US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Is America Israel's bitch?

I've recently wrote a post on about this subject. http://richgrisham73.wordpress.com/

Due to the coverage of current terrorist attack in France, not a lot of press was dedicated to Palestine being accepted to International Criminal Court. The US has warned Palestine not to bring war crime charges against Israel. Neither the US nor Israel, for obvious reasons, are members of the ICC.

Anyway.. I made the point in my blog about the US being a client state of Israel, instead of the popular notion of the other way around.

Justice: Dead as a Dodo? or Dead cat bounce

contributors/john-paul-stevens/

is one of my favorite Justices, and he's not dead but still dispensing wisdom regularly as a NYBooks contributor (and in very good company).

"Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard"

"WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost.

Chris Hedges: American Fascists

Hedges explains his book.

I didn't know he has a Masters of Divinity from Harvard.

The American Fascists he refers to is the Christian Right. Their ticket to the WH is in the three most religious, one a former priest, Huckabee, the others Ben Carson, and Rick Santorum are the evangelical's chosen.

The first 14 minutes he explains the tenets of a police state.

drc2, you might like his readings as the Christian right and Liberal church cross paths.

Loony Gomer and Yoho

Looney Gomer and Ted Yoho are vying for Boehner's speaker seat. Conservative talk is asking for his ouster over Scalise (supposedly), however all conservative talk liked Cruz's shutdown and the debt ceiling game of chicken, and Yoho had said publicly that default on the debt would be good. Loony-don't-insult-my-asparagus-Gohmert has said "25% of the voters (the same % that listen to talk radio kooks) think we're not doing what they sent us to do.

"That Washington football team"

Those were the words Jackie Kucinich used in a tribute segment for the late sportscaster Stewart Scott, on national TV. I love that, no one need mention that name, just like no says the n word. But saying "The 'R' word" will not do, but saying "That Washington football team" clarifies the displeasure of the majority, that also think the owner is an asshole. In closing anyone using "That Washington football team" could say "I love the Washington Nationals, what do you think the Washington Nationals will do next year?

Fox vs Harvard

The intellectual heavyweights of Fox & Friends challenge Harvard students to a duel. The students that are familiar with research beyond Roger Ailes' memos, and capable of critical thinking, answer a question.

Elections

On Tuesday, 33 US senators elected in November will be sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden — including 12 who are new to the chamber. The class includes 22 Republicans and 11 Democrats, a big reason why the GOP has a 54-46 majority in the Senate overall.

Torture Doesn't "Work"? Truth Or New Liberal Meme?

In another thread

Quote drc2:Torture works to intimidate, but not to produce information.
Let me first say I vehemently disapprove of torture. I wrote in another thread how I thought what might be a more effective interrogation technique.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/12/youre-charge-interrogating-kha... Even if torture worked, the US is bound to international law... and if we do it, other nations will feel free... or more free, to torture our prisoners.

Fox's sexist advice for women

/article/fox-news-ring-in-2015-with-some-absurd-sexism--

Make him meals, massage his feet, stroke his ego, he will love you more and you will land that catch. Zenzoe, AIW, this is not the Onion, it's real.

Guns and children

A young mother in Idaho was shot dead by her 2 year old child (yes, 2)

She had a loaded handgun (registered) in her purse that was designed

with a special pocket for handguns. The 2 year old was able to unzip

the pocket, remove the gun and pull the trigger, killing the mother.

What was not reported or commented on by those in favor or against

gun control was how a 2 year old child could also figure out how to

"arm" the weapon by releasing the safety switch; unless, of course,

the safety was not on...

Currently Chatting

Our planet's lungs are dying...

Trees are like our planet’s lungs. Every second of every day, they’re absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, and converting it into energy.

In fact, according to a study by researchers at NASA, each year, tropical rainforests absorb a staggering 1.4 billion metric tons of CO2 from Earth’s atmosphere.

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