Category Archives: Human Rights Abuse

Are human rights ignored in ‘special cases’? In the ‘war on terror’, have we given up some rights via the Patriot Act in hopes of increasing our protection from those bent on doing us harm? If we are attacked again and fear short circuits our minds, are we willing to give up more rights for the cause? Are we becoming more willing to look the other way when what used to be illegal is used against an ‘enemy’? Are citizens more willing to identify the enemy based on less and less accurate information? Will one family member turn in another as the enemy out of spite, for monetary gain, or to earn a notch on the sleeve of their national uniform? How far is too far?

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.

 

Bad Deeds for 4/12/2010

  Oklahoma Conservatives, Lawmakers Plot Anti-Federal Militia – Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/9/2010

  Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Knew Many Guantanamo Prisoners Were Innocent – Former US president George W. Bush and his top aides were accused Friday of covering up that many Guantanamo Bay detainees were innocent, amid fears releasing them could … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/8/2010

  Fox News Got Man Worked Up to Make Death Threat According to His Mother – Gregory Giusti was arrested Wednesday afternoon for threatening Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over recent healthcare legislation. His 83-year-old mother blames Fox News … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/6/2010

  General Electric and Exxon Mobil Paid No Income Taxes in 2009 – Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/2/2010

  Doctor Refuses To Treat Obama Supporters – Florida urologist Jack Cassell posted a sign on his office door reading, “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your health care begin right now, not in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/31/2010

  Bush-Appointed Federal Election Commissioner Helped Republican Party Conceal Role in 2004 Vote Suppression – Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/30/2010

  Here’s What Some Government Investment in Infrastructure Can Do Problem is, it’s in China. Wuhan Station, March 23, 2010   And For Contrast: Detroit Michigan Central Station, August 11, 2009   Koch Industries and Other Oil Companies Funding Climate … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/29/2010

  Republican National Committee Chairman Refuses to Sign Joint Civility Statement with Democratic Counterpart – The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement. Various members of the Democratic National Committee … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/26/2010

But, first a thought on the future: Voting is like driving a car … Choose (D) to move forward, Or (R) to go backward. The above is from a bumper sticker I saw. And now, the Bad Deeds:   Lousy … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/24/2010

  Republican Representative Thinks You Should Not Have the Right to Vote for Your Senators – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling for a strong re-assertion of state’s rights against Congress — in the form of a Constitutional amendment to … Continue reading

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Amazing – Health Care Passes!!!!!!!!!

Earlier this evening, Frank Schaeffer in his latest blog posting, predicted this moment. Being the eternal pessimist, I was surprised when it happened. The right-wing authoritarians, all 212 of them, have failed to block the correction of America’s biggest human … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/12/2010

  Earmark Hypocrisy – In the years leading up to their seizure of power in 1994 it seemed that Republicans care about eliminating pork more than almost anything. But after the election, it was a different story. Not only did … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/2/2010

  Use of Filibuster Threat Explodes – The frequency of filibusters — plus threats to use them — are measured by the number of times the upper chamber votes on cloture. Such votes test the majority’s ability to hold together … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/23/2010

  Rep. Steve King To Conservatives: ‘Implode’ IRS Offices – Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could “empathize” with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin by flying … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/22/2010

  Top 10% Doing Just Great Thanks to the Bottom 90% – Last week I showed you how the wealthy have made out like bandits. Between 2001 and 2007, the 400 richest taxpayers doubled their annual incomes to an average … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/10/2010

  Sir John Houghton Misquoted Climate-Change Skeptics have been quoting Sir John Houghton, who played a critical role in establishing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), as saying, “Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen.” The quotation has … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/22/2010

  Weak Actions on Wall Street and Weak Health Care Policies Make People Upset – Massachusetts voters who backed Barack Obama in the presidential election a year ago and either switched support to Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown or simply … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/19/2010

  U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes – Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company. The sights are used … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-21-2009

Before we get to the bad deeds, I would like to pass on a couple of comments on the Senate Health   Care Bill that I spotted: – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): He vowed … Continue reading

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Welcome To Joe Lieberman’s Health Care Plan – It’s As Ugly as Him, But Maybe With Age … ?

Thanks to Senator Joe Lieberman and other conservatives without conscience (Also known as right-wing authoritarians and tea baggers), we have a health care bill that is more to the liking of health insurance companies than to the majority of Americans. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-17-2009

  Senate Unveils CompromiseCare™ – The United States Senate today unveiled details of its health care plan, tentatively called CompromiseCare™: · Under CompromiseCare™, people with no coverage will be allowed to keep their current plan. · Medicare will be extended … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-2-2009

  ‘Trigger-Happy’ Private Security Guards Undermine Mission in Afghanistan – The Army Times reported that “ill-disciplined private security guards escorting supply convoys to coalition bases are wreaking havoc as they pass through western Kandahar province … and undermining coalition efforts … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-24-2009

  US Discussed Iraq Regime Change a Month After Bush Took Office, Senior British Officials Say – The chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee in 2001 told investigators Monday that elements of the Bush Administration were pushing for regime … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-23-2009

  Woman Loses Health Insurance for Smiling on Facebook – Nathalie Blanchard, 29, took long-term sick leave from her job at IBM in Bromont, Quebec, more than a year ago for severe depression. She was receiving monthly benefits from her … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-18-2009

  Good Book Title – rogue: noun – 1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal. 2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp. 3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant. 4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-11-2009

Fox News Host Falsifies Footage to Make Republican Health Care Protest Look Bigger – Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann following an event aimed at stirring up a crowd against Democrats’ healthcare reform bill. Hannity said, “20,000+ … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-3-2009

  Joe Wilson: Pro-Swine Flu, Anti-Obama – In a June congressional vote on a supplementary appropriations bill , Rep. Joe Wilson joined 95% of Republicans and voted against the bill, which contained special funding to combat the H1N1 virus. However, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-30-2009

  Lack of Health Care Led to 17,000 US Child Deaths – Lack of adequate health care may have contributed to the deaths of some 17,000 US children over the past two decades, according to a study released by the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-26-2009

  Wingnuts Quote Satire Piece As Obama ‘Thesis’ – Looks like the wingnuts are so eager to find “proof” for their theories about Obama, they don’t even bother to check the source. Right-wing pundit Michael Ledeen published an item this … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-20-2009

  Republican Congressman Used Scholarship Charity to Fund His Golf Trips; No Scholarships Ever Awarded – The biggest accomplishment so far of U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer’s scholarship foundation has been to send the Indiana congressman to play golf with donors … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-14-2009

  Many Wealthy Dodge Their Tax Responsibilities by Hiding Income in Overseas Accounts – Thursday is the deadline for Americans to come clean about the money they have hidden offshore, in places like Swiss bank accounts. No one can say … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-12-2009

  Insurance Company Refuses to Cover 4-Month-Old Baby Because He’s Too Fat – Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old. But in the cold, calculating numbered charts of insurance companies, he is fat. That’s why he is … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-9-2009

  Rush Limbaugh’s NASA Conspiracy – In a breathless rant during Thursday’s show, Limbaugh claimed NASA’s mission in search of water on the moon is really a trial run for the 30,000-pound “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” bomb being developed by the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-7-2009

  Health Insurance Company WellPoint Sued an Entire State to Increase Profits – Netting $2.5 billion in profits last year wasn’t enough for WellPoint, the nation’s largest health insurance company. Now, WellPoint’s affiliate, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-6-2009

  Michele Bachmann Says Michele Bachmann Will Beat Democrats to Death to Pass Health Reform – In a Fox News radio interview Monday, when asked whether the House Democratic leadership would give members of their party “Christmas tree ornaments” in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-5-2009

  Conservative Bible Project to Change Bible to Make it Less Liberal – The eager young men at Conservapedia are p.o.’d that the Bible might be seen as too liberal. So they’ve come up with the Wiki-style Conservative Bible Project, … Continue reading

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Right-wing Authoritarian Belief in Strict Punishment Produces Domestic Terrorists – Who’s Protecting America?

Within the Conservatives without Conscience, there is an extremist group – “The fringe of the fringe.” This group was raised within the ideal Strict Father Model and taught to accept authority without question. Their parental authority uses strong physical punishment to enforce what he believes is right. Their religious authority uses politics to create a culture war and identify the enemies of their imaginary theocratic America. Their media authority names their enemies and defines their failures. Their economic authority makes sure the religious and media authoritarians are funded even when they can’t make it on their own. Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-1-2009

  What is the American Way: Hoarding by a Few or Providing for the Common Good? – It’s great to know that during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the wealth of the 400 richest Americans, according to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-28-2009

  Iowa Congressman Steve King is Heartless and Proud of It – Iowa Republican Steve King, who in 2005 earmarked millions for flood control in his own district, told the publication The Hill that the best vote he ever cast … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-16-2009

  45,000 Americans Die Each Year for Lack of Health Insurance – Harvard researchers published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health a study which reveals roughly 45,000 American adults die every year because they are not covered by … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-15-2009

  Real ‘Norma Rae’ Dead of Cancer After Battle with Health Insurer – The woman whose life inspired the 1979 film Norma Rae has died of cancer after struggling with her health insurance company, which had delayed her treatment. Crystal … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-2-2009

  Wheelchair-Bound Woman Shouted Down At New Jersey Health Care Town Hall This is a video you need to see. It can’t be properly described with a few words. Much like the unruly town hall meetings that have been going … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for:9-1-2009

  CNBC Anchor Asks 44-Year-Old Congressman: If Medicare Is So Good, Why Aren’t You On It? – Earlier today, MSNBC’s Carlos Watson hosted Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo for a discussion on health care. At one … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-28-2009

  Man Holding “Death to Obama” Sign Outside Town Hall Meeting on Health Care – A man was holding a sign reading “Death to Obama” Wednesday outside a town hall meeting on health care reform in Hagerstown, Md. Washington County … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-26-2009

  Failed Texas Bank Lied About Housing Losses According to Former Executive – Craig Wolfe, who served previously as vice president for loss mitigation at Houston-based Franklin Bank, claimed in a whistleblower letter prior to the failure that others at … Continue reading

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