MORE THOUGHT ON IMMIGRATION AND CULTURES/RELIGIONS…

MORE THOUGHT ON IMMIGRATION AND CULTURES/RELIGIONS

I don’t think there can be any reasonable objection to requiring anyone who enters a country to renounce violence against that country’s people, institutions, or government, and to renounce the espousal of violence against them. If they feel they can’t or mustn’t do that because of conscience or religion or other beliefs, fine, they just don’t have to be admitted to the country. The Catholic Social Teaching of the last hundred years says migration is a right or sometimes a necessity, but I think that has to be qualified to say peaceable migration (I mean in the strictest sense). So, for example, would Wahabbist imams or teachers from overseas be excluded from Western countries? So I hear. Wahabbist laity? Shiites? Iraqi Sunnis? Taliban? Even certain international students studying in Western countries? Of course, they could lie…if their faith or conscience or beliefs permit them to…. Perhaps even naturalized citizens, since the nature or extent of the potential danger has only come to light relatively recently. Under American law at least, this wouldn’t necessarily be seen as religious discrimination, but selection on the basis of advocating violence against the people, institutions, or government. In practice it might have to be on a case-by-case basis rather than a blanket exclusion. And is there room for abuse? Sure. Let’s work so that there is not. Not because our Constitution recognizes “rights” of foreigners: this is how American law differs from Continental law – it doesn’t pretend to bestow or create rights for people – these come from immemorial tradition or God – rather, it limits government to the powers granted to it by its particular Constitution.

(This is why ISTM in theory America doesn’t need international law to criminalize what’s gone on at Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib or the Black Holes or other “extraordinary rendition”: the Constitution of the United States simply does not empower the government of the United States to torture or do these things – against ANY human being, American or foreign – therefore when it does, it is acting ultra vires, beyond its powers, i.e., it’s unconstitutional. Many governments around the world are traditionally considered to possess all powers to do whatever they feel they need or wish to do, but not American governments. American governments – federal, state, local – can be taken to court, accused of acting beyond their Constitutional or chartered powers, and a court can find so, and enjoin such actions, and assess damages. Of course, would that U.S. government officials and representatives didn’t try to do things they’re not allowed to do in the first place…though in defense of some perhaps, the limits might not always be so clear until courts have ruled in concrete cases. [And as we have seen lately, even our courts can be corrupted.] But what about reason, morality, even our vaunted Christianity?)

(Those native-born of whatever religion, politics, or beliefs, can be criminally charged if and when they’ve broken laws, as always, and sentenced to prison or probation upon conviction. They might even lose certain “privileges” without formal criminal conviction: e.g., I noted when I first got my driver’s license in a certain state years ago, that it said “advocating the violent overthrow of the government” could result in revocation of my driving “privilege”…presumably by an administrative procedure which might not include all the rights or procedures of a criminal trial…since America legally regards driving as a privilege not a right…even if it’s pretty much a requirement the way the country has evolved since WW2!!!)

NO TIME FOR IMPEACHMENT? Like a chamber of 435 so…

NO TIME FOR IMPEACHMENT?

Like a chamber of 435 somewhat competent adult voting members and umpteen committees, with who knows how many aides, can’t do more than one thing at a time!

No time for more than one Congressional act per news day? Screw that! I contributed to newscasts that featured up to five or six acts at a time from a humble city council or county legislature! And sure, didn’t our Congresspeople find time to send us three or four press releases or prerecorded statements a week, usually worth d*ck, pure re-election free publicity?!!!

So DO the 100 Hours, the 100 Days, whatever, AND start the Impeachment process at the same time! History will not forgive us otherwise. And make the DC press corps(e) earn their keep for once!

PRES. FORD DIS(EN?)FRANCHISED US TOO… So says t…

PRES. FORD DIS(EN?)FRANCHISED US TOO…

So says this commentary.

THEY SAY HUSSEIN IS DEAD. May God have mercy on h…

THEY SAY HUSSEIN IS DEAD.

May God have mercy on his soul.

And his victims’.

And ours’.

And theirs.

WILL THE FALL OF SOVIET COMMUNISM BE FOLLOWED SHOR…

WILL THE FALL OF SOVIET COMMUNISM BE FOLLOWED SHORTLY BY…

the fall of American Rationalized Capitalism? We certainly seem to be losing our hemispheric satellites! We’ve even managed to elect a ‘liberal-leaning’ Congress just now, and if we’re lucky, it may begin to dismantle our last harsh, ‘conservative’ regime – not democratically-elected at that. And a recent neocon mag pronounced the death of globalization with a beached ship on its cover!

Of course, that will still leave forms of Rationalized Corporate Rule in Britain (pace Her Majesty), the EU/Brussels, and Australia, maybe like the world still has Communist China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba – ‘liberalizing,’ like “capitalism with a human face.”

(“Rationalized Capitalism” isn’t small-time family shops and farms and crafts and merchant/traders, or even larger Sovereign-dominated limited corporations serving real public needs. It’s the anal-retentive, stingy, hyperactive, “Protestant work ethic,” megasized, hyper-exploitive, wage-slavery, excess profiteering, power-hungry, manipulative, inhumane, uncaring, “invisible hand”-trusting, “law of the jungle” [sic], “rugged individualistic,” world-consuming, Globe-Warming, warmongering, imperialistic, militaristic, fascistic, corporatistic/Big Business, anti-traditional, amoral/immoral, ruthlessly calculating, hyper-“scientific,” “bootstraps,” anti-welfare [pun intended!] kind best represented by early industrialism, robber barons, “neoconservatism”/neoliberalism, deregulation, globalization…and in fiction, Scrooge and the Ferengi. The label “rationalized” normally refers to the hyper-calculating, “scientific,” penny-pinching, profit-maximizing approach…but since sociologist Max Weber saw its rise linked so closely to that of Calvinist Puritan Protestant Christianity in Britain and even more so in America [arguably since Britain has always retained a culturally-dominant Broad Church], the other meaning of “rationalized” is also appropriate: reasoning how what you’re doing is good, moral, virtuous, Biblical, God-ordained, and for the Common Good, when it doesn’t seem so, even seems the opposite of these things.)

ELECTED SENATE BAD FOR CANADIAN DEMOCRACY Unlike …

ELECTED SENATE BAD FOR CANADIAN DEMOCRACY

Unlike America, Canada has an Upper Chamber free of electoral political b.s. to complement its totally-elected and dominant Lower Chamber. How one gets there may grate on (small-R) republicans – the Prime Minister advises the Governor General to summon them by name on behalf of the Queen – but once there, they’re beholden to nobody, have proven themselves so, and provide the “sober second thought” so lacking Below the 49th Parallel. Now Bush-clone Stephen Harper wants Provincial advisory elections for Senatorial appointments, which he knows will become actual elections in all but name, without putting the country through the sturm und drang of amending the constitution again. Combined with his Senatorial term-limits – 8 years instead of serving till age 75 (or earlier voluntary retirement) – and what will be required next will be Chamber equality, so just like Australia, a government will effectively need the confidence of both Houses, and modern Westminster Parliamentary Democracy is out the window.

(Personally I’ve come around to the logic of a largely hereditary Upper Chamber, i.e., the pre-Blair UK House of Lords – lifelong preparation, no electoral political b.s. [complemented by the totally-elected and dominant House of Commons], “sober second thought,” even – on a good day – a slow Red Tory/One Nation brake on modern ideological politics in the Commons. But I don’t see anybody adopting a House of Lords de novo without an actual conquest or something, especially in [small-R] republican America or republican-influenced Canada or Australia…so let’s make do.)

DO-IT-YOURSELF IMPEACHMENT Now available here! S…

DO-IT-YOURSELF IMPEACHMENT

Now available here! Spread the word!!

MORE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE VICTORIES STOLEN BY REPUBLIC…

MORE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE VICTORIES STOLEN BY REPUBLICANS?

So Election Fraud News seems to say.

SECOND FLA. DEMOCRAT CHALLENGES HOUSE "RESULT" Th…

SECOND FLA. DEMOCRAT CHALLENGES HOUSE “RESULT”

This time it’s e-vote-fraud whistleblower Clint Curtis, the programmer allegedly asked by his now-opponent to rig votes in 2000.

WHAT DID GERALD FORD HAVE TO DO WITH OUR CURRENT M…

WHAT DID GERALD FORD HAVE TO DO WITH OUR CURRENT MESS?

Alot, according to muckraker Wayne Madsen and one of his commenters (scroll down to the comment with bright yellow background).

May God have mercy on his soul.

FRANKENFOOD UPDATE: BUSH FDA TO OK CLONED MEAT AND…

FRANKENFOOD UPDATE: BUSH FDA TO OK CLONED MEAT AND MILK?!!

As these consumer-advocates remind us (PDF), we don’t know the long-term effects of mammal cloning on clones, their descendants, or their byproducts…but apparently some bad short-term effects draw attention to themselves. Nevermind the potentially permanent, life-on-earth-altering effects of polluting the “natural” gene-pool with clones, like happens already with genetically-modified crops. The fact that the Bushies discount these because they’re not “unique” to cloning simply displays the kind of compartmentalized thinking we’ve gotten used to from the Fundamentalists in power…anything to advance their agenda, even if seemingly self-contradictory…in this case, pro-cloning-businesses. Even if it advances HUMAN cloning!

In any case, this is so revolutionary and universally repugnant, that if they’re really going to allow it, there really should be no objection to labeling of clonefood – what are they afraid of?!!! you’d think they’d be bragging, right?!!! – or if necessary, allowing “clone-free” labeling. So send your comments to the FDA, but also contact Congress and (LOL!) the White House ASAP. Democrats might not let this one by.

WERE WE LIED TO ABOUT YUGOSLAVIA? Was all the mes…

WERE WE LIED TO ABOUT YUGOSLAVIA?

Was all the mess there simply to open it up to Western corporations? Were the Serbs worse than the Bosnians, Croatians, Albanians, Clinton, the British, French, Germans, NATO? (They don’t mention the Slovenes or Macedonians.) Was Milosevic democratic (though a Communist and an atheist)? Apparently there was professional PR propaganda all over the place outside of Serbia, as well as lazy-to-irresponsible Western newsmedia. Was this just another IMF/World Bank hatchet-job?

More to the point of readers of this blog: Did the U.S./NATO commit knowing, willful war crimes?

BUSHIES ABUSE CLASSIFIED POWERS There’s nothing i…

BUSHIES ABUSE CLASSIFIED POWERS

There’s nothing in the article in question that hasn’t been publicly published already, even publicly discussed by Administration officials. They’re just trying to prevent it now because it uses the information politically-unfavorably to them. (Truth hurts.) Just like their re-classification of declassified and republished records, even from many years ago!

BUSH/HARPER ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS? First…

BUSH/HARPER ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS?

First de jure 43rd President of the United States, Al Gore, says Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Republican-style “Conservative” Party came to power in January in part with the help of U.S. Big Oil – illegal under Canadian law.

Then Harper, after winning world-trade-court rulings against the U.S. in Canada’s generational softwood lumber dispute, turns around and cuts a losing deal with Bush that gives W. a half-billion-dollar slush fund in time for the Congressional elections just concluded – not only a foreign campaign contribution (Remember the Arizona Buddhists, the Chinese, and Koreagate?), but revenue and appropriations outside the control of Congress (Remember Conyers’ recent lawsuit [Apparently he doesn’t!], Watergate, and the beheading of King Charles I?), both illegal under American law. More crimes for the Bushies!!!

"NORTH AMERICAN UNION" IN FOUR YEARS? It recently…

“NORTH AMERICAN UNION” IN FOUR YEARS?

It recently hit MSM. You wanted “free trade”? This isn’t good for the U.S., Canada, OR Mexico…just Big Business – U.S.-based or otherwise. And as we’ve seen with offshoring, what’s good for Big Business definitely is not good for America, or even North America! And please, a currency called Amero?!! Couldn’t they come up with a more creative name for it at least?!!

Here’s what appears to be the agenda of a recent secret meeting of the corporate/tri-governmental conspiracy (Executive Branch in all three cases), seemingly dominated by U.S. Republicans, and Canadian “Liberals” and Western “Conservatives” (read Reform/Alliance) – talk about strange bedfellows. What’s even more indicative is how often they don’t feel the need to identify the country represented by a listed past or present government official – like it’s already a secret NAU United Government!

Conspiracy theory? (That doesn’t mean there isn’t a conspiracy!!!) It’s being taken seriously by the CBC….

For further updates, see Vive le Canada.

WHY AM I A DEMOCRAT? After all, I’m a monarchist,…

WHY AM I A DEMOCRAT?

After all, I’m a monarchist, anti-abortion, and a devout Orthodox Christian convert.

  1. They’re my people. I grew up a Northeast urban Irish Catholic working-class egalitarian ecological Native American trade unionist in the ’60s and ’70s. Ask Andrew Greeley.
  2. In many ways they cover the progressive part of progressive conservatism – at least The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party does – as well as real Classical Conservatism’s concern for the Common Good and the needy.
  3. The Republicans are so generally horrible, and don’t even do anything on abortion except talk. Nixon, Watergate, Fundamentalism, Iran/Contra/October Surprise, war on the poor, war on workers, government-by-anecdote, propaganda, hunger and poverty and homelessness, corporatism, financial deregulation, divisiveness, “the tone in Washington,” fascism, the Poverty Draft, allowing/encouraging Hussein to invade Kuwait and then going to war with him 1990-2006 and counting, The Contract ON America, FAUX News and other right-wing commandeering of the public airwaves and bandwidth, impeachment for a b.j., e-voting and stolen elections, not to mention the 700 High Crimes, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity, of Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft/Powell/Rice/Scalia/Thomas/Rehnquist/Gonzales/Baker et al.
  4. I did vote Green for Congress this time…but only because I live in a safe Dem district.
  5. There’s Democrats for Life of America.
  6. The Democrats – on a good day – stand up for democracy and justice, fairness and law and the Constitution (such as they are at present).
  7. Probably other reasons….

CONTROL OF THE SENATE hangs on a few veins in the…

CONTROL OF THE SENATE

hangs on a few veins in the back of one Democrat’s head? Maybe somebody should take a closer look at election results we supposedly “lost”!

A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS? An interesting question r…

A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS?

An interesting question raised by Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, herself partly of Native American descent, in the interest of historical (and pre-White-historical) accuracy.

"REDSKIN" IS ALOT LIKE THE N-WORD …when ya thin…

“REDSKIN” IS ALOT LIKE THE N-WORD

…when ya think about it.

And “Red Man Tobacco” makes about as much sense as this product did/does. (Even if, as a French-Canadian/American, Nap Lajoie probably had First Nations ancestry!)

And speaking of sports teams, this guy looks alot like this guy.

OK: I’M PLAYING: HOW CANADIAN ARE YOU? You are 8…

OK: I’M PLAYING: HOW CANADIAN ARE YOU?

You are 82% Canuck!

Now that’s what I’m talking about! You did good, you really, really did. I can call you my friend and not have to feel ashamed, and I thank you for that, really I do. Thank you, that is just really great!

How Canadian Are You?
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WHAT ACCENT DO YOU HAVE? Does this mean I can for…

WHAT ACCENT DO YOU HAVE?

Does this mean I can forget about going back into broadcasting, or voiceover work?!!! 😉

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: Philadelphia
 

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you’re not from Philadelphia, then you’re from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you’ve ever journeyed to some far off place where people don’t know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn’t have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Northeast
 
The Midland
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
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UN INDIGENOUS DECLARATION DERAILED, WHO KNOWS HOW …

UN INDIGENOUS DECLARATION DERAILED, WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH LONGER

It’s not a legal document, not a treaty as characterized by some media, and does not encourage secession, just internal self-government, reality, and rights within the existing State system. I actually find it’s not inimical to the Anglo-American treaty/sovereignty approach to indigenous peoples (when carried out as it’s supposed to be) – which may be its failing in the eyes of some.

BEHOLD, THE RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY It’s old news f…

BEHOLD, THE RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY

It’s old news for many of us, I remember reading about this outfit some years ago in a monthly magazine, but here it is for you. They link-up the three legs of the RWC tripod: the Religious Right, Big Business, and the anti-government loonies. (It’s unclear whether secular “neocons” are consistently welcome.) Born from the side of Ronald Reagan. Add-in secrecy, racism, “stealth candidates,” cornering the silver market, Rev. Moon,* political murder, Vietnam War atrocities, the “Knights of Malta,” Iran/Contra, violent Christian video games,** Amway, those libelous anti-Clinton videos… Hey, I wonder if they’re involved with electronic voting machines?!!!

Subsidized by…YOU AND ME!!!

They’re the outfit Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his self-hating-Canadian “Northern European welfare state” speech to when they met in Montreal [What for?] in 1997.

(*-That’s ironic: Doesn’t he claim to be the Messiah??)
(**-But just let Muslims try to put out an anti-Christian/anti-American video game…!)

HILLARY "ELECTABLE"? I don’t like her new "centri…

HILLARY “ELECTABLE”?

I don’t like her new “centrism.” Be that as it may, I think she needs more experience in public office before seeking and possibly winning the presidency. I don’t discount her particular experience in the White House with her husband, but it’s not the same as being an/the officeholder yourself. She could be great in ’12…preferably ’16 after a(nother) two-term Democrat!

I wish President Gore was running for (re)election. I wouldn’t mind President Kerry running for (re)election. But I really wish for a candidate with unquestionable credentials from “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party,” someone who could appeal to America’s easy “patchwork majority,” including getting to the polls those many who have given up on our one-party DemoPublican/corporate rule. Howard Dean has ruled out running while he’s party chairman. What if we snagged Ralph Nader – I know he has less government experience than Hillary, ie, none, but still…. I usually like Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo, Jerry Brown, etc etc etc…. I know, just call me an unreconstructed Old Democrat! Labor, compassion, ethics, ecology, equal rights, democracy, diversity, ‘social Catholicism,’ peace, diplomacy, hope, alternative energy, justice, protection of our economy, international law and cooperation, competence(!), leadership, service, etc etc etc!

WILL THIS LOGO TELL YOU TO DUCK AND COVER?! I thi…

WILL THIS LOGO TELL YOU TO DUCK AND COVER?!

I think not. I like the “upstart airline” quip.

THE MOB OR THE CIA? Who killed the Kennedys? BBC…

THE MOB OR THE CIA?

Who killed the Kennedys? BBC suggests CIA internal vendetta.

"LET’S IMPEACH THE pRESIDENT" Neil Young song and…

“LET’S IMPEACH THE pRESIDENT”

Neil Young song and video!

TIME FOR MONARCHY IN IRAQ? Four years after this …

TIME FOR MONARCHY IN IRAQ?

Four years after this article was written, are we ready to hear its advice? Or this one’s? At least one observer is.

Here’s a little historical perspective on the question. Iraq and Iraqis are said to have done well under constitutional monarchy.

The most prominent Iraqi monarchy movement – and it’s not very prominent – apparently hasn’t been heard from since the first elections. But the ideas on their website – mostly written before the invasion – are prophetic!

1,600-YEAR-OLD COFFIN FOUND UNDER CHURCH GROUNDS I…

1,600-YEAR-OLD COFFIN FOUND UNDER CHURCH GROUNDS IN BUSY LONDON

DUH! Before there were “memorial gardens” and such, the remains of the reposed were buried…IN CHURCHYARDS!!!! How soon we forget! Maybe they do need to restore British education to its former glory…. C’mon, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields DID used to be…IN THE FIELDS!!!