“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.” – Noah Webster
Gal Luft (ForeignPolicy.com) – Ahmadinejad’s Sugar Daddy
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been spending a lot of time with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lately, to the consternation of the former’s supporters at home and friends elsewhere in the West. Brazil, currently a member of the U.N. Security Council, has been unapologetic about its newfound relationship with Iran, which produced a dubious nuclear fuel-swap deal last month; it defends Iran’s right to enrich uranium and rejects any idea of tough economic sanctions. The budding friendship has baffled Washington: Why would this Latin American country, otherwise a U.S. ally, insist on cozying up to Iran to the detriment of its relations closer to home?
Ken Connor – The Importance of America’s Civil Justice System
Over a month after the devastating explosion that took the lives of 11 workers and initiated the biggest offshore oil spill since Exxon Valdez, the oil continues to flow, and reports of corporate negligence and regulatory failure dominate the headlines. Much like the recent mining disaster in West Virginia, the BP accident illustrates the lengths to which some corporations will go to protect their bottom line at the expense of safety, and protect their hind ends when their corner-cutting measures end in disaster. These kinds of accidents illustrate the importance of a right that too many Republicans or “Conservatives” often trivialize: The right to seek restitution for injury to person or property caused by negligence or malfeasance. They also highlight the woeful inability of government regulations to protect the American people from corporate wrongdoers – yet another reason why our civil justice system is indispensable.
Kevin McCullough – Helen Thomas’ words, Barack Obama’s policy
Most Americans are outraged at Helen Thomas’ culturally and ethnically based anti-semitic biases, said with seemingly complete sobriety and coherence this past week to a rolling video camera. But if Americans are honest, they would have to admit that the current administration’s policies, positions, and preferences towards Israel come scarily close to agreement with the disgraced columnist for Hearst newspapers.
Please see video below to hear what Helen Thomas said.
There are pivotal dates in American history that are seared into the memories of those of us who know them and live to remember: July 4, September 11, December 7.
And there are pivotal dates in world history. You would be hard pressed to find a more defining moment in the history of the world than June 6, 1944. In spite of the irresponsible revisionist American anti-education system, the date will forever be known by historians and patriots as D-Day.
Sixty-six years ago today, the path to liberating the world from Nazi fascism began on the beaches of Normandy, as scared young men from the Greatest Generation rushed ashore under withering Nazi machine gun fire and artillery.
Just prior to the invasion that would ultimately liberate the world, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, transmitted a message to the young men who would fight and die in the coming hours. It read in part: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”