Mr. Kissinger, Have You No Shame?

In the 1960’s the US government not only tacitly supported Suharto’s commission of genocide in Indonesia but actively abetted him with the CIA compiling lists of people to be murdered. (Jeff Sharlet: “The Family”).

Henry Kissinger and the American government were participants in the over throw and assassination of Chile’s duly elected Socialist President, Salvador Allende by Pinochet setting of   years of right wing tyranny in Chile accompanied by disappearances and mass murders.

From Slate:

Ignore the recent excuses. Henry Kissinger’s entire career was a series of massacres and outrages.

By Christopher Hitchens
Posted Monday, Dec. 27, 2010

“So our culture has once again suffered a degradation by the need to explain away the career of this disgusting individual. And what if we did, indeed, accept the invitation to “remember the context of his entire life”? Here’s what we would find: the secret and illegal bombing of Indochina, explicitly timed and prolonged to suit the career prospects of Nixon and Kissinger. The pair’s open support for the Pakistani army’s 1971 genocide in Bangladesh, of the architect of which, Gen. Yahya Khan, Kissinger was able to say: “Yahya hasn’t had so much fun since the last Hindu massacre.” Kissinger’s long and warm personal relationship with the managers of other human abattoirs in Chile and Argentina, as well as his role in bringing them to power by the covert use of violence. The support and permission for the mass murder in East Timor, again personally guaranteed by Kissinger to his Indonesian clients. His public endorsement of the Chinese Communist Party’s sanguinary decision to clear Tiananmen Square in 1989. His advice to President Gerald Ford to refuse Alexander Solzhenitsyn an invitation to the White House (another favor, as with spitting on Soviet Jewry, to his friend Leonid Brezhnev). His decision to allow Saddam Hussein to slaughter the Kurds after promising them American support. His backing for a fascist coup in Cyprus in 1974 and then his defense of the brutal Turkish invasion of the island. His advice to the Israelis, at the beginning of the first intifada, to throw the press out of the West Bank and go for all-out repression. His view that ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia was something about which nothing could be done. Forget the criminal aspect here (or forget it if you can). All those policies were also political and diplomatic disasters.”

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How did obesity become a partisan fight?

Ever get the feeling that if Michelle Obama announced her wholehearted support of the Fight against cancer, that Caribou Barbie Palin and her band of evil Republi-Nazi trolls would come out in support of cancer?

From The Washington Post:

Sunday, December 26, 2010; 8:00 PM

Is Elmo a Kenyan, too? Or maybe a Socialist? He is awfully red, after all.

I ask because the Sesame Street puppet recently visited the White House to support “Let’s Move,” first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. And that campaign has become, in one of the more striking political stories of the past year, the latest battleground in the left-right culture wars.

It’s never easy for the spouse of a president, who so far has always been a wife, to settle on a signature issue. Choose something trivial, and she’ll be accused of frothiness unworthy of strong and independent womanhood. Choose something more controversial, and people immediately demand, “Who elected you?”

In that context, the first lady’s campaign would seem to have struck Goldilocks perfection. The obesity epidemic is a genuine public health emergency, with vast implications for the nation’s well-being, economy and even national security. And yet, could anyone really be against children eating healthier food and getting more exercise? Could anyone really object to White House assistant chef Sam Kass trying to interest Elmo in a vegetable-laden burrito?

Well, yes, if Michelle Obama is for it, someone will be against it. Someone like Glenn Beck, for example, who was moved to rail against carrot sticks, or Sarah Palin, who warned that Obama wants to deprive us all of dessert.

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Cops’ Use of Illegal Steroids a ‘Big Problem’

The next time you read about some rage filled pig permanently injuring a demonstrator by brutally beating them or cold bloodedly murdering a handcuffed person of color on a subway platform, perhaps you should ask yourself if this pig was hopped up on ‘roids.

Like taxes substance abuse laws seem to apply only to the little people and not to those who rule the state or protect the rulers.

I think all cops, government officials and Wall Street bankers should be tested regularly for the use of “illegal substances”.  After all if it is too dangerous to have someone working a McJob smoke a joint on their time off then it is definitely too risky to have the Wall Streeters hoovering up the Colombian Marching Powder. If it is too risky to have jocks shooting ‘roids then it is too risky to have pigs shooting them.

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A.J. Perez

Dec 26, 2010

The badge and a steroid-filled syringe — it’s not the typical image most have for the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. But as more within law enforcement get nabbed in steroid investigations nationwide, observers say that usage levels among police officers could rival the seediest patches of the pro sports landscape.

“It’s a big problem, and from the number of cases, it’s something we shouldn’t ignore,” Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Lawrence Payne told AOL News. “It’s not that we set out to target cops, but when we’re in the middle of an active investigation into steroids, there have been quite a few cases that have led back to police officers.”

The pace of investigations into steroid use in the police ranks has picked up in recent months:

  • A former police officer in Canby, Ore., who allegedly took delivery of some steroids while on duty pleaded guilty in February to purchasing steroids.
  • An officer in South Bend, Ind., pleaded no contest in March to selling steroids.
  • A Cleveland police officer was sentenced to a year in prison and five years of supervised release in April after he was found guilty of illegally purchasing steroids.
  • A dealer in Paw Paw, Mich., allegedly told authorities that he supplied “several police officers” with steroids, which led one Kalamazoo officer to resign in May.

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