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Thanksgiving thread to highlight Obama's success and debunk BS from your Fox Newz watching uncle.

I never start it at Thanksgiving, but I ALWAYS finish it. Please post your success stories and debunks below (with links), show up armed with the facts and leave them sputtering sentence fragments "...but, but Benghazi...Socialism."

Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with everything Obama has done, but many of us are headed into enemy territory tomorrow and it's time to power up.


Here are just a few from the linked, although somewhat stale article. It's worth reviewing as my wingnuts ruminate over their favorite talking points.
Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression.

Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk

In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
(Now more like 12 million jobs)

Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6

As a longtime DUer, I've put a lot of thought into this...I am leaving!

...to go shovel the 9" of snow accumulated in this early (for the Chicago area) season storm.
Be back in a little bit to have some hot chocolate and see what you durty librul hippies are up to.

Up next on BBC4...fresh-faced American Singer Songwriter, Neil Young.

With surprisingly good audio...enjoy!

DU is rapidly approaching 70 million posts!

Thanks to Skinner, EarlG, Elad, MIRT, Forum Hosts and all you durty librul hippies for making DU so enjoyable!

Ben Carson weighs in on archeological wonders - Easter Island edition.

***unOFFICIAL GOP Clown Car Debate thread #1***

Have at it...

David Vitter - Interview with Wendy Ellis, October 13, 2015 (video/story at link)

Could this finally be the end of Vitter's career?
I was stunned when he received a standing ovation upon his return to the Senate, but this could be the end.


Abortion Rights Group Says Clinic Vandalism Should Be Investigated As Domestic Terrorism (petition)

Here's a link to the petition, if you'd like to 'cut to the chase'.

And here's the article-

Over the past several months, as the national conversation about abortion has been dominated by accusations that Planned Parenthood is selling “aborted baby parts,” thanks to a series of videos released by anti-choice activists, clinic employees have become concerned that the heated rhetoric is translating into action.

Health centers in California, Washington, Louisiana, and Illinois have all been subject to acts of vandalism over the past three months. The clinics in California and Washington experienced very similar arson attempts. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been keeping its eye on the incidences, which the group describe as potential “terroristic attacks.”


“Where is the outrage?” NARAL head Ilyse Hogue said in a statement in response to the Media Matters report on Friday. “The media need to report these incidents as what they are: domestic terrorism. By staying silent or failing to discuss this new wave of attacks on health clinics in the context of anti-abortion extremism, the media is giving extremists the cover to regressively and violently attack women, their access to health care, and the medical professionals who provide it.”

Hogue noted that, just six years ago, Kansas abortion doctor Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in his church by anti-choice extremists “against a backdrop of tolerance for these radical views.”

Benghazi on the Record: Asked and Answered

Share this with your wingnut relatives-

and when their heads are nearly ready to explode, share this with them

Aw, who am I kidding, this Benghazi junk is an article of faith among winguts and they've been innoculated against facts.
Posted by Snarkoleptic | Wed Oct 7, 2015, 10:57 PM (0 replies)

Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned

>Trigger alert for images at linked article<


Most provinces in Argentina forbid spraying pesticides and other agrochemicals next to homes and schools, with bans ranging in distance from 50 meters to as much as several kilometers from populated areas. The Associated Press found many cases of soybeans planted only a few feet from homes and schools, and of chemicals mixed and loaded onto tractors inside residential neighborhoods. In the last 20 years, agrochemical spraying has increased eightfold in Argentina- from 9 million gallons in 1990 to 84 million gallons today. Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up products, is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the United States.


In response to soaring complaints, President Cristina Fernandez ordered a commission in 2009 to study the impact of agrochemical spraying on human health. Its initial report called for “systematic controls over concentrations of herbicides and their compounds … such as exhaustive laboratory and field studies involving formulations containing glyphosate as well as its interactions with other agrochemicals as they are actually used in our country.”

But the commission hasn’t met since 2010, the auditor general found.


Molecular biologist Dr. Andres Carrasco at the University of Buenos Aires says the burden from the chemical cocktails is worrisome, but even glyphosate alone could spell trouble for human health. He found that injecting a very low dose of glyphosate into embryos can change levels of retinoic acid, causing the same sort of spinal defects in frogs and chickens that doctors increasingly are registering in communities where farm chemicals are ubiquitous.

This acid, a form of vitamin A, is fundamental for keeping cancers in check and triggering genetic expression, the process by which embryonic cells develop into organs and limbs.

“If it’s possible to reproduce this in a laboratory, surely what is happening in the field is much worse,” Carrasco said. “And if it’s much worse, and we suspect that it is, what we have to do is put this under a magnifying glass.”
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