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Eastwood is being gagged by The International Ottoman Conspiracy. nt


Democratic Underground is a series of fevers. Some producing good hallucations, some bad.

For the most part, thankfully, all of them transitory.

For the most part, sadly, all of them a bridge to the next.


Great 1-page fact sheet on the Afghan war with all the important bits highlighted

It's also a handy reference for wars in general, both past and future.

RIP Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Melton, 26, of Carlyle, IL. Killed in 2009 alongside Sgt. Paul G. Smith, 43, of Peoria, IL. when an I.E.D. exploded next to their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


"Has debate with imaginary Obama. Loses."


As a huge critic of this Administration, watching the RNC debacle is an excellent reminder...

...of just how incredibly fucking fucked up the GOP is in comparison and how much better, how much more competent, the Democratic Party is, even in their darkest hour.

I really wished both parties served The People better than they already do, but my god. My fucking god.

I think Rubio was the only person who actually gave a speech which was effective. The rest of them, including Romney and Ryan, gave idiotic bromides only varying in their saccharine content. The two low-lights were when they had Chris Christie AKA ManShark on stage and, of course, East Clintwood.

At the closing of the convention, Boehner even broke into tears.

I can't imagine an American objectively looking at the rolling clusterfuck of confusion that was the 2012 Republican National Convention and thinking "Those guys, YEAH!".


CA Legislators: Students who criticize Israel are antisemitic. Shitstorm & Hilarity follows.


California Assembly members passed a nonbinding resolution this Tuesday which equated criticism of Israel with antisemitism and indicated the University of California and other public universities should crack down on demonstrations against Israel on their campuses.

The resolution, written by Republican Assemblywoman Linda Halderman and supported by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal was not debated and passed easily. In fact, everything was fine and dandy until sometime Tuesday evening when constituents actually began reading the full text of the resolution which described the following activities (among other things) as antisemitic:

* Describing Israel is a racist or apartheid state
* Indicating that Israel is guilty of crimes against humanity in any matter
* Students or faculty who support any boycott, divestment or sanctions campaigns against Israel
* Students who disrupt "free speech that present Israel's point of view"

That's just a few of them, I link to the full text of the resolution above. Now, most of the above was sandwiched between actual things I think anyone would have a problem with students doing on campus, like physically attacking others or painting swastikas on walls in dorms.

While no one had any qualms with making sure campuses were violence and Nazi-free, a number of organizations were, shall we say, a little put off by the attempt to label students or faculty who expressed negative opinions on Israel as antisemitic.


Well, first it was the Council on American-Islamic Relations who wrote an open letter to the legislators which read, in part:
Although HR 35 does not create any new law, it effectively encourages university administrators to infringe upon students’ free speech rights. By equating legitimate political debates about geopolitics with anti-Semitism, the resolution emboldens administrators to take action to chill and prevent such speech.

Then the group Jewish Voice For Peace put out a press release echoing the sentiments:
While some Jewish students feel uncomfortable with public criticism of Israeli policies, whether articulated by other Jews or non-Jewish students, that does not make that criticism anti-Semitic. The answer is more speech and enhanced communication, not limiting speech in order to avoid the discomfort of some students.

And then somebody went and wrote an opinion piece in Al-Jazeera about it.

Then the president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild called the resolution "irresponsible and dangerous". He continued:
‘‘In doing so, it can be seen as having no other purpose than to demonize all those who criticize the nation-state of Israel or support the rights of the Palestinian people,’’ he said.

See where this is going?

And then lunchtime yesterday, the University of California responded- basically saying "Yeah, this is bullshit so we're ignoring it."


Well the California Assembly members are now busy trying to hide under each other like sheep in a thunderstorm in order to avoid responsibility. Some blame Assemblywoman Halderman for leaving out all references to Israel during the vote, attempting to sneak the resolution by inattentive legislators. One of the few who didn't vote for the resolution, a Democrat, had a different opinion on why the resolution passed:
Halderman did not mention Israel when she introduced HR35, which passed on a voice vote with 66 of the Assembly’s 80 members signing on as co-authors.

Some of the lawmakers who signed on as co-authors when the resolution was called on the floor seemed surprised to later learn of the references to Israel. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was one of the few who did not support it.

‘‘Ignorance reigns up here,’’ he said.

But all is apparently well, because this morning Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (who originally voted for the resolution) had a sudden change of heart and assured all Californians this grave error will be fixed.

In January of next year. Probably.

No matter, though, it sounds like it's bound to be a doozy of a correction!
"I'm not sure what all it's going to say, but I think it will boil down to a celebration of the First Amendment," the Long Beach Democrat said in a statement. "And it will make clear in no uncertain terms that students in our universities should feel safe to have differing opinions."

Well, hooray for America and hooray for us all! From a resolution which literally struck out the words "First Amendment to the United States Constitution" (see here) to a "Celebration of the First Amendment"!

She went on to defend Republican Assemblywoman Halderman:
Lowenthal said she regretted that the resolution had drawn controversy but also noted that Halderman, its author, lost family in the Holocaust.

"If she overshot the mark, I'm certainly not going to criticize her for it," Lowenthal said.

I'm with Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on this one: ‘‘Ignorance reigns"


It would look like Taft won but then Washington would emerge like Luke from the tauntaun's belly.

That's right, Washington would go after Taft right away with the knowledge that he could turn him into valuable meat armor to continue the fight against the other presidents. Should they come close to breaching the Taft, Washington could pop his head out of Taft's chest cavity, distracting and horrifying them long enough to land a fatal blow before moving onto the next.

It may be difficult to imagine George Washington gore-wigged and manipulating the corpse of a dead man from the inside in order to do battle but we must not forget the Washington family motto: "Exitus Acta Probat" ("The Ends Justify The Means"


Having never really looked at Chris Christie for any length of time, this is the image I...

...couldn't shake the entire time he gave that speech:


Sometimes it's all about the signifigance you impart to the act:

To wit, which of these acts allegedly destroys America's standings in the world and which is just one of the cutest things you've ever seen?

As was pointed out here, all presidents bow to foreign leaders and, most importantly, "Following cultural conventions is not submission."

I don't have a problem with bowing to foreign leaders but I really hate any US President bowing to a member of royalty. I find it extremely distasteful. But apparently presidents are going to keep doing it.

So while it is nice to shoot those mouth-breathers pictures of Bush getting ready to play tonsil-hockey with the Saudi king, I suppose the even more correct answer is "Bowing or following cultural conventions does not make a president submissive to a foreign leader." I don't like it, but if there's a correct answer that's probably it.


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