Sunday January 8th, 2012
|The Shape of Another Revolution
posted 01/08/2012, 7:38 PM (Wendy McElroy)|
One of my friends believes that a second American revolution is imminent and will be sparked by the economic instability now rocking the continent. Frankly, I doubt it. Insurrections may occur, but I expect the US government to lumber along, dragging the world deeper into poverty and conflict for many years to come.
Upon hearing my friend out, however, my first thought was, "if a revolution erupts, it will resemble the French one of 1789 more closely than the American one of 1776." Then I sat back and tried to figure out why I had arrived at that sudden conclusion, and whether or not it had merit.
One of the reasons for thinking that America might be "going French" is that current American society resembles descriptions I've read of pre-Revolution France more closely than America now resembles its young self.
Consider the issue of a class structure. America became a magnet for the wretched of the world because it delivered on the promise of a classless society. My ancestors left Ireland because they were forced to work as serfs on land they once owned, and because bumper crops were shipped to England by absentee landlords while starvation claimed the serfs' own children.
Sick unto death of being arrested for such sins as speaking their own language, the Irish fled to North America even though they risked a 50 percent chance of dying in transit or in the initial hardships of the New World. They came here for one thing: a chance. They were willing to die for the chance to live on both feet without sinking to their knees before any man; more importantly, they wanted their children to stand tall. And so, when America called across the ocean to declare that hard work and merit are rewarded here because "all men are created equal," they came.
Differences in wealth existed, of course. Then, as now, those differences meant that a fortunate few had more and better access to the "goods" o... (more)
|No Police Immunity for Claims of Urine Torture
posted 01/08/2012, 7:38 PM (Courthouse News Service)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
(CN) - Pennsylvania state police officers do not have immunity from claims that they tortured a woman with pepper spray, cold water and urine while she was in custody and restraints, a federal judge ruled.
State troopers took Derena Madison into custody after a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop in which they arrested her friend for driving under the influence. When officers said they would tow the car, Madison exited to protest. Police arrested her for public drunkenness and disord... (more)
|Shooting of dogs disputed
posted 01/08/2012, 7:37 PM (Decature Daily)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Some residents at Danville Park Apartments are outraged over police firing at two dogs on the walkway outside their front doors.
The residents said the shooting killed one animal, injured another and put the tenants in danger of gunfire that left bullet holes in doors, walls and a wooden deck around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Witness accounts of the shootings contradict the reports of officers and a supervising sergeant.
[...] One bullet passed through... (more)
|Jesse Ventura Blasts Navy SEAL "Punch" Hoax, Says Incident Never Happened
posted 01/08/2012, 7:37 PM (Prison Planet)|
Following claims made by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle that he punched Jesse Ventura for badmouthing US troops during a wake for a slain soldier in Coronado, California, Ventura has denounced the story as an outrageous lie, asserting that the event never happened.
Kyle, who has been the subject of numerous television interviews over the past few days while he promotes his new book, is a sniper marksmen
He had a clipboard, too. Never a good sign. Nor was he alone -- his green-shirted cohorts swarmed the sidewalk, accosting every passersby whose attention they could capture with: "Do you have a moment for the environment?"