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WASHINGTON -- Conservative justices on the Supreme Court expressed skepticism
Wednesday about whether the federal government should still be requiring
preclearance of voting system changes in certain places with a history of racial
discrimination in elections.

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting
Rights Act represented the "perpetuation of racial entitlement," saying that lawmakers
had only voted to renew the act in 2006 because there wasn't anything to be gained
politically from voting against it.

"Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them
through the normal political processes," Scalia said during oral argument in
Shelby County v. Holder.
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Black History Month ends today, but have no fear, Justice Antonin Scalia is eager
to remind Black American that his world is still "Jim Crow"  BM
Justice Antonin Scalia (Mark Wilson/Getty
Images)
Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Case:
Scalia Condemns The 'Perpetuation Of
Racial Entitlement"

'Ryan J. Reilly 2/27/2013
President Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney in last November’s presidential election.
Jimmy Carter said Romney’s ‘47 percent’ comment about Americans was ‘the major
factor’ that sealed his fate.
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign may never have sunk the way it did
were it not for the disclosure of his notorious "47 percent" comments — and
President Obama is apparently quite grateful for the opposition researcher
who helped unearth the video.

Former President Jimmy Carter, whose grandson James helped bring
the video to light, says Obama thanks James Carter "profusely" when
the two met last week.

"When James went to meet President Obama, President Obama ran
across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely for his time,
by the way," Carter told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview airing
Thursday night.

RELATED: CARTER WANTS ‘A RELATIONSHIP’ WITH OBAMA

The two met when Obama was in Atlanta last week pitching his
job-creation proposals after the State of the Union. James Carter
has not said who actually made the tape, but he's credited with
persuading the sleuth to hand it over to Mother Jones magazine.

"There are 47 percent of people who are with [OBAMA]," Romney
tells donors at a Florida fundraiser in the tape, "who are dependent
on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the
government has to care for them, who believe that they are entitled
to health care, to food, to housing, you-name-it." Romney said his
"job is not to worry about those people."

The comments, which made Democratic attacks that Romney was an
out-of-touch plutocrat who cared only for the rich more resonant,
dropped like a bomb on Romney's campaign.

"It was something he [ROMNEY]could not deny and it stuck with him
for the rest of the election and I think it was a major factor, if not the
major factor," Jimmy Carter said. Read More

danh@nydailynews.com
Jimmy Carter says President Obama ‘profusely’ thanked his grandson
following release of Mitt Romney’s ‘47 percent’ footage

In a Piers Morgan interview airing on CNN Thursday, the former President,
whose nephew helped unearth the remark during a fundraiser, says
Romney’s comment that he will ‘not worry about’ 47 percent of
Americans was ‘the major factor’ in the GOP nominee’s defeat.

By Dan Hirschhorn / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS-Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013
Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle

The Venezuelan leader was often marginalized as a radical. But his
brand of socialism achieved real economic gains  
(Read Original Article) By David Sirota


For the last decade in American politics, Hugo Chavez became a
potent political weapon – within a few years of his ascent, he was
transformed from just a leader of a neighboring nation into a
boogeyman synonymous with extremism. Regularly invoked in
over-the-top
political rhetoric, Chavez’s name became a
decontextualized epithet to try to attach to a political opponent
so as to make that opponent look like a radical. Because of this,
America barely flinched upon hearing the news that the
Bush administration tried to
orchestrate a coup against the
democratically elected Venezuelan leader.
Hugo Chavez (Credit: AP/Leslie Mazoch, photo treatment by Salon)






Ray McGovern Retired CIA analyst and Co-Founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals
forSanity   

February 25th, 2013

Eyes Wide Shut on the Iraq War
By Ray McGovern

Ten years ago, as President George W. Bush and his administration were
putting the finishing touches on their unprovoked invasion of Iraq, the
mainstream U.S. news media had long since capitulated, accepting the
conventional wisdom that nothing could – or should – stop the march to
war.

The neocon conquest of the major U.S. news outlets – the likes of the
New York Times, the Washington Post and the national TV news – was
so total that the Bush administration could reliably count on them as
eager co-conspirators in the Iraq adventure rather than diligent watchdogs
for the American people.

By now a decade ago, the New York Times had published Judy Miller’s
infamous “mushroom cloud” article about Iraq’s aluminum tubes, the
Washington Post’s op-ed page had lined up in lock-step to hail Colin
Powell’s misleading United Nations speech, MSNBC had dumped Phil
Donahue after he allowed on a few anti-war voices, and CNN had
assembled a chorus of pro-war ex-military officers as “analysts.”
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Tomas Young (Truthdig.com) Original Article

Iraq War vet pens ‘last letter’ to Bush and Cheney

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout

An Iraq War veteran who joined the U.S. Army two days after 9/11
has written
a powerful open letter to former President George W.
Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney accusing them of war
crimes, "plunder" and "the murder of thousands of young
Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole."

Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed during an insurgent
attack in Sadr City in 2004, five days into his first deployment,
penned the letter from his Kansas City, Mo., home, where he's
under hospice care.

"I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr.
Cheney," Young wrote in the letter
published on Truthdig.com. "I
write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral
consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and
power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to
make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow
veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with
hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully
who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but
in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of
plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of
thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose
future you stole."

The 33-year-old, who was the subject of Phil Donahue's 2007
documentary
"Body of War," continued:Read More

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Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer poisoning accusation

By Andrew Cawthorne | Reuters – Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into claims that deceased
President Hugo Chavez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad,
the government said.

Foes of the government view the accusation as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy
theory intended to feed fears of "imperialist" threats to Venezuela's socialist system
and distract people from daily problems.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed to open an investigation into the claims,
first raised by Chavez after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.

"We will seek the truth," Maduro told regional TV network Telesur. "We have the
intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him
out of the way."

Foreign scientists will be invited to join a state committee to probe the accusation,
he said.
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April 11, 2013 by MARCO TORRES
Regardless of Life Expectancy, People Today Are Metabolically Less Healthy
Than Their Parents

That’s the conclusion of a large cohort study from the Netherlands which
compared generational shifts in a range of well established metabolic risk
factors for cardiovascular disease. Assessing the trends, the investigators
concluded that “the more recently born generations are doing worse”,
and warn “that the prevalence of metabolic risk factors and the lifelong
exposure to them have increased and probably will continue to increase”.













Life expectancy at birth rose by a few years for both men and women in the
last two decades of the 20th century. This has come at an enormous cost in
the quality of life of our elders, for they are suffering with more pain and
greater disability than ever before in last 15 years of life. People globally
are living longer but chronic debilitating conditions are becoming more
prevalent.
A recent Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 involved 486 authors in 50
countries who aimed to offer a comprehensive update on diseases and
injuries since the last such report in 1990. It found the leading risk factor
accounting for the disease burden in most developed nations is diet.
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Operation Destabilize Venezuela and the Secret US Embassy Cables:
Infiltrate, “Divide Chavismo”, “Isolate Chavez Internationally”

Would you believe that the United States tried to do something that was not nice
against Hugo Chávez?
By William Blum
Global Research, April 09, 2013 The Anti-Empire Report

Wikileaks has done it again. I guess the US will really have to get tough now with Julian Assange
and Bradley Manning.

In a secret US cable to the State Department, dated November 9, 2006, and recently published
online by WikiLeaks, former US ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a
comprehensive plan to destabilize the government of the late President Hugo Chávez.
The cable begins with a Summary.
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The Man Who Could Turn Texas Blue: Rick Perry (Original
article)
By Ronald Brownstein | National Journal – Thu, Mar 21, 2013.
AUSTIN, Texas—Big in all things, Texas leads the nation in failing to provide
health insurance. About one in four Texans are uninsured, the highest
percentage in any state. That’s some 6 million people, the total population
of Missouri

Yet Gov. Rick Perry, back from his stumbles in the 2012 GOP presidential
race, has insisted that Texas will not accept the federal money provided by
President Obama’s health care law to expand Medicaid coverage. As
Republican governors from Arizona to New Jersey have joined the program,
Perry has amplified his opposition. In a bristling speech to conservatives
last week, he said governors who accepted the money had “folded in the
face of federal bribery.”

In no state does the decision to expand present such profound political and
policy issues as in Texas. Whatever Perry decides, many Texans will
benefit from the subsidies in the 2010 law that help the uninsured in lower-
to-middle-income families purchase private insurance on health care
exchanges. Perry has also refused to establish such an exchange, but the
law allows Washington to step in, and Texans who qualify will receive those
dollars. Rice University demographers Steve Murdock and Michael Cline
recently projected those exchanges will cover up to 1.7 million of the state’s
uninsured.

The law’s other mechanism for increasing coverage is to broaden Medicaid
eligibility for adults near poverty, but Washington can’t mandate this
expansion if states refuse it. Murdock and Cline project that another 1.5
million to 2 million Texans would receive coverage if the state participated.
Because the law commits Washington to initially paying the expansion’s
entire cost, and an elevated share thereafter, local analysts estimate that if
Texas expands, it will receive $100 billion in federal dollars over the next
decade, while committing only about $15 billion of its own.
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How Our Machine-Based Way of Life is Not Only Destroying
Nature,It Is Also Destroying Us.

In a society with little time for rest, our sense of self is identified with
anxiety and accomplishment instead of our true being



Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/OtnaYdur

February 12, 2013   

The following is an excerpt from Eros Over Logos: A Revolt of the
Instinctual Mind Amidst the Madness of Modern Life.

We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with
being alive, is what it's all about. —Joseph Campbell, The Power of
Myth.
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This is a long , but it is worth reading.


Published on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org) 16 Giant Corporations That Have
Basically Stopped Paying Taxes -- While Also Cutting Jobs!

By Paul Buchheit
16 Giant Corporations That Have Basically Stopped Paying Taxes -- While
Also Cutting Jobs!

March 18, 2013   

The brackets are set for the big dance — the dance around tax responsibility.
Most of the teams are in the bottom bracket. In this league, the lowest score
wins.

Outside the stadium our nation's kids and seniors and low-income mothers may
be dealing with food [3] and housing [4] cuts, but on the corporate playing floor
new low-tax records are being set again this year. Just as this is a golden
age for sports, this is also, as noted by the New York Times [5], "a golden age
for corporate profits."

Corporations have simply stopped paying their taxes, perhaps using the 2008
recession as an excuse to plead hardship, but then never restoring their tax
obligations when business got better. The facts are indisputable. For over 20
years, from 1987 to 2008, corporations paid an average of 22.5% in federal
taxes. Since the recession,
this has dropped to 10% [6] -- even though their
profits have doubled in less than ten years.
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