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Because Obama was the first coming of the anti-Christ, but didn't complete the mission. Hillary will be elected to fulfill the will of satan. And I thought Cruz was at bat for that position.
Beware the Coming of Clinton:
And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
~ Matthew 13 : 42 NLT
"Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."
~ Daniel 3 : 6 NIV
Posted by freshwest | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 06:06 PM (1 replies)
Posted by freshwest | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 04:00 PM (0 replies)
Iraq conflict - IS 'trafficking Yazidi women for sex'
By Yolande Knell - 24 September 2014
More than 3,000 Yazidi women and children have been captured by Islamic State militants and are being trafficked for sex, the BBC has learned.
Those who have escaped have spoken of being raped, tortured and starved.
Tens of thousands of members of Iraq's Yazidi minority fled from Islamic State (IS) in August and are now homeless.
Human rights activists say more than 5,000 men, women and children are still missing.
Syrian women pull off their burkas to show they are free from ISIS
Marie Le Conte - 6 Jun 2015
My Note: See the anguish and relief on her face after escaping the hated ISIS. I can almost hear her scream.
A woman takes off her burqa as she enters Rojava (pic: Jack Shahine /Shervan Derwish)
This picture, taken by the border between Syria and Turkey, shows the amazing moment women take off their black burqas to celebrate being out of ISIS-held territory.
The snaps were captured by cameraman Shervan Derwish, as the car drove into the autonomous region of Rojava, which is held by the Kurdish YPG.
Under the Islamic State so-called caliphate, women have to wear the black shapeless burqas, whether they want it or not.
'Treated like cattle': Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS
Erbil, Iraq (CNN) -- Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.
She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of their jewelry, money and cellphones. They separated the men from the women.
A United Nations report explained what happened next. ISIS "gathered all the males older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pick-up trucks, and shot them." Among those believed dead were Jana's father and eldest brother.
A different fate lay in store for the women...
ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with 'unbelieving' women, girls is OK
By Greg Botelho, CNN
Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.
Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.
Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.
People in Mosul -- the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State -- got these and other messages loud and clear after sunset prayers Friday, when armed men handed out a color-printed pamphlet "Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves," three residents told CNN.
Independence for the conquered people cannot come soon enough.
"Women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights."
~ Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1995, Beijing
Posted by freshwest | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 03:28 AM (0 replies)
Bernie Sanders Doubles Down on F-35 Support Days After Runway Explosion
By Carl Gibson - 03 June 14
Me: “You mentioned wasteful military spending. The other day ... I’m sure you’ve heard about the F-35 catching fire on the runway. The estimated lifetime expense of the F-35 is $1.2 trillion. When you talk about cutting wasteful military spending, does that include the F-35 program?”
Bernie Sanders: “No, and I’ll tell you why – it is essentially built. It is the airplane of the United States Air Force, Navy, and of NATO. It was a very controversial issue in Vermont. And my view was that given the fact that the F-35, which, by the way, has been incredibly wasteful, that’s a good question. But for better or worse, that is the plane of record right now, and it is not gonna be discarded. That’s the reality.”
That was the exchange I had with US senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at a town hall in Warner, New Hampshire, this past weekend (skip to the 45:30 mark of this video to hear my question). Sanders came to New Hampshire to gauge the local response to his economic justice-powered platform for a presumed 2016 presidential campaign. While his rabid defense of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and takedown of big money running politics was well-received, he contradicted his position of eliminating wasteful military spending while defending the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is the epitome of Pentagon waste. The program has already cost taxpayers roughly half a trillion dollars, with $700 billion or more to come during the program’s lifetime. During an interview, Pierre Sprey, a co-designer of the F-16, went into great detail about how the F-35 was a lemon aircraft. Sprey explained that the fighter is an excessively heavy gas guzzler with small wings, a low bomb-carry capacity, low loiter time, is incapable of slow flight, is detectable to World War II-era low-frequency radar, and costs $200 million apiece. And just a little over a week ago, the F-35 caught fire on a runway at Eglin Air Force Base.
To his credit, Sanders acknowledged that the program was “wasteful” in his defense of it. The contention over the F-35 in his home state of Vermont is that the program is now responsible for jobs in his hometown of Burlington, where he served as mayor before running for Congress. Some front doors of homes in the Burlington area are adorned with green ribbons, signifying support for the F-35. Sanders, like his colleagues in 45 states around the country, doesn’t want to risk the wrath of voters angry about job losses related to F-35 manufacturing, assembly, and training if the program were to be cut. And that’s where Lockheed Martin’s political savvy comes into play.
War hawk John McCain (R-Az.) has called the F-35 program a “scandal and a tragedy” in the past. But when an F-35 squadron came to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, McCain changed his tune to say the program was “moving in the right direction.” Lockheed Martin, which draws 82 percent of all revenue from taxpayers (Lockheed’s information systems department gets 95 percent of its money from taxpayers), knows that by spreading out manufacturing as widely as possible, the program is more likely to be funded by politicians beholden to voters who draw their livelihood from the F-35. Lockheed spent $15.3 million on lobbying politicians in 2012, a year in which the company made $47 billion in revenue. That’s a return on investment in the thousands of percentage points. Lockheed gets paid, and politicians get re-elected. That’s how Washington runs.
So, while Bernie Sanders is saying we should cut military spending to fund free college for everyone, his defense of the F-35 means that despite everything else, Sanders is still just a politician. Sooner or later, the F-35 will eventually be replaced by something even more expensive, while the F-35 joins the thousands of other unused fighter jets in the boneyard. But rather than lying to people and saying the program is already a done deal and that there’s nothing he can do, Sanders could stand by his principles and introduce an amendment in the next National Defense Authorization Act to strip the F-35 program of its funding. That remaining $700 billion could make college tuition-free for everyone for at least a decade.
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I have some ideas and some questions for anyone to answer:
Bernie wants free college tuition, infrastructure jobs, singly payer health care, and other things.
Question: Can the F-35 be called an infrastructure job? The writer of the article is critical on the free college tuition promise. Can one pay for the other?
(I can't figure this out.)
Question: Can he support VT, the USAF, NATO, the mega defense contracting corporation Lockheed Martin at the same time?
(Well, he does, but which one is more important - those interests or peace, healthcare, etc.?
Only his heart knows. He stresses economic growth - is it just any kind of economic growth?)
Question: Can we change our manufacturing base to something else, or is there a bigger picture we don't want to look at that Bernie, Hillary and the President see, with ISIS and other groups?
(I think there is - but I also think as the saying goes 'You can't handle the truth,' said a bad guy in a movie who I believe went to prison or something for doing. not. nice. things, that we need to understand what we are dealing with sans the fear and cynicism, as both action just let it happen.)
Question: Are we being childish or kidding ourselves about our demands for peace?
(I've almost concluded that is exactly what a lot of our angst is about, and not matter how we rage, we're not being straight about this as it's too painful.)
Question: Or are these people disingenuous - or are the things they say we don't want to hear the truth we can't accept?
(As I said above, I'm starting to question the motives of the people who vote for, don't vote, or prefer illusions about how the world is run - and deny their part in the system they say they hate but they still demand more than can be morally provided in the absolutist terms we like.)
I've pondered these questions for many years, and find myself on the cusp of deciding what my position ought to be for my own peace of mind. Life isn't simple.
Posted by freshwest | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 02:13 AM (0 replies)
Posted by freshwest | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 09:36 PM (0 replies)
Just like so many have - great cycle of wealth there. Romney, Paul, etc. all want to run the government as a business. The mantra was force fed to Americans when Reagan was in office.
Here's a video by Russell Means about corporations and how this isn't sustainable:
That didn't even mention climate change. But they just won't listen. I also think they are working to make sure they escape the worst of it. Since I don't believe the misery is going to be equally distributed, it never has been.
It will be the end of representative or any other kind of democracy. Corporations, theocracies, etc. are hierachical and all power is at the top, no matter what mistakes are made, and never democratic. Never.
We're galloping to neo-feudalism. And climate change will make it all seem necessary. Desperation makes people give up their rights, and they can be 'dog eat dog' which is exaclty what the RWNJs are training for all the time. Those guns aren't just for looking at, their racism and sexism has a goal as well - power and the control of territory.
No individual rights, which is a western construct for the most part AFAIK, except natives had it, too. But many countries never had that, so sex slavery, chattel slavery and treating their population like animals and bowing to the warlords or priest s or whoever is normal to them.
I'm sure you remember Obama's great talk in Jamaica. He talked about that to those whom I hope will be future world leaders. They will face many challenges that we have not concieved of yet.
Posted by freshwest | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 07:17 PM (1 replies)
The Digital Demagogue
By David Auerbach - July 2 2015
The Greek prime minister’s faceoff with Europe is something new: a bold, imperfect, high-velocity form of mass democracy made possible by the Internet.... Whether Tsipras is a bold contrarian or a foolish nihilist, his political approach heralds a new kind of digital democracy, one that’s as scary as it is revolutionary...
Tsipras and Syriza have made use of the Internet to circumvent media intermediaries and exhort their supporters in far more direct ways than one might expect from a ruling party. Whether putting out daily YouTube videos or posting the creditors’ austerity demands online, Tsipras has aggressively pushed the impression that it is not just him but the Greek people themselves who are negotiating with the creditors. He has drawn on Twitter to bid for national and international support: “Our people have remained calm in face of blackmail,” he tweeted Monday. “Outside attempts to sway them only strengthens their resolve.” That fire-breathing didn’t let up this week even as he appeared to flinch, telling creditors that he is open to accepting a version of their terms: “After the #referendum was announced, better proposals were received- especially in regards to restructuring the debt,” he tweeted with a note of self-congratulation. Even if Tsipras is exaggerating in order to save face, it reveals Tsipras’ strategy of bolstering his negotiating position by invoking the weight of the Greek people, as well as appealing to international supporters.
The stakes are unprecedentedly high for both Greece and the EU as a whole. Wolfgang Münchau wrote in the Financial Times that the referendum risks showing that “a monetary union without political union can only exist in violation of basic principles of democracy.” Tsipras is appealing to that fundamental power asymmetry here: Greece owes national debts, yet it does not autonomously control its currency, leaving its monetary policy in large part in the hands of Europe’s leaders. Tsipras’ objection is that Greece should not be forced to adopt further austerity measures when it has already been running a surplus, but on account of the euro, it cannot directly control its own monetary policy, through which it could devalue its currency to spur exports and growth. Imagine if, in the U.S. the Federal Reserve were really as unaccountable as conspiracy theorists think it is. It’s like that...
I think what you linked will take me a while to read. This link is a story that seems like a fluff piece but really isn't. Reading the last paragraph I posted brings up important questions.
There is a lot more there. I'll get to reading the links you made through the thread, but can't say I understand the meanings to people on the ground in Europe. They pay more in taxes taken from them for their work and resent the more lax policies that have been in Greece for years.
Greece is a volatile nation that is in a crucial area of Europe and been invaded more times than one can count. The simple answer was 'let them go and join with Putin's economic union.'
But I'm betting the rest of Europe is also feeling 'terrorized' by the thouht of an even more unstable Greece with ISIS blustering at them, killing people through stochastic terrorism, and ISIS refugees on their doorstep. There is no infinite wealth nor are there infinite 'resources.'
I've read the Greeks were already making concessions to Putin and their own oligarchs. I don't hold socialism or faux socialism in the regard I once had when they are now playing footsie with oligarchs under the table and out of sight like Putin, making him more wealthy than the Koch brothers. I regard a lot, from Yanis and any other source, a diversion from real wealth being transferred.
People seem so eager for a hero to take care of them, and complain when they don't give them all they wanted. That's magical thinking. A faith based belief on the 'evil' others with more stuff that 'are why my life sucks.' Yeah, there are some evil rich fuks.
But are regular folks in Europe who are angry about Greece rich? I really doubt that.
The people have to work with each other, some are telling us they will. Whether they will or not, or if they align themselves with a rich patron to fleece others, and history has shown some certainly will, is an unknown thing. Then above it all, there is climate change. The pressure is not going to let up.
It appears other Europeans - you are not the only one, others have, for several years now - say they were being taken advantage of by Greece. There will be bad feelings.
But I thought this might be an interesting add to your thread. The picture isn't so clear from this side of the Atlantic, we just don't know how you guys really live.
Posted by freshwest | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 05:49 PM (2 replies)
James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University | The Resolution: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”
The video is long, but worth it to hear all that Baldwin says to Buckley:
James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)
Published on Oct 27, 2012
Transcript and comment:
Baldwin goes on to eloquently state the affirmative in what has to be one of the most encompassing and moving soliloquies I have ever heard. Excerpts follow, but do not sell yourselves short, watch it in its entirety:
“The white South African or Mississippi sharecropper or Alabama sheriff has at bottom a system of reality which compels them really to believe when they face the Negro that this woman, this man, this child must be insane to attack the system to which he owes his entire identity.”
“In the case of the American Negro, from the moment you are born every stick and stone, every face, is white. Since you have not yet seen a mirror, you suppose you are, too. It comes as a great shock around the age of 5, 6, or 7 to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance, along with everybody else, has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.”
“From a very literal point of view, the harbors and the ports and the railroads of the country—the economy, especially in the South—could not conceivably be what they are if it had not been (and this is still so) for cheap labor. I am speaking very seriously, and this is not an overstatement: I picked cotton, I carried it to the market, I built the railroads under someone else’s whip for nothing. For nothing.”
"The Southern oligarchy which has still today so very much power in Washington, and therefore some power in the world, was created by my labor and my sweat and the violation of my women and the murder of my children. This in the land of the free, the home of the brave.”
“Sheriff Clark in Selma, Ala., cannot be dismissed as a total monster; I am sure he loves his wife and children and likes to get drunk. One has to assume that he is a man like me. But he does not know what drives him to use the club, to menace with the gun and to use the cattle prod. Something awful must have happened to a human being to be able to put a cattle prod against a woman’s breasts. What happens to the woman is ghastly. What happens to the man who does it is in some ways much, much worse. Their moral lives have been destroyed by the plague called color.”
“It is a terrible thing for an entire people to surrender to the notion that one-ninth of its population is beneath them. Until the moment comes when we, the Americans, are able to accept the fact that my ancestors are both black and white, that on that continent we are trying to forge a new identity, that we need each other, that I am not a ward of America, I am not an object of missionary charity, I am one of the people who built the country—until this moment comes there is scarcely any hope for the American dream. If the people are denied participation in it, by their very presence they will wreck it. And if that happens it is a very grave moment for the West.”
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Posted by freshwest | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:18 PM (1 replies)
Posted by freshwest | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 04:25 PM (0 replies)
But I don't think Sanders would do that.
Posted by freshwest | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 04:23 PM (2 replies)