The Anatomy of a Viable Candidate by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
April 27, 2011


Image by SS&SS via Flickr

Getting past the ‘Viability’ Marketing Scam & ‘Wasting Vote’ Misconception

During the last two years I have been engaging in a certain ritual each time I get together with friends or acquaintances. Usually this is how it goes: we chat about how much ‘worse’ things have gotten since Obama became president, on issues from expansion of our imperialistic wars to illegal domestic spying to fiasco-ridden bailouts to the continuation of torture and assassination programs… At some point during these intense discussions I lean over the table, look directly in my companion’s eyes and say the following: ‘Come on, admit it, and admit it loud and clear, with no ifs or buts. Continue reading

I Ain’t Peace Marchin’ Anymore by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
April 13, 2011

Eight is (More Than) Enough: End the Wars!
photo by Dandelion Salad

(with heartfelt apologies to the great Phil Ochs)

I marched against the madness of old LBJ’s
And then Tricky Dicky’s Southeast Asia War.
Despite our protests and our callin’,
The bombs just kept on fallin’,
So I ain’t peace marchin’ anymore.

I protested Reagan’s illegal contra support
And his Central American proxy wars.
He and Ollie North both lied,
But real justice was denied,
So I ain’t peace marchin’ anymore.

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Questions We Should Be Asking By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 27, 2011

Many things are vying for our attention. Our fiscal health is in critical condition. Bernanke went on TV today and had a press conference. In back of him was the Department of the Federal Reserve flag as if the Federal Reserve was actually part of the Federal government instead of a private group of bankers that are allowed to print U.S. currency and loan it to the Federal government at interest.

I don’t want to shake anyone’s tree, but what’s with Bahrain? Isn’t that where we moor our 5th Fleet? Why are we supporting a monarchy that is arresting people, torturing them and then killing them? Besides turning a blind eye to what’s going on there we gave Saudi Arabia (a recipient of US military aid) a nod and a wink so they sent their army to fight the protestors Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Global Hegemony: the Facts, the Images

Dandelion Salad

on Apr 26, 2011

Renowned linguist, author, and dissident intellectual, Noam Chomsky, talks about the current state of the economy, the assault on social welfare programs and the prospects for resistance and hope in the years ahead. Noam Chomsky spoke at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, on April 20, 2011.

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Libya: It’s Not About Oil, It’s About Currency and Loans By John Perkins

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By John Perkins
Information Clearing House
April 26, 2011

“WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- World Bank President Robert Zoellick Thursday said he hopes the institution will have a role rebuilding Libya as it emerges from current unrest.

Zoellick at a panel discussion noted the bank’s early role in the reconstruction of France, Japan and other nations after World War II.

“Reconstruction now means (Ivory Coast), it means southern Sudan, it means Liberia, it means Sri Lanka, I hope it will mean Libya,” Zoellick said.

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America’s Historical Illiteracy by Walter C. Uhler

by Walter C. Uhler
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
27 April 2011

A Review of The Future of History, by John Lukacs

“To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child always.” Cicero

In 2008 Common Core published a study by Frederick M. Hess which examined the knowledge of history and literature possessed by 17 year-old high school students in the United States. The results were depressing. Less than half of the 1,200 students questioned were able to identify the Renaissance or even the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy. Only 50% could explain why the Federalist Papers were written and fewer than half could correctly identify the half century in which the Civil War was fought. More than one fourth of these students believed that Christopher Columbus sailed for the New World sometime after 1750.

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