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Paul condemns ‘assassinating’ al-Awlaki?

Wow, what a surprise, NBC News is reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Looney Toon Ron Paul has “aggressively criticized President Obama today for al-Awlaki’s death”.

“No I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul reportedly said. “He was born here, Al-Awlaki was born here, he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad.

“I think what would people … have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn’t assassinate him, who certainly he had done it. Went and put through the courts then executed him. To start assassinating American citizens without charges, we should think very seriously about this.”

OK, first, Earth to Ron, don’t be such a moron; you – as a so-called “doctor” – blithely went on and on at a recent GOTP debate that it would be OK for an American to die because of a lack of health insurance, but you’re upset when a known terrorist leader is killed without a single American casualty, and no boots on the ground. You can’t have it both ways Dr. Paul, either we send U.S. troops around the world invading countries like Yemen or we remove the murderers with drone strikes. Take your pick; or we can just hunker down with our heads in the sand like you would like.

Second, Timothy McVeigh wasn’t hiding out in a foreign country directing terror and murder; he committed the act here, and he was captured here; if Awlaki had been foolish enough to ever return to either the United States or an allied nation, we would have gladly arrested him; but he didn’t.

Third, he – Awlaki – decided to side with the enemies of the United States, and at that moment he gave up his citizenship and his rights protected thereby.

It’s time you –Dr. Paul – cared a little more about your fellow American’s healthcare, infrastructure, economy and environment and a little less about the “rights” of a two-bit thug terrorist; and while you’re at it quit wasting everyone’s time with this farce of a presidential campaign.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Musings on the Death of a Terrorist

According to the New York Times, American officials have announced that “a missile fired from an American drone aircraft in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda’s affiliate there.”

Of course there have been outcries of how President Obama ignored the Constitutional liberties of an American citizen in ordering Awlaki’s death, and how any American can now be killed by the President if he claims they’re a terrorist, and how hypocritical Democrats are for pointing out the GOTP audience cheering the announcement of 234 people executed, or the cheering of a hypothetical patient allowed to die with no health insurance, but that no one is batting an eye about Awlaki’s death.

Oh please, this is not someone killed based on hearsay, or on bogus intel – like what was used by the Bush/Cheney administration to start the war in Iraq – he is a well documented terrorist thug who has killed Americans and would have continued to do so; and while I agree we should not celebrate anyone’s death, especially when Awlaki’s “reward” will not be what he had hoped for, he is one more threat removed and there will be few tears shed at his passing by me. I feel sorry for him, but not because he was taken out, because of how he chose to waste his life on murder and terror.

He chose to fight against his country and was killed as a combatant in the war he had chosen to conduct – while he may have been born here, by his actions he had shown he was not an American citizen, and had denounced his claim to be such, and his protection under the Constitution – if I was the C-in-C I would not place American soldier’s lives at risk to arrest him, I would have given the same order the President gave in 2009.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in War on Terror

 

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Latest 2012 Presidential Polls (28 Sep 11 Edition)

Wow, who would have ever thunk it?

A new FOX News poll shows how fickle either the GOTP is or how fickle FOX PAC is; suddenly Mittens Romney has come roaring back to the forefront when just a month ago Reverend Ricky Perry was pulling away in a FOX News poll. The current FOX News poll shows:

Romney 23, Perry 19, Herman “Pizza Man” Cain 17, Newter Gingrich 11, Ronny Paul 6, Jon Huntsman 4, Michele “Krazy” Bachmann and Ricky Santorum 3…

So, suddenly we have a new race with Mittens once again in the lead, stealing past Perry and barely leading – of all people – Herman Cain? Newt is hanging in the middle of the pack while Paul begins to slip and Huntsman begins a slow climb out of the cellar surpassing Bachmann as she slides to the bottom steps with Santorum.

No change to the last Iowa Caucus Poll – Rasmussen Reports dated 31 Aug 11 – Perry holds first place with 29; Bachmann moves to 18, Mitt 17; Paul 14; Cain 4, Santorum 4, Huntsman 3 and Gingrich 2…

In New Hampshire poll – Rasmussen Reports dated 21 Sep 11: Mittens 39; Rev Ricky 18; Paul 13; Huntsman 7; Krazy 5; Cain and Gingrich 4…

According to the FOX News poll if the general election were held today:

President Obama 45/Romney 42

President Obama 47/Perry 39

Unfortunately for everyone else in the GOTP race FOX PAC doesn’t think they matter … but, just so no one feels bad – or almost no one – I’ll leave the old poling up for the other six, from the latest CNN/Opinion Research:

President Obama 51/Paul 47

President Obama 54/Bachmann 42

President Obama 58/ Palin 37

These are the other guys that no respectable polling firm cares about any longer:

President Obama /Cain

President Obama /Gingrich

President Obama/Huntsman

President Obama /Santorum

Now, if the GOTP nomination circus – and the general election – had both ended today, Mittens would now be the GOTP candidate, and he would have lost by three (3) points to President Obama.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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President Obama gave Israel Bunker-Busters?

So, the President who supposedly hates Israel, and who all the conservatives have claimed is willing to sell out Israel turns out to be the President who in late 2009, transferred 55 bunker-buster 5,000 pound bombs to Israel putting them in the perfect position to take out Iran’s buried nuclear facilities; or perhaps to target Hezbollah’s buried bunkers in Lebanon at their earliest convenience.

As it turns out, Israel had requested the deep-penetrating bombs from the Bush administration, but according to reports Bush wimped out, evidently afraid the Israelis would use the bombs to – of all things – attack Iran. So, Republican Bush refused to help Israel, but Democrat Obama does.

Ever since he was elected, conservative talking heads have claimed President Obama was pro-Palestine, but last week the President led the charge in the United Nations (UN) to deny the creation of a Palestinian state, and now it turns out he gave Israel the capability to defend itself in the event Iran continues its nuclear program.

So, now it’s time for the talking heads – and the whiny GOTP presidential hopefuls – to shut their pie holes when it comes to the President’s stance on Israel; while Bush equivocated Obama acted.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Israel

 

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Latest 2012 Presidential Polls (26 Sep 11 Edition)

The first day of fall has passed, and the 2012 Republican Tea Party (GOTP) race for the White House, and who will eventually rise to the top of the heap, is becoming a more anticipated event than the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted between 23 – 25 September, Reverend Ricky Perry is maintaining his lead over Mittens and the other out casts. If it all ended today Ricky would be the GOTP nominee:

Perry 28, Mittens Romney 21, Newt Gingrich 10, Ron Paul 7, Sarah “Ice Queen” Palin 7, Herman “Pizza Man” Cain 7, Michele “Krazy” Bachmann 4, Ricky Santorum 3 and Jon Huntsman 1…

Reverend Ricky’s lead over Mittens appears to be widening this week in spite of a dismal performance in last week’s debate; Newter has suddenly come roaring back, and Paul and Palin round out the middle of the sandwich along with Cain; Krazy has dropped to a mere blip on the political radar while Santorum and Huntsman continue to trail dismally behind, and Gary Johnson is nowhere to be seen or heard from, and hopefully he’s done.

There’s been no new polling in Iowa, but Rasmussen Reports has some new data from New Hampshire; according to the latest polls numbers available:

In Iowa – according to Rasmussen Reports – Perry holds first place with 29; Bachmann moves to 18, Mitt 17; Paul 14; Cain 4, Santorum 4, Huntsman 3 and Gingrich 2…

In New Hampshire – Rasmussen Reports: Mitt 39; Rev Ricky 18; Paul 13; Huntsman 7; Krazy 5; Cain and Gingrich 4…

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, if the general election were held today:

President Obama 51/Perry 46

Others in the CNN/Opinion Research:

President Obama 49/Romney 48

President Obama 51/Paul 47

President Obama 54/Bachmann 42

President Obama 58/ Palin 37

According to these latest poll numbers no one really cares about these guys:

President Obama /Cain

President Obama /Gingrich

President Obama/Huntsman

President Obama /Santorum

So, if the GOTP nomination circus – and the general election – had both ended this week, Reverend Ricky would be the GOTP candidate, and he would have lost by as much as five (5) points to President Obama.

While Romney would be the best pick for the GOTP, it’s not clear if that will ever happen at this point in political time. For now, Perry is still the bright shining object in the eyes of the adoring Tea Party.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Bachmann says GOTP nominee must be true conservative, just like her?

According to the Associated Press (AP), former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) darling Michele “Krazy” Bachmann is reportedly dismissing concerns about the strength of her campaign and told supporters she alone has the best conservative credentials to be president.

“I’ve got the complete skill set to do this job,” she told a huge crowd of roughly 35 people in a half-full Cedar Rapids, Iowa hotel ballroom on a dreary rainy day.

Wow, a whole 35 people?! That’s incredible; however did you manage such a huge crowd, especially with the rain and all?!

“This message has to be driven home by conservatives: We can’t settle. We can’t settle. We have to have a candidate who has it all,” she said. “Who is a fiscal conservative, and I am. Who is a national security – peace through strength conservative – like Ronald Reagan was. And I am. And we have to have someone who is a social conservative, who believes in the family. And I do. And we need a tea party conservative, and I am.”

“And we need someone who is not entirely all there. And I am not entirely all there,” her Brain Captain threw in for good measure.

Krazy suggested some of her GOTP opponents couldn’t be trusted to repeal Obama’s health care law – aka Mittens Romney; and the rest didn’t understand foreign policy as well as she does and some were compromised because they’d done favors for political donors – aka Reverend Perry.

And some didn’t understand how hard it was to push through high heal induced migraines, or how hard it was to be submissive to their husbands; or how hard it was not to know American history.

Bachmann thanked the people for showing up and tried to justify the dismally light attendance.

“I know it was short notice,” she said, “it’s in the middle of the day, everyone’s at work, it’s a rainy day, there’s a lot of places you can be.”

Her Brain Captain continued the thought, “And I know there’s lots to do in Cedar Rapids, like watching the grass grow or the paint drying, and I am just so doggone happy and thrilled you gave up those events to come listen to me try to continue to justify my pitiful existence as a presidential hopeful.”

According to the AP, Krazy shook nearly every hand in the room and signed autographs.

Wow, she shook nearly all 35 hands?! That’s incredible; however did she manage to get around to nearly everyone in the room?! It must have taken minutes!

Krazy strongly dismissed suggestions her campaign was floundering, saying voters would pick the nominee, not the news media. And she said she believes she is “positioned perfectly right now” to compete for the nomination because conservatives are looking for someone with her fiery message and record of opposing Obama.

And this ship is entirely capable of making it all the way to New York in spite of that huge gaping hole running along her side.

She’s certifiable; she’s completely 100% certifiable; there’s no way – NO WAY – she’s ever going to win the nomination. She hasn’t had a snow ball’s chance since day 1 and she hasn’t got a snow ball’s chance now. The only good thing about her continued candidacy is that she’s providing the comic relief – watching her campaigning is like watching Lucille Ball or Mary Tyler Moore on crack.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Tea Party Audience Boos American Soldier?

The Huffington Post is reporting that President Obama took aim at Republicans yesterday while speaking at a fundraiser in Silicon Valley, sharing his reaction to the audience at a recent GOP presidential debate booing a gay soldier who had asked a question about “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.”

“That’s not reflective of who we are,” the President said. “This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election.”

During the Fox News/Google GOP debate last week, Stephen Hill, a gay soldier in Iraq, said he had to “lie about who [he] was” to serve in the military up until the recent repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In his recorded question, he asked the GOP presidential hopefuls if they would work to walk back the recent change in policy. When the question was presented to the candidates participating in the event, several members of the uber-conservative white bread Christian Tea Party audience booed loudly, and then cheered very loudly when Ricky Santorum said he’s repeal the recent over turning of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by the Obama Administration.

This is what the GOTP is; they hate the elderly and disabled who live off of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; they hate illegal aliens who supposedly take away jobs from white Americans; and most of all they hate homosexuals and lesbians, that’s why they booed an American soldier serving in harm’s way. They – the Bible thumping, Constitution loving, conservatives booed an American soldier. Why should that surprise anyone? They cheered the news of 234 executions in Texas; they jeered the reference to a hypothetical patient dying with no health insurance, and now they boo an American soldier. They’re hypocrites. They’re not Americans, and they’re not Christians.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Walsh Most Corrupt Congressman?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressman Joe Walsh has received the coveted distinction of being named among Congress’s thirteen “most corrupt” representatives by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

CREW alleges the freshman Congressman’s ethics issues “stem from his failure to pay child support and accurately disclose income and liabilities on his personal financial disclosure forms, and his campaign committee’s inaccurate reporting of interest payment on his loans to his campaigns.” These issues, according to the report, represent Walsh “acting in a manner that does not reflect creditably on the House.”

The seventh annual ranking, based on news reports, Federal Election Commission reports, court documents and financial disclosure forms, also included one senator – GOTP favorite David Vitter — and five additional House members who received “dishonorable mentions.” Altogether, the group includes seven Democrats and twelve Republicans.

Walsh spokesman Justin Roth responded to the ranking by describing CREW as having “a history of being a very left partisan group that tends to trash conservative leaders in Washington,” according to NBC Chicago.

“Joe Walsh has not done a single thing that’s corrupt and will continue to be a strong voice on conservative issues,” Roth continued.

Spit-take, clean off key board, excuse me? “Walsh has not done a single thing that’s corrupt”? Well, gee, how about Mr Family Values lying about his income, failing to pay child support and allowing his children to do without? A wise man once said, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Walsh is clearly a failure in the home, and what makes it worse is he was dishonest about it. How about some good old conservative take care of your debts talk?

Walsh is accused of owing more than $100,000 in back child support to his ex-wife Laura — allegations he has dismissed as “wildly inaccurate,” even though a judge ordered Walsh to provide the court with proof that he is not a deadbeat dad.

In his ex-wife’s filing, last December, she claimed that Walsh said he could not afford to make the payments for their three children while, at the same time, he loaned his own campaign $35,000 and took vacations abroad.

“I’m sorry dear, I just don’t have any money to take care of family responsibilities, I’m too busy loaning my money to my election campaign,” his Brain Captain said.

Alas, back child support allegations aren’t the only questionable financial practice allegations against Walsh. He’s also been accused of stiffing his former campaign field director Richard Cape of $20,000 in pay. Two other staffers allegedly quit after they accused him of not properly disclosing a 2008 home disclosure and traffic citations to the public.

Walsh is just another “don’t do what I do, do what I say” Tea Party crack pot, who will likely only serve one term and then he’ll be a foot note in congressional history. If you’re party claims it stands for “family values”, “duty”, “country”, “honor”, “mom’s apple pie” etc., then you better make darned sure your candidates stand for those things, or is this just normal Republican Tea Party hypocrisy in action?

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Tea Party

 

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PVT Holmes Sentenced for Murder of Afghan Civilian Teen

According to Reuters, the youngest of five U.S. soldiers accused of murdering  unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood has been sentenced to seven years in prison for gunning down a teenage boy whose corpse he posed with as if it were a trophy.

Andrew Holmes, who pled guilty to a single count of murder — reduced in a deal with prosecutors from the more serious charge of premeditated murder — admitted he made a “bad decision” when he shot the young villager at close range.

You made a bad decision Private? No, you committed cold blooded murder, and then posed with the body of your victim as though he were a deer you’d shot. You’ve done irreparable damage to your country’s image throughout the world and disgraced your uniform. You’re a punk and a thug.

Holmes still insists he had no prior intent to kill the boy but exercised poor judgment when he obeyed an order from a higher-ranking soldier in his unit to shoot the youth.

You got that right Private; what part of you don’t obey an unlawful order did you not understand? Shooting unarmed civilians is about as unlawful as it gets.

Reuters reported that the “higher-ranking soldier” is Specialist Jeremy Morlock, who was sentenced in March to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of premeditated murder, including the January 2010 slaying of 15-year-old Gul Mudin near an Afghan village.

Morlock testified that after he tossed a hand grenade over a wall near Mudin to simulate an attack, he ordered Holmes to open fire.

In pictures taken after the murders, both Holmes and Morlock appeared in separate photos showing them crouched over the bloodied corpse of their victim, holding the boy’s head up for the camera by his hair.

Holmes also pled guilty to possessing a finger bone taken from the boy’s body.

These soldiers committed murder, took pictures standing over their victims, and took part of his finger as a trophy? These soldiers committed war crimes, and they are the monsters conservative bloggers and talk radio are proclaiming to be heroes who are being wrongfully prosecuted by the evil Obama administration.Under the UCMJ the maximum penalty for committing premeditated murder is death, and yet these animals get off with a mere prison sentence. Please spare me any outrage on how these so-called heroes have been treated.

Afghan families grieve just as American families do; Afghan mothers ache for the chance to hold a son one last time just as American mothers do; Afghan fathers weep for the promise snatched away of seeing a son achieve manhood just as American fathers do.

These murders are a result of demonizing people because of their religion, or their country, or their ethnicity. This is the result of nearly a decade of fear mongering and hate spewed daily on conservative talk radio and FOX PAC, dehumanizing part of the world’s population to the point that American soldiers torture prisoners and murder civilians. This is Bush and Cheney’s legacy; this is the America they created.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Afghanistan

 

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Freeman Says Tea Party is Racist?

Morgan Freeman, Oscar-winning actor, film director and aviator has reportedly said exactly what he thinks of the Tea Party. During an interview with British TV he was asked about his opinion regarding the political movement in America, and specifically about his belief that the right wing movement’s anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism.

When asked whether Obama’s presidency has made racism in the United States better or worse, Freeman frankly answered that he believes the President’s time in office has made it worse, as he has become a target of the right’s aggression.

“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.'”

Freeman further said the group’s rise has shown the hate still lingering in America.

“Well, it just shows the weak, dark, underside of America,” he said. “We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are. That’s, that’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. “Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.” You know? And then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water.”

Now I know the conservative Tea Party members will claim the group’s not racist, but when people perceive a threat then they’re going to label you. Racist signs have been seen at Tea Party rallies, and racial epithets have been screamed at Black members of Congress; and let’s not forget that jocular moment at the convention earlier this summer with the Obama impersonator. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

Funny how during the GOTP debates you don’t see a lot of color in the audience, all you see is a sea of white faces; but that doesn’t mean the GOTP is racist – it just means that only white people feel comfortable there. When the only color to be seen is Hermann Cain then you’ve got a race issue.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Racism

 

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