Dennis Loo

An Open Letter to Jon Stewart on his call for a “Rally for Sanity”

By Dennis Loo 

Dear Jon:
 
Have you lost your mind?
 
While the contemporary American right-wing’s unfettered-by-facts screeds are as extreme as their policies, the left (and others such as Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba)[1] calling out Bush as a war criminal are as valid as saying that the sun came up this morning.

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LeBron James, the Culture of Narcissism, and What Really Matters

 By Dennis Loo 

 
Last week I watched LeBron James allow, without much of a fuss, his Cleveland Cavaliers to lose to the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs’ Eastern Conference second round, while the media storm around him speculated what team he would go to next, a step on his way to his goal to becoming a billion dollar athlete.
 
His triple double (double digits in points, rebounds and assists) in game six was the weakest triple double I’ve ever seen, one short of a dreaded quadruple double with his nine turnovers.

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No April’s Fool: Judge Rules NSA Warrantless Spying Illegal

By Dennis Loo

The New York Times is reporting in its lead story April 1, 2010 that the government’s warrantless surveillance over all us has been dealt a blow by a ruling of the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco:

“In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers representing it in 2004. Declaring that the plaintiffs had been ‘subjected to unlawful surveillance,’ the judge said the government was liable to pay them damages.”

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“Sentence First – Verdict Afterwards:” New Manual for Military Commissions

by Dennis Loo

Kafka would recognize this one in an instant.  

As David Fraft, LTC in USAF JAG Corps Reserve, former lead defense counsel in the Office of Military Commissions, writes in the Huffington Post, the Department of Defense (DoD) has just issued its new manual on the MCA of 2009.
 
As Fraft puts it:
 
“In the new Manual the following official comment has been included in explanation of the offense of Murder in Violation of the Law of War: ‘an accused may be convicted in a military commission. . . if the commission finds that the accused engaged in conduct traditionally triable by military commission (e.g., spying; murder committed while the accused did not meet the requirements of privileged belligerency) even if such conduct does not violate the international law of war.’ Astoundingly, according to the Pentagon, a detainee may be convicted of murder in violation of the law of war even if they did not actually violate the law of war.”

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GOP & Tea Partiers: "Let's Beat That Other Side to a Pulp!"

By Dennis Loo

 
On March 21, 2010, the day that the health care bill passed Congress, Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa shouted to a Capitol gathering of Tea Partiers, "If I could start a country with a bunch of people, they'd be the folks who were standing with us the last few days. Let's hope we don't have to do that! Let's beat that other side to a pulp! Let's take them out. Let's chase them down. There's going to be a reckoning!"
The RNC put out a fundraising appeal featuring a picture of Speaker Nancy Pelosi surrounded by flames. The RNC's finance chairman stated that it was time to put Pelosi "on the firing line." Sarah Palin on her Facebook page called for her followers to "RELOAD" and posted a picture of the 48 states with a riflescope targeting each district of Democrats who voted for the health care bill.

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The American People Are Angry – Already

By Dennis Loo
I begin with an excerpt from an article posted on April 25, 2010 at Global Research
“92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. No fewer than 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009….
“Only 22 percent of Americans say their government can be trusted, according to the new survey. The report puts this among the lowest measures of trust in the government in half a century.

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What Are Leaders For?

 By Dennis Loo

As an example of the kind of leadership I'm advocating for in this post, see this video of Stephanie Tang of World Can't Wait addressing the San Francisco marchers/rally on March 20, 2010.
 
In any group or society there must always be leadership. Even in groups as small as two, leadership is exercised, even if that leadership role falls to a different person on a case-by-case basis. Leadership is as necessary as a head being attached to your body is necessary. You might be kept alive by artificial means if you don't have a functioning brain, but you wouldn’t really be viable.

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If You’re Still an Obama Fan, and Even If You’re Not…

 By Dennis Loo

 
You might be an Obama fan because you regard him as at least better than Bush.
 
You might be an Obama fan because you believe that in his heart of hearts he wants to do the right thing.
 
You might be an Obama fan because you think that a black president is a major step forward for this country.
 

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Two Americas

By Dennis Loo

On Saturday, March 20th, two starkly different visions of American today and in the future could be seen in the streets.
On the one side: in the streets of DC and cities around the country, a resurgence of the anti-war movement. Ten thousand at least in DC, and in LA, where I was, between four to five thousand. These protests demanded an end to the immoral wars of Empire and its policies, including torture and indefinite detention.

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Tiger Woods and Misogyny

By Dennis Loo

Tiger professed love for each and every one of his mistresses, just as he now professes love for Elin today. When he told all of these other women that he loved them and that they could be together forever, told Elin and the world the same, why should anyone - his former mistresses, any of us, and most especially Elin - believe him? 
 
But I want to focus on something else here, other than his lying and the fact that declarations of love from Tiger mean zilch: his misogyny.
 

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.