Wattree on Mandela: Homeward Bound
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Ramona On Martin Bashir
Who cares ?
The debate over the Russian proposal for Syria reminds me of a season in the early 80s. With a week to go the Yankees were as usual in the lead. But during that week they "mailed in" their performances and they didn't finally clinch until the last weekend.
Some people are saying you backed into the pennant
They'll be saying that from second place.
When one discovers a friend has lied or an associate has stolen, a trust has been violated and the pre-existing bond is broken - often irrevocably.
Such is the case with our current government versus U.S. citizens allied with people aroud the world. Each day, new revelations detail how our government has spied on its own citizens, foreign leaders, and allies. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who covers the Edward Snowden story, is rumored to be preparing a story how the U.S. government assigned the CIA to spy to benefit U.S. multi-national corporations on matters not affecting U.S. security, In essence, spying for fun and profit. This was made legal during the Clinton administration but it was never made ethical or honorable - nor was it made widely public. [Read more]
My new daughter-in-law finally made an honest man of my son!
My beautiful granddaughter is no longer a bastard. (or is it bastardess?) Hahahahahah
I told my brother that in Victorian England with all the prudence? that 80% of the 'public' (read unwashed) never married and the Law of Bastardy applied only to the inbred aristocracy. haaah [Read more]
I thought Donald Rumsfeld had been dumped from the shelves long ago for there is no bloated stuffed shirt more worthy of being removed from our eyesight and consciousness than Rumsfeld--- architect of our unfortunate military intervention in Iraq.
Rumsfeld blew his lid on Fox two days ago when it was revealed to him that Obama had just said at a press conference that he, Obama, didn't draw the red line---an admittedly poorly orchestrated remark by Obama in explaining the role of the Presidency in relation to a batch of bad product that, taken as a lot, is the Syrian civil war. [Read more]
In the chaos surrounding the possible Syria strike, mass shootings, George Zimmerman and all sorts of other things, you might have missed out on a really strange story - Dennis Rodman's apparent new job as ambassador to North Korea. [Read more]
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree [Read more]
killing people is wrong. Since I get lost trying to follow complicated debates I need some “golden thread”to hang on to. That’s it.
Sure there’s the usual suspects: Are we being lied to by the Administration? What does the Constitution permit? Should we take sides with al-Qaeda? Does the “norm” with respect to chemical warfare trump all other considerations ?
Tomorrow I’ll have eloquent comments on all the above. Unless I decide to go to the beach. Today I’m just trying to decide what’s right.
Killing people isn’t.
If Obama’s proposed limited response involves killing, I’m against it. [Read more]
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE [Read more]
In building their case for another war, this current administration - and a news media that seems to have "gotten the memo," as it were, that a new war is necessary and inevitable - has been proliferating various photos of the dead allegedly killed in a chemical attack by Syrian leader Bashir Assad. Well, what about those pictures? [Read more]
was the vote in the House of Commons against the UK supporting military action against Syria in response to the use of chemical war fare measures allegedly by the regime.
Cameron immediately responded essentially that while he disagreed with this implied instruction of the House he was required to be guided by it.
The response from Obama's spokesmen is that we do what we think is right.
That reminded me of the UK's "Suez" debate of 1956. The most memorable moment came when Nye Bevan said that Britain had once had to fight alone, then paused, lowered his voice and said: "but then we had honor on our side".
It seems like the proverbial shit has been hitting the fan a lot with American society these days. I grew up in it at its best so I can tell you - at its height, living in America was generally so comfortable that it was easy to ignore things, to bury things and to put lingering problems to the side.
With the economic downturn, the election of Barack Obama and other factors, the American lifestyle itself seems to have changed. The way people behave and talk seems different - the tone is much more extreme than it ever was before.
And of course - what's the thing to hit the fan when America begins to unravel. Race. And with race of course comes pop culture - as Fox News reminded us today:
The first round of non partisan voting took place on Tuesday for the primary race for Mayor of St. Pete. The top 2 winners will now run for mayor in the fall election. It is looking very good for the Democrats. Even thought this is non partisan everyone knows which party they have a history with. The currant Mayor Bill Foster came in first who is a Republican and the second place winner was Rick Kriseman a Democrat. But because the third place winner, Kathleen Ford a Democrat Council Women, received a large amount of votes that will likely go to Kriseman in the fall election exceeds the amount of votes that Bill Foster received.
So he asked me if I believed that Jonas really survived in the belly of a whale for three days.
I responded that I did not know but maybe I will ask him when I get to heaven.
And what if he is not in heaven when you arrive.
Well then you can ask him.
Sometimes I find it better to admit when I do not know something.
RUSH LIMBAUGH [Read more]
Yes, I am a hypocrite, already on record chortling as big bucks Bloomberg shoved one up the NRA's ass. Call me pisher.
Today in a rare ( perhaps unique) demonstration of courage, New York's City Council overrode the mayor's veto and imposed long needed oversight on a police department intoxicated with ( if statistics are to be believed..) crime suppression success.
Before this vote, Bloomberg threatened to unleash the Kraken on overriders. [Read more]
Honesty is the best policy?
Forget the best policy aspect of this Franklinian (is that a word?) proverb; does it work or do we need more stories from Irishmen?
Honesty has been creeping into our media lately and the honesty has been coming from the repubs; of all people?
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) told an 11-year-old girl who spoke out at a town hall meeting last week that her undocumented father should be deported, saying "we need to follow" current immigration laws.
Gawker quotes Macklemore’s
Rolling Stone interview, in which he says in part: “If you’re going to be a white dude and do this sh*t, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.” [Read more]
It may seem un-American to offer advice to the enemy but, if ever there was a win-win situation, this is it.
If Al Qaeda would like to win, all they have to do is copy our Vietnam experience, declare victory, and go home. The American people can finish your job. It will be peaceful, bloodless, and all of our objectives will be fulfilled. [Read more]
JayZ is a hip-hop mogul who could not bring himself to stop referring to Black women as female dogs despite being married to Beyonce and the father of a beautiful daughter. JayZ's latest album "Magna Carta the Holy Grail" became instant platinum on release. JayZ is having a "beef" with Harry Belafonte who feels that JayZ is not making use of his social status and wealth to properly advance Progresive causes. [Read more]
One of the really amazing things about Pope Francis rebuking homophobia was how nonchalant he was about it. There was no huge press conference or media campaign with long explanations about why being gay was now okay - in fact, the Pope seemed to secede his authority on the issue altogether - "Who am I to judge?"
We have a possibly equally strange rebuke of homophobia in the form of professional wrestler Darren Young. After being asked by a reporter if "a gay wrestler could be successful in the WWE," Young simply laughed and said "Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy." Here's the video from The Young Turks: [Read more]