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US military is not a paper tiger

Why nobody knows anything

I admit to still reading the NY Times on line. Today they published this article on the latest debt ceiling compromise proposal, containing 1223 words of horse-race coverage and 0 words about the actual proposal.

That's right, no information whatsoever about what's in the proposal, other than "new revenues" and "deep spending cuts."

This is a newspaper?

Even more distressing are some of the comments ("this is hopeful news", "looks like the grown-ups will prevail"). Read below the fold...

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What Supplements Do You Take, And Why?

Meh, for me today it was 12 hrs with one client and four more with another on the west coast later before I can sleep, so this is going to be short. I'd like to fill the rest in as I respond in the comments, reading what you all have to say. But the question is: what supplements do you take? Vitamins? Oils, cremes, salves, teas, and any other delivery device that doesn't come from Big Pharma or Big Ag, that helps you feel better? Why do you take them? How did you learn about them? Why do you know they work? What scientific-standard of proof can you offer they do, if only in your case? Read below the fold...

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The Debt Ceiling Is Not Unconstitutional, Right Now!

Today, the MSM noticed that there's an issue of constitutionality related to the debt ceiling. Ryan Grim and Samuel Haass report that some Democratic Senators, including Chris Coons and Patty Murray, have begun to discuss. Read below the fold...

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AARP: I Know What You're Doing

Today, Fred Griesbach, AARP Campaigns sent me one of those unsolicited e-mails telling me all about AARP's wonderful work in defending Social Security and Medicare, and then asking me for a donation, so they could continue working their magic. Here's my reply.

Dear Fred,

I know about AARP's willingness to compromise on Medicare and Social Security for the sake of deficit reduction, and I'm Mad As Hell About it! Read below the fold...

There, it's all better now.


You may remember a natural gas explosion last September in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, injured twenty-some more and leveled an entire neighborhood. Read below the fold...

'Media Unpeople'

(527 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

It is not we who are the "media unpeople."

We get acknowledged and manipulated as the sheeple that we are by the media mouthpieces of the obscenely rich and black-hearted bastards of the universe. (Sorry, I stopped using nuance since Obama date-raped America and so many of his victims still refuse to admit it). Read below the fold...

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Roger Ailes, the bad one

From Rolling Stone magazine, the latest in a rash of negative articles about Faux News:
How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network

Fascinating look at Ailes career. One thing you learn is that political astroturf predates the Internet. Read below the fold...

Obi-Wan is dead!

Take-OUT not Take-down of OBL -- DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!

(553 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

Pepe Escobar of Asia Times suggests the motivation for the alleged take-OUT not take-down of Osama Bin Ladin:

The hero, fully equipped, pumped up, is face to face with the real Osama bin Laden, unarmed, just out of bed, trapped in a drab room. There's no possible escape; the whole compound is "secured". This is it - the moment America has been dreaming about since September 11, 2001.

[snip] Read below the fold...

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A Feeling of Despair

[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]

Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.

What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read below the fold...

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The Donald Diversion

note - the following is my theory of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy based on sheer speculation

Going back to 2008, there seemed to be some sort of understanding between General Electric and candidate Obama. Rachel Maddow got a show (I think Schultz's show did not come until after the election.)

From GE's point of view they needed a plan B. Judging from executive stock dumping, they knew that they had driven the company off the rails and would need a bail out, and must have felt out all the major presidential contenders. Obama must have given them some reassurance. Read below the fold...

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Standard and Poor's: Bring It On!

(Author's Note: In December I posted a piece on Moody's threat to downgrade the US's Rating in International Bond markets. I argued that Moody's action was foolish. Today, Standard and Poor's actually revised the US ratings outlook from stable to negative, but continued its sovereign credit rating at ‘AAA/A-1+’. Read below the fold...

MY SHOCK & AWE: Morning Joe’s Cuppa Brainwashing Bloodlust & Banality on Libya

(585 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

I must object. Must write out my horror and anger about the callous and cavalier ... I can’t call it a discussion ... “orgy of banter”, maybe, I witnessed yesterday morning on MSNBC’s edition of Morning Joe.

My alternate title for this piece is, “Morning Joe, Ringside at the Coliseum with the Thumbs-downers”.

The topic was Libya, and to me their chorus cried, “WAR, WAR, WAR” under the pretext of examining what is happening in Libya. HAH! Read below the fold...

Soul-Dead President Walking (589 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election)

(589 Obama-dumping days left until 2012 election, Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

Obama is a political gamesman. He lied his way into power.

Now he is determined to do and say anything to ensure a second term in 2012. That is his priority. His focus. His limited character.

Human needs and rights of others? Not so important. Read below the fold...


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