Imagine if Syria had trillions of dollars and owned their own Al Jazeera like TV station, then they’d be the ones financing and orchestrating an rebel uprising in Saudi Arabia and their buffer countries: UAE, Bahrain… http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/07/world/meast/bahrain-unrest/
Iran’s next and I’ll bet the neocons (Jeb, Kristol, Netanyahu…) can hardly wait for Hagel to become the SOD so they can tell us, in 2 or 3 years, “we told you so.” Because if anyone knows the true value of a “catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor,” then that would have to be the neocons (Patriot Act, torture, warrantless wiretaps…). http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf
Globalization marches on.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year
We definitely need meaningful gun control laws, but we also need to try to figure out why so many young men and teenage boys are committing these horrible acts of violence.
Of all the shows I had watched, this weekend, two of Piers Morgan’s were the only ones to bring up boys, video games and being desensitized (plus his guest tonight didn’t sound like pundit psychologist). This was a big issue years ago and I think it should be brought back to the table.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year
He lost purpose.
What a horrific tragedy. All those innocent lives.
I agree with most liberals about passing legislation for assault rifles and high capacity clips, but I think we also need to ask ourselves why most of these terrible events seem to involve young men? And why do these guys usually dress up when committing their atrocities (fatigues, masks, long black overcoats…)?
David F., NA commented on the blog post NYT Reports on Investor Purchases of Foreclosed Homes for Rental Conversion
Since AIG was just given a clean bill of health does this mean that these investors can now start hedging their bets again while others just bet on a sure thing?
David F., NA commented on the blog post Pennsylvania Mulls Over Electoral College-Rigging Scheme
Hey D-Day, I don’t know if you, or anyone else for that matter, ever reads my comments (my narcissism tells me that some fuckheads do—okay, okay, some people who I respect do), but before you leave FDL I would like to apologize to you and Steven Spielberg (if he’s listening) for a comment I made in your Lincoln thread a week or so ago. As you might, or might not, recall, I was busy whining about Mr. Spielberg’s latest films, “Lincoln” and “War Horse,” but I never explain my real beef with him. I don’t know why I was so curt that day because I usually don’t hold anything back when complaining. I don’t know, maybe it was because this was so personal and it goes back to 2005. I guess I was upset because I feel like he is linked to how, a couple months ago, Netanyahu wanted US blood (maybe my son’s) to deal with Iran. Plus, at the time, it was looking like the latest Gaza skirmish, with about a 14:1 death toll ratio, was going to turn into another 2009 skirmish. Oh well, whatever it was, I still should have added this:
Back in 2005, my son and I went to see “War of the Worlds” and, close to the end, Tom Cruise’s son defies him by running off to join the war. I didn’t think much about, but then about a year later, my 12-year-old son told me that when he gets old enough he was going to join the army so he could fight in Iraq. I immediately said “oh no your not,” and then, after going back and forth for a while, he brought up what the kid did in the movie. (Of course, needless to say, we’ve had several follow-up discussions since then (now that I think about it, this may have been a blessing)).
After our discussion, I had begun to wondered if this film had influenced any other young men and women into actually defying their parents. And then, a few months later, I couldn’t help but think of this when I saw Mr. Spielberg making out with Dubya in the Kennedy Center balcony. Sorry, but with everything that has transpired, this is how I feel and it doesn’t matter what anyone says, this is going to be very hard for me to let go.
I hope this doesn’t make me sound like an anti-Semite because I have no animosity towards him, or anyone else for that matter. Plus I honestly believe that the Jewish people—see, even in my head, I refuse to even use the word “Jews” because so many assholes have used it in such a derogatory manner—getting back to what I was saying, I honestly feel that the Jewish people are just as much at the mercy of their warmongering leaders as the Palestinians, Iranians and even us Americans.
This is easy for me to write so I thought I’d throw it in. When I was growing up, my Jewish friend would always invite me to dinner while he had to tell the rest of our friends that there was only enough food for one friend (I think it was more his parents than him who was inviting me). His dad would always tell us fishing and Cubs stories while his mom fed and yelled at us (well deserved). So it would really hurt me if I were to hurt them. I also just voted for Jill Stein because I trust her, and, if and when I ever do grow up, I want to be just like Jon Stewart…only funny…and handsome. I can go on and on with my admiration.
So, if you, Mr. Spielberg or anyone else perceived my comment as being insensitive, then I sincerely apologize.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Bradley Manning’s ‘Unlawful Pretrial Punishment’ Hearing, Day 9
It’s to bad fascism has outlived infamy.
Say it’s not so, D-Day. Man, you’ve been like a real machine cranking out all those articles. You differently have a gift. I know an over achiever, like yourself, will be successful with whatever you choose to do. Best wishes.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Grover Norquist and the “No Panda Shooting” Pledge
Here’s what the neocon(s) said yesterday on Meet the Press:
Tea Party 2 is going to dwarf Tea Party 1 if Obama pushes us off the cliff…let’s not pretend who’s pushing us off the cliff.
It looks like Grover is always getting his “if’s” and “when’s” mixed up like I do (or do we?).
The point is that any slowing in the foreclosure process, as much as banks whine about it, helps their bottom line and should be seen as deliberate. It’s one of the things propping up the market; the slow absorption of home defaults. “Foaming the runway,” if you will.
About 3 or 4 years ago, while we were looking for a home, I noticed that the banks had moved their shadow inventories from foreclosures to pre-foreclosers, and the pre-foreclosure properties were vacant as if they were foreclosures. In about a 6 month period we saw at lease 8 or 9 vacant homes (probably about 20 during a 2 year period), and every single time the realtors would say that the property was being sold by the homeowner. They also wanted us to believe that all these homeowners were still making payments on these vacant properties. Yeah right–during a recession–give me a break. I also noticed that after 2 or 3 properties had been sold, 2 or 3 more vacant homes would all of a sudden pop up onto the market.
This is what led me to believe that all this robo-signing litigation was just a smoke screen so the banks could sell their foreclosures (as pre-foreclosures) at their own pace. Another flag was the fact that Fl. AG McCollum (the banks favorite politician during the 90′s) was the first AG to initiate robo-signing litigation. When it looks like a duck…it must be a fucking money grubbing politician.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Bradley Manning’s ‘Unlawful Pretrial Punishment’ Hearing, Day 3
I know he screwed up (“with an explanation”) and that our government wants to make an example out of him, but I think he’s been punished way more than enough and should be released with time served.
David F., NA commented on the blog post The Danger of Analogizing About Politics and Compromise from “Lincoln”
Yeah, for me, this movie had bluedog propaganda written all over it. This is why I immediately moved it to my short-term memory folder. Now, if D-Day would have wrote this write-up a week ago, I could have been more specific. (Spielberg movies have become war whores. (get it: “War Horse” and war whores…how apropos…What you say? “…Argo fuck yourself.”))
While I’m at it, Bardem was a lot more scarier with a cattle gun than he is with dentures.
But I did like that werewolf/X-Men-vampire movie. I got a kick out of Alice’s twist at the end. (Damn, doesn’t she know what she’s doing to the space-time continuum?)
There are sweatshop workers in Asia and S. America who would love to have these Walmart jobs, so why are these Walmart employees making such a big fuss? Why can’t they be happy with their poverty wages and virtually nonexistent health care? What a bunch of wussies.
Look at what we’ve become. An “I’ve got mine” society. I remember a time when these wussies would have been heard.
The GOP might try to go after young women or even the LGBT folks, but they are definitely going after the Latinos.
Back in 2006, President Bush, for the most part, was with his fellow Republicans when it came to immigration, but he caught my attention when he broke lockstep with this:
Some in this country argue that the solution is to — is to deport every illegal immigrant and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree.
Then, in 2010, while the Arizona radicals were busy passing their immigration bill, Bush, this time Jeb, along with Rubio were breaking lockstep when Rubio said:
States certainly have the right to enact policies to protect their citizens, but Arizona’s policy shows the difficulty and limitations of states trying to act piecemeal to solve what is a serious federal problem. From what I have read in news reports, I do have concerns about this legislation.
And now, after the election, several Republicans (Hannity (a neocon throat) and others) are finally beginning to take the same immigration stance as the Bush’s (like we didn’t see that coming). So, if in the next election the Latinos were to follow Rubio, Jeb and P in the same manner as the African-Americans had blindly followed Obama, then it would be safe to say that the Democrats no longer have the edge. Globalization marches on…
David F., NA commented on the blog post Sorry religious right, but the gay community isn’t buying what you are selling
This is what happens when mix too much fucking religion with too many fucking idiots. What’s next, preacher-on-dog sex? Maybe I should ask Pat, Robert’s son, about that one.
David F., NA commented on the blog post Petraeus Affair Shows Dominant Power of Government Surveillance State
See, my conspiracy hypothesis of the Republicans, or should I say the neocons, giving this election to Obama is still holding water.
First we had several media conservatives (Limbaugh, Morris, Scarborough (sort of), etc.) telling their electorate that it’s going to be a Romney landslide. When anyone in politics knows that, even if it is going to be a landslide, you never tell the electorate this because it will cause less of a turnout.
Then you have Rove running around acting all upset for losing a fraction of multinationals’ tax incentive money (or should I say a fraction of the tax payers money that was given to the multinationals because of bipartisan bills).
And now we find that Cantor knew that someone high up in the Obama administration was having an affair, but chose not to leak this to Fox News or Limbaugh. Come on, folks, this is fucking Eric “Sell his own mother for a stick of gum” Cantor were talking about here and you want me to believe that he just sat on this information. Not in a million years.
So now all of us Democrats, thanks in large part to our clever bluedog media, will be taking the blame for the Republicans mishandling of the economy and foreign affairs while globalization marches on. (MMXVI: The Brother, The Latino and The Blossom…)
(Oh wait…I forgot to mention how Limbaugh, Akin, Mourdock and others have been stepping up their absurdity for the past year. (Have you ever wondered why Rush is always one of the few who is still left standing? NEEEE OOOO CONS…))
Did MSNBC spend a segment or two on Rove again? This would explain today’s blogosphere’s reoccurring theme (the neocon’s bluedogger drone regurgitation (not to be confused with the neocon’s teabagger drone regurgitation)). That fat fuck from News Corp only represents half of our problem. Comcast represents the other.
David F., NA commented on the diary post Nate Silver Rumored for Treasury Secretary or OMB Head by Scarecrow.
Did anyone see that performance by Rove last night? The way he had that call girl running all over the place was a little over the top, but, dayum, he had me believing that he was a real douche for a second. (Did you see that performance, Matthews? Now that’s how you win an Oscar.) [...]
Congrats to Obama.
Whew, it’s a good thing I put my money on the blue dog. I’d like to personally thank Limbaugh, Akin and Mourdock for this. They literally shoved the ladies into Barry’s wide open arms. Plus, having Uranus in retrograde didn’t hurt either (better yours than mine).
…is that any “new Mitt Romney” persona, almost by definition, couldn’t be durable enough to last very long.
OMG, I guess you could call this “Intermittent Romnesia.” Get it? “Inter-MITT-ent ROMNEY-sia?” Ah, screw it–okay, have you heard the one “Sirocco Drama” (Libya winds)? Okayokay, this is the last one, I promise. I thought of this one all by myself. How ’bout “Obamanation?” See what I did there? I put Obama and nation together to make it sound like abomination? See? See? Okayokayokay, one more, “Joe Biden your time while waiting for me to say something clever.” Okayokayokayokay…
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