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A world-class pianist has had enough of America's fugue state

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88 ways to leave our empire.

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Submitted by lambert on

We need internal passport controls on buses and trains!

You never know when a Polish pianist might try to sneak a concert grand across state lines.

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Submitted by Damon on

I'd just like to make the point that when Bush went all-in on his "War on Terror" a lot of other nations rightly told us to fuck-off when we came asking for help in our misadventure. I mean, thank the FSM for the likes of Gerhard Schröder and Jaque Chirac for having the balls to tell us "no" and forcefully so, and eventually the Spanish people for giving us Zapatero soon afterwards.

Poland didn't, and that is no fault of the United States. Not only was their government willing to sell their nation out (despite whatever pressure was leveraged against them by Bush, and their was quite a bit of pressure), but if I remember correctly, it was one of the very few nations where the general populace supported in aiding our misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sorry, but I'm not one that buys some of the foreign arguements of "We was had!" particularly in the case of Poland.

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Submitted by koshembos on

Why make the move in 2009 after Bush and the Republicans were defeated? Now when the US is about to close Gitmo and leave Iraq, Krystian Zimerman's move seems rather vindictive and selfish.

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Submitted by vastleft on

The last U.S. troops and contractors leave Iraq. Maybe... 100 years from now?

And what's the plan for Gitmo? To build a new one next door, like Yankee Stadium? With all the progressive change swirling about, it's hard to keep track.

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Submitted by Damon on

Well, it seems like every Congressperson and city counciler and their moma is scratching to house the Gitmo detainees. Looks like "Democratic" Congressman Stupak of the U.P. wouldn't mind a Gitmo-in-the-Woods:

MACKINAC ISLAND - U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak is proposing housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at an abandoned prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Stupak sent a letter to President Barack Obama in February asking him to consider sending the detainees from the war on terrorism to the former Camp Manistique, which closed in 2007 because of state budget cuts.

The camp is in Stupak's district.

But the Menominee Democrat said today he would not pursue the matter further without broad support from local and state officials and Michigan's two U.S. senators.

Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is running for governor next year, criticized the idea during a debate Thursday on Mackinac Island. He says the detainees are among the most dangerous people in the world.

And, the game of Musical Detainees, continues. As long as it means tax dollars, we don't need to concern ourselves with no stinkin' civil liberties.

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