Lately I've become pretty close friends with a local businessman, an upper middle class, dyed-in-the-wool Republican originally from Ohio. Given my fondness for golf and beer and the fact my friend owns a favored watering hole, this isn't necessarily as contrary a thing as long-time acquaintances of mine might imagine.
He voted for both Bush presidents twice and he loathes Bill Clinton, Hillary too. But because of his dogged determination to know the truth and to provide a factual foundation for his convictions, for the past 2 1/2 years he's delved deeply into information about political power that's simply not presented in any meaningful way in mass media, particularly television.
You might say he struck 'gold,' maybe not. To his utter horror he discovered his deepest beliefs about the American Way were not only wrong, they were constructs, intelligently woven spells intended to keep his conscious mind narcotized via emotion, often fear, while his nation's political elite looted at will and destroyed the legacy of moral giants and their gift of freedom.
And he's discovered, as anyone would if they put forth a similar effort (and the Internet happens to remain free), that what's given to Americans minute-by-minute as "news" is usually dis-informational rubbish, even on the local level.
Which brings me to the other man, Tom Feeley. Via his website Information Clearing House (ICH), Mr. Feeley was responsible in large part for my friend's introduction and education into the hard realities of American power, 21st Century style. He sends cash support to Feeley's website on a fairly regular basis. ICH is THAT important to him.
Feeley's site is unabashedly anti-war and provides a forum for a multitude of diverse influential thinkers, writers and commentators, much like OpEd News. Conservatives Pat Buchanan, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Paul are among rightists who are often published, as are liberals like Noam Chomsky, Scott Ritter and founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), Ray McGovern. In short, ICH is a beacon of perspective and fact existing in direct opposition to mass media, which is, as my friend realized, mostly psychologically-charged propaganda and brain candy, infotainment, as is evidenced by Paris Hilton/Britney Spears-type 'news' coverage and "reality" shows.
Domestic "news" is mostly sugar, all heat and no nourishing substance. ICH provides a distinct alternative and an effective one. So effective there's been retribution, apparently official retribution.
It's come to light that Tom Feeley, who ends his daily email newsletters with the salutation "Peace and Joy," has had his life threatened by government goons, his and the lives of his wife, children and grandchildren <click here