Shut The CIA Down Forever

October 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

They continue to shoot America in the foot. This time by funding Afghans who deal in the opium trade, thus funding the Taliban, and of course, thus undermining America’s mission in Afghanistan. Shut the CIA down. Close them out. Fire them.

Fox News’ War on Obama

October 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Posted in American politics | 11 Comments

Bill O’Reily says it right in the middle, the whole purpose and strategy, “damage the president” of the United States. Fox News hates America. Conservatives hate America. They hate America for electing Obama. They hate the president of the United States. They hate.

Where did the love of Christ go? These very same people have also constantly called themselves defenders of Christianity. Where is the love of Christ? Particularly Beck, a Mormon. Where is the love, Mr. Beck?

The War in Iraq Was Always About Oil

October 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Ask an oil man. He will tell you

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. energy companies are “entitled” to some of Iraq’s crude because of the large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq.

Boone, speaking to the newly formed Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, complained that the Iraqi government has awarded contracts to foreign companies, particularly Chinese firms, to develop Iraq’s vast reserves while American companies have mostly been shut out.

“They’re opening them (oil fields) up to other companies all over the world … We’re entitled to it,” Pickens said of Iraq’s oil. “Heck, we even lost 5,000 of our people, 65,000 injured and a trillion, five hundred billion dollars.”

President Barack Obama has pledged to withdraw U.S. troops in Iraq.

“We leave there with the Chinese getting the oil,” Pickens said.

awww, boo fucking hoo.

Isn’t Pickens supposed to be pushing this “alternative fuel” crap? He’s got a neato website and all, or is that just smokescreen?

Stop Dithering?

October 22, 2009 at 9:40 am | Posted in American politics | 6 Comments

The balls that this man has in order to tell Obama to “stop dithering” on Afghanistan. The fucking asshole who put us in Afghanistan and dithered for seven years. Fuck you Cheney. Go fuck yourself.

More Like This Please, Democrats

October 22, 2009 at 9:10 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

You’ve got the Constitution behind you. Don’t be afraid of Republicans.

Al Franken Rocks

October 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Well put.

Thomas Paine Was A Communist!

October 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Posted in American politics | 18 Comments

I guess Glenn Beck is gonna have to find a new hero. The good folks at Think Progress have unearthed the following from one of Thomas Paine’s tracts:

It is a position not to be controverted that the earth, in its natural, cultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. In that state every man would have been born to property. He would have been a joint life proprietor with rest in the property of the soil, and in all its natural productions, vegetable and animal.

and

[C]reate a national fund, out of which there shall be paid to every person, when arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling, as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property. And also, the sum of ten pounds per annum, during life, to every person now living, of the age of fifty years, and to all others as they shall arrive at that age.

Wow, such a radical socialist communist totalitarian dictator! What is Glenn Beck gonna do?

Glenn Beck’s Got Some Serious Issues Man

October 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

What the hell was this?

I mean, we all wax nostalgic for our youth. Good memories imprinted in our minds bring great joy when recalled. What the hell time is he wishing we hearken back to? The clips he showed were from the 1980s. Cold War. Culture wars and high taxes and high unemployment. How about the 1970s? Terrible decade for America. Just finished the worst war we ever fought, highly divisive. Terrible inflation. The 1960s? More culture wars, highly divisive. Not that good for the conservatives of the day. The 1950s? Maybe that’s the decade he refers to going back to. After all, a Republican was in charge, one who didn’t like mess things up like the Republican presidents to follow Ike. But, well, one problem with going back to the 1950s. Taxation levels back then were awfully high. See, that generation of Americans actually felt responsible and were willing to be taxed high in order to pay their debt, the huge war fought a decade earlier. So, I highly doubt Beck is referring to the 50s. Maybe the 1940s? Big war, lots of people killed. Maybe not. The 1930s? Heh, Beck hearkening back to the days of FDR? No way in hell. The 1920s? Great decade for the filthy rich, not so much for the rest of the country.

What period exactly is Beck referring to when Americans were united in some common causes? The only thing Americans were united in was the creation of America. Otherwise, we’ve been at each others’ throats the whole rest of the time. So does Beck wish to return back to 1776? I’ll tell you, if he is afraid of the Swine Flu now, he’s gonna have real issues with his health in 1776.

How Exactly Does Gay Marriage Threaten Traditional Marriage?

October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

A judge would like to know:

A federal judge challenged the backers of California’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday to explain how allowing gay couples to wed threatens conventional unions, a demand that prompted their lawyer to acknowledge he did not know.

Doh!

Romania in Political Turmoil

October 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

I haven’t been paying attention, though apparently I should. It seems a vote of no confidence has toppled the current government. Ouch. Bad times ahead for eastern Europe.

Fox News vs Obama White House

October 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

I don’t think the folks at Fox News realize what’s really going on. By making Fox News the voice of the opposition, and by Beck and O’Reily taking the bait, Obama has succeeded in presenting Fox News as truly the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. Of course Beck and Reily and the rest of them are going to love taking on the White House, and vice versa, but any responsible Republican (if there are any left) will cringe that Fox News is tied to the Republican party so closely.

All Hail President Olympia Snowe!

October 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Because that’s who Americans voted for to solve health care! At least she knew the importance of the elections last year and didn’t let stupid parliamentary tricks derail what most Americans wanted: health care reform.

Do Americans Really Think This Way?

October 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

This is a frequently used bit of logic.

This brings us to the one policy option that Tehran truly fears–and thus the only one that gives these negotiations any realistic chance of success: a credible threat of military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by the United States, perhaps joined by Britain and France, or Israel. If the Iranian leadership believed that such an attack was a real possibility, it, or some parts of it, might be persuaded to change course.

Why would anyone believe this to be true? This kind of logic has been used by right wingers for some time now, about a decade or more actually. But let’s just turn the tables slightly and see if Americans truly think this way.

Osama Bin Laden:

This brings us to the one policy option that America truly fears-and thus the only one that gives us any realistic chance of success: a credible threat of terrorist attack on American civilians by our freedom fighters, perhaps joined by Egyptians, Afghans, or Iraqis. If the American leadership believed that such an attack was a real possibility, it, or some parts of it, might be persuaded to change course.

Hamas:

This brings us to the one policy option that Israel truly fears-and thus the only one that gives us any realistic chance of success: a credible threat of a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians by our martyrs, perhaps joined by Islamic Jihad, Hesbollah, or Fatah. If the Israeli leadership believed that such an attack was a real possibility, it, or some parts of it, might be persuaded to change course.

What do you think? Could the United States be persuaded to change policy vis a vis the Middle East simply because Osama Bin Laden threatens us with terrorist attacks? Could Israel be persuaded to change policy vis a vis the Palestinians simply because Hamas threatens them with terrorist attacks? Why would Iran be persuaded to change policy vis a vis their nuclear program simply because the United States threatens them with military action?

Rush Limbaugh Runs the Republican Party

October 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

From the horse’s mouth

GANGEL: GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele, at his peril, he criticized you. He said you were just an entertainer. And he said you were “incendiary” and “divisive.”

LIMBAUGH: That’s right.

GANGEL: You went after him. I’ve never seen anyone apologize quite so quickly.

LIMBAUGH: Well, you’d have to ask him why he apologized. But, the reason I went after him is not because he said those things about me. It’s because he’s off-message! Michael Steele should be out there raising money and planning more ways to get people to vote for Republicans.

Who exactly gets to tell the head of the Republican National Committee that he’s “off message” except for the real leader of the Republican party?

Making the Case for Home Schooling

October 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

This is freaking ridiculous.

Representative Grayson – More Like This Please

October 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Please, Democrats, listen to this man

Barack Obama Accepts Nobel Prize for Peace

October 9, 2009 at 10:33 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Not that they had much of an opportunity to really think this through, but it seems Obama and his advisers felt declining this award was not a good idea. I noted in my previous post that I thought Obama should have declined the offer, and that would have been the advice I would have given him in the meeting they most likely had this morning to strategize how to go forward with this new development. They have apparently chosen to go with accepting this award as a “call to action.” It makes sense. The Nobel Prize is valued much greater in other countries than it is in the United States. We’ve had too much pounding from certain circles on these “European elitists” as if there is anything wrong with being an elitist who happens to live in Europe. But in many parts of the world, the Nobel Prize is valued greatly, and the individual honored with that prize has greater influence. I hope it works well to getting more peace in the world.

On the Israeli/Palestinian front, both sides should remember that Arafat and Rabin were given the prize for their efforts at peace. One was later assassinated for his talk of peace.

As a side note, the Republican response is stupid, but plays to the base:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

I guess the Republicans will also not be rewarded by the Americans, seeing they are currently the Party of No. But hypocrisy is now a characteristic trait of the Republican brand. One wonders when they will step out of their self-inflicted caste.

Barack Obama Should Decline the Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2009 at 9:06 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

So everyone is shocked by this morning’s announcement that the Nobel committee is awarding their Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Obama for this and that. The thing is that there is not much to the this and that. Obama hasn’t had much of a chance yet to accomplish the desires of his heart. The Nobel committee is getting ahead of itself, and they should not do this. See, they think they can direct policy around the world through their award. I think Barack Obama should decline the award. I think he needs to essentially let this committee know that they cannot use him for their purposes, which is clearly the case here. It diminishes the importance of the Nobel Prize for Peace to give this award to Obama before he really has had any opportunity to accomplish peace.

I think the award should be given to Obama only after he does one or more of the following: removes troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and makes peace with Iran, and gets Israel and Palestine to talk more and maybe even agree to two or three more things. That’s when the award makes sense. Right now, it is a mockery to the Prize for Peace to give it now. Obama should decline.

Barack Obama Wins the Nobel Prize for Peace

October 9, 2009 at 5:40 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Well done Mr. Obama, and well done Nobel Committee. In a development that is sure to rile up conservatives even more, Barack Obama has won the Nobel Prize for Peace:

In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” less than nine months after he took office.

“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said in its announcement. With American forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama’s name had not figured in speculation about the winner until minutes before the prize was announced here.

Barack Obama has Mr. Bush to thank for this. George W. Bush made the American president look so bad that when a sensible person came back to power it was overwhelmingly refreshing. The usual people will try to undermine this prize, but they should be ignored. There are simply people out there who simply don’t want peace and will do everything they can to stop those who do.

Israeli Official: No Peace With Palestinians

October 8, 2009 at 8:06 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

of course not. Not when a buffoon like Avigdor Lieberman represents Israel to the world. Not when Israel elects a buffoon like Benjamin Netanyahoo.

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