you’ll get no argument from me

June 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

The idiot contributed nothing to public life or the common good. His existence depended on the skill and labor of others; he was a leech sucking the lifeblood from the social body. Related to this, idiocy (from the root idios, “one’s own”) was the state of a private or self-centered person. This contrasted with the status of the public citizen, or polites, such that to be an idiot was to be withdrawn, isolated and selfish, to not participate in the public, political life of the city-state. In Greek society, the condition of idiocy was seen as peculiar and strange (a meaning that is retained in the English word “idiosyncratic”); thus “idiot” was a term of reproach and disdain.

If it isn’t fair, it cannot be free or brave.

June 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

In the meantime, Corbyn was relishing the public campaign. UK electoral law mandates equal television coverage for the main parties, so he could engage with voters who were now seeing a Corbyn not filtered by the rancid portrayals pumped out by the right-wing media.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/12/sometimes-our-nightmares-dont-come-true/

“The common sense of mankind

June 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”Justice Robert Jackson – Nuremberg address

the life and career of the nation’s first technically Black president.

June 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The reverend would be 88 years old if he had been blessed with longevity. My guess is that he would be less than pleased at the life and career of the nation’s first technically Black president.”

Well, technically half-‘Black’ and that half wasn’t ‘American’.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/02/obama-a-hollow-man-filled-with-ruling-class-ideas/

US intervention is British politics in the service of reationaries on display.

May 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

One of May’s senior advisers, Jim Messina, who was Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2012, derided the YouGov projection later on Wednesday.

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/31/uk-polls-tighten-jeremy-corbyn-mocks-theresa-may-refusing-attend-debate/

There are no crimes like war crimes… Trump joins the club of war criminals…

May 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

United States weighs backing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plan to seize Hodeidah, it should consider that it could find itself not only potentially complicit in war crimes, but also closely aligned with one of UAE’s key strategic partners sustaining its war efforts in Yemen: Eritrea, a country subject to United Nations sanctions and alleged to have committed crimes against humanity against its population.

https://www.justsecurity.org/41450/uaes-military-naval-reliance-eritrea-war-yemen-riskier-u-s/

The last ‘war’ that was ‘won’ by the USG military….

May 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“His sentence was reduced by 10 years, and he was later declared a prisoner of war, allowing him access to a telephone, more visiting hours and even a small salary, among other perks.”