An article nearly devoid of facts. A lot of denunciation of other reports, but no real facts and figures except what the government released. And, even those show a marked crime increase.
In China, using capitalistic methods, hundreds of millions have been propelled out a poverty you can’t imagine. Perfect, no, but you have not idea where they came from.
20 years ago, I was walking down the street there, and saw something up ahead that I could not believe I was seeing. My eyes could not possibly bee seeing it.
A man, with no arms and legs, was on the sidewalk literally pounding his head against the sidewalk bloody, trying to get passersby to feel sympathy and to give him some money.
THAT’s how bad it was. Just bleak, bleak, bleak. And, not just people who were disabled. Venezuela’s peasants lived like kings in comparison.
That’s what 50 years of people like Chavez did to the “people.” Now, I never see anything like this. There are some people who might work long hours, but, on the whole, FAR better than they used to be. And, soon, up the line, will be doing far better than any peasant or middle class person in Venezuela.
You really BUY that?
If it was one thing, maybe. but, it is thing after thing after thing.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
An increase in the homicide rate of maybe 50% could be miscalculated or manipulated, but 400%? No.
Even Human Rights Watch documented the repression and problems.
Chavez death is a sad day. Now, the country will have to collapse with someone else in charge.
It always takes a while, but, eventually, it happens.
cregan commented on the blog post FBI Makes Odd Sequester Claim Regarding Wall Street Crime
Another in a continuing load of baloney coming from
WH on sequester.
The next one I expect is ” Due to the Sequester, President Obama does not have the funds to govern. However, he will continue to campaign.”
This FBI message is nothing more than an attempt to manipulate FDL thinkers to raise up in arms because “no banksters can be investigated,” and blame Boehner.
They didn’t count on the fact FDL’ers are pretty smart and know that no banksters were being really investigated anyway.
cregan commented on the blog post How is Obama’s Targeted Killing Program Permissible Under International Law?
No, it is the classic political relationship. Obama’s supporters are not complaining, so, full steam ahead. For fear of weakening him politically, they refrain from seriously challenging him on drones–except some chirps here and there.
Serious challenge–demonstrations, disruptive actions at hearings, etc. etc.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
What I like is the great big list to be kept of people considered “bad.” As we all know, there is no chance that list will be expanded or abused. I don’t think even a GOP President would abuse that list of “bad” people.
One of those highly strange things.
A video, almost exactly like this but showing a Romney vote changing to Obama was posted on a few right leaning sites.
Likely BOTH are spoofs designed to gen up conflict.
Uhh….since the college votes are determined by the reps in each state and the reps are determined by population distribution roughly, your idea is already implemented.
It was set up this exact way for the same reason the Senate was set up as it was–to ensure that small states were not forgotten and thrown under the bus.
Besides that, only twice has the result been different from pop vote.
Though, I must admit, it will be bad if Obama loses the pop vote by 2 or 3 percent and wins the Electoral College. He will be President with no mandate.
And, you know the House will point it out–and the gridlock up to now will seem tame by comparison.
The lack of mandate will mean the House will not back down an inch.
Obama’s ego will mean he won’t back down an inch.
The “Bull…” comment reminded me of when George H W Bush called Clinton and Gore “those two bozos” in the two weeks before election.
It was at that point that you knew that Bush knew he was in trouble, and it was over.
Same in this case.
cregan commented on the blog post Protest Song of the Day: ‘Bradley Manning’ by David Neal
Perhaps, one of the best things that could happen for Bradley is getting Romney in as President.
Huh? This would take the whammy off the story for most of the media and allow them to hit the story very hard. With the GOP in, it would be no holds barred in tough coverage of Manning and his plight.
Further, it would be much easier to organize protests as the protests would not be perceived as being against Obama.
You might again see the movements that existed prior to 2008.
cregan commented on the blog post CEO’s Bold Plan to Fix the Debt By Lowering Their Own Taxes
Here is my Grand Bargain, assuming Obama makes it to January; We’ll raise taxes on millionaires, you sign the bill repealing Obamacare.
Now, that’s a grand bargain with a big thing for them, a big thing for me.
This all reminds me of the business who has been engaging in bad practices and losing money for months but borrowing from the bank to prop themselves up. One day, the bank cuts of the line of credit and the business collapses.
The managers then blame the bank for them going out of business. If they had just let us keep borrowing.
Of course, if there was an endless source of borrowing, no one would go out of business–except those doing the lending.
One day, whether a bank or people who buy treasury bonds, the lenders don’t want to be suckers and that’s it.
cregan commented on the diary post Drone War Protesters Arrested at Hancock Air Field by David Swanson.
The best thing that could happen for freedom rights would be to have a GOP president. THEN, protests and activation would be huge against drone strikes, poverty, Gitmo, warrentless wiretapping and the rest. And, lots of press action. Until then, only a few dedicated freedom fighters and a mild yawn from everyone else. Look at [...]
cregan commented on the blog post Muddled Intelligence After Benghazi Assault Reflects Communication Difficulties By White House
David, you need to go back and see Susan Rice’s interviews again.
Here is a direct quote.
After giving her explanation, an incredulous host asked, “Do you really believe that?” Rice answered (exact quote), “Not only do I believe it, but those are the facts.”
She strongly insisted the spontaneous demonstration story was the case and any suggestion otherwise was baloney. While, to CYA, adding, it’s the latest, best information we have.
It was not just, “Well, there is some fog out there, but we are told the latest information says….”
It was, “This is what happened and any suggestions otherwise is uninformed.” With 5% “latest, best information.”
cregan commented on the blog post The Next Grand Bargain Negotiations Will Begin January 1
As likely noted elsewhere, Obama has to get to January 1 for any of his pronouncements to mean anything. That is in real question at the moment.
So, now, he can say all he wants, but it means nothing and no one cares.
He should have said this 2 years ago.
cregan commented on the blog post White House Vows to Veto Any Fiscal Cliff Actions Without Increase in Top Marginal Rates
The only problem with this is that the “White House” will likely not be around when this is decided.
So, they can pronounce all they want.
cregan commented on the blog post Yet another federal court rules DOMA unconstitutional – in an opinion by Republican-appointed judge
This is a law which cannot be defended. What people miss is that it does not matter whether you agree with something or not, you can’t prevent one group from doing something another can.
Whether it is speech you agree or disagree with or marriage; if one person can do it, you have to let everyone.
cregan commented on the blog post The Debate’s Benghazi Moment: America Cheers the Media Correcting the Record
Now I know you have no answer. Thanks for confirming it.
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