Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rewriting the American Heritage Dictionary?

And this wasn't Wikipedia - this was Robert Kennedy Jr. on Glenn Beck.

Asked to define fascism - Robert Kennedy Jr. says "The American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as the domination of government by corporate power..." Transcript


Actually - the American Heritage Dictionary says fascism is - a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socio-economic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship and typically a a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

Apparently this is the new party line he is espousing.

Get out your dictionaries - what does yours say?


  1. RKjr looks like he is on something

  2. Sounds like he hates Palco and is opposed to the Home Depot!

    Maybe he'll show up in Humboldt to attend a CREG meeting or go to one of kaitlan's pancake breakfasts?

    What ever happened to CREG (Citizens for Real Economic Growth)? Or the Alliance of Ethical Business? ? ? ?

  3. This book may be of interest to you.

    14 Points of fascism
    In his original article, "Fascism Anyone?", Laurence Britt (interview) compared the regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet and identified 14 characteristics common to those fascist regimes. This page is a collection of news articles dating from the start of the Bush presidency divided into topics relating to each of the 14 points of fascism. Further analysis of American Fascism done by the POAC can be read here.
    1.) Powerful and Continuing Nationalism: Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

    September 11 Freedom Walk

    New Majority Leader: Iraq War “May Be The Greatest Gift That We Give” Our Grandchildren

    Headstones of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are inscribed with the Pentagons war-marketing slogans

    White House and the RNC are going to make a habit of using uniformed military personnel as props at Republican political rallies, despite the fact that it is a plain violation of military regulations banning politicization of the armed forces.

    "You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die." The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon

    2.) Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights: Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
    We are now a torturing police state: Bush signing into law that will get rid of habeas corpus, allow hearsay evidence, and allow the President to determine what is allowable torture.
    Bush Offers Himself Amnesty for Human Rights Crimes
    Bush threatens to veto $442b defense bill if Congress investigates detainee abuses.
    Guantanamo Judge: “I don’t care about international law. I don’t want to hear the words ‘international law’ again. We are not concerned with international law.”
    Rumsfeld to approve new guidelines that will formalize the administration's policy of imprisoning without the protections of the Geneva Conventions and enable the Pentagon to legally hold "ghost detainees,"
    US 'preparing to detain terror suspects for life without trial'
    U.S. oks evidence gained through torture
    July 1, 2003: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Nearly 50 Countries: because they have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt Americans from possible prosecution.
    US has at least 9000 prisoners in secret detention

    3.) Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause: The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
    Congressman: Muslims 'enemy amongst us'
    SB 24, Ohio law to muzzle "liberals"
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has joined a conservative Washington think tank, where he will found and direct a program called "America's Enemies."
    Sean Hannity creates weekly "Enemy of the State" segment on his new program
    Fox radio hosts suggests putting liberal commentators and activists in concentration camps.
    World history textbook used by seventh-graders at Scottsdale’s Mohave Middle School was pulled from classrooms mid-semester amid growing right criticism of the book’s unbiased portrayal of Islam
    Rallies planned against 'Islamofacism': Event to 'unify all Americans behind common goal'

    4.) Supremacy of the Military: Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

    Bush’s Domestic Program Hit List

    Bush slashes domestic programs, boosts defense. Arlen Spector calls it "scandalous"

    Funding for job training, rural health care, low-income schools and help for people lacking health insurance would face big cuts under a bill passed Friday by the House

    Pentagon to spend 75 billion for three new brigades
    Many national parks will have to cut back on staff due to a $2.5 billion budget cut, the equivalent to one week of the Iraq war
    Bush wants to cut Iraq war funding. Just kidding, he wants to cut funding for a program that gives health insurance to poor children. Governors from both parties are opposing it.
    Three cable channels now feed news, information and entertainment about the armed services into millions of living rooms 24 hours a day, seven days a week: The Military Channel, the Military History Channel and the Pentagon Channel.

    5.) Rampant Sexism: The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
    It's legal again, to fire gov't workers for being gay
    Bush calls for Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages
    Bush refuses to sign U.N proposal on women's "sexual" rights
    W. David Hager chairman of the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee does not prescribe contraceptives for single women, does not do abortions, will not prescribe RU-486 and will not insert IUDs.
    The State Department has awarded an explicitly anti-feminist U.S. group part of a US$10 million grant to train Iraqi women in political participation and democracy.

    6.) Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
    FBI Acknowledges: Journalists Phone Records are Fair Game
    Report shows U.S. government has been engaged in illegal propaganda aimed at its own citizens and the story gets only 41 mentions in the media
    Free Press details recent governmental propaganda efforts, from faux-correspondent Jeff Gannon to paid-off pundit Armstrong Williams, and from the demise of FOIA to video news releases passed off as news. also... See a Whitehouse fake news release here (opens realplayer)
    US seizes webservers from independent media sites
    Bush's war on information: US editors forbidden to publish certain foreign writers

    7.) Obsession with National Security: Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. Bush Aides ADMIT 'stoking fear' for political gain: Bush adviser said the president hopes to change the dynamics of the race. The strategy is aimed at stoking public fears about terrorism, raising new concerns about Kerry's ability to protect Americans and reinforcing Bush's image as the steady anti-terrorism candidate, aides said.
    The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level.
    GOP Ad These are the stakes
    Keith Olbermann: "The Nexus of Politics and Terror."
    Cheney warns that if Kerry is elected, the USA will suffer a "devastating attack"
    GOP convention in a nutshell (quicktime)
    Rove: GOP to Use Terror As Campaign Issue in 2006

    8.) Religion and Government are Intertwined: Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
    Jerry Falwell cleared of charges that he broke federal election law by urging followers to vote for Bush
    NC congressman proposes law making it ok to preach politics from the pulpit
    Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals
    Family research council: Justice Sunday
    Thou shalt be like Bush: What makes this recently established, right-wing Christian college unique are the increasingly close - critics say alarmingly close - links it has with the Bush administration and the Republican establishment.
    Park Service Continues to Push Creationist Theory at Grand Canyon and other nat'l parks

    9.) Corporate Power is Protected: The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
    The K Street Project is a project by the Republican party to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials. It was launched in 1995, by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and House majority leader Tom DeLay.
    American Conservative Magazine: One U.S. contractor received $2 million in a duffel bag... and a U.S. official was given $7 million in cash in the waning days of the CPA and told to spend it “before the Iraqis take over.”
    There are 6 Congressional Committees investigating the Oil-for-Food (UN) scandal, yet not a single Republican Committee Chairman will call a hearing to investigate the whereabouts of 9 billion dollars missing in Iraq
    Bush money network rooted in Florida, Texas: Since Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the federal government has awarded more than $3 billion in contracts to the President's elite 2004 Texas fund-raisers, their businesses, and lobbying clients

    10.) Labor Power is Suppressed: Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
    Bush vows to veto anti-terror security bill if it allows airport screeners to unionize.
    Labor Department warns unions against using their money politically
    President Bush Attacks Organized Labor: Bush attacked organized labor Saturday, issuing orders effectively reducing how much money unions can spend for political activities and opening up government contracts to non-union bidding.
    March 2001: President Bush signed his name to four executive orders on organized labor last month, including one that cuts the money unions will have for political campaign spending.
    Congress and the Department of Labor are trying to change the rules on overtime pay, eliminating the 40 hour work week, taking eligibility for overtime pay away from millions of workers, and replacing time and a half pay with comp days.

    11.) Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts: Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
    The A to Z guide to political interference in science
    Bush's new economic plan cuts funding for arts, education
    Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on security grounds.
    A group of more than 60 top U.S. scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates and several science advisers to past Republican presidents, on Wednesday accused the Bush administration of manipulating and censoring science for political purposes
    Freedom of Repression: New ruling will allow censorship of campus publications

    12.) Obsession with Crime and Punishment: Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations
    The 10 most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006
    The United States has now become the world leader in its rate of incarceration, locking up its citizens at 5-8 times the rate of other industrialized nations.
    American Gestapo is here: "There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the 'United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.'"
    America: secret jails, secret courts, secret arrests, and now secret laws
    Snitch-or-Go-to-Jail bill will make pretty much anything short of reporting on everyone you see for doing just about anything a jailable offense. With minimum sentences, up to and including life without parole.
    The problem with Gonzales is that he has been deeply involved in developing some of the most sweeping claims of near-dictatorial presidential power in our nation's history, allowing him to imprison and even (at least in theory) torture anyone in the world, at any time
    Police officers don't have to give a reason at the time they arrest someone, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a ruling that shields officers from false-arrest lawsuits.

    13.) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption: Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
    Bush Cronyism: Foxes Guarding the henhouse
    An illustrated guide to Republican scandals:
    Who's been indicted, named as a co-conspirator or convicted? The Grand Ole Docket tracks trial dates, court appearances and sentencing hearings for players in the current array of national political scandals.
    Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) was forced to give up his seat on the powerful committee after the FBI raided his home as part of the Abramoff scandal. To replace him, the GOP leadership tapped Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), who was himself recently named one of Congress’ most corrupt lawmakers.
    Making Sense of the Abramoff Scandal
    In preparation for upcoming Congressional hearings, Bush Administration firing federal attorneys and appointing ringers without Senate confirmation via the patriot act.
    If Bush's pick is confirmed, that will mean the five top appointees at Justice have zero prosecutorial experience among them.
    Iran-Contra Felons Get Good Jobs from Bush
    Big Iraq Reconstruction Contracts Went To Big Donors
    Bush Wars -- Crooks Get Contracts : The main companies that were awarded billions of dollars worth of contracts in Iraq have paid more than $300 million in fines since 2000, to resolve allegations of fraud, bid rigging, delivery of faulty military equipment, and environmental damage.
    US Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) lost track of $9 billion
    "Contracting in the aftermath of the hurricanes has been marked by waste, corruption and cronyism"

    14. Fraudulent Elections: Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
    A couple of election workers have been convicted of rigging a recount in Ohio following the 2004 election
    Rolling Stone does some investigative and rather exhaustive digging into public documents and says we’re almost guaranteed the 2004 election results were massively rigged
    Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings
    Conyers hearing in which Clinton Curtis testifies that he was hired to create hackable voting machines
    The Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
    The Conyers Report (.pdf)
    No explanation for the machines in Mahoning County that recorded Kerry votes for Bush, the improper purging in Cuyahoga County, the lock down in Warren County, the 99% voter turnout in Miami County, the machine tampering in Hocking County
    Less access than Kazakhstan. Fewer fail-safes than Venezuela. Not as simple Republic of Georgia. The 2004 Elections according to international observers.
    This picture is what stopped the ballot recounts in Florida shortly after it seemed that legitimate President Gore had a lead. The "citizens" started what was later called "the preppy riot". Screaming, yelling, pounding on the walls, these "outraged citizens" intimidated the polling officials to halt the court mandated recount. A closer look reveals who they really were. They were bussed and flown in at Republican lawmakers expense. Some even flew in on Tom Delay's private plane.

  4. Bush will be out of office soon. I hope all the hate will go away at that time, but I don't expect it.

    We have the greatest freedom and tolerance in this country, except we seem to hate ourselves. It must be a function of having things too good, too easy, and not appreciating or respecting what we have.

    If we are not careful we will lose it all.

  5. Well that'll be tough because George Bush and his administration isn't really the issue,it's the forces which push them which are dangerous.
    I imagine that the same sentiment exists with the anti-Gallegos crowd.I have a hard time believing that Salzman,Miller,and so on will go untouched after Paul is out of office.
    And Rose,we don't hate ourselves,we're wise enough to see where we are losing freedoms and that those issues need to be addressed before the freedom to address them is gone.
    "If we are not careful will we lose it all". Right on.Exactly why we need to question the motives behind political entities pushing universal health care and global warming agendas as well.
    If we all stick together I think we'll be alright.

  6. The "anti-Gallegos crowd"?

    Who would that be? The people who believe a District Attorney should do his job? Run his office? Not leave the training to staffers? Write his own "My Word's"?

    People who want to see some HONESTY, Mark? You of all people should appreciate that.

  7. rampant sexism, control of the media, obsession with national security ?????????????

    mresquan you are an idiot !

  8. What fredddom's are we losing mresquanie ? Could you list maybe three?

  9. Kennedy is the fascist. If he wasn't a Kennedy he could be Tad. Crazy as a loon. And a nasty bugger to boot.

  10. 3:37,Thanks for the compliment,even though I didn't write the article or say that I agreed with all of it.
    freedoms we're losing or already lost
    - a woman's right to choose
    -habeas corpus
    -the right to travel without having every possession you have thoroughly searched and identified.
    -the right to have a phone conversation without it being tapped.
    -the right to protest without being identified as a possible conspirator and having your name added to mysterious lists.
    -the right to go to a library and take out any book on any subject without the Fed's wanting to view your reading preferences.
    -the right to burn the American flag
    That's all I'm jotting down for now.Sad thing is we are more free and tolerant than most countries,especially the dictatorships we've helped to install.

  11. Alright I just heard a little bit of Loretta Nickolas on the radio,so I'll add another to my list.
    The right to know why a county employee who is paid through taxpayer funding,leaves a position under mysterious circumstances and receives a nice taxpayer supported payoff.

  12. And watch out for those 8 year olds from the midwest.

    Metro 8-Year-Old Shows Up On No-Fly Terrorist List
    Last Edited: Saturday, 14 Jul 2007, 2:13 PM CDT
    Created: Friday, 13 Jul 2007, 6:10 PM CDT
    Bryan Moore
    Kansas City News

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 8-year-old Kansas boy is causing a national security stir after his name popped up on a no fly list and airlines banned him from flying in fear he might be a terrorist.

    Bryan Moore's mother said she couldn't believe what she was hearing when her son couldn't fly home from a trip to see his sister, because his name appeared on a terrorist no-fly list.

    Bryan had never flown before, so when he got to the airport in Cortez, Colorado he was a little nervous but no one expected what happened next.

    "They almost got me scheduled in and then the lady just bowed her head and said, 'We cant get you on this plane, you're a terrorist,'" Bryan said.

    Bryan's name popped up on a national terrorist watch list, red flagging the soon-to-be third grader as a threat to homeland security.

    "It meant I couldn't get home, so I had to go the next day and I just really wanted to get home," Bryan said.

    According to the Transportation Security Administration, no children are on the terrorist watch list. The TSA said if a child's name matches up, it's up the airline to make the necessary changes and let them board the plane.

    "He's not a security risk, he's not going to blow up that plane and ya know, all he wants to do is get home and see mom. To me there was no human factor in that consideration," Bryan's step-dad Harlen Fletcher said.

    Paperwork eventually cleared to let Bryan on-board, but the plane already left, making him wait another day to come home.

    "It's not really fair that I couldn't get home because another man in the world was a terrorist," Bryan said.

    Great Lake Airlines, who blocked Bryan from flying, did not return our calls. Despite the trouble, Bryan said he can't wait to fly again.

  13. We've had alot of freedoms taken away by things other than the Bush administration, mresquan.

    I am curious though - do you think the criticism of Salzman and Ken Miller is BECAUSE of Gallegos? And that if he were to leave office they should then be left alone, and no one should comment if they continue to corrupt the political process?

    Or is the criticism of GALLEGOS because of Ken Miller and Salzman, and that he would be better off without ever having met them? Would he have been a good DA if he had not fallen into their web? And acted at their behest?

    Do you think the criticism of Gallegos is because people hate HIM?

    By all accounts he is a likeable guy, who in his previous life was a great surfing buddy and friend.

    I'd contend that the criticism of him is because of his own conduct, his mismanagement of a very important office, his mistreatment of the people who worked for that office, his mishandling of cases, of investigations, of protocol, his inability to work with others, the Board, Law Enforcement, etc... no one made up his plagiarism, no one makes up the stuff about him. He does it. And he was getting away with it.

    And I'm not just talking about blowing off meetings...

    So I am curious - should I not criticize Gallegos because it is not nice? Forget about Salzman and Miller if Paul leaves office?

    I know. "Bush lied, and people died." So Gallegos is irrelevant... but this is for real...

  14. At least we still have the freedom to vote, buy firearms and get large mags for them now!

    Don't forget free to slap people around on the internet, freedom to be completely worthless and live off taxpayer's money and damn it, freedom to be home schooled or not!

  15. robin shelley7/24/2007 9:20 PM

    Yes, 4:17. Free to slap people around on the Internet... anonymously, even... & in newspapers using fictitious names. Free to plagiarize without prosecution, too, apparently.


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