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At Alternet, Adele M. Stan writes Former CIA Agent, Anti-Torture Activist John Kiriakou Toasted By Progressives as He Prepares For Prison:

It’s not often that one receives an invitation to a “going to prison reception,” and one taking place at an elite hotel, no less. But in the penthouse room of the Hay-Adams on Thursday, activists gathered to say farewell to former CIA agent John Kiriakou as he prepares to begin a 30-month sentence in federal prison for leaking classified information to reporters.
Jon Kiriakou at his pre-prison party
Jon Kiriakou serenaded at his going-to-prison party.

The party was sponsored by the activist groups Fresh Juice Party and CODE PINK, and underwritten by philanthropist Naomi Pitcairn, heir to the Pittsburgh Plate Glass fortune.

The first person in 27 years to be convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, Kiriakou views himself as a whistleblower who is being punished for shedding light on the government’s policy of torturing terrorism suspects through the use of waterboarding and so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

“If this case were about leaking, the jails and the prisons in this country would be bursting with former CIA officers and White House officials -- and they’re not,” Kiriakou told the partiers gathered for his send-off. “This case was not about leaking; it was about torture.“ [...]


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004The legacy of McCain-Feingold:

Campaign Finance Reform. It was the ultimate political paradox. While Republicans held a 3x fundraising lead from hard-dollar donations, Democrats had parity in unregulated soft-dollar donations.

Yet Democrats voted for it, trapped between their support for good government and their addiction to soft dollars. Meanwhile, the GOP, who apparently had the most to gain, fought it tooth and nail.

Now, the big Ds (DNC, DCCC, and DSCC) face huge money disparities vis a vis their cash-flush GOP counterparts. Bush will have two to three times as much money as our Democratic nominee. So by winning, and by pushing good government, Democrats lost, right?


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  •  Before the Basketball World Had Ever Heard (20+ / 0-)

    ... of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, a suave, stylish, and electric basketball player by the name of Julius Erving ruled sports arenas around the country in the National Basketball Association.  Arguably the best small forward ever to play the game, he was much more than a great athlete and champion.

    Born on February 22, 1950 in Nassau County, New York, "Dr. J" (so named for his acrobatic dunks and high level of achievement in the game) was the first superstar in the game later popularized by his successors.  In 2003 - when Jordan played in his last NBA All-Star Game - I distinctly recall him talking about receiving the basketball torch from his predecessors and passing it on to the next generation.  He explicitly acknowledged the debt of gratitude he owed to Erving and applauded him for being a great ambassador of the game.   When Jordan showers that rare praise on someone, you know that the recipient must have been very special.

    What I remember of Dr. J from his NBA-playing days with the Philadelphia 76ers is this: not only was a very graceful player, he had a great sense of decency about him.  In professional sports - with many of today's athletes obsessed about making the nightly ESPN highlight reel - Erving was as dignified and as classy a competitor as I can recall.  

    Julius Erving was - and is - that special person who transcended the game of basketball and not unlike the great Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, has become a revered figure in professional sports.




    In the first photograph, Dr. J and Michel Jordan hang out before a 1984 game at Chicago Stadium.  In the lower 1987 pic, Erving Erving never shied away from the spotlight, tantalizing crowds with his spectacular play throughout his career.  Photograph source: Sports Illustrated.

  •  Three Triptychs Today (19+ / 0-)

    Today I uploaded nine shots to Flickr. Trix often reminds me that to be a triptych the compositions need to be laid out horizontally. A bit rigid if you ask me but my Flicker home pages fits nicely into the Silly Rabbit rule book, just like in the Renaissance.

    Oh I’m just joshing the Trixter but I really enjoy posting in threes and coming up with some sort of relationship.

     New Leaf Restaurant

    New Leaf Restaurant

    Selective Cloud Cover

    Selective Cloud Cover

    Forest Sunshine

    Forest Sunshine

    For today’s first triptych I used two snow scenes to accentuate a shot of a red rose that I hold dear. If you click on the rose and then click again, it looks pretty good on the black background.

  •  Mr Chairman, I have in my pocket (9+ / 0-)

    (along with my mouse) a report published on the internet that Ted Cruz, is a Canadian plot to infiltrate, usurp and bring down the US government.
    Who else, but socialist Canada, Mr Chairman, would conspire with traitorous secessionist movements in Texas to foment revolution? Who would ever suspect such strange bedfellowness? The subtle nefariousness beggars the imagination, sir, and I, for one, demand that Cruz and his shady proteges be forced to answer, in public, to the american people.
    Furthermore, Mr Chairman, I say it's time to complete the danged fence. The Canadian border is largely a straight line. What could it cost?
    I yield the rest of my time, Mr Chairman, to the hardest working man in government, the congressional shrink.

    The Awakening Is Afire! Nothing can be done. Rubio drank all their water.

    by franklyn on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:31:53 PM PST

  •  How Obama's Playing 11th-Dimensional Chess (1+ / 0-)
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    AGAINST us.

    I do my best to expose his sequestration scheme. Even contrasting 2011 Obama with 2013. As a bonus, I talk a lot and wave my hands around like I'm about to take flight. Enjoy!

    Sequestration Scam

    I will not touch Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid - Barack Obama

    by sloopydrew on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:32:31 PM PST

    •  Can you make video diaries? (0+ / 0-)

      And would the video linked to in my post above be a good one to start with?

      I will not touch Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid - Barack Obama

      by sloopydrew on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:41:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Pathetic if this is now "Progressive" (0+ / 0-)

      NO comments on my videos? ONE plus on my comment? Thank you, progressivevoice. It's nice to see at least one damn person at this damn site recognizes that being "Progressive" is the OPPOSITE of supporting Barack Obama. Funny both of us have been here longer than the majority of Kossacks. Guess the rest have been brainwashed.

      I will not touch Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid - Barack Obama

      by sloopydrew on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:09:41 PM PST

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  •  Second Triptych (13+ / 0-)

    My second set of three today has an obvious theme. I went to editing extremes to achieve a certain look with this set.

    At Home with David Hockney

    At Home With David Hockney

    Marcia and Mt. Fuji

    Marcia and Mt. Fuji

    Close Call

    Close Call

    You might want to know that I was standing in the same spot (give or take a foot) for all three photos.

  •  Glenn Beck and Pro Wrestling (7+ / 0-)

    A match made in heaven.

    WWE Invents Odious Tea Party Character As Part of Publicity Stunt, Suckers Glenn Beck

    http://www.slate.com/...

    "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend". - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:34:04 PM PST

  •  Third Triptych (11+ / 0-)

    Almost the same manipulation as the first set, two almost monochromes to frame some catchy colors.

    Seldom Seen

    Seldom Seen

    10-10-10

    10-10-10

    Imagine Winter

    Imagine Winter

    I’ve gone over to the dark side. Years of straight out of the camera purist out in the sunshine have now been replaced with a dark living room and scratching my head in front of a laptop. Ninety minutes I messed with that sunroom.

  •  687,575 registered users on dKos now. (15+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not all spammers.)

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    We've added a whopping 3,774 more users in the last two days.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?


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  •  The link for Top Comments... (12+ / 0-)

    ... gets the home page for this post.

    I think it needs to be corrected?

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:37:57 PM PST

  •  When is Eric Holder going to resign? (4+ / 0-)

    Just about every other official is leaving, but not Eric?

    How many Wall Street banks have you brought to trial for crimes?--Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    •  We Need Him nt (1+ / 0-)
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      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:49:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Stuck with Holder and Arne Duncan (2+ / 0-)
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      Blech.  

      Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:50:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Doesn't make any difference. (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't expect the President to appoint anyone who is gonna disagree with his policy choices. The war on unauthorized leaks isn't some personnel mishap. The President is getting what he wants.

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:00:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I voted for BHO (1+ / 0-)
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        Twice.  It would be more accurate to say that I voted against Romney in 2012.   I see Obama's flaws and hypocrisies and inconsistencies -- and his flat-out wrongness on things like enlarging Bagram and killing Americans without trials, and I still voted for him, twice.  But his zeal for squashing and punishing leaks and leakers who do not serve his agenda is very troubling.

        "Beneath the partisan grandstanding, I think what is most troubling about this situation is the sense that the law is being selectively applied. On the one hand, we have the Justice Department twisting the Espionage Act into knots in an attempt to crack down on leaks from 'little guys' like Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, while at the same time an extraordinarily detailed window into covert drone policy magically appears in the Times."    James Spione

        I wish I could put a little $ into Mr. Kiriakou's prison commissary account.

    •  He's staying, and hardly the only one, Sebelius, (0+ / 0-)

      Napolitano, Vilsack,Duncan,Donovan,Shinseki etc are staying too.

  •  Alternet link returns to this FP posting. n/t (5+ / 0-)

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:39:12 PM PST

  •  Ah, I remember a time... (1+ / 0-)
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    when liberals despised Kiriakou for justifying that torture actually worked on Abu Zubaydah.

    And that's just from the front page of DailyKos.

    So... were liberals completely wrong about him back in 2007?  Or are liberals wrong now to praise him?

    •  I agree there's been some hypocrisy (1+ / 0-)
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      But you've got to admit something's wrong when the only man going to jail for torture was the guy who spoke out against it.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:36:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And the guy who supported it... (0+ / 0-)

        is getting promoted by a Democratic President. Welcome John "Torture Drone 1.0" Brennan.

        "This site's unofficial motto used to be "more and better Democrats", but we've gradually evolved it to "better Democrats".- Kos,11/29/2011.

        by progressivevoice on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:53:02 PM PST

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    •  I don't recall anyone saying he should go to... (0+ / 0-)

      prison for two and a half years for what he did. The problem was that he was talking out of his ass, trusting the same BS storyline John Brennan was peddling for the CIA when he, too, discussed the success of a program about which he had no firsthand knowledge.

      I'll grant that there's some hyperbole in lionizing the guy, but he was simply, ignorantly, attempting to tell the public what he thought he knew about a program he specifically called "torture".

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Paul Ryan: We got that in law!! August 1, 2011 (7+ / 0-)

    Rachel Maddow busts Paul Ryan bragging on his statutory spending caps with triggered sequestration if caps are exceeded.

    (short commercial – sorry)

    Their inadequacies as legislators and reckless obstruction are at the heart of this mess – again. They managed to corner themselves with their own idiotic sequester as their only life line at the time.

    So the GOP had better cut the sequester blame game bullshit, shut-up and get out of the way. People aren’t buying it this time and that is good

    Transcript & full video showing Boehners’ power point presentation July 2011 touting Boehnerquester or 98% of what I wanted  @ link: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/...

    •  Please Proceed, Republicans... (11+ / 0-)

      "I got 98% of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy"
      - JOHN BOEHNER 2011

      "The Sequester represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy. I applaud Speaker Boehner's leadership in stopping tax increases on job creators, rejecting President Obama's demands for a blank check to keep borrowing, and advancing real spending cuts and controls."
      - PAUL RYAN 2011

      "The Sequester will finally begin to change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars."
      - ERIC CANTOR 2011
      .

      "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend". - Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:53:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republican or Democrat (10+ / 0-)

    Back in the day, a freshman senator would have been soundly put in his place for doing what Cruz is doing. It would have been done by his Republican peers who have gained seniority through time and service.

    Those days are gone.

    The Republican party has allowed, indeed augmented, it's own anarchy. They may prefer to call it more representative; more inclusive, but that is fast becoming a cosmetic that is fracturing on a par with the San Andreas Fault.

    It could be years before the party regains some form of equalibrium. In the meantime, they will suffer, and, by extension, the country itself.

    The Awakening Is Afire! Nothing can be done. Rubio drank all their water.

    by franklyn on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:52:33 PM PST

    •  Ron Paul has killed any chance (1+ / 0-)
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      Of sanity returning to the party. Although he represents a tiny portion of actual GOP voters, his crew took over various state GOP conventions and he and his son Rand are largely responsible for getting Cruz elected.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:40:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, but they still vote as a bloc (1+ / 0-)
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      There's still some kind of party discipline.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:42:54 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's crazy that the senior senator from Texas... (4+ / 0-)

      and basically second in command in the GOP Sen caucus John Cornyn is tying himself to Cruz, so deathly afraid of a primary challenge from a Cruz type himself.  

      Same with McConnell and Rand Paul too.  

      Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:51:56 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      has created quite a few "Frankensteins" in recent years, and now some of them are lurching around Congress, moaning and groaning and scaring the villagers.

  •  Mr Cruz, I hold in my hand... (14+ / 0-)

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:52:54 PM PST

  •  I know we're allowed to diary pimp (8+ / 0-)

    in these threads, but really, I am amazed that people are not talking about the impending strike of govt workers in Illinois. It is absolutely nowhere in the national media, and even inside baseball sources have barely talked about it. It is going to be bad for everyone involved, and not talking about it is only going to make it worse.

    "Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." - Mark Twain *which is odd, because I've never seen I Republican and thought, gee that person looks happy" -me

    by You know me man on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:54:52 PM PST

  •  Well if you want to know how I responded (9+ / 0-)

    my response to Jay Mathews' response to my viral piece on NCLB, AP & more

    I point people at what I have written that is now posted at the Washington Post website and offer a few snips therefrom in this piece to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:57:32 PM PST

  •  thoughts on writing and political participation (7+ / 0-)

    in part, why I write, why I write as I do, and how writing is increasingly my primary way of political participation

    in this post for which I request your attention

    peace

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:59:38 PM PST

  •  Shorter GOP... (14+ / 0-)

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:00:08 PM PST

  •  Mary Tyler Moore goes to jail (8+ / 0-)

    Here's the end of the two-parter from the  Mary Tyler Moore Show when a Federal Grand Jury sent her to jail for refusing to name her source in a graft case.

    You did the right thing, CIA agent John Kiriakou. You remembered journalism.

    •  2 Jail Clips From Roseanne Show (1+ / 0-)
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      Roseanne's sister Jackie's boyfriend Fisher beats her up. Roseanne's husband Dan responds, gets arrested.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:37:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Credit to Vonda McIntyre (8+ / 0-)

    (yes, the SF/fantasy author) and Twitter for introducing this video to me:

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:31:25 PM PST

  •  Holy Sex (2+ / 0-)
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    Did a Cross-Dressing Priest Sex Ring Bring Down Benedict XVI?
    Of all the rumors floating around about just why Pope Benedict XVI is hanging up his camauro, one has taken on a life of its own. According to several well-placed vaticanisti—or Vatican experts—in Rome, Benedict is resigning after being handed a secret red-covered dossier that included details about a network of gay priests who work inside the Vatican, but who play in secular Rome. The priests, it seems, are allegedly being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes who worked at a sauna in Rome’s Quarto Miglio district, a health spa in the city center, and a private residence once entrusted to a prominent archbishop. The evidence reportedly includes compromising photos and videos of the prelates—sometimes caught on film in drag, and, in some cases, caught “in the act.”

    Revelations about the alleged network are the basis of a 300-page report supposedly delivered to Benedict on December 17 by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Joseph Tomko, and Salvatore De Giorgi. According to the press reports, it was on that day that Benedict XVI decided once and for all to retire, after toying with the idea for months. He reportedly closed the dossier and locked it away in the pontifical apartment safe to be handed to his successor to deal with. According to reports originally printed by La Repubblica newspaper and the newsweekly Panorama (and followed up across the gamut of the Italian media), the crimes the cardinals uncovered involved breaking the commandments “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” the latter of which has been used in Vatican-speak to also refer to homosexual relations instead of the traditional reference to infidelity.

    The trio of cardinals who authored the report, known in the Italian press as the “007 Priests,” were commissioned by Benedict to dig into the Vatileaks scandal that rocked the Holy See last fall when the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted of stealing secret papal documents and leaking them to the press. The sleuthing cardinals ran a parallel investigation to the Vatican tribunal’s criminal case against the butler, but theirs was far more covert and focused not on the mechanics of the leaks, but on who within the Roman Curia might be the brains behind them. And, according to the leaked reports, what the “007 Priests” found went far beyond the pope’s private desk. “What’s coming out is very detailed X-ray of the Roman Curia that does not spare even the closest collaborators of the Pope,” wrote respected Vatican expert Ignazio Ingrao in Panorama. “The Pope was no stranger to the intrigues, but he probably did not know that under his pontificate there was such a complex network and such intricate chains of personal interests and unmentionable relationships.”

    The existence of a gay-priest network outside the fortified walls of Vatican City is hardly news, and many are wondering if it is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg of sex scandals. In 2010, investigative journalist Carmello Abbate went undercover with a hidden camera to write a shocking exposé called “Good Nights Out for Gay Priests”.
    [More at link.]

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:43:13 PM PST

    •  much more deeply complex story (2+ / 0-)
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      Because so much of the secret lives of gay priests is actually not so secret thanks to Abbate’s exposé and subsequent book, Sex and the Vatican, many are wondering what else could be hidden in the alleged red-covered dossier. Vatican elite have also been loosely tied to a number of other secular scandals during Benedict’s tenure, including the ultra-tawdry affair between former Lazio governor Piero Marrazzo and several transvestite prostitutes, including one named “Brenda” who was found burned to death in 2009.  At the time that Marrazzo’s relationships with the transvestites were discovered, his driver reportedly told investigators that several high-ranking priests and even cardinals were customers of Rome’s elite transsexual circuit, though no proof was ever provided and no one has ever been arrested tied to the transsexual prostitution circuit. Nor has anyone mentioned whether reference to these crimes might also be in the dossier. But Marrazzo was whisked off to the Vatican-owned Monte Cassino abbey south of Rome to do his penance, and he even wrote a letter to Vatican Secretary of State Tarciso Bertone asking for Pope Benedict XVI’s forgiveness. http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
      Berlusconi tried to use the Marrazzo scandal as an opportunity to brag that his leftist opposition does not hold the moral high ground, sniffing to the press that, “at least I was with a real woman.”
  •  I was there (7+ / 0-)

    The folks at Code Pink and Fresh Juice Party really put out the red carpet for John Kiriakou, who was remarkably calm and good-humored considering what lies before him.  Whistleblowing is normally a lonely business and it was nice to see Kiriakou get this kind of support.

    By the way, your link doesn't go to the Alternet article, which is here. http://www.alternet.org/...

    There's a link at the bottom of the article for making donations to the trust fund set up for John by the Government Accountability Project.  John's wife lost her CIA job also, and they have five children.

  •  As to why.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Kiriakou views himself as a whistleblower who is being punished for shedding light on the government’s policy of torturing terrorism suspects through the use of waterboarding and so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
    He didn't just shed light on torture.  He pointed the flashlight directly at the White House, thus implicating the top echelon of government officials for what many believe were international war crimes. Possibly, one of the most important whistleblower disclosures in recent times.
  •  I'm getting this out of me and leaving it here. (9+ / 0-)

    It's been a bad week.

    My father-in-law is fading and my mother-in-law is...an awful person.  They're also incompetent, but not in the legal sense...so, nothing to be done about that, other than rushing in to clean up all manner of messes.

    Up the street, a kid (late teens/early twentysomething) shot himself yesterday.  The younger brother and my youngest daughter are classmates.  Their home is in foreclosure, and the parents have separated.

    This is the second suicide for a relative of a kid in that class, inside 3 months.  The first was the father of a friend of my youngest.

    Okay.  So now I've put these here and it's out of me and I'm walking away from it for a while.

    Thanks.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08:58 PM PST

  •  I go to bed (1+ / 0-)
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    if you speak English you are likely to save less for your old age, smoke more and get less exercise than if you speak a language like Mandarin, Yoruba or Malay.
    Why speaking English can make you poor when you retire
  •  Lindsey Graham & Drones (4+ / 0-)
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    Scroll down to the end of the article to see video entitled "US defense contractor selling unarmed Predator drones to UAE"

    Drones have killed 4,700, U.S. senator says

    Just how many people have America’s drones killed? Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has put the death toll at 4,700—the first time an American official has publicly put a precise figure on the impact of strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles. The South Carolina lawmaker's office said he was citing an estimate already discussed on cable television.

    Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, used the figure during a question and answer session on Tuesday with the Rotary Club of Easley in his home state of South Carolina. His remarks were first reported by the Easley Patch.

    “We've killed 4,700,” the lawmaker said. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we're at war, and we've taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida.”

    Drone strikes, President Barack Obama’s signature tactic for killing suspected al-Qaida and other extremist fighters, have been “very effective,” said Graham. “It's a weapon that needs to be used.”

    Amid a controversy sparked by Obama’s targeted assassination of American citizens overseas suspected of consorting with terrorists, Graham came down sharply against any judicial oversight of the drone war, calling the idea “crazy.”
    [More at link.]

    What "enemy?"  They are fighting against a little band of criminals.  This is NOT (and was never) a legally-declared constitutional "war."  I wish they'd get their terms correct for the situation!  The only "enemies" we have are the ones we're creating because of drone bombing, plus the previous killing that was wrongly done in our names.  We have nincompoops and paranoid twits for "leaders" since they keep our people in these untenable situations.

    These same nincompoops and paranoid twits took away our constitutional rights - without our permission - and have not yet restored them to us by repealing those unconstitutional and illegal laws....

    Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeethe....

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:07:10 AM PST

  •  No working Rec Button (0+ / 0-)

    As you may have read elsewhere, I can't Rec anything.  Will try to correct whatever is causing this in the next few days.  In the meantime, who or what are the Bulls?

    Breathing air is good!

    "Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.” Vaclav Havel

    by dharmasyd on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:10:25 AM PST

  •  Oh no. Rush has lost faith. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I felt really glad when I read about the upcoming (0+ / 0-)

    party on twitter. That at least moral support could be provided to Kiriakou before being sent off to prison by the lowest bidder.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 02:08:26 AM PST

  •  Take a look at job creation in Walker's Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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    Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

    The last time that Wisconsin appeared in a national ranking of the Quarterly Census, it was for the 12 months through June 2012. Then, Wisconsin ranked 42 out of the 50 states in private-sector job creation, a decline from a rank of 37 in the previous period, from March 2011 to March 2012.

    That makes Wisconsin a laggard in job creation even by the glacial standards of the national recovery, which has moved far too slowly to absorb the millions of unemployed left over from the 2007-'09 recession.

    Just as troubling, Jacobsen said, is that Friday's report also shows that average private-sector wages in the July-September period of last year fell 1.2% from the same quarter in 2011.

    All those tax cuts for businesses and spending cuts for the public sector did nothing for Wisconsin. When will America wake up and smell the elephant shit?

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:18:39 AM PST

  •  Just wow... (1+ / 0-)
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    Who in the hell is behind this evil B.S?

    I got this email in my spam folder:

    From:     Sons@Liberty.net
        Subject:     Gun Control Is Treason
        Date:     February 23, 2013 4:52:16 AM PST
        To:      xx@xxxxx.net

    Overwhelming evidence has surfaced to prove that Sandy Hook is a hoax. For example, the recently released CNN helicopter footage that is supposed to show children escaping from the school is obviously set somewhere else. The "grieving" parents are surprisingly joyful during their interviews. The footage from the early hours of the incident shows a traffic pattern that makes it impossible for emergency vehicles to operate. There are many other points with various degrees of credibility, but anyone doing serious research should find plenty to disprove the "official" story. In spite of this, many people still manage to believe the TV version of the Sandy Hoax drama.

    The critics often say that it is crazy to believe that Sandy Hook is a hoax, but this is simply an irrational emotional response. Their main argument is that the media and the government would not make such a big lie and then lie so poorly. This is the exact working principle of the "Big Lie", one of Hitler's techniques. Many people know about this technique and then fall for it anyway. Another common claim is that it's hard to fake that many deaths, but the "victims" could have been easily paid off to live with new identities. Regardless of the facts, sheeple believe what is shown on TV. They are suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome - they've learnt to love Big Brother. Accurate information and logic do not matter to them. Without the means to defend themselves, they are just sheep being led to the slaughter.

    The proposed gun control legislation does not improve public safety, but reduces the ability of the people to resist tyranny. High capacity magazines are not necessary to kill unarmed people or commit crime, but are very important for fighting armed minions of a tyrannical government, and deterrring a foreign enemy invasion. Making fighting weapons less available to people reduces their ability to defend themselves. People without the ability to defend themselves are at greater risk than people that can defend themselves.

    While the threat of a crazy gunman exists, it pales in comparison to the threat of a murderous government. Murderous governments are not fiction, but historical fact and have emerged virtually everywhere where gun control has been put in place. Even today, millions of political prisoners are being tortured to death in communist countries. People point to the many Western nations that have gun control but no murderous governments as examples, but these governments know that if they were to start killing their own people, Americans would step in. America is the last bastion of freedom on the planet and that is why America is under sustained attack.

    The biggest threat to America today comes from within. That threat is traitors in high positions. These traitors work covertly and watch their actions carefully lest they become exposed in a manner that removes the doubt of the public, most of whom cannot believe that such massive treason can take place in our society. They have chosen the ideal cover for their goals of subverting America - the guise of public servants. Using their positions of power, they have gradually eroded our freedoms and rights to further increase their own power. America is now on the brink of dictatorship, where this small group of traitors can have unlimited control of the nation.

    The ignorance of the public makes tyranny possible. Many people still believe the Sandy Hoax made for TV drama/story. This amazing feat of ignorance can only be explained by a mental disorder. This type of mass psychosis is one of the conditions necessary for a brutal regime to come to power with popular support. This is the type of mass psychosis that has fueled the public support of murderous dictators like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. This type of mass psychosis is now prevalent in America and the traitors know it. It is no surprise that they are now seeking to disarm the rest of us, so that we cannot resist their planned tyranny.

    Gun control legislation is in direct violation of the Constitution that the legislators have sworn an oath to uphold. The Constitution recognizes and protects the right of the People to own firearms and to use them for self-defense. These are not privileges granted by the Constitution, they are God-given rights that are recognized and protected under the Constitution. They are rights that every legislator has sworn an oath to protect, regardless of religion. Legislation that violates the Constitution is an act of treason. Planning such legislation is planning to commit treason. Fiendstein is one of the people planning this, but she is not alone. Fiendstein herself has suspicious links to communist China. With leaders like this, it is not surprising that China's economy bloomed while California's withered. Her co-conspirators may have similar alternative allegiances. If they can disarm the people and rewrite the Constitution, there will be nothing to stop them from making policies to imprison people opposed to them, or to use their positions of power for profit at the expense of the nation. They are already filthy rich from having done that.

    Some people say that the weapons available to the people are not sufficient to protect freedom from tyranny, because the state has much more powerful weapons. There is truth to this criticism and this is because the state has been gradually eroding self-defense rights of the people for some time now.  Under the Constitution the people should be able to possess the same weapons as the government, without restrictions. That includes fully-automatic weapons. Needing a permit for concealed carry is already an infringement of the Second Amendment. At the same time, the state has been arming itself to the teeth, including armored vehicles and drones. These weapons are a threat to our freedom and our lives. That money should be used to build our communities, instead of holding us hostage. The legislation that infringes on our rights needs to be removed and our rights must be restored and vigilantly guarded.

    A little information about the origin of this e-mail:
    Domain name: d3quest.org
    I.P. Address: 46.161.41.65
    Registrant ID: TOD-42810977
    Registrant Name: Zhuhai Yingxun information technology limited
    This group seems associated with spam distribution.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:01:49 AM PST

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