Historians of the decline will note this decision

Chris Floyd has a post that actually made me lose sleep last night: Dred Scott Redux: Obama and the Supremes Stand Up for Slavery.

Here's how the bad deal went down. After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced to the president's fervent request and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision that declared torture an ordinary, expected consequence of military detention, while introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a "suspected enemy combatant" by the president or his designated minions is no longer a "person." They will simply cease to exist as a legal entity. They will have no inherent rights, no human rights, no legal standing whatsoever -- save whatever modicum of process the government arbitrarily deigns to grant them from time to time, with its ever-shifting tribunals and show trials.

Obama does a number of dangerous things better than Bush, like how he distances himself a lot more from his minions at the Justice Department. All of this has to be happening with at least his blessing--after all, he is the president--but he's never at the press conferences and when you see him lately he's always talking about some urgent national issue that requires you not to pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

Chris Floyd's blog is normally excellent, and he's outdone even himself with this piece. Have at it.

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Obama - the Silver Tongued Devil?

I like Chris Floyd's blog - I have it listed on my site under "Politics" and I re-post some of his pieces from time to time. One of the many problems with Obama, as more than one person has pointed out, is that his very fluent rhetoric disables intelligent opposition to his policies. He is every bit as much of a front man for Wall Street and the financial oligarchy that runs this country as Bush, but he is much more eloquent. Nowhere is that more evident than his atrocious speech upon his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. I found a most excellent essay about Obama's twisting of the Just War concept on a blog called Woodchuck Gazette, entitled "Obama's Jihad - Part I. The Deceit of a Just War". It is long, but it is a devastating expose of just how mendacious Obama really is. He has fooled an awful lot of people, but Chris Floyd is not one of them. I've recently seen a number of take-offs on his name: Obushma, Obomba, and, most recently, Oybama, from our Jewish friends. But this man is no joke - even though he has tossed the progressives a few scraps, make no mistake about it: he is as opposed to justice and freedom as any of his predecessors.