Household income flat as consumer spending rises

I think what we’re watching unfold is a slow-motion economic depression that started back when Enron and Worldcom were gaming the system and got caught. That was the first sign, and nothing of substance has been done to fix the problem. Too much wealth is ending up in the bank accounts of the richest of the rich.

More CIA documents about torture program

Here’s another collection of documents relating to the CIA’s torture program. If you like reading formerly Top Secret documents, this is for you. Letter to Rizzo from OLC Aug. 31, 2006 Letter from OLC to CIA Nov. 6, 2007 Memorandum to Rizzo Aug. 31, 2006 Letter from OLC to CIA Aug. 23, 2007 David Barron

Sarah Palin will not be speaking out against abortion tonight

Nobody knows where Sarah Palin is or why we even care. She’s reportedly been seen in New York meeting with her book publisher, but that was a while ago. Where could she be? Well … according to the Alaska Family Council Web site, Palin’s supposed to be speaking at an anti-abortion event at ChangePoint Church

Bank Losses Drain Deposit Fund, F.D.I.C. Reports

Even as financial stocks have rallied nearly 60 percent since the end of March, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued another grim report card Thursday on the health of the nation’s banks.

The agency reported that the banking industry lost $3.7 billion in the second quarter amid a surge in bad loans made to home builders, commercial real estate developers, and small and midsize businesses.

We really torture people?

In case you missed it … You paid to have people tortured and possibly murdered. Your tax dollars went to train CIA employees on how to torture people. And according to recently declassified documents, it appears some prisoners died in the process. What’s more disturbing is that since President Obama has not clearly reinstated a prohibition on torture, you can only assume it’s still happening today.

Snippets from CIA torture program report

Here are some of the highlights from the CIA’s Inspector General report on US torture program. And ellipse represents text that has been blacked out of the declassified document. I’ll provide more information as I make my way through the 269 pages of the report, but for now this stuff is pretty interesting. “Senior Agency

Senator Edward Moore Kennedy died last night

He was often referred to as the most liberal member of the US Senate. He was the youngest brother of former President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, last night Massachusetts Senator Edward Moore Kennedy died.

Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases

With the release of the details on Monday and the formal advice that at least some cases be reopened, it now seems all but certain that the appointment of a prosecutor or other concrete steps will follow, posing significant new problems for the C.I.A. It is politically awkward, too, for Mr. Holder because President Obama has said that he would rather move forward than get bogged down in the issue at the expense of his own agenda.

Rachel Maddow and Dick Armey quibble over MoveOn.org Bush/Hitler video

The fact is that in 2003 MoveOn.org did publish a user-contributed 30-second ad on their Web site equating President Bush to Adolf Hitler. I believe it was part of a contest, but it was on their Web site until the press and right-wingers noticed it – then MoveOn.org pulled the video down. On Meet The Press today, Dick Armey claimed that MoveOn ran this ad and Rachel Maddow said they didn’t. MoveOn didn’t “run” this ad as part of an ad campaign, but it was on their Web site, so they published it.

The Guns of August by Frank Rich

In last year’s campaign debates, Obama liked to cite his unlikely Senate friendship with Tom Coburn, of all people, as proof that he could work with his adversaries. If the president insists that enemies like this are his friends — and that the nuts they represent can be placated by reason — he will waste his opportunity to effect real change and have no one to blame but himself.

Private Insurance is a form of socialism

There’s a lot of talk about socialized medicine, but isn’t private insurance just another form of socialism? I mean think about it. You have bunch of people getting together to put money into a system that they might use. Some people will needs lots of care and others will need none, but all will have to pay into it.

Larry Flynt speaks truth to power

In a blog post on Huffington Post today, publisher and free speech advocate Larry Flynt threw down the gauntlet by challenging all Americans to fight back against corrupt politicians, bankers and corporations that are destroying this country.

Sean Hannity, Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler

Just to play along with Republicans who think it’s appropriate to link President Obama with Adolf Hitler, here’s a video Sean Hannity made along with a video Leni Riefenstahl made for Adolf Hitler. Who’s more like Hitler – Hannity or Obama?

Documents Associated with Law Suit Against Erik Prince and Blackwater

The following post is an archive of documents associated with a current lawsuit against Erik Prince and his Blackwater empire. Prince is being accused of war crimes, murder, conspiracy, tax evasion, destroying evidence and smuggling illegal weapons into Iraq. Please monitor this blog post as more documents are uploaded. I will also be providing further analysis of the case in other regular posts.

Real health care reform is impossible

Most people probably think the US government is a government by the people for the people, but it’s not now and it never has been. Democracy is a trick that the powerful play on Americans to give them the belief that they’re somehow in control. Only under rare circumstances do the people get what they want, and when they do it’s usually because the rich and wealthy have no other choice but to give it to them. For instance, the only reason slavery ended was because machines were built to do the work faster and cheaper than slaves could, it wasn’t worth the hassle to keep slavery going.