• peony commented on the blog post Debra Jean Milke is free after spending 22 years on death row

    2014-12-12 18:21:42View | Delete

    Torture requires that the humanity of the tortured be removed, semantically, a person, a human being becomes a “terrorist” IN the mind of the torturer …

    Exactly right. This is a good example of judgment (“terrorist”) being a precursor to violence.

    The administration’s reason for not prosecuting those in a previous administration who were responsible for torture becoming official policy of the United States: Torture is not a heinous crime, it’s a “policy choice.”

  • peony commented on the blog post Debra Jean Milke is free after spending 22 years on death row

    2014-12-12 18:07:28View | Delete

    Two questions come to mind: Given Saldate’s history, why was he still on the job? Under the circumstances, what legal recourse does Milke have who spent 22 years on death row for a crime she did not commit? Does she have a cause of action against the State of AZ?

  • this is all to be laid at the doorstep of the CIA…
    Now, who will hold EVERYONE, culpable, even beyond the CIA to any meaningful account.

    As Feinstein is reporting on the floor of the Senate the committee’s conclusion that the CIA misled everyone, the White House, Congress, and the American people about the effectiveness of torture, it is clear that these criminal acts by the U.S. government are being “laid at the doorstep of the CIA.” Of course the CIA bears its responsibility, but the CIA was under orders from the Bush-Cheney White House and the CIA’s activities were known at least to the heads of both Senate and House intelligence committees.

    I believe this is a critical and dangerous moment in our history. The temptation to scapegoat others under these circumstances is irresistable as we see in Feinstein. But I wonder just how far does culpability extend. Does it also include the public, people who are in favor of torture and supported the administration’s use of torture?

  • peony commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 14th, 2014

    2014-08-15 12:54:55View | Delete

    Breaking News: According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama halts sale of hellfire missiles to Israel

    http://warincontext.org/2014/08/14/u-s-halts-transfer-of-hellfire-missiles-to-israel/

  • peony commented on the diary post Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Spurs Growth in BDS Movement by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-08-12 07:51:22View | Delete

    This is great news! Thanks.

  • peony commented on the diary post Maybe it’s a basis for New Year’s resolutions by cassiodorus.

    2013-12-31 19:12:05View | Delete

    Pithy comments. Thanks.

    Breakdown is a precursor to breakthrough?
    Don’t know how, or what form(s) it will take – consciousness, technology, social movements, music and the arts, but it’s going to take a revolution. I know, some of us have been saying this for years.

  • peony commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins by Ruth Calvo.

    2013-11-03 20:34:55View | Delete

    Whole wheat and low fat. Thanks! I’m going to try your recipe. My oatmeal, chocolate chip, walnut cookies are also made with whole wheat pastry flour and apple sauce replacing most of the butter, and they taste great.

  • peony commented on the diary post A plea for optimism by caleb36.

    2013-11-03 20:29:03View | Delete

    Thanks for your piece, Caleb.

  • peony commented on the diary post A plea for optimism by caleb36.

    2013-11-03 20:26:08View | Delete

    I submit that OWS was a dry run.

    That’s my sense too. We have several more years in the current zeitgeist of popular uprisings and revolt.

  • According to TPM, Reid is quoted as saying no Grand Bargain in the near future, so he’s evidently not ruling it out either:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday put the kibosh on prospects of a deficit-reduction “grand bargain,” instead making clear this his priority in upcoming negotiations will be to get rid of sequestration.

    “That’s all happy talk,” he told KNPR Nevada Public Radio. “I would hope that were the case but we’re not going to have a grand bargain in the near future.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/harry-reid-we-re-not-going-to-have-a-grand-bargain

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 10:50:39View | Delete

    It seems bizarre to say it’s a victory for progressives when a progressive President has been trying to cut entitlements since he took office.

    I never use the word, precisely because people don’t agree on what it means.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 10:37:43View | Delete

    I explained how, in my observation, the Democratic PTB use the word. I think it is important to know that they are not using it as a synonym for leftist.

    Thank you for pointing this out.

    He has never called himself a Republican. He did, however, say that his policies were those of a moderate Republican from the 1980s.

    Whether he calls himself a Republican or not, his policies today are. His signature piece of legislation, the ACA, is modeled on Romneycare. Agree to disagree.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 09:57:05View | Delete

    …to lay waste the lives of others, we have first to lay waste our own sanity and humanity. This would include “wars” against “drugs” or even those who are simply “different.”

    So true, and we are seeing the effects here at home of our global exporting of state violence. IMO, parallel situation in Israel vis-a-vis the Palestinians, as Max Blumenthal has written in “Goliath.” Scapegoating of those who are “different” among families (black sheep), cultures, and nations (“axis of evil”) seems to be a universal human frailty and is a devastating precursor to war and conflict, as human history has shown.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 09:37:29View | Delete

    Indeed, the purpose of attacking SS is not to diminish the debt … it is to effectively transfer more wealth to the top.

    Certainly true for the 1%. As for the TP faithful ground troops, I’m not sure they want to see wealth concentrated at the top so much as they would like to stop what they see as their money going into the hands of the “other,” non-white, immigrants, the poor. I may be wrong but a large percentage of TP are older white people who are on SS. Apparently they don’t object to “their” SS.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 09:11:22View | Delete

    Thank you for clarifying what you mean by “progressive.”

    What I mean by “progressive” is a position that supports a multi-polar world, non-violent solutions to global and civil domestic political issues, democratic government and monetary policies that serve the needs of all citizens, civil rights, non-profit universal health care, separation of church and state, independent judiciary, campaign finance regulation, criminal justice system based on equal justice and not punishment, to name a few. Thanks for asking.

    Obama has called himself a New Democrat. He has called himself a progressive. He has never called himself a Republican. He did, however, say that his policies were those of a moderate Republican from the 1980s.

    A distinction without a difference.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 08:48:02View | Delete

    I was saying the framing originally came from Republicans. But yes, of course Obama and the Democrats use this framing as well. We probably both agree the Republicans and Democrats are two equally and fatally stricken branches of the same corrupt party.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 08:36:48View | Delete

    Or, things can change significantly within a few years. It’s the zeitgeist we’re currently living in…a majority of the American people now support progressive issues. Revolts are going on worldwide. Interesting this new news organization that Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill are launching. Could be more billionnaires step up for the public interest? Look at the impact of Ed Snowden’s revelations which probably will reverberate for quite some time.

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 08:18:38View | Delete

    And why are we repeating the Republican framing of Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements?”

  • peony commented on the blog post The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

    2013-10-18 08:11:59View | Delete

    It seems bizarre to say it’s a victory for progressives when a progressive President has been trying to cut entitlements since he took office.

    Obama has been quoted as identifying himself as a Republican (don’t recall where I read this). I wonder if you meant to put “progressive” in quotes.

    Even though Obama agrees with the House about cuts to social programs, with the Tea Party controlling the House, and Ted Cruz in the Senate, it would be extraordinarily ironic if the TP succeeds in defeating “entitlement reform,” since they adamantly oppose Obama and compromise with Democrats in gutting SS and Medicare, a goal they are committed to.

  • peony commented on the diary post Shuffling Federal Paperwork by brasch.

    2013-10-16 07:45:41View | Delete

    How many here really think the federal government has gotten “much more efficient at representing the people’s needs and concerns”?

    Of course if the “people” in question are corporate “persons” and war profiteers.

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