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Trumpy at the Bat by Socrates

 

This poem appeared as a comment on New York Times’ Editorial  
The TrumpRyanCare Debacle  on March 24, 2017
 

Socrates is a trusted commenter Verona NJ

Trumpy at the Bat

From ten thousand Fake News hamlets there rose a lusty yell;
it rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
it knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
for Trumpy, mighty Trumpy, was advancing to the bat.Ten million angry eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands in slogans;
five million tongues applauded when he shouted ‘repeal Obamacare’.
Then while the pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
defiance gleamed in Trumpy’s eye, a sneer curled Trumpy’s lip.And now the Obamacare ball came hurtling through the air,
and Trumpy stood watching it in his detail-free universe.
As the sturdy batsman stood still in stupidity.
“That ain’t my style,” said Trumpy. “Strike one,” the umpire said.With a smile of fake Christian charity Trumpy’s pumpkined visage shone;
he signaled to the pitcher, and once more Obamacare sailed;
but Trumpy still ignored it, and the umpire said: “Strike two.”

“Repeal Obamacare!” cried the maddened misanthropes,
As the sneer faded from Trumpy’s lips, his teeth now clenched in hate;
he pounds his empty head upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball and he lets it go,
and now the air is shattered by the force of Trumpy’s trumpery.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the sick are tended, and healthcare rights are safe again,
and somewhere an average American can see a doctor again.
American humanity is restored again,
but there is no joy in Trumpville — for mighty Trumpy has struck out.

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Harry Reid Exposes FBI Director’s Partisan Move

 

 

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Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan’s Biggest Problem

This incisive article from an expert on South Asia affairs got 27 comments, 22 of which are from Pakistani Muslims. I have responded to 20 of them. Please read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aparna-pande/poor-branding-is-not-paki_b_8328442.html

Posted: 10/19/2015 12:27 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 12:59 pm EDT

PAKISTAN NAWAZ

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21-23, Pakistan’s public relations machinery has gone into over-drive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States. Americans are expected to overlook everything that has happened in the past — from the notorious Dr A.Q. Khan’s nuclear proliferation to support for the Afghan Taliban to the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad — and embrace this ‘important, valuable and strategic ally’ of the United States.

A recent piece on the Forbes website, titled “Pakistan-U.S. Nuclear Weapons Talks May Lower Chance Of Nuclear War With India” argues that Pakistan should be given a civil nuclear deal similar to the one given to India in 2005. The article builds upon a Washington Post column by David Ignatius who sought to remind Americans that they cannot afford to forget Afghanistan and Pakistan and in the process hinted at a civil nuclear deal, much coveted by Islamabad, as a means of winning over the trust of Pakistan.

The Ignatius piece was clearly an attempt to reignite interest in Pakistan at a time when Washington appears almost to have forgotten the nuclear-armed country where US marines located and killed Osama bin Laden only four years ago. But the Forbes article went farther in painting Pakistan as a victim of American foreign policy amnesia and was written by a University of Baltimore Professor, Charles Tiefer, who is not exactly known for direct expertise on South Asian affairs.

Forbes.com allows contributors to write and post directly on the website, which is whyan expert in government contracts, as Prof. Tiefer is described on the University of Baltimore website, could indulge his love for Pakistan without editorial scrutiny. In the last five months, Forbes.com has had four articles on Pakistan and all of them have been positively disposed -almost to the point of being puff pieces. That is absolutely the opposite of how other media outlets have been reporting on Pakistan for a while.

An earlier Forbes piece by Tiefer, in 2015 titled ‘Today’s India-Pakistan Armed Tensions – Will New U.S. Military and Nuclear Aid to Modi Inflame Them?‘ argued that the United States should not see India as a counterweight to China as that would “inflame India-Pakistan armed tensions.” Had the professor known as an expert in government contracts argued that it would be bad for U.S. government contracts, at least he would have been simply making a wrong argument about his own subject. In this instance, he only revealed his ignorance of the history of U.S.-Pakistan and U.S.-India relations.

The Americans provided Pakistan with weapons to fight communism from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Reagan administration hoped a militarily strong Pakistan would feel sufficiently secure to keep its promise of not building nuclear weapons. Instead, Pakistan used American weaponry to initiate wars against India in 1965, 1971, and 1999, failing to win any of them and running back to the US to ask for more assistance. Pakistan’s covert war against India continues unabated.

Since 9/11, Pakistan has received $23 billion in civilian and military assistance ostensibly to fight terrorists while the US State Department remains unable to certify to Congress that it is, in fact, acting against all terrorist groups operating from Pakistan’s soil. Unlike Pakistan, the US has no complaints against India of harboring global Jihadi terrorists or of exporting nuclear material to third countries. India’s bilateral trade with the US ($50 billion in 2014) is ten times the size f Pakistan’s trade with the US ($5 billion). Still Mr. Tiefer argues that the US should not give ‘military aid’ to India to keep Pakistan on America’s side.

Ironically, India has rarely sought or received American military aid, with notable exceptions like in the aftermath of the 1962 India-China war. India is not asking for and the US is not giving India military and nuclear aid. Instead India is purchasing American defense equipment that will help American companies and provide jobs to Americans. More importantly India has never used any weapon – bought or given- through a terrorist proxy ever, even against China or Pakistan.

Moreover, no Indian military operation has ever caused the death of Americans, whereas Pakistan’s policy in Afghanistan has led to numerous American deaths, both civilian and military. Mr. Tiefer nonchalantly writes that the various Pakistan jihadi groups like Lashkar e Taiba and Haqqani network “work with Pakistan’s powerful intelligence service, ISI” but does not see that as reason for the US to shun Pakistan.

He argues that if the United States continues siding with India against China this will “antagonize Pakistan” and lead “the potentially scariest confrontation in the world.” In effect, he is saying that Pakistan’s sponsorship of jihadi groups should not come in the way of it being an American ally but the US must not ally with India because of Pakistan’s fear of India!!

The naiveté is hardly limited to the security arena. In August 2015, Forbes ran an article asking for a dramatic overhaul of US-Pakistan ties and pitching a US-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Another Forbes article attempted to sell Pakistan’s threat of going deeper into China’s embrace, changing the entire region around it, and insinuating that the United States should compete with China in currying Pakistan’s favor.

The author of the first article, titled ‘Pakistan: The Next Colombia Success Story?’ Daniel Runde, too was a novice as far as knowledge of Pakistan is concerned. Had he worked on Pakistan for any length of time he would have known that Pakistan is the only American ally that has failed to sustain significant growth or human development even after receiving more than $40 billion in US aid since 1950.

Mr. Runde should have examined why US aid to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and even Europe under the Marshal Plan catalyzed their economies into self-sustaining growth while the largesse towards Pakistan only increased Pakistan’s dependence. The reason lies more in how Pakistan spent that money, in how its military and intelligence service view their ties with the US and in how disproportionately large the military is to the size of the country’s economy and any real threats it faces.

Mr. Runde suggests, that Pakistan suffers from “a terrible country brand.” But certain harsh realities persist and are not just a ‘branding’ problem. The politicized Pakistan army may have conducted some military operations against militants responsible for attacks inside Pakistan but the Pakistani army is still following its old policy of sparing terrorists targeting India, Afghanistan and the United States. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Premier Sharif on National Security and foreign affairs, has openly asked, “Why should Pakistan target militants that do not threaten the country’s security?

Despite dealing with Pakistan for decades some Americans still seem to believe they can change Pakistan’s behavior by giving in to its demands or responding favorably to its PR efforts. Pakistan needs to change its militarized national mindset and is more likely to reform under fear of international isolation than in response to praise based on falsehoods. Both the U.S. and Pakistan might benefit more from recognizing the history of the relationship and correcting their course substantively instead of obsessing only about appearances.

Readers Comment on Republican Presidential Debate

Some readers’ comments on an article  in New York Times on August 7, 2015

Winners at the G.O.P. Debate Did Not Include Bush and Trump

Nate Cohn

Select comments:

historylesson

Norwalk, CT 5 hours ago

What is most disturbing about this column is the total lack of discussion about the horrific things a bunch of men said about women’s lives and health. Mr. Cohn, do you have any idea what it is like to listen to these men pontificate about pregnancy termination, and women’s right to live?
Forget Trump’s vicious remarks about the way women look. He’s no physical prize himself, and ugly remarks about a woman’s appearance may wound, but they don’t kill.
Last night a candidate said he believed in no exceptions for abortion, not even when the life of the mother is at risk. Do you have any idea of the enormity of
that statement? What is says about Walker’s humanity? Yet you pick him as a winner? Forget outrage for a minute — where is your acknowledgement of this issue, and what those ten men said? Especially since you state the outcome of the debate “depends a lot more on how the news media covers the debates than the performances themselves.”
Well, you’re news media. You covered this debate by failing to mention that Walker prefers to let women die than end a life threatening pregnancy.
Walker’s answer re abortion was “concise and sharp.” Which seems to matter more to your analysis than the lives of women.
What I saw last night was ten men thoroughly ill-equipped to run our nation.
What you watched seems to be an entirely different show.

Lianna

Potomac, MD 2 hours ago

By not running far to the right like many of the other candidates on stage, I think that John Kasich proved he was the only one that could appeal to moderate democrats, independents, and republicans; thus making him the most viable candidate for the general election, but the least likely to win the GOP nomination. By not getting caught up in the name-calling/Benghazi/e-mail foolishness that some of the other candidates were distracted with, Kasich was able to eloquently tell the American people of his accomplishments. His heartfelt response about gay marriage seemed to resonate with many.

The republican base is too caught up in hearing about what Hillary Clinton did and could care less about hearing what their candidates will do; which is why Kasich stands no chance unless he starts to call Hillary a pant suit wearing devil. The one who spews the most vitriol at Hillary will win. Issues are not of any importance to GOP voters easily distracted by shiny, new objects like Donald Trump.

Sophia

chicago 12 hours ago

Wow. I completely disagree about Walker. He came across as uninformed about the Middle East and truly horrible on women’s issues. Regarding abortion, he doesn’t think there should be any exception for the life of the mother.

Think about that.

This callous disregard for our very lives is outrageous. Walker’s attacks on the teachers of Wisconsin are well-known to me, since I live in Illinois, but I hadn’t been aware that his anti-choice stance extends to a complete disregard for women’s lives let alone our health, freedom of choice, privacy, and our knowledge of what’s best for ourselves, our bodies, our futures, our finances and our families including our existing children.

That’s outrageous. I’m surprised that Nate Cohn didn’t find that alarming, reactionary and undemocratic.

Attitudes this extreme need to be reported. Not everybody had the time or opportunity to watch the debate, therefore they depend upon journalists for facts and interpretations of facts.

A man who is willing to let a woman die shouldn’t be anywhere near a powerful political office in the 21st century, let alone in America where we supposedly believe in equal rights for women.

newsjunky

Boston 6 hours ago

Well it wasn’t child appropriate viewing. I watched with elementary school children. Rubio and others who wouldn’t consider saving “the life of the mother” reduced my grandson to tears. That was the debate electricity in our house. Is it likely that adults are also revolted by this position – when they think of their wives, daughters sisters, and friends?

Humble Pi

Providence RI 6 hours ago

I don’t think that extreme anti-women stance was limited to Walker. It appeared that one by one, they were all pushed to say that they endorsed forcing women to die or raise a rapist’s child rather than have a medical procedure to save themselves, physically or psychologically. Rubio blurted it out, and Huckabee – well, we should be prepared to be charged as murderers in the unlikely event of a Huckabee administration. I think there’s not one of them qualified to lead a nation that includes women. Period.

Moira

Ohio 5 hours ago

I can’t believe you treat Walker’s stance on abortion so cavalierly. He doesn’t believe in abortion even to save the life of the mother, let the woman die. This needs to be screamed from the rooftops. There is a man who is a governor in the United States, a man that wants to be President, that thinks it’s perfectly fine for a woman to die instead of having an abortion that could save her life. This is outrageous and totally unacceptable. Walker is an ignoramus and dangerous to women and that was crystal clear to every woman who watched last night. Too bad you missed it Nate.

Jim in Tucson

Tucson 7 hours ago

Ironically, Trump has put Fox News in a very difficult position. By all rights, his refusal to unconditionally support the final Republican presidential candidate should disqualify him from any further debates. But by denying him a place on the stage, Fox would certainly force him to run as an independent, which would just as certainly hand the keys to the White House back to the Democrats. As it stands right now, Fox can’t guarantee the Republicans can retake the Presidency, but it can certainly guarantee the Democrats do.
Sixteen years after Ralph Nader put George W. Bush the White House, Donald Trump might well do the same for Hillary. Revenge may not always be a dish best served cold; warmed-over might work as well. Either way, the irony is delicious.

G. Morris

NY and NJ 4 hours ago

I found most of the candidates frightening. They would not allow a 15 year girl access to abortion if she were raped. They are telling young American women they do not have the right to live if they develop serious medical issues while pregnant. I hate abortion. Abortion rates in Western Europe are a small percent of the United States. Ask candidates why that is? Affordable access to effective birth control would allow our abortion rate to plummet while defunding Planned Parenthood would make the abortion rate rise.

Kasich appeared to be the only candidate to care whether Americans could survive their political values/bigotry.

barnesen

brooklyn 3 hours ago

The Republican platform: “I hate Obama, I hate Hillary, Obama is wrecking the country, Hillary will wreck the country, the terrorists are coming.”

4 hours ago

II wanted to see a group of candidates who would respond in earnest to important policy questions. I did not see much of that. The questions were often unprofessional and off-point for the overarching issues we face today. And the responses mostly were not very insightful.

Why does this party still boast it will repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank? Why do they reflexively say they want to cut Social Security and Medicare? Why do they proudly say they will not expand Medicaid, all in knee-jerk fashion? There are real human beings out there who need these. Are these people so out of touch that they cannot see how these issues affect the daily lives of real people?

And then there is the willingness to start another war. Again, real people will fight those wars and possibly die. Do these candidates care about that? Show me people with heart and a true desire to be a statesman, not a bunch of armchair generals. John Kasich seemed to have some warmth and humanity and a knowledge that what he may do will affect people’s lives. The others all seemed out solely for themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/upshot/bush-and-trump-arent-among-the-gop-debate-winners.html?mabReward=A4&action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

Elected Chief Minister’s Visa is not private matter Mr. Consul General (DeshGujarat)

Elected Chief Minister’s Visa is not private matter Mr. Consul General

March 21, 2012   


File photo:Consul General Peter Haas with Gujaratis at Mumbai consulate

By DeshGujarat News, Ahmedabad, 20 March 2012

Again US Consul General was in Gujarat, and again he was asked a question about Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Visa issue, and again he had the same answer that “we don’t comment on personal visa matters.”

Once upon a time there was a practice that American Consul Generals would meet Gujarat Chief Minister during their Gujarat visit, but for last some years Modi doesn’t give time to meet US Consul Generals and divert them to meet the Chief Secretary. Present Consul General Peter Haas is not exception.

While Chinese, Japanese and other consulate officials can meet the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the American Consul General are avoided, thanks to America’s policy of succumbing to pressure and propaganda of leftist anti-Indian groups lobbying against Narendra Modi in America.

“Its a long-standing US policy… We do not comment on private visa matters,” Haas said when asked if there was any change in the US policy with regard to granting of visa to Modi.

(Mr. Haas should know that it could be private visa matter for America, but for Gujarat, Mr. Modi is not a person living private life but he is in public life. He is the Chief Minister of a state, elected by over five crore people)

Talking about relations between US and Gujarat, Haas said that there was good cooperation and many American companies have set up plant in the state.

The relationship of US with Gujarat can be judged on the basis that Gujarati was the first Indian regional language to be included in the US Census, he said.

During his last visit to Ahmedabad, Mr. Haas was asked that while people to people relations are excellent, and trade relations between America and Gujarat are in the best time-phase at present, why government level relations are sour, and what America wants to do in this regard? Haas had replied that question, saying that he met the Chief Secretary of the state, and people to people relations were more important.

While Mr. Modi’s stature is growing nationally and internationally, America is likely to face major embarrassment over Visa issue in future. Such embarrassment is always visible on Consul General’s face when he faces question on Modi’s Visa issue.

It is other thing that nobody is dying to go to America and Modi had not demanded visa, but the way America behaved on Modi’s Visa issue under the pressure of few vocal groups in 2005 and then-after, funnily in the name of ‘human right violation’, it is neither forgettable nor forgivable, at least when it comes to state-state relations.

Updates:

The US Consul General during his Ahmedabad visit, went to a residential colony of 2002 riot affected Muslims and also met Archbishop in Gandhinagar. He also went to Adalaj stepwell and Sidi Saiyad mosque wearing Islamic skull cap. The Consul General visited DAIICT campus in Gandhinagar, met state minister Saurabh Patel, visited Bhadrakali mandir in Amdavad, American company Inductotherm in Bopal, and American corner at Ahmedabad Management Association.

 

http://deshgujarat.com/2012/03/21/elected-chief-ministers-visa-is-not-private-maater-mr-consul-general/

Women’s Dignity: Enough is Enough! Sign Petition to the Advertisers on Rush Limbaugh show

Dear Friends:

Namaste. In a democracy, difference of opinions, debates and discussions are important; they strengthen it. However, when all limits are crossed, one has to say “Enough is Enough” and take action. Such a moment has come with regards to Rush Limbaugh. Irrespective of one’s political beliefs, Rush has transgressed all limits of decency when he called George Town Law student, Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute on his nationally syndicated radio talk show and continued his foul mouthed attack on her for three days. And what was Ms. Fluke’s sin? She dared to testify in font of Senate subcommittee in favor of a proposed rule that the insurance companies should be required to cover women’s contraceptives! She was denied the opportunity to testify in front of a House committee, which was made up of all males only. 

Rush Limbaugh went over the edge on the third day of his vile campaign when on his radio talk show he asked Ms. Fluke to video tape her having sex and post it on the Internet so that he and others could watch it! Erroneous and intentionally misguided premise was that the tax payers/ government was going to fund the cost of contraceptives. Even if it were so, would you want to see your mother/sister/daughter/wife’s sexual activities broadcast on the Internet?  And this from a man, who is OK with men using insurance covered Viagra!

Because of tremendous outrage across the country and intense pressure on Rush’s advertisers, some 140 advertisers and sponsors have either suspended their advertisement on his show or dropped him like a hot potato (pun intended). 

Please sign the petition here: {http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/limbaugh_appalling/index2.html} ( or left click with mouse on a highlighted area in the petition below and press Control key at the same time; a link will appear- click on it) and circulate it among your contacts; if you believe in decency in public discourse, act now! Remember, this is not a question of one party against the other or whether the proposed rule is good or bad, this is about dignity of women everywhere.

Rush Limbaugh is under intense pressure with more than 140 advertisers/sponsors dropping him.  He deserves to be out of public space for his day in, day out sexist, xenophobic, bigoted and hate filled diatribe on airwaves. Please sign the petition and circulate it to your friends. 

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CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.Rush Limbaugh’s remaining advertisers: Fujitsu, Lifelock and Lear Financial

Dear Friend,

Our momentum in the campaign against Rush Limbaugh is generating impressive results.

Over 444,000 other CREDO Action members have sent the message to Rush’s advertisers not to fund his vile attacks on women. But we can’t take our short-term victory for granted. National advertisers Fujitsu, Lifelock, and Lear Financial are still supporting the show. And some of the advertisers who merely “suspended” their ads may return once the controversy dies down.

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on advertisers like Fujitsu, Lifelock and Lear Financial to pull their support from Rush Limbaugh. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Over 140 companies1 have pulled their advertising dollars from the Rush Limbaugh show. In fact the national advertising exodus has been so devastating, that Rush Limbaugh has had to resort to filling his advertising slots with free public service announcements and even minutes of dead air at some points.

And just yesterday, Premiere Networks, the subsidiary of Clear Channel that distributes the show, told local affiliates it was pausing national ads for two weeks, though they were free to air ads from two companies remaining loyal to Rush Limbaugh: Lifelock and Lear Financial.2

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on Rush’s remaining advertisers to pull their support from his show. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Rush Limbaugh is clearly feeling the pressure of our activism, and the emails we have received from major companies like Geico and Netflix after receiving petitions with your signature show that your activism truly does work. Both companies have instructed their advertising companies to ensure that their ads do not air on the Rush Limbaugh Show in the future.

But the campaign is far from over.

If we can’t keep up the pressure on his advertisers, Rush Limbaugh will bounce back. He has been the top commercial radio host in the country since 1991. The best way to hold Limbaugh accountable for his extreme, inappropriate, and offensive comments is to ensure that all of the remaining advertisers on his show stop supporting his attacks on women. Not just now but permanently.

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on advertisers to pull their support from Rush Limbaugh not just for now but permanently. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

In the fight against the Susan G. Komen Foundation we proved that when women and the men who support them fight back against those who would restrict women’s access to healthcare, we can win.

Because of your pressure there was dead air on Rush Limbaugh’s Show this week where normally there would have been an advertisement. The momentum is on our side, but we need to keep the pressure on and ensure that the remaining advertisers drop their support of his show and advertisers that already withdrew their support don’t return once the media focus subsides.

When CREDO sends a national retailer a petition with over 400,000 signatures on it asking that they stop supporting attacks on women, we get their attention. Help us get to 500,000 and we’ll send your signature to the remaining national advertisers, to local advertisers who continue to support the program and to national advertisers who have only suspended their spots.

Please sign the petition now asking advertisers to permanently pull their support from the Rush Limbaugh Show. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

When women are attacked, CREDO responds. Together we are making a difference.

Thank you for your continued activism.

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Hypocricy of Reactions to US Marines Urinating on Taliban Corpses

Surfacing of a video showing US Marines urinating on Taliban corpses http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/marines-urinating-taliban-video_n_1202139.html

has US Government and its various officers, politicians, etc., rushing to the media to denounce and disown the dastardly deed. At the same time when you surf the web you read comments from both sides of the spectrum.

While on the surface of it, the act is devoid of human decency and the condemnations seem genuine, reality is very different.  If you had to make a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US Soldiers’s treatment of “living” Iraqi prisoners at Abu Gharib, what would you choose?

Again if you had to make  a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US throwing Napalm bombs on Vietnam and Cambodia, what would you choose?

Or,  if you had to make  a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US decimating half a million Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki what would you choose?

And the list goes on and on. So simple truth is that the response of the US Government, politicians and the public as selective and hypocritical.

While as a civilized society we may feel uneasy or outraged by this video, fact is that those who fight the war for us are facing and witnessing death and cruelty every day.  They are killing and getting killed. It is foolhardy and delusional to expect totally civil behavior in such an environment.

While urinating on the corpses is bad, let us not forget that these followers of Islam have no compunction in slitting throats of captives, be they men or women (air hostesses of  9/11 flights), or blowing off  planes and bombing crowded markets. And how about Bangladeshi soldiers gouging out the eyes of  Bharat (India)’s soldiers and mutilating their bodies? How about Pakistan’s soldiers beheading Bharatiya soldiers and sending back their headless torso?

While US Marines’ behavior is an exception, that of Muslim soldiers and terrorists is not; they are uniformly cruel and barbaric. History of Islam bears testimony to that.

One can argue that yes, true but we do not have to be like them.  The fact is, on a scale of 1 to 10000, US Marines’ act, as much as it jars our senses, is mere 1 and that of barbaric Islamists 10,000.

US General George S. Patton said:

We’re not going to just shoot the sons-of-bi¬tches, we’re going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks.

There,  you have it!

Indian American lawmakers demand Kentucky Republican’s apology

The  Pioneer

http://www.dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/india-abroad/17858-indian-american-lawmakers-demand-kentucky-republicans-apology.html

http://tinyurl.com/863ko7s

FRIDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2011 12:52PTI | WASHINGTONHITS: 339

Three Indian American lawmakers from Maryland have demanded an “immediate apology” from David Williams, a hopeful for the gubernatorial post, for his “offensive remarks” against Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead.

In a joint statement, Delegates Kumar Barve, Aruna Miller and Sam Arora from Maryland condemned the “offensive remarks” made by Kentucky State Senator and called for an “immediate retraction and apology”.

Early this week, Williams had lashed out at Beshear for his participation in a ‘bhoomi poojan’ or ground breaking ceremony of a manufacturing facility.

Williams charged that the actions of Beshear were tantamount to “idolatry” and criticised him for “sitting down there with his legs crossed, participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead.”

“His words were an insult to all Americans, not just to Hindus. I have served in the Maryland House of Delegates for more than two decades and have never heard an elected official use such reprehensible language toward their fellow citizens,” Barve said.

“In the difficult times we face, I cannot fathom why anyone would choose to use such inflammatory language instead of celebrating the economic impact and jobs the plant will create,” Miller said.

Arora said, “As a Baptist, I am embarrassed that someone would try to use our faith as cover for such inappropriate remarks.”

Yesterday, Williams had sought to clarify his remarks.

In a statement, he said, he believes in freedom of religion but believes Governor Beshear has worked to “undermine the Christian faith”.

Meanwhile, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has launched a public campaign against Williams seeking his apology.

“We need you to act! In one minute you can send a message to Williams, informing him that his words are unacceptable and demanding an apology,” HAF said in a mass e-mail sent to its support base in US.

“I request you to make a public apology, not only to those Hindus who you have so blatantly disrespected, but to the countless Americans who value and understand the importance of diversity in our country,” says the draft of the letter provided by HAF.

NATO Prepares Global War – Russian and Chinese Military on Highest Alert

http://nsnbc.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/nato-prepares-global-war-russian-and-chinese-military-on-highest-alert/

Posted on October 24, 2011 by nsnbc

At the International Security Conference (ISC) in Munich, 2007, Vladimir Putin warned western leaders, that the unprecedented aggressive expansion of NATO has brought the world more close to a third world war than it has ever been before. This stern warning came years before NATO´s aggression against Libya and it´s undeclared war in Syria and Pakistan. Following the recent deployment of US troops to Uganda, and military threats directed against Pakistan, the armed forces of NATO, Russia and China have never been as close to open and all out conflict as today. A recent and sobering report of the Russian Intelligence Service FSB, details the fact that the USA and NATO are currently planning and actively preparing for all out war on all continents. After the recent meeting between Russian P.M. Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Huan Jintao, both Russian and Chinese military forces have been placed on highest alert.             By Dr. Christof Lehmann

The speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 43rd International Security Conference in Munich in 2007, and Putin´s statement, that the aggressive expansionism of NATO has brought the world more close to a third world war than it has ever been before, was sobering in 2007. That an all out conflict has been prevented until now however, is not based on the fact that NATO has changed it´s aggressive policy of military expansionism. Putin´s speech from 2007 was sobering then, and few understood it´s full implications. The developments of recent months, however, are eliciting the urgent need to stop a cycle of aggression that can only be described as megalomaniacs insanity.

Since the middle of September 2011 Russian politicians at Russia´s State Duma began discussing that NATO must significantly reduce it´s military footprint in the former Soviet Republics. By early October, those calls had developed into demands that Russia should assert it´s interests in the former Soviet republics, and especially in the South. Since the discontinuation of the USSR, and NATO´s war on Afghanistan, it has significantly increased it´s military footprint in Russian and Chinese neighbor states such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and not least in Georgia. The fact that Russian and NATO troops came into open armed conflict when Georgi attacked Ossetia, and not least the US backed armed insurgency in Chechnya are eliciting the fact that Russia is increasingly threatened. A clear response by Vladimir Putin to the State Duma´s demands for policy changes came on 3 October, after Putin had received the sobering Intelligence Report, that warned of US and NATO preparations of a global war. On 3 October, only days before his meeting with Jintao, Putin announced his plans for a Eurasian Union.

When Russia´s Prime Minister, and most likely winner of the next presidential elections, Vladimir Putin, met Chinese President Huan Jintao on 12 October, the official narrative elicited mutually beneficial friendship and treaties, trade and other relations. The most important reason for the sudden visit however, did not make the headlines. Before leaving for Beijing, Putin received a sobering report from the Russian Intelligence Service FSB. The FSB report to Vladimir Putin supported reports from the Chinese Intelligence Service and China´s Ministry of State Security, MSS, which were among other based on intelligence received via the former Blackwater operative Brian Underwood. Underwood is currently held in the US on charges of espionage. According to reliable sources, China has attempted to warn Russia of US and NATO plans to initiate a global armed conflict. This conflict has reportedly moved from the drawing board to an activation stage.

According to both Chinese and Russian Intelligence Sources, the US and NATO plans include among other, the deliberate implosion of the US- and EU Economies, destroying the worlds financial systems, and the launching of a massive conventional war throughout North America, Africa and Asia, as well as the Middle East. The war plans include the release of biological warfare agents designed to kill millions if not billions of people. The NATO strategists rely on their ability to sue for peace when the coming conflict is at it´s highest, to call for the establishment of a “New World Order” under the pretext of preventing the destruction of the planet and civilization as we know it. One of the preparatory stages was reportedly doctrinal and strategy changes wherein the training of it´s soldiers shifted from counter insurgency to more conventional warfare and tank on tank battles.

The FSB Report states that the activation of the conflict is to be expected sooner rather than later, since the US and NATO have pre-deployed 2000  M1 Abrams Battle Tanks in Iraq, and another 2000 in Afghanistan. In the area between the Middle East and Asia, tens of thousands of other armored vehicles are deployed. The FSB evaluates the situation as so threatening, that it explains in it´s report, that the only thing needed to activate the war plan is a call for the full mobilization of 1.5 Million US Reserves. Their activation can come at moments notice, and needs no further authorization by the US Congress.

The US plans for global dominance date back to as early as 1998 and the “Project for a New American Century, PNAC. One of the think tanks members, former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, warned in September 2001, that if the war fails to significantly alter the worlds geopolitical map, the US will not achieve it´s aim to become the worlds only ad dominant superpower.

The war on Iraq was not only based on co-opting it´s oil. One of the main driving factors behind the decision to topple the Iraqi government was, that Iraq had begun trading the nations oil in Euro and not US-Dollar. The driving factors behind the aggression against Libya was the fact that Libya blocked for the development of the Mediterranean Alliance, lobbied for the establishment of a Pan-African, gold backed currency, and that it had supported the now ousted Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast in his attempt to get Ivory Coast out of the CFA agreement. The CFA is a French Controlled currency used in eight African states, and France´s control over the CFA is one of the major supports of the French economy. The only country that so far has succeeded to withdraw from the US Dollar is Iran, that ended all trade of oil in US-Dollars in 2009. One of the reasons why Iran has not yet been attacked may be the fact that it has acquired a number of X-55 missiles with nuclear capabilities from the Ukraine. Russian Intelligence analysts how ever, generally perceive it as extremely unlikely that Ukraine did not deliver the nuclear warheads together with the missiles. Another reason why Iran has not yet been attacked may be it´s current support of NATO´s narrative of a popular revolution in Libya. Why precisely Iran is playing this dangerous diplomatic game is puzzling many analysts. It may be that Iran, knowing about the US and NATO war plans, would perceive the tying down of NATO forces in Northern Africa as a short lived insurance policy that can buy much needed time to prepare a defense against an anticipated attack.

Both China and Russia are outraged by NATO´s unprecedented abuse of UNSC Resolution 1973 and NATO´s war on Libya. Both the Russian and the Chinese veto of a resolution on Syria must be seen within the context of Russian and Chinese awareness of US and NATO plans to initiate a global war. The fact that the highest US Representative to the UN Susan Rice left the Security Counsel meeting in protest after the veto is not a sign of diplomacy being the modus for solving problems of global security either.

Recently the government of India agreed to let 20.000 Chinese troops to enter the Indian administrated part of Kashmirto counter the expected US and NATO aggression. Afghanistan has is signaling that it would be fighting along side Pakistan in case Pakistan would be attacked by the USA or NATO. Both China, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan discussed pressing security matters at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on 15 October. Most likely, the US and NATO preparations of an all out confrontation with Russia and China have been a central point of consideration in meetings behind the scenes. When the Russian Military was ordered on high alert, Vladimir Putin reportedly instructed high ranking military personnel to “Prepare for Armageddon“.

If the clock was 5 minutes to midnight in 2007, what time is it today. And will the people live up to their responsibility as citizens, to stop criminal governments. Failure to do so, may be failure to save ones own life and civilization as we know it.It is in deed high time that peace loving people throughout the world begin protesting against the mass murder that is planned against them, and support initiatives like those of former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Tun Mahatir Muhammad, to criminalize war.

Christof Lehmann


700 Thrown in Jail as Protest Grows Against Tyranny of Wall Street and Banks

This post is courtsey of http://www.Alternet.org 
AlterNetBy Sarah Jaffe

“They’re Arresting Us One by One”: 700 Thrown in Jail as Wall St. Protest Grows — Labor Declares Support

It’s raining in Liberty Plaza Saturday afternoon as the shrunken crowds fall in around the Occupy Wall Street media center, which still isn’t allowed a tent. They’re keeping the laptops and livestream (which reports 13,000 viewers at one point, from around the world) under a large picnic umbrella and some tarps, and every now and then the call “mic check!” rings out and someone jumps atop a table to relay the latest from the protesters kettled on the Brooklyn Bridge, cuffed, and being loaded onto giant NYPD buses for dispersal to various locations.

The “People’s Mic” is one of the most striking features of the “Occupy Wall Street” community that has sprung up down in the heart of New York’s financial district. Because NYPD hasn’t allowed amplification, speakers confine themselves to short half-sentences, that are repeated back by the crowd. It makes every statement communal–in addition to wiggling your fingers downward if you disagree, or rolling your arms around if you want the person to hurry up and finish, you often simply stop repeating. There’s an engagement, a type of consent that it creates, which is demonstrated when Congressman Charles Rangel shows up just before the march to show his support–Rangel is greeted by the horde of reporters thrusting the microphones not allowed protesters in his face, but Rangel’s words don’t get repeated to the crowd–instead, the most striking feature of his attempt to speak is the crowd’s reaction to a heckler who got in Rangel’s face. The crowd immediately took up the chant “Sit down!” and then “This is a peaceful march!” echoing across the plaza.

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There’s only one round of shout-backs necessary in the small crowd during Saturday afternoon, but later that night, at about 7:30 PM, the reports from the legal team are echoed back in waves. It’s almost soothing; combined with the professionalism from the legal team volunteer, who tells the crowd that they have names of 100 confirmed arrested and have dispatched lawyers to get them out, you almost forget that friends, colleagues are standing in the rain on the bridge.

(Photo by Michael Whitney)

AlterNet’s Kristen Gwynne is one of those stuck in the bridge when the police closed off both ends and came in with the plastic cuffs. “They’re arresting us one by one. I just asked a cop and they said they’re going to arrest all of us. There are hundreds of people who dont have room to sit down. We’re just crammed in,” she reports by phone.

Later, she texts, “Now it’s pouring and we’re huddled five people to an umbrella. People just sang that [Rihanna] song “you can get under my umbrella.”  Spirits are high and people are sharing what they have and coming together to protect each other.”

The relationship with the police stationed around the park has been remarkably good, but marches have been contested. The Saturday crowd proves that Friday’s attendance wasn’t just a fluke brought on by a rumor that Radiohead would play for the protesters, and thousands of people join the march–as we pass, the boy clinging to a drainpipe and counting protesters shouts out “1200 and counting!”  When visiting UK journalist Laurie Penny and I turn back, we squeeze past easily as many people as were ahead of us. A couple of marchers have a giant balloon cluster floating above with a camera dangling from it, getting a bird’s-eye view of the crowds.

When the texts and Twitter reports start to flood in that arrests are happening on the bridge, that even a New York Times reporter is being held, we rejoin the now-smaller crowd in Liberty Plaza to find out if there’s any news. Reports are confused–some say that you can get off the bridge on the Brooklyn side, and indeed I receive a report from a colleague that he’s on the other side at Cadman Plaza. The jubilant tweets that the police were allowing marchers into the traffic lanes have turned to fear and anger at what many perceive as a trap. Surprisingly quickly, facilitators call “mic check!” and ask anyone who has a smartphone to go to the base of the bridge and record what they see–including clear instructions on a specific app that can be downloaded to stream video instantly to the Web.

From the park, we briefly return to the base of the bridge to see a mass of police officers blocking the entrance to the traffic lanes. The crowd gathered there is mostly pointing cameras and smartphones at the police, but with no one moving on or off the bridge, the scene is tense. Protesters call “Join us!” and “Police are the 99 percent!” at the officers, who stand impassive, making no moves to arrest anyone or to allow anyone, on foot or on vehicles, from either direction, past. In the rain, we return to Liberty Plaza and the media tent, hoping for better news updates, and check updates on our phones.

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Even as the NYPD was corralling and cuffing protesters on the bridge, new support was rolling in for the occupiers. Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers union, North America’s largest industrial union with 1.2 million active and retired members, made a resounding declaration of support:

“The United Steelworkers (USW) stands in solidarity with and strongly supports Occupy Wall Street. The brave men and women, many of them young people without jobs, who have been demonstrating around-the-clock for nearly two weeks in New York City are speaking out for the many in our world. We are fed up with the corporate greed, corruption and arrogance that have inflicted pain on far too many for far too long.”

Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate which organizes non-union workers, releases a statement as well, offering support and encouragement to the protesters. “It’s obvious what has motivated these protests, and it’s the same thing we hear at the doors we knock on every day,” the statement reads.

News also came in that the NYPD, which according to protesters has not allowed its officers to even accept donuts from protesters in the square, gratefully took$4.6 million from JP Morgan Chase, one of the Wall Street banks targeted by the protesters, in donation to its foundation.

New Yorker and Naked Capitalism blogger Yves Smith writes of the gift, “The Foundation has been in existence for 40 years. If you assume that the $100 million it has received over that time is likely to mean “not much over $100 million” this contribution could easily be 3-4% of the total the Foundation have everreceived.”

The news coming in just as the reports were hitting that police had actually led protesters onto the car-traffic section of the bridge certainly sets the crowd humming (video below shows police marching ahead of the crowd onto the bridge):

Michael Whitney, who was marching with the crowd onto the bridge, tells me, “No one knew we were going over the bridge.” He says that the march stopped, then proceeded onto the traffic lane on the bridge, led by police. “We walked past dozens of police officers who said nothing to us–in the middle of the march, with 1200 people ahead of us. I thought out loud it felt like a trap and a bad idea.”

Whitney continues, “When it became clear police were blocking us from Brooklyn on the walkway and the roadway, we knew it was only a matter of time before arrests began. We started walking against the crowd back towards Manhattan. That’s when we saw a sergeant and two officers walking up the pedestrian walkway, and multiple police vans driving on the roadway. They were getting everybody off the bridge, including the hot dog vendor and an old couple on a bench.”

Smith comments, “We simply don’t know whether the police would have behaved one iota differently in the absence of the JP Morgan donation. But it raises the troubling perspective that they might have.”

No one knows yet what the next few days will bring; Wednesday will see a march in solidarity with the occupiers which will include The United Federation of Teachers; 32BJ SEIU & 1199 SEIU; Workers United; Transport Workers Union Local 100, as well as the Working Families Party, Moveon.org, Make the Road New York, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Alliance for Quality Education, Community Voices Heard, United New York and Strong Economy For All.

Occupations have sprung up around the country, and with the growing media coverage, the word is spreading fast. With union support comes money and an infrastructure used to planning rallies, strikes and protest actions, and with the community groups come people who aren’t on social media but understand all too well the impact of bankers’ greed. The first edition of the “Occupied Wall Street Journal”, professionally printed as a broadsheet, was handed out along the parade route, and the occupiers issued their first official statement Saturday as well.

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The statement reads, in part:

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Hena Ashraf, who joined the protests this week, details in a blog post the process by which the official statement was composed and edited; her account highlights both the drawbacks and the strengths of the movement. She writes of calling the facilitators out for unacknowledged white privilege, the way the consensus-based decision-making process worked, and how the protesters learn from each other. “We walked away realizing what we had just done – spontaneously come together, demand change, and create it, in a movement that we are in solidarity with, but also feel a need for constructive criticism,” she writes.

The crowd at the end of the night is unbowed, the mood still jubilant, in a “the flag was still there” sort of way. The square is full again, full of wiggling fingers of assent, echoes of news, dotted with Guy Fawkes masks turned backwards and 1199 SEIU ponchos, brought down from the union. Kristen is released from jail late at night; other protesters are also freed the same evening. Jeff Rae, one of those arrested, tweets pictures from inside his cell before his release, and sayshe is charged with “failure to obey order, prohibited use of roadway, and blocking traffic.”  Their resolve is only hardened by their time singing songs of support on the bridge, the honks of support from passing cars, the growing protests around the country, and the cheers back in Liberty Plaza.

*Photos, unless otherwise noted, are by Sarah Jaffe.

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