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In yet another step forward in our oligarchian corporatocracy, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that:

"effectively blocked a New Orleans-area levee board from suing oil and gas companies for allegedly destroying the state’s coasts – and in so doing, may have also derailed state and local claims against BP for damages and tax revenue lost following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill."
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This whole run-up to what seems an inevitable attack on Syria has me gut wrenched.  I hate to see Obama going with the neocon crowd.  I hate to see the US embroiled in yet another imbroglio in the Middle East that we really have no business being involved in.  I hate that my tax dollars can't help women in need but can bomb or drone innocents in another country.  I read this on Reddit today and it reminded me of Daniel Yergin's book, "The Prize:  The Epic Quest for Money, Oil and Power," which if you haven't read you should.  Really puts into perspective why big oil killed the electric car.  I'm looking for feedback on this, not positing it as my own position.  What say you DK?

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Why do you think Obama wants to bomb Syria?

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I don't think this has been diaried yet, my apologies if it has.  I first heard that Megyn Kelly's walk to the "decision desk" on Fox was scripted listening to Stand Up with Pete Dominick yesterday on POTUS - XM Radio.  He's awesome if you've never listened.  It was actually a listener who had tweeted to him that the whole thing was staged.

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I don't know if this was diaried in 2010, but even if it was, it's worth taking another look at.  Robert Parry wrote a fascinating blog post on how the GOP has attempted to maintain power in Washington through a very well coordinated propaganda machine.  The main gist is that what the right is doing to this president is what they have done to all democratic presidents through the last 40 years - only now it's much more obvious and blatant as the currents of self-righteousness and their thirst for power reach a crescendo.  The fact that taxpayer dollars ($100M/year) are actually helping keep this propaganda machine alive as well as funding neocons through periods where they are out of power was but one surprising tidbit in this excellent analysis.

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Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:32 PM PDT

Define "safe," Dick

by Crabby Abbey

So Dick Cheney is on his media blitz saying Obama has made this country "less safe" by eliminating torture as a tactic the U.S. engages in and closing Guantanamo Bay.  Hmmm.  

I, personally, am not too worried about the men at Gitmo "being released into our neighborhoods" any time soon.  I might be a little more worried about their family and kinsmen back home wanting revenge for our continued detainment of men who have been charged with no crimes.

But I have a few questions for the former Vice Dick.  (Even his mama knew when she named him how he'd turn out.  Heh.)

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It seems the U.S. is pretty solid on requiring the proprietors of goods to accurately label what they are selling.  Warnings on tobacco products, warnings on food products, warnings on explicitly sexual products.  

Why not have warnings on our media products?

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Should news be differentiated from commentary?

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Unbelievably, over on the Faux News website they have a top link going to Judge Andrew Napolitano's "Five Things You Should Know About the 'Torture' Memos."

I'm shocked Fox isn't standing fully behind the cretins in the last administration.  Seriously shocked after having the Dark Ass himself on last night with Hannity.

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Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 10:59 PM PDT

UFOs

by Crabby Abbey

Ok, this isn't a diary about electing more and better democrats.  It's a diary about collective wisdom.  If you are going to complain about the topic then please hold your fire.  The DKos regulars are the most realistic group of educated bloggers I know, so I want to hear what they say under anonymous conditions about a topic that I find both interesting and controversial.

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Have you seen a UFO?

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Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 11:48 PM PDT

aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhh!

by Crabby Abbey

I am so frustrated with politics and the news.  It seems the more I pay attention, the more I need my chiropractor.  I really need to disengage, but then that's what THEY want.  Yeah.  THEM.  Even the ones I thought I wanted elected.  THEM.

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How much change have you seen?

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 10:37 AM PDT

Barney Frank PWNS John Culberson

by Crabby Abbey

I'll say up front this may not make diary standards for length, so if you want to make it an open thread, go ahead.  But for some reason this video of Barney Frank letting loose on John Culberson apparently didn't make it over here.  For those of you that don't check in at HuffPo regularly (one or two of you?), you have to see this.  

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I am not an economist.  Even though I have an MBA, I do not currently understand everything going on in the market.  It's not my specialty.  But my personal discomfort with Geithner and with the Obama administration's actions don't have to do with financial specifics.  They have to do with my general distrust of my government.  Distrust that has been sown and harvested over the past eight years.  I have to admit, before George W. Bush was our president, I didn't pay much attention.  Youth, poverty and distraction for the sake of survival are my only reasons for not paying attention.  Now that I am paying attention, I'm scared.  

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Jeffrey Klein and Paolo Pontoniere have an article up at HuffPo that is mind blowing in its exposure.  They are claiming that the new fleet of helicopters commissioned and over budget for our President were illegally awarded to an Italian contractor (Finmeccanica) as a payoff for Italy providing forged documents showing Saddam had obtained uranium from Niger.

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