How thoroughly and completed unexpected

By: Monday November 24, 2014 1:30 am

I mean all us anti-interventionist peaceniks predict stuff like this every time, and every time we turn out to be right…because every time nobody listens.

 

What If Your City Was Hit by Raytheon-made Cruise Missiles?

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:40 pm

My dentist’s office is on the top floor of 450 Sutter St. in SF. It houses hundreds of dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists. I think Herb Caen dubbed it, “The House of Pain” a few decades ago.

Before my teeth were cleaned I snapped this shot. Imagine my surprise watching a cruise missile sail by the window! I waited for the 1,000 pound bomb to find its target of ISIS in America. I’ve heard retired Gen. Anthony Zinni talk about the need for these bombs to the TV journalists. (Pop quiz, what maker of cruise missiles pays Anthony Zinni?)

At $1.5 million bucks a pop, I was pretty confident this smart bomb would hit its mark. I just hope none of the moderate people around them are hurt.

Late Night: War Games

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:00 pm

As the Mighty Wurlitzer of war cranks into gear yet again, I can’t help but wonder if war itself has become the singular cause upon which all news media agree, and no matter the opinion of those affected by it, they’re naturally going to sell any old war with just this sort of embarrassing fervor.

It’s understandable, I suppose, for the bloated multinationals who control what we see, hear, and read to choose war as a business proposition. Ratings surge, careers are made, and reporting costs are all but negligible when the aggressor is more than happy to provide all the talking points needed to fill time and space between boner pill ads.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

U.S. Supplies the Munitions, Israel the Carnage: 1,371 Palestinians, 59 Israelis Die in Gaza Conflict

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:57 pm

That Reuters figure for Palestinian casualties has since been updated at Aljazeera to 1,361, with 6,780 injured. Among the dead are 315 children. I’ve added the ten Palestinians killed in the West Bank Gaza-solidarity protests.

The latest post at the Aljazeera live blog will leave you speechless:

“BREAKING UPDATE: Al Jazeera’s @PattyCulhane reports the #Pentagon confirms delivery of two types of munitions to #Israel in the last week: 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm grenades, while calling for a ceasefire in #Gaza”

Late Night: If Not Now, When?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 8:00 pm

I know that for many years, Israel has served as a necessary evil for the American foreign policy elite; when you want somebody to help in any nefarious pursuit, they’ve always been mensches. Reagan tapped them for arms sales, Nixon for war support, and everyone else for Police State pointers. But really, is it worth it anymore?

Obviously this was worth hurting the poor over

By: Monday June 16, 2014 1:30 am

Oh well, maybe if we cut medicare some more?

Russia Annexes Part Of Ukraine As President Obama Warns Of ‘Consequences’

By: Monday March 3, 2014 6:56 am

Funny things happen when you foment an uprising. After factions in Western Ukraine overthrew the Russian backed government, Russia has responded by invading parts of Eastern Ukraine, specifically the Crimea, which is dominated by Russian speakers and those friendly to Russian influence. The invasion sparked a rhetorical threat from President Obama that there would be “consequences” for Russia though he never made exactly clear what that meant as numerous observers questioned what Obama even could do.

FDL Movie Night: Obey

By: Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

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