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    A major tenet of their strategy is to maintain restrictions on Iran's oil exports and limit what the government can do with its oil revenues.

    As it stands, Iranian oil revenues are accumulating in escrow accounts thanks to a 2012 law passed by Congress called the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act. Iran can only spend these escrow funds on certain goods in countries which buy its oil. In their paper, Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg say "none of these escrowed oil funds" should be repatriated back to Iran until the country ceases being a "state sponsor of terror."

  • Atrios suggests ridiculing to deal with anti-abortion protesters:
    Anyway, what I'm getting at is... maybe counter-protesting should bring on the funny. "This guy has a tiny penis -->" t-shirts. Gay men's a capella choirs serenading them. That sort of thing.

    The point is that comedy is a good tool, and what a typical anti-abortion protester nut hates most is the idea that his authoritah is being undermined. Point and laugh and they might just scamper away.

    Obviously the problem is turning these spaces into bigger circuses than they already are. I don't want to do that. There are women trying to get needed medical care who don't need any of this shit, from the left or the right.

    Still...they hate to be laughed at.

  • But will mockery really make a difference to fanatical crusaders?
    Atrios has an interesting post about tactics to deal with the crazies who picket abortion clinics, suggesting that humor and ridicule might be a good tool to employ against them. He might be right that, to use his example, a gay a capella choir serenading picketing nuts would cut short a protest or two. But I also think that these nuts are very tough to crack, for a few reasons.

    First, they are already pariahs and self-imagined martyrs. I don’t watch a lot of Fox News, but I don’t remember the last time I’ve heard about them doing a puff piece lauding the bravery and commitment of the assholes who picket Planned Parenthood, because at a human level it’s quite an ugly business to bully a helpless young woman who’s following through on the toughest decision of her life.

  • Nation editor suggests neocon Bill Kristol join Iraqi army. On ABC News "This Week" Sunday, Katrina Vanden Heuvel stuck it to Kristol over Iraq:
    "I have to say, sitting next to Bill Kristol, man — I mean, the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives. There should be accountability," she said on ABC's "This Week."

    “Because this country should not go back to war," Heuvel continued. "We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”

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  •  Call It the Aging Hippie In Me But I Favor Nudity (8+ / 0-)

    for protests against the RW.

    BTW I think the sight of a nude pregnant woman would clear an entire county of wingers for 8 or 10 hours.

    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 Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:12:56 PM PDT

  •  One problem with the "ridiculing" idea (4+ / 0-)

    is that I suspect that the anti-abortion protesters will have no trouble going to court to get an order to keep * their * antagonists safely restrained 35, 100, or even 500 yards away.

    Where the gay a capella choir will barely be audible, much less annoying in any real way (heck, I bet that deep down inside the protesters would in reality secretly enjoy it!)

    •  Yeah, ridicule will only push the forced-birthers (0+ / 0-)

      into alliance with the Open Carry nuts. Then we'll have 'pro-life counsellors' slinging AK-47s over their shoulders at the doors of abortion clinics. It's really the next (il)logical step....

      No person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that man's only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy his place -- a much humbler place than we have been taught to think -- in the order of creation. (Wendell Berry)

      by DocDawg on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:43:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Son of Trotskyist Irving Kristol, Bill must enlist (0+ / 0-)
    “Because this country should not go back to war," Heuvel continued. "We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”
    The Trotskyist groups have competed in giving "military, (but supposedly) not political" support to these tyrants, such as Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Qaddafi in Libya, and even the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:21:54 PM PDT

    •  who knew! (0+ / 0-)
      Stephen Schwartz disagrees. "I see a psychological, ideological and intellectual continuity," says Schwartz, who defines Trotsky's legacy to neo-conservatism in terms of a set of valuable lessons. By his opposition to both Hitler and Stalin, Trotsky taught the Left Opposition the need to have a politics that was proactive and willing to take unpopular positions. "Those are the two things that the neo-cons and the Trotskyists always had in common: the ability to anticipate rather than react and the moral courage to stand apart from liberal left opinion when liberal left opinion acts like a mob."

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

      by annieli on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:27:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  A new Beats tv ad w/woman at Planned Parenthood (6+ / 0-)

    A woman is getting ready to enter a abortion clinic, and she's confronted by angry protesters yelling at her. She calmly puts on her Beats headphones, and a female empowerment song starts playing that drowns out the hubub as she strolls confidently into the clinic.

  •  Not a call to violence, just a morbid (7+ / 0-)

    play on words:
    Curiosity killed the cat pic

    Get it?

    Curiosity killed the cat.

    **Apologies to my fellow PWB lovers. I'm just way too big a nerd to pass this LOL by.  

    No actual pooties were harmed in the making of this image.  NASA and Mars rover Curiosity do not necessarily share the sentiments expressed in the image...but I bet they chuckled!    

    "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

    by koosah on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:25:36 PM PDT

  •  join them w/signs: "Your womb is my business" (7+ / 0-)

    or

    "Your Personal Medical decisions are my business."

    And

    "Your family tragedy is our business."

    "We have empty lives and need to control something."

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:27:39 PM PDT

  •  Two hawks / Iran link (0+ / 0-)

    The link above is pointing to dKos, here's the correct one (I think):

    http://atfp.co/...

    Where would we be right now without the internet?

    by johnny71 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:31:27 PM PDT

  •  Anyone wish to discuss (6+ / 0-)

    if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as now applied, violates the Establishment Clause of First Amendment as it allows the imposition of religious beliefs on others?

    "You cannot win improv." Stephen Colbert (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6tiaooiIo0 at 16:24).

    by Publius2008 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:37:36 PM PDT

    •  I wasn't even aware this RFRA crap existed (4+ / 0-)
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      I admit, I was busy during the Clinton years and wasn't paying a lot of attention to government (mostly because Moronic Media and Repukes went guano loco insane over a blow job and adultery and I was trying to avoid hearing repetitious idiocy about it), but if this decision made the news, no one dwelt on it long enough for me to hear it.

      Just the title of the bill is moronic.  Religious Freedom Restoration?!?!?!?!?  I admit I have not read it, so I don't know what all the fuss was about.

      NO ONE took religious freedom from ANYONE, so there was NO need to "restore" anyone's "religious freedom."

      Srsly.  How fucking stupid can our Cretinous Congress Critters GET?!?  [Don't answer that.  Rhetorical question - the Bushista Crime Family years came after Clinton.]  It was bad enough that Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which repealed Glass-Steagall..., which led to "too big to fail" bailouts in '08.
       

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:12:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  ((Refraining from wishing the next wacked out g... (1+ / 0-)
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        ((Refraining from wishing the next wacked out gun nut might choose a more appropriate/socially useful target and leave little kids alone. Refraining. Refraining...... it's difficult, but..... refraining.))

  •  High Praise for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (10+ / 0-)

    May whatever imagined or real deities and/or karma be very kind to this wonderful, ethical, moral, compassionate Justice.  If the other justices had followed her lead in the Hobby Lobby dissent, we would all be better off - especially women.

    My respect and admiration for Justice Ginsburg knows no bounds.  In the last fifteen years of my paying attention to politics more and more, Justice Ginsburg is the only one who has remained level-headed and grounded in reality with her opinions.

    10 big quotes from today’s Supreme Court Obamacare decision
    Ginsburg

    “In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

    Ginsburg

    “In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith—in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ. Persuaded that Congress enacted RFRA to serve a far less radical purpose, and mindful of the havoc the Court’s judgment can introduce, I dissent.”

    Ginsburg

    “And where is the stopping point to the ‘let the government pay’ alternative? Suppose an employer’s sincerely held religious belief is offended by health coverage of vaccines, or paying the minimum wage or according women equal pay for substantially similar work. Does it rank as a less restrictive alternative to require the government to provide the money or benefit to which the employer has a religion-based objection?”

    Ginsburg

    “The Court, I fear has ventured into a minefield, by its immoderate reading of RFRA. I would confine religious exemptions under that Act to organizations formed ‘for a religious purpose,’ ‘engage[d] primarily in carrying out that religious purpose,’ and not ‘engaged. . . substantially in the exchange of goods or services for money beyond nominal amounts.’”

    The rest who lack a moral and ethical center of grounded reality can go Cheney themselves.

    This is the one and only time I wish this town had a Hobby Lobby so I could boycott the fucking corporation.  If there is a supreme deity, I hope She sees to it that this blight on our nation and on women, in particular, will fail, and that Hobby Lobby goes out of business.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:39:24 PM PDT

  •  Um..."Heuvel"? What sloppy editing. (6+ / 0-)

    I thought TPM had better editors.

    The woman's last name is Vanden Heuvel -- one name. Her maiden name. Her father's name is Mr. Vanden Heuvel, not Mr. Heuvel. It's not a married name. Her husband has a completely different last name: Cohen.

    I hate writers and editors who are too sloppy or lazy to check the proper spelling of a person's name.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:39:54 PM PDT

  •  Three kidnapped Jewish teenagers including (0+ / 1-)
    Recommended by:
    Hidden by:
    LakeSuperior

    an American citizen found murdered  as Palestinian savages celebrate.  Has our illustrious  dear leader had anything to say about this?

  •  Rec'd for the humor thing. Finally, (0+ / 0-)

    some imagination.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:46:07 PM PDT

  •  bake them fetus-shaped candies and cookies (2+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO, JeffW
    Atrios has an interesting post about tactics to deal with the crazies who picket abortion clinics, suggesting that humor and ridicule might be a good tool to employ against them. He might be right that, to use his example, a gay a capella choir serenading picketing nuts would cut short a protest or two. But I also think that these nuts are very tough to crack, for a few reasons.
    First, they are already pariahs and self-imagined martyrs. I don’t watch a lot of Fox News, but I don’t remember the last time I’ve heard about them doing a puff piece lauding the bravery and commitment of the assholes who picket Planned Parenthood, because at a human level it’s quite an ugly business to bully a helpless young woman who’s following through on the toughest decision of her life.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:59:26 PM PDT

    •  Satirical Humor and Ridicule... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, annieli, rosethornne

      ... are things which the reichwingnuts can't fight.  They have NO sense of humor and would consider it to be discrimination against them based on their religion.  They'd probably try to sue.

      HOWEVER, satire is precisely the very thing that works to make people look at things in a logical fashion.

      This is WHY Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been so VERY successful at what they do.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:28:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  We have a Planned Parenthood clinic by us.... (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    ....that people are sometimes protesting in front of.

    Trouble is, the protesters are more often than not, nuns.

    Maybe it's my Catholic upbringing coming back to bite me, but I can't imagine ridiculing nuns.

  •  I think the humor and clowning (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, rosethornne

    is an excellent tactic for counter-protesting in most cases, I think in these cases adding to the noise, crowd and and circus atmosphere for the women trying to enter and use the clinic is counter-productive to making those women feel comfortable and safe.

    I would actually encourage - to the extent it is legal - counter-intimidation.  Take down license plate number, constantly take photos of them, upon return visits let the protestors know you know where they live and work,  etc...  

    Then take the mischief to the next level away from the clinic site.  Keyboard warriors could turn these a-holes' photos into memes to circulate on-line - make them famous.  Create websites with the lists of names, professions and home addresses of the protesters, publicizing what they do.  Protest outside their work-places, homes and churches with gruesome pictures.

    Imagine if each clinic which was under siege had at least one or two dedicated activists to do some or any of the above.  You wouldn't eliminate these nuts completely, but you would sure make this a less attractive protest activity for some involved, by moving the consequences of the protest away from the entrance to the clinic and shoving it down their throats.

  •  That Katrina VandeHeuval and Bill Kristol (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53

    exchange was the best. It was quickly followed by Matt Dowd denouncing the war. Most powerful thing I've seen on a sunday show in forever. Billy Kristol did that stupid smiling thing, but then he really got mad at Katrina. Matthew Dowd, of all people, chewed him up and spit him out.  The transcript loses the emotion that was present in this discussion.

    VANDEN HEUVEL: .......
    And I think we're sitting here at a moment, George, where we're talking about John Boehner. But the central question of war and peace for this country, there is no military solution to Iraq.

    And I have to say, sitting next to Bill Kristol, man, I mean, the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives, there should be accountability.

    We should not -- if there are no regrets for the failed assumptions that have so grievously wounded this nation, I don't know what happened to our politics and media accountability. But we need it, Bill, because this country should not go back to war.

    We don't need armchair warriors. And if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi army.

    KRISTOL: That's a very cute line, Katrina, but people...

    VANDEN HEUVEL: No, no. But it's real...

    (CROSSTALK)

    KRISTOL: A million Iraqis...

    VANDEN HEUVEL: ... because look at the displaced million...

    KRISTOL: Thousands of people are being killed...

    (CROSSTALK)

    KRISTOL: Can I just make a point?

    VANDEN HEUVEL: A million Iraqis have been displaced. You gave that...

    (CROSSTALK)

    KRISTOL: Yes.

    VANDEN HEUVEL: ... humanitarian aid for what we have done to that country is a crime.

    KRISTOL: We have done to that country? What we did to that country?

    VANDEN HEUVEL: The war...

    (CROSSTALK)

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Katrina, let him respond.

    KRISTOL: Yes, let me respond. The president of the United States, President Obama, said at the end of 2011, we have a stable and peaceful Iraq, thanks to the sacrifices mostly of American soldiers and marines, which we did.

    President Bush made mistakes. He was punished for those mistakes electorally, as he should have been, in 2006 and perhaps in 2008. He also had the courage to order the surge in 2007 which made up for those mistakes and left things peaceful.

    The president -- this president pulled out of Iraq in 2011. He let the Syrian civil war explode. And now we have a terrible situation.

    VANDEN HEUVEL: The president signed an agreement in 2008 with the Iraqi government to withdraw. And President Obama tried to negotiate with Maliki, couldn't get a Status of Forces Agreement that would give immunity to our troops.

    The issue now, and we were talking earlier, this country cannot pour more men, women, money into it. It needs diplomacy. It needs tough political resolution, and bringing the region together.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Isn't that what the president is doing?

    (CROSSTALK)

    DOWD: I would like to say, I worked for President Bush in his first election, helped him at the White House, worked on his second election, have a son who served in Iraq, two tours of duty in Iraq.

    We all know -- most everybody knows that this has been a colossal waste of money and men and women -- the blood of men and women of our country, over 5,000 people have been killed, our armed services.

    And this is going to end up costing us probably $3 trillion when you add all that into -- in the moment of this. We don't fix a first mistake by continuing to make a second mistake. And if you ask anybody that's an enlisted person in this, they will tell you that the only way this can be solved is you have to commit troops there for 100 years. Any enlisted person says...

    STEPHANOPOULOS: That is not going to happen.

    DOWD: That is not going to happen. And what we ought to do -- and we're on the 100th anniversary -- we were talking about, we're on the 100th anniversary of the killing of the archduke that brought us into World War I, where the borders of all of these countries were settled back then by European countries.

    We are continuing to reap the problem of that in the Middle East in this situation. And I, for one, don't think we should send another man or another woman over there in a mistake that was made in the first place.

    It is ridiculous to pretend that firing teachers based on student test scores, starting charter schools, giving out vouchers or implementing merit pay will overcome the challenges facing a child living in poverty. -Jersey Jazzman

    by Desert Rose on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 02:13:15 PM PDT

  •  Here's a site that lists, by date and location, (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53

    pro-life protests. Might be useful to those that are contemplating going to a clinic to do... whatever. I'm totally in favor of joining up in a humorous way using unrelated signage...

    http://www.calendarforlife.org/...

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/ and canyonbirds.net

    by cany on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 03:35:32 PM PDT

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