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geoff gray

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  • The Cheapening of American Politics: Why did Obama reward O'Reilly with an Interview?
    • but is fox any less biased or respectable than the ny times? the times played a big role in promulgating the lies that got us into iraq. a poll last year showed that >80% of americans thought iran had nukes. where did they get these ideas? ans: ny times, msnbc, wapo, etc. because the times is okay on social issues, it gets labelled "liberal." i don't think so. the times, in fact, is worse than fox because it allows "liberals" to bask in the glow of rectitude.

  • Dovish SOTU: Obama will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down
    • i thought barry's encomium to the sargeant who was castastrophically injured after his 10th deployment was offensive: exploiting the the misfortune of a soldier in order to provide a few feel good moments, the purpose i suppose was to assuage our guilt and drop the failed war down the memory hole. A moment of cheap grace for the folks.

  • Gatesgate: Why Obama was right to Distrust his Generals on Afghanistan
    • blaming gates, blaming betrayus, blaming the generals serves to take the blame from where it belongs, barry manalo obama. he was responsible and he called the shots. he has lied to the american people serially. remember his statement on the campaign trail,"i will sign no healthcare bill that doesn't include the public option. you can take that to the bank." remember his pledge to the palestinians that there would be a halt to settlement construction prior to peace negotiations. the betrayer in chief is barry manalo obama. this meme that barry is a victim of insubordinates strategems is nauseating. gates did not betray barry. barry betrayed the american people.

  • John F. Kennedy's Thanksgiving Ideals, 1962-- How different they are from Ours
    • Nice sentiments, but Obamacare is a cruel hoax. It keeps in place a dysfunctional and unaffordable insurance system. Most will buy high deductible plans. What this means is that if an insured gets sick, s/he is likely to go bankrupt from deductibles and copays, about %9500 per individual and $12,500 per family of 4 making <$95,000/year. (The experience in Massachusetts is virtually no reduction in bankruptcies due to medical insurance which account for one half of all bankruptcies). The upside with Obamacare is that at least you will have a doctor and healthcare network to access, however inadequate. The downside, you can't afford to use it. In sum, Obamacare is a rube goldberg plan designed by neoliberals to insure rentier income to the 1%.

  • Top 10 Ways Ted Cruz & the Tea Party Weakened America with Shutdown
    • you list these items as bad outcomes:
      4. Communist China took advantage of the crisis to push for a de-Americanized world

      5. China renewed its push to dump the US dollar as the international reserve currency. That step would cost the US economy enormously.

      6. The US ability to sanction Iran and Syria was weakened

      aren't these good outcomes? wouldn't the world be better off with multipolarity? and wouldn't the end of dollar hegemony hasten that end? news to me that you are for sanctioning iran and depriving children of medicine.

  • Why Ted Cruz Should sit down and Shut Up: Countries with Social Safety Net Happiest
    • when running for president obama said that he would sign no healthcare law that didn't have a pubic option, adding "you can take that to the bank." when he got into office the first thing he did was to hire an health insurance company lawyer, get the insurance companies and drug companies together, and write a law that is a bailout for insurance companies. 33% of america's healthcare dollar goes to g and a. that won't change. healthcare costs rising won't change. bankruptcies because of healthcare costs will not change (see Massachusetts). Obama had the people behind him for a public option--70%--he had a mandate. He sold out the american people. the new healthcare bill has something like 7 agencies that access your private information--equifax or one of the credit companies (owned by the crowns?)--is one of them as is homeland security, social security. is this progressive? no, it's plutocrats throwing a crumb to the masses, enabliing them to by insurance they can't afford from insurance companies whose ceos make millions a year. we need medicare for all. supporting this kind of a bill promotes the cult of obama and is counter productive.

  • I lived to See the Day when the Pope and the President of Iran are more doctrinally Flexible than the GOP
    • i find the opprobrium against the GOP self indulgent righteousness. the reality is that both parties are nearly identical. my guess is that obama is going to use the GOP cacaphony as cover for a grand bargain in which he cuts social security and medicare. the good cop--dems and obie--will have to --sadly--make a deal because of the GOP crazies. nice storyline to sell to liberal professors and do gooders. but i think the fix has been in since clinton turned the democratic party into republican party lite.

  • Arguing with President Putin
    • Rather odd of Dr Cole not to address Putin's most compelling argument--the need for international law and the consequences to world order when it is not followed. Also, the fact that the US by not adhering to international law has destabilized the the world. Finally, to say that disagreeing with the US's take on the chemical weapons attacks is succumb crackpot conspiracy theories, is, given what we know, a big stretch.

  • Top Ten Ways President Obama has Expanded our Rights, in Rev. King's Footsteps
    • well, i'm sorry but this is pretty sad. celebrating "window dressing achievements" is pitiful. fact is obama has continued to bush regime on steroids, has sucked up to the plutocracy and bailed out the super rich while scheming to cut the social safety net and instigating liberal fascism.
      lily ledbetter notwithstanding, there are few blacks better off than 4 years ago. blacks like everyone else are being sold down the river.
      the cult of personality is i suppose part of the authoritarian mindset.

  • Top Seven Errors President Obama has made on the Middle East
    • Too much apologizing:
      "he was stymied when Kadima Party leader Tzippi Livni failed to attract enough coalition partners to form a government";
      "he was boxed in" by Petreus.
      Obama as victim: a hard sell.

  • President Obama's Speech to the UN General Assembly
    • A tad hypocritical? Extolling the rule of law and denouncing violence while the US has undermined the rule of law with its violent, lawless invasions and occupations of Muslim countries. How can Obama say these things with a straight face? Is he utterly out of touch with reality? Or is he just a more effectively evil politician than most?

  • Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect
    • juan--i think you are minimizing the widespread rage in the middle east toward the u.s. and it's malignant policies and persistent meddling in their affairs. there is a larger pattern here that you refuse to acknowledge, whether it is the aghan soldiers killing americans or these demonstrations; the middle east wants the yankee--the great satan-- to go home. the middle east has had it with america's humanitarian campaigns that result in murder, division, and de-development in the region.

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