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Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 10:40 AM PDT

Just go home. Please?

by EdMass

Sen McCain has finally lost his grip.  If the good people of Arizona cannot finally give him the message, Arizona should just be cut loose and left to drift somewhere in the Pacific or the Gulf.  

US SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ANNOUNCES HE'S RUNNING FOR SIXTH TERM  

Republican presidential nominee, said he will run for his sixth term in 2016.

The Arizona Republican, 78, made the announcement Monday in an interview with NBC News ( http://nbcnews.to/... ). He will be 80 by Election Day, but he said his Senate career is "just getting started."

Geezer.  (cough, cough).  Just go work for Faux news.  It'll help you keep your 13 houses. (cough, cough)...
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 at 10:31 AM PDT

HRC Overthink...CNN thinks so

by EdMass

If nothing else, this is an interesting read.  Filled with "lessons learned" and "new strategy".  It's all "living rooms" and "intimate settings"

Who the heck is advising her?  

Sneak peek inside Hillary Clinton 2016: There's no 'I' in campaign

As she and a coterie of advisers prepare to launch her presidential campaign, their work is guided by a new set of humble principles: No big crowds. Few soaring rallies. Less mention of her own ambitions. And extinguish the air of inevitability propelling her candidacy.
But Clinton has told her advisers that she intends to aggressively campaign as though she has a primary opponent, aides say, by listening to concerns of voters and taking great pains to avoid the appearance of a coronation.

One approach is to avoid blatant suggestions of the historic nature of her candidacy, hoping to fight impressions that Clinton's presidential aspirations are all about her.

A discussion is underway for how much to embrace or include the former president at the outset, but aides say Hillary Clinton will be the focal point.
Here we go people...
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Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM PDT

Get Popcorn.

by EdMass

Supposedly Glenn Beck will have Grover Norquist on his subscription show tonight at 5pm eastern.  It is reportedly free for streaming.

Beck has already showed and proven that Crossroads and the Kochs have funded this ahole.    They have copies of checks.

But the meat, according to Beck, is the ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  

Oh my...

I don't like Beck, but this is interesting at the very least.

Check it out, or not.  

Popcorn?

They eat their own.

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 at 04:15 PM PDT

Egypt in danger of collapse?

by EdMass

Angry Marmot, I need you.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who talks to Netanyahu ‘a lot,’ says his country is in danger of collapse

Egypt has a population of 90 million. If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe.
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H/T  Deadspin

Looks like fun!

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Fri Mar 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM PDT

HRC, NYT, Oh My

by EdMass

Ripped from the Headlines.

Hillary Clinton Is More Vulnerable in 2016 Than You Think

Hillary Clinton is a primary candidate whose strength has little precedent, one who seems poised to sweep the primaries without facing any serious challenge.

The general election is a different story. Mrs. Clinton would not cruise to victory, and, yes, she could easily lose.

But Mrs. Clinton will not be a Democratic Eisenhower, a popular, senior statesperson who cruises to an easy victory. Her popularity has already faded considerably over the last two years. Her support could erode even further as the campaign unfolds, or as she comes under new scrutiny, be it for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, her private email account as secretary of state or new issues.
As Slate’s Alec MacGillis put it, there is “a sort of collective amnesia among Obama supporters when it comes to their former estimation of Clinton — a reluctance to reckon fully with their aversion to her then and what has come of it since.”
There is also evidence, especially in state polling, that Mrs. Clinton’s support from traditionally Democratic, white, conservative voters is unsustainable — especially in the South and Appalachia.
I can't keep quoting at this point.

We really need an alternative.  But there are none.

Again, 6 years of killing the bench, losing States and Congressional seats.  

Hello Kos?  Any more wisdom?

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I won't provide a link (cause people tend to freak out over that stuff).  But, himself, Erick the Erickson has published on a certain website a scathing editorial about the Speaker.

You should read it. Its title is "It’s Time to Vacate the Speaker’s Chair"

 You know how to find it.

While we are conflicted about going forward, our loyal opposition seems to be approaching meltdown.   So sad...

Where the heck is the gif of the deer eating popcorn?

Heh!

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 10:29 AM PST

Why is it seemingly always like this?

by EdMass

With the Clinton's?  Just as you start moving forward, oops...

Emails.  Foreign Donations to the Bill, Hillary Chelsea foundation.

I'm not writing this to debate the particulars, whose reporting what or why, but feel free if you want to in the comments.

Some say, all this crap is coming out now to clear the road of issues after the announcement to seek the office.  Maybe.

But still, this is the best we got?  Rehashing Bill's proclivities and wondering why HRC and staff operated has she did?

This is just all fodder for the opposition.

It is a shame that under this Admin, we have lost seats (state and federal), lost States (Governships and legislatures) and all we have left is the aged leadership with no up and comers.  "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech". Really, tears?  Wasn't crying while or after meeting Assad.  Crap.

O'Malley, Webb, Sanders, Warren?  Ain't gonna fly people.

Maybe our site founder's commitment to HRC is because there is no other option?

We have less than a year to figure out a winning strategy.  Blocking Rethugs in the Congress and Vetos are not sufficient.

Go on, discuss.  I don't have any idea how to fix this.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley.   11 January 1818.

The poem explores the fate of history and the ravages of time—that all prominent figures and the empires they build are impermanent and their legacies fated to decay and oblivion. (Wiki)
Ozymandias
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".
A little creepy, yes?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM PST

Live long, and Prosper

by EdMass

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Well Jeepers.  This is a shock.  I guess in the face of the Iraq/Syria/Libya mess and the random occurrences of increases in violent extremism something needs to be done, dammit!

So let's stay plowed in in Afghan.  Taliban to the left and to the right, in the north, west, south and east, in Afghan in Pakistan (how many billions do we send Pakistan?) .

Remember the A-Team?  "I love it when a plan comes together".

Endless war is just endless war.  It doesn't matter who thinks they're steering the ship.

 Oh, BTW, if you extend your pullout, you haven't pulled out. Just sayin'.

Stop the War!

U.S. nears deal to modify military pullout from Afghanistan

KABUL — The United States and Afghanistan are nearing agreement to rewrite key aspects of their plan for ending U.S. military involvement in the war against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters here, U.S. and Afghan officials said Saturday.

In a joint appearance, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter acknowledged that they are rethinking the pace of the U.S. military withdrawal, the scope and frequency of U.S. counterterrorism raids and whether they should keep U.S. bases open longer than projected. Although they declined to offer more specifics, they indicated that a new deal could be reached as soon as next month, when Ghani is scheduled to visit Washington to meet with President Obama.

Afghan officials and U.S. military commanders have previously acknowledged pressing Obama for more leeway in determining how quickly the remaining 10,600 U.S. troops in Afghanistan are withdrawn over the next two years. But the comments Saturday by Ghani and Carter were the clearest sign yet that changes are afoot.

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Thu Feb 05, 2015 at 04:25 PM PST

Lines have been drawn: Go for it.

by EdMass

Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

Obama had a more non-denominational message for the audience that also included prominent leaders of non-Christian faiths. The president said that while religion is a source for good around the world, people of all faiths have been willing to "hijack religion for their own murderous ends."

"Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

"So it is not unique to one group or one religion," Obama said. "There is a tendency in us, a simple tendency that can pervert and distort our faith."

Obama called for all people of faiths to show humility about their beliefs and reject the idea that "God speaks only to us and doesn't speak to others."

10,000 years ago, tribes killed other tribes, took their women and pillaged the rest.  Gee, I never had a horse, let alone a "high" one,  I've been oppressed!

How far have we come?

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