Monthly Archives: July 2008

On Joe Klein and the Jewish Neoconservatives

This is rather indirect, but follow this link to a commentary on Huffington post about Joe Klein and the Jewish neoconservatives.

It should be obvious from reading the items on this Blog that I do not support the Jewish neoconservatives.  I think their policies that are intended to favor Israel are in fact highly detrimental to Israel.  I just want to make that clear, in case there were any doubts.

As I have said in private conversations, true friends of Israel would be willing to be frank with Israeli leaders about the damage that some Israeli policies are doing to Israel’s own interests.  A strong ally of Israel would not blindly support everything that Israel does.

I believe that all people deserve to live in freedom. I believe that a way must be found for free people on all sides of the issue to live together peacefully.

Impeachment Petition Deadline Midnight Wednesday

Hear is a letter that I just received from Dennis Kucinich.

Dear Friends,

Because of your vigilance and support for democracy, last Friday was a day of singular importance in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee met to discuss the Bush Administration’s abuse of executive power and for the first time the case for Impeachment was discussed in front of a Congressional committee, in depth, at length and with authority.

Twenty members of the Judiciary Committee attended the six hour hearing, during which twelve witnesses, including myself and four members of Congress testified. In this hearing I called for the Impeachment of the President for misrepresenting a case for war.

This week I will present members of Congress with Impeachment petitions submitted by those of you who have signed the on-line impeachment form.

I need your help. In the next few days we must redouble our efforts to get more signatures on the online petition at I’m asking each of you to please contact at least ten of your friends to go to now and sign the Impeachment petition that will be delivered by me. Wednesday night is the deadline.

Please send out an email to all your friends and family, post this link, to your blogs and make this effort count as this is the only petition that I will deliver.

Sign the petitionThank you so very much.

signiture - Dennis J Kucinich


Interview of Jane Mayer, “The Dark Side” Author

If Bill Moyers’ interview was not enough, follow this link to an interview by David Letterman.

Between Moyers, Jon Stewart, Keith Olberman, and David Letterman, sometimes you get some actual news by watching television.

The book, “The Dark Side” tells you about the good guys and the bad guys related to the program of torture carried out under the official policy of our United States.  Yes, of America.

Be Ashamed, Be Very Ashamed

I hate watching Bill Moyer’s Journal.  It makes me despair for the country.

Follow this link to see this week’s show.

The coverage of the US torture scandal should make us all ashamed.This country’s leaders no longer seem to care about humanity, law, and justice.  The American people can’t seem to get excited over the issue either.

Sometimes I wonder what it would take to get people upset. Does using medical doctors the way the Germans did in World War II concentration camps ring any bells? Can we be more active protesters than were the German citizens of that time period?  As yet, we don’t face the physical dangers that they did if they protested.  Will the deteriorating economy lead us to accept the kind of government that the Germans accepted in the 1930s?

In an only vaguely related matter, when I tried to raise a ruckus over the FISA bill, some of my liberal but cynical friends said to calm down that it was just politics.

The piece with Fritz Hollings on the corruption of our government was also disturbing, even though it is not quite so close to the issue of our fundamental humanity.

Barack Obama’s Speech in Berlin

In case you missed it, follow this link to the video of Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin.

I heard it on MSNBC, not from the Obama campaign’s attempt to stream it over the internet. On my computer this attempt pooped out just as the speech was about to begin.

I didn’t hear the spin of the MSNBC talking heads after the speech, so I can only go by what I heard from listening to the speech itself.

It was an OK speech.  The speech appeared to be well received by the large audience. However, it rarely roused the crowd to any level of excitement. He didn’t make any gaffes that I detected.  At least he didn’t speak in German and claim to be a pastry.