karenj503 commented on the blog post St.Louis County prosecutor should be investigated for conspiracy to suborn perjury
I would hope that Governor Nixon, a Democrat, shows more guts and backbone than he did in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, but I’m not hopeful. He’s probably a Blue Dog, not a real Dem, and he probably wants to get re-elected. In this day and age, and in that state, he probably has to resemble a Tea Partier more than a Blue Dog or a Real Dem in order to not get primaried in 2 years.
karenj503 commented on the blog post Remembering Obama’s Biggest Broken Health Care Promise
Aside from the grammatical error in the second phrase, I’m confused about the seeming dissociation of these two quoted phrases from Jon Walker’s commentary:
“President Obama became determined to end the full tax-exempt status of employer-provided health insurance.”
” ‘Cadillac tax.’ While technically it was an excise tax on insurers, every economists know it was designed to effectively be a tax on individual insurance.”
The New York Times, a publication instrumental in misleading the American public on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, launched a scathing editorial against both Obama’s plans (or lack therefore) and the failure to receive congressional authorization.
Did the New York Times bother to launch a scathing indictment of Congress, which is scattered to the winds to better be able to campaign for re-election rather than debate and vote on authorizing what they deem appropriate funding and support for “Obama’s war”?
Surely Lindsey Graham and John McCain are applauding this air strike plan from the safety and comfort of their bunkers in South Carolina and Arizona?
karenj503 commented on the diary post Will gangland-style executions of police officers be enough? by danps.
Yes, John Boehner should not be allowed to harumphf and gargle-gargle through one of his innumerable inane press conferences where he equivocates and says the opposite of whatever Dem is getting press attention, from POTUS on down. Journalists, let’s have some “steel spine” like you want your politicians to have. Ask them the questions WE [...]
karenj503 commented on the diary post How Will Fox React to a Post-Snowden Terrorist Attack? Hint: Think Benghazi Not 9/11 by spocko.
Guess which one is correct in the final paragraph?
karenj503 commented on the diary post This Is How Gun Loving Radicals Shut Up Gun Using Moderates by spocko.
Remember when we heard RW radio and TV hosts complaining that the moderate Muslims should “reign in” the radical Muslims? Maybe people who are moderates have more stories to tell but afraid. I don’t blame them.
That’s why few investigative reporters could find Alaskans who’d talk plainly and openly about Sarah and Todd Palin, back in [...]
karenj503 commented on the blog post Former Top CIA Lawyer John Rizzo Hails Agency’s ‘Special Relationship’ with Hollywood Figures
I think what a moderate like me would want is some middle ground where the CIA isn’t running amok like a “licensed to kill” 00 Section of MI6, and where the neocon right wing-controlled CIA hasn’t turned its attention to “domestic affairs”, i.e., targetting protestors like Occupy and the anti-GOP-government protestors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
karenj503 commented on the blog post US News Hosts Allow Propaganda That Snowden Has Tried to Sell Secrets for Asylum
Around two weeks ago, former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden sent a letter to Brazil informing the country that it would not be able to provide any assistance with investigations into United States surveillance, which may have involved crimes against Brazilian citizens, without an offer of permanent asylum.
“It”? What’s “it”?
“Now would be a good time to ponder what would have happened to Radel had he not been a white congressman.”
Here, let me correct that for you: “Now would be a good time to ponder what would have happened to Radel had he not been a Republican congressman.”
He’d already be out on his ear, like Anthony Weiner.
karenj503 commented on the blog post Memorial Service Celebrates Mandela & Role Cuba, Countries of Africa Played in Ending Apartheid
It fascinates me to observe the far right already revving up their hate machine because POTUS shook Raul Castro’s hand, and here the far left is doing the same thing because POTUS didn’t explicitly condemn previous USA administrations for being nationalistic and political.
Damned if he does, and damned if he doesnt — same as in everything else POTUS has done for the past 5 years. Bah humbug on you all.
Can I upvote your comment via this comment, since there isn’t any other way to indicate approval of your common-sense comment?
It boggles my mind how critical folks are being because the federal online exchange site isn’t FIXED. RIGHT. NOW! Retail sales online sites aren’t even public until they are debugged, which for all we know takes many iterations in secret first.
The federal online exchange site is right out there in naked public view with all its bugs. And the haters are taking full advantage of this.
karenj503 commented on the blog post Ignorant, Racist Americans Slam Miss America Winner
Did those racist idiots Tweet hate at one of their Tea Party ilk when she was elected South Carolina’s governor in 2010?
karenj503 commented on the blog post Obama’s National Security Advisor Delivers Myth-Addled Speech on Waging War on Syria
Regarding “myth” #1: “Administration continues to use inflated casualty number, 1429.”
1. a person killed or injured in a war or accident.
House-to-house searches after the August 21 sarin attack revealed hundreds of dead Syrian men, women, and children.
In an initial report August 21, 2013, “An opposition monitoring group, citing figures compiled from clinics in the Damascus suburbs, put the death toll at 494, with 90 percent killed by gas, the rest by bombs and conventional arms. The rebel Syrian National Coalition said 650 people died.”
As noted in a paragraph above, “The group also reported that “3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms over a period of “less than three hours” on the morning” of August 21.”
However, there has been NO subsequent MSM or blog reporting on how many of those 3,600 victims (also literally “casualties” because they were injured) later died.
Is that possibly because dissenters at Firedoglake as well as ODS sufferers on the right realize that the 1429 figure doesn’t fit their own mythology?
karenj503 commented on the blog post Obama Lied: NSA Scans 75% Of American Internet Traffic
See Allen’s comment at #8.
Not my problem, hotdog. I didn’t write the criteria for the poll. I just correctly interpreted it (as did Kevin Drum at Salon, and as did CNN not).
People like you either shouldn’t be represented in the poll, or you should demand that your POV be represented with clarity. Thanks for helping the RWNJs undermine what positives the ACA does offer. (/sarcasm)
Obamacare is certainly popular with folks for whom it means the difference between life and death, or a healthier less painful life versus a life of pain and increasing disability.
It’s a wonder non-afflicted people can’t see that, or don’t have empathy for that, or just don’t give a sh!t.
It does FireDogLake no benefit to parrot the headline and the unvarnished poll report directly from CNN without analysis. At least some of the commenters (like Thad Stevens and lynnttt) have thought through the plus and minus of the CNN poll, and found that the truth is that of the 923 folks polled, actually 51.3% approve of Obamacare, and 45.3% oppose it.
There were 923 people polled. http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/05/28/healthcarepoll.pdf
Generally favor 43% 397
Generally oppose 54% 498
and IF YOU OPPOSE (i.e., PART of the 54%) is it b/c too liberal, or not liberal enough?
Oppose, too liberal 43% 214 (of 54% 498)
Oppose, not liberal enough 16% 80 (of 54% 498)
Generally favor 43% 397 + 80 from above = 51.7% 477
Generally oppose 54% 498 – 80 from above = 45.3% 418
And we know (at least we SHOULD know) that the reason the poll numbers are relatively unchanged since 2010 is because the GOP-controlled Congress refuses to fund a dissemination-of-information (publicity campaign) package to tell Americans about the program.
I’m surprised I have to translate the “headline” I provided for you.
But in terms a 6 year old can understand, here goes:
1) A year ago there were leaks of classified information (which turned out to put a double agent in lethal danger).
2) Everybody and his brother wanted a thorough investigation, and almost everybody actually followed through (the FBI, the DNI, the DoJ, Congress).
3) Congress wanted to know if legislation would plug the holes through which sensitive information was leaking.
4) Now Congress is bemoaning the investigations it was so eager to have done to plug intelligence leaks last year.
I’m sorry if my former comment was too obtuse for you.
Gee, do you think Jay Carney might have been talking about 2013, not 2010?
Holder confirmed during his testimony Wednesday that the Obama administration is backing a federal press shield law that would provide greater protections for reporters who refuse to provide information on confidential sources. He said he didn’t support going after journalists or news outlets for publishing information.
“The focus should be on those people who break their oaths and put the American people at risk, not the reporters who gather this information,” Holder said.
Perhaps this headline should run alongside yours, DSWright:
Meanwhile, Congress Tries to Distance Itself From AP Spying Scandal by Forgetting They Asked for Halt to ‘Cascade of Leaks’ Last Summer.
So, AFTER the death of that bill in 2010, along comes “a ‘cascade’ of leaked classified information” in 2012 that concerned the Obama administration and the Senate Intelligence Committee enough that a bipartisan effort was made to pass legislative changes to prevent future leaks.
June 7, 2012: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/07/politics/white-house-leaks
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