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So for what exactly are we supposed to be angry with the Algerians?

Granted that much of what we understand to have happened during this gas field hostage business may turn out to be wrong, but it would seems as if the Algerians brought a swift end to the crisis and probably saved a lot of lives. Hundreds of people held hostage at a gas plant? You think that didn't have the potential for some horrific bloodshed?

And again, it is early and we don't know all of the facts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21101092
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:52 AM (9 replies)

Fox News Liberals are B-List Celebs of the Left

they are to the Democratic Party what Hollywood RWers are to the GOP. Kucinich is basically Chuck Norris.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:20 AM (0 replies)

Evangelical Leaders: Jesus Would Want Immigration Reform

Evangelical groups are planning a major campaign to sell congregants on immigration reform, arguing that the Bible offers theological support for aiding the undocumented population.

The Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical churches and organizations, say the new “I Was A Stranger” program will ask pastors to educate their flock about the Old and New Testament’s calls to aid outsiders, especially Jesus’ own sermons on the topic. Leaders say that Scripture’s recurring concept of the “stranger” in need is synonymous with undocumented immigrants today.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/evangelical-leaders-jesus-would-want-immigration-reform.php?ref=fpnewsfeed
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:01 PM (1 replies)

I believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to own guns

but, like all of our rights, i do not believe that right is absolute. laws against child pornography, terroristic threats, and many others restrict our 1st Amendment right to free speech, and I support those laws. I also have no problem, in fact I strongly support, closing the gun show loophole on background checks and limiting the magazine capacity of guns available to the general public.

One can support the 2nd Amendment and be for reasonable gun control laws.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:53 PM (31 replies)

I saw Zero Dark Thirty Today

First let me get this out of the way - the torture. The movie (like real life) portrays the courier's name as coming from a detainee. No information came from torture in the movie. It was only after the torture stopped that they trick the detainee into giving up info.

Now, the raid at the end was (even though we all know what happens) is one of the most intense edge of your seat 20 minutes or so you will ever see. This movie is definitely Oscar worthy. I haven't seen Lincoln or Argo so I can't say it should win best picture. But it is damn good.

edited to clarify that NO scene in the movie portrays important info coming from torture.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:42 PM (66 replies)

The Moral Case for Drones

AVERY PLAW, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, put the C.I.A. drone record in Pakistan up against the ratio of combatant deaths to civilian deaths in other settings. Mr. Plaw considered four studies of drone deaths in Pakistan that estimated the proportion of civilian victims at 4 percent, 6 percent, 17 percent and 20 percent respectively.

But even the high-end count of 20 percent was considerably lower than the rate in other settings, he found. When the Pakistani Army went after militants in the tribal area on the ground, civilians were 46 percent of those killed. In Israel’s targeted killings of militants from Hamas and other groups, using a range of weapons from bombs to missile strikes, the collateral death rate was 41 percent, according to an Israeli human rights group.

In conventional military conflicts over the last two decades, he found that estimates of civilian deaths ranged from about 33 percent to more than 80 percent of all deaths.

“Look at the firebombing of Dresden, and compare what we’re doing today,” Mr. Crumpton said. “The public’s expectations have been raised dramatically around the world, and that’s good news.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sunday-review/the-moral-case-for-drones.html?_r=0
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:04 PM (56 replies)

I could not have taken a100 dollar monthly tax hike

Thanks to my president hanging tough I don't have to
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:08 AM (36 replies)

Stand Your Ground, Mr. President

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:26 PM (28 replies)

If I by gas at CITGO

am I supporting Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution? Disclaimer - I hope I am. I am not a Hugo fanboy, but I support his efforts to share his country's wealth with its poorest citizens.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:30 PM (31 replies)

delusion of persecution - sound like anyone we know?

"delusion of persecution a delusion that one is being attacked, harassed, persecuted, cheated, or conspired against."

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/delusion+of+persecution

fits the teabaggers perfectly doesn't ?
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:47 PM (0 replies)
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