It was an honor for me last night to receive "The Best of the Web" award for a news blog by the readers of the Shepherd Express. I received the award at a happy gathering at The Wherehouse. Thanks to all the Shepherd readers.
The horrid happenings of the Bush-Cheney administration are revealed regularly, to the discredit of the United States of America. We sometimes wonder why people around the world hate the U.S. when we do so much good. But we have a greedy war machine in this country that will stop at nothing to make huge profits, and promote any way they can, a right-wing agenda. Americans are shamed by these greed mongers and war pirates far too often. The latest revelation unveiled the Bush administration's use of the CIA to have the British turn over to Libya's Kadahfi a man who had fought all his life for freedom in that North African nation. Kadahfi immediately torturned this man and his wife. There does not seem to be any end to the revelations of Bush secret manipulations that involved torture of innocent human beings. And the right-wing in the U.S. wants us to stop blaming Bush for anything. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are international criminals who should be in the dock in a court of justice.
Fox News owner, Rupert Murdoch, has more charges headed his way. Not only have he and his son been discredited for gathering news in an unlawful manner in Britain, but the news charges will be about similar clandestine activities by Fox News and its affiliates in the U.S., and on U.S. territory. Why anyone with a smidgen of honesty, objectivity, and desire for the truth would watch anything connected directly or indirectly with Rupert Murdoch or FoxNews is beyond me. I may agree or disagree with your political perspective, but for you to follow FoxNews for information-gathering is abominable.
The New Jersey police have been taping and secretly checking on Moslems in that state. Not only ordinary citizens of the Islamic faith are under surveillance for flimsy reasons, but restaurant owners, shop owners, or anyone thought "suspicious" simply because of their faith or ethnic background. Now we find out that these police and government groups doing clandestine snooping on citizens for no reason, find the trail of such ethnic and racial profiling has led to New Orleans and other parts of the U.S. This is only the beginning of a much larger unveiling. This is widespread. What occurs to me when any branch of government snoops on innocent citizens is how the right-wing, who wants to downsize government in any way it can, seems to be okay with this sort of government snooping. Big Brother is much more a tactic of the right-wing in America than the progressive supporters.