You can use the micro spy remote to discreetly change the channel whenever you are in a public place and Fox News is on. You'll be doing your small part in raising the nation's collective IQ.
An American Army sergeant shot and killed five fellow soldiers following an altercation at a counseling center on a military base in Iraq Monday, officials said. The attack drew attention to the issues of combat stress and morale among soldiers serving multiple combat tours over six years of war.
The suspect had been disarmed after an earlier incident at the center but returned with another weapon, according to a senior military official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into the shootings was ongoing.
Somehow I don't think you're going to hear Sean Hannity talk about the anger issues that our returning veterans are dealing with; anger issues that could very well make them susceptible to the revenge fantasies of the militia movement. Of course we don't know what this particular soldier's motivation was, nor do we know that he in particular would have been targeted for recruitment by the eliminationists in this country. But just as we did the men returning from Vietnam no favor by ignoring the psychic wounds they suffered as the result of fighting in an unnecessary war, so do we do the veterans of George Bush's Iraq Adventure no service by ignoring the wounds they are bringing back. We can only hope that back stateside they can continue to get the help they may need so that they don't decide that killing Jews and other "nonwhites" to save the white race is a good course of action.
Worse, President Obama has announced an Afghan surge, sending tens of thousands more U.S. troops to a nation that has been wracked with war for centuries, on the thin pretext that America is somehow endangered by Pashtun tribesmen on the edge of the world.
We face another 10 years of "pacifying" Afghanistan – and risk getting sucked into the same hopeless situation in Pakistan.
Perennial handjob Alan Keyes was arrested during a protest on Notre Dame's campus. He was protesting the university's decision to invite Obama to speak at its commencement, and to award him an honorary degree... But the politician and former presidential candidatet had come to Notre Dame specifically to be arrested, something he announced in a letter he'd written and released beforehand...
I may surprise you a little bit. I endorse this resolution…with a few caveats. I say the Democrats should vote this bill up as long as there is a little quid pro quo: the Republicans reciprocate by going along with the next couple of Supreme Court nominations Obama makes. Fair enough, I think.
Then, since 2010 is the Year of the Bible, we get to say that all subsequent years are Not the Year of the Bible, and be done with it.
An anonymous (why?) Obama staffer is breathless, so struck s/he can't imagine a more significant step than highly profitable health insurance corporations voluntarily cutting expenses by more than one per cent.
The daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain reportedly threw a fit when she was stopped by security at the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday night because she had two friends in tow and only brought two tickets, according to the New York Daily News.
"The security guard sent her to talk to someone to sort out the situation but Meghan got bratty and nastily told him, 'We'll just stand here then,' like an insolent child," a snitch told the paper. "She muttered to her friends, 'Does he even know who the f--- I am?'"
McCain's ticket tirade seemed uncalled for since invites to the annual Washington, D.C., gala attended by the president and members of the press were very difficult to come by -- but McCain "thought she didn't have to follow the same rules as everyone else," an insider told the News.
She was "complaining about everything from the air-conditioning to the wait," the source told the News.
McCain expressed what appeared to be frustration at the dinner in an entry on her Twitter page.
"WH correspondents dinner is a clusterf--- so far..." she wrote.
McCain, who writes a weekly column for the Daily Beast and has a book about life as a GOPer slated for release, was also ticked off by Wanda Sykes' roast of her mother.
"Sen. McCain gave you grief about the new helicopters you didn't order," the comedian said during the dinner. "I think Mr. McCain was a little bitter because he wanted to be in the new helicopters. Mr. McCain, I'm sure if you ask nicely, your wife will buy you a new helicopter."
McCain didn't find the humor in Sykes' rant.
"I didn't like the joke about my mom," she said told the News after the dinner. "Why talk about her at all? I (didn't mind the jokes) about my dad, but leave my mom out of it. It really wasn't in good taste."
And what difference does it make if it worked? If you're broke, bank robbery works really, really well. Breaking the law - even if you claim to have a really good reason for doing so - is breaking the law. As legal defenses go, this isn't one - there are legal ways to get money, just as there are legal ways to get information.
It's a Rovean plot to save the Republican party. It's contingent on another terrorist attack happening at some point, but if Cheney is out there telling America that Barack Obama is feeding al-Qaeda a porridge of our tasty civil rights instead of slamming suspects around, then should a mall in Dubuque go up in a mushroom cloud, who's gonna seem like they were never wrong? Or...
It's an ass-saving, investigation poisoning act. Let's say that an investigation into torture authorization (or lying under oath about torture authorization) leads right to him. Cheney's on the record protestations that it saved lives, unchallenged by the media, abrogates any revelations and gets out there his defense. It upends the process of allegation and alibi and, barring any major new information, renders many of the conclusions of an investigation either moot or contradictory.
As part of the aid, this year Israel will receive $2.5 billion, in 2010 - $2.775 billion, and in 2011 the sum will reach $3 billion. In total, the security aid Tel Aviv is slated to receive from Washington stands at some $30 billion until 2019.
Nancy Greggs: CNN: Funniest "News Source" Evah!http://journals.democraticunderground.com/NanceGreggs/503
Beginning this week end, the Naples (FL) Daily News is running a lengthy 3-part investigative series titled Ave Maria: A Town Without a Vote. According to the article, when legislation creating the new town surrounding Catholic Ave Maria University was enacted, it also contained unusual provisions giving ongoing control to the town's founder, former Domino Pizza owner Tom Monaghan, and and to local landowner Barron Collier Cos. The paper reports: "The law makes landowners, not registered voters, the ultimate authority in Ave Maria. The law ensures Monaghan and Barron Collier Cos., as the largest landowners, can control Ave Maria's government forever." The web page linking to the series also contains links to numerous primary source documents relating to the governmental structure of the town, and to its legality.
A former executive of Bear Stearns has sued for a $2 million bonus he says he is owed.
According to former senator Bob Graham, he wasn't briefed on torture either.
British journalist and historian Andy Worthington, an expert and author on Guantanamo, reports that the man who had supplied a key false tie between Iraq and al-Qaeda - after being tortured in Egypt, where he had been rendered by the U.S. - has died in a Libyan prison. "Dead of suicide in his cell," according to a Libyan newspaper.
But, as linked to by Abu Muqawama, McChrystal has his own skeletons, including the cover-up of Pat Tillman's death and the operation of black camps where prisoners were tortured. Note that what was going on under McChrystal's command was so brutal that even the CIA refused to take part, in the same way and for the same reasons that the FBI refused to take part in what the CIA was doing.
When what is going on was so brutal that even the torturers were squeamish, something was going on that requires some serious investigations. McChrystal may be a terrific general. Yet if he was indeed one of the officers who were in the ring of torturers, his appointment may be a propaganda windfall for the enemy.
Springbored also points out that General Petraeus now owns the Afghan War. He also suggests that one of the reasons McKiernan was fired was because of logistical failures, which is rather amusing, given that in the last administration, the excuse for logistical failures was a snarky "you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you need."