Monthly Archives: May 2016

Inspection- The Dangerous State of the Body Politic

by Ken Carman

 Facebook posters on the Hartmann and Miller pages are probably familiar with my occasional use of the terms “sock puppets” Inspectionand “troll.” Generally I try to never actually call any specific person either term because, well, I don’t live in their heads. I have no real idea if they are, or aren’t.
 That’s a lot more respect than too many posters seem to have these days, and I’m not referring to just posters on the right.
 Ad hominem attacks are far too plentiful. Too many Facebook threads have become more dick offs than anything approaching actual discussion. The worst among these posters often remind me of Trump, even when the poster claims to be a “progressive.” Read more

Obama Alienates Millions With His Incendiary Pro-Knowledge Remarks

resident Obama handed the Republican Party a gift for the general election by making a series of offensive pro-knowledge remarks at Rutgers University over the weekend, a leading Republican official said on Monday.

According to Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, the President’s inflammatory comments, in which he offered full-throated praise for such controversial fields of knowledge as math and science, are sure to come back to haunt the Democrats in November.President Barack Obama. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

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Hillary Clinton Never Supported the Bush/Cheney Invasion of Iraq

Interesting argument,however does not cover whether the title of what was voted for says all, or if the fact Bush was to go to the UN first to get agreement before going to war plays a part in those who voted-OEN

“She voted for the war!”
“She’s an unapologetic hawk!”
“She’s just another Dick Cheney when it comes to foreign policy!”

These are the charges I’ve heard over and over again for years…and as a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter who was against the Iraq War from the beginning, it never ceases to bug the hell out of me. My normal reply, which often starts with an audible sigh followed by “Well, actually…” usually does nothing to change these opinions.

But as tiring as it may be, I will keep defending her on this issue because the record and her statements over the past 13 years clearly undermine the misconception that Hillary was “for the war”. So brace yourselves, because here is again…the actual truth of the matter:

Hillary Clinton never voted to go to war in Iraq, nor did she support the Bush/Cheney decision to kick out the UN weapons inspectors and invade.

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Noam Chomsky: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff “Impeached by a Gang of Thieves”

Noam Chomsky. (photo: Graeme Robertson)

s protests continue in Brazil over the Legislature’s vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial, Noam Chomsky notes that “we have the one leading politician who hasn’t stolen to enrich herself, who’s being impeached by a gang of thieves, who have done so. That does count as a kind of soft coup.” Rousseff’s replacement, Brazil’s former vice president, Michel Temer, is a member of the opposition PMDB party who is implicated in Brazil’s massive corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Petrobras, and has now appointed an all-white male Cabinet charged with implementing corporate-friendly policies.

Transcript

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AMY GOODMAN: What about what’s happening right now in Brazil, where protests are continuing over the Legislature’s vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial? Now El Salvador has refused to recognize the new Brazilian government. The Brazilian—the Salvadoran president, Cerén, said Rousseff’s ouster had, quote, “the appearance of a coup d’état.” What’s happening there? And what about the difference between—it looked like perhaps Bush saved Latin America simply by not focusing on it, totally wrapped up in Iraq and Afghanistan. It looks like the Obama administration is paying a bit more attention.

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