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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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More on Hillary Clinton's differences with Obama over Syria.

Newsvandal.com
August 21, 2014

The Progressive news site, Newsvandal.com, posted an article recently titled:
"Why Wolfowitz Declared Victory In Iraq",

About halfway through the article about Wolfowitz, there are a few paragraphs about Hillary Clinton under the heading "Hillary Clinton's Protests"

"Since Obama didn't go as far as Hillary now says she wanted to go in smashing Syria, it's even more likely that she played a significant role sucking two more secular regimes down the jihadist rabbit hole, Muammar Gaddafi's Libya and Bashar al-Assad's Syria (although "regime change" has come up a little short in Damascus).
True enough, some Syrian rebels were only helped covertly through her State Department's Conflict Bureau (and the CIA) and, although never officially linked to the U.S., through Libyan weapons transfered to the fight against Assad, another 'Hitler du jour', reportedly at a little-known port at a place called Benghazi.

But now there is little doubt Clinton was present at the creation of yet more reason for Muslim radicals to organize and arm themselves against U.S. aims, allies and proxies - from drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan to Muslim persecution after the 'foreign policy success' of Myanmar."

Read entire article:
http://www.newsvandal.com/2014/08/why-wolfowitz-declared-victory-in-iraq/

A Drunk Walks Into a Biker Bar

A drunk walks into a biker bar, sits down at the bar and orders a drink.

Looking around, he sees three men sitting at a corner table.

He gets up, staggers to the table, leans over, looks the biggest, meanest, biker in the face and says:
"I went by your grandma's house today and I saw her in the hallway buck-naked...Man, she is one fine looking woman!"

The biker looks at him and doesn't say a word.

His buddies are confused, because he is one bad biker and would fight at the drop of a hat.

The drunk leans on the table again and says:
"I got it on with your grandma and she is good..the best I ever had!"

The biker's buddies are getting really mad, but the biker still says nothing.

The drunk leans on the table one more time and says:
"I'll tell you something else, boy, your grandma liked it!"

At this point the biker stands up, takes the drunk by the shoulders, looks him straight in the eyes and says:
"Grandpa...Go home!"

War is Hell....by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
August 13, 2014


War is hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you about that - but he's dead.
On August 5, General Greene became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathomable, 13-year war in Afghanistan, joining 2,339 other service members who've paid the ultimate price for being sent by warmongering politicians into that fight for...well, for what?

No political leader has offered a credible answer for why our troops have been made to sacrifice so much for so little.
Indeed, how bitterly ironic that the general was not killed by the Taliban, whom we're supposedly fighting, but by one of the Afghan government's own soldiers, who we're supposedly helping.
Also, the hellish absurdity of our political leaders' quick-draw approach to war can be seen in a recent report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service on how much the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are costing us taxpayers.
The tally has now topped a trillion dollars -- not counting the future health care bill for veterans or the enormous interest payments that'll be made on that debt, which will multiply the trillion-dollar outlay three-or-fourfold.

And the meter is still running..The Pentagon, White House and Congress intend to keep a contingent of soldiers and trainers in the line of fire in both countries for the foreseeable future, plus providing more billions of dollars to both countries for building their infrastructure and education systems.
Meanwhile, a trillion dollars and so many American lives later, Iraq is in chaos and falling apart, and Afghanistan is mired in corruption and facing a Taliban takeover.

Think what a trillion dollars could have done for America's infrastructure, educational system and middle-class opportunities if invested here in the past decade.
War is hell...and this one is stupid.

More:
http://www.jimhightower.com/node/8407#.U-vhJBY5mTM/

Justin Bieber saves Russian fisherman from bear attack

New York Daily News
August 6, 2014

"Justin Bieber Ringtone Saves Russian Fisherman From Bear Attack"



Justin Bieber saved a Russian fisherman from the clutches of a killer bear.

The deadly beast bolted after hearing the pop brat's smash hit "Baby" blasting out of Igor Vorozhbitsyn's cellphone.

The 42-year-old was walking to his favorite angling spot in the Yakutia Republic when the animal pounced.
As it clawed his face, the rodman feared he was about to be killed.

But then his cell phone started to ring; and the Bieber tone installed by his granddaughter startled the attacker, who fled back into the forest.

Vorozhbitsyn, who suffered deep cuts and bruises to his face and chest, then used his cell to call for help.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/justin-nieber-ringtone-saves-man-bear-article-1.1893607/

The GOP's Minimum Wage Nuttiness....by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
July 30, 2014


Anyone who works full time, ought not live in poverty, period.
Raising the minimum wage above the poverty level, is not a question of economics
(even though it would be a big plus for our economy), but a question of morality.
Who are we as a people, a nation - especially in the richest nation in the world - if we dishonor the work ethic with a wholly-unethical wage floor?
It's disgraceful, which is why three out of four Americans support raising the floor, including a majority of Republicans.

Yet, the wage stays stuck at the unconscionable level of $ 7.25 an hour because Republican leaders are stuck on the low-wage dogma dictated by corporate elites.

At a forum in April, GOP Congress critter Dennis Ross of Tampa was confronted by a fast-food worker who asked him to support a minimum wage hike.
"Who's going to pay for it?" snapped Ross, who's paid $174,000 a year by us taxpayers.
A person in the audience rose to say he'd gladly pay a little more for a hamburger so workers could be paid a decent wage - a comment that prompted applause from the crowd.
Yet Ross railed against the very idea of a minimum wage.
"If the government's going to tell me how much I can get paid...then we have a serious problem in this country."

Yes, we do have a serious problem, and it's name is Dennis Ross.
Or, let's call it Lamar Alexander
The Republican Senator from Tennessee said of the minimum wage, "I do not believe in it."
Indeed, he "believes' in the immorality of letting executive-suite kleptocrats set sub-sub-sub-sub-poverty pay scales to impoverish America's workforce.
Or, how about John Boehner, the GOP Speaker of the House, he's gone operatic on the issue,
declaring that he would "commit suicide before I vote to raise the minimum wage."

These guys aren't just out of touch -- they're nuts!

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/8393#.U9l8ZRY5mTM/

"Do-Nothing Congress Takes a Vacation"....by Jim Hightower

July 23, 2014
Jim Hightower


When I heard that our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: Anger... and gratitude.
Gratitude, because their vacation gives us a five-week-break from the spectacle of right-wing mad dogs in the House, yapping, foaming at the mouth, and running around in circles.
"Kill the minimum wage," they howl, "Repeal Obamacare, deport immigrant children, re-invade Iraq, impeach Obama"....and yada-yada-yada.

Yes, nutty as they are, it's also infuriating that these pampered politicos feel entitled to such a vacation...It's another sign of their total disconnect from the hard realities of the workaday majority they're supposed to serve.
EARTH TO CONGRESS CRITTERS: Most American families are being hosed out of the middle class, having to work harder and longer for less pay, no benefits, and not even two weeks off, much less a five-week getaway.

In the spirit of fairness, though, I should concede that the current do-nothing House has been setting an eight-year performance record in one category of congressional activity: Junkateering.
Yes, not only does this bunch love to vacation, but it also tiptoes around the ethics rules so lobbyists can pay for their trips.
Not since the sleaze days of pay-to-play uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff have House members taken as many junkets, financed by corporate interests.

Oh, excuse me, they're called "fact-finding missions," not junkets..
By whatever name, nearly 1,900 of the free trips were enjoyed last year by lawmakers, their spouses, and staff -- paid for by private entities seeking legislative favors.
Adding to the disgust, House leaders very quietly axed an ethics requirement this year that lawmakers must disclose these travel freebies in their personal financial reports.
Yet they wonder why their public approval rating is in the ditch.

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/8387#.U9AxvhY5mTM/

MoveOn.org Starts Petition To Impeach Boehner

MoveOn.org
July 14, 2014

BREAKING NEWS:

John A. Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,
is moving forward with his lawsuit against the President of the United States.

As of this hour, Speaker Boehner has introduced a formal petition on the Floor of the House to Sue a Sitting President.

Boehner has got to go!


PETITION TO IMPEACH THE SPEAKER of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

"Under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution's Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, We hereby petition the United States House of Representatives, the U.S. House Committee on Rules, and President Barack H. Obama to Impeach the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John H. Boehner (R-Ohio) for Dereliction of Duty in Governance"

To sign petition:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/to-impeach-the-speaker?mailing_id=23791&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=9017801/


UPDATE: Saturday, July 19, 2014
MoveOn.org wants to get 7,500 signatures on this petition.
As of July 19, there are 7,050 signatures, so they only need about 450 more signatures.

Will President Obama ever pardon former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman?

June 17, 2014

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) is still rotting away in a prison cell for a crime he did not commit.


"Siegelman, whose Karl Rove-inspired prosecution helped gut Alabama's once-competitive Democratic Party, served nearly a year of his term before release on bond when whistle-blowers and legal experts helped show in 2007 and 2008 that he had been targeted for political reasons.

The prominent, blunt-speaking Alabama businessman Luther 'Stan' Pete has said his fellow Republicans clearly framed Siegelman.

In 2009, the Obama Justice Department requested that Judge Fuller sentence Siegelman to
20 more years in prison when his appeals were concluded.
The new administration stood shoulder-to-shoulder with it's Bush predecessors in continuing the frame-up and cover-up.
This was part of a 'look forward, not backward' mantra that President Obama articulated most famously in avoiding accountability for Bush-era torture and cover-up, but events make clear that the cover-ups obviously applied also to Bush political prosecutions."

More:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/05/1097552/-Gov-Don-Siegelman-Facing-20-Years-Obama-Pushes-for-Long-Sentence#/


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023955756/

Videos & more
http://www.donsiegelman.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/freedonsiegelmannow/





What's your favorite line from The Big Lebowski?

Dude, the Chinaman is not the issue!

Georgia Toddler Needs Our Prayers...TODAY!

June 8, 2014

Bou Phonesavanh, 19 months old, was sleeping in his playpen, when a Georgia Narcotics Task Force SWAT team member threw a stun grenade in the window which landed on the baby's pillow.

The Phonesavanh family's home in Wisconsin had burned down, and they were in Georgia temporarily to stay with relatives.

Bou is now in a medically-induced coma in Intensive Care at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, and it could be weeks before it's known if he'll survive, and what treatment he'll need.
Now, Bou's mother,father, and 3 sisters are facing weeks of uncertainty, unsure how long Bou will be hospitalized and where they'll live in the meantime.
The dad says they have nothing to do with drugs.
The family is angry, but hopeful that the toddler will make a full recovery.
His sisters' ages are 3, 5 and 7

He needs our prayers...He needs them badly And he needs them now, today!

Within hours of the "drug raid gone bad", both the District Attorney and the Sheriff issued statements saying that the police officers " had done nothing wrong"
I posted a story a few days ago about a Georgia Democratic State Senator calling for a federal investigation into the drug raid.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025050244/

More info on the story:
http://www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/05/3445048/swat-grenade-toddler/

Bou's family has no insurance.
A family friend has set up a fund to help pay the baby's medical expenses, as well as for food and other things the family will need.
http://www.gofundme.com/9mih84/
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