Federal government of the United States

Obama leads America’s goose-stepping march towards a fascist state

Obama leads America’s goose-stepping march towards a fascist state

As the economy continues to sputter and ill-conceived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan remain stalled, the erratic administration of Barack Obama can point to progress on one front: America’s headlong rush from a free society to a fascist state. Obama’s election was supposed to bring an end to the police-state tactics of George W. Bush […]

Obama defends response on oil spill

Obama defends response on oil spill

Authorities raced Monday to stem the tide of a disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico a day after President Barack Obama fiercely defended his response and promised federal help for as long as needed. In drizzling rain and gusty winds in front of Venice harbor, the hub of the relief effort, Obama on […]

Lawsuits, anger spotlight Arizona immigration law

Lawsuits, anger spotlight Arizona immigration law

Anger mounted Thursday over an Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration as a police officer filed one of the first lawsuits challenging the law and activists gathered outside an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, chanting “Boycott Arizona.” The lawsuit from 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar is one of two filed […]

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

The debate over Arizona’s new illegal immigrant law will likely move from protest lines and talk shows to the courtroom, where a judge could be asked to decide whether the state can enforce laws that until now had been the federal government’s exclusive domain. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the bill on Friday, said […]

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke on Sunday to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President […]

The insanity of public paranoia

Public paranoia is at an all-time high, fueled by extremists, conspiracy-theory nutcases and the misinformation superhighway (AKA the Internet). Over the last few days, I’ve read too many paranoid fantasies on this web site, fueled by readers who seem to have left common sense at the door. I’ve made it clear for many years that […]

So much hate, so little reason

So much hate, so little reason

In 2008, I sat with a group of local government officials in a Georgia city and listened to some of them predict that if Barack Obama won the Presidential election, he would be assassinated before ever taking office. “There’s no way the racists and extreme right-wing will let him serve a day as President,” said […]

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

The American government is paying millions of dollars for training and equipment as bribes to buy support for nations for the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. The funds, spent without Congressional approval or oversight, comes from a $350 million Pentagon “slush fund” used to “improve the counter terrorism operations of U.S. allies,” the Associated Press […]

Thugs like Hutaree thrive on paranoia, gullibility

Thugs like Hutaree thrive on paranoia, gullibility

Those who fault the government for everything are stampeding to rationalize the incredible plot by a Bible-thumping trailer-trash militia to kill police officers and then multiply the death toll by bombing their funerals. Gun nuts, self-declared “patriots,” right-wing fanatics, white supremacists and others who proclaim hate as a path to freedom defend the actions of […]

Michigan-based Christian militia planned war against government

Michigan-based Christian militia planned war against government

Members of a self-described “Christian Militia”  called Hutaree planned a war against the U.S. government and planned to launch the war by killing police officers, prosecutors said Monday. Nine members of the Michigan-based Christian cult are in custody, arrested as part of a plot to first kill the cops and then slaughter many more by […]