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POTUS Doesn't Have Power To Stop Us From Killing Each Other -But He Has FULL Power To Do It Himself?

So this is where we stand in 2013, in the second month of the second term of this administration -- the president does not have the power to convince us fully to stop killing each other, but he has the full power to do it himself. The presidential power to persuade in domestic affairs has melted before a superheated extremist Republican Congress, but the presidential power to act, unilaterally, overseas is more robust than it ever has been. This cannot be said to be truly tyrannical; hell, Caesar was able to give Rome an infrastructure while he was off slaughtering the Gauls. Our presidency now encourages the person in the office to be an inefficient authoritarian. Our presidents have terrible trouble making domestic policy, but no trouble at all making war. They can't rebuild our highways, but they can wreck the goat paths in west Asia.


Much of the talk on the drone story centers around whether or not the revelations will hurt the cause of John Brennan, whom the president wants to head up the CIA. Brennan's a holdover from the previous administration, and he's been hip-deep both in the drone war, and the legal arguments justifying it, throughout the current one. That seems to matter very little to me. The Congress is not ready yet to deny appointment to anyone who has made too much war on the president's behalf. (Congressional reaction to the drone war in general largely has been limited to loud complaining about the administration's lack of transparency, and the corresponding lack of congressional oversight. The administration is still stonewalling congressional demands to see the actual legal memos that the administration has used to justify the killing of Anwar al-Alwaki. In other words, it's pitched as a run-of-the-mill Beltway turf war.) What matters more to me is that we seem to be slow-playing ourselves into a situation in which the presidency becomes an institution primarily concerned with foreign affairs and, specifically, with where we make war, and against whom, and why, and all of those according to reasons that the presidency can decline to share with the rest of us. This puts more distance between the president -- any president -- and the people who put him in office. It hamstrings the president's power to do anything about the issues most immediate to the people in this country, but it unleashes him to do anything he wants anywhere else in the world. It is a deformative reinvention of the office, and it will come to no good end.



Read more: The Pulpit's Bully - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/About_The_Presidency#ixzz2K2qlOoUC

(Warning) Pics of Assholes Here:

How Is THIS Ok? Texas man guns down couple over dog poop on his porch



An elderly man, apparently angry about dog droppings outside his apartment, is accused of fatally shooting a mother of five children and her fiancé Monday.

Dallas police said 75-year-old Chung Kim shot his neighbor from below her balcony, went upstairs to her apartment and shot her fiancé, who tumbled over a patio railing and fell to the ground.

Kim then went back outside, stood over the fiancé and shot him again, police said.

“I never expected this,” said Michael Issa, who lives next door to Kim. “I went outside for a cigarette, and I heard shots. Someone yelled. ‘Look up!’ And I looked up and I saw feet hanging over the balcony. … I just feel bad for the kids; they have no more parents.”

MORE:
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20130204-dallas-police-say-elderly-man-apparently-killed-couple-over-dog-droppings.ece

GOP ReBranding Inc.

Perhaps it’s time the NRA left America’s kids alone.



This comes on the news a few weeks ago that the NRA launched a shoot-em-up iPhone app, geared at kids as young as four years of age, only three weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in which 20 six- and seven- year-old children were shot dead, three times each child, by a fan of the Second Amendment.

We also uncovered that the iPhone app wasn’t simply a pro-gun toy, it was actually a clandestine propaganda machine, feeding kids biased “news” about guns that, by coincidence of course, blasted only Democrats.

Perhaps it’s time the NRA left America’s kids alone.

More incl NRA T-shirts for the little ones:
http://americablog.com/2013/02/what-every-child-needs-an-nra-bib.html

How I Was Able To Buy 4 AR-15s In 20 Minutes

Why Closing The Gun Show Loophole Isn’t Enough (Or How I Was Able To Buy 4 AR-15s In 20 Minutes)
By Scott Keyes on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

One of the M&P15 assault rifles that can be bought online without a background check



Last week, four people in Colorado offered to sell me Smith & Wesson M&P15 assault rifles, the same weapon used by James Holmes in the Aurora theater massacre last year. In each case, the seller neither required nor requested a background check to make sure I wasn’t a criminal or mentally ill.

If that sounds bizarre, it should. 92 percent of Americans support a law requiring anyone who purchases a gun anywhere to first pass a background check. And yet, in Colorado and most states, private gun sales are exempted from such a requirement.

This was on full display last week when we visited ArmsList.com, a Craigslist-style site that deals solely in firearms. We searched “Smith & Wesson M&P15″ in the Colorado listings and instantly found dozens of sellers. A few emails later, we had four people willing to sell us the gun that same day, no questions asked. When we inquired whether we’d need to do a background check or any paperwork to obtain the assault rifle, we met the same response every time: no.

When I asked one man whether a background check was required, he said he was simply “assuming” I am not a felon and am “a good and decent person that will not use this carbine to commit a crime and of course a sane and normal human being.” “If that is indeed the case,” he continued, “no background check is required by law in the state of Colorado.” A few wanted to do a “bill of sale,” a personal document showing that they had sold the gun to me “in the event you do something stupid with the rifle,” as one seller wrote. However, they were careful to note that this is only for their own records, not the government’s.

See samples from their responses below:



MORE:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/04/1534871/internet-gun-sales/

Scarborough Says Cuccinelli is "certifiable when it comes to mainstream political thought"



(Virginia AG and presumptive 2013 GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken) Cuccinelli, right, so here's a guy - Tea Party favorite in Virginia - the guy is certifiable when it comes to mainstream political thought. This is a guy who attacks Medicare, he attacks Medicaid, he attacks Social Security, this is a guy who said he was thinking about not having his children get Social Security numbers because, quote, "that's how they track you." This is a guy that has said more things that will offend the voters that swing elections than is humanly possible.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/04/1184525/-Video-Scarborough-Says-Cuccinelli-is-certifiable-when-it-comes-to-mainstream-political-thought

The GOP's Piñata

Why Do Republicans want proper ID for this, but not for this?

If you listened to the NRA and its Republican puppets in Congress, you’d think that the organization represented way more than only about 3 million Americans (instead of, in reality, the financial interests of the firearm industry).



http://underthemountainbunker.com/2013/02/04/the-nra-may-actually-have-more-enemies-than-friends/

Rove declares WAR on the Tea Party! Delicious

ELECTION 2014
ROVE DOUBLES DOWN IN WAR ON CONSERVATIVES
Forms big-donor coalition to take out 'tea-party' types


(NYTIMES) — COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.

The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.

“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/rove-doubles-down-in-war-on-conservatives/#Y2zx58UEBG2EJzxT.99
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/04/1184400/-Rove-declares-WAR-on-the-Tea-Party-Delicious
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