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Monkeywrenching the System: Ron Paul's Revolution

Monkeywrenching the System: Ron Paul's Revolution
by Stan Goff
For starters, I have become a single-issue voter. The two-front war in Iraq-Afghanistan continues to drag on; and I am thoroughly convinced that no viable Democratic nominee will stop these occupations.

The recent analysis by Allan Nairn shows that even the putative anti-war Edwards (who the press is smothering because of his anti-corporate declarations) has a backroom full of defense contractors.
Clinton is a ruthless war-monger, period.
Obama is employing the sorriest, pro-Zioinist, neoliberal trash on the market, i.e., Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Clarke, and Dennis Ross, on his core advisory staff.

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Blum: An Unreasonable Doubt

An Unreasonable Man
by William Blum
I recommend the new documentary about Ralph Nader, which was recently shown on PBS television, "An Unreasonable Man". Its primary focus is on Nader's argument for having run in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections despite the alleged harm done to the Democratic Party candidates.
As I've written earlier: The choice facing people like myself was not Ralph Nader or Albert Gore or John Kerry. The choice facing us was Ralph Nader or not voting at all. If Nader had not been on the ballot, we would have stayed home.
It's that simple.
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The Irony of Hope: A Vision in Trying Times

Crying for a Vision in Troubled Times: The Irony of Hope
by Jack Random
Snow in Baghdad, home foreclosures, mounting debt, rising gas prices, volatile markets, killer storms across the nation, foreign occupations without end, job exportation, declining wages, slave labor, media obsession with the inane and irrelevant: Who among us cannot read the writing on the wall?  
I gaze at the horizon and I see dark clouds approaching – ominous and foreboding, growing, spreading and swallowing the land.  

I look at the wars that should never have been launched transformed into occupations of faraway lands that cannot stand and I know it will not get better; it can only get worse.  

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T.V., Murder, War, and Race

Television, Murder and Vietnam
by Ron Jacobs
I was a kid in 1968. It was the year I turned 13 and it was the year my dad began to prepare to go to Vietnam. The Tet offensive was on the television in January.
The picture of the South Vietnamese police chief killing a suspected NLF fighter shook up our dinner table the night it was in the news.
After that, my father didn't watch television news when his younger kids were around.

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Will José Crow Voter ID Laws Pick Our President?

Space Invaders: Five Million Aliens for Hillary
by Greg Palast
State Representative Russell Pearce of Mesa Arizona has warned us: “There is a massive effort under way to register illegal aliens in this country.”

How many? According to the Congressman’s office, there are five million: Democrats, he says, who are not good Americans - they’re Mexicans!

Really?! Holy Cow! The Senator has uncovered a conspiracy to flood the voter rolls with Brown Hordes who’ve swum the Rio Grande just for a chance to vote for Hillary Clinton?!

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Repression U.: The Homeland Security Campus

Repress U: How to Build a Homeland Security Campus in Seven Steps
by Michael Gould-Wartofsky
Free speech zones. Taser guns. Hidden cameras. Data mining. A new security curriculum. Private security contractors… Welcome to the new homeland security campus.
"Don't Tase me Bro!"

From Harvard to UCLA, the ivory tower is fast becoming the latest watchtower in Fortress America. The terror warriors, having turned their attention to "violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism" -- as it was recently dubbed in a House of Representatives bill of the same name -- have set out to reconquer that traditional hotbed of radicalization, the university.
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Voter ID Law Fraud

The Voter ID Fraud
by Garrett Epps
There's a war on across the country over who will be allowed to vote in 2008. One of the key battles in the election was fought on January 9 before the Supreme Court.

The case is called Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. It tests an Indiana statute, passed in 2005, requiring voters to present a government-issued ID before they can cast a ballot. The law is aimed at alleged fraudulent voting by unregistered or noncitizen voters. Republicans insist that these voters pose a major problem, despite the fact that every systematic study of the question has concluded that this kind of fraud--called "voter impersonation"--is all but unknown in the United States right now.
In fact, authorities in Indiana could not point to a single case of voter impersonation in the state's history.

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Spot the Nascent Nazi (and other party games)

Who goes Nazi?
by Dorothy Thompson (August 1941)
It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know.
I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.

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America: Standing for Justice

Take a Stand Against Injustice Today
by Scott Horton
It was January 10, and it was a day like this one. Cold, damp, brisk. An attorney was sitting in court, but in an unusual situation: he was the accused. He had been subjected to “highly coercive interrogation” to try to pry from him details of a conspiracy.
The process had left him crippled, unable to stand, hardly able to use his hands. But he was by all accounts a magnificent appearance that day in court, and indeed some of that shows through in one surviving photograph of that day, which is reproduced below.
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Church and State: President by God's Good Grace

Christianizing US History
by Chris Hedges
Here is an event I have no intention of honoring: American Religious History Week. OK, it's not official yet. But it is spelled out as Resolution 888 in the bowels of a House committee, sponsored by Republican Congressman Randy Forbes and backed by thirty-one other Representatives.
This is an insidious attempt by the radical Christian right to rewrite American history, to turn the founding fathers from deists into Christian fundamentalists, to proclaim us officially to be a Christian nation.
If you want to know why Mike Huckabee is dangerous, why his brand of right-wing Christian populism is so frightening, you should read this resolution.

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The Untied States of America

Most Likely to Secede
by Christopher Ketcham
Increasingly, I have no fealty to the U.S. government. This has nothing to do with George Bush, bogeyman of the Left, the war in Iraq, or Halliburton, and everything to do with the reasonable assessment that the United States is too big for its own good. Too big in its 300 million people to be represented by 550 mostly millionaire men (not women) in a far-off swamp called Washington, D.C. I therefore have stopped calling myself a U.S. citizen.

I prefer to be called a Brooklynite or a Moabite, after the two places I call home— Brooklyn, New York, and Moab, Utah—which to me are part of the same nation only in name and only by the force of outmoded institutions.
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