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Another Lousy Good-for-Nothing Review of 2008

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The human ritual of looking back and examining the year concluding and the year that lies ahead is a common one indeed. Many individuals engage in the act of assessing the year from January to December and seek to summarize what the year has been and suggest what the coming year will be.

One imagines his or her opinion matters and that perhaps society might remember the past so that the future can be brighter. Summations, in the realm of virtual reality, have a higher currency value than New Year’s resolutions. Summations foment conversation.

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To let 2008 exit without considering what it means for the future is simply something I will not do. I do not think you should let it exit without properly considering it either. (That’s right---If you haven’t, get out a pen and pad or your fingers and a keyboard and give your opinion of ’08. It will help you decide what to do in ’09.)

Right now, as Israel bombs Gaza, those with functioning human consciences are torn by the situation. Demonstrations and protests all over the nation are being hold by those who desire to see Israel’s murder of Palestinians in Gaza come to an end.

Those who might converse and devote time to looking back at the political circus that unfolded this year and the various news stories that were significant are preoccupied and with good reason. Many, whom I referring to, have been mobilizing daily since 2002 hoping their actions would lead to the Bush regime’s removal from office.

One might wonder---Is 2008 really going to end on December 31st? That’s an odd question. Allow me to explain.

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Americans may have thought that a dark chapter in American history came to an end on November 4th when Barack Obama won. However, throughout Obama’s transition, throughout the economic meltdown, and throughout the final days of the Bush Administration, it has been evident that certain elements are not going to go quietly into the sunset.

Such elements have certain control and power over Obama. The American people should not allow Obama to submit to certain elements that have dominated government and the people of the world since the beginning of the millennium.

The American people must understand that Obama’s brand of leadership compels him to seek common ground with those in the higher echelons of the national security state, from the concrete jungle of big banks which are “too big to fail” on Wall Street, from the email list of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, and from certain think tanks who are still to this day loyal to the Bush Administration.

Those who Obama is willing to seek common ground with are the same people who support the current actions of Israel, who signed off on the export of U.S. weapons to Israel, and who are using Hamas to perpetrate violence on population of innocent civilians to achieve tactical goals in the Middle East.

Those who Obama is willing to seek common ground with are the same people who celebrated Christmas knowing full well they robbed Americans of jobs, homes, health care, economic well-being, and prosperous futures this year.

Those who Obama is willing to seek common ground with are the same people who organized behind Prop 8 to preserve a definition in their beloved Merriam-Webster Dictionary and who have no qualms over ushering in the Second Coming by waging crusades in the Middle East against so-called jihadists.

One should not be convinced that the year will come to an end on December 31st. It may not come to an end on January 20th either.

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The “war on terror” will still be in full-swing, what is and is not torture will still be foolishly debated, the economy will still be souring, and those in power will still be seeking continuity which is inherently at odds with the American people.

Israel will still be able to ignite wars whenever it damn well pleases knowing America is behind them every step of the way.

Terrorist attacks from places like Mumbai still will take place and people will look on in shock not understanding what they are witnessing. Many will claim the attacks are false flag operations while others will accept that this why elements in government pursue the Long War.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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