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"Excessive fear is always powerless."

–Aeschylus

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    • BlueCat says:

      Excellent piece. Also would like to say the ultra hawks who love this guy and hate Obama are very much a minority among American Jews. We voted for Obama around 3 to 1 in 2008 and  a good deal more than than 2 to 1 in 2012 when his percentage dropped off among several demos. So most of us don't buy the anti-Obama hatred and hysteria that gets forwarded to us by the occasional Fox consuming relative.

      I recently got one with a "joke" from a black sheep Fox consuming relative. I deleted without reading it, as usual, but another relative told me about it because she was so appalled.  It was about a psychic predicting that Obama would die on a Jewish holiday. Which Jewish holiday? Whatever day Obama dies.

      This from an otherwise exemplary husband, father, brother, son, cousin and uncle devoted with absolute loyalty to his friends and loved ones and literally willing to go into burning buildings for people, being a retired fire fighter. Also a trained EMT. The man has spent his life saving lives, helping people and being there for everyone he cares about, a very big circle. And he's all there. Can't blame it on any hint of senior dementia. It makes me very sad.

  1. Duke Cox says:

    Thought provoking…from Forbes magazine….

     

    Set aside, for the moment, the diplomatic row being sparked by Speaker of the House John Boehner as he seeks to create two conflicting foreign policies for the United States—one pursued by the President and the other pursued by the Congress.

    Boehner’s hubris, in conjunction with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s desire to interfere with American policy while seeking to bolster his re-election campaign, may turn out to be the very political screw-up that will allow the joint ticket forged by the Labor-Hatnuah political parties to bring an end to Netanyahu’s long reign atop the Israeli government.

    The Speaker is in big trouble…

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2015/01/25/bibi-netanyahu-aka-the-republican-senator-from-israel-may-have-made-a-fatal-political-mistake/

  2. Duke Cox says:

    oops …sorry for posting the same link denverco…..not enough coffee yet…

    • denverco says:

      No problem it is worth repeating – comes close to treason on bonehead boehner's part.

      • itlduso says:

        Good point. Could you imagine the media uproar if Nancy Pelosi had done such a thing?
        The Left has no platform to expose the abuses of the GOTP. Part of me thinks that is best for the country’s sake. But, probably a larger part of me is tired of getting our asses kicked.

        • BlueCat says:

          Dems have largely unilaterally surrendered in the messaging wars. Dems seem to think they'll be respected for not sinking to the level of the right but the mistake is in thinking calling the right out is sinking or not being bi-partisan enough. Big, big, big mistake. Dems need to dig themselves out of the messaging hole they've dug with their please don't hate me for not being a real Republican, I'm pretty close routine.

          At this point that hole is so deep, a public that goes for Dem policies in the polls still votes for the other guys because they have no idea it's the Dem policies they support. The other guys have been in control of all the terms and definitions for decades. It's going to take a huge attitude adjustment to turn that around. It's not going to get done with an old fashioned DLC Clinton running for the WH. Even if she wins, it will just be a continuation of Republican-lite weak tea.

    • Duke Cox says:

      These Republicans seem to have been making a big deal lately out of what things are called, the "is it terrorism, or isn't it" thing, notably.

      So let's just call fascism by it's name when we see it. Everyone is so afraid of invoking Godwins' Law (I believe it is), we have not seriously called out thois kind of behavior. This is exactly how fascism starts…

    • The realist says:

      Republicans and Fox may not be repeating history but they ARE using techniques that were tragically successful in the past – appealing to people's base instincts, the primitive side of people that drives the need to hate other groups and protect themselves through tribalism. Hate, meanness, violence, putting down those who are different (the "other") in order to feel better about one's self, and other negative aspects of human behavior, are being promoted and glorified by the right wing. We are living through just another version of the KKK or national socialism – and yes, the extreme Islamists are doing the same thing as the extreme (fake) Christians. What has worked against extremism in the past – besides war? Christians used to promote "turn the other cheek" – that concept seems to be lost on the foaming-at-the-mouth crowd these days.

  3. davebarnes says:

    Mittens is out.
    Jeb Bush: Third Time's the Charm.

  4. Has anyone else been following along with the Colorado Senate Dems daily updates? I enjoy seeing them whenever Morgan Carrol posts them on her Facebook page and I think they're an excellent record of all the good and bad that is going on in the Senate so far this year.

    Sadly, there's a lot of "bad" coming from Republicans in the Senate. One example I've not yet seen posted here at CP: they've introduced a bill to repeal the 30% renewable energy mandate, setting it back to the 15% standard set by Amendment 37. Clearly these mandates have been economic drivers, and just as clearly the utilities

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    A little detour in to the world of high-value products made from hemp:

     

    Hemp Based Batteries Could Change the Way We Store Energy Forever

     

    The hemp-based devices yielded energy densities as high as 12 Watt-hours per kilogram, two to three times higher than commercial counterparts. They also operate over an impressive temperature range, from freezing to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  6. DawnPatrol says:

    The ghost of Terri Schiavo is coming for your sorry ass, Jebbie. Watch your back.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/jeb-bush-terri-schiavo-114730.html?hp=t1_r#.VMwCeiy6WSq

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      oh my………just when I thought the ghost of George W. Bush would haunt Jebby's candidacy, they've dredged up Terri Shiavo.  

      It won't be long before Columba's run in with the custom's folk at the Atlanta airport when she failed to declare all her dress shopping purchases abroad comes back to haunt him.

    • itlduso says:

      Kep em coming, DP.  Keep em coming.

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