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U.S. National Research Council: Climate Change Impacts
"Call for Action by U.S. Naval Leadership"
by Nick Sundt, -- March 12, 2011

The U.S. National Research Council warned in a new report released March 10, National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces, that “even the most moderate predicted trends in climate change will present new national security challenges for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.”

Climate Change will "present new National Security challenges".   ... Hmmm?

You'd think, a new "National Security Threat" would get Lawmakers stop their bickering, and start their legislating, to address the many threats, that Climate Change will bring.

You'd think, that would prompt the Traditional Media to report on the new National Research Council report.  To inform and educate the Public of the grave dangers we will be facing in the not-so-distant future.

I guess they got more important things to do ...

Heed warning on climate
A new report says action is vital “as soon as possible”

Register Guard Eugene Oregon, Editorial -- May 14, 2011,

The effort to combat global warming has waned in this country, as many Republicans express skepticism about the science of climate change. The federal debt and other issues have preoccupied lawmakers and the American public. A new report by the National Research Council makes a powerful argument that putting off the problem any longer would be folly.

The council, which represents the nation’s scientific establishment, warns that global warming is real and that action should be taken “as soon as possible” to reduce carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Contrary to the claims of climate skeptics, the report emphasizes that warming trends cannot be explained by natural factors such as changes in incoming energy from the sun or natural climate variability. The report says the effects of climate change on human and natural systems will intensify as warming continues.

That’s a timely reminder on the heels of a recent disastrous stretch of weather in this country. So far in 2011, the United States has been slammed with five weather disaster costing more than $1 billion each.

You'd think, a series of Billion Dollar Disasters would get Lawmakers stop their Budget-wrangling, and start their legislating, to address the very costly impacts of Climate Change.

You'd think, that would prompt the Traditional Media, to connect a few dots ... between what Scientists have been predicting ... and what we have been seeing.  What we will continue to see.

But I guess they got more important things to do ...

Panel says US must act now to curb global warming
By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press -- May 13, 2011

The report released Thursday from a 22-member panel assembled by the National Research Council strongly suggests that the U.S. should be heading in a different direction. But it also recognizes that some strategies may be politically infeasible.

The best and most economical way to address global warming, the panel concludes, is to put a price on carbon pollution through a tax or a market-based system. The Democratic-led House, with the support of President Barack Obama, passed a bill nearly two years ago that would have set up a market for greenhouse gas emissions. It died in the Senate amid concerns that it would raise energy prices and a Republican campaign calling it "cap-and-tax."

Obama said after the election last year that he would seek other ways to combat global warming, since the new House majority would not support his preferred approach.

At a meeting in New York Thursday with Associated Press editors and reporters, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said that Congress' failure to pass legislation is a "very serious hand brake" on global efforts to fight global warming.

The expert panel Thursday said the next-best ways to reduce pollution would be to expand efforts at the local, state and regional levels and for the federal government to adopt standards under the Clean Air Act. The EPA's use of that law is what Republicans in Congress are attacking.

You'd think, that Republicans Lawmakers could stop their sloganeering and tilting at EPA Windmills, long enough to LEARN about what the Military is being advised to do, about the NEW Global Geopolitical Threats, that WILL result from the rapidly increasing pace of Climate Change.

You'd think, that the Traditional Media, might pick the side of Objectivity for once, and actually report on more than just the fact-less Opinions that the GOP is renown for, parroting.

But no doubt, they all have more important things to do ...

Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
by John M. Broder, NYTimes -- Aug 8, 2009

Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

Much of the public and political debate on global warming has focused on finding substitutes for fossil fuels, reducing emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases and furthering negotiations toward an international climate treaty -- not potential security challenges.

But a growing number of policy makers say that the world’s rising temperatures, surging seas and melting glaciers are a direct threat to the national interest.

Since our Lawmakers are too worried about their own personal assets;

Since our Traditional Media is too worried about which day-to-day trivia, leads to the best ratings;

I guess I will have to report on that National Research Council report myself.  It looks like the NRC has the backing of the National Academy of Sciences, and they have attention of the Admirals of the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, too.

Apparently, these Leaders were NOT too busy, to take as serious look at this important NEW National Security Report:

National Academy of Sciences

National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces:
Letter Report (2010)

Naval Studies Board (NSB)


Washington, DC 20001


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The committee focused its initial assessments either on climate change issues that it believes will have the greatest effects on naval forces or on issues that may require immediate planning. The committee views global climate change as a long-term issue that will play out over the next several decades. However, because of the long lead times in developing and changing naval capabilities and because of the potential for global climate change to have a significant impact on future naval missions, near-term awareness, planning, and decisions are needed by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The following sections of this report, in which appropriate supporting data are provided, present the committee’s findings and recommendations [...]

Naval Forces Responses in Future Climate-Change-Related Events

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[...] Viewed from a national security standpoint, these changes would likely amplify stresses on weaker nations and generate geopolitical instability in already-vulnerable regions.9   A range of military missions might be necessary as a result of such conditions, including the sorts of antipiracy and counterterrorism missions now being conducted off the waters of Somalia. However, the clearest implications are for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) missions, which may increase in frequency, thereby straining military transportation resources and the supporting force structures. [...]

Allied Forces Responses in Future Climate-Change-Related Events

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An issue closely related to U.S. naval capabilities and global response to projected climate change is the role of allied forces partnerships. The committee received briefings from the National Intelligence Council suggesting that, in addition to the security challenges discussed above, the impact of projected severe climate change on food or water supplies and on disease patterns in certain regions of the world may lead to large-scale regional population movements, resulting potentially in millions of what some have termed “climate refugees” fleeing environmental “hotspots.”14,15  [...]

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[...] All of the U.S. naval forces (the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) should begin to consider potential specific force-structure capabilities and training standards over the next 10 years for conducting missions arising from the effects of climate change. [...]

You'd think that the global security threats of:

geopolitical instability,
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,
severe impacts on food and water supplies and on disease outbreaks,
population displacements soon to be known as 'climate refugees'

You'd think, all that would get the serious attention of our heads-in-the-sand Lawmakers;

You'd think the Traditional Media would force 'dare' those Lawmakers to take a stand, on the long-term threats facing the World, and our Country's Military -- STILL predicted, due to Climate Change.

But to their, forever-lasting Blame, they got nothing-what-so-ever better to do.  

They're are just too lazy, or too oblivious, or just too-driven by personal ambition, to give a damn about what happens to the Planet and its People, after they move on, from their positions of RESPONSIBILITY ... and Fame.

Afterall that's somebody else's problem right?  "Climate Change is hardly an exact Science", now is it? ... or so, they'd like to string us along believing, until they've long left the public scene.  With their own personal security, well in hand -- they always make damn sure of that.  Now don't they?

They are never TOO busy for that.

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  •  Most of Personal Income Can Be Taken Home, (6+ / 0-)

    no matter how great nor how fast it comes. For that reason alone, of course leadership is driven by personal ambition at the expense of society. That's the whole purpose for stripping away the protective progressive income taxes as both parties' Reaganomics does.

    Those in government, media, finance and industry making the most far reaching decisions that drive climate change are able to make themselves and their families very rich for life in only a few years, sometimes a few months' work. At that point they're immune from consequences, even the destruction of global habitability. They'll always have the resources to co-opt the shrinking human-friendly habitat from the masses.

    The only way we can ensure that our leadership will lead society for its long term health is to tie their long term well being to ours. One essential even if insufficient tie is to severely brake their ability to accumulate wealth at the top end.

    We've spent half a century methodically undoing every such tie we could identify, so of course they're going to work for their own security and well being by running humanity into the ground.

    We mustn't confuse what they say with what they think. They say anything to misdirect, divide and confuse the people. They know the score; the very rich owe their billions to the same science that shows us climate change.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:04:06 AM PDT

    •  Maybe if all of Congress, all of the Media (1+ / 0-)
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      got a "National Security Briefing" -- and NBD

      which was entitled:

      "Climate Change Disasters determined to Strike in the United States"

      Maybe then they'd find the cajones to act?

      But we've see that movie already, haven't we now

      -- and they're always too busy, closing those barn doors,

      LONG after the fact.

      And then bitch and complain, that no one warned them.

      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:49:43 AM PDT

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      •  This is NOT about "cajones" (2+ / 0-)
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        It's about the relative right/left plurality in Congress, plain and simple.  

        No matter how much balls anyone has, they can Never prevail over a realpolitik of insufficient votes in the House and Senate to crush right wing majority opposition and sabotage.

        Obama is not our daddy, and neither is the Party.

        It's all on us, the grassroots, to bring forward more viable Democrats, and to mobilize the electorate to seize the power, for real this time...whether Obama or the Party help us sufficiently, or even like it, or want it, or not, heh.

        It's the only material way to call Obama's bluff, if that's what it is, about "make me", to give him the backup, or the jack up he needs, in Congress.

        It's as simple as that.  

        Do YOU, and WE have the freakin' balls, to step up, and contend, for our very lives...or not?

        Those who only promulgate cynical defeatism and demoralization, and bring, or insinuate, traitorous calls for electoral boycott and splitting, are the real, cowardly, mindless sheep, and they are the ones who are, indeed, castrating themselves, and trying to cut the balls off the entire nation, to domesticate us for eventual slaughter...

        Such elements will be kicked to the curb, going into 2012, I think, by the electorate, who are not as stupid as some people like to think.

        All Power to the People!

        All Out for 2012!



        Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

        by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:36:47 AM PDT

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        •  I do what I can (1+ / 0-)
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          and will keep doing so.

          Until the Media steps up and

          performs their Watch Dog functions well,

          significant change, will remain exceedingly slow.

          It's been a 50-50 electorate, since at least 2000.

          What's going to change that dynamic?

          Got Time?
          Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

          by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:50:43 AM PDT

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          •  You are so wrong, wrong, wrong, in your "analysis" (1+ / 0-)
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            WTF makes you think that monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media is Ever going to get on the bus, in support of the popular democratic will?  

            Let's get real...

            Only progressive/moderate Democratic Majorities in Congress will even begin to implement the kind of media reforms required to make that happen, in reality.

            And, as pointed out elsewhere, DESPITE everything MSM could bring to the contrary, over the past 30 years, the masses rose up, electorally, to challenge the power.  

            We CAN do this, without MSM help, and despite their most determined opposition.

            And we came very close, within half a dozen goddamn Blue Dogs, to accomplishing that.  Is that reason to say, "oh well, it's impossible", and "teh Dems" are thus absolute shit, and we should abandon all hope, and resolve ourselves to...what?  

            Freakin' civil war?  Fascism?  

            I mean, wtf are you suggesting, really?

            Civil war may very well ensue, but it will be brought by the right, the closer we get to real democracy.  

            In case you haven't noticed, they are already screaming for political assassination, mass murder and civil war, totally freaking out, with increasingly hysterical and draconian rhetoric and practice.  

            This is a good thing, and proves that we are winning, in terms of the hearts and minds of the American peoples.

            It seems the right sees the writing on the wall more clearly than many elements of the left, heh.

            The 50-50 split that you mention reflects mainly that the right has seized and held power, JUST BARELY, over these many years, due ONLY to low turnout by likely Democratic voters, due ONLY to Republican dirty tricks and "left" jive, to suppress that turnout.

            Some 100 million eligibles refused to vote in '08, even for Obama.  That is a huge latent electoral pool, of primarily likely Democratic voters, mainly of low income, low education, youth and minority demographics.

            The right has no such huge reserves to call up, being pretty much all in, for years now, in their desperate bids to retain power, which is literally hanging by a thread.

            I don't know you, or your intentions bring good information and analysis of the evils of capitalism, as we now know it...but to what end?  

            I have to object to the cyncial defeatism and demoralization that seems to ooze from everything you say.  

            It defies all logic, and ignores the realpolitik, which has to cause me to question your ultimate veracity, as we enter what could be the final struggle to wrest power from the pigs.  

            What freakih' good are you, if that's all you can bring?

            Fuck that noise.  

            Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

            by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 10:12:09 AM PDT

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  •  The very same politicians (5+ / 0-)

    who are now bemoaning the debt that will have to be paid by "our children and grandchildren" don't seem to give a rat's ass about the kind of world those children will have to live in.

    Puts the lie to their concern for the future in a very stark and shameful way.

    Oh sure. Whenever I face a budget crisis the first thing I do is ask my employer to cut my salary.

    by figbash on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:37:36 AM PDT

    •  that is an excellent parallel to draw (3+ / 0-)
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      They stake their careers on long-term Budget Predictions,

      not much more reliable than a Fantasy Football prediction.

      But when it comes to long-term Climate Model Predictions,

      THAT is TOO wishy washy, for them to bother with.

      WHERE in the World, DID these Elites,

      Get their College Degrees?

      thank figbash, for the comments.

      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:55:06 AM PDT

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      •  And something else comes to mind. (3+ / 0-)
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        These are the "let the markets work" people as well.

        Sir Nicholas Stern, British economist, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and author of a 2006 study on the economics of climate change

        ....called climate change "the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen."  He points out that prices, government regulations, and other maket forces had not only failed to prevent climate change, they had encouraged greenhouse gas emissions to grow and grow.  (from Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard.)

        link to BBC News reporting on the study

        So, what do our leaders do when the market fails spectacularly?  Ramp up the rhetoric that climate change is a hoax and discharge yet more hot air into the atmosphere.  I wonder how many more "natural" disasters it will take for them to wake the eff up?

        Oh sure. Whenever I face a budget crisis the first thing I do is ask my employer to cut my salary.

        by figbash on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:43:50 AM PDT

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  •  Oh, and, thanks for the diary. It's a good one. (4+ / 0-)

    Tipped and recommended.

    Oh sure. Whenever I face a budget crisis the first thing I do is ask my employer to cut my salary.

    by figbash on Sun May 15, 2011 at 07:39:45 AM PDT

  •  You'd think... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...that, from their actions, and inactions, the "powers that be" actually prefer to see the instability and disastrous conditions impending, as something to be allowed, and even encouraged to ensue, to their perceived advantage, as something to exploit and manipulate in their favor, in weaseling for global economic and political hegemony, to maximize profits by hook and by crook.

    You'd think...that history has clearly demonstrated that such elements will stop at nothing, including precipitating mass destruction and death, to consolidate and perpetuate their own power and wealth, at any cost.

    You'd think...that people should not be surprised that this is happening, and would recognize a need to rise up and wrest that ill-gotten power and wealth from the greedy, bloody hands of a dictatorship of capital.

    I think the moment is ripe, as demonstrated by unprecedented numbers of youth and peoples of color, especially, rising up, en masse, electorally, to reject both the right wing line, as well as "left" lines calling for electoral boycott and splitting, to elect Obama and Democratic Majorities (such as they were, rotten with Blue Dogs), in response to an explicit rhetoric for justice and peace, to save the planet.

    DESPITE 30 years of full-on propaganda blitz, 24/7, on all channels of monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media, ratcheted up to the most hysterical and draconian levels, going into '08, and since...people know what time it is.

    For all the disappointments and shortcomings coming out of '08, it was down to just half a dozen vacillating, weaseling, half-stepping, back-stabbing Blue Dogs, JUST BARELY managing to block, delay and sabotage all progressive motion, by as few as one freakin' vote, in some instances.

    And despite the interim election setbacks of 2010, I think we are now poised to take this over the top, to actually seize the power, for real, with actual progressive/moderate Democratic Majorities, for a change, in 2012.

    It's ours to win, I think, if more of the "left" would just get on the bus, and recognize that allowing the right to seize and maintain power is a far more serious theoretical and practical contradiction than bringing principled solidarity to Obama and the Democrats, to block the most overt and egregious Republican fascists from killing us all.

    Sieze the Time!

    Seize the Power!

    Bring the Better Democrats!

    All Out for 2012!


    Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

    by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:05:06 AM PDT

  •  The Pentagon seems aware of this (3+ / 0-)
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    when will our politicians follow suit.

    " The Department of Defense recently presented to Congress its Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR, a strategy document that lays out the Pentagon’s vision for its missions and force structure in the face of anticipated threats. The QDR identifies climate change as a destabilizing agent and discusses how military operations should respond to climate-induced disasters and how climate change will affect military operations."

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:06:28 AM PDT

    •  thanks for reminding me, voroki (2+ / 0-)
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      I've cover the Pentagon's long-range Planning,

      before myself

      Someone better Tell the Pentagon that 'Climate Change' is only a Theory
      by jamess -- Mar 28, 2011

      It seems the Pentagon, knows the long-run National Impacts, Climate Change will have.

      And THEY are Acting, NOT waiting ... for it to arrive.

      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:11:51 AM PDT

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    •  "Our politicians" will follow suit... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...if and when they outnumber "their" politicians in the House and Senate.

      This is ALL about relative right/left plurality in Congress, and down the ladders of power to state and local levels.

      Insufficient Plurlality = No Juice

      Unless and until we seize the power, democratically, electorally, the whole world is screwed.

      Bring the Better Democrats!

      Death to Capitalism as we now know it, and it's moribund form, Fascism!

      Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

      by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:13:56 AM PDT

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      •  I'll believe it when I see it. "Our" politicians (1+ / 0-)
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        didn't exactly fill me with confidence when they had a huge majority in the senate, a decent majority in the house, and the presidency a couple of years ago.

        "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

        by voroki on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:15:20 AM PDT

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        •  "we" probably need (0+ / 0-)

          to go all Egypt

          on their ass

          ... their sorry excuse for governing.

          Got Time?
          Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

          by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:30:24 AM PDT

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          •  This is not freakin' Egypt... (0+ / 0-)

            This is the USA, and we already have a potentially viable electoral democracy in place, which has ONLY been rendered insufficient by insufficient participation, due entirely to electoral boycott and splitting sentiments, and right wing dirty tricks, suppressing likely Democratic voter turnout, over these many years.

            If advanced communications technology can be used to precipitate events like what have happened in Tunisia and Egypt, imagine what we can accomplish here...the potential is, indeed, awesome.

            I'm not against mass demonstrations, protests, and even general strikes, per se....but unless and until that kind of energy is directed at mobilizing the electorate, to demand, and actually participate in creating a more viable democracy, what freakin' good are they, or the "organizers"?

            How many such demonstrations have you seen, in the US, calling on people to rise up and stomp the Republicans and the right, electorally, by electing more better Democrats?  

            I'll tell you...virtually NONE.

            As long as such demos are all about reviling the Democrats, and projecting false memes, like that riots in the street are "what democracy looks like", and bullshit like "if voting worked, it would be illegal", and "don't vote, it only encouragers the bastards", projecting absolute non-viability of the Democrats, and of electoral struggle...instead of calling on everyone to vote, for a change, to have any hope whatsoever for real change, to elect more better Democrats, explicitly to crush the right for blocking all progress, explicitly to seize the power, for justice and peace, to save the planet...we are blowing it out our ass, plain and simple.

            Futile symbolic gestures of angst and defiance are...futile, and have gotten us NOWHERE.  

            It's time for expressions of hope and resolute determination, for a change, to actually seize the power, instead of merely bemoaning our lack of it, like spoiled children, who expect some kind of magical resolution of all contradictions, just because we "want" it, or "demand" it.

            Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

            by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 09:34:20 AM PDT

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            •  I really don't understand (1+ / 0-)
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              WHO you are YELLING at, Radical def ?

              Maybe you should write your own diary,

              about what's bugging you. Thanks.

              Most our your comments have strayed

              well off the Subject of this Diary.

              Got Time?
              Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

              by jamess on Sun May 15, 2011 at 10:23:03 AM PDT

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        •  Why do you insist on bringing this blatant LIE? (0+ / 0-)

          This is the entire basis of "left" calumny against "teh Dems", and it's a goddamn lie, which I cannot accept as a mere error, but can only regard as an obvious, deliberate, weaseling, subjective hyperbolic freakin' LIE.

          Despite those putative "Majorities", the right retained the actual real majority, between the Blue Dogs and Republicans, JUST BARELY sufficient to block, delay and sabotage all progressive motion.

          Just a few more progressives in there, and a few less Blue Dogs and Republicans, would have turned the tables, relegating the right to beating their brains out against a brick wall, instead of us.

          Going into 2010, we had the opportunity to blame all of the many shortcomings of the present administration on the recalcitrant intransigence of the right, and to mobilize the electorate to deliver a final coup de grace to the right, and actually seize the power, for real.

          But no...faux "left" poseurs insisted on bringing this absolutely false meme, that "teh Dems" have to be absolutely non-viable...actually participating in the cacaphony brought by the right, indeed, materially siding with the enemy, to join in vilifying and castigating Obama and "teh Dems", ruthlessly, relentlessly, without any vestiges of principle, reason or logic, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

          Go figure.  Who's freakin' side are you on, for real?

          Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

          by Radical def on Sun May 15, 2011 at 08:52:28 AM PDT

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  •  Must be Sunday.....not even noon yet and already (2+ / 0-)
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    overdosed on the oil and gas commercials.

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