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Bush Wasn’t A Conservative And Obama Isn’t A Liberal

The problem with personality politics—giving a politician a pass based on what he says or how “nice” he is, vs. holding elected officials accountable to the Rule of Law—is that it leads to where we are getting uncomfortably close: tyranny.

Mary L. G. Theroux, Eurasia Review 

May 29, 2013 | Americans need to stop picking the politicians they support based on how those politicians self-identify. Each of us needs to know what values we hold, and when all the evidence shows that the guy claiming to represent those values doesn’t, give up the party line.

Conservatives are supposed to be for limited government—both in size and centrality of power—restrained foreign adventuring, and economic liberty. In the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2011, the Independent Institute warned repeatedly against the terrorist attacks being used as the premise for vastly expanding the size and scope of government power—as such crises have historically been used to do, as chronicled in Robert Higgs’s brilliant Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government.

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28 Senate Democrats voted w/GOP to Cut Food Stamps...

  • ...All the while continuing Big Ag corporations' subsidies
  • MN Senators Klobuchar and Franken Among the Culprits
  • Please join Daily Kos and the Campaign for America’s Future by signing our petition to the 28 Senate Democrats who last week voted to cut food stamps­ demanding they put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare.

Daily Kos

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Alan Maki

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Monday, June 3, 2013 | Last week, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts—by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies, mostly based overseas. Only 26 senators voted “yes.”

But we can’t blame obstructionist Republicans.

Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment. If these cuts are allowed, around 500,000 low-income households will lose an average of $90 in monthly benefits.

Please join Daily Kos and the Campaign for America’s Future by signing our petition to the 28 Senate Democrats who last week voted to cut food stamps­demanding they put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare.

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David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest: I have never been as ashamed of two human beings before as I am totally, irrevocably ashamed of my two US senators: Franken and Klobuchar. If this is what a Harvard Education does to you (Franken)-destroys any sense of morality, fair play, decency, and empathy-then I'm proud to have graduated from another university (Marquette, Milwaukee). Having known her father through his writings, I'm sure Amy's father, Jim Klobuchar, is as ashamed of her, if not more-so, than I am. I knew both of these two politically corrupt individuals preferred covering the backs of the corporations and their corrupt congressional collegues to the backs of the poor and the vulnerable, but I never expected them to go to the dark side. There will be an accounting in their next election cycles.

Julian Assange: Media's Failure To Defend Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks Emboldened DOJ

  • "It can only be described as a show trial. The prosecution has vigorously fought to exclude all evidence as to motives, and all evidence as to outcomes," Assange said. "No one was harmed as a result of the publications."
  • An Itty Bitty Pity Party for the Associated Press

Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

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06/04/2013 | The U.S. media made themselves vulnerable to attack by the Department of Justice by standing aside as WikiLeaks and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning were targeted several years ago, Julian Assange told The Huffington Post in an interview from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he is holed up fighting extradition to Sweden.

"All rights are fought for and maintained," the WikiLeaks founder said. "As soon as organizations or people stop demanding that their rights be protected, then they are overrun and the current situation results."

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An Itty Bitty Pity Party for the Associated Press, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

 

 
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Cops Go Undercover at High School to Bust Special-Needs Kid for Pot

  • Why Are Police So Desperate to Throw Kids in Jail?
  • The school-to-prison pipeline strikes again.
  • How Schools Are Becoming Prisons

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Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet 

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May 22, 2013  |  Californians Doug and Catherine Snodgrass are suing their son’s high school for allowing undercover police officers to set up the 17-year-old special-needs student for a drug arrest.

In a video segment on ABC News, they say they were "thrilled" when their son -- who has Asperger's and other disabilities and struggled to make friends -- appeared to have instantly made a friend named Daniel.

“He suddenly had this friend who was texting him around the clock,” Doug Snodgrass told ABC News. His son had just recently enrolled at Chaparral High School.

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How Schools Are Becoming Prisons, Chase Madar, Truthdig

  • The movement is under way to expel zero tolerance and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline led by a coalition of legal, educational and youth groups.
  • The School Security America Doesn’t Need

 

 

Bishop: Why Catholics Should Resist Paying Federal Taxes

Since becoming a bishop in 1968, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has traveled throughout the world calling for an end to war and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! / Nation of Change

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April 12, 2013 | Retired Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been a leading voice for peace, social justice and civil rights for decades. He helped found Pax Christi and Bread for the World. In this video, we ask him about the ethics of tax resistance. In the full interview, we also speak to him about the priest sexual abuse scandal, poverty in Detroit, Lori Berenson, why he challenges the church’s position on gay marriage, the anti-nuke movement and liberation theology.

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5 Ways That Raw, Unregulated Capitalism Is Acting Like a Cancer on American Society

The predators on our society will scream about threats to "freedom" as soon as we start going after them, but it's just about trying to protect profits.

  1. Attacking the Hungry
  2. Suffocating the Students
  3. Weakening the Children
  4. Depleting the Taxpayers
  5. Paralyzing the Voters

Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

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May 5, 2013 | Unregulated capitalism is out of control. Like a  cancer, it has become "something evil or malignant that spreads destructively," with tumors growing in several once-healthy parts of the American body.

1. Attacking the Hungry

The uncontrolled growth of investment wealth is diverting resources away from vital programs, effectively smothering them. The average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  (SNAP) recipient received about $1,500 for food for the entire year. At least ten Americans each made that much in under ten seconds from their investment gains  in 2012, about the time it took each one to fluff his pillow and roll over in bed.

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life

  • How a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
  • Review of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation ~  F. William Engdahl
  • Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!

Global Research

May 24, 2013 | The debate on genetically modified foods is making a powerful statement this weekend, with the “March Against Monsanto” being planned on Saturday, May 25, in over 30 countries across the globe.

Today more than ever, the world’s food resources are being hijacked by giant corporations that are turning farms into factories and replacing natural resources with genetically modified “food-like” substances.

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Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws! Organic Consumers Association

  • Please send the letter below to your members of Congress. Ask them to reject any amendment or rider to the Farm Bill that would wipe out states' rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
  • Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act

 

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