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  • Reply to: John Kerry Fronts for Illegal War   4 days 54 min ago
    John Kerry is the worst Secretary of State ever - With the exception of Hillary Clinton. We've had some bad ones before, along with some great ones. Obomber's ability to choose two such monstrous losers in a row, sets a new record for incompetence. The Secretary of State is in line for the Presidency if someone, or something, incapacitates the VP and Speaker of the House. These appointments by the current President show how little he cares about good governance and the US!
  • Reply to: Obama's U.N. Hypocrisy   4 days 11 hours ago
    I read the story and can not agree more with the writer, as I also read the whole speech via the internet. It seems to me that it is almost impossible for an American President, to really agree that there has been great mistakes by both the government and most of all by the military. The word dialog dose not exist in the vocabulary of the president of the United States of America. It is up the the citizens in America to vote for the next president, and not for the man or women who has the greatest amount of money, coming from the multinational and reach people, which want to influence the politic of the United Stats of America.
  • Reply to: Eric Holder's Five Crucial Failures   4 days 11 hours ago
    Yet despite these failures, Holder was spared by progressives from the notoriety that Ashcroft and Gonzalez (rightfully) received. When progressives failed to maintain the momentum of resistance after the Obama election, is it any surprise that the Obama administration has been even worse than the Bush administration in targeted killing, global war, abuse of executive power, secrecy, prosecution of whistleblowers - the list goes on and on...
  • Reply to: Eric Holder's Five Crucial Failures   4 days 12 hours ago
    I take exception. Thinking of December 7, 1941 of which there was some pre intelligence or September 11, 2001 of which there was some pre intelligence. If the President was aware of some well formulated advanced knowledge of these attacks on our homeland I would have no problem with advanced action being taken. If I though that Hitler had advance capability of dropping an atomic bomb I would have no problem with the President taking advanced action. I do object to torture as a means of intelligence because it does not work.
  • Reply to: Eric Holder's Five Crucial Failures   4 days 12 hours ago
    His nomination was a forewarning of what this administration was to be. A man, under a professional cloud for his ethics and political partisanship. he began by dismissing the charges against the two black panthers and ended by comparing the man in Ferguson who in a space of 15 minutes strong armed a shop owner for cigars, strode down the middle of the street, and punched a cop in the face. When confronted by the same police man to halt, he gave him the bums rush, and the police man fired on the man, killing him. Mr. Holder refereed to him as a child, as a martyr of the disparity between white police and black felons. factually, I hope Mr. Holder is held personally responsible for his actions in 'Fast and Furious,' his repeated racists findings against any white in need of justice, and his promotion of all people of color. Justice is purportedly blind, Mr. Holder left his blinders at home, under his robe.
  • Reply to: Obama’s Dubious Syrian Strikes   4 days 13 hours ago
    The few times libertarians and progressives will agree.
  • Reply to: Obama’s Dubious Syrian Strikes   4 days 14 hours ago
    The fact that war is the only thing Republicans will let Obama do is no excuse. That being said, the real problem over there, and the reason that nothing we do, or refrain from doing, will help, is that the Middle East has a rapidly growing population which has already exceeded the carrying capacity of the region, especially its water resources. The obvious solution, lowering the birth rate, can be accomplished in only two ways: general affluence (as in the industrial world) or authoritarian edict (as in China). Since Osama Bin Laden's wealthy father had 50 children, it's not clear option one will work. And any authoritarian regime is more likely to mandate large families than small. Therefore, the supply of angry young men with no prospects will grow exponentially. I'm pretty sure Obama's bombing will make things worse, but I'm not sure what will make them better.
  • Reply to: Obama’s Dubious Syrian Strikes   5 days 7 hours ago
    Excellent, perceptive piece of writing.
  • Reply to: Oregon Residents Challenge the State "Right-to-Farm" Law   6 days 11 hours ago
    Hi I'll be doing a YouTube video on this I live on the coast right across from Charlie who died my friends live in cedar valley And also myself have noticed health issues
  • Reply to: WI Election Officials and Advocates Scrambling After Voter ID Reinstated   1 week 1 day ago
    http://www.alan.com/2014/09/21/gov-scott-walkers-wisconsin-has-no-budget-for-voter-id/ But Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said the lack of money devoted by the state appears to be a deliberate attempt to make it difficult for voters to comply with the requirement. “The way to sow maximum confusion is to not make information available,” Heck said. “It is confusing — deliberately so.” On Friday, two groups that had tried unsuccessfully to overturn the voter ID law went back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to ask that the requirement be delayed until after the Nov. 4 election to give voters more time to get the proper identification…. Albrecht said 1,500 city poll workers trained over the summer will have to be retrained before Nov. 4, along with 300 to 400 extra workers “to make sure it (voter ID) does not bottleneck voting sites on Election Day.” About 50,000 absentee ballot envelopes also will have to be reprinted, he said. “From an election administration standpoint, we can implement voter ID,” Albrecht said. “But from a voter standpoint, there is not proper time to educate all voters … and ensure they’re also able to cast a ballot on Election Day.” One longtime Madison voter and poll worker, Gene Bliss Gay, said she was confused about whether she needed an ID to vote. She is 85 years old, doesn’t drive and has limited mobility. That means she qualifies as an “indefinitely confined” person who can vote absentee without sending in a copy of an ID. “I worked the elections for 20 years with three other ladies. We never had a single problem,” Gay said. “I think this whole thing is asinine and a big waste of money.”

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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