Friday, September 07, 2012

Sweeping the violence under the rug

Violence continues in Iraq. The month's not even a week old and already Iraq Body Count can count 29 violent deaths in the country -- and that's just through Wednesday.

Think about that.  The month started on Saturday and already 29 reported deaths.   Just through Wednesday.  Think about that and ask yourself where the US reporting on that has been.  Seems Iraq was 'in the news' with US outlets this week -- in terms of what was said at the DNC.  But no one has talked about 29 dead in 5 days.   And already today Alsumaria reports an attack today on a military checkpoint outside Baghdad killing 2 Iraqi soldiers and a Shi'ite shrine in Kirkuk was attacked leaving 3 people dead and eleven more injuredKitabat adds the death toll has risen to 8 and that the number injured now stands at thirty-three.   In addition, All Iraq News notes Turkish war planes shelled northern Iraq last night and that there was an attempt on Sheikh Ali Shuwaili (cleric for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani) in Sadr City yesterday with unknown assailants using guns with silencers shooting at him.

Now he's soaking in it

That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Now He's Soaking In It" from September 6, 2010.  Last night, in North Carolina, Barack noted Iraq in his acceptance speech (he formally became the Demcoratic Party's presidential candidate at the convention last night):

My opponent said it was 'tragic' to end the war in Iraq, and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will. And while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware that our Joint Chiefs don't even want, I'll use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work -- rebuilding roads and bridges; schools and runways.
After two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do some nation-building right here at home.'s Lori Robertson, Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley and Ben Finley note on that section of Barack's speech, "Obama quoted Romney as saying it was 'tragic' to 'end the war in Iraq.'  What Romney was criticizing was the pace of Obama's troop withdrawal, not ending a war."

Those remarks were so brief and he couldn't even get the facts right, could he?

Joe Biden gave a speech too.  Joe Biden noted the fallen and the wounded.

Now that the GOP and Democratic Party have both finished their conventions, the next act in the political circus is the debates.  But they aren't real debates unless all the candidates are present.  The Green Party of the United States notes:

For Immediate Release:
Monday, September 3, 2012
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Unless Stein can join the presidential debates, there will be no discussion of fossil fuel consumption, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, hydrofracking, mountaintop detonation mining, and other threats to the environment and public health

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party candidates and leaders said today that the delay of the Republican National Convention in Tampa and hurricane Isaac's Gulf Coast landfall should remind voters of a worsening crisis that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama keep ignoring: global climate disruption.

Greens expressed alarm over Thursday's news that the Obama Administration has granted Shell Oil approval for dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean in a fragile region off Alaska, especially when a critical oil-spill containment vessel still awaits certification.
Andrew Groff, Green candidate for US Senate in Delaware (

"Unless Green presidential candidate Jill Stein is allowed to participate in the presidential debates, there will be no discussion of what we need to do to curb catastrophic climate change. On one hand, Romney is appeasing the know-nothing extremists and junk-science believers in the GOP who deny human responsibility for global warming. On the other hand, President Obama has proposed minimal steps to deal with global warming -- and then undercuts them by surrendering to the corporate energy lobby, supporting off-shore drilling in US coastal waters, repeating the myth of 'clean coal', and allowing hydrofracking and mountaintop detonation mining to continue. All of these are immediate threats to public health and the environment and contribute to the fossil-fuel consumption that's pumping more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The effects are already evident in the drought and growing instability of weather patterns in the US."

(See also "Climate Change: An Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society," August 20, 2012,
Martin Pleasant, Green candidate for US Senate in Tennessee (

"Jill Stein and other Green candidates are running on a platform that will put millions of Americans to work and restore economic stability by combatting global warming with new jobs in conservation, developing new and safe energy technologies, retrofitting buildings and homes and redesigning public infrastructure for energy efficiency, expanding public transportation to reduce car traffic, a carbon tax as an incentive to promote safe and clean energy, and other ideas. Obama and Romney keep talking about independence from foreign oil. The real problem is America's addiction to fossil fuels, regardless of where they come from. Only Dr. Stein is offering solutions."

(More on Dr. Stein's 'Green New Deal':
Ursula Rozum, Green candidate for US House in New York's District 24 (, author of "Solve climate crisis to make economy humane," Syracuse Post Standard, April 20, 2012 (

"The Obama Administration has turned out to be a disaster on the global warming front. He wants to banish the 2C goal (keeping the world's average temperature from rising more than two degrees Centigrade) from international negotiations on climate change ( President Obama is also promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new international trade pact that will serve powerful corporate lobbies by overrriding environmental protections and allowing more logging, drilling, mining, and transportation of raw materials in the Pacific rim, as well as weakening labor rights and imposing more restrictive intellectual property rules. TPP was negotiated in secret and is supported by Mitt Romney. Greens oppose it. There will be no discussion of these enormously important issues in the Obama vs. Romney debate. A victory for either candidate on Nov. 6 will spell more disaster for our planet."

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