Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 24 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: "Which Side Are You On?" The Republican Mission... Obstruct And Destroy The Obama Presidency

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Cabale News ServiceMarch 24 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: "Which Side Are You On?" The Republican Mission... Obstruct And Destroy The Obama Presidency

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Due to time constraints there will be no text news synopsis this morning...

However, there are a few news items of note:

Dateline Marja Afghanistan... "Marja now has one coalition soldier or policeman for every eight residents," but "...The government and international forces cannot defend anyone even one kilometre from their bases." after dark. More

Meanwhile, a British reporter is claiming that NATO is covering up incidents and lying about civilian killings in Afghanistan.

There are now 470 missing mountaintops in the Appalachian Mountain range.

"The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." --U. Utah Phillips, folksinger, social activist

Click on the picture of a ravaged land or Utah's quote (One address of note here... Chase Bank) for more on how mountaintop Coal mining is despoiling the land.

Three Blackwater Mercenary Co. executives face federal weapons charges for illegally stockpiling of automatic rifles (AK-47s) at Blackwater's North Carolina headquarters. There is a draft indictment in the works against Gary Jackson, the company's former president, Andrew Howell, former company attorney, and an un-named third person who worked at the company's armory.

...and that's just their behavior in the continental US...
A former Blackwater employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the investigation includes a look at whether Blackwater shipped weapons from its Moyock headquarters to Iraq hidden in pallets wrapped tightly in shrink wrap.
“In December, the prosecutors obtained guilty pleas from two former Blackwater employees, Kenneth Wayne Cashwell of Virginia Beach, Va., and William Ellsworth “Max” Grumiaux of Clemmons, N.C." [In Full]
Also see: BushWars Inc. - We Finance Weapons For EVERYONE! No Money Down... EZ Payment Plan! and Xe/Blackwater's CIA 'Dark' Operation In Germany... A Practice Run For Somalia/HOA Operations?

"Nose to spite face" - Constance McMillen, the gay high school student from Mississippi who won a federal lawsuit allowing her to attend the senior prom with her same-sex significant other may not get to attend at all, along with the rest of her fellow students, as that same US District Court has ruled that the vengefully cancelled-in-the-wake-of-the-ruling event cannot be forced to happen.

When the prom at the Itawamba county MS school was cancelled, one pundit noted it seems to be an American trait to despoil other people's way-of-being, with these words:
"It’s not just "I’ve got mine, fuck you" that’s dragging this country down; it’s also "I don’t care if I get mine, as long as I get to say fuck you."
See "The Nose Cutters" @ Firedoglake for more philosophizing on 'exceptionally American callousness'

Speaking of children... pollinating Honeybees currently receive more protection than children in California when it comes to the spraying of pesticides. A 'wider buffer zone' of a half mile between schools and the spraying of massive quantities of agricultural pesticides is being sought. A about a decade ago where I live on the Central Coast, the Watsonville School Distinct fought for a 'wider buffer' and managed to garner a 300 foot zone... Of course the children who attend these schools net to California's fields tend to be of a color other than White. California's ag industry opposes the bill, AB 1721, saying it is 'needlessly broad' and 'would jeopardize farming operations in urbanized counties'.

In 1996 two dozen people were sickened when pesticides sprayed into an adjacent field drifted into a California school yard.

See this NIH study "Exposures of Children to Organophosphate Pesticides and Their Potential Adverse Health Effects" for more.

Other ways America poisons children for profit:
Behind the Shady World of Marketing Junk Food to Children

March 23, 2010

Seven-year-old Marley loves Happy Meals from McDonald's. She used to get Chicken McNuggets, but now she chooses a cheeseburger to go with her fries and Sprite.... Her father, Patrick, is a chef, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, but Marley prefers McDonald's to his cooking. After a trip to McDonald's, Marley eagerly surfs onto, where she can enter a code from her meal to get a "behind-the-scenes look at iCarly," a kids' TV show (boys can use their code for a Star Wars promotion).

Patrick pulled the plug on his television a few months ago, in part to shield his two young daughters from advertising, but the McDonald's marketing execs have reached Marley all the same. Because he's health- and environmentally-conscious, Patrick does not take her to McDonald's often, but after a long day of school and extra-curricular activities, sometimes a little nagging is all it takes for Marley to convince her dad that she's hungry now and only food served at a drive-thru will do.

Marley and Patrick are normal, apart from his cooking skills and their home's lack of TV.

Approximately one out of three fast food trips occur due to a child's nagging -- a fact that does not elude junk food marketers, who advertise to kids with the very goal of getting kids to nag their parents for the advertised product. It's not by accident that foods marketed to children come with toys or in boxes plastered with popular cartoon characters, located strategically at children's eye level... [In Full

...and finally, Juan Cole, professor of Persian history at the University of Michigan and well known Middle East issues blogger is "Mad as hell and he isn't going to take anymore":
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg, Guarding the Prison of the Nationalist Mind

As a Middle East expert who lived in the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, travels widely there, speaks the languages, writes history from archives and manuscripts, and follows current affairs, I found that none of that counted for much when I entered the public arena in the United States.

It isn't that I am thin-skinned or can't dish it out as good as I get it. Rather, it is like being a professional baseball player ready for the World Series, who gets in the van and instead of being delivered to Yankee Stadium is blindfolded and taken to a secret fight club where people are betting on whether he can go 12 rounds with a giant James Bond villain. And he says, "But I'm not a boxer, I bat .400." And they sneer, "You will pay for insulting our great aunt."

This is an arena where vehement partisans are honored as "journalists," where ability to speak languages or engage in cultural interaction counts for nothing, and where rich and powerful patrons make reputations rather than any real knowledge.

NYT columnist David Brooks slammed me for not having recognized Ariel Sharon's potential as a peace-maker with the Palestinians and for not seeing how positive the Iraq War was for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. (???)

I was routinely denounced by David Horowitz, who used to be an insufferable leftist in the 60s when he edited Ramparts and now is an insufferable rightwinger, but who knows nothing at all about the Middle East (and what he thinks he knows is wrong).

Marty Peretz, who married into the Singer Sewing Machine fortune and then used his wife's money to buy and ruin The New Republic, turning it into pro-Contra, pro-war rag, was annoyed to see me on television because of his vast fund of knowledge about Arabic hollow verbs.

Michael Oren, a bad, partisan historian and Israeli army reservist (who fought in the Gaza War); who revived the Gobineau Orientalist tradition in his book on the US and the Middle East; and who is now the Israeli ambassador to Washington-- weighed in against my receiving an appointment to the Yale History Department.

Princeton-trained Martin Kramer until recently of Tel Aviv University, who recently advocated using the Gaza blockade to force small families on the half-starving Palestinians, made a cottage industry of snarky and mostly false remarks about Informed Comment; and has a relationship with the so-called "Middle East Forum", which runs the McCarthyite 'campus watch' and which was part of a scheme to have me cyber-stalked and massively spammed.

More recently I have provoked the ire of a burly former Israeli military prison guard at the notorious Ketziot detention camp during the first Intifada, who is among our foremost journalists of the Middle East and given a prominent perch at The Atlantic magazine-- Jeffrey Goldberg... [In Full]


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