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Thomas G. Mahnken:

The timing of Gates' departure has more than a little to do with the fact that the White House dropped the demand to cut an additional $400 billion from the defense budget on the Pentagon 24 hours before the President went public with it. In the process, the president undercut Gates' own statements that the Defense Department could not afford further cuts with two (strike that, three) wars going on simultaneously. Panetta was presumably an attractive choice as Defense Secretary at least in part because of his experience in cutting budgets, and he is being dispatched to the Pentagon at least in part to trim the budget. He will presumably oversee the process of reducing the force structure that the administration's own 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review only fifteen months ago said was necessary to win today's wars and prepare for the future

Paul Krugman says Ben Bernanke is being bullied by "inflationistas" to forget about the millions of jobless Americans.

With his usual faux-homespun ramble, Paul Greenberg says Romney-Petraeus might make for a good alternative to the reelection of Obama-Biden.

Johann Hari writes that Donald Trump "is the Republican id, finally entirely unleashed from all restraint and all reality":

Trump probably won't become the Republican nominee, but not because most Republicans reject his premisses. No: it will be because he states these arguments too crudely for mass public consumption. He takes the whispered dogmas of the Reagan, Bush and Tea Party years and shrieks them through a megaphone. The nominee will share similar ideas, but express them more subtly. …

So who should be the Republican nominee? I hear the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were considering running – but they are facing primary challenges from the Tea Party for being way too mild-mannered.

Denver hate radio jockey Mike Rosen, who actually believes the stultifying Atlas Shrugged made for compelling reading, thinks liberal critics of the movie version (Part I) suck.

Eugene Robinson:

To those deniers who can’t come to terms with the fact of the Obama presidency, I have nothing to offer but this: Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it.

Debra J. Saunders gives a backhand compliment to President Obama for having, she says,  kept the birther BS alive, thus making Republicans look like dolts.

John Bolton offers more of his spectacularly bad advice to President Obama: Stay the course in Afghanistan.

Charles Krauthammer essentially calls Barack Obama anti-American in a column that accomplishes one good thing: pointing us toward Ryan Lizza's 8000-word piece on Obama's foreign policy in The New Yorker.

Isabel Hilton writes that China may grow old before it grows rich:

Clearly visible in these latest census results are the trends that informed China's 12th five-year plan, published earlier this year: first, that the day is in sight when China will run out of the cheap labour that has fuelled its growth in the past three decades; second, that the gender imbalance is worryingly large, the result of a preference for an only son over an only daughter; and third, that the burden of caring for a growing population of elderly citizens, in what is the world's most rapidly ageing population, will inevitably fall on a shrinking proportion of the economically active.

Ex-liberal Linda Chavez thinks Democrats have a big problem when it comes to Hispanics who don't vote Republican: They may not vote at all next year.

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  •  I love the juxtaposition of these two thoughts: (8+ / 0-)
    Trump probably won't become the Republican nominee, but not because most Republicans reject his premisses. No: it will be because he states these arguments too crudely for mass public consumption. He takes the whispered dogmas of the Reagan, Bush and Tea Party years and shrieks them through a megaphone.

    and

    To those deniers who can’t come to terms with the fact of the Obama presidency, I have nothing to offer but this: Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 04:52:00 AM PDT

    •  "No one ever went broke underestimating (0+ / 0-)

      the taste [ read, here, stupidity ] of the American people."

      -- Henry Louis Mencken

      Trump is a shoo-in. And in the original sense, referring to a horse race where the outcome is fixed.

      Every right-thinking Democrat in America will be rooting for Mr. Trump and his Melania Stepford trophy-prenup-whatever -- all the way through the GOPer convention.

      And fuck 'em all..... Trump, the Tea Party dittohead-sucking whore, especially.

      Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

      by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:45:37 AM PDT

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      •  I don't agree that (2+ / 0-)
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        Trump is a shoo-in.
        Like Sarah Palin, he loves attention and self-promotion, but has no desire to do the hard work of governing.  Neither really cares about the country or the short- or long-term effects of their spewing hatred.  Their goal is more money, and the veneer of legitimacy, but not real work.

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:28:40 AM PDT

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        •  Trump's a workaholic. (0+ / 0-)

          And a narcissist. Palin's just a narcissist and fact-deprived diet pill addict.

          Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

          by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:45:22 AM PDT

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          •  He might be a workaholic, but it's one thing (2+ / 0-)
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            to work hard when you are in charge of everything, and can make things happen just by your say-so.  A very different matter when you have to try to accomplish anything through Congress, the federal bureaucracy, and international organizations, while going through hoops for the press (they only love people who are not actually in office).  I can't see him making the transition.

            Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

            by SottoVoce on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:04:08 AM PDT

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            •  Or for running a national presidential campaign. (0+ / 0-)

              McCain was inept. Mrs. Clinton, Kerry and Gore didn't quite get it in gear.

              Trump ??? He'll be worst of the lot -- after the pandering phase goes by.

              Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

              by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:08:18 AM PDT

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  •  ..Huh. (2+ / 0-)
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    "The timing of Gates' departure has more than a little to do with the fact that the White House dropped the demand to cut an additional $400 billion from the defense budget on the Pentagon 24 hours before the President went public with it."

    So, apparently, the way to ensure our military quagmires gets funded, is to start more of them? Isnt there some kind of story or parable or something, about how the more loss comes with an endeavor, the more people are willing to spend on it in order for their previous work to not become moot?

    I know the republicans used it a lot by saying we should keep getting our soldiers killed because it would dishonor the soldiers who already had been killed in the wars they started. And its really awful behavior that can only lead to more destruction and violence.

    "May whatever power they believe in show the rightwingers mercy. They have been led astray by devils with chalkboards."

    by kamrom on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 04:52:36 AM PDT

    •  with increased numbers of combat tours (6+ / 0-)

      and comparatively fewer soldiers due to no draft, the stress of repeated deployments is leading to changes in the way soldiers view their mission and interpret the rules of engagement.
      I ran across this today, after a long conversation with a retired Marine M/Sergeant who had been deployed in Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He routinely discussed his role as sniper and the various people he had killed around the world, He praised GWB for relaxing the rules of engagement and mourned his mandatory retirement.  I thought it was hard to shock me but I found his attitude disturbing, if his stories were even half true.

      Now there is this:
      http://www.nytimes.com/...

      •  Joint Chiefs of Staff adopt a new Grand Strategy. (4+ / 0-)
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        This is not a joke. And the term "Grand Strategy" is straight from Clausewitz and Jomini, as well as thinking of and triggered by Liddell Hart, though later set aside with the tactical concerns of Boyd and Corson and Petraeus.

        Clearly, America cannot afford to do what we are doing. JCS understands the facts at hand, apparently better than any other group, here in America, who are willing to publish:

        National Strategic Initiative

        CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC, staff officers with JCS. There's nothing casual or ill-considered to it:

        This is a Grand Strategy for America -- a replacement for Kennan's Containment and the whole of trenchant anti-communism and overwhelming force as models for national budgeting and our modern major generalship.

        The work, itself, begins:

        This Strategic Narrative is intended to frame our National policy decisions regarding investment, security, economic development, the environment, and engagement well into this century. It is built upon the premise that we must sustain our enduring national interests – prosperity and security – within a “strategic ecosystem,” at home and abroad; that in complexity and uncertainty, there are opportunities and hope, as well as challenges, risk, and threat. The primary approach this Strategic Narrative advocates to achieve sustainable prosperity and security, is through the application of credible influence and strength, the pursuit of fair competition, acknowledgement of interdependencies and converging interests, and adaptation to complex, dynamic systems – all bounded by our national values.

        From Containment to Sustainment: Control to Credible Influence

        For those who believe that hope is not a strategy, America must seem a strange contradiction of anachronistic values and enduring interests amidst a constantly changing global environment. America is a country conceived in liberty, founded on hope, and built upon the notion that anything is possible with enough hard work and imagination. Over time we have continued to learn and mature even as we strive to remain true to those values our founding fathers set forth in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

        America’s national strategy in the second half of the last century was anchored in the belief that our global environment is a closed system to be controlled by mankind – through technology, power, and determination – to achieve security and prosperity. From that perspective, anything that challenged our national interests was perceived as a threat or a risk to be managed. For forty years our nation prospered and was kept secure through a strategy of containment. That strategy relied on control, deterrence, and the conviction that given the choice, people the world over share our vision for a better tomorrow. America emerged from the Twentieth Century as the most powerful nation on earth. But we failed to recognize that dominance, like fossil fuel, is not a sustainable source of energy. The new century brought with it a reminder that the world, in fact, is a complex, open system – constantly changing. And change brings with it uncertainty. What we really failed to recognize, is that in uncertainty and change, there is opportunity and
        hope.

        It is time for America to re-focus our national interests and principles through a long lens on the global environment of tomorrow. ....

        The whole thing is 15 pages long. It ends:


        A Beacon of Hope, a Pathway of Promise

            This Narrative advocates for America to pursue her enduring interests of prosperity and security through a strategy of sustainability that is built upon the solid foundation of our national values. As Americans we needn’t seek the world’s friendship or to proselytize the virtues of our society. Neither do we seek to bully, intimidate, cajole, or persuade others to accept our unique values or to share our national objectives. Rather, we will let others draw their own conclusions based upon our actions. Our domestic and foreign policies will reflect unity of effort, coherency and constancy of purpose. We will pursue our national interests and allow others to pursue theirs, never betraying our values. We will seek converging interests and welcome interdependence. We will encourage fair competition and will not shy away from deterring bad behavior. We will accept our place in a complex and dynamic strategic ecosystem and use credible influence and strength to shape uncertainty into opportunities. We will be a pathway of promise and a beacon of hope, in an ever changing world.

            Mr. Y is a pseudonym for CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC who are actively serving military officers. The views expressed herein are their own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

        -- with a preface by: Anne-Marie Slaughter and Bert Kerstetter

        Audacity of Hope... indeed. As Senator Obama had acquired the management lessons of Abraham Lincoln, learning to ask the right questions and to accommodate inevitable human failing, now JCS is doing its damnedest to answer his questions related to the future of America.

        Obviously, chopping America's basic research budget to the bone while spending $1,219,000,000,000-a-year on military-and-spying-and-overhead-and-craziness is not sustainable. We must stop pretending that we are an empire.

        It's 15 pages. Read it slowly. If Obama had been a career military officer, National Strategic Narrative could have come from his pen. Porter and Mykleby have risen to his standard for thoroughness in short exposition.

        BTW: John Boyd, William Corson, David Petraeus. Reading them won't hurt you. The COIN manual is the pick for a oner.

        Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

        by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:41:10 AM PDT

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        •  Mr. Y's is a critically (2+ / 0-)
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          important piece. I hope it gets traction.

          Read it, everyone, by all means. Thanks for mentioning it here - I've been trying to cobble the time together to write a diary on it. My biggest problem is admiring almost every sentence and wanting to crib it - a fantastic, hopeful, view of our potential future.

        •  it eems the top brass have shown contempt (0+ / 0-)

          for COIN, stating our troops are not equipped nor trained for COIN or hearts & minds operations.

          Megods, we of the generation that went to VN told you about asymmetrical warfare and told you how the Viet Minh beat the French and VC and NVA beat us. Even Giap has plainly told us how his strategy worked and why it worked and what we have to do to defeat it. We are not fighting WWII and will probably never see that formulation or conduct of war again.  

          •  Nonsense. Utter silliness. (0+ / 0-)

            Petraeus led the team that wrote the COIN manual.

            Sewall, Nagl, Petraeus, Amos and team.

            Now, please, sober up for lunch.....

            Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

            by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:05:43 AM PDT

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            •  I guess you missed this in the NYT article (0+ / 0-)

              "According to Twitty, Tunnell’s fervent repudiation of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan created “frustration and confusion” among lower-level commanders, who believed his orders contradicted the fundamental strategy of the war. One lieutenant colonel writes in the statement he submitted for Twitty’s report: “Stories of his negative reactions to this generally accepted truth about how the Army operated were legend. ."

              No matter what policy the generals espouse, what their junior officers do and believe is frequently the reality on the ground

        •  Rachel had Andrew Bacevich on... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...Wednesday night to discuss this. As usual, he was cogent and succinct and hit the bullseye.

          Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:02:17 AM PDT

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    •  Starting new wars and calling for budget cuts (3+ / 0-)
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      do not go hand in hand.

      Somebody's got to decide what they want.
      One thing's for sure:
      If you're going to send young volunteers off to risk their lives and ask their families to brace for flags on coffins, you should be damned sure that you're giving them your commitment and the resources they need.

      If you can't do that, DON'T SEND THEM!!!!

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:36:45 AM PDT

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      •  Libya is dirt cheap as these things go. (0+ / 0-)

        Predators don't come home in boxes.

        Gaddafi murdered 11 Scots on the ground at Lockerbie (locally Logarbaidh) and 259 from the plane. So what the fuck have we been doing sitting around and not killing that piece of shit for years and years ???

        Bring his carcass back and feed him to the pigs.

        Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

        by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:55:14 AM PDT

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        •  So, if the Nicaraguans had done the same... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...to Reagan (and believe me there are lots of hungry pigs in Nicaragua), that would have been appropriate. After all, the Great Communicator's policies in Central America killed a lot more innocents than 270.

          Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:05:37 AM PDT

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          •  Weasel talk all around. (0+ / 0-)

            If it's wrong for Reagan, it's wrong for Obama.

            You don't ramp up military action unless you want to pay for it.

            Bush was rightly criticized for refusing to properly fund Iraq/Afghanistan, and letting the deficit soar.

            Obama should likewise be criticized.

            Real principles get applied to your own guys as well as to the other guy.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:21:09 AM PDT

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          •  Depends on who's ox gets gored. (0+ / 0-)

            Always.

            Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

            by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 11:18:39 AM PDT

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  •  So what exactly they plan to achieve by this ? (1+ / 0-)
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    They may not vote at all next year.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 04:57:00 AM PDT

  •  Trump is the perfect icon for the GOP (7+ / 0-)

    While he is running to his right to attract the religious right, his previous claims of religion reveals many answers over the years, most unsatisfying.
    Running as a candidate for Joe Average, he was born into big money which not only assisted him in a lackluster performance in college but also gave him his first job, so he was starting at home plate, thinking he had hit a triple.

    In the meantime, he asserts Obama is an Affirmative Action student (like Clarence Thomas? Actually, Obama was a Legacy admission; his dad was alumnus)  Trump does no mention his son-in-law whose father clearly paid $2.5M in donations to the college in exchange for his son's admission.  But then, dad also went to jail for income tax evasion and other faux pas. Trump seems to forget all this.

    Already a boycott of advertisers for the Apprentice seems to be shaping up in protest of Trump. It will be interesting to see how long Trump will persist in the face of real economic pain for himself, as opposed to his employees and investors.      

  •  What, no Limbaugh Global Warming Denial ??? (1+ / 0-)
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    Nothing in MSM reporting these storms as the most intense, the deadliest in our lifetimes ??? No report on the fucked-up-edness of Rush Limbaugh and his Dittohead Fools ?

    Limbaugh, the driver of six Maybachs and über-denial-whore:

    "Despite the hysterics of a few pseudo-scientists, there is no reason to believe in global warming."

    "Polar bears stranded on ice floes are just playing..."

    "Live Earth" was "an absolute disaster", and gloated that "cold weather and snow the week before kept people away from [the event in] Johannesburg" -- attacking Al Gore and every other sane conservationist.

    "We've had ice ages on this planet, in case you don't know that, and we've had ice ages long before man was ever industrial, before we started burning all these fossil fuels and so forth. I have not abandoned my belief that whatever is going on is not caused by us."

    "For years I’ve pointed out that global warming is bogus. It’s contradicted by the most technologically advanced data [showing] no warming trend over the last 60 years. But listen to the reasons why the UN scientists have raised their global warming predictions so dramatically. The chairman of the panel says the main reason for expectations of faster global warming is an anticipated fall in cooling agents such as sulfur dioxide, a bi-product of coal."

    What ya'll think about that, 'Bama ???

    Conserve-a-tive.

    Conserve first, what's useful, then piddle with details.

    Ron Reagan, friend of Tip O'Neil:

    “If we've learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it's common sense. Our physical health, our social happiness, and our economic well-being will be sustained only by all of us working in partnership as thoughtful, effective stewards of our natural resources.”  - Ronald Reagan, July 11, 1984

    That's the best of St. Ronnie. There was a lot of good to that man. And it's no part of the greedy spew out of today's pack of ignorant PR liars such as Limbaugh.

    Either we change on global warming or one helluva lot of people in Tornado Alley are going to die. This was the start of it, early in the 2011 season for big wind.

    Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

    by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:09:13 AM PDT

    •  You're sounding like Limbaugh yourself. (0+ / 0-)

      It is no less reprehensible to claim every big storm is the result of global warming than it is to claim a cold winter proves there is no such thing.

      Sales pitches belong in little rooms where stupid people are being pressured into buying time shares, not in a serious national conversation.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:39:31 AM PDT

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      •  Still haven't got rid of that time share, huh? (2+ / 0-)
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        Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

        by Bush Bites on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:07:59 AM PDT

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        •  Still have that little logic problem, eh? nt (0+ / 0-)

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:22:07 AM PDT

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        •  Hurry with that time share !! (0+ / 0-)

          Global warming has pushed once-a-century storms up to being once-every-20-years.

          The worst of the storms get worse and worse. These tornadoes in Alabama -- this early in the season -- are compelling evidence that global warming is upon us.

          Time shares ??? Condos ?

          The storm that ripped off the north end of Bradenton Beach, Florida, in the 1950s and swept away Mom and Dad's cottage -- would annihilate a couple hundred multi-story condo buildings today.

          BB's a sand bar, folks..................................

          Them things can up and deeeeee-part.

          Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

          by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:05:44 AM PDT

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  •  Linda Chavez is revolting. How do Teapublicans (2+ / 0-)
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    continue to find Blacks, gays and Hispanics to do their bidding?

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:19:03 AM PDT

    •  $$$$$$$$$ + Blackmail. (1+ / 0-)
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      Never underestimate blackmail.

      Clarence Thomas............... If it weren't for blackmail, this toad could bargain for tens of millions of dollars for his votes.

      Now, he and his frau get a couple hundred thou a year under the table. Barely enough to put gas in the tank for his damn gas-guzzler super bus.

      A pittance.

      Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

      by vets74 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:34:42 AM PDT

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  •  I don't want the birther issue to go away. (3+ / 0-)
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    I want everyone to remember this.

    I want everyone to remember that this is how the Republican Party treated America's first black president: By saying he isn't really an American. And/or by keeping their mouths shut, but smiling and nodding, to get money and votes from people who say it.

    With all due respect to the president and his wishes, I hope this does NOT go away. I hope this is just the beginning.

    Fight until we win. Then we can begin arguing about the details. - Kwickkick (RIP) 2009

    by RickMassimo on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:20:57 AM PDT

  •  There ought to be a statute of limitations... (4+ / 0-)
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    ....on the "ex liberal" stuff.

    Didn't Chavez work for Reagan?

    When was she a liberal?

    When she was 3?

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:51:44 AM PDT

    •  She was when we were in school together... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and she was in her 20s. I graduated the year before she did. More to the point, she wrote a book about her transformation from liberal to conservative that was published in 2002. So I would say the characterization remains useful.

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:10:34 AM PDT

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  •  China's going to suck too. (0+ / 0-)

    heh, heh.

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:53:30 AM PDT

  •  Sounds like Chavez is saying that Hispanics (1+ / 0-)
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    are a lot like other Americans, and asking "What the Hell have you done for me?"

    The administration's signature achievement is a health insurance "reform" that has yet to benefit the vast majority of Americans. The signature non-achievement was failure to focus on jobs while repeatedly claiming that it would.

    Now there's a war in Libya to go along with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and...gas prices are going through the roof.

    The administration can't be blamed for gas prices, but is stuck with the old President gets too much credit/too much blame problem.

    Now there is more or less a year left to turn things around.  Will Democrats be smarter this year than they were in the time leading up to the 2010 elections?

    Or...will they whistle in the wind and have a sudden shocking realization when it's too late to matter?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:55:56 AM PDT

  •  Climate change deniers meet change head on (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vets74

    and suffer the consequences.  

    See definition of irony.

  •  community (3+ / 0-)
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    nzanne, One Opinion, alrdouglas

    The older latin community is very conservative, the younger ones won't be. We also arent all cuban,
    We will be out in force again, we know whats good for us and OUR country.
    Don't believe the hype,
    We are Democrat's cause the racists aren't

    What I can not tolerate is intolerance

    by rageagnstmach on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:54:25 AM PDT

  •  The most devastating critique of Atlas Shrugged (0+ / 0-)

    Is the one put forth by the free market:

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