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Member since: Tue Oct 4, 2005, 03:58 AM
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About Me

I am a host of the Politics 2012 and Welcome & Help forums. My post count and sign up date are deceiving. I am formerly "cynicalSOB1"and "hellhathnofury" Joined up in May 2003 approx. 2000 posts by those names. Hey Deaniacs! I am the lead host of these forums: Democracy for America: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1105 Hawaii: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1047 - I also co-host Buddhism, Judaism, Democrats, American History and World History.

Journal Archives

Toons: Sinking Ships, Internet Piracy, the Inevitable Nominee and More. - 1/18/12


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/18/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/18/2012


By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/18/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/18/2012


By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 1/18/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/18/2012


By Jeremy Nell, The New Age, South Africa - 1/17/2012


By Steve Benson, January 18, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 18, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 18, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 18, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 18, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 18, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, January 18, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 19, 2012

Note: Thanks to the Admins for shutting down DU in opposition to the anti-piracy bills. Har...

Toons: Vulture Mitt, Pitcher Santorum, Fellow Republicans and More. 1/17/2012


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/17/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/17/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/17/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/17/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/17/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/17/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/17/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/17/2012


By Tony Auth, January 17, 2012


By Clay Bennett, January 17, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 17, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 17, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 17, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 17, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 17, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson & Signe Wilkinson, January 17, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, January 17, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 18, 2012

Toons: The Mittle Class, Remembering MLK Jr., We're #196, and More. 1/16/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/16/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/16/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/16/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/15/2012


By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 1/15/2012 -
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/mike-oneal-obama-death-prayer-psalm-109_n_1205059.html


By Steve Greenberg, Freelance, Los Angeles - 1/15/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/14/2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 15, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 14, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 13, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 16, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 16, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 16, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, January 16, 2012

Note: If these at some point disappear, I've exceeded my photobucket bandwidth on this account too

Michael H. Hunt: How Beijing Sees Us

How Beijing Sees Us
By Michael H. Hunt
1-16-12

What is China going to do? Now that our Middle East wars are winding down, this question has fixated the U.S. policy community and policy commentators. Even aspirants for high political office feel compelled to have an answer. Will a rising China accommodate to international norms and institutions or try to reshape or undermine them? Is Beijing predisposed to cooperate with countries along its long land and maritime border, or will it seek domination? Are the Chinese bent on displacing the United States as number one internationally, or will they limit their aspirations the better to focus on domestic affairs?

While everybody has an opinion, no one has a compelling answer. And with good reason. China’s Communist leaders make their decisions behind closed doors so outsiders are necessarily left in the dark. In any case, leaders at the top may not have a shared, coherent notion of the path ahead. And even if they do, their plans—like all plans—are hostage to contingent events.

If the future is fuzzy, the past is not. A substantial historical literature offers solidly grounded insight on how Chinese officials and commentators have viewed the United States from the nineteenth century to the 1970s. (The single most helpful work is David Arkush and Leo Lee’s Land without Ghosts; for other relevant works see the bibliographical essay in the forthcoming Arc of Empire: American Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam.) Let me suggest three conclusions drawn from my reading of that literature. Each is pertinent to any attempt to interpret recent developments and predict the future.

More: http://hnn.us/articles/how-beijing-sees-us


An interesting, if not a bit muddled look at American imperialism in Asia and how we've fallen into a sort of trap of miscommunication.

The final insight is that, at every turn, Chinese observers and leaders have failed to penetrate the cultural and ideological sources of American action in Asia. The chances are good that our motives will continue to puzzle them.


The reverse is true also; I think that Chinese motives continue to puzzle us too. The only correct possible conclusion is that nationalism is overblown and that we are more alike than we would care to admit. China is not strange, it was never a dream, it is exactly as it appears; the counterpart to the United States, a conglomerate behemoth that rose up and threw off the ropes of oppression of a colonial master and is seeking a new path. Like the PRC, we too tell ourselves that our revolution is the truest of revolutions. I am optimistic about the future; every time I read a prognostication of a future war with the PRC or impending doom, I just chuckle. I think it is only a matter of time before we see relatively bloodless change in the PRC as new blood replaces the old in the ranks of leadership. Who twenty years ago would have told you that a man named Barack Hussein Obama II would be President of the United States of America? The world is growing closer together every day, and as Ban Ki-Moon remarked today on Syria and the Arab Spring, without perhaps fully considering the full breadth of his statement: "The old way, the old order, is crumbling. One-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties, monopolies of wealth and power, the silencing of the media, the deprivation of fundamental freedoms .... To all of this, the people say: Enough." We will figure one another out.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101426414

TOON: The Color of Welfare



This about sums up my feelings on this issue.

21st Century ‘Yellow Peril?’

Posted by Paul J. Noto on 01/13/2012

About the author: Paul J. Noto studied political science and history at Washington College, received a JD from Western New England College School of Law and earned a master’s degree in history from Iona College. An attorney and historian, Noto was a former mayor and legislator. He is the author of the new book At the Crossroads of Justice: My Lai and Son Thang -- American Atrocities in Vietnam, and resides in Mamaroneck, NY.

The recent announcement by the U.S. Army that several officers and enlisted men were being charged in the death of Private Danny Chen illustrates the problems that can occur when there is a breakdown in command discipline in a military unit. Poor leadership and a tolerance of racism toward Asians created an environment that failed Private Chen and the U.S. Army.

According to relatives, Chen’s fellow soldiers harassed him by taunting him with ethnic slurs and one time pulled him out of bed and dragged him across the floor; they forced him to crawl on the ground while they pelted him with rocks and called him names. They then ordered him to do pull-ups with a mouthful of water — while forbidding him from spitting it out. Not long after that he was found dead in a guard tower, from what the military said was “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” All this while Private Chen was serving his country in a forward outpost in Afghanistan. Military prosecutors have charged Chen’s tormentors with an array of charges ranging from manslaughter to negligent homicide.

This is not the first case of hazing of Asian-American soldiers by military personnel. In October, 2011, several Marines were ordered court-martialed for their roles in the death of an Asian-American marine, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, from California, who killed himself in April in Afghanistan after being subjected to what military prosecutors said was hazing.

http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/01/13/14519-21st-century-yellow-peril/

Perry unwinds at the shooting range

Perry unwinds at the shooting range
January 13, 2012 3:34 PM
By Rebecca Kaplan

RIDGELAND, S.C. - Running for president is a grueling business. There are early alarms for morning TV shows, late night fundraising calls and a full day of events in between. Candidates need an outlet for relaxation to help keep them focused.

For Rick Perry, that outlet could be found at the Palmetto State Armory here, where he made a late-morning stop to fire off a few (extremely accurate) rounds at a target.

After spending about 15 minutes in the range, Perry showed off his target to reporters with the holes closely clustered in the head and chest. He fired two guns, a 9-mm Ruger SR-9 and an AR-15 manufactured by the Palmetto State Armory.

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Was he picturing one of his opponents? The world will never know. When reporter Jay Root from the Texas Tribune asked whose face was on the target in his mind, Perry simply responded, "not you."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57358907-503544/perry-unwinds-at-the-shooting-range/


Palmetto State Armory - Ring a bell? It should! They sold the AR-15 "You Lie" lower reciever:

S.C. Company Sells Engraved “You Lie” Component For AR-15 Rifle
by Corey Hutchins, January 11th, 2011 04:07pm

A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” according to a line of text at the bottom of the page. A picture of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the company's gun shop appears on the same page. The company offers the components, marked “MULTI to accommodate most builds,” for $99.95 apiece.

“Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” the website reads.

http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992209084141467&act=post&pid=11861101110850039






As Rachel Maddow would say, sometimes it pays to be a complete and utter politics news junkie nerd...





Gangs are not the only evil


Friends and family gather at the home of El Camino High soccer player Francisco Rodriguez, 17, who was shot and killed Wednesday evening. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / January 12, 2012)

Edwin Johns Jr. was a hard-working college student gunned down a block from home. He didn't deserve to die, but really, what kid does?
By Sandy Banks
January 14, 2012

She's a mother and a high school teacher. She works in South Los Angeles but lives in a different neighborhood, one that affords her family the luxury of an arms-length relationship with crime.

So Jill Norton was stunned when she heard that a former student at Jefferson High — a "sweet and innocent kid" who played on the football team, worked at a grocery store and graduated early to enroll in college — had been shot to death on Jan. 2.

She was even more surprised when her daily search of the newspaper failed to turn up a mention of Edwin Johns Jr. or the shooting that took his life.

"I found nothing about him," Norton wrote to me. "Instead I found the article celebrating low crime rates, with a brief mention toward the end that 168 deaths were gang-related year."

More: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0114-banks-20120114,0,3798502.column?page=1

Story on Francisco Rodriguez who is also discussed in this column: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-student-killed-20120113,0,710569.story

LATimes Homicide Report: http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/blog/page/1/


Smiley J Bang via Facebook
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/01/edwin_johns_jr_jefferson_high_football_killed_drive-by.php

This is a trenchant article on how our perceptions of violence in urban areas are skewed by police reporting to minimize our perception of the degree of suffering that occurs.

R.I.P. Edwin Johns Jr. and Francisco Rodriguez.


Toons: Persian Perversion, Vulture Parasite, The Politics of Envy and More. - 1/13/12


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/13/2012


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/13/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/13/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/13/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/13/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/13/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/13/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/13/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/13/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/13/2012


By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 1/13/2012


By Paul Zanetti, Australia - 1/13/2012


By Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria - 1/13/2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 13, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 13, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 13, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 13, 2012


By Don Wright, January 12, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 15, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal. Have a good weekend!

Toons: It's a Sweater Vest, Believe it Myself, Twinkie Shelf Life and More. - 1/12/12


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/12/2012 - "Sanitized War"


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/12/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/12/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/12/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/12/2012


By Chris Weyant, The Hill - 1/12/2012


By Rob Tornoe, PoliticalCartoons.com - 1/12/2012 12:00:00 AM - The Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA)


By Tony Auth, January 12, 2012 - "Drone War"


By Matt Davies, January 12, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 12, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 12, 2012

Note: All previous editions are available in my journal.
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