"Sibel Edmonds is the most dangerous person in America to the corrupt power structure behind the Military Industrial Complex. If the information she alludes to is as as explosive as she alleges, and I have no reason to doubt her, it goes to the darkest hole of the corruption in our secretive, unaccountable, national security state. A hole where secrecy and billions of dollars combine to make for the biggest sacred cow in politics.
For this reason, I put her appeal for a hearing above almost any other. "
* from demnow:
"Then there's religion, to “civilize” the indigenous people. Now, you can't talk about the US experience -- and I think in many ways this is true for the new world experience -- without talking about the dominant role of religion as an ideology. And we also know one of the reasons why vast numbers of our fellow citizens today in the United States, one of the reasons why they're not leftists, is precisely because they have not been awakened from their sleepwalking. They have not been convinced that they ought to choose to live a life the way we have chosen, in part because we've been cast with the mark of the anti-religious or the naively secular, or what have you.
And that's 98% of fellow citizens. So no matter what kind of political organization Brother Stanley is talking about, he's going to get Gramscian about it. He's got to dip into the popular culture of the everyday people, and 98% them are talking about God. That’s 97.5% of fellow Americans believe in God. 75% believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. 62% believe they speak on intimate terms with God at least twice a day. That's who we're dealing with in terms of our fellow citizens. "
"I'm not sure if it's more a matter of entertainment or just grim confirmation, but it is worth cataloging all the Republicans who are now willing to come forward and spin out arguments about how federal prosecutors always pursue political investigations and are little more than cat's paws for the party apparatus of the president who appointed them. Rule of law. Rule of law. Rule of law. I've said it a number of times in recent months: the rule of law and creeping authoritarianism has to be at the center of any sensible politics today. The degradation is so great and the bar has fallen so low."