Monthly Archives: March 2013

Don’t know much about history: Waterboarding is torture

My ire is piqued today by this report out of the Washington Post. In 2005, a woman working in a senior capacity for CIA Clandestine Operations took it upon herself to sign off on the destruction of videotape the agency had made of what critics have described as ‘torture’. It almost certainly includes waterboarding. That […]

Unemployment drags on

A pair of articles recently in the Huffington Post about unemployment. The first was about Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve, and its prediction that unemployment will stay above 6.5% for the next two years at least. The Fed thus sees no good reason to raise interest rates. Parenthetically, the lousy returns on savings and CD’s are […]

Bradley Manning and our helicopter attack memory hole

I’m just remembering how horrifying this scene in Charlie Wilson’s War was when I saw it in a movie theater. Now that we’ve seen the Wikileaks video of the Apache attacks on civilians, can somebody please tell me how we can pretend we’re more moral than the Soviets?

Heading down south

Purely personal. Down to clean out the last of my father’s things from his home in Virginia.  Hardly a joy ride, and I break out in hives on trips south. While my parents weren’t physically able to do much for most of their retirement (thanks to tobacco), they didn’t have much to worry about in […]

Nova faulted for failing to disclose funder’s interest in drones

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
NOVA faulted for failing to disclose funder’s interest in drones By Elizabeth Jensen  Current.org, March 18, 2013 Editor’s Notes:  If you have not seen it, this PBS program is an extremely slick propaganda piece for the use of military drones, those that carry the bombs and are being used…

Iraq at ten years out

A quick look at the Calendar (I HAVE been kind of busy lately) tells me we’re at the ten-year anniversary of the regrettable decision by our last president to go to war with people who had NOTHING to do with 9/11. On the Sunday before the war, my former church (Washington Square United Methodist Church) […]

Don’t know much about history–Stories I told you about first

Back in January, I posted a story here  about the LBJ Library’s release of information about the theft of the 1968 Presidential election. Specifically, I was reporting that the information released confirmed that Richard Nixon sabotaged the Paris Peace Talks in 1968 in order to win the election. He sent information via intermediaries to the […]