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On hypocrisy
Dec 16th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

God Damn You, Amer­i­ca, and Your White, Priv­i­leged Grief [Once Upon a Time…]

An excel­lent (if typ­i­cal­ly long-winded) arti­cle on the rather dis­gust­ing dis­plays of hypocrisy and nar­cis­sism in response to the recent mur­ders in Con­necti­cut. Let’s not for­get that the very same peo­ple who today are claim­ing to be oh-so-upset about a cou­ple dozen mur­ders were, just over a month ago, active­ly and enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly endors­ing the mass slaugh­ter of many hun­dreds of times as many peo­ple by the vile, mon­strous tyrant who rules in Mor­dor on the Potomac (and this includes the peo­ple who vot­ed for his pho­ny “oppo­nent,” who made it clear that he would do the same things).

Interesting perspective
Jun 2nd, 2011 by Ken Hagler

UK art destroyed in Libya attack. Thir­teen works of art owned by the gov­ern­ment are thought to have been destroyed in attacks on the British embassy in Libyan cap­i­tal Tripoli. [BBC News]

From the arti­cle:

Crowds attacked for­eign mis­sions in Tripoli after a Nato air strike killed mem­bers of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi’s fam­i­ly.

The UK is, as a pup­pet state ruled by Wash­ing­ton, is part of NATO. No men­tion any­where in the arti­cle of how many of the Libyan leader’s fam­i­ly mem­bers were killed, or whether fam­i­ly mem­bers of some or all of the angry crowd might pos­si­bly have been killed by British bombs. I guess the BBC has the same atti­tude that we see so much in the US: if they’re not cit­i­zens of the Evil Empire, they aren’t real­ly peo­ple and their lives don’t count.

Some perspective
Jan 12th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Did you know that six peo­ple were mur­dered in a bru­tal attack just a few days ago? The answer is almost cer­tain­ly “no,” because the attack I’m refer­ring to hap­pened in a for­eign coun­try, and the only U.S. Gov­ern­ment offi­cials involved were the ones who ordered it and car­ried it out.

Gang violence
Nov 5th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Why The Inno­cent Flee From The Police. Each encounter between the police and inno­cent civil­ians is a poten­tial­ly dead­ly expe­ri­ence for the lat­ter. Thus the real ques­tion is not “Why do inno­cent peo­ple flee from the police?” but rather, “What ratio­nal per­son would sub­mit to the police if he had any rea­son­able hope of elud­ing or resist­ing them?” [Pro Lib­er­tate]

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Feb 3rd, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The More Things Change… Part IV.

Post­ing from: Philips­burg, MT

Num­ber of civil­ians killed in Iraq since Oba­ma took office: 41
Ref­er­ence: Iraq Body Count data­base

Num­ber of coali­tion forces killed in Iraq since Oba­ma took office: 8
Ref­er­ence: DoD Con­fir­ma­tion list host­ed by icasualties.org

The above num­bers aren’t even nec­es­sar­i­ly up to date due to the lag in gath­er­ing and ver­i­fy­ing data before report­ing it, but it’s pret­ty clear that we’re not doing very well at leav­ing. Imag­ine what 16 months worth of this is going to look like. And that’s assum­ing the high­ly unlike­ly best-case sce­nario that Oba­ma has been try­ing to weasel out of since he threw down that dead­line.

And that’s just Iraq. What about Afghanistan? Pak­istan?

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mis­take?

Yes­ter­day in Iraq, Barack Obama’s respon­si­bly leav­ing army block­ad­ed a vil­lage, invad­ed a fam­i­ly home at 2:00 in the morn­ing, and gunned down a moth­er and father in the bed they shared with their 9 year old daugh­ter. (The girl, besides being orphaned, was also wound­ed by the gun­fire.)

On Fri­day, in Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by troop­ing into Lagh­man province, sur­round­ing hous­es in a vil­lage, and then launch­ing a raid where they killed 16 civil­ians — 2 women, 3 chil­dren, and 11 men — with gun­fire and pre­ci­sion bombs dropped from planes.

On Fri­day, in Pak­istan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by fir­ing mis­siles repeat­ed­ly into hous­es in sev­er­al vil­lages in the Waziris­tan region. Barack Obama’s mis­siles killed twenty-two peo­ple, about 15 of them civil­ians and at least 3 of them chil­dren. The idea was to help cre­ate the con­di­tions for a last­ing peace.

Every one of these deaths is blood on Barack Obama’s hands. Every one of these peo­ple who were killed, were killed on Barack Obama’s orders and in the name of his war pol­i­cy. Because Oba­ma wants to wash his hands of the Unit­ed States government’s war on Iraq and its war on Afghanistan, every day that he delays get­ting out, com­plete­ly — delays get­ting out in the name of exit strate­gies and cen­tral fronts and respon­si­bil­i­ty — which is to say, delays that hap­pen because he is still con­vinced that, with the right sort of grad­u­al­ist pol­i­cy, he can some­how try to win wars that should nev­er have been fought — is anoth­er per­son who is killed so that Barack Oba­ma, after being elect­ed as a peace can­di­date, can adopt and pro­long the col­los­sal, cat­a­stroph­ic mis­takes of a dis­as­trous fail­ure of a pre­de­ces­sor, so that he won’t come off as being soft on nation­al defense.

I am impressed. Oba­ma seems to be expand­ing the Unit­ed States’ mess beyond where Bush left it. And yet this man was elect­ed in large part on the sup­port of those who want these wars to end. 

Please. Please. Please. Think about how this hap­pened. Enough with the feel-good dra­mat­ics. It is well past time to THINK.

[Enjoy Every Sand­wich]

A bit of real­i­ty for those fools who believed that the can­on­iza­tion inau­gu­ra­tion of Saint Barack the Obames­si­ah was going to change any­thing about the real­i­ties of the Evil Empire.

Woman suing police mysteriously shot
Nov 11th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Homi­cide Vic­tim Iden­ti­fied as Trans­gen­dered Per­son, Duan­na John­son. Accord­ing to detec­tives, when offi­cers arrived at the scene, they found the body lying in the street. Police say a wit­ness heard gun­fire and then saw three peo­ple run­ning away from the scene. Inves­ti­ga­tors do not have any sus­pects at this time. 

[…]

John­son was the sub­ject of an alleged video taped beat­ing that hap­pened in June of 2008. John­son, who had been arrest­ed on a pros­ti­tu­tion charge, said for­mer Mem­phis Police Offi­cer Bridges McRae beat her after mak­ing deroga­to­ry remarks about her sex­u­al­i­ty. John­son said anoth­er man, Offi­cer J. Swain, held her down dur­ing the beat­ing. Both offi­cers were fired from the depart­ment.

John­son was suing the city for $1.3 mil­lion.

Mem­phis Police are ask­ing any­one with infor­ma­tion about Duan­na Johnson’s death to call Crime Stop­pers at (901) 528-CASH. [ABC24 – CW30 Eye­wit­ness News]

Gee, I can think of some pret­ty obvi­ous sus­pects with 1.3 mil­lion motives right now, but some­how I doubt that the police will be too inter­est­ed in inves­ti­gat­ing. I sure hope that if any­one does have infor­ma­tion, they’re smart enough to go far from Mem­phis and then call the media and not the prime sus­pects.

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