Monday, September 30, 2013

Ohio State Gets Armored Fighting Vehicle: “Specifically Designed for Asymmetric Warfare”

If you don't think the US is a police state, then why would a vehicle such as this be acceptable for a public university when it looks designed for duty in Afghanistan? What a gross waste of taxpayer funds.

"Gary Lewis, a senior director of media relations at OSU, told The Daily Caller via email that the "unique, special-purpose vehicle is a replacement" for the "police fleet." He called the armored jalopy "an all-hazard, all-purpose, public safety-response vehicle" with "obviously enhanced capabilities.""

Pentagon denies $200 million request for Guantanamo upkeep

First the request is denied, then disavowed?

"A US military request for funding to renovate the prison base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was denied by Pentagon officials in the Obama administration who, while pledging to close the prison, have been consistently prevented from doing so by Congress."


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Army Veteran Takes A Stand Against Obama

"The primary charge being that the national leadership of Veterans For Peace for the past 2+ years since the organization passed at its 2011 national convention a resolution directing Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama for war crimes has refused to send an official letter to Congress directing them to do so. The national leadership of Veterans For Peace in that time also has done nothing to alert the public to the 2011 impeachment resolution passed by its rank and file membership at the national level at its national convention in 2011, or of the rank and file of Veterans For Peace reaffirming its call for impeaching Obama at its 2012 national convention by defeating by an even wider margin a 2012 resolution introduced to rescind the 2011 impeachment resolution."

Why after so long has no action been taken toward supporting impeachment proceedings?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Politics and Anarchism

Politicians like Harry Reid are always proving their ignorance, but this one takes the cake. He says that Republican politicians and Occupy protestors are anarchists who promote violence. The trouble with that description is that is is quite incorrect. Anarchism simply means "self rule" and not any sort of lawless society. Anarchists simply aren't keen on other people making the rules that govern their lives. Anarchism does not equate violence.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hollow Words from another Empty Suit

No that the warmongering is very civil lately, but Obama's speech is hardly substantive, or responsive to criticism by the overwhelming majority on the potential Syria invasion. Ever the narcissist, he seems to see himself as the king of the world, as did many of his predecessors:

"I just want to say thank you to all the participants in this roundtable.  This is an incredible and very diverse group of civil society leaders.  And this is something that I really enjoy doing at every country that I visit because it is my firm belief that a country's strength ultimately comes from its people and that as important as government is -- and laws -- what makes a country democratic and effective in delivering prosperity and security and hope to people is when they've got an active, thriving civil society. 

Empty words as always...

And all of these leaders, ranging from business leaders to youth leaders to environmental leaders, those who are advocating on behalf of a free press, the rule of law, all of them contribute in one way or another to continuing to strengthen Russian society and helping to make progress on behalf of all people. 

And the same is true in the United States.  I'm now in government, but I got my start as a community organizer, somebody who was working in what would be called an NGO in the international community.  And the work I was doing was helping poor communities have a voice in what was happening in their lives.  And I got elected as President by engaging people at a grassroots level.

So the kinds of activities that are represented here are critically important to Russia's development, and I'm very proud of their work.  And I think it is important for us to remember that in every country -- here in Russia, in the United States, around the globe -- that part of good government is making sure that we're creating a space for civil society to function effectively:  freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, making sure that people can join together and make common cause around the issues that they care deeply about.

Freedoms which every global superpower are curtailing at breakneck speed.

So I appreciate you taking the time.  I'm not going to do all the talking here.  I want to spend most of my time listening. But I want to thank you again and I hope all of you continue the good work."