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Netanyahu Explains How He Sabotaged The Peace Process When He Was Prime Minister

Netanyahu explains how he sabotaged the peace process when he was prime minister and Bill Clinton was president:

They asked me before the election if I’d honor (the Oslo accords),” he said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.


On - Hating Obama, No Matter What

Folk, We're Losing the War on Gumbo

While some states are saving and making money by regulating marijuana sales, Georgia is sending helicopters around their state to seize people's okra plants at gunpoint.


Okra in garden mistaken for marijuana, leads to police raid in Georgia


Dwayne Perry of Cartersville tells WSB-TV that he was awakened by a helicopter flying low over his house Wednesday and then some heavily-armed deputies and a K-9 unit showed up at his door. They were from the Governor's Task Force for drug suppression and they were out looking for marijuana plants.

What they had seen, apparently, were Perry's okra plants and a shrub at the end of his house.

Perry says the officers ended up apologizing to him.

Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes says the plants did have characteristics similar to marijuana.


friend or foe?

48 percent of Americans pray every day. Here's what they pray for.

The reports also shows a class divide in prayer habits, as Christianity Today reports:

One-quarter of respondents with an annual income higher than $150,000 pray for "bad things to happen to bad people," while only around 8 percent of respondents making less than $50,000 said they would do so. And nearly one in five Americans with incomes over $150,000 have prayed for someone to get fired; in contrast, only 1 in 20 Americans who make between $75,000 and $149,000 and only one in 100

Americans who make less than $30,000 say they have prayed the same.

These findings seem to support the theory that an "empathy gap" exists between the rich and the poor.


Secret Service mistakenly requests racial background of photojournalists

Secret Service mistakenly requests racial background of photojournalists
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By Nia-Malika Henderson October 6 at 5:34 PM


An agent working on a Wisconsin event where first lady Michelle Obama will be present told a staffer for the gubernatorial campaign of Mary Burke (D) that photojournalists would need to provide several pieces of information for security checks and clearance -- including information about the journalists' racial background. The Secret Service now says that was a mistake.

Here is the full e-mail from the Burke campaign, which is based on information provided by the Secret Service.

From: Burke for Wisconsin Press <press@burkeforwisconsin.com>
Date: October 5, 2014 at 3:59:00 PM CDT
Subject: URGENT: Request for Photographer Vitals

You are receiving this email because you or someone at your outlet has requested press credentials for a still photographer.

Please understand that press space will be very limited on Tuesday, but we are collecting vitals on photographers who would like to be able to access the cut shot and ropeline during the event.

If you are interested in being considered for access, please must submit the following information for one photographer from your outlet.

Full name:
Social security number:

We will do what we can to accommodate all outlets, but we cannot make any guarantees at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Now, this raises red flags for a few reasons. Information about race is rarely, if ever, asked for. It's also odd that there was no request made for date of birth, which is actually useful information when it comes to security clearance.

A Secret Service official said the inclusion of "race" on the e-mail resulted from a verbal error and that it should have been date of birth.


So should Obama be impeached for this?


Bill Maher on Islam spat with Ben Affleck: “We’re liberals! We’re not crazy tea-baggers”

MONDAY, OCT 6, 2014 04:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Maher on Islam spat with Ben Affleck: “We’re liberals! We’re not crazy tea-baggers”
Comedian tells Salon about his clash with Affleck, his "Flip a District" effort -- and a recent date with Rand Paul


But I want to ask you how you felt the Ben Affleck/Sam Harris segment went. Did you feel frustrated as it was happening?

I think Sam and I and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salman Rushdie and everyone who is basically making the same point, I think we all feel frustrated because I think we feel like the people who are arguing with us are not listening.

We’re liberals! We’re liberals. We’re not crazy tea-baggers, y’know, and so it’s kind of hard to be making this case — based on facts, based on polling, I think based on what everybody really knows… I mean, do the people arguing with us, would they really open a lesbian art gallery in Ramallah? Or Karachi? Or Cairo? I don’t know if they would back up what they’re saying with actions.

We are not bigoted people. On the contrary, we’re trying to stand up for the principles of liberalism! And so, y’know, I think we’re just saying we need to identify illiberalism wherever we find it in the world, and not forgive it because it comes from people perceive as a minority.

Did you expect Affleck to get as upset as he did —

You know, I don’t want to talk about this. You just said we’re not going to talk about this and now we’re talking about it.

Well, I don’t want to debate the character of Islam with you, but I am interested in how the pushback you’re getting from liberals makes you feel about your place within contemporary liberalism. Do you feel like the intensity of the criticism is forcing you out of the community or do you more take the position that arguments can be painful but they’re ultimately healthy?

It is healthy; and also, I don’t care about any community. I’ve always said what I believed and anyone who does not like healthy debate probably isn’t watching show to begin with.

And again: If you’re a liberal, stand up for liberal principles. I’m the liberal in this debate.


WAR: Bad for the good guy, good for the bad guys and really good for the money guys

Monday, October 06, 2014
by digby

This seems like it should be an obvious cause for concern, but I doubt anyone cares much:

ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China

In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organization.

The data, part of a larger sample of captured arms and cartridges in Syria and Iraq, carries an implicit warning for policy makers and advocates of intervention.

It suggests that ammunition transferred into Syria and Iraq to help stabilize governments has instead passed from the governments to the jihadists, helping to fuel the Islamic State’s rise and persistent combat power. Rifle cartridges from the United States, the sample shows, have played a significant role.

“The lesson learned here is that the defense and security forces that have been supplied ammunition by external nations really don’t have the capacity to maintain custody of that ammunition,” said James Bevan, director of Conflict Armament Research, the organization that is gathering and analyzing weapons used by the Islamic State.

The military equipment ISIS has "procured" in Iraq is similarly American made, obviously.

I suppose we should look at the silver lining here. If America can corner the market on arms in all sides of a war, it's a beautiful recipe for profits. And if we can keep that war going for many, many years just imagine the riches they can obtain.

Yes, taxpayers will foot the bill for both sides in these wars, obviously, but maybe we can think of it as a stimulus for the manufacturing sector. It's a job creator!


That Face...

On Saturday night, a beautifully diverse group of women and men came together to stage a protest inside of the St. Louis Symphony that they are calling, "Requiem for Mike Brown." Not only was it perfectly executed, the reactions it elicited from attendees and members of the symphony, ranging the spectrum from utter disgust to total support, created something of a microcosm of America.


she truly represents, doesn't she?

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