This Can't Be Happening
Sites of Interest
(courtesy Empire Burlesque)
A Tiny Revolution
William Blum/Killing Hope
The Distant Ocean
Welcome to the Sideshow
Mark Crispin Miller
Crooks and Liars
Black Agenda Report
The Raw Story
Iraq Vets Against the War
Blues and Dreams
Bright Terrible Spirit
On Wednesday, September 24th, right in the middle of the fight over billions of taxpayer dollars slated to bail out Wall Street, the House of Representatives passed a $612 billion defense authorization bill for 2009 without a murmur of public protest or any meaningful press comment at all. (The New York Times gave the matter only three short paragraphs buried in a story about another appropriations measure.)
â€“ in April 2002 for two days; aborted by mass street protests and support from many in Venezuelaâ€™s military, especially from its middle-ranking officer corp;
â€“ the 2002-2003 general strike and oil management lockout causing severe economic disruption; and
â€“ the August 2004 national recall referendum in which Chavez resoundingly prevailed with a 59% majority.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
David Swanson will appear on Gorilla Radio this week , Monday S29 5pm pacific time
It would be especially easy for those of us in the anti-war/anti-empire movement to feel self-righteous and say, â€œWe told you so.â€ By the end of the day on 9/11, many of us saw where the nation was heading and tried, in vain, to argue for a saner strategy.
The acceptable political parameters may allow some tactical disagreements (Barack Obama saying the Iraq War â€œtook our eye off the ballâ€) or even some implied moral criticism (John McCain saying he opposed Bush â€œon torture of prisonersâ€).
An attorney for Alaskaâ€™s legislative investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin says John McCainâ€™s presidential campaign is seeking to derail the inquiry because its findings could â€œcause serious damage to the Republican ticket.â€