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Archive for September 24th, 2012

The operative word is “tyranny”

Posted by Charles II on September 24, 2012

Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books:

Having covered Watergate and the impeachment of Richard Nixon, and more recently written a biography of Nixon, I believe that the wrongdoing we are seeing in this election is more menacing even than what went on then. Watergate was a struggle over the Constitutional powers and accountability of a president, and, alarmingly, the president and his aides attempted to interfere with the nominating process of the opposition party. But the current voting rights issue is even more serious: it’s a coordinated attempt by a political party to fix the result of a presidential election by restricting the opportunities of members of the opposition party’s constituency—most notably blacks—to exercise a Constitutional right.

This is the worst thing that has happened to our democratic election system since the late nineteenth century, when legislatures in southern states systematically negated the voting rights blacks had won in the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

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Made possible by your tax dollars/updated

Posted by Charles II on September 24, 2012


A prominent human rights lawyer known for defending peasants in Honduras has been assassinated. Antonio Trejo [Cabrera] was attending a wedding when he was shot to death just outside the church. Trejo represented several peasant rights groups in their struggle against wealthy Honduran landowners. Hours before his death, he had spoken out publicly as part of his vocal opposition to plans for privately-run cities in Honduras with their own police and tax system.

Doesn’t your chest just swell with pride knowing that US influence is the only reason that the murderous oligarchy is in charge?
Update: Well, well. The State Department is “saddened and outraged” enough to issue a statement expressing sadness and outrage at the murder of Trejo.

Tangible steps to solve the murder, like dispatching the FBI, no.

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Good Morning!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 24, 2012

Nothing special right now; just wanted to wish you all a good morning or afternoon or evening.


Carry on!

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