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The War On Truth

the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive.

just a few important snippets:

*........... as trillions of dollars have poured into the nation’s new homeland security-industrial complex, the corporate leaders at its vanguard can rightly be considered the true winners of the war on terror.”

* “There is an entire class of wealthy company owners, corporate executives, and investors who have gotten rich by enabling the American government to turn to the dark side. But they have done so quietly. . . . The new quiet oligarchs just keep making money. . . . They are the beneficiaries of one of the largest transfers of wealth from public to private hands in American history.”

* “The United States is now relearning an ancient lesson, dating back to the Roman Empire. Brutalizing an enemy only serves to brutalize the army ordered to do it. Torture corrodes the mind of the torturer.”

* “Of all the abuses America has suffered at the hands of the government in its endless war on terror, possibly the worst has been the war on truth. On the one hand, the executive branch has vastly expanded what it wants to know: something of a vast gathering of previously private truths. On the other hand, it has ruined lives to stop the public from gaining any insight into its dark arts, waging a war on truth. It all began at the NSA.”

lots more here:

“The View From Sarah Palin’s Porch Just Got More Fabulous.”

Federal court rules Alaska's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, paving way for marriage equality. Featured photo: Composite (Background image with Alaska scenery)


"Done. Done. Done." Ann Romney: "Done Completely-Not only Mitt & I are done, but the kids are done”

On another matter that has been the subject of much political babbling lately — a potential third run for president by her husband — Ann Romney was happy to wave off the possibility.

“Done,” she said. “Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done,” she said, referring to her five sons. “Done. Done. Done.”

Asked whether there were any circumstances under which she would encourage the former Massachusetts governor to attempt another run — or if she would support him if he wanted to run — she said she hadn't “been pushed to that point mentally,” but that they would make the decision together.

She reeled off a long list of what she called “really interesting” potential Republican contenders, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and her husband’s 2012 choice for vice president, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin.

“We’re going to see a nice field shake out.”


"I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. Okay?"

Bonus Quote of the Day

"I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. Okay? I would be bored to death. Could you imagine me banging around that chamber with 99 other people -- asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it."

-- Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by Business Insider.

Hey NBC, Fire Chuck Todd Today.

Somebody's getting an invitation to the RNC Christmas party:

A new ad by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features NBC "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say in a recent interview if she voted for President Barack Obama.

A new ad by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features NBC "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say in a recent interview if she voted for President Barack Obama.

The stumble last week led to pushback for Grimes, who is polling neck and neck with the Senate Republican leader


Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!


Vatican Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same Sex Couples

Source: Huffington Post

(Reuters) - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.

The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself to find "a fraternal space" for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony.

While the text did not signal any change in the Church's condemnation of homosexual acts or its opposition to gay marriage, it used language that was less judgmental and more compassionate than past Vatican statements under previous popes.

The document will be the basis for discussion for the second and final week of the assembly, known as a synod, which was called by Pope Francis and focuses on the theme of the family.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/catholic-church-gays-_n_5976134.html

Columbus Day

Bush and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Interesting read.

Bush and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Interesting read.

But most of the money they threw at us was bioterrorism
money. And I do mean they threw it at us. We had so much bioterrorism
money (BT) that most large health departments (which are largely local
animals -- city-run or county-run) formed whole sections in their
departments, fully staffed and rolling in money such that the staff
couldn't even spend fast enough.

And this for a problem that didn't exist, of course.
There was no bioterrorism.

But we did use the money wisely, on emergency
planning and resourcing. Every public health worker was trained in
emergency management. Our public health lab was expanded and highly
improved. And of course as you know, California has earthquakes, so we
broadened the emergency management training protocols to include natural
disasters, which are infinitely more likely than a massive bioterrorism
attack, I'm sure every sane person would agree.

That massive public health response to the Bird Flu
in 2009? That was due to the expansive program of emergency management
across the US almost entirely funded by bioterrorism money. So
ultimately the money didn't go to waste.

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