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Andrew C (✔)
"there is no Senator Rand Paul without his batty old man. He exists as a political figure because of the years Crazy Uncle Liberty (!) has spent luxuriating on the raggedy fringes of American politics. His is a career built on a foundation of bananas, crackers and nuts. Without the folks to whom his old man delivered this current idiocy, Aqua Buddha is an ophthalmologist with dubious credentials, trying to scratch out a career in Frankfort or Louisville." - Andrew C (✔)
Eivind
Karl reMarks: Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam - http://www.karlremarks.com/2015...
Karl reMarks: Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam
"Following his recent statements about the US being 'at war with those perverting Islam', American president Barack Obama has now expounded his vision for ‘a likeable, watered-down version of Islam’ that is sure to get the approval of a large number of non-Muslims. In an exclusive interview with our blog through which Obama wanted to reach out to a wide audience of ‘not too Islamic folks’, the president outlined his ideas for a ‘cooler, lighter Islam’, in a bid to galvanise support against the Islamic State." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"While admitting that he is not an expert in Islamic theology, Obama explained that a lot could be learned from the experience of liberal Christians and Jews which illustrates that a more metaphorical interpretation of religious texts can help reconcile the differences between religious dogma and modern sensibilities. For example if the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, the... more... - Eivind
Halil
Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist. @insidehighered - https://www.insidehighered.com/news...
Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist. @insidehighered
But the seemingly inevitable lawsuit, filed in a U.S. district court in Illinois, contained a twist: Salaita is also suing the John Doe donors he says illegally interfered in his contractual agreement with the university. Legal experts call the move creative, if not realistic, and relatively rare among higher education claims. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/educati...
"An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In August last year, the Republican National Committee blasted the Advanced Placement U.S. History test, claiming it “deliberately distorts and/or edits out important historical events.” The RNC said a new framework for the exam “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.” The College Board countered that the framework had not been changed since 2012." - Andrew C (✔)
"Efforts by conservative school board members in Colorado to make the Advanced Placement U.S. History course “more patriotic,” prompted a walk-out by students. Under the changes proposed in Colorado “students would only be taught lessons depicting American heritage in a positive light, and effectively ban any material that could lead to dissent.” In South Carolina conservatives asked... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Why are Conservatives so enamored with ignorance? One is forced to wonder if they might fear the effect of (legitimate, comprehensive) education on their election prospects... - Bren from iPhone
But what about Ad placement in U.S. History? That could be a moneymaker. - Ken Morley
I don't even understand how one could teach, say, the civil rights history of the US without including the negative stuff. - Andrew C (✔)
Well, you wouldn't teach that. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
Sen. Jeff Jackson has Senate to himself | CharlotteObserver.com - http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015...
Sen. Jeff Jackson has Senate to himself | CharlotteObserver.com
"[state] Sen. Jeff Jackson has had a busy day. He’s expanded Medicaid, restored university funding, approved non-partisan redistricting, made investments in wind and solar energy, outlawed puppy mills and enacted broad-based economic development." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
He doesn't have a quorum, of course, but it's pretty funny. - Andrew C (✔)
"Just had a big debate over whether to cut our university system even more. In a 1-0 vote, we decided that would be a terrible idea." - Andrew C (✔)
"Just came back from the Senate chamber. All votes were unanimous. Medicaid = expanded. Teachers = paid. Film = jobs. What's next? This is going to be like "Night at the Museum" except at the end we'll have a stronger middle class." - Andrew C (✔)
(more on his social media accounts: https://twitter.com/JeffJac... ) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
GOP Builds Full-Scale Replica Of Struggling Ohio Town To Train Presidential Hopefuls | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - http://www.theonion.com/article...
GOP Builds Full-Scale Replica Of Struggling Ohio Town To Train Presidential Hopefuls | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Masterpiece of comedy. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Halil
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories - http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news...
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories
A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would prohibit in Iowa the sale of cleaning products that contain a certain sanitizing agent. The bill would prohibit a person from selling cleaning products that contain triclosan for the purpose of sanitizing. The ingredient is found in products like soaps and deodorants. Members of a human resources subcommittee advanced the bill Monday. It now moves to a full committee for review. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The Food and Drug Administration said in 2013 that there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soap cleansers with ingredients like triclosan were more effective than regular soap. The agency is reviewing the safety of triclosan in response to studies about its alleged health risks. Minnesota last year banned triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. - Halil
Oi, UK politicians are you watching this?!?!?!? Been writing to my MP to get this banned in UK with no success! :( - Halil
Steven Perez
Koch-Funded Groups: Cut All Federal Funding for Walking, Biking, Transit | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015...
Koch-Funded Groups: Cut All Federal Funding for Walking, Biking, Transit | Streetsblog USA
"Yesterday, a coalition of 50 groups, several funded by the Koch brothers, sent a letter to Congress arguing that the way to fix federal transportation funding is to cut the small portion that goes to walking, biking, and transit [PDF]. The signatories do not want Congress to even think about raising the gas tax, which has been steadily eaten away by inflation since 1993. The coalition membership includes many stalwarts of the Koch network, including Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners, and the Club for Growth. The Koch brothers recently went public with plans to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Better to sink those bucks into fossil fuel subsidies! - Jenny H. from Android
Steven Perez
AT&T previews lawsuit it plans to file against FCC over net neutrality | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
AT&T previews lawsuit it plans to file against FCC over net neutrality | Ars Technica
"AT&T seems resigned to the near-certainty that the Federal Communications Commission will reclassify broadband as a common carrier service in order to enforce net neutrality rules. But it isn't going to let the decision stand without a legal challenge, and the company is already telling the world what it's going to argue in court." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Cry me a river, AT&T. - Jenny H. from Android
Andrew C (✔)
USDA pork inspectors speak out: “People are going to eat sh*t” - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
"The USDA is piloting a new pork inspection program that features sped-up lines and a reduction in government inspectors — and its own inspectors are now speaking out publicly in condemnation of it." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"“I really think that is the story right there,” Ted Genoways, who spent four years investigating pork producer Hormel Foods for his book “The Chain,” told Salon. “The USDA has taken the position that people don’t care if there’s shit in their food. And I think that people do care. I think they care about that kind of contamination, and about the potential health consequences. And I... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg" - https://twitter.com/sluggah...
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg"
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg"
Andrew C (✔)
The President Picks A Fight Over The Budget - http://www.esquire.com/blogs...
"I thought the answer to Guthrie's persistent questioning should have been a lot simpler -- namely, that there are some hopeless fights that are worth having. So, today, the president picked that very fight with the Congress, sending up a budget guaranteed non-passage, but putting the Republican majority on the wrong side of a great number of issues from which there is no walking back after nearly 40 years of voodoo economics." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"What's necessary, of course, for his budget to be taken seriously is to have the president demonstrate that he takes his budget seriously. This means getting out there and hammering away at what an obscenity the carried-interest loophole really is, and how unpatriotic off-shoring profits should be regarded by anyone in this country struggling to get by. This means pinning the rush... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Repeal of Medical Device Tax More Likely With Friends Across Party Lines | OpenSecrets Blog - http://www.opensecrets.org/news...
Repeal of Medical Device Tax More Likely With Friends Across Party Lines | OpenSecrets Blog
"Nearly five years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, congressional Republicans have their best chance yet to follow through on a promise to undo part of it by repealing the medical device tax. A number of Democrats are on board for the repeal too. In fact, the tax is anything but a wedge partisan issue. But the bipartisanship may not have much to do with ideology: Republican lawmakers heading the effort have clear ties to the medical device industry and so do many of the Democrats who have signed on as cosponsors to the repeal. Opponents of the tax say the 2.3 percent levy on the devices — which can include anything from artificial hip replacements to rubber gloves — will inevitably mean layoffs, diminished profits, restructuring and higher prices for the consumer. In recent weeks, though, a Congressional Research Service report found that the actual impact may be “modest.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable - http://www.dailykos.com/story...
"In Albuquerque and Minneapolis, officers are letting local prosecutors and politicians alike know that holding them accountable, in any shape, form, or fashion, will come with very real consequences and repercussions from the police." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Halil
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics - http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2015...
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
Illinois prosecutors next month will take wildlife photographer Steve Patterson to trial. His crime? Removing baby bald eagles from the wild. His punishment could be up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of violating state laws that protect wildlife. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The question for the jury—did Patterson save two eaglets that had fallen from a tree from certain death, or did he criminally harass a protected species—will reverberate far beyond La Salle County, Illinois, and could influence the public’s willingness to help injured wildlife. - Halil
Andrew C (✔)
Republican SOTU responses get lost in translation | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-...
"If Republican officials had said the two lawmakers intended to give different speeches, this might be less of an issue, but they actually said the opposite. Indeed, House Republicans specifically told reporters, in writing, that Curbelo would deliver “the Spanish-Language translated address of Sen. Joni Ernst response.” He’d have to change personal details such as his own name, but otherwise, it was supposed to be the same speech. Ernst, however, never mentioned immigration at all, while Curbelo devoted a paragraph to the issue. An English-speaking audience heard Republicans overlook immigration, while a Spanish-speaking audience was led to believe GOP lawmakers actually want to pass immigration reform. (They don’t.)" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"If this trick sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we’ve seen the GOP try it before. About three years ago, we learned that Sen. Dean Heller (R) of Nevada created a campaign website with a separate, Spanish-language version. On the English-language version, the Republican condemned “amnesty” and “illegal immigrants,” while on the Spanish-language version, Heller conveniently forgot to include the same message." - Andrew C (✔)
It's like Republicans think that not many people know both English and Spanish well enough to notice the difference. - John (bird whisperer)
C'mon, John. We all know Hispanics don't speak any English. [/a little sarcasm] - Steven Perez
Prosey BUTTONS!
Propaganda and the Myth: Id As Ideology - http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread...
"The documentary though is real, and it is frightening—frightening because it IS real and confirms that pulling oneself out of poverty is nearly impossible. Wall Street chieftains, who subscribe to the philosophy that altruism is evil, greed is good, and privatization of everything is necessary, have shredded democracy. This is Ayn Rand’s vile vision. There’s footage of her in an interview. She’s creepy, chilling. No compassion for the poor. (Makes the hair on the back of my neck try to braid itself.) Rand’s a god to Paul Ryan, to the politicians whose plans include rolling back or eliminating safety nets for the impoverished while cutting taxes for the rich. Some of the nation’s most lucrative companies are paying little taxes, resulting in dysfunctional basic public services. Schools have suffered. Roads aren’t repaired. Civilization is at stake." - Prosey BUTTONS!
Andrew C (✔)
I hereby charge Timothy Loehmann and the Cleveland PD with the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice - http://www.dailykos.com/story...
"When unarmed black men like Kendrec McDade and Amadou Diallo and Akai Gurley were killed by police, we were told to "wait for the facts to come out." Since then, we've learned that waiting for the facts is code for us to shut up and ignore the facts that actually are already available while the so-called American justice system prepares to railroad senseless victims and their heartbroken families so that reckless police can be exonerated. " - Andrew C (✔)
Further on down, King writes out the timeline of the new, longer surveillance video, showing that the officers did nothing for Rice -- who didn't die until the next day -- but did restrain his family from trying to help him. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
America’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the century: Why today’s high-speed rail launch is miraculous - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
"But building out high-speed rail has implications for more than California. Americans have effectively given up on a visionary politics, as the 2014 midterms exemplified. The country turned its back on activist government, mainly because they so rarely see anything come from it that they can touch and feel. They resist paying taxes because they can’t identify what they get in return. Infrastructure projects can provide powerful symbols of that return on investment, and show that only effective government can create such lasting monuments to progress. Infrastructure nightmares, like the slow-motion disaster that is Seattle’s underground tunnel, breed cynicism and severely damage government’s potential. But those who would drown government and create an own-your-own society cannot explain away the Hoover Dam, or the New York City subway, or the roads linking Maine, Florida, Arizona and Idaho. Those projects worked in their time, and high-speed rail can work for the 21st century. If it... more... - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I still don't get who the market is. Commuters? Tourists? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looking from the outside, both. Airline fuel is going to get expensive and a price on carbon will make that even more so. Rach and I are looking to go the US in a few years, a trail trip that doesn't take that much longer than a flight (with all the airport security theatrics) is enticing. - Johnny
AIUI there's a huge amount of SF-LA traffic, both on the roads and airports, and a train would lessen both. - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, air travel gets worse all the time. Especially if you're tall and/or girthtastic. For people who have business in those cities but don't have an expense account nor can afford 1st class tickets, a train might well be preferable. Amtrak is currently way too slow because it has to lease access to freight train lines. Freight always gets preference so passengers get pulled aside... more... - Spidra Webster
Sorry, my original comment was a bit too short: I can understand that some people will use it, but is that market big enough to justify the $68 billion expense? I understand the points in the article. But I just don't see the target market of users being that sizable. It's probably due to a failure of imagination on my part, though. - Stephen Mack
Now? Maybe not. By the time it's built, the economic and social situations could be different enough. - Johnny
by the time it's completed? jet travel will be expensive (already IS, imo) and rail travel will be cheaper. yes, a market will exist that will easily justify the expense. - Big Joe Silenced
I'm sad that it doesn't stop at LAX, SJC, and SJC directly. - Brian Johns
Eh, airports are usually far from city centers anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
But they are places where people who want to travel want to go. If you live in Fresno, a common reason to travel to LA is because you're flying somewhere out of LAX. Most of the time I fly to LA I fly on to somewhere else, and I would be happy to take HSR to LAX instead of fly an extra leg. This American idea of keeping our transit systems separate bugs the hell out of me. Like we've never thought of applying Metcalfe's law to transportation... - Brian Johns
It took forever to route BART directly to SFO, Santa Clara VTA light rail doesn't go to SJC, and L.A. MTA light rail doesn't go to LAX, so I think it will be quite some time before high speed rail ever makes to the airports. The main reasons seems to be cost of right-of-way and political turf battles over transit jurisdiction. - Victor Ganata
That said, BART just opened its Oakland airport stop a month ago! - Andrew C (✔)
BART still doesn't stop directly at OAK, but I guess it's a lot better than the bus. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh? Last Halloween I flew outta OAK and the station (not open yet) was a short short walk outside the arrival door. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Andrew C (✔)
Louie Gohmert's doomed plot to steal John Boehner's seat is pay-per-view political theatre | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Louie Gohmert's doomed plot to steal John Boehner's seat is pay-per-view political theatre | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Boehner’s tenacity owes far more to the institutional structures of the modern Republican party than it does to the clownishness of his would-be deposers, even though it is incredibly tempting to chalk it up to that alone." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Positing that Boehner can’t lose because his opponent is a loser is no less tempting with Louie Gohmert, the kind of guy who could screw up a two-car funeral if you loaned him two self-driving Google vans and told him the starting point was his own house. Sure, Louie served in the US army judge advocate general corps, but I choose to believe him when he says that the government always... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In fact, every bit of Gohmert’s career essentially reads like an email forward from the one guy in your fantasy football league who wanted the year-end prize to be investment-grade gold coins: global warming will mean more plants; he once saw a gay soldier accidentally go to sodomize a straight one; moo goo dog pan; oil pipelines are a turn-on for caribou; terror anchor babies; the... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Boehner will nonetheless hang on, and seemingly paradoxically become stronger; movement conservatives will get to feel like they have a voice; movement conservatism’s activist money farms will garner another fundraising outrage; Louie and Charles and David (either one) will get to count bills. And, atop it all, Boehner gets to “beat back” the crazies and present himself as the “sane... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Unskilled Workers Report for New Jobs - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/humor...
Unskilled Workers Report for New Jobs - The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Sixty-four unskilled workers will report to new jobs in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday as part of a federal jobs program that provides employment for people unable to find productive work elsewhere. The new hires, who have no talents or abilities that would make them employable in most workplaces, will be earning a first-year salary of $174,000. For that sum, the new employees will be expected to work a hundred and thirty-seven days a year, leaving them with two hundred and twenty-eight days of vacation." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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Andrew C (✔)
"The NBC News investigative reporter Matthew Cole has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single senior officer, who is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.—a woman who he does not name—appears to have been a source of years’ worth of terrible judgment, with tragic consequences for the United States. Her story runs through the entire report. She dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked." - Andrew C (✔)
" Many people who have worked with her over the years expressed shock to NBC that she has been entrusted with so much power. A former intelligence officer who worked directly with her is quoted by NBC, on background, as saying that she bears so much responsibility for so many intelligence failures that “she should be put on trial and put in jail for what she has done.”" - Andrew C (✔)
"Instead, however, she has been promoted to the rank of a general in the military, most recently working as the head of the C.I.A.’s global-jihad unit. In that perch, she oversees the targeting of terror suspects around the world. (She was also, in part, the model for the lead character in “Zero Dark Thirty.”)" - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Obama Abandons Failed Cuba Policy After More Than 50 Years - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc...
Obama Abandons Failed Cuba Policy After More Than 50 Years
"The United States intends to open an official embassy in Cuba in the coming months, the White House announced Wednesday, part of a broader normalizing of diplomatic relations after the countries exchanged prisoners. In a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official called the developments "the most significant changes to our Cuba policy in more than 50 years." "What we are doing is beginning the normalization of relations of the United States and Cuba," the official said. "President Obama has long believed that engagement is a better tool than isolation and nowhere is that clear than in Cuba, where we have seen a policy of isolation fail for the last 50 years." The White House said that Obama would order Secretary of State John Kerry to begin discussions with Cuban officials on re-establishing diplomatic relations and high-level discussions and visits between the countries are expected to follow. The opening of the embassy will happen "as soon as possible," an... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
‘Oh God, It’s Mom’: Pundits’ Mother Calls in to C-SPAN | Mediaite - http://www.mediaite.com/tv...
‘Oh God, It’s Mom’: Pundits’ Mother Calls in to C-SPAN | Mediaite
"Brothers Dallas and Brad Woodhouse were debating ye olde bipartisanship on C-Span’s Washington Journal Tuesday morning when they got a call in from “someone down south.” “You’re right I’m from down south!” said the voice. “Oh god, it’s mom!” Dallas said as both brothers hid their faces. “I disagree that all families are like ours,” Joy Woodhouse told the program. “I don’t know many families that are fighting on Thanksgiving.” Joy said she hoped the brothers got all their disagreements out on C-Span and behaved themselves over Christmas. “Okay mom,” they replied. “See you this weekend.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I watch C-SPAN. - Steven Perez
They can't afford call screeners, huh? - Eric - Final Countdown
That's a call you would move to the top :-) - Todd Hoff
RATINGS BONANZA! - Big Joe Silenced
Can imagine a timed smack upside the head for each, maybe two for the guy on the left, with *that* suit - Mo Kargas
Andrew C (✔)
"As the Bush administration fades away in the rearview mirror, my sense is that many people — even liberals — are forgetting what it was really like. It becomes, in memory, just another administration whose policies you disapprove of, like the reign of Bush the elder." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But it wasn’t. It was an administration that deliberately misled us into war, exploiting an atrocity to pursue an agenda that had nothing to do with that atrocity — and causing vast amounts of death and destruction in the process, not to mention undermining American strength. And it was an administration under which America became a torturer, with the enthusiastic approval of top... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Senate Dems find an unwitting ally in Ted Cruz | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-...
Senate Dems find an unwitting ally in Ted Cruz | MSNBC
"What McConnell and most GOP senators wanted was a narrow window: the Senate would vote on the spending package on Monday, at which point Reid would start the clock on the nominations, clearing votes for later this week. Republicans assumed – and were probably correct – that most members would want to start their holiday break sooner, and adjournment might derail nominees who might otherwise be approved. But thanks to Cruz and Lee, that timeline was moved up: Reid started the clock on Saturday, meaning confirmation votes can begin later this morning. In other words, a couple of far-right senators made it easier for Democrats and Obama to get what they wanted – and approve some nominees who were likely to fail were it not for the Cruz/Lee plan." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I can appreciate why the procedural stuff may seem a little complicated, so let’s sum this up: What Democrat got thanks to Cruz and Lee: the opportunity to advance dozens of Obama nominees, some of whom might have otherwise failed. What Republicans got: nothing." - Andrew C (✔)
WarLord
Watching President Obama playing "triangulation" games and whipping votes for Wall Street in the spending bill makes me fearful of his behavior these last 2 years. He will compromise away Medicare and Social Security in search of his "Grand Bargain" while vetoing nothing I hope I am wrong but I fear I am right! #whywecanthavenicethings
Andrew C (✔)
Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? -- NYMag - http://nymag.com/daily...
Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? -- NYMag
"The Bush administration’s supporters, operating under the assumption that its most brutal “enhanced interrogation technique” was waterboarding, spent much of the past decade defending this singular practice. […] The torture regimen turns out to have been carried out on a vastly broader and more depraved scale than the administration’s defenders, or even its critics, ever imagined. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, released this week, describes practices few conservative politicians or intellectuals had prepared themselves to justify. Men were shackled to walls or ceilings for days, in diapers, locked in coffins, rectally violated, subject to days of sleep deprivation, beaten, and (in one instance) murdered. Several intelligence staffers reported being traumatized by the experience." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"That is more than one can say for the torture apologists. Having dug in to mount an extended, pointillistic defense of waterboarding, they have found their position suddenly overrun, and have retreated to new ground. “Every civilized nation agrees that torture is wrong,” Senator Ted Cruz complained after the report was released, but, “after six years, enough with saying ‘everything is... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Senator Marco Rubio insisted on Twitter, “Those who served us in aftermath of 9/11 deserve our thanks not one-sided partisan Senate report that now places American lives in danger.” Rubio’s previous tweet boasted that the Senate has passed “our bill imposing sanctions against human-rights violators” in Venezuela. The cognitive dissonance surely whooshed right over Rubio’s elegantly coiffed head." - Andrew C (✔)
"How could American intelligence staffers, dropped into foreign lands, reliably pluck out the guilty while sparing the innocent? As we now know, they could not. ­Twenty-six of the 119 detainees turned out to be innocent. One of them was a Pakistani or Afghan man named Janat Gul. In July 2004, the CIA seized Gul, acting on a tip from a local informant who claimed he knew of a terror... more... - Andrew C (✔)
People have always related more to hell than heaven. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
The Winner of the Spending-Bill Vote: Jamie Dimon - http://www.newyorker.com/news...
"One of the frustrating things about covering American politics from a vaguely left-liberal perspective is that many of the left-left theories turn out to be true, or true enough. You try to point out to the street protesters and tenured Marxists that things are more complicated than Noam Chomsky and the late Paul Sweezy would have you believe, and, all too often, it turns out they aren’t much more complicated. The richest 0.1 per cent really is getting richer and richer while most Americans see their living standards stagnate. The C.I.A. really did torture people in secret prisons overseas, and the N.S.A. has just received authorization to carry on gathering all of your phone records. The big banks and corporations really do run Washington—or, at least, that’s how it seems on this chilly December day." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
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