Daily Archives: April 16, 2015

The New Deal

On first glance, it would seem that President Obama is ready to abdicate his right to engage in foreign affairs on his own, a prerogative ordinarily given to the Office. He’s going to sign a bill giving Congress a say in the Iran nuclear talks, after saying he would veto any such move. So the deal is fucked, right?

Hold on there, Johnson. Senate Democrats, suspected of selling out the President, had a few tricks up their sleeve, prompted by the administration. They watered down the Corker bill so much that it hardly resembles the buttinski legislation originally proposed. Here are two of the bill’s salient points:

The period of time Congress would have to review the deal and decide whether to agree to its lifting of statutory (i.e. Congressionally imposed) sanctions against Iran was reduced from 60 to 30 days. If Congress cannot come to a resolution by that time, the president can lift the sanctions on his own. Given Congress disrepute for speed, this makes it more likely that the time will run out as Congress is bickering and caught into the presidential campaign eddy.

Even more importantly, the President can veto Congressional action disallowing the lifting of statutory sanctions, and the President will have 10 days to do so. In such a case, Congress has  12 days to override the veto. The previous version of Corker’s bill did not allow the President an opportunity to reject Congressional action at all.

I like it. Very much so.

There’s more at the link. Onto the blogroll you go, The People’s View.

Absurd, Absurd, The Bird Is Absurd

Gotta share a good laugh:

On Tuesday’s edition of the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, Religious Right activist and rabbi Daniel Lapin repeated his bizarre claim that liberals are sexually attracted to radical Islam. Lapin told FRC President Tony Perkins that there is a “sexual dimension” to liberals’ supposed love for Islamic extremism, claiming “effeminate” liberals are sexually attracted to the “masculinity” of Islamic fundamentalism and are experiencing “Stockholm Syndrome.”

“There are countless studies showing that feminine-type behavior produces an excess of estrogen in men and vice versa,” Lapin said. “Essentially, the left has fallen in love with the masculinity of Islam.”

He continued: “Today, after a 30- or 40-year epidemic of leftism that has swept its sordid stain across America, we’ve become much more feminized and we are attracted to the masculine strength and brutality of Islam.”

I’m an unrepentant lefty. And all religions go in the same category for me, they’re fairy tales for the gullible. I am repulsed by Islamic extremism, and fairly repulsed by this stupid heeb blithering nonsense. Islam is no different than Christianity and Judaism; all of them preach eternal fealty to a very angry god. The shame of living this life dogs them wherever they go. It is the antithesis of what I believe life is all about. So I dunno what this clown is talking about. I have yet to meet the lefty that loves them some Islam. I do respect their right to profess a faith, but that doesn’t mean I respect the faith itself. That’s about as fair as I can be to any religion.

Sorry, Islam, but I don’t like you like that.

This Is Why Hillary

Alternet sums up the visions(or hallucinations, hard to tell with these nutbags) of the GOP presidential field. It asks: what would America look like if the promises in their speeches became reality?

Here’s their list. Go to the link for expanded analysis.

The United States of Christian America. Every one of the candidates is not only anti-abortion and anti-LGBT, but would seek to impose their religious beliefs on America.

Give Me Liberty And Nothing Else. That’s the cry—freedom and liberty forever—especially by Cruz. But what does that really mean? They all talk about reviving America’s promise and prominence, but almost never acknowledge the real barriers to prosperity have more to do with the power and clout of corporate monopolies than with the reach of government.

Cut Taxes And Demonize Needs. If you start to dismantle federal programs (except the Pentagon), you don’t need revenues, right? That’s what they are saying—that taxes for most other purposes are too high.

Repeal Government Regulations. You’ve heard this before, especially over pollution laws and many health and safety standards. Rubio, the son of poor immigrants, lionized America “at the turn of the 19th century, [when] a generation of Americans harnessed the power of the Industrial Age and transformed this country into the leading economy of the world.” You would think he might know that was when business as usual meant child labor, no minimim wage, filthy slaugherhouses, sweatshops filled with new immigrants, government-led military assaults on labor protests, and zero environmental regulations, and more.

Drill Baby, Drill. And forget about climate change. Every one of them—especially the Texans Cruz and Rick Perry—want to let the oil and gas industry drill anywhere they can find petroleum, especially on federal lands and the continental shelves.

Shred Safety Nets. Christie thinks he’s being bold by giving a big speech on the safety nets for the elderly and poor. “Democrats believe entitlements are a sacred cow that cannot be honestly discussed, perpetuating a dangerous fantasy to the American people,” he said. As noted above, Christie’s solutions are not honest as they would push millions into poverty.

Widen Culture Wars. This isn’t just about imposing evangelical Christian morality on public policy, such as opposing abortion, reproductive options, and LGBT rights.

Expand U.S. Empire Abroad. This isn’t just putting more money into the military while cutting domestic spending, as Christie said toward the end of his New Hampshire speech—“our national defense has been hollowed out by years of underinvestment.” Rubio pledged “no longer being passive in the face of Chinese and Russian aggression” and slammed the Obama White House for “near total disregard for the erosion of democracy and human rights around the world.”

The left wing needs to wake the fuck up and vote a winner in, instead of sacrificing their vote because Clinton is “bought and paid for”. You see what we are up against?

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