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Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

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Tonight's music features first generation bluesman Robert Nighthawk, a remarkable slide guitarist.  Enjoy!



Robert Nighthawk - My Sweet Lovin' Woman


"The party politics being fashioned for empire and for inverted totalitarianism is a politics where the parties court voters but do not seek mass membership. Consequently most vote for a party without joining it; a few become party foot soldiers, and fewer still are courted as “contributors” of huge sums of money. A party wants a few zealous cohorts, generous donors, and a mass of occasional, TV-conditioned voters."

  -- Sheldon Wolin


News and Opinion



From Marriage Equality to Legalizing Marijuana, Election Day Ballot Measures Won by Movements

In Obama's 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones?

I expect that the Obama administration will continue their policies of drone strikes, which have killed hundreds of innocent people and have put to death, through drone strikes, thousands of individuals who were just determined to be combatants, often because they happened to be the wrong age. This is repugnant to morality. It’s morally depraved, this drone strikes. And whether you’re a Democrat or Republican doesn’t matter. This is about what kind of human beings we are.

When partisan politics trumps morality, we are in big trouble. So I had no problem whatsoever in challenging this administration, the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, or any other administration, whenever I felt the—the honor of our country, the heart of our country was at risk.

The drone situation is abominable. By the way, I’m going to have a briefing in Washington on November 16th on the drone policies. We’re going to be bringing some of the top people in the world who have something to say about this and could be considered experts, on civil liberties and other matters.

But our country is changing, you know, and think about this: drones are now being offered and used domestically. How long is it before some local police department uses a drone to intercept and kill a suspect, and when that becomes commonplace? People say, "Oh, well, that can’t happen." Well, it’s happening now overseas, and we’re committing acts of war in other countries without Congress’s knowledge or without Congress’s assent. We’ve got a problem here. And no matter who wins tonight, we still have a problem.

'Corporations Are Not People' in Montana, Colorado

In a landslide victory Tuesday night, Montana voters approved an initiative stating "that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings" -- corporations are not people.

The initiative directly challenges the now infamous Citizens United  decision, which allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of money for campaign groups know as super PACS and 'shadow money' organizations.

Initiative 166 will win roughly 75 percent to 25 percent, according to the likely, but not yet final, results, Montana's Billings Gazette reports. ...

Similarly, Colorado Amendment 65 looks like a victory. 65 instructs Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows congress to overturn Citizens United.

Colorado and Washington Officially Legalize Marijuana

Bachmann likely to hang on by a thread after tight re-election race

The Tea Party darling and failed contender for the Republican nomination Michele Bachmann has said she is “humbled” to have been re-elected to Congress as projections showed her on course to narrowly defeat her Democratic challenger in Minnesota after a very expensive campaign.

Bachmann, who pulled out of the race to become nominee in January after only 5% of Republicans in Iowa entrusted her with their vote, led the businessman Jim Graves by 3,256 votes, with 98.2% of precincts reporting, according to unofficial state elections returns.

Both CNN and the Associated Press called the contest for the incumbent, who will return to Congress for a fourth term

Ben Jealous, Laura Flanders on Obama’s 2nd Term & the Future of Progressive Politics

Michigan Voters Reject Emergency Manager Law - Victory for both unions and democracy

In a victory for unions and grassroots organizers, Michigan voters rejected the controversial Emergency Manager Law or Public Act 4 of 2011 which bequeathed a state-appointed manager with sweeping powers including the ability to get rid of union contracts, dissolve local governments, sell public utilities and slash budgets in fiscally-troubled communities.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that, with 93 percent of precincts in, Michigan voted 52% to 48% against keeping the contentious law, which had been suspended since August when opponents of the bill won a court decision to have the referendum placed on Tuesday's ballot.

In U.S., Corporate Cash Pouring into State Campaigns

Local and state campaigns have become a moneyed battleground this year for corporations and special interest groups hoping to sway the results of elections for local and state offices on Nov. 6.

From California to Texas to Florida, global businesses as well as ideological organisations and extremely wealthy groups have helped channel more than 1.6 billion dollars through political action committees and non-profit groups and into local campaigns and issues this year, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that analyses state campaign-spending reports.

Some of the cash went into campaigns of local lawmakers. Other amounts supported campaigns for judges, sheriffs and other offices. More than 6,000 legislators are running for election Tuesday, according to the National Council of State Legislators, with most relying on private funding.

German economy beginning to feel pinch of Europe’s debt crisis

The German economy, which long seemed immune to Europe’s debilitating debt crisis, is now feeling the pinch and growth will be hit in the fourth quarter, a panel of top economic experts said Wednesday.

This assessment was backed up by new data showing that industrial output slumped in September, as the key manufacturing sector is hit by falling demand both inside and outside Germany. ...

Growth has been slowing this year. After expanding by 0.5 percent in the first quarter, the economy grew by 0.3 percent in the second quarter and growth looks set to slow again in the third quarter.

“Economic momentum in Germany is likely to reach bottom in the fourth quarter,” the Five Wise Men wrote, confirming their previous March forecast for overall gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 0.8 percent for the whole of 2012.

Strikes hit recession-plagued Greece

The Do the Math Tour






Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

From Liberal Victory to Disempowerment in Six Easy Steps



A Little Night Music






Robert Nighthawk - Return Mail Blues

Robert Nighthawk - Someday

Robert Nighthawk -- Mama Talk to Your Daughter

Robert Nighthawk - Anna Lee

Robert Nighthawk - Blues Before Sunrise

Robert NightHawk - Honey Hush

Robert NightHawk - Love you Tonight

Robert Nighthawk - Kansas City

Robert Nighthawk - I'm gettin' tired

Robert Nighthawk - The Time Have Come

Robert Nighthawk - Dust My Broom

Robert Nighthawk - Prison Bound

Robert Nighthawk And Houston Stackhouse - Bricks In My Pillow

Robert Nighthawk & Forrest City Joe - Lonesome Day Blues

Robert Nighthawk - Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down





Debate

Remember when progressive debate was about our values and not about a "progressive" candidate? Remember when progressive websites championed progressive values and didn't tell progressives to shut up about values so that "progressive" candidates can get elected?

Come to where the debate is not constrained by oaths of fealty to persons or parties.

Come to where the pie is served in a variety of flavors.

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."  ~ Noam Chomsky




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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Team DFH.

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  •  Obama is still (9+ / 0-)

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:07:52 PM PST

  •  Long time gone (10+ / 0-)

    It's been a long time comin'
    It's goin' to be a long time gone.
    Appears to be a long time,
    Yes, a long, long, log time
    Before the dawn.
    Turn, turn any corner.
    Hear, you must hear what the people say,
    You know there's something that's goin' on here,
    That surely, surely, surely won't stand the light of day.
    And it appears to be a long,
    Such a long, long, long time before the dawn.
    Speak out, you got to speak out against
    The madness, you got to speak your mind,
    If you dare.
    But don't try to get you rself elected.
    If you do you had better cut your hair.
    'Cause it appears to be a long time,
    Before the dawn.
    It's been a long time comin',
    It's been a long time gone.
    But you know, the darkest hour,
    Is always just before the dawn.
    And it appears to be a long time,
    Such a long, long, long time before the dawn.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:08:36 PM PST

    •  evening zhen... (6+ / 0-)

      they say it's always darkest before the dawn.  i don't know if that's precisely true, but it's hopeful. B)

      hope you're having a good evening, thanks for the great comments in my diary today!

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:13:09 PM PST

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      •  It's a cycle (5+ / 0-)

        When thing reach their deepest point in a cycle, it then turns the other direction. Like the moon, for example. Once it is full, it begins to change to the other extreme.

        Chinese philosophy 101.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:16:31 PM PST

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      •  I know it's not blues... (4+ / 0-)

        Hope that's okay.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:20:35 PM PST

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      •  Loved your diary today. Should be picked up (4+ / 0-)

        by some national rag its so well written.  Send it to the Nation? The Atlantic?

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:34:39 PM PST

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      •  thanks for that diary btw (1+ / 0-)
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        joe shikspack

        Too bad the significance of the contents of the diary were derailed by knee jerk attacks on you and anyone else that dared point out the naked emperor.

        I was amazed to see that diary anywhere except folded inside of a 'what's happenin' diary' and you put it out there in the light of day. Congratulations, when I first looked at the diary I took my time getting to the comments because I knew what I'd find there and unfortunately there were no surprises.
         I swear if it had had within it the cure for cancer 'call this number' that part would have been ignored in favor of attacking anyone that dares criticize war crimes when committed by the Democratic Party's President.
        Great job on that diary and on this one.

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:43:19 PM PST

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        •  thanks aa... (1+ / 0-)
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          i really wasn't terribly surprised by the reaction the diary got.  my diaries before kos' imposed ban on criticism had a following of many of the same knee-jerk, thoughtless partisans that showed up in today's diary.  if past history is any indicator there will be response diaries within a couple of days and maybe a personal smear campaign.  it just comes with the territory here,  there are some really cool, smart folks here and some total jerks.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:49:54 PM PST

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          •  if you haven't seen this you might be interested (1+ / 0-)
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            http://www.wired.com/...

            Rare Photographs Show Ground Zero of the Drone War

            The epicenter of global terrorism, and the CIA's highly classified drone war against extremist groups, is a black hole on the map -- a region of Pakistan off limits to outsiders, and especially Westerners. It’s an area so dangerous that even the Pakistani military avoids it. The CIA may have launched 70 drone strikes in tribal Pakistan in 2011 alone. But Americans, like the rest of the world, have no idea what the area looks like, or who lives there.

             One resident of North Waziristan wants to expose the conflict. Noor Behram has spent years photographing the aftermath of drone strikes, often at personal risk. Working with Islamabad lawyer Shahzad Akbar and London-based human rights activist Clive Stafford Smith, who are helping get his photos to the outside world, Behram provided Danger Room with dozens of his images, none of which have ever been published in the United States.

            What follows is a sample of some of the most arresting photos. Be advised: Many of these pictures are disturbing. Some of them show dead children.

            Also be aware that our sources came to us with an agenda: discrediting the drone war. "I want to show taxpayers in the Western world what their tax money is doing to people in another part of the world: killing civilians, innocent victims, children," Behram says. Stafford Smith is threatening the U.S. embassy in Pakistan with a lawsuit over its complicity in civilian deaths from drone strikes. And anonymous U.S. officials have claimed that Akbar, whose clients are suing the CIA for wrongful deaths in the drone war, is acting at the behest of Pakistani intelligence -- something he denies.

            (emphasis mine)

            without the ants the rainforest dies

            by aliasalias on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:51:14 PM PST

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            •  and speaking of Drones and nothing has changed (1+ / 0-)
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              category...http://antiwar.com/...

              Not even a full day had passed before newly reelected President Obama ordered another drone strike in Yemen.

              A U.S. drone strike targeted a group of al-Qaida militants on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday night, killing at least three terrorists, government officials said.

              Huffington Post:

               A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. If it were a American strike, of course, it would have to have been authorized by Obama.

              without the ants the rainforest dies

              by aliasalias on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:53:32 PM PST

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  •  Blues with a feelin' ... (8+ / 0-)

    that's me. I am very disappointed by some down ballot election results in Baja AZ. Now, the blues is a feeling, and not all blues is African-American I-IV-V. Other cultures get the blues too. This one is Mexican, what they call Norteño, basically Mexican C & W. It won't make a lot of sense, maybe, 'til after a couple cervezas, but I'm sure you'll agree, it is the Blues.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:11:16 PM PST

  •  Hey Joe Shikspack (7+ / 0-)

    Great diary, today.

    No, most Democrats don't care about drones now that a Democrat is in office.

    Who knew impoverishing the people you export to would have weak results on growth in an export led economy? The German economy has some good things in it structure wise(co-determination, work sharing, and guaranteed jobs)  but also some terrible leadership that mitigates those good things. I think Merkel's days are numbered or should be. Germany basically is the only country with some say in the European Central Bank which is a pathological institution looking to carve pounds of flesh for the inflation boogeyman that isn't there and it's actually a saint for countries in debt that need to inflate since they won't be the buyer of last resort like they need to be.

    Glad that emergency manager law was struck down. that is some truly scary 1984 shit for real.

    I hope there is more decriminalization of marijuana and marriage equality in more states.

    Thank, Joe.

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:17:18 PM PST

    •  evening priceman... (5+ / 0-)

      thanks! and thanks for dropping by the diary and supporting it.  i think democrats will care deeply about drones and unaccountable executive power when a republican takes over the office eventually.  just imagine jeb bush with the powers that obama has extended from dubya.   democrats will probably not give a damn about that sort of thing before it bites them.

      germany is going to learn something about sustainable economy eventually.  when i think about their predicament i am reminded of douglas adams' hitchikers description of the culture that made luxury planets (including the earth) that recognizing that the universe was going through a bad economic patch put themselves into stasis until the economy improved and people could afford their services again.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:34:41 PM PST

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  •  Pushy People making things that need to happen, (8+ / 0-)

    happen in so many places. From Maine to Washington state and places in between.
    Thanks for staying on the drone issue Joe, it's the only way to get the attention necessary so people can push for it to stop. And stop it must.

    •  evening burned... (5+ / 0-)

      lots of good things happened this election cycle. the success of a lot of these issues suggests to me that america is becoming more liberal (at least socially) and that our side is winning the culture wars.  i hope that people will start to see through the global war on terror propaganda soon so that we can stop the madness of our wars for empire.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:39:04 PM PST

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      •  I was encouraged. (2+ / 0-)
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        joe shikspack, Don midwest

        Occasionally we do a world pledge at school that the ESOL kids wrote, in place of the regular pledge. It's a really profound experience to hear all the kids pledging allegiance to all of humanity instead of the U.S. flag one nation under god thing, when there is so much anti liberty and anti justice being meted out daily.
        I wish it was our regular required pledge. I think it would help change the world.

        •  sounds cool... (2+ / 0-)
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          Burned, aliasalias

          i hope that it works.  i seems like, thanks to technology my kid is connected to a lot more people than i was as i transited from school to school to college and work.  my kid is still in regular contact with people that she went to elementary school with and the circle of her friends is quite large and grows every year it seems.  i am hoping that this web of social connections that our kids are developing eventually makes them feel connected to the world in a different way than perhaps we older people are.  if teillard de chardin turns out to be as prescient as i think he was, we may have real reason for hope.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:13:07 PM PST

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      •  here is a touching account 'From Fairbanks to (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        joe shikspack

        Waziristan'  Seeds of Love'

        http://warisacrime.org/...

        Fakar and Sayed Economic Victims of the “War On Terror”

        Many a story revealed to me in conversations with Pakistanis shared the commonality of imposed hardship, woven like a thread through their socio-economic fabric.  The thread, spun from the destabilizing forces of war, a war that is not of their choosing, is the product of the foreign / military policies of the “super power” that my passport describes as my nationality. What surprises me most is not that "they hate us" - I know now from first hand experience “they” don't- but that after a couple of weeks meeting Pakistanis in all walks of life many of whom were devout Muslims everyone that I spoke with said that they thought that Americans were good people. They however do not understand their portrayal in the American media and they justly dislike the policies of our government especially the U.S. led “war on terror”.

                    Two conversations chronologically framing my stay are not only demonstrative of the socio economic impacts of the “war on terror” on the average Pakistani family but are also indicative of their understanding.  This understanding that appears to be lacking in my own homeland.

                   As I had accustomed myself to doing during my stay in Palestine in the winter of 2009, I arose each morning to theSalat al-Fajr, the beautifully spiritual and reverent chant emanating from the local Mosque that is the Muslim morning call to prayer. Fakar works the night shift at the Chancery, Islamabad, the Guest House where the “Code Pink” peace delegation stayed. He joined me for breakfast on that first morning of my visit and on several occasions thereafter, when I was the first to sit in the dining area. He explained that prior to 2001 and the start of the “war on terror” Pakistan’s economy was in much better shape. There were manufacturing and other jobs enough to employ eight breadwinners in his family. He said that the U.S. “war on terror” subsequent to the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan had transcended the border of Pakistan. He said that since 2001 this had caused the violent death of over 40,000 Pakistani citizens and had near totally destabilized Pakistan’s infrastructure. Eleven years later his family has to suffice on the income of only two of the eight who are still employed. Although he knew that my government was the primary culprit responsible for the problems affecting his country he also understood that there were forces inside his government that were complicit. Many times throughout our stay, including on the eve of my departure, he thanked me for taking a stand against the Drone Attacks and said that the work that we were doing there was of great importance to the people of Pakistan .

         The entire account is worth reading, we are terrorizing some very good people that have done us no wrong.

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:02:23 PM PST

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  •  Hey Joe! (5+ / 0-)

    Red Primula 2

    Primula 2

    I am trying out the Opera browser.

    I've had two notices from Firefox. The first one suggested that I need a new computer because the new Firefox 16 is not compatible with my system (2007). I ignored it but I should have turned off automatic updates because it updated itself. The second message said Firefox is not compatible with your system. I had been having a lot of problems with it.

    I installed Opera it seems to be working well and they are not telling me to get a new computer.

    Anyone using Opera?

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:33:42 PM PST

    •  evening agathena... (1+ / 0-)
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      Agathena

      that is an awesome photo! very nice mix of colors and textures!

      i've never had a problem with firefox, but i did try opera out some years ago when they decided to give their browser away for free. it worked nicely for pretty much everything except the mail client that i was using at the time so when i switched computers i didn't bother keeping opera.

      if you wanted to, you could probably uninstall firefox from your computer and reinstall it from the old installer.  if you remember the version number you were using you can probably find an installer on the web for it by googling for it.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:52:26 PM PST

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  •  The gender gap explained (3+ / 0-)

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:36:59 PM PST

  •  Had never heard Ben or Laura before last night (7+ / 0-)

    on Democracy Now!, but they both were impressive and had great things to say for progressive movement. There were so many greats calling in -Bernie, Bill McKibben, Dennis, even Jessie Jackson made a great contribution.

    This was also the most I had ever heard Chris Hedges speak, and though I agree with 99% of what he said need a little more specifics about where we go from here.  I do think it was good for Bob Herbert to have a debate with him .

    Jeremy has been one of my favs for sometime now and last night was no exception.

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:40:08 PM PST

    •  Should add that would love to be at this (6+ / 0-)
      Kucinich Announces Congressional Briefing on U.S. Combat Drone Program
      Massive Death Toll Belies Claim that Drone Strikes are only used in Cases of an “Imminent Threat”

      Washington, Nov 3 -

      Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following video criticizing the lack of oversight in the United States’ combat drones program. Kucinich also announced plans to hold a Congressional briefing on the drone program on November 16, 2012.  

      See the video here.

      “The Washington Post recently published a three part series on the plans of the Obama Administration to institutionalize the practice of targeted killing by unmanned drones abroad.  According to previous and current Administration officials who were interviewed, the institutionalization and expansion of the drone program means that we have only reached ‘the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism.’ This means that the targeted killing of suspects by the United States is becoming a permanent feature of our counterterrorism strategy.

      “Yet the program has thus far been conducted with virtually no oversight from Congress or any other judicial body and absolutely no due process.  Congress has even been denied the right to be informed of and view the legal memos which the Administration uses as its basis to justify these killings. Despite increasing calls for transparency and the legal justification from both Members of Congress and a broad range of advocacy organizations, targeted killing is ‘so routine that the Obama Administration has spent much of the past year codifying and streamlining the processes that sustain much of it.’

      “The battlefield has been stretched to include nearly anywhere in the world, making it easier to justify the flouting of international law and the laws of war. But the United States is not at war with Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.  Such killings are only lawful under a very narrow set of circumstances.  We cannot claim to be meeting those narrow circumstances when the number of people killed by such strikes, including innocent civilians, is estimated to exceed 3,000.  This number alone demonstrates that the Administration’s claims that such strikes occur only under ‘imminent threat’ is patently false.                                                                                                                                    

      “The expansion of the use of surveillance drones here in the United States also raises significant concerns about the safeguarding of privacy and what information may be collected without prior authorization.  Any government or local law enforcement agency deploying such drones must ensure that the 4th amendment rights and the right to privacy of U.S. citizens are not being violated by the use of this technology.

      “Congress cannot stand idly by as these actions are being taken in the name of the American people. That is why I am hosting a briefing on Friday, November 16, 2012 to discuss the implications of our drones policy here at home, and abroad.”

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:43:32 PM PST

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  •  Hullo you Bluesers! (6+ / 0-)

    Stayed up late for Democracy Now! election coverage so was little draggy this morning but Jakkalbessie and I went kayaking on Cochiti Reservoir anyway. Beautiful day, nice fall colors around  teh edges.

    Did not see much wildlife like we do in Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs :

    Photobucket

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    by divineorder on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:48:47 PM PST

  •  When the Blues comes calling with it's Calling (3+ / 0-)
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    Card...  evening all

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:03:30 PM PST

  •  Quick hello (3+ / 0-)
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    I am in class, sneaking online for a minute ;0


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:09:36 PM PST

  •  Evening Joe & fella hippies. A great night for (3+ / 0-)
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    joe shikspack, ZhenRen, aliasalias

    social/cultural issues.

    In MN, both the reactionary, regressive constitutional amendments (photo ID requirement and ban on same sex marriage) were defeated. Especially if photo ID measure had passed, we would have joined Mississipi which is the most reactionary state now in that regard.  Repubs won the MN senate after 40 years in 2010 besides the house. Yesterday they lost both and there is some talk that it was partly due to the backlash from amendments.
    Bachman's district (MN-6) borders us though I am way far from the "border" (My rep is Keith Ellison - the contrast couldn't be more striking).  It is pretty impressive that she won narrowly from what I have heard is the most conservative district in MN. The foreclosures in her district were higher than MN-5 which includes Minneapolis (and more than MN-4 which includes St.Paul) but she was more concerned about banning same sex marriage.

    I liked what the Advocate magazine said : Mary land is now (Gay) Marry land :-).

    Time to take on the austerity deficit reduction gangsters.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:16:19 PM PST

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      Funkygal, aliasalias

      glad to hear that things worked out in minnesota.  i had heard about the defeat of the ban on same sex marriage but i hadn't heard yet about the photo id measure's defeat - that's good news.  i was rooting for michelle to get a permanent vacation from public office, but it looks like your neighbors wanted to subsidize comedians and make sure that they will have plenty of material for the next couple of years.

      i'm glad to hear that you have keith ellison, actually i'm kind of jealous.  i wish my area could get somebody decent to represent it, but the districters always dump my area in with the eastern shore of maryland to balance them out and guarantee a conservative dem gets elected rather than let parts of the eastern shore have the knuckle-dragging troglodyte that they really want.

      and, yes, it will soon be time to beat back the advances of the captains of catfood as they get their lackeys in office to do their bidding.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:26:56 PM PST

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