The Obama Legacy – the Audacity of Dope

The real Obama legacy is nothing but broken promises, war crimes, illegally spying on citizens, assasinations of US citizens, the word’s most expensive “free healthcare” that stuck the bill to working class people in increased taxes, the world’s greatest ever deficit ($19 trillion?!@#&*!) looting the most productive members of society to pay for politicians to get rich including Obama. If you seek enlightenment, research what his net work was before he became president, and then what it is now.

By the way, MOST of the following articles below are commentaries by LEFT-wing, progressives. I guess there are a few principled left-wingers in the country who hold a Democrat President to the same moral standards that they hold a Republican President to.

http://www.nytimes.com/…/questions-on-drones-unanswered-sti…

“The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes — including more than 60 children.”

http://www.democracynow.org/…/dirty_wars_jeremy_scahill_and…

“We’re looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very [drone war] policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush,” says Scahill.”

Obama to boost US military in Iraq
http://www.stripes.com/…/in-reversal-obama-says-he-will-boo…

Obama Has Bombed Twice as Many Countries as Bush
http://alibertarianfuture.com/…/obama-bombed-twice-many-c…/…

To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts that He’s Bombed Seven Countries
https://firstlook.org/theinterce…/…/obama-summarizes-record/

U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs on Muslim-Majority Countries in 2015
http://www.alternet.org/…/us-dropped-23144-bombs-muslim-maj…

Nearly 90 Percent Of People Killed In Recent Drone Strikes Were Not The Target
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/civilian-deaths-drone-strik…

Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?
http://www.democracynow.org/…/are_obamas_record_arms_sales_…

“We are joined by William Hartung, who says that even after adjusting for inflation, “the volume of major deals concluded by the Obama administration in its first five years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush administration in its full eight years in office by nearly $30 billion. That also means that the Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II.”

Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program
https://theintercept.com/…/former-drone-operators-say-they…/

Obama Backs Biggest Nuclear Arms Buildup Since Cold War
http://www.forbes.com/…/obama-backs-biggest-nuclear-arms-…/…

Donald Trump and other conservatives’ deportation fantasies are awful. President Obama’s actual record is even worse.
http://reason.com/…/always-worse-than-trump-on-immigration-o

“Obama’s government has deported more than 2.5 million people—up 23% from the George W. Bush years. More shockingly, Obama is now on pace to deport more people than the sum of all 19 presidents who governed the United States from 1892-2000, according to government data.”

Obama’s War on medical marijuana
http://www.rollingstone.com/…/ne…/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216

“But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi-agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.”

New Report Finds Obama Spends $180K Per Day Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/obama-medical-marijuana-cos…

“”What’s the Cost?” confirms how much the U.S. Justice Department has spent over three presidential administrations to investigate, raid, arrest, prosecute, and imprison hundreds of medical cannabis patients and their providers — nearly half a billion dollars. Far outspending all of his predecessors, the report reveals that President Obama has dedicated nearly $300 million to such enforcement efforts, despite his repeated pledges to not use Justice Department funds in this way.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/bill-clinton-marijuana_n_43…
“Clinton’s successor, President Barack Obama, has spent more taxpayer money fighting medical marijuana than former President George W. Bush did during his two terms, according to a June 2013 report released by the pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access. In August, the White House announced Obama does not support changes to the legal classification of marijuana, despite growing evidence of its medical benefits.”

Obama Administration suing to keep Black people in prison
http://www.guardian.co.uk/…/us-v-blewett-obama-justice-depa…

“Last month, President Obama quietly did something that should shake every American to the core. Seeking to enforce federal crack cocaine laws that have since been repealed, the Obama administration asked a federal appeals court to ensure that thousands of human beings, mostly poor and mostly black, remain locked in prison — even though everyone agrees that there is no justification for them to be there.”

Obama’s War on whistleblowers
http://www.motherjones.com/…/obamas-whistleblowers-stuxnet-…

Obama Administration Fights To Withhold Over 2,000 Photos Of Alleged U.S. Torture and Abuse
http://jonathanturley.org/…/obama-administration-fights-to…/

Obama Wants to Spend a Trillion Dollars on New Nuclear Weapons
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/on-the-a-bombs-70th-anniv_b…

The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture for Years
https://firstlook.org/…/president-obama-covering-presidenc…/

Obama’s War on civil liberties
http://m.guardian.co.uk/…/26/drones-yemen-fbi-occupy-terror…

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/13/citizens_2/

Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination
http://www.alternet.org/…/noam-chomsky-obamas-attack-civil-…

Obama is Bad on Civil Liberties, But That Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone
http://www.motherjones.com/…/obama-bad-civil-liberties-shou…

“Obama voted for the 2008 FISA amendments, a position that outraged liberals at the time. He continued the Bush-era surveillance of communications networks. He ramped up the war in Afghanistan. He vastly increased drone use overseas. He’s declared a war on leakers. He participated in the assault on Libya. He’s approved the assassination of American citizens abroad. His DOJ has aggressively made use of the state secrets privilege. He’s fought relentlessly to block lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.”

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/obama-administration-asks-…/

Obama Has Already Broken His Pledge on Surveillance Reform
http://www.theatlantic.com/…/obama-has-already-brok…/278613/

Obama protects Wall Street bankers from going to jail
http://www.guardian.co.uk/…/untouchables-wall-street-prosec…

Obama still hasn’t closed Gitmo
http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/…/05/21/AR2009052104045.html

Obama promised to close Guantánamo. Instead, he’s made it worse
http://www.guardian.co.uk/…/obama-promise-close-guantanamo-…

(Thanks to David Kramer for compiling these).

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Iran’s Nuclear Escapade

Why would they possibly want a nuclear weapon?

This map will help demystify Iran’s motives. (Each star represents a U.S. military base.) If Iran had military bases in Canada, Mexico, battleships in the Pacific, Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico – How would the US react? Roll over and play dead?

The 1,000 US military bases in about 130 countries is bankrupting this nation, not protecting “American interests” – they are not my interests yet my taxes continue pay for them. They are threatening global security not enhancing it. Free and peaceful trade with countries as Ron Paul proposes is a much better way to prosperity and peace….not “liberation” with carpet bombs and then shoving “democracy” down their throats.

124 Tomahawk Missiles dropped on Libya = $186 Million

124 Tomahawk Missiles dropped on Libya at $1.5 million each = $186 million. The US Congress voted to cut funding for NPR which would save about $10 million a year but they are fine with Barack O-bomber dropping $186 million worth of Tomahawk missiles on brown skinned people in North Africa in a single day.


NATO Tomahawk missiles dropped on Libya total up to $186 million

The “Liberation” of Libyan Oil

Barack O-bomber, our beloved Nobel “War is Peace” Prize winning leader, has given up US sovereignty to the UN and started bombing the people of Libya. Is it me or does he love war more than Bush?

The thing is – even “smart bombs” can’t tell the difference between a Gaddafi mercenary or a rebel, a woman or even a child – bombs just kill and civilians will die. That’s a sure thing.

Who really believes that the “No Fly zone” was intended to “protect” civilians? Shame on them – wake up! Saudi Arabian troops shot protesters, then drove over to neighboring Bahrain and killed protesters there as well. The US/UK governments or the UN did not utter a word of protest – why? Because the Saudi and Bahrain tyrants are OUR tyrants.

Well, not even 24 hours after the bombing which killed civilians, Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League (who is planning to run for President of post-Mubarak Egypt) complained to reporters:

“What happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives. What we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians.”

Here’s the story and excerpts:

Arab League Slams Libya Attacks Amid Reports of Growing Civilian Toll

Having been instrumental in pushing the UN to approve the resolution authorizing the no-fly zone over Libya, the Arab League has found itself quickly regretting its Faustian bargain. Now, with reports of civilian casualties on the rise, they are condemning the massive air strikes by the US, France and Britain.

In addition to the Arab League, the African Union has also called for an immediate attack on all the strikes against Libya, saying it feared “serious humanitarian consequences.” Though the figures cannot be confirmed on the ground (particularly with the US warning journalists away from Libya), the reports as of late Sunday morning are that as many as 64 people have been killed in the air strikes and hundreds wounded. US commander Admiral Michael Mullen insists he has seen no reports of any civilian casualties at all.

Floods and Drones: Natural and Man-Made Disasters in Pakistan

“Wars based on principle are far more destructive…the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.”
~ Alan Watts, “The Way of Zen”

Yesterday, a US drone strike in Pakistan destroyed a home of “suspected militants” killing 20 people among them at least four women and three children.

Instead of humanitarian aid, the US government is bombing the country. Why isn’t this on the mainstream media? Is Tiger Woods’ divorce is more important to Americans than the lives of millions of Pakistanis facing the worst natural disaster in recent history?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is worse than anything he had ever seen:

“Thousands of towns and villages have simply been washed away. Roads, buildings, bridges, crops – millions of livelihoods have been lost. People are marooned on tiny islands with the floodwaters all around them (without food, sanitation, medical help, or shelter). They are drinking dirty water. They are living in the mud and ruins of their lives. Many have lost family and friends. Many more are afraid their children and loved ones will not survive in these condition.”

20 million Pakistanis are affected as one fifth of their nation is under water and spreading. This is the US equivalent of the entire states of Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and Oregon combined. Americans cannot even imagine anything like ever that happening. Katrina was nothing compared to this tragedy.

But how sad and pathetic is it that our government is ordering bombing of Pakistan using drones while the country is drowning, homeless, starving and suffering? These are war crimes being committed.

There are people in America who still worship our Nobel “Peace” Prize winning leader and blindly support his policies of bombing innocent people in places most Americans cannot even point to on the map. War as it is does not bring peace, only misery and these wars against nations that pose no threat to us will only create more angry terrorists bent on killing us (for more on this read Robert Pape’s book “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism”.


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The American Inquisition: Religious Intolerance at Ground Zero

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.” – Thomas Jefferson (Author of the Declaration of Independence)

By now, almost everyone’s aware of the NYC mosque controversy has made its way to mainstream news media, Twitter, Facebook and talk radio. It is breeding a rising hysteria against Muslims. Many protests have gathered now against proposed mosques around the country – in other parts of NYC; Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and Midland Beach, Staten Island and in other states – California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin to name a few mosques that are being opposed.

The big issue in the news this time is a building of an Islamic community center aimed at multi-faith dialog called Cordoba House, open to all faiths in Lower Manhattan more than two blocks away from “Ground Zero” where the World Trade Center once stood. It will house an auditorium, spa, basketball court, swimming pool, classrooms, exhibition space, community meeting space, 9/11 memorial, and, yes, a prayer space for Muslims. That is what the bigots of America find objectionable.

I lived in NYC for 13 years. In this frenzy what people seem to miss is – there was actually a “mosque” (prayer hall) in the World Trade Center itself where people gathered for Friday prayers. Every year Ramadhan is still celebrated in the Pentagon where 184 people died on 9/11. Ramadhan is also observed in the White House every year when the President hosts Iftar dinner. But since this is an election year, politicians have tried to build up the extremist hysteria further – Sarah Palin (on Twitter), Newt Gingrich, Rick Lazio (campaigning to be the next Governor of New York) and others are joining the frenzy of Islamophobists and bigots. On the other hand, I applaud CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for his actions. He returned a medal and award he got in 2005 back to the Jewish Group ADL for their opposition to the community center.

The Cordoba House (the “mosque” as our biased media calls it) is named after the city of Cordoba, Spain – which was capital of Muslim Spain. Around the 10th century that was the most populated and coolest city in Europe.

The Muslim period in Spain (Here’s an article on the subject http://tinyurl.com/2eykgqt) is remembered as a “golden age” – where Muslims, Jews, and Christians living in peace built a vibrant and extraordinary civilization. It had universities and libraries, public baths, roads with street lamps. Literature, poetry and architecture flourished. They had built a flourishing culture and prosperous civilization during a period when London was still a mud hut village and most of Europe was still in the “Dark Ages”.

The Muslim period in Spain began in 711 AD and ended in 1492 AD with the Spanish Inquisition (religious persecution of Muslims, Jews, non-Catholic Christians by the Catholic Church which had banned all other religions). If anyone was found believing in Judaism or Islam, they would be called “heretics” and burnt at the stake.

The founders of America did not declare this a Christian nation but one for any believer or non-believer of religion. Read Thomas Jefferson’s Bill of Religious Freedoms. Jefferson wrote in his Autobiography, in reference to the Bill of Religious Freedoms:

“Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”

The US Constitution guarantees that Muslims in this country have as much rights as do Jews, Christians, Hindus to live or worship freely as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same. Muslim heritage in this country goes back to Christopher Columbus and his famous voyage of 1492. Columbus’ pilots were Muslim.

What is today happening in America, where Muslims are being prevented from building a place of worship, is just plain hatred, bigotry and racism and nothing but the Spanish Inquisition all over again.

President Obama made a statement in his Ramadhan Iftar Dinner speech which I highly recommend reading – here’s an excerpt:

“But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.”

Read President Obama’s full speech at:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/08/obama-ramadan-iftar-remarks-text.html

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Film Review: Green Zone

“Green zone” is an intelligent and gripping thriller. It is loosely based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s non-fiction book “Imperial Life In The Emerald City: Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone”.

The film stars Matt Damon and is directed by British director Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday, Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum). Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller whose job is to find the WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq after the invasion. That was the whole reason the US went to war with Iraq in the first place. Going from site to site and finding them empty, he can’t help asking why? Where is the intelligence coming from? Who is telling them that the WMDs are hidden in an abandoned toilet factory? He wants to do the right thing and so searches for the truth.

The film has so many true-to-life in Iraq moments – An Iraqi man approaches the US soldiers to tell them something and gets slammed to the dirt, Iraqis without water and electricity (even today electricity and water is not restored completely – our bombs destroyed the plants), the Bush speech “Mission Accomplished” (after that is really when the war began – over four thousand US soldiers have died since that speech). In the film, the US officials are seen lazing around the pool in Saddam’s palace after the invasion.

Miller finally discovers the truth about the WMDs -they are really lies which isn’t what anyone — the military, the administration, even the public — want to hear.

“Green Zone” is a brilliant film and much better than the “The Hurt Locker” (winner of 6 Oscars).“The Hurt Locker” is really a war propaganda film that does not examine the reasons for the war, or even the fact that the war was based on lies and therefore the soldiers are not fighting for the truth – they are only puppets of the military industrial complex.

“The Hurt Locker” shows how “brave” the US soldiers are (yup – very brave ….they have committed many war crimes – tortured people, raped 14 year old girls, shot innocent families in minivans, and incinerated women and children with white phosphorus violating the Geneva Conventions) and how difficult and valuable their lives are while completely dismissing the lives of the Iraqis whose land they invaded and occupy (British Journal “The Lancet” and America’s top research center John Hopkins estimate that 1.3 million Iraqi lives have been lost due to the US invasion of Iraq. – Source: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq).

Green Zone is more realistic, more hard-hitting, than the typical war movie and is both a slam-bang thriller and a remarkable assessment of the American government’s failures in Iraq, and I completely recommend it.

Watch the Trailer below:


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