You really think Barbour wants time off from swilling juleps on his new front porch?
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has appointed a committee and allocated $250,000 to re-brand the state’s image
Excellent use of taxpayer money, governor.
Blanche Lincoln’s ace in the hole, the Arkansas phantom voting system.
Nationalize BP, the way Iran tried to do in 1953. The differece is, this time we have the CIA on our side. Right?
It could be worse. It could have been $25 million allocated to rebranding.
I am sure someone has answers for why Ms. Liz keeps getting invited to be rude and uninformed.
24/36 judges in LA have links to oil corps: democracynow.
next Israel will be slaughtering Palestinians for the “crime” of wearing Mardi Gras costumes.
Sure. Because if they don’t invite her, somebody might call then liberal.
When business buys a voting system, it gets staffed with vote thieves who don’t bother to hide their tracks.
Report condemns CIA for conducting illegal & unethical experiments on prisoners: democracynow.
How far back does the governor count go?
Indians convicted of responsibility for deaths in Bhopal case face up to 2 years in prison.
If I heard right, it’s just those currently on the bench, but don’t take my word for it.
True…but what should we call them now? I was amazed Huffington didn’t just lose it during their exchange…..
Judges, not governors.
I understand…Im wondering about govs.
I was offline when you issued your Texas Born, Bred, and Dead line the other day.
I like it.
Nationalistic fervor spreading in Israel: Max Blumenthal on democracynow. Threatening Arab members of Israeli knesset with assassination.
I heard no info on that.
Something tells me they won’t be inviting Markos back. Even his own Orange Satan hasn’t been extolling his appearance. Pretty lame.
Something tells me they won’t be inviting Markos back.
We can only hope. If you look up the word “lame” in the dictionary, it has his picture.
He was called ‘suspiciously’ quiet by Tapper, which I found hilarious. Suspicious?
It was like he was intimidated by Will and terrified of Cheney. I had to turn it off about halfway through when it became apparent there weren’t going to be any Tancredo moments.
EDIT: And yeah, Tapper is the primary reason I don’t watch This Week. What a clown.
Mornin’, BT, pups
A good story for the morning hours. Kathy lives in my little town and I hope to meet her one of these days when I’m out and about.
No Tancredo moments? I tho’t Lizard had only Tancredo moments.
That is a good story. Thank you. :)
I was referring to Markos when Tancredo was warhawking and Moulitsas pointed out that Tancredo avoided the draft and the Tancredo stormed off the set. I was hoping for a moment like that with Liz. Markos is an Obama apologist but he’s usually pretty good at calling out Republican hypocrisy. He might as well not even been there yesterday though.
Considering the horrible travesty that Gaza has become, I do not doubt that the young men killed off the coast of Gaza were training for something. We either have to accept that as the premise or question whether or not Gaza is in dire straits considering that I doubt SCUBA diving is a common practice in the region, especially in the early morning hours.
I still hold firm though that Israel’s continued jackboot thug like behavior is only going to perpetuate the cycle of violence. Like 9/11 to the US, so much of the violence targeted against the US is based on the exploitation of the people and resources of far away 3rd world countries.
As JFK said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Israel (and the United States) are only OK with democracy when it is the party they want in power. Do we ever reflect why Hamas was elected? Could it be because they actually cared for their people and had those people’s best interest in mind? They weren’t corrupted or willing to give deference to the Israeli people?
It seems like the Israelis, of all people, would be sensitive to the plight of oppressed people. It is only through understanding their own rage that any chance at peace will ever be possible.
Haley Barbour’s previous incarnation.
Actually, I was just redirecting the joke. But indeed, Markos was hardly there.
I’ve done plenty of SCUBA in the early morning and the Mediterranean is especially clear. In fact, that is where Cousteau tested his aqualung. Maybe they were training for something and maybe not but executing people because you think they were acting suspiciously is called “murder”.
Not ready for prime time but then is David Gregory? It’s nothing but dogs and ponies on Sunday morning.
Ah! Such is why I should have coffee and a shower prior to commenting. :)
It’ll be spent on lightening the skin tone of various dark-skinned figures in murals, no doubt.
And AZ has a law requiring police to check papers for ‘suspicions’ of the same sort.
Israel doesn’t have a problem killing people, no matter who they are or what they’re doing.
Dogs and ponies are more intelligent and observant.
Gregory is indeed the worst of the worst. His stated goal is to be a Villager. It was he who “warned” Glenn Greenwald that he wasn’t “playing the game” right and that he would never be invited on to comment on cable or the Sunday shows if he insisted on carrying out “journalism”. What a tool.
Speak against Israel and beware the wrath of the plutocracy. Just ask Helen Thomas.
So the GOP characterizes opinion about their policies as “polarized”?
Okay, I get it. ‘Polarized’ is republican-speak for wildly unpopular.
M’eh. I’m already on the resident apologists’ “terrorist” list. I’m in good company though. :)
Just like “bipartisan” and “compromise” mean doing ONLY that which the Republicans agree with and nothing else.
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
What If You Knew.
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Truly I tell you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. ~Matthew 25:40 (Lamsa Bible)
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things.
How true…just saw that news. Sad for Helen.
Obama’s bipartisanship fetish serves the interests of the status quo and the Republican party and he knows it.
I didn’t mention Mr Bipartisan but I’m aware.
Hope Obama’s legacy is as “Mr. Bipartisan” and it’s seen as a derisive symbol of his failed Presidency. An historic moment squandered.
New post up top…
An historic moment squandered.
Only for us. His goal seems to be securing Obama’s future.
My point being that considering the dire straits of the region, what are the odds that these young men were just out for a pleasure dive considering how economically devastated the region is. After my initial response though, I began to wonder if there is possibly any divers that fish in the region going after clams or some other bottom dwelling creature. That could readily be a reason to justify them being there, but doing it in the early morning hours when they can’t see makes me wonder if that’s possible.
Don’t get me wrong, I am appalled if the Israelis did this without some sort of evidence to support such an attack. The mere fact that they were there obviously is not enough. If they did do it just out of the blue, then I agree with your assessment of the situation.
Unfortunately, I think it is likely the Israelis knew they’d be out there. It is just the way of things. As the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza becomes worse and worse, they will do more and more drastic things to lash out and try to save themselves. The less they have, the less they have to lose. Based on the bravado of the Israelis, they seem to believe they’ll keep this up indefinitely. If that is the case, they might as well just kill everyone in the area now, because it will never end.
The Israelis are treating the Palestinians as sub-humans. This can not persist indefinitely.
Once again, I believe the whole thing is idiotic. All this over fairy tales written in several books and the guilt of the west over events 60+ years ago. Is it the least bit shocking that the people of the region wouldn’t be too keen on the west’s solution for their guilt?
My point being that considering the dire straits of the region, what are the odds that these young men were just out for a pleasure dive considering how economically devastated the region is
Who said anything about “pleasure”? There are plenty of reasons to dive that aren’t pleasure related. Maybe a sewer was stopped up. Or an intake. Who knows? There is plenty of underwater infrastructure that requires maintenance. Maybe they did it in the early morning hours precisely because of the danger of being mistaken for “terrorists” and murdered by the Israelis. All we know is that several guys were SCUBA diving and then they were executed by the IDF for no other reason than wearing wet suits.
If they’re dead they’re Viet Cong.
I really appreciate and agree with your thoughts and behavior, SD, of being good to all living things, but, of late, I am becoming convinced that some living things need to be kept in check.
I’m thinking about poison ivy, sociopaths, and psychopaths …
Poison ivy we can avoid, sociopaths we can treat or isolate, psychopaths we can isolate.
All we know is that several guys were SCUBA diving and then they were executed by the IDF for no other reason than wearing wet suits.
…And were reportedly heavily armed (according to the Israelis). Perhaps that means kitchen knives, but sounds like assault rifles to me.
Just as we have had a “bloom” of “paths”, so too, over the past forty years, has poison ivy become more virulent. In the long-neglected woodlot behind my house, there are specimens which have vines four inches in diameter and the vines have branches six feet in length, some of these vines and their branches rise along the tree stems sixty and more feet.
Birds love the berries and little poison ivy plants are spread far and wide as a result.
Good gardeners must decide what will be allowed to thrive and what must be controlled.
Good citizens must do the same, else we shall be overrun by the noxious.
Yep, assault rifles, and ammunition, work really well after being exposed to salt water.
Less teebee, more real life experience.
Well, I certainly don’t have a problem ridding the area of poison ivy. As for the others, treat or isolate.
I reckon as how I appreciate that SD.
(From a recent, somewhat “fictionalized” conversation with a neighbor: “Yes, Ma’am, I go out into the wild and untamed forest and hunt for the most-dangerous thing that lives there, which is not a tiger, a lion, nor a bear, nor a rattlesnake, a porcupine nor even a rogue hefalump. It is the noxious, the notorious, Toxicodendron radicans, the poison ivy vine.
“What do I do with it? Why, shucks, Ma’am, I put it out of our misery.”)
I remember Calamine baths when I was a kid. Sometimes there’d be 5 or 6 of us getting them the same evening. Poison ivy, oak or sumac, didn’t matter. Never wiped my butt with it, though.
The worst thing that may be done with poison ivy is to burn it, for then it may afflict the lungs.
Poison ivy was the “inspiration” for mustard gas.
As a kid, I was little affected by poison ivy, oak, and sumac, but several of my close friends got terrible “doses”.
Always great to “see” you, SD.
My best (and Feurae’s) to you and your pride.
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