Don’t let U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service isolate the Grizzly population further. Thanks!
Let’s send Washington, DC and the entire country a strong message: We don’t support nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. Nuclear power is 2 to 10 times less carbon saving and “20-40 times slower than its superior low and no-carbon competitors.” There is no way to safely store radioactive nuclear waste for tens and hundreds of thousands, or in some cases even millions of years. “[A]fter 60 years’ immense subsidies and devoted effort,” Rocky Mountain Institute founder Amory Lovins argues, “nuclear power still cannot clear the first two hurdles—competitiveness and need. End of story.” Energy and environment expert Dave Freeman said it best: “Anybody who would trade carbon for plutonium is an idiot!”
Beyond any doubt, Corporal Bradley Manning is innocent of all charges being levied by the addled prosecution. Military chain of command does not require any member of the armed forces to do what he or she knows to be morally wrong, let alone to participate in the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians that our “special forces” have committed in more than 30,000 “night raids” in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. The unparalleled suicide rate among our returning soldiers and the undisciplined surge of sexual assaults and rapes throughout the military testify to the moral and spiritual corrosion spread by these atrocities, which, performed in the name of the American People, are an obscenity. All charges against Manning should be vacated at once and he should in fact be promoted. A government and Pentagon silly enough to be so embarrassed by its own shameless war crimes and crimes against humanity, that it deigns to mount such a charade in the first place, is sufficient evidence not only of its moral bankruptcy but of the failure of imagination of its own perverted foreign policies. All parties to this Star Chamber Kangaroo Court-martial should hang themselves at once. This imbroglio is of a piece with excessive government secrecy that seeks to hide all of its actions under the cloak of a bloated bogus national security myth, the hubris that damns all dissenters and critics as enemies and terrorists. “Tell a people that they are perfectible, and it will not be long before they tell you they are perfect, and that he is a traitor who presumes to doubt, not their wisdom simply, but their infallibility.”
The prosecution’s case, were it permitted to go forward, would reduce all whistle-blowing to an act of treason and destroy all investigative journalism. It is not hard to see in whose interest such dire results lie. If Obama’s government wants to prosecute someone for treason, let it prosecute the executives of corporate multinationals in oil and weapons, in petrochemicals and finance, the Monsantos, Boeings and Lockheed Martins, whose opportunities for “growth” in profits are tied to the status quo of a perpetual war economy, to proliferating death, destruction and disaster; for these interests are ultimately directing the so-called “War on Terror.” The Supreme Court’s recent rejection of FISA warrants for dragnet surveillance of U.S. citizens’ emails and phone calls, like Obama’s refusal to come clean about his drone wars and “kill lists,” underscore the same violation of principles, institutions and human decency.
Judge Denise Lind: I urge you to exercise your judicial discretion and exonerate Bradley Manning by vacating all charges and sentencing him to unqualified freedom for his courageous act of conscience and moral backbone. Help us set a new standard for justice for the sake of all our citizens. The American People will have your back.
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“Current Events” by Dennis Weiser has just been published online in the January-March 2013 issue of The Cat’s Meow for Writers and Readers http://www.thecatsmeowforwritersreaders.com/.
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By its cowardly knuckling under to the basest, most violent, ignorant,
racist elements in American culture, the GOP has cut its own throat.
I say: let it bleed out so we can replace it with a genuine political
party, perhaps an environmental party like the Greens, an ecologically
committed party like Friends of the Earth or Earth First. But beyond
all other considerations, let it be a party all of whose members are
wholly devoted to the ideal of democracy for all our nation’s citizens.
There is a lesson, and a warning, for the media here, also; for, in
their own way, journalists in the mainstream corporate media—NPR and
PBS as well as NBC, Fox and CNN—have bowed to this same base of
violent, ignorant, racist elements of individuals and factions alike.
If we ask ourselves “Why?” the answer is the same in every case: it is
the need to earn money, the supposedly inevitable need to maximize
profits, the mandate to aggressively exhaust natural resources and to
accelerate consumption, which undergirds a global, debt-based economic
matrix. It is the inevitability of that matrix and its correlative
motives that I deny.
Mood: don’t ask
Topic: Nwarlins on my mind?
Well, whaddya expect? George Bush deliberately bankrupts the federal government and the nation (ostensibly: for his phony war on terror but actually to prevent any misguided federal regulation of corporate interests, any possible reining in of that agenda) and you’re surprisedthat he’s slow to aid decimated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast?
Get Serious, People! As I declared a few years back in a long poetic diatribe against this miserable, shoddy, traitorous excuse for a regime, Bush’s goal is to reduce America to the status of a Third World nation. I’d say he’s right on schedule.
This guy not only doesn’t give a shit about ordinary citizens; but, despite his pious mouthings to the contrary (and I’ve noticed even Bush’s imbecile patter becomes slurred and halting when he tries to demonstrate “solidarity with the masses,” as if even he knows and feels guilty about such bold-faced lies), this clown of a president has nothing but contempt for the great unwashed.
Then, too: how much motivation can a self-professed born-again-Christian possibly have to save Sin City? I’m surprised Pat Robertson hasn’t proclaimed Katrina Jehovah’s Righteous Judgment Against Gays, Transvestites and the whole drunken, drugged, decadent rabble of our own little Cajun, tourist-trap Sodom & Gomorrah. I’m actually inclined to view this natural catastrophe through the eyes of my 17th century Calvinist teleologists and proclaim in an angry jeremaiad: “It is the Judgment of God…on this shoddy, sinful Government.”
Wake Up, America! Let’s get the impeachment machinery rolling, while there’s still time. Before Prezident SonofaGun saves what’s left of the earth and public health for the Fossil Fuel, Pharmaceutical and Tobacco industries.