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Fox, keepin' it classy (no surprises)

Fox, keepin' it classy:

Before cutting to a commercial break, host Gretchen Carlson previewed a segment on Chelsea Manning. As Carlson spoke, the Aerosmith classic "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" could be heard playing as the camera panned on a screen with two photos of Manning.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/fox-news-mocks-manning-with-dude-looks-like

"We make war in a place without going to war in a place, & nobody is fooled except ourselves"

The New York Times thinks making war in Syria will make the president a more believable president. And that, if the president decides to make war in Syria, the Iranians will wonder if they should still want a nuclear bomb.


This time the use of chemicals was more brazen and the casualties were much greater, suggesting that Mr. Assad did not take Mr. Obama seriously. Presidents should not make a habit of drawing red lines in public, but if they do, they had best follow through. Many countries (including Iran, which Mr. Obama has often said won't be permitted to have a nuclear weapon) will be watching.


The Times declines to tell us how many Syrians have to die to enhance the president's credibility with the Iranians. Because when you make war in a place, actual people die actual deaths. Fathers get killed.
Children get killed. School buildings and hospitals fall down all around the people inside them. The message you are sending with your missiles gets just a trifle muddled. Make no mistake. If we strike, we will be making actual war in Syria. Ordinary Syrians will not see our missiles as "bomb-o-grams," telling them with every deadly explosion that we're really on their side. We will be another belligerent making their daily lives brutal and deadly, and there will be enough of them to hate us for that to guarantee that we will have to make more war in that place, or in some other place, very soon. That is what we do now. We make war in a place without going to war in a place, and nobody is fooled except ourselves.


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And to make certain the government's ability to spy is enhanced, a new spy satellite is set for laun

And to make certain the government's ability to spy is enhanced, a new spy satellite is set for launch tomorrow morning from Vandenberg AFB:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-521bdeb9/turbine/la-delta-iv-launches-from-vandenberg-air-force-009/582

Monster rocket to blast off from Pacific coast, rattle Southland

By W.J. Hennigan
August 27, 2013, 6:05 a.m.

The nation’s largest rocket is ready to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara, carrying a massive, top-secret spy satellite for the federal government.

As early as 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, the 235-foot Delta IV Heavy rocket will lift off from the base's Space Launch Complex 6, leaving a thick white plume over the Pacific.

The rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, is set to place a classified spacecraft into polar orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the covert umbrella agency that operates spy satellites.


http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-vandenberg-monster-rocket-launch-20130826,0,1005990.story
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/defense-space/space/delta/delta4/delta4.page

Fired Fox News Executive Attorney: Roger Ailes Should Fear My Client Telling The Truth About Them

Brian Lewis Speaks Out: Roger Ailes and Fox News Should Fear Him

Brian Lewis’s attorney Judd Burstein just provided this statement to Gawker:

I have just been retained and am still plotting our course of action. But two things are very clear to me. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.

Judd Burstein


Fox News President Roger Ailes fired Lewis in late July following accusations of “financial irregularities” and “multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”

21st Century Fox was not immediately available to comment.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/lawyer-for-fired-fox-news-executive-roger-ailes
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/brian-lewis-lawyer-roger-ailes-615056
http://gawker.com/brian-lewis-speaks-out-roger-ailes-and-fox-news-should-1208497354

Please, NO.


http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/27/20209022-military-strikes-on-syria-as-early-as-thursday-us-officials-say?lite

No WAR.

No Bombs.

No "Surgical Strikes"

No.






peace, please, kp

Idiot Conservative admits the goal is punishing NC voters for voting early for President Obama

. . . Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent leader of the religious right movement for decades, has a new defense. In a WorldNetDaily column, the right-wing activist offered an unexpected explanation of why some of North Carolina's new restrictions are worthwhile.

The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama's ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama's national field director admitted, shortly before last year's election, that "early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election."

The Obama technocrats have developed an efficient system of identifying prospective Obama voters and then nagging them (some might say harassing them) until they actually vote. It may take several days to accomplish this, so early voting is an essential component of the Democrats' get-out-the-vote campaign.

~snip~

And then there's Phyllis Schlafly, writing a piece for publication effectively saying Democrats are entirely right -- North Carolina had to dramatically cut early voting because it's not good for Republicans.

Remember, Schlafly's piece wasn't intended as criticism; this is her defense of voter suppression in North Carolina. Proponents of voting rights are arguing, "This is a blatantly partisan scheme intended to rig elections," to which Schlafly is effectively responding, "I know, isn't it great?"



http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/26/20197189-how-not-to-defend-voter-suppression-in-north-carolina?lite
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/27/1234207/-Idiot-Conservative-admits-the-goal-is-punishing-NC-voters-for-voting-early-for-President-Obama
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-s-totally-coherent-defense-north-carolina-s-voter-suppression-law

Robert Parry's Eye Opener: A CIA Hand in an American “Coup”?

A CIA Hand in an American “Coup”?
by Robert Parry | August 27, 2013 - 6:31am



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The apparent 1980 plot to undermine Carter by sabotaging his negotiations with Iran over the fate of 52 American hostages would have been pulled off by rogue CIA officers collaborating with the Republican presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan (and his running mate George H.W. Bush), without the knowledge of Carter and CIA Director Stansfield Turner.

It would have been the work of what legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland described to me as “the CIA within the CIA,” the inner-most circle of powerful intelligence figures who felt they understood the strategic needs of the United States better than its elected leaders. These national security insiders believed Carter’s starry-eyed faith in American democratic ideals represented a grave threat to the nation.

“Carter really believed in all the principles that we talk about in the West,” Copeland told me in an interview in 1990, several months before his death. “As smart as Carter is, he did believe in Mom, apple pie and the corner drug store. And those things that are good in America are good everywhere else. …

“Carter, I say, was not a stupid man.” But in Copeland’s view, Carter had an even worse flaw: “He was a principled man.”

Copeland was one of the CIA officers who participated in the 1953 coup against Mossadegh, but he said he and other old CIA Iran hands were mostly on the outside looking in when Carter was targeted in 1980.

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(This is ONE AMAZING Eye Opener-long, so I think you need to read the whole thing, for a better understanding of the CIA)
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/robert-parry/51279/a-cia-hand-in-an-american-coup

O'Mara: George Zimmerman will ask state to cover $200K-$300K of his legal bills

Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.

That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.

That motion, he said, "is in the works."

His office is still collecting numbers, he said, but he estimated the request would total $200,000 to $300,000.


MORE:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-we-pay-his-bills-20130826,0,7750164.story

"No Evil"

Marijuana: DEA Bans Armored Cars From Picking up Pot Shop Cash

Marijuana: DEA Bans Armored Cars From Picking up Pot Shop Cash

Medical marijuana is legal in California, but the combination of valuable drugs and what is often a cash-only business can attract some rough characters.

That's why some dispensaries use armored car companies to get their money to and from their favorite bank (or elsewhere). But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says no more. The federal authority has told armored car companies they can no longer work with some, perhaps all, cannabis retailers in California and Colorado.

The pro-pot forces were up in arms today:

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Retired LAPD deputy chief Stephen Downing of LEAP says in a statement:

Combined with federal restrictions and threats made to banks about doing business with marijuana providers, this ensures that businesses known to carry large amounts of cash will be transporting that cash without professional protection. You couldn't create a situation more ripe for criminal intervention if you tried. It's like the directive was written by petty thugs rather than by one of the most powerful agencies of the US government.




more:\
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/08/marijuana_armored_truck_ban_dea.php
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/26/1234085/-Evil-DEA-Bans-Armored-Cars-From-Picking-up-Pot-Shop-Cash
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