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The President of the U.S. can and should shut down the G.O.P. as a counterproductive, delusional and disloyal organization.  The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
By its terms the First Amendment restrains only Congress, and by way of the 14th Amendment state legislatures. Could Obama issue an executive order forbidding the Republican Party to speak on behalf of its candidates? Could he issue an order forbidding Republican candidates to campaign on their own behalves?  This would save a lot of agony of government gridlocked by people who can barely read and write, and who think dinosaurs walked the earth with man.  To think that these people can come anywhere near the halls of government is scary.
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Hugo Chavez to Obama: I'd vote for you, and you for me

CARACAS (Reuters) - With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday - and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same.

"I hope this doesn't harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I'd vote for Obama," the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.


"Obama is a good guy ... I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighbourhood, he'd vote for Chavez," the president told state TV, referring to a poor coastal town known for the African roots of its population.

Chavez is one of the world's most strident critics of Washington and his 14 years in office have been characterized by diplomatic spats and insults at the White House.

He called former U.S. President George W. Bush a "drunk" and the "devil." After an initial overture to Obama came to nothing, he said the new president had disappointed progressives the world over and was the "shame" of Africans.

But Chavez was back in a conciliatory mood in a TV interview with friend and former vice president Jose Vicente Rangel.

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The parallels between the G.O.P. efforts in 2012 and the National Socialist Democratic Action Party efforts in 1933 are striking.

I think we can agree that Bush II was analogous to Hitler.  Gitmo is quite clearly parallel to Treblinka and Gitmo on the Hudson (the G.O.P. mayor's handling of peaceful protest at the 2004 convention) was similar to Sobibor.  

The moderate and responsible Obama has had only four (4) years to clean up the mess of eight (8) years of Bush II. And when you tack on Bush I and Ray-Gun's tenure, you have twenty (20) years of economic havoc and destruction.  A reign of terror long exceeding Hitler's twelve (12) years in power.  We must do all we can to avoid the 21st Century Goebbels from taking power.  

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Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:46 PM PDT

Royal Wedding - Why it Matters

by Nature Freak

I am an American and hence not one of the Queen's "subjects" and yet both myself and all adult members of my family watched either the royal wedding this mornignor part of a rerun. Same with the fourteen or so people in my office.

I believe that the English-speaking people are to some extent a unit; united we stand and divided we fall. We learned this the hard way when the U.S.'s delayed intervention in both World Wars almost led to the death of the U.K. I think that the English people and system have been a beacon of hope, freedom and good government throughout the world. Hardly perfect, but very good.

The sense I have when watching the ceremony is that, "we are them, they are us". Though politically we are separate entities, we are brethren for a cause, a most important cause. That is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Gray Wolves Are Now Off Endangered Species List (link to story, my views below)

Boise -- Gray wolves are off the endangered species list, leaving the door open to a possible wolf hunt this year.

The rider attached to the budget bill was signed by President Obama Friday, lifting protections from the gray wolves in several states including Idaho.

Congress has 60 days to remove them from the endangered species list.  After that, the states will be in full control of the wolf population. The last time Idaho was in charge of wolves, there was a hunt for the predators in the fall.

We tried contacting the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game to see if one is planned for the coming fall, but they refused to comment.

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Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 02:55 PM PDT

The U.S. Must Exit United Nations

by Nature Freak

Before the inevitable knee-jerk reactions start, this is not a G.O.P. diary, and I am a lifelong, liberal Democrat. I see nothing liberal about the forces of reaction and darkness that dominate the U.N. and I appeal for readers to step outside the bounds of political correctness.

This diary is about some serious developments recently reported in the news media that both seem to seriously undermine U.S. and Western foreign policy and pose a serious existential threat to Israel. In a New York Times article dated April 2, 2011 and published in print April 3, 2011, entitled Israel, Time for Peace Offer May Run Out (link to article)  the following appeared:

JERUSALEM — With revolutionary fervor sweeping the Middle East, Israel is under mounting pressure to make a far-reaching offer to the Palestinians or face a United Nations vote welcoming the State of Palestine as a member whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority has been steadily building support for such a resolution in September, a move that could place Israel into a diplomatic vise. Israel would be occupying land belonging to a fellow United Nations member, land it has controlled and settled for more than four decades and some of which it expects to keep in any two-state solution.

“We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September,” said Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, at a conference in Tel Aviv last month. “It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action.” He added, “Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.”

With aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thrashing out proposals to the Palestinians, President Shimon Peres is due at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama and explore ways out of the bind. The United States is still uncertain how to move the process forward, according to diplomats here.


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I read the column excerpted below with a mixture of prior knowledge, disgust and disdain. First, where I depart from the writer is in his admiration for Richard Milhous Nixon. Both Nixon and Kissinger were partners in the cynical policy of detente. The Jews were not the only victims of detente; millions of Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians and Hungarians, as well as East Germans were enslaved. Not to mention North Koreans, Chinese and Vietnamese. We couldn't fight all those countries, but we didn't need to prop them up either.

In other words, I sincerely believe that Kissinger was an "equal opportunity cynic".

The one debt that we sort of owe him, along with Alexander Haig, was keeping our country on an even keep while Nixon's mental health and honesty problems threatened to utterly destroy the world's most powerful democracy.

Otherwise, I mince no words for either.

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Modern apologetic commentary about Hiroshima neglects the fact that for the Japanese people themselves, the nuclear attacks more than arguably reduced casualties. If the intensity of fighting at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima is any guide, a conventional invasion would have created an even larger bloodbath, for Allied troops but even more so for Japanese civilians.

Just as importantly, the use of the nuclear weapon in Japan is an exceedingly rare example of a situation where its use would be primarily to take or reclaim territory. Usually, the nuclear weapon would be used as a "tripwire" device triggered by a conventional invasion. As Paul Luttwak pointed out in the July 1982 issue, the level of conventional forces needed to defend the West against a Soviet conventional attack would be staggering. The Maginot and Bar-Lev lines did not hold since they were not, and could not be thick enough to resist enemy attack.

Thus, without nuclear weapons, more young men under arms to fight, not build lives.

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Even those who believe that climate change must be met with firm action, such as Kyoto-type restrictions on economic activity, must acknowledge the futility of this effort. There is no way to reduce emissions enough to compensate for new emissions from coal-using countries such as China. See excerpt below, Link to article but I encourage reading full article:

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This Board and the world at large show great concern and weeping for the victims of Israeli racism and retaliation as well they should. What about these other examples:

Army’s Hand Suspected in Kyrgyzstan (link)

Army’s Hand Suspected in Kyrgyzstan (link)

June 16, 2010
Army’s Hand Suspected in Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan — As the armored personnel carrier rumbled down the street, men in Kyrgyz military uniforms clinging to its sides, residents of an ethnic Uzbek neighborhood here felt a surge of relief. The peacekeepers, it seemed, had finally arrived.

Quotation of article continues:

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The Obama Administration is taking serious and effectual steps to protect U.S. safety and halt the recent epidemic of attempted slaughters on U.S. soil.

Once upon a time, desert tribesmen in the Middle East, Asia Minor and Southern Asia (pre-Muslim actually) slaughtered each other with abandon. Islam came, and at least some of the internecine slaughter was abated, though not totally. The hostility of these desert tribes to outsiders, however, did not cease. Except of course when "commercial", read extortion opportunities arose on the Silk Road and other travel routes that traversed the region. Aside from Constantinople, the Muslim invaders met little resistance until they got as far as Tourres, France, the gates of Vienna, and India. When the Crusades (really a push-back against this violence) ended the Muslims were of little concern to the West. They built ships in order to avoid the necessity for overland crossings of hostile and dangerous lands. While there were some colonization and missionary efforts, in general the Ummah was paid little heed until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

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This story (link to story) shows the depths to which reactionaries will go to hurt people. Note, the cause of the bullying was that this child, as well as being both brilliant and autistic, is pro-environmentalist. Seldom have I gotten so angry reading a story.

What is also notable is that the school district, to save money, convinced this child's parents that he could thrive without an aide. In fact, he was eaten alive.

So predictable. So sad.

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