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Elizabeth Warren refuses to commit to 2018 Senate run

It’s “too early” to commit to another term in the Senate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a Boston television station in an interview aired Sunday.

Asked by WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller whether she would promise to seeking another term by running in 2018, the liberal firebrand senator said it is “too early to talk about that.”


there just is NOT enough popcorn


Trump Fans Who Beat Up Mexican Immigrant Apparently Lived Illegally in Public Housing

Trump Fans Who Beat Up Mexican Immigrant Apparently Lived Illegally in Public Housing

The two brothers from Boston who were arrested early Wednesday for allegedly severely beating a homeless Hispanic man do not appear to exactly be law-abiding citizens. Steve and Scott Leader of South Boston are now being investigated under suspicion of living illegally in public housing. The Boston Globe explains:

After their arrest, the Leader brothers told State Police that they lived in public housing, but records show that only their mother is listed as a resident. Housing officials said she now faces eviction proceedings.

The Boston Housing Authority requires lease holders to list all residents and to pay their fair share of the rent, because public housing is for needy families whose average income is $14,000 a year. Some 36,000 people are on the waiting list for housing. Police records say Scott is a mason and Steve, 30, is a carpenter.

“Based on the police report and other information, there’s reason to believe that the Leader brothers were living at the Mary Ellen McCormack development illegally,” Lydia Agro, the housing authority chief of staff, said Friday.


"Rumsfeld showed up for military briefing in N Iraq & didn't know where neighbouring Iran was on map

Emma Sky: Why Iraq is the 'worst strategic failure since the foundation of the United States'
'The people at the top should be held accountable for what went wrong' former adviser says of Iraq

"No one has ever been held accountable for the decisions, for the false intelligence that led them to invade Iraq," she says. "They should be. The people at the top should be held accountable for what went wrong."


....after the invasion, it was the military that was left with the job of trying to keep the country together..

"They had been told to go in and take care of Saddam and that was it. They were completely unaware of the situation there. They had to make the best of the situation they found themselves in."

According to Sky, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush believed that democracy would take hold on its own; they had no roadmap for how to make that happen.

"These plans drawn up in Washington were all wishful thinking," she said.

At one point, Sky recounts in the book, Donald Rumsfeld showed up for a military briefing in northern Iraq, and didn't know where neighbouring Iran was on the map.


You may say I'm a dreamer, .....


Republican "logic"

There is an ugliness in the land.....

The Ugliness and the Unfolding Horrors
by Jaime O'Neill


When a right wing talk radio host in Iowa (the heartland), promotes the idea of enslaving Mexican farm workers who are here illegally, and when that notion is not met with condemnation by the entire population, you know the country is settling very deep into the muck, enmiring itself in the worst kind of ugliness, hungering for a police state even while the most vociferous supporters of government intrusion in our lives insist that they was for smaller government.

Meanwhile, our news media seems complicit in spreading the tale as the fascists want it to be told. Meanwhile, the liberals equivocate or remain silent, telling themselves, as they did in Germany, that such madness would surely be self-limiting, that the nation would, sooner or later, see where such hatred and fear mongering can lead. Meanwhile, the right wingers, emboldened, grew ever more extreme, ever more hateful, using their twisted interpretations of religion to justify the most ungodly things imaginable. Meanwhile, the “moderates” were seen rushing ever rightward, their status as people with moderate views distorting the very definition of moderation, pushing the national conversation into a kind of “newspeak” in which war equals peace and justice equals summary executions by out-of-control cops. Meanwhile, the corporatists, the industrialists, the wealthiest few, the shielded, entitled, and most privileged, threw their money and power behind the men who promised to ensure the advantages that had made them so rich and powerful in the first place.

And so, when a demagogue steps forward, a man with an odd way of arranging his hair and a promise to make the homeland great again, the most thuggish elements begin to scream “seig heil,” and ugliness is loosed upon the land.

I think of the first stanza of the William Butler Yeats’ poem, written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, as the seeds of resentment that would sprout Nazism were beginning to grow in Germany.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And, reading those words nearly a full century after they were written, I think that this is not an old poem I am reading; this is the news.


Foo Fighters rick rolls Westboro Baptist Church!!!!!!!!!

They decided the only appropriate response was a good, old-fashioned Rickroll. Yes, the Foo Fighters Rickrolled Westboro Baptist Church. As they started rolling down the street in their pickup truck, they blasted Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” from their speakers. All the while, they were holding signs up that said things like, “Keep it clean,” and “You got Rick Rolled (again).”


A m e r i c a , A m e r i c a . . . . .

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