William Astore: The Bomber Will Always Get Funded — and Used

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 4:24 pm

When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

 

War Profiteers Ecstatic at Middle East Mess

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 5:20 pm

In 1935, US General Smedley Butler detailed in his “War is a Racket” the World War I racket he had served. It is now much, much worse.

Vice-President Richard Cheney and his fellow Neo-Cons originally lit the barn fires with their factually unjustified invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bush-Cheney then torched the secular, but Sunni sect based, ruling Baathist Party and applauded the decapitation of its brutal, but anti-al Qaeda leader, Saddam Hussein.

Late Night: Night Cappin’ With Shahid Buttar’s NSA vs USA, and more

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 8:00 pm

Hodges and podges from around the interwebs., starting with Shahid Buttar’s catchy NSA vs USA dance track.

Well, that all worked out

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 1:30 am

Boy that short-lived dose of “Shock and Awe” sure continues to work its magic eleven years later.

Late Night: Roll Over, Ike

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 8:00 pm

In what the White House called a “coincidence,” President Obama will be making Charlie Brown teacher noises about NSA “reforms,” except there won’t be any reforms to speak of, unless you call further crackdowns on leakers reforms, on the 54th anniversary of Eisenhower’s famous “Military Industrial Complex” speech. They should have waited a few days.

Patty Murray Continues to Run From Her Own Budget Deal

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 6:40 am

The Ryan-Murray budget deal is heading to President Obama’s desk after having passed the Senate. It is nothing to be proud of. A point that Senator Patty Murray herself has made repeatedly. Murray claimed during the legislative process that the bill – despite being flawed – needed to pass in order to prevent another shutdown and the continuance of intolerable sequestration. Murray said “both sides had to give a bit.”

Military Pension Cuts Stay In Ryan-Murray Bill

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 8:10 am

One provision of the bill that seemed to be so atrocious even the compromise at any price Democrats would fold on was the attack on military pensions. But no, while the budget is an incredible reckless give away to campaign contributors the defense industry when it comes to the lowly soldiers themselves that’s where the Democratic Party drew the line.

Late Night: WAR – What Is It Good For?

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 8:00 pm

There are currently 88,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. That’s down from the peak troop level of about 100,000 who were stationed there in March of 2011. Troop strength is expected to shrink to 68,000 by the end of September and by the end of 2014, most U.S. troops are expect to be out of the country.

FDL Movie Night: Bomb It 2

By: Monday September 9, 2013 4:59 pm

Filmmaker Jon Reiss is a champion of street art and graffiti, and his new film, Bomb It 2, is the follow-up to his earlier global graffiti documentary, Bomb It. In Bomb It 2, Reiss–using a ultra compact camera and sound package–traveled by himself to film artists and writers representing the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin, and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.

He explored urban landscapes and a wide range of graffiti cultures, styles and beliefs.

Caveman Credibility and Its Costs

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 7:15 pm

Sending a bunch of $3 million missiles into Syria to blow stuff up will kill a great many men, women, and children directly. It will also kill a great many people indirectly, as violence escalates in response — an established pattern recognized even by the war-promoting Washington Post.

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