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Will The US Succumb To Another Bout of Usanity?

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Usanity is like a weaponized version of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome. #OfficerGoFuckYourself has clear symptoms of both conditions. But Usanity is broader and more profound. Usanity is that syndrome which grips an entire diverse nation, the most heavily armed on the planet, and turns it into that cop with his rolling eyes and gun pointed: “I will fucking kill you!” 

Kieran Kelly, Countercurrents.org

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%23OfficerGoFuckYourself.jpg26 August, 2014 | A white male in a uniform brandishes an assault rifle, pointing it directly at peaceful protesters and journalists: “I will fucking kill you!” When asked his name, he responds “Go fuck yourself” earning himself the hashtag #OfficerGoFuckYourself.

No one threatens the policeman, but his stance and his wide eyes betray his hyper-alert state. People stroll behind him without offering any sign of confrontation, but his adrenaline is pumping. He is in the grips of Usanity, and for him the world is suddenly full of threats and offenses.

Kieran Kelly blogs at On Genocide.

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Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

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August 17th, 2014 | Bernie Sanders ends his recent column “Let’s Stand Together” with this piece of advice: “Let’s not be fooled.”

Quite right. Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.

Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.

Thomas Scott Tucker is a writer and a democratic socialist. His book of essays, “The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy,” was published by South End Press (July 1, 1999).

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
  • Right-wing “populism” is a joke!
  • Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal
  • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
  • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
  • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness,
  • The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014
  • Totally Nuts

 

 

 

Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Right-wing “populism” is a joke!
    • Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal
    • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
    • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
    • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
    • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness,
    • The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014
    • Totally Nuts

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Right-wing “populism” is a joke! Heather Digby Parton, Salon

  • From Sarah Palin to Pat Buchanan, here's what it really means when they speak to "the American worker"
  • Poor-bashing, immigrant-hating and a revolting agenda
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums

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Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal, Henry A. Giroux, Rise Up Times

  • That is, there are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.  . . . nonthinking is even more dangerous.   —Hannah Arendt 
  • Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway. As long as it doesn’t break off, thinking has a secure hold on possibility.  . . . Open thinking points beyond itself.  —Theodor Adorno
  • Age of Ignorance

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At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party, Ted Rall, AlterNet

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

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Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpgTrying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Evergreene Digest

  • Anyone who honestly reads Howard Zinn, Martin Luther King, Noam Chomsky, and  Chris Hedges can’t help but become disillusioned with America’s history and the massive propaganda by which the vast majority of us Americans have been duped into sometimes very sincerely believing that the US is the new shining light of the world, working courageously and endlessly for justice and peace.
  • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com
  • Since the days of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – a crass appeal to angry pro-segregationist whites – the Republican Party has descended into a political nastiness that has corroded the foundations of American democracy.
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014, Compiled by David Culver<evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking
  • Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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Totally Nuts, Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic

  • Let's not try to figure out everything at once / It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky
  • The National, from their song “Fake Empire”
  • America dumbs down

 

 

Monte Wolverton | *Vu JaDe in Iraq / www.truthdig.com

 

*"The feeling we've been here before" -- George Carlin

 

Monte Wolverton | *Vu JaDe in Iraq /  www.truthdig.com

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Have They No Shame? August 11, 2014

  • 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: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions
  • Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'
  • Ignorance Uncensored

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions

1. How many troops should we have left in Iraq?

2. How long is long enough?

3. Should troops have stayed in Iraq without a status of forces agreement?

4. Would U.S. troops try to retake Mosul and Fallujah? You want another Battle of Fallujah?

Shadee AshtariHuffington Post 

n-JOHN-MCCAIN-large570.jpg08/12/2014 | Soon after authorizing targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from lawmakers and pundits blaming the unfolding crisis on the Obama administration's 2012 decision to withdraw combat troops from the region.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an outspoken Iraq hawk, appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday criticizing Obama's strategy against the Islamic State, previously called ISIS, as overly cautious.

Shadee Ashtari is a senior at UCLA majoring in Communications with a minor in Political Science. At the Burkle Center, Shadee is an editor and writer for The Generation. 

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Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'

(Yet) research published last (2013) year found that suicide rates tend to be higher in states that vote Republican and have a higher rate of gun ownership.

Ed MazzaHuffington Post

/Robin_Williams.jpg08/13/2014 | Rush Limbaugh seems to think he knows why Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide earlier this week -- and it's because unhappiness is an attitude of the political left.

The leftist attitude is "one of pessimism and darkness, sadness -- they're never happy, are they?" Limbaugh said on Tuesday's broadcast of his radio show. "They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry." 

Ed Mazza: Overnight Editor at the Huffington Post, San Francisco Bay Area.

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Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

 

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