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  • Hostess Executives Dipped into Employees' Pension Funds
  • South Damascus a Battlefield, as Bodies Pile up, and Bread Crisis in Capital Worsens
  • Karl Rove's Regret (Jamiol Cartoon)
    • I think he got more than that tee shirt. It would have been funnier if Adelson or one of the Kochs was wearing the tee shirt.

  • Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran
    • I was wondering who let that kid mouth off like that. According to the experts at Wikipedia Patrick Lyell Clawson was born 1951-03-30. His bio at WINEP avoids dates. As they say 'senoir moment'. Does he look look 61 to you? That's a lot of work that guy had done.

  • Syria and the New Great Divide in the Greater Middle East
    • What's in this for Turkey? 08/18/2012 at 3:21 am with 2 replies

      What's in this for Turkey? I really thought the Turkish were geniuses for avoiding the Iraq mess and their 'good neighbor' foreign policy. I don't understand why they are abandoning the 'good neighbor' policy in favor of intervening in Syria?

      Based on your article the Iraq adventure was the stupidest thing they could have done. Syria/Lebanon would be more or less surrounded.

  • The Three Lies Michele Bachmann Tells about American Muslims (Saunders)
    • Sounds like the literature from the Second Era of the KKK about Catholics aka Papists. For a hoot read Alma Bridwell White's KKK propaganda. But as it turns out, there are a lot of Catholics today, the Klan was right about that.

      Consider Jews. Are Orthodox Jews integrating into American society? How about Amish? American Indians were integrating until it became profitable to operate Indian casinos. Is there a Chinatown near you? In general the US seems to be fracturing along ethnic lines with South American, Asians, Blacks, Jews, and Whites looking to their own ethnic areas as ideal. There are no true ethic areas in the US as law forbids it so most areas are both class and race divided. My opinion in the current America integration no longer pays off, so fewer people of all strips are doing it. So the fracturing is real and even measurable in my view. I think it is integration that is dying.

  • 300,000 Violent Gun Crimes a Year in the US (Poster)
    • The US and the UK are different places. It might be better at this point for Americans to be humble and compare themselves to other south of the Canadian border nations like Brazil and Mexico instead of European nations.

  • Top Ten Middle East Wikileaks Revelations so Far
    • Nominate Assange for the Order of Australia 12/02/2010 at 11:09 pm

      If you are Australian you can nominate Julian Assange for Companion to the Order of Australia with this form:

      link to itsanhonour.gov.au

      I have no idea what to put for his address and phone, the wikileaks address is:
      Julian Assange
      BOX 4080
      Australia Post Office - University of Melbourne Branch
      Victoria 3052
      Australia

      I think he would also qualify for being awarded membership in many scientific societies.

      Perhaps a silly thought, but beyond donating money it is all I can come up with to help him.

  • McChrystal Drama is Sideshow;
    Can Obama define a realistic Goal?
    • There's a pattern here, every commander fired by a president for mouthing off had a last name beginning with Mc/Mac: McClellen, MacArthur, McChrystal.

  • Obama's MacArthur Moment? McChrystal Disses Biden
    • Who What Where 06/22/2010 at 2:35 pm

      "We want Harry Truman." - Who was unable to deliver peace or victory. In Korea peace was achieved through a high body count and lack of motion along the front.

  • Twin Oil Disasters: BP and Iraq
    Bloody Friday in Iraq Leaves 27 Dead, over 80 Wounded
    • Does Deep Water Horizon = Chernobyl(26 April 1986)? . USSR 'final' troop withdrawal from Afghanistan May 15, 1988- February 15, 1989. End of USSR 1990 whenever it was.

  • Turkey Shelves Israeli Cooperation,
    Considers breaking off Ties;
    Israel Lobbies in Congress denounce Ankara
    • Who What Where 06/18/2010 at 2:53 pm

      Seize Turkish assets in America? Turkey is a NATO member, is engaged in Afghanistan, and is a Tier III F-35 Joint Strike Fighter partner (a program that is already having troubles). The US also has assets in Turkey, normally these seizures occur when the US has few assets in the target country. Seizing Turkish assets in the US could also result in Turkey seizing US assets in Europe and other countries. It would be a giant mess of international lawsuits.

  • Big Oil's Predations are not Your Fault
    • Who What Where 06/15/2010 at 1:49 pm

      "reformulate energy policy away from petroleum"

      To what? If you do not like America's auto culture, the solution is simple, high density housing. Unfortunately that means living in a tiny apartment Japanese style, not a McMansion. Try selling that to your neighbors who are fleeing Detroit for the 'burbs. Petroleum is the only fuel that works for America's lifestyle. I might add the US government is the single largest user of everything in the world. Less petroleum use is inconsistent with a large centralized government.

      BP relied on a safety device, a blow off protector, it is not clear why that failed. Any discussion of the failure of Deep Water Horizon should center on that, as it is the most important safety device on all oil rigs. But then again it was made by an American manufacturer.

      As to Pres Reagan, his administration was in many ways just a continuation and enhancement of the Carter administration. Airline deregulation, Operation eagle claw, military build all under Carter. Operation Eagle Claw in particular set the stage for a future of ill conceived military operations.

  • The Greens in Iran are a Movement, not a Coup
    • As the IraqAfPakistan fiasco goes unsustainable, so does the need for social defenses that Iran erected to prevent 'regime change'. Whether or not the current Iranian government can adapt will be interesting to see.

  • Rachel Corrie Intercepted;
    The 9 activists killed last Monday were shot 30 Times
  • American Citizen Killed by Israeli Navy
    • Who What Where 06/03/2010 at 7:30 pm

      FWIW some of the stragglers are still at sea. MV Rachel Corrie is due to be boarded (or maybe not) Saturday.

      Off topic but Teddy Roosevelt nearly invaded Morocco due to mistreatment of a Greek-(not quite)American bon vivant Ion Perdicaris.

      "This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead."
      link to en.wikipedia.org

  • Eyewitness Account: 'They began to fire machine guns ...'
  • Kirchner: Bush angrily said War would Grow US Economy
    • Who What Where 05/30/2010 at 9:52 pm

      It's called military Keynesianism. Normal keynesian monetary expansion runs up against the objections from people who question massive spending on silly projects. Not so with military spending.

      What's interesting is like the emperor's new cloths, the rest of the country did what it could to make it all seem like it was working as expected.

  • Lieberman's Modest Gulag Proposal
    • Who What Where 05/08/2010 at 8:02 pm

      Re reading it, it appears the idea is to remove citizenship so that the offending individual can be drone bombed or 'aggressively' interrogated (Anwar Al Awlaki?).

    • My understanding is the US government can revoke a US passport arbitrarily. So this is not adding any new 'power' to the US government as a US national abroad has few privileges that do not involve a passport.

      Wesley Snipes, Paul Robeson, and Philip Agee are the answers to the trivia question: Americans that have had their passports revoked.

      Minor legal issues can get your passport revoked too: Matt Tulley, 33, said he was contacted just before Christmas by officials who told him that, because he owed child support payments to a former girlfriend, he could not work overseas.

  • NATO Troops Kill MP Relative; Anti-American Demonstrations Nangarhar Demand US Withdrawal
    • Who What Where 04/30/2010 at 8:30 am

      Enquiring minds what to know: Was she targeted? By whom? Or are there so many raids that it was a 'random' event?

  • Why Economic Sanctions on Iran will Fail
    • Who What Where 04/19/2010 at 9:43 am

      Is Iran really America's ally in the Iraq and Afghanistan 'adventures'? Beyond the rhetoric Iran seems like the only nation that is actually contributing to economic growth and stability while 'hosting' millions of refugees. Why not just recognize the alliance much the same way the alliance with the Soviet Union was officially recognized? Yes certain US factions will be ticked off, just like with the alliance with the Commies, too bad. Just have Obama show up in Tehran with a few Generals/Admirals in tow and everything will be fine, just like with Nixon in China. My guess is they also have real world experience in training police in that part of the world.

      So what's the point of sanctions even if the sanctions are successful? The US needs a strong stable Iran to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan. And I think that is the behind the scenes opinion at the Pentagon too. Which is why you don't hear much negative about Iran from actual serving US military commanders.

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