An aged volume of ancient history (Ancient and Medieval History by Hayes and Moon, 1929) describes how some of Julius Caesar's countrymen came to suspect that he might have been harboring some secret ambition of kingship: "When he placed his own statue alongside the figures of the seven ancient kings of Rome, and when he adopted for his own use the golden throne, the ivory scepter and the purple embroidered robe of the former kinds, Roman republicans took alarm." A discerning bunch, those Roman republicans.
The Pentagon has released a report claiming treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison is now largely in accord with the Geneva Conventions, according to the Washington Post for February 21. But viewed in light of the overall Obama detainee policy, the Pentagon report is just part of an emerging publicity-based whitewash of a policy where torture of detainees will continue.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that Americans are not part of the “land of the free and the home of the brave” but instead a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race. In a February 18 speech to Department of Justice (DOJ) employees, he said: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."
President Barack Obama told a White House gathering of 85 of the nation’s mayors on February 20 that if they don’t spend the “taxpayers’ money” wisely, “I will call them out on it.” Of course, the money Obama is referring to is not money the cities will be collecting in taxes, but money Washington will provide them as part of the recently enacted $787 billion “stimulus” legislation.