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I agree btw, that post was in very poor taste

i apologize,

for choosing only one religion to dump on,
i am not fond of any of them...


Chuck Todd called out by Chris Matthews for misquote that will provide Republicans a talking point

Chuck Todd: ... They still haven't marketed healthcare very well.

Chris Matthews: As long as you have an intractable opposition -- I was hoping we'd get Orin Hatch in this health care bill. I was hoping to get Mike Enzi. These are all good people. They were negotiating. They all fell off because of fear of the Tea Party people. Same with immigration. Please God have a meeting between the President and the Speaker of the House this week before this ... meeting in public. I like it on television. What is your opposition to this immigration bill. Is it we don't have enough enforcement? I will give you more enforcement. Is it the hiring rules. We are going to enforce them. I promise we are going to enforce them. WHat do you want. So you are absolutely against any kind of amnesty for people who have been here over 20 or 30 years. Absolutely against it. Then when the President issues the executive order, people would understand he really tried to negotiate. Let me tell you something. We are negotiating with Tehran right now. We are desperately trying to cut a deal over nuclear weapons to the last moment. Why don't we have negotiations going on right now, between the two sides.

Chuck Todd then immediately counters Chris Matthews by listening to Matthews' statement from a Republican perspective instead of doing so from the perspective of a journalist. In effect he decided to move into the sound bite talking point arena instead of addressing the substance of the narrative.

Chuck Todd: ... I can hear Republicans now echoing 'He will negotiate with the Iranians he won't negotiate with us on immigration.

Chris Matthews: That's not the way I said it.

Chuck Todd: .. I am telling you how you are going to get requoted


The definition of "greed"

This Week In Science & Religion

James Risen: The Post-9/11 Homeland Security Industrial Complex Profiteers and Endless War

Unintimidated by the efforts of two administrations to force him to reveal a confidential source who disclosed the betrayal of the public by the government, Pulitzer Prize- winning New York Times reporter James Risen exposes more about the reality of greed, power and endless war in his new book, Pay Any Price. .

.......... Risen tells Truthout:
"Four trillion dollars is the best estimate for the total price tag of the war on terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and much of it has gone to shadowy contractors. It is one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history, and yet it has gone largely unnoticed."

Mark Karlin: In your third chapter, you state that the "corporate leaders at its vanguard can rightly be considered the true winners of the war on terror." You refer to these people as post-9/11, corporate entrepreneurs and opportunists. Can you provide a couple of brief examples?

James Risen: In chapter three, I focus on corporate leaders who have largely tried to avoid the limelight, but have nonetheless been among those who have profited the most from the war on terror. People like the Blue brothers, whose company, General Atomics, has produced the Predator and Reaper drones, the signature weapons of the global war on terror.

I also write about J. Philip London, executive chairman of CACI, the huge defense and intelligence contractor that was caught up in the Abu Ghraib scandal but then managed to continue to thrive in the war on terror, and Robert McKeon, a clever Wall Street maven who acquired Dyncorp as it profited from rival Blackwater's problems. McKeon eventually committed suicide, and the sale of assets by his estate after his death provided a glimpse at the massive wealth accumulated by the corporate leaders who benefit from being on the top rung of the war on terror.

Your prologue refers to the "homeland security-industrial" complex (including the related wars since 9/11) costing an estimated $4 trillion. Where did all that money go?

The Homeland Security Industrial Complex operates differently than the traditional Military Industrial Complex. Instead of spending on ships, airplanes and other big weapons systems, much of the money goes to secretive intelligence contractors who perform secret counterterrorism work for the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon and other agencies. Because it is all classified, there is no public debate about the massive amounts of money being poured into these contractors. And with little oversight, there is no way to determine whether these contractors have performed well or poorly. Four trillion dollars is the best estimate for the total price tag of the war on terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and much of it has gone to shadowy contractors. It is one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history, and yet it has gone largely unnoticed.


If you recall, just after 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney famously said that "the gloves come off." What that really meant was that the US was deregulating national security, getting rid of the rules and regulations that had governed national security since the post-Watergate reform era of the 1970s. As a result, we have conducted the war on terror in a climate in which there are few rules or limits on American actions. The message was clearly sent throughout the government that nothing should get in the way of stopping any future terrorist attack - and that message created a dangerous climate that we still live in today.

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Cleveland’s plan to fight blight? Demolish 6,000 homes Lots being redeveloped as parks, greenhouses

Cleveland’s plan to fight blight? Demolish 6,000 homes
Lots being redeveloped as parks, greenhouses

The city of Cleveland is undertaking an interesting plan to fight urban blight, crime and falling home prices.

Instead of attempting to rebuild foreclosed and abandoned homes in blighted neighborhoods, the city is demolishing them and turning the empty lots into parks, greenhouses, and in one case, a vineyard.

All in all, the city plans to demolish 6,000 foreclosed and abandoned homes, according to a report from CNN Money.

From the CNN Money report:

"For the larger body -- the neighborhood -- to survive, you have to remove those cancer cells," said Frank Ford, a policy adviser for the nonprofit Thriving Communities Institute of Cleveland.

During the housing bust, Ford worked at a community redevelopment group that renovated 50 foreclosed homes in Cleveland for $180,000 each. They sold the rehabbed homes for about $90,000 apiece; taking a $90,000 hit on each.

If they had spent that money to demolish nine or 10 foreclosed homes instead and turned the land into green space, it would have had an immediate beneficial impact, said Ford.

That’s just what the city is now doing. And it’s finding the program successful as well.


"Injuries Exaggerated" New Video Shows Wilson Leaving For Hospital After Murdering Michael Brown

Video shows Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson leaving for the hospital after shooting Michael Brown
Family says it appears claims of policeman's injuries were exaggerated

Last month, an unidentified source familiar with the investigation told the Post-Dispatch that Wilson said Brown punched him twice in the head during their initial encounter.

“He almost lost consciousness,” the source said of the officer’s account. Wilson described the 6-foot-4, 289 pound teen as “incredibly strong.”

“His face was swollen, so he’d obviously been hit or punched or something like that,” Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told ABC News in the aftermath of the shooting.

On Saturday, attorneys for Brown’s family said the video of Wilson coming and going from the police station contributes to their argument that the officer was unjustified in killing the teen.


Paul Krugman on Why the U.S.-China Agreement on Carbon Emissions Is a Really Big Deal

There are those, like new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who wring their hands over the “war on coal,” which is not making a lot of impact, Krugman points out, since coal mining employs few people, and they've already been defeated.

What makes the agreement truly meaningful, Krugman argues, is that even Americans who are worried about global warming (most people) have felt helpless to fight it with other developing countries like China continuing to pollute. And, until now, no one thought China would get on board to help protect the climate. In some ways, this has been understandable, Krugman writes.

America is not exactly the most reliable negotiating partner on these issues, with climate denialists controlling Congress and the only prospect of action in the near future, and maybe for many years, coming from executive orders. (Not to mention the possibility that the next president could well be an anti-environmentalist who could reverse anything President Obama does.) Meanwhile, China’s leadership has to deal with its own nationalists, who hate any suggestion that the newly risen superpower might be letting the West dictate its policies. So what we’re getting here is more a statement of principle than the shape of policy to come.

Still, though, there is a lot to cheer here, Krugman concludes.

Until now, those of us who argued that China could be induced to join an international climate agreement were speculating. Now we have the Chinese saying that they are, indeed, willing to deal — and the opponents of action have to claim that they don’t mean what they say.

Needless to say, I don’t expect the usual suspects to concede that a major part of the anti-environmentalist argument has just collapsed. But it has. This was a good week for the planet.


Uranus might be full of surprises

....when University of Arizona astronomer Erich Karkoschka took another look, he saw a different story. He presented his findings this week at the meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Association.

Karkoshchka believes that Uranus's southern hemisphere rotates in a way never before seen in gas giants. A gas planet's thick atmosphere, filled with clouds, typically shows the same rate of rotation at the top and bottom. But on Uranus, it seems, the southern hemisphere is cycling much more quickly than up north — as much as 15 percent faster.

"The unusual rotation of high southern latitudes of Uranus is probably due to an unusual feature in the interior of Uranus," Karkoshcka said in a statement. "While the nature of the feature and its interaction with the atmosphere are not yet known, the fact that I found this unusual rotation offers new possibilities to learn about the interior of a giant planet."

Data on gas giants in general are few and far between, so anything that Karkoshcka can glean about Uranus's core would help scientists understand the other planets like it.


Southern Hospitality?-Not So Much: “We true Southerners know where you live asshole!!!!!”

An Arkansas Unitarian Universalist church received a racist, anti-LGBT note after an area newspaper published a letter to the editor from a minister from the congregation. The letter to the editor, penned by Rev. Alice Hurley, expressed support for marriage equality and the separation of church and state.

The angry response came in the form of a typed, typo-ridden note that ranted against Communists, Muslims, and Socialists, and suggested that the recipient “move to Ferguson, Mo. … since you like s and queers so well.” It concluded with “We true Southerners know where you live asshole!!!!!”

According to the Arkansas Times blog, someone also shot a pellet gun at a church window; it is not certain whether the same person shot at the window as left the anonymous note.

The congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home, posed this note on its Facebook page Wednesday:

“Recently information has been posted online regarding the racial aggression that was directed towards our fellowship. Unfortunately this is a true incident. We appreciate your concern. The note was apparently in response to a letter to the editor by our Lay Minister Alice Hurley. As far as I know there has been no further action and all of the congregation is fine. We still welcome everyone to our fellowship.”

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