Wednesday, 4. June 2014

The Evil Myth of American Exceptionalism

It is now illegal in 33 cities to feed homeless people

The city is intent on making criminals out of homeless people and also, because of guilt by association, those that try to help them.

San Francisco Bay Area Continues Crackdown on Homeless

The East Bay city of Albany, just north of the former bastion of leftist politics and culture, Berkeley, this past Thursday cleared the last homeless residents from public land by charging them with *suspicion of illegal lodging.*

The Purchase of Our Republic

By Y. Falkson

Americans know that something is wrong, deeply wrong.

'We Have A Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor'


American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, How the nation s wealth disparities impact our justice system.

The Rise Of The Non-working Rich

By Robert Reich

More than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe *poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.*

The Curse of 'American Exceptionalism'

By John Atcheson

We are exceptional, alright, but not in the way we think. Here s 8 ways we are exceptional, exceptionally bad.

Criminalization of homelessness on the rise in U.S. cities

The report cites these legislative bans as punishing homeless individuals for *being in public even when they have no other alternatives*.

Ten Facts About Homelessness

By Bill Quigley

One quarter of homeless people are children.

Stand Tall America, We Are #1!

By Tom Engelhardt

(When It Comes to Our Military Budget, Knocking Off Wedding Parties, Military Bases, etc.)

Florida police threaten arrest under new 'homeless hate law'

Florida police handed out citations and threatened to arrest two priests and a 90-year-old veteran volunteer for feeding the homeless. A recently passed city ordinance makes sharing food a citable offense.

US Faces Child Homelessness Epidemic

A new study has found that one in 30 children in the U.S. is homeless, while up to 25 percent of homeless pre-school children have mental health problems.

From Information Clearing House


Attacking Poor People in Georgia

American 'Healthcare' Exceptionalism: Highest Costs, Worst Care

Exceptional America in Decline: The US Empire as Basket Case

No Safe Place: How Cities Are Making It Illegal to be Homeless

Uncle Sam s Databases of Suspicion

More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History

Obama: America *Exceptional* So We Don t Prosecute Torturers

Hunger, Homelessness on the Rise in Cities Nationwide


Doing for the Poor and Doing to the Poor

Dean Baker, Truthout: The government continues to pursue policies that continue high levels of unemployment. Instead of making policies that create more jobs, it has focused on reducing the deficit on the backs of the poor.

Health Care: Let s Have People Over Profits Once and for All

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we truly want to have a health care system that works for all, than we need to go back to the days before Reagan, when the medical industry wasn t a cash cow for Wall Street bankers.

Is This *American Exceptionalism*?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: While jingoistic politicians might argue that the United States is the greatest country in the world, the facts really speak for themselves: We aren t and inequality is to blame. The United States will only be exceptional when all Americans have an equal shot at success.

The Importance of Being Exceptional: From Ancient Greece to 21st Century US

David Bromwich, TomDispatch: Unconditional love of our country is the counterpart of unconditional detachment and even hostility toward other countries. None of us is an exception, and no nation is.

*Stop Criminalizing Homelessness*

Andrew Klein, Truthout: San Francisco homeless advocates are challenging a policy, implemented in July 2014, authorizing the police force of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to arrest individuals resting or sleeping against BART station walls.


The Evil Myth of American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism,+Truthout

Australia May Be Complicit In Killing Its Own Citizens And Many Others

By Emily Howie

Would you be comfortable if Australian security personnel were enabling the killing of Australian citizens who had not been charged with crimes, who had not faced a trial and who were in a country that Australia was not at war with?

War, Circus and Injustice Down Under

By John Pilger

There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia s rulers.

Complaint against John Howard to the International Criminal Court

Australia s former Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Time Machine in Australia

By Gary Flomenhoft

Just tell us which of your illegal, immoral wars to join, and we ll be there pronto!

From Information Clearing House

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Committed War Crimes: Ex-Counterterrorism Czar

Richard Clarke, believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Biden Once Called Iraq One of Obama's 'Great Achievements'


As Iraq falls apart, it s worth remembering Vice President Joe Biden hailing that country as one of President Obama s *great achievements* in a 2010 interview with then CNN host Larry King: *I am very optimistic about, about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration.*

Al Qaeda Wasn t Even IN Iraq Until the U.S. Invaded

U.S. Policy Is Making Al Qaeda Stronger Than Ever.

Sunni Caliphate Has Been Bankrolled By Saudi Arabia

By Robert Fisk

The jihadists of Isis and sundry other groupuscules paid by the Saudi Wahhabis and by Kuwaiti oligarchs, now rule thousands of square miles.

We anti-war protesters were right: the Iraq invasion has led to bloody chaos


The horrific fallout from the war was inevitable, and continues today. This calamity must never be allowed to happen again.

The Sectarian Myth of Iraq

By Sami Ramadani

We coexisted peacefully for centuries, and need neither brutal dictators nor western intervention.

Keep Calm and Trust Iraqis With Iraq

By Dahlia Wasfi

Sectarianism was brought to Iraq by the US-and UK-led occupiers of 2003.

Stop Listening To (War Criminal) Dick Cheney

By Igor Volsky

Dick Cheney Asked If Obama Is Guilty Of Treason. Here Was His Response.

Iraq: The Trial of Tony Blair

By Neil Mackay

We brought that nation to ruin and now we watch as it falls, with echoes of the Khmer Rouge taking Cambodia back to Year Zero. Where there was no terrorism, we created a terrorist homeland.

Tony Blair accused of conflict of interests in Middle East

Critics unite to demand his sacking as Quartet s envoy as evidence emerges of his private business interests expanding in region.

'Sack Blair from Middle East peace envoy and try him at the Hague'


A group of former diplomats have written to demand Blair be fired.

Who is Responsible for the Catastrophes in the Middle East?

By Bill Van Auken

The destruction that the US oligarchs have wrought in the Middle East, with all of its terrible human consequences, is the external manifestation of their destructive role within the US itself.

*Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law*

In 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater s top manager there issued a threat: *that he could kill* the government's chief investigator.

'Prince of Darkness' Disowns Iraq s Tragedy

By Ramzy Baroud

Perle, who was known for his nickname 'Prince of Darkness', is slyly presenting himself as an innocent, if not gullible average American who too was misled by false intelligence.

Dick Cheney s biggest regret: Not invading Iraq and Iran at once

The former vice president and current war criminal reportedly thinks his administration didn t wage war enough.

Dick Cheney: I Have No Regrets About the Iraq War

But former Vice President Dick Cheney has no regrets. *I believed in it then,* Cheney told Politico s Mike Allen. *I look back on it now, it was absolutely the right thing to do.*

Cheney Interview Blackout as Protester Waves Handcuffs at 'War Criminal'


One protester tried to 'arrest' the politician, but was taken away, as live video of the event went black.

Forgetting Cheney s Legacy of Lies

By Ray McGovern

The neocons, aided by their *liberal interventionist* allies and the U.S. mainstream media, are building new *group thinks* on the Middle East and Ukraine with many Americans having forgotten how they were duped into war a dozen years ago.

Ray McGovern Describes Brutal Arrest at Petraeus Event

Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst-turned-antiwar activist, shared details with RT on Friday about an incident the night before in New York City during which he was arrested for trying to enter a public event.

There is Genuine Excitement Over a Hillary Clinton Candidacy

By Glenn Greenwald

The joint, allied, synergistic constituencies of plutocracy and endless war have their beloved candidate.

The US War Industry Blazing The Terrorism Trail

By CJ Werleman

There are *more than 1,200 government organisations and nearly 2,000 private companies working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence programs*...

Rescind or apologise for giving an award to Tony Blair

Tony Blair was jointly responsible for starting an illegal war. Had he been a *Third World Despot* he would almost certainly have been charged with war crimes.

Save the Children staff furious over 'global legacy' award for Tony Blair

Internal letter signed by almost 200 staff members says award is 'morally reprehensible' and endangers STCs credibility globally.

From Information Clearing House


Bloody Legacy of US Invasion as Tattered Iraq Teeters on Edge

Trial Begins for Blackwater Guards Over Baghdad Massacre

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

Blaming Obama for Iraq s Chaos

All Deaths Are Shameful in a War That Shouldn t Be

Iraq Crisis: Created by Bush and Blair and Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia

Sectarian Monster Reawakened: Redrawing the Map of Iraq, Again

Will Iraq or Syria Survive? UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sectarian War and the Disastrous ?03 Invasion

Mass Sunni Uprising Forces Iraq to Confront Sectarian Blowback of 2003 US Invasion.

Dick Cheney Doubles Down

Blackwaters Top Gun to Investigator: 'I Could Kill You'

FBI Entrapment Created 'Illusion' of Terrorist Plots

The Neocons? Grim ?Victory? in Iraq


Iraq s nightmare gets worse

The Nation
by Bob Dreyfuss


The crisis now engulfing Iraq provides the ultimate condemnation of the decision by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their cohorts (backed, of course, by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry) to invade Iraq in 2003. That action, which destroyed virtually all of Iraq s institutions and created a power vacuum that led directly to an ethnic and sectarian civil war, is now playing out all of its terrible consequences. Yesterday, in a surprise military action, fighters from the Al Qaeda, linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized what appears to be virtual control of Nineveh province and Mosul, Iraq s third-largest city...

Obama makes Bushism the new normal

The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin


In a lot of ways, we?re worse off today than we were under George W. Bush. Back then, Bush s extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values in the name of fighting terror felt like an aberration. The expectation was that those policies would be quickly reversed, discredited, and explicitly outlawed, once he was no longer in power. Instead, under President Barack Obama, they have become institutionalized...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Iraq Blows Wide Open

A Total Rout of Neoconservatism

Ron Paul Slams Obama s Policy on Iraq

The Neocons Reach a New Height in Bad Manners

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

The Cheney-Powell-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz Strategy: An Evaluation

The Neocon Carnival of Constitutional Confusion

The Secret Life of Hillary Clinton


Dick Cheney Should Be Rotting in The Hague, Not Writing Editorials

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Dick Cheney lied his way into an illegal war, profited off that war and shredded the Constitution. He s a war criminal who should be rotting in a prison cell at The Hague, not writing editorials for The Wall Street Journal.

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