TarheelDem

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  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Gazans Explain What They Want From Any Ceasefire by Siun.

    2014-07-23 08:27:41View | Delete

    Israel will not let the coast of Gaza be uninhabitable; beachfront property on the Mediterranean is at a premium. Uninhabitable for Palestinians, maybe, but not uninhabitable.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Gazans Explain What They Want From Any Ceasefire by Siun.

    2014-07-23 08:09:40View | Delete

    I’m glad your voice is back at FDL, Siun. The basis of a ceasefire has gotten pretty simple. The Palestinians (West Bank and Gaza) will stop defending their territory and their people when all acts of war stop–the attacks, the expansion of settlements, the blockade, the wall, the incursions of IDF at will into Palestine, [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-23 05:32:44View | Delete

    The issue of Assad’s survival is not as important as the forces that can oppose the Islamic State, which is 15,000 or so committed fighters seeking to govern 30-40 million people immediately and with a vision of governing over a billion people. Those opposition forces to the Islamic State include Hezbollah, Syrian Baath, Iraqi Shias, [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-23 05:09:54View | Delete

    Hamas is the legitimate elected government of Gaza, which Israel is treating as a sovereign state with which it is at war. Any government has the obligation to defend its institutions and its people. Israeli bombing and shelling made tunnels necessary. Israeli invasion of Palestinian territory with settlements deserved a military response from the West [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-23 05:02:55View | Delete

    Bibi will not do what is necessary to ensure Israel’s survival as a democratic Jewish state (a bit of a contradiction to begin with). He will do what he thinks is “tough”. And that will hasten Israel’s final demise. I read the same thing you did. You are not wrong about what Bibi intends to [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-22 19:05:18View | Delete

    Netanyahu has not realized that US rapprochement with Iran, restabilization of Syria under Assad, rapid granting of sovereignty to Palestine and Gaza, and anti-disrimination legislation in Israel proper are his way out of crisis. Continued expansion of the settlements is both problematic and provocative. The Islamic State cannot deliver government services and is using the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-22 17:51:43View | Delete

    What have the settlements been but a rolling Nakba?

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-22 17:31:32View | Delete

    When the West Bank enters the conflict, it changes the balance. That likely is Bibi’s biggest fear. That’s why I think he might have overreached.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-22 16:55:04View | Delete

    Bibi holds forth: Times of Israel: Netanyahu Finally Speaks His Mind

    Beyond Israel’s direct current confrontation with Hamas, and the eternal Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu also addressed the rise of Islamic extremism across the Middle East — covering the incapacity of affected states to resist it, and Israel’s unique determination and capacity to stand firm. He said Israel [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-22 14:32:18View | Delete

    Thanks for this analysis, Siun. Some things that the US media ignores: Hamas is the party that governs Gaza. The people of Gaza have a human right to exist in peace and safety. The government of a nation under attack has the responsibility defend itself and protect its institutions and the ability of its people [...]

  • Wellpoint got the reforms it wanted. So there! /s

    Harry Truman’s go lasted for about 20 years. LBJ’s go lasted for 25 years. Seems to go a generation at a time. TR started it, and he got bupkus out of Congress.

  • Here are the states where policyholders are affected if this ruling should hold up.

    18 100% “Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces” (AL, AK, AZ, FL, GA, IN, LA, MO, NJ, NC, ND, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, WI and WY)

    Notice that the parade of Repubican legislatures that abruptly canceled their exchanges teed-up this decision to begin with.

    As for the language that is so confusing, I would look to the politicians who had their hands on the compromises in that section. Set up to fail is my best guess.

  • Interesting that the employers are suing the Feds who are providing the exchanges instead of the states who failed to provide the exchanges.

    Taking away Obamacare through a large action like this right before a midterm election might not be the best move for the anti-Obamacare faction. Too many people are getting and have gotten help from the program even if it is little better than mediocre employer-based insurance.

    Insurers won’t raise their prices, providers will and balance bill patients. That will likely prevent an exodus of healthy people, who never see balance billing.

    And the public will get another dose of the US’s corrupt court system.

    A great way to put health care reform back on the agenda in the midterm. Now that a lot of people have discovered where the GOP was lying about Obamacare and have experienced where the real problems with the law are.

    Time to decouple health care from employment. And then extend it to everybody as a part of infrastructure.

    Which means that all that has to happen is relegitimizing the whole idea of infrastructure–you know, public prisons, public schools, public roads, public water systems, public sewer systems, public solid waste recycling and disposal, pubic energy provision, public communications infrastructure, public health care, and public health. The stuff that in the 1950s (remember quality county hospitals) was taken for granted as the role of government.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post 496 Palestinians, 20 Israelis Die in Gaza Conflict; Why the Shujaiyah Massacre? by fairleft.

    2014-07-21 14:47:19View | Delete

    Why did Israel let loose this hell on a residential neighborhood?

    To sell the propaganda line that neither Hamas or anyone else is coming to rescue Gaza. That the IDF and the IDF alone controls Gazans future safety and that they should just get up and leave. Ethnic cleansing is ethnic cleansing, one way or another. [...]

  • A political initiative behind ending deductibles, co-pays, and balance billing is what is called for. That puts the providers directly against the insurance companies with neither side able to suck additional funds from the patient.

    I think that this will be a bridge too far for both providers and insurers and will necessitate a new system. And the benchmarking around the world shows that system to be health care as public infrastructure, whether delivery of services is public or private providers.

  • ISIS faces a fundamental weakness; they must govern the areas that they have captured. The only way that 15,000 irregulars can do that is through alliances with locals of one kind or another. That slows down their advance after a while. It’s the same Achilles heel that American troops had in their invasion of Iraq. [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post 342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info by fairleft.

    2014-07-19 17:57:39View | Delete

    Kudos to fairleft then. I guess I’m having MENA Madness withdrawal syndrome.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post 342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info by fairleft.

    2014-07-19 17:40:33View | Delete

    Juan Cole: Gaza meets the New Politics of the Middle East: “Islamic State,” Egypt, Turkey

    The professor on the dynamics that are moving the Gulf State (UAE) policies. That and wanting to disrupt a US rapprochement with Iran.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post 342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info by fairleft.

    2014-07-19 17:37:44View | Delete

    Well, well, Little Rock is just like the rest of America:

    McCarty and a second officer went to monitor the event and said the protesters could not march in groups larger than five or chant without a permit.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the [...]

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