Sunday, March 04, 2012

Tell them to STOP: We have had enough death and destruction

What is in it for Iran to attack any nation? The same thing that they have determined for the last 100 years … nothing? That’s right, Iran has not attacked anyone in over 100 years. The opposite is true however for the USA and Israel: In 1953, the CIA worked with the United Kingdom to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran led by Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh who had attempted to nationalize Iran's petroleum industry, threatening the profits of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Declassified CIA documents show that Britain pressed the U.S. to mount a joint operation to depose the prime minister and install a puppet regime. It was the USA and Great Britain who ousted Democracy from Iran in 1953. Twenty seven years later the USA used Saddam Hussein as a proxy to attack Iran 1980 - 1988 when he was our buddy. If you are keeping score we are not making a lot of friendly gestures toward Iran. The Iranians are not suicidal; they have an address. We know where they live as does the English and the French. Stop believing all the moronic reasons and arguments from right wing nationals of any given country; war mongers all. I once heard it said that that if the only tool you have is a hammer then all problems look like nails; the right wing solution to all problems is war. If Iran launched a single missal toward Israel the end of Iran would be swift, complete and they know it.
Noam Chomsky writes recently for the New York Times Syndicate: “There is little credible discussion of just what constitutes the Iranian threat, though we do have an authoritative answer, provided by U.S. military and intelligence. Their presentations to Congress make it clear that Iran doesn't pose a military threat.”
“Iran has very limited capacity to deploy force, and its strategic doctrine is defensive, designed to deter invasion long enough for diplomacy to take effect. If Iran is developing nuclear weapons (which is still undetermined), that would be part of its deterrent strategy.”
“The understanding of serious Israeli and U.S. analysts is expressed clearly by 30-year CIA veteran Bruce Riedel, who said in January, "If I was an Iranian national security planner, I would want nuclear weapons" as a deterrent.”

Given our inability to have our way in Iraq and Afghanistan after years of using military force, why would any sane American want to invade a third country. Declare to the world that we do not support military action against Iran and further we do not support any plan by Israel to launch military action against Iran. If Israel attacks Iran then they are on their own without support from the USA and they will suffer the consequences of their own actions. Find a better way to solve problems to prevent violence…bombs and bullets do not work.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Crab Grass On The Putting Green Of Life

As for Limbaugh's remarks, Fluke said, "I just thought that they were really outside the bounds of civil discourse."
Frankly, I share Ms. Fluke’s sentiments regarding Limbaugh’s remarks. However, Limbaugh consistently figures out ways to say things to elicit the maximum approval from his fans who get off on his lewd remarks. It is the rest of us who are like pedestrians in New York hurrying to work on a rainy morning when a big limo speeds by with Limbaugh in the back seat and splashes muddy water all over the unfortunates. Limbaugh splashes mud over the whole country. He drags his fans down to his level by virtue of their continued support, loyalty and their approval of his hateful antics; the pedestrians on their way to work are dragged into the mess by his vulgar proclamations and the resultant effluent that is splashed up by his uncivil remarks.
Remember this. Limbaugh has twenty million fans. I would hazard a guess that not one of them voted for President Obama in the last election. Like crabgrass on the putting green of life, that makes Limbaugh irrelevant to the election. The Republicans, on the other hand, need every one of Limbaugh’s twenty million fans who rejoice in his lewd remarks. I wonder which candidate(s) will kneel before Limbaugh to be anointed for the next election?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Scott Brown refuses to stop distorting Ted Kennedy’s record

Senator Kennedy believed our country couldn't afford to wait, or to fail to provide the highest quality of affordable health care to every American.
As Patrick, Senator's Kennedy's son, wrote to Scott Brown:
"Providing health care to every American was the work of my father's life. The Blunt Amendment you are supporting is an attack on that cause... My father never would have supported this extreme legislation."

"You are entitled to your own opinions, of course, but I ask that, moving forward, you do not confuse my father's positions with your own. I appreciate the past respect you have expressed for his legacy, but misstating his positions is no way to honor his life's work."
Scott Brown's refusal to honor this letter is really unbelievable.
I hope the voters in Massachusetts will see that Scott Brown is nothing more than a rubber stamp for an increasingly extremist Republican Party and vote for Elizabeth Warren for Senator from Massachusetts.
Given the above, I say to Scott Brown:
To equate Senator Kennedy with the Blunt Amendment (which in part denies the right to contraception to women) and then claim to "know Senator Kennedy" (who never would have supported this extreme legislation) is beyond belief, a fiction that most will see through. By aligning yourself with the rigid dogma practiced by the extreme right will push you too far from the center where most reasonable people live. The greats have the guts to stand up for the least of their brethren. The far right stands up for ideologies and their dogma not the least of their brethren. We saw the complete failure of those ideologies under eight years of George W Bush. A failure to protect the country (9/11), two unfunded wars, two stock market crashes, the worst financial meltdown since the great depression and the worst job creation record of any president since Hoover; under the guise of job creation, Bush championed the biggest tax cut to the rich the country has ever seen. Given the size of the tax cut everyone should have a job. By the way, the tax cuts had 8 years to work. All we have to show for the tax cut is a bigger deficit and no jobs. How do you explain that? Rather than voting for the Blunt Amendment and trying to convince everyone you’re Ted Kennedy, who was the number one liberal in the country, why don’t you ask Olympia Snowe how to be a Senator for the people in your own state.

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