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  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post The not so-great dictated to

    2014-12-19 05:22:48View | Delete

    Amen, hektor. For that matter, we have only the word of ‘anonymous U.S. officials’ that this cyber attack originated from North Korea. How do we know some SonyUSA exec didn’t hire a hacker to help generate ass-covering buzz for what is looking like a huge embarrassment of a film? Given the arrogant stupidity of the executives in question, that’s more plausible than the currently implied narrative.

    Whatever the case, all this diaper soiling and pearl clutching over ‘endangered freedom’ is yet another example of how liberals can be just as reactionary and jingoistic as right-wingers.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post The not so-great dictated to

    2014-12-18 11:45:36View | Delete

    South Korea is a Western imperialist creation, much like ‘South Vietnam.’ It’s primarily the U.S. military presence, along with successive corrupt puppet regimes, which has kept up the destructive division between two parts of the same nation. So from the Korean perspective, the North’s ‘invasion’ was merely an attempt to rid the South of imperialist influence. Everything that has developed since then flows from that reality.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post The not so-great dictated to

    2014-12-18 04:33:06View | Delete

    BoxTurtle, I’m amused at how much your comment reads like projection. Consider how much of the world sees the U.S. as ‘an insecure, paranoid, and megalomaniacal’ nuclear power “with a collapsing economy and huge army” spread all over the world. It’s convenient to poke self-righteous fun at North Korea, but North Korea has never invaded another country; neither has it ever assassinated a foreign leader and left his country in blood-drenched shambles. When North Korea uses one of its nukes to vaporize a heavily populated city, I’ll consider it a legitimate existential threat. To my knowledge, only one country has ever done that.

    On the other hand, I think your theory about Sony using this to recoup their losses from an expensive, ill-advised release sounds pretty good.

  • ‘America’ is most definitely not “better than this.” The festering raw sewage is merely seeking its own level. This country was founded on genocide and chattel slavery, and at every turn it has depended on economic, political, and physical brutality to achieve its ends. The laws are written by craven, self-dealing elites– with the full complicity of the ignorant, avaricious masses– and the enforcers do an able job of maintaining the desired order.

    In short, brutalizing and degrading brown people is what built this country, and it’s in the national DNA. In that vein, the cops are performing their expected duty. When treating brown people worse than animals no longer does the trick, expect the violent impunity to metastasize into the pristine, innocent flesh of the ostensibly white bourgeoisie.

    And if any ‘libertarian’ types out there believe that there is a significant number of cops and former military willing to oppose this trend, consider the following:
    Oath Keepers Guard Ferguson’s Streets and Rooftops, Drawing Police Opposition

    When the crap really hits the fan, the fricking racist, fascist pukes will line up to form the death squads right along with the rest of them.

  • I scoff at the notion that the Executive House Negro is going to do anything constructive for constituencies for which he has clearly expressed his sneering disdain. As wendydavis illustrates, Obama’s actions from Day One have demonstrated that he is committed to servicing the white-male-dominated power structure at every level.
    McKinney/Clemente ’08; Stein/Honkala ’12: I Told You So.

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post Imagine; A Satire by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-11-30 05:30:20View | Delete

    FYI, this is just the sort of blatant, provincial miscarriage of justice that federal civil rights statutes are intended to address. If POTUS were anything other than a high-ranking house negro*, we might see some action along those lines. Maybe the president will invite the murderer to have a beer with Michael Brown’s parents. *for [...]

  • “The Obama team has the duty to” help insurance companies and investors line their pockets.

    There; fixed that for you.

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post Some of Us Still Remember . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-11-20 05:00:22View | Delete

    This is a country founded by greedy, bloodthirsty, and self-dealing settler-colonialists. This country was built and expanded upon genocide, theft, and abuse. Its self-aggrandizing declarations and anthems try but fail miserably to hide the stain and stench of innocent blood, even as it keeps the blood flowing. What’s with all this gauzy nostalgia? When was [...]

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post The Democratic Party’s Performance in the 2014 Election by Synoia.

    2014-11-13 05:25:53View | Delete

    If one doesn’t acknowledge anything else, one must acknowledge that injustice is fungible. If you are willing to support a regime that deals death and immiseration to innocents abroad, then you are a special kind of stupid for expecting a fair shake at home. You will also have the government you deserve, no matter how [...]

  • You can’t get blood from a turnip, and you can’t get single payer health care from political operatives who are completely beholden to corporate interests. If you want policies that put people ahead of wealth, at the very least you have to vote for representatives who don’t take corporate money.

    Examples: McKinney/Clemente ’08; Stein/Honkala ’12

  • The problem isn’t the framing, it’s the values. You can’t sell what no one will buy. The GOP has less of a problem herding its voters because it appeals almost directly to the racism, paranoia, and greed that are at the core of this nation’s values. Democrats can’t sell their purported values to their ostensible [...]

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: Why Not Let Them Go?

    2014-10-27 00:56:33View | Delete

    I wasn’t necessarily referring to Brecher, but if it walks and quacks like a duck…

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: Why Not Let Them Go?

    2014-10-27 00:51:18View | Delete

    The point isn’t to the actual facts of this particular case, but to the ideas expressed regarding what to do about the larger supposed trend. If it’s true that the government and the media are lying, then this approach (‘let them go!’) plays into their propaganda.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: Why Not Let Them Go?

    2014-10-26 19:24:52View | Delete

    This bit of cynicism is less than impressive. Perhaps I’ve had enough ‘cold-blooded and calculating logic’ out of our well-dressed imperialist leaders in D.C., and their various sycophants in corporate media across the nation. We’ve been providing money, training, and arms– directly or indirectly– to the beleaguered region in question for many decades, and we have the gall to be horrified by something like ISIS raising its ugly blooms in precisely the place where we planted its seeds. So now we’re to encourage, even half-seriously, the continued flow of disaffected Western youth to the region? Just how much more abject misery should we facilitate before we feel a smidgen of constructive guilt? How many dead and suffering Arab women and children will encourage us to rethink our indispensable contributions to the maelstrom that attracts these kids?

    If six-plus years of the Obama Era have taught me anything, it’s that the racist, exceptionalist blood-thirst of liberal USers is just as intense as that of our right-wingers, though perhaps a little more ‘civil’ in its expression.

  • In this age of Obama, some folks have no problem with cashing in on their black skins. No matter how much of their integrity it costs them.

    Ha! ‘Some folks,’ indeed, such as Obama himself. Though I’m not sure he ever had any integrity to sell, which might explain how he serves so cheaply.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: The Fire This Time

    2013-02-15 02:39:19View | Delete

    Civil rights once guaranteed to all Americans are gone…

    I’d like to know when we ever had what you’re suggesting we lost. I’m thinking never, and that’s why we’re here today.

  • Jaango, you are welcome to respect any mass murderer you choose, no matter his skin color. Regarding the things you list in your diary, there are a few that fit quite well into the Green New Deal. Good luck on any of them seeing the light of day tomorrow, or for the rest of the current administration’s term. You won’t get any such blood out of the corporatist/imperialist Obama turnip.

  • The simplest answer to the question posed at the top of this post– “why are all SOTU responses from the right?”– is that there is no opposition or even substantial criticism from the ‘left.’ Why should there be? Obama was re-elected with impressive numbers, despite his crimes and policy ‘betrayals.’ Liberals bought the turd sandwich– again– and this time asked if they could supersize the iced bile. Liberals own this disaster now, without an asterisk. Obama knows he can do what he wants, and the Democratic quislings liberals sent to D.C. all know it, too.

    I recommend all of you Obama supporters just take out some Chinese-made U.S. flags so you can cheer and wave them vigorously every time your champion completes an articulately uttered sentence.

  • No one from the Green Party understands about being elected to anything.

    Yes, we have a big problem sucking up to corporate donors for the bribes necessary for buying the marketing to herd spineless liberals into the Democratic cattle cars of delusion. You can show the addled horse the water, but you can’t convince him to stop drinking his own piss.

  • MaryM, is that an ‘I told you so’? If so, I politically love you. The reason why “we have nice things like speeches that would garner majority support from the American people in the dead of winter” is that the majority of ‘the American people’ are either too stupid or too cowardly to organize in their own interests.

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