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Cole Does Cheney

“When you chop wood, chips fly”

After discussing Israel's attempts to minimize civilian casualties, and the pilot's anger at those who claim Israeli pilots disregarded civilian lives, the following moment takes place. The dialogue below occurs just after the pilot expresses that he is at peace with the efforts he saw military personnel take to limit civilian casualties:

Nonetheless, I say, many children and women were killed.

“When you chop wood, chips fly,” A. says.

"Do you know who said that before you?" I ask.

“No,” he says.

“Stalin."

He is shocked. “Delete that, delete that I said that,” the pilot asks.


I didn’t delete it. These pilots are wonderful people, but there is a limit to what I can do for the sake of their image.

It is a remarkable moment, the simultaneous acceptance of 'collateral damage' amongst Palestinians, and the horror that the metaphor used to represent such acceptance is one made famous by Stalin.

That horror is both a mirror into which most Israelis prefer not to gaze and a window most Israelis want blocked by opaque curtains, something which could equally be said regarding the United States and its drone campaign.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4565631,00.html
http://www.gendercide.org/case_stalin.htmlhttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/01/1326261/--Delete-I-said-that-the-Israeli-pilot-asked

Repukes/MSM to America: We have to panic, and we have to panic now.

There’s a new message coalescing around events in the Middle East, coming from Republicans, the media, and even a few Democrats: It’s time to panic. Forget about understanding the complexities of an intricate situation, forget about unintended consequences, forget about the disasters of the past that grew from exactly this mind-set. We have to panic, and we have to panic now.


The centerpiece of every Sunday show yesterday was a sentence that President Obama spoke in a press conference on Thursday. He answered a question about “going into Syria” by saying that we shouldn’t “put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Naturally, Republicans leaped to argue that Obama wasn’t actually talking about military action in Syria, but about dealing with the Islamic State (or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) more generally, and who knows what else. Many in the media took the same line. The first rule of a “gaffe” is that it should be taken out of context, and then the discussion should quickly be shifted away from whatever it was actually about to how, thus decontextualized, it might be perceived.

So on “Meet the Press,” Andrea Mitchell ignored the fact that the question Obama was answering was about U.S. military action in Syria, and asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein, “is the president wrong to signal indecision by saying that we still don’t have a strategy against ISIS?” When that didn’t elicit a sufficiently strong condemnation from Feinstein, Mitchell pressed on: “Doesn’t that project weakness from the White House?” Obviously, there’s nothing worse than “signaling indecision” or “projecting weakness.” Not even, say, invading a country without having a plan for what to do after the bombs stop falling.

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And let’s be clear about this, too: the position of the people who pretend to be horrified at Obama’s “gaffe” about not having a strategy for invading Syria is that we don’t need a strategy. As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) — a man who wants to be commander in chief — said, “we ought to bomb them back to the stone age.” Having a carefully constructed plan that takes into account not just what you want to blow up but what the consequences of American action will be in the coming months and years? That’s for wimps. We should just invade, yesterday if possible, and worry about all the messy stuff later. After all, it worked in Iraq in 2003, right?
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/09/01/on-the-islamic-state-the-voices-counseling-panic-grow-louder/

Ferguson police are using body cameras

Source: St Louis Post Dispatch

FERGUSON • Police officers here began wearing body cameras on Saturday as marchers took to the streets in the most recent protest of a shooting three weeks earlier by a city officer that left an unarmed teenager dead.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said his department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally, about a week ago. The companies donated the body cameras after the fatal shooting on Aug. 9 of Michael Brown Jr. by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Company representatives were at the police department on Saturday training officers to use the devices, which attach to uniforms and record video and audio. Some members of the police department have been specially trained on the devices’ use.

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The cameras are being assigned to squads, and each officer will get one to use, he said.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ferguson-police-are-using-body-cameras/article_88e0067c-d3e6-5599-a581-a58d0022f1f8.html

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tweets Ugly Image, Deletes It, Then Says it Was "Unauthorized"


Screenshot of the now deleted Tweet from Gov. Rick Perry.
6:40 PM - 31 Aug


But, uh, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg had nothing to do with his indictment…
Read more at http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43796_Texas_Gov._Rick_Perry_Tweets_Ugly_Image_Deletes_It_Then_Says_It_Was_Unauthorized#wWgf4HK9wzmJzhy1.99MORE:
2014http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43796_Texas_Gov._Rick_Perry_Tweets_Ugly_Image_Deletes_It_Then_Says_It_Was_Unauthorized

Jon Stewart to Reporter: “Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself—being Jewish isn’t one"

Jon Stewart on whether he's a "self-hating Jew" ...

“Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them,” Stewart told the reporter. “So when someone starts throwing that around, or throwing around you’re pro-terrorist, it’s more just disappointing than anything else. I’ve made a living for 16 years criticizing certain policies that I think are not good for America. That doesn’t make me anti-American. And if I do the same with Israel, that doesn’t make me anti-Israel. You cannot outsmart dogma, no matter what you do. If there is something constructive in what they’re saying, hopefully I’m still open enough … to take it in and let it further inform my position. But I’m pretty impermeable to yelling. As soon as they go to, ‘Your real name is Leibowitz!’ that’s when I change the channel.”

— Josh Marshall
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.613275

be very afraid, or something.....

Someone needs to explain the right’s adoration for Vladimir Putin because it’s creeping me out.


Is This How Patriotism Works?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/08/25/why-u-s-conservatives-love-russias-vladimir-putin/

I voted against George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004, and I spent most of his presidency actively working against his administration with every tool at my disposal, but I never said or wrote that I would prefer that the country be led by a foreigner or a foreign leader. Not so, for many pundits on the right. Ann Coulter wants Benjamin Netanyahu to be our president, Erick Erickson wants David Cameron to be our president, and Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle would be okay with either Netanyahu or Vladimir Putin being our president.


http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/is_this_how_patriotism_works051906.php

Cruz Compares 'Obama Kitty Cat' To 'Russian Bear' Putin


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He dinged Obama on his approach to Russia's advances into Ukraine and called on the president to be more aggressive towars Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Look at Russia right now," Cruz said, according to Business Insider. "Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat."

Cruz stopped short of wishing Obama would act more like Putin, but some conservatives have openly expressed that they wish Putin were in charge.

Fox Host Kimberly Guilfoyle last week wished Putin were charged with confronting ISIS because he would "get it done right."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ted-cruz-obama-kitty-cat

"Guess we're not the only ones training child soldiers"

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