Military Industrial Complex 2.0




Sometimes it takes a good journalist to cut through the crap and clarify the web of greed that surrounds the most important issues of our time. That's just what Frida Berrigan has done in an excellent article on the growing legitimization of mercenary warfare.

As we prepare to close the book on the Bush presidency, it is worth exploring just how, in the last seven-plus years, the long war on terror has actually helped build a new, privatized version of the Pentagon. Call it Military Industrial Complex 2.0.

Complex 2.0 is the stuff of Brave New World - a bizarre amalgam of war entrepreneurs, well-placed lobbyists and elected officials - all working to perpetuate war with a single driver of their passion: greed.

Indy features Ed Ridpath

Some well-deserved coverage of our friend, Ed Ridpath:

Ed Ridpath, a 48-year-old IBM employee and candidate for N.C. House District 37, may be the hardest-working man in state politics. He's been going door-to-door to introduce himself to voters each weekend, almost since the day he lost the same race in 2006. He estimates he's reached more than 10,000 voters, with help from his campaign manager and volunteers.

Rain Triggers Mudslides in Two Western North Carolina Counties

Intense rainfall on August 26, 2008 set off mudslides and mudflows in Haywood and Rutherford Counties. Local newspapers provided the following information.

Haywood County

The Mountaineer reported in their August 29, 2008 edition that an east Canton home had been damaged by a mudslide.

Your Tax Dollars Bail out Robin Hayes' Investments

Robin Hayes is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. I'm sure he appreciates the tax payers who are helping him stay that way by bailing out AIG so he doesn't lose his shirt. Well, for Hayes it would be more like losing a button....not the entire shirt.

Hayes owned more stock in AIG than any other member of Congress. His stock was valued at between $2.8 and $11.5 million. That's a substantial portion of his fortune. Maybe it would be more like losing a sleeve.

Next time you see Robin Hayes make sure he thanks you for bailing out his investment and while you're at it ask him just how much of his shirt you saved him.

My Plan for a More Ethical State Government

Hi BlueNC!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Ever since the primary ended I’ve been running between speaking events, rallies, debates and endless fundraisers. Yesterday both Pat McCrory and I spoke at the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform forum, and I thought I should share with you some of the ideas I proposed:

Pat McCrory Cuddles up to George Bush and his Money Team via the RGA

Following on the footsteps of Greg Flynn's Millionaires for McCrory post I thought I would investigate some of these RGA donors a little more closely. Funny thing. I found that most of them have strong ties to George Bush. Pat McCrory and George Bush's relationship blossomed back in 2004 when he served on Bush's attack squad during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. McCrory has remained loyal to the president. Bush's big dollar donors took notice and they've found their chance to reward McCrory through the Republican Governor's Association.

Miller to Bush Administration: Enough with the secrets

Good for Congressman Miller:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Brad Miller wants the Department of Justice to come out of the dark and embrace the sunlight. Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, introduced legislation today that would force the Justice agency to give more information to Congress about what he calls “secret law.”

John and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Yesterday was a bad day for the John McCain campaign. The stock market is crashing at least in part because of deregulation he supports used to support (man, his flips are faster than his flops). So, what do his economic advisers have to say? Remember, these are his new economic advisers, his old one said:

What did his new ones have to say?

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