Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Pat Schroeder and Class of ’73 Bemoan the Failure to Use War Powers Act and to Consider Impeaching the President this Millennium in USA Congress


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Pat Schroeder, former Democratic congresswoman from Colorado.

In 1972, Pat Schroeder of Colorado was elected to Congress, becoming the second-youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. She ran on an antiwar platform. Once elected, she pushed to cut off funding for the war. She spoke recently at the conference, “Vietnam: The Power of Protest.”

from: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/25/former_rep_pat_schroeder_the_peace

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In 1972, a young woman was elected to Congress, the second-youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. And she became a stalwart example of what a statesperson is supposed to be like, what a government servant, a servant of the people, is supposed to be in government, Pat Schroeder.

PAT SCHROEDER: Oh, I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear my voice. I was sitting there quaking, thinking I’m going to have to go after Ron Dellums again. I mean, that’s only the worst place in the world to be, although it’s pretty tough to follow you two guys, too. But anyway, what happened to “ladies first”? No, I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Anyway, anyway, what a delight to be here. And I just want to say it’s hard for me to stay within the timeline, when I’m a recovering politician in the 12-step program. And my husband says I go to the refrigerator, open the door, the light goes on, and I talk for 10 minutes and then realize I’m talking to celery. But I’m going to try very, very hard. So, here I am, and I am so happy we had all the young people last night, because, otherwise, I was afraid, yes, it would look like 50 shades of grey. And, you know, we’ve got to keep the young people coming so we leaven up this color line here.

So, my whole area with the war movement was, one, when I was first in college. Then I was in law school, where everybody was terrified about the draft. And I remember several times waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, dreaming I had been drafted. My husband kept saying, “If we get up and the toilet seat’s up, that’s it. You’re getting out of this law school.” When we went to Colorado, we were very involved in the antiwar movement again. And then we were trying in Denver—Boulder was doing so much, obviously—we were trying in Denver to do a different type of thing. We were showing up, mothers with strollers and grandmothers. And we were trying to do all sorts of things. We got oil men out there. We were really trying.

And I kept trying to get an appointment with my congressman to talk about the war. He was supposedly the most popular man in Colorado, and I could never get in. And I ran a little ad with his picture, saying, “Has anyone seen this man?” He sent me—every time I would send him a letter, he’d send me something. I got an agricultural yearbook. I got a calendar. When the baby was born, I got, you know, how to raise my baby. And I was so angry about it that in 1972, when someone said, “Well, the Democrats already have a candidate. He’s the minority leader. But why don’t you at least run, for those of us who are angry?” and I thought, “Sure, why not?” Right? And, of course, I was the plaintiff on the bussing suit, I was on the fair housing committee, I was on Planned Parenthood—I was the lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains—and very, very involved in the war, antiwar things. So, I remember Phil Burton, the congressman from California, coming out and saying, “Don’t worry about all of that. People will stand up and will say, ‘And then she’s for this. And then she’s for that.’ And folks will say, ‘No, she couldn’t be for all of that.’”

Anyway, whatever they did, somehow I got elected, which was the shock of Colorado and everybody else. We ran with posters, and our posters were a picture of the military cemetery in Colorado with a bird flying over it and a quote from Nixon’s speech: “Many of our troops have already been withdrawn.” And it was heavy, but it really, really said to people, oh, my goodness—think about this: Our average campaign contribution was $7.50. Can you believe that in today’s world that we’re living in? It’s just shocking. So, anyway, it was very, very exciting, and off I go in 1973 to be sworn in, and unfortunately it was with Nixon. Again, one of the interesting things is Nixon carried my district by 20 points. How people voted for Nixon and Schroeder, I have no idea. But it says something to me about how so many people get so tired of the same old yap, yap, yap in politics. You can’t tell who’s for what. You know, they’re all—in Colorado, the politicians used to run these incredible things. You couldn’t tell whether they were Republican or Democrat ’til you got to the last page, because they were always there with their family, and then they were outdoors, and then they were in a grocery store, and then they were with a cop. And on the last page, the Republican would be on a horse, and the Democrat would be on a bike. And that would be it. You know, you couldn’t tell. So I think to have somebody out there taking stands on all of these things, people thought, “Well, what the heck? You know, let’s try this.” Anyway, it was wonderful.

I had a—I had a pilot’s license, so I wanted to be on the Armed Services Committee, as did my wonderful friend, Ron Dellums. And our wonderful chairman vetoed both of us. For the first time, they overruled a chairman’s veto, and Ron and I both got on the Armed Services Committee. So, we walked in in 1973 to take our seats, and there happens to only be one seat for the two of us. He went off on something about he didn’t want these security leaks on the committee and how terrible it was he had been overruled, and, you know, it was not even worth being chairman anymore. I mean, it was like a bull elephant, just “Moooo-oooh,” and he was really upset. So Ron kind of said, “With great dignity, we are going to walk in, and we are going to sit, cheek to cheek.” And we did. And I—luckily, Ron has always had snake hips, because otherwise we probably wouldn’t have made it. And Barney Frank always said that was last half-ass thing that either of us did. But we continued to make our chairman absolutely miserable with—by doing things like wanting to write alternative views to the Armed Services Committee reports and stuff like that, just made him crazy. I remember he called me into his office. He gave me a copy of his book that he had written, and he had autographed it, “The lord giveth, the lord taketh away. I am the lord and your chairman, F. Eddie Hébert.” And it was—I mean, you know, so it was really a pretty miserable couple years.

But Ron and I and Bella Abzug were out there, and we were working very hard in the Democratic Caucus to try and get the funding cut back, so that there could be no funding for Democrat—for use of combat in Vietnam. And I will never forget. The three of us had been working hard, and Ron was giving one of his wonderful speeches, and he got up there, and he said, “There are only three of us in this room that have the balls”—and we pulled on his sleeve and said, “I don’t think that’s describing our coalition right.” Do you remember that, Ron? But as you know, that finally happened. It finally happened that we cut off the money. And thank goodness.

And then we went on, and we got the War Powers Act. And yet, nobody seems to want to comply with it, do they? It’s just absolutely amazing to me what has happened to that Congress, when I think about where we’ve been and where we haven’t been of late. So, we also had impeachment going on. We had the ’73 war in Israel going on. When people say to me, “Oh, but things are different now, because the issues are so hard,” I keep saying, “Are you kidding me? We had Vietnam, the ’73 war, impeachment. I mean, how many more things can you juggle at one time?” And yet, we were treating each other, even if we disagreed, with respect and decency, and debating on the facts. And what worries me so much today is that I don’t see that at all. I see name calling, and it really reminds me of the junior high lunch room. It’s just one food fight after another. And it’s very sad.

I went on to serve on many, many things that went on. We worked very hard on getting recognition, finally, by the government that Agent Orange was indeed a terrible thing. And one of the people I want all of you to know—Charles, you don’t get away without standing up. Anybody know Charles Bailey? He’s wonderful. He has continued to work on the Agent Orange issue. I went with him three years ago in the Ford Foundation, and he’s worked even more on that. We’ve gotten Congress to get some funds. But talk to Charles. He’s just—it’s such a tragedy. I thought the Vietnamese would be chasing me down the street with pitchforks. And they were so wonderful and so—the healing was just incredible. They really reached out to all of us, and you really wonder why, when you know the history. But anyway, that was such a terrific thing.

I don’t know what to say about all of this. I always think it was so interesting that in 1969, when all of us were so involved, Nixon said, “That peace movement, that doesn’t have anything to do with me. I’m president, and I’m doing what’s right.” Remember all that stuff he was saying. But if you remember, nine years later, in his book, he said the peace movement kept him from escalating the war. Now, none of us want to say anything, but it really did make a big difference. It made a huge difference. And I just think it is so wonderful that all of you are here to celebrate that. And let’s go out and get young people thinking about it in the environment that we’re in today, too. I worry so much about Iran and how many people seem to want to go to war with them. I worry so much about what we’ve done in Iraq and Afghanistan and those places. We really, really, really need to spread what we have learned. Thank you. What a great [inaudible] and really an honor.

AMY GOODMAN: Former Colorado Congressmember Pat Schroeder, one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress. She was speaking recently in Washington, D.C., at a conference called “Vietnam: The Power of Protest.” After this break, we’ll hear from former Congressmember Ron Dellums of California. He is former chair of the House Armed Services Committee. If you’d like to get a copy of today’s show, you can go to our website at democracynow.org.

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No one knows the horror of war more than those who have fought it–Memory and Redemption–The Work Goes On! ( Former Combat Medic Recalls Antiwar Resistance Within Army)


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Wayne Smith, former combat medic in Vietnam.

Wayne Smith served as a combat medic in Vietnam. He joined the peace movement after he returned home. He spoke recently at the recent “Vietnam: The Power of Protest” conference in Washington, D.C.

from:http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/25/i_never_wanted_to_hurt_any

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. “Vietnam: The Power of Protest.” That was the name of a conference that was recently held in Washington, D.C., at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González moderated the event.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: No one knows the horror of war more than those who fight it. And I remember when we started the Young Lords, we opened an office on 111th and Madison. And one of our first recruits—we were all in our twenties—was a 40-year-old superintendent of a building across the street, named Yaya. Yaya had been in the Korean War. He had been badly wounded, captured by the North Koreans and ended up in a POW camp. He was badly injured in his head. The North Korean doctors put a new steel plate in his head. They educated him. They treated him, he told us, differently than the other POWs because he was African-American. And he came back a changed person. And as soon as we opened up our offices in East Harlem, he was the first one to join our organization. And he taught us much about the horrors of war. We had other members who came back from Vietnam. Julio Cotto, straight out of Vietnam, the 82nd—out of Puerto Rico into the 82nd Airborne, came back a changed person. Nelson Merced came out of the Navy, destroyer, and ended up becoming the first elected Hispanic in the state Legislature of Massachusetts later on. All of these veterans returned with a completely different view of the country, their nation and imperialist war. And we’re going to hear from one veteran, Wayne Smith.

WAYNE SMITH: I’d like to start by thanking David and the entire planning committee, John and Chuck Searcy especially, for inviting me to join you and inviting other veterans to join you today. It is truly an extraordinary honor and probably one of the proudest moments of my life. But I must admit that when I saw the panel I was on, I thought, “Clearly, they must think I’m Wayne Smith, the Cuba expert, you know? The ambassador.” I mean, are you kidding me? Ron Dellums, Pat Schroeder, Tom Hayden. I truly am humbled, and I hope in some way some of what I say can make a difference.

I was just a soul brother from Providence, Rhode Island. My parents fled the paralyzing racism of Alabama and Virginia, and fled to Rhode Island, to the genteel racism in Rhode Island. There, in New England, people say, “Please screw,” you know? It’s kind of a—but my family was very strong, deeply rooted in faith and values of hard work and education, and, in fact, a belief in this country, despite the racism, that we could in fact find equality, that we could in fact achieve progress and make a difference. Unlike my parents, my brothers and sisters and I grew up in integrated neighborhoods. We went to integrated schools our whole life. It wasn’t a ghetto. Some of my best friends were Irish and Italian, Armenian, Chinese and Jewish. It was a very different world for us as opposed to our parents. But when I was 10 years old in 1961, father died. We had a house fire. In his attempts to put it out, he was burned. And that totally changed our lives. I was the eldest son of 11 children, and as a man child I felt certain responsibilities that remain with me to this day.

In our living room, we had photos of three people who were non-members of our family. It was Jesus, Dr. King and JFK. And they had the profound influence on our lives. When I was 14, I managed to bring a photo of Malcolm X into my bedroom, and my mother found it, and—but nevertheless, we were a very different family. We had different points of view and different values, and those influences always affected us.

My uncles served in the Army and Navy, and, like other African Americans before them, saw and believed that by military service, which in their minds was the most equal environment, the most equal institution that was available to African Americans—and so they encouraged military service. They saw it as something that was proud. And, in fact, I remember one discussion where my uncles were saying how African Americans serving in the military in the early days of the Vietnam even helped to support the legislative arguments for Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. And so, it was quite traumatic, as you can imagine, when I chose to join the Army. I chose to join. I wanted to be a medic. I thought I could save lives. I thought I could make a difference. How incredibly naïve I was.

But I also had a belief that through the efforts of not only soldiers and through people that I served with—and there was in fact an incredible bond among veterans, I must say. I cannot explain it, other than what we have read about. There is the sense of brotherhood, that somehow the barriers break down. In fact, in war, even some of us, we loved one another. It was also interesting for me, as a medic, who joined—and I never wanted to kill anyone, never wanted to hurt any Vietnamese. I resisted all of the attempts by the military sergeants and trainers to dehumanize the Vietnamese. They trained us to call them “gooks” and other horrible names. Obviously, I knew immediately that, had it been a war in Africa, we’d be calling them “niggers.” So it was—we resisted, and I resisted.

But nevertheless, I participated. And throughout my 17 months in Vietnam—and I served in combat. I replaced a young man from Montana, Richard Best. He was killed two weeks shy of his 21st birthday. And when I got into combat, I was amazed with how the military truly had broken down. There were people much like me who really didn’t want to be there, who thought they were joining for one reason, and it turned out to be quite different. We did everything we could to avoid combat. As a medic, I often signed sick notes and other kinds of medical excuses, trying to help soldiers to avoid serving in combat or serving going out on operations. We talked. We shared. It was much like the bonding that I have come to learn about the antiwar movement. But we spent hours talking amongst one another about what was really happening in the world and how, if we survived, we would make a difference. And the world was a place. We wanted to get home. We just wanted to survive. And yet, there is an enormous guilt, that stays with me and many of my brothers and sisters today, that we should have known better. We should have been sitting where you are, that we should have been more active, more informed and more in opposition to that war. But that wasn’t the case.

Having come home, having survived from the war, I’ve tried to keep a commitment that I made. In part, it was to God, that if I was able to survive, if I was able to save lives, if I was able to make a difference—and the one small shred that—that even today gives me chills, was I had the chance to assist, in a very remote way, with the bringing of a Vietnamese child’s life into the world. Midwives were working, and I assisted. And it was truly like a redemptive, almost baptismal moment. So, I have overcome some of those—those horrors of war, like so many veterans—my dear friend Bobby Muller, Michael Leaveck, David Addlestone, David Evans, all of us, Gary May—the list goes on—to those of us who didn’t want to be in war. And when we came home, we kept the commitment to serve in peace movement, to work for human rights and social justice. We were amongst the group of veterans who led the effort to help Senator Kerry and McCain normalize relations with Vietnam. Indeed. Our dear friend Bobby Muller created the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. We created prosthetic clinics in Cambodia and Vietnam, Angola and numerous other countries, and participated in efforts to ban landmines. So we have—thank you, yes. The work goes on, that we stand in solidarity with you. It is truly an honor for me to, in a small way, represent those veterans of conscience, like yourself, working for peace

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Transform Now


SISTER MEGAN RICE: Transform Now is the message, yes. Why have we spent $10 trillion in 70 years*, when that could have been used to transform not just the United States, but the world, into life-enhancing alternatives? Instead, we make something that can never be used, should never be used, probably will never be used, unless we want to destroy the planet.

Sister Megan Rice, Roman Catholic nun and one of the three self-described Transform Now Plowshares who broke into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2012. She’s been arrested over 40 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience.

*More than several tens of trillions of dollars have been committed to wars and nuclear arsenal by the USA in the past 100 years.

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“[W]e have five heavily funded colleges of war, and we don’t have one such serious, properly funded college that teaches alternative conflict resolution.“


  America needs to finance 5 Peace Colleges!–kas

            “[W]e  have five heavily funded colleges of war,

and we don’t have one such serious, properly funded college

                that teaches alternative conflict resolution.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, legendary folk singer and activist for peace

                           and education and author of UNIVERSAL SOLDIER  

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Simple Explanation Why the USA is Seen as a World Bully or Policeman this Millenia–rather than as a light in darkness or a light for freedom and democracy around the globe


                                                    America:  

            “[W]e  have five heavily funded colleges of war,

and we don’t have one such serious, properly funded college

                that teaches alternative conflict resolution.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, legendary folk singer and activist for peace

                           and education and author of UNIVERSAL SOLDIER

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Universal Soldier lyrics

He’s five feet two and he’s six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of thirty-one and he’s only seventeen
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years

He’s a catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jane
A Buddhist and a Baptist and Jew
And he knows he shouldn’t kill and he knows he always will
You’ll for me my friend and me for you

And he’s fighting for Canada, he’s fighting for France
He’s fighting for the usa
And he’s fighting for the Russians and he’s fighting for Japan
And he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way

And he’s fighting for democracy he’s fighting for the reds
He says it’s for the peace of all
He’s the one who must decide who’s to live and who’s to die
And he never sees the writing on the wall

But without him how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He’s the one who gives his body as the weapon of the war
And without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier and he really is to blame
But his orders come from far away no more
They come from him and you and me and brothers can’t you see
This is not the way we put an end to war?

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“Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don’t understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.”


A powerful confession (and indictment of status quo) by US soldier Mike Prysner on his experience fighting in Iraq.

See the entire short video here this Memorial Day.

“Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don’t understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.” – Mike Prysner

www.ivaw.org

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Fox News self-brainwashing Republicans into a radical fringe party according to Reagan adviser (VIDEO)


See video of interview with Bruce Bartlett, Former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan an George H.W. Bush:  Here

in the news

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Former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan an George H.W. Bush and economist Bruce Bartlett appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources. He discussed the paper he wrote titled “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.” In that paper he said the following.

The creation of Fox News in 1996 was an event of deep, yet unappreciated, political and historical importance. For the first time, there was a news source available virtually everywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a conservative tilt. Finally, conservatives did not have to seek out bits of news favorable to their point of view in liberal publications or in small magazines and newsletters. Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant – and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.

Bruce Bartlett elaborated to Brian Stelter.  “Many conservatives live in a bubble where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio — Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people. When they go onto the Internet, they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily,” said Bruce Bartlett. “And so, they are completely in a universe in which they are hearing the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data repeated over and over and over again. And that’s brainwashing.”

Bartlett is right about Fox News. What he should further elaborate on is the reality that many of the supposedly liberal stations tend to follow Fox News’ lead on selecting the daily narrative. They are not only self-indoctrinating their followers but the entire traditional mainstream news media.

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How Legal System has Covered Up Police Violence–which has Created a Huge Distrust of the State in the USA


  • Matt Taibbi on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How Legal System Covers Up Police Violence

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    New cellphone video sheds light on Freddie Gray’s fatal journey in a Baltimore police van. The footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows Gray lying motionless as several police officers shackle his ankles and load him into the vehicle. It appears to contradict earlier police claims that Gray was “irate” and “combative.” One of the officers, Lt. Brian Rice, reportedly threatened to use his Taser on the eyewitness who was filming. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, whose latest article for Rolling Stone is “Why Baltimore Blew Up.” He writes, “Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray’s death were “thugs,” or merely wrongheaded criminals.”

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World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again)


  • Matt Taibbi: World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again)

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    Five of the world’s top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot market. UBS pleaded guilty for its role in manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. No individual bank employees were hit with criminal charges as part of the settlements. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine.

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As Palmyra is taken over in Syria, War there could go on for Decades


  • Syria – Times Topics – The New York Times

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    The Syrian conflict has been growing in intensity and scope for more than two …. in and near Aleppo, where the war for Syria’s future has hardened all involved.

  • We are joined by Charles Glass, former ABC News chief Middle East correspondent and author of “Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring.”

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