• guiltybystander commented on the blog post FDL’s Kevin Gosztola is on his way to Ferguson

    2014-08-19 14:36:01View | Delete

    “Ferguson worries me. It seems so much like 1967, with cities about to explode one by one.”

    The cop and the victim are only small players in this story now. If you go into some other traditional MSM sites you see the amount of racist venom that exists in this country. The twisted haters are coming out from under the rock thinking that Obama being elected has somehow created a racial divide where none existed. That’s how dense they are. The Right can’t see beyond defending the cop and the “thug” laying in the street for hours (like some road kill) as if it is something he deserved.
    Ferguson is a manifestration of this country’s centuries old sickness, and it will continue until the time when this is a minority majority country.
    California has already been there for a while.

  • Fox and talk radio are set up by the powers that be to keep people further divided. This is how they retain the power to screw us all over. The middle class white community is the problem, since they are always the ones defending the police, no matter what the circumstances are. It’s a knee jerk reaction, and they have been programmed well by the MSM. Those that control the dissemination of information always control the agenda. However, now, the cops , who have been brutalizing poor people for generations, can’t hide and cover it up anymore – camera phones and social media now unmask their actions.
    I don’t know how the shooting in Missouri will play out, but after seeing that big black dude in NYC overtaken by the cops after he was backing away and holding his hands up is clearly a case of murder.

  • It was under Reagan that the mentally ill in California were put back into the communities without a proper support system. Back in the 1970s you saw them all over the streets of San Francisco and LA, yet, nothing has changed in 40 years – they are still there. The only ones that seem to be institutionalized are the ones that are a danger to themselves and others.

    As for Robin Williams. I had forgotten how acerbic he could be until I watched a youtube video last night. Both he and Carlin had a gift of language, even if George had more bile and virtiol stored up , but then he was a lapsed Catholic, so the venom came with the territory. The Right Wing cretins that have come out since last night just display how small and twisted these sociopaths are. They must be busting a gut to know that a hard core liberal like Williams was beloved by the military that he often entertained.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

    2014-08-08 11:19:39View | Delete

    The “pitiful helpless giant” seems to be following the standard SOP. However, the points that Van Buren makes about steps to take are valid and are probably being done back channel. The bombing to protect the Christian minority is for public consumption. It seems to me that having the Sunni population marginalize ISIS and deal with them directly is great in practice, but so far ISIS has been so ruthless in their methods (read massacres) that they have most of the other Sunnis spooked. We can thank Dick and George and their fellow war criminal flunkies for the present situation. Saddam, no matter how tyrannical, kept a lid on the sectional strife.

  • Iowa is sort of a bifurcated state. From Ames and Des Moines eastward to the Mississippi River is trends blue. The western part of the state is more of an extension of Nebraska ansd South Dakota packed with rustics and phony Christians.

  • Rand Paul cut and ran. It’s hard for me to believe that the GOP would nominate this Nancy Boy to be the sacrificial lamb for Hillary in 2016, but they nominated Romney. I don’t even think the GOP cares about the WH for the next generation, as long as they have those safe gerrymandered districts they can continue to gum everything up.

  • You ought to check out George Carlin’s riff on “It’s a Big Club And You Aren’t In It.” It’s up on youtube. It goes to your second paragraph.

  • Much to my wife’s displeasure, I’ve already announsed to her that I will sit out 2016 than vote for HRC.
    Of course Christian Zionist money is only chump change compared to the coffers at Goldman Sachs and Macao casinos. The Middle East can only hope that once Netanyahu steps down that a transformational figure will enter the scene, otherwise the blood letting will continue for generations, or at least until global warming raises the water level off the coast of Israel and everyone is swept away.

  • Yes, don’t feed the troll. Jim craves attention, even if it is negative. A stroke is a stroke to a troll. As it is, FDL is refreshingly free of trolls compared to other sites. Take a look at conventional wisdom MSM clown sites like Politico and The Daily Beast to see what I mean.

  • It is also quite evident that this errand boy reltionship between the US and Israel will continue when Ms. Clinton is in the WH. Rand Paul, for all his other reactionary tendencies, hasn’t kissed enough Tel Aviv butt yet for the big Jewish donors to start dropping money his way. Although, I’m sure whatever Shelley Adelson isn’t spending on his hair weave and the hair styling for his Afghan-headed wife, will be dropped into Rand’s lap at the right time. All Rand will have to do is go to Vegas and suck some c**k.

  • “The Obama Administration’s utter failure to rein in Israel’s bloody behavior despite having an incredible amount of leverage is almost as pathetic as its dishonest communications strategy.”

    This is more than a bit naive. Leverage? Are you kidding? They treat Obama and Kerry like errand boys. Ariel Sharon said back in 2001 that “we own the United States.” How do you reign in Israel when you are their punk? Israel would get their weaponry elsewhere if they had to.The US has been good to Jewish immigrants in the last 150 or so years, so there is a good amount of influential Jewish dough that goes out to the pols in DC. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • guiltybystander commented on the diary post NBC Changes Story on Israeli Bombing of Hospital by Siun.

    2014-07-28 11:53:55View | Delete

    If there is one thing the MSM in the US loves it’s bombs bursting in air. It makes for good graphics plus high dramnatic value, and always as antiseptic as they can make it. Of course, it will take outfits like ITV News and Al Jeezera to show the bloody on the ground results of [...]

  • “holding the people who claim to be on your side to the same standard that you hold for people on the other side integrity.”

    WTF, you don’t really think that the Clinton clan is on “our side” in any type of real definition do you?
    I just consider celebrity bashing or worshiping wasteful and irrelevant.

  • When there are so many other desperate issues I think a piece about celebrity culture in one of society’s sandboxes (cable TV) is really churlish and unnecessary. The national security state, immigration, the moral degeneracy of our two party system, etc, etc., are much more important items to cover.
    That’s my only point.

  • The bile spewed here for Chelsea would do the far right pround. I thought progressives are supposed to be tolerant. What’s the big deal to Van Buren? Chelsea is doing nothing different than what wealthy offspring have always done in this country – taking advantage of their social standing. I say “take it easy kid, but take it.” I’d like to be making almost a million a year. Who cares that the industry she, and young Russert and blondie McCain are in is a joke. Face it, we are all envious.

  • I thinks it’s great to see two neo segs duke it out. If Lincoln hadn’t been around and there was a northerner in the WH, the South could have seceded without a fight. Those feudal bigots drag the rest of us down, getting more federal aid than providing their fair share back in return.

  • I am with you all the way with that first paragraph. Even in school, history seems to be a student’s most disliked subject. The mass is woefully ignorant of history, with minimal critical thinkind skills. However, I can’t buy the second paragraph. There is no leader in the making. Anyone with any charisma and ability, with a level of intelligence and articulation to confront the problems addressing us will be immediately co-opted by those mandarins who run the country. I am a firm believer in the more things chnage, the more they stay the same. The only changeable factors would be a total environmental and/or financial meltdown.

  • Yes, although the religious right is still too dense to see it, today’s decision is the first nail in the coffin of employer provided healthcare, something that only started in earnest during WWII. In due time, taking up the coverage slack will be the big bad boogeyman fed govt (single payer).
    It may take another 10-15 years, but that is where things are headed.

  • Scalia, just by age alone, should be the first of the right wingers to be replaced by a Dem in the WH. The Bush Crime family knew what they were doing by giving us those three stooges – Thomas, Roberts and Alito. The last two could be on the court for another 20-25 years, dealing their periodic judicial “stink bombs.”

    Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover contaceptive care, yet most of their products are made in China, where coercive abortion is common. When it comes to the hypocrisy of the right wing Christian Taliban, profits always trump so-called “morality.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Benghazi Assault Leader Captured By US Forces

    2014-06-18 09:09:37View | Delete

    Stick Khattala in an orange jumpsuit and shackles and let him testify before Issa. Despite all of the dumping we do on Obama here, there are times when he is playing chess while the GOP is playing checkers. This arrest is just another example of Obama punking the GOP.

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