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  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake (6)
    • In 2012, Herman Cain proposed building a 20 ft. high electric border fence with this sign...

      "Warning!!! This fence will KILL you."

      Republicans laughed about it. They're laughing now.

    • A cartoon magnate?

  • Daily Show Iraq: Ahmed Albasheer Fights ISIL/ Daesh With Comedy (1)
  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
    • Who says that Sisyphus did not smile? If you love what you do, you'll never have to work a day in your life.

  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake (6)
    • Trump and others would do well to ask why there is so much emigration from Central America. They might find that the vast majority of these emigrants really don't want to leave home, but in great part the evil side of capitalism (local and American) has made life hell for many Central Americans. One of the more egregious and more recent of many horrific events was the overthrow of the democratically-elected government in Honduras approved by President Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Honduras is now another human rights and economic basket case.

  • Egypt's Draconian new anti-Terrorism Law threatens freedom of speech, Democracy (2)
    • Threatens democracy? I'ts a military coup, there is no democracy. Freedom of speech there gets you executed. All Morsi had to do was offer to open the border with Palestine and that was it for him. Democracy in Egypt was a step too far for Israel and the US.

    • Check Spain's new laws with huge fines for "disrespecting authority" and other craziness. link to t.co

  • If ISIL had burned down 4 Churches, it would have been Headline News (17)
  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake (6)
    • "The Donald" is not behaving this way because he's surrounded by yes men. Trump knows exactly what he is doing and has even doubled down on his remarks. He's just speaking honestly and showing how far right the Republican party has gone. Basically the Republican base feels the same way but don't come out and say it. Republicans also believe Muslim terrorists are sneaking across the border with thousands of illegal immigrants. They haven't said that recently.

      Latino leaders are demanding Republican presidential candidates condemn Trump in no uncertain terms or they risk losing any hope of support in 2016. The GOP candidates haven't done that for one reason: Blasting Trump risks losing support from the far right WHITE base. So, Trump gets a mild rebuke like "wholly inappropriate" or some other bullshit political phrases that don't really mean anything. All the other GOP candidates are praying Trump puts a sock in it.

      A democrat recently put The Donald's racist comments in a nutshell. If the Democratic party spent a BILLION dollars on negative campaigning they could not have gotten more bang for their bucks.

  • If ISIL had burned down 4 Churches, it would have been Headline News (17)
    • The "war on Christians" narrative is successfully used to stifle recognition of White Conservative Christian race war. Why does this work?

      Firstly, both White and Black Christian clergy seem to have an interest in denying that there is a racial schism within US Christianity. Why? If you took an opinion poll you'd likely find Black Christians are far to the left of both their own clergy and White Christians on economic issues and well to the left on social issues. The Black clergy has returned to its pre-MLK role as the enforcer of inequality, the worshiper of accumulation of private wealth as a solution, and the champion of patriarchy and misogyny. And I'm sure that as in the past, White conservative money is funneled to these preachers so that they can stamp out progressive elements in their number. Thus, when the media does their usual shallow thing and ask Black clergy about these incidents, they get pablum about forgiveness, not finger-pointing at the right-wing hate machine.

      Since the moderately-religious majority in America don't want to look too closely at these matters they accept that Christianity is united and conservative. So a war on any Christians is a war on Christianity, and a conservative Christian is a better Christian. The Christian Right has worked for decades to destroy liberal mainstream Christianity, and worse, to erase any memory of its existence. This allows it to claim to represent all Christians when it demands special rights to discriminate, which only its own reactionary minority is organized to use systematically to oppress others and re-establish America's caste system.

      Now they're at the stage of claiming the right to discriminate based on a "sincerely held belief". Do you really think that they won't pass more laws to define what's "sincere" so that Blacks can't claim a right to discriminate against Whites, or liberal Christians against fundamentalists? The people who currently burn churches will be satisfied that their own church is now safely on top. And the media will call that "peace".

  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake (6)
    • Every four years the GOP has at least one candidate whose role is to toss red meat to the Tea Party. Eight years ago....half governor Sarah Palin. Four years ago Santorum and "Death Panel" Bachmann.... this year the crown is passed to Donald Trump.

  • The Ghost of Soviet Collapse haunts the West: Military Hegemony isn't what it Used to Be (1)
    • I'd like to see what others have to say about this article, but I would point out that "policy" is action directed towards someone else. In our time that someone else has been nation-states or rebels against nation-states.

      Nation-states matter as an organizing principle, the basic legal unit of the human race since the destruction of autonomous tribes, nomadic hordes, etc. But they have not always been the format in which sovereignty is expressed. Meaning, that entity which most people are willing to kill for.

      We have had the age of monarchy, but within that was also the age of multi-ethnic dynastic empires, and the age of great religious movements under which many princes pledged to limit warfare with each other and unite if holy wars against rival faiths were necessary.

      We even have the spectacle of the Catholics and Protestants of 17th century at each other's throats in a Thirty Years' War, only for their descendants 150 years latter form completely different divisions over feudal monarchy versus republics and the Napoleonic system. What changed is what was sovereign.

      If the age of the nation-state is ending, I fear that the Age of Reason is also ending. We have no progressive organizing principle to replace the nation-state. Instead, the old monsters of religion and aristocracy are maneuvering to be the only options for ordinary people to return to. Every day it seems that extremist minorities and the oligarchs who finance them from Arabia to Arkansas are abrogating democracy and the social contract while citizens are sidelined by doubt, fear, and apathy.

      That is why "policy" doesn't work. It needs citizens to work against. Few questioned in 1945 holding the people of Germany collectively guilty for the acts of their nation-state even if not all of them ever voted for Hitler. If people stop believing in citizenship as a legal (vs racial or religious) responsibility, then they will freely give their loyalties and capacity for violence to anything that comes along, falling under the command of those fellow humans whose wills are as strong as their consciences are weak. At that point, there's no one to negotiate with because there's no list of relevant representatives. Warlords come and go, and if you don't know who controls a particular piece of land for the foreseeable future you can't sign a treaty about what happens there.

  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake (6)
    • the other jack 07/03/2015 at 4:51 am

      Immigration from Mexico to the US has declined but not because the Mexican economy has improved; Mexico's minimum wage buys less than half the basic food basket for a family and that is without counting expenditures for housing, transportation, clothing, or other necessities. The minimum wage is approxiately $5 per day. Not per hour, per day. Prosperity is not a principal cause for declining emigration from Mexico.
      In large part it reflects Mexico's reduced birthrate over the last 3 decades, a decline fueled by access to contraceptives, educational opportunities for women, and continuing urbanization. There are simply fewer people, particularly young males, in the age groups likely to fuel emigration. Second, crossingthe border without documents is increasingly dangerous not only due to the long hard trek but the threat of kidnapping and physical abuse. Third, the United States attaches higher priority to pursuing dishwashers than drug traffickers, an arrangement that favors those making money off the drug trade as well as the sale of arms back across the border to Mexico.
      All this said, Trump is held in low esteem in Mexico because he is regarded as an inept buffoon; Mexicans are accustomed to seeing the wealthy move adroitly behind the scene, not pee all over themselves in their eagerness to be in front of the camera. They understand Trump is appealing to a specific part of the American electorate but that the money players will make sure he does not come anywhere near the levers of power. A certain level of illegal immigration is needed to keep border surveillance occupied and routes open for narcotics importation. Trump will not be permitted to screw that up no matter what he says.

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
    • I hope that Bernie and/or someone(s) on his staff are reading Hunter S. Thompson's book Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail '72. It says some useful things about organizing with only moderate money but many willing people to make up for that lack of money.

      It also says some harsh things about how McGovern, after his unlikely victory over the Establishment Democrats, went on to try appeasing them and winning their support for Election '72. Thompson went into some detail about just how self-destructive and self-defeating THAT was.

      Why would that matter? Because if Sanders wins the nomination ( just as unlikely as McGovern), he will then have to decide whether to try "winning back" the Establishment Democrats or accept that they are his ( and ours) Evil Enemies who will collude against him to elect his Republican opponent. If he treats them as the Evil Enemies they are, he will at least keep the supporters who get him nominated. If he tries appeasing the Clintonite Obamacrat scum that he will have to defeat to get the nomination, he won't win over any scum-filth Clintobamacrats and he will lose all of his base supporters who would be appalled, disgusted and dispirited by his re-wooing of the allegedly humanoid filth-garbage whom he has just defeated.

      I hope he reads Thompson's book and takes this particular lesson to heart.

    • Meanwhile, at the other end of the political spectrum: "What Scott Walker’s Tenure Has Done to Wisconsin’s Workers: As he prepares for a presidential run, the governor’s labor legacy deserves inspection. Are his state’s “hardworking taxpayers” any better off?" By Donald Kettl - link to theatlantic.com

    • Perhaps if he had the backing of enough people he could tell The Lobby what he might really believe.

  • CNN Mistakes Dildo Banner For ISIS Flag (6)
  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
    • Paul Jurczak 07/02/2015 at 4:03 pm in reply to Phil

      Good point. Online edition has only this about Sanders today: "Bernie Sanders Raises $15 Million From a Wide Donor Base", which proves again that my decision to stop reading them in 2003 was correct.

  • Demonizing as Policy: Washington Elites divided over which state to declare Enemy No. 1 (5)
    • Russia exports oil, China imports it. That tells you something about why the party of Big Oil views Russia as an enemy and China as an ally. But the only sense I found in the Administration's remarks about Asia is the need to "secure" US investment in the region. In other words, to keep our bankers happy by using force and rigged rules to erect barriers to China's rising monster banks. The banks can't make enough money exploiting White people anymore.

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
    • Paris Deathrage 07/02/2015 at 2:27 pm

      I dont care much about saving owners of cab medallions (capital) from competition when each and every cab driver (labor) who works for bad wages for the rich cab medallion owner can (and likely will) go work for similarly bad wages at Uber.
      Uber is destroying a business that has acted as a cartel for years and you cite it as an example for american workers. I call it "creative waves of economic destruction" and its a goid thing. Uber is a great thing. Think about it. It will enable more and more households to eliminate buying a car. It works so much better than an antiquated taxi system its not even funny.
      But its a perfectly logical thing for the french to riot about. Protectionism at every level. And august in the south of france while the germans and the Finns take their wealth.
      Also--its just a popular delusion of most commentators that none of these issues is covered in the mainstream media.
      You all sound like Sarah Palin.
      Have you checked out Bernie on gun control? Enjoy.

    • I noted the same thing; however, consider if Hillary or any one of the republican candidates had spoken to such a crowd this early in the campaign. The NYTimes and other MSM would be all over it. It's a sad commentary.

    • In the unlikely event Sanders is elected president he will find another and bigger challenge before him - the Washington Establishment. The oligarchs from both parties through their agents in Congress will gang up on him. The media won't let up. The only way he can succeed is for the American people to do something mostly alien to their character - stand up for what is right. What is left of the union movement had better get its head out and quit supporting the candidate anointed by the contemptuous oligarchs of the Democratic (?) Party.

  • If ISIL had burned down 4 Churches, it would have been Headline News (17)
    • Burning down churches attended by non-Whites in our South is a nighttime hobby for toothless knuckle-dragging inbred wannabe-Confederate cowards.

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/02/2015 at 12:02 pm

      Senator Sanders is a working class champion. His message resonates because it's the truth for the working class.

      The capitalist, corporate media first tried to ignore him. Then they treated him as a long shot with no chance. Now, they have to do their jobs as propagandists for the capitalist class and the status quo and try and destroy him over something completely trivial and unrelated to his policies like a scream or something.

      Senator Sanders and his movement are threats to capitalist business and politics as usual.

      FEEL THE BERN!!!

      Go, Bernie! Go!

    • GrumpyWithoutCoffee 07/02/2015 at 11:58 am with 1 replies in reply to Phil

      Right you are - but of course there is a piece about Scott Walker. I don't agree with Sanders on Middle East policy, but at least on just about everything else he seems to realize that we are trying to have a civilization here!

    • The fact Bernie Sanders is categorized as a “liberal” by current media standards is an accurate basis of measurement for how far to the extreme right our country has lurched during the past half century.

      In the decade following WWII our country was unified in victory over enemy imperialism, racism and fascism. The national agendas of both the Republican and Democratic Party would be, by today's standards, indistinguishable from each other.

      Bernie Sanders is very close to being an “Eisenhower Republican” of the time or as the current retro-American frothing-at-the-mouth extreme right-wing Republicans term his political leanings - just another “socialist” or “commie.”

      Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • 2 Years after Coup, will Assassination of Egypt's Att'y General be Pretext for More Repression? (2)
    • Al Jazeera reports Muslim Brotherhood calling for Open Rebellion as a result of Egyptian Police slaughtering 13 unarmed prisoners

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far (13)
  • The Great Wall of Turkey? Ankara imagines DMZ w/ Kurds, ISIL (15)
    • Travis Bickle 07/02/2015 at 7:32 am in reply to Wally

      Good point. I've heard estimates of up to 3 million Syrians in Turkey, which Recep Bey has gone out of his way to accommodate in terms of social services, student access to universities at the expense of native citizens, etc. This, in a nation of roughly 75 million.

      Recep's history and commitment to Islam is long and open to be judged. He was jailed back in the 1990's and while he may be some flavor of Islamist, he couldn't be further away from having a Salafist vision (IMHO).

      I read today there are hints of a coalition forming, following the repudiation of the AKP in the recent elections. If this becomes a relationship viable enough to allow for pursuing the objective best interests of the country, short of empowering anyone's particular vision, it would be almost too much to hope for.

      Turkish waters run deep. Due to its geopolitical positioning as well as its cultural nuance, it'll be hard to overestimate its regional potential. Especially if Turkey chooses be become more active—in its own self-interest.

      This what kills me about the US, and comments from various quarters about Turkish policy. None of these characters has the wherewithal to second-guess what Turkey is choosing to do and why, and its ridiculous to confuse it's best interests and those of the US, of all people. Aside from this posting's scenario, which isn't that bad, the comments I generally see are appallingly ignorant.

  • Syria: When al-Assad Regime shuts off Internet, State Violence Spikes (1)
    • Is there something naive about these 'results'? Of course any side in a conflict that has the ability to mess with the enemy's communications will do so.

      Taking the Assad regime's fight against rebel groups out of context and calling it 'state violence' is misleading, and not helpful to any realistic characterisation of the nature of the conflict as it has evolved.

      'State violence' suggests (and is usually applied to) violence directed by a state against its civilian population, as in the Egyptian example; it's hardly the relevant description for a conflict between a state and coalitions of well resourced and armed rebel militias.

      Egypt and the CAR are much better representatives of the 'state violence' situation than Syria. Was this a case where the research focused on Syria because the Syrian case study (despite its lesser applicability) could provide better data?

  • 50 Egyptian Soldiers, others, Killed in Daesh Sinai Rebellion (1)
  • The Great Wall of Turkey? Ankara imagines DMZ w/ Kurds, ISIL (15)
    • ** [The Current Situation in Syria with Turkey] **

      1. The Turkish Army is amassing tanks on the border and wants to invade Northern Syria (Western Kurdistan / Rojava) to keep the Kurdish forces from connecting the Afrin Canton with Kobanê . Once YPG & YPJ are able to liberate and connect the Kurdish areas, then Turkey won’t have border access to re-supply their proxy army which is ISIS. The Kurds already cut off Turkey’s main route to supply ISIS last month directly north of Raqqa, which is why Turkey knows they must act urgently now before the Kurds turn and push West.

      2. The Turkish Govt is also arming al-Nusra and other jihadist “rebel” fighters in NW Syria with the hopes of: attacking Assad’s forces, creating a future barrier for the Kurds of Rojava and the KRG to having sea access to sell their oil, and opening up another potential supply line to ISIS if they are unable to do so with their own invading army between the Kurdish forces. However, Assad's forces currently have that route blocked.

      3. If Turkey did enter the ISIS-controlled areas of Rojava (Northern Syria) there of course wouldn't be any fighting between them and ISIS, as the latter are essentially the personal contra force for the Turkish Govt against the Kurds. ISIS would simply voluntarily vacate those areas for the Turkish army to move in and take their place.

      4. The only obstacle to Ankara's plan may be that the PKK has stated they will restart their guerrilla war within Turkey if the Govt invades their Kurdish allies in Rojava. Additionally, the Syrian Govt in Damascus along with their allies of Iran and Russia have also declared that they would assist the Syrian regime if Turkey took such illegal action and invaded. So the potential for a World War III flash point where the U.S. & NATO (of which Turkey is despicably an ISIS-arming member) are drawn into a larger conflict is clear. Insanely, in that scenario the U.S. & NATO could find themselves defending Turkey & ISIS against everyone else involved.

      ^ P.S. Only the U.S. could find themselves in a place where they are simultaneously bombing ISIS on behalf of YPG, bombing Assad on behalf of ISIS, and arming Turkey enabling them to attack the YPG. The only winners would be the bomb makers.

  • If ISIL had burned down 4 Churches, it would have been Headline News (17)