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Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: Wingnuts’ anti-child disgrace: From Murrieta to Oracle, America’s worst at it again
  • Part 2: Michelle Bachmann Just Compared Child Immigrants to Rapists


Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Wingnuts’ anti-child disgrace: From Murrieta to Oracle, America’s worst at it again

The GOP sheriff accused of threatening an ex with deportation foments protest -- to scare away immigrant children

Joan Walsh, Salon

/immigration_protest.jpgDemonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California July 1, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Sam Hodgson)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Waving yellow Gadsden flags and looking like refugees from Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch, dozens of immigration opponents have amassed on a local road in Oracle, Arizona, to block the expected transfer of 40 undocumented children from Central America to a nearby juvenile detention facility. So far the group, which includes members of the “patriot”/wingnut Arizona State Militia, has only blocked a bus carrying kids from a local YMCA. Like their friends in Murrieta, California, the Oracle heroes think the proper way to protest U.S. immigration policy is to threaten young children.

Their leader, Robert Skiba, previewed his plans to Breitbart News on Sunday. “We’ve got to wake people in America up,” the 85-year-old veteran declared. “This is our country. We’re just average people. [But] we’re not going to let them shove this down our throats … I’m used to controversy of all kinds, and people need leadership, and I’m going to provide them with leadership.”

Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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Part 2: Michelle Bachmann Just Compared Child Immigrants to Rapists

Outgoing Minnesota Republican Rep. and Tea-Party nutjob Michele Bachmann (R-MN) left viewers of a CNN debate in stunned silence on Tuesday, after referring to child immigrants as “invaders” and linking them to rape.

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Addicting Info

July 16, 2014 | “Foreign nationals that have come into the United States are between 300- to 500,000,” Bachmann told an incredulous Crossfire co-host Van Jones. “My heart is broken for a female college student in Minnesota who was raped, murdered and mutilated by a foreign national who came into our country. We had a school bus full of kids in Minnesota — four children were killed on that school bus because an illegal alien driving a van went into that schoolbus.”

Host Van Jones picks Bachmann up on her comments immediately:

“There are lines that can’t be crossed here,” Jones responded. “I’m sorry, congresswoman. Are you gonna scapegoat children for the crime of this despicable person?”

Kerry-Anne Mendoza is a writer and activist. After a career as a management consultant holding senior positions in Banking, Health and Local Government - she gave it all up to live in a tent at Occupy London and has been writing ever since. She is based in the UK.

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

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  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza

    Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  

    Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller 

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    ISRAEL-2-articleLarge.jpgSunday, 13 July 2014 | The horror of Israel’s latest slaughter in Gaza speaks for itself — despite the mountainous flow of media sludge designed to obscure the reality of the aggression. Even the New York Times has been forced to print a few stories about the high number of civilian deaths being caused by the Israeli assault on the “Warsaw Ghetto” they have made of Gaza, noting the hospitals and mosques and private homes where dozens of innocent people have been blown to pieces by Israel’s weaponry (much of it American-made).

    Israel has imprisoned the people of Gaza in a stateless limbo while carefully controlling almost every aspect of their lives, including what medicines they can have, what manufacturing and building materials they are allowed and even, at times, 
    how much food they are allowed to eat to keep the population weakened but just above malnutrition levels. This brutal regimen in daily life is of course punctuated with regular night raids, bombings,  kidnappings, “disappearings” and almost weekly civilians deaths at the hands of Israeli overseers. This has gone on year after year. Yet Western media — and Western politicians — are presenting a picture of a nuclear-armed, American-backed ultra-militarist Israel “under siege” from a handful of ineffective rockets fired by factions in Gaza which are answering violence with violence.

    Chris Floyd is an American writer living in the UK. 

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    The Bombing of Gaza, LUV, Liberty Underground 

     

    "I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

     

     

Popular Resistance FCC Comments: The Internet Is A Common Carrier

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  • Popular Resistance urges the FCC to reclassify the Internet Under Title II as a Common Carrier so real net neutrality rules can be put in place and we can be assured that the Internet will remain an Open Internet with equal access for all and no discrimination. Only in this way can the full potential of the Internet be realized.
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgTake Action Now as the time for public comments is running out. We ask you to sign onto the Popular Resistance formal comments to the FCC published below.  We will file it on July 15.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgJuly 10th, 2014 | This is not the time for expedience or for working within the confines of what is perceived as politically possible. This rulemaking is about the future of the most important communication tool in history. The Internet already has tremendous economic, social, cultural and political impact and will have an even greater impact in all of those areas in the future.

It is time to decide what is right for the Internet, what is necessary to make the Internet the most effective tool possible for humanity. When the FCC defines what is necessary for the future of communication, then what is politically possible will change. As the FCC can see from the hundreds of thousands of comments it has received, people will rally and mobilize to protect the Internet. If the FCC takes effective action to serve the public’s interest, it will have more political power than it currently perceives.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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The Deteriorating Economic Outlook

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  • The first quarter contraction, especially our corrected number, implies a second quarter negative real GDP. In other words, the years of Quantitative Easing (money printing) by the Federal Reserve has not resulted in economic recovery from the 2008 downturn and has not prevented further contraction.
  • The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day

Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams, Institute for Political Economy

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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Graph2-729x528.jpg July 8, 2014 | The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter contraction was dismissed by those speculating in equities as weather related, as stock averages rose with the bad news.

Stock market participants might be in for a second quarter surprise. The result of many years of changes made to the official inflation measures is a substantially understated inflation rate. John Williams (www.shadowstats.com) provides inflation estimates based on previous official methodology when the Consumer Price Index still represented the cost of a constant standard of living. The 1.26% inflation measure used to deflate first quarter nominal GDP is unrealistic, as Americans who make purchases are aware.

John Williams, an expert on government economic statistics, has been a private consulting economist for more than thirty years. 

Dave Kranzler has years of experience in financial markets. 

Paul Craig Roberts is an economist and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy.

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Related:

The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day, Thom Hartmann, OpEdNews

  • How our corporate overlords are setting us up to fail (again)
  • While profits soar, wages continue to stagnate and anti-tax zealots gut the safety net — a recipe for disaster.
  • America's Economic Crisis, June 30, 2014

 

 

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Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

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  • Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable.
  • Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business

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Jul 11, 2014 | This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Guests, in order of appearance: Talia Inlender, Jim Gray, Dennis Kucinich and Anna Clark.

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Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big businessDavid SirotaSalon

  • Support on the left for Export-Import Bank shows GOP isn't the only party tailoring policy to business interests.
  • "The only difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the speed they get to their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." --Ralph Nader 
  • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

 

 

Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business

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  • Support on the left for Export-Import Bank shows GOP isn't the only party tailoring policy to business interests.
  • "The only difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the speed they get to their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." --Ralph Nader 
  • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

David Sirota, Salon

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Bribery.jpg Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 | In politics, as the old saying goes, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies – there are only permanent interests. Few policy debates prove that truism as well as the one now brewing over the Export-Import Bank – a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations.

This tale starts 15 years ago when my old boss, U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, was trying to construct a left-right coalition to reform the bank. While a few libertarians were willing to voice free-market criticism of the bank, the impetus for reform was primarily among Democrats and the left. Indeed, Sanders’ failed 2002 amendment proposing to restrict the bank’s subsidies garnered only 22 Republican votes but had 111 Democratic backers – mostly progressive legislators who, in the words of Sanders, saw the Ex-Im Bank program as “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.” 

David Sirota is a staff writer at PandoDaily and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future."

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Related:

Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue, John V. Walsh, Counterpunch

  • Doves Darken the Sky as They Take Flight From Democratic Party
  • The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again
  • Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq

 

 

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