• “If the general election is Rand Paul vs. Hillary Clinton, I will hold my nose and vote for Paul.”

    Why? That attitude is part of the problem we face. Why even bother to vote, since the game is rigged? Any foreign entanglements that arise in the next 5-6 years, will be handled by Paul the same way they would be handled by Hillary. You see, the occupant of the WH really doesn’t make major decisions. They are made for them.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Once the American Dream

    2014-09-19 10:11:03View | Delete

    The problem is that if people ever “dummy up” it will by then be too late.
    As George Carlin said – “They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”.

    In the meantime, the GOP does a great job in building fear and resentment among those people that Van Buren talks about. A paradigm shift is needed, but that shift will go hand in hand with some catastrophy, imo. I just hope I’m not around to see it.

  • These Dem activists will swallow hard and go along with Hillary. She will throw them some crumbs along the way. For once let’s just stop with the hero worship. Liz Warren won’t make it to the WH. Wall St., with their friends in the MSM would destroy her, and even if she should ever make it to 1600 Pennsylvaia Ave., she would be effectively neutered by those that control the agenda in the rigged system we have. With Hillary trouncing any GOP sacrificail cretin they put up against her, I’ve already made the decision to sit out 2016, and as things are going, any election after that.

    I’ve caught bits and pieces of the Roosevelt doc on PBS, and despite some of their obvious flaws, both FDR and TR were giants compared to the pack of pygmies in DC today.

  • Well, one can dream:-)

  • No, prison rape isn’t funny, but then “sauce for the goose”….
    What he wanted the women of VA to go through wasn’t funny either.

  • For a guy who was so gung ho in forcing vaginal probes on the women of his state, it’s appropriately ironic that Big Bob will be experiencing his own bodily probe soon. I hope he gets stuck in a cell with a guy nicknamed the Texas Longhorn. Just don’t drop the bar of soap in the shower there, Bob.

    Once out of the slammer, look for him and the Mrs. to make some big bucks on the Elmer Gantry circuit telling the rubes he has been “saved”, and of course, the religious loons are into forgiveness for anyone who prostrates themselves into admitting being a “sinner:.
    Schadenfrauden is tasting real good right now.
    First McDonnell, then Christie, Scott, Perry and Walker. They will have enough for a GOP Governors prison yard basketball team.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post GOP Takes the Lead in Generic Ballot Poll

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    The MSM is making too big a deal about the makeup of the next Senate. Whether Dem or GOP, it still will be disfunctional with at least two more years of paralysis. In 2016 when more GOP seats are open, the Senate will surely have a majority of Dems, however, if they are of the Hillary/Rahm wing of the party it really won’t matter. It’s a given , the House stays GOP at least until 2020. As for a Green Party, it’s never going to make any difference whatsoever. The 1% and their enablers in the MSM will never allow it.

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

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    “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

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    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.

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