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  • Sep 17, 2012 12:52 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Frankly, this might seem to be a nod towards conspiracy theorists, but I grew up in the cloud of the Warren Commission and Watergate. I am HIGHLY suspicious with all the 100s of millions that the Teapublican billionaire founders are throwing around like so much Monopoly money that I would not be surprised if there was an alterior motive generated somewhere to motivate an obscure group of fanatics to attack an overseas embassy. You know what that means. That we may never know.

    "Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said 'a number' of those involved in the tense, sometimes violent protests, which began Tuesday, later confessed to getting paid to participate, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency. He noted, too, that some of the demonstrators were acting on their own and weren't paid to vent their anger against the United States over an inflammatory anti-Islam film that was privately produced in that country." (Lee, Alkhshali, & Sterling, CNN, Sept 15, 2012)

    There were 12 embassies attacked during the 8 years of the Bush league, but even THEY made actual apologies to offended religious groups offended by various triggers. The current administration is no such group of apologists. They don't have to be. The Libyan people held our assassinated ambassador as a hero, and our government also supported the Arab spring movement, without opposition. The majority of Arabs understand this. The current mob beseiging the Cairo police guarding our embassy there have more beefs with the police since the recent Arab spring demostrations than they do with some silly video that they're most likely never seen, and their constant agitation is spurring on the protests of minority sects in other Arab capitols.

    "But we must be clear-eyed, even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group – not the people or Government of Libya. Everywhere Chris and his team went in Libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Libyans carried Chris’ body to the hospital, and they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety. And last night, when I spoke with the President of Libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people and pursue those responsible." ~ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Treaty Room, Washington D.C., September 13, 2012

    "(...) {Glen Doherty} a former Navy SEAL who opposed religious fundamentalism in the military.He also joined the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that has battled religious intolerance in the U.S. armed forces. Its president, former Air Force officer Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, said he was 'in a state of shock' after learning of Doherty's death." (Smith CNN)

    (Smith CNN) "He was one of our most active advisory board members,' Weinstein said. 'I was surprised he was willing to come on and lend the gravitas that comes with being a Navy SEAL to our cause. 'Doherty's involvement 'made it easier for others to come to us,' Weinstein added."

    (Smith CNN) "He said Doherty believed the kind of violent jihadists American troops faced were 'a very small percentage of the overall mosaic of the Muslim faith,' and saw anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and in the ranks as something that hurt U.S. national security."

    (Smith CNN) 'He went back to the Middle East because he cared deeply about the Muslim people, and because he cared about bringing freedom and democracy and human rights to the Middle East,' Weinstein said. Doherty 'was a kind and caring person, and I'm sure that he gave every last bit of his courage and strength' to defend the consulate and Stevens, he added. 'All this is going to do is light a further fire under us in Glen's name and memory to continue to fight for religious freedom and respect and tolerance."

    "Partisanship ought to end at the water's edge' is a longstanding adage of American politics. But in the hours after the death of the first U.S. ambassador killed in decades, Mitt Romney -- panicked as his poll numbers have slipped -- punched hard against the president, unleashing an unwise, inaccurate and unpresidential attack on the Obama administration." (Avlon 2012)

    Mittwitt is only muddling the international water practically every time he wanders out with his "Corporal's Guard" of Bush league bumbler advisers into rough surf which he has no business floundering about. This is not Boston Bay, Salt Lake City, or even Lake Michigan. There are no lifeguards for Mittwitt on these coastlines.

    "Putin has also been quoted as saying, 'The fact that Mr. Romney considers us enemy No. 1 and clearly has a poor opinion of us is a minus. But the fact that he speaks that way – directly, frankly and clearly – means that he is a direct and candid person. That’s a plus.” (Acuff 2012)

    "U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Europe, which Washington has already started to deploy, have been a major irritant in U.S.-Russia relations. Washington says the shield is meant to counter a potential threat from Iran and will pose no risk to Russia." (Dyomkin 2012)

    "Putin has also stated that, 'He has strengthened our negotiating position on this sensitive and very important issue,' with regard to Romney. Mitt Romney’s absolute ignorance of solid foreign policy absolutely must be taken into account when considering your vote come this November. He seems intent on bringing war to our shores." (Acuff 2012)
    "We know that we saw something appalling yesterday, in Mitt Romney’s response to the violence in Cairo and Benghazi, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’re witnessing something historic too. This isn’t simply the end of the Republican Party’s decades-long political advantage on foreign policy that we’re observing. Rather, we are simultaneously able to see how the party is reacting to and dealing with the disappearance of that advantage." (Tomasky 2012)

    (Tomasky 2012) "The world is the world. Obama can’t wave a wand at it. But he can do what he has done, which is to run a sober and responsible foreign policy, not one based on theories developed in think-tank seminars underwritten by some hawkish Israeli billionaire. (...) As to the future, let’s begin by considering that 70 percent of Romney’s foreign-policy brain trust worked for Bush, as Ari Berman has reported in The Nation. Combining that dour factoid with the rumors and suggestions one sees planted in the press from time to time—that John Bolton would make a fine secretary of state—gives Americans much to fear in a Romney presidency." Note: Bolton once recommended that the United States nuke Iran. Seriously.

    (Tomasky 2012) "If Obama is reelected—and Wednesday may prove to have been an important milestone toward that end—and if his next four years go roughly like the last four on the foreign policy front, the Democratic Party will be back to where it was on foreign policy dominance in 1948. I spent a lot of time in 2003 arguing with conservatives and even hawkish liberals—far more vociferously with the latter—that the neocon project did not represent a fulfillment of Truman/Acheson-style foreign policymaking. On Wednesday, Romney and his apologists went a long way toward proving me right."

    And so it goes.


    (Lee, Alkhshali, & Sterling, CNN, Sept 15, 2012)
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Treaty Room, Washington D.C., September 13, 2012

    (Smith CNN)

    (Avlon 2012)

    (Acuff 2012)

    (Dyomkin 2012)

    (Tomasky 2012)

  • Sep 17, 2012 12:22 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Mittwitt and Lyin' Ryan Need Adjustments in Headspace & Timing

    Their now familiar pattern of repititious fraudulous statements to ingrain untruths into the minds of their base sheep continue. The latest one cast forth by Lyin' Ryan is attempting to harp on a contrived image of President Obama's weakness in matters of national security, which is a doomed thesis from the start:

    "Paul Ryan ratcheted up his criticism of President Obama on the issue of national security at a rally in this crucial battleground state, telling the crowd: 'If we project weakness, they come' and if the nation is 'strong' our enemies 'will not test us.” (Walshe 2012)

    Nothing could be further from the truth. (Klein 2012)

    "Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record. His actions have often remained inscrutable, obscured by awkward secrecy rules, polarized political commentary and the president’s own deep reserve." (Becker, Shane May 29, 2012)

    (Becker, Shane 2012) "In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Mr. Obama’s evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda."

    "An airstrike killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in one car on Monday, U.S. and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation." (AP Sept 10, 2012)

    (AP 2012) "Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was killed by a missile after leaving a house in the southern province of Hadramawt, according to Yemeni military officials. They said the missile was believed to have been fired by a U.S.-operated, unmanned drone aircraft."

    Al Jazeera programming complains that the acceleration in drone attacks has complicated negociations with countries whose territory includes drone areas of operations. This may or may not be the case in several countries, but the rapid increase in targeting terrorist hierachial targets has all occurred during the current administration, dwarfing the efforts during the last. (

    "But while the rhetoric has been less incendiary, far from abandoning the tactics of the Bush years, Obama has intensified the ferocity of attacks on the US' enemies." (Al Jazeera 2012)

    (Al Jazeera 2012) "He probably thinks this is already a controversial war,” says Christ Klep, an international relations analysts at the University of Utrecht. “I’d better not endanger my pilots and my special forces, so what else do I have? Unmanned aerial vehicles? Deploy them.”

    "Senator Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia and the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, gives the president high marks despite what he sees as a failure to capture and interrogate more terrorist suspects:  'We’ve crippled Al Qaeda. The foundation may have been laid in the Bush administration, but you have to recognize that this administration has been very committed to carrying the fight to the enemy.” (Becker, Shane 2012)

    Regarding the current tragedy in Libyan concerning the search and apprehension suspects involved in the assassination of our U.S. ambassador and staff at the consulate, the drones being used to assist in this effort had already been deployed during the "no-fly zone" and tactical air assistance during the overthrow of Khadafi. (Alfitory 2012)

    "The Republican presidential nominee has insisted that Obama has not done enough to promote America's values and interests, instead "apologizing" and appeasing the nation's enemies." (Greenblatt 2012)


    (Walshe 2012)

    (Klein 2012)

    (Becker, Shane May 29, 2012)

    (AP Sept 10, 2012)


    (Al Jazeera 2012)

    (Becker, Shane 2012)

    (Alfitory 2012)

    (Greenblatt 2012)

    (Cirincione 2012)

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    (Malik 2012)

  • Aug 29, 2012 06:07 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Isaac Update 0400 (EST) August 29, 2012

    Isaac the Powerful has made the second landfall at this time, marking the beginning of its tortuous trek across land, but that trek will be delayed as Isaac will be remaining in place as a hurricane swirling around its primary victim, the City of New Orleans (NO) on the very anniversary of Katrina's reign 7 years earlier. Fully 7 inches of what is expected be 20 inches of rainfall has already fallen in NO.

    Which Category that will be determined to have been in effect at the time of the first landfall is actually insignificant in view of the dangerous amount of this combined wind and rainfall event, which is rated at 4x the amount of the Katrina rainfall in 2005. Winds measured as strong as 105 MPH were not constant across the coast, but this storm is just sitting like Jabba the Hut ravishing the very same area and more than in 2005. That means severe flooding has already been in effect, and floods are what kill. People regularly drive into flooded underpasses and the like, never to drive out, and some to their death.

    Even after having made it's second landfall, Isaac will continue to pummel his target with heavy rains for at least the next 24 hours, with over 12 hours of hurricane force to continue from this time. Tornado watches are in effect as well, and one of the Plaquemines Parish unimproved levees has already been over topped. (

    NO has been darkened, with aprx 350,000 households without power. Roads will be impassable in the suburban and rural areas throughout the entire region at this time. In Mississippi, Highway 90 has been cut and has been shut down in the vicinity of Gulfport Reserve Base and Biloxi USAF base, although the heaviest rain attack has been reserved for Mobile and as far east as Panama City. This brings up the issue of only military truck transport being the most capable type of vehicle (especially the 5 ton load capacity), and how few of those are actually still available in the inventory after Iraq and the continuing operations in Afghanistan.

    You can reliably estimate that whatever vehicles are left have been pooled by the National Guard to be concentrated as a "strike force" near the afflicted area, but in greatly reduced numbers. FEMA vehicles are most likely the main transport asset to be utilized, and are already marshaled in assembly areas ready to roll in supplies. Aprx 35,000 National Guardsmen have already been mobilized.

    This may be accurately described as the "Siege of 2012" for NO and the surrounding region. Because of the surrounding transportation and energy infrastructure taking hits, food and water supplies will become critical by the weekend, with utility crews unable to even venture out to assess the damage, much less repair it for at least 24 hours. (

    Rommulus Camp Notes

    I attempted to watch the Teapublican party gathering coverage around or about 5 PM. The most interesting parts were the Hardball show with Chris Matthews who had Gingrich on playing the Rommulus partisan and so forth, and the various pundits such as the Charlie Rose show and others excluding Fox, which I'm allergic to. When the actual convention began, I was so irritated by Gov. Haley's nasal intonations that I switched to the Weather Channel, whose droning on while performing marionette moves outside in the beginning hurricane force wind and rain bands put me to sleep.

    I didn't mind missing the tearjerker speech by Ann Rmoney, which may have something to do with my aversion to "chick flicks", and after waking up and observing the afflicted tweets running on the bottom of the screen on MSNBC, apparently by swooning Teapublican women confirmed my choice. I see she made such remarks as "This man will not fail. This man will not let us down". Well, he's been failing for six years, already. And, "You can trust Mitt. He loves America." No, I think he loves his cash much, much more. Its still his avocation. Running for prez is just his hobby apparently, since he also claims that he's unemployed while on the stump.

    I had to switch to CSPAN to watch the much heralded Gov Christie speech. That was torture. His speech was a big flop. He barely mentioned Rmoney until the very end. He just bellowed Teapublican talking points and looked pissed off. What a blowhard. And I got pretty queasy watching his wide track frame against the moving blue background.

    I was mercifully spared Santorum's speech somehow, only catching the convention floor interview with   Andrea Mitchell, where she pressed him on the lie about the claim that the President has cut out the work requirement for welfare. He just bobbed and weaved his way out of the question, so I can only imagine how much he lied during the speech. Ugh.

    I watched some more coverage during which Rmoney got nominated. Ho-hum. Back to disaster coverage, and least you know it's more riveting than the Teapublicans, who are just "all wet". Sorry about that, just couldn't resist.

    Some home owners on coastal Louisiana who weathered Katrina are already reporting more damage to their property than during that disaster in 2005. The weather channel's Al Roker is already reporting some people were unable to be evacuated from danger areas, and USCG rescue operations are already in progress.

    Part of the problem is that outlying wetlands that have been washed away by previous erosion is no longer able to slow down the advance of storm surge systems that regularly lash the coast and further inland. "Presently, Louisiana's wetlands are in a state of rapid degradation.  80% of the nation’s coastal land loss occurs in Louisiana.  The state loses 25-35 square miles, or 25,000 acres, per year, the equivalent of one football field every 15 minutes.  These losses are not only environmental and aesthetic, but commercial.  Projected losses to the fishing industry by the year 2050 as a result of coastal land loss are a staggering $37 billion." (Davis-Wheeler 2000)

    "Land Area Changes in Coastal Louisiana After the 2005 Hurricanes." (USGS 2006)

    " Storm Protection - Every 2.7 miles of wetlands may absorb an average of one foot of storm surge (USACE, 1963).  Louisiana’s wetlands thus create a natural buffer zone on which all of the infrastructure and communities located in the coastal zone depend.  Using one estimate, the coast’s 2.5 million acres of wetlands have annual storm protection values of between $520 million and $2.2 billion (Costanza, Farber, and Maxwell, 1989)." ( 2012)

    ( 2012) "Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands. The wetlands of Louisiana are disappearing at a high rate. Every 38 minutes, a football field sized parcel of Louisiana's wetlands is taken over by water. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that if present trends continue, the state will have lost 2,400 square miles of land between 1932 and 2050 (USGS, 2003). That’s an area about 25 times the size of Washington, D.C. Across the region, communities are being threatened, jobs are being lost, and habitats are vanishing."

    ( 2012) "The loss of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the country today. Louisiana boasts more than 4 million acres of wetlands, representing 40% of the nation’s total.  These wetlands are among the world’s most diverse and productive ecosystems.80% of the nation’s coastal land loss occurs right here in Sportsman's Paradise. This state loses 16.6 square miles annually, the equivalent of one football field every hour."

    And now this deadly storm after the BP oil spill. At 0600 time of publication of this post, gusts are being measured at 80 to 90 MPH. The Hurricane is just sitting there, one leg on land, and on leg still in the Gulf, and creating tornadoes all over that are short lived and moving too fast for anyone to react. Expect more injuries of all types including life threatening ones as people come out to see the damage and become swept up in this deadly environment. Say a prayer for the people in the region. This will not be easy, breezy.

    Make sure you make a contribution to the American Red Cross disaster relief at:




    (Davis-Wheeler 2000)

    (USGS 2006)

    ( 2012)

  • Aug 26, 2012 05:47 AM
    Last: 9yr
    The first main issue is Fox Noise disclosing the name of the author of the soon to be published account of the mission to snatch Osama Bin Laden, which is a heinous breach of journalistic integrity, but they make these kinds of breaches on an almost daily basis. Fox Noise needs to be shut down as a news organization, and recognized solely as an entertainment property.

    I don't begrudge this man if he really put his life on the life repeatedly for trying to collect a kings ransom on his life's travails, 'cause his pension sure isn't much of a prize as a retired Chief. But we haven't seen the book yet, so the info is not known even as fact or fiction, and he's not vetted yet to be a poser or not, "simply" a support person etc. There is some question as to his motives, since he has also been reportedly involved in the wargaming industry, allegedly. "It’s unclear whether or not Bissonnette was paid for this advisory work, though it was performed under the umbrella of Silent R, a consulting firm he seems to have founded just last year." (Drummond 2012)

    But the recent politicizing of the OBL event and accomplishment is also morally wrong, and against several codes of honor. As a retiree, I concur with the Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Dempsey that this needs to stop immediately. There's a world of difference between a prominent elected official sharing celebratory remarks with his constituency, and whining from alleged veterans and disgruntled CIA officers who should know better. Better than anyone, if they are who they claim to be.

    Not only to respect whoever is the Commander in Chief especially during wartime (!), but also to just grin and bear it. That's inherent in the understanding of the oaths you've made, serving the American people, and to protect the Constitution, not intending to stretch it's meaning to the breaking point. You "got to serve somebody" which is not to just pick and choose whom you wish to respect. Back in the Dark Ages the chivalric code of the knight demanded that he assume the obligations of "noblesse oblige",  to stay true to his king or cause, to remain responsible for honorable and generous behavior even in face of intolerant ideology, political fanaticism, or even death. The same concepts of duty, honor, and loyalty from this Western concept remain in place until this very day, even for non-commissioned officers.

    The Enlistment Oath of an American Serviceperson, which traces its origins to that of the Continental Army in 1775 includes the following:
    "I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

    Although I am not a member of the United States Navy, but another service, nevertheless I am pleased and obligated to show what I recently found to be part of the "code" of being an American serviceperson:
    "The Sailor's Creed
    I am a United States Sailor.
    I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
    I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
    I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
    I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."

    The above axioms are to still be followed by persons employed in the miitary and and I'm certain there is an equivalent version regarding the intelligence services of the United States. Anyone retiring from the military is also permanently subject to the Unified Code of Military Justice (USMJ). 

    I understand the analogy of the need to safeguard protected information, but the POTUS did NOT "leak" anything. He shared with us what we needed to know, and nothing more. Operational security (which I taught) is just a basic universal concept, not some "holy grail" as the purveyors of the video seem to elevate it to. I lost several ex-partners on 9/11, almost lost the first responding EMS unit on scene (that I just left a couple of months prior), lost my first line supervisor (an officer) in the Army Reserve unit I was in, lost the mayor's husband of the city I was living in at the time, lost several other Reservists that I had either worked with closely or just in the same section (including Warrant Officer Bucca), and nearly lost my girlfriend who was working right on Wall Street at the time.

    So I needed to hear SOMETHING about the operation and what the end result was, a successful mission, and I remember how our nation shared in the celebration after the announcement. It may have been bittersweet for many of us affected directly by the tragedy, but I know how the rest of the nation shared our grief and that we shared some closure.

    I also know to who some of the credit actually belongs, and primarily it's to the other 22 members of Seal Team 6 that lost their lives in the later aviation accident, whether or not they were actually some of the "boots on the ground" in the OBL mission (as well as the 3 USAF Tactical Air Controllers, a dog handler and his dog, and the helo crew). I have heard NO ONE acknowledge their sacrifice to date in this current affair. God Bless them all.

    (Drummond 2012)

    (Dozier 2012)

    (Herb 2012)

  • Aug 22, 2012 10:18 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Tampa hosts a raucous pirate party every year called Gasparilla, where I'm certain the R-money crowd would feel right at home. But not this year. Of note, Dan Senor has been appointed to the personal staff of Pirate Ryan:

    "Under real-world rules, Dan Senor should not be anywhere near Mitt Romney‘s foreign policy inner circle. This is the man who, as spokesman for the disastrous Bush Administration reconstruction effort in Iraq, told a group of reporters, according to Imperial Life in the Emerald City by the Washington Post‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, “Off the record, Paris is burning. On the record, security and stability are returning to Iraq.” If there is a foreign policy moment in the past 20 years with which an adviser should not be prominently associated, it is the 2003 Paul Bremer era in Iraq, during which Rumsfeldian incompetence and willful ignorance produced an era-defining foreign policy failure" (Calabresi 2012).

    No, this year, while over half of America's counties are declared disaster areas, with the most wildfires in history burning across the West, and the entire heartland is suffering drought as bad as the Dustbowl of the thirties with much of our food and commodity crops in ruin, the Teapublican obstructionists that have blocked feeding the poor and helping the producers with a Farm Bill are going down to Tampa for their Circus Maximus. Hope you enjoy the double digit food price increases next year, see ya.

    “Unlucky birds settled on the Capitol, houses fell in numerous earthquakes and the weak were trampled by the fleeing crowd." ~ Tacitus

    What will they do there ? Well, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will head the GOP platform committee (AP 2012). And welcome to the "Rape Party", where now even Barry Goldwater looks like a liberal feminist in retrospect. Ryan and his intellectually stunted House partner Todd Akin are Ultrasound Congressmen just as the Virginian Governor was, and still is. They co-sponsor anti-abortion bills like the third bill introduced in the 112th Congress as well as the 212th bill, and name some post offices. Nothing so useful as a workable jobs bill. So don't expect too much. Some hot air escaping from the hair bag "Jersey Barrier" Gov. Christie, who's loved for his Soprano's style buffoonery, picked as the keynote speaker. And some confirmations from the far right radical wing nuts, that's about it. And some assorted "entertainment" (Alvarez 2012).

    “Todd who spoke out in defiance
    With Ryan has an alliance
    After he loses
    Hope he ne'er chooses
    To teach reproductive science”
    ~ Blitzschnell (Huffpo)

    Akin's defense: "She Blinded Me With Science"
    “Todd, hollering and hooting
    Against victims seems to be rooting
    It shows the harm
    To use the funny farm
    In Senate candidate recruiting”
    ~ Blitzschnell (Huffpo)

    Some other indications of what direction besides right turns this strange party will be making, are to survey two more of Pirate Ryan's circle of neocon advisors:
    "Matthew Scully is considered to be one of the preeminent Republican speechwriters of the past decade, from his work for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney during the 2000 presidential campaign to his speeches for Sarah Palin four years ago. {John} McConnell, who works with Scully, is a Yale Law grad. He rose to prominence during the Bush years, where he served as one of Bush 43’s top writers. He also penned many speeches for Vice President Cheney, with whom he remains close" (Costa 2012).

    "Without explicitly banning puppets, the city of Tampa has essentially declared them illegal in the RNC event zone, which covers most of the downtown area.'Their components are not allowed inside the event zone,' said Andrea Davis of the Tampa Police Department.
    No sticks, strings or masks allowed.
    So, no puppets.
    'Also their heads have been used to hide weapons and other matter, fecal matter,' she said" (Anton

    "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" (I fear Greeks even those bearing gifts). "That's a suppression of civil liberties," protests one Philadelphia puppeteer" (Spak 2012). Several Teapublican puppets will be speaking at the convention, such as Huckabee, and the voter suppressor Governors of Ohio and Florida.
    Read the legal precedent on which the Pennsylvania judge based his approving decision on the voter ID law. It's the northern equivalent of Jim Crow laws. I kid you not. And listen to one of the Ohio Governor's chief advisors telling us to quote him on denying black voters opportunity to vote.

    Then reconsider how anyone who's voting for this "crew" can be still proud to be an American. Proud to permit corporations to ship American jobs and capital overseas, proud to starve the poor and feed the rich, proud to avoid taxes by burying it in foreign strongboxes around the world, proud to help Red states in performing old style racist voter suppression and legislating national socialist type "Enabling Laws" to deny women's reproductive rights. R & R have more in common with Iranian fundamentalists that they claim to despise, and organized crime that they strive to emulate, than with any "regular Joe".

    (Calabresi 2012)

    (AP 2012)

    (Alvarez 2012)

    (Costa 2012)

    (Anton 2012)

    (Spak 2012) 
  • Aug 22, 2012 10:15 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Our Infrastructure Crumbles While Ryan Sits Like a Frog in a Pan, and R-money Fiddles

    The Romniacs and frog fellows will soon be attending the Teapublican Party National Convention next weekend for three days and nights of fun in the sun. The sunshine patriot-in-chief R-money will be playing the crowd at this Circus Maximus, while America's heartland withers away with no relief from what a Farm Bill may have provided this unusual drought and wildfire season. Some areas have been going on two years of the same oppressive conditions. But Teapublicans thought that it was better to party hardy than do any actual congressional work, remaining true to their pattern, but not their oaths.

    With more than half of United State's counties declared disaster areas as of the first of August (Muskal 2012), Congress went home on the sixth of August for an entire month, also leaving millions of people in need of food stamps in the lurch when the present Farm Bill expires (Abrams 2012). The House Teapublicans are obstructing again by inaction, in favor of deep cuts to those that need the help the most in the SNAP progam, as well as leaving be the necessary negotiations to reconcile the House farm aid version with the Senate version of the bill. If they were firefighters, this would be the equivalent of returning to the station and shutting the door to have dinner while the bells are going off.

    “We would have much preferred they pass the House bill,’ said Michael Held, the chief executive of the South Dakota Farm Bureau. ‘I think the attitude here is this is typical Washington, D.C., not getting its work done” (Steinhauer 2012).

    (Steinhauer 2012) “With a quarter of the country experiencing an exceptionally severe drought that is expected only to deepen, with the government projecting that much of the spring’s record corn planting will wither away, with significant damage to soybean and wheat crops and with prices for feed at record levels, farmers and ranchers are increasingly anxious about the gridlock in Washington.”

    "The Senate, however, is unlikely to take up the House’s bill because it pays its $383 million price tag by gutting $650 million from two environmental conservation programs. The point is moot, anyway, because the Senate has also closed down for the rest of August. The drought will continue, but Washington can’t be bothered" (Leonard 2012).

    (Leonard 2012) "The dysfunction doesn’t end there. Conservative activist groups also opposed the House bill, on the grounds that 'farmers and livestock owners should have known better'{ Wasson 2012}"

    “The bill was not listed in the most recent summer legislative agenda sent out in May by Eric Cantor, the house majority leader and a Republican of Virginia. The bill cuts projected spending in farm and nutrition programs by $35 billion over the next 10 years. The Senate passed a similar bill last month, cutting spending by $23 billion” (Nixon 2012).

    (Nixon 2012) “On more than a few committee votes, Representative Frank D. Lucas, the Oklahoma Republican who is chairman of the committee, sided with Democrats and a few Republicans in defeating amendments to cut food stamps even more deeply, including one by Representative Tim Huelskamp, Republican of Kansas, that would have doubled the cuts in food stamps to $33 billion. Much of the savings in the House farm bill comes from cutting food stamps.”

    (Nixon 2012) “The food stamp program would take a $16.5 billion cut over the next 10 years. The bill also makes changes to eligibility requirements, and the Congressional Budget Office said two million to three million people would lose their food stamp benefits. Nearly 300,000 children would also be ineligible for the free lunch program under the new bill, the budget office found. Farm programs are not spared. If Congress does not pass a farm bill by Sept. 30, more than 100 farm programs would expire.”

    Meanwhile back at the ranch, which is in danger of being incinerated by wildfires in the west, our Teapublican frogs are as resistant as ever to be willing to understand that changes in climate are one of the most important components of the present drought and wildfire severities. These changes require immediate action to protect our critical infrastructure and fix what is broken. Also essential is the need to find the corresponding political will. So apparently the American people will have to set a fire under these recalcitrants to get moving on these issues now. And the R & R crew needs to stop playing budgeteer with that proposed 25% cut in infrastructure spending, or the heartland is not going to want to save Pirate Ryan, or his so-called "captain of industry".

    What we can no longer afford is complacency and resistance to the necessary protection of our critical infrastructure. The normal steps in this protection are:
    a. Threat assessment, to include investigation and analysis.
    b. Remediation.
    c. Indications and Warnings.
    d. Mitigation.
    e. Incident Response.
    f. Reconstitution

    We are already at stages d/e/f, depending on what sector of our infrastructure one is referring to in the present crisis. And it is a crisis, not simply an identified need, we've already studied and identified most of what we need to fix now, and the crushing drought and wildfires are only damaging it more and more. The recovery will be at stake by next year, with rising food prices and inoperable infrastructure to maintain our progress up and out of the hole our deep recession left us in.

    “In fact, 2011 the third-most-active fire season since 1960 (when this record-keeping began) with respect to acres burned, During 2011, a total of 73,484 wildfires burned an estimated 8,706,852 acres (35,235 square kilometers) of land across the United States. Wildfire activity during 2011 was exceptionally high and was only exceeded in the historical record by wildfire activity during the years 2006 and 2007" (Conners 2012).

    (Conners 2012) "While it’s not entirely clear as to why wildfire activity has been so high over the past decade, there were likely a combination of factors involved including forest insect infestations, invasions of non-native species, past fire exclusion practices that allowed for the buildup of flammable debris, climate change and the growth of the urban-wilderness interface.”

    "According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the percent area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing Moderate-to-Exceptional Drought (D1-D4) grew from 56.0 percent on July 3rd to 62.9 percent on July 31st. During July, warm and dry weather brought ideal wildfire conditions to a large portion of the nation. The 2.01 million acres that were burned by wildfires was the 4th most on record, while the 9,869 fires was the 5th most in the 2000-2012 record for July.

    "Wildfires continued to scorch large swaths of the western United States on Sunday, with firefighters doing their best to corral a host of blazes despite high temperatures, low humidity and possible lightning in many locales" (CNN Wire Staff 2012)

    "All told, the fires have charred more than half a million acres across Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, destroying homes and outbuildings, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate ahead of the flames and killing a young firefighter.(...) In California, 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires up and down the state that forced the evacuation of three Southern California communities, closed parks and campgrounds, and threatened homes and a major power-transmission line" ( Zuckerman & Kaminski 2012).

    Excessive warmth and dryness are threatening other parts of the grid as well. {…} He says that violent storms and forest fires can be expected to affect water quality and water use: runoff from major storms and falling ash could temporarily shut down reservoirs” (Wald & Schwartz 2012).

    (Wald & Schwartz 2012) “Even without storms, heat waves are changing the pattern of electricity use, raising peak demand higher than ever.

    The Dust Bowl drought and the Mini-Dust Bowl drought of the 1950s are only indicative of the severe droughts of the 20th century, and there is paleoclimatic data suggesting that other worse droughts occurred in our nation’s climatic history. And while there is no trending to suggest that drought may be expected to increase in frequency, increased temps will produce more drying during the summers which may lead to more intense droughts as we have seen recently, especially in the Southwest.

    A clear parallel may be drawn that the current severe drought has as much in common with the 1930s “Dust Bowl” drought as the recent recession does with the Great Depression, with the common denominator being the regressive political situations. And across the U.S., climate predictions show an ever increasing decrease in summer precip as global temps increase.

    In terms of our safety net, and what we need to repair and prepare for the coming effects of climate change, the Teapublican response other than the ostrich syndrome has been you don't need social insurance if there's no such thing as "society", and if you can't buy it, or sell it, how do you know it's really there? This needs to change now. The deficit posturing also needs to stop, since if you don't fix the ability to have any demand, how are you going to pay off any deficit in the future ? Timid, insecure capitalists are simply not what made this country great, and need to be more secure in their decisions to be able to spend that hoarded cash to grow resulting in the eventual need to hire. Congress including both major parties are just contributing to that type of poor attitude by either inability, inaction, or plain obstruction and digging in their ideological positions. And finally, the Red states must stop degrading the labor force, because those laborers are the real job creators, not the 1% at the top collecting the rent and living off the interest.

    It's time to get your heads out of the sand boys, before your backside burns. There are other more burning issues to consider than R-money's head of hair, and his pretty boy's abs.


    (Muskal 2012)

    (Abrams 2012)

    (Steinhauer 2012)

    (Leonard 2012)

    {Wasson 2012}

    (Nixon 2012)

    (Connors 2012)

    (CNN 2012)

    ( Zuckerman & Kaminski 2012)

    (Wald & Schwartz 2012)

  • Aug 19, 2012 03:21 AM
    Last: 9yr
    ost us all our fundamentalists ki
    WovenGems Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I agree with you 100% Sabrina! The so called Republicans of today have been totally taken over by the Right-Wing, Christian Conservatives who are out to destroy our country  and rebuild it in their version of a Christian heaven on Earth where only rich, fat, white men have any power (with their plump, made-up, beauty queen wives at their side, of course). And, I have nothing against Christians or any other religious group, I just don't want them telling me how to live, think or enjoy life.

    Armageddon isn't that far away, I fear, if Romney/Ryan have their way. Perhaps the Mayan's had it right ;(

    The Mayans were done in by drought. And with El Nino charging up that don't seem to be our fate. We have a voluntary Army and a holy war would cds. Oh well.
    Nugent's Cat Scratch Fevers obviously turned into a sepis. But the patient survived, abeit with severe dementia. 
  • Aug 18, 2012 09:53 PM
    Last: 9yr
    This is so illustrative of the hopelessness of R-money's leadership leading us anywhere except to ruin. This icon of CEO cultism has such simple thoughts in his control freak head that all he knows is how to act like he's briefing a couple of vice presidents in his corporation that he keeps on a short leash. That's all he knows, besides the "bainie" mentality that he developed as his corporate culture, molding his employees to appear akin to "Moonies" dressed all alike resembling Mormon door-to-door evangelists. He also required his subordinates to kickback campaign (1994, 2002) contributions back to the top, so the concept of the one percenters getting the same from the 99% is quite familiar to him. 

    He just doesn't understand that his cult of personality is not working it's magic on the American people, that we're not his employees to be dazzled by his empty suited charisma. Even more ironic is the image of this fabulously rich businessman that when left to his own devices, it's a $35 dollar whiteboard, when he could afford a touchscreen so advanced as to make the CNN anchors swoon.  
  • Aug 19, 2012 06:34 AM
    Last: 9yr
    As the ewes of the "party of Lincoln" are led to ideological slaughter imagining a shirtless Paul Ryan, we are reminded of him dumping his one true love, Ayn Rand, into the dustbin of denunciation on the back row of his bookshelf. All is fair in love and politics. "Who better to rain misery upon the heads of millions of Americans ? He’s Scrooge disguised as a Pickwick, an ideologue disguised as a wonk" (Dowd 2012).

    To describe R-money's stance on abortion at "personhood", you'd have as much luck nailing him down on what his position is as you would trying to catch one of Ryan's catfish with greased gloves. But Ryan's positions are more rock solid and definitive, that is until his next handlers' briefing. (Maddow 2012)

    Ryan has supported the Federal versions of the Mississippi "personhood" bill, the Virginian "Ultrasound" bill, and combines into his own HR 212 "Sanctity of Human Life Act" which:

    "(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and
    (2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions" (Drum 2012).

    Therefore if human life begins at fertilization, it follows that abortion would be illegal even in cases of rape and incest, in cases concerning the life of the mother, and note that this also leads to legally defining in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as an illegal act in and of itself as well. IVF is used for tens of thousands of couples suffering from infertility problems, including Romney's own children which has produced him grandchildren, but also costs tens of thousands of dollars because it's not usually covered by health insurance. But there are administration efforts underway already crafting an Essential Health Benefits Plan, and a report that IVF may be included as an essential benefit (Mencimer 2012). Ironic, eh ?


    (Dowd 2012):

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  • Aug 14, 2012 06:22 AM
    Last: 9yr
    Your 15th Amendment Rights, Right Out the Window

    I believe in taking collective responsibility and speaking out against the new Red state voting suppression moves. First, some appear clearly aimed against black folk, in the early voting periods that allow church groups to assist in taking "souls to the polls" after they assemble in their respective churches. The problems with Ohio's system of 88 Election Boards were well documented in 2004, with long lines of mostly African Americans at the polls waiting to cast their ballots. (Dao, Fessenden, Zeller 2004)

      Besides not having the correct identification required under new onerous procedures ("poll taxes"), many elderly people of all backgrounds are unable to get around on the poor public transportation systems both in the urban centers and the rural areas, where they may be non existent. Remember that such buses and the like may not even be available on Election Day, or run on greatly reduced "holiday" schedules. We all need now to plan accordingly to encourage people to get out and vote.

      Hispanics are already intimidated by law enforcement and language barriers in some states or have become apathetic enough by false promises on immigration reform so that their increasing power as a voting bloc is already diminished instead of growing. In Florida recently the state sent out voter "purge" lists to the county Election commissioners. "That list included so many people of color that some voting rights advocates insisted the purge is a database-driven example of old-fashioned voter intimidation, discrimination and suppression. Nearly 60 percent of the voters on the list are Latino, yet Hispanic voters make up only 16 percent of the state's electorate. 'If that's not disparate impact, I really don't know what is,' said Baylor Johnson, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida." (Ross 2012)

      Young people may be included in the apathetic group, and now disheartened as well, lacking in the idealism that was displayed so prominently in 2008, even beginning to consider nihilism. (Saulny 2012)

      All of these measures are not simply tactics, they're really being legislated into American law and therefore lay claim to the lame defense of "states' rights". But that's precisely what the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and it's subsequent extensions of Section 5 is designed to protect us from.

      It now appears that we need the protection more than ever before, and in more states than originally intended, which is so sad, with the Republican party trying to drag us back to pre-Civil Rights Movement times, and even to earlier centuries in terms of women's reproductive rights. You can also intuitively feel that this is the real reason why the Republicans were clumsily going after our Attorney General Holder in a transparently false witch hunt, resulting in the congressional equivalent of a legal lynching holding him in contempt. It's no accident that he was picked to be made an example of the showing of Teapublican legislative power in an attempt to intimidate all those who oppose them.

      It's also hauntingly ironic that AG Holder's sister in law Vivian Malone Jones was one of two African American women who were initially blocked from enrolling in the University of Alabama even when accompanied by Deputy AG Katzenbach with Governor Wallace standing in the doorway like some mad pit bull. Gov. Wallace then made a speech about States' sovereignty on the steps of that institution of learning, but had to stand aside when the Federalized Alabama National Guard escorted her back to the school, where she completed her degree, and again ironically enough became employed by the DOJ Division of Civil Rights. AG Holder also began his legal career at the DOJ.

      Further irony that infuriates me is that AG Eric Holder, like General Colin Powell, is also from the Bronx, and of West Indian heritage. That's just me, having been a resident of that borough as well as all the others including right on the same street where the West Indian Festival is held in Brooklyn. We should be celebrating these figures as role models, not censuring them time after time.

      I shall not quote Santayana again, but my import is similar. If it appears that I'm taking this personally, well, I am. You must also, for it's your 15th Amendment too.


    (Dao, Fessenden, Zeller 2004)

    (Ross 2012)

    (Saulny 2012)