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An accurate prediction
Oct 28th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Five years ago, I wrote this:

Expe­ri­ence sug­gests that if Oba­ma does indeed win the elec­tion, the Obames­siah cult will praise him to the heav­ens for con­tin­u­ing to do exact­ly the same things that Bush has been doing for the past eight years, while the Bushe­viks will con­demn him as the Antichrist for doing exact­ly the same things that Bush has been doing. And of course none of them will ever acknowl­edge that their “beliefs” have reversed overnight, any more than they did when Bush replaced Clin­ton.

Unsur­pris­ing­ly, I was right.

Quote of the Day
Apr 16th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Any time bombs are used to tar­get inno­cent civil­ians, it is an act of ter­ror.

An evil man who has used bombs to tar­get thou­sands of inno­cent civil­ians

Quote of the Day
Nov 19th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

No coun­try on Earth would tol­er­ate mis­siles rain­ing down on its cit­i­zens from out­side its bor­ders,” Says Man Who Reg­u­lar­ly Bombs Pak­istan and Yemen

reason.com

A perfect fit
Jun 19th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Appar­ent­ly it’s big news on tech web­sites that the Pres­i­dent is going to start using Twit­ter. My take on it is, “Why did it take him so long?” With its 140 char­ac­ter lim­it, Twit­ter is the per­fect sound-bite deliv­ery sys­tem. It gives politi­cians a way to deliv­er mean­ing­less plat­i­tudes about hope and change direct­ly to the suck­ers vot­ers with­out hav­ing to deal with the inef­fi­cien­cies of going through main­stream media stenog­ra­phers reporters.

Government Efficiency
Mar 31st, 2011 by Ken Hagler

May­be the guy just enjoys get­ting awards for things he didn’t do.. Okay, first he gets the Nobel peace prize forty sec­onds after the elec­tion, before he even had a chance to break all his cam­paign promis­es about end­ing the wars — and cer­tain­ly before he got us all into a new one for no very good rea­son.

Now he gets a prize for trans­paren­cy in gov­ern­ment. Oh, wait — you didn’t hear about that? No rea­son you should have, I sup­pose…

Pres­i­dent Oba­ma final­ly and qui­et­ly accept­ed his “trans­paren­cy” award from the open gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ty this week — in a closed, undis­closed meet­ing at the White House on Mon­day.

The secret pre­sen­ta­tion hap­pened almost two weeks after the White House inex­plic­a­bly post­poned the cer­e­mony, which was expect­ed to be open to the press pool.

[The Ulti­mate Answer to Kings]

At least gov­ern­ment has become more effi­cient in one way: they’re so good at mock­ing them­selves that there’s hard­ly even any need for any­one else to do it. This is right up there with Bush com­par­ing the “lib­er­a­tion” of Iraq with the Phillip­ine War of Inde­pen­dence.

Nothing really changes in Washington
Apr 17th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Abuse of Pow­er Gets a Pass, Report­ing It Gets Jail Time.

Here’s Glenn Green­wald on the Oba­ma administration’s pros­e­cu­tion of NSA whistle­blow­er Thomas Drake, and it’s out­ra­geous tri­umphal­ism after win­ning an indict­ment.

As Green­wald writes, it’s now clear that Obama’s “Look For­ward, Not Back­ward” phi­los­o­phy applies only to high-ranking Bush admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials who abused their pow­er and posi­tion. The peo­ple who risked their careers and free­dom to come for­ward to report on those abus­es won’t be get­ting the same con­sid­er­a­tion. Or put anoth­er way: If you break the law to expand the pow­er of gov­ern­ment at the expense of the peo­ple, you get a pass. But if you break the law to make gov­ern­ment more trans­par­ent and account­able, expect them to throw the book at you.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

Anoth­er exam­ple of how noth­ing has changed, regard­less of who occu­pies the White House.

Not a change for the better
Feb 13th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

No, It Isn’t.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), post­ing on Twit­ter:

11 hours to review a 1000+ page spend­ing bill that spends near­ly a tril­lion dol­lars? This is not Con­gress’ finest hour.”

Looks like Oba­ma will also again be break­ing his pledge to post every bill on the web for the pub­lic to review for five days before sign­ing it. And this on the biggest and (by his mea­sure) most impor­tant bill he’s like­ly to sign in his pres­i­den­cy.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

Here we see the dif­fer­ence between a pres­i­dent who’s stu­pid and evil and one who’s smart and evil. It took Bush until Sep­tem­ber of his first year in office to get away with the “Patri­ot” Act, while Oba­ma has pulled off his own ver­sion in Feb­ru­ary.

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.

Gaza analysis
Jan 6th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The War Nerd: Hamas Ain’t No Hezbol­lah. What’s going on in Gaza now is pret­ty easy to under­stand if you think a lit­tle bit about the way mil­i­tary trends have been going in the past century-but you also have to be will­ing to take a cold look at how wars work the­se days, when there’s no such thing as those “pure­ly mil­i­tary” […] [EXILED ONLINE — MANKIND’S ONLY ALTERNATIVE]

An inter­est­ing view on what’s going on in Gaza. One thing’s cer­tain: the Israelis are act­ing just like Amer­i­cans the­se days.

Also, the sun will rise in the east
Nov 6th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

New at Rea­son: Nick Gille­spie Makes Three Pre­dic­tions About Barack Obama’s Amer­i­ca.

Will Barack Oba­ma be a game-changer in Amer­i­can life when he takes office in Jan­u­ary? Or will he be more of the same that we’ve seen over the past eight years? And will we stop using the term game-changer?

Nick Gille­spie prog­nos­ti­cates. Read all about it here.

[Hit and Run]

Here are the pre­dic­tions from the arti­cle, which goes into con­sid­er­ably more detail and is worth read­ing:

  1. America’s polit­i­cal and pun­dit class will go through a clin­i­cal bout of ide­o­log­i­cal amne­sia that will be dizzy­ing and appalling for those of us with mem­o­ries of life before Jan­u­ary 2009.
  2. The Cul­ture Wars will be reignit­ed and, as always, the main casu­alties will be chil­dren, the truth, gays, and that evilest excres­ence of cap­i­tal­ism since nov­els, nick­elodeons, comic books, and video games. And Oba­ma, like Bill Clin­ton, will be far more con­ser­v­a­tive on this sort of thing than any­body on either side wants to admit.
  3. Lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives will con­tin­ue to try and define every­thing in terms of right and left when the prop­er lens, now more than ever, is choice ver­sus con­trol.

My own pre­dic­tion is some­what sim­pler: Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans will reverse all their posi­tions (again), and noth­ing will actu­al­ly change.

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