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Tue Mar 03, 2015 at 02:49 PM PST

On the other hand...

by Simian

It should be a good thing for the US negotiating position to have Israel pressuring the US from the right.

It's going to be much harder for Iranian hardliners to argue that the terms are too unfavorable for Iran when Israel is seen as doing everything it can to blow up the deal.  Iranian moderates, on the other hand, have been handed some political cover.

I'm not saying that the schism was staged.  I'm just saying.


Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 05:19 PM PDT

There you go again, Dick.

by Simian

                              Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney, War Criminal.

When Dick Cheney penned an op-ed this week from his spider-hole in a secret, undisclosed location (pictured above) and called it "The Truth About Iraq," you sort of knew what you would be in for if you read it.  But whenever Dick Cheney uses the word "truth" in a sentence, my bullshit alarm starts shrieking and I just can't shut it off until I find out for myself what lies Dick is selling this time.

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Sen. John McCain's office announced today that the crusty old veteran has released a war-time to-do list entitled "11 Things I Would Tell President Obama To Do About Ukraine If Only He Would Take My Calls."

It's inspiring, really.  Just when the world needs him most, the very senior Senator from Arizona answers the call of duty, as ever he has done.

I know many of you don't hold the Senator in particularly high regard.  (Some here have even been known to ridicule this great patriot!)  And I know most of you won't click the link, so I have helpfully reproduced the list in full, below.

UKRAINE TO-DO's (dictated but not read)

1. Bomb Iraq.  Wait, I meant Iran!

2. Call up Putin and tell him to keep his mangy kids off my front lawn!  Also, Crimean lawns!

3. Stop building those stupid F-35's. You think the Russkies are going to be intimidated by a few squadrons of 85 million dollar planes that can't FLY?  No they will not.  Back in my day we didn't need all the high-tech falderall they load on all the planes now. Back in my day, all we needed was a couple of F-86 Sabres and a 6-pack o' fully-loaded .50 cals and we called it good. You should have seen those MiGs turn tail when we swooped in out of the sun!

4. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

5. (Snort.) Eh, what?

6. Have we bombed Iraq yet?  Dammit, I did it again!  Iran!  I-RANNNNN.  Bomb.  Iran.  There, I said it.

7. Sanctions, schmanctions. What's the use of having all those B2 stealth bombers if you never use 'em?  To quote my dear departed friend St. Ronnie, "Bombing starts tomorrow."

8. Appoint me special envoy to Moscow. I'll give young Putin what for, believe-you-me!

9. Boycott caviar. I hate those slimy little fish eggs anyway.

10. Bomb Havana! Keep 'em guessing. They think we're gonna zig, and BOOM! We zag!

11. OK, this last one's a doozy, but you have to let me tell you personally, OK?  Barack?  Mr. President?  Come on, pick up.  Pick.  Up.  (Sigh.)

So laugh, if you will.  Call him Cranky McWarHero, if you must.  I, for one, am thankful that Senator John Sidney McCain III is lucid and alert today, on the job, manning freedom's ramparts.

Or is it ramming freedom's manparts?  I can't be certain.  Much like John McCain, I can never remember the difference between a rack and a ram.


Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM PST

Prop 8 Decision -- The Executive Summary

by Simian

In today's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Perry v. Schwarzenneger, the Court invalidated California's Proposition 8, finding that there was "no legitimate reason" for California to withdraw the right to marry from gay and lesbian couples. But how the Court came to its conclusion is a bit complicated. For example, even though the Court said there was "no legitimate reason" to withdraw the right to marry from same-sex couples, the Court somehow managed to avoid making any determination on whether any of the various justifications offered in favor of Prop 8 were actually "legitimate."

What does it all mean? It's enough to make a non-lawyer throw up her hands in exasperation. Hence, this diary.

Follow me below the squiggle and I'll do my best to explain the Court's reasoning.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM PST

Enough with the Stop SOPA Spam Already!

by Simian


I clicked the link!

I signed the petition!

I e-mailed my senators!

Hell, I went further and went on my senators' websites AND my Congressman's site and sent them each a message from there.

So stop spamming Daily Kos with the obnoxious STOP SOPA floating banner already!

That is all.


Now! By popular demand! With more links to economists who DID predict how deep the recession would be, and who DID publicly say that the stimulus was not going to be enough.

Amazingly, no diary is up on the ridiculous statement uttered by Obama Administration spokesman Jay Carney on Morning Joe earlier today:

"There was not a single mainstream, Wall Street, academic economist who knew at the time, in January of 2009, just how deep the economic hole was that we were in."

Now, where have we heard something like that before?  Oh yeah:

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that ... they would try to use an airplane as a missile."
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Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT

Occupy Port of Oakland Photo Diary

by Simian

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If you're hoping for pictures of the police teargassing protesters, you won't find it here--I headed home after the successful Port of Oakland occupation and missed all the "fun."

Instead, what I have for you are images of the smashing success of the first general strike in the United States since 1946, as the Occupy movement shut down the Port of Oakland, the 5th busiest port in the country, for several hours on November 2.

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                           Occupy Oakland General Strike Best Signs 22

Occupy Oakland's General Strike is a rousing success, with several thousand protesters showing up for the 9:00 am rally and march on the downtown banks.  The protesters were loud and completely peaceful.  All downtown banks were closed; some businesses closed (some with solidarity signs in the windows) while others remained open.  But others can report on the scene more thoroughly--I want to let the pictures speak.

Occupy Oakland General Strike am rally 2

This was the scene this morning at 14th & Broadway, shortly before the march began.

More below the fold.

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Steve Jobs died today. I did not know the man, but I feel a loss. For Steve Jobs changed many aspects of my life. Indeed, he changed the lives of anyone reading these words.

If you are at all technically-minded, you probably can think of at least one way that the foregoing statement is true. But Jobs changed our lives--our mundane, everyday lives--in more and different ways than you may think. Maybe more than anyone else during his lifetime.

Of course, Steve Jobs' technical achievements are legendary.  He was one of the designers and prime motivating forces behind the first commercially successful microcomputer (the Apple II). He was THE prime motivating force behind the commercialization of the graphical interface (Lisa/Mac) and the now-ubiquitous computer mouse. Jobs revolutionized the portable music player industry with the iPod and its wonderfully simple interface. He revolutionized the smartphone market with the introduction of the iPhone, revolutionized the laptop market with the introduction of the all solid-state Macbook Air, and in his final years on Earth, he revolutionized--some say created--the tablet market with the introduction of the iPad.

Jobs' truly big tech accomplishments all have two things in common: they embody Jobs' absolute insistence that the technology be easy to use, and they are almost universally admired as being somehow "cool." Jobs possessed a preternatural feel for what Americans would think was "cool."

Even more revolutionary was Jobs' effect on entertainment. He founded Pixar, which went on to revolutionize the animated film industry. Then Jobs revolutionized the entire music industry--both legitimate and underground--with the creation of iTunes and its vast library of cheap, individually-downloadable songs. iTunes not only made piracy irrelevant, it killed the CD. iTunes' effect on the film and TV markets is not as far along, but will ultimately be just as profound. If Jobs didn't start the digital entertainment age, he has certainly shaped it.

Then again, the same can be said of pretty much each of Jobs' accomplishments. He didn't think of the idea first, but somehow, his vision of the idea is the one that stuck, the one that everyone else either adopted or copied.

And there is no better example of this than Jobs' effect on mens' fashion.  Yes, fashion.

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Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 05:21 PM PDT

Look! Over there! It's Saddam Gaddafi!

by Simian

                                Muammar Gaddafi, Zombie Dictator

Or is it Mohammar Hussein?  Sorry, I'm bad with names.  It's tough for me to keep these Evil Arab Dictators straight.

Oil prices have spiked, threatening our precious economic recovery.  And peaceful demonstrators have threatened the stability of the allied-and-therefore-not-evil dictatorships in Bahrain (HQ of the US Central Command and the 5th Fleet) and Yemen, prompting our very-close-and-therefore-not-very-evil allied dictatorship, Saudi Arabia, to send in troops to "stabilize" the situation.

This can mean only one thing.

It's time once again to Save the World for Democracy.


What do you call a military attack taken without Congressional approval, on a country that has not threatened the US or its allies?

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This isn't going to be much of a diary because the answer to the title is both simple and obvious.  But I don't see anyone acting as if Obama has any reason to compromise of the Bush tax cuts other than [insert your favorite pejorative about Obama here], so I'm putting in my two cents.

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This won't be much of a diary, but as Republican squealings over the Underwear Bomber's failed attempt to blow up an airliner reach a shrill crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of all the post-9/11 domestic terror attacks and attempted attacks that happened on Bush and Cheney's watch, no matter what Rudi Giuliani says.

As you'll see, the list has quite a few items besides the anthrax attacks and the Beltway Snipers...

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