Black Friday’s gun-buyer checks set a record Reply

USA Today

6:37PM EST November 26. 2012 – WASHINGTON — For the second consecutive year, prospective gun buyers joined Black Friday shoppers in record numbers as firearms dealers swamped the FBI with required buyer background check requests.

The FBI fielded 154,873 calls, a roughly 20% increase from last year’s previous one-day record of 129,166, according to bureau records.

The requests came in such volume throughout the day that FBI call centers experienced two brief outages — one of 18 minutes and one for 14 minutes —during the busy day, bureau spokesman Stephen Fischer said Monday.

The FBI does not track actual gun sales. But the number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.
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President Obama Briefly Worried That His Unaccountable, Murderous Power Might Fall Into Republican Hands Reply

From Reason
by Matt Welch

Drone aftermath in PakistanThe first 61 words of this chilling and banal
New York Times
article
are a perfect distillation of how grotesque power
appears in the eye of Americans who wield it:

Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a
second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks
before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted
killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new
president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according
to two administration officials.

The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6.

A reminder to most Democrats who spent 2002-08 telling us that
abuse of executive
power
was at or near the top of the nation’s most urgent moral
concerns: You just didn’t mean it.

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Immigrants Against Empire Reply

By Scott McConnell

Nearly 40 years ago, Daniel Moynihan and Nathan Glazer wrote that “the immigration process is the single most important determinant of American foreign policy.” Immigration determined the ethnicity of the electorate to which our foreign policy responds. “It responds to other things as well, but first of all to the primary fact of ethnicity.”

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Gaza’s cycle of aggression shapes new generations more militant than the last Reply

guardian.co.uk
Chris McGreal

Abu Jindal and Abu Nizar

Abu Jindal (left) and Abu Nizar, members of the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, in Beach Camp, Gaza. Photograph: Guardian

Abu Nizar’s father had good things to say about the Israelis he knew. “He told me they were decent to him when he worked there. He did whatever work he could find with them. Construction, the fields. He had a good opinion of them. They treated him well,” the son said. More…

United Nations Moves to Impose International Treaties On States Legalizing Marijuana Reply

By Kurt Nimmo

The United Nations has declared Colorado and Washington in violation of international treaties following ballot initiatives that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, has voiced “grave concern about the outcome of recent referenda in the United States of America that would allow the non-medical use of cannabis by adults in the states of Colorado and Washington, and in some cities in the states of Michigan and Vermont,” according to an INCB press release. The INCB is a quasi-judicial “control organ” for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions.

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Happy Holidays; now go buy some crap! Reply

As Jack Donovan said:

National armies are mobilized to protect global business interests from disruption. They aren’t protecting you from invasion….. American troops are keeping the supply lines running, so that you can keep buying shit.

So this holiday season, make sure that our boys in the military didn’t risk their mental health, limbs and lives in vain. Make sure you get out there and participate in America’s decaying consumer culture. Go buy some shit.

WAYNE STURGEON INTERVIEWS CRAIG FITZGERALD ON NATIONAL ANARCHISM Reply

This interview is included in the recently released National-Anarchism: Ideas and Concepts, edited by Troy Southgate and available from Black Front Press.

1) Please could you introduce yourself, your background, and how you define national anarchism?

I am a native New Yorker, agrarian separatist homesteader, and spokesman for the National Anarchist Tribal Alliance NY. I was raised around the patriot/militia movement and since my early teenage years I have been involved with a wide array of radical political groups and causes from anarchist groups to populist American nationalist and anti-Zionist circles. More recently but previous to the founding of NATA in 2010, I mainly focused my attention on attempting to build bridges between the radical and anti statist “left” and “right” (with limited success). I have worked with the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, WeAreChangeNYC, Young Americans for Liberty, End the Fed, the John Birch Society (JBS), and been involved with the Constitution and Libertarian parties. More…

10 Myths About Obama and the Democrats Reply

Delusions of the Liberal Intelligentsia

By Jason Hirthler

Counterpunch

As we head into The Chosen One’s second term, it might be useful to explode a few of the chronic myths that cling to the man more tightly than his shadow. Myths that have helped liberal intelligentsia justify its enthusiastic support for this lesser of two evils. Here are the myths as articulated by a young, imaginary, and starry-eyed Obama progressive, momentarily detached from the stampeding liberal herd, just long enough to have a conversation with a leftist on the political fringe…

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The Sun Sets on American Empire 2

By Daniel Larison

photo: BMOGREENA/flickr
Throughout the campaign season, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama alike insisted that the 21st century must be another American century—that the U.S. should continue to be the world’s predominant military, economic, and political power for generations to come. After ten years of shattered hegemonic dreams, leaders of both parties still feel compelled to declare their loyalty to the vision that inspired the follies of the Bush era. Foreign-policy debate continues to turn on the question of how to preserve American hegemony, rather than how to secure U.S. interests once America is no longer so dominant. What nobody in Washington can acknowledge is the subject that this book addresses: the American Century, to the extent that it ever was real, is now definitely at an end.

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International Liberty

More than four years ago, as part of my efforts to promote and protect tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy, I narrated this video explaining the economic benefits of so-called tax havens.

Pay close attention at the 1:07 mark.

Yes, you heard right. A former bureaucrat from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development actually called for the forcible annexation of low-tax jurisdictions, writing in the Financial Times that, “Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man should simply be absorbed lock, stock and barrel into the UK…Andorra, Monaco and Liechtenstein should be given the choice of ending bank secrecy or facing annexation.”

He wasn’t quite so belligerent about Switzerland, perhaps because all able-bodied male citizens have fully automatic assault weapons in their homes. But he did urge financial protectionism against the land of chocolate, yodeling, and watches.

What a bizarre attitude. It’s apparently okay for certain countries to…

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2012 Election Results and Pan-Secessionism 2

2012 election results color coded by state. Blue states for Obama, red states for Romney.

2012 election results by state, redrawn to visually represent the size of state by population.

2012 election results by county. Blue indicates a county that voted for Obama, red for Romney.

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Body Pieces Reply

By Pat Chaffee

Awake to Drones

“We are still finding body pieces.”
My job was to gather the body pieces after an IED explosion, trying to keep pieces on one body together.”
“My uncles were cut in pieces.”

I heard the first statement when I volunteered at the rest station set up for first responders in St. Peter’s church near Ground Zero. The second statement I heard during an NPR interview with a Marine.

I heard the third statement as I sat on the floor in the office of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) in Islamabad, an organization that provides legal aid for victims of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar, founder of FFP, had invited — or more accurately, challenged — Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war activist group CODEPINK, to bring a delegation to Pakistan to meet with victims and survivors of drone attacks.

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Romney’s Neocons Reply

By Justin Raimondo

 

Dov Zakheim, Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisor, wants us to know the neocons aren’t in charge of RomneyWorld:

“One of the favorite canards that Obama activists and surrogates hurl at Mitt Romney is that he is surrounded by a group of wild-eyed George W. Bush neo-cons who cannot wait to bomb Iran and bring America into yet another Middle Eastern conflict….”

But these canarddisseminators “have it all wrong,” because:

“None of the staunchest ‘architects and advocates’ of the Iraq war, I repeat, none, is advising Governor Romney. Not Donald Rumsfeld. Not Dick Cheney. Not Paul Wolfowitz. Not Doug Feith. And none of their camp followers. None.”

Zakheim modestly leaves out … himself. Yet he has long been a key link in the chain that has bound Republican policymakers to that noxious little sect known as the neoconservatives.

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No More Hope and Change! Reply

Obama’s buildup of the military state has been at least as bad as Bush. The last 3 people to leave Guantamo have left dead, and many remain who are not guilty of any crime. We tripled the number of armed forces in Afghanistan. The DEA has engaged in four times as many raids on marijuana grows than Bush did in two terms. Police departments spy on the public with a growing number of drones. The president claims the right to kill anyone who he thinks is a terrorist (the dreaded “kill list”). And last but not least, Obama improved upon the PATRIOT Act by passing the NDAA. And this is Change? http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/ndaa
-Jim Caton