/26/12]
Martha MacCallum Suggested That "The Question Of Whether Or Not President Obama Has Apologized For The United States" Is Still In Doubt. After airing Romney's comment about apologizing for America abroad, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum stated:
MacCALLUM: So you heard that from Mitt Romney a moment ago. That was a quote from the campaign trail. And that will clearly be one of the issues that comes up between these two men, the question of whether or not President Obama has apologized for the United States when he has traveled abroad, and whether or not Mitt Romney believes that the White House and America must take the lead and be in front on a number of these issues. [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 4/26/12]
Sean Hannity: Romney's "Apologize" Comment Will Be A "Powerful Point Of Contrast In The Election." Fox News host Sean Hannity said refusing to apologize for America would be a "powerful point of contrast" between Obama and Romney:
HANNITY: And think of the line that he used here. Besides saying we're never going to apologize for America again, which I think is going to be a powerful point of contrast in the election, but he also dealt head on with the issue of class warfare. [Fox News, Hannity, 4/24/12]
Eric Bolling: Obama "Apologized For The American Exceptionalism" In His "First Speech As President." On The Five, co-host Eric Bolling said of Obama:
BOLLING: His first speech as president apologized for the American exceptionalism and the way we do business. The first one. [Fox News, The Five, 4/25/12]
Gretchen Carlson: Obama Went On "A Big Apology Tour." On Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson stated:
CARLSON: Saying sorry apparently not the hardest part for President Obama.
CARLSON: Remember the president's big apology tour? Well, Mitt Romney says he'll never apologize for America, so which is the right approach? [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/25/12]
Fox News' Juan Williams: Obama "Apologizing For America" Is "A Phony Political Argument." On The Five, co-host Juan Williams said of the apology claim: [T]alk about a phony political argument. This business that somehow President Obama goes around apologizing for America -- PolitiFact, everybody has said [it's] bogus. [Fox News, The Five, 4/25/12]
Associated Press: "Obama Has Not Apologized For America." The Associated Press has written that Obama "never made" any apologies and added:
ROMNEY: "A few months into office, he traveled around the globe to apologize for America."
THE FACTS: Obama has not apologized for America. What he has done, in travels early in his presidency and since, is to make clear his belief that the U.S. is not beyond reproach. He has told foreigners that the U.S. at times acted "contrary to our traditions and ideals" in its treatment of terrorist suspects, that "America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy," that the U.S. "certainly shares blame" for international economic turmoil and has sometimes shown arrogance toward allies. Obama, whose criticisms of America's past were typically balanced by praise, was in most cases taking issue with policies or the record of the previous administration, not an unusual approach for a new president -- or a presidential candidate. Romney's actual point seems to be that Obama has been too critical of his country.
But there has been no formal -- or informal -- apology. No saying "sorry" on behalf of America. [Associated Press, 6/3/11]
PolitiFact Has Repeatedly Labeled "Ridiculous" Apology Claim "False." PolitiFact has repeatedly labeled Romney's claim that Obama "apologized" for America "false," saying "it's a ridiculous charge." [PolitiFact, 9/22/11, 1/20/12]
Wash. Post Fact Checker: "The Apology Tour Never Happened." The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler gave the repeated charge that Obama has apologized for America its worst rating of "Four Pinocchios":
The claim that Obama repeatedly has apologized for the United States is not borne out by the facts, especially if his full quotes are viewed in context.
Obama often was trying to draw a rhetorical distinction between his policies and that of President Bush, a common practice when the presidency changes parties. The shift in policies, in fact, might have been more dramatic from Clinton to Bush than from Bush to Obama, given how Obama has largely maintained Bush's approach to fighting terrorism.
In other cases, Obama's quotes have been selectively trimmed for political purposes. Or they were not much different than sentiments expressed by Bush or his secretary of state. Republicans may certainly disagree with Obama's handling of foreign policy or particular policies he has pursued, but they should not invent a storyline that does not appear to exist.
Note to GOP speechwriters and campaign ad makers: The apology tour never happened. [The Washington Post, The Fact Checker, 2/22/11]
It seems that the metastasizing scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is finally having some repercussions on this side of the Atlantic, but naturally not in the way you'd think. Although ol' Rupert himself confirmed this week that that he is[...]
Read The Full Article:
Title: Sex BeatArtist: The Gun Club
Here's a little L.A. "tribal psychobilly blues" from 1981. Get down.
And our sister site Newstalgia has The Pretty Things in session from 1966. Enjoy, and please consider donating to Newstalgia's fundraiser. We think the internet is free, but it isn't if we don't support the sites that fight the power. Thank you.
Just as everyone knew that the Non-Aggression Pact between Hitler and Stalin would eventually be broken by one party or the other, it was a good bet that the Non-Aggression Pact between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul would also eventually be broken once it was[...]
Read The Full Article:
George Zimmerman raised more than $200,000 to defend himself in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Attorney Mark O'Mara gave the figure in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, which was set to be broadcast Thursday night.
Zimmerman raised the money through a bizarre website, which he set up before his arrest. This week, the site was ordered shut down by O'Mara.
At a hearing last week, Zimmerman's wife and father both said they had little money to pay for him to be released from jail should a judge grant him a bond. His father said he might have to take out a second mortgage out on his house to pay for it.
With that in mind, the judge set the bond amount at $150,000. Zimmerman's family would have had to pay 10 percent, or $15,000, to secure his release.
Prosecutors had asked that Zimmerman be held in jail or granted a bond of no less than $1 million.
Zimmerman's family was able to put together the $15,000 in just a few days and he was released early Monday morning from a Seminole County jail.
Zimmerman has been charged in second-degree murder in the killing, which has drawn international attention.
Watch an excerpt of the interview wit O'Mara:
George Zimmerman's bizarre pre-arrest website raised more than $200,000 before it was shut down this week. [...]
Read The Full Article:
Towards the beginning of the cult classic "Dazed & Confused," a high school senior named Slater, inquires of baby-faced freshman Mitch, "Are you cool?" What Slater was really asking?in this ode to 1970s youth and the counterculture?was, "Do you smoke pot?"
Ahh the '70s. Back before the Reagan Revolution kicked the kooky, corrupt and thoroughly counterproductive War On Drugs into high gear. Suddenly this country lost its collective mind, suffering a lapse in judgment that vaulted well past ill-advised and beyond "they have weapons of mass destruction" to what might best be labeled "the mind of Ted Nugent."
By any measure; economically, morally, democratically, we are the worse for allowing special interests?from private prisons to the security industry?to take us down this road. It has spiritually hollowed us out, while erecting a prominent prison culture that makes The People's Republic of China seem like Woodstock.
This was made all the more evident recently when a Harvard economist, Jeffrey Miron, released a study showing this exercise in dunderheadedness is costing us $13.7 billion a year. Ernest A. Canning points to some statistics reported on Democracy Now! showing that "over the last 40 years, more than 45 million drug-related arrests have cost an estimated $1 trillion."
Hmm, I can't think of any better way we could have spent this money, can you?
But I do know some neo-conservative types who seemingly kneel down in prayer a few times a day to make supple offerings to the graven idol of The Balanced Budget. You'd think they might notice a statistic like this and do something to save money being wasted on imprisoning people who take their mind altering substances through the beer bong, as opposed to a funnel, filter, or medically-approved prescription pill bottle. Although, as Paul Ryan has found out when weighing raising taxes on ascots vs. slashing social programs, it's just so much easier and more fun to cut basic healthcare programs from kids than to honestly tackle real problems.
Sadly, things have gotten no better under President Obama than they were under his predecessors. Back when he was running for President in 2008, Obama claimed to support the ?basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs,? He even went further, claiming he would "not be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws.?
Yet, that is exactly what he has done, using the very same Justice Department to raid over 100 marijuana dispensaries during his term. It is shameful really.
The wasted potential of those who will go to our jails instead of our colleges (although at least Rick Santorum won't shake his head in not-so-subtle disapproval of their obvious snobbery) will not only cost these individuals and their families dearly, but our society as a whole. Much like with our health care system, when we ignore or create problems in the short term, they always come back to haunt us as the Ghost of Christmas past?and not the cool one played by Buster Poindexter in Scrooged, either.
Listen, if you don't want to believe any of this, just see what Pat Robertson had to say about this issue recently (yes, I too am stunned I just wrote that). Yes, he took some time off from blaming hurricanes on abortion and "The Way We Were," to come out for marijuana legalization. Now I'm not going to say I think his every neuron is firing in what one might call a fecund direction, but on this one, politicians should listen. They should pay even more attention to the people of this country, who, by a 47 percent plurality, favor marijuana legalization.
Because if we continue with the half-baked idea of expanding this war, we will also continue to watch our financial future, our moral fiber and our civil liberties go up in smoke.
This piece was first published at Al Jazeera English