Hitler? He Got Things Done.

(cross posted at kickin it with cg and motley moose)

Yesterday Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, in an interview with London's The Times newspaper, said that he preferred totalitarian regimes to democracies and praised Adolf Hitler for his ability to "get things done"

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On the topic of incentive and accountability.

I read Bob Burnett's excellent and timely post yesterday over at HuffPo, entitled "Bush's Day of Reckoning."  I recommend reading it in its entirety.  The topic is whether or not to proceed with criminal investigations of Bush, Cheney & their ilk over torture and any other violations of the Constitution.  Bob does point out that incompetence is not a crime and focuses on things like ordering torture or illegal spying on Americans, which are crimes.

He points out that Congress will not take the lead on prosecution because they rolled over for Bush & Cheney at every opportunity.  So, it comes down to Obama to take the lead on cleaning up the US Government, its checks & balances and the Constitution.  In other words: the rule of law.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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The Genocide of America.

Is the United States of America the world's largest dealer of illegal drugs?  What about the world's largest gun runner?  For years our government has used the CIA, NSA & other super-secret 'intelligence' agencies to cultivate drug harvest and distribution in SE Asia and Afghanistan.  We offer 'aid' and 'trade' to countries in the forms of weapons and ammunition.  The drugs come home to the US to poison and kill our own population.  The weapons we sell are used either against us directly by people to kill others, who then seek to kill Americans.  Did the founding fathers envision a country that would become the world's largest debtor and blood merchant?

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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A sane voice: Arundhati Roy

arundhati roy
Image courtesy of cesr.org

This post begins a series to recognize people that speak about the world in terms of what they observe and what they can prove.  Their voices stand out in the crowd.  In their words, they speak not of fantasy, delusion and rationalization.  Instead, they utilize the gifts of human cognition, awareness to observe what is here in the world around us.  They are not dogmatic, but analytic and take in the world 'warts & all' for what it is and what it is not.  They do not separate humankind from nature in any form of grandeur.  In short, they look at things the way they really are and not what we would have them be.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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Hillary Clinton: September 6, 2006



The following Diary is 100% factual.

On September 6, 2006, Hillary Rodham Clinton voted against a bill sponsored by Senators Pat Leahy and Diane Feinstein that would have limited the use of cluster bombs, the barbaric weapons that litter the landscape of Iraq and Lebanon (via Israel) with munitions that explode when touched, killing civilians.

These type of weapons, have no valid national security purpose at all, and just inflict horrible injury randomly on civilian populations, and particularly children who tend to pick up things and play with them.

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