Monthly Archives: June 2008

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Domination and Protecting the Status Quo – Authoritarians Do Whatever it Takes

(Note: Authoritarian is used throughout this blog in the context of a personality type — not in the sense of a figure of authority such as a policeman, boss or Army general.) Back in 2006, John Dean completed Conservatives Without … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-26-2008

Government Seizing Laptops and Cameras at Airports Without Cause – Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. Agents searched Hogan’s luggage … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-25-2008

U.S. Government Funding Arabic News Channel That Makes Payments to Bush Administration Officials and Airs Anti-American Viewpoints – Alhurra, the U.S. government-funded Arabic news channel, paid former Bush and Clinton administration officials, lobbyists and high-profile Washington journalists tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-25-2008, John McCain Confusion Special

48 Things That John McCain Is Not Sure About – (Just Tell ‘Em What They Want to Hear, or Maybe … Just Say What the NeoCons Tell You to Say) * McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he’s against it. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-24-2008

  President Bush Uses Executive Privilege To Block Subpoena Of EPA Documents – With a contempt of Congress vote looming by Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) House Oversight Committee, President Bush asserted executive privilege this morning to block the committee’s subpoenas … Continue reading

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Telecom Immunity – Only If They Testify to Other Crimes

With the help of Congress.org, I sent the following to GWB and others: I oppose: The unitary presidency and its absurd abuse of power through signing statements and fear mongering, A Congress that is scared into ignoring this abuse of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-23-2008

Energy Speculators Trading on “Dark Markets” – One of the biggest factors in high oil prices, according to many experts, is that investors, such as hedge funds and investment bankers, can use loopholes in commodities law to manipulate the market … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-20-2008

FISA Bill Destroys the Fourth Amendment – Urgent Action Needed Now to Protect and Defend Our Constitution – Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley sees a “very frightening bill” in a “compromise,” just passed by the House, that would update the 1978 … Continue reading

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The Neocon’s Solution to Our Dependency on Foreign Oil – The 51st State

Imagine a group of neocons gathered together brainstorming about our dependency on foreign oil. During this meeting, they write down a set of questions for which they discuss the possible answers. Here is one possible list they might develop and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-19-2008

Rich Hunters Want Polar Bears for Trophies – Just days after polar bears gained new life-saving protections, the powerful Safari Club International sued the federal government. The reason? To once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-18-2008

Medical Exams Reveal Abuse and Torture of Detainees – Former terrorist suspects detained by the United States were tortured, according to medical examinations detailed in a report released Wednesday by a human rights group. The Massachusetts-based Physicians for Human Rights … Continue reading

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Domestic oil and gas production.

The Republicans blame Democrats for the high cost of gasoline, saying that if we only drilled in ANWAR we’d have enough oil to bring prices down. There are only a few problems with that. One: For 20 years Democrats have … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-17-2008

Fox News Promotes “Carbon Belch Day”: Waste as Much Energy as You Can – Fox News aired a story about driving Hummers around for no particular reason, cranking the air conditioning with the windows open, mowing your lawn twice, and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2008

Republicans Block Consideration of Medicare Bill – Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors. The advocacy group AARP had lobbied … Continue reading

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What if the inexperienced Barack Obama had been president in 2002?

Here is what Obama said at noon on October 2, 2002, the same day and hour that President Bush and Congress announced their agreement on the joint resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq, but over a week before it was … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-12-2008

Republican Claim About Chinese Oil Drilling off Cuba is Untrue – As Congress has debated energy policy over the past several days, an unusual argument keeps surfacing in support of drilling off the U.S. coastline and in Alaska’s Arctic National … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-11-2008

McCain’s Tax Plan: Super Big Tax Cuts For the Super-Rich; Poor People Get $19 – According to the Tax Policy Center’s findings, under McCain tax proposal, the average taxpayer in every income group would see a lower tax bill, but … Continue reading

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The Bad Deeds of George W. Bush

Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq. Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent, Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-10-2008

Justice Department Gives Grant Money to Programs Having Political, Social or Religious Connections to the Bush White House – The Justice Department gave a $500,000 federal grant to the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee program, even though Justice Department staffers … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-9-2008

Why John McCain Got a New Wife – McCain likes [to] demonstrate his commitment to family values by paying warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy. But there is another Mrs. McCain who was the woman McCain dreamed of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds Special: JOHN MCCAIN’S LOBBYIST FRIENDS

McCain’s Lobbyist Friends Anti-Western Political Parties… Campaign Manager Rick Davis’s Firm Represented Anti-Western Political Party in Ukraine. “A consultant to Sen. John McCain hired a public-relations firm last year to burnish the U.S. image of a Ukrainian political party backed … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for: 6-7-2008

  Tom Delay Says That Barack Obama is a Marxist – Tom Delay launched a fringe attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) by claiming that he is a Marxist. “I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he … Continue reading

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Authoritarians – On the Wrong Side of Both American Civil Wars

(Note: Authoritarian is used throughout this blog in the context of a personality type – not in the sense of a figure of authority such as a policeman, boss or Army general.) While maintaining this blog for the last couple … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-5-2008

McCain Tries to Mislead on His Hurricane Katrina Record – Unlike last month’s photo-op where the media let him get away with his make-believe Katrina record, Maya Rodriguez with the New Orleans CBS affiliate news brought a dose of reality … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-4-2008

U. S. Military Demonstrates Ray Gun Against Mock Peace Demonstrators – The Pentagon has been developing a raygun which can harmlessly repel enemies by causing a burning sensation in the top layer of the skin. The Air Force demonstrated the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-3-2008

McCain’s New Communication Director Says the President Should Have Near-Dictatorial Powers – Michael Goldfarb, who was just named the Deputy Communications Director of the McCain campaign, said, “[The framers of the Constitution] sought an energetic executive with near dictatorial power … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-1-2008

Money for Nothing – The Internal Revenue Service is spending $42 million on letters to alert taxpayers to expect rebate checks as part of the economic stimulus plan.   Top US Iraq Contractor Skirts US Taxes Offshore – Kellogg Brown … Continue reading

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