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Monday, 05 March 2007 02:53

Larry Beinhart: Capitalism 104 - Part I

by Larry Beinhart

In Capitalism 101, we learned that capitalism was good. It beats communism, any day, hands down, out and out.

It also beats socialism, which is soft core communism and leads to degeneracy. Really, it does. We all know that profit motivates people to work hard. And fear of becoming destitute is the most efficient of whips. Whereas in a planned economy, which provides security, workers lose their motivation, and their fear and just sit around and jerk off.

With Bush as president over the last seven years
All that we have left is blood, sweat & profiteers.



by Marjorie Cohn

On March 6, the court-martial will begin in Germany for Army Specialist Augustín Aguayo, who faces up to 7 years in prison for refusing to deploy to Iraq for a second tour of duty. His petition for habeas corpus was denied by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 16. Judges Sentelle and Randolph were the same jurists who recently upheld the provision of the Military Commissions Act that strips habeas corpus rights from Guantánamo detainees.


Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

It's got all the hallmarks of a heavyweight fight: two big, bruising contenders, itching for battle and determined to win at all costs. Both are getting up there in age, but both are very experienced in the ways of such fights and do have similar styles: for the most part they both fight on the inside, going for body blows and the long haul. The big difference between the two is their goals. One simply wants to win this particular fight. The other wants not only to win the fight but also to completely change the rules of the fight game they are in. The big difference between this fight and the usual kind of heavyweight championship is that, unlike the latter, its outcome will have a major influence in the course of world history for the indefinite future.


Please use the comment section below to tell us what "support our troops" means to you.

As Professor Ira Chernus points out in an incisive commentary on TomDispatch.com
, for him the phrase "support our troops" represents a holy, inviolable mantra in the American narrative.

It is a phrase so hot wired into Americans, and feared to hold an omnipotent power by those on Capitol Hill, that it cannot be understood through the lens of common sense and reason: Why send more American GIs to die in a war without mission or purpose, whose only apparent definition of "victory" appears to be that the U.S. will not be perceived as losing? But no one in power can even define what not losing would be at this point.

Sunday, 04 March 2007 08:35

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 5, 2007


Subject: Doing The Right Thing

Is the right wing interested in doing the right thing? Right-wingers, aka Conservatives, love money and war and hating and blaming someone else for their own shortcomings. Kind of like an abusive spouse. Or a teenager who never understands that actions have consequences and that they are not the center of the universe.

Doing the Right Thing is not always popular, profitable and it may not fit nicely into a sound bite on television. Doing the Right Thing is just the right thing to do.

Convincing politicians of that is an uphill battle that has to be fought constantly. Slack off and most politicians will do whatever is profitable and is going to get them re-elected.  Most politicians do not consider integrity a quality they need to cultivate. When it comes to integrity most politicians like to talk the talk but have no intention of walking the walk.

Most politicians will do what venal human beings always do; they will pontificate, prevaricate, equivocate and do whatever is necessary to cover their gluteus maximus and preserve their place in the world. The rest of us? They really, really feel bad when things go bad for us. They may even pause and think about it for a moment or two. Doing the Right Thing? That is sometimes possible. And don’t they all feel good about the infinitesimal number of times when that happens.

Lord how I loathe most politicians and their endless, self-serving bull excrement. For the few who do not fit into this category excuse my outrage. Russ Feingold immediately comes to my mind. Maybe because I always vote for him. I do not always agree with everything Senator Feingold does. But I never question his integrity. And that is the kind of politician America needs. And so seldom gets.

Marjorie Swanson
Kenosha, WI

The VP told reporters on his plane it was a priority
To call him an administration official with seniority.

But when he started talking -- this part made me sigh --
He kept on more than once using the revealing word "I."

Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
People once agreed
The young ones get ignored and mistreated
Over at Walter Reed.

by Jules Carlysle

Newton's Third Law states that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction". I call this "The Physics of Failure" and it's always given me great hope for my future.

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