About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Joe Emersberger: The joy of reading NYT editorials

“I can’t wait to read this bullshit” is what I immediately thought before reading the NYT’s editorial on the opposition’s big win in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections. The editorial board has been repeatedly maligning Venezuelan democracy – most recently in a November 18 editorial entitled “Venezuela’s Threatened Elections”. How would they spin the fact that the side they support Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Spin on Venezuela’s National Assembly Election Results -UPDATED

The international media seemed to have struggled a bit to spin the results of Venezuela’s National assembly elections in which the opposition has won a 2/3 majority of the seats. These elections did not have any US-approved “international observers” like the OAS – and Venezuela’s government has been depicted as a dictatorship, or very close Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian does self-satire over a Labour byelection win

No exaggeration to say that this excerpt below from the UK Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow reads like it comes out of the Onion.  Corporate journalists are often at their funniest when they do not intend to be. What does the Oldham result really tells us Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership? A Q&A Almost all the media reporting from Read more…

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Corporate Watch: UK: Court hears detainee death only costs £10,000 fine

The Information Tribunal heard an appeal today by the Home Office against an Information Commissioner decision requiring it to release data regarding failures by commercial contractors at the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration detention centres. In a freedom of information request, Corporate Watch asked the Home Office for internal audits of the two detention centres written Read more…

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Corporate Watch: The struggle for autonomy in North Kurdistan: Voices from Cizre

People in cities across North Kurdistan (the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s borders) are fighting for their autonomy from the Turkish state. Several cities made declarations of self-rule in Summer 2015 in response to attacks by the police and army. Barricades have been erected in city centres and people have taken up arms to prevent Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remarks on Hilary Benn’s “extraordinary” pro-war speech

The UK’s establishment press (i.e. the pro-war press) has been raving about a speech that Labour MP Hilary Benn made in support of joining the US, France and Russia in bombing Syria. The Spectator published the text of the speech with the headline “Full text of Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech in favour of Syria airstrikes” Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Separation of Religion and State and Islamists

Nasir Khan, November 26, 2015 “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries. [Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]” ― James Madison (1751-1836). He was one of the Founding Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters article on Syria nicely illustrates media bias in aftermath of Paris attacks – UPDATED

Note how blandly the following is reported by Reuters in this article: Russia’s military involvement in Syria has brought losses, including the downed jet and the bombing by militants of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt. But there is no sign yet that public opinion is turning against the operation in Syria and the Kremlin Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Karl Marx on Religion

 Nasir Khan, November 24, 2015 Note: I am reproducing one section of Chapter 4 (pp. 146-153) from my book, Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings (1995). My aim is to present Marx’s ideas on religion in the context of his theory of alienation for a wider audience. For all abbreviations Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Almost a Century Ago, another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States—from His Prison Cell

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders’s long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency. Debs began his political career as a labor leader.  Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, he dropped out of school at the age of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Does anybody but Nicolas Maduro question the motives of US prosecutors?

Nobody in the world, aside from Venezuelan government officials, thinks that U.S. prosecutors are engaged in politically motivated targeting of Venezuela’s government. At least that’s the message conveyed in this lengthy New York Times article that ran with the headline “Drug Charges for Nephews of Venezuela’s First Lady Could Add to Public Distrust”. The only Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Keep up the great work on Venezuela

RE Venezuela leader condemns ‘imperialist’ attacks after drug arrests Dear Reuters: I am so relieved you guys included a few statements like this in your report “Maduro and other senior officials have long said accusations of drug trafficking were part of an international campaign to discredit socialism in the South American nation.” The article would Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri

Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri   by Don Fitz   Missouri’s forests, rivers, public lands, aquifers and communities all need protection. December Green Time episodes explore ways citizens have been coming together to work for preservation.   The first December Green Time remembers Leo A. Drey (January 19, 1917–May 26, 2015) Missouri’s most effective Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch and its latest attack Rafael Correa’s government  

HRW just put out a report entitled “Ecuador: Crackdown on Protesters” about violent protests that took place in August. HRW interviewed various protest leaders including “Salvador Quispe, the indigenous prefect of Zamora Chinchipe province” and reported that “All said that they had not been engaging in violent acts”. But Salvador Quispe was caught on film Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fight for $15: Breaking the silence about suburban poverty

“As a 44-year-old man, making $8.25, living paycheck to paycheck and barely being able to survive just isn’t right. I love to cook. I love what I do for a living. That’s why we’re calling for fair wages for fast food workers in Chicago’s suburbs. From Oak Park to Cicero, to Sauk Village to Barrington Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history. How else could they miss Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: A Visual Comparison of the Human Development and Social Progress Indexes

The Human Development Index (HDI) developed in 1990 by Mahbub-ul-Haq added two dimensions, life expectancy and education, to income to come up with a country indicator which was not completely hung up on economic growth. UNDP has been publishing the index regularly since. In 2014, the Social Progress Imperative went further by completely excluding economic Read more…

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Bob Simpson: No more daydreaming…

A reflection on Daydream Sunset: The Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies by Ron Jacobs: Counterpunch Press 2015 Jefferson Airplane circa 1970   “Look what’s happening out in the streets Got a revolution! Got to revolution! Hey I’m dancing down the streets Got a revolution! Got to revolution!” The lyrics to the Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers” boomed out of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

The issue of making college tuition-free has recently come to the fore in American politics, largely because the two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have each championed it.  Sanders has called for free undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a tax on Wall Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Increase the Harvest is feeding hungry children in Chicago’s Austin community

It was an unseasonably warm late October afternoon in the  Austin neighborhood of West Side Chicago. A steady stream of school children and their parents stepped into the office of Increase the Harvest at 221 S. Central Ave to pick up their box lunches. It was the first day of the organization’s after school food Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: A Guardian editor defends a “gentle” smear of Seumas Milne – UPDATED

The exchange I had with Chris Elliott (below) illustrates how the liberal end of the establishment media reinforces what comes out of the far right media. Seumas Milne, on leave from the Guardian where he was a columnist (one of the very few worth reading) to become Jeremy Corbyn’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Read more…

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Alice Dubiel: 2015 Seattle and Washington state election recommendations

Here’s some stuff about the ballot. Most of it comes from my own and Jim’s knowledge of these people. Fortunately the primary cleared out the worst, but some good folks lost then too. I looked at a couple of other progressive recommendations and read the arts community papers. I put a * by the people Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Trade deficit – not budget deficit – is what public should urgently want to reduce

In the corporate media the fiscal deficit (or budget deficit) is talked of like a cancer that must annihilated at just about any cost. Trade deficits, in contrast, are barely mentioned and when they are certainly not discussed with any urgency. This is totally irrational for a few reasons. One is because the two are intimately linked. Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Health People, Healthy Environment

  Green Time TV: Health People, Healthy Environment   by Don Fitz   Tar sands, hyper-expensive medical insurance, wasting energy and racism are not healthy for children or the planet. November Green Time episodes explore healthy alternatives to all of these.   The first November Green Time features From the Pipeline, a documentary film that Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farmer Front Groups and the Agribusiness Bribe

(This is an excerpt from: Brad Wilson,  “Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper, ZSpace, Jan 08, 2013.  The link to the longer article is temporarily not working, and is being fixed.  BW, 10/6/15) THE AGRIBUSINESS BRIBE: COMPROMISING YOURSEF TO SAVE YOURSELF? To be a part of such a massive loss of clout over your lifetime Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Upside Down Austerity? Who is Atlas? & an old Hero Returns from the Grave…

Anti Upside Down Austerity? Stoics can endure austerity & hardship for a cause worth fighting. Austerity can be a heroic act of empathy to share with others. Protecting and preserving the environment of life on Earth is about austerity in our pollution and our use of finite resources, it is an austerity from greed. So, Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Connecting the $15 an Hour Movement to the Movement for Racial Justice and other Social Movements!

Connecting the $15 an Hour Movement to the Movement for Racial Justice and other Social Movements! by Peter Bohmer At the Working Washington organized Gathering and Rally at Heritage Park, Olympia, Washington, September 26, 2015. Working Washington and the fight for $15 an hour is a very important movement and I want to thank the Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Overcoming Environmental Obstacles

  Green Time TV Overcoming Environmental Obstacles   by Don Fitz   Many environmental problems seem impossible to cope with. October Green Time episodes explore how real efforts are being made to overcome them.   During the first October Green Time episode, Sierra Club members Laura Neuman-Howe and Jeff Howe discuss energy efficiency upgrades in Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters covers for Colombia and the USA – the standard practice

This article by Alexandra Ulmer of Reuters says Venezuela will allow 1500 recently deported Colombians to return and legalize their status. She added “It remains to be seen whether the shaken deportees will want to return to Venezuela, which is mired in a spiraling economic crisis where basic goods such as toilet paper and bottled Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The fight for Dyett High School will go on

“And this hunger strike has taught people that we don’t have to fight by other peoples’ rules. And we can make the decision…if you could please repeat after me…make the decision…that you will not bow down to people that don’t love your children.” — Jitu Brown speaking at Rainbow PUSH   IT WAS an emotional Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice and Neoliberalism: Feedback to Julie Guthman

Authors Note:  This is an open letter of feedback to Julie Guthman, who is an academic who writes on food issues in terms of neoliberalism, food justice, race, and more.  I address a number of these themes, including the role of food and farm academics generally. Most recently she’s been quoted for the introductions to Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons. But the NPT—which was ratified in 1968 and which went into force in 1970—has two kinds of provisions.  The first is that Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Food Sovereignty as Government Intervention

Subtitle:  The Views of La Via Campesina and U.S. Family Farmers Dominant Interpretations of Food Sovereignty I find that, in the US, “food sovereignty” is often defined as having increased local and regional control over food systems, and politically this often includes national control for small countries, such as Least Developed Countries.  Along with this, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Don’t be fooled by “leftists” who mimic the Right in Ecuador

A piece that Raul Zibechi wrote about Ecuador early this year has been circulating on Twitter recently as leftists around the world try to understand anti-government protests by a few groups claiming to be of the left. Zibechi depicts the indigenous federation CONAIE as being engaged in a noble struggle against Rafael Correa’s government. Zibechi makes the Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Interview with Peter Bohmer by Kourosh Ziabari on Solidarity, the Occupy movement and U.S.-Iran Relations

What follows are my answers to a written interview with me from Kourosh Ziabari, a writer and reporter for the Fars News Service, a major Iranian foreign policy news and analysis website. I submitted the following answers to Kourosh Ziabari’s six questions on August 4, 2015. Submitted to Z Blogs, September 18, 2015. Questions for Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch – much less than truthful on Ecuador

Daniel Wilkinson – managing director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) – wrote a piece entitled “Environmentalists Under Siege in Ecuador” Environmentalists are so “under siege” in Ecuador that they are given lengthy interviews on big private networks with extremely sympathetic TV journalists. In this TV interview –  one that Wilkinson refers Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Studies Illiteracy Test

(A Farmers (latest) Test of Basic Hog Sense) INTRODUCTION This is the latest in a series of “tests” I’ve written under the general heading of “A Farmers Test of Basic Hog Sense.” This one explores cultural and academic literacy in relation to the historical Family Farm (or Farm Justice) Movement, and in a context of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.”  Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it.  Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for such women was “in Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Chicago hunger strike for Dyett High School: Why it matters to us all

It’s been a tough week for the environment. A chunk of glacier so big it could bury Manhattan in 1000 feet of ice fell into the sea off Greenland. Monstrous forest fires raged in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest with some of those fires weakening the permafrost which protects us from a possible methane apocalypse. Read more…

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Allan Lichtenstein: People Living in Poverty Can Decide for Themselves—Their Choices are as Good (or as Bad) as are Ours

Recently a few state legislatures introduced bills intended to restrict the discretion of people with low incomes in their use of SNAP (Food Stamps) monies. Underlying these proposed legislations, clearly punitive in intent, is the assumption that people who draw on the safety net to help them make ends meet are not capable of making Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty Still Asks US and Saudi Governments to ensure only the good Syrian Rebels are armed

In 2012 an Amnesty official explained to me why Amnesty calls for an arms embargo on all Palestinian armed groups but makes no such call regarding the Syrian rebels. The key quotes from Amnesty’s 2012 correspondence with me follows: “ …it is evident that these Palestinian armed groups have a proven track record, over many years, Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Animal rights in an age of corporate globalization

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on HermannView and has been reposted here for your enjoyment. Everyone keeps talking about Cedric the Lion who was killed in Zimbabwe by two people who were paid $50,000 by a rich Minnesota dentist. The outrage is, in some sense, displaced, which others have talked about in the twitterverse, but Read more…

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Alice Dubiel: Support for Tent encampment in Ballard

I just sent this email note to Honorable Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, Hyeok Kim, deputy mayor of Seattle and members of the city council regarding the NIMBY response in Ballard (neighborhood of Seattle) to the mayor’s siting one of three tent encampments.   I am writing to express my support for the Ballard tent Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice: Questions for the Food Movement

I’ve been asked to summarize the key points of some of my work for people in the Food Movement who have a hard time understanding some or other part of it. Here I’m attempting to respond to that with QUESTIONS rather than with my own bullet points. That puts the shoe on the other foot. Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Connecting the dots: Hillary Clinton, Zionism, and Haim Saban

Editors note: This post was originally written in July, but due to some problems it was never published. Before the summer is over, I think this post needs to see the light of day. It has been kept in its original form, with extra information noted in footnotes. Recently, in a letter written to wealthy Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Coping with a Racist Environment

  Green Time TV Coping with a Racist Environment   by Don Fitz   Many Americans must exist in an environment plagued by violence and racism. September Green Time episodes explore their world and how they cope.   In February 2012 vigilante George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. In July 2014 New York Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Did God speak to the former US President G. W. Bush? Some reflections

Nasir Khan, August 8, 2015 “God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” — George W. Bush, quoted in Lancaster New Era, July 16, 2004 Such was the claim of the former US President. He said this after the US armed forces had invaded and occupied two large countries, Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more…

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libbyliberal: Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.” Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: More default hype from Bloomberg regarding Venezuela

In early September of 2014, an op-ed by Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos set off a stampede of articles in the international press saying that Venezuela was on the brink of defaulting on its foreign bonds.  Contrary to what Bloomberg claims in this article today, Hausman did not merely say in that op-ed that Read more…

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libbyliberal: Wesley Clark Calls for Internment of ‘Disloyal’ Americans

Last Friday during an MSNBC interview retired General Wesley Clark called for “disloyal” Americans to be put into internment camps according to Thomas Gaist. Apparently this was prompted by the recent “lone wolf” Chattanooga, TN shooting at a recruiting station. Wesley Clark on MSNBC: We have got to identify the people who are most likely Read more…

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