July 23, 2009

Punk Patriot * This week in News 7/16/9 - 7/23/9

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Is the GOP racist?: VP of the Young Republicans, Audra Shay, fucks up real bad on Facebook

Wall Street: Goldman Sachs exceeds earnings expectations

More Wall Street: Morgan Stanley's "new" financial product

Greenwashing Beer: German Beer Brewers claim to have made Beer "good for the environment"

Corporate Douche-Baggery: Exxon sabotages their own wells and pollutes like a mother fucker

Nominal Things Obama is doing to make things suck slightly less: Obama wants to get rid of the Terror Alert Color Coded System

Wal*Mart: Wal*Mart supports employer mandate because they would gain an edge on the competition

July 21, 2009

July 18th Healthcare Rally in Portland, ME

League of Young Voters, SEIU, UVAW, Maine People's Alliance, and other organizers held a rally and march in Portland Maine on July 18th in support of health care reform.

Hundreds of people from all across the state were in attendance, in what was described by the press as the largest rally yet on the issue of healthcare.

July 20, 2009

CIA Torture option," Put him in a cell filled with cadavers..."

From RawStory

Two of the key designers of the Bush administration’s torture program ended up in a “tug of war” with their superiors about how far to go when coercing information out of suspects, says a new article in the Washington Post.

The article, published Sunday, provides graphic descriptions of some of the techniques contemplated when the torture program was just beginning, in the months after 9/11. Faced with the interrogation of Abu Zubaida, the Al Qaeda operative who had become the CIA’s first “star witness” in the “war on terror,” the CIA contemplated some disturbing options:

Put him in a cell filled with cadavers, was one suggestion, according to a former U.S. official with knowledge of the brainstorming sessions. Surround him with naked women, was another. Jolt him with electric shocks to the teeth, was a third.

[ of course, this begs the question... where did they plan on getting the cadavers from?-PunkPatriot ]

Full Article here:

July 16, 2009

Fmr Health Insurance worker: "Private Health Insurance KILLS PEOPLE"

From TruthDig

Wendell Potter is the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare. He’s a whistle-blower. Potter, the former chief spokesperson for insurance giant CIGNA, recently testified before Congress, “I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”

Potter was deeply involved in CIGNA and industrywide strategies for maintaining their profitable grip on U.S. health care. He told me: “The thing they fear most is a single-payer plan. They fear even the public insurance option being proposed; they’ll pull out all the stops they can to defeat that to try to scare people into thinking that embracing a public health insurance option would lead down the slippery slope toward socialism ... putting a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor. They’ve used those talking points for years, and they’ve always worked.”

In 2007, CIGNA denied a California teenager, Nataline Sarkisyan, coverage for a liver transplant. Her family went to the media. The California Nurses Association joined in. Under mounting pressure, CIGNA finally granted coverage for the procedure. But it was too late. Two hours later, Nataline died.

Read the rest of this outstanding article.

July 13, 2009

Anti-War Jesus Freaks Disrupt Military Training Excersizes

Full Story

The quartet of Christians plan to hide in the 30,000 square kilometres of the Shoalwater Bay military training area near Rockhampton to disrupt joint exercises by the Australian and US armies, navies and air forces, involving about 24,000 troops.


In the early hours of this morning, the group, calling themselves the Bonhoeffer Four, stole onto the base, knowing that the exercise cannot go ahead while they are loose. They are aligned with a larger Christian group, the Martin Luther King Junior House Church, which is loosely connected with the wider Peace Convergence protest.

The group's namesake, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was a great German theologian who was hanged in 1945 for supporting a plot to assassinate Hitler. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd identified Bonhoeffer as his inspiration in a major essay in The Monthly in 2006.

"Our faith is calling us to this," Mr Moyle said. "We have committed our lives to taking seriously Jesus' call not just to be peace lovers but peace makers, and to love our enemies."

He said he didn't know how many groups would try to hide. They had to signal that they were there, with balloons and beacons, which made it harder, but their hiding spot is the size of Belgium.


"The military are doing invasion training. They have built a model city inside the base with a mosque in the middle, which the Australians are defending against the Americans," he said.

[more at link]

July 11, 2009

Etsy: The Saving Grace of Capitalism SALE! ONLY $5


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This particular version is slanted silver text on fuscia (or pink, I guess) background. You can have any color combo you want if you just email me at
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July 10, 2009

LET'S GET OFFENSIVE- Abu Grahib American Flag T-Shirt Now for sale over at the Etsy shop!

Are you the badass who's got the balls to wear this shirt to a 4th of July party?

Think this shirt is offensive? Dude-- TORTURE is offensive.

We're America, and like it or not, we tortured people.
As a matter of policy, we tortured. No matter how many times politicians say we didn't, we did, and we did it on purpose.

Red, White and Blue Acrylic on Grey. Men's medium. Also available in other sizes and on other background colors. Email me at punkpatriot411[at]gmail[dot]com to make a custom order.

Ah yes, America and Torture, they go together like Apple Pie and Cyanide.

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