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A timeline of right-wing violence and violent statements
starting in June 2008.
This is an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.
Britain's The Guardian reports on
400,000 documents released concerning Iraq
Huffington Post summarizes
very serious battle for its corporate existence after
revealing diplomatic secrets.
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Just look at what the U.S. Government and its friends are willing to do and capable of doing to someone who challenges or defies them -- all without any charges being filed or a shred of legal authority. They've blocked access to their assets, tried to remove them from the Internet, bullied most everyone out of doing any business with them, froze the funds marked for Assange's legal defense at exactly the time that they prepare a strange international arrest warrant to be executed, repeatedly threatened him with murder, had their Australian vassals openly threaten to revoke his passport, and declared them "Terrorists" even though -- unlike the authorities who are doing all of these things -- neither Assange nor WikiLeaks ever engaged in violence, advocated violence, or caused the slaughter of civilians.
The consquences of Bush Administration economic policies and of the Obama Administration's faiilure to reverse those policies
Info, articles, etc.
A high school senior vs her school. The school's principal comes off very poorly.
Excellent, excellent review of IRS "scandal." It's actually pretty important, but not for the reasons people say it is.
Heh! Comment on Adam Kokesh: "When Medea Benjamin calls you a publicity hound, well…"
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. How is Moscow going to demonstrate that it's just as advanced as the West is with stuff like this happening?
ABC News severely FAILS. They claim that they reviewed actual emails concerning Benghazi. Actually, they reviewed one person's verbal summaries, which turned out to be wildly inaccurate.
Banks are able to borrow money at a MUCH lower rate than students are for their education. That's not right. Students are at least as important as banks.
Very interesting that the WaPo columnist Jennifer Rubin (Writing in the Inky on 13 May) seems to see late-term abortions as being something that only involves the baby. The women who agree to have them are seen as, I guess, plastic, unliving, life-sized dolls, with no lives of their own to consider.
Yeah, what happened to the AP was terrible and we certainly shouldn't have any sympathy for the Obama Administration, but should we pity the AP, which has been quiet and/complicit in the kicking aside of privacy protections for well over a decade?
One of the problems with some of the Obama Administration's responses, notably in the Shirley Sherrod case, to scandals is that Obama and his people sometimes fold their hand much too quickly. That appears to be the case in the IRS case with the agency looking for "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in group names. .
See, this is a perfect example of why I get most of my news from the blogs and have so little use for traditional news sources. Newsperson Chris Jansing reads out a short letter from Senator Rubio, completely leaving out any context. The context is that Rubio is asking for the resignation of an empty office, an office not filled because the Senate filibusters everything.
Bwah-hah-hah!!! 39% of people who think Benghazi is biggest scandal ever have no idea where it is!
The IRS handles a potential scandal very poorly, obscuring some important issues.
Quick check on right-wing media. Hmm, yup, still crazy!
Very sad to see how "60 Minutes" is now the plaything of billionaires like Pete Peterson (Major pro-austerity guy). It was once a good news show
Very interesting piece on the charge that Obama is a "tyrant."
More plans for Philadelphia casionos despite the fact that the first one was not a big success.
IRS does its job and is forced to apologize for that.
General Efrain Rios Montt of Guatamala was found guilty of the genocide of 1700 Indians.
Very cool news! A school that used stimulus money and now runs on wind power.
Senator Inhofe (R-OK)is convinced that Beghazi is the worst scandal ever and will surely bring Obama down.
So, amid accusations that Syria has been using chemical weapons,
it appears that the Syrian
rebels have actually been doing just that! Digby has sound
advice for the situation: "Do as little as possible."
Former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky describes the process of forced feeding via the nostrils that the US is currently using to keep Guantanamo prisoners alive.
Right in the first sentence, Politico loses all credibility: "It's never been easy for House Republicans to raise the debt limit." No, actually, it was quite easy and routine right up until 2010.
An examination of Fareed Zakaria and austerity. He acknowledges that it's failed, but isn't quite ready to embrace Keynesianism.
Uh. Mah. Gawd! Not ONLY was this guy an economist for G.W. Bush (As if that doesn't totally destroy your credibility all by itself) but he approvingly cites Reinhart & Rogoff!!!! Hang it up, guy! You've lost any semblance of credibility.
And yes, Larry Summers is, as
usual, completely clueless.
do far better than to make President Andrew Jackson a hero
Mitt Romney shows us that he's a very
privileged person who never had to worry about money a day
in his life. Yeah, it's great that Ann Romney was "just" a
housewife, that was a solid and positive choice for her to make,
but she was able to make
it because she and Mitt were wealthy from Day 1 of their marriage.
Absolutely amazing that charges were brought in the first place! Teenage girl gets charged after science project goes wrong.
When the budget-cutter gets confronted about the real-world effects of his budget-cutting, he does the ol' soft-shoe shuffle and says "Who, me?"
According to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, he's not part
of the Establishment, he's
"Whistleblower" in Benghazi case appears
highly unlikely to be anything of the sort.
Heh! Would-be GOP presidential candidate covers
up embarrassing figure in background of photo. Newsmagazine
denies trying to avoid embarrassment.
Fox News defends
billboard that Native Americans are rightfully upset about.
Congratulations to Ed Markey for winning the MA Democratic primary to replace John Kerry. Republicans are out for blood on this one, this is going to be a really serious fight with LOTS of money being spent!
Ugh! Obama taps a lobbyist to run the FCC when what
we really need is someone who will defend fairness and
equality for broadband Internet.
Lou Dobbs says the Reinhart-Rogoff spreadsheet error is just a
small mistake. No
Lou, 'fraid not.
I disagree with the President's statement that we can have both economic growth and deficit reduction at the same time, but I did like his statement on the sequester and Congress's short-term, blinkered view on fixing JUST flight delays.
*Sigh*, more stupidity! The CIA has been delivering
bags of cash to Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai.
Will I ever take down the appeal to help the people who were caught by Hurricane Sandy? Doesn't look like it as help is, and for the foreseeable future, will continue to be needed.
The vote to separate the airlines from the rest of the sequester is very stupid politically and demonstrates why one should never cross one's own "bright line." Good cartoon that describes the FAA move well, but it's too true to be funny.
Very good news on the recent vote to establish background checks for gun purchases (The vote failed because of a filibuster, not because it didn't have majority support). Some Senators who voted against it are doing very poorly with their constituents. PA Senator Toomey, who tried to move the legislation forwards, is doing well. Senator Ayotte gets confronted on her vote.
Hmm, well, it took a dozen years and we hear this after she's retired, but Supreme Court Justice O'Connor now regrets her vote to put Bush into the Oval Office.
Good grief! A high school in Georgia, in 2013!!!!, finally has an integrated prom!
Hee, hee, hee!!! Bush tries to arrange to go to Europe, but faces arrest for human rights violations if he does.
And yes, people are still trying to salvage Reinhart-Rogoff from the trashcan of history and economic theory.
Unfortunately, the sequestration strategy proved to be a political error as media has largely ignored the problems that sequestration has caused. Republicans have been able to take piecemeal action, dealing with one small problem at a time.
I agree with both Putin and Obama, Tsarnaev doesn't need to be charged as an "enemy combatant" as there's no evidence that he and his brother were working with anybody.
A comparison of the Iraq War's "Curveball" and today's anti-deficit fearmongering.
Another woman's life sacrificed to anti-abortion fervor.
Another Bangladeshi factory putting out Walmart clothing collapses, killing 100.
Excellent review of George W. Bush's terms. heated, partisan language, but good examination of both sides to story.
The Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaevs, apparently worked alone. they weren't part of any larger groups. Oh, and according to Rush Limbaugh, Tsarnaev's education was the problem. Russia doesn't like Chechnya very much and unsurprisingly says "'Bout time y'all woke up to the Chechen threat!"
The Week in FAIL! The cartoonist only had room for the five top FAILs of the week. Many more could have been included.
The plant in West, TX that blew up was permitted to have 400 pounds of ammonium nitrate before it had to report it to the government. It had 27 tons! government had no idea. Media does its best to ignore this important story.
Very interesting piece. It views the IMFs
conversion to Keynesianism from austerity with horror. It
makes it clear that Keynesians are winning. The anti-globalization
movement viewed the IMF as a villain, but it's clear that the IMF
is coming around to the side of light and goodness.
Very interesting that both Peggy
Noonan and Maureen
Dowd have accused President Obama of botching the gun
safety bill. Both ignore the 60-vote threshold that Obama had to
cross. The overuse of the filibuster to the point where it's
used routinely is an extremely undercovered story.
NY Times runs a front-page editorial on
Denmark's labor/economic situation. In many way, Denmark
is in a much better shape than the US is. That doesn't
prevent the Times from taking a very snotty, superior attitude.
Heh! Smerconish takes a reasonable view of the Kermit Gosnell case and the commenters are furious, FURIOUS, I tell you!, that Smerconish has now gone over to the left.
Fascinating! In the IMF (A boogeyman to the left during the 1999-2001 anti-globalization movement), there's a pitched battle between the Keynesians and the pro-austerity folks. Natcherly, I'm on the side of the Keynesians. Osborne, the fellow who's been running Britain (Which has had absolutely miserable economic performance over the past several years) is pro-austerity.
Whoa! When a plant has in excess of 400 pounds of ammonium nitrate, they're supposed to report it. The place in West, TX that blew up had 270 TONS!!!!! And no, they didn't report it.
What amazes me about the "abstinence-only" crowd is that "Reefer Madness" didn't work back in the 60s and 70s, what makes them think a similar approach to sex will work now?
There's a piece in the WaPo about scholars "rushing to judgment" on the presidency of G.W. Bush. Problem with that is that most of the problems that the Bush Administration dealt with were very largely self-inflicted. No, there's no reason to re-examine the record to say that Bush was a better president than we thought in early 2009. He and his people have had plenty of time to correct the record and they've succeeded in doing no such thing.
Simpson and Bowles of the Cat Food Commission declare that
Obama's Chained CPI is insufficiently
damaging to people of modest means. Yep, the Rogoff-Reinhart
paper was a
real mess that severely damaged the credibility of the
deficit scolds. Oh, and yes, the Chained CPI is an idea that the
Right-wing media seriously discredits itself. Also, a tweet from a Fox Newsperson:
"Just b/c the bombing suspects were Muslim, that doesn't make it 'terrorism' any more than a crazy abortion clinic bomber is a terrorist."
Abortion clinic bombers ARE terrorists.
Gun safety bills "fail" as they get Senate majorities, but none make
it up past the 60-vote margin.
Massive explosion at fertilizer factory in West, TX. Factory was in middle of neighborhood. It was inspected in 1985 and again in 2011. It was using a hazardous, flammable material. OSHA in general is severely underfunded. 2010 saw a serious drop-off in State investigations of plants like this.
Very BFD, as our Vice-President would say. A pair of economists
put out an economic theory that
was used to oppose stimulus measures and they finally shared
the data that the theory was based on. Turns out they
left out many critical numbers and made basic
math errors. Krugman comments that there
never was any "red line" at the 90% of GDP level.
Explosions at the Boston Marathon. And yes, let's put this in context (Yes, the piece is from July 2002, the point is that terrible things happen everywhere and all the time). And yes, Iraq suffered another horrible blow from bombs there. As of April 17, no breaks in the case, no idea who did it. Former Congressperson Barney Frank points out the value of having a competent, well-funded government.
Former Executive Editor of NY Times makes wild, inaccurate charges.
The new Pope opposes the "Nuns on the Bus"? Okay, so it'll be at least another decade before the Roman Catholic Church repents and makes proper amends for the pedophilia scandal, then. They'll continue to be a disgraced and fallen church.
is unhappy with its public image. Gee, that couldn't be
because they're an evil group that's opposed to the citizens of
this country, could it?
Larry Summers was a part of the President's effort to get the ACA
(Obamacare) passed. Turns out he
doesn't believe that the government should be supervising
health care in the first place.
I really admire this fellows' can-do spirit and enthusiasm, I really do, but it's simply not possible to get both deficit reduction AND job creation at the same time. Europe has proven decisively and without a doubt that these are mutually exclusive and contradictory goals.
Uh, no Erin Burnett (CNN), the "liberal media" did
not ignore the Gosnell story.
is Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on the Intelligence Committee?!??!
Aren't there ANY standards for that position?!?!?
All right! Republican Senator Toomey from PA does
Young woman in Canada gets gang-raped. Despite there being photos
of the act, the
attackers are not prosecuted. Girl hangs herself. the hacker
group Anonymous helps out.
Very good to see Democrats distancing
themselves from the Chained CPI proposal.
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