Every once in a while, Google search options get changed and I have to dig for a fix. This time it appears permement. People who don’t use some features don’t realize they are gone and continue to post that all is well. Well all is NOT well. I’ll either find a different search engine or I’ll spend less time at the computer and start getting more things accomplished around the house. In that respect, what’s bad for Google could be good for my to-do list.
Abbas says he will not allow a third intifada to break out. In response, Netanyahu said that Abbas’ words were empty. At least that is what I am reading. I try to be objective about Israel but situations like this just make me shake my head. How long have Palestinians been in the West Bank? How long has Abbas been in charge? How many rockets have been launched from the West Bank as opposed to rockets from Gaza in that same timeframe? Would this be true if Hamas was in control of the West Bank? How much easier would life be for Israel if Abbas controlled Gaza and Hamas withdrew? Doesn’t that say something about Abbas and the PA? Perez seems to recognize the distinction.
Giuliani wild statement reveals the depth of republican frustration and desperation – or that Giuliani has gone off the deep end. Probably both.
When did telling employees how to vote become a byproduct of Citizens United? If this interpretation stands up, then things in this country have crossed a line far beyond simply drowning out the power of the individual voter by means of unlimited donations. If Romney was to win, he won’t have been democratically elected in any real sense – not that he or any of the power brokers care how he gets there. Not only is this trend unlikely to be reversed if it continues much longer, but the next step will be the Gingrich plan to reduce the power of the courts.
Think about what this means. If corporations can spell out what you should do in the presidential election, why stop there? You’ll be getting direction on any number of policies that you need to support. More accurately, you will be told that you need to just accept certain things, because your support and your vote won’t actually be needed any more. Certain things will be frowned upon and if you want to get anywhere, don’t expect it to happen fast (or at all), if you are not a practicing, card carrying, party member. That’s where this is headed.
As it is today, “western democracy” is probably becoming limited to Canada. Going forward, when anyone claims we need a bigger stronger military to help foster the growth of democracy abroad, we need to set the record straight. We need to use any power we have left to demand that the first priority is to restore democracy here at home. Until that happens, we have no credibility to stay in Afghanistan and we certainly have no business getting involved in an Arab spring in Syria, Iran, or anywhere else. There is no reason for us as citizens to pay for such an undertaking – and we won’t rise for any corporate anthem.
Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners To Advise Employees How To Vote -
Mitt wants to keep attention on Libya, so OK, let’s do that. So why isn’t this in an ad on every available media channel?
House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:
‘You Have To Prioritize Things’
Basically, Republicans lose ground in any discussion where Democrats bring out the facts. Take Libya and foreign policy.
The strategy is like all else for the GOP: Throw a monkey wrench into the process and when things don’t go well, just blame the White House.
A few minor problems, though: Logs are kept. Records are filed. Cameras roll. This is why the GOP likes secrecy.
There are these inconvenient facts which they would like you to overlook.
Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:
‘You Have To Prioritize Things’
So, move along. This is not an issue you can exploit to win.
Romney: Abortion not on my agenda
I’m left wondering how this will pan out. Romney is abandoning causes of the religious right, as expected. But it’s a bit soon, because he will want their support in his effort to eliminate the EPA. Will they still turn out to vote for him, knowing that they are being used and he is not really going to be their champion?
In a story intended to slam the media, Patrick Caddell of Fox makes a convincing case against Citizens United
“Now, let me tell you: There’s nobody that hands—no stranger gives you $100,000 and doesn’t expect something in return, unless you live in a world that I don’t.” Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/29/mainstream-media-threatening-our-country-future/#ixzz27y1hget1
The point is that regardless of what some may say, it’s obvious to most people in this world that money is given with an expectation. Either this is also true in the case of Citizens United, or people need to concede that money paid for a speaking engagement does automatically result in bias and it’s all part of free speech. In other words, you can’t have it both ways.
Is it even necessary to point out that Mitt has tripped on his own tongue yet again? He’s going to have to walk this back, or at the very least drop it uietly once his handlers realize that he is making arguments against Citizens United. They don’t want a debate to take place, so the best they can do is come up with some kind of diversion to get the subject off of this – and fast.
Romney: Teacher contributions to politicians should be limited
Each time a new report comes out of Syria, it seems that the situation is more dismal than the day before. And each time I hear people pushing for action on the part of the US or UN, I ask where the Arab League is and why they aren’t the ones acting first. Then it seems, if they try and fail, the next step would be the UN, but only AFTER the Arab League tries something. So why haven’t I heard? Is it that the media ignores them? Is it that they don’t say anything overtly but they are working behind the scene? Surely they have a public statement to make either way. I’m waiting but I’m not seeing it. So this week president Obama spoke at the UN and the Arab League sprang into action with a decisive message: Blasphemy should be criminalized.
But on Syria, they are not so decisive:
Arab ministers met with UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki said later his country could support an Arab peacekeeping force in Syria. Others have doubts though. “A peacekeeping operation by Arab nations is something we could well imagine,” Marzouki told AFP, … “We have really pushed for a peaceful solution, but if it is necessary, it must be an Arab peacekeeping force, yes.” On Tuesday, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, called at the UN General Assembly for an Arab intervention in Syria. Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi told reporters he did not believe the emir intended a “fighting force.” But he told a Security Council meeting on the Middle East that the council must support Brahimi by making its resolutions on Syria “binding on all parties.”
“Binding on all parties” but not a fighting force, sounds to me like an effort to stop the bloodshed, but perhaps allow Assad to stay in power – not a viable proposition and not one that will pass muster. This is all a bit remniscent of the teaparty in the US. Faced with huge economic and security problems for the country, their focus has been on banning abortion, getting women to dress more modestly and not use birth control. Meanwhile they put forth useless legislation that will never be signed.