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The Criminal Class in Washington is Bipartisan

  • Both sides support corporate interests, imperial wars, and the divine right of capital to exploit workers, plunder resources, control markets, and rule unchallenged. Beneficial social change, independent voices, and electoral democracy lose out under a rigged system against them.
  • Supreme Court Decisions Give License to Millionaires, Billionaires, and Corporations to Buy Elections and Corrupt the Process

Stephen Lendman, OpEdNews

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Inside the Beltway, it's evident daily. The political news website Capitol Hill Blue says "Nobody's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session or the White House is occupied."

Electoral politics also highlights its clear and present danger. It involves rogue politicians competing to be part of Washington's corrupted duopoly run system - especially the top job as president.

Both sides support corporate interests, imperial wars, and the divine right of capital to exploit workers, plunder resources, control markets, and rule unchallenged. Beneficial social change, independent voices, and electoral democracy lose out under a rigged system against them.\

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Supreme Court Decisions Give License to Millionaires, Billionaires, and Corporations to Buy Elections and Corrupt the Process, Emergency Labor Network (ELN)
The growing democracy crisis isn't at its core about who's been elected or unelected or what laws have been enacted or not enacted. It's about the undemocratic nature of what's considered constitutional - the very ground rules of our political and economic system.

 

Why the Right Wing is Wrong When it Comes to Sex

If prescribing to dogmatic absolutes worked, then the most conservative Christian red states wouldn’t have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, divorce and porn consumption.
 
Lara Riscol, AlterNet

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From the beginning I knew I was being bad. Between mooning over Aquaman and fantasizing about stealing Speed Racer away from Trixie, new ways of coupling danced warm and fuzzy in my childhood head. When my dad would tuck me into the bunk bed I shared with my brother, he’d wish me sweet dreams of ice cream and Disneyland. I’d close my 7-year-old eyes, nod, and picture yummier treats of my latest crush. One high-mileage scenario involved me as the sexy space alien who Captain Kirk ultimately conquered. I’d vary skin colors, adornments of allure and spirited resistance, but always end up in the sweaty brutish embrace of the manliest man in the universe.

One night when a senior in high school, washing dishes with my mom, I asked her when it was okay to have sex. I had decided to never be a wife or mother, since from what I could see both meant the death of who you are and whatever dreams of becoming more. But the push and pull I played with boys at school had become more urgent, so I tried for parental guidance.

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Obama More Conservative Than Reagan?

  • If you're going by the records, and want fiscal restraint, you'd be crazy at this point to back a Republican, without examining the fine print in extreme detail.
  • Dear Ronald Reagan: Thanks for Wrecking America

Andrew Sullivan, Daily Beast

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This is the kind of reality  that makes Sean Hannity's head explode. So far, the GOP candidates have been running against a fictional president with a fictional record. Obama didn't campaign to increase government spending, but inheriting what was in the final quarter of 2008 an annualized contraction of 9 percent of GDP, he opted for a stimulus. That accounts for much of the spending.

I know we are supposed - along with Fox News - to have total amnesia about the spending record of George W. Bush, who had nothing like the recession Obama inherited to counter. But there it is. Along with the fact that of the last seven presidents, the top three spenders are all Republicans.

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Dear Ronald Reagan: Thanks for Wrecking America, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.
  • Selling the ‘Supply-Side’ Myth
  • Reagan Insider Stockman: 'GOP Destroyed US Economy'
     

The False Debate About Attacking Iran

  • There is no debate on this issue. The consensus is firm that attacking Iran is a very bad idea.
  • Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran
  • Kucinich to Congress: We're Being Lied Into Another Iraq in Iran

Nicholas D. Kristoff, New York (NY) Times

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I wonder if we in the news media aren’t inadvertently leaving the impression that there is a genuine debate among experts about whether an Israeli military strike on Iran makes sense this year.

There really isn’t such a debate. Or rather, it’s the same kind of debate as the one about climate change — credible experts are overwhelmingly on one side.
Here’s what a few of them told me.

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Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran: Week of March 11, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.
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  • Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?
  • Israel vs. Iran: The Truth Slips Out
  • Iran: This Is What Propaganda Looks Like
  • A Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
  • Kucinich to Congress: We're Being Lied Into Another Iraq in Iran
  • Iran: Drums of War Beating Louder

Kucinich to Congress: We're Being Lied Into Another Iraq in Iran, David Swanson, War Is A Crime

  • "Are they (Iran) trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No." -Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today (Feb 3) sent the following message to his colleagues in Congress.
 See video here.
  • ABC's Iran Propaganda
  • How the Media Is Taking Us Toward War With Iran
     

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