|Progressive Calendar 07.16.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:57:34 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.16.10 1. Palestine vigil 7.16 4:15pm 2. Immigration/justice 7.16 7pm 3. Rondo Days 7.17 8:30am 4. Peace walk 7.17 9am Cambridge MN 5. Lydia sells out 7.17 10am 6. Immigrant rights 7.17 10am 7. Pentel for Gov 7.17 12noon 8. CUAPB 7.17 1:30pm 9. Northtown vigil 7.17 2pm 10. $ crisis root 7.17 7pm 11. Rwanda v Erlinder 7.17 9pm 12. Pigstock/McKinney 7.17 HagerCity WI 13. Marco Dávila - Boycott helps Jimmy Johns condemn AZ Law SB1070 14. PCJF - Victory for protest 15. Alexander Cockburn - The fall of Obama 16. Tom Turnipseed - Military madness/killing for fun 17. Sam Smith - How progressives and liberals are different --------1 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 7.16 4:15pm The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs available. --------2 of 17-------- From: Christine Frank <socialistaction [at] visi.com> Subject: Immigration/justice 7.16 7pm "Immigration and Justice" --from the Slaveocracy's Conquest of Northern Mexico to Arizona SB 1070 Speakers: Manuel Barrera, PhD, Educator and Activist, Metropolitan State University Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College Daysi Santos, FMLN Minnesota Friday, July 16, 7:00 PM Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Sponsored by Twin Cities Socialist Action Co-sponsored by Mayday Bookstore For more information: (612) 333-4719 --------3 of 17-------- From: Steven Clift <clift [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Rondo Days 7.17 8:30am From: http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/98573449.html Festival and cycling events run all day Saturday in St. Paul Rondo-Major Taylor Family Fun Ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with 6- and 14-mile routes leaving from Rondo Education Center. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Church on Central Avenue and ends at Martin Luther King Park Festival is held at Martin Luther King Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SENIOR RECOGNITION DINNER Rondo Avenue Inc. is honored each year to provide a very special dinner in which we are able to celebrate the many contributions of our elders to the beloved Rondo community. This wonderful gathering provides our elders with an opportunity to share their wisdom and life experiences with the children and young adults of our community. As a tribute to our elders this celebration is provided to them at no cost. All seniors are invited to attend. In addition to the dinner, the Rondo Avenue Inc., Board of director's also selects one individual whose contributions to the Rondo community exemplifies the values and meaning of Rondo. GRANDE PARADE The Rondo Days Celebration would not be complete without the biggest, longest, most glamorous parade possible. The Annual Rondo Days Grand Parade, brings back the glitz and glamour of the old days. Families that resided in the historic Rondo community, plan their family reunions and come back to participate in the parade. Businesses, churches, youth groups, drill teams, politicians, and families come from near and far showing off their floats, banners, signs and balloons all showing their pride for the rondo Community. Like our Drill Team Competition the Parade is featured on SPNN throughout the year. DRILL, STEP & DANCE EXHIBITION The Rondo Days Drill, Dance & Step Exhibition has become one of the major highlights of the Rondo Days Festival. It has grown over the years expanding its reach across the country. Drill, Step and Drum line teams, along with Precision Dance Teams, come from as far away California, Oklahoma, Iowa and Baltimore come to compete for the coveted 1st place trophy. Each year the judges are challenged to determine the best of the best in street performances. THE GREAT RONDO ENTERTAINMENT STAGE The entertainment stage at the Rondo Days Festival has always the best in local and national entertainment. Previous entertainers that have given their time and talent as a service to the legacy of Rondo and the great history that Rondo represents have included Sounds of Blackness, Excelsior Choral Ensemble, Moore by Four, James Greer and Company, the Steele's and the list goes on. The Rondo Entertainment Stage features youth and adult entertainers from venues such as jazz, praise dancing, R&B, and even a little Rap. Local artists have come to the stage hoping for their lucky break. There is always something for everyone and every age group on the rondo Entertainment Stage. 5K WALK & RUN: Health and Wellness have become an important part of preserving not only our physical health but the health of our communities. In efforts to encourage a healthy life style Rondo Avenue Inc, has partnered with the Inner Cities Athletic Association Summer Youth Track Team to host the Annual Rondo Days 5K Walk and Run. The 5K Walk and Run route runs throughout the historic Rondo community. All age groups are welcome to participate. Participants will receive a Rondo/Inner City Athletics T-Shirt. And as a contribution to the community, we ask all runners to bring a non perishable food item, to be donated to local community food shelves. RONDO MAJOR TAYLOR URBAN BICYLE SUMMIT & FAMILY FUN RIDE The Rondo Days-Major Taylor have partnered together to host the Urban Bicycle Festival and Rondo Family Fun Ride. The Rondo-Major Taylor Urban Bicycle Summit will take place from July 15 - 17 and will bring over 300 African-American bicyclists from across the country to our great city of St. Paul. The Rondo Family Fun Ride will cover a 5 mile and 12 mile route down beautiful Summit Avenue, Mississippi River Road and the Historical Rondo Neighborhood. It will end as the anchor of the Rondo Days Festival Parade. The Goal of the event is introduce and support children and families to cycling as an activity to support healthy lifestyle, personal discovery and community. All ages and stages of fitness are encouraged to come. There will be technical support, refreshments, free bike check, bike fittings, helmet fittings, free helmets and a commemorative t-shirts for all participants. Come and ride with us. --------4 of 17-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 7.16 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------5 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Lydia sells out 7.17 10am [ed head] SAT.JULY 17, 10 AM to 5:30 PM Progressive Sidewalk Sale/Minneapolis Lydia Howell, local KFAI journalist & TC activist hosts a yard sale. LOTS of BOOKS: [read only by old ladies in Pasadena -ed] politics, diverse literature,history, cook books. DVDs & VIDEOS.CDs. Political t-shirts & other clothes (LEATHER JACKET).Roller blades. CHILDREN'S BOOKS & VIDEOS.Posters. NEW ESPRESSO MACHINE. Other cool stuff. Get some good deals and help an activist get through the recession. GOOD PRICES/Make an offer on any item. 2121 Minnehaha Ave. South, one block south of Cedar Ave. S.,Minneapolis --------6 of 17-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Immigrant rights 7.17 10am Coffee Hour: Immigrants' Rights- July 17 Saturday, July 17 10:00am-11:45am At the Resource Center of the Americas Presented in English The presentation will focus on the central legal rights that are available to everyone physically situated within the United States. I will focus specifically on navigating encounters with the police (the best place to know what you can and cannot do), and I will use various examples of what to do, and what not to do. Speaker: Andrew Gordon: Mr. Gordon was born and raised in Jamaica. He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, and from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practice law in Massachusetts and Minnesota, and works exclusively in the area of criminal defense. CONTACT Andrew Gordon agord [at] legalrightscenter.org 612-337-0030 ext. 17. --------7 of 17-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Pentel for Gov 7.17 12noon Subject: Ken Pentel on the Campaign Trail - Mississippi Leg The Mississippi River segment of Ken Pentel's Central Minnesota Human -Powered Campaign has its paddle-off the morning of Thursday July 15th at 9:00am from Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. The Canoe Campaign will proceed down river stopping at Crow Wing State Park, Fort Ripley Landing, Fletcher Creek Landing, Maple Island Park in Little Falls, Bend in the River Park near Rice, and stops at Sartell and Sauk Rapids before culminating at Riverside Park in St.Cloud Saturday evening. MEET KEN PENTEL CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA OF THE ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY PARTY at the following locations: Saturday, July 17 Bend in the River Park, Rice Noon Saturday, July 17 Riverside Park, StCloud Evening Join Ken and the Ecology Democracy Party as he promotes ecological consciousness, proportional representation and the removal of undue corporate influence on the health, democracy and prosperity of Minnesota. Danene Provencher Co-campaign Manager Ken Pentel for Governor 2010 Ecology Democracy Party 952-472-7863 --------8 of 17-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 7.17 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) --------9 of 17-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 7.17 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------10 of 17-------- From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at] minn.net> Subject: $ crisis root 7.17 7pm Saturday, July 19, 7:00 pm Working Democracy Discussion Forum "The Real Cause of the Financial Crisis" Greedy Wall Street bankers. Crooked mortgage lenders. Irresponsible borrowers. Lax government regulators. Alan Greenspan. All have been blamed for the financial crisis that sent global capitalism to the brink of collapse - where it remains today. But none of the pundits, economists or politicians dare suggest that the capitalist system itself produces the conditions and crises that threaten its own existence. At this Discussion Forum we will examinine the inner workings of the system to uncover The Real Cause of the Financial Crisis. MayDay Bookstore 301 Cedar, West Bank --------11 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Rwanda v Erlinder 7.17 9pm Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. 7/17, 9pm and Tues, 7/20, 8am "Genocide Denial? The State of Rwanda v. Peter Erlinder" Recently released from detention in Rwanda, William Mitchell College of Law Professor Peter Erlinder shares details of his recent and ongoing ordeal. Erlinder and his two heroic Kenyan attorneys who won Peter's release describe the context of the detention and the global effort to save his life and gain his freedom. (interview filmed 6/29/2010) --------12 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Pigstock/McKinney 7.17 HagerCity WI Veterans for Peace Retreat: Pigstock Saturday, July 17, All Day Windbeam Farm, N2934 750th Street, Hager City, Wisconsin (for directions with a map see: www.windbeamfarm.com). Minnesota Veterans for Peace daylong retreat that includes: a general meeting, announcements, speakers, food, entertainment and ceremonies. Featured speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, activist and former Congresswoman from Georgia; Mike Ferner, National Chairman of Veterans for Peace. Camping grounds are available for Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsored by: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI and/or to register: Call Bill Habedank, 651-388-7733 or email habedank [at] charter.net. --------13 of 17-------- Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 18:21:05 -0500 From: "[ISO-8859-1] Marco Dávila" <maidaca85 [at] gmail.com> Subject: Boycott helps Jimmy Johns condemn AZ Law SB1070 http://mirac1.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/a-victory-under-pressure-from-local-boycott-jimmy-johns-franchise-condemns-az-law-sb1070-calls-for-just-and-humane-immigration-reform/ A Victory! Under Pressure from Local Boycott, Jimmy Johns Franchise Condemns AZ Law SB1070, Calls for Just and Humane Immigration Reform Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 *Under Pressure from Local Boycott, Jimmy Johns Franchise Condemns AZ Law SB1070, Calls for Just and Humane Immigration Reform* In a victory for the local immigrant rights movement, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! <http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com/> has succeeded in pressuring a local Jimmy John's franchise to publicly denounce the controversial Arizona immigration law SB1070, and call for a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform. In a statement released today, MikLin Enterprises president, and owner of nine local Jimmy John's branches, Michael Mulligan writes: To Whom It May Concern: MikLin Enterprises, Inc. is a local family owned Jimmy John's franchisee. "We employ nearly 200 people without regard to race, gender, national origin or sexual preference. We reject Arizona's SB1070 and urge the federal government to repeal this misguided law. We support the passage of just and humane comprehensive immigration reform." Michael L. Mulligan President, MikLin Enterprises, Inc Since June, Boycott Arizona-Minnesota! has mounted an informational picketing campaign to raise public awareness about Jimmy John's financial contributions to anti-immigrant Arizona politicians like Joe Arpaio and John McCain, who are staunch supporters of SB1070, by focusing on the chain's Minneapolis franchise, MikLin Enterprises, Inc. After a month of weekly pickets<http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/6/17/minneapolis-immigrant-rights-protest-targets-jimmy-johns>, MikLin president Michael Mulligan finally caved to their demands and sign the statement. Boycott Arizona-Minnesota organizer Ana Vasquez said of their success: This victory adds pressure to Jimmy John's corporate to stop giving money to controversial anti-immigrant demagogues, and demonstrates the power and effectiveness of grassroots boycotts. It sends a clear message to businesses and politicians that we will not tolerate racist attacks on the immigrant community in Minnesota, or anywhere in this country! Boycott Arizona-MN (BAM!) campaign* http://bamcampaign.wordpress.com Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)* http://mirac1.wordpress.com --------14 of 17-------- From: Tim Nolan <timnolan7 [at] gmail.com> From: Partnership for Civil Justice Fund <no-reply [at] justiceonline.org> Subject: Victory for protest U.S. Federal Judge Lauds "Historic" Settlement Court Approval Given for Protest Arrest Class Action Resolution Transcript Now Available in Becker, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al. Issuing final approval to a class action settlement, U.S. Federal Judge Paul Friedman described the terms of settlement of a nearly decade-long protest arrest lawsuit in Washington, D.C., as "historic" and an achievement for "future generations." >From the bench, the Judge stated, "The equitable relief has effectively changed the landscape, both practically on the streets and legally, in the courts of the District of Columbia and under law as pertains to police conduct during mass demonstrations." The class action lawsuit filed by attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund on behalf of nearly 700 demonstrators and passersby who were illegally mass arrested on April 15, 2000 in downtown Washington, D.C., led to major reform legislation adopted by the D.C. City Council in 2004 and additional changes in police practices and policies won by the PCJF. During the litigation, the PCJF successfully fought to end the D.C. police's "trap and detain" arrest tactic whereby the police would use police lines to suddenly surround and arrest entire groups of people in proximity to free speech activities. The monetary terms of the nearly $14 million settlement include up to $18,000 for each eligible class member. It is considered to be the largest protest settlement in U.S. history. During the fairness hearing held in open court in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Friedman discussed the case, the settlement and the resulting changes in police practices in Washington, D.C., as well as the efforts of class counsel at the PCJF, whom he said had "done a spectacular job." "[I]t's an important settlement, it's an historic settlement," stated Judge Friedman. "[T]he terms of this settlement are historic. They provide substantial relief for the plaintiffs and for future generations of protestors." He added, "There are fewer more tenacious lawyers who work as hard for their clients." Judge Friedman discussed the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004, stating: "Along the way [of this litigation] the city council, again at the urging of plaintiffs' counsel in this case, passed really quite historic legislation with respect to how demonstrators will be treated in the future. ... there have to be limits on what the police can and cannot do. There are constitutional limits; there are now serious statutory limits in the District of Columbia as well...." "Substantial benefits have been conferred on the class in terms of significant policy changes in the areas of restrictions on police tactics through legislation that we talked about, based upon evidence that was developed by the plaintiffs and plaintiffs" counsel in this and the other cases before Judge Sullivan and others in this court. "The First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004 was, as I said, a direct result of this litigation". "One of the things that the settlement agreement also includes is even a more specific regimen of training for police that is calculated to remedy deficiencies even beyond what's in the legislation that was passed six years ago. And the settlement agreement" mandates specific and particular training requirements. "It also requires the Metropolitan Police Department to brief outside agencies who are brought in to assist demonstration-related duties in terms of the requirements of handling First Amendment assemblies and responding to protest situations. And that's always been a problem historically in the District of Columbia, because first of all there's something like 26 separate police agencies who operate within the District of Columbia, and occasionally people are brought in from departments elsewhere. "Class counsel and the District of Columbia attorneys are in agreement that from the effective date of the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act in April of 2005 up until now, there has been no use of the specific practices that were challenged in this litigation." "With all of this in mind, and in consideration of the monetary and nonmonetary conditions of the settlement, the claims for equitable relief have been resolved, the terms reached in the resolution of this case, as I said, are historic and substantial". As Judge Friedman noted, "The class reaction to the settlement has been overwhelmingly positive." The hearing was attended by Class Representatives, members of the class, the general public, a group of teachers and the media. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a not-for-profit legal and educational organization which, among other things, seeks to ensure government transparency in operations and constitutional accountability within police practices. The PCJF won a unanimous ruling at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals finding the MPD's unprecedented military-style police checkpoint program unconstitutional. It is counsel on the Barham and Becker class action cases in which more than 1,000 persons were falsely arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., resulting in settlements totaling $22 million. The PCJF previously uncovered and disclosed that the D.C. police employed an unlawful domestic spying and agent provocateur program in which officers were sent on long-term assignments posing as political activists and infiltrated lawful and peaceful groups. For more information go to: www.JusticeOnline.org. --------15 of 17-------- The Fall of Obama By ALEXANDER COCKBURN CounterPunch July 16 - 18, 2010 The man who seized the White House by fomenting a mood of irrational expectation is now facing the bitter price exacted by reality. The reality is that there can be no "good" American president. It's an impossible hand to play. Obama is close to being finished. The nation's first black president promised change at the precise moment when no single man, even if endowed with the communicative powers of Franklin Roosevelt, the politic mastery of Lyndon Johnson, the brazen agility of Bill Clinton, could turn the tide that has been carrying America to disaster for 30 years. This summer many Americans are frightened. Over 100,000 of them file for bankruptcy every month. Three million homeowners face foreclosure this year. Add them to the 2.8 million who were foreclosed in 2009, Obama's first year in office. Nearly seven million have been without jobs in the last year for six months or longer. By the time you tot up the people who have given up looking for work and the people on part-time, the total is heading toward 20 million. Fearful people are irrational. So are racists. Obama is the target of insane charges. A hefty percentage of Americans believe that he is a socialist - a charge as ludicrous as accusing the Archbishop of Canterbury of being a closet Druid. Obama reveres the capitalist system. He admires the apex predators of Wall Street who showered his campaign treasury with millions of dollars. The frightful catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico stemmed directly from the green light he and his Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, gave to BP. It is not Obama's fault that for 30 years America's policy - under Reagan, both Bushes and Bill Clinton - has been to export jobs permanently to the Third World. The jobs that Americans now desperately seek are no longer here, in the homeland, and never will be. They're in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia. No stimulus program, giving money to cement contractors to fix potholes along the federal interstate highway system, is going to bring those jobs back. Highly trained tool and die workers, the aristocrats of the manufacturing sector, are flipping hamburgers - at best - for $7.50 an hour because U.S. corporations sent their jobs to Guangzhou, with the approval of politicians flush with the money of the "free trade" lobby. It is not Obama's fault that across 30 years more and more money has floated up to the apex of the social pyramid till America is heading back to where it was in the 1880s, a nation of tramps and millionaires. It's not his fault that every tax break, every regulation, every judicial decision tilts toward business and the rich. That was the neoliberal America conjured into malign vitality back in the mid 1970s. But it is Obama's fault that he did not understand this, that always, from the getgo, he flattered Americans with paeans to their greatness, without adequate warning of the political and corporate corruption destroying America and the resistance he would face if he really fought against the prevailing arrangements that were destroying America. He offered them a free and easy pass to a better future, and now they see that the promise was empty. It's Obama.s fault, too, that, as a communicator, he cannot rally and inspire the nation from its fears. From his earliest years he has schooled himself not to be excitable, not to be an angry black man who would be alarming to his white friends at Harvard and his later corporate patrons. Self-control was his passport to the guardians of the system, who were desperate to find a symbolic leader to restore America's credibility in the world after the disasters of the Bush era. He is too cool. So, now Americans in increasing numbers have lost confidence in him. For the first time in the polls negative assessments outnumber the positive. He no longer commands trust. His support is drifting down to 40 per cent. The straddle that allowed him to flatter corporate chieftains at the same time as blue-collar workers now seems like the most vapid opportunism. The casual campaign pledge to wipe out al-Quaida in Afghanistan is now being cashed out in a disastrous campaign viewed with dismay by a majority of Americans. The polls portend disaster. It now looks as though the Republicans may well recapture not only the House but, conceivably, the Senate as well. The public mood is so contrarian that, even though polls show that voters think the Democrats may well have better solutions on the economy than Republicans, they will vote against incumbent Democrats in the midterm elections next fall. They just want to throw the bums out. Obama has sought out Bill Clinton to advise him in this desperate hour. If Clinton is frank, he will remind Obama that his own hopes for a progressive first term were destroyed by the failure of his health reform in the spring of 1993. By August of that year, he was importing a Republican, David Gergen, to run the White House. Obama had his window of opportunity last year, when he could have made jobs and financial reform his prime objectives. That's what Americans hoped for. Mesmerized by economic advisers who were creatures of the banks, he instead plunged into the Sargasso Sea of "health reform," wasted the better part of a year, and ended up with something that pleases no one. What can save Obama now? It's hard even to identify a straw he can grasp at. It's awfully early in the game to say it, but, as Marlene Dietrich said to Orson Welles in Touch of Evil, "your future is all used up". Alexander Cockburn can be reached at alexandercockburn [at] asis.com. --------16 of 17-------- Military Madness Killing for Fun By TOM TURNIPSEED July 16 - 18, 2010 CounterPunch Successful professionals enjoy their work. The Obama administration has picked a successful and happy warrior in Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to head the US Central Command. The command includes all US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the entire Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis has gloated that it is "fun to shoot some people" and "have a plan to kill everybody you meet". Killing is the key to success in military actions. Killing enough insurgents by invading and occupying US forces enables the winners to subdue and subjugate the survivors. The real winners in the Middle East are the US based corporations who seek to exploit the resources of energy and mineral rich countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. Also the corporate war profiteers of the defense industry are making out like bandits. They furnish the killing tools, the hired mercenaries and other wasteful and expensive materials, equipment and supplies for our never-ending wars-on-terror. Mattis has a strong resume in the military killing business. He was a lieutenant colonel in the US invasion of Iraq in 1991, directed the Marines in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, headed the US assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 and helped design the siege that destroyed the city and killed thousands of Iraqi civilians. Mattis also commanded the initial troops that went into Afghanistan in 2001. Describing his feelings about the people in Afghanistan, General Mattis said, "It's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling". Author Thomas Ricks wrote that Mattis told his troops to, "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet". During Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, Mattis reportedly told his troops, "It's the mission of every Marine in the battalion to send one dead Iraqi home to Mama". Perhaps World War II Army General George S. Patton, Jr. is a role model for Mattis in his glorification of military madness and the joy of killing. Patton said "Magnificent! Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God help me, I do love it so!", and "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country, He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country". Patton also said, "America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war". Of course that was before our ill-fated military ventures in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Mattis "one of our military's outstanding combat leaders and strategic thinkers, bringing an essential mix of experience, judgment and perspective to this important post". Asked about Mattis's bloodthirsty rhetoric, Gates brushed off an official rebuke against Mattis saying it was five years ago. In Afghanistan, US and NATO forces casualties continue to escalate. The number of Americans killed so far this month is at least 23 with 14 killed last week. In June, 102 occupation troops were killed including 60 Americans. 1,149 American soldiers have been killed in the war in Afghanistan, and countless numbers of Afghan civilians have died. We don't do body counts of "the enemy" because, as former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said, "death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war". Our economic crisis is directly tied to the cost of the war. It costs $1 million per year to maintain a single soldier in Afghanistan. The 2010 Pentagon budget is $693 billion, which surpasses all other discretionary spending programs combined--while our deficit soars. We desperately need money to create green jobs, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and improve education. President Obama replaced General McChrystal with General Petraeus as commanding general of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. McChrystal had made derogatory remarks about Obama and his administration's conduct of the war. Petraeus was head of the Central Command and will be replaced by Mattis. Obama said, "War is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general or president". The war in Afghanistan is a big loser. Rearranging deck chairs to include one more "fun to kill" military madman will not keep it from sinking like the Titanic. Only ending the war will save Obama. A recent ABC / Washington Post poll found that people felt the war was not worth fighting by a 53 to 44 margin. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had 62% of the American people saying the country was going in the wrong direction and Obama's approval rating at 45% with 48% disapproval. President Obama was the most successful politician in the US who seemed to enjoy being elected to the highest office in the land. Fulfilling his promise of peace, hope and change is a winner. However his failure to conclude killing for fun military madness will make him a loser in 2012 and doom his party in November Tom Turnipseed is an attorney, writer and peace activist in Columbia, SC. His blog is http://tomandjudyonablog.blogspot.com --------17 of 17-------- Liberals Like Wars ... as Long as a Democratic President is Running Them How Progressives and Liberals are Different By SAM SMITH July 14, 2010 ColunterPunch Progressives, as liberals did before Reagan, emphasize doing the most for the most - which is how we got socio-economic programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and a minimum wage. Today's liberals favor expanding health insurance company profits over expanding Medicare and strongly support Democratic presidents who undermine the very programs that earlier liberals created such as social welfare and Social Security. Progressives don't act like prudes and prigs. Progressives don't think the commerce clause of the Constitution should be used just because you feel like doing something, such as avoiding single payer health insurance. There is a huge difference between using the commerce clause to guarantee human rights and using it to subsidize health insurance companies. Progressives recognize the Green Party and its members as part of a broad coalition. Most liberals act as though Greens were a new kind of HIV. Progressives try to convince people with whom they disagree, not just scold them. Progressive oppose the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq; liberals like them as long as a Democratic president is running them. Progressives oppose the war on drugs, America's most masochistic and deadly battle since Vietnam. Liberals treat it with utter indifference. Progressives believe what people do is more important than how politely they talk about it. Progressives don't think you should have to go to grad school to have an important role in government. Progressives respect state and local government; liberals often act like they're a Republican plot. Progressives understand the importance of the devolution of power to the lowest practical level. Progressives worry about locked doors, liberals about glass ceilings, which is why liberals thought Obama's election would create a post-racial society. Too many liberals are infatuated with symbolism such as electing a black president, while ignoring the real problems most minorities face in everything from the job market to dealing with the law. Even progressives who don't own guns respect the right of others to do. Besides, why piss them off the way liberals have done, when they could be allies on a host of other issues, beginning with civil liberties. But then, progressives still defend civil liberties. Liberals seem to have forgotten about them and ignore Obama's abuse of them. Progressives pursue issues; liberals support candidates. Progressives don't give up an issue just because the candidate they voted for is now in office and opposes it. Liberals love Clinton and Obama while despising the Bushes who preceded them. They don't seem to notice that our government continued to move to the right under both Democrats and that neither repealed any significant policies of their GOP predecessors Progressives don't think bailing out banks is an economic stimulus, but that helping to create jobs and stop foreclosures is. Progressives support local public schools and their teachers; liberals go along with the Bush-Obama attack on public education. Progressives are not afraid of criticizing Israel for its abusive treatment of Palestine. Liberals either support Israel's criminal actions or are afraid of being called anti-Semites so don't say anything. Progressives have new ideas; liberals come up with new compromises with the right. Progressives believe that change is produced by broad coalitions brought together on specific issues, but not necessarily agreeing on all policy. Liberals believe change will come when everyone acts like they do. [That's why this is the Progressive Calendar - not the Liberal Calendar. Besides, you can't have a calendar for liberals, because their time runs backwards - like that of their backward buddies, the Republicans. -ed] Sam Smith is the editor of the Progressive Review, where this column originally appeared. [Liberals are mostly progressive on issues, but regressive on actions and strategy. That's why, tho they agree with Obama on few or no issues, they will vote for him in the millions in 2012, thus condemning the rest of us to four more years of inaction. We should be building independent activist movements and progressive third parties, but if liberals have their way, they will consciously subvert all of that. They act for the rich way more than they act for the people or democracy. The wise progressive never turns his back to a liberal. -ed] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress for governor now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 Research almost any topic raised here at: CounterPunch http://counterpunch.org Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.org Common Dreams http://commondreams.org Once you're there, do a search on your topic, eg obama drones
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