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The next host of MTP...

It could totally happen based on the trend.

On Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger, a cost benefit analysis.

There has been some spirited conversation about Hillary Clinton, and many have posited her statements about Kissinger are all to beef up her foreign policy credentials and appeal to conservatives because she is a real liberal at heart. Others have taken a position more like my own, shaking our heads and laughing at the absurdity of what she said and those who are scrambling to defend her or deflect and attack someone else like David Corn.

As I see it there is a big problem to getting behind an "inevitable" candidate like Hillary Clinton and excusing her actions by saying it is all politics and that she needs to get elected then she'll show us her true colors. Right. Because the game ends when someone is elected. Not so much.

You can tell me this is just one compromise we have to make in the name of politics to get a liberal wolf in conservative sheep clothing (which some in this community think Hillary Clinton is), but I don't buy it. Because then the next compromise comes, and the next. All justified because the game has to be played and while all that bullshit is happening the liberals are being sold out - again (ahem, ahem, President Obama).

At some point we have to make a cost benefit analysis and determine at what point we say Hillary Clinton is too much cost and too little benefit for us. And I reached that point well before her Kissinger comments. The Democrats need someone better, and there are others out there. And ironically it is Bill Clinton that proved you can come out of nowhere to take a nomination and then the presidency.

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming. Now We're Really Out of Excuses.

Over the weekend, China announced it was moving forward with plans for a massive, nationwide cap-and-trade program intended to help combat global warming. Here's why China is doing this now, and what we know about the plan so far.

Source: Mother Jones

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Study: More Religion Means Less Scientific Innovation (Mother Jones)

Study: More Religion Means Less Scientific Innovation

Are science and religion doomed to eternal "warfare," or can they just get along? Philosophers, theologians, scientists, and atheists debate this subject endlessly (and often, angrily). We hear a lot less from economists on the matter, however. But in a recent paper, Princeton economist Roland Bénabou and two colleagues unveiled a surprising finding that would at least appear to bolster the "conflict" camp: Both across countries and also across US states, higher levels of religiosity are related to lower levels of scientific innovation.

"Places with higher levels of religiosity have lower rates of scientific and technical innovation, as measured by patents per capita," comments Bénabou. He adds that the pattern persists "when controlling for differences in income per capita, population, and rates of higher education."

Yes. Try not to be shocked.

The religious right wants to turn us into a theocracy and opposing science is the best way to do it. What they do not understand is that they will turn us into a third world country in the process.

Philadelphia police putting homeowners on the street

The Philadelphia police are putting home owners on the street and it has nothing to do with their ability to pay the mortgage, nor are they being charged with a crime.

Christos Sourovelis works hard and owns a painting business. He has built a “dream house” in a Philadelphia suburb, and without warning, the city came along and siezed their home. Sourovelis and his wife, Markela, have never been charged, or accused of any wrong doing.

They are now suing the Philadelphia DA after their home was seized when their son was found with $40 worth of heroin.

A month and half after their son was arrested the police showed up. They opened the door and had their gun drawn on the families dog before Markela Sourovelis even knew what was going on.

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The government being used as legal organized crime...

2008: All of a sudden W. is out of office, McCain loses, and they scream tyranny.

Just forget that W. oversaw one of the largest expansions of the government ever, paid for wars on Chinese credit, and played his part in nearly bringing us into another Great Depression. The "party of personal responsibility" is full of overgrown babies and whiny bitches. You cannot remain a first rate power and a first world society in a postindustrial world with libertarianism. It is the lack of socialism and the ignorance of what socialism actually is that is destroying this country, and rotting it from the inside out. Some of what has happened to our country in the last two or three decades truly is ignorance, but it is undeniable that we have a group of Americans out there who are willing to screw themselves over to prevent other groups from getting anything (healthcare, basic civil liberties, etc.).

My cousin is a very confused conservative. He'll say thing like "the Post Office is failing because of all the junk mail they are sending." And when he is told they get paid to send that "junk mail" and their financial woes are a direct result of it having to prefund pensions decades in advance he goes quiet.

When I say every American citizen should be entitled to healthcare he'll say something like "well I don't want some illegal to get healthcare that I have to pay for." When he is asked how we got from healthcare to immigration he goes silent, and I add that he is more than happy to screw himself, his wife, and his daughter over just to keep others from benefiting too. More silence.

When we discuss prisons in America and I bring up how we have one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the whole world I say it is a direct result of mandatory sentences and for-profit private prisons, which rely on inmates to stay open and remain profitable. My cousin will say something like "well some people just want to go to prison to get free cable and healthcare," and he even cited an example of a homeless man in Portland who "robbed" a bank for $1 to get access to healthcare in prison and my cousin said he was "disgusted." When I replied "yes, just throw him back out onto the streets and remind him he is an American who is free to die from not having healthcare," he goes silent.

Despite all my efforts, his silence does not seem to be a sign of deep contemplation but of digging his heels in and being as stubborn as a mule in the face of the effects of his bankrupt political views...

Initial Thoughts On: Armed drones now flying over Iraq, DOD confirms

Armed drones now flying over Iraq, DOD confirms
Source: Politico

It is well beyond time many people in this community get their heads out of the sand and stop putting so much faith in Obama on this Iraq redeployment thing.

“With the introduction now of additional U.S. personnel, in advisory capacity designed to go outside the Embassy confines, the commander on the ground … thought it was prudent to arm some of these aircraft to make sure we had additional force protection measures in place,” he said.

Assuming the "commander on the ground" did make this decision what else can he request in the future? Additional grounds troops to protect the soldiers we already have? After all, armed drones provide a false sense of security and cannot always identify targets correctly, especially in combat situations. The road from advisers to outright military intervention with tens of thousands of soldiers (if not more) is far shorter than may in the Democratic Underground community would like to admit.

Additionally, there are more soldiers on the ground than we were told would be there:

About 180 of the 300 special operations advisers President Barack Obama said he could send to Iraq are there now, according to the Pentagon, and there are about 500 American troops overall. The American advisers are armed for their own self defense, but they are not taking heavy weapons or their own vehicles or aircraft. The armed drone orbits overhead buy the U.S. troops some additional insurance.

Emphasis Add.

But don't worry, before we ratchet it up in Iraq and sacrifice the lives of our own soldiers again the Iraqi forces that are fleeing from the ISIS forces taking over Iraq will have plenty more American weapons to drop when they run away in the future.

Obama administration officials have also said they wanted to “expedite” deliveries of military supplies to Iraq, but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has complained that the U.S. is delaying the deliveries of Lockheed Martin-built F-16 fighters. He has opted to buy used Russian warplanes instead to help attack ISIL’s positions.

The new circumstances in Iraq have imminent American foreign policy disaster written all over them. We are screwed as a country if we cannot even learned the lessons within the last decade or so. Screwed.

Buddy Cianci Making Post-Prison Run For Providence, RI Mayor

Source: CBS News

Cianci mounted his first campaign in 1974 and never lost an election. But he was forced to resign in 1984, after he was convicted of using a fireplace log and lit cigarette to assault a man he believed was having an affair with his estranged wife. Six years after that conviction, in 1990, he ran for mayor again and won.

His second stint as mayor, known around town as Buddy II, came to an end in 2002 when he was convicted as part of a federal investigation into corruption in City Hall, called Operation Plunderdome by the FBI. Several other members of his administration were also convicted.

The city’s demographics have changed since Cianci last won election. Its Hispanic population grew nearly one-third between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Hispanics represented 38 percent of the population in 2010.

Read more: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/06/25/buddy-cianci-making-post-prison-run-for-providence-ri-mayor/

Yup. That's my state.

When American "advisers" in Iraq are attacked and/or killed, what do you think will happen?

We are putting targets on the ground, the targeting of which may "force" us to redeploy more troops to the region.
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