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Monday, September 3

3.Sept.2012: America is Not the Greatest Country, Israel's Nuclear Weapons, the Gun Industry, Al Jazeera, Ron Paul Supporters, Women and Rape, the Water Wars, the Democratic Convention, Occupy, Founding Fathers, Separation of Church and State, Christopher Hitchen's "Morality," GMO Labeling War, Bailout, Mormon Magic Underwear, Labor Day Holiday

Greetings fellow Americans, and people around the world. 
We here in the U.S.A. are celebrating Labor Day. Ironically, most Americans are working today. And living hand-to-mouth. 
Slave labor, I call it. Slaves had housing and food, and feared for their lives, like most Americans do. 
In the words of Chuck D., "Fight the Power." 
- Steve,

America is Not the Greatest Country in the World
I have been on this earth for 19 years, and not once had I ever felt that the United States was the greatest country in the world. All my life, I have never experienced a time of peace, prosperity, and freedom.  I live in an era of recession, restricted freedoms, and war. To many, my sentiment towards the country I call home may seem unpatriotic. This is not true. I am an outspoken critic of the United States because I am a lover of my birth country. I care for it. I speak up when we do wrong. I speak up when we do wrong, because I want us to do better. I want us to succeed; indeed, I want us to become the greatest country in the world. I am patriotic. Before my time, we used to be the leaders, the revolutionaries, and the free; the land we call home used to be the path to opportunity, prosperity, and liberty — but we have lost the way.

The Facade of a Beloved and Legendary "America"
The Wikileaks documents and videos have provided one humiliation after another ... lies exposed, political manipulations revealed, gross hypocrisies, murders in cold blood, ... followed by the torture of Bradley Manning and the persecution of Julian Assange. Washington calls the revelations "threats to national security", but the world can well see it's simply plain old embarrassment. Manning's defense attorneys have asked the military court on several occasions to specify the exact harm done to national security. The court has never given an answer. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, consider an empire embarrassed.

What About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons?
First, Israel refuses to acknowledge publicly that it has nuclear weapons. The U.S. government also officially does not acknowledge the existence of such a program. Israel’s official position, as reiterated by Aaron Sagui, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy here, is that “Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. Israel supports a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction following the attainment of peace.” The “introduce” language is purposefully vague, but experts say it means that Israel will not openly test a weapon or declare publicly that it has one.

How the Gun Industry Made a Fortune Through Fear

 freckled boy with tousled hair looks into the camera and says, "I am NRA Country." A black guy with dreadlocks echoes him, as do two pretty young women suppressing giggles, saying in unison, "We are NRA Country." Then there's country music star Justin Moore, leaning against a farm fence in worn jeans and a cowboy hat, strumming a guitar as scenes of Americana flash by. "You don't have to look far-all you gotta do is look around," he sings. "This is NRA Country."

Al Jazeera Was Hated by America But is Now Revered

The heyday of the Bush administration was a peculiar period throughout which journalists working for Al Jazeera were subject to an onslaught of zealous vilification from actors in the American political scene (in addition to imprisonment and occasional shelling by U.S. forces).

Ron Paul Supporters Should Switch Parties, Become Democrats and Support Barack Obama

Now I can understand that it would be better to co-opt an existing major party than to try to build a 3rd party. I can see that having a funding mechanism in place is a better idea than to try to woo funders away from people they already support. The question is, did you choose the right party? I would like to offer a comparison of the two.

Why We Let Politicians Lie. The Difference Between Being Lied TO, and Lied FOR

There is much being written about the lies Paul Ryan told in his speech at the Republican Convention. I know, “lies” is a pretty strong word. But a ‘fabrication’, ‘taking liberties with the truth’, ‘bearing false witness against they neighbor’ (Commandment #8)…call it what you will…when you knowingly say something that’s not true, that’s lying.

5 Crazy Things the GOP Is Still Saying About Women, Rape and Abortion--Even While the Convention Tried to Ignore It

As the convention pivoted away from social issues, conservative figures couldn't stop saying weird stuff about rape.

What Ralph Nader Is Thinking About the 2012 Election

The consumer advocate and former presidential candidate explains in this interview why he's not running this time, and who he wishes had stepped into the presidential race.

Are the Water Wars Coming?

Almost half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030 and strategists from Israel to Central Asia prepare for strife.

Activists: Around 5,000 Killed in Syria in August

Occupy Plans Resurgence At Democratic Convention

The group, which helped reshape the nation's political discourse last year before falling into disarray and uncertainty, plans to hold a demonstration outside the convention hall in an effort to recapture the spotlight. A Tampa, Fla., Occupy group protested at the Republican convention in there last week.

The Republican Convention A Ratings Bomb

In 2008, the Republican National Convention was a ratings success. Sarah Palin brought in 37 million viewers for her speech, with the following night and Senator John McCain’s acceptance speech pulling in almost 39 million viewers. All hopes for this year was another ratings success, that the GOP base would be as motivated as they were in 2008, to defeat Barack Obama.

100 Things You Can Say To Irritate A Republican (HUMOR)

Conservatives are so easy to anger these days. Even the most insignificant statement can set off their tempers. If you want to enrage a conservative, I suggest saying the following:
1. A Socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free...

20 Obvious Lies That Will Shock Conservatives (If They Ever Bothered To Read A Book Or Two)

Whenever conservative bloggers try to be clever and “expose” liberal myths, you just know it’s time to pull out the rain coat, ’cause there’s gonna be a whole lot of bullshit flying around. The latest example of this is John Hawkins’ “20 Obvious Truths That Will Shock Liberals” whose real title should be “20 Easily Disprovable Stories That Conservatives Chumps Buy Hook, Line & Sinker.” Let’s take a look shall we?

The Founding Fathers Versus The Christian Right: Quotes In Support Of The Separation Of Church And State

The separation of church and state is one of the cornerstones of America’s foundation. Conservative Christian fundamentalists have sought to crush this cornerstone in the hopes of establishing Christianity as the state religion, an action that would threaten the rest of the foundation that makes up the Constitution. These conservatives contend that the Founding Fathers dreamed of making America a Christian state at the expense of those who practice other religions or none at all. So on this occasion of our nation’s founding, here are 30 quotes from the Founding Fathers. Perhaps your first thoughts of the ‘founding fathers’ are the first four Presidents and maybe Benjamin Franklin, but there were many other Founding Fathers. Many were signers of the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. They were lawyers, judges, soldiers, merchants, farmers, and some were even clergy. And the great majority of them signed the Constitution knowing that matters of government and matters of religion would be separate.

You Might Be A Fascist If…

Are you a fascist? Many people are fascists and they don’t even realize it. And sometimes, they know it all too well, but hide and deny it. Most of the time though, it’s obvious who the fascists are. For instance, you might be a fascist if…

Totalitarianism in the US: An Accident Waiting to Happen

The Big Lie always has an audacity that dares anyone to challenge it, because even when it is disproved, the liar will keep on repeating the lie, knowing that it will eventually appear as truth to enough people, and that more and more everyone will conclude that no one knows anymore what is truth and what is fiction. A lot of what Ryan said in his speech he has said before, as has Romney, so it is clear this is a deliberate strategy of motivating their base who hate Obama to such a degree they will believe anything about him. But since the Big Lie is just one feature of a totalitarian regime such as the Soviet Union, I began to wonder what other aspects of the Republican Party are Soviet-inspired.

Rape is Rape and Stupid is the Republican Agenda

"Stupid is as stupid does," so said the Philosopher Forrest Gump.  But stupid is actually what is perceived to be stupid.  Walk into a room of quantum physicists and ask what is string theory and they may laugh, whereas your peers would share in your bewilderment.  Stupidity is what is perceived to be stupid.  The majority of clear headed Americans when they heard Senator Todd Akin claim that in a "legitimate rape" a woman's body shuts down so that she cannot conceive a child, considered that to be stupid.  There is no logic behind it, and there is more than enough medical evidence that proves that statement false.  The only people who did not call it stupid were some extreme members of the extreme right.

12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these   questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democratic Party.

Book Of The Month: MORTALITY by Christopher Hitchens

We are pleased but saddened to introduce our third book of the month: Mortalityby Christopher Hitchens. The posthumous book represents the last work of the great journalist, polemicist, and thinker. The work, which draws largely on Hitch'saward winning column in Vanity Fair, was unfinished when Hitch succumbed to his esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011, and it closes with Hitch's unfinished notes and jottings and an afterword by his widow, the writer Carol Blue. What type of book it is is hard to identify. What it's about is easy to pin down, though. It's about death.

Food can kill - or heal. Info to help you choose wisely.

The war against GMO labeling

The simple history of the bailout
Americans rejected it...
and a corrupt Senate rammed it down their throats

History of the Holidays: Labor Day

Penn Jillette: Mitt Romney is Wearing Magic Underwear (And Other Observations)

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