History Repeating Itself

H.P. Albarelli – A Terrible MistakeDocs

My favorite is page 11.

Anti-War Protester Raids

While I tend to believe the FBI when they say that the raids are about connections to terrorism and not use of free speech, this also has all the earmarks of bad intel… exceedingly bad. Undoubtedly it is coming from corporate partners who just cannot find enough real bogeymen to keep the bottom line in the black.

Everytime the US has intervened in a foreign country and attempted to remove the “bad guys”, our “allies” wind up using the opportunity to get revenge on their enemies or remove business competitors by spreading BS about them. If we’re falling for this s*** at home now too, we are f***ing done.

Further, this will increase the trust gap between law enforcement and the public. Without public trust and cooperation, law enforcement cannot do its job.

I’m trying to reserve judgment, but this seems all too familiar even to a poor student of history.

Keyboard of Newt

Twenty years and it’s only gotten worse:

”Sick.” ”Traitors.” ”Bizarre.” ”Self-serving.” ”Shallow.” ”Corrupt.” ”Pathetic.” ”Shame.” The group that urged political candidates to use these epithets has since regretted suggesting the word ”traitors,” in response to inquiries from the press. But the others were allowed to stand; they appear in a glossary that a conservative Republican group recently mailed to Republican state legislative candidates.

The group is Gopac, the G.O.P. Political Action Committee. Its general chairman is Representative Newt Gingrich. With the pamphlet, ”Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,” comes a letter from Mr. Gingrich himself. Its message to candidates: Step up invective. Use words like these to describe opponents. These words work.

NYTimes OpEd: The Politics of Slash and Burn

Disturbing Timeline

1993 – First WTC Attack

1996 – Al Qaeda attempts to assassinate Bill Clinton.

1997 – UNOCAL (United Oil Co.) builds a pipeline training facility near OBL’s camp. They meet with the Taliban on numerous occasions in both the US and Afghanistan. (Amazon book link).

1998 – Embassy bombings by Al Qaeda.

2000 – USS Cole is attacked by suicide bombers.

One of these things is not like the others…

Bulls*** Meter

It’s the 1990’s. I’m told by a rep of the fireproofing supplier that 2″ is as good as 4″; that 1/2″ is as good as 2″. In questioning this logic, I actually make the rep nearly cry.

To confirm his BS explanation I call the lab where these tests are done, the standards are set. He say, “No way.”

Same engineer calls me back a few days later to say he was wrong. As I try to go through the formulae to get him to explain it, he says, “No. You don’t understand. I was wrong.”

“Ah. I see,” I say.

But I don’t. Not until 2001.

Mouth of Newt

Newt Calls Dem a Soviet

This is typical neocon call your opponent what you are at your worst. Practically a cliche at this point.

Here’s why the argument fails. 17% to 33% of the average paycheck in 12 years. How is that not like taxation without representation? If the neocon/GOP/teabaggy leadership had their way, we’d just hand over our paychecks to their corporate backers.

Time for the GOP to be reminded who the boss is.

Pants on Fire

Bachmann says those who fear the tea party movement are afraid of Thomas Jefferson.

The GOP and it’s stealth wing the Teabaggers are not Jeffersonian. They’re not even Hamiltonian. They’re Burrian.