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Still think it's okay to discriminate Indiana?


Shrub got an intelligence award? Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

Dick Cheney was too busy to drive 10 miles to see CIA give George W Bush an award.


This year’s off-the-record event, officially the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award Ceremony, named for a Cold War-era CIA director, honored former President George W. Bush, an odd choice, it would seem, given all the trouble his administration caused the CIA (and NSA) during its eight years in office.


As for honoring Bush, McLaughlin said, It's not an intelligence award. It's an award for ‘service to the nation.’ Henry Kissinger, not an intelligence official, received the award last year.”

Gerald Komisar, a longtime former CIA veteran who is president of the foundation, told Newsweek, “We were very happy that Bush was able to accept our invitation.” Several senior members of the Bush administration also attended, including former White House chief of staff Andrew Card, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Fragos Townsend. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was deeply involved in the manipulation of Iraq WMD intelligence, according to numerous reports over the years, passed up the event. “We tried to reach out to him but we couldn’t pin him down,” said Komisar, a veteran of 31 years at the CIA. “He was busy.”

Bush was honored for the “totality of the eight years he was in office,” Komisar said in a phone interview. “There were a lot of people there who attested to the fact that he did a great deal for and with the intelligence community.”

funny on too many levels:

Virginia state agency cancels Jerusalem trip citing Israeli discrimination

The state agency that regulates the legal profession in Virginia has canceled a planned seminar in Jerusalem following objections over Israel’s discrimination against Americans of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim ancestry.



They really are a cute couple:


Harry Reid Gets Surprise Caller On KNPR

"Harry Reid is a fighter." —President Obama on the retirement of SenatorReid



AMY GOODMAN re: BUSHCO Post 9/11: 'We have to move from assessment to accounting & accountability'

"If we really care about national security and being a model for the world of justice," Goodman says of the George W. Bush administration's actions after 9/11, we have "to move from assessment to an accounting and to accountability." She also questions her fellow panelists Porter Goss, former CIA director, and John Negroponte, former director of National Intelligence about U.S.-led Iraq War, and its use of torture.



"I Need a Stiff Drink After That": John Negroponte on Being Questioned by Amy Goodman over Iraq War

Luckovich: "Our Founding Fathers"


Jon Stewart: "We finally figured out how to wage a proxy war against ourselves."

Jon Stewart declared complete bafflement on Thursday night's edition of "The Daily Show" as the U.S. entered into a bizarre entanglement in the Middle East that had him asking, "whose side are we on again?

"The Iran that we're currently crippling with sanctions and periodically threatening to bomb is now our...I don't wanna say ally," Stewart said. "Battle buddy?"

At the same time, America supported a coalition led by Saudi Arabia striking Iranian-backed fighters in another Middle Eastern nation, Yemen.

"Holy shit!," Stewart said. "It took decades of destablizing conflict but we finally figured out how to wage a proxy war against ourselves."

"We cut out the middleman, and now we're just punching ourselves in the dick."


Willie’s Reserve: Willie Nelson plans to open chain of marijuana stores in states where legal

Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores
Veteran country star plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, to sell in states where marijuana is legal

With marijuana becoming legal in an increasing number of US states, long time weed advocate Willie Nelson is to launch is own brand of the drug, as well as stores to sell it.

The 81-year-old country legend let slip his plans to launch his Willie’s Reserve brand while talking to the Daily Beast, which followed up by interviewing the infant brand’s spokesperson, pot lobbyist Michael Bowman.

“Right now we’ll focus on the states where legalisation has occurred, and as new states open up, those opportunities will present themselves on a state-by-state basis,” Bowman said, adding that “there will be movement” within the next year on opening the store.

Willie Nelson: 'If we made marijuana legal, we'd save a whole lotta money and lives'


Republican Congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for ACA horror stories


Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted the ABOVE image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the 5th anniversary of President Obama signing it into law. She asked constituents to share their Obamacare nightmare stories and well, the response probably wasn't what she expected. Below are a small sample of the comments constituents left on her page:

My story is that I once knew 7 people who couldn't get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides--and they pay less for them. Now, that's not the kind of story you want to hear. You want to hear made-up horror stories. I don't know anyone with one of those stories.

I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I'm a die hard conservative and I'm asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea! Thanks

With Obamacare, I saved 300 bucks a month premium.. I have more coverage.. I like ObamaCare and can't wait til we go to the next step... Medicare for ALL.

And now my daughter, diagnosed with MS at age 22, can have insurance. What do you plan to do with her?

My daughter is fighting for her life with stage 3 breast cancer! We are about to enter a second go round of diagnostic procedures and possibly more treatment after two full years of treatment! So yah! The ACA is more than helping! I resent that our rep thinks the only problems involve her personal story!

My plans are intact, premiums have increased as always, but what seems to be a lesser rate, my plan was not cancelled, I did not lose my doctor, I have not experienced reduced work hours, and it's actually freed me from the chains of employer based being the ONLY path to coverage. #FEARMONGER

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