HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Scuba » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... 228 Next »


Profile Information

Member since: Thu Apr 29, 2010, 03:31 PM
Number of posts: 48,827

Journal Archives

The Debate We Had, the Debate We Need


As encouraging as these thoughtful challenges were, I was troubled by Clinton's hollow responses and the fact that they went unchallenged by the mainstream media. For example, she dismissed the charge that she had failed to demonstrate good judgment in Iraq, glibly suggesting that when Obama appointed her as Secretary of State, he had, in effect, absolved her of bad judgment. She defended her role in Libya calling it "smart power at its best" and claiming that it resulted in "free elections" in which "moderates" won with the hope of creating a democracy - ignoring the chaos and bloody conflict that soon followed. She also made the evidence-free claim that using military force to create no-fly "safe zones" in Syria would "get the Russians to the table" and would not, as critics charge, simply be pouring more gasoline on the Syrian fire.

The Democratic debate was a good start and I can hope for more, but fear that more may not come for three reasons. It will not come from Republicans, since party has become captive of neo-conservatives and the Evangelical right. These movements have substituted facts with ideology. They see the world through a primitive lens of good and evil and have replaced diplomacy with the simplistic use of force. Added to this, too many Republicans have become xenophobic, demonizing Arabs and Muslims, in addition to Hispanics. Today's GOP is not the party of George HW Bush and James Baker.

But Democrats also have a problem. For too long its political leaders have ignored dealing with the uncomfortable complexities of the Middle East because it simply didn't serve any political advantage to know about Arabs and Muslims. All they had to know was that we had an "unbreakable bond with Israel". Seeing the Arab World through this lens led too many politicians to either remain ignorant of Middle East realities or, if they did know, to shy away from elevating these issues into the national debate. As a result, Democrats can debate the use of military force, but are either uncomfortable with or averse to questioning Israeli policies or the treatment of Palestinians, or discussing the political dynamics that shape Arab political realities, or identifying the root causes of conflict in Syria or Iraq.

Finally there is the role played by the media and their paid commentators who are all too often mere purveyors of conventional wisdom. Because they frequently know less than the candidates they are covering, they are ill equipped to challenge them or to report on their dangerous and/or trite responses to critical foreign policy questions. As a result, while I'm pleased that we are seeing at least Democrats having a substantive discussion on the use of force in Middle East conflicts, itís still not the serious and comprehensive discussion about US policy in the Middle East we so desperately need.

WOW! Concerts, scores of concerts, full-length, pro-shot, and free on You Tube


From the Capitol Theatre in Pasaic, NJ. Includes Jerry Garcia's only known solo performance (4/10/82).

Hillary Clinton had evidence of Bush's treason, but never brought it to light


Republicans have forced Hillary Clinton release all the emails from her time as Secretary of State in the hopes that somewhere in amongst them might be something they could turn into a scandal and derail her campaign for President. That never materialized, as her emails have been mundane. But it turns out she inherited emails from her predecessor Colin Powell. And that email trail reveals that George W. Bush committed treason.

The secret emails in question date back to 2002. Colin Powell and George W. Bush are shown to have been conspiring to work with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to mislead the American public into believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, as a pretense for tricking the nation into supporting an invasion of Iraq. Itís been long established that there never were any such weapons in Iraq, but to some extent the Bush administration had the deniability of claiming that it had made an error. However this email trail suggests that Bush, Powell and Blair spent an entire year laying the groundwork for deceiving the public. Lying to congress in order to get it to approve a war is considered treason.

Whether or not the email trail is solid enough evidence to get anyone convicted of a crime, itís certainly enough to lead Americans to conclude that the Iraq war was even more of a sham than previously believed. This email exchange might never have surfaced if not for the fact that the republican party forced Hillary Clinton to turn over everything she had. So while the republicans have failed to do any serious damage to Clintonís chances, they may have just made it that much harder for any 2016 republican candidate to explain away their partyís culpability in Iraq.

Milwaukee Bucks Center John Henson says he was racially profiled in Whitefish Bay


Madison ó Milwaukee Bucks center-forward John Henson said Monday in an Instagram post that he was the victim of racial profiling at a Whitefish Bay jewelry store.

Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers president Tom Dixon released a statement Monday night expressing his regret over how the incident unfolded. The Whitefish Bay Police Department also released a statement to explain why officers were watching the area around the store and what happened Monday.

Henson detailed on Instagram how he was denied access to the jewelry store at 417 E. Silver Spring Drive when he went to buy a Rolex watch.

He posted this on his account:

Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I've ever experienced in life and wouldn't wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that's what I'm doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn't bring any business to this discriminatory place .

There's a reason this community is often referred to as "Whitefolks Bay."

Scott Walkerís sons were paid $1,500 a month to campaign for Walker


Apparently there are no limits to Scott Walkerís tendencies towards cronyism & nepotism.

Gov. Scott Walkerís two college-aged sons were paid about $1,500 a month to campaign for their dad during his brief run for president.

Walkerís campaign finance report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission shows that both Matt and Alex were paid roughly $1,500 a month by the campaign.

The report shows Alex Walker was paid $4,819 between June 30 and September and Matt Walker was paid $4,824.

Scott Walker's presidential campaign faces $1 million deficit


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised $7.4 million for his short-lived presidential bid but spent his cash as quickly as it came in, leaving the campaign with a debt of at least $1 million once all the bills roll in, according to sources and a report filed with federal elections officials Thursday.

As of the end of last month, the campaign had spent $6.4 million, with more unpaid bills still showing up. The campaign burned through about $90,000 a day without even running major broadcast ads, doing so months before the first votes are cast. The full extent of the deficit may not be revealed until the campaign files its next report with the Federal Election Commission in January. Sources familiar with the campaign's situation said it will take many months to pay off the more than $1 million debt and described it as a "campaign nightmare."

The figures provide perspective on the challenges and missteps that undid the state's first major presidential candidate in generations and on a debt that could serve as a drag on Walker's political prospects going forward. He dropped out of the race on Sept. 21, unable to sustain financially a candidacy that had soared early but then plummeted.

Contributions to Walker's campaign peaked in July with $2.4 million, but dropped by 50% in August, the month when he was deemed to have given a tepid performance in the first GOP debate. Donations dropped even further in September, but spending stayed strong. The governor's campaign manager made more than $50,000 for 71 days of work, while Walker's sons, Matt and Alex, drew nearly $10,000 in salary between them over those 10 weeks.

The article refers to Wanker's "high burn rate." No mention of the burn Wisconsinites are feeling over Wanker's performance.

"During the debate, the candidates mentioned the middle class eleven times...

... Once for each remaining member of the middle class." ~ Seth Meyers

Following the example set by Jesus, the Pope ...

Is the DNC trying to lose?

If not, why does their website have not a single link to information about registering to vote?


I know my own state's Democratic Party website also has no links to any information about registering to vote. Might help explain why Scott Walker has won three gubernatorial elections.


I'm not claiming that this demonstrates that party leaders want us to lose, but it sure makes you wonder.

Does your state's party website have voter registration information?

Breaking: Ben Carson announces he dropping out ...

BREAKING: Ben Carson announces heís dropping out of presidential race to travel country rushing gunmen.

The US military is the most powerful in the world*.

*but can be stopped from imposing tyranny by a couple of bros open carrying.

Donít worry, Republicans, if Paul Ryan wonít take the Speaker job, Mitt Romney has binders full of people who will.

Donald Trump: "I won't call the victims' families after a school shooting when I'm president. I like people who don't get shot."

Go to Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... 228 Next »