Saturday, 12/18/10, Public Square


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13 responses to “Saturday, 12/18/10, Public Square

  1. Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. The oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, corporate, or military control. The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy.

    Government controlled by the wealthy for the wealthy. It is what most so called Western democratic governments these days really are since they are influenced through politicians who are mostly rich celebrities, lawyers and business people (CEO’s) who are supported, influenced and financed through campaign contributions and/or bribes by other rich, famous and influential individuals, families, corporations, companies, organizations and institutions.

  2. fragotwofortwo

    Here’s a wee bit of lite weekend reading. After watching several embedded reporter Afgan war documentaries, I noticed a familiar theme. in the Vietnam

    1961 – Strategic Hamlets

    The heart of the insurgency problem is found in the Vietnamese majority itself. The most significant prize of the present conflict is the support and control of the ethnic Viethamese rural lowland population, who lived in villages [xa], each comprised of several hamlets [ap]. Although there had been social changes forced by war, there was a continuity of the customs, habits, and world-view common to the traditional village life over several centuries.

    In general, the term “Hamlet” designates a geographical and administrative sub-unit of a village. By one account, there were 16,398 hamlets in Vietnam (as compared with more than 3,000 villages). The hamlets ranged in population fromfour persons to almost 17,000. Fifty percent of them had less than 500 inhabitants and 77 had more than 5,000. As of May 1962 the goal was to establish 12,000 strategic hamlets throughout the country in six months, that is, to convert about three-quarters of the total number of hamlets.

    The modern practice of counterinsurgency was developed during the Vietnam War
    , first by the French, who carried these practices from Southeast Asia to North Africa, and then by the Americans, who reinvented everything already known by the French. French agrovilles became “strategic hamlets”. The program of fortifying villages to separate the peasants from the insurgents emulated a model the British used successfully in Malaya in the 1950s. The objective of the “strategic hamlet” program was to consolidate governmental authority in pacified areas through a defense system and administrative reorganization at the hamlet level. The strategic hamlet program sought to weed out local conspirators vital to the perpetuation of Vietcong efforts.

    Strategic Hamlets were communities in which the Viet Cong infrastructure would be eliminated. In the Delta area, this was done by creating completely new con11uunities. The hamlets would be fortified and guarded by local self-defense forces and perhaps government troops to prevent reinfection. In each hamlet, the military basis of the system comprises a Self-Defense Corps (SDC) unit that may number anywhere from five to twelve men, an auxiliary warning and/or guard force composed of members of the Republican Youth, and more or less extensive fortifications. In addition, the program involves the political and social organization of the inhabitants in a way that permits close surveillance of their political activities, of their social participation in such government-controlled mass movements as the Republican Youth, and of their contribution to labor projects for community development.
    I can’t seem to remember, how did the Viet Nam war end?

  3. As disappointed as I am with Obama, here is the asshole who opposed him, so it could have been worse, much worse!

    • wicked

      What the hell does that have to do with DADT, except their own homophobia? Screw McCain. The Senate passed the repeal of DADT, and Obama will sign the bill into law as soon as it hits his desk.

      We won this one.

    • We need to look at the big picture. We may not love every single decision Obama has made, but he’s a lot better than the alternative. McCain is incoherent, mean, and stupid! Palin could’ve been this 74 year old’s… heartbeat away from the presidency. What a horrifying thought.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    The repeal of DADT has been passed, the point that always seems to be by-passed. It was not so Gays and Lesbians could express their sexuality.

    It is to do away with the threat and weight hung over their head.
    One where even if they had never openly expressed their true sexually.
    Just the suspension or hint was enough to get them discharged.

    There is always a question, just how do you prove your sexuality?
    Movie stars would get married to prove theirs, Rock Hudson for one.
    But that is no proof of it.

    Likewise how do you prove you are not Gay or straight?

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Got the new heater up and running and the room is no longer like setting in a refrigerator.

  6. Zippy

    Everyone knows the kicking out front line troops during the middle of an active war makes perfect sense.

    McCain is now officially an aging nothing who stands for no one. Since he’s unlikely to run for anything else, the real question is whether Teddy Roosevelt was always a prop for him, and he never really stood for anything at the outset (except making his own use of Cindy’s money).


    On the upside, the 65-35 tally was a surprise to me. Unlike the lopsided tax deal, this truly shows a crack–albeit tiny–in the sharp red line.

    The next two years will surely be unpleasant, but at least they won’t be boring!

  7. Zippy

    Next up: Desperately needed help for 9-11 responders or, as McCain calls it, “fooling around with New York.”

  8. Zippy

    P.S. Why did Richard Burr of North Carolina vote for repeal?|main5|dl1|sec2_lnk1|32225&a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

    This is significant. While his vote wasn’t technically “needed”–beyond the 60–it’s important to understand why he and other Republicans broke ranks this time.

    I don’t know the answer, at least not yet.

  9. Zippy

    RIP, Don Van Vliet. If there’s a heaven, Frank is waiting for a helacious jam session.

  10. Zippy

    And lookee here! A powerful voice of reason, from one of the few actual journalists left at Fox news, Shepard Smith:

    How indeed can we blithely give tax cuts to billionaires while leaving thesse people twisting in the wind?

    Jon Stewart and Shepard Smith will talking about 9-11 responders, but I hardly think the argument ends there.