Friday, July 21, 2006

American Nazis and other matters

via Orcinus:

Nazis and the military:

Ten years after Pentagon leaders toughened policies on extremist activities by active duty personnel -- a move that came in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing by decorated Gulf War combat veteran Timothy McVeigh and the murder of a black couple by members of a skinhead gang in the elite 82nd Airborne Division -- large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists continue to infiltrate the ranks of the world's best-trained, best-equipped fighting force. Military recruiters and base commanders, under intense pressure from the war in Iraq to fill the ranks, often look the other way.

see also NYT: “Hate Groups Are Infiltrating the Military
and a Southern Poverty Law Center report, “Racist extremists active in U.S. military

in a different vein, there's Digby on the "caucasian churchgoers’party"

from last month’s Skimble: "the Sears Tower and the fake war on terror"

The dubious Sears Tower plot was supposedly foiled by a secret program of financial transaction tracking (WSJ) - emphasis on the word "secret." In other words, the whole story was planted in the media as a head fake to make American citizens welcome more intrusion into their privacy and to forget the secret NSA intelligence surveillance of their phone records in collusion with telecom companies like AT&T.

some old news worth noting:
Prof: Car weight doesn't equal safety(UPI-2002):

"What we found is that the price of a car is a much better predictor of risk in traffic accidents than the weight of the car."
Bill Clinton is going to campaign for Joe Lieberman(!), who's in trouble with democrats, facing a serious primary challenge fromNed Lamont. Clinton must know that Fox News will still say his missus is a no-good liberal if she gets the '08 nomination.

via the burnt orange report:

The average worker hasn't seen a meaningful pay increase in three years despite the economy's rebound, according to U.S. Labor Department data.That may explain the findings of a national survey to be released Monday reporting a sharp jump in the number of employees who feel underpaid.

Nearly 40 percent of employees think their companies pay less-than-market-rate salaries, compared with 28 percent last year, according to an annual survey of workplace attitudes by staffing agency Randstad USA with Harris Interactive Inc.