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Politics and its Discontents: Syria: Iraq Redux

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Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Recently I wrote a brief post directing readers to a story written by Chris Hedges. Hedge’s piece, entitled The Crucifixion of Tomas Young, conveyed the very sad story, one that has probably been lived out many times, of a young man, paralyzed in Iraq in 2004, who has made the decision to die by refusing to take nourishment. His is an age-old tale of a naive but well-intentioned response to the patriotic call to war by a government adept at cynically manipulating its populace for its own immoral purposes (think access to oil as an example) and then ultimately

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Art Threat: Blown Up: Gaming and War

Let’s face it: shooting stuff is fun – in video, that is; but it can also be ethically complicated. Gallery 101’s current exhibition Blown Up: Gaming and War, brings to the conventions of video gaming the complexities of art, activism and critical commentary. I am not exactly a typical gamer (don’t own a console), but virtually re-connecting with my inner warrior and social critic at the same time, as I did last week at Gallery 101, was something of a treat.

Video games have come a long way from the simple pleasures of the arcade, and (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Wynne-win for Canada! And, is America ready for another white male President?

I welcomed Kathleen Wynne‘s victory in the leadership race for the ruling Ontario Liberal Party this past Saturday, even though I live in faraway British Columbia. And I do mean far away — seriously, the International Space Station is ten times closer to the surface of the earth, than Vancouver is to Toronto. (Though that probably says more about how not-so-far-away the International Space Station is to us.)

Wynne is of course lesbian, and her ascent to the Premiership of Ontario — Canada’s most populous province — is a matter of minor national pride, whatever her

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LeDaro: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld -the liars

These bastards are responsible for the killing of over one million Iraqis – majority of them women and children. No one has the courage to make them accountable including softy Obama. We live in a horrible world. Lest we forget.

What George Bush hath wrought: 90 Iraqi youths stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts

So this is what George Bush’s invasion of Iraq has come to. Gotta love the democracy of this bit of theological murder. Just think, prior to 2001 Iraq was a secular enemy of al Queda. Now it’s knee-deep in fundamentalist terror.

Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts.

Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar

DeSmogBlog: Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

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If the jury was still out on President Barack Obama's climate policy accolades (a huge "if"), consider the verdict now in, and from a surprising character at that: Marc Morano.

Morano jubilantly referred to the President as "George W. Obama" in an interview with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman at COP17, stating: 

They [the Obama administration] have kept the exact same principles and negotiating stance as President George Bush did for eight years. Obama has carried on Bush’s legacy. So as skeptics, we tip our hat to President Obama in helping to crush and continuing to defeat

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Does the Right Hold the Left to a Higher Moral Standard?

Despite the allegations of sexual misconduct, Herman Cain continues to poll high with Republicans.And yet they wasted millions of tax dollars in an attempt to impeach President Bill Clinton, because of a sex scandal.  Clinton’s was consensual… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Does the Right Hold the Left to a Higher Moral Standard?

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Should We Be Concerned With Those Harper is Passing the Pipe With?

In 1911, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil, then the largest multinational corporation, because it was simply becoming too big and powerful.  The company’s battles with former president Teddy Roosevelt were legendary, as depict… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Should We Be Concerned With Those Harper is Passing the Pipe With?

Fox News whines that George Bush isn’t getting credit for assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

This is one time Fox News can keep the credit for George Bush. After all, they tried this with the capture of Saddam.Right wingers cannot handle anyone getting credit except for themselves. They hate when any progressive gets media attention. They want… . . . → Read More: Fox News whines that George Bush isn’t getting credit for assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

Politics and its Discontents: Fair Game – The Things Politicians Do While We Sleep

I rarely watch films today, preferring some of the edgier fare offered by cable television series such as Justified, Nurse Jackie, Trueblood and Breaking Bad. Nonetheless, with my son visiting last evening, we sat down to watch Fair Game, a 2010 film … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Fair Game – The Things Politicians Do While We Sleep

Bush Toronto speech ‘abruptly canceled’. The power of the populace.

Tea Partiers and the right wing love to think they are populists. Bullshit. Real populism comes from the grass roots – people – doing it for themselves, not from billionaire brothers. Such is the case at an ‘evangelical university’ where students … . . . → Read More: Bush Toronto speech ‘abruptly canceled’. The power of the populace.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Enough of 9/11 Already!

Arrrrgh. Another maudlin 9/11 commemorative is drawing closer – this time with even more dramatic intensity, being the 10th anniversary of the completely avoidable attacks on the American “homeland” that supposedly “changed everything” (i.e., provided a convenient excuse for the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Enough of 9/11 Already!

Battle of lightweights: Bush vs. Perry

Well, not Bush personally. He’s too busy sitting back in his La-Z-boy or clearing brush from his porch. But Karl Rove, Bruce Bartlett et al. are waging a battle royale against pipsqueak Rick Perry, a fellow Texan for whom the Bushies hold great an… . . . → Read More: Battle of lightweights: Bush vs. Perry

Death By Trolley: Why Obama and Democrats are Less Trustworthy than Bush and Republicans

Why a progressive blogger trusts Republicans more than Democrats and Obama to follow through on their commitments. . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Why Obama and Democrats are Less Trustworthy than Bush and Republicans

A. Picazo: Chevron – Because BP Wasn’t Drilling Deep Enough

Fifty miles off the coast of Louisiana, upwards of 100,000 barrels per day of oil are gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon well into the Gulf of Mexico. With the equivalent of one Exxon-Valdez seeping into the Gulf every three days, mass devastation of the wetlands, wildlife, and marshes surrounding the area is a forgone conclusion. … Continue reading →