Nine Myths About Socialism in the US

041210quigleyGlenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires are claiming that the US is hot on the path toward socialism. Part of their claim is that the US is much more generous and supportive of our working and poor people than other countries. People may wish it was so, but it is not.

As Sen. Patrick Moynihan used to say “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But everyone is not entitled to their own facts.”

The fact is that the US is not really all that generous to our working and poor people compared to other countries.

Consider the US in comparison to the rest of the 30 countries that join the US in making up the OECD – the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development These 30 countries include Canada and most comparable European countries, but also include some struggling countries like Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Slovak Republic and Turkey.

When you look at how the US compares to these 30 countries, the hot air myths about the US government going all out toward socialism sort of disappear into thin air. Here are some examples of myths that do not hold up.

Myth No. 1: The US Government Is Involved in Class Warfare, Attacking the Rich to Lift Up the Poor. Continue reading Nine Myths About Socialism in the US

Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists’ cash, cars

Suit says cops force motorists, largely black, to forfeit cash and cars-or be charged with trumped-up crimes

A Texas senator aims to rein in search-and-seizure practices like those used in Tenaha, where scores have been targeted but never charged with any crime. (San Antonio Express-News photo by Lisa Sandberg / February 6, 2009)

TENAHA, Texas– You can drive into this dusty fleck of a town near the Texas-Louisiana border if you’re African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it-at least not with your car, your cash, your jewelry or other valuables (such as your beard trimmer).

That’s because the police here allegedly have found a way to strip motorists, many of them black, of their property without ever charging them with a crime. Instead they offer out-of-towners a grim choice: voluntarily sign over your belongings to the town, or face felony charges of money laundering or other serious crimes.

More than 140 people reluctantly accepted that deal from June 2006 to June 2008, according to court records. Among them were a black grandmother from Akron, who surrendered $4,000 in cash after Tenaha police pulled her over, and an interracial couple from Houston, who gave up more than $6,000 after police threatened to seize their children and put them into foster care, the court documents show. Neither the grandmother nor the couple were charged with any crime.

Officials in Tenaha, situated along a heavily traveled highway connecting Houston with popular gambling destinations in Louisiana, say they are engaged in a battle against drug trafficking and call the search-and-seizure practice a legitimate use of the state’s asset-forfeiture law. That law permits local police agencies to keep drug money and other property used in the commission of a crime and add the proceeds to their budgets. Continue reading Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists’ cash, cars

Doctors form 9/11 truth group, launch petition

911A group of about 70 doctors, dentists, nurses

and researchers has joined other professional

sectors in demanding a new investigation

into the events of September 11, 2001.

The recent formation of “Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth” adds to an expanding list of professionals, including architects and engineers, pilots, firefighters, scientists, and various scholar groups that make up the 9/11 truth movement.

“As medical professionals, we are trained in science and logical reasoning. We are appalled by the lack of scientific rigor and the substantial omissions and blatant distortions in the official account of 9/11 as embodied in the 9/11 Commission Report and related government documents,” according to a statement on the group’s web site.

Group co-founder Jonathan Weisbuch, MD, MPH, says, “As medical professionals, we are

dedicated to the service of humanity; to alleviating suffering, to improving health,

preventing disease, and to preserving life,” and clarifies that the members are horrified

by the “senseless suffering and loss of life” that resulted from the terror attacks.

“We join with other organizations of professionals, such as Architects and

Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth,

and Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, and millions of individual citizens in demanding a

thorough, impartial, open and transparent reinvestigation of the terrorist acts

of 9/11,” reads the site’s main page.

The group states, among other demands, that:

–There is incontrovertible publicly available evidence since 9/11/01 that the official account of the events of that day is incomplete and fraught with errors;

–The 9/11 Commission Report inadequately answered, and in numerous cases even failed to address, many of the most important questions that were called to its attention;

–U.S. Government policies have been, and continue to be, founded upon assumptions about the events of 9/11 that are likely to be erroneous;

–The perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity that were committed on 9/11 have still not been brought to justice.

Statements in support of Medical Professionals petition for Reinvestigation of 9/11:

“I have many questions that remain unanswered regarding 9/11. There have been no changes in our foreign policy except undeclared wars of aggression, a decrease in our freedom, an increase in the military-industrial complex, and many died on both sides. Per the FBI most wanted list, there is insufficient evidence to say Osama bin Laden is wanted for 9/11. It is time for a true investigation of this terrible crime against humanity.” — Steven W. Palmieri, D.O., Ph.D., FABFM, Family Practice Physician/Hospitalist, Fellow, American Board of Family Medicine

“There is an illness casting a pall over the entire world, and it emanates from the 9/11 tragedy and the obvious lies surrounding the event. People cannot make sense of a world that is based on lies, the only true healing for humanity begins with truth.”Mark A. Cox, RN, Idaho, and Claire L. Cox, COMT, COE (retired), and JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist and AAO Certified Ophthalmic Executive (retired)

“I have been a member of Scholars for 911 Truth and Justice since its creation. It has been obvious for quite a while now that the attacks on 9/11 were part of a false flag attack — in the classic sense, to justify an agenda of global hegemony and the elimination of Constitutional rights within the Republic of the United States. It is difficult to accommodate traditional theories of geopolitical events with the knowledge that we have been damaged and manipulated, as a society, in such a manner.

9/11 is arguably, the most successful Psyop ever perpetrated against the American populace. It is time to reveal it as it truly was … and is. And its status within the complex of manipulations of the American People.” — Richard D. Welser, PhD – Clinical Neuropsychologist. Forensic Psychologist. Former Chief Psychologist, General Psychiatry Division, Broughton Hospital

“The future of the human journey on this planet turns on whether we confront these biggest deceptions in recorded history. Great good will come from this confrontation. Forensic science has the answers to overturn the official story.”
J. Edward Kendrick, DDS, Fellow in the American College of Dentists. Past President, Greater Kansas City Dental Society. Former Member, Missouri Department of Health advisory board