Monthly Archives: January 2008

Too Many Debates

I mean really. Do we have to hear from these guys this many times? These aren’t debates. These are moderated discussions. They’ve cut out Kucinich so they look like they are from the left.

Bill Clinton wasn’t the first black president. He was the maybe first modern ‘born poor’ president.

Many have perhaps forgotten about Bill, speaking in the last pulpit King stood in, telling blacks in 1993 how disappointed “Dr. King would be [in them] if he were alive today”, because of black on black crime. “Crime” has long been a white politician’s code to signal, “I can stick it to blacks.”

For good measure, he made sure to oversee the execution of convicted killer Ricky Ray Rector, a brain-damaged black man, in the heat of the primaries.

Obama is fortunate he wasn’t busted [for cocaine use] during Bill Clinton’s years in office. Clinton left behind a larger, darker prison population than when he took office. Black incarceration rates during the Clinton years surpassed those during Ronald Reagan’s eight years.

One Clinton initiative required citizens, mostly black, in public housing to surrender their Fourth Amendment, or privacy, rights.

But I am just as sure that if Obama went after Hillary Clinton to reveal the real record of the period she seems intent on restoring, h e would be savagely attacked for playing the race card by the very same media that is fawning over him now.

“This is Our Country”

I know it makes me a bad person but whenever I hear the song “This is Our Country” I think of a truck commercial where Klansmen back a truck over a bunch of illegal immigrants in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Complete US Media Blackout: FBI Translator Alleges Gov’t Officials Sold Nuke Secrets

Sometimes I think I get a bit too shrill with my cries of conspiracy or corruption. Then this kinda shit happens.

Sibel Edmonds was a Turkish translator for the FBI for about 6 months back in 2001 and was fired after illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence. Lawsuits and hearings piled up and John Ashcroft silenced her with the State Secrets statute. Earlier this year she said she’d tell her complete story – risking imprisonment or worse – to any media outlet that wanted to interview her.

On Sunday the story finally broke:

“For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets”

“What I found was damning,” she said. “While the FBI was investigating, several arms of the government were shielding what was going on.” The Turks and Israelis had planted “moles” in military and academic institutions which handled nuclear technology. Edmonds says there were several transactions of nuclear material every month, with the Pakistanis being among the eventual buyers. “The network appeared to be obtaining information from every nuclear agency in the United States,” she said. They were helped, she says, by the high-ranking State Department official who provided some of their moles – mainly PhD students – with security clearance to work in sensitive nuclear research facilities. These included the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico, which is responsible for the security of the US nuclear deterrent.

The story was covered in Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Netherlands… bloggers are helping to spread the story and more international media outlets are picking up on it.

Except the United States.

See, the story broke in the UK media. The Times Online.

Go ahead – go over to Google News and search for “sibel edmonds.” As of now (January 8 @ 6:50pm) there are no major US news outlets reporting this story.

Other important points:

She isn’t able to name names but she’s posted pictures on her website and others have added the names.

She is also the subject of the 2006 movie Kill the Messenger available on Google Video.

Pope Sets Up Exorcism Squads to Combat Satanism

Why oh why does our current Pope have to look so un-venerable? That hawkish glare is really unsettling. I’m glad I was able to enjoy the reign of Pope John Paul II who always seemed so kind and caring and relaxed.

The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism. Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult. They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of “Godlessness.”

This has to be a joke.

Found on Bob Cesca’s Goddamn Awesome Blog which I found via his HuffPost entry on the year’s Most Inappropriate Bush War Smirk of 2007.

Whites Get More Drugs in ERs

Via CNN:

Even for the severe pain of kidney stones, minorities were prescribed narcotics such as oxycodone and morphine less frequently than whites. The analysis of more than 150,000 emergency room visits over 13 years found differences in prescribing by race in both urban and rural hospitals, in all U.S. regions and for every type of pain.The irony, she said, is that blacks are the least likely group to abuse prescription drugs. Hispanics are becoming as likely as whites to abuse prescription opioids and stimulants, according to her research. She was not involved in the current study.