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Moral Citizen: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Aug 13, 03 | 9:09 pm | Profile

Category: art
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On the 2004 Republican National Convention

Some relatives of people killed on 9/11 say they are considering joining protests or organizing their own, out of a feeling that the Republicans, by holding the convention in New York so close to the anniversary of the attacks, are exploiting it.[...]

"The unifying theme about the Republican convention next year is keep your hands off ground zero," said Rita Lasar, a founder of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of about 80 relatives of attack victims. "Do not make a political football out of this. This is a place where very close, dear relatives died. It's not the backdrop for a political campaign."

from: Protest Groups Planning for Republican Convention, Aug. 10th, 2003

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 13, 03 | 4:47 pm | Profile

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How the 'Radicals' can save the Democrats

OK. Sorry I'm regurgitating some NY Times stuff, but I did alot of reading this weekend and was away from a computer so I'm catching up with my brain. This was a great artcle. The idea is that the Right is energized by their 'base', the Dems should not be afraid to offer a vision that isn't 'Republican-Lite' (or, 'vote for me because who else are you going to vote for').

Related to this was the fact that last year – as reported in the 'Hill' (daily congressional newspaper) – Democratic contributions were at a all time low during the lead up to the vote on giving Bush war powers. Just as the right has it's zealot base, the left's actual base which is more likely to give money and do the legwork to push them forward is farther to the left than the leadership of the party. When the Democratic leadership is timid (although actually 2/3 of the Dems voted against the war) are timid, like during this time, the fundraising was at an all time low, as the base was not engaged. This is a wonderful article.

How the 'Radicals' Can Save the Democrats


TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — A battle for the soul of the Democratic Party has broken out, pitting a predominantly liberal field of presidential hopefuls against moderate party leaders and political strategists. While Howard Dean and John Kerry have been stirring up crowds plainly eager to have at President Bush, Democratic officials have been trying to tamp the fervor down, warning that "extremists" will take the party back to the dark ages of 1972 and 1984.

True, with Mr. Bush looking formidable and the Republicans in control of Congress, the urge toward moderation may seem sensible. But it ignores a glaring fact: Republicans have repeatedly won elections in recent decades largely by taking the opposite approach: giving free rein to their raucous base and choosing candidates who excite the party's rank and file. And isn't that, after all, what political parties are supposed to do? Read more...

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 13, 03 | 4:20 pm | Profile

Category: appropriated material
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Israel 1948

This is a good historical piece about Israel, in the NY Times today.

Menachem Begin was once called a 'terrorist' as a militant. I read somewhere else that most Orthodox Jewish folks were at the time were opposed to the creation of the state of Israel – as it was prophesized that God would be the one who would create a Jewish state – not people. And while I'm writing, for the record the word 'Semetic' refers to people of Arab origin as well as Jewish people. Just rambling. Here's the article:
How Ben-Gurion Did It: Is Everyone Listening?

Letter from the Middle East

PHOTO: Israelis watched in 1948 as the transport ship Altalena burned in Tel Aviv Harbor. It was bringing arms and militant fighters to reinforce Menachem Begin's underground forces, and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion ordered it shelled. (Jabotinsky Archives)

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 — The official offered his prisoners a deal: he might let them go if they agreed to halt their "terrorist activities" and to use only political means to pursue their dream of statehood.

It was a proposal similar to the one Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian prime minister, is making now to Hamas and other Palestinian factions that advocate terrorism. But this particular offer was made by a British officer to a group of Jews, at the time that the British uneasily governed Palestine, before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 13, 03 | 2:42 pm | Profile

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Traitors Who Think They're Christians??

Those commies at the National Council of Churches Have Gone Too Far!!

Moral Citizen: Slothrop on Aug 13, 03 | 1:40 pm | Profile

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March to More

Blame your TV
August 13, 2003, President Meets with Economic Team
Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford, Texas
"I've reminded people -- I think this isn't the first time I've said this
-- that some would put on their TV screens that we were "marching to war."
As a matter of fact, it was a year ago that we began the "march to war."
During the August vacation, as I recall, there was the march to war. It's
hard to have an upbeat view of the world when you're "marching to war."
War is not exactly a positive thought, particularly when it comes to
people willing to take risks, and consumer confidence. "

No, it's not the first time he's said this, like many of his talking points. What impressive logic. It's not the actual war that gets to people (I mean consumers), it's just the way THEY show it on TV. Yes, George, it's hard to have an upbeat view of the world when you seem hellbent on destroying it.

God, I hate freedom. Just hate it.


Moral Citizen: pibor on Aug 13, 03 | 1:37 pm | Profile

Category: political violence
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mini-nukes, no transperency

This last weekend too was this event in Omaha, Nebraska – where I remember as a kid touring the place and looking at the bombers. This event happened to be on the weekend that the atom bomb. was dropped on Nagasaki. They should try to get their timing down..
US proliferation and bunker busters
By Katrin Dauenhauer

WASHINGTON - The Strategic Command (Stratcom) meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, this week, behind closed doors, will involve some 150 people from weapons laboratories, the US Energy, Defense and State departments, and the White House. The weapons labs of the Pentagon and the Department of Energy have already proposed developing low-yield nuclear earth-penetrating weapons, also referred to as nuclear bunker busters.

Since President George W Bush last year announced plans to deploy a limited missile defense system at several sites in the US, counter-proliferation has moved center-stage.

Under current administration plans, new strategic nuclear forces will remain in the US arsenal until at least 2070, the 100th anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which the United States and other nuclear-weapon states promised to disarm.

"In my view, proposals for new nuclear weapons provide no military value for the United States and it would result in enormous political, diplomatic and proliferation costs," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based non-governmental research organization.

"To pursue the development of new types of nuclear weapons would make the task to ban the spread of nuclear weapons even more difficult," he said. "There is a 'do as I say, not as I do' philosophy implied. In order to develop and produce them, testing would be required that by itself would trigger a global reaction cycle that would harm international security. China might resume testing, or Russia."

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 13, 03 | 9:30 am | Profile

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Fear/Agression-Based Pt. 2

There was some comments thrown around regarding an earlier posting referencing Researchers help define what makes a political conservative. May as well repost that comment here (with some links) along with this Guardian UK article about the study.

[Conservatives ...] control both houses of congress, a majority of the state houses, and the Presidency of the United States of America. We're to spend an estimated 600 Billion Dollars on the invasion of Iraq before we're done, the budget deficit has ballooned to an annual percentage of GDP that is considerably beyond what the World Bank/IMF would allow a third world country to borrow (and well beyond the E.U. Guidelines for member states), the Justice Department is continuing to intensify the cancerous "War on Drugs", Halliburton and Carlisle get all the contracts, the new head of the E.P.A. doesn't think there's a national interest in protecting/improving the environment, the number of jobs lost since '00 is now above three million, and the list goes on and on and on and on. You can stick your head in the sand and continue to prefer the opinion pieces from the National Review to the opinion pieces from the New York Times, but no amount of political posturing can hide the facts cited above. Frankly, as your crowd gleefully dismantles the social safety nets, the environmental regulations, the international good will, and the economy of our country, I begin to suspect any claims to patriotism. Certainly claiming the title of "conservative" while spending our descendents' inheritance and fighting never-ending internal and external wars stinks like shit.
And one final thing: What in the world is wrong with being AFRAID THAT THE MILITARY/INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS GETTING OUT OF HAND?? Eisenhower warned us of the possibility (or was he just another guy who sounds like the dust jacket of a Noam Chomsky book?),9029,1017588,00.html
Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve

Julian Borger in Washington
Wednesday August 13, 2003
The Guardian

A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".

As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.

All of them "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality". Read more...

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 13, 03 | 7:00 am | Profile

Category: Fascist Fantasy™
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