• TheOracle commented on the diary post Intelligence Oversight With Eddington & Emptywheel by Elliott.

    2014-11-02 19:26:51View | Delete

    And to think, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm in response started the chain of events that led to the 9/11 attacks happening.

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven by patrick devlin.

    2014-10-22 18:55:31View | Delete

    LOL. After Pope Francis was chosen, I looked up the story of Francis of Assisi on Wikepedia. The pope at the time of Francis of Assisi had a slight problem with a devout Catholic actually following what Jesus reportedly said to the young and wealthy man who came to Jesus asking Jesus how he could [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven by patrick devlin.

    2014-10-22 18:22:22View | Delete

    It’s obvious that Ramsay (and Robertson) as well as all the “Prosperity Gospel” preachers are Judeo-Christian (or should I say Judeo-Protestant?), who spend a whole lot of time perusing the Old Testament in an attempt to somehow fit what Jesus, that Jewish guy from Nazareth, was teaching into their narrative about their version of “The [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 13:20:43View | Delete

    7) Billions and billions of dollars, gained through inheriting it or by buying a bunch of politicians (and a political party) so that the economy, markets, supreme court, the media can be rigged to make even more money beyond the billions and billions of dollars already accumulated by the few over the many.

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Nixon’s Treason Now Acknowledged by David Swanson.

    2014-08-08 18:01:33View | Delete

    “The IRS scandal.” Yep, that Tricky Dick Nixon did use the IRS as a way to go after those on his “enemies list, targeting liberals and Democrats, individuals and groups. Nixon used the IRS to tie-up Democratic money in hiring lawyers to contend with the IRS targeting them. Oh wait, were you referring to the [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Misogyny and Capitalism by Anti-Capitalist Meetup.

    2014-07-13 19:46:16View | Delete

    Think of the recent ruling by the five male Papist justices on the U.S. Supreme Court as their version of the “Missionary Position,” which pretty well sums up the right-wing meaning of the quote you cited from Alito’s ruling. Thus, these five male Papist justices, no matter else they say, view themselves as nothing more [...]

  • The inception of the planning, coordination and execution of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by mainly Saudi nationals, occurred in the early 1990s, when the first boots of U.S. troops hit Saudi soil and stayed. Sure, these U.S. troops were on Saudi soil with the blessing of the Saudi king, foreign pilots and support personnel who were enforcing the no-fly zone in Southern Iraq, but other Saudis were really, really pissed about foreign boots being stationed on sacred Saudi soil. Osama bin Laden was one of these pissed-off Saudi nationals, along with some of the lesser members of the Saudi royal family and definitely the mullahs of the ruling Saudi religious sect.

    To understand why foreign boots on Saudi soil pissed off so many Saudi and non-Saudi Muslims, one would have to know the history of shoes and dirty soles in Muslim tradition. Anyone traveling to Muslim countries is warned about sitting with their legs crossed, with the bottom of their shoe facing a devout Muslim…they’ll be offended. They consider this an insult. It’s like someone shooting the finger at someone here in the U.S.. Thus, having the dirty boots of infidel foreign troops on sacred Saudi soil following the first Gulf War amounted, in the minds of certain Muslims, to the U.S. and westerners shooting the finger at Allah, at Mohammed, at their religion.

    In 1998 after al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden had bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa, bin Laden issued one of his tapes in which he threatened further attacks if foreign troops (and their dirty infidel boots) weren’t removed from Saudi Arabian soil. Two years later in October 2000, al Qaeda attacked the U.S.S. Cole in a Yemeni harbor. Just under a year later, the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil happened. A couple of months after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush quietly ordered all U.S. troops (and their filthy infidel boots) out of Saudi Arabia.

    Therefore, I personally believe that the 1998 African embassy attacks, the 2000 Cole attack and the attacks on 9/11/2001 wouldn’t have happened if George H.W. Bush hadn’t stationed U.S. troops (and their boots) on Saudi soil in the first place (what, there wasn’t anywhere in the liberated Kuwait to place them?), if President Bill Clinton had heeded bin Laden’s threat and removed them, or if George W. Bush had heeded bin Laden’s threat, sometime between his inauguration in January 2001 and the date of the attacks.

    Saudi nationals, thus, were the primary financiers and operational force behind the 9/11 attacks. Osama bin Laden was their designated terrorist mouthpiece warning of the consequences if foreign boots weren’t removed from Saudi soil. These incensed/insulted Saudis viewed these foreign troops on sacred Saudi soil (as if Saudi Arabia were one big Muslim mosque) as an assault on their religion, so they planned and executed an attack on U.S. soil, killing thousands of American citizens in retaliation on 9/11 (the attacks overseas in the years prior were just “warning shots”).

    Conclusion: Saudi Arabians were the ones primarily responsible for the 9/11 attacks (some of the 9/11 hijackers, 4 of the 19, were of other nationalities, but all were angry Muslims). Everything since 9/11 has been a cover-up meant to hide just how involved Saudi nationals were in 9/11. The 9/11 Commission report has 30 pages blacked out that document who financed the attacks (Saudi royals through Saudi clerics through Saudi charities). George W. Bush (pushed by Saudi Prince Bandar) rushed Saudi nationals out of the U.S. within days of 9/11, while most flights were still grounded). One of the reasons George W. Bush invaded Iraq (after implying that Saddam Hussein was somehow linked to al Qaeda and thus culpable in the 9/11 attacks) was to deflect attention away from Saudi Arabian royals (good buddies of the Bush family) while also removing one of the sworn enemies of Saudi Arabia on the north side of the Persian Gulf. Before the attacks, Saudi nationals established safe houses for the 9/11 hijackers, providing logistical support and money and cover.

    Anyway, Saudi nationals continue to be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, sponsors of religious terrorism around the world, with their oil money going toward even training future Muslim terrorists at Saudi-funded madrassas (gotta educate those suicide bombers somewhere). And what irks me to no end is that I’m supporting this terrorist activity every time I put gas into my vehicle, because you just know that Saudi oil oligarchs, and other right-wing oil oligarchs, are pocketing some of the money I spend on gas at the pump, and then spending some of my hard-earned money on fanatic-fueled religious terrorism (whether Saudi, or Russian, or Iranian, or American oil oligarchs doesn’t matter).

    (Note: one way to cut heavily into this terrorist oil funding would be to heavily restrict the oil futures market, even more stringent than in the 1990s. Unfortunately, terrorist oligarch-kissing Republicans here in the U.S. keep blocking any attempt to rein-in the oil futures speculators/gamblers, thus keeping energy costs artificially inflated, both per barrel of oil and at the pump. Food costs, therefore, have also been artificially inflated, as well as other consumer products due to higher shipping/fuel costs).

    (Note 2: I’ve never believed the 9/11 conspiracy theorists. By the time they emerged, it was quite evident that Saudi nationals were behind the 9/11 attacks. Further substantial evidence keeps solidifying Saudi culpability in the 9/11 attacks. In my view, the “9/11 truthers” are all part of the cover-up, the attempt to deflect attention from those really behind the attacks, with the “truthers” acting as de facto agents for the Saudi nationals, and thus agents for the ongoing worldwide terrorism activities of these religious fanatics. I’m not interested).

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Judith Miller, Operative and Proud of It by Phoenix Woman.

    2014-06-22 21:53:00View | Delete

    Judith Miller was one of the first U.S. journalists, if not the first, to cross from Kuwait into Iraq with U.S. forces in March 2003. She was embedded with the U.S. military task force charged with uncovering Iraq’s WMD. I read her pre-war cheerleading NY Times articles (as well as on-line articles debunking the claims [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Obama Announces New War Plan for Iraq by Synoia.

    2014-06-20 19:50:00View | Delete

    Great post. Witty. Insightful. Dead on. But in other news: General Custer and Little Big Horn. Naw, this doesn’t come close to rising to the same level as insane, arrogant PNAC neo-con Republicans having the U.S. invade Iraq in March 2003, costing in American lives and those injured tens of thousands, costing Iraqis hundreds of [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the blog post Late Night: Pop Sociology, Indeed

    2014-06-12 20:05:03View | Delete

    The U.S. War College got it right. You know, that liberal bastion and pop establishment U.S. War College. People forget that someone requested in the months before the nincompoop neo-con invasion of Iraq in March 2003, an ill-conceived, ill-executed, ill-fated venture by any stretch, that the U.S. War College predict what post-invasion Iraq would look like (that someone was probably was former U.S. general and then Secretary of State Colin Powell). The U.S. War College conducted its study and issued a thick report, predicting exactly the outcome of any invasion of Iraq, but few paid attention, especially none of the nincompoop poopy-head neo-cons like Bill Kristol. IOW, there may be pop sociology and psychology and such, but on the right there is poop sociology and psychology, espoused and practiced by right-wingers with poop for brains and the same level of morality and integrity as a pile of poop.

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report #129 – Edward Snowden by GREYDOG.

    2014-06-08 14:26:47View | Delete

    The NSA is just a tool, as everything (and everyone) in this world is essentially a tool in one way or another (like a printer/computer is a tool or a gun is a tool or a nuke is a tool), tools that work well or malfunction, tools that do what they are meant to do [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Bill Mauldin, ‘Willie and Joe’ and beyond by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-06-08 12:08:14View | Delete

    I was first introduced to Bill Mauldin’s cartoons while serving in the USAF in the early 1970s when Stars and Stripes would occasionally reprint one of his cartoons. Later in journalism school, I saw his work again. So, I’ve always admired his work and cartoons in general, political or otherwise, ironic, acerbic, politically incorrect, funny, [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Michael Hastings’ Bowe Bergdahl Article That the GOP Doesn’t Want You to Read by Phoenix Woman.

    2014-06-03 20:34:47View | Delete

    Obama Derangement Syndrome strikes Republicans again. The crazy members of our society have made the Republican Party their home, or should I say, asylum. I mean, look at how some ODS Republicans have gone after Bowe Bergdahl’s dad for growing a beard. They say, he looks Taliban. Yeah, and the Duck Dynasty guys look Taliban, [...]

  • Exactly. An increased case load involving U.S. military veterans (Vietnam vets, Iraq vets, Afghanistan vets) requires an increase in VA caseworkers handling their cases…unless one lives in Republican La-La-Land, shrink the government, cut the number of public employees (i.e. caseworkers), underfund/defund the federal government while cutting taxes/revenue to the point it can be drowned in a bathtub (infamous Karl Rove statement, the insane anti-American architect behind much of what crackpot Republicans have done to our government and government services over the last several decades).

    This is an ongoing (and much repeated) pattern by corrupt and criminal Republicans: cutting funding of federal agencies, watching gleefully as a growing U.S. population (and a growing number of veterans) look to a shrinking/overwhelmed public employee work force for help, gleefully filibustering/blocking any attempt to adequately fund the public realm of our society, gleefully calling for more tax cuts and loopholes which severely cuts government revenues, and then blaming Democrats for the very problems that these corrupt and criminally-insane Republicans caused to happen. Rinse and spit. Repeat often on Faux News, right-wing rant radio, rabid right-wing blogs.

    I will never vote for a corrupt and criminal Republican for public office…EVER. They’re nuts. They’re dangerous. They lie with every other breath. They serve only the wealthy one percent, their corporate billionaire masters, whose toilets they lick clean with their forked tongues. They claim they are “pro-life,” while at the same time their anti-American policies have cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their lives, men, women and children (lied into wars, not expanding Medicaid in states, cutting food assistance programs for America’s poorest, and on and on and on, without going into the millions of Americans who will die once the most adverse affects of global warming hit in upcoming decades). Republicans are members of a Death Cult, the Real Death Panel, who believe that their “survival” depends on everyone else dying or being culled from American society.

    Note: while Republicans are ranting about veterans in Arizona dying because of delays in medical aid, we’ve seen reports over the past ten years of an huge increase in veterans committing suicide (or during the Bush/Cheney years, being homeless, although that number has dropped since President Obama has been in office and Gen. Shinseki has headed the VA). These deaths of veterans are part of the same problem, as are the deaths of any American citizen turned away or ill-served by government agencies (often underfunded with cuts in staffing) because insane Republicans have set as their ultimate goal the dismantling and destruction of all things public in our society.

    I’m not fooled. I’m a U.S. military veteran (USAFSS 1971-1975). What President Obama and Gen. Shinseki (as well as all members of Obama’s administration) have been facing the past five years is GREAT EVIL, an evil that attacks relentlessly, lies ceaselessly and then claims that climate change is a hoax, that Benghazi could have been avoided (or our citizens in a high-risk assignment could have been saved…though dozens were), that IRS only targeted right-wing groups (Nope, liberal groups were also scrutinized) and that problems at the VA are all Obama’s and Shinseki’s fault (Nope, we’re seeing the deadly effects of years of Republican tax cutting and service evisceration). A great evil has descended on America, and Death Cult Republicans can’t seem to stop themselves from promoting that evil, daily, hourly, on the federal level, on state levels. And most Republicans still claim that they are Christian, that they are following the teachings of Jesus. Really? I’m not fooled.

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-10 13:31:39View | Delete

    Dese Death Panel Republicans got Benghazi on da brain. And when is Rep. Boehner going to announce a select committee looking into what Rep. Issa and his staff did after receiving classified CIA reports on what the CIA agents, based out of the Benghazi consulate annex, two of whom were killed, had been doing to [...]

  • TheOracle commented on the diary post Atheists Caught on Film by David Swanson.

    2014-05-04 19:36:38View | Delete

    I am grateful that I was born into a family living in the United States of America, a country with the purported constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion (which to me also means the constitutional right of American citizens to be free from anyone else’s religion and their dogma, and thus atheists have a constitutional [...]

  • V: Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?

    DS: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?

    Aaaah, another “self-made” millionaire (or is he a billionaire?) who did it all on his own, made his money with no help from anyone else, or at least no help from anyone in the under-class, you know, the leechers and moochers to whom he gives “food, and clothes, and cars, and houses.” Hey, Sterling (in his mind) is the “victim” here, just like the Koch brothers, and Adelson, and so many other wealthy “owners” view themselves as “victims,” an attitude that they believe gives them the right to be complete, as you said, “peckerwoods.” How many of the other 30 league owners agree with Sterling’s viewpoint? Will they be silent? Will other players on other teams speak up and stand up? Cliven Bundy. Donald Sterling. Charles Koch. David Koch. Mitch MoConnell. John Boehner. Paul Ryan. Chris Christie. Rand Paul. Sheldon Adelson. Antonin Scalia. Thomas. Alito. Roberts. Kennedy. (To name the ones on the U.S. Supreme Court). One red-state Republican governor after another. Corporate owners in one industry after another. So many Republicans, so much racism, so much fascism, so much anti-American sentiment, activities and behaviors.

    And they’re all like McCarthyites out to “save” America from the Red Menace, but in their present day case, they’re all out to “save” America from the “Black Menace.” (or the “Gay Menace,” or the “Birth Control Menace,” or the “Immigrant Menace,” or the “Abortion Menace,” or the “Pornography Menace,” or the “Big Government Menace,” or the “Graduated Income Tax Menace,” or the “Inheritance Tax Menace,” or the “Capital Gains Tax Menace,” or the “Uppity Women Menace,” or the “Public Schools Menace,” or the “Organized Labor Menace,” or the “Liberal News Media Menace,” or whatever “menace” is currently menacing their minds). OTOH, and from outside the right-wing Republican bubble, the only real menace facing all Americans today is the Republicans themselves, and their lies, and their greed, and their lying greed-driven right-wing ideological agenda meant to make everyone else poorer so that Republicans and their wealthy benefactors can be even more wealthy, and monopolistic, and totalitarian, undermining the very fabric of our nation, our democracy, our Constitution, any which way they can. Idiots.

  • TheOracle commented on the blog post Culturally Ignorant David Brooks

    2014-04-27 14:39:45View | Delete

    Consumption tax? Aaaaah, the continuing right-wing mania to replace the Graduated Income Tax system (and the Inheritance Tax, and the Capital Gains Tax) with their more-wealth-for-the-wealthy Flat Tax scheme. I bet discussions about implementing the Flat Tax occur at all Koch confabs or any other gathering of right-wingers, with David Brooks offering his services at pimping the Flat Tax any way he can.

    And there’s the flip-side to Republicans pushing their Flat Tax scam. They also discuss at their meetings (CPAC, etc) how to prepare for when the Flat Tax finally gets implemented. Cut taxes on the wealthiest…thus bleeding federal, state and local treasuries dry. Cut social programs, federal, state and local, because bled-dry local, state and federal treasuries/budgets can no longer afford these “government giveaways to the less deserving.” Shrink the size of federal, state and local governments (firing public employees, attacking public employee labor unions) because these bled-dry-through-tax-cuts government treasuries can no longer afford “bloated” bureaucracies. Attack government regulations, federal, state and local, thus shrinking the number of government regulators protecting Americans from the greed, and dangerous byproducts, of the corporate class. Block any attempts to raise taxes on the wealthy to cover crumbling infrastructure projects. I could go on, but almost everything money-related/budget-related as regarding today’s Republican Party’s policies are their preparing for eventually implementing their regressive consumption tax scam, which based on their “suggested Flat Tax rate” will just not cover all that is currently covered by taxation on income, or other fees.

    Today’s culture of corruption and greed Republicans have set as their goal a Flat Tax that will cover on the federal level only the U.S. military, and not much else. Thus, their demand to get rid of certain federal government departments and agencies. Thus, their attacks on almost all social programs, except those government subsidies and loopholes that benefit their billionaire/millionaire benefactors, who are funding the right-wing drive to a Flat Tax (and getting rid of the Income tax, the Inheritance Tax, the Capital Gains Tax, etc). Aaaah, the corruption of greed is highly predictable, with Republicans following the same sorry course many have tread before, with Republicans seeking to destroy America (the village) so they can “save it” (read a recent article by one of the Koch brothers who stated that he and his billionaire right-wing brother are only doing what they’re doing to “save” our country. Riiiigghhhhtttt.)

  • Rand Paul-Cliven Bundy 2016!!!!

    Or maybe,

    Jeb Bush-Cliven Bundy 2016!!!!

    Chris Christie-Cliven Bundy 2016!!!!

    Aw c’mon, the oligarch Republicans need a running mate for their hand-picked presidential candidate in 2016, so I’m here to throw Cliven Bundy’s name into the ring. He’d be perfect. He stands for everything that today’s Republican Party exemplifies. Racism. Sexism. Fraud. Stupidity. Religious fanaticism. Saying he doesn’t recognize our constitutional federal government even as he leeches off the very federal government he denies exists. And he has plenty of conservative followers on the Republican fringe and on Faux News, so Cliven Bundy would be shoe-in as any Republican vice-presidential nominee.

  • TheOracle commented on the blog post Top Ten At Ten 4/16/2014

    2014-04-16 19:16:24View | Delete

    1) Has anyone else noticed the price of a gallon of gasoline is sharply rising again? I’m wondering if we’re getting ready to see a repeat of what happened two years ago, in the months preceding the last presidential election, when President Obama was seeking a second term? IOW, someone, probably through the Oil Futures market, was driving up oil barrel and gasoline prices, and as this was happening, Republicans started running attack ads against President Obama, claiming he was responsible for the rising prices. Of course, the attacks ads were highly misleading (i.e. outright lying), but they got the attention of President Obama that he threatened to release millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum a month of two before the election, flooding the market, costing the oil futures speculators millions of dollars in the process. After he announced this, prices started easing. Coincidence? So, are we getting ready to see a repeat of this Republican/Koch brothers tactic before the upcoming mid-terms?

    2) Watching Rachel Maddow the other night, I waited throughout her entire segment on anti-IRS Republicans to hear if she mentioned what was the “end game” of their attacks on the IRS and their goal of abolishing it. Their ultimate goal? To replace the graduated income tax with a Flat Tax (what they euphemistically call “Fair Tax”), shifting completely from an income tax to a regressive consumption tax, one that would save the billionaires/millionaires a whole lot of money (I mean, c’mon, how much would they have to buy, consumption tax, to even come close to what they may be paying in income tax?)

    3) Recently, there’s been an upsurge in right-wing terrorist attacks/stand-offs inside the United States (the guy in Kansas killing three people, the right-wing militia guys rushing to Nevada to “defend” the guy who’s been defrauding our government of the past twenty years, costing American taxpayers a million dollars in lost grazing revenue). So, how much of the money that the infamous Koch brothers, David and Charles, both sons of the co-founder of the John Birch Society, has helped fund these right-wing domestic terrorist groups and individuals over the past several decades, either directly funded or indirectly through Koch brothers front groups? I mean, just how much blood is on the hands of these two neo-fasicst right-wing oligarchs who have said they’re out to “save” America?

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