Thursday Evening Open Thread Discussion

July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello again and welcome to the Thursday Evening Open Thread Discussion where off topic is on topic.

To get you started, I have two articles that I published earlier today and a few suggested topics.

(1) Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul try to redeem lives lost to prisons

(2) Reject neoliberalism and resuscitate the fundamental right to human dignity

(3) Yesterday we found out that the ISIS forces have seized what was left of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons. Difficult to imagine a worse outcome than what has happened in and to Iraq since the Congress abdicated its constitutional responsibility to decide whether to go to war and authorized the President to make that decision for them. We all know how that turned out. President George W. Bush lied us into war.

No weapons of mass destruction, no connection to 9/11, al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, over 1 million dead Iraqis, and a destabilized country in ruins on the verge of more death and destruction caused by a sectarian civil war between Sunni and Shia.

Remember Phil Donohue? He opposed the war and he was fired for speaking the truth.

Elias Isquith writing for Salon brings us up to date on Phil Donohue with this fascinating interview, including his reaction to seeing the people who lied us into war back on the mainstream media as experts commenting on what we are doing today in Iraq. Why, it’s almost as if they were never deceitful and wrong.

Were you in favor of or opposed to the war?

Do you think George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice and the rest of the neocons and torturers should be prosecuted as war criminals in the International Criminal Court for starting an aggressive war and torturing prisoners?

(4) Germany caught the United States spying on its internal affairs and has ordered the CIA Station Chief to leave Germany and the NSA has been caught spying on prominent American citizens by monitoring email accounts of five high-profile Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers.

Looks like our country has gone off the rails in the spy business. CIA and NSA are totally out of control and have to be stopped.

(5) Finally, this article in Think Progress gives us an idea of our government’s spending priorities that should bring out the torches and pitchforks.

Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home.

Do you think the candidates for president in either party will make war, spying and spending-priorities election issues or will they ignore them and urge us to go shopping? If they ignore them, what does that say about our system of government?

Can we fix it without a bloody revolution?

If you aren’t worried, there must be something wrong with you.

The pool is open and the water is fine.

Tell us what’s on your mind.

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Thank you,

Fred


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