One Key To Executive Power Is Its Secrecy and Deception by Fred Branfman

Plain of Jars, Laos

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by Fred Branfman
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published on Alternet, July 18, 2013
August 12, 2013

I learned firsthand about the realities of executive branch power 40 years ago, when I discovered that a handful of U.S. executive leaders from both political parties, liberals and conservatives, had secretly destroyed the 700-year-old Plain of Jars civilization in northern Laos without congressional or public knowledge, let alone consent.

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The Role of Chance in History and National Health Care Reform by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
September 2, 2009

On the morning of June 18, 1815, it rained in Belgium. A chance event. Napoleon Bonaparte, triumphant in his “100 Days,” felt that he had to wait for the ground to dry before launching his main assault against the Duke of Wellington’s men. Had that not happened, Napoleon might well have achieved his aim of destroying the British force before they could get organized and before their main supporting Prussian force could arrive later in the day. Thus, the outcome of the battle that has been famous since that day might have been such that it would have been more of a footnote to the history of Napoleon’s re-establishment of his Imperium than the metaphor for his final defeat. But it did rain.

It has been said as well that one additional reason that Napoleon delayed that morning was that he had had a bout of diarrhea; a chance event. Again, if it possibly were not for something he happened to have eaten, the outcome might have been very different. He might not have waited so long for the ground to dry. Why Sen. Jim (gays should not be allowed in the classroom) DeMint would have had to have chosen a different metaphor to describe the true aims of his party in the so-called “health care reform debate.” That is, of course, the destruction of the Obama Presidency. The role of chance in history.

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The Lawmaker by Michael Carmichael

by Michael Carmichael
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
PlanetaryMovement.org
August 28, 2009

He never lingered over the pain in his past.  Memories echoed in the domes, surrounding him with an aura of destiny. The pain of tragic loss; a sister in perpetual absentia; the echoes of bullets lacerating his brothers; a spiraling plane crash that shattered his spine; a panic underwater and the loss of an innocent life; his son’s loss of a limb; the perpetual onslaught of rumors whispering scandals; the wind in his face; the tides of the sea; sailing against the winds of time – these could not disturb his dream.  He focused his vision as he understood the pulse of time and the concentration of fury in pursuit of justice.  Keen, intent and open, in possession of certainty in equality, liberty and justice; he strode the corridors of power and knew the ways and means of Senates and Congresses and Presidents and Pentagons.  In a succession of houses or on the crest of waves rippling with monsters of the deep, he was schooled in the lessons of life by parents who nourished him.

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Senator Kennedy by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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August 26, 2009

“My vote against this misbegotten war (Iraq) is the best vote I have cast in the United States Senate since I was elected in 1962.” — Senator Ted Kennedy

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Kennedy family and the people of Massachusetts on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.

I was invited to visit with the Senator in September of 2005 right after my first foray into presidential vacation adventures. I walked into an office on Capitol Hill that was a mini American History Museum. The Senator displayed his own art, memorabilia from the Kennedy family and even framed child’s artwork from his children and various nieces and nephews.

Gathered around a large marble fireplace (unlit in the September Washington DC heat) and surrounded by his Portuguese Water dogs, we talked about loss and war and peace.

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Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77

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Rest in Peace, Senator.  Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. ~DS

ABC News
Aug. 26, 2009

‘Liberal Lion’ of the Senate Led Storied Political Family After Deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”

via Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77 – ABC News

h/t: CREDO Mobile

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Breaking News: Ted Kennedy Dead At 77, 8-26-09

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August 25, 2009

It is with a heavy heart to report that Senator Ted Kennedy The Lion Of The US Senate, has died of Brain Cancer at age 77.

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Edward Kennedy Speaks at the Democratic Convention + Q for Obama

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From C-SPAN, Sen. Edward Kennedy’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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Q for Obama

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Day 1 @ the DNC: OBAMA IS A BALLER

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Massive Security Operation Mobilized for DNC + AT&T Throws Party to Support Dems

McKinney Recreate 68 Anti-War Rally + Protests with Heavy Police Presence + Sheehan

Phones in the Fridge by Cindy Sheehan

DNC – Denver CO

Sen. Kennedy has malignant brain tumor

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Associated Press
Tuesday May 20, 2008

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Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

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Ted Kennedy taken to hospital

Ted Kennedy taken to hospital

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May 17, 2008

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Ted Kennedy rushed to hospital

by Mark Tran
guardian.co.uk,
Saturday May 17 2008

Senator Edward Kennedy, one of America’s last unashamedly liberal politicians, was rushed to hospital today, reportedly suffering from “stroke-like” symptoms.

Kennedy, 76, was rushed from the Kennedy compound at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, where the family holidays, to Cape Cod Hospital at 9am local time (2pm BST), a hospital spokesman told Reuters. He was then airlifted to a Boston hospital, the spokesman said.

CNN reported that Kennedy, who recently angered the Clintons by throwing his support behind Barack Obama for the presidential elections in November, was taken to the hospital on Cape God with symptoms of a stroke, citing an unnamed prominent local Democratic politician.

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Edward Kennedy taken to hospital

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18:25 GMT, Saturday, 17 May 2008 19:25 UK

US Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy is resting and undergoing tests in a Boston hospital after experiencing what his office says was a “seizure”.

Mr Kennedy, 76, had been rushed from his family compound at Hyannisport to Cape Cod Hospital before being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Earlier reports said he was suffering stroke-like symptoms.

The youngest brother of assassinated President John F Kennedy, he is one of the best-known Democratic politicians.

He has been an active supporter of Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for US president.

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