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Randall Enos | The Royal Yawn / media.caglecartoons.com

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The Royal Wedding Is a "Class" Act

With real wages stagnating and prices rising, many Americans feel they are going backward. But there’s no need to go all the way back to 1775. So when the bells are chiming and the bride blushing, let’s wish the individuals well and the monarchy ill. The royals are a class act. And that is precisely the problem.

Gary Younge, Nation Magazine

Before a lunch of pigs’ feet and pickled eggs in Montgomery, Alabama, I was asked to bless the table. The request had come after my hostess’s passionate plea to put more God in the schools and her praise for Britain, where an established church ensured that everybody got some kind of religious education. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that although those lessons were compulsory, they were also considered something of a joke and that I now consider myself a lapsed agnostic (I used to not know, but then I just stopped caring), so I smiled and nodded. But when the call for a blessing received no response my cover was blown.

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“I don’t know how,” I told her.

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Treating me as an object of extreme pity, she said, “If that’s all school prayer taught you, smart as you are, then I guess we can do without it.”

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Pornographic War Gazing: Why We Don't Look Away

The media do not make us; no wars are started because of what can be seen on a news broadcast. We news consumers are addicts, badnewsaholics. From video games to action films and thriller novels we not only consume wars; we get high from seeing the dark side played out.

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Daniel Martin Varisco, Religion Dispatches

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Eye of the holder. Army Photography Contest 2007. Image courtesy flickr user familymwr

When it comes to grabbing attention bad news is the best news. Whether selling war or natural disaster or a fugitive serial killer, the competitive edge goes to the media outlet that can scoop the most violence, brutality or sheer inhumanity in an event.


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The most recent news cycle of political protests started out on a hopeful note. As the spirit of frustrated youthful protest spread at tweet speed to dictatorial regimes and elitist monarchies, journalists flocked to North Africa and the modern day Holy Land. Live coverage has shifted from country to country, depending in large part on where the most violence is erupting. Yet, as much as the story may be promoted as one of hope and liberation, the hook is all about devastation.


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WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning now 'medium custody' prisoner

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  • Bradley Manning is still incarcerated for nearly a year without trial. The documents he is accused of leaking show war crimes and other crimes....None of these people are being punished in any way, while Manning who has not been convicted of anything remains in confinement.
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  • With PR Stunt on Manning, Pentagon Offers No Answers, Only Contrivance
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Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

Thanks to Evergreene Digest Reader Kevin Zeese for this contribution.

Stand with Brad by Kevin Zeese

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Suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, whose treatment in custody has spurred protests from supporters and human rights groups, is now considered a “medium custody” prisoner and is allowed three hours of recreation a day, the U.S. Army announced this afternoon (April 28).

The announcement came at the end of a morning press tour of the facility here where Manning is being held. NCR was part of the tour, which included about a dozen representatives from local, national, and international press organizations.

Manning was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility here April 20 from the Marine brig in Quantico, Va. where he had been held since July, 2010.

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With PR Stunt on Manning, Pentagon Offers No Answers, Only Contrivance, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), OpEdNews
Today (April 28) the Army is hosting a 'Media Day' at the prison where Private First Class (Pfc.) Bradley Manning, the Army soldier accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks, is being held. Pfc. Manning was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Ft. Leavenworth from the Marine Corp Brig Quantico following criticism of his treatment there which may have violated his constitution rights.

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Let the Patriot Act Die

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Invasive provisions about to expire haven’t made us safer.

Coleen Rowley and Philip Leggiere, Washington Times | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Patriot by Alexander Hunter for the Washington Times

In little more than a month, three of the 160 provisions of the notorious Patriot Act are set to expire. While federal officials have claimed that Congress must reauthorize those provisions to keep the nation safe, we should take their claims with a grain of proverbial salt. Last month, FBI Director Robert Mueller urged Congress to extend these provisions, set to expire May 27, and even to make them permanent. Section 215 authorizes secret court orders for business records. The “Lone Wolf” wiretapping provision allows the government to track non-U.S. citizens inside the country even if they have no affiliation to a foreign power or terrorist group. Finally, the “John Doe” roving wiretap provision allows open-ended wiretapping orders limited neither to a particular suspect nor particular phones or devices.

Mr. Mueller warned ominously that without these powers, law enforcement and counterterror investigations would be severely undermined, adding, predictably, that they are “critical to national security.”

But his words have an all too familiar - and hollow - ring.

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Special Project | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks: April 27

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  • Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law'
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  • The "Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights" Devastates the Credibility of the Military Justice System
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  • Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Charges Should Be Dismissed
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  • Free Bradley Manning
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  • Special Report | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks II
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law' MJ Lee and Abby Phillip, Politico

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  • The president's remarks drew immediate fire from some tracking the case.
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  • Steven Aftergood, a classified information expert at the Federation of American Scientists, told POLITICO, “The president got carried away and misspoke. No one should mistake a charge for a conviction — especially the nation’s highest official.”
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The "Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights" Devastates the Credibility of the Military Justice System, Kevin Zeese, OpEdNews.com

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  • The Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights is devastating the credibility of the military court system. President Obama has made a fair trial impossible with his announcement of Manning's guilt. It is time to end this kangaroo court prosecution.
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  • Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law'
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Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Charges Should Be Dismissed After Obama Declares Accused Army Whistleblower "Broke the Law"
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
We speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about President Obama’s comments last week on accused U.S. Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning. Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama openly declared that Manning—who has been accused of leaking classified military documents, but has yet to stand trial—has broken the law. Obama was also asked to compare the actions of Manning to Ellsberg, who leaked the most important secret documents about the Vietnam War. Obama said the cases are not similar because “Ellsberg’s material wasn’t classified the same way.” In fact, the material disclosed in the Pentagon Papers was designated Top Secret, the highest secrecy designation under law, whereas the material allegedly leaked by Manning to WikiLeaks was marked “secret” or “classified,” among the lowest-level secrecy designations. [includes rush transcript]

Free Bradley Manning, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
I have a confession to make: I have been on the fence about Bradley Manning as the drama of his detention and the Wikileaks documents have unfolded. While I believe deeply that those who leak classified materials are acting out of conscience and for the good of the people, I also believe criminal acts - even ones of conscience - must be met with punishment as required in any society that wishes to live by the rule of law. Arrest and detention are part of any illegal act of civil disobedience, and are to be expected as the natural consequence of such an act.

Special Report | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange,  & Wikileaks II, David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Turn for the worse for Bradley Manning
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  • Top US legal scholars voice outrage at 'torture' of Bradley Manning
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The Truth About American Exceptionalism

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  • Recent research contradicts the fundamental tenet of American exceptionalism. A Brookings Institution report comparing economic mobility in the United States and other countries concludes, “…“Starting at the bottom of the earnings ladder is more of a handicap in the United States than it is in other countries.”
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  • America is exceptional but not in the way Republican Presidential candidates think
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  • Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World
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David Morris, On the Commons

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For Republican presidential candidates the phrase American Exceptionalism has taken on almost talismanic qualities. Newt Gingrich’s new book is titled, A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters. “American the Exceptional” is the title of a chapter in Sarah Palin’s book America by Heart.

And woe be to those who take issue with the phrase. 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declares, “To deny American exceptionalism is in essence to deny the heart and soul of this nation.” 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney insists, “The reorientation away from a celebration of American exceptionalism is misguided and bankrupt.”

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Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World, Richard Clark, Blue Anchor Project

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  • We have set our country back more than 100 years — to the 1800′s — when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
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  • Be proud, Americans.   Be very proud.
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  • We’re Number One!
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  • Is this a great country or what?
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The US Military is America's Biggest Security Threat

The US military is the number one threat to US security. It's leaders are part of the problem. Yes, we do need some form of military strength, but what we have is a cancerous monster that is totally unaccountable and out of control.

Rob Kall, OpEdNews

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America's Military has become the biggest threat to US security.

The USA's military is supposed to make the US more secure. But it has become, for many reasons and in many ways, the biggest threat to American security, the American way of life and even America's future. The leaders-- both military and civilian-- have to be considered part of the threat-- part of the problem, part of the system that is endangering America.

The US Military is a huge cancer on our budget. It weakens our economy, weakens our currency, saps our ability to maintain vital infrastructure.  The 700 plus military bases spread throughout the world are supposed to make us more secure. Our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are supposed to make us more secure. Instead, the wars have raised the levels of hate for the US to unprecedented levels.

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