Is Our Democracy Becoming a Joke?

//www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/11-1

The New Deal in Reverse
//www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/11-6

An American Way of War for the Record Books
//www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/11-8

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: Congress Must Stand Tall to Wall Street
//www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/02/11-2

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One Free Market System for Wall Street, Another for Main Street

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org: "Washington is paralyzed by snow and partisanship. Nothing is getting done - even as the Great Recession pulls more Americans into its maw. In the midst of this paralysis, the President was asked about the giant pay packages of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. ($17 mullion for 2009) and Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs ($9 million). First of all, I know both those guys, Obama said. 'They're very savvy businessmen. And I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth. That's part of the free market system.'"

//www.truthout.org/one-free-market-system-wall-street-another-main-street56837

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Bash a fattie for freedom

Liberty & Power
by CJ Maloney

02/10/10

The Militarization of American continues apace: now Michelle Obama, wife to America’s president, claims an ‘epidemic’ of obesity imperils — you guessed it — our all-important National Security. At a recent White House ceremony Mrs. Obama intoned, ‘This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.’ I was unaware that sitting in some dimly lit room down in Florida, punching buttons to fly Predator drones on the other side of the globe, required a ripped set of abs...

//hnn.us/blogs/entries/123196.html



Is this how democracy ends?

The American Conservative
by Patrick J. Buchanan

02/19/10

America faces a crisis of democracy. At its heart is a fiscal crisis. After the 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion, we are running a 2010 deficit of $1.6 trillion. Trillion-dollar deficits are projected through the Obama years, be they four or eight. Long before 2016, however, holders of U.S. public debt will stop buying Treasury bills or start demanding higher interest rates to cover the growing risk of a default...

//www.amconmag.com/blog/2010/02/19/is-this-how-democracy-ends/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Surveillance Drones To Zap Protesters Into Submission

The future of policing: Dissidents to be tortured into compliance by marauding unmanned vehicles

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, February 12, 2010

Illustrating once again that the prison planet being built around us far outstrips anything Aldous Huxley or George Orwell ever imagined, a Wired News report details how police forces worldwide are preparing to unveil drone aircraft that can not only conduct surveillance of protesters, but also zap them into submission with non-lethal weapons.

//www.prisonplanet.com/surveillance-drones-to-zap-protesters-into-submission.html



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