TarheelDem

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  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 11:11:48View | Delete

    Applause. Thanks, Jane and Brian, for as clear an explanation as I can imagine under the circumstances. (I administer a small WordPress site with no customization on vendor servers and I understand the technical issues with integrating other stuff with WordPress. You folks have done very well with this. Not trivial migration issues behind the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 10:28:44View | Delete

    Thanks for the heads up, Jane. Hope that the tech staff is mapping out a way to get HTTPS by default and encryption by default as the technology becomes available. As best I can tell there is a global tech movement in this direction, especially in the open-source world. Best of luck to your technical [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post The Aggregating of Polling Aggregators

    2014-09-17 16:35:24View | Delete

    There’s a great number for GOTV activities.

    Is anybody doing any calculating of combined margins of error in those aggregations?

    Just how far off is this aggregation likely to be?

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

    2014-09-17 14:31:37View | Delete

    They likely would be pissed. But would that cause them to stop going after ISIS? That’s the bit about autonomous actions. The US doesn’t take down Assad, just provides aid to Saudis and Qatar to.

    Also, I made no claim for it being logical, just that that seems to be where the DC thinking is right now. And likened it to the Reagan-era logic of having Iran and Iraq fight each other while we armed both. And we both know how that came out.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

    2014-09-17 09:03:59View | Delete

    And the Pop Warners are in the Senate and House Foreign Relations committees.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

    2014-09-17 09:02:58View | Delete

    The President after bipartisan consultation and consultation with his national security and intelligence community direct reports stated the Washington consensus strategy. And branded it as his own, which automatically draws a relatively known percentage of obstruction and criticism to occupy the chattering classes while the military does its actions in Iraq and/or Syria or allows allied members of the “coalition of the whatever” to do their actions as autonomous tactics. Who said the White House didn’t learn anything from Occupy?

    Qatar gets to use Jabhat al-Nusra to attack Assad from the south. Saudi armed and trained FSA (whoever they are) and ISIS attack and overthrow Assad. Then Iraq with the assistance of the US and Iran take on ISIS. And the US claims to have beaten Putin–again. Israel is happy. The Saudis are happy. Iran is happy. Qatar is happy. What could possibly go wrong.

    Those aren’t cross-purposes. Those are the brilliant parts of the consensus strategy. It balances everyone just like Reagan and Rumsfeld did in the Iran-Iraq War.

    Coherence is overrated.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Good News from Sweden – Sort Of by Deena Stryker.

    2014-09-16 19:17:46View | Delete

    The far-right parties original supporters come overwhelmingly from the center-right, but their ascension is typically marked by defections from the left.

    Say a little more about this shift in the parties. A center-right party splits and a little bit of the radical left allies with it? Is this an anti-immigration alliance to protect native-born workers from [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 17:03:03View | Delete

    Oil is important strategic reserves for militaries — control at any price. Military is largest user of oil in all countries. Civilian economy can be totally renewable energy and the strategic “interest” in bodies of oil will continue. One reason the “drill, baby, drill” policy is stupid if one is really concerned about US national [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 16:31:57View | Delete

    That’s an accurate observation OB IMO. If the last sentence was false, we would long ago be free of fossil fuels altogehter.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 16:22:04View | Delete

    In this situation, both Russia and Iran have acted as stabilizing forces–because stability reduces the likelihood of US troop presence back on the Tigris and Euphrates and potentially clears US naval presence from the Persian Gulf. What I can or can’t support doesn’t matter in the decision-making that is going on. If you have more [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 15:56:40View | Delete

    I’m done with your trolling.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 15:44:16View | Delete

    So we can’t get rid of the circus?

    Is that your assertion?

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 15:43:12View | Delete

    Since war is politics by other means, until there is a return real politics, there will be no peace. In Iraq, that means that Sunnis, Shi’a, and Kurds in all their many political variations come to sufficient agreement either to operate as a single government, a federation, or go their own ways peaceably. In Syria, [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 15:19:41View | Delete

    It is interesting to me how quick you are to interpret motives. What might your motives and agenda be? You haven’t disclosed them. Just more blogging word games, another aha I’ve got’em, and some lulz is my guess. No flesh and blood concern for anyone who has to face the consequences of any election or [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 13:33:21View | Delete

    Talk to the folks in Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina about what makes the oppression worse. Uncheckable clown power.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 13:31:22View | Delete

    What the talk-talk is right now is not as important as what actually happens. In fact, the more the talk looks like mission creep, the less popular with the public it might turn out to be. As for what to do, the plan that Chelsea Manning outlined in a letter to the Guardian has some [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Obomber (via NY Times): US may be forced to “wipe out” Syrian air defenses by metamars.

    2014-09-16 11:12:48View | Delete

    And the people flood the streets saying NO!
    Where the fuck are they?

    Inventorying the MRAPs in their local police departments.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Obomber (via NY Times): US may be forced to “wipe out” Syrian air defenses by metamars.

    2014-09-16 11:11:04View | Delete

    Haven’t you read b at Moon of Alabama? The plan is to take down Assad first using the Free Syrian Army and Jahmat al-Nusra. And then those folks will move on ISIL/ISIS all backed by our very good friends the Saudis and Qatar. Wiping out the air defense system now also has the advantage that [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 11:03:57View | Delete

    You have hit on how insidious the bipartisan circus is to break. To my mind it goes back at least to Harry Truman’s capitulation to the Red Scare, Taft-Hartley, and the National Security Act of 1947, a bipartisan charade that created the CIA, military-industrial-complex, and unified Department of Defense. One reading of Goldwater’s campaign in [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal for Dealing with ISIS or ISIL or Whatever by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-09-16 07:46:28View | Delete

    I’m going after Johnny and Lindsay not because they are R’s but because they have the opportunity to make the sort of criticism from reality that you would make and instead do a clown act. President Obama might act as ringmaster and Harry Reid might conduct the orchestra, but the the peanut-eating elephant act clown [...]

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