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Phil Donohue: Bush took nation & whole media establishment by the ear & led it right into the sword

PHIL DONAHUE: And interesting—interesting, really. At that time, half the political voice in this nation was silenced, really. And I believe most people at that time opposed this war. Most people did. What are we—why—how come over there? And yet, every metropolitan—every major metropolitan newspaper in this country supported the invasion of Iraq. Think about that for a minute. Every major metropolitan—this is what you can do with the politics of fear, that Bush took this whole nation and the whole media establishment by the ear and led it right into the sword. Amazing, in the land of free speech, free press.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you see the same thing happening again right now?

PHIL DONAHUE: Well, obviously, you can see that it has slowed us up. But it looks like that's all it's done. And while we have been, you know, hesitant and not "bring them on" with the war lust that we had then, mission creep is underway. What happens when somebody is taken prisoner? I mean, we have become a warrior nation, and we have no respect for diplomacy. And we've just stood mute while the Constitution has been just shredded. This is a nation of law, unless we're scared.



http://truth-out.org/news/item/27402-legendary-talk-show-host-phil-donahue-on-the-silencing-of-antiwar-voices-in-us-media

If we really want to honor veterans like Tomas Young-Prosecute George W Bush/Dick Cheney For Murder

Tomas Young was right.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are guilty of murder, including his. They knowingly sent thousands of young Americans to die in a fight that was a based on a lie, a lie they cooked up to fuel their own political ambitions and to save the finances of Halliburton.


If that isn't cold-blooded, I don't know what is.

.................

Every day that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney spend outside of jail is an insult to the memory of real patriots like Tomas Young.

So let's stop pretending like these two illegitimate politicians are anything other than what Tomas Young and the rest of the world knows they are - criminals - and start enforcing the law.

Let's prosecute Bush and Cheney for murder.

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MORE:
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/27417-george-w-bush-killed-tomas-young


Looking forward hasn't done a goddamn thing to make things better
You might even say, NOT looking back has only made matters worse
America, it is past time for soul searching
Just Look at yourself...

peace (yeah silly, i know),
kp

Pelosi: "Congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody"

Quote of the Day

November 12, 2014By Taegan Goddard

“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”


— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), quoted by Politico.
http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/12/quote-of-the-day-805/

Luke Russert of MSNBC dressed as a very big fish-wearing a very small barrel

Luke Russert Asks If SCOTUS Gutting ACA Would Be A 'Silver Lining' For Dems Following Midterm Losses

MSNBC, The Cycle, Nov. 10, 2014. Luke Russert asks Democratic strategist Angela Rye if the Supreme Court gutting the Affordable Care Act would be a "silver lining" for Democrats following their losses in the midterms because it would energize their base for 2016. Never mind the real damage it would do to real people's lives, Russert wants to talk about the political implications.


video if you can stomach it here:
http://crooksandliars.com/cltv/2014/11/luke-russert-asks-if-scotus-gutting
via: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Legacy_Customer_At_The_Old_Cafe

Republican Talking Points

Major Climate Deal With China Just Weakened The GOP's Favorite Argument Against Reducing Emissions

Republicans have so far been largely silent on President Barack Obama's surprise announcement of a climate deal between the United States and China.

In the past, many in the GOP have used China's apparent unwillingness to agree to such a deal as an excuse for America to stand pat as well. One clip posted on YouTube by Climate Desk shows Republican lawmakers repeatedly saying the U.S. can't act until other major emitters such as China do so.

Now that China has agreed to a deal, will anything change? Probably not: It's worth noting that these same lawmakers also name other major emitters such as India and Mexico as obstacles to changing emissions standards in the U.S.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/climate-deal-republicans_n_6143460.html

Awkward: Watch a Supercut of Republicans Using China as an Excuse to Do Nothing About Climate Change

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/11/awkward-supercut-republicans-using-china-excuse-climate-inaction?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

Ferguson mayor wearing NRA hat?

:large
https://twitter.com/aseitzwald/status/532202737430462464





I mean really, is this ok, is it necessary?

They Are Who We Thought They Were (Republicans And Their War On Our Kids)

My son was born in 1981 by 2050, at the threshold of that second half of his century, he’ll face the world we make for him now. The Republican party is conspiring with their paymasters in ways that will make his world significantly worse than the one our parents’ generation left for us.




They Are Who We Thought They Were (Republicans And Their War On Our Kids)
Posted by Tom Levenson at 11:58 am
Nov
11
2014

Republican priorities are — not “becoming,” because they always were — clear. Facing the one unequivocal existential threat to the American way of life (for starters) over the next century, here’s the GOP response to the oncoming rush of human-caused global warming:

The new Republican Congress is headed for a clash with the White House over two ambitious Environmental Protection Agencyregulations that are the heart of President Obama’s climate change agenda.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the next majority leader, has already vowed to fight the rules, which could curb planet-warming carbon pollution but ultimately shut down coal-fired power plants in his native Kentucky. Mr. McConnell and other Republicans are, in the meantime, stepping up their demands that the president approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry petroleum from Canadian oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

At this point, Republicans do not have the votes to repeal the E.P.A. regulations, which will have far more impact on curbing carbon emissions than stopping the pipeline, but they say they will use their new powers to delay, defund and otherwise undermine them. Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, a prominent skeptic of climate change and the presumed new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is expected to open investigations into the E.P.A., call for cuts in its funding and delay the regulations as long as possible.


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http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/11/11/they-are-who-we-thought-they-were-republicans-and-their-war-on-our-kids/

MORE Proof:
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg2/ar5_wgII_spm_en.pdfhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/us/politics/republicans-vow-to-fight-epa-and-approve-keystone-pipeline.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Noble chins, my ass...

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and, btw, you forgot the horns,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/george-bush-painting_n_6134250.html

peace,
kp

From Last Year: The Last Letter-A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran


The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young


I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.




http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/the_last_letter_20130318
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