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Vermonter living in Woodstock:
elected to five terms (served 20 years) as side judge (sitting in Superior, Family, and Small Claims Courts);
public radio producer, "The Panther Program" -- nationally distributed, three albums (at CD Baby), some runner-up awards;
reporter and columnist (Rutland Herald, Valley News, Vermont Standard, others);
teacher at Woodstock Country School, for which I was commissioned to write the history, "Institutional Denial";
TV writer ("That Was The Week That Was," "Captain Kangaroo," others).
Guiding principle: "nobody really knows anything."
(17 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 4, 2014 Fukushima Meltdowns: Global Denial At Work
If there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it’s not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be. Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Character and Rape in Ohio
The case of the widely-reported football-player gang rape in Steubenville, Ohio, reaches into many parts of a troubled community.
(17 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Ukraine Folly
If too many people get sucked in by the current, distorted media coverage of events unfolding now in Ukraine, then there’s a good chance life will get very ugly for a lot of innocent people, since one of the logical end points is the use of nuclear weapons.
Everyone in power knows that’s a potential reality, but the urge to demagogue the Russians is presently overwhelming honesty and caution.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 14, 2013 Foggy Bottom Shuck and Jive
Climate Change won't hurt pipeline, State Dept says, bringing great relief to oil industry....
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 10, 2014 Obama Praises Iraq War
Barack Obama at an anti-war rally in Chicago on October 2, 2002, when he was still an Illinois state senator – told the gathering that he favored going after al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but opposed going to war to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Reading that 2002 speech more than eleven years later creates some dissonance: what happened to that guy who was challenging President Bush to finish the fight with bin Laden...
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Fact-Averse News Media in Vermont
When it comes to straight reporting on a military weapons system or the chamber of commerce, Vermont media pretty much avoid distracting or uncomfortable facts.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2012 Air Force Stonewalls F-35 Defects
Air Force, Pentagon, Vermont "leaders -- lacking honest or credible answers -- continue to push F-35 stealth bomber through stealth campaign that casts Vermonters as the enemy.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 Trump Isn't The Problem, He's the Manifestation of America's Id
We are now officially "a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages." We are also a nation that took years to notice our official brutality to immigrants, especially asylum seekers, and most especially those seeking asylum from brutal dictatorships we nurture and support.
SHARE Monday, March 4, 2013 Who Wants War on Iran?
Calls for an attack on Iran seem to be increasing -- yet again -- but the path to war does not eem to beckon -- yet?
SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2012 Pentagon Pushes F-35 on Vermonters
Vermonters are divided about the value of having their own nuclear-capable bomber base, while Vermont's elected leadership mostly shrugs off facts and consequences.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 3, 2013 Court: Evidence Doesn't Matter
Ignoring the factual evidence and inventing its own reality, U.S. Appeals Court rules that First Amendment allows publisher to violate labor law.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Ukraine Smoke and Mirrors
Just when the U.S. Defense Secretary was in Japan giving indications that the Ukraine “crisis” was over as far as the U.S. was concerned, Ukrainians of all sorts, other Washington officials, and even the Japanese government all pitch in to keep the “crisis” alive, at least as a threat meme.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Keeping Obama Off Vermont Ballot?
Former Republican Senate candidate sues State of Vermont to keep President Obama off November ballot. Time running out.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 30, 2014 Jingo Journalism: Remember the Maine!!!
If American media seem filled these days with bellicose, jingoistic, uniform perspectives on a new Cold War, that’s probably because so many news outlets can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to framing new events in the tired terms of the last generation’s ingrained propaganda. At a time that needs fresh contemplation, even people like Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW are talking about....
SHARE Sunday, July 6, 2014 WIPP Still Leaks
Environmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only U.S. underground, nuclear weapons waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Petraeus Sideshow
Questions of FBI surveillance or resignation with honor really seem beside the point when David Petraeus' worst behavior amounts to war crimes.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 13, 2012 What War Does to People
Month-long occupation in front of Dept of Veterans Affaira in Washington goes unnoticed, and government won't talk to vets about their joblessness, homelessness, suicides, or anything else.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 6, 2013 Sandra Day O'Connor's Endless Strip Tease
Like the Gypsy Rose Lee of Justices, O'Connor performs her version of "Let Me Entertain You" not in minutes, but years, dropping a veiled hint here, trailing an innuendo there, encouraging her audience to think she'll take it off, take it all off, without ever revealing much of anything.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Romney Lies About Chrysler, GM
When Mit Romney said Jeep was moving to China, Chrysler called it extravagant fantasy, so Romney said GM was moving jobs to China, too, and GM said Romney was practicing cynical politics in a parallel universe.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 19, 2014 Benghazi Mystery Explained!?!
The latest explanation of “Benghazi” comes from a non-partisan reporter, so that’s a start, and it provides a credible framework for most of the anomalies associated with Benghazi. Even better, official spokes-people universally either refused to comment on the story, or denied it flatly. So there’s hope.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 10, 2014 "Nuclear Savage"
“Nuclear Savage” is a recent documentary that explores American nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, 1946-1958, and particularly the secret Project 4.1: an American experiment in exposing Pacific Islanders to overdoses of radiation – deliberate human radiation poisoning – just to get better data on this method of maiming and killing people. Public broadcasting has kept this story off the air since 2011. Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views), Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, October 29, 2012 The Real Media Benghazi Cover-up
Inside the Republican Benghazi Bubble, the attack in Libya is somehow "worse than Watergate" even though reality suggests other dimensions.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2014 Fukushima Update, Now in Year 4
Nobody in the world knows how dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently. That's a given. The Japanese central government is presumably aware that anything it does with still the unmeasured, but vast amount of radioactive waste from Fukushima's six nuclear power generators will be temporary. Leaving it in place is not an option. So Tokyo announced August 29 that the Fukushima waste would be stored... Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 29, 2012 Tortured Law in Texas
Keystone XL pipeline marches through Texas, winning in court, not slowed by Blockade.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 25, 2012 Meet the Bi-Partisan Group of Senators Pressuring Obama to Speed Up Destruction of the Planet
The White House is expected to decide whether Keystone XL can be built some time in the next month or so, and all it takes to proceed is a Presidential signature. For President Obama, this decision will be a clear signal defining his real priorities: stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the planet, as he campaigned, or settling for short term economic gains with unknown long term consequences.
SHARE Sunday, December 9, 2012 Nuclear Weapons: Who Cares Any More?
U.S. reports secret nuclear weapons test, American media ignore the news, only Japanese survivors and Iranian government complain, without much coverage either
(39 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 26, 2014 Who Shot Down MH17 over Ukraine?
The same day that Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza, to continue killing civilians and the occasional Hamas fighter, MSNBC decided to ignore the Israeli invasion in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of the presumed shoot-down of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Why would MSNBC make a choice that looks so much like propaganda?
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, March 21, 2014 Fuku-Crimea
The real stakes here are tiny. Crimea is the size of Vermont taking a deep breath.
Crimea is smaller than Haiti, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Albania, or the Solomon Islands, and commands about the same geopolitical attention in the real world. Crimea is larger than Rwanda, Macedonia, Belize, El Salvador, or Israel.
SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2012 TransCanada Pipeline Protest in Fifth Week
The tree-sitter blockade of the Keystone pipeline in East Texas slowly gains support despite near media blackout and TransCanada's pressures in court and on the ground.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, November 26, 2012 34 American Fukushimas Possible
Whistleblower says Nuclear Regulatory Commission broke law by suppressing staff report that points to danger of as many as 34 "American Fukushimas"
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 11, 2014 Ukraine Crime Against Humanity Gets Ignored
"39 anti-government activists have died in a fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House. Some burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped out of windows, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 11, 2013 A Day of U.S. "Credibility" At Work
Lacking a comprehensive, coherent account of rational beings acting in rational ways to work towards peaceful and reliable solutions to difficult questions, we offer here a fragmentary highlight reel of one day in the life of an American government spinning in all directions toward no known goal in Syria.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2012 Will President Obama Get It Right?
Pressure from environmentalists and oil companies increases on President Obama as decision of Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil approaches.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 1, 2014 MH17 -What Really Happened?
German media have reported variations of this story, focusing on the one or two Su-25s flying near MH17. The evidence for an Su-25 close to MH17 comes from a July 21 briefing by the Russian military that was widely reported at the time, from the Wall Street Journal to Veterans Today. A week later Time, like the Journal, makes no mention of any Su-25
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2013 U.S. Has Murderous Bureaucrats
In the American justice system, even when a prisoner is not sentenced to be executed, the bureaucrats of the U.S. Justice Department's Federal Bureau of Prisons still have extra-judicial ways of making sure a politically-targeted prisoner will die in jail.
SHARE Saturday, June 29, 2013 If It's All Kosher, Why Lie About Spying?
If it doesn't matter to you (1) that your government can maintain a massive data bank on your life and the lives of everyone you know, and (2) that there is no effective control on how the government uses its data, and (3) that your government lies about its capabilities, then there's no point in reading further.
SHARE Friday, January 17, 2014 Nuclear Japan?
Official Japanese policy on nuclear power has swung full circle since the Fukushima disaster of 2011 – from avidly pro-nuclear power then, to rejecting nuclear power as too dangerous, and now back to avidly pushing on to re-start old reactors and build new ones.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 30, 2014 SNAFUkushima: Updating Meltdowns
Whatever the full truth is about Fukushima, it's probably unknowable at present. And it might remain unknowable even if there was total transparency, even if there were no corporate, institutional, governmental, and other layers of secrecy protecting such enemies of the common good as profit, capital investment, and weapons development.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2013 America's Genocidal Logic At Work Again From Africa to Asia
The meaninglessness of the terms "Global War on Terror" and "Long War" (both Bush era coinages without substantive definition) was made clear hilariously, if briefly, in March 2009 when the Obama administration dropped those terms in favor of "Overseas Contingency Operation" (a nicely sanitized coinage with Orwellian opacity, but still without any intellectual import). Regardless of the term describing it, American policy rema
SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2012 US Air Force Wages Class Warfare
Eager to share federal pork, Air Force and Vermont elite wage class warfare on communiites that will feel bombed out by F-35 base.
SHARE Thursday, November 29, 2012 Vermont on Both Sides of Nuclear Power
The State of Vermont wants to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant -- so when 6 grandmothers in the Shut It Down Affinity Group tries to shut down the plant, the state prosecutes them fir criminal trespass -- what? wtf?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 What the Fukushima 2013?
The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining on site in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe -- so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, September 20, 2013 What Was The Hurry To Attack Syria?
It should be immediately obvious that the United States, with 700 foreign military bases (compared to Russia's 11), is not exactly isolationist, and won't be any time soon. What follows is an attempt at a longer reassurance that no apocalypse is at hand just because we're not bombing Syria or otherwise being exceptionally American.
SHARE Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Senators Swoon Over Billionaire Pritzker
While the fawning millionaire courtiers who populate the United States Senate fall all over themselves to smooth the way for Chicago billionaire Penny Sue Pritzker Traubert to become the next Secretary of Commerce, one might wonder what the country is getting here. In terms of hope and change, for example, what might Pritzker (she goes by her maiden name) portend in light of her public record?
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, December 13, 2013 Detroit "Bankruptcy" Distracts from Attack on Constitution
Detroit's recent bankruptcy eligibility was achieved in part by the Michigan governor defying a court order, the Detroit czar defying a court order, and a federal bankruptcy court telling other federal and state courts that their orders and the cases before them challenging the constitutionality of state law and state actions simply don't matter. Series: Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2014 Officially "Safe" Radiation
The phrase "considered safe" is key to the issue, since there is no "actually safe" level of radiation exposure. The planet was once naturally radioactive and lifeless. Life emerged only after Earth's radiation levels decayed to the point where life became possible, in spite of a continuing level of natural "background radiation." The reality is that there is no "safe" level of radiation exposure.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 18, 2013 U.S. Shut Embassies Because?
If the United States is in an actual war, as generally defined by history and our constitution, then we must have enemies who can be identified, or so one might think. So who are the enemies of the United States? Officially, in the President's words, "the United States is at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces."
But does that make this 'war' legal?
(30 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 26, 2013 "Kids Shooting Kids" (Sort of)
When evidence of kids shooting kids surfaced, grown-ups panicked, but the kids stayed calm -- guess who was shooting blanks?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Vermont Law vs Nuclear Power
National precedent possible -- Vermont Supreme Court asked to sh*t down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, based on Public Service Board ruling
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 19, 2014 Rape at College, Then Rape by College
In essence, Hobart has voiced a non-denial denial, a non-defense defense. Hobart says the reporter got the story wrong, but offers not one example of error. Hobart provides no corrections, no particulars, no explanation, no contrition, and no effort to atone for its personal and institutional failures.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Does Syria Make Any Sense?
"When Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, wanted to bolster his argument that rebels had carried out the poison gas attacks near Damascus on Aug. 21, he pointed to the work of a 61-year-old Lebanese-born nun who had concluded that the horrifying videos showing hundreds of dead and choking victims, including many children, had been fabricated ahead of time to provide a pretext for foreign intervention. Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(17 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 21, 2013 Navy to Sailors: Drop Dead!!
First the US Navy negligently placed thousands of sailors at risk from Fukushima radiation exposure.
Then, when some of them showed symptoms of radiation poisoning, the Navy cut them loose and set them adrift. Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views), Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 15, 2012 F-35 Spooks Honest Discussion
Vermont's elected official do dog and pony show to "listen" to the F-35 which is controversial because it will destroy homes in Vermont -- but these same officials won't talk to their affected constituents.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Lynching Adegbile
After these seven Democratic quislings had collaborated in stopping Adegbile’s nomination in its tracks, another Democrat switched his vote to join them. The eighth Democratic vote to sustain the filibuster was majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada who changed his vote for tactical reasons. Under Senate rules, only a Senator who has voted against the nomination is entitled to bring it the floor again....
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 Fukushima Funhouse News
Fukushima is a continuing disaster, and the Japanese haven't done that great a job keeping it from getting worse, but that's not the bad news. The bad news is that nobody else in the world has a much better idea about what to do, and even less of an idea of how to do it, and that's why the stampede of global rescue workers rushing to Japan isn't happening now and isn't likely to happen soon.
SHARE Monday, March 25, 2013 Fraud at State?
Why would the State Dept have the oil industry write the report on the Keystone Pipeline?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 Is "progressive corporate news" an oxymoron?
The central argument of Michael's Arria's lively new book about America's so-called "progressive network" is not that MSNBC is bad at what it does, but that, all too often, even what MSNBC does well doesn't do much good for most Americans. As Arria puts it in the introduction of Medium Blue (a spring 2014 release by CounterPunch Books):
"This book doesn't possess a hidden agenda. It's an attack on MSNBC from the left..."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Now the Real Work Can Begin
Election 2012 was less a victory than an escape from defeat -- not the real work can begin.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2012 Libya Is In Play
London paper says US was warned ahead of attack in Libya but did nothing -- and bases the claim on a single anonymous source.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 6, 2013 A Lifetime in War Crimes
This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the [Sunni] insurgency.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, May 31, 2013 Kennedy Assassination is All Theory
Whatever events are held, whether formal or impromptu, they will all have one thing in common: no one knows the full story of what happened. The official version put out by the Warren Commission, is long since discredited, but independent investigations have yet to present a coherent alternative narrative.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2014 IRS "Scandal" Lives On, Still Bogus
Whatever you hear about tax exempt, 501(c)(4) organizations these days, someone is probably playing politics, or simply lying (for the sake of playing politics). And even if you’re not hearing about it, they’re still lying about it. This is all about bi-partisan deceit designed to defend the flow of dark money from secret donors.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Boehner's Treason?
Inviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. President from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of "levying war" in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the U.S. into more actual wars from Gaza to Iran.
SHARE Monday, September 10, 2012 Taser Death Autopsy Overdue
Last June a Vermont State trooper tasered a 39 year-old unarmed epileptic whompromptly died. The next day, Taser International was advising authorities in two states how to proceed with the case. They are proceeding slowly, if at all.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 13, 2013 Unlawful Nuclear Power in Vermont
Kind of a truth or dare moment for Vermont Supreme Court handed hot potato of nuclear power plant operating unlawfully.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2014 Architects of Atrocity Remain at Large, and Unrepentant
We know who the torturer-in-chief was, and we know his vice-torturer has said George Bush was as fully informed as he, Dick Cheney, was. Along with everything else we know about these men who still defend their criminality, why isn't that enough for probable cause and a criminal indictment? There's much more to be said about this defining moment in our history.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 26, 2014 Condi Rice, Christine Lagarde: Cowardice at Commencement
The American Condolleezza Rice, 60, Iraq War architect, and the French Christine Lagarde, 58, International Monetary Fund managing director, have little in common beyond being women of power who have contributed to the misery of millions of people they never cared to meet. And now they have another quality in common, cowardice under fire, albeit only verbal fire after they were invited to speak at college commencements.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 3, 2013 F-35 Failures Pile Up
Even as some national media like Time bring more attention to the failures of the F-35 program to live up to its promise in performance, cost, or delivery, a group of dedicated Vermonters are fighting their state and federal leadership to prevent hundred of Vermont homes from being destroyed as surely as if the F-35 had bombed them into oblivion.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 19, 2013 US vs. Lavabit
What follows in an effort to reconstruct at least the outline of a personal nightmare inflicted by our government on a small business owner who had done no wrong, even in the government's eyes -- at least until he started taking his constitutional rights seriously.]
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Criminalizing Free Speech
In Texas last winter, a working 18-year-old was jailed, and is still being held on $500,000 bail, because a Canadian woman reported a single, frivolous Facebook post that he had marked "LOL" (laughing out loud) and "jk" (just kidding). Ignoring those cues, local police went ahead and charged him with "terroristic threatening" -- really? That is darkly humorous even in post-terrified America.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 30, 2015 Ukraine Tipping?
Pretty much everything about Ukraine is murky and unreliable these days, and that's before you take into consideration any of the meddling by outside powers playing carelessly with their Slavic pawns. Viewed in their darkest light, the events of the past 20 months (and the past 20 years) reflect an East-West death spiral that is now accelerating, and from which none of the engaged parties show any desire to disengage.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2013 Mitch McConnell's New 9/11
It took less than a day for the Republican Senate minority leader to start leveraging the Boston bombing against the rest of us
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 4, 2014 Early Fireworks from US Air Force -- OOOps!
Troubles never seem to end for the F-35 Strike Fighter. Not yet fully operational, the nuclear-capable fighter-bomber recently had different test versions either leak oil in flight or burst into flames on takeoff.
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Indicting Hillary
It's not yet clear whether Hillary Clinton will be indicted. It's not even clear in the broader sense whether Hillary Clinton should be indicted. But it's crystal clear that, even on the limited amount of credible evidence now available, Hillary Clinton could be indicted. She could be indicted for what might be characterized as privatizing her government office. That, in effect, is what the Secretary of State did when --
SHARE Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Air Force Hits Flak Over Vermont
The latest high-ranking Vermont Democrat to push for prime military pork in her state is Burlington city attorney Eileen Blackwood, who released a slippery legal memo October 17 that is as cleverly political as it is narrowly legal, leading to widespread, obtuse media coverage along the lines of Vermont Public Radio's simply false headline: "City Report: Burlington Can't Block F-35."
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2015 Ukraine Peace Threatens US Security?
American combat troops deployed in Ukraine will soon number in the hundreds, at least, but US officials claim they're there only as "advisors" or "trainers," not as an in-place threat to Russia. Whatever advising or training they may do, they are also an in-place threat to Russia. US officials are also lobbying to arm Ukraine with "defensive" anti-tank rockets and other lethal weapons in hopes of escalating the fighting, maybe
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2014 Museum Continues 9/11 Mystification
Despite that overwhelming ad hominem character, emphasizing the emotional impact of the lives of the living and dead, the Museum defines itself with a contradictory pose of academic detachment: "The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11's continuing significan
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 14, 2013 Defense Secretary Preaches to Choir
Global security begins in Washington, where the Secretary of Defense says that American isolationism is a bigger threat to the rest of the world than American hubris and that's why "we must remain the world's only global leader." If that sounds confused and contradictory, it's only because that's who we are as a government in the early 21st century.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2013 Reagan's Chickens Home to Roost?
The threat that former Reagan administration officials might be held accountable for genocidal policies of the Reagan administration increased on May 10, when a Guatemalan lower court convicted the country's former president, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, 86, of genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the killing of thousands of Guatemalan civilians.
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Secret Government in Vermont is Bi-partisan
The story from Vermont, of all places, is breath-takingly simple: the elected city council, in a bi-partisan vote, has decided to keep its law-making process secret, rather than openly address the question of whether a draconian no-trespass law it passed last winter is patently unconstitutional.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2014 American Inhumanity
The pictures of thousands of children huddled in shelters are upsetting, and the tales some tell are horrifying, and that is all a real but sentimental distraction from the entrenched American power that created these conditions.
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 8, 2018 Multi-Millionaire Mass Murderer for Senate -- Have We Hit Bottom Yet?
Blankenship's rise is reportedly raising concern among Republican incumbents, who profess to be shocked -- shocked -- to find Republican values so vividly personified. If he gets the nomination, Blankenship will be running against Democrat Joe Manchin, who said after the mine killings that Blankenship had blood on his hands.
SHARE Thursday, June 19, 2014 GOP Policy: Kill the Poor
Whether or not the Millers have touched off a revolution remains to be seen, of course, but it hardly seems likely. And the killing they've done doesn't come close to the scale of the deeper, much more lethal, continuing revolution led by Republicans since 2009. That revolution doesn't use guns to kill people. That's so Bush-era. Post-Bush Republicans prefer to kill people quietly, as in Virginia, by denying them medical care
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2019 Court Uses Law's Absurdity to Allow Unfit Kavanaugh to Remain as Justice
There was nothing that could be done legally about the 83 misconduct complaints against Judge Kavanaugh for one reason, and one reason only -- because he had become Justice Kavanaugh. That's the whole argument: that Kavanaugh gets to escape judicial accountability, and his getaway car is his seat on the Supreme Court. This is cultural madness and legal absurdity. What were those Tenth Circuit judges thinking?
SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2013 Ted Cruz Saved Eric Holder?
Attorney General Eric Holder, under growing pressure from many in mainstream media and elsewhere for his "attacks" on the First Amendment in general, and reporters in particular, had a lifeline thrown to him awhile back by an unlikely combination -- Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, on Fox News, May 30.
SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2013 Obama's Watergate?
How many people do you know who, hearing that the NSA was busy obliterating privacy, have reacted to the effect of: well, duh, or that's old news, or worse: didn't we make that legal? It's not as though the NSA is carrying out break-ins, is it?
SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Republicans' New Benghazi Killer Meme
Washington has a new meme in town, trying to give fresh impetus to the Benghazi Blowback Bandwagon still circling the White House in hopes of finding something worse than Watergate, or at least as bad as Iran-Contra.
SHARE Saturday, October 5, 2013 Minority Government At Work
A real government shutdown would effectively take us back to a state of nature, or at least to an eighteenth century, pre-constitutional governmental structure, enhanced by all the modern conveniences we could keep working without Washington's help. That might provoke a new constitutional convention, which is what a busy minority has been after for a long time, and maybe that's the point of all this, but we're not there yet.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Ohio: Poster Child for Mindless Global Self-Destruction
John Kasich is a smart guy who knows better than to be an overt serial killer, so, as Governor of Ohio, he joins with others who prefer to do their mass killing by stealth, maybe spread the carnage out over future generations, who will be unable to hold the Kasiches and the ALECS of this world to account. Ever. However long that turns out to be.
SHARE Sunday, May 26, 2013 Obama Leads In All Directions
Who in a sane state of mind would expect any change of policy when the president gives a speech about counter-terrorism at the National Defense University?
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, June 13, 2014 Bush War Redux
By the time you read this, America's next, undeclared war in Iraq may already be under way.
Imperial militarists started floating trial balloons for the next American aggression as of June 11 in the Wall Street Journal, quoting "a senior U.S. official who added that no decisions have been made."
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 1, 2013 IRS "Scandal" is a Hoax
Almost everything you hear and read in the media about the current IRS "scandal" is based on deliberate falsification of basic facts. Some might call it lying.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 13, 2012 Air Force Vet Shoots Down F-35 Plan
Retire US Air Force colonel and Pentagon analyst, 30-year career, analyzes Air Force study to shreds, opposes basing F-35 in Vermont.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2014 Keystone XL vs Lethal Lone Star Threat
Meanwhile the 105-day comment period on the State Department’s fraudulent environmental report is running, and it’s not clear whether the Texas court will act within that time. Wait, “fraudulent” report?
Well, based on early reporting, the report is...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 27, 2012 Torture in Texas
TransCanada gets it all in Texas -- easy permitting, eminent domain, even a sheriff to rough up protestors -- and all for the Keystone XL Pipiline
SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2012 More Opposition to F-35 in Vermont
More and more Vermonters oppose basing the F-35 in Vermont because of its harm to health, property, environment, and quality of life.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Was The Fix in For Zimmerman?
Listening to the lead prosecutor's final argument in the Zimmerman case, it's hard to believe he really wanted a conviction.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Congress Fails En Masse, 100%, Rare Event
jabbering jingoes in control of this foreign policy decision, deceitfully selling Aboutalebi’s imagined transgressions, need to get over their exceptionalist self-involvement. Americans desperately need to have a sense of history, a sense of responsibility, a sense of proportion, and real humility. That would be true American exceptionalism.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 30, 2013 Ideological Purity Police in Montpelier
When a city employee promotes a point of view that happens to center on an aspect of populist economics that seeks to serve the public good, and the democratically-elected mayor of that city has an opposing ideology that he'd rather not debate openly, why would anyone expect the resolution of this conflict to be anything but ugly? Series: Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views), Vermont Life (1 Articles, 1874 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2012 What if Drone Strikes are War Crimes?
Drone warfare has become an American default reaction even though it may be a war crime, unconstitutional, unjust, expensive, and counter-productive, but what candidate ever talks about it?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2015 American Spring in Chicago?
Chicago's mayoral election may look like a local event, and the media mostly cover it as a local event, but the presence of a large, diverse, and energized opposition demanding change on basic issues of fairness and justice gives the city's local result a potentially important, totemic meaning for the country. The winner of the April 7 runoff election may signify whether peaceful change is possible, or whether the suffocatin
SHARE Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Nuclear Power on the Line in Vermont?
Vermont Yankee, owned by the second largest nuclear power company in the U.S., is caught in a web of legal, regulatory, and protest actions that may shape the future of nuclear power for the country.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, July 24, 2017 Trump's In-Your-Face Impeachable Offense
The political will to impeach this deceitful, destructive President and his administration does not exist despite millions of people, even some in Congress and the media, knowing impeachment is abundantly justified. Every day, with little attention, this administration violates the constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law to protect the environment, to defend the right to vote, and to protect Americans civil rights.
SHARE Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Some Pakistanis Resist U.S. Drone Murder
The Pakistani government has done nothing to enforce the Peshawar High Court’s order of May 2013. Even suggesting that the government act to protect its people creates controversy. An uncertain number of other cases are still pending in Pakistani courts. One of those is Kareem Khan’s 2010 wrongful death suit against the CIA for killing innocent people in his house in 2009.
SHARE Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Iraq "Going Well"
Remember L. Paul Bremer, 73, the Bush family caporegime who was the occupastion's Presidential Envoy to Iraq? He was the American Saddam Hussein in 2003 when he had near-dictatorial power and thought it would be a good idea to get rid of virtually every experienced Sunni military officer and every high-ranking Sunni government official so that, as President Bush put it over and over:as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Republicans Defend Trump With "Four Facts" That Are Fake
The Republicans' defense of Trump, their ritual recital of "four facts" that are fake, is an unsupportable sham. But for them it doesn't really matter. They've managed to muddy the waters to Trump's benefit.
SHARE Monday, February 17, 2014 Grimm News
To be more than fair to Rep. Grimm, 44, he made his threat in circumstances when he himself felt threatened by a question from the younger, smaller man he threatened. As a former Marine and a former FBI agent, he also managed to personify the negative Hollywood stereotype of both.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 22, 2014 America Is Here to Help
Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk bleed all the time these days and the United States does nothing very useful for any of them. Not in out "national interest." Simpler and easier to blame the victims. Can't waste our precious resources.
Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk have been bleeding for days, for weeks, for years, forever in current and chronic crisis, and what does the United States do to help any of them?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Stewing in Steubenville
If the rape convictions of two Steubenville, Ohio, juveniles in juvenile court turn out to be the end of the story, as some perhaps hopefully predict, then justice will be only partly served and the Steubenville community cover-up will have proved largely effective, justice will have been mostly obstructed.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2014 Iran Saves Iraq!
Iran can save Iraq and everyone.
"A Modest Proposal for Middle East Peace"
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 9, 2019 US Policy: Global Climate Crisis Not Our Problem. Really?
The two-party system hasn't stepped up on climate issues and shows no likelihood of doing so in the near future unless Democrats somehow nominate a candidate willing to cope with reality. Even then, we face an uphill struggle to save ourselves in opposition to entrenched narrow interests.
SHARE Monday, July 17, 2017 FBI Nominee Christopher Wray Sure Looks Dirty
Wray solemnly told the Senate on July 12: "My loyalty is to the Constitution, to the rule of law, and to the FBI. Nobody asked for any kind of loyalty oath and I sure didn't offer one." Given Wray's career pattern, there was no need for anyone to ask for or offer loyalty. Wherever Wray goes, bad guys get away unscathed while scapegoats suffer the consequences. What more could President Trump ask from his man at the FBI?
SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2013 The Bushes' Court
Four members of the United States Supreme Court have shown again in the court's decisions of recent days that they represent the very worst of America when it comes to race or gender, just as they have shucked the constitution in support of money and partisanship in the democratic process.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 Police State? There's An App For That!
It's on;y an Apple patent now, but the "apparatuus and methods" for shutting down mobile devices at a protest rally is under development.
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2012 Climate Change? U.S. Shrugs
World Bank says climate change getting worse faster, Canada says have some shale oil, U.S. says sure and let's talk about the problem later
SHARE Friday, September 27, 2013 Weapons of Mass Destruction Wanted?
With Vermont's highest elected officials still deep in Defense Dept. denial over the disaster that is the Air Force's F-35 strike fighter, a local city council threatens to bring some military sanity to Vermont (but nowhere else) by exercising its landlord right to reject as a tenant a weapon of mass destruction that will wreak havoc on the local neighborhood.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, October 14, 2013 Denial in the Face of Default
The Debt Ceiling is a legal fiction, a fantasy, a mindless game the United States has been playing with itself since 1917, for reasons that defy rational comprehension. There is no compelling constitutional basis for this contra-constitutional legalism. The only other democratic country in the world with a Debt Ceiling is Denmark, where it is an empty formality.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2013 Good Bomb, Bad Bomb
Does homeland security apply to the whole homeland -- so why did governments let a fertilizer plan blow up?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 28, 2014 UN against War Crimes, US not so much
Weighing the merits of war criminals on any side is a fool's game. But those playing this game include almost everyone involved with the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, as each pretends to ride a moral high horse that no longer exists, if it ever did.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 20, 2014 Top 10 Torturer List Actually Includes Hundreds or More
The Obama administration has a moral and legal duty to bring American war criminals of three administrations to justice. Not to do so is to continue to use American exceptionalism as a justification for the worst crimes against humanity. The national precedent is to honor those most responsible for government crimes, but what honor is there in that?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 8, 2013 U.S. Is a State Sponsor of Terrorism
This is a classic terrorist tactic, sometimes called the "double tap," using the first explosion to draw a crowd of first responders and onlookers as targets for the second explosion. Typically the double tap attack rings up a higher score.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 7, 2012 U.S. Air Force in Corrupt Practice
Vermont Governor plans trip with Air Force, lobbyists and interested parties, wants to make "informed" decision without talking to opponents of an F-35 nuclear fighter base that will destroy thousands of homes.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 23, 2014 Cops Freak Out Over Free Speech in Vermont
When Mumia Abu-Jamal was the pre-recorded speaker at a Goddard College commencement in Plainfield, Vermont, in 2008, almost no one outside the Goddard community paid any attention. This year, when Goddard announced that students had chosen Mumia to do a return engagement at their graduation, Philadelphia police, politicians, media, and Fox News went crazy with angry rhetoric aimed at curbing free speech.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2013 Air Force Admits F-35 Errors
The Air Force has admitted that it's critics in Vermont have been right all along -- that basing the F-35 strike fighter in Burlington, the state's only area with population at urban-concentration levels, will render thousands more homes "unsuitable for residential use" than originally estimate.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, February 20, 2015 Christian War Crimes Prize
The American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on February 11, in a "public" event that was closed to most of the public. The only direct media coverage allowed for the event was by Fox News and the college public relations team.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2012 Vermont Tractor Trasher Trashed
Roger Pion drove his parents' ten-ton tractor over seven police cars but he hasn't said why. Police speculate he's mad about a marijuana bust on July 3.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2019 Fukushima's Three Nuclear Meltdowns Are "Under Control" -- That's a Lie
The entire Fukushima site remains radioactive at varying levels, from unsafe to lethal, depending on location. The site includes six reactors, three of them in meltdown, and at least as many fuel pools, some of which still contain fuel rods. The site has close to a thousand large storage tanks holding more than a million tons (roughly 264.5 million gallons) of radioactive wastewater.
SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Honor and Degrees
The destruction of the once great University of California by the forces of commerce and authoritarian politics (led for awhile by Ronald Reagan) is a sad illustration of how the democratic ethos (educate everyone to their capacity, for free) has given way to exploitation (turning students into a profit center that has the serendipitous benefit of feeding inequality).
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2019 US Constitution Is Now Officially a Joke As Applied to War or Peace
Congress has the power, theoretically, to defund any military action it doesn't like. But first it would have to find one. It doesn't have to look far. Now would be the time for a resolution against any military action against Iran without express Congressional approval. That would invite another presidential veto. The Constitution's not in tatters, it's just irrelevant. And there's little sign that the American people care.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, December 14, 2012 Media Mystify Susan Rice
Susan Rice withdraws before she's nominated for Secretary of State. Trying to explain what happened, media can't see beyond the nearest Republican.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 28, 2012 Lawyers Against Free Speech
Lawyers for sitcom "Three's Company" seek to shut down David Adjmi's satire "3C" that makes fun of 1970s generally.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2013 Military Judge Runs A Shell Game
Court-martial judge Col. Denise Lind hasn't exactly banned the public -- or reporters, who are part of the public -- from the courtroom or its extensions, but she has presided over a system that, so far, seems designed to protect the public's right to know as little as possible.
SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2019 Christians vs. Militarists -- In Clash of Religions Over Nuclear War, Militarists Win
One stark example of American exceptionalism is the nation's official pride in being the first and only country to drop atomic bombs on civilian targets. There was no Nuremberg tribunal for those 1945 war crimes. The US has maintained ever since that it has the right to obliterate civilians with nuclear weapons any time it feels the need.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 31, 2018 War on Iran Is US Policy Now, According to Secretary of State
American aggression has been real and deadly and constant for decades, but because the US is the one keeping score, the US doesn't award itself the prize it so richly deserves year after year as the world's number one state sponsor of terror. This is how it's been since Martin Luther King tried speaking "clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government."
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Ukraine War Needs US?
Just as NATO allies Germany and France were undertaking a peace initiative with Russia and Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry turned up in Kiev at the same time, seeking to poison the talks before they started by spouting yet again the ritual U.S. accusation of "Russian aggression." The incantation is meaningless without context. Its purpose is mesmerize a false consciousness. "Russian aggression" may or may not exist
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Failure to Impeach Trump Is a Way to Reaffirm Him
With no commanding presidential candidate likely to emerge till well after the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2020, the center of Democratic Power is now in the House of Representatives, largely in the hands of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is so determined to give Trump a pass on impeachment that Trump's lawyers cite her position in their court briefs. That seems like a pretty bad place for a opposition party to find itself.
SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2013 A Revolution Led by Russell Brand?
Still on the attack, the BBC interviewer presses the comic for a blueprint. of his alternate systems, but this time Brand ridicules the ridiculous question. He points out some of the worst abuses by the current system, noting that the world would be improved merely by stopping these abuses (such as destroying the planet, creating massive economic disparity, or ignoring the needs of the people)...
SHARE Saturday, December 29, 2012 Oil Over People in Texas
Compliant court gives TransCanada time to prep[asre its case while denying any relief to landowner, as Keystone XL pipeline construction continues across his land.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 30, 2012 Republican Lies About Welfare and Obama
Covering the Republican convention, a reporter predicts Rick Santorum will lie about welfare. Then he does. And one of the reporter's colleagues misses it and says it didn't happen. (No this is not from "The Newsroom.")
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2019 US Makes Stuff Up to Grease the Skids for War on Iran
With absolutely zero good reasons for waging war on Iran, the Trump administration goes on making stuff up to lie the country into yet another war. The template looks like the Bush administration's successful effort to lie the US into the Iraq War, the catastrophic effects of which keep unfolding.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 7, 2014 Ferguson Killing Illuminates How Sociopaths in Power Act
Under his present circumstances, with other possible investigations pending, there is no reason to expect Darren Wilson to display the full range of human emotion on national television. But even just a little apparently real emotion would have helped persuade us of his fundamental mental health and basic humanity.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 30, 2013 Jumping the Shark in Syria
President Obama is apparently wobbling on the edge of committing an impeachable offense, specifically a military attack on Syria without the authorization of Congress, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, and without any imminent threat to the United States.
SHARE Thursday, April 25, 2013 F-35 Plans Attack Civilians
While it's too soon, perhaps, to say that the over-budget, overdue, and under-performing F-35 joint strike fighter is in a political tailspin, having its biggest Senate booster accused of pushing for political pork at the expense of his poorer constituents hasn't made the controversial stealth bomber's flight path less bumpy.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 9, 2018 Not Safe to Be Black at Smith College
Smith has struggled with race issues in the past. President McCartney stakes out an honorable if somewhat bloodless position (smacking of white privilege?). Oumou Kanoute stakes out a heartfelt demand for a humane institutional response that offers an opportunity for meaningful institutional growth, especially in the current presidentially-induced atmosphere of racist pollution.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Dark Foreboding: Is the American Democratic Experiment Over?
We head for another election on November 6, bitterly divided as a country. It's a so-called off-year election (no presidential race), but it may be darkly viewed as the last stand for the American democratic republic. Some say that 242-year-old experiment has already failed, and there's logic to that opinion. The decline has been long, slow, relentless and the end will not likely be apocalyptic.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, August 9, 2013 DREAM 9 Story -- Two Parts
The cynic might suspect that the Dream 9 were released because they'll be less of a problem for the government scattered to their homes around the country than they were inside where they were organizing, protesting, gathering stories of other detainees, and shining some light on one of the darker corners of authoritarian America.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Rampant, Racist Voter Suppression in Georgia Goes to Federal Court
Brian Kemp is currently Georgia's secretary of state. Part of the secretary's job, as chair of the State Elections Board, is to make decisions that determine who can vote, where they can vote, when they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted accurately -- in other words, the whole voting process.
SHARE Tuesday, October 28, 2014 John McCain's Big Lie
Less defensible, though hardly surprising, is the way the Washington Post and other less well known media outfits picked up the "idiot" story fragment and ran with it as if it was the whole story, without further context, much less identifying Sen. McCain's own idiotic statements and falsehoods in the very same radio interview
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Taser Death Still Festers in Vermont
Vermont Attorney General finds that when state police killed an unarmed epileptic artist with a taser, nobody did anything wrong. Really.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 20, 2012 Libya Changes Governments Peacefully
Republicans hysterically claim Benghazi cover-up of some sort, media wander mindlessly, Libyans calmly change governments while Americans dither.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2013 Endless War Is a Real Scandal
The United States has been in a permanent state of war ever since. And on May 16, 2013, the Obama Administration's Pentagon officials testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that they expected this permanent state of war to last another 10 to 20 years.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2020 Flyovers Demonstrate America's Massive Psychic Numbing
Failing to take control of the public health situation, what were they thinking in the White House? How about a whole bunch of flyovers across the nation by military warplanes designed to kill millions in moments? Perfect! And no chance of infection of the pilots!
SHARE Wednesday, September 4, 2013 A Syrian Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
When the president asks Congress for a blank check for war, why does the Congress fret about setting a limit on war powers instead of just saying: "NO" to any check? What happened to checks and balances (as if we all didn't know)?
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, December 8, 2017 Lynch Mob of Democrats Goes After Al Franken in Burst of Cowardice
Kirsten Gillibrand is a smart, experienced, thoughtful person -- and the best she can come up with is an invitation to Al Franken to a self-lynching based on skimpy, somewhat disputed evidence? The best she can do is urge fellow Democrats to shoot their wounded?
SHARE Sunday, October 14, 2012 Arizona Senate Ad Rooted in Bush Era Fight
Arizona Senate Race: Cong. Jeff Flake gets attention with attack ad based on old, unsupported allegations against Dr. Richard Carmona, decorated Viet-Nam war vet and former Surgeon General.
SHARE Wednesday, June 12, 2013 U.S. Army Court Martials Constitution
Even though Manning pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges last March, the U.S. Government is going ahead with all its charges, without providing a credible rationale. One charge, under the 1913 Espionage Act, could carry the death penalty.
SHARE Monday, December 17, 2012 Marine Drags Oil Co into Court
Texas chemist, paramedic, former Marine has sued TransCanada over Keystone XL pipeline, charging fraud as well as environmental threat --hearing December 19
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 3, 2013 Crucifying Richard Falk for Truth-telling
Writing on April 19, four days after the event, Falk was aware that one suspect was dead and the other still at large. His concern was that the president -- and the country -- not over-react to what, although he doesn't put it this way, would be a slow day in Baghdad.
SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 Fear, Congress, and Denial
Leaving Congress after 16 years, Dennis Kucinich sees contemporary America as a "nightmare" but stops short of saying: wake up!
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 17, 2016 National Mindlessness, Police to POTUS, Threatens Nation
onald Trump is the greatest threat to America today, or so the conventional wisdom left and right would have you believe. More realistically, the greatest threat to America today is actually believing that Trump is the greatest threat to America today.
To believe that Donald Trump is the greatest threat to America today, one needs to be a little hysterical or dishonest (or both). Actually --
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2019 Trump's Immigration Police State Persistently Violates the Law
Committing human rights crimes is the Trump policy for controlling immigration. Not only is it illegal, it's failing. There is outrage over the inhumanity, there are many hands wringing, but where is the outrage at the Perpetrator in Chief? The torture and killing of immigrant children are not only crimes but impeachable offenses.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Strange Senate Race
The more Connecticut know about their Senate candidates, the more undecided they become.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 18, 2013 Muslim Brotherhood Called Eqypt's Master Race
The Muslim Brotherhood is the dominant party in the current Egyptian government, but it does not suffer critics gladly. An example of Egyprian "free expression" and its consequences.
SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2018 US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen
If the US were actually serious about peace and humanitarian aid for Yemen, the US could exercise leadership in the UN Security Council to force a peace process. The US could unilaterally take immediate and forceful actions to stop the war. US policy in Yemen continues to be based on profound lies with no moral justification.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 5, 2018 FBI Goes Trumpian, Hypes Imaginary Terrorism Threat as Fake News
The FBI filings make very clear that no terrorism and no threat of terrorism existed before the FBI decided to pump one up, using a troubled, angry, isolated black man as its pawn to inflate its own institutional ego with fake news. And the news media bought the fake news as presented, uncritically parroting the FBI spin that they stopped an attempted terror attack.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 16, 2013 Racist Right Wing Propaganda
[Consumer warning: when you see the rightwing trope about Joshua Heath Chellew, you are experiencing dishonest discourse intent on misinforming and misleading you, in this case for the sake of racism.]
SHARE Thursday, September 6, 2012 Romney Goes to Vermont
Mitt Romney goes to Vermont for Debate prep, makes news in NH, leaves Vermont unscathed.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Tar Sands Oil Arkansas #1
ExxonMobil started by saying the spill wasn't tar sands oil from Canada, but it WAS tar sands oil, thousands of barrels of it (at 42 gallons per barrel).
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 5, 2013 Jailing Pregnant War Resister
Amnesty International identifies her as a prisoner of conscience, she was the first American woman conscientious objector to flee to Canada, but mainstream media mostly ignore this Iraq war vet with PTSD -- unless they're labeling her a "deserter."
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2018 ICE Is a State-Sponsored Terrorist Organization -- Abolish ICE
November is coming and Democrats continue to cling to old notions detached from current reality (the Crowley Democrats). For November to be worth celebrating, the party will have to do much better than that. It will have to find a heart and a soul and a brain and apply them all to the criminal atrocities our government commits daily at home and abroad.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 11, 2013 Is Scalia a Troll?
Referring to voting rights as a "racial entitlement," Justice Antonin Scalia raises danger of Supreme Court undermining Americans' right to vote.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Escalation Is Escalation Is Escalation: Lesson of Vietnam War
Obama has to see a growing wasteland in the metastasizing cancer caused by the toxic Bush years. To judge by the president's military escalations in assorted Bush administration wars, he appears to be responding to the Cheney gang's demand for more war, more torture, more random killing of innocents, and just plain more cold-blooded toughness.
SHARE Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Progressive Runs to Lose, to Help Democrats
The chair of the Vermont Progressive Party ran for governor in the party primary, intending to step down when she won, in order to help the incumbent Democratic governor. But now a late write-in candidate is just a recount away from winning the nomination.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 29, 2013 To What End Do We Kill?
There is no good reason to make a bad situation worse. It's likely to get worse all on its own, and unimaginably worse if the government starts to fall.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2019 Trump Deserves Impeachment. Does US House Have the Integrity?
As it stands now, Trump is forcing the House to choose between impeaching him and caving in to him. Even if the House calls his bluff and impeaches him, Democrats and the country may lose the election. But if the House caves and allows the president to continue on his law-defying dictatorial path, then the election might well be irrelevant.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2012 Vermont Resists Police Violence
In wake of police tasering death, a former governor joins hundreds of other Vermonters in calling for a moratorium on police use of tasers until police have clear policy and procedures, as well as training.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 9, 2019 The Sins of Ilhan Omar Start With Challenging Rigid Orthodoxy
Boardman writes: Democrats have gone all atwitter (pun intended), scattering ruffled feathers all over the barnyard as if a fox were after them when the only serious threat to their blinkered preconceptions comes from a bird of different plumage.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 30, 2012 Vermont Police Violence
Police Pepper Spray peaceful demonstrators delaying dignitries on their way to a fancy dinner date.
SHARE Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Vermont Blows Off U.S. Constitution
This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run roughshod over an employee's constitutional rights, including free speech under the First Amendment and due process of law under the Fifth Amendment. And it's a story of how hard it is, despite those rights, for that employee to get any kind of justice from the state's judiciary.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 14, 2014 Who You Callin' An Organizing Principle?!?!
Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that's far from the conventional wisdom. Think about the levels of stupidity here. Only "Great nations"? What, small nations don't need to get their acts together? And who says the United States is a "great" nation and in what sense is it great and isn't spouting a version of the American exceptionalism cliche just another way of doing stupid stuff?
SHARE Friday, April 12, 2013 Tar Sands Oil Arkansas #3 (update)
Even those directly affected say they are told little, mostly generalities from ExxonMobil public relations people. As RT.com reported April 7, "Town residents say they are being kept in the dark over compensation and the cleanup by Exxon."
SHARE Friday, June 14, 2013 Syria Awaits U.S. Intervention
Tired of Spying on Americans?
Why Not Go Bomb Syria?
When a president in his second term is suddenly revealed to be snooping into everyone's business by every electronic means available, the natural reaction might be to try to change the subject
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 21, 2013 Iran Talks Still Offer an Opportunity That Some Resist Desperately
This could be the moment when the intransigent few destroyed hope for bringing Iran, the world's most significant, scapegoated pariah nation, back into what passes for the international community, preferring to indulge their lust for war in all its unpredictable uselessness.
SHARE Monday, September 11, 2017 Why Expect Justice for Children From a Category 5 Presidency?
The legislative history of the DREAM Act's multiple failures to treat innocent children with something like fairness and decency is a story of dysfunctional government now in its third presidency. The standards in the DREAM Act are truly double standards, expecting these forced immigrant children to be paragons of virtue that some native-born citizen children would have a hard time meeting.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Ignoring the Global Warming Reality
The White House is expected to decide whether Keystone XL can be built sometime in the next month or so, and all it takes to proceed is a presidential signature. For President Obama, this decision will be a clear signal defining his real priorities: stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the planet, as he campaigned, or settling for short-term economic gains with unknown long-term consequences.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2018 Democratic Senator Schumer Is a Dishonest Putz on Korea, Peace
Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world think it's somehow better to rag on Trump for an uncertain peace process rather than confront him on the deliberate, continuous flouting of international and domestic law? Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world tolerate the cruelty and violence inflicted on poor people fleeing from violence and hopelessness?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2012 Race for Vermont Governor Could be Three-Way
Progressive Party poobahs had planned to give the incumbent governor, Democrat Peter Shumlin, a pass in his run for re-election. Now an insurgemt wrote-in candidate is 2 votes from winning the nomination during the statewide recount September 13.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2018 Taboo Word for Vagina Distracts From Inhumane Trump Policy
Bee apologized to Trump for calling her a taboo word for vagina, even though that's anatomically correct. But what about "feckless"? Shouldn't she apologize for that, too, since Ivanka Trump, whatever else one may think of her, is hardly feckless as she globe-trots, merchandises out of the White House, and collects Chinese patents at a remarkable rate?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 22, 2013 How Government Fails
The F-35 is a case study of government failure at all levels -- civilian and military, federal, state, local, even airport authority. Not one critical government agency is meeting its obligation to protect the people it presumably represents. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, who wrote the F-35 critique above, is hardly unique as an illustration of how government fails, but he sees no alternative to failure.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Killing Keystone Is Just a Start
Killing the Keystone would be good for mitigating climate change, but much more will be needed to preserve a habitable planet.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2012 FBI Harasses Vermont
Protests planned for regional governors conference, FBI comes to chill free speech.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2018 Climate Change Response Pits Trump Against US Government
Climate change is a dynamic process, driven by human activity that humans have done little to mitigate for a generation. Climate change is happening, it is irreversible, but there is still time to mitigate its worst effects, to save lives, to preserve habitat, to adjust economies, to sustain a somewhat civilized world.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 30, 2012 Vermont Nuke Case Cites Risks
Aging nuclear power plants present increasing risks to the U.S. environment, because of possible catastrophic events like the one that hit Fukushima, Japan, and storage problems with nuclear waste. A trespassing case in Vermont raised some of these questions.
SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 Vermont Government Rots from the Top
When the city council in a city of just 18,000 people reverses a vote it took a year earlier, it's not usually off national significance, but if the South Burlington City Council votes as expected on July 8, in support of basing the F-35 strike fighter in Vermont, it will illustrate how deep the tentacles of national power reach into local government in this country
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Benghazi Emails Reveal... Not Much
The strangest thing about the public release on May 15 of 100 or so emails relating to Benghazi talking points was that the White House had already made these same emails available to Congress roughly two months earlier.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 24, 2017 Russians Hit Democracy Already Damaged
FBI Director Comey let loose the mechanical rabbit of Russian interference and now all the political greyhounds are chasing it around a circular track is if it were a real quarry worth catching. That gives them all deniability for ignoring the bigger, fatter elephants in the room that actually need to be addressed.
SHARE Monday, August 20, 2012 Vermont Protests Are Widespread
Vermonters in all parts of the state have something to protest from police brutality to nuclear power, from oil pipelines to a taser fatality, and more.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 9, 2012 Reefer Madness in Vermont
Republican candidate for governor uses false assertions to raise marijuana as an election issue in Vermont. Yes, Vermont!
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 4, 2015 "Low Life Scum" Considered
Would you want to change places with a despised war criminal? Seriously, would you want to live as a guilty monster, unwilling to see yourself clearly even in a mirror, at the end of a career of criminal cruelty that has made you hated by millions if not billions of your fellow humans, never knowing if those who politely fawn on your excellence don't secretly despise you behind your back? Would you really like to change places
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Stupid Stuff on Steroids
Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant around the nation's terror-drenched reptilian brain.
SHARE Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Expanded War, Hunger, Disease, Death in Yemen No Big Deal to US
The US has participated in Saudi Arabia's genocidal air war on Yemen since 2015 and now offers no objection to a UAE-led military offensive to raise the death toll in ground combat. Unacceptable as international criminality has been in Yemen, it could be worse, since the US recently suggested adding more American forces on the ground to support the UAE current attack plans.
SHARE Tuesday, October 7, 2014 American War Cries
A Nobel Peace Prize recipient is among the loudest voices for war nowadays. Better, this Nobel Peace prize recipient has unchecked power to wage war and uses it willfully in a variety of nations. Perhaps best, this prize-winning peace president has set out to a plan to make a desert and call it peace, for which a grateful power structure might well give him yet another prize.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 3, 2012 Eastwood Gets Unemployment Wrong
Clint Eastwood give an unemployment number that has never been reached, media and politicians do little to restore perspective.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, July 20, 2018 Beyond Any Treasonable Doubt -- Isn't the President There Yet?
Since his first moment in office, President Trump has been guilty of impeachable offenses, most obviously by violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution: using the office of the presidency for personal profit for himself, his family, and his friends. At least some of the corruption of the Trump administration has been widely reported and even resulted in a few official resignations.
SHARE Thursday, June 7, 2018 Trump Weaponizes Pardon Power: Scorched Earth Campaign Against Law
In March, President Trump pardoned Kristian Saucier, convicted of breaching military security by taking and mishandling photos of the reactor room of the nuclear submarine he served on. In June, Kristian Saucier has decided to sue former president Barack Obama and former FBI director James Comey for violating his right to equal protection under the law.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 13, 2013 Mitch McConnell Goes Nixonian
Found naked in the depths of his political depravity, Sen. Mitch McConnell says it's everybody else's fault for looking at him.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2018 The Fire This Time -- It Will Keep Burning Long After November 6
Whatever happens November 6, the fires of political fascism and capitalist authoritarianism will continue to rage out of control. The conniving right has been feeding these flames for decades and it's likely to take more decades to extinguish them, if that's even possible. The Long March of the right from the debacle of Goldwater in 1964 to the triumph of Trump in 2016 has been astonishingly Maoist in its determination.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, June 10, 2016 "Historic" Empty Suit Visits Hiroshima
The sterile language of a detached president illustrates how far we are from facing the reality of our own government's deliberate atrocities. Hiroshima was certainly destroyed, abstractly, with "a terrible force unleashed" -- but by no one? In the president's passive parsing, it's as if he thought it was an "act of God." More honestly told: President Truman approved the atomic bombing of Japan, which was carried out on August
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 16, 2013 United States of Zimmerman
The verdict demonstrates that, despite the protestations of the law that it is about justice, that's only a pretense to cover the reality: that when the law produces justice, it's a fluke, an accident, a surprise. The law is only about the law.
And it's no wonder, when you stop to think about who makes laws and why. Justice is one of the last things on the legislative mind, if it ever gets there at all.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 10, 2016 Ali's Biggest Win: As Clay v. United States in Supreme Court
Much of the coverage of Muhammad Ali's death kind of ducks how polarizing his life was in the 1960s as a brash young black man who loudly touted his own talents and called out the world for what it was. He was loved and he was hated, and he was especially hated by mindless sports writers reflecting themindless prejudices of their (and our) time (with some courageous exceptions ...
SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2012 Democrat Is Biggest Threat to Democrat
Vermont Democrats can choose generational shift in state prosecution power as primary pits 15-year incimbent against challengers from state's largest county.
SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2018 President's Blatant Bigotry May Save DREAMERS in Federal Court
Bigotry is soul-destroying for everyone, as our bigot-in-chief in the White House demonstrates almost daily. To be a decent nation within the norms of common decency and the intent of the US Constitution, we must resist and reject bigotry in all its forms. But for hope to be realized, a lot more of us need to bring the callous politics of bipartisan cruelty to an end.
SHARE Thursday, August 30, 2012 Word Police Strike Vermont
Vermont bureaucrat says 12-year-old law prohibits 75-year-old Credit Union from saying it offers "banking" services. Appeal lodged.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2019 NO Biden -- Some of the Reasons Why NOT Biden
Biden can only fake gravitas. He goes on and on about "American values" and "who we are" without naming a specific value or saying who he thinks we are. This is political pandering in the form of a Rorschach blot. This is crude demagoguery that boils down to an appeal to elect a familiar under-achiever just because he's NOT Trump.
SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2021 Liz Cheney Has a World Class Sense of Dark Humor
When Cheney, the third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, announced that she would vote to impeach President Trump, she went against higher ranking Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who continue to hold the president above reproach.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 22, 2016 US/Saudi aggression in Yemen celebrated by co-aggressor UAE
On March 26, the first anniversary of the UAE's unprovoked attack on Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states, the UAE's official media published a document about the carnage in Yemen illustrative of George Orwell's observation: "If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself." The truth about the war in Yemen is a largely unreported secret.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Police Report Acquits Police
Police report assesses police violence in Vermont last July, finds police acted with real professionalism. Four Burlington city councillors call for independent probe.