The timeline for withdrawal of US troops was an agreement made between George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki.
So, why do we constantly hear how Obama withdrew the troops too early?
Low intelligence voters and a GOP-sponsored media mouthpiece running 24/7 are two factors as to why the current GOP is in such a damn mess.
I saw a graph from a study done a few months back that showed those who watched, read and listened to absolutely no news answered questions about what was going on more accurately than Fox viewers. When the lies are exactly what you want to hear you stay very ill informed and the study showed that watching Fox made people more stupid. Viewers/listeners of NPR scored best, viewers of The Daily Show did real well. There were several other media outlets in this graph. I’ll see if I can find it again.
Isn’t it ironic we are seeing several hot spots (the same old hot spots) break out into war zones right before the US election? Syria, Iraq, Ukraine/Russia, Jews/Palestinians and now the US border crisis with all those kids crossing…..
I’ve often wondered how much of this activity has been manufactured behind the scenes to make Obama look bad?
Is it such a far reach to think that Dick Cheney and all his ‘friends’ around the world might be stirring the pot to help Republicans get the White House back in 2016 and the Senate in 2014?
Let’s not forget – Republicans had total control of power from 2000 to 2006 and what did we get? Nothing but two wars and the constant threat of more wars to come.
What are we hearing from Republicans on a daily basis? They want to send in US troops and drop bombs everywhere I mentioned above.
Warmongers are never happy unless they have the entire world buying their missiles and nuclear weapons .
This is well worth the time spent reading! The author shows the ominous parallels between Samuel Alito giving the conservative Christian owners of Hobby Lobby a limited exemption from government regulations and Boko Haram burning dozens of churches to the ground during Sunday services. In the authors words, “…about how “faith-based fanatics” are making this the “summer of the violent God,” with religious zealots rampaging around the globe.
A letter to Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times You may think there’s little connection between ISIS, Boko Haram, and Hobby Lobby. But you obviously haven’t read the op-ed section of the Times.
Speaking of elections… I watched Pompeo and Tiahrt last evening. Those are two numbskulls. I don’t think I can actually vote for either of them so might just skip that race in the primary.
I know what you mean. And to think, we (you and I) helped to get Tiarht kicked to the curb the last time around.
But just like a bad penny – Tiahrt shows his face and is actually a real contender…
Does that say more about Pompeo than Tiahrt?
The only reason I might actually vote FOR Pompeo in the primary is because I think Tiarht is the worst of two really bad choices, and I would feel guilty if Pompeo lost by a few votes. Tiahrt and the idiot Troy Newman are buddies and I remember that Tiahrt was a wannabe member of “The Family.” I honestly think these religious zealots like Tiahrt are the most danger to our government — even more than the 1%ers who use the religious zealots as tools.
There are several maps at the link above.
I honestly don’t know enough to form an opinion about the Israel / Gaza Strip war. I am saddened by the deaths and as always I feel war is sheer insanity.
Dennis Kucinich writes —
This image best describes what is happening in Gaza. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison. Even calling the action against Palestinians in Gaza a war seems lacking in description. A war implies some equality in combat. What is happening in Gaza is a massacre by one of the world’s most powerful armies, abetted by the silence of western nations.
Fortunately people are beginning to speak out worldwide. But as we speak out, let us do so without condemning a people in whose name a government may act.
We must distinguish between governments and the people who are governed.
We must reconnect with each other’s humanity.
The plight of the Palestinian people is ultimately the plight of the entire world, locked into endless conflicts which make no sense, which could be avoided, which constitute enormous abuse of power and which bring the slaughter of innocents. Let our hearts be moved by the desire to end war once and for all. — Dennis Kucinich
Further reading: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/12920-letter-from-gaza-by-a-norwegian-doctor
I watched this interview on Chris Hayes’ show last night. This is the American Palestinian teenager that was beaten by the Israeli police – and this kid’s cousin was the one that was kidnapped and burned to death in retaliation for the kidnapping and deaths of those three Israeli teenagers the month before. Several Israeli teens have reportedly confessed to killing the Palestinian teen.
As this young boy was talking, I watched his mother. She then talked and the one thing she wanted to stress more than anything else is this – this is every day life for the Palestinians in Gaza. What happened to her son is an every day occurrence in that war torn land.
I wonder – are Americans so out-of-touch with reality because we are too safe and nothing ever seems to come to our own homeland?
Can you imagine the average American if we had the same everyday life as these Palestinians in Gaza?
Rockets and missiles flying everywhere – the smell of death constantly in the air – the knowledge that at anytime, the police could come and take you away and beat you and/or your kids?
What American would stand for this type of living – or even endure it?
While I agree with Israel’s right to defend themselves – but I remember Netanyahu when those three Israel teenagers bodies were found after they were murdered.
Netanyahu publicly stated Hamas was responsible and Hamas will pay dearly.
Is this just the old Bible saying of – an eye for an eye?
Or was Netanyahu just encouraging Israelis to take their revenge and kidnap that Palestinian boy (the cousin to this American Palestinian kid) and then somehow pretend that – all is fair in war??
Both sides just need to GROW UP….
Hasn’t Israel gone too far? I can’t support these actions.
I also can’t figure out mean people in our own country. These ‘Murica’ screamers who are armed to the teeth and very willing to kill even children are nothing I can understand. Sick and twisted. Yet, corporations are people and have ‘religious’ rights. How did we sink so low as human beings?
How did we sink so low? IMHO – corporations have been very effective at manipulating our tax system, our political system and a lot of these mega churches are corporations themselves.
A good CON salesman can sell anything as long as it is wrapped up in the American Flag, God and Yankee Doodle Dandy singing in the background.
In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.
The law clearly says that states are to set up the exchanges. But 34 states opted not to, and the federal government took over in those states. The court ruled that federal government may not pay subsidies for insurance plans in those states.
This could be THE DECISION the ‘conservatives’ have hoped for.
A Federal Appeals Court Just Struck Down Some Obamacare Insurance Subsidies
Republicans are assholes and MUST be voted out in every state, in every office…
Potentially taking away health care from the poorest of the poor in the 34 greediest states in this country is a reason to feel joy??
Are you motivated YET???
Cursory look, DC Circuit opinion based upon statutory language. Same language (ambiguous) cited by 4th Circuit upholding such subsidies. Cases headed for SCOTUS, depending upon DC Circuit en banc hearing likely to be requested by the administration.
Horrible drafting error. While the argument is one of intent, ultimate resolution quite dependent upon whether language is ambiguous. Very close question imho.
I heard the entire 11 member DC Circuit Court would hear it and that may mean it wouldn’t go to SCOTUS. I never know what part of what I hear I should believe so mostly I just wait… I am so angry at the thought of going backwards instead of forwards. Such a disappointment to think people may lose their recently gained health insurance — heartbreaking.
If the court sitting en banc (all 11) agree with 4th Circuit, then no split in the circuits, likely won’t go to SCOTUS right away. If another circuit rules over the summer as original DC Circuit ruling, then will have split with SCOTUS likely to hear next term.
This link discusses “Possible Next Steps.” Is it accurate?
Yes, very accurate.
I’d be willing to bet no BIG business will have to fear losing their tax credits and subsidies.
Our friend, Cap’n posted —
“A Day in the Life of Joe Republican”
by Kevin Liebel (with some additions of my own *)
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.
With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised. *Not only that, those drugs were likely developed with government-funded research at a big university somewhere, information the drug manufacturer got pretty much for free.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day. * But first he checks his stock portfolio by using the electronic marvel of the internet, a productivity-enhancing tool developed by universities and DARPA, both heavily- or completely funded by government. *He turns on his computer which runs on hardware and software that the US legal code protects with enforcement against patent infringement, benefiting Joe’s company which sells smartphone apps.
He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.
Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university *in which, thanks to scum-sucking left-wingers, two-thirds of the cost of his education was paid by taxpayers.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans.
The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.
*Should Joe’s dad require medical care, a fully-licensed medical team instead of a barber or shaman will treat him using the latest scientifically-proven methods, thanks to a bunch of elitist meddlers insisting on degrees and certification.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. *Even though the bandwidth is controlled by government and worth billions in revenue, the government gives it away for free. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good.
He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees:
“We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”
I still want to see the male sperm that penetrated that female egg to make that corporation.
After all – we are talking about corporations being a ‘person’ – aren’t we?
The basics of any person starts the male sperm and that fertilized egg.
Oh- and I want to see the certified copy of the long form birth certificate – in triplicate
indy, indy, indy; the process you discuss is necessary for the creation of a “natural person”. Corporations are “artificial persons”, have been referred to in this way since the antebellum 1800s. The “long form” birth certificate would be the Articles of Incorporation. “Person” is ambiguous.
I know…but since Pro Life folks are all about life begins at conception – then shouldn’t the laws be the same for corporations?
Well, conception for a corporation occurs when the Articles of Incorporation are filed; like conception analogously.
Someone else who sees things as I do. He takes criticism in the comments, but he’s spot on, imho.
The Far Right Republicans have always been more fervent and dependable about showing up to vote.
I think liberals are more inclined to think that nothing bad can really happen because – after all – just look at the Krazy Klown Kar of the GOP and who could possibly vote for that?
Sad to say – but a lot of folks will show up to vote for every Republican on the ballot – and then go out to celebrate by buying an overpriced deep-fried chicken sandwich to prove how much they love Jesus.
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