marcospinelli commented on the blog post Senator Feinstein’s Fraudulent Response to Revelations of NSA Spying on US Allies
“Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance,” Feinstein declared, “I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers.”
Yet it’s all right with Feinstein that the United States spy on its own citizens.
marcospinelli commented on the diary post ‘You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning’: An Open Letter to President Obama by Norman Solomon.
I’m looking at this published letter to Obama by Solomon (along with many others by prominent Democrats, particularly the ones that stood behind him and said, “Romney would be worse”), as the narrowing of the opening to the trap. Obama’s made it perfectly, crystal clear as to how conservative he is (pro-corporate, pro-military culture/industry). I [...]
During the 2000 presidential campaign, on the days just after Bush’s drunk-driving arrest story broke and was finally admitted to by the Bush campaign, CSpan broadcast, inadvertently I’d guess, an interesting exchange on an airport tarmac between Karen Hughes and David Gregory of CNBC.
Hughes had just briefed the reporters who were assigned to the Bush campaign. They had all dispersed, leaving Hughes and Gregory alone on the tarmac in front of the Bush campaign’s plane. The two of them were alone with CSpan’s camera, which was still rolling; I don’t think Hughes realized that they were still on the air.
Gregory asked her (and these are exact quotes) “Has the Governor (Bush) ever been arrested for DRUGS?” — Rumors had been rampant that there was more than just a drunk-driving arrest, that there was also a cocaine arrest buried, and a race was on around the country to find out if it was true and where it had occurred.
Hughes thought for a good 10 seconds. She actually closed her eyes to think as she formulated a response, at which point she opened her eyes, looked at David Gregory and said, “The Governor has admitted to ‘youthful indiscretions’.”
Gregory wrote it down and said nothing more. He didn’t report on it that night, or the next, or ever as far as I know.
What I can’t believe is that we’re going to do the “I can’t believe they’re going to take us into another war”-blather again.
What’s not to believe? It’s what they do. While we sit around and remain stuck in disbelief. It’s not as if it’s any surprise – Their game plan was laid out and has been talked about for years:
In October, 2007, Gen. Wesley Clark gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco (seven-minute excerpt in the video below) in which he denounced what he called “a policy coup” engineered by neocons in the wake of 9/11. After recounting how a Pentagon source had told him weeks after 9/11 of the Pentagon’s plan to attack Iraq notwithstanding its non-involvement in 9/11, this is how Clark described the aspirations of the “coup” being plotted by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and what he called “a half dozen other collaborators from the Project for the New American Century”:
Six weeks later, I saw the same officer, and asked: “Why haven’t we attacked Iraq? Are we still going to attack Iraq?”
He said: “Sir, it’s worse than that. He said – he pulled up a piece of paper off his desk – he said: “I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s office. It says we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.”
Clark said the aim of this plot was this: “They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.” He then recounted a conversation he had had ten years earlier with Paul Wolfowitz — back in 1991 — in which the then-number-3-Pentagon-official, after criticizing Bush 41 for not toppling Saddam, told Clark: “But one thing we did learn [from the Persian Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.” Clark said he was shocked by Wolfowitz’s desires because, as Clark put it: “the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments? It’s not to deter conflicts?”
marcospinelli commented on the blog post Gun Control Group Should Target Dems That Voted for Reform Not Against it
Early this morning I had to listen, yet again, to the hosts and guests on Morning Joe speak of Obama as “a liberal”.
Until and unless we deal directly with correcting the language and definitions, we haven’t a prayer of real reform.
All that Obama’s been doing is trying to save unregulated capitalism and the lock that the 1% has on the other 99%.
He is in office to mellow-talk us into accepting that which we’d never stand still for if we had contentious fire-in-the-belly Democratic politicians actually fighting on our behalf. He’s in the White House to ease us into accepting the greatest heist in the history of the world, and never even think about trying to get back the money that was ripped off from the middle and poor classes.
What Obama’s doing is presiding over the end game of America, letting the ‘Haves’ pick the (our) bones clean. The more we see of Obama in action, the more ‘deals’ he makes, the more people realize that Obama’s a continuation of the cruel policies of BushCheney and Clinton before that, and BushReagan before that.
We need another FDR.
marcospinelli commented on the blog post Is Obama Actively Trying to Keep Democrats From Taking Back the House?
How is it that any Democratic voter considers Hillary to be a liberal?
marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Is the Driving Force Behind Cutting Your Social Security
When politicians say that Social Security is “the third rail of politics”, they mean it with a hostility that should be reserved for their corporate masters. You don’t see politicians putting campaign finance and election reform on their agenda from year to year as you do their continuing assaults on social safety net programs for the people.
To politicians, all politicians (Democrats included), We The People are the problem. If only they didn’t have to deal with making us happy to get our votes to keep them employed. If only they didn’t have to serve us, they’d be able to give and give and give to Big Business (privatize national resources that belong collectively to us all, the people) and deregulate so that corporations wouldn’t be constrained by anything and could become profit-making machines on steroids, unobstructed by piddling voter concerns such as health, safety, environment, etc. And for accomplishing this, politicians would be amply rewarded, and perhaps would be able to join the ruling class themselves instead of merely serving the 1%.
You can choose to believe what you will about Democratic politicians, but the face is that the DLC/Third Way/No Labels controls the Democratic Party, and Democrats in Congress and the White House have signed on to privatize public resources and utilities and deregulate. Democrats in Congress, despite their campaign promises, have refused to regulate or perform their Constitutionally-required role of oversight, both in the Bush and Obama administrations. What little regulating they’ve put in legislation the last 4 years is ineffective for a whole array of sneaky reasons. As a result, wars are still being fought off-budget with defense contractors stealing us blind, insurance companies don’t have to comply with healthcare reform laws, banks can continue as huge profit-making machines for their officers, all leading the nation into one bubble and crash after another.
You can choose to think of Obama and his intentions in whatever way makes you happy. What you can’t do is explain how any of what Obama’s done these past 4 years has been in the people’s interests and not the corporations’.
We The People are being transformed, from sheep to sacrificial lambs.
marcospinelli commented on the diary post The Circle of The Vulnerable Is Much Larger Than They Thought. by TomThumb.
Obama told House Democrats this week that it’s better to make changes to entitlement programs when a Democrat is in office rather than risk doing so under a Republican chief executive, according to two lawmakers who attended. Obama urged House Democrats at the Capitol March 14 to consider [...]
marcospinelli commented on the diary post On Clueless Congressmen and Trans-Vaginal Ultrasounds by RH Reality Check.
Real World watchers may recall that Duffy married Rachel Campos from Real World SF. Together they have had 6 children, 4 of them girls. The highlights of Rachel’s time on the show included meeting Jack Kemp (the show exploited the political identification of the castmates, all the others leftish against Rachel, the lone conservative Republican), [...]
On Twitter, Karl Rove @KarlRove tweets:
Fix-It-First is $50B, almost as much as new revenues from raising taxes in fiscal cliff (that money was already spent on Sandy relief)
Sounds like we’re getting some more “shovel-ready” projects.
Head Start. It’s been a while since that’s been a political hot potato. Hillary must be running.
Greg Mitchell @GregMitch
3 ties on podium in silent tribute to the Teletubbies.
As Occupy The Hood just said on Twitter, “Never feel like he is talking to my block”.
Is it just me or does it look like he’s gotten a fresh haircut (to highlight the gray)?
I’ve heard this speech many times. It’s cobbled together campaign speeches.
The nerve of this man. It’s his legislation that’s “bridging”, short term legislation, from “crisis to crisis”.
“Now is the best time to ____ (because you’re never going to get another Democratic president who can get so much past Democratic and Independent voters)”.
“We must keep the promises we’ve already made (to the Powers-That-Be)”.
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