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September 11, 2001 – New York, New York

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Iraq had no Weapons of Mass Destruction. Iraq had nothing to do with al Qaeda prior to our invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

George W. Bush failed to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, the supposed mastermind of al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks, which also targeted the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, yet one of the longest wars in United States history is the Iraq War, started by the George W. Bush administration under the false pretense that Iraq did contribute to the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and/or could contribute to another similar attack.

Breaking up the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan: good. Letting Osama bin Laden escape: bad. Starting a false war in Iraq for the majority benefit of military contractors, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton: priceless.

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November 22, 1963 – Dallas, Texas

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

We, the People of the United States of America, elected President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago.

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picture source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kennedys_arrive_at_Dallas_11-22-63.JPG

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picture source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_F._Kennedy_motorcade,_Dallas_crop.png

BE3_HIpicture source: http://www.jfklancer.com/photos/autopsy_slideshow/index.html

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picture source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jfkautopsy.jpg

File:Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office, November 1963.jpg

picture source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lyndon_B._Johnson_taking_the_oath_of_office,_November_1963.jpg

source: http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=kennedyjf

EXCERPTS in italics from the Museum of Broadcast Communications:

On Sunday an unprecedented televised event blasts the story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy out of the realm of tragedy and into surrealism: the on-camera murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, telecast live. At 12:21 P.M. EST, as preparations are being made for the solemn procession of the caisson bearing the president’s casket from the White House to the Capital rotunda, the accused assassin is about to be transferred from the Dallas City Jail to the Dallas County Jail. Alone of the three networks, NBC elects to switch over from coverage of the preparations in Washington, D.C. to the transfer of the prisoner in Dallas. CBS was also receiving a live feed from Dallas in its New York control room, but opted to stay with the D.C. feed. Thus only NBC carried the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald live. “He’s been shot! He’s been shot! Lee Oswald has been shot!” shouted NBC correspondent Tom Petit. “There is absolute panic. Pandemonium has broken out.” Within minutes, CBS broadcasts its own live feed from Dallas. For the rest of the day all three networks deploy their Ampex videotape technology to rewind and replay the scene again and again. Almost every American in proximity to a television watches transfixed.

Amid the scuffle after the shooting, a journalist’s voice can be heard gasping, “This is unbelievable.” The next day New York Times television critic Jack Gould called the on-air shooting of Oswald “easily the most extraordinary moments Of TV that a set-owner ever watched.” In truth, as much as the Kennedy assassination itself, the on-air murder of the president’s alleged assassin creates an almost vertiginous imbalance in televiewers, a sense of American life out of control and let loose from traditional moorings.

Later that same afternoon, in stark counterpoint to the ongoing chaos in Dallas, thousands of mourners line up to file pass the president’s flag draped coffin in the Capitol rotunda. Senator Mike Mansfield intones a mournful, poetic eulogy. With daughter Caroline by the hand, the president’s widow kneels by the casket and kisses the flag, the little girl looking up to her mother for guidance. “For many,” recalled broadcasting historian Erik Barnouw, “it was the most unbearable moment in four days, the most unforgettable.”

Throughout Sunday, tributes to the late president and scenes of mourners at the Capitol intertwine with news of the assassin and the assassin of the assassin, a Dallas strip club owner named Jack Ruby. Remote coverage of church services around the nation and solemn musical interludes is intercut and dissolved into the endless stream of mourners in Washington. That evening, 8:00 P.M. EST ABC telecasts A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, a somber variety show featuring classical music and dramatic readings from the bible and Shakespeare. Host Fredric March recites the Gettysburg Address, Charlton Heston reads from thePsalms and Robert Frost, and Marian Anderson sings Negro spirituals.

The next day–Monday, 25 November a National Day of Mourning–bears witness to an extraordinary political-religious spectacle: the ceremonial transfer of the president’s coffin by caisson from the Capitol rotunda to St. Matthews Cathedral, where the funereal mass is to be celebrated by Richard Cardinal Cushing, and on across the Potomac River for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Television coverage begins at 7:00 A.M. EST with scenes from DC, where all evening mourners have been filing past the coffin in the Capitol rotunda. At 10:38 A.M. the coffin is placed on the caisson for the procession to St. Matthews Cathedral. Television imprints a series of memorable snapshot images. During the mass, as the phrase from the president’s first inaugural address comes through loudspeakers (“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country)” cameras dissolve to a shot of the flag draped coffin. No sooner do commentators remind viewers that this day marks the president’s son’s third birthday, then outside the church, as the caisson passes by, little John F. Kennedy, Jr. salutes. The spirited stallion Black Jack, a riderless steed with boots pointed backwards in the stirrup, kicks up defiantly. Awed by the regal solemnity, network commentators are quiet and restrained, allowing the medium of the moving image to record a series of eloquent sounds: drums and bagpipes, hoofbeats, the cadenced steps of the honor guard, and, at the burial at Arlington, the final sour note of a bugle playing “Taps.”

Fox = Lies (Distortion of Truth)

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Stop the Republicans from defunding National Public Radio

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012405023.html

EXCERPT:

“The conservatives want to end funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [which includes National Public Radio].”

* words inside brackets are mine

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George W. Bush gets to throw hundreds of billions of dollars down a hole in Iraq, then he throws hundreds of billions of dollars at the Wall Street banks – who are the most responsible for the Financial Crisis  that led to mass unemployment for millions of American workers…and then we don’t have money to assist Public Broadcasting?!

The Conservative Calamity of the 2000s continues…

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The Tea Party Is Out Of Its Mind

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve come to an overwhelming conclusion…Michele Bachmann is out of her mind. And, therefore, the Tea Party, which asked her to represent its viewpoint, is also out of its mind.

An Economic Tsunami just hit our shores – under the name of George W. Bush – and Michele Bachmann wanders along the seashore surveying all the damage. All of a sudden, this black man approaches. That’s the guy to blame for all the mess. The black man. Watch how she leads into the high unemployment rate in 2009 with Obama’s name. It’s twisted how scatter-brained this speech is, careening past the sidelines of reason and sense.

* Providing Universal Health Care for all Americans assures lower health care costs overall, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Repealing the law we just worked for during the last year would cost us money. Repealing the Health Care Law would add to our deficit. But Bachmann argues just the opposite…which is contrary to fact and evidence. Also, remember that the health care insurance companies were denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, cancelling medical care for kids, and ripping off the majority of Americans by charging expensive monthly payments and then refusing to pay for a medical emergency that finally came a’knockin’ on the door.

We just passed Tax Cuts for all Americans, including for the richest 2%, but Bachmann calls for more tax cuts. Even though tax cuts add to our deficit. And we need taxes to pay for our roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and other services that we all enjoy as one country. I like visiting different parts of America, and I take pride in the things we do right. I also take objection to the things we do wrong. Millionaires and Billionaires don’t need any more tax cuts. And as far as corporate taxes, in his State of the Union speech President Obama already noted the high corporate tax rate in America, while at the same time calling for tax loopholes to disappear: because right now most of corporate America doesn’t pay any tax, for real.

source: http://academic.udayton.edu/clarakim/inequality/articles/6-economic/corporate_tax_evasion.htm

EXCERPTS:

“Two-thirds [66 percent] of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress [the study by the Government Accountability Office]….

Over 8 in 10 corporations have tax havens.”

President Obama wants to cut $4 billion in annual federal spending for BIG OIL $SUBSIDIES$…and invest that money in CO2-Free Energy, like Solar Electricity

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Minute 21:00

This is how Science works

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/science/01butterfly.html?src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB

EXCERPTS from The New York Times:

Vladimir Nabokov may be known to most people as the author of classic novels like ‘Lolita’ and ‘Pale Fire.’ But even as he was writing those books, Nabokov had a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies…..

‘By God, he got every one right,’ Dr. Pierce said. ‘I couldn’t get over it — I was blown away.’

Dr. Pierce and her colleagues also investigated Nabokov’s idea that the butterflies had come over the Bering Strait. The land surrounding the strait was relatively warm 10 million years ago, and has been chilling steadily ever since. Dr. Pierce and her colleagues found that the first lineage of Polyommatus blues that made the journey could survive a temperature range that matched the Bering climate of 10 million years ago. The lineages that came later are more cold-hardy, each with a temperature range matching the falling temperatures.

Nabokov’s taxonomic horseshoes turn out to belong in Nome after all.

‘What a great paper,’ said James Mallet, an expert on butterfly evolution at University College London. ‘It’s a fitting tribute to the great man to see that the most modern methods that technology can deliver now largely support his systematic arrangement.’

Dr. Pierce says she believes Nabokov would have been greatly pleased to be so vindicated, and points to one of his most famous poems, ‘On Discovering a Butterfly.’ The 1943 poem begins:

I found it and I named it, being versed

in taxonomic Latin; thus became

godfather to an insect and its first

describer — and I want no other fame.

‘He felt that his scientific work was standing for all time, and that he was just a player in a much bigger enterprise,’ said Dr. Pierce. ‘He was not known as a scientist, but this certainly indicates to me that he knew what it’s all about.’”

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