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  • Hospice can be torture!   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote sheilach2:

    I have discovered that hospice will NOT do ANYTHING to relieve your death agonies if that care would shorten your alleged "life".

    It's because the Hospice facility would be open to lawsuits from people like you who look for any/every opportunity to blame others for their loved one's misfortune.

    Q.) What caused your mom's death?

    A.) Hospice facility gave my mom too much morphine.

    My mother died in a Hospice facility of pancreatic cancer. At the very end of her life, the medical personell at the Hospice were giving my mom all the morphine they could, legally. And yet mom was still in excruciatuing pain.

    I think you need to get over it.

  • Irrational fear of refugees?   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote zmb:

    You have not an ounce of evidence that terrorists pose as refugees... not an OUNCE. So... you believe something with no evidence... because you are cognitively impaired? I know for a fact that you aren't.

    Other than the fact that when I see news footage of the refugees fleeing Syria or the ME in general, I see a whole lot of males of fighting age. No one brings that up. Why?

  • JOHN KENNEDY KILLED BY J. FILES, M. WALLACE, & J. ROSELLI   1 day 14 hours ago

    Did you forget Ed Walker?


  • Full Show 11/24/15: Bernie Gains 13% on Hillary in Latest National Poll   1 day 16 hours ago

    Worthy are Thom’s showings of Bernie’s defenses of “democratic socialsm” as BASIC Americana-at-its-best.

  • Full Show 11/24/15: Bernie Gains 13% on Hillary in Latest National Poll   1 day 16 hours ago

    Thom’s panel’s Rightists detract from “discussion”. Among other problems is their veering-away-from {rather than addressing} the matters on which Thom is attempting to focus. That is, they won’t let Thom “set the agenda”. Hence the NON-“discussion” which doesn’t serve My needs in exploring Thom’s topics. ... ... Apparently-nay-obviously, the Right’s main strategies include, “Don’t let the Left set discussions' agendas {nor the Center}.”

  • This idea that we can't attack Hillary, because she could be the nominee, and therefore...   1 day 16 hours ago

    I didn't say "paid" trolls. I said "soft peddle" trolls. You all think it's Bernie or nothing and are trying to convince others to be as intractable about an ideologically absolutist position as you are but as I said previously: you know who agrees with my position in this? Bernie

  • The circular firing squad   1 day 16 hours ago

    If you're okay with a conservative packed Supreme Court giving us retrograde decisions, an oil based economy with no climate policy and adherence to Christian dogma as public policy for the next few decades then I think you are an idiot. If I'm starving I'll accept half a loaf rather than act like I'm too proud to be insulted that way; but hey, that's just me. You can hold your head up high though as you enjoy your stone soup.

  • Hillary Clinton Admits ISIS Supplied From Our Ally Turkey, Funded By Our Ally Saudi Arabia   1 day 16 hours ago

    Thanks for the ego stroking but my objection is not that this is old news, I have no problem with reviewing the whole friggin' mess -- beginning with the discovery of oil in Iran a century ago. In fact I think all the interested parties (nations) would benefit greatly from an honest (key word "honest") public assessment of who did what when in the Middle East. Instead we have all the various players who refuse to deviate from their official versions of events or admit their own duplicitous or dishonest history and who are unwilling to abandon their own selfish motives and so we've come to the precipice of another world war. My objection to this thread isn't that it informs but that it doesn't convey anything coherent. Do you see a valid point the member was trying to make by posting this the way he did?

    I don't condone violence by terrorists or states and we have seen that violence begets more and more violence. I was horrified when W deployed the military almost immediately after 9/11 when the sensible thing to do would have been to deal with the emergency first; to secure New York, treat its open wound and reassure its greif stricken and traumatized residents. Then, when the current crisis situation had at home had been stabilized, calmly and methodologically begin the due diligence required to make the case and present it to the American people before making decisions about the appropriate way to respond. But the Bush administration chose instead to (metaphorically) just hop on their horses and ride posse after "terrorism" generally. I mean, really, a "war on terror"? How f#*king insane can one administration be? And where were the calm heads? The only member who voted against military intervention in afghanistan was Barbara Lee and bless her for it.

    9/11 was a criminal conspiracy that should properly have been addressed by intelligence and law enforcement in a rational and proportional way (although I think our CIA has historically been a terribly destructive force for both us and the rest of the World). Instead we set the entire Muslim World afire and now we face the devil that the resultant chaos has wrought.

    Do you recall the anti-Taliban propaganda that we were bombarded with before the US invaded Afghanistan? Do you remember that Americans were horrified to see that people were routinely executed in public arenas? Why don't our leaders show the same sort of executions that routinely go on in Saudi Arabia? Clearly you understand the complexity of Sharia law and its various interpretations and applications but because our leaders (and media) preferred to exploit a crisis rather than properly inform and enlist the aid of the American people we now live in a nation populated with irrationally frightened and ill-informed citizens.

    There's plenty about our foreign policy to discuss, I just don't think that what Roger Casement has posted here is rational, reasonable or helpful as he makes unfounded and unverified accusations based on it.

  • TAR SANDS - DUMP the POISON GRAB THE CASH and WALK AWAY   1 day 16 hours ago

    It's ironic we are destroying the very thing that gives us life to live worse .Only beings of limited understanding would subordinate the needs of most life forms on earth to the desires of one .You gussed it the rich and powerfull !

    Wake up world it's so obvious we have the blind leading the blind .So the question really is who are we in relation to the environment .We have to change our idea about this, raise conciousness .

    I will give you an example Hemp could replace so many of the worlds non rewneable resources everything you can make from hydrocarbons can be made from carbohydrates .This is how greed replaces common sense ,and why there is a massive lobby against growing Hemp .

    A corporation should never be allowed to pollute the air,land and water and cause irrevocable damage to the system that sustains life .Is is not suicide ?

    We truly need an Evolution Revolution .

  • The circular firing squad   1 day 18 hours ago

    Maybe you're a troll! Perhaps a paid operative for the Hillary campaign.

    I'm not influenced by any of the nonsense put out by the right-wing regarding Hillary Clinton. Their talking points aren't meant to resonate with the left. We all know Benghazi, the emails, etc. are nonsense. Those are far-right conspiracy theories meant to keep the dupes in line. "Don't you dare think of crossing over to vote for a Democrat!" is what they're essentially saying.

    If the right-wing wanted to influence the left, they don't need to make up a bunch of nonsense. Hillary's record and affiliations are scathing enough. Monsanto? Wall Street? Didn't her daughter marry a hedge fund manager? You see, the right can't use those to attack Clinton because her Iraq War vote and ties to Monsanto and Wall Street are things they would have to applaud. But to me, I think it's disgusting.

    If being tired of playing the "lesser of two evils" game makes me a troll in your eyes, then so be it! But no true progressive would support a candidate with a record like hers. Only a party-first, team player would hold their nose and vote for the party/corporate-approved candidate... a party which has spit on their progressive base time and time again. They've called us ****ing retards and say we have no where else to go. So then be a good little sheep and do what they tell you to do, but don't criticize others because they don't agree with you.

  • How Stupid Has the Democratic Party Become?   1 day 18 hours ago

    Democratic party has been losing ground because;

    The Democratic party has been losing ground for myiad reason, among them are:

    They are losing the propaganda war --- assuming they even realize they are at war.

    They don't message effectively,

    They don't counter the GOP and right-wing BS which allows the BS to get traction.

    They cede the high ground; e.g. they let the GOP claim the mantle of values, let the GOP claim they are tougher on national security; even thoug the GOP doesn't have a leg to stand on on those issues.

    They are too timid, they backpedal or tread lightly when they should stand ground.

    They unilaterally disarm and let the GOP get away with double standard; they play nice even though the GOP repeatedly hits below the belt; and the Dems' response is to say "look at what they did to us." But if the ref (media) isn't looking you have to hit back, you have to protect yourself; but the Dems won't even put on a damn cup.

    Speaking of the media; we need to badger the media, ask them why and for how long they are going to allow Trump and others to yell fire in a crowded theater with impunity, and when are they going to stop giving them air time to yell fire.

  • This idea that we can't attack Hillary, because she could be the nominee, and therefore...   1 day 18 hours ago

    Yes, yes, everyone who disagrees with you is a paid troll. We got it.

    On a different note, Chomsky has given some great lectures on democracy and his analysis of the upcoming 2016 election. I like this short clip in particular because it points out the obvious: democracy is a sham (not just in the US). Incidentally, Chomsky has given the nod to Bernie Sanders as being the only candidate who is genuinely concerned with preserving democracy and empowering the 99%, while Clinton and Obama are yesterday's moderate Republicans.

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  • TAR SANDS - DUMP the POISON GRAB THE CASH and WALK AWAY   1 day 18 hours ago

    For eternity? Nah. One million years after humans are extinct things should return to normal. These petro-guys just want to win, and as we all remember: He who dies with the most toys WINS!


  • The Dying Society aka USA   1 day 18 hours ago
  • The Dying Society aka USA   1 day 18 hours ago

    This IS America:

    November 24, 2015
    Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Corruption U.S.A.

    [Note for TomDispatch Readers: There will be no Thursday post this week. The next TD post will be on Sunday, November 29th. And a good Thanksgiving to you all! Tom]

    I recently took a little trip into the past and deep into America’s distant war zones to write a piece I called “It’s a $cam.” It was, for me, an eye-opening journey into those long-gone years of American “nation-building” and “reconstruction” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mind you, I still remembered some of what had been reported at the time like the “urine-soaked” police academy built in Baghdad by an American private contractor with taxpayer dollars. But it was the cumulative effect of it all that now struck me -- one damning report after another that made it clear Washington was incapable of building or rebuilding anything whatsoever. There were all those poorly constructed or unfinished military barracks, police stations, and outposts for the new national security forces the U.S. military was so eagerly “standing up” in both countries. There were the unfinished or miserably constructed schools, training centers, and “roads to nowhere.” There were those local militaries and police forces whose ranks were heavily populated by“ghost soldiers.” There was that shiny new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan that cost $25 million and no one wanted or would ever use. It was, in short, a litany of fiascoes and disasters that never seemed to end.

    Financially, Washington had invested sums in both countries thatfar exceeded the Marshall Plan, which so successfully put Western Europe back on its feet after World War II. Yet Iraq and Afghanistan were left on their knees amid a carnival of corruption and misspent taxpayer money. What made revisiting this spectacle so stunning wasn’t just the inability of the U.S. military, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a crew of crony warrior corporations raking in the big bucks to do anything right, but that this was the United States of America. It was the country I -- and I was hardly alone in this -- had grown up thinking of as the globe's master builder. In the 1950s and early 1960s, my childhood years, it seemed as if there was nothing Americans couldn’t build successfully from an unparalleled highway system to rockets that were moonward bound.

    Half a century later, it’s clear that, at least in our war zones, there’s nothing we’ve been capable of building right, no matter the dollars available. And that, as TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon suggests today in an eye-opening piece, is just the beginning of our new American reality. Tom

    Home, Sweet Kleptocracy
    Kabul in America
    By Rebecca Gordon

    Killing 58,000 was deemed worth it for the profit earned over a farce known as Tonkin Gulf was just the beginning of The Real American Values being exposed to sunlight (TY Ellsburg). JFK may've preceded it, and when you do not play, you die. His assassination may've been the beginning of the end. Wait, Wilson's WW1 and hosting the KKK's Birth of a Nation was the beginning of the end, after the Progressives were achieving so much.

    TR and progressives were great, the church got ahold and prohibition followed. Hoover screwed up, FDR made the first middle class in history.

  • DAESH ally Turkey downs Russian jet bombing DAESH   1 day 18 hours ago
    Quote zmb:

    You have no idea what you are talking about.

    Gee, Thanks Mr. Trump.


  • Why should I vote for Bernie??   1 day 19 hours ago
    Quote MMfrompa:

    Can anyone give a good reason why a middle aged guy like myself should vote for Bernie Sanders?

    And the award for most disingenuous opening question goes to... MMfrompa!

    Answer to rhetorical question: YOU don't vote for Bernie. YOU go vote for whatever troglodyte Republican spews the most fear and hatred (or whichever one is directly/indirectly paying you to troll this message board). Then, after your Republican hero flushes the economy and environment down the toilet (what's left of it anyway)... then you continue to blame the "liberal left" (said in a Rush Limbaugh voice) for all the ills of society, while continuing to vote for more of the same. Yes, it's true; your right-wing politicians CAN fix the problems by continuing the same policies that created the problems in the first place. You know, dig your way out of the hole. Rinse, repeat. You just have to believe in the magic of supply-side economics!

    Quote MMfrompa:

    I would say I'm upper middle class...

    No you're not. NO upper middle-class person would waste his or her time trolling message boards with idiotic Fox News talking points. Instead, you would be busy earning the income that put you into the upper middle-class bracket in the first place. I know plenty of upper middle-class and wealthy people who are just as conservative wackadoodle as you are, but none of them have the time to waste arguing with the other side, which you seem to have.

    It's just amazing what lengths conservatives will go to these days to lie, cheat, and steal their way to victory. And it never ends...

  • Donald Trump is the next Hitler and the Republican Party is the new Nazi Party   1 day 19 hours ago

    Wow Roland... Learn something every day!

  • Rampant sexism in the Sanders campaign???   1 day 20 hours ago

    Reply to #107: I noticed that too, BJ. It would be nice to know who she does support. However if I recall, that video was recorded a year ago. If that's the case, Bernie's campaign hadn't even begun yet.

  • How Stupid Has the Democratic Party Become?   1 day 21 hours ago
    Try that and the link to the article describing how she antagonized Nancy Pelosi.

  • How Stupid Has the Democratic Party Become?   1 day 21 hours ago

    Probably the biggest problem the Democrats now have is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She was a co-chair of Hillary's campaign in 2008 and she - a true soulmate of Hillary - always pursued her personal career goals as chairwoman of the DNC rather than the good of the party. She did much to lose 2014 for the Democrats, refusing to support some Democratic House candidates because she was friendly with their Republican opponents, for example, in 3 races which those Democrats eventually lost to her Republican pals.
    She had alienated and antagonized almost all the Democratic leadership. President Obama almost had her replaced, once even having a replacement chosen and ready but she threatened to howl "sexism" and "antisemitism" so the administration backed off on it.
    Hillary is the only friend in the party she has left so she will take extra care of her.
    The chairmanship of the DNC is considered a great career opportunity for a Democratic politician and a great opportunity for their advancement. That is the only apparent purpose that office is serving in Schulz's tenure.

  • It's the British Empire, Stupid!   1 day 21 hours ago

    Lyndon larouche is mentally ill.

  • It's the British Empire, Stupid!   1 day 22 hours ago
    Quote LPAC:

    Retired U.S. General
    Urges U.S.-Russia Military

    Gen. Peter B. Zwack, who served as U.S. military attaché in Moscow during part of the Obama presidency, has published a strong call for an immediate resumption of U.S.-Russia bilateral military dialogue, to both advance the war against the Islamic State and re-establish institutional contacts to avoid war. Gen. Zwack wrote in Defense One that he was present in Jan. 2014 at the very last high-level discussion between American and Russian military commanders.

    “It's way past time for senior U.S. and Russian defense leaders and staffs to start meeting again,” he wrote, adding “it is increasingly dangerous in this cyber-fast world for both our nuclear-tipped nations to have such a dearth of contact.”

    He urged that such lines of regular communication would be

    “hardnosed practical business: adding some human familiarity at key command-and-control nodes that might keep a sudden accident or incident from flashing into catastrophe. In a fast-breaking crisis, you want leaders who already know one another. And over time, these linkages might help us move beyond these sour political times, and rebuild the kind of relationships that will allow our countries to work on global challenges where we have areas of common interest.”

    Gen. Zwack called for Obama to give the green light for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and JCS Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford to meet with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Shoigu and Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

    Gen. Zwack cited the Paris attacks, the Sinai bombing, and other recent events as obvious reasons for re-establishing the military-to-military institutional dialogue, warning

    “without a dialogue of any consequence our strategic defense relationship will be even more dangerous and prone to hair-trigger miscalculation or misunderstanding ... Without contact, we both continue to demonize each other while hardening our populations. It's better agreeing to disagree than having no discussion at all. Without direct dialogue between our senior defense leaders we cannot even begin to consider a more mutually cooperative and secure future.”

  • It's the British Empire, Stupid!   1 day 22 hours ago
    Quote LPAC:

    Belgian MP Calls into
    Question Relations with
    Saudi Arabia

    In several press interviews, Belgian MP Dirk Van der Maelen (Socialist, opposition) who currently heads the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Belgian House of Representatives and is otherwise known for having sent letters to members of the U.S. Congress to reenact the Glass-Steagall Act, has called on the Belgian government to thoroughly review its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

    "After the bombings in Paris, questions are increasingly raised about the financing of terrorism by Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia," writes the Flemish daily De Standaard. The paper then quotes Van der Maelen saying:

    "The fact that Belgium maintains friendly relations with countries which follow and finance the worldwide spread of Wahhabism, a current of radical Islam, is irresponsible.... You can't have a credible policy of de-radicalization [of youth] while at the same time signing economic treaties with governments backing extreme groups. Furthermore, we have long known that Saudi Arabia violates labor and human rights. Therefore, time has come to review these economic relations."

    It should be noted that in the center of Brussels, not far from the EU Commission, Saudi Arabia has been financing since 1967 the Belgian Islamic Center (Centre Islamique de Belgique), a huge center for propagating Wahhabism.

    According to diplomatic cables disclosed by WikiLeaks, the Saudi Ambassador in Brussels reported that in 2012, the Belgian Foreign Ministry and Belgian State Security asked him to repatriate Khalid Alabri, radical Imam of the Great Mosque of Brussels, the country's largest mosque, because of his extremist and potentially dangerous speeches. Under Belgian pressure, Alibri finally was sent back to Riyadh on April 14, 2012.

    "Behind this," says Felice Dassetto, a sociologist at the University of Louvain,

    "the Muslim World League has a strategic objective developed by the Saudis since the 1960s which is to become the hegemonic pole of the Islamic world."

    Another key factor is that close to half of firearms and munitions exported to the Middle East are produced in Belgium, reported the Flemish weekly Knack on Oct. 13. Belgian firearms exported to Saudi Arabia show up repeatedly in Libya and Syria; some of the weapons used by the terror squad that hit the Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015, were produced by the notorious Belgian firm Fabrique Nationale.

  • Russian jet shootdown   1 day 22 hours ago

    So when we hear special delegations are sent to specifically discuss these exact contingencies does it not follow that the content of those ideas, or protocols, would be pertinent, or available, for application when the exact events they are designed to address actually occur. In other words they set up rules for this exact event but when it comes to have any discusion of those rules the lawyers have gone home

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Why the Kochs Really Embraced Criminal Justice Reform...

It looks like the Koch brothers have scammed us once again.

When news first came out that Charles and David Koch -- the Koch brothers -- were supporting criminal justice reform efforts in Congress, many of us thought, "Wow, they're actually doing something good for once."

And for good reason, too.