'The War Is Not Over'

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WASHINGTON - President Bush led the nation on Monday in marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept.
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Henry

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Feb 24, 2013
 
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Did you know Sadam never ever murdered a single American? Not a single one. Did you know Sadam never threatened America, not once? Go look it up, It's all there for the asking. Surprising isn't it after what we've been told. Google it.
No, we get only told the truth and nothing except the truth like Nazi Goebbels!
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Feb 24, 2013
 
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Guns are almost always used as a offensive weapon and for defense at all!
The NRA has argued consistently that guns are valuable—indeed, vital—for home defense. We have heard a good deal from the NRA about how a gun defends a home. Wayne LaPierre, the group’s executive liar in chief and increasingly unhinged public face, has been out talking about how everyone needs guns to be prepared for a coming time of financial crisis and natural disaster (huh). But, what about the broader implications, and added risks, of keeping guns in the house? It makes a domestic conflict far more likely to escalate and result in a murder, just ask Oscar Pistorius killing his girlfriend in a domestic dispute. He "stood his ground" when shooting his loving woman 5 times through the bathroom door. Domestic violence and assaults involving a firearm are 23 times more likely to result in death than those involving other weapons or bodily force. When it comes to domestic disputes you are actually a lot less safe if there is a gun in the home. Without access to guns many of these fatal assaults would have merely resulted in injuries or would not have escalated at all.
Well, as long as the NRA is having its monsterprofits with weapons everything is ok!
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Feb 24, 2013
 
ABs wrote:
Times they are a changin' in the KSA, Comrade MUQ...your opinion of these changes, my dear comrade?
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Tuesday swore in the country's first female members of the Shura Council, an appointed body that advises on new laws, in a move that has riled conservative clerics in the Islamic monarchy.
Abdullah, who has not been seen on television since shortly after a back operation in November, was shown on state media sitting in a palace chamber to give a short speech as he swore in the new council members.
King Abdullah is seen as having pushed to cautiously advance the role of women in Saudi society.
The health of the king, who turns 90 this year, is closely watched in the world's top oil exporter because he has the final say on policy.
Major speeches in recent months have been made on Abdullah's behalf by his heir, Crown Prince Salman. State media have also listed Salman as chairing the weekly cabinet sessions in place of the king.
"Your place in the Shura Council is not as those who have been honored, but as those who have been charged with a duty, as you represent part of society," he said, addressing the new women members.
One fifth of the new Shura Council are women. The decision to appoint women to the body, which functions in place of an elected parliament, was announced in 2011 but their names were only made public last month.
The Shura Council is remodeling parts of its chamber to ensure strict gender segregation between members.
Saudi Arabia's government is entirely appointed by the king, who is also prime minister. The country's only elections are for half the seats on municipal councils that have few powers.
Women will also have the right to vote and stand for office in the next municipal ballot, Abdullah said in 2011.
The decision to appoint women to the Shura Council prompted a protest by dozens of conservative clerics outside the royal court in January.
To appoint women to the Shura council is perhaps due to senility of the puppet king no more. It may cause a mild smile no more!
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Feb 24, 2013
 
uIDIOTRACEmakeworldpeace wrote:
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy To A Higher Level
by Paul Craig Roberts Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term (LEFT BECAUSE US CORRUPTION. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.
The costs of the Iraq war alone could have kept every foreclosed family in their home, provided health care for every American child, and wiped out the student loans of graduates who cannot find jobs because they have been outsourced to foreigners.
But about the billionairs? Don`t you pity them??
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Feb 24, 2013
 
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Than why did it fail in the USSR and why is it failing in China? Thou shalt not steal, kill or fornicate in public...
Now in the nuclear age we are able to extinguish humanity totally! Right? We are on the way! Capitalism is victorious. OK?
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Feb 24, 2013
 
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If history is reliable conservatism is dead – the GOP is done, they overplayed their hand!
The ideology of suburbia ("porky populism") with its gun-a-holics, its hatred of organic food, gays and fetishistic attachment to SUVs and Wal-Mart and the most intense expressions of heartland Protestantism, together with certain Southern good ol’ boy attitudes of overt racism and a scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-y ours nation, are the mold of GOP and “conservative” identity. The financial and neoconservative elites have designed ideologies of their own to integrate with this matrix: neo-cons spin their foreign policy as an expression of values (God and America are practically the same thing, aren’t they?), as a token of Protestant-Jewish solidarity (blind support for Israel), and as necessary for national honor and the Southern economy (wars and military bases). Wall Street relies on Mitt’s 47 percent myth: the people who aren’t part of the GOP coalition are lazy and lack self-responsibility; i.e., they are sinful and un-Protestant, while the Gospel makes you rich and happy. GOP is not even a political party any longer. It is a group of ersatz leaders that provides an outlet for whatever the most intense irrational anxieties are at the moment. Cable, radio talk and internet bloggers have allowed a division and radicalization of lunatic talk so that it is no longer humanly possible for the GOP to put a humane face over the patchwork of crazy fear/ hate positions of senseless idiocy!
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-09-14/n...
Why the USA is now becoming a cracy nation? What about the nuclear danger (together with all the natural dangers) of extermination of mankind! What about the survival of billionairs? These small minority are not any more able to stop their own suicide.
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uIDIOTRACEmakeworldpeace wrote:
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy To A Higher Level
by Paul Craig Roberts Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term (LEFT BECAUSE US CORRUPTION. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.
The costs of the Iraq war alone could have kept every foreclosed family in their home, provided health care for every American child, and wiped out the student loans of graduates who cannot find jobs because they have been outsourced to foreigners.
What about the poor billionairs! Don`t you have mercy with these poor creatures?
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Feb 24, 2013
 
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Has the NRA created a monster that we can’t slay? The Second Amendment does not protect, and never has, an individual's right to own firearms willy-nilly, its purpose, at the time, was purely to guarantee that the states could maintain their own militias. Yes, how conveniently one forgets, the southern states wanted to preserve the “slave patrol militias”!
We need changes not just in laws but also in social mores – just as we’ve stigmatized drunken driving. Not to mention other kinds of irresponsibility. Traffic safety works extremely well because of strict rules, laws, registration, licensing and strict enforcement. Apply the same concept to today’s sophisticated and powerful weaponry – it’s a no-brainer!
As a nation, we regulate fire exits, but not 100-round magazines. We shield youngsters in cinemas from violence – but only if it’s on the screen. We have a ratings system to protect children from nudity (it’s a real killer) or offensive language but not 100-round magazines ...
The NRA has the saying and the superprofits. Any else is in capitalism of no importance!
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Feb 24, 2013
 
Henry wrote:
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"heavenly realms" causes a satanic laughter. Of course what can be expected from a book full of fairy tales for uneducated grownups?
God's Spirit wrote the book through humankind.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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Feb 24, 2013
 
The 2nd amendment revisited:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The United States is the most gun-obsessed of any modern societies. You can bet when it’s time to defend gun rights, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, quoted in full above, is never far from being invoked.

One must understand that, back in the days, Negroes outnumbered whites for most of the south, and the state militia were used to both prevent and put down slave uprisings. History tells us that “Slavery can only exist in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of the Southern police state was the explicit job of the militia,” as protected by the Second Amendment. Also, leading up to the Revolutionary War, British Lord Dunsmore offered freedom to slaves who could escape and join his forces, enticing many Southern slaves to flee northward. Ultimately, numerous freed slaves served in Gen. Washington’s army.

Originally, there were state-mandated militias nationwide. In the South these were called “slave patrols,” and were used to suppress slave uprisings, to keep them in chains on the plantation and to round up runaway slaves. Militia laws in the Southern states required most white men between the ages of 18 to 45 to own a gun and be a member of one of these militias. Southern states’ slave militia remained in place until the end of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th through 16th Amendments, when they converted to vigilante groups, the best known being the Ku Klux Klan. However, the Second Amendment remained intact, though its original purpose became obsolete.

Madison’s first draft of the Second Amendment, as encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, was:“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country, but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”
To appease the Southern states’ powerful slave-holding politicians, the language was edited and made unambiguous.

Madison subsequently changed the word “country” to “state” and rewrote the Second Amendment as thus:“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Madison could never have imagined that one day his slave patrol militia amendment would be used to protect the right of gun manufacturing corporations — now declared a person by our Supreme Court — aided and abetted by the NRA. The right-wing Supreme Court recently broke with centuries of precedent by deciding that the “militia” phrase was mere “throat-clearing” and that the right to keep and bear is an individual right.
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Truth be told Obama is continuing over 90% of all Bush/Cheney failed policies.
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One year ago, Ralph Nader on an Obama
One year ago on election night, The Real News spoke to presidential candidate Ralph Nader Pt1 / November 5, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/ahqb94e http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php...
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Feb 24, 2013
 
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News

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Who Lost the World?

The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue

By Ira Chernus

Contd.

The Fiercest Political Battle of All

The only question worth debating, then, is how we can use our preponderant power and wealth most shrewdly to maintain effective control. Most Americans expect their president to know the answer. At the same time, most Americans worry that he might not. A more recent pillar of the bipartisan narrative, the myth of homeland insecurity, suggests the opposite.

According to that myth, no matter how much military strength we have or control we exert, there is always “a rising tide of tumult” somewhere that threatens our national security. At every moment, somewhere in the world, we have something crucial to lose. The name of the threat can change with surprising ease. But the peril must always be there. It’s essential to the story.

And that story, in turn, is now essential to every presidential contest. As New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd once wrote,“Every election has the same narrative: Can the strong father protect the house from invaders?”(Think of Ronald Reagan and the Iran captivity tale or George W. Bush and 9/11.) If one candidate is the incumbent, the question becomes: Has he been a strong enough father to control the world and thereby protect the house?

Every challenger plays on that anxiety, picking the most obvious or convenient example of the day as a hook on which to hang the perennial charges of weakness and peril. Since the “Who lost China?” days, Republicans have played this card especially skillfully.

This year it seemed that a Democrat who “surged” in Afghanistan, killed bin Laden, and personally ran a drone assassination campaign from the White House had, for once, successfully protected his right flank against the predictable GOP attack. Then fate sent the Libyan killings to the Romney campaign, the newsrooms, and a big portion of the American public. Give Romney’s people credit: they sensed the opportunity from day one.

Mitt had to demand “Who lost Libya?” and then transform it into “Who lost the Middle East?”-- not merely to boost his chances but because a big slice of the public yearns for such a “debate.” After all, every time the question of “Who lost [fill in the blank]?” arises, it reaffirms both the reassuring promise that we deserve to control the world and the disturbing anxiety that we might lose what is rightly ours.

What was, for all its tragic dimensions, a minor event in Libya became a central campaign issue because it proved to be this season’s code word for the whole mythological package. For many Americans, the deepest reassurance may come simply from sensing that our traditional mythology -- the familiar lens through which we view our nation and its role in the world -- is still intact.

On the horizon, though, we can dimly see a new question rising: How much longer can this mythology survive? It suffered a major wound in the Vietnam War era, when the fantasy of global control was rudely punctured by reality. That wound has been ripped open again by fruitless wars and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

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Don’t expect the old mythology to disappear quietly, though. Old myth versus new myth is the fiercest political battle of all.

Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a TomDispatch regular, and author of “Mythic America: Essays.” He blogs at MythicAmerica.us.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
John_Schuylkill County_Pa wrote:
666?

Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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Feb 25, 2013
 
MUQ wrote:
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...Don’t expect the old mythology to disappear quietly, though. Old myth versus new myth is the fiercest political battle of all.
Old myth...the moon physically split in half proving the validitiy of muhammadism, later known as islam...

New myth, the gravitational force on the moon is 6 times less than on earth thus proving unequivocably that if moon split apart it would continue to move further apart, thus disproving the validity of muhammadism, later known as islam...

Still waiting for my apology, got it COMRADE MUQ? WWAD?
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Feb 25, 2013
 
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.

Here's looking at you, kid.

"Rip the war."

Foxy is Foxy

Ps. I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
Foxy is Foxy wrote:
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.
Here's looking at you, kid.
"Rip the war."
Foxy is Foxy
Ps. I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
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U.S. Prosperity Slides in Index That Ranks Norway No. 1

By Simon Kennedy

October 30, 2012 "Bloomberg" -- The U.S. slid from the top ten most prosperous nations for the first time in a league table which ranked three Scandinavian nations the best for wealth and wellbeing.

The U.S. fell to 12th position from 10th in the Legatum Institute’s annual prosperity index amid increased doubts about the health of its economy and ability of politicians. Norway, Denmark and Sweden were declared the most prosperous in the index, published in London today.

With the presidential election just a week away, the research group said the standing of the U.S. economy has deteriorated to beneath that of 19 rivals. The report also showed that respect for the government has fallen, fewer Americans perceive working hard gets you ahead, while companies face higher startup costs and the export of high-technology products is dropping.

“As the U.S. struggles to reclaim the building blocks of the American Dream, now is a good time to consider who is best placed to lead the country back to prosperity and compete with the more agile countries,” Jeffrey Gedmin, the Legatum Institute’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The six-year-old Legatum Prosperity Index is a study of wealth and wellbeing in 142 countries, based on eight categories such as economic strength, education and governance. Covering 96 percent of the world’s population, it is an attempt to broaden measurement of a nation’s economic health beyond indicators such as gross domestic product.

The Legatum Institute is the public policy research arm of the Legatum Group, a Dubai-based private investment group founded in 2006 by New Zealand billionaire Christopher Chandler.

Global Prosperity

The report shows that even amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, global prosperity has increased across all regions in the past four years, although the sense of safety and security is decreasing amid tension in the Middle East and fear of crime in Latin America.

Norway and Denmark retained the pole positions they held last year in the overall prosperity measure, while Sweden leapfrogged Australia and New Zealand into third. Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland rounded out the top ten. The Central African Republic was ranked bottom.

In its sub-indexes, Legatum named Switzerland the strongest economy and home to the best system of governance. Denmark is the most entrepreneurial and New Zealand has the best education, while health is best in Luxembourg and Iceland is the safest. Canadians enjoy the most personal freedom and Norwegians have the greatest social capital.

Hard Work

With President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tussling for the White House, Legatum said the U.S. economy declined two places from last year to 20th. It found that 89 percent of Americans believe hard work produces results, up from 88 percent last year, and the government’s approval rate dropped to 39 percent from 42 percent.

Plagued by the euro-area debt crisis, 24 out of 33 European nations have witnessed a decline in their economic score since 2009, according to Legatum. On the prosperity scale, Greece recorded the biggest drop in 2012, falling 10 places since 2009 to 49th. Spain held on to 23rd place.

The U.K remained 13th, one place ahead of Germany, and Legatum predicted it will overtake the U.S. by 2014 as it scores well for entrepreneurship and governance. Nevertheless, the status of its economy remains a weakness as it slid five places to 26th on that score and job satisfaction is low.

Asian Scores

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In Asia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan all ranked in the top ten for their economies and the top 20 overall. So-called tiger cub economies Vietnam and Indonesia also rose. Indonesia experienced the largest gain in prosperity of any country since 2009, jumping 26 positions to 63rd.

Switzerland, Norway and Singapore topped the economy sub- index, which measures satisfaction with the economy and expectations for it, the efficiency of the financial sector and foundations for growth. In a gauge of entrepreneurship, Denmark ran ahead of Sweden and Finland for the strength of innovation and access to opportunity.

Switzerland also topped the rankings for best government. It was followed by New Zealand and Denmark in a measure determined by the effectiveness and accountability of lawmakers, the fairness of elections, the participation of people in the political process and rule of law. The highest marks for education went to New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Luxembourg, the U.S. and Switzerland were graded the best for health treatments and infrastructure as well as preventative care and satisfaction with the service. Iceland, Norway and Finland topped the chart for safety and security; Chad, Congo and Afghanistan ranked the lowest on that index.

Canadians, New Zealanders and Australians enjoy the most freedom and social tolerance, Legatum said. Norway, Denmark and Australia had the highest scores for social capital as monitored by social cohesion and family and community networks.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
ABs wrote:
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Old myth...the moon physically split in half proving the validitiy of muhammadism, later known as islam...
New myth, the gravitational force on the moon is 6 times less than on earth thus proving unequivocably that if moon split apart it would continue to move further apart, thus disproving the validity of muhammadism, later known as islam...
Still waiting for my apology, got it COMRADE MUQ? WWAD?
Teaching "gravity" to the Creator of Gravity? Do you?

You are no comrade.
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Teaching "gravity" to the Creator of Gravity? Do you?
You are no comrade.
You are my COMRADE though, comrade MUQ! For sure. The only muslim friend I have and I thank you...even if you still owe me, your friend, an apology...WWAD?

So your thoughts on the imminent destruction of Gaza?
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel today amid mounting tensions weeks ahead of President Obama's visit. A police spokesman said remains of the rocket were found south of the city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel. The attack caused damage to a road but no injuries, he said. It was the first such projectile from the Palestinian territory to hit Israel since Israel-Gaza hostilities last November. The rocket fire came a day after Israeli troops injured two Palestinian teenagers near a holy site close to Bethlehem during one of the many demonstrations Palestinians in the West Bank have staged in recent days.

A statement from President Mahmoud Abbas's office instructed Palestinian security officials last night to preserve order in the West Bank, but placed the blame on Israel for "dragging the area into violence and chaos." A Palestinian spokesman said they were committed to preventing fighting, saying that his forces had recently detained members of Hamas who were planning "violent confrontations." "The only one(s) seeking violence in West Bank is Netanyahu and Hamas, but we will not be dragged to that. Our struggle will always be peaceful...

I believ Abbas, how about you comrade?

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