Monthly Archives: June 2007

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
Imagine a third bar for just the Koch Brothers
After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

Bad Deeds for 6-29-2007

Key Presidential Aides Were Often Intentionally Kept Out of the Loop by Vice President Cheney on Important Decisions – For example, President Bush’s decision to try detainees in military commissions and strip them of their due process rights was not … Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch, The Authoritarians Media Mogul – Promoting Truthiness and a Single-Party State

Elsewhere in my rants and writings, I have mentioned the Weekly Standard and Bill Kristol, its neocon founder and editor. According to Right Web, the Weekly Standard is also “a magazine closely linked to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).” To … Continue reading

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David Addington, The Authoritarian’s Lawyer – Enabling the Redacting of Our Constitution

Dick Cheney and his staff never cease to appall us. Where is this twisted view of our Constitution coming from? How is it that no one else for over 200 years has ever conceived of such perversions? The following excerpts … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-25-2007

Cheney Makes Mistake: Puts His Funding Request In the Executive Branch Funding Request – Following Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm … Continue reading

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June 2007, WAWG Index – Up 16%

Month to Month Change In this twentieth survey of the web, The WAWG Index monthly average was up by 16.2 percent from May 2007. Of the fourteen categories tracked, 7 were down, 7 were up, and none was unchanged. The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-22-2007

More on Cheney’s Latest Violation of the Law Cheney Attempted To Abolish Agency That Tried To Oversee Him – For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office’s handling of classified information, and when the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-21-2007

Cheney Says He Doesn’t Have to Report on Classified Documents Because the Vice President’s Office is Not Part of the Executive Branch – The Office of Vice President Dick Cheney told an agency within the National Archives that for purposes … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-20-2007

“Conservative Encyclopedia You Can Trust” Says the Ice age is “a Theorized Period of Time” (the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, you know) – Most scientists know the Pleistocene Epoch as the ice age and date it back … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-19-2007

Despite promises, few in House make earmark requests public – Despite the new Democratic congressional leadership’s promise of “openness and transparency” in the budget process, a CNN survey of the House found it nearly impossible to get information on lawmakers’ … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-18-2007

Defense Lawyers In Different Cases are Raising New Questions About Government Prosecutors and Potential Political Biases – For months, the Justice Department and Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales have taken political heat for the purge of eight U.S. attorneys last … Continue reading

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Fred Thompson – Same Bush Message, Just Far More Eloquent

The following is excerpted from Fred Thompson’s profile at Right Web: Although not tightly aligned with the neoconservative political faction, Thompson has long pursued hawkish U.S. security policies in line with the views expressed by his colleagues at AEI (American … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-15-2007

FEMA Authorized Insurance Companies to Overbill Taxpayers – According to a September 21, 2005 memo, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, FEMA may have authorized the insurance companies to overbill the taxpayer-funded federal flood program, while ripping citizens on other … Continue reading

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Neocons Continue Their Redacting of Our Constitution

Salon.com reported recently on the 150 letters to try and influence Judge Reggie B. Walton in the sentencing of Lewis Libby. It stated, “Also among the writers were many of the leading lights of the neoconservative movement, like Norman Podhoretz, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-13-2007

Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A ‘Gay Bomb’ – A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-11-2007

Leadership PACs Circumvent the Intent of Campaign Finance Limits – Individuals can contribute up to $5,000 a year to leadership PACs, giving them a way to avoid contribution limits. For a typical House race, a contributor can give $1,000 for … Continue reading

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“My government” – Malapropism, Freudian Slip, or Oxymoron

First of all, three definitions: Malapropism – A ludicrous misuse of a word that sounds like the one intended. ex: “Lead the way and we’ll precede.” (should be proceed), the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-8-2007

Republican “Environmentalist” With Ties To Abramoff/Bush Administration Pleads Guilty – Italia Federici, a Republican activist will plead guilty to tax evasion and obstructing Congress in the influence-peddling scandal centered around former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Federici had close ties to senior … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-7-2007

Conservatives Call Them “Alarmist” Scientists, But the Scientists Are Not Alarmed Enough – Greenland’s ice cap is melting, and faster than scientists had thought possible. Greenland, the world’s largest island, is mostly covered by an ice cap of about 624,000 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-6-2007

Jack Abramoff and His Associates Had 485 Lobbying Contacts with White House Officials Between January 2001 and March 2004 – Abramoff associates having extensive contacts with the White House include Neil Volz and Tony Rudy, who have both pleaded guilty … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for:6-5-2007

Bush Administration Cuts Back Climate Checks From Space – President Bush is trying to convince the world the US is ready to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases. But meanwhile, the administration is drastically scaling back efforts to measure … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-1-2007

Detainee Abuse Was Planned in Detail – Many of the controversial interrogation tactics used against terror suspects in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo were modeled on techniques the U.S. feared that the Communists themselves might use against captured American troops during … Continue reading

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Republican Wild Prognostications and Fear Mongering – STOP IT, Just STOP IT!!!

All the Republican presidential candidates and the neocon talking heads are telling us, through the compliant profit-oriented media, how bad things will go in the Middle East if we don’t do what President Bush says. Can they see into the … Continue reading

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