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Clay Bennett | Predjudice and Bogotry / AmericanProgress.org

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Three defeated Democrats have some advice for their party and the nation

Last week (Nov 28-Dec 4) , columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. sat down with three House Democrats who were defeated in November to get their sense of what the election means for the future and how the president should respond.

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E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

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From Ohio, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy describes "the worry, the anguish and sometimes despair" among her constituents and urges President Obama to spend more time with people who don't make "six-figure incomes."

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From Pennsylvania, Rep. Joe Sestak says Americans are angry at a government that failed to guard them against economic catastrophe.

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And from Virginia, Rep. Tom Perriello suggests that voters are less interested in "bipartisanship" than "postpartisanship." He explains: "What they're looking for is someone who solves the problem, not for a solution that happens to be half way between the two parties."

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JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, The Patsies that Didn’t 


Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: James Fetzer, McKnight Professor Emeritus in the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota Duluth,  taught logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning for 35 years.

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James Fetzer, voltairenet.org

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary Kohls

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Victory in California: RFK greets supporters in the Embassy Ballroom, Ambassador Hotel, in Los Angeles, on June 5, 1968. (Photo: Bill Eppridge)

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 42 years ago in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Largely overshadowed by the death of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, the official account of RFK’s tragic end, allegedly shot down by a lone gunman, like his brother, has received vastly less attention. In both instances, we are looking at staged events that fit into a recurrent pattern in U.S. and world history where innocent individuals (or “patsies”) are baited and framed for cover-up purposes. Professor James H. Fetzer, an expert in the scientific study of assassinations, provides a sketch of how we know what happened to them and why, where RFK’s assassination was in part intended to prevent a reinvestigation into his brother’s death.

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A persistent myth of American history is that lone assassins were responsible for the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Francis Kennedy. But four of the Lincoln conspirators were hanged from the same gallows at the same time [1]. On June 5, 1968, after RFK won the Democratic primary in California, he was shot down as he passed through the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. The official account maintains that he was taken out by a lone, demented gunman, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian who had written, “RFK must die!”, over and over in a notebook. Like the lone, demented gunman accused of assassinating his brother, John, both murders were products of conspiracies, where Sirhan Sirhan, like Lee Harvey Oswald, was designated as the patsy.

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The Real Threat to America

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  • When a government has a right to invade the bodies of its citizens, security has trumped freedom.
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  • The Fourth Amendment [of the US Constitution] : “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
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Roger Cohen, New York Times | NY

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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Roger Cohen | Damon Winter/New York Times

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The full-body scanners and intrusive pat-downs that are fast becoming the norm at U.S. airports — just in time for Thanksgiving! — do at least provide the answer to what should be done with Osama bin Laden if he’s ever captured: Rotate him in perpetuity through this security hell, “groin checks” and all.

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He’ll crumple fast and wonder that 19 young guys in four planes could so warp the nervous system of the world’s most powerful nation that it has empowered zealous bureaucrats to trample on the liberties for which Americans give thanks this week.

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Coleen Rowley writes in her message submitting the above article:

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The Rape-Scan fear-mongering has worked so well that several people—I won’t name names—on my “peace list” (whom I had assumed had a little more understanding and resistance to such base utilitarian manipulation), have responded that they are just happy the government is using the naked scans and patdowns to keep them “safe”, that I am making a mountain out of a mole hill about this little bit of humiliating-degrading forced nakedness and why don’t I drop it. 

Interestingly, Bush’s polls are also soaring back up to the vicinity of Obama’s.

Perhaps the most distressing realization that has sunk in these last years is just how susceptible Americans are to the use of fear-hate-greed-false pride and blind loyalty propaganda.  Bush not only got 70% of us to believe that Iraq was behind 9-11 but 7 years later, a large percentage (all those down in Texas buying Bush’s book—so 50%?) still believe it.  Something like 60% in the U.S. now believe torture works to save lives and so they support use of waterboarding and other forms of torture.  (Klobuchar told our group on Tuesday that there’s nothing she can do to stop the use of torture.)  

If 80% of a population is so malleable as to be willing to strip themselves naked and to watch and cheer as their own sons are killed in far-off lands for no good reason, to watch their bridges crumble, school weeks be cut to 4 days, thousands die for lack of health care, etc, 70 year old leaders of peace groups be targeted under the Patriot Act, ½ million reports of war atrocities posted by WikiLeaks go into a black hole, I really cannot fathom of anything that can cut through the state control so perfectly exerted on Americans by its governmental fear-hate-greed-false pride-blind loyalty propaganda.  The fear-hate-greed-etc has us all blindly marching in line to the end of the cliff just like that old “Lemmings<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYP1Tjgt1Ao>” ad. 

But maybe I exaggerate.  Perhaps there is still something that would cause Americans to get alarmed—what would happen if the government decided to reduce the Christmas shopping season or censure the “Super Bowl”?!  

Coleen R.

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The Folly of Attacking Iran

A pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has long been on the wish list of American conservatives and the government of Israel. Now we learn, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments have also been clicking on the "Like" button.

Steve Chapman, Creators Syndicate

War on Iran: Israel wants it. Various Arab rulers want it. The Obama administration has not ruled it out. It may be inevitable, and it could come any time.

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Hello? A U.S. attack on a Middle Eastern country that has not attacked us and poses no threat to our security, out of panic over alleged weapons of mass destruction? Haven't we tried that, and didn't we learn anything about starting wars we don't know how to end?

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A pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has long been on the wish list of American conservatives and the government of Israel. Now we learn, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments have also been clicking on the "Like" button.

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