• comment on a post The promise of a primary for Obama over 3 years ago

    Soldier death tolls on the nightly news, night after night, or photos and maybe videos of the resurgent Taliban beating women again on the streets of Kabul and a beheading or two.

    Not a great political choice, but one has to be chosen. And from what I can tell, we are going with the former.

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! Part II over 3 years ago

    I didn't say so. Netanyahu did.

    As far as Palestinians being terrorists, if terrorism is view as the intentional killing of civilians, then certainly Israel was into terrorism far beyond anything the Palestinians did.

    Sharon, and now Olmert, Livni, and Barak, are wanted war criminals for their crimes against humanity. And none of them ever traveled outside of Israel or the US for fear of being arrested and transport to the Hague.

  • "But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom.

    We would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.
    Islam did not attack the World Trade Center -- Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam -- we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.

    [snip]

    The members of our military are men and women at arms -- battling for hearts and minds. And their greatest weapon in that fight is the strength of our American values, which have always inspired people around the world. But if we do not practice here at home what we preach abroad -- if we do not lead by example - we undermine our soldiers. We undermine our foreign policy objectives. And we undermine our national security."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/bloomberg-cordoba-house-another-defense_n_693334.html

  • comment on a post Another Word on the NYC " Mosque" over 3 years ago

    "But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom.

    We would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.
    Islam did not attack the World Trade Center -- Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam -- we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.

    [snip]

    The members of our military are men and women at arms -- battling for hearts and minds. And their greatest weapon in that fight is the strength of our American values, which have always inspired people around the world. But if we do not practice here at home what we preach abroad -- if we do not lead by example - we undermine our soldiers. We undermine our foreign policy objectives. And we undermine our national security."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/bloomberg-cordoba-house-another-defense_n_693334.html

    You have to like Bloomberg for standing up to principles almost alone.

  • "But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom.

    We would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.
    Islam did not attack the World Trade Center -- Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam -- we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.

    [snip]

    The members of our military are men and women at arms -- battling for hearts and minds. And their greatest weapon in that fight is the strength of our American values, which have always inspired people around the world. But if we do not practice here at home what we preach abroad -- if we do not lead by example - we undermine our soldiers. We undermine our foreign policy objectives. And we undermine our national security."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/bloomberg-cordoba-house-another-defense_n_693334.html

  • comment on a post The Non-Ground Zero Non-Mosque Mosqueteers over 3 years ago

    "But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom.

    We would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.
    Islam did not attack the World Trade Center -- Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam -- we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.

    [snip]

    The members of our military are men and women at arms -- battling for hearts and minds. And their greatest weapon in that fight is the strength of our American values, which have always inspired people around the world. But if we do not practice here at home what we preach abroad -- if we do not lead by example - we undermine our soldiers. We undermine our foreign policy objectives. And we undermine our national security."

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! Part II over 3 years ago

    The Israeli right wing know that, but it's not the point. The point was made nine years ago by Israel's current PM, Netanyahu. 9/11 is the best thing that could ever happen to Israel. It permitted Israeli hasbara (propaganda) services to turn the Palestinians, a majority of whom are Muslim, into terrorists, while Israel quietly continued its occupation, whose sole purpose was to confiscate their lands.

    It is called colonialism. 9/11 was a spur to Israel's colonialism of all of Palestine, the Likud objective we are now see being played out.

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    Strummerson is a pedant who is excellant at grammar and spelling, but whose content is empty and leaves much to be desired.

    Strummerson, I thought that you were here to monitor the assholery of Lakrosse, as he represents your pro-Israel camp with such obvious idiocy as to make Israeli hasbara laughable.

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! over 3 years ago

    Well said by any Republican understanding the mess Bush got us into economically. Keep Bush out of sight. Well, that's what I said they are doing. But slowly, we see Obama making mention of the Republican created mess, beginning with Bush's "tax cuts for the wealthy."

     

  • comment on a post Boehner Sets the Terms of the Fall Election Debate over 3 years ago

    ....is the 15% capital gains/dividend tax passed under Bush. Why isn't anyone talking about it? If the top 10% of families own 85% of the stock market (and 90% of all business assets) according to 2000 data, then clearly wealth inequality has and will expand well beyond what the top income tax rate permits.

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    This alone qualifies: "tell me what you mean specifically by "Reagan's anti-black racist agenda"."

    Are you kidding? That statement not only acknowledges ignorance but is pretty dumb. Lakrosse is pretty dumb also, coming on a liberal Democratic blog, preaching right wing Likudnik, anti-Islamic bigotry.

    No, Reagan's alleged economic growth was based totally on climbing out of the deep recession the country was in when he took office. It's pure statistical artifact, and most people understand that, except you, I guess.

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    Not so fast.

    Saying that among Clinton's many accomplishments was Welfare Reform (signing off on Gingrich's Personal Responsibility...Act, which I suppose was the culmination of his campaign rhetoric, 'changing welfare as we know it,' a bone to Reagan's anti-Black racist agenda),

    and then reigning over the second greatest decade of economic growth in modern history (possibly true), but that Reagan's 80's was the greatest, is ridiculous. Reagan's 80s the greatest? Most of us thought that the greatest period of economic growth occurred post WWII until the mid-60s.

  • comment on a post Free Form MyDD Technical Gripes over 3 years ago

    I think it is here to stay, polls notwithstanding.

  • What a good question. Is it just that right wing meets right wing, or does it have something to do with financing GOP candidates?

  • comment on a post Miss Him Yet?! over 3 years ago
    How a Lunatic, Racist Blogger Is Fanning Hate Against Muslims -- With the Help of Our Dumb Media Anti-Islam groups created by extremists like Pamela Geller are on a crusade against U.S. Muslims. Joshua Holland, Alternet August 22, 2010 

    Pamela Geller, the once-obscure right-wing blogger known for peddling hateful, wildly over-the-top rhetoric (she once claimed that Barack Obama was the bastard stepchild of Malcom X) and for pulling stunts like taping a harangue against Muslims while clad in a bikini, has parlayed the anti-mosque hysteria sweeping across America into mainstream media attention just in time to promote her new book, The Post-American Presidency.

    Geller and co-author Robert Spencer have been relentlessly promoting the “nontroversy” over the Park 51 project. According to a profile in the Guardian, the pair have “been at the forefront of drumming up opposition to the center, two blocks from Ground Zero, through an array” of organizations like the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamisation of America (SIOA). The groups “have become increasingly influential as conservative politicians exploit anti-Muslim sentiment before November's congressional and state elections.” 

    http://www.alternet.org/story/147927/how_a_lunatic%2C_racist_blogger_is_fanning_hate_against_muslims_--_with_the_help_of_our_dumb_media

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