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Cal Poly Pomona Sociology Professor. Author of "Globalization and the Demolition of Society," co-editor/author (with Peter Phillips) of "Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney." National Steering Committee Member of the World Can't Wait.

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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 12, 2008
On Naomi Wolf's Sounding the Alarm An assessment of Naomi Wolf's warning that a coup has taken place plus a warning about the 2008 Election.
(79 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2012
Is Voting a Solution? Why voting is not a solution and what is.
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 19, 2009
How Bad Has Bush Been? How Deep is the Ocean? How High is the Sky? The stakes involved if Bush and Cheney's war on the law and reason are allowed to stand.
(50 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Who is Barack Obama Really? An Examination of Obama's Domestic Policies The view that the Democrats are better at least in domestic policy is not sustained by a close examination of Obama's policies. The momentousness and virulence of Obama's legacy cannot be overstated.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 12, 2010
If You're Still an Obama Fan... Even if Obama solved poverty, ended wars, and stopped global warming, if he doesn't hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their use of torture and indefinite detention, then the rule of law is rendered null and void and any future president can do what Bush did and more.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 7, 2013
Why the US government is Spying on Everyone Not only is Obama spying on all Americans, he's spying on foreigners abroad - in other words, on the world. Why is this going on and why has it increased since Bush?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 2, 2009
Is the GOP's "Southern Strategy" Over? Paul Krugman skewers the GOP for its racist backlash strategy in "Bigger Than Bush." Is the "Southern Strategy" dead?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Obama's Inauguration: the Hopes of a Nation, the Needs of an Empire A penetrating and lyrical look at the diverse and contradictory strands concentrated in the Obama Presidency.
(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2013
To Those Americans Who Say "I Have Nothing to Hide" Why "I have nothing to hide" is a disastrous response to the undermining of the Fourth Amendment.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2008
What Matters Now? The Bush/Cheney Legacy In 2002 Cheney declared that "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." What have the Bush/Cheney years proved? That the rule of law and the truth don't matter. What can be done in the face of this outrage and the fact that the elections promise no accountability?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 3, 2012
Aggressive War: The Supreme War Crime According to international law, attacking a country that has not attacked you is the supreme war crime. This is what the US did to Iraq and what it and Israel are now doing to Iran.
(53 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Obama: No War Crimes Charges Against the War Criminals Obama's camp signals that they will not prosecute the Bush gang for war crimes. How is this the change we need?
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 8, 2008
"Change We Can Believe In"? Upon securing enough delegates for the Democratic nomination, Obama made crystal clear his adoption of every single prop of the White House's justifications for attacking Iran. What is the content of Obama's promises of "change?"
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Occupy Movement and the Great Shift The Occupy Movement represents a momentous shift in the political terrain. "This is a clash that is going to end with one or the other side's values prevailing."
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 15, 2008
Whither Rendition? Ex-CIA Officer Predicts Obama Will Use It The New York Times is running a series on the future of the war on terror. This commentary is on Ex-CIA officer Marc Gerecht's OpEd who bases his advocacy of rendition on the phony "ticking time bomb" scenario.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 2, 2009
Britain's Secret Plans for Quelling Insurgency, and Turmoil in Ukraine The British government has plans to dispatch troops to put down any insurgent actions this summer, fearing that "the middle classes... may take to the streets with the disenfranchised." The scope for contagion is very broad across Europe and in the U.S. itself. And in Ukraine, turmoil that threatens to topple the government.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Fear and Loathing Unto Death: Extreme Individualism, Shredding the Social Fabric, and the Sandy Hook Massacre What is a mother, who knows that her son lacks empathy and social skills, doing teaching him to shoot semi-automatic weapons and stockpiling weapons where he can easily get them?
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sandy Hook Massacre: The NRA Isn't The Main Problem Why gun control would help, but it's not the main issue here.
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 28, 2008
Obama's Picks: Know People by the Company They Keep The flaw in Obama's defense that the "vision comes from me."
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 29, 2009
Eric Holder Signals No Prosecutions of Bush War Criminals Holder Gets Approved by the Judiciary Committee after assuring GOP Senator Bond that he's not going to prosecute war crimes. Say it isn't so!
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 8, 2012
What the 2012 Election Was ... and Wasn't There are two truths about this election. The GOP's extremism was rejected, but a second term of Obama is going to bring more attacks on the New Deal and under Obama's leadership, the most horrific crimes are being committed abroad and defended by prominent pundits like Joe Klein.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wil. E. Coyote, the American People, and Where Things Are At Now Dennis Loo discusses his new book, Globalization and the Demolition of Society, a follow-up to his podcast interview with Rob Kall.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 12, 2013
Reaping What You Sow: the Radical Right, Fascist Norms, and the Future There are deep fractures dividing this country at the heart of this government shutdown. Why the GOP will get even more extreme and why this is the beginning of an extreme scenario unfolding.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Two Confounding Items in the News Regarding the Murdering of Children A U.S. military official recently announced that the U.S. military sometimes deliberately targets children for killing. This is, of course, entirely different from a lone, crazed, gunman such as Adam Lanza deliberately executing twenty children in their elementary school.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 11, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty: Journalism? Art? Propaganda? ZDT opens today in nationwide release on Gitmo's 11th anniversary. A close examination of Bigelow and Boal's defense of their film as apolitical and not endorsing of torture reveals amazing disengenuousness.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2008
The Road Ahead and the Audacity of Moral Truth Many people think the only political power the people have is through the electoral process and voting in particular. This is like buying a car that you can only steer every four years. Would you buy such a car? This essay analyzes this widespread perspective and offers another road.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 3, 2008
The Storms to Come: the Election, a November Surprise, and the Aftermath Whether Obama is declared the winner or McCain steals the election, there WILL be great turmoil. What should our orientation be in the face of the storms to come?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Strangling Dissent, Muzzling Whistleblowers Matt Miller calls for muzzling advisors and cabinet officials. Some universities are encouraging students to complain if they don't like what professors are saying. What do these two have in common?
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Trial of George Zimmerman and the Tribulations of Black People They're letting him walk! The verdict: if you're young and black, you can be killed with impunity. While this verdict is not surprising, since this was the way it was looking from the way the trial was proceeding, this is an outrage. This system had to be forced to even charge Zimmerman by people's protests and this obscene decision must not go down without mass protest.
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
Boston Marathon Bombers: Their Terrorist Actions Were Heinous, Their Outrage Explicable Why did the Tsarnaev brothers adopt terrorist tactics and what does this tell us about where things are at and where they are going?
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Nature of Capital and Bob Herbert's "Stop Being Stupid" New York Times' Bob Herbert's OpEd gets some of it right, but doesn't nail the sources of the problem. What is the problem?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 10, 2011
Dear 1%: The right-wing fulminates in self-contradictory ways about OWS but it's not working. Damn!
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2009
From the Uncola to Cola: Obama Rebrands the Empire Obama says detainees can challenge their detention "ultimately." Wait: he only means GITMO. This doesn't apply to Bagram prisoners. Obama: Bush curbed his abuses of power two years after 9/11. His evidence? Hayden and McConnell. Excuse me?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Red Queen's in Charge: First the Sentence, Then the Verdict. If Iran were using drones to kill Americans, what would US pundits and public officials be saying? What is the larger trajectory of momentous changes enacted under Democrats and Republicans that Obama's targeting people for murder by drone?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 14, 2013
Those Who Cry Treason Whistleblowers Manning and Snowden are accused of treason. What is it that they have revealed to al-Qaeda that al-Qaeda didn't already know and couldn't have found out in the 1990s in 5 minutes of Google searching, including from the NSA's own website?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 21, 2009
On the DoD's "Correcting" Its Labeling of Protest as "Low-Level Terrorism" The correction by the DoD of its original training exam that described protest as "low-level terrorism" after the ACLU protested still leaves much to be desired.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 14, 2013
The Dress Rehearsal and the Rolling Coup Many people are entirely missing the extremity of the government lockdown, thinking that the GOP is committing political suicide. How political power isn't exercised through votes or popularity and why this situation should be viewed as a dress rehearsal and rolling coup.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom": What's Good, and What's Missing What HBO's new show about media Newsroom captures and what it misses.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2008
It's Happening Already An attempt by the GOP to steal the 2008 election is already underway. Whether they succeed this time, the third time in a row, or not is the question.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 1, 2008
Bill Kristol Wants the Medal of Freedom for Torturers and Spies What kind of world and what kind of country are we in when some of the most influential people laud torture and felonious spying on all of us?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The Op-Ed the New York Times Didn't Run Men in White Coats: Why America under Bush and Cheney is the Milgram Experiment Writ Large.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 15, 2013
Eugene Robinson on Syria, Obama and American Exceptionalism WaPo's Eugene Robinson claims that Obama has the right to bomb Syria because America's "exceptional" and that Obama's proved his mettle by killing people with drones. What's that again?!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2009
If You Undermine the Foundation, What Happens to the Structure? Obama's Justice Department has just dropped another shoe in their ongoing saga of upholding the egregious Bush White House's use of rendition, torture, and denial of habeas corpus rights, reversing what Obama promised as a candidate.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Moral Turpitude and the Democrats Playing Where's Waldo at the DNC. What the Democrats Aren't and Won't Talk About.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 6, 2008
Slip Sliding Away and the Democrats: Is Torture Torture or Not? Sen. Feinstein and Wyden are backsliding on what constitutes torture apparently at the behest of the Obama transition team. Quo Vadis Obama?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 9, 2013
Holder Flip Flops on Drones But the NYT and NPR Don't Take Notice Eric Holder muddies the waters on drones: Obama still obviously believes he can drone assassinate anyone anywhere, but major media don't deem this worthy of comment.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 16, 2013
Obama Needs Congress to Close GTMO, but Not to Use Drones? When the Senate finally held a hearing on drones, Obama refused to send a rep. He says he can't close GTMO because of Congress, yet he's killed thousands with drones without Congressional approval.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 5, 2009
Panetta, Holder, Obama, Torture and Nuremberg Leon Panetta testified before the Senate that CIA officers who tortured prisoners should not be prosecuted because they were operating "pursuant to a legal opinion." This "legal" opinion is as weighty as fairy dust.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 14, 2008
Bush Warns of Another 9/11 Bush signals another 9/11 may be coming. This article exposes the perilous paradox of this presidency: all they need do is fail once again, and they will succeed in getting what they wanted all along.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 2, 2008
Storm's a Comin': Racism, Ruling Class Fights, and Assassinations Why is Obama being threatened with assassination, including through the veiled and repeated comments of his Democratic rival? What is going on?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 13, 2008
Repression in Minneapolis and Pakistan The link between the Minneapolis City Council's Green lighting police state tactics at the RNC and the Bush White House's adopting Obama's Stance on Pakistan
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 16, 2012
They Can't Help Themselves Despite some Republicans best efforts to broaden their party's appeal, most of them can't help blaming others. Romney and Ryan, for ex., blame minorities, young people, and women. Obama, for his part, intends to blame the GOP for the bitter pills of his upcoming betrayals to his social base.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Who's Irrelevant Now? Why the worldwide protests and OWS represent something so significant.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Snowden and Manning Are Only the Beginning Why more whistleblowers are going to come forward no matter what Obama and the US government do to try to repress them.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 4, 2009
Four Times in Eight Sentences Condi Rice does her best Hermann Goering impression in front of a class of fourth graders yesterday.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 28, 2008
On McClellan's Memoir and Its Applicability to Iran Ex-Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan assuages his guilt and reveals some truths about the Bush White House and its cynical manipulation of public opinion to justify the Iraq invasion. Iraq yesterday, Iran today. This essay also addresses the GI suicides epidemic and the need to instead resist these hoary imperialist wars.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Orange Ribbons Protesting Torture at the Oscars! Directors and Actors declare their opposition to torture at the Oscars. The "Declare It Now: Wear Orange to Drive Out the Bush Regime Campaign" made its appearance with nominees, winners and attendees wearing orange ribbons and orange wristbands. Photos, interviews, and commentary.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 13, 2012
Sexual Predators and Predator Drones: Is One Abhorrent but the Other OK? Joe Paterno shielded Jerry Sandusky from sanctioning as early as 1998. People are shocked that JoePa could protect a sexual predator. But is this not what Obama is doing, and worse, by using Predator Drones and shielding his predecessors from prosecution for war crimes?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2008
Pure, Unadulterated Balderdash and Poison Should the Bush regime be prosecuted for torture? Jack Goldsmith says: No, No, No.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The New Year and the Past Eight: Culpability and the Bush Years Question: What could be worse than eight years of Bush and Cheney?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Obama and the Fairness Doctrine: A Rejoinder Obama's against restoring the 1949 Fairness Doctrine that was abolished under Reagan in 1987. Its abolition has made possible the right-wing media empire. Obama's opposition to the Fairness Doctrine is very, very bad and very consequential if he goes forward with that stand.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Syria: Jubiliation is Unwarranted Some in the anti-war movement have been celebrating "our" victory in "preventing a war." They are mistaking U.S. maneuvering prior to more escalation with peace moves. The war in Syria continues.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Droning Out Any Opposition Rand Paul ends the filibuster of Brennan when Holder says POTUS wouldn't assassinate an American in America unless they're "engaged in combat." What does Holder mean by "engaged in combat"? An examination of gov't policy on this question reveals deeply distressing news.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The NSA Spying Scandal and Improbable Cause The NSA and Obama justify their ubiquitous, warrantless surveillance as necessary to fighting their "War on Terror." But overthrowing the 4th Amendment's standard of "probable cause" and using "improbable cause" by treating everyone everywhere as a suspect is as sensible as trying to solve a murder by having as your suspects the entire world's population.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 21, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty: Bigelow's "Civilized Lunch" Zero Dark Thirty's director Bigelow defends against the charge that her film is an apologia for torture and specifically says bin Laden's courier's name was given up during a "civilized lunch." But, in fact, torture produced no useful intel at all.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"This Time" is Like Last Time, Only Worse: Israel and Gaza Israel in Gaza is trying to rectify the "errors" of its last invasion of 2006 of Lebanon. Is it? Will it?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 19, 2009
Report from DC - Stop the Wars OF Terror! Breaking News from D.C.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 7, 2008
An Elections Allegory and Some Relevant History Why the Elections Campaign Is A Weapon of Mass Distraction
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2008
Avoiding the Abyss The situation in this country is much worse today than the conditions provoking the American Revolution. The President has openly admitted to orchestrating torture and the mass media collectively yawns and won't even cover it. This essay focuses on the fundamental lie allowing them to get away with their crimes: the idea that American lives are more precious than other people's.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If Donkeys and Elephants Could Fly "Take it from me, elections matter," said Gore yesterday in endorsing Obama. Funny, if that were true, then why didn't Gore, and after him, Kerry, act like elections and election results mattered, especially when they both won?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Hands Down An American President admits to ABC News that he has approved torture! Congress is up in arms, the media are calling for his immediate resignation, the presidential candidates rush to condemn the president and say they would never countenance such monstrous behavior! Not!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 15, 2008
A Leitmotif on Legitimacy How do we harness the mass sentiment - a task that's urgently needed - against the Bush White House in the face of the collusion of the rest of the leadership class? How do you constitute an alternative, competing, moral authority?

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