3000 is too many!

By Ava, at Peace takes Courage.

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Merry Christmas…

Not much going on this week and next. So I thought I’d post a little holiday cheer…

I give you, ‘Dingell’s holiday jingle’, enjoy!

Hope, Redux.

Editor’s note:

Things are a little quiet around here.  Real life has butted in and I haven’t updated in a while.  That will change. –ToledoNative

Hope.  Hope is a ridiculous notion.  Hope has a tendency to evaporate at the slightest whiff of doubt.  But hope once again lives for me and for our country.   We have a chance to undo some of the damage done during 6 years of one party rule.

Tomorrow, the Democrats may go back to our standard ‘circular firing squad’, but for now, all things seem possible.

Some thanks are in order:

To the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean; Thank you sir, your 50 state strategy worked.  Every time the Republicans trotted out another talking point, you were there to explain our side.  Thanks again.

To all of the participants, Democrat and Republican alike; it was a long hard battle and you fought well.  Good job.  Now we all need to join together and solve the problems which lie ahead.

Last of all, to Mr. Keith Olbermann:  Thank you sir, for all the hard work and for the unbiased reporting.  I truly believe that you have had a hand in getting more people fired up about the need for change.  From your relentless exposing of the Bush Administration, to your series of Special Comments, you sir are a National treasure.  Bravo, and a job well done!

Waiting for hope…

The last several years have been hard. You get your hopes up, only to have them dashed.  It gets to a point where you are afraid to have hope anymore.  But once in a while, something extraordinary happens.

A word is spoken, a truth revealed which should have been apparent, and your whole outlook changes. For me, this occured watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night.

Hope walked back into my heart.

It wasn’t the facts that he used. I’ve heard many of the same things said on other blogs and discussion groups. It was the passion in evidence. And it worked. I felt that emotion stir in my battletorn psyche. It was hope. I hope. I HOPE!

Watch the video, so you can hope too.

This is a liberal media?

Example #1: Rush Limbaugh’s appearance on the CBS Evening News. Limbaugh appeared in a segment called ‘Free Speech’. Here is a quote from it (h/t to as always Media Matters for the info):

But some Americans, sadly, not interested in victory, and yet they want us to believe that their behavior is patriotic. Well, it’s not. When the critics are more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us, when they seek to destroy a foreign surveillance program which is designed to identify those who want to kill us and how they intend to do it, when they want to grant those who want to kill us U.S. constitutional rights, I don’t call that patriotic. Patriotism is rallying behind the country, regardless of party affiliation, to defeat Islamofascism. Patriotism is supporting our troops in the battlefield, not undermining the mission and morale.

Where, I ask you is the hue and cry about a conservative commentator on that bastion of liberalism, CBS News? Liberal media? Yeah right.

Example #2. ‘Path to 9/11’ on ABC

What hasn’t been said about this ‘Docu-drama’? It has been called false and misleading by the Airlines, Clinton and advisors , Historians , and even some conservatives . It aims to paint the Clinton Administration as bumbling and inept, so focused on his scandals at home to worry about Osama bin Laden.

So where is the outrage from the ‘liberal media’? The liberals who run Hollywood should be all atwitter about this trashing of the Clinton Administration, and the burnishing of Bush’s record of non-action. Liberal media? Hardly.

Example #3: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2406097&page=1
Somebody explain how calling former Clinton advisors ‘Clintonistas’ proves that the media and ABC in particular, are liberal?

And as for Mr Limbaugh, who started this post, he has forgotten that patriotism includes dissent; in fact dissent is necessary to keep Democracy alive.

So in closing, can we finally put to rest that canard of the conservatives, our so called ‘liberal media’?

Keith Olbermann speaks for me.

Every generation has it’s ‘voice’ in news. Someone who speaks with such authority that you can say, ‘Yes! He speaks for me!’ In the early days of broadcast journalism, that voice was Edward R. Murrow. This quote from him rings true even today:

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.

In the 60’s and early 70’s that voice belonged to Walter Cronkite. ‘Uncle Walter’ as he was affectionately know, was considered to be the most trusted name in news.

Today, a worthy successor to these great broadcasters has emerged. Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’, has become that voice. On August 30, he rebutted comments made by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the American Legion’s National convention.

Nation/World
Rumsfeld: War critics are like Nazi appeasers

Terrorists present a new type of fascism, he says

August 30, 2006

BY ROBERT BURNS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday the world faces “a new type of fascism” and likened critics of the Bush administration’s war strategy to those who tried to appease the Nazis in the 1930s.

He portrayed the administration’s critics as suffering from “moral or intellectual confusion” about what threatens the nation’s security.

Speaking to several thousand veterans at the American Legion’s national convention, Rumsfeld quoted Winston Churchill as observing that trying to accommodate Adolf Hitler was “a bit like feeding a crocodile, hoping it would eat you last.”

“Can we truly afford to believe that somehow, some way, vicious extremists can be appeased?” he asked.

“Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America — not the enemy — is the real source of the world’s troubles?

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060830/NEWS07/608300381/1009

Mr. Olbermann fired back at Secretary Rumsfeld on his show August 30th.

Aug. 30, 2006 | 8:34 p.m. ET

Feeling morally, intellectually confused?

The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.

Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.

Mr. Rumsfeld’s remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American.

For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence — indeed, the loyalty — of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land. Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants — our employees — with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration’s track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12131617/#060830b

You need to read this; trust me on this one. If you are at all sick at heart about what our government is doing in our names, read this. After you’re done reading get the clip from Crooks And Liars:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/08/30/keith-olbermann-delivers-one-hell-of-a-commentary-on-rumsfeld/

Keith Olbermann Speaks for me. Does he speak for you?

Can we call it fascism YET?

Well what do you think?

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottoes, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Support the troops magnets and tattered flags.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Abu Gharib, anyone? How about ‘rendition’ flights to countries for torture?

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Liberals, ‘towelheads’, muslims?

4. Supremacy of the Military.
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
And how big is the defense budget? How about the domestic spending cuts?

5. Rampant Sexism.
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Gay marriage amendment. ’nuff said.

6. Controlled Mass Media.
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
the so called ‘liberal media’ (lol)

7. Obsession with National Security.
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
‘9-11, 9-11! Fear! Fear! Fear!

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined.
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
Pat Robertson and James Dobson have the president’s ear. Focus on your own family, a$$wipe!

9. Corporate Power is Protected.
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
I’d need another blog post for this one. Enron for starters.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed.
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
Delphi. $10 an hour my a$$!

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts.
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
Watch out for those radical Professors!!

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
Republicans want to criminalize illegals. Felonies!!

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption.
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Halliburton.

14. Fraudulent Elections.
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Evidence exists that 2004 was stolen. Will the ‘liberal media cover it? Yeah, that’s what I thought…
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So what do you think? Is this country of ours becoming fascist? Oh and as for the inevitable argument that this country has always fufilled some of the points above, I say that for the first time we now fufill all 14 points.