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JC Garrett is a freelance writer and Constitutional scholar from the piney-woods of East Texas.
Mr. Garrett owns and operates an independent recording studio, plays several instruments, writes, sings, and produces music.
His stories have appeared in Political Affairs Magazine, ACLU FreedomWire, Online Journal, Infowars, Prison Planet, OpEd News, Consortium News, The Intelligence Daily, Democratic Underground, Truthdig, The Memory Hole, Wired, World Prout Assembly, and local publications.
Altemeyer provides clear, documented scientific research that gives us insight into the Authoritarian mind. During the course of reading it, you will become enlightened on the fallacies and the dangers of Right-Wing Authoritarianism.
Friday, January 14, 2011(7 comments)
The Civility Project Crashes and Burns
The Civility Project, founded by conservative evangelical Christian Mark Dumas and Jewish liberal Lanny Davis, called on Americans to sign a "civility pledge." It was also sent to every sitting governor and member of Congress. The results were underwhelming.
Friday, January 14, 2011(9 comments)
My Friend Hercules
When I was young I had a quite unusual and unlikely friend. To his owner, he was called "Little Bit." To me, his caretaker and admirer, he was "Hercules."
Wednesday, September 9, 2009(6 comments)
Johnny Got His Gun
Both Democrats and Republicans have the capacity to take away our freedoms, start the "wrong" wars, and push us off the right path. I don't intend to support either party when they attempt to do so. It's not about labels, it's about right and wrong. Dalton Trumbo's novel about the futility of unnecessary war has been hated and revered by both parties whenever it suited them.
The Joe Biden Gaffe Prevention System
Are you tired of being humiliated and embarrassed by the extraordinarily stupid words coming out of your mouth? You need the Joe Biden Gaffe Prevention System! "Once you go Biden, you'll never go back!"
Monday, September 29, 2008(1 comments)
ACLU: We're All Suspects!
ACLU Action Alert: Under new FBI guidelines proposed by Attorney General Michael Mukasey, all the FBI has to do to put anybody they want under prolonged physical surveillance is assert an "authorized purpose" such as detecting or preventing crime or protecting "national security."
Need Extra Income? Sell Your Teeth!
If you're wondering how bad things will get, maybe this will give you a hint. Already, we have folks paying for prime-time spots during some of television's most-watched political commentary programs asking you to hock your choppers for some extra dough to pay the electric bill.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Let Loose the Dogs of War
Obama has been accused of infanticide and called a baby killer by so many despicable Republican pundits that it is amazing anyone would be dismayed or outraged by the Sarah Palin fake pregnancy story. FOX and far-right extremists have uncorked the bottle, and now it is no-holds-barred, full-scale total war. It is time for us to loose the dogs of war.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008(1 comments)
Judge Denies Stay for Miers and Bolten
District Judge John Bates handed the Bush administration another loss in its war on the Constitution and Congressional oversight yesterday. He made clear that he views the administration's claims of absolute immunity as ridiculous and not even worthy of serious consideration, calling their arguments "weak."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008(13 comments)
Michelle Obama's Empty Seats
One thing that we Americans have to do is quit saying that we are in Iraq to defend America. It has nothing to do with patriotism, and it is not unpatriotic to state the obvious truth. A true patriot loves his country enough to say when his country is wrong.
Condi's Cognitive Dissonance
Doesn't it just blow your mind when members of the Bush administration can say something so glaringly hypocritical that it literally takes your breath away, and have absolutely no clue how it sounds coming out of their mouths?
Saturday, August 9, 2008(17 comments)
Casting Stones While Standing Under a Boulder
If McCain made propaganda videos for the North Vietnamese in a desperate attempt to avoid more agonizing torture, who among us could cast that stone? When it is completely without doubt that not one of us possesses the capability to withstand prolonged and repeated torture, it is completely without sincerity, completely without honesty to condemn someone else for being incapable of withstanding it.
Thursday, August 7, 2008(2 comments)
The Reprehensible Republican Mind
Republicans are wishing another attack on their own nation just so liberals will shut up and quit talking about the rule of law, unprovoked aggressive war in Iraq, future unprovoked aggressive war on Iran, and warrantless surveillance of Americans in the push for a total police state.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008(61 comments)
Only one of two people will be elected this year, and only one is the lesser of two evils. If you throw your vote away on a third party candidate with no chance of winning, you will make absolutely no difference for whatever issues you care about. It will receive no attention other than the fact that it cost Obama the election and gave John McCain the keys to the White House and nuclear launch codes.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Rep. Lamar Smith: Idiot Extraordinaire
There are many representatives in Congress who make self-satisfyingly "bold" statements that, if they had anything resembling a conscience, should cause them to hang their heads in shame. Few are quite so consistently adept at the practice as Texas Rep. Lamar Smith.
Saturday, August 2, 2008(4 comments)
"When I said, 'I'm Rob Kall, with OpEdNews.com' the whole room applauded. We're getting there."
On a shoestring budget that a snowcone stand would find challenging, Rob has turned his vision of "bottom-up" citizen journalism into a reality. Our voices provide a counterbalance to the voices of those who would dare to label entire nations as "evil."
Friday, July 11, 2008(6 comments)
John Dean: Congress is "a bunch of wusses"
On Rob Kall's radio show, Dean gave a refreshingly, honestly coarse take on Congress' FISA capitulation when he bluntly said, "Well, it looks like we have a bunch of wusses up there on Capitol Hill, not much interested in civil liberties and very interested in C.Y.A."
Wednesday, July 9, 2008(8 comments)
World's Most Efficient Solar Collector
A team of MIT students recently tested a prototype of the "most cost-efficient solar-power system in the world." They say it is simple, small, lightweight, made of parts that are cheap and available anywhere, and can melt steel bars. It can be built by nearly anyone.
The Vital Role of Anonymous Speech
In Mr. Ed Tubbs recent article, he attacks anonymous and pseudonymous writers as "summer soldiers" and spineless cowards. I write this in respectful disagreement. Throughout the history of America, such authors have provided invaluable contributions to our political discourse, and played an indispensable part in the founding of the nation. They continue to be an integral part of democracy.
Friday, June 27, 2008(3 comments)
A "Golden Rule" Foreign Policy
The Bush administration is trying to cram a "treaty" of permanent occupation down the throats of Americans and the Iraqi people. Our politicians have used wrongs committed by others to justify wrongs of their own. Americans should ask themselves one simple question: Would we accept what we are asking the Iraqi people to accept?
Friday, June 20, 2008(24 comments)
Sneaking FISA Through the Back Door
Jefferson never would have believed that future generations of Americans would give up their liberty without at least actually getting some real security in return. But in no way does this bill make Americans more secure. The Hoyer/Bush FISA deal allows mass, untargeted surveillance of Americans' communications, and contains blanket immunity for telecoms. Keith Olberman: "This is not F.I.S.A., this is C.Y.A."
Friday, June 20, 2008(1 comments)
Barack, Don't Ask Me - Show Me
As leader of the party, Obama now needs to take control of this matter in the same way he did with the DNC. And he needs to make it known that if Democratic lawmakers think they can step outside the lines of the Constitution, that they aren't worthy to serve the American People. Obama has asked us to believe. I am fed up with being ASKED. This time, you gotta SHOW me, Senator. I'm begging you.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Why Does the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Hate Democracy?
"It is a dark day when the Sun-Sentinel has the gall to tell the parents of the soldiers who have died in Iraq that pursuing consequences for those that prosecuted this war of choice based on outright deception is not a "REAL" issue that Congress should address."
Thursday, June 12, 2008(1 comments)
"That's Not Too Important"
John McCain says it's "not too important" when American troops are allowed to come home from George Bush's war. Not important to whom, I wonder. Is Moqtada al-Sadr a bigger supporter of democracy than George Bush and John McCain?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Transpartisan "Red-Phone" Conference With Iran
A group of citizens associated with 35 different organizations came together in a coalition to prove just how easy it would be for President Bush to talk to Iran. It's as simple as picking up the phone.
Sunday, June 8, 2008(5 comments)
They can do it to all of us.
If those in power can steal one person's freedom, if they can rob even one person of his or her natural rights and strip him of his very humanity in the name of "national security," and then refuse that person access to the courts in the name of "state secrets" -
They can do it to all of us.
Friday, June 6, 2008(2 comments)
The Tie That Binds Us
Send a message to America's leaders to do away with politicized puppet courts, and to close Guantanamo.
There have been few heroes in the Congress and Senate who have championed the cause of truth like Florida Congressman Robert Wexler. He has led the fight for impeachment hearings, and has never backed down from a fight, no matter the odds against him.
Saturday, May 24, 2008(15 comments)
The International Criminal Court's American Exception
Long recognized as an ardent defender of human rights, and champion of the Rule of Law, America has been unceremoniously stripped of her glorious garments of Freedom, Truth, and Justice, and clothed in the dirty rags of Oppression, Deception, and Despotism.
Friday, May 16, 2008(1 comments)
Tell Congress to Arrest Karl Rove!
John Conyers spoke to a colleague a little too loudly and was overheard by reporters to say, "We're closing in on Rove. Someone's got to kick his ass."
Thursday, May 15, 2008(2 comments)
Of Kings and Arrogance
This new King George has reinstituted many of the practices of the old one, such as the denial of the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus, warrantless search and seizure, the suppression of dissent and free speech, and advancing the notion that the Ruler is above the Law.
Saturday, May 3, 2008(7 comments)
If You Knew What We Know...
It's a perfect fall-back phrase, used constantly by the President and members of the administration to gain acquiescence and passivity from the public, Congress, and the Courts without providing a substantive reason for any measure they proclaim is "absolutely vital."
Justices Cutting the Legs From Under 'Standing'
The Government Accountability Office and the F.D.A.'s own science board have released reports saying the agency is "incapable" of protecting America from unsafe medical devices, drugs, and even food. But that doesn't matter to the nation's highest court.
Sunday, April 13, 2008(5 comments)
A New Revolution of Revelation
What do good, patriotic Americans do when their Justice Department, Congress, and Judiciary will not uphold their oaths to defend the Constitution and preserve their rights? They do it themselves.
The Cost of War in Plain English
An unconventional explanation of the incredible fortune we have sunk into Iraq with nothing to show for it.
Iraq has a population of about 27 million people. If all 27 million Iraqis were to each rob an American bank of $19,000-- that would add up to $513 billion.