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  •  what do these articles say about the Real Obama? (4+ / 0-)

    Remember what he said about lobbyists?

    The Iraqi government hires the Podesta Group to lobby for it in DC
    The sleazy but legal process that drives Washington has a new happy couple as its latest symbol: Tony Podesta and Nouri al-Maliki

    Whenever you think DC sleaze has reached its low point, it always manages to prove you wrong. Politico's Byron Taub and Anna Palmer this afternoon report that the authoritarian, human-rights-abusing government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki is about to hire The Podesta Group as its first lobbying firm.
    That firm is run by Tony Podesta, who legally peddles his influence with Democratic Party politicians to shape legislation on behalf of companies such as BP Oil, General Dynamics, Walmart, and Bank of America. The New York Times, calling him one of DC's most powerful "superlobbyists", described the explosive growth his firm enjoyed since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008. The Center for Public Integrity reported in 2011 that Podesta and his lobbyist-wife Heather were by far the largest lobbyist-bundlers as of that early point in the election cycle: Podesta came in "with just under $350,000 bundled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada", while his wife "bundled donations have gone exclusively to Democrats — over $322,000 went to the DCCC and DSCC".

    No one in USA has been held accountable for torture or rendition. Justice system serves the powerful. Unthinkable for something like this to happen in the USA.

    Italy's ex-intelligence chief given 10-year sentence for role in CIA kidnapping
    Such accountability for high-level government officials is inconceivable in the US, highlighting its culture of impunity

    Obama's assignation program has been known for 3 years

    DOJ kill list memo forces many Dems out of the closet as overtly unprincipled hacks
    Last week's controversy over Obama's assassination program forced into light many ignored truths that were long obvious

    •  Did you see Desmond Tutu's LTE (1+ / 0-)
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      in yesterday's NYT?  Powerful call out on the administration's drone policy.

      •  looked it up - Desmund Tutu doesn't mince words (2+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert, Heart of the Rockies

        very powerful presence and very brave - heard him in Columbus OH about 15 years ago. How does it look from outside the USA that anyone in the world can be killed at any time by a USA drone?

        I used to say of apartheid that it dehumanized its perpetrators as much as, if not more than, its victims. Your response as a society to Osama bin Laden and his followers threatens to undermine your moral standards and your humanity.
        here is link to NY Times letter to the editor

        •  someone wrote a reply to Tutu (2+ / 0-)
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          Mr Robert, Heart of the Rockies

          Dear Desmond Tutu:

          That's precisely what We the American People believe. Well a majority us American believe. Mostly we aren't bad human beings, we're just not very bright. We're bred and conditioned to believe in our own superiority despite the obvious depravity and vapidity of "our culture" and "way of life." We're very tribal and our capacity for human empathy is fairly limited.

          We care primarly about one thing. Well two things. Our sense of safety from the boogieman and our material well being. So long as you feed us propaganda that we can lap up it empowers our collective cognitive dissonance and shields us from perceiving the direct consequences to others of our individual or collection actions i.e. "our way of life." Like a magical Wonder Twins super power in a way.

          At an individual level, many of us are deeply caring human beings and it pains us that others in the world suffer. Unfortunately, by our estimation, your suffering is primarily due to your own moral failings and for not being exceptional like us. More importantly your lack of good fortune is due to not being in the good grace of God who saw fit to allow European exiles and colonists to come and take by force this great and fertile land of ours from its indigenous inhabitants. Which we conquered and became rich off of by enslaving another group of human beings we purchased from some of your forefathers.

          In short good sir, you and yours can "suck on it" because we're simply too damn busy trying to figure out how to pay for our McMansions and Benz' that we really can't be bothered to worry about how many of you we are killing to feel safe and protect our way of life.

          Best regards,

          A majority of the American People

        •  Thanks for taking the time (0+ / 0-)

          to quote and link.  I wasn't headed out and short on time, so didn't provide that important info.

      •  So Tutu has joined the ranks of the (0+ / 0-)

        pony-chasing purists who are unhappy that Obama hasn't been 100% perfect, living in their perfect little worlds? How disappointing.


        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:16:17 AM PST

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        •  Glad I saw your snark tag before I (1+ / 0-)
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          let the blood pressure get out of hand!

          •  To be associated with Bishop Tutu (1+ / 0-)
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            in however silly a manner is high honor indeed. If he's a purist, then gladly guilty as charged. (And obviously, he's earned the right to complain about a lack of progressive progress beyond most people here, myself included.)

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:46:19 AM PST

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