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Name: Catherina
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There are times that one wishes one was smarter than one is so that when one looks out at the world and sees the problems one wishes one knew the answers and I don\'t know the answers. I think sometimes one wishes one was dumber than one is so one doesn\'t have to look out into the world and see the pain that\'s out there and the horrible situations that are out there, and not know what to do - Bernie Sanders http://www.democraticunderground.com/128040277

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It's the same scripts over and over again


The cameraman asks for NATO in a note he puts in front of the camera, are protesters ok with that? http://t.co/z9lbbJmr #Syria #Syrie #Siria

He does it twice actually, in case you miss the first hint.

Iran, the grand prize

Louisiana Official Calls For National Guard On Streets 'We Are At War In New Orleans'

Representative Austin Badon, Jr. Calls For National Guard On Streets 'We Are At War In New Orleans'

"We are at war and when you're at war, you have to bring in soldiers"

Is there any reason you can't increase your police forces?

Soldiers just back from Iraq get new orders: Afghanistan

Soldiers just back from Iraq get new orders: Afghanistan

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
December 21, 2011 -- Updated 1452 GMT (2252 HKT)

Atlanta (CNN) -- Soldiers who just returned from Iraq are among several thousand being ordered to Afghanistan in six months as part of a mission designed to beef up Afghan forces ahead of a planned 2014 U.S. military withdrawal, officials said.

News of the pending Afghanistan deployments came as families at bases across the country were celebrating the return in recent days of troops who turned off the lights at a number of U.S. bases ahead of an end-of-the-year deadline to leave Iraq.


Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, has said he would like to keep a U.S. "military presence" in Afghanistan beyond 2014 when NATO is scheduled to withdraw its forces. Allen suggested the presence could last as long as 2016 when the Afghan Air Force is completed.


The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. Messages left early Wednesday by CNN at public affairs offices at the 3rd Infantry Division, the 4th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division were not immediately returned.



Always worth watching Gen Clark warn the nation: Syria, Iran, Iraq before a superpower challenges us

In October, 2007, Gen. Wesley Clark gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco (seven-minute excerpt in the video below) in which he denounced what he called “a policy coup” engineered by neocons in the wake of 9/11. After recounting how a Pentagon source had told him weeks after 9/11 of the Pentagon’s plan to attack Iraq notwithstanding its non-involvement in 9/11, this is how Clark described the aspirations of the “coup” being plotted by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and what he called “a half dozen other collaborators from the Project for the New American Century”:

    Six weeks later, I saw the same officer, and asked: “Why haven’t we attacked Iraq? Are we still going to attack Iraq?”

    He said: “Sir, it’s worse than that. He said – he pulled up a piece of paper off his desk – he said: “I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s office. It says we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

    Clark said the aim of this plot was this: “They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.” He then recounted a conversation he had had ten years earlier with Paul Wolfowitz — back in 1991 — in which the then-number-3-Pentagon-official, after criticizing Bush 41 for not toppling Saddam, told Clark: “But one thing we did learn (from the Persian Gulf War) is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.” Clark said he was shocked by Wolfowitz’s desires because, as Clark put it: “the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments? It’s not to deter conflicts?”


October 3, 2007

Now take your mind back to this

Obama invites Elliott Abrams to the White House: between Jeffrety Feltman and Abrams, US Middle East strategy is in tatters

INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, per Laura Rozen: Michele Dunn of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution's Robert Kagan. They co-chair a bipartisan working group on Egypt. Also coming are others from their group, including Elliott Abrams, President’s Bush’s deputy national security adviser for the Mideast, and George Washington University Middle East expert Marc Lynch.

--A senior administration official: “We do think-tank sessions on an almost weekly basis


New Book: "Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki"

Looks interesting.

New Book: "Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki" by Greg Mitchell http://www.thenation.com/authors/greg-mitchell

In my latest book (print or e-book) "Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made," I probe a turning point in U.S. history: the suppression of film footage, for decades, shot by a U.S. Army unit in the atomic cities -- a wrong turn with staggering consequences even today. This is a detective story, a profile of two remarkable military officers, and one of the last little-told stories of World War II. The cover-up even extended to MGM and Hollywood--and to President Truman. And there was no WikiLeaks to get the film aired.

To ORDER BOOK ($3.99 e-book and $9.95 print): http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/

Top Argentine official found hanged at summit

Top Argentine official found hanged at summit
21 DECEMBER 2011 - 04H29

AFP - A top Argentine official was found hanged in his hotel room in Montevideo during a summit meeting of the South American trade group Mercosur, police said.

Ivan Heyn, 33, the undersecretary of trade, was found dead around 3:00 pm (1700 GMT) at the Radisson Hotel downtown, police spokesman Jose Luis Rondan told a news conference.

"He apparently died by hanging" with a belt, Rondan said. He said police were trying to determine whether it was a suicide, a crime or an accident. A Uruguayan official earlier said Heyn had committed suicide.

A source close to the case told AFP on condition of anonymity that Heyn was naked when he was found, nearly six hours after his death.



Justice who cast vote for Wisconsin union-busting law got over $10K from law firm arguing the case

Justice who cast vote for Wisconsin union-busting law got over $10K from law firm arguing the case

Back in June, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court decided in a narrow, 4-3 ruling that Gov. Scott Walker's administration was allowed to start implementing its union-busting law. Now, it turns out that the law firm which the Walker administration hired to argue its case gave tens of thousands of dollars in free legal services to one of the four justices that ruled in the administration's favor:


Fun fact: Supreme court justices can be recalled in Wisconsin.


Ted Nugent Calls For Punishing The Poor, Claims They Make Poor Decisions To End Up In Poverty

Ted Nugent Calls For Punishing The Poor, Claims They Make Poor Decisions To End Up In Poverty

December 20, 2011
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Ted Nugent is part of the cockroach crowd of conservatives. You know, those heartless morons who are obsessed with punishing people for something that isn’t their fault? Yeah, those conservatives. The extreme right wing, dumber than dirt rednecks who think they know everything and want to kill everyone. That’s Ted Nugent alright. Well, Ted Nugent wrote (Nugent knows how to write?) a column for the Washington Times. And in that column, Nugent called for punishing the poor and blamed them for being poor. He also called for killing social safety net programs such as unemployment benefits and Social Security.

Nugent, who frequently appeared on Glenn Beck’s television program on Fox News, wrote in the December 16th column that being poor is a choice and that children of single parents are more likely to commit crimes and have pre-marital sex.

Being poor is largely a choice, a daily, if not hourly, decision. If you decide to drop out of school, fail to learn a skill, have no work ethic or get divorced, a life of poverty is often the consequence. The children of parents who choose a life of poverty quite often pay a horrible price, and so does all of America. Here is part of the column via the Washington Times:

    “Poverty rates among college graduates, those who learn a trade or skill and parents who stay married are much lower than the rates among those who choose opposite paths. As author William J. Bennett pointed out a number of years ago in his book “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators,” children of single parents are much more likely to be involved in crime and premarital sex, to drop out of school and to get involved with drugs. Ugly and uncomfortable as that may be, it’s the truth.



Speechless. I'll let Tay Zonday express my thoughts

Children of welfare recipients in California forced to pay for welfare debt

Children of welfare recipients in California forced to pay for welfare debt
By Kevin Martinez
20 December 2011

Children in California are being fined for debt payments their parents incurred while on welfare. The vindictive practice has been going on for years, as California welfare agencies collect money from family members living off of government assistance, even if a family member was a minor when the debt occurred.

Many of the debts were brought on by clerical error or fraud and therefore were especially no fault of the children. A lawsuit on behalf of two girls, Irene Ayers and Jamie Hartley, has been filed by two legal organizations, the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Public Interest Law Project.

Patti Prunhuber, a lawyer from the Public Interest Law Project, told the WSWS that state agencies are barred from collecting payment or seeking criminal charges from cases that are more than four years old. However, according to Prunhuber, the state can still seek repayment for “extremely old” overpayments by intercepting income tax rebates and garnishing wages.

Clarence Ayers, a 75-year old man from Fresno, received a notice in the mail stating that his 14-year old great-grand-daughter Irene now owes nearly $3,000 to the state for welfare that her mother should not have received while she was pregnant with Irene. To make matters worse, Ayers’ current $334 per month in government aid to care for Irene is to be cut 10 percent until the debt is paid.



I. am. speechless.

on edit, Suffragette posted an additional source, with more facts, in post #6
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