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The lawsuit that should have been brought..GOP Conspiracy

on the night of the first Obama Inauguration.

The LEADERS of both houses met in relative secrecy (and extremely bad manners/poor sportsmanship) to determine a plan of action to deliberately fail to perform their own sworn congressional duties, and to sabotage a new president's term...

People elected these folks to DO THEIR JOBS..not to sabotage a new presidency and collect a paycheck for nothing but malicious mischief while harming the US.

Dinesh D'Souza??? "Guest" on The Ed Show..WTF??

He ADMITTED guilt in a federal suit...and MSNBC gives HIM airtime???

C'Mon...let him do his time and then Fox can have him..

from wikipedia (and other sources)In January 2014, D'Souza was indicted on charges of making illegal political contributions to a 2012 United States Senate campaign. On May 20, 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to a charge of using "straw donors" to make illegal political campaign donations. The charge carries a sentence of 10 to 16 months according to the plea agreement reached between D'Souza and federal prosecutors.

When one side tries to use reason. and the other side uses guns

This seems to be the perpetual dilemma.

We seem to have always been locked in combat with fundamentalists of one sort or another. Americans often equate fundamentalism with snake-handling religious sorts who seem to be against most things, but fundamentalism exists in all religions and in all philosophies. These are the folks who do NOT welcome change of any kind.

This weekend I was introduced to Folke Bernadotte (via Al Jazeera), and was amazed that I had never heard of this wonderful man.

After watching the 3 part documentary of his life, I could not help but think about AnwarSadat & Menachem Begin, and Dr Tiller and Dr Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers... and JFK and Bobby Kennedy..and so many others we have lost.

These folks all had a message that did not "resonate" with fundamentalists. These people had long range plans that were about more than a fast bandaid. These people were thinkers .

Fundamentalists do not like thinkers. They know their ideas are stale and useless, but they refuse to even think there might be a better way to handle whatever problems exist, so their only option is to kill the person they cannot agree with.

This act does not necessarily kill the ideas of the dead person, but it does change history.

The radical fundamentalists who are now raging in the Middle East and Africa (and figuratively now, in America) are similarly focused. They are only interested in killing those who do not agree with them.

We can call them crazy...lunatics..deranged..whatever.. but we cannot ever really stop them.

All we can do is to keep trying to convince enough thinking people to stop electing crazy fundamentalists who use their power by throwing gasoline on every fire they can find.

There are economic fundamentalists
There are climate fundamentalists
There are education fundamentalists
There are anti-civil rights fundamentalists

We can fight their nonsensical theories, but we can never convince them, because their fundamentalist beliefs tell them that THEY are right and we are wrong. They refuse to see what is right in front of them. They are reminiscent of the anorexic 80 lb girl who sees a fat girl when she looks in a mirror.

It all seems so hopeless sometimes, and makes me glad that I am 65 and not 25



Nothing lasts forever..

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/right-wing-billionaires-behind-mitt-romney-20120524
another article :
http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/07/19/543801/consumer-brands-conservative-attack-ads/

This article has good detail about the richest of the rich right wing donors.
These guys are getting quite OLD... and their families may not have the same interest in throwing money at politicians.

These people are annoying, bitter people, but they are not immortal...and when they check out, I suspect that their estates will be fought over for a very long time.

Without their money, I wonder how many of the think tanks will continue to have the resources to carry on in the manner they do now..

There are some younger ones, but when the demographic bomb goes off in a few years, and the tea party is more ensconced in GOP politics, I am betting that some of these younger ones will not be all that eager to pick up the slack with their personal wealth..

One can hope



Sheldon Adelson
AGE 80...(variety of ailments)


Charles Koch
AGE 79 (prostate cancer survivor)


David Koch
AGE 74 (prostate cancer survivor)..and survived a plane crash in 1991









Today there is one less right wing conspirator

Richard Mellon-Scaife knocked on Satan's door & was invited in


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/us/richard-mellon-scaife-influential-us-conservative-dies-at-82.html?_r=0

Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

By ROBERT D. McFADDENJULY 4, 2014



Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 82.

His death was confirmed by his lawyer, H. Yale Gutnick. Mr. Scaife had announced recently in a front-page article in the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned, that he had an untreatable form of cancer.

Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.

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Series Finale of Californication

I liked that show but their final season stunk.... They introduced a schleppy son, ditched the daughter until the very end, and made most of the last episodes about Marcy & her dipshit ex husband..

They should have just canceled it and left us all to make up our own ending...

Sometimes writers do not know how to end a series.

People complained about The Sopranos, but I thought it was the perfect ending

Since Hobby Lobby is such a christian, child friendly place,

I am wondering what their policies are:

Do they offer free/cheap on premises child care?
Do they offer fully paid maternity care?
Do they offer paid maternity leave?
Do they offer flex-time for proper child rearing?
Do they offer higher pay scales for mothers?

or

are they just another cheapskate company that only looks to use the labor of stressed out Moms who are juggling home/family on cheapskate wages and few benefits, while the Green family pats themselves on the back for being family-friendly/good Christians??

The ONLY way to "defeat" right wing establishments

is to boycott their products/stores..whether officially or unofficially.


The right wing is a MINORITY of the country. Their ideas are stale, useless ideas that went out of fashion DECADES ago.

Look at just about ANY reliable poll.. there is always 25-30% who are against every good idea/policy.. These are the SAME people who were for impeaching Clinton, and who are pro mass-shooter...and who are against women's choice..and just about anything else that benefits ordinary folks...

Unfortunately they are bolstered by mega-moneyed people who know how malleable (and low-information) these folks are, and how impressed they are with free box lunches, fancy buses and how steadfast they are against anyone with a (D) next to their name (especially if the person is not white)..

These folks are a VOCAL minority that consistently proclaims itself to be a moral majority. Because they are loud & boisterous, (and they promote corporat-ocracy) media welcomes them with open arms.

MOST people are NOT paying attention, so it behooves all of us to "evangelize" about these awful corporate entities to people we meet who truly do not know better.

A careful approach, with just the basic info often works.

My whole family has been "selectively" shopping for decades....and all it takes is gentle persuasion.. My Daughter in law is a prime example.. In less than 5 years, she's gone from being a Bill OReilley/Bush/Cheney fan to now loving Rachel Maddow..and actively boycotting Walmart.

Meet Iraq's future president.


SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Mon Jul-21-08 09:11 PM
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Meet Iraq's future president.


سيد مقتدى ...



Hojatoleslam Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr


Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr or Moktada al Sadr (سيد مقتدى الصدر Muqtadā aṣ-Ṣadr)

(born August 12, 1973) is an Iraqi theologian, political leader and militia commander.

Along with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, Sadr is one of the most influential religious and political figures in the country not holding any official title in the Iraqi government.

Muqtada al-Sadr is the fourth son of a famous Iraqi Shi‘a cleric, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr. He is also the son-in-law of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir As-Sadr.

Muqtada al-Sadr is of Lebanese ancestry. His great-grandfather is Ismail as-Sadr. Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, Muqtada al-Sadr's father, was a well-respected figure throughout the Shi'a Islamic world.

He was murdered, along with two of his sons, allegedly by the government of Saddam Hussein. Some do believe it was an inside job ordered in February 1999 from Najaf, the stronghold of the al-Sadr clan. Muqtada's father-in-law was executed by the Iraqi authorities in 1980. Muqtada is a cousin of the absented Imam Moussa as-Sadr, the Iranian-Lebanese founder of the popular Amal Movement

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqtada_al-Sadr

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Anyone who thinks that al Maliki or anyone even remotely LIKE him, will end up running the show effectively, is dreaming..


al Sadr's army has been on vacation, since the surge started. Why would he want to waste his resources and men during a beefing-up of American military?

Middle easterners measure time by the thousands' of years, they are patient, and they never forget an affront.

They are keeping score, and patiently going through the motions, because they know sooner or later we WILL leave, and once we are downsized or gone, al Sadr will step up and claim Iraq for his own...

The people will support him, and the ones who don't will be "dealt with"..

We are currently tidying up the Green Zone for his eventual occupation, and he knows it.. If you planned to steal a classic car, it would be smart to wait until it's completely restored, before you steal it

Obama needs to airlift an emergency commission on Iraq

consisting of:

Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Wolfowitz, Cheney,George Will, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney..

Add yours to the list..

These patriots could be airlifted there so they could "help" our dear friends there preserve the freedom we gave them..

Since Mittens loves to run things, he can be the CEO..Johnny Bomb-em can head op the military angle. Lindsey could run around saying "Ahh do declay-uh", fanning himself to keep from swooning..
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