All The News Fit To Share: Equinox Wednesday

by: jlms qkw

Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 00:25:11 AM EDT



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Violets in the rain, under the rosebushes, my front yard.  
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CONFLICT

Iraq Anniversary: 10 Lessons from America's 'Dumb War'
Der Spiegel;  Sebastian Fischer

1. It was a "dumb war"

The phrase comes from Barack Obama. In the fall of 2002, then-Illinois state senator Obama told a crowd of people protesting against an impending invasion of Iraq: "I'm not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." A total of 1.5 million US soldiers served in Iraq. An estimated one-third of them suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. Over 30,000 of them were injured. And 4,422 died. What was the point? In January 2002, President George W. Bush declared: "The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons." On Feb. 5, 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell sat before the UN Security Council and assured its members (and the world) that: "There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more." But the dictator's suspected weapons of mass destruction were never found. In his 2006 biography, Powell characterized his UN presentation as a "blot" on his record. Today, many Americans are critical of the war. A poll conducted in early January by YouGov found that 52 percent of American's think the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, while only 31 percent still believe it was the right thing to do.

2. The war damaged America's image

America's invasion of Iraq isolated it in the world. President Bush's policies were viewed with greater skepticism in the West and created new enemies in the Arab world. In summarizing the moral damage the war inflicted on the US, SPIEGEL wrote: "For this war, America has broken international law, defamed allies and made the United Nations an object of derision." The torture scandal from Abu Ghraib, a prison on the western edge of Baghdad, has caused lasting damage to the proud democracy's moral reputation. US soldiers viewed themselves as liberators who uncovered the dictator's violations of human rights. But they were seen as occupiers, as a power that threw the country into chaos and a civil war that cost more than 100,000 Iraqis their lives.


There's the first two.

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Nato announces Afghanistan Wardak agreement

An agreement has been reached between Nato and the Afghan government on the withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak province, alliance officials have announced.

The agreement appears to bring to an end a bitter dispute between the coalition and the Afghan government.

The troops and their Afghan counterparts have been accused of murder and intimidation in the area.

Special forces and local police will now begin a phased withdrawal.

Afghan security forces will then take over on a district-by-district basis.

AROUND THE WORLD

Nation apologises for 'shameful' adoption past
The Age;

Prime Minister Julia Gillard decried the ''shameful mistakes of the past'' as she delivered a national apology on Thursday to tens of thousands of families torn apart by forced adoptions between the 1950s and 1970s.

Ms Gillard told a large audience gathered in federal Parliament's Great Hall that Australia recognised that the practice of removing babies from mothers deemed unfit to raise a child ''continue to resonate through many, many lives''.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was heckled loudly by some in the audience who appeared to object to his use of the terms ''birth parents'' and ''adoptive parents''.

One woman yelled out, ''We're not the birth mothers, we're the real mothers.''


The actual words of the apology are later in the article.  Also, Australia seems to have a bit of a leadership crisis right now, possibly.

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Will Parliament be third time lucky in passing rape law?
Nagendar Sharma , Hindustan Times

With the Lok Sabha clearing the anti-rape bill and the Rajya Sabha likely to give its nod on Thursday, this will be the Parliament's third attempt in 30 years, to update the definition and punishment for the offence of rape.

It remains to be seen whether the Parliament would be
third time lucky in its effort to provide a widely acceptable definition and an effective deterrent against rape.

The previous two changes made in criminal laws relating to rape were a consequence of public outrage following the December 16 gang rape in the capital.

Criminal laws were amended for the first time in 1983 to widen the definition of rape in the IPC  and to provide safeguards for rape victims.

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Agriculture a vital link
New Zealand Herald; Audrey Young

The fast-growing relationship between Burma and New Zealand should be seen as a commercial opportunity, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said yesterday shortly after the arrival of Burma's President and former general U Thein Sein.

Making use of New Zealand's agricultural expertise to help develop the poor state is likely to be high on the issues in talks today between the president and Prime Minister John Key.

President Sein Thein arrived with a large ministerial delegation - thought to be about eight ministers, including Foreign Minister U Wanna Maung Lwin.

US, Japan review worst-case plans for island dispute
AFP via Times of India

US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking disputed islands in the East China Sea if China moves to seize them, US officials said on Wednesday.

Japan's Nikkei newspaper first reported the talks, which prompted a strong reaction from China.

"We have contingency plans and we discuss them with allies," a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was "natural" that the two governments would confer on emergency scenarios given recent tensions.

Xi Jinping looks to boost ties during visit to Moscow
South China Morning Post; Cary Huang

President Xi Jinping will arrive in Moscow tomorrow on his first overseas trip as China's head of state. Russia has been chosen in a bid to further tap into the enormous shared geopolitical and business interests of the two neighbours, which share a complicated past.

First lady Peng Liyuan, a famous folk singer, will accompany her husband on the trip.

It will mark the couple's first public appearance together since Xi took the helm of the Communist Party in November.

Analysts expect Peng will be different from her predecessors by taking a more active role in community services to promote the country's "soft power", as her foreign counterparts often do.

Pakistan wants to see Tapi pipeline built soon: Zardari
AFP via Dawn.com

Pakistan attaches great importance to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) gas pipeline and wants to see the project built as soon as possible, said President Asif Ali Zardari here on Wednesday.

President Zardari was in the Turkmen capital to attend the Nauroz Festival that was also attended by other world leaders.

During his meeting with Turkmen President Dr Gurbanguly M. Berdimuhamedov, Mr Zardari said Turkmenistan could help Pakistan meet its growing energy needs. In return, Pakistan could provide a trade corridor to Turkmenistan - over land and through its ports.

He recalled that he had visited Turkmenistan also in December 2010 to discuss the 1,680-km Tapi pipeline, which would bring 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Turkmenistan's gas fields to Multan and culminate in the Indian town of Fazilka.


This is a new and different pipeline from the China-Iran one, I think.

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Turkey urged to seize Islamic banking chance
Hürriyet Daily News

The Turkish Islamic banking sector will triple in 10 years reaching $100 billion by 2023, while the country would have even more potential if it would meet the foreign demand by offering more of a variety of Islamic financial instrument, an Ernst & Young report has said.

Islamic banking, which follows the requirements of Shaira and does not charge interest, has emerged as a prominent system at a time when European banks that have been the backbone of global sector are only slightly recovering from the aftermath of the financial crisis. The Islamic banking sector offers great opportunities for Turkey as well, as the country seeks its share in interest-free banking in light of the value and market presence of Islamic banks, also known as participation banks.

Zim aides, Mtetwa denied bail
SAPA-AFP via Mail & Guardian

Their arrests marred a constitutional referendum last weekend.

"The court denies all the accused persons bail," ruled magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa after two days of hearings in the capital, Harare.

He said the staffers were facing serious charges including breaching state secrets laws, and so did not qualify for bail.

Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer who has represented the opposition and rights activists, was also denied bail after her arrest for allegedly shouting at the police during a raid of the prime minister's communications office on Sunday.


It's ~3 months until elections, & soon-to-be-former ( I hope) Pres. Mugabe attended the Pope's installation Mass.

Venezuelan presidential candidate Capriles pledges "not another drop of oil to Cuba"
MercoPress

Capriles has berated Nicolas Maduro as a weak imitation of the late Hugo Chavez, whose death two weeks ago convulsed the country and triggered the April 14 vote. The opposition also accuses the government of failing to fight crime and control inflation.

"The giveaways to other countries are going to end. Not another drop of oil will go toward financing the government of the Castros," Capriles said, referring to Cuba's present and past leaders, Raul and Fidel Castro.

"Nicolas is the candidate of Raul Castro; I'm the candidate of the Venezuelan people," Capriles said during a speech to university students in the oil-rich state of Zulia.


I sincerely hope there is more to the Venezuelan elections than pro- or anti-Cuba.  

A young patient on a malaria vaccine trial in Manica, Mozambique.
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Malaria vaccine test results disappoint
Guardian; Sarah Boseley

Optimism over the new malaria vaccine being tested in Africa could be set to fall after results suggested its effect could reduce over time and that it disappears fastest in children who are most exposed to malarial mosquito bites.

Scientists point out that they will need to see the full results, from large-scale trials of thousands of children, before they really know how useful the vaccine - developed by GlaxoSmithKline and known only as RTS,S - will be.

But the tests follow a string of disappointing results, which have clearly shown how difficult it is to make a vaccine to protect against the disease, which kills more than 650,000 children, most of them very young, a year.

IMF chief's home searched in corruption probe
AlJazeera

French police have carried out a raid on International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde's Paris home in connection with a probe into her handling of a high-profile scandal when she was a government minister.

Wednesday's investigation concerns Lagarde's 2007 decision to order a panel of judges to arbitrate in a dispute between disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie and the bank Credit Lyonnais, which led to Tapie being awarded almost $500m.

Lagarde, who at the time was former president Nicolas Sarkozy's finance minister, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case.

"This search will help uncover the truth, which will contribute to exonerating my client from any criminal wrongdoing," said Yves Repiquet, Lagarde's lawyer.

"Mrs. Lagarde has nothing to hide," he added.

South Korea: Initial investigation shows Chinese address source of cyberattack at 1 company
AP via WaPo

A Chinese Internet address was the source of a cyberattack on one company hit in a massive network shutdown that affected 32,000 computers at six banks and media companies in South Korea, initial findings indicated Thursday.

It's too early to assign blame - Internet addresses can easily be manipulated and the investigation could take weeks - but suspicion for Wednesday's shutdown quickly fell on North Korea, which has threatened Seoul and Washington with attack in recent days because of anger over U.N. sanctions imposed for its Feb. 12 nuclear test.

South Korean regulators said they believe the attacks came from a "single organization," but they've still not finished investigating what happened at the other companies.


Raise your hand if you're surprised!

UTAH

Suspected Girl Scout cookie thief surrenders to police
Salt Lake Tribune; Jim Dalrymple II

A man suspected of stealing the cash box from Girl Scouts selling cookies in Taylorsville turned himself in Wednesday after four days on the run.

Steven A. Kvenvold, 24, surrendered to police in Taylorsville at about 6 p.m., according to Unified Lt. Justin Hoyal. Kvenvold is suspected of grabbing a cash box from a Girl Scout cookie table Saturday outside a Wal-Mart at 5469 S. Redwood Road (1700 West). Hoyal did not have information on what prompted Kvenvold to give up.

Police say Kvenvold approached the Girl Scouts of Troop 2532 around 4 p.m. and pretended to be interested in buying Thin Mints. Instead he grabbed the cash box and jumped in a car.

Kayla Long, 24, drove that car, police say. Long was arrested earlier this week on unrelated warrants and police learned afterward that she allegedly was involved in the crime. Police have impounded the car allegedly used by the duo during the theft.

OTHER

Washington Post's Outlook section avoids these words and phrases

4 Amazing Black Women They Don't Tell You About in School

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From that Alternet article: these 4 black women (2.00 / 7)
4 Amazing Black Women They Don't Tell You About in School

Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman

Born into slavery in Claverack, New York around 1742, Freeman, at a reported six months old, was sold, along with her sister, to John Ashley of Sheffield, Massachusetts, a judge in the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas. Enslaved to Ashley until she was almost 40, Freeman was spurred to action when the mistress of the house Hannah Ashley tried to hit her sister with a heated kitchen shovel. Freeman intervened and was hit instead, leaving the house, vowing to never come back.

She challenged her slavery in court under an early Massachusetts law and her battle set some precedents.

Callie House

In 1894, House, along with Isaiah Dickerson, who had worked with white political activist William Vaughn around reparations in Omaha, Nebraska, organized the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty, and Pension Association.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

Born into privilege in Boston in 1842, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin used her education and background to uplift black women. Married at age sixteen to George Lewis Ruffin (who would later become Harvard Law School's first black male graduate, the first African-American elected to the Massachusetts state legislature and to the Boston City Council, and the first African-American municipal judge in Boston), Ruffin, a suffragist, helped Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Stone form the American Woman Suffrage Association in Boston in 1869

Johnnie Tillmon

Through anonymous letters, Tillmon organized more than 300 of her Watts housing project neighbors in protest in 1963, leading to the formation of the Aid to Needy Children-Mothers Anonymous.[...] Tillmon injected the particular rights and concerns of poor black women into the national feminist and civil rights dialogue. In the pivotal essay "Welfare is a Women's Issue," published in Ms. magazine in 1972, Tillmon argued that because 99 percent of families on Aid to Families with Dependent Children were headed by women, welfare was indeed a women's issue

There's more, lots more.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


there is a great piece on Johnnie Tillmon (2.00 / 7)
in Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle

which using google books will pull up to read online.
I met her when she was organizing for the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO).



"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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thank you for filling in (2.00 / 4)
i was kind of in a hurry last night.  

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More UTAH: I think they might need a history lesson, too (2.00 / 6)
Utah Schoolchildren Asked To Celebrate Fossil Fuels And Mining On Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22, and today is the last day children in Utah can send in their submissions for the state-sponsored Earth Day poster contest lauding fossil fuel production.

This year's theme is "Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?"

Last year's theme was "How Do YOU Use Oil, Gas, and Mining?"

Er, Earth Day ... from Senator Gaylord Nelson, D-WI:

Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.[...]

[Gaylord] Nelson had conceived the idea for his environmental teach-in following a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969. Outraged by the devastation and Washington political inertia, Nelson proposed a national teach-in on the environment to be observed by every university campus in the U.S.

   I am convinced that all we need to do to bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster is to present the facts clearly and dramatically. To marshal such an effort, I am proposing a national teach-in on the crisis of the environment to be held next spring on every university campus across the Nation. The crisis is so imminent, in my opinion, that every university should set aside 1 day in the school year-the same day across the Nation-for the teach-in.




Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Yikes. (2.00 / 6)
Talk about being unclear on the concept!

It's such a shame that Utah should be this way. In the 19th century LDS teachings were strong on environmental stewardship, not befouling natural surroundings and making wise and judicious use of the earth's resources. ::sigh::

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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If I recall, "stewardship" is in the bible (2.00 / 7)
Yup (PDF)
Lev. 25:23-24. The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.

Jer. 2:7. I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and you made my inheritance detestable.



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Yep, there are all kinds of references to stewardship. (2.00 / 7)
Jesus himself offered parables on wise stewardship.

And in the language of the King James bible (early modern English, that is) a steward was one to whom responsibility for running the estate was given during the lord's absence...

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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and dominion (2.00 / 5)
too.  freaking old bad translations . . .

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Heh, dominion. (2.00 / 5)
I actually wrote a diary about that word for Street Prophets a long time ago. Ppl today misunderstand what "dominion" really means: it's merely acting as the owner (the "lord") would act in managing property. It doesn't necessarily mean "dominate" as we use that word, i.e. running roughshod over all creation. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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the legislature, a year ago, iirc (2.00 / 5)
passed a law that said curriculum had to teach about the benefits of extractive industries.  the jobs, the stuff, yay for extractive industries.  

i'm sure it came straight from ALEC and may not be the only bill like it on the books.  


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This guy likes it (2.00 / 4)
Rep. Steve Stockman @SteveStockmanTX
Wonderful! RT @NRO Utah Earth Day contest asks students to make poster about importance of oil, gas, and mining: http://ow.ly/jiaow
5:31 PM - 21 Mar 13

He is the guy who wants to impeach President Obama for executive actions on gun violence.



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Another "isolated incident" (2.00 / 5)
8th Grader Dead After Shooting Self In Head At Middle School
An eighth-grade student near Detroit, Michigan brought a gun to his middle school Thursday and committed suicide with a shot to the head in an upstairs bathroom.

"This was an isolated incident with just that student," superintendent Bill Grusecki said Thursday at a press conference.

Meanwhile, the NRA has scared the Senate into taking two important measures, the ban on assault weapons and the limiting of the size of magazines, off the table. And they are threatening to disembowel cause the electoral demise of anyone who votes for the remaining provision: expanded background checks.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


suicides (2.00 / 5)
the nra is a lie.  

2/3 of gun deaths are suicides - ~20,000 a year.  military suicides.  adolescent suicides.  


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Yoko Ono tweets: (2.00 / 5)
Yoko Ono @yokoono
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon
11:36 AM - 20 Mar 13



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Q Poll says background checks are overwhelmingly supported. (2.00 / 2)
As Senate Pushes Background Checks, Another Poll Shows Wide Public Support
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University released Friday showed that 88 percent of voters nationwide support universal background checks while a paltry 10 percent is opposed. Eighty-five percent of gun voters are also in favor, according to the poll.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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House passes Ryan Budget ... for the third straight year (2.00 / 5)
Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-WA): Americans Rejected The Ryan Budget In The Election
"I am disappointed that instead of moving toward compromise and a truly balanced approach to tackling our economic and fiscal challenges, House Republicans decided to double down on the failed policies that the American people rejected just a few months ago".

As Dick Cheney famously said: "So?".

One of these election cycles we will have enough mass to make the Republicans pay for ignoring the will of the majority of Americans. And the price they will pay will be their reduction to a permanent minority status.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Elizabeth Warren..... (2.00 / 6)
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable - and she knows it.

"She is one of the most knowledgeable people to enter the Senate in a long time," says Reed. "She is thoughtful, methodical, pleasant, and she wants to co-operate." Warren's sharp exchanges in hearings, he says, are "not just an exercise in rhetoric."

"Behind the scenes she is being herself," Franken says. "She has strong progressive views. But, in her interactions she's a lovely, nice person."

She also has the advantage of being able to work on a six-year time horizon - and, realistically, as long as she wants to stay there.

And that might be what scares her Wall Street enemies the most. There is no amount of money, or scurrilous attacks, likely to cause her downfall at the polls.




Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

She could be the senator there for a long long time. (2.00 / 4)
And that makes me smile!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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David Horsey, in The LA Times (2.00 / 4)
I haven't looked at his page for awhile.....he's been busy, and as always insightful and funny. I've linked to the Top of the Ticket page, but the quote is from the Congress at Work cartoon.

As long as the ideological deadlock remains, gimmicks may be the only option lawmakers have to lurch vaguely in the right direction, but it is a terrible way to govern the country that is supposed to be the world's shining example of democracy. Conservatives may have to adjust their mantra that government is the problem. In fact, self-government seems to be our biggest headache.



Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

Exactly: "it is a terrible way to govern the country" (2.00 / 4)
Despite real world evidence that divided government does not work, some people still think that it is a way to check the power of a single party. They believe that electing both Republicans and Democrats will result in bi-partisan solutions to problems.

That is only true when both parties are sane. Right now the group of politicians with the R after their names is not sane. They are not even ideologically coherent, being made up of the teapartiers with the anti-debt anti-deficit obsession and the haters: religious bigots and racists.

There are no bi-partisan solutions and there won't be until Republican voters purge their party of the crazies and send reasonable men and women to Congress. I don't see that happening for a long long time, partly because of the gerrymandering that created more blue-proof districts than ever before and partly because the power of the incumbency is so strong.

2014 will be too soon for that change to happen and it makes me very sad that the Obama presidency will be wasted in a holding pattern, only able to stop the worst from happening ... and maybe not even that.



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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While I am very grateful President Obama is mitigating (2.00 / 3)
the "worst of it" as best he can I become very wistful thinking of the President he could be if the inevitable changes would just happen faster. My hope is that his post presidency will be a time when he can be even more effective.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Yep. (2.00 / 4)
As we all know, Democratic presidents tend to do more good after leaving office than the R's, who instead prefer endless rounds of golf (or clearing brush, heh).

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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That "heh" gave me flashbacks. (2.00 / 4)
He was such a ghastly president.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I'd just as soon forget, BUT... (2.00 / 3)
...it's important that we remember, so that we're better-equipped to prevent anything like that happening again!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
::nod:: (2.00 / 3)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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He will be remembered for the ACA just like LBJ will be remembered for Medicare and FDR for Social Security. (2.00 / 3)
His administration may yet have the chance to work on some of our pressing long term needs like green energy initiatives and education and poverty. But I will not hold my breath waiting for it to happen. I want to live!

And yes, I expect him, as a pretty young guy, to not retire to a life of leisure. Actually, I am hoping that OFA - Organizing for America - takes on a post-Obama Administration role to find and support good candidates who have the same vision for the future.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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HAHAHA!! "Buy my products ... the ones I don't use" (2.00 / 3)
Google's Eric Schmidt Uses A Blackberry
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt foregoes his company's Android mobile phones and instead uses a Blackberry,

He also hates the "small tablet" format used on his Google Nexus product and prefers the Apple full iPad format.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Ryan's budget passes in the House, fails in the Senate. (2.00 / 3)
The 10 Republicans Who Voted Against The House GOP Budget
Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Paul Broun (R-GA), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Joe Heck (R-NV), Walter Jones (R-NC), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and David McKinley (R-WV).

Most of these guys voted for the "more draconian Republican Study Committee alternative". The guy from NY probably realizes that he is one of only a handful of Northeastern Republicans and is hoping to hold his seat.  

Senate Votes 40-59 To Reject Ryan Budget Senate Votes 40-59 To Reject Ryan Budget

Republican Sens. Mike Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX), Dean Heller (NV), Susan Collins (ME) and Rand Paul (KY) joined a unified Democratic caucus in voting against it. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) missed the vote.

My guess is that Cruz, Lee, and Paul voted against it because it was not mean enough. I am not sure about Heller but Nevada is trending purple, although he was just elected to a full 6-year term so he is pretty safe.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


"not mean enough" (2.00 / 2)
Yes, I expect.  

Love anyway.

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FAA to close (2.00 / 3)
149 air traffic control towers.

And if ya can close them temporarily, really, who needs 'em? May as well shut them down completely. Air safety is overvalued...

Love anyway.


Rich people will be very sad. (2.00 / 3)
UES WAUKESHA COUNTY WAUKESHA WI

This airport serves Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and GE Medical Systems. And a lot of very rich folks in blood-red Waukesha County.

Let them lean on the Republicans.

Paul Ryan's airport?
JVL SOUTHERN WISCONSIN RGNL JANESVILLE WI

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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