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Veteran on ‘American Sniper’: The Lies Chris Kyle Told Are Less Dangerous Than the Lies He Believed

Enough about Chris Kyle. Let’s focus our anger against the authorities and the institutions that craft the lies that the Chris Kyles of the world believe,

Chris Kyle didn’t view Iraq like me and Garett, but neither of us have attacked him for it. He’s not the problem. We don’t care about the lies that Chris Kyle may or may not have told. They don’t matter. We care about the lies that Chris Kyle believed. The lie that Iraq was culpable for September 11. The lie that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The lie that people do evil things because they are evil.

Chris Kyle was like so many soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He believed in doing the right thing and was willing to give his life for it. That trait that drives many veterans is a truly special one I wish we all had. Was Kyle wrong that the Iraq War had anything to do with September 11, protecting Americans, seizing weapons of mass destruction, or liberating Iraqis? Without a doubt. But that’s what he was told and he genuinely believed it — an important insight into how good people are driven to work for bad causes. Was Kyle wrong for calling Iraqis “savages”? Of course. In one interview, he admits that Iraqis probably view him as a “savage,” but that in war he needed to dehumanize people to kill them — another important insight into how humans tolerate killing, which was left out of the movie.

So enough about Chris Kyle. Let’s talk about Cooper and Hall, and the culture industry that recycles propagandistic fiction under the guise of a “true story.” And let’s focus our anger and our organizing against the authorities and the institutions that craft the lies that the Chris Kyles of the world believe, that have created a trail of blowback leading from dumb war to dumb war, and that have sent 2.5 million veterans to fight a “war on terror” that persists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Pakistan. Critics and nonviolent organizers can be sheepdogs too.


There Are Far Fewer Terror Attacks Now Than In the 1970s

Putting the Terror Threat In Perspective

The terror threat is greatly exaggerated. After all, the type of counter-terror experts who frequently appear on the mainstream news are motivated to hype the terror threat, because it drums up business for them.

Indeed, you’re now much more likely to be killed by brain-eating parasites, texting while driving, toddlers, lightning, falling out of bed, alcoholism, food poisoning, a financial crash, obesity, medical errors or “autoerotic asphyxiation” than by terrorists.

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Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech --- Joe Biden is among those not committed

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech
Joe Biden is among those not committed to attending the Israeli prime minister’s address to Congress.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman
2/3/15 8:09 PM EST
Updated 2/4/15 1:02 PM EST


Vice President Joe Biden won’t commit to attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress next month.

He’s not the only one.

Dozens of House Democrats are privately threatening to skip the March 3 address, according to lawmakers and aides, in what’s become the lowest point of a relationship between the Israeli prime minister and President Barack Obama that’s never been good.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/democrats-might-skip-benjamin-netanyahu-speech-114891.html#ixzz3QoOTEu2A


"Mothers For Drunk Driving"

Robert Reich Gives Jeb A "Thumbs Down"

Robert Reich

Jeb Bush gives his first presidential campaign-like speech today in Detroit, focusing on improving the economic standing of the majority of Americans who have been left behind in the recovery, arguing the economic recovery has bypassed the middle class and is holding back those stuck in poverty. Last month he said Americans are "frustrated to see a small portion of the population on the economy’s up escalator. Portfolios are strong, but paychecks are weak.”

He's right. But will he call for higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy to finance better schools for everyone else’s kids? Higher taxes on corporations to pay for upgrading the nation’s infrastructure? Eliminating payroll taxes on the first $15,000 of income, and raising the cap on income subjected to Social Security? Clamping down on Wall Street by resurrecting Glass-Steagall and busting up the big banks? Making it easier for workers to form trade unions? Raising taxes on corporations with high ratios of CEO pay to average worker pay (and lowering them on corporations with low ratios)?

We'll see. But don’t hold your breath.


That Bird Has My Wings: An Acrostic Pantoum About Death Row Prisoner Jarvis Jay Masters

That Bird Has My Wings

By Carolyne Wright

Just look at that gull soaring over the yard,
All its feathers bright in the unfettered sun. It
Reminds me this prison’s not my home. My thoughts
Veer aloft with that bird’s wings. My wings.

Its feathers are bright in the unshackled sun. Its
Solitary flight shows me my destiny—
Just soar me aloft with that bird’s wings. My wings.
All season they lift me in breeze over the bay, and say

“Your solitary flight shows that your destiny
Marks the edge of many human circles.” Wings,
Always lift me in breeze over the bay, to say
“Stay your hand, that bird has my wings.”

They mark the edge of many human circles
Entering this prison, not my home, where my heart
Reminds me: Hand, stay — that bird has my wings.
So lift up your eyes to him, soaring over the yard.

Author’s Note: Jarvis Jay Masters (born 1962) is an African-American on death row in San Quentin. He arrived there in 1981, convicted of armed robbery, and was moved to death row after being convicted of taking part in the murder of a prison guard. In prison he has become a Buddhist and has written a book, “That Bird Has My Wings: Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row.” The title comes from an incident that took place in the prison yard while Masters was thinking about life outside. Another inmate began to throw something at a sea gull, and Masters, without thinking, put out his hand to stop him. The other inmate angrily demanded to know why, and Masters replied, “I did that because that bird has my wings.” The other man was so startled by this unexpected reply that he did not retaliate. Other prisoners, who had gathered around hoping to see a fight, began to laugh, and tension was broken.

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LBJ: "If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he ..."

If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.


...the more things change...


'In other words-black people' Obama said, paraphrasing Romney"-That's what he thinks THIS was about"

Obama shocked, 'slightly irritated' by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod

The president claimed his GOP opponent insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by the presidential campaign strategist.

President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.

Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes.

The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.

"'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. "That's what he thinks this was all about."


Jon Stewart: 'There’s no red America-there’s no blue America-there’s just a needlessly sick America'

You may ask, why is measles—a disease that had effectively been eradicated through vaccination—suddenly back? Well, like most things, you can blame it on science-denying affluent California liberals.

This is Marin County, They’re not rednecks. They’re not ignorant. They practice a mindful stupidity.

Look, California—if your crazy wellness ideas only affected you, I’d be fine with that. Have all the fair-trade organic espresso enemas you want. That’s just something between you and what I assume is your incredibly awake and rearing-to-go rectum. But your choice puts other people in jeopardy. Just ask a doctor about how necessary vaccines are.

(Cuts to Rand Paul)

Oh, for fuck’s sake. Perhaps we should not have asked Dr. Rand Paul, who’s heard things. He’s star of the hit medical drama Dr. Paul, Anecdote Man. “I’ve heard of typhoid cases cured by shitting in the water we drink, so, you know.” But you know what?

But you know what? This is very interesting. Vaccine ignorance seems to have created strange hospital bedfellows, uniting the fringe of left and right. You know, it makes me realize there’s no red America, there’s not blue America, there’s just a needlessly sick America. Which reminds me—what does Barack Obama think about this?

“You should get your kids vaccinated.”

Oh no! You can’t say that! ....“Obama can pry measles from my cold, dead hands.”


This is a tough thing. Many years ago we had a guy on the show who was talking about vaccines and all that and it’s easy to get swept up in the passion of it but I did research and I made a choice for my kids. You vaccinate. The science is clear on it. And the only reason we’re having this discussion is because of how well vaccines have worked. And they only work when we all do them.


Mike Huckabee is right about gay marriage

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