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The Yanks Aren't Coming; They're in Sensitvity Training

August 23, 2013 by chairmanoohmowmow

I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992. Then I watched him force Navy Seals into Sensitivity Training and send them from Iraq to Bosnia on a bunch of pocket wars that made no damned sense at all. I watched a brave man’s body dragged through the street in Somalia.

In 2000, Dick Cheney stood before the Republican National Convention and told the U.S. Military that “Help is on the way…” “Thank God”, I thought. “These poor military guys could use a break.” I voted for Bush.
Then 9-11 happened and I watched, in horror, as the bravest and best young people in our nation were ordered to stand around Iraq and Afghanistan and wait to get shot or blown up. I watched them come home with crippling injuries and missing limbs and tried to figure out what the hell we had accomplished for all of this sacrifice.

When Obama was elected (I didn’t vote for him but was willing to give him a shot.)
I had the same thought as when Cheney spoke, in 2000. “Maybe now they’ll get that break.”
I mean come on; Obama said he would end these stupid wars, right? Nope; more deployments, more car bombings, more death.    Read more

Bead-Reader #3 Dick Cheney, Go Away!

February 23, 2013 by fidlerten

I know I speak for many when I say these words: Dick Cheney Go Away! Let us all be honest, here is a man who deserves to be imprisoned for Continue Reading → The post Bead-Reader #3 Dick Cheney, Go Away! appeared first on Fidlerten Place.

Gimme Some Truth (Or Consequences)

December 8, 2012 by Upside Downtrodden

It’s Saturday December 8th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City. The late great playwright, James McLure, even wrote a play about it called "The Day They Shot John Lennon". Hmm. John Lennon gets killed, and Dick Cheney gets another heart. Ain’t that some shit?

Of course the day John Lennon was killed is a day worth remembering. But worth even more than the day he was killed, was the day he was born. If that day hadn’t happened, we never would have been blessed with all he had to share with us. It’s the day John Lennon was born that matters most. All too often, our culture chooses to define itself with death by its wars, atrocities, disasters, incidents, events, etc. Seems like most our history is marked by the days and ways we’ve died. We have a macabre fascination with death, and more specifically, killing. This should come as no real surprise to any of us considering that death is a virtue we hold in high regard. We find it “Simply Irresistible” (thank you, Robert Palmer…who is dead).     Read more

Foreign Policy Failure – Dick Cheney, Criticizes President Obama’s Foreign Policy

July 30, 2012 by fidlerten

I listened to an interview of Dick Cheney this morning given by Jonathan Karl of ABC News in which he criticized President Obama’s foreign policy. I couldn’t help feel a bit angry at this failure of a man criticizing anyone, let alone our current president.

I for one well remember the condition that the Bush Administration left this country economically and with our foreign policy. He especially has no business criticizing Obama on foreign policy since he as the vice president for the Bush Administration, was behind much of what went wrong with Iraq and Afghanistan.     Read more

The Politics of Fools, Lies and Deception

June 27, 2012 by fidlerten

Politics is a dirty game. Candidates sling mud at each other and outside well-funded sources fill our airwaves with ads that are anything but honest. We can look back to the 2000 presidential race for a good example of what lies and deception can do to affect an election.

Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran got slammed with deception and lies when the Swift Boat Veterans placed an ad that questioned Kerry’s Vietnam record and even the Purple Heart that was awarded to him.    Read more

Disrespect of Obama Seen as Okay in Republican World

April 9, 2012 by fidlerten

The Dixie Chicks can tell you what happens when you speak ill of the president. During the Bush presidency, one of the Dixie Chicks said at a concert in London:

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

A popular radio station in Nashville called for a boycott and millions of Country & Western fans tuned them out and boycotted their music, which cost them heavily as far as concert ticket sales, records and cd sales. Conservatives were outraged that anyone would speak so disrespectfully of the President of the United States.    Read more

Disrespect of Obama Seen as Okay in Republican World

April 9, 2012 by fidlerten

The Dixie Chicks can tell you what happens when you speak ill of the president. During the Bush presidency, one of the Dixie Chicks said at a concert in London:

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

A popular radio station in Nashville called for a boycott and millions of Country & Western fans tuned them out and boycotted their music, which cost them heavily as far as concert ticket sales, records and cd sales. Conservatives were outraged that anyone would speak so disrespectfully of the President of the United States.    Read more

Why no-compromise politics works.

April 6, 2012 by Michael Kwiatkowski

Why are right-wingers winning in the political war they've been waging against everyone else for the past century?  They refuse to compromise.  Oh sure, they earn the scorn of self-proclaimed "pragmatists", those who made a fetish of "compromising" (today's codeword for craven capitulation, or as we used to call it in decades gone by, selling out).  But when you measure it in terms of getting one's political agenda made into normal American policy, the far right has enjoyed tremendous success.    Read more

There is no There There -- Ron Paul's Loud, Thin Base [denialism blog]

March 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Writing in today's Times, Richard A. Oppel asks, "Whatever happened to Ron Paul?"

Ron Paul has fans, in the traditional sense of the word--fanatics. They foam over this small and strange man, whose career in Congress has largely been ineffectual. Thousands go to his rallies, but as Oppel observes, "A Feb. 27 event at Michigan State University drew 4,000 people. But at polling places the next day, Mr. Paul finished third -- with 3,128 votes -- in Ingham County, where the campus is. Mr. Romney got more than three times as many votes." Paul's supporters attribute this to a failure in conveying the urgency to vote.    Read more

Game Change [EvolutionBlog]

March 11, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I watched HBO's film Game Change tonight, about the rise and fall of Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential race. It was pretty good! Which is to say that it makes Palin look pretty bad.    Read more

A Scoop of Non-Vanilla

October 18, 2011 by Will Durst

Q. Why is the GOP like a Baskin-Robbins franchise?

A. Because they're both suckers for the flavor of the week.

Scientists have yet to uncover what causes Republicans to recoil from their own candidates like a tomboy from frilly underwear. Perhaps they're commitment phobic. Or channeling the Christmas morning four-year-old in all of us, ignoring gifts already opened, only interested in the next package stacked in the pile. Maybe they need to switch to decaf.     Read more

What political mask will you wear this Halloween? (see choices below photo)

October 27, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

Choices

Obama, Health Care and ME

September 17, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

Obama, Health Care and ME
BUT, for those of you who've just written me off as a "socialist," please bear with me for a few paragraphs before you...pull the plug.
Obama, Health Care and ME By Taylor Jones My view on health care reform will outrage many: I support a single-payer system. There, I said it. BUT, for those of you who've just written me off as a "socialist," please bear with me for a few paragraphs before you...pull the plug. Or call me a LIAR! At this point in the debate, I don't care WHAT kind of single-payer system we devise. It could be public...or PRIVATE. We could copy the British national health care system, or we could all pay premiums to a single, private, mega-insurance monopoly.    Read more
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